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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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Asus Rivals Raspberry With Tinker Board

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Asus Rivals Raspberry With Tinker Board

Asus is the next company to take on barebones micro-PCs as it reveals the Tinker Board-- a small machine similar to the popular Raspberry Pi, if with a more powerful processor capable of 4K video playback.

Officially dubbed the "Asus 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0," the Tinker Board measures 8.5 x 5.3cm and carries a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A17 CPU, ARM Mali-T764 GPU and 2GB DDR3 RAM. The combination, according to the company, allows 4K video and 24-bit audio support through H.265 4K decoding, and should also allow for better 3D graphics performance.

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Zotac Presents VR-Capable Zbox Magnus EN1070K

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Zotac Presents VR-Capable Zbox Magnus EN1070K

The Zotac Zbox line of miniature desktop PCs gets an upgrade to Intel Kaby Lake processors-- bringing about the Magnus EN1070K, a machine capable of powering a VR headset despite being a little bigger than a Mac Mini.

The ultra-compact PC runs on a Kaby Lake Core i5 CPU together with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and up to 35GB RAM. Internal storage comes through M.2 SSD slot and 2.5-inch SATA drive bay, while connectivity includes x2 USB 2.0, x2 USB 3.0, x1 USB 3.1 Type-A, x1 USB-C, x1 SD card slot, x2 ethernet, x2 HDMI and x2 DisplayPorts.

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PC Shipments At Their Lowest Yet!

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PC Shipments At Their Lowest Yet!

The PC market is not exactly one for good news, but according to Gartner 2016 was the worst yet-- shipments are down by -6% to 269.7 million, a 5th straight annual decline and the lowest total since 2006.

For the curious, 2006 shipments totalled 240 million.

IDC has similar results for the 2016 PC market-- shipments reach 260 million, a -5.7% decline. The analyst says Q1 2016 was particularly constrained by high inventory, free Windows 10 upgrades and difficult comparisons to 2014, but by H2 and Q4 2016 the market stabilised through commercial demand.

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Intel Presents Credit Card-Size Compute Card

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Intel Presents Credit Card-Size Compute Card

Intel reveals a PC small enough to fit in a wallet at CES 2017-- the Compute Card, a device measuring 95 x 55 x 5mm the company claims brings computing power "to virtually any product, anywhere."

The compact Compute Card frame fits an Intel system-on-chip, memory, storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity. Chipzilla does not reveal the actual specifications as yet, but it promises a modular design customers will be able to configure with a range of processors, including 7th gen Intel Core CPUs with vPro.

Connecting a Compute Card to a device demands a new standard connector-- one described as "USB-C plus extension." The connector handles USB, PCIe, HDMI, DP and additional signals running between the card and devices, and Intel says it can be used by a wide variety of things, such as interactive fridges, smart kiosks, security cameras, smart TVs and IoT gateways.

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