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Intel Compute Card Gets Launch

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Intel Compute Card Gets Launch

Intel launches the Compute Card at its Computex keynote-- the modular, credit card-sized computing platform first revealed at CES 2017, now with partners (Dell, LG, Lenovo) and a shipping date.

The Compute Card concept remains unchanged from that seen back in January 2017. A compact package fits an Intel system-on-chip, memory, storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity. One can slot the Compute Card in a variety of products, with examples seen at the show including a desktop PC replacement docks, laptops, smart TVs, VR headsets and even refrigerators.

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AMD Unveils Threadripper CPU

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AMD Unveils Threadripper CPU

AMD reveals its near-future compute product roadmap at its Financial Analyst Day, with upcoming offerings including the high-end Ryzen Threadripper CPU and Ryzen 3 desktop CPUs.

Aimed at the high-end desktop segment, the Threadripper is a Zen-based CPU carrying up to 16 cores and 32 threads. It is to feature a new platform with expanded memory and I/O bandwidth, and promises to "fulfill the insatiable desire for more cores and threads that permeates the extreme desktop market" once it launches on Summer 2017. More details should be available soon at Computex 2017.

Also announced is the Q3 2017 availability of Ryzen 3 CPUs, while more PCs from "top 5" OEMs running on Ryzen 7 and 5 CPUs should hit the market on Q2 2017.

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Cooler Master Intros Master Box Lite 5

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Cooler Master Intros Master Box Lite 5

Gamer customers wanting a stylish PC chassis on a budget might be interested in the Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5, an ATX mid-tower chassis featuring a "DarkMirror" front panel.

As a more mainstream PC case the MasterBox Lite 5 has little in terms of thrills of frills. What it does have is a PSU cover for the hiding of cables, four 120mm fans, space in the front and rear for liquid cooling radiators and up to 400mm space for the fitting of graphics cards. Storage comes in a single 2.5-inch SSD mount plus two combo 3.5-/2.5-inch mounts for two more HDDs or SSDs.

The trim is customisable in either red, black or white, and a transparent acrylic side panel allows one to show off internal components. Customers wanting to customise the chassis further can even get downloadable 3D printing schematics for the top or buttom trim.

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In Win Intros 301 Micro ATX PC Chassis

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In Win Intros 301 Micro ATX PC Chassis

PC case maker In Win presents the 301-- a Micro ATX minitower PC chassis targeted at gaming and performance enthusiasts wanting a machine with a smaller form factor.

Based on the "premium affordable" In Win 303 ATX chassis, the 301 is an even more compact option, measuring 365 x 205 x 370mm. Construction is in 1.2mm SECC steel, with a tool-less push button release tempered glass side panel and the same hexagonal ventilation design as the 303.

The front of the chassis has x2 USB 3.0 ports and HD audio I/O, while the inside has one 2.5-/3.5-inch bay, two 2.5-inch SSDs and four PCI expansion slots. On the cooling side it has enough space for both 240mm plus 120mm water cooling radiators at the front and rear, and one can fit two 120mm fans in the chassis base.

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iCX Cools EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming Hybrid

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iCX Cools EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming Hybrid

EVGA presents a "hybrid" version of its iCX cooling technology-- first seen in the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Gaming Hybrid, a graphics card featuring both direct liquid cooling and heatsink/fan cooling.

The liquid cooling takes care of the GPU, while the heatsink and fan keep the memory and VRM cool. The two cooling systems are combined with an array of thermal sensors and MCUs (iCX), and the company claims the result "gives you unbelievable GPU temperatures, sometimes cutting your GPU load temperatures in half."

The liquid cooling block is accompanied by a 120mm radiator and fan. The dedicated memory cooling plate makes direct contact with the cooling block plus dedicated heatsink/fan for the VRMs, helping push performance to the limit. Behind the scenes, iCX technology allows extensive monitoring and "full control" via Precision XOC software.

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IDC: EMEA Traditional PC Market Returns to Growth

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IDC: EMEA Traditional PC Market Returns to Growth

The traditional PC market (desktops, notebooks and workstations) continues to stabilise in Q1 2017, IDC reports-- shipments show "modest" 1.6% Y-o-Y growth, reaching 17.4 million units.

Notebooks show the strongest performance, growing by 8.9% Y-o-Y across EMEA with 9.2% growth in W. Europe and 8.3% in CEMA. Commercial notebooks are up by 18.6% in CEMA and 11.2% in W. Europe, the result of a push to avoid price increases and favourable exchange rates against the dollar, while consumer notebooks are up by 8.1% in CEMA and 7.5% in W. Europe thanks to previous quarter backlogs.

Desktop shipments are still on the decline however, as EMEA shipments are down by -12% Y-o-Y.

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MSI Bundles Optane Drives With Motherboards

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MSI Bundles Optane Drives With Motherboards

MSI announces a trio of 200 series motherboards with an exclusive addition-- a pre-installed 16GB Intel Optane Memory drive, adding further value for customers.

The motherboards getting this addition are the Z270 Tomahawk, B250M Bazooka and the B250M Pro, as denoted with an OPT BOOST suffix. The first two motherboards have x2 Turbo M.2 slots, providing space for a fast PCIe SSD card, while the B250M Pro appears to have a single M.2 slot.

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FSP Intros Windale 4, 6 Coolers

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FSP Intros Windale 4, 6 Coolers

Power and cooling specialist FSP announces a pair of Windale series CPU coolers-- the Windale 4 and 6, able to handle CPUs with up to 180 and 240W TDPs respectively.

The naming is based on the amount of heat pipes equipped, thus the 4 and 6. Being the larger and more powerful model, the Windale 6 also gets the addition of a black radiator finish and blue LED illuminated fan. FSP says both coolers have direct contact 6mm diameter copper heat pipes for better cooling performance, as well as a patented solder-less louver fin assembly to further increase heat pipe effectiveness.

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The NZXT Kraken G12 GPU AiO Cooler Mount

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The NZXT Kraken G12 GPU AiO Cooler Mount

Power and cooling specialist NZXT launches the Kraken G12-- a liquid cooler to graphics card mounting kit with support for over 30 liquid cooling systems, including several from 3rd parties.

The Kraken G12 promises improvements on compatibility and ease of fitting compared to its predecessor, the G10. It obviously supports the latest Kraken X42, X52 and X62 AiO coolers, together with a number of 3rd party systems, and is compatible with 40 different GPUs, including reference and non-reference AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce graphics cards.

According to NZXT the Kraken G12 offers 40% better cooling over stock GPU coolers. It features a 92mm dedicated fan for both memory and VRM compatible with aftermarket VRM heatsinks, and has a redesigned bracket for easier installation.

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