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Following the flurry of announcements that we saw from AMD, PC accessories maker Corsair announced a couple of decent concept PCs along with some new technologies. Known as the Concept Curve and Concept Slate, Corsair reimagines some of its popular PCs with a unique new touch.

Concept Curve

The Concept Curve features a carbon fiber handcrafted body with tempered glass surrounding it for increased durability. This concept is based off the Corsair Graphite 780T and features an impressive curved design, almost reminiscent of a sports car. Thanks to the almost transparent body, users can have a good look inside the CPU which houses the liquid cooling system. 

Concept Slate

This PC comes with two water-cooled systems under the hood, and ample fan speed to keep the heat to a minimum. The Concept Slate is built with performance in mind. This is what a dream super-tower PC would look like, featuring the best hardware that you can imagine. There’s state-of-the-art RGB lighting control built into the system. The Slate comes with a monolithic frame, which adds to the appeal of the PC.

Liquid Cooling

The company unveiled the new RGB Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers which offer enhanced performance and bolstered appearance. It offers magnetic levitation fans and a pump which is quieter and more efficient. The system also comes with 360 degrees RGB lighting. The company also unveiled its own custom liquid cooling water blocks, radiators as well as fittings. This is capable of cooling the CPUs of both the Concept Curve and Slate. Needless to say, the new fittings are the best in the business and come with Corsair’s promise of performance and quality.

Syncing

Using this handy feature, the user can coordinate RGB lighting between RGB case fans, Hydro Series CPU coolers, light strips, keyboards, mice, mouse pads, headsets as well as a handful of motherboards. This will allow users to offer a streamlined look to their PC by synchronizing the lighting of all components.

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The annual Computex event in Taipei is a chance for chipmakers to showcase their best products every year. AMD has taken center stage this year and has offered detailed demonstrations of devices running its Ryzen and Radeon GPUs. 

EPYC

It’s interesting to note that the company’s processors meant for data centers and cloud-based solutions, known as Naples, will now be known as “EPYC”. This processor will use the Zen x86 processing engine that can be scaled by up to 32 cores. AMD will bring the EPYC processors to the market by June 20.

Ryzen Threadripper

Aimed towards the high-end PC market, the Ryzen Threadripper received special attention during the company’s dedicated event. This processor comes with the ability to play 4K games in native resolution as demonstrated by AMD during the event. The company used Bethesda’s latest title, “Prey”, to demonstrate its GPU credentials. 

The Ryzen Threadripper will be available in a few months from now with a Summer 2017 launch pegged by the company. AMD also showcased new motherboards from ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI, which are based on the X399 chipset. These motherboards support 16 core/32 thread processors, quad channel memory and up to 2TB of RAM.

Ryzen Momentum

The company also shared some details on the new Ryzen Momentum processors, which is an evolution of the current gen Ryzen processors that are selling in the markets. Targeting the gaming market, AMD believes that all major OEMs will have Ryzen based designs by the end of June this year. The company showcased Ryzen based desktop machines from companies like Acer, Asus, Dell and Lenovo at the event.

Ryzen Mobile

These processors are designed for slim notebooks with a thickness of under 15mm. While Intel has dibs on Ultrabooks, the Ryzen Mobile can be used in new-gen slim notebooks from a number of manufacturers. The chipset brings four cores/eight threads and Vega based graphics to slim notebooks.

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

The first commercially available Vega based GPU will be sold as the “Frontier Edition” apparently. This GPU will be designed for machine learning and artificial intelligence based endeavors while the official launch will take place on the 27th of June. The company showcased the Radeon RX Vega graphics card during the course of the event. This chipset is expected to break cover at the SIGGRAPH 2017 event in California.

VR Ready Processors

AMD announced that all the new Ryzen processors are approved by Oculus, thus bolstering its VR credentials. Processors will be characterized as AMD VR Ready Processors and AMD Ryzen VR Ready Premium processors to make it easier for the customers.

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Research firm IDC ranked Acer as no. 1 PC player in the commercial desktop category. The results are based on IDC’s Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, May 2017. Acer has topped the list of leading vendors with 26.4 percent of share in the commercial desktop category in the country. 

