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If you thought Intel's line of Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini PCs or its HDMI Compute Stick were impressive feats of engineering, wait until you check out its Compute Card, a new modular compute platform that can fit a fully configured Kaby Lake PC on a slab that is about the size of credit card. This has the potential to reshape computing in many segments, both because of its small and thin size and due to its modular design. The Intel Compute Card has all the elements of a standalone PC. It features a System-on-Chip (SoC), memory, storage, and wireless connectivity, along with flexible I/O solutions so that manufacturers can design solutions for specific categories. These can anything from... Read more...
Samsung is no stranger to the laptop category, having served nearly every product category from Chromebooks for education on up to premium thin and light systems for professionals and mainstream users alike. But what about gaming laptops? That has been one the segment to elude Samsung, at least until now. Samsung today unveiled the Odyssey, its first notebook line for gamers There are two versions of the Odyssey, one with a 17.3-inch display with 300 nits brightness and the other with a 15.6-inch panel rated at 280 nits. Both feature a Full HD 1080p (1,920x1,080) resolution with supposedly wide viewing angles, an anti-glare coating, and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) visuals, or so it seems—Samsung... Read more...
  The reaction to Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors from the press and enthusiast community have been somewhat mixed (to put it lightly). While overclocking abilities of the architecture are quite apparent and there’s support for technologies like Intel Optane Memory, there’s little clock-for-clock performance differentiation between Kaby Lake and its immediate predecessor, Skylake. Needless to say, some enthusiasts are sitting out this round when it comes to upgrades and are instead looking forward to the next big leap from Intel: Cannon Lake. Cannon Lake is based on a 10nm process, meaning that Intel will be joining the likes of Qualcomm, which announced that its 10nm Snapdragon 835... Read more...
To go along with Intel’s Kaby Lake refresh, MSI has revised its gaming desktops, making slight tweaks that will be appreciated by gamers. The changes affect the Aegis, Nightblade and Trident series, all of which are rocking GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics cards. Design-wise, the Aegis now includes a handy headset holder on the side along with a carbon fiber-esque pattern that is applied sparingly to the front of the chassis. MSI VR Link gives you quick access to a front-mounted HDMI port, which is a boon for those using HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headsets.  You’ll also find a handle on the back of the machine, allowing you to easily transport it to LAN parties or to competitive eSports events.... Read more...
Gone are the days when you needed a massive desktop tower for high end performance, especially gaming (though we still have an affinity for large systems). For those who prefer power in a compact setup, there are lots of options out there, including the new VivoPC X from ASUS. Powered by one of Intel's just-announced desktop Kaby Lake processors and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series GPU, the VivoPC X packs a mean punch in a small form factor (SFF) chassis. The aggressive looking 5-liter chassis measures 2.99 x 10.23 x 11.02 inches, which is plenty small enough to slide into a home theater arrangement like a dedicated console. It would also be suitable for a cramped dorm room or wherever else that... Read more...
Everyone in their grandma is announcing new products based around Intel Kaby Lake and NVIDIA Pascal at CES 2017, and Gigabyte is no different. The company has two new dedicated gaming notebooks that feature the CPU/GPU pairings: the P56 and the Sabre 15. The P56 manages to cram in a Core i7-7700HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics and into a 15.6-inch frame. The notebook comes standard with a 1080p display, but if you pony up some additional dollars, you can opt for a 4K (3840x2160) display. The P56 features an island-style backlit RGB keyboard with individually-lit keys (giving users a choice of over 16.8 million colors), Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and a massive 91 WHr battery to keep... Read more...
Intel is releasing a new line of "Next Unit of Computing" (NUC) devices built around its newly launched desktop Kaby Lake processor family unveiled at CES. While not a monumental leap over Skylake, Intel's Kaby Lake architecture brings with it a handful of architecture improvements and better integrated graphics, both of which are welcome upgrades in the fast growing mini PC sector.Early generation NUCs were interesting, though not necessarily exciting due to their limitations. However, NUCs have become increasingly capable little machines as of late, and for users in need of a system that can tackle general purpose computing chores, NUCs have become intriguing options. That is even more true... Read more...
