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Prebuilts News (182)

Acer Targets New Chromebase at Enterprise Users

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: April 4, 2016 04:21PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Chromebase is the answer for users that are looking for a desktop system running the Chrome OS. The latest offering from Acer is being referred to as the Chromebase for meetings and "has been fine-tuned to support video conferencing." The system is built around a 24" 1080p touchscreen and integrated HD webcam, with support for hosting meetings for up to 25 people through Google Hangouts. The system is rounded out with a dual core Celeron 3215U, 4GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0. The Chromebase has an MSRP of $799 and includes a year of management and support.

Source: ZDNet



PC Bundles Announced for Oculus Rift

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: February 9, 2016 04:38PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Oculus has announced a number of "Oculus Ready" systems from ASUS, Alienware, and Dell. The systems start at $1,500 when bundled with the Rift, including a bundle discount. The cheapest system features an Intel Core i5-6400, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 8GB of DDR4, and a 1TB hard drive. At the other end of the spectrum the system uses a Core i7-5820K, GTX 980, 16GB of DDR4, a 128GB SSD, and a 2TB hard drive for $3,150. None of the bundles include an AMD video card despite the fact that the cards do support the Oculus Rift.

Source: PC World



CyberPowerPC Unveils New Streaming PCs, All-in-Ones, Gaming Laptops, and More at CES

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: January 5, 2016 12:14PM
Author: bp9801


CyberPowerPC has expanded plenty throughout the years, offering custom built gaming PCs to laptops, monitors, All-in-Ones, and more. Today it has a little bit of everything for CES, with 2-in-1 gaming and streaming PCs, a curved screen All-in-One, new gaming laptops, and even gaming PCs that are VR ready. The 2-in-1 gaming and streaming PCs come in the form of the Pro Streamer series, which come pre-installed and configured with OBS open-source streaming and XSPLIT live streaming applications so you can broadcast your games right from the start. CyberPowerPC pre-installs the software based on which configuration you select, with three models ranging from an Intel Core i3 to Core i7 Skylake processors for whatever quality you're after. Other highlights include 8GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD, an H110 Mini-ITX motherboard, and an Avermedia Live Gamer HD capture card.

Moving over to an All-in-One, CyberPowerPC took a 34" curved monitor from Samsung and fit a full-featured PC inside. The Arcus features a 3440x1440 resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate, with up to an Intel Core i7 Skylake processor and single NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN video card inside. It can be either air cooled or liquid cooled, features dual 2.5" HDD/SSDs, UDIMM desktop memory, a USB webcam with dual mics, and plenty of connections to use this as your main PC or even a TV if you choose. Its use of off-the-shelf components mean it can be easily upgraded, too.

On the laptop side of things, we have the Fangbook 4 SK-X with G-SYNC. It features an Intel Core i7-6820HK Skylake processor, the first ever mobile K-Series CPU, and a 17.3" screen to display all your games. It features a range of NVIDIA GeForce GTX mobile cards for G-SYNC goodness, giving you smooth gameplay by syncing the refresh rate to the GPU. The Fangbook 4 SK-X also has 32GB (4x8GB) of DDR4 2133MHz SODIMM RAM, USB 3.0, USB C, an SD card reader, HDMI 1.4, Mini DisplayPort, Killer GbLAN, and 802.11ac WiFi. There are two other gaming laptops launching, as well. The Vector is another 17.3" model with a 1080p IPS panel and an Intel Core i7-6820HK CPU. It also has a GeForce GTX 970M, 16GB DDR4 RAM, an M.2 SSD, a backlit keyboard, and more. The Tracer drops the size down to 15.6", with another 1080p IPS panel. It also has an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, a GeForce GTX 965M, DDR4 RAM, an M.2 SSD, and a backlit keyboard.

Switching to VR, CyberPowerPC is teaming up with Valve's Steam VR and HTC's Vive teams to deliver a VR gaming experience without breaking the bank. CyberPowerPC's VR line starts at just $999 and features an Intel Core i5 Skylake processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 Series video cards. No other details are available on these just yet, but expect that information before long.