Acer achieved the top spot in the category with a quarter on quarter growth of 67 percent accelerating the performance of the company. 

“We are delighted to be positioned as a Leader in commercial Desktop space. Over the last couple of quarters, Acer has recorded a massive growth in the commercial desktop market in India. Our strong footholds in various sectors like BFSI, Government, Education and corporates has helped us achieve the top position.”

Sudhir Goel, Acer India

Along with sizeable wins from the Government projects, K12 and the education segment, BFSI, ITeS and large private corporates. 

Acer’s commercial side of the business observed significant traction that helped it maintain its stronghold in the commercial desktop category.

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At Computex 2017, Dell unveiled two new all-in-ones (AIO) named Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One (AIO) and Inspiron 24 5000 All-in-One (AIO) along with a new gaming desktop, which are part of its widely-known Inspiron PC product line. All the three products are available for purchase on Dell.com and third party retailers like JD.com in China. The global launch will be in coming few weeks.

Dell has raised the bar by including Dell’s iconic virtually borderless ‘InfinityEdge’ display that offers an exquisite edge-to-edge viewing experience for multimedia entertainment and online streaming. 

The company has also added “Ready for VR” configurations capable of delivering immersive experiences through high-end VR headsets like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Dell stated that it is the only OEM in the industry that provides end-to-end VR solutions from VR content creation and playback to serving VR content via Dell cloud servers and infrastructure. 

Commenting on the new products, Ray Wah, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell Consumer and Small Business Product Group, said: “Dell has experienced 17 consecutive quarters of PC growth by continuously innovating with our PC designs and experiences.”

Inspiron 27 7000 AIO (27-inch) is powered by a AMD 8 Core Ryzen™ processors, and it is equipped with AMD Radeon™ RX 500 series graphics card with GDDR5 memory. It can support upto 16GB of DDR4 2400MHz memory. It consists of two HDMI terminals, three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and one USB 3.1 type-C port, and a USB 2.0 port. It is priced at $999.99.

Inspiron 24 5000  features a 24-inch InfinityEdge IPS FHD touch display. It is powered by a 7th Gen AMD processors and AMD Polaris RX500 graphics. It comes with two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and one USB 3.1 type-C port, and two USB 2.0 port. It is priced at $699.99.

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We’ve heard a heap already about AMD’s answer to the Intel Core i9 enthusiast CPU range, but the company was keen to flesh out the details of its Ryzen 9 Threadripper CPU offerings at the Computex 2017 show in Taiwan. 

Much of the anticipation around Threadripper stemmed from the rumors that AMD would be launching a 16 core 32 thread monster CPU, and the company confirmed these suspicions at a press conference today.

Apart from the fact that the top-of-the-range Ryzen 9 CPU will double the number of cores of the RYZEN 7, every one of the supercharged CPU range will come with 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes to allow an exceptional volume of data to be received in parallel.  

Ryzen 9 Threadripper specs

A ‘chipset’ off the old block

Backing up this extreme horsepower are four slots of DDR4 RAM that will be consistent across each of the units in the Threadripper range. 

The processors will run on the new X399 platform which rely on a totally new chipset and already have motherboard configurations announced by the likes of ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. 

The CPU will launch at some point in the June, July, August period, with pricing details to be released closer to the launch date.

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Intel’s Compute Card will ship beginning in August, with nearly a dozen partners at the ready to develop compatible products for the ultra-small PC.

Designed as a kind of interchangeable “guts” for devices like digital signage, kiosks, smart TVs, and even 2-in-1 computers, the Compute Card is functionally a complete computer that’s still small enough to fit inside a wallet.

Inside the Compute Card’s 55mm x 94.5mm x 5mm form factor is not just graphics and on-board storage, but also 4GB of DDR3 RAM, an Intel-branded processor, and both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Originally shown off at CES 2017, Intel has four models of the Compute Card planned for release. You can take a gander at how each model’s specifications match up to one another in the graphic below:

Additionally, Intel announced that early partners such as LG, Sharp, and Foxconn are already working on Compute Card-compatible products. 