If you have been itching for a new gaming computer, ASUS has got your back. ASUS’ Republic of Gamers brand announced that the GT51CH gaming desktop, with 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors and SLI’d GeForce GTX 1080’s, is now available. The GT51CH gaming desktop's Kaby Lake Core i7 processor allows users to run games on the “Ultra” graphics settings and seamlessly watch 4K UHD videos. GeForce GTX 1080 SLI enable beautiful 4K UHD gameplay, and according to ASUS, the GT51CH performed 60% better than a GeForce GTX 980 SLI-equipped system in development tests. The company also claims it was able run Watch Dogs 2 at ‘Ultra’ graphics settings in 4K UHD at 66 fps. The GT51CH is configurable... Read more...
We have covered Intel’s Kaby Lake microarchitecture on a few occasions already. We outlined the architectural details in this piece, and have evaluated a handful of mobile devices powered by Kaby Lake at this point, including the gorgeous Asus ZenBook 3 and updated Dell XPS 13. Today, however, Kaby Lake makes its official debut on the desktop, with a brand-new flagship quad-core processor – the Core i7-7700K – and newly refreshed 200 series motherboard chipsets.The Core i7-7700K has hardly been a secret. The processors actually went on sale at a couple of major on-line retailers recently and benchmark numbers have been trickling out for weeks now. We’ve got one in house for testing, along with... Read more...
Gigabyte is splashing the market with more than a half a dozen gaming grade motherboards based on Intel's Z270 chipset and designed for the chipmaker's new desktop Kaby Lake silicon. The new feature-packed boards are all being marketed under Gigabyte's Aorus division, which is its premium gaming brand that up until now has been mostly associated with gaming laptops and a spattering of accessories. As we embark into 2017, it appears that Gigabyte will leverage its Aorus division to denote hardware aimed at gamers across its full spectrum of products, including laptops, peripherals (keyboard and mice), and now motherboards and graphics cards. Or in marketing speak, Aorus represents the "pinnacle... Read more...
CES hasn’t even arrived yet, but Lenovo has already unleashed a truckload of new computing products to satisfy business users (and regular consumers that prefer higher-end machines). The company has announced a total of eight new ThinkPad models and two new ThinkVision displays along with two ThinkPad Docks.ThinkPad Yoga 370 So, let’s get right to it, shall we? First up is the $1,149 ThinkPad Yoga 370, which is a new 2-in-1 convertible with a familiar 360-degree hinge and the Lift ‘n’ Lock keyboard, which protects the keys when used in tablet mode. At the center of the Yoga 370 is a 13.3-inch 1920x1080 display with an anti-reflective coating. Powering the 18mm thick, 3-pound convertible are Kaby... Read more...
If you've had any doubts of Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake processors not being so hot for overclocking, don't fret. It's looking like even the most dedicated overclockers are going to have a blast with this series. Russian website OCLab got hold of an upcoming Intel Core i7-7700K chip and decided to take it for an overclocking spin. Interestingly, the motherboard used is not of the upcoming series designed around Kaby Lake, but the chip was instead overclocked on a Z170 motherboard from ASRock (Z170M OC Formula, to be precise). That bodes well for those planning to snag a Kaby Lake CPU and would rather not have to upgrade their motherboard. With liquid nitrogen cooling the processor, this particular... Read more...
If you were already a fan of Samsung’s Notebook 9 series, the South Korean electronics giant has just given you a few more reasons to consider pulling out your credit card. Samsung has not only made some tweaks to the exterior of the 13.3- and 15-inch notebooks, but it has upgraded the internal hardware to keep the pace with the latest in processing and storage technologies. Samsung has pared down the rough edges, giving the notebooks gentler curves and the bezels have been minimized along the sides (although rather thick bezels remain at the top and bottom). If you thought that Apple had an obsession with thin and lightweight designs, it still doesn’t have anything on Samsung. The 13.3-inch... Read more...
Acer has consistently expanded and refined its mobile product offerings, to include everything from affordable mainstream notebooks, to sleek ultrabooks that use premium materials. The veteran PC maker has developed a sense of style and is putting real effort into creating thin, functional laptops, that also happen to look good. The Swift 7 is one of the thinnest laptops on the market, and it has some interesting hardware squeezed inside, too. But going ultra-thin often results with performance or functionality compromises, so we were taken aback that Acer dubbed its thinnest laptop “Swift.” We brought one in to see just how fast (and how fun) this Kaby Lake-powered laptop really is. Acer’s Swift... Read more...
