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Reeven Intros NAIA 240 AIO Cooler

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Reeven Intros NAIA 240 AIO Cooler

Taiwanese accessory maker Reeven announces the NAIA 240-- an AIO liquid cooler promising "efficient cooling, simple maintenance and intuitive design" in an all-in-one cooling solution.

First seen back at Computex 2017, the NAIA 240 features a WAP (Water Above Pipe) design to allow installation in any orientation without loss in pumping power. The curved baseplates feature micro channels at just 0.11mm to provide efficient heat transfer, while a pair of 120mm "Coldwing" fans deliver high airflow at 25dBA.

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EVGA Continues GTX 1070 Ti SKUs

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EVGA Continues GTX 1070 Ti SKUs

EVGA announces a 5th take on the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti- the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW Ultra Silent Gaming, a card featuring "cool, silent running and game-changing performance."

To cover the "cool" and "silent running" parts of the above claims the card features a 2.5 slot design with a larger, thicker heatsink compared to other EVGA offerings, including those with ACX 3.0 cooling and FTW enhancements. Such size minimises active cooling, keeping things relatively silent. It also features 10+2 power phases, 8+8-pin connectors, 235W power ceiling and two BIOS chips for simpler overclocking.

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Gigabyte Intros Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G

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Gigabyte Intros Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G

Gigabyte announces a first custom designed card based on the AMD Radeon Vega GPU-- the Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G, a black and red offering wrapped around a Windforce 2X cooler design.

The Vega 64 features processors clocked at 1276 MHz base and 1560 MHz base, making it slightly faster than the 1247 MHz base and 1546 MHz boost clocks of the reference card. Allowing such speeds are a dual-fan Windforce 2X cooler, a "well rounded thermal solution" consisting of 5 heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU and a copper plate with an extra heatpipe on the back of the card.

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The AiO EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix Liquid Coolers

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The AiO EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix Liquid Coolers

EK Water Blocks presents an update on the EK-XLC Predator all-in-one (AIO) liqiud coolers-- the EK-MLC Phoenix series, featuring an improved modular design the company says allows for easier configuration.

While the Predator series consisted of a combination of radiator and CPU block, the Phoenix line features a set of fully independent and water blocks. Each component is sold separately, and is pre-filled and terminated with dripless quick-disconnect fittings to allow any number of water blocks to fit in a loop.

The loop should consist of at least two parts-- the radiator module containing the pump and radiator, and a choice of cooling modules (either CPU, Video Card, or both). The radiator core module is a high-fin density EK-CoolStream radiator, and comes pre-filled and complete with pump and high-static pressure EK-Varder EVO fans (with an integrated fan splitter hub to reduce cable clutter).

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IDC: EMEA PC Shipments "Almost Flat" in Q3 2017

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IDC: EMEA PC Shipments

The EMEA traditional PC (desktops, notebooks and workstations) market is "almost flat" in Q3 2017, IDC reports-- shipments total 17.7 million units, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Commercial space sees slight (0.1% Y-o-Y) growth due to enterprise renewals and education deals, while holiday season promotions and gaming boost consumer growth. Notebooks show positive performance across EMEA (0.3%) and strong growth in CEE (5.6%), even if they are negative in both MEA (-4%) and W. Europe (-0.1%). On the other hand desktops are stronger in EMEA, eroding at a softer rate (-2.9%) with strong commercial demand in CEE (8%).

"The overall W. European traditional PC market showed clear signs of strength," the analyst says. "Although notebooks remained the primary growth driver, desktops emerged as a stronger category, declining at a softer rate. But results were varied within the region. While southern Europe witnessed solid results with Spain, Portugal, and Greece finally opening up their IT wallets for PCs, the Nordics slumped after several quarters of solid growth. Among the 3 big Western European economies, France outperformed Germany and the UK."

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Cooler Master Intros MasterAir RGB Coolers

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Cooler Master Intros MasterAir RGB Coolers

Cooler Master announces a pair of additions to the MasterAir Pro CPU air cooler series-- the MA410P and MA610P, a pair of RGB coolers based on the company's CDC (Continuous Direct Contact) 2.0 technology.

The MA410P is an upgrade of the MasterAir Pro 4. Cooler Master says it is "not only silent and efficient in heat transfer, but also the most vibrant and fun choice when it comes to air cooling," thanks to a combination of CDC 2.0 and MasterFan 120 Air Balance RGB.

The CDC 2.0 construction comes in the shape of 4 heatpipes compressed together at the base, providing a contact area 45% larger than the previous generation. The cooler features a single fan, but customers can add an exhaust side fan for push-pull configuration and greater performance.

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Qualcomm Readies Windows 10 PCs

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Qualcomm Readies Windows 10 PCs

A Hong Kong summit sees Qualcomm further detail what it describes as "Cellular PCs"-- Windows 10 machines running on ARM-based processors promising a "hypermobile experience."

Such devices were first revealed last summer at Taipei's Computex 2017, where Qualcomm presented "Snapdragon PCs" combining PC functionality with the always-on convenience of mobile devices. The show featured Snapdragon 835-powered laptops running Windows 10 and popular applications, including Office and Photoshop, with the 64-bit ARM-based processor providing enough power for convincing x86 emulation.

As for the aforementioned Hong Kong summit, Trusted Reviews reports Microsoft was in attendance to confirm the existence of such machines. Set for a December 2017 launch, they are still based on the Snapdragon 835 chip, and promise nothing less than multi-day battery life Microsoft claims is a "game-changer.

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Asus ROG Intros Mini-ITX Ryzen Motherboards

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Asus ROG Intros Mini-ITX Ryzen Motherboards

Asus ROG announces a pair of motherboards for the AMD Socket AM4 platform-- the Strix X370-I Gaming and Strix B350-I Gaming, both aimed for customers wanting to build a compact AMD Ryzen system.

While built around the diminutive mini-ITX format, the two motherboards offer liquid-ready cooling, M.2 SSD heatsink, amped-up audio and addressable RGB lighting. They use the same 6-phase VRM design as full-size Asus ATX boards for AM4, and handle the higher memory clocks required by the platform through shorter traces in the dual-DIMM configuration.

5-Way Optimisation technology promises simpler overclocking through an intelligent auto-tuner able to automatically overclock the CPU and configure the cooling based on the components making the PC. First-timers can overclock the machine with a single click, while veterans can tweak settings manually.

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MSI Intros Vortex G25

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MSI Intros Vortex G25

MSI announces one of the first small form factor (SFF) PCs featuring a Coffee Lake CPU-- the Vortex G25, a slim followup to the previous Vortex G65 offering a slimmer redesigned chassis.

Whereas the G65 had a cylindrical design reminiscent of the 2013 Mac Pro, the G25 keeps things more traditional with an rectangular appearance more akin to a games console. It carries up to an Intel Core i7-8100 processor, 16G DDR4 RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, 1TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1070 graphics and 802.11ac wifi.

Connectivity comes through two USB 3.1 Type-C ports (one is Gen 1 and the other is Gen 2), four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two HDMI ports, S/PDIF, and separate headphone and microphone ports.

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