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IDC: Traditional PC Market "Further Stabilises"

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IDC: Traditional PC Market

The traditional PC market (covering desktops, notebooks and workstations) shows further signs of stabilisation, IDC reports-- global shipments total 67.2 million units in Q3 2017, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Such results are better than previous forecasts of a -1.4% Y-o-Y decline, and are the result of a boost coming from improvements in emerging markets and back-to-school promotions. Even EMEA sees "signs of progress towards stabilisation," with notebooks as chief driver while a growing gaming segment helps keep the desktop market going.

"The traditional PC market performed much as expected in Q3 2017," the analyst remarks. "Emerging markets rebounded slightly more than anticipated, but overall results reflect the stabilization we expected following component and inventory adjustments. The outlook for Q4 2017 remains cautious, likely with a small decline in volume for the quarter and the year. The gains in emerging regions and potential for more commercial replacements represent some upside potential, although we continue to expect incremental declines in total shipments for the next few years."

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Lian-Li Presents PC-Q38 mITX Case

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Lian-Li Presents PC-Q38 mITX Case

PC case specialist Lian-Li announces a small form factor (SFF) chassis-- the PC-Q38, a windowed Mini-ITX case built out of full aluminium with a focus on performance per litre.

Aimed at customers who find the previous PC-Q37 a bit too big, the PC-Q38 measures 180 x 295 x 372mm. It has an acrylic window and supports CPU coolers up to 140mm tall, graphics cards up to 315mm and SFF power supplies up to 140mm long. An optional mounting bracket allows installation of standard ATX power supplies.

One can install a pair of 120mm fans in the mounting locations in the top of the chassis, together with a radiators and all-in-one coolers up to 240mm in the top (or side, depending on orientation) of the case. In addition the case features mounting locations for one 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch HDDs, two USB 3.0 and HD audio jacks.

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Enermax Intros RevoBron PSUs

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Enermax Intros RevoBron PSUs

Enermax announces a successor to the Triathlor PSU line-- RevoBron, a portfolio of 3 products featuring 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency and a semi-modular cable designed aimed at the mid-range market.

The RevoBron PSUs feature DC-DC converters for the generation of minor rails, together with twister-bearing fans. The internals feature Japanese electrolytic capacitors, while the addition of a Dust Free Rotation (DFR) function allows the PSUs to self-clean by rotating the fans in the opposite direction for a period of time in order to extract dust accumulated inside.

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Intel Unveils Desktop Coffee Lake CPUs

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Intel Unveils Desktop Coffee Lake CPUs

Intel launches the 8th generation of Coffee Lake desktop processors-- a CPU family built using a 14nm process aimed at "gamers, content creators and overclockers who require premium performance."

The Coffee Lake family ranges from Core i3 to i7 and, in company firsts, includes a 6-core Core i5 desktop processor and the 4-core i3 desktop processor. For maximum performance Chipzilla offers unlocked "K" processors with per-core overclocking, max memory ratio up to 8400 MT/s, real-time memory latency control, extended PLL trim controls, enhanced package power delivery and updated Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and Extreme Memory Profile.

In further performance enhancements, Intel promises 32% faster (when compared to the previous generation) 4K 360-degree video editing, or up to 65% faster editing compared to a 3-year old PC. All processors also support Z370 chipset-based motherboards.

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DigiTimes: "Some" Cannon Lake CPUs Delayed!

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DigiTimes claims Intel has rescheduled the release of "some" next-generation Cannon Lake-based processors-- mainly ones with integrated GPUs-- to end 2018, affecting notebook makers and their suppliers.

According to unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain, the situation is bad enough some vendors are considering skipping the 10nm Cannon Lake in favour of its eventual successor, Ice Lake. After all, the Intel roadmap shows Ice Lake will be available "shortly after" the rescheduled Cannon Lake launch.

In turn, Intel says the first 10nm products should ship by end 2017, beginning with a lower volume SKU before an H1 2017 volume ramp. Recently Chipzilla presented an update on the 10nm process technology at a Technology and Manufacturing Day event in Beijing, but had nothing to say on the reported delay.

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EVGA Intros Epower V VRM Board

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EVGA Intros Epower V VRM Board

PC component maker EVGA announces the Epower V-- a standalone 12+2 VRM board designed to provide devices such as graphic cards or motherboards with additional power.

The Epower V provides customers with two fully-independent voltage outputs, with EVBot MKII facilitating on-the-fly voltage control. The board has an onboard VCORE and VMEM LED display, allowing one to quickly check status, while integrated EVBOT MKII buttons provide means to easily adjust voltages, upgrade the firmware and connect the EVBot to control the graphics card remotely.

For greater flexibility users can connect the board to PCs via USB-C port for software control (also used for firmware updates).

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The HP AiO PC With Replaceable Parts

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The HP AiO PC With Replaceable Parts

HP adds an unusual feature to its latest All-in-One (AiO) PC-- the EliteOne 1000 features construction customers can open to replace storage, RAM, networking and even the display.

Most of the components making the EliteOne 1000 sit inside a wedge-shaped base one can open without a screwdriver. Thus, customers can easily repair it or replace parts. One has to keep in mind the processor or graphics card cannot be replaced, but the upgradeable networking might make it attractive for enterprise applications.

The AiO carries up to an Intel Core i7-7700 quad-core CPU, up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM (with two SODIMM slots), and storage options including hard drives, SSDs, and PCIe NVMe solid state storage. Ports include x2 USB-C, x4 USB-A, x1 HDMI, x1 DisplayPort in/out jacks, and x1 ethernet, and a webcam and IR sensor come integrated in the display.

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Gigabyte Presents Smallest GTX 1080 Card

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Gigabyte Presents Smallest GTX 1080 Card

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8G claims something of a record-- it is one of the smallest versions of the Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card around, being all of 169mm long to fit mini ITX specifications.

Such dimensions come through a single-fan configuration with a semi-passive (turns off under certain loads/temperatures) 90mm fan. Further aiding cooling is a triple heat pipe cooling solution and 5+2 power phases. Power comes through an 8 pin connector on the top, while construction promises "ultra durable" chokes and capacitors.

The card runs at 1607MHz base and 1733MHz boost, and offers a preset overclocked mode with 1632MHz base and 1771MHz boost accessible via Aorus Graphics Engine app. The utility also allows users to tweak clock speeds, voltage, fan performance and power targets, and comes complete with monitoring functionality.

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Acer Puts Wheels on Predator Orion 900 Gaming PC

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Acer Puts Wheels on Predator Orion 900 Gaming PC

Acer presents what it describes as its most powerful gaming PC yet at IFA 2017-- the Predator Orion 9000, a predictably massive machine, if one made a bit more portable through the addition of a pair of wheels.

“I don’t know if you noticed in the video, but we’ve actually put wheels on this one!” Acer exec Steven Funcke says during the presentation of the machine. “So even though this is a very big chassis, it’s even going to be a little bit portable for you.”

The Predator Orion 9000 comes in a number of configurations, maxing out with an Intel 18-core Core i9-7980XE processor, three M.2 SSD slots, 128GB DDR4 quad-channel RAM and either a pair of GeForce GTX Ti graphics cards in SLI or x4 AMD Radeon RX Vega cards in CrossFire mode. In addition it features both air and water cooling through the combination of a closed-loop liquid cooler with "IceTunnel 2.0" technology that “separates the system into several thermal zones, each with an individual airflow tunnel to expel heat.”

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