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Cooler Master Intros MasterWatt Maker 1200 PSU

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Cooler Master Intros MasterWatt Maker 1200 PSU

Cooler Master launches the MasterWatt Maker 1200-- a 1200W PSU co-developed with Japanese manufacturer Murata in celebration of the company's 25th anniversary.

First revealed back at CES 2017, the MasterWatt Maker 1200 is made in Japan using a combination of Japanese and German components. It claims over 80 Plus Titanium efficiency and features a 135mm Silencio FP fan that only starts spinning once the supply hits 50% load.

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Raspberry Pi Celebrates Birthday With Pi Zero W

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Raspberry Pi Celebrates Birthday With Pi Zero W

The Raspberry Pi celebrates its 5th birthday with the launch of the Pi Zero W-- an update on the 2015 Pi Zero complete with wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Pi Zero W carries the same specifications as its predecessor on a slim single-sided board, namely a 1GHz single-core Broadcom BCM2835 CPU, 512MB RAM, mini-HDMI port, micro-USB port and a HAT-compatible 40-pin header. Wireless connectivity comes through the addition of a Cypress CYW-43438 chip, the same found in the Raspberry Pi Model B.

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Nvidia Presents "Fastest Gaming GPU Ever"

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Nvidia Presents

Nvidia uses the Game Developers Conference to present what it claims is its fastest gaming GPU yet-- the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, graphics card offering "35% more performance" than the base GTX 1080.

Providing the GTX 1080 Ti with more power is 11GB of next generation GDDR5X VRAM running at 11Gbps. In comparison, the regular GTX 1080 has 8GB of memory, while the RAM inside the powerhouse Titan X runs at a slower speed of 10Gbps. Manufacturing comes courtesy of a FinFET process giving the card 12 billion transistors.

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AMD Presents Ryzen Desktop CPUs

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AMD Presents Ryzen Desktop CPUs

AMD returns to the high performance processor game with Ryzen 7-- a CPU family based around Zen architecture, with 8-core, 16-thread parts and 16MB level 3 cache shared across all cores.

According to the company, Ryzen 7 CPUs can do 52% more work per cycle than a similarly-clocked predecessor, thanks to a 14nm manufacturing process, a 5x increase in bandwidth and the architectural changes brought about by Ze. The processors also support simultaneous multithreading (the AMD take on Intel's Hyper-Threading), allowing each core to execute 2 code paths simultaneously.

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EVGA Cools GeForce Cards With iCX

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EVGA Cools GeForce Cards With iCX

EVGA is taking the issue of PC overheating very seriously with iCX-- a graphics card cooling system using 10 sensors linked to independent microcontrollers to ensure fine-tuned control over card temperature.

The launch comes after November 2016 reports of EVGA GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 graphics cards catching fire after getting a bit too hot to handle. The company quickly released a patch to resolve the issue, but the iCX system takes cooling a step further.

As the company puts it, iCX involves the embedding of 9 thermal sensors into the card circuit board. The sensors pick up extra heat and direct the asynchronous fans to cool the card down accordingly. Users also get "interactive cooling" through a "thermal LED display system," allowing them to check the sensors in real time.

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The Passive-Cooled Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Card

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The Passive-Cooled Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Card

Palit Microsystems announces what is possibly the first GTX 1050 Ti graphics card with passive cooling-- the Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX.

According to the company, the KalmX allows customers to play modern games at "full 1080p HD @ 60fps" while enjoying a "silent 0dB gaming environment." The card does this through a unique cooler, with chunky conducting metal construction connected directly to the CPU via copper base. Twin nickel-plated heat pipes pierce the copper block, bend round and thread through many nickel-plated fins.

An included ThunderMaster program provides means to monitor the GPU and boost performance accordingly.

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Corsair Defies Boundaries With One PC

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Corsair Defies Boundaries With One PC

Corsair claims to have a "category defying PC"-- the One, the first pre-configured and branded PC from the company, with a design sitting somewhere between a gaming desktop PC and the Apple Mac Pro cylinder.

Details on the One are scant, although it is described it as "a machine built from the ground up to power anything and everything you love to do." Being a PC gaming compact vendor, Corsair will probably fill the machine with powerful hardware and plenty of memory and storage, although the actual tower looks fairly compact.

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EVGA Intros CLS 120, 280 Closed Loop Coolers

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EVGA Intros CLS 120, 280 Closed Loop Coolers

EVGA launches a pair of closed loop all-in-one liquid CPU coolers-- the CLC 120 and 280, respectively a 120mm (single 120mm fan) and 280mm (dual 140mm fans) radiators.

The coolers are easy to install and are said to offer "incredible performance, low noise, robust software control and RGB lighting." The cooling block promises improved flow rate and heat transfer surface area, while the fans feature curved housing with a "unique" blade design and Teflon nano bearings.

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IDC: Notebooks Help EMEA PC Market

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IDC: Notebooks Help EMEA PC Market

EMEA PC shipments stabilise in Q4 2016, IDC reports, reaching 20.7 million units with a close-to-zero (-0.2%) Y-o-Y decline in good part thanks to relatively strong shipment notebook growth of 2.9% Y-o-Y.

Notebook performance is good across all EMEA regions in Q4 2016-- W. Europe sees 2.7% Y-o-Y growth, while CEMA sees 3.3%. Driving such demand is the commercial market, where shipments are up by 10.1% in W. Europe and 1.2% in CEMA. The consumer markets in CEMA and MEA also want notebook (leading to respective shipment growth of 4.4% and 5.8%), while W. Europe sees a decline of -2.4%, less than what IDC was expecting.

However desktop PCs continue to fall during the quarter, with an EMEA decline of 6.9% due to weak consumer demand.

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