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Phanteks Presents Revolt PSUs

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Phanteks Presents Revolt PSUs

PC hardware maker Phanteks enters PSU space at CES 2018 with Revolt-- a collaboration with Seasonic offering 3 PSUs within 2 ranges, the Revolt Pro in 850W and 1000W, and the 1200W Revolt X.

The Revolt Pro is described by the company as "the first expandable power supply." customers can connect a Revolt Pro with any other power supply to combine the total power output. In addition the secondary PSU acts as a backup power source via integrated redundancy feature.

In dual PSU configuration the 80 PLUS Gold Revolt Pro continuously balances the power load of both power supplies to maintain optimal efficiency levels. As mentioned earlier it comes in two models, 850W and 1000W.

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Gartner: "Moderate" Decline for Q4 EMEA PCs

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According to Gartner EMEA PC shipments total 21.8 million in Q4 2017-- a -1.4% Y-o-Y decline, with the market hit by ailing demand in the UK and weaker-than-expected German shipments.

The analyst expects a Y-o-Y increase in W. European PC revenues for the quarter, while a combination of currency fluctuations, rising component costs and a product-mix shift towards higher-value products (such as gaming systems and high-performance notebooks) brings an increase in ASPs.

On a global basis, Q4 2017 PC shipments are down by -2% Y-o-Y to 71.6m units, making a 13th consecutive quarter of falling global PC shipments. Meanwhile full-year 2017 is the 6th year of annual PC declines, as shipments total 262.5m, a fall of -2.8% decline.

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The First NZXT Motherboard

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The First NZXT Motherboard

PC hardware maker NZXT steps into motherboard space with the NZ Z730-- a surprisingly attractive number (for a motherboard!) based around the Intel Z370 chipset.

As seen at CES 2018, the N7 Z730 is built out of matte black or white metal, with the only exceptions to the minimalist look being the CPU, PCIe slots, power and other connections. NZXT says the design is optimised for both straightforward setup and easy customisability, while Adaptive Noise Reduction optimises cooling and noise balance.

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Apple Ships iMac Pro

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Apple Ships iMac Pro

Apple starts shipping its first professional AIO desktop machine-- the iMac Pro, a workstation-grade machine aimed at demanding workflows such as video and graphics rendering, VR content creation and 3D rendering.

First presented back at WWDC 2017, the iMac Pro comes in a number of configurations, all packed inside the 27-inch 5K (5120 x 2880 resolution) display found in the latest iMac. The base model carries an 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, Radeon Vega Pro 56 GPU, 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM and 1TB storage. Customers can upgrade the processor to a 10-, 14- or 18-core option, while RAM and storage max out to 128GB or 4TB respectively.

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Zotac Intros MEK1 Compact Upgradeable Systems

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Zotac Intros MEK1 Compact Upgradeable Systems

Zotac announces a family of upgradeable compact form-factor desktop systems-- the MEK1, a gaming PC range available in 2 configurations, both featuring Intel Kaby Lake CPUs and Nvidia Pascal GPUs.

Available in either black or white chassis Zotac says are inspired by "future robotics and mechanical anatomy," the MEK1 PCs are based on the same Mini-ITX motherboard. Included as standard are 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2400 RAM, a 240GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD and a 1TB 2.5-inch HDD, with the difference boiling down to the choice of CPU and GPU.

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Nvidia Claims "Most Powerful PC GPU"

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Nvidia Claims

Nvidia presents what it claims is "the most powerful PC GPU ever created"-- the Titan V, the first consumer-grade GPU based on Volta architecture, previously the preserve of high performance computing applications.

Technically a trimmed-down (and, as such, less powerful) version of the enterprise-grade Tesla V100, the Titan V carries 21.1 billion transistors, 5120 Cuda cores, 640 additional tensor cores and 12GB of HBM2 memory on a massive 815mm sq die. The result is performance reaching up to 110 teraflops, or "9x that of its predecessor."

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Reeven Intros NAIA 240 AIO Cooler

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Reeven Intros NAIA 240 AIO Cooler

Taiwanese accessory maker Reeven announces the NAIA 240-- an AIO liquid cooler promising "efficient cooling, simple maintenance and intuitive design" in an all-in-one cooling solution.

First seen back at Computex 2017, the NAIA 240 features a WAP (Water Above Pipe) design to allow installation in any orientation without loss in pumping power. The curved baseplates feature micro channels at just 0.11mm to provide efficient heat transfer, while a pair of 120mm "Coldwing" fans deliver high airflow at 25dBA.

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EVGA Continues GTX 1070 Ti SKUs

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EVGA Continues GTX 1070 Ti SKUs

EVGA announces a 5th take on the Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti- the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW Ultra Silent Gaming, a card featuring "cool, silent running and game-changing performance."

To cover the "cool" and "silent running" parts of the above claims the card features a 2.5 slot design with a larger, thicker heatsink compared to other EVGA offerings, including those with ACX 3.0 cooling and FTW enhancements. Such size minimises active cooling, keeping things relatively silent. It also features 10+2 power phases, 8+8-pin connectors, 235W power ceiling and two BIOS chips for simpler overclocking.

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Gigabyte Intros Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G

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Gigabyte Intros Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G

Gigabyte announces a first custom designed card based on the AMD Radeon Vega GPU-- the Radeon RX Vega 64 Gaming OC 8G, a black and red offering wrapped around a Windforce 2X cooler design.

The Vega 64 features processors clocked at 1276 MHz base and 1560 MHz base, making it slightly faster than the 1247 MHz base and 1546 MHz boost clocks of the reference card. Allowing such speeds are a dual-fan Windforce 2X cooler, a "well rounded thermal solution" consisting of 5 heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU and a copper plate with an extra heatpipe on the back of the card.

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