The CyberPowerPC Pro Streamer series is avaiable now, starting at $1899 with an Intel Core i5-6600K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 video card with Windows 10 Home. There's also a "Standard" model with a Core i3-6100 CPU for the same price if you don't want any customizations. The Arcus will be available soon, but no price is announced for it just yet. The Fangbook 4 SK-X is also availble now and starts at $1885 for the base model with Windows 10 Home. The Vector and Tracer arrive later this month, with the Vector starting at $1800 and the Tracer at $1300.

Source: Press Release




Acer Debuts Several New Systems at CES

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: January 4, 2016 05:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga

CES 2016 is just about to get underway and Acer has already revealed several of the systems it plans to show off at the yearly trade show. A new all-in-one Chromebase utilizes the Chrome OS and Intel Core processors. These features are matched with a 23.8" 1080p display, up to 8GB of RAM, 802.11a/c Wi-Fi, and an HD webcam. The CB3-131 is a new Chromebook built with durability in mind with a "nano-imprinted" cover allowing for drops up to two feet and up to 130 pounds of downward pressure. It will use hardware similar to other Chromebooks and starts at $179.99. The Iconia 8 tablet has an 8" screen powered by Android 5.1 and is "designed to be family friendly, including a Kids Center app that provides parental controls, child-appropriate content, and a simplified UI designed for younger users," at a cost of $99.99. The company is also planning updates to its Aspire Switch, Aspire Nitro V, and TravelMate Windows laptops.

Source: ZDNet



ROG G11 Gaming Desktop Announced by ASUS

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: September 7, 2015 07:50PM
Author: Brentt Moore


ASUS has officially announced its latest gaming desktop known as the ROG G11. The Taiwanese multinational computer hardware and electronics company has ensured that the ROG G11 packs quite a punch, with its included Intel Core i7-6700 quad-core processor, up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB graphics, and up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory. The ROG G11, which comes with Windows 10 preinstalled, also features other premium components, such as a Blu-ray disc writer drive, an Intel H170 chipset motherboard, an M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 solid-state drive, and 10Gbit per second USB 3.1 Gen 2. ASUS has built the ROG G11 inside of an aesthetically pleasing case, which boasts a futuristic spacecraft-inspired design, a red and black color scheme, and a customizable 8-million-color LED effects panel.

Although specifications of the ROG G11 are known at this time, ASUS has yet to unveil pricing for its latest gaming desktop.

Source: TechPowerUp



Corsair Shows Off Latest Bulldog at PAX Prime

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: September 1, 2015 03:30PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Corsair first announced the Bulldog DIY 4K PC Gaming Kit in June of this year, with the full reveal of the production ready device made over the weekend at PAX Prime. The system uses the latest Intel Z170 chipset paired with a sixth generation Core processor in a Mini ITX form factor. The system is cooled by a Hydro Series H5SF small form factor liquid cooler with the ability to add a liquid GPU cooler as well. The Bulldog doesn't come with a GPU installed, but a GeForce GTX 980 Ti developed by MSI will be available. A 600W SFX PSU is included in the Bulldog chassis which was designed with "a builder-friendly layout and tool-free features." The Bulldog will be available at the end of 2015 with an MSRP of $399.

Source: Press Release



Corsair Announces the Bulldog DIY 4K Gaming PC Kit

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: June 1, 2015 09:41AM
Author: bp9801

Corsair started teasing something called "Bulldog" a little while back, and today we finally have its reveal. Bulldog is a complete DIY PC kit designed to bring 4K gaming into your living room. A console-sized case, liquid CPU cooler, 600W SFX power supply, and mini-ITX motherboard are all included to get your PC up and running. The liquid CPU cooler is the H5SF, a small form factor liquid cooler that can keep even the hottest CPUs cool and exhaust heat away from the case. The case itself is pretty stylish, as you can see in the video below, and should be a nice center piece in the living room. Corsair is letting users drop in whatever video card, CPU, RAM, and storage they want, with drop-in ready liquid cooled video cards available straight from Corsair. The video cards are from a partnership with MSI and NVIDIA, and include the TITAN X, GTX 980, GTX 970, and the brand-new GTX 980 Ti. Other video cards can be fitted with Corsair's H55 liquid cooler and HG10 GPU bracket, which is an optional $99 purchase.

