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Enermax Intros Revolution Duo PSU

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Enermax Intros Revolution Duo PSU

Enermax announces the Revolution Duo-- a dual-fan PSU featuring 80 Plus certification together with active ventilation brought about through a pair of Twisted Bearing fans.

According to the company more customers are demanding dual-fan PSUs due to the increased use of shroud cases. Such cases allow for easier cable management for near and clean builds, but the confined space decreases air circulation, demanding more efficient airflow management.

The Revolution Duo has a 10cm intake fan and an 8cm exhaust fan arranged in a DuoFlow design. These promise more silent cooling performance when compared with regular single fan PSUs. In addition an FMA (Fan-speed Manual Adjustment) function allows users to set optimal cooling, and the two thermal-controlled fans can automatically adjust speeds according to system conditions.

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The Palm-Size Racing P1 Mini PC

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The Palm-Size Racing P1 Mini PC

Component maker Biostar announces a mini PC-- the Racing P1, a machine around the size of three smartphone stacked on top of each other based on the 14nm Intel Atom Z8350 CPU.

First seen back at Computex 2016, the Racing P1 measures 129 x 83 x 27mm and has a fanless design offering silent operation. Construction is in carbon fibre with "sports car curves," and while customers can hide the machine behind a display via VESA-compatible mounts one can add a spot of flash through RGB LEDs and a 5V LED Header for the addition of LED strips controllable via Vivd LED DJ software.

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The Silent Loop AiO Liquid Cooler

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The Silent Loop AiO Liquid Cooler

German PC component vendor be quiet! launches a first water cooling product-- the Silent Loop, an all-in-one liquid cooler featuring a full copper radiator, Pure Wings 2 PWM fans and flexible bend-protected tubes.

According to the company the Silent Loop is both quiet and vibration free thanks to "unique reverse-flow pump technology" consisting of a decoupled pump reversing the cooling circuit. Essentially the system draws liquid from the outside over the cold plate before transporting it through a second layer on the inside of the radiator. The pump operates at 2200 revolutions per minutes, producing less vibrations than other AiO liquid coolers on the market.

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EVGA PSU Range Gets LED Lighting

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EVGA PSU Range Gets LED Lighting

EVGA announces the SuperNOVA G2L-- a line of 80 Plus Gold efficiency rated PSUs featuring LED lighting for what the company describes as "power you can see."

Essentially versions of EVGA's previous SuperNOVA G2 PSUs with white LED lighting emerging from the modular cable connector array, the G2L variants currently come in 820 and 750 flavours. As one might expect, the models have 850 and 750W output respectively, and promise long-term reliability through high quality Japanese Nippon Chemi-Con capacitors within a modular design.

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In Win Launches 509 Full Tower Chassis

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In Win Launches 509 Full Tower Chassis

Computer chassis maker In Win presents the 509 Full Tower PC Chassis-- a chassis featuring an edge to edge tempered glass panel on the left side and an interesting honeycomb mesh vented design on the right.

Designed for gaming PCs, the 509 comes in both standard and ROG-certified livery. The honeycomb design provides both visual appeal and cooling, together with the vents/perforations on the underside and back. Further cooling comes through 4 areas for the mounting of 360mm radiators (front, sides and middle), with the front space fitting both a triple fan radiator and a pump/reservoir combo.

Users not wanting liquid cooling can use the multifunction brackets to fit 120mm fans or 2.5-inch SSDs.

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MSI Puts VR-Capable PC in Backpack

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MSI Puts VR-Capable PC in Backpack

MSI presents the VR One at Tokyo Games Show (TGS) 2016-- a VR-capable PC described as the "lightest and thinnest" yet, allowing one to carry it around as a backpack.

Previously seen in prototype form, the VR One features an overclocked Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX 1070 mobile graphics and 2 hot-swappable battery packs promising up to 1.5 hours of "full speed gameplay" on a single charge. Connectivity includes x1 HDMI, X1 Mini DisplayPort and and x1 Thunderbolt 3 ports for full support of headsets such as the HTC Vive.

When complete with batteries the backpack weighs 3.6kg, and MSI says operation is both cool and silent through dual 9cm ultra blade fans and 9 heat pipes taking care of cooling duties.

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Tim Cook: "Stay Tuned" for Mac Refresh

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The latest Apple event focused solely on the iPhone and Watch, leading to worries the company forgot about the Mac. However Tim Cook says this is not the case, in an email telling a MacRumors reader to "stay tuned" for future updates.

"I love the Mac and we are very committed to it," the email to an anonymous MacRumours reader states. Of course, one can't fully confirm the authenticity of the email, but the headers suggest it originates from Apple corporate servers. As for the author, while Apple execs sometimes answer correspondence personally, it might also have come from the company's executive relations or PR teams.

In any case, Apple traditionally holds a separate Mac-focused event after holding iPhone ceremonies-- last year had it reveal the 4K 21.5-inch iMac on 13 October, little more than a month after the 9 September event. As such, one can safely expect the company to do something similar, particularly since the Mac lineup is in need of an update.

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AMD Ships 7th Gen A-Series Desktop CPUs

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AMD Ships 7th Gen A-Series Desktop CPUs

AMD starts shipping rivals to Intel's Kaby Lake CPUs to OEMs-- specifically the 7th generation Bristol Ridge-based A-Series featuring the AM4 platform aimed at desktop system use.

The CPUs support DDR4 memory and next-gen I/O standards, including PCIe Gen 3, USB 3.1, NVMe and SATA Express. They also promise high-speed processing, smooth gaming and enhanced media streaming (with 4K/UHD video support in both H.264 and H.265 formats) capabilities. The chips carry up to 4 Excavator cores and come in 65W and 35W versions.

Meanwhile the AM4 socket is a unified socket infrastructure providing compatibility between A-Series processors and upcoming "Summit Ridge" CPUs.

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Intel Presents 7th Generation Kaby Lake CPUs

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Intel Presents 7th Generation Kaby Lake CPUs

Intel announces the first CPUs in what it describes as the "7th generation Core" family-- Kaby Lake, a mid-generation 14nm Skylake refresh bridging the gap until the 10nm Cannonlake CPUs finally hit the market.

As Chipzilla tends to, Kaby Lake will arrive in waves, the first being a selection of six Y- and U-series chips designed for laptops and other compact form factor machines. As such, the draw of such CPUs is less raw power (in that respect little has changed since Skylake) and more the addition of new capabilities to laptops.

Videos is of particular interest, since all Kaby Lake integrated GPUs support hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of 10-bit HEVC/H.265 video streams and the decoding of 8-bit VP9 streams  complete with Dolby Vision and HDR10 HDR standard support. HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support are also included, enabling the output of 4K video at 60Hz over an HDMI cable.

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