LG and Sharp are currently slated to make smart monitors and digital signage, respectively, while Foxconn (as well as companies like ECS, Seneca and NexDoc) are developing miniature desktops and all-in-one PCs that can be easily upgraded by swapping out Compute Cards.

Other partners like Dell, Lenovo, HP and Pasuntech were also announced, but have yet to declare any products they intend to make using the Compute Card.

It’s uncertain yet if Intel’s standardized plug-ins will take off, (pricing details are being saved for a later date) but we’re definitely intrigued by the concept and will keep an eye on where Intel’s micro-PCs take it next.

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It’s looking more likely that a newer version of the MacBook Pro is on the way, as Apple seemingly hints via its online store that prospective buyers should wait until after its big keynote before committing to the current model.

Shipping dates for the 15-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) on Apple’s website have been pushed up, offering free delivery for those willing to wait until June 6-8 — smack in the middle of Apple’s WWDC 2017 conference — before making the purchase .

Though we won’t learn for sure until Apple takes the stage next week, this could be a sign that the tech giant is planning to release an updated version of its top-shelf laptop, encouraging customers to wait before potentially buying an outdated version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Wait and see (and save)

By contrast, both the 13-inch and Touch Bar-less 15-inch MacBook Pro can currently be delivered to a US doorstep for free just 24 hours after placing an order. At this time, only the 15-inch MacBook Pros have their free shipping dates stretched out.

That said, we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple refreshes its entire MacBook line at WWDC, as a Bloomberg report from earlier this month claims that not just a new MacBook Pro — but also a new 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Air — are expected to make their debut at Apple’s big keynote event.

Will Apple be reinvigorating its laptop line following a tough bout of competition from the likes of Microsoft’s Surface line? Fingers crossed we’ll know exactly what’s on Apple’s mind come next week.

Via MacRumors

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Home broadband can be expensive, so it feels like an insult when you can’t get the best Wi-Fi signal in particular spots around your home, especially if you are signed up to super-fast broadband.

However, there is a way to solve it– the GigaGate is a Wi-Fi bridge to help you get the best connection possible in hard to reach areas of your home, even when it’s really far away from the main router.

The devolo GigaGate is capable of reaching speeds of up to 2 Gbps and is perfect for that corner of your living room that’s full of internet connected devices.

If you’ve got a games console, smart TV or PC in a corner where it’s hard for the connection to reach, this little device may be the best way to solve the problem.

It uses new 4×4 quantenna chip technology to make sure your devices will be able to get the best available  internet your home broadband provider supplies.

You won’t need to replace your home router either. You can plug one part of the GigaGate into the router itself and then place the second device near to the other devices you want to get a super charged connection.

One of the best parts of GigaGate is you won’t need to stress about setting it up either.

You need to connect the base into the router then find a location for the satellite. The rest is done by the GigaGate itself, which is already configured. After two minutes it is ready to start.

The satellite unit also features one gigabit port and four fast Ethernet ports for any wired devices you may have to give you even more connectivity options.  This means that you’ll be able to connect a games console, TV, a smart home speaker system and even have one spare for when you’re using your laptop in that part of the house.

There’s also 2.4GHz Wi-Fi as well that offer speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

By using the GigaGate, you can ensure you get the best connection for when you’re gaming online so you won’t be kicked off an online match at the worst time possible plus you can be sure you’ll get the top buffering speeds while streaming TV from Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and even more apps.

You can solve most of your Wi-Fi woes around your home with the GigaGate for only £219.99. That includes both the base unit and a satellite to use in another part of your home.

More satellite units are then available for £129.99, which will make sure you have better connections all around the house no matter how big your home is. Soon your connection woes can disappear entirely with the help of GigaGate.

You can buy the GigaGate here ((ADD LINK)) from devolo’s website. 

devolo also produce a range of Powerline adapters, designed to boost internet signal as well as Home Control, a smart home system designed to improve comfort levels, energy savings and safety.

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Computex 2017 is runs all this week, with the biggest brands present at the huge event in Taipei, Taiwan. It’s arguably the most important show of the year for the desktop, laptop and components you’ll want to buy.