Alongside the Bulldog comes the Lapdog, a wired gaming control center that includes a large 7" x 11" mouse mat and keyboard dock. A powered USB hub on the Lapdog can handle the keyboard, mouse, headset, controllers, flash drives, and whatever else you feel like plugging in. The underside of the Lapdog has memory foam for a comfortable experience, while its wired nature means no fussing with batteries.

The Corsair Bulldog will be available later this year for $399. The Lapdog will also be available later this year for $89, or for $199 with a mechanical keyboard already fitted.

Source: Press Release



Apple Introduces New MacBook Pro and iMac

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: May 19, 2015 04:18PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Apple has announced upgrades to its 15" MacBook Pro and 27" iMac systems. The MacBook now offers flash storage on a PCIe connection that offers "up to 2.5 times the performance of its predecessor," as well as a new Force Touch trackpad offering "opportunities for unique input via a secondary, deeper click." The base system includes a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel i7, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage with the option for an AMD Radeon discrete GPU. The iMac retains the 5K Retina display while swapping the CPU for a 3.3GHz quad-core i5 and AMD Radeon M290 in the base model. The base model also includes 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. The base model for both systems starts at a price of $1,999.

Source: Tech Crunch



MSI Introduces Three New All-in-One Gaming PCs

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: March 27, 2015 05:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore


MSI, one of the world's largest information technology manufacturers, has officially introduced three new all-in-one gaming computers. The latest products from MSI, which include the MSI AG270 3K, MSI Gaming 24GE IPS, and MSI Gaming 24GE 4K, feature the latest Intel Core i7 and i5 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M and GTX970M graphics, providing gamers with ultimate performance. All three all-in-one gaming computers from MSI include Killer Networking technology, which recognizes online game data packs and processes them first, as well as Nahimic sound technology, which provides virtual surround sound, frequency leveling, bass boost, and noise reduction with voice leveling when gaming with a headphone. The three recently introduced all-in-one gaming PCs from MSI also include Super RAID functionality and come bundled with a six-month premium license for XSplit Gamecaster.

The MSI AG270 3K, MSI Gaming 24GE IPS, and MSI Gaming 24GE 4K are expected to be available worldwide in the first week of April, 2015.

Source: TechPowerUp


ROG GR8S Steam Machine Announced by ASUS

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: March 9, 2015 04:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore


ASUS has officially announced the ROG GR8S Steam Machine, which brings together the company’s renowned ROG branding with Valve’s Steam Machine design. The unit, which is roughly the size of an Xbox One and features ASUS' signature red and black ROG product design, offers gamers the ability to fully enjoy PC gaming in a living room environment. The ASUS ROG GR8S Steam Machine includes a variety of internal hardware configurations, but offers consumers up to an Intel Core i7 processor, GeForce GTX 900 "Maxwell" graphics, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with a Miracast receiver, and a 1TB HDD or a 512GB SSD. Connectivity wise, the ASUS ROG GR8S Steam Machine offers four USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, two USB 2.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and digital and analog multi-channel audio connectivity.

Source: TechPowerUp


iBUYPOWER Systems Now Feature the NVIDIA GTX 980

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: September 21, 2014 04:57AM
Author: Brentt Moore

iBUYPOWER, a company that boasts superior performance, reliability, cutting edge technology, and timely production, has announced that a full range of gaming systems that carry the newly released NVIDIA GTX 980 GPU are now available. With the latest high-performance video card from NVIDIA, which features the impressive Maxwell architecture, gamers can expect an unparalleled gaming experience with PC titles that are currently available, as well as titles that will be released in the future. The Senior Vice President of iBUYPOWER, Darren Su, stated that "iBUYPOWER always guarantees its customers that we carry and support the latest technology and NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 are no exception."

Information about the technology and performance that the NVIDIA GTX 980 offers, as well as a selection of systems that feature the latest graphics card from NVIDIA, can be found on the iBUYPOWER website.

Source: techPowerUp


ECS Announces White LIVA Mini PC

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: August 4, 2014 04:44PM
Author: Nick Harezga

ECS first announced the LIVA Mini PC early last month and the small form factor system has "received all the positive feedback from users as well as many awards from media globally." ECS has decided to expand the line with a white version of the system with a 64GB eMMC storage capability. The eMMC storage option represents an upgrade over the previous model and was intended "to fulfill the high storage requirement and to enjoy the quick Read/Write Speed."