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is long due for an upgrade -- while the current convertible is still a potent beast, it was originally released back in October 2015. A new report, however, suggests that we may have to wait a few more months for the Surface Pro 5, which will reportedly debut in Spring 2017. When the Surface Pro 5 launches, it will sport Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors, which is to be expected. The source for this information, The BitBag, says that the Surface Pro 5 will come paired with up to 16GB of RAM and a “massive” 512GB SSD. We question the excitement over the 512GB SSD, as the current generation Surface Pro 4 is already available with 512GB and 1TB SSDs, and up to 16GB of... Read more...
Mechanically speaking, Dell has done little to change or update the company's wildly popular XPS 13 and 15 series of premium consumer notebooks since their initial release. There's no mystery as to why that is the case, however. When something works this well, you stick with it. The Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15 have been two of the best selling notebooks in the company's history. That's a bold statement and it stands to reason. The Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15 line of machines, with their unique Infinity Edge displays and gorgeous carbon fiber and aluminum adorned chassis, are some of the best looking, best built, and highest performing laptops on the market. However, despite minimal exterior design changes,... Read more...
Intel is expected to launch Kaby Lake to the desktop in January. That's not far away at this point, though if you're curious about how well the processors will overclock, it's starting to feel like an agonizing wait. That's because early results show that Kaby Lake is going to be a fun architecture to play with. Anyone needing further proof of that need only look at a Facebook post containing screenshots of a Core i7-7700K processor hitting 4.9GHz.The overclocking effort was posted by Luning Duan, a former employee at Lenovo, according to his Facebook profile. He posted a couple of shots showing the actual processor, along with CPU-Z and AIDA64 screen captures showing the processor's overclocked... Read more...
Are you looking for a reason to be excited about Kaby Lake? You're in the same boat as many enthusiasts who hoped we'd be close to a Cannonlake launch by now. As it turns out, getting to 10nm isn't all that easy, so Intel delayed Cannonlake until late 2017 and decided to fill the gap between it and Skylake with Kaby Lake, a surprise processor architecture that disrupts Intel's traditional tick-tock release cadence. While power users aren't exactly frothing at the mouth waiting for Kaby Lake to arrive, some leaked benchmark results suggest Kaby Lake is worth getting excited about, especially if you're into overclocking.Over at Geekbench, Intel's upcoming Core i3-7350K put on a show by scoring... Read more...
Netflix 4K streaming support has long been in place for high-end televisions and streaming boxes, but those with [seemingly] 4K-capable hardware on the PC have been left on the sidelines. That is until today — Netflix has announced that 4K streaming is coming to the PC, but the system requirements are so confined at this point that it’s unlikely that your current rig is supported. For starters, you’ll need to be running Windows 10 and specifically use the Edge browser. While some enthusiasts may balk at using Windows 10, this is actually the least restrictive requirement. You’ll of course need at least a 4K display at your disposal, but most importantly, you’ll need to be running a Intel’s 7th... Read more...
It looks as though one of the ways Intel plans to generate some buzz for its Kaby Lake architecture on the desktop by focusing on overclocking performance. The Santa Clara chip maker is readying several unlocked processors based on Kaby Lake, and the overclockable parts aren't just limited to the high end SKUs, either—budget buyers are welcome to come along for the ride, too.We've already seen leaks of unlocked Core i7 and Core i5 processors wading in Kaby Lake. However, the latest leak suggests that Intel will target cost conscious system builders with at least one unlocked Core i3 series processor, that being the Core i3-7350K.A leaked price list shows the retail box version going for $177.... Read more...
In case you were waiting to get a sneak peek at what Kaby Lake has to offer on the desktop, the wait is now over. We weren’t expecting to see Intel release Kaby Lake desktop SKUs until a couple months from now, but a new leak has the enthusiast community buzzing, giving us a look at what one of those chips will offer with regards to performance compared to its immediate predecessor. Chinese site PCOnline has the goods and we've done the work of translating for you here...  In this case, the publication got its hands on the Core i5-7600K, which is reportedly the top-end SKU in the Kaby Lake Core i5 family (though we all want to see what Core i7 Kaby Lake will do). Still based on 14nm... Read more...
It’s no secret that Apple’s computing lineup has simply been neglected over the years. Apple’s key MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and even Mac Pro lines have gone for years with minimal or no updates at all, and sales have suffered as a result. However, Apple is holding an event later this week in which it is widely expected to showcase new MacBook Pros and perhaps even new iMacs. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been pretty accurate with regards to iPhone channel leaks over the years, has given some insight into what he expects to see with this week’s Mac updates. The most exciting updates are likely to be reserved for the MacBook Pro family, which is currently available in both... Read more...
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