This is the show for folks who are left disillusioned by the lack of overclocking competitions and talk of gigahertz and teraflops at more mainstream tech expos, like CES in Las Vegas.

While we’ve already seen some of the wares that key computer makers will show off, namely that of Acer and MSI, there’s plenty more still behind all manner of curtains and veils. 

However, recent leaks and announcements from the firms yet to break their big news of the show can help us make some educated guesses as to what we might see.

Here’s everything we’ve seen so far (and what else we expect) from the biggest computing companies in Taipei from May 30 through June 3.

The launches of Computex 2017

Everything that’s been launched at Computex 2017 so far…

Intel announces its next generation of Intel Core-X processors 

Intel’s keynote on Tuesday touched on a number of subjects, including smart cities and the future of computing.

However, it was the launch of its new line of Intel Core-X processors, including the incredible 18-core i9 CPU that really got us excited.

Nvidia Max-Q

Nvidia’s keynote highlighted the launch of its Max-Q technology.

This exciting new tech will make gaming PCs more powerful, as well as lighter and slimmer.

Dell unveils a trio of new all-AMD desktops for media and gaming

Dell has spoilt us with three brand new, all-AMD desktop PCs. Specifically, an Inspiron all-in-one PC has been shown in both 24- and- 27-inch varieties, as well as a new gaming desktop in disguise.

Dell also took the Computex stage as the opportunity to unveil its first-ever Inspiron gaming desktop, designed to bring near-boutique gaming PC quality to buyers for far less than the real deal. We’ll have hands on reviews of these machines soon.

Gigabyte shows off its new Aorus gaming laptops

Gigabyte has given us a closer look at its Aorus gaming laptops at Computex 2017, with the Aorus X9, Aorus X5 MD and Aorus X7 DT all putting in an appearance.

Gigabyte also gave us global launch-dates for all its upcoming gaming laptops.

What we expect from Computex 2017

Acer

This firm based out of the very same country Computex is held annually has already shown its cards regarding the big show. With that, we know with certainty that we can expect to get hands-on time with Acer’s Nitro 5 gaming laptop as well as its Acer Spin 1 2-in-1 laptop and new Android tablets with Quantum Dot displays.

Having just come off of its massive annual media event in New York City this past April, chances are slim that we’ll see much more from Acer during Computex. If we had to wildly guess, perhaps Acer will have more in PC gaming hardware to show off, that being a major focus of the show these days – just don’t hold your breath.

AMD

Having been teasing its new Vega graphics chip architecture for what seems like eons now, AMD will perhaps choose Computex as the place we’ll finally see new the first Vega graphics cards. After all, we’ve at least already seen the developer-grade Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. We have to be close to seeing the future of PC gaming on AMD hardware by this point.

Speaking of which, we’ve been hearing plenty over the past few weeks of the next wave of AMD Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 9 Threadripper series. Designed to compete with Intel’s supposed Core i9 line of high-end chips, Threadripper will come rocking 16-core processors that may be slower than Ryzen 7 CPUs in frequency, but far more ready to handle multifaceted workloads.

Computex would be the perfect venue to showcase the power of not only Vega GPUs, but these new Threadripper CPUs as well.

Asus

This is one of the firms we know the least about in regards to what it might have to show during Computex 2017. That said, we do know that Asus will hold press conferences for both its core, eponymous brand and its gaming brand, Republic of Gamers (ROG).

We’ve heard murmurs of the next Asus Zenbook Flip, the UX370, to succeed the current UX360, which we enjoyed quite a bit. On the gaming front, Asus ROG has outright teased a gaming laptop powered by Ryzen to be shown at Computex in the above looping video. Here’s to hoping that’s an all-AMD build with graphics that rhyme with “mega”.

Dell

Frankly, we’ve seen very little in the way of leaks and rumors in the lead up to Computex, which doesn’t give us much, if anything, to go off of. However, one thing that we’re at least hoping to see in more detail is Dell’s head-mounted display for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Holographic program.

With the headset expected to launch later this year alongside the rest of the lot, Computex would be a fine place to demonstrate its capabilities. We know for a fact that Dell will hold a press event during the show, so hopefully this will be the place to see Dell’s big dip into virtual reality – sorry, “mixed reality,” if you’re asking Microsoft.