Source: Press Release



CyberPower Announces Budget Quad Core System

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: June 17, 2014 04:26PM
Author: Nick Harezga


CyberPower has announced a partnership with online retailer Newegg that will bring the Everyman Quad Core EQ100 to the market. The system is based around an AMD Sempron 3850 Kabini APU "that makes quad core computing practical for everyday use." The base model also includes 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz memory, a 500GB SATA 3 hard drive, AMD Radeon HD 8280 onboard graphics, and integrated 7.1 channel audio. The $299 price point makes the EQ100 a great choice for budget conscious users that still want to experience a quad core system. VP of Global Channel Sales at AMD Roy Taylor said, "CYBERPOWERPC shares our vision for affordable quad core computing and is among the first US system builders to pioneer using the AM1 platform, together with Newegg."

Source: Press Release



Alienware to Launch Steam Machine This Holiday Season

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: June 9, 2014 09:26PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although the Steam Controller, and presumably Steam Machines, was recently delayed, companies like Alienware are still pushing forward in order to offer a Steam OS powered console competitor. Despite the unit not including the infamous Steam Controller due to the aforementioned delay, Alienware’s Steam Machine, dubbed the Alienware Alpha series, is set to launch this holiday season for $549. For that price, consumers are being promised the ability to run video games at 1080p as well as 60 frames per second. However, to make up for the lack of the unique controller, Alienware is shipping an Xbox 360 controller with each unit and customizing the Steam Big Picture Mode to make the user interface fully controller compatible.

Source: Engadget



CyberPower Announces FANG Battlebox

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: June 9, 2014 05:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The latest offering from custom system builder CyberPower, the FANG Battlebox, is designed to be easy to carry, with travel to LAN parties in mind. The Battlebox is housed in a case with a design resembling a suitcase, making it perfect for gaming on the go or for users that have space restrictions. The small form factor doesn't limit the Battlebox when it comes to gaming power with room to accommodate full length GPUs including the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z. The Battlebox is available with either AMD A-Series APUs or Intel Core processors with a Mini-ITX motherboard, up to 16GB of DDR3, and two hard drives. The FANG Battlebox is available in a number of configurations with the base model starting at $619.

Source: Press Release



MSI Announces Gaming All-in-One PCs

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: May 30, 2014 11:02AM
Author: Nick Harezga


MSI has announced a trio of all-in-one systems designed with gamers in mind. The systems are powered by Intel Core i7 processors that range in speed from 2.4GHz to 3.6GHz and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 870M, or 880M. The primary differentiation between models is found in the screen size with a 27" screen for the AG270, 23.6" screen for the AG240, and a 21.5" screen for the AG220. All displays feature 1080p resolutions and a 10-point capacitive touch interface. The AG220 and AG240 have a single 128GB SSD and a 1TB mechanical drive for storage while the AG270 has two 128GB SSDs and 2TB for storage. All models are equipped with a Killer Networking E2200 network interface as well as Intel powered wireless.

Source: Press Release




LG Chromebase AIO Information Revealed

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: May 8, 2014 05:03PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While LG revealed its Chromebase AIO earlier this year at CES 2014, the company has not provided many details since then. That has all changed today however, with LG providing specification, release, and pricing information for its new Chrome Operating System personal computer. The new LG Chromebase AIO will include an Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor, a 21.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD. Although storage space is relatively limited, Google is providing customers of the new LG Chromebase AIO with 100GB of free cloud storage for two years. Connectivity wise, the new LG computer will feature 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and HDMI-in.

The LG Chromebase AIO will be available at retailers such as Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect for an MSRP of $349.99.

Source: Digital Trends



AOC Releases Android AIO Series

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: May 5, 2014 05:38PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Windows may be the mainstream choice for consumer computers today, Android is making strong headway in the market in the form of phablets and tablets. The Google operating system is going even further now, with AOC launching its new mySmart AIO series that features Android 4.2. The new AIO series incorporates 22 or 24-inch LED touchscreen monitors with a 1,920 x 1080 resolution, an NVIDIA 1.6GHz T33 quad-core processor, and 8GB of expandable storage. AOC has also included a 720p front facing camera, HDMI, VGA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, dual speakers, an SDHC slot, and four USB ports.

