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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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MSI Launches X2999M Gaming Pro Carbon AC

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MSI Launches X2999M Gaming Pro Carbon AC

MSI announces a Micro ATX motherboard addition to the X2999 series-- the X2999M Gaming Pro Carbon AC, essentially a smaller version of the ATX-sized X299 Gaming Pro Carbon Pro.

Like its larger sibling, the X2999M features a similar I/O cover shape with a painted carbon pattern on the black board. It also offers dual "Steel Armor" PCIe x16 slots for multi-GPU builds, eight SATA ports, dual M.2 slots and the same 10-phase DrMOS PWM. The four DIMM slots handle up to 128GB of 4200MHz quad-channel DDR4 RAM.

On the processor side it supports Intel Core X-series i7 and i9 socket 2066 processors. Further features include dual Intel gaming LAN and wireless network support, dedicated water pump PIN header, MSI OC Engine 2 external clock generator, and Clear CMOS and Flashback+ buttons on the rear I/O panel.

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Lian Li Announces PC-Q39 Tempered Glass Chassis

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Lian Li Announces PC-Q39 Tempered Glass Chassis

PC case maker Lian-Li presents the PC-Q39-- a Mini-ITX tower chassis featuring aluminium construction and a full-cover tempered glass side panel users can attach to the frame via thumbscrews.

A successor to the PC-Q37 chassis, the PC-Q39 allows use of ATX power supplies, as well as triple-slot graphics cards. The main compartment has a dual-chamber design separating motherboard, processor and graphics card from the power supply, HDDs and water cooling components.

Dedicated internal grommets for liquid cooling tubing allow users to move reservoir and pumps to the wider secondary chamber, allowing users to show off the main components behind the tempered glass panel. A large hole in the motherboard mounting plate behind the CPU socket area facilitates heatsink changes without need for motherboard removal.

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EKWB Launches EK-Vardar EVO Fans

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EKWB Launches EK-Vardar EVO Fans

EK Water Blocks launches a range of EK-Vardar EVO fans featuring start-stop functionality, adding what the company claims is a "true 0dB experience."

The extended range PWM fans are available in 120 and 140mm sizes, and promise not only a quieter environment but also prevent dust build-up in idling PCs, extending fan lifespans. To determine when to stop spinning the fans have a PWM curve set so if the PWM duty cycle is below 25-30% PWM (depending on motherboard model) the fan simply stops spinning.

In turn, if the PWM duty cycle is raised by the fan control software the fan starts spinning once again. The fans are built for liquid cooling systems (namely radiator cooling), and EK says the EK-Vardar EVO family should perform well in high-performance air coolers or as case fans for restrictive cases with dust filters.

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Razer Adds RGB Lighting to Anything

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Razer Adds RGB Lighting to Anything

Razer announces a means for customers to add synchronised RGB lighting to pretty much anything-- a modular lighting kit dubbed the Chroma Hardware Development Kit (HDK).

The Chroma HDK features the same Synapse 3 controlled RGB LEDs found in the company's PC systems and peripherals. The actual kit consists of 2 LED strips (each with 16 RGB LEDs) together with a base module offering 4 lighting channels. Customers can also add more lighting through a Lightpack Extension Kit packing two RGB LED strips and extension cables.

The base module connects to PCs via USB for data and power, while an optional DC output allows for additional power and brightness. The strips can also be used for internal PC case lighting through an included Molex to DC power adapter. As for the synchronisation and control of lighting, one needs to use either the Synpase 3 or Chroma Studio software.

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