Intel

The one thing we expect to hear more about from Intel at Computex is its rumored Core i9 line of processors. According to leaks, this new echelon of Intel CPUs will include new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X models ranging from octa-core to dodeca-core dies.

Of course, the logic here is that Intel is preparing its defenses for the oncoming assault of AMD’s Threadripper Ryzen 9 processors. However, unlike AMD, Intel has yet to make anything official. The firm should change that during its press event scheduled during Computex.

Nvidia

This is another one of those component firms that won’t officially say much, if anything, about its plans (unlike a certain rosy rival) until it’s ready to discuss them in full. That said, Nvidia does tend to be leaky, and so we have talk of the firm’s Volta GPU architecture being prepared for a Q3 2017 launch, meaning any time after the end of June.

And, whaddya know, that’s just in time AMD Vega’s expected debut. Specifically, sites like WCCFTech report to have heard that Volta will be brought to bear through GTX 20-series GPUs.

If this is what Nvidia truly has in store for its Computex press event, then this ought to be a knock-down, drag-out summer for the red and green teams.

Qualcomm

Finally, we have the company that stands to shake up the show the most: Qualcomm. The firm has been largely silent on its plans to work with Microsoft to bring Windows 10 x86 app emulation to its next generation of Snapdragon processors since they were first announced last December.

It’s potentially the lynch pin in Microsoft’s mobile ambitions moving forward. Again, Computex would be the time to demonstrate how Qualcomm’s technology works and what types of new mobile devices running Windows 10, much less any, that it can enable.

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During this year’s Computex 2017 festivities, Dell has pulled the curtain back on not one, but three brand new, all-AMD desktop PCs. Specifically, an Inspiron all-in-one PC has been shown at both 24- and- 27-inch varieties, as well as a new gaming desktop in disguise.

First up are the Inspiron 24 5000 and Inspiron 27 7000 all-in-ones, which both embody a subdued design so as not to detract from popping full HD and up to 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) touch displays, respectively.

AMD all the way

Both of Dell’s new AIO computers come packing the latest AMD Ryzen processors and Polaris graphics chips. The 24-inch model comes with a 7th generation, quad-core A10 processor paired with a Radeon RX560 graphics chip with 4GB of video memory.

Meanwhile, the 27-incher houses your choice of a quad-core Ryzen 5 1400 or octa-core Ryzen 7 1700 processor with another choice of Radeon RX560 graphics with 4GB of video RAM or Radeon RX580 with 8GB of memory. Both PCs offer up to 32GB of RAM and spinning hard drives as large as 1TB as well as solid-state boot drive combos up to 256GB PCIe SSDs.

Both of these PCs’ nearly bezel-less InfinityEdge screens – the first Dell AIOs to be nearly bezel-free – use interplane switching, or ISP, technology, making sharing movies and games on one screen much easier with wider viewing angles.

Finally, you will find far-field voice-controlled Cortana access from both of these AIOs as well as Windows Hello via infrared cameras, with the 24-incher offering a SmartByte software to prioritize network traffic for uninterrupted streaming sessions. The 24-inch Inspiron 24 5000 hits shelves this month for $699 (about £545, AU$941) to start, while the 27-inch Inspiron 27 7000 asks for a starting price of $999 (about £779, AU$1,345), also available now.

Inspiron goes gaming-ready

Dell also took the Computex stage as the opportunity to unveil its first-ever Inspiron gaming desktop, designed to bring near-boutique gaming PC quality to buyers for far less than the real deal.

The firm is bringing AMD Ryzen and Polaris technology to a potentially new audience inside a device designed to attract gamers with a chassis equipped with “Polar Blue” LED lights.

As for special features, Dell has been mum on those for its new entry-to-mid-level gaming PC for the masses, though keen to tout its PC’s five internal bays for storage upgrades as well as liquid cooling options. The Inspiron Gaming Desktop is available now starting at $699 (about £545, AU$941).

Will Dell’s new all-AMD PC push lead to powerful, sleek devices for less than before? We’ll have to see in some full reviews.

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