AOC is selling the 22-inch A2272PW4T for $300 and the 24-inch A2472PW4T for $400, which represents a terrific value for the machines especially when taking the monitors into account.

Source: CNET



ZOTAC Announces the ZBOX E-Series Gaming and ZBOX Nano AQ02 Series Mini-PCs

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: March 11, 2014 09:27PM
Author: bp9801

CeBIT 2014 is running this week over in Hanover, Germany, and things are starting off a little on the small side for one of the companies. ZOTAC has announced the ZBOX E-Series Gaming and ZBOX nano AQ02 Series of mini-PCs, with the AQ02 being listed as palm-sized. The E-Series come with the Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics chip to deliver some solid gaming chops in a mini-PC, while the AQ02 use an AMD A8 chip for a nice combination of performance and energy efficiency. ZOTAC's EI750 features an Intel Core i7 4770R quad-core running at 3.2GHz, with a TurboBoost up to 3.9GHz. The EI730 packs an Intel Core i5 4570R running at 2.7GHz and a 3.2GHz TurboBoost. You can pick up a barebones model to fit it how you want, or grab the PLUS model that already includes 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Each E-Series PC comes in a third generation ZBOX chassis in gloss black, with a light-up orange ring on the top cover for that distinctive ZOTAC color scheme.

As for the ZBOX nano AQ02, it has an AMD A8-5545M quad-core APU at 1.7GHz that can hit 2.7GHz on Turbo. Graphics are handled by the integrated Radeon HD 8510G, so it should be able to handle most things you throw at it with ease. The AQ02 likewise comes in a barebones or PLUS model, with the PLUS featuring 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Both the nano and E-Series include 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, a Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports (plus the nano adds in two USB 2.0 ports), a multi-card reader, and HD audio. The E-Series has one DVI port and two DisplayPorts, while the nano has DisplayPort and HDMI. Both mini-PCs also have a VESA75/100 mount so you can attach them to the back of a monitor for an almost non-existent footprint.

No release date or pricing information was released for the ZOTAC ZBOX E-Series and ZBOX nano AQ02 Series, but expect news on it before long.

Source: Press Release




F300 Barebones Mini-PC Launched by Giada

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: March 4, 2014 04:11PM
Author: tpsreport

Giada has recently launched the F300 mini-PC for the digital signage market, but it could be a good home theater PC, too. The F300 is powered by a passively cooled Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell processor clocked at 1.8 GHz (up to 2.7 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost) and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400. However, this is a barebones system with no memory or hard drive, but "customers just need to easily unscrew two screws, and then lightly pull away the shelf" to open the casing. 

With the case open, installation of components is possible, such as a 2.5" hard drive into the single SATA 6Gbps slot or RAM into the single SO-DIMM slot for up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory. Also included is a SIM card slot, three mini PCI Express slots, and three cables for 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth cards. On the front are two USB 3.0 ports, an IR sensor for remote controls, a microphone and headphone jack, and an SD card reader. The back also provides two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, two COM ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and two DisplayPort 1.2 ports that can support audio as well as "up to 4 ultra-HD mosaic screens with max resolution of 3200x2000."

Pricing and availability of the Giada F300 mini-PC is unknown.

Source: Tom's Hardware



V20 All-in-One Computer Introduced by ECS

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: January 28, 2014 03:07PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Elitegroup Computer Systems Incorporated has announced its new compact and stylish all-in-one computer, the V20. The ECS V20 incorporates a 19.5-inch LED backlit LCD screen that provides a 1600 x 900 resolution, while supporting edge-to-edge 10 finger multi-touch. An Intel J1750 2.41GHz processor, along with 8GB of DRAM, allows the all-in-one computer to handle the needs of various types of users. The V20 uses a 2.5-inch SATA 2 hard disk drive that allows for multiple terabytes of storage, and offers an mSATA slot as well. A wide range of connectivity options exist, with the V20 offering a 3-in-1 Card Reader, 720p HD webcam, audio in and out, dual digital microphones, four USB ports, Gigabit LAN, optional Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi.

