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Cooler Master Intros MasterCase Maker 5t

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Cooler Master Intros MasterCase Maker 5t

Cooler Master adds dual tempered glass panels to the MasterCase Maker PC chassis series with the 5t, a mid-tower case featuring what the company describes as "a sharper, bolder look, like a sports car."

Designed for gamer customers wanting to do a bit of travel, the 5t has an interesting addition in the shape of a built-in carrying handle. Built in steel and wrapped in rubber, the handle accommodates builds weighing up to 28.5kg. Also relevant to gamers' interests is a graphics card holder on the motherboard panel easing any excess weight from the card, protecting the motherboard from bending or damage.

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Gigabyte Intros Xtreme Gaming XC700W Tower Case

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Gigabyte Intros Xtreme Gaming XC700W Tower Case

Gigabyte announces the Xtreme Gaming XC700W-- a full tower ATX PC case designed, as the brand name might suggest, for gaming enthusiasts with features such as RGB LED lighting and a full-view black tempered glass side panel.

The XC700W measures 593.5 x 240.5 x 546.6mm and weighs 15.4kg before the addition of any components. Described by the company as a "perfect solution for a liquid cooling build," it has room for radiators up to 360mm in size or up to x3 120mm (or x2 140mm) fans if the user goes for air cooling. The chassis includes a 140mm rear fan fitted.

The front face lacks any 5.25- or 3.5-inch bays, and the chassis does not support E-ATX motherboards, even if it does fit mini-ITX/m-ATX boards. It offers x8 expansion slots, and can hold either x3 2.5- or 3.5-inch drives, while the front offers acces to x2 USB 3.0, x2 USB 2.0 and HD Audio I/O beneath the power/reset button and activity LEDs.

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MSI Intros Low Profile GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti

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MSI Intros Low Profile GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti

MSI releases a pair of low profile graphics cards based on the 14nm Nvidia GP107 GPU-- the GeForce GTX 1050 2GT LP and GTX 1050 TI 4G LP, both featuring designs measuring 182 x 69 x 35mm weighting 290g.

The GTX 1050 2GT LP offers 2GB GDDR5 RAM clocked at 7008MHz, together with a GPU carrying 640 CUDA cores running at a base frequency of 1354MHz (boostable up to 1455MHz). Meanwhile the GTX 1050 Ti 4GT LP features 4GB GDDR5 RAM and 768 CUDA cores clocked at Nvidia reference speeds of 1290MHz base/1382MHz boost.

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FSP Launches Twins Series PSUs

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FSP Launches Twins Series PSUs

FSP announces the Twins series-- PSUs featuring dual hot-swappable power supply modules, making them ideal for home, mail and small company servers benefiting from the security of having two independent PSU modules in one.

The two Twin Series modules differ in one wattage output, as one unit is rated at 500W and the other at 700W. Each contains two independent power modules with an own power adapter. During regular operation the two modules share the load for maximum efficiency and stability, but should one fail the other automatically takes over as "a clean fail safe." Hot-swap functionality allows the easy swapping of PSU modules without any downtime.

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MSI's Smallest "VR Ready" Gaming PC

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MSI's Smallest

The Trident is described by MSI as "the world's smallest VR-ready gaming PC," being a console-size (34.6 x 23.2 x 7.2cm) machine packing all required components plus a Silent Storm 2 cooling system.

Customers can customise the internal specifications, but MSI offers a choice of either Intel Skylake Core i7-6700 or i5-6400 CPU, 3/6GB GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, up to 32GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM (via x2 SODIMM slots) and both an M.2 and 2.5-inch SATA storage device. On the connectivity side, the chassis offers x1 USB-C, x2 USB 3.1 and x1 HDMI ports in the front, plus x1 ethernet, x1 USB 3.1, X4 USB 2.0, x1 HDMI and x1 VR-Link ports.

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JPR: GPUs See Q-o-Q Growth on Q3 2016

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JPR: GPUs See Q-o-Q Growth on Q3 2016

Overall GPU shipments show 20.4% Q-o-Q growth on Q3 2016, even if seen on a Y-o-Y basis shipments remain essentially flat (with a 0.3% increase), Jon Peddie Research reports, a reflection of the PC market during the same period.

GPUs make for a good indicator of the state of the PC market, since a GPU goes in every system before shipment. In fact, JPR says Q3 2016 PC shipments are up by 8.09% Q-o-Q and down by -5.37% Y-o-Y.

Driving the Q-o-Q growth are gaming desktops and notebooks, as well as datacentres. The analyst hopes gaming machines, being high ASP systems, will help offset the slowdown in overall PC shipments. However such systems only contribute "a few million unit shipments" on an annual basis, less than the decline of the total PC market.

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EVGA Updates SuperNOVA PSUs

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EVGA Updates SuperNOVA PSUs

EVGA announces the SuperNOVA G3-- a PSU range promising to build on the previous versions of the PSU series with performance both better and quieter from a smaller form factor.

SuperNOVA G series PSUs are over 90% efficient, with improved efficiency and lower ripple compared to previous series. The G3 is also smaller being 150mm long (G2 PSUs are around 165mm), making them "some of the smallest power supplies on the market" according to the company. While small, G3 PSUs carry a 140mm hydraulic dynamic bearing fan offering "whisper silent" operation reaching just 25dBA (550, 650 and 750W models) or 35dBA (850 and 1000W models) of noise during full operation.

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Intel Shows "Miraculous" Photonics Chips

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Intel Shows

An analyst report on the Barron's tech trading blog claims Intel might have chipmaking "game changer"-- miniaturised on-die silicon photonics technology allowing for the faster transmission of data between chip components.

As the Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Christopher Rolland puts it, such technology can "mitigate Moore's Law," the semiconductor design rule the likes of Intel have been grinding against in recent years. He also describes the "chips with frickin' lasers" as "nothing short of miraculous" and "a potential game changer for Intel and the semiconductor industry."

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Zotac Presents VR GO Backpack PC

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Zotac Presents VR GO Backpack PC

Zotac offers a variety of miniature gaming PCs, but only one comes ready with straps-- the VR GO, a PC users can strap on their backs straight out of the box for more mobile VR experiences.

The straps are removable, meaning customers can use the PC as a regular desktop machine. It carries fairly decent hardware, with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, M.2 SSD and a hot-swappable battery in a form factor the company says still includes proprietary cooling system and properly positioned I/O ports.

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