ECS prides itself on creating an appealing system, as the V20 incorporates a fanless design that minimizes nose, requires only a 65W external power supply, and only weighs 6.8lbs.

Source: Press Release


Coin Mining Systems Released by iBUYPOWER

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: January 14, 2014 08:46AM
Author: Brentt Moore

As crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin continue to thrive, consumers are looking for ever increasing ways to generate income by using their home computers. iBUYPOWER has now debuted coin mining systems that allow individuals to do just that. The new systems by iBUYPOWER feature powerful AMD graphics cards that crunch data in return for earning a wealth of various crypto-currencies. Darren Su, the Vice President and Co-founder of iBUYPOWER, stated that the company is highly interested in both coin mining and high-compute systems.

The new coin mining systems by iBUYPOWER are available immediately and offer several customizations for consumers at various price points.

Source: techPowerUp



AORUS Shows Off First Product at CES

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: January 8, 2014 02:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The X7 is the first product from company AORUS and the gaming laptop shows plenty of promise. A pair of GTX 765M GPUs make this laptop more powerful than many desktop systems and delivers performance that rivals the GTX 780M. The X7 is less than an inch thick and weighs just 6.39 pounds, representing measurements that are "1/3 the height & 2/3 the weight of any available top-tier gaming laptop with GTX 780M." Cooling such a powerful system packed into a small space is done with an aluminum housing that has four vents, five thermal pipes, and two fans. Two 512GB mSATA SSD drives are paired with a 1TB mechanical drive to give high storage capacity and fast access when needed. The system is rounded out with an Intel i7 Haswell processor and up to 32GB of memory across four slots.

Source: Press Release




CyberPowerPC Reveals Small Form Factor Systems at CES

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: January 8, 2014 02:33PM
Author: Nick Harezga


CyberPowerPC had previously announced its take on the Steam Machine from Valve, but the company wasn't content to stop there and is showing off more new systems at CES. The Zeus Mini and Fang Battle Box are two such systems. The Zeus Mini is contained within a custom small form factor (SFF) case that has dimensions of 4.4" wide, 17.4" long, and 13" in height. Users are given the choice between 4th Generation Intel Core or AMD Kaveri A-series processors with an NVIDIA GTX 700 series or AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series GPU. DDR3 memory up to 2133MHz in speed is also included alongside SSDs from multiple manufacturers. The custom case has the ability to house a 240mm liquid cooling solution. The AMD based Zeus Mini A 100 starts at $599 and the Intel based Zeus Mini I 100 starts at $799.

The Fang Battle Box is a truly portable gaming system, contained within a case that sports a handle for easy transport. The portable nature of the system doesn't prevent it from packing in the power as it houses components that rival conventional desktop systems. The Battle Box gives users the option between the latest AMD and NVIDIA GPUs and even has enough space to squeeze a liquid cooling setup.

Source: Press Release




Razer Introduces Project Christine - A Modular PC Concept Design

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: January 7, 2014 12:29PM
Author: bp9801


Razer likes to kick off things with a bang at CES, as past years have brought us Project Fiona (the Edge tablet) and the Switchblade Concept (still waiting on that, but elements are in the Blade laptop). So, what does 2014 bring? How about Project Christine? Razer is dubbing it the "world's most modular gaming system," and it's pretty easy to see why that is the case. Starting with the case, it sort of resembles the Thermaltake Level 10 if nothing except for the modular compartments. Project Christine takes it to a whole new stage though, as it's a fully modular design allowing for CPUs, graphics cards, memory, and storage to be added or swapped out with ease.

Project Christine makes use of PCI Express to automatically sync components together, so there shouldn't be any hassle when you want a new video card or processor at the helm. Storage can be added whenever you want, and Razer is even claiming you can run multiple operating systems at once (no specifics on just what that entails, however). Modules can be added in whatever order you want, with active liquid cooling and noise cancellation keeping everything cool and quiet. It also allows for Razer to factory overclock the components without compromising any warranties or thermal limits. Project Christine is quad-SLI capable, can have an SSD + RAID 5 HDD array, and features a touchscreen LED display for easy viewing of maintenance information and controlling aspects of the computer.

Right now, Project Christine is just a concept, albeit a very unique and interesting one. Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan is very excited about it, as he calls it "the first gaming system that is able to keep pace with technology and could allow consumers to never buy another PC, or gaming system, again. We have a history of bringing incredibly innovative concept systems to market and it’s fair to say that Project Christine is a very exciting new prospect for future development."

So, does that mean we'll be seeing Project Christine make the leap to reality before long? Quite possibly, and if it does it could usher in a whole new range of gaming computers. Systems. Whatever you'd like to call it.

Source: Press Release




Valve Reveals the Manufacturer List for the First Gen Steam Machines

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: January 6, 2014 07:31PM
Author: bp9801

CES is upon us, which means a ton of new products and technology being revealed for the first time. One such product is Valve's Steam Machines, with the company announcing the manufacturer list of the first generation systems. We've already seen the ones from CyberPowerPC and iBuyPower, but those are just the tip of the iceberg, as Alienware, Alternate, Digital Storm, Falcon NW, GigaByte, Maingear, Material.net, Next Spa, Origin PC, Scan, Webhallen, and Zotac are also joining the party. A variety of configurations will be available from these companies later this year, with prices starting as low as $499 for a basic model. There will, of course, be higher end systems with a larger price tag, but the specifications should rival some of the best high-end PCs today.

All the Steam Machines come with a Steam Controller and run SteamOS, so you'll be able to play pretty much any game on Steam with ease. I suspect more specifications from all of Valve's manufacturing partners will be coming out in the next few days, so be sure to keep it tuned to see just what each one will have in store.

Source: Valve



iBuyPower Shows Steam Machine at CES

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: January 6, 2014 07:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Earlier today CyberPowerPC introduced its incarnation of the Steam Machine from Valve, running the SteamOS flavor of Linux and taking aim at shaking up the gaming market. It isn't the only company making the big reveal at CES, with iBuyPower the latest to show off its wares. The SBX Steam Machine will deliver a 60 frames per second gaming experience with Intel and AMD CPU options combined with an AMD GPU. Co-founder and VP Darren Su said, "What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way." The SBX Steam Machine will be available later this year with a Steam controller at an MSRP of $499 in matte black or white.

Source: Press Release




Apple Launches New Mac Pro Tomorrow

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: December 18, 2013 08:14PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although the new Mac Pro computer was revealed by Apple earlier this year in June, the company is set to launch the new desktop machine tomorrow. Apple claims that the new computer, making use of two AMD FirePro GPUs, increases graphics performance by up to eight times that of previous generation hardware. The Mac Pro also uses much less space compared to older Mac Pro hardware, as the cylindrical design reduces the total volume of the machine by over 87 percent. Starting at a price point of $2,999, the Mac Pro is set to include a 3.7 GHz quad-core Xeon E5 processor that supports Turbo Boost technology, a FirePro D300 GPU, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. Optional upgrades, along with various accessories, can be added by configuring the computer within the Apple Store upon release.

Source: Press Release



iBuyPower Shows First Steam Machine Prototype

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: November 25, 2013 05:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

iBuyPower is one of the third party manufacturers currently working on a version of the Steam Machine from Valve. The company has released some photos and small details of its first two prototypes, code named Gordon and Freeman. The systems are currently running an early version of the Steam OS, but iBuyPower wouldn't go into detail about the system internals. However, iBuyPower did confirm that the systems are capable of running all Steam games at 1080p at a frame rate of 60 frames per second which indicates that the system has some power behind it.

Source: Engadget



CyberPower Unveils New Mini-ITX System

Category: Prebuilts
Posted: October 24, 2013 05:41AM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Hadron Air is the latest offering from CyberPower and it packs plenty of gaming power into a chassis that measures 6.6" wide, 12" tall, and 12.1" in length. The system gets its name from the EVGA Hadron Air Mini-ITX case that the components are housed in with an included 500W Gold rated PSU. CyberPower plans to release a liquid cooled version of the system at a later date. The system gives users the option to choose between Intel and AMD processors and NVIDIA and AMD GPUs, with the high end options offering Intel i7 processors, NVIDIA GTX Titans, and AMD R9 290X GPUs. Three base configurations will be offered, the 100, 200, and 300 with the 100a base system starting at $599.

Source: Press Release




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