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Zotac Launches Honeycomb-Inspired Core i7 Fanless Mini PC | News & Opinion

Zotac is well-known for its tiny desktop PCs, with the smallest so far being the Zbox PI225. It’s smaller than an SSD, but performance is quite limited because of it. This week, however, Zotac is offering us a larger, yet still small fanless PC that manages to keep an 8th generation Core i7 cool. Zotac decided to refresh its Zbox C Series Mini PCs with a brand new design that offers much improved cooling allowing for up to 25W processors.…

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Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK (Hades Canyon) Review & Rating

If the glowing skull isn’t clue enough, know this: The NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK we’re looking at here is the most powerful Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini PC that Intel has produced to date. What makes this particular NUC model—better known by its codename during development, “Hades Canyon”—unique is its special Intel Core i7-8809G quad-core processor. This chip is the fruit of a first-ever partnership between AMD and Intel that binds a Core CPU with on-chip AMD graphics silicon, in…

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Lenovo Revamps ThinkStation PCs With Slimmer Profile | News & Opinion

The new models have been upgraded with Intel’s eighth-generation Xeon E and Core processors. Lenovo is marketing the products to appeal to engineers, architects, and designers who need processing power for their CAD applications. Lenovo is updating its ThinkStation workstations with slimmer models. The P330 series is made of up three workstations: a full PC tower, a mid-level unit, and a mini-desktop called the P330 Tiny that can fit in your hands. The full tower and the mid-level unit are…

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HP EliteOne 1000 G1 (34-Inch) Review & Rating

In this era of affordable air travel and the itch to stay ever connected, a business desktop can claim few innate advantages over a laptop. Two big ones are more screen real estate and easier upgrades, and HP’s EliteOne 1000 G1 all-in-one desktop offers both in spades. Beyond the 27-inch version of the EliteOne 1000 that HP started selling last year is the model I’m reviewing here, with a gorgeous 34-inch curved display. It starts at a reasonable $1,699; this…

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Make life easier on your eyes with these big sales on luxurious monitor upgrades

Today’s a great day to make life easier for your eyes. You spend all day staring at a monitor, so it’s worthwhile to invest in a high-quality display, and several retailers are offering great deals on luxurious monitors today. Bonus if you own a Radeon graphics card: All of these monitors support AMD’s stuttering-killing FreeSync gaming technology. At the top of our list is the Nixeus EDG 27, a 1440p monitor on sale for $350Remove non-product link at Newegg. That’s far…

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The Full Nerd ep. 62: 2nd-gen Threadripper details, Intel 9000-series leaked, first QLC SSD reviewed

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray get geeky over unprecedented PC gear and a fresh wave of processors. Mentioned in this article AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Things start off with a robust discussion about the speeds, feeds, and pricing of AMD’s 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, which were announced this week. A whopping 64 CPU threads and 64 PCI-E lanes for $1,800 seems awfully competitive when Intel’s rival chip tops out at 18-cores for…

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Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550 review: This ergonomic keyboard needs better keys

Boasting a slightly curved, contoured keyboard and a smooth, substantial mouse, the Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550 could be just the thing for typists with aching wrists and tendons, provided you warm to the wave-like form factor. But while we like the keyboard’s roomy design, padded palm rest and array of programmable hotkeys, we’re disappointed by the cheap feel of the keys themselves, particular given the MK550’s $80 list price (we found it for only $45 on Amazon, though). And…

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Logitech MK270 wireless keyboard & mouse review: A cheap keyboard with a springy feel

If you’re shopping for a wireless keyboard on a tight budget, you could do worse than the Logitech MK270 wireless keyboard and mouse bundle. Available for as little as $20 on Amazon, the MK270 looks and feels a bit cheap, and it makes a fair amount of racket as you type. That said, the MK270’s keys feel relatively springy, and the included travel mouse boasts a programmable middle button. Setup using Logitech’s “unified” USB dongle couldn’t be easier. Note: This…

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Logitech MK320 wireless keyboard & mouse review: A flawed mouse holds this bundle back

The roomy, and relatively responsive Logitech MK320 keyboard isn’t bad as far as cheap keyboard bundles go, but it’s saddled with a so-so mouse. On sale for as little as $25 on Amazon (its list price is $40), the MK320 benefits from dead-simple wireless setup and snappy typing, but the stiff buttons on the mouse make clicking a drag. Given that Logitech offers better options at slightly higher and lower price points, bargain hunters can safely give the MK320 a…

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AMD’s 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper: Prices, specs, features

AMD formally announced four new 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadrippers (also called “Threadripper 2”) Monday morning, at prices aimed to kill Intel. The 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX has 32 cores, 64 threads, and a list price of $1,799 (preorder on NeweggRemove non-product link). Yes, we know, this sounds like a lot of money. However, AMD’s new flagship CPU is actually a pretty spectacular bargain compared to Intel’s top dog, the Core i-7980XE, which launched last year with 18 cores and…

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The Full Nerd special episode: Diving deep into 2nd-gen Threadripper with AMD’s Jim Anderson

In this special episode of The Full Nerd, AMD senior VP of computing Jim Anderson joins Gordon Mah Ung to dig into the details and backstory of the newly launched 2nd-gen Threadripper CPUs, spearheaded by the monstrous 32-core, 64-thread Threadripper 2990WX for $1,800 (preorder on NeweggRemove non-product link). “Before we launched Threadripper, if you go back in time, the best you could get in this part of the market was a 10-core processor for around the same price—$1,700 to $1,800.…

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This week’s new PC hardware: AMD’s monster APU, Surface Go, Core i9 in a 3.4-pound laptop

Fresh gear comes fast and furious in the wide-open world of PC hardware—so quickly that even computing faithful like us can’t possibly cover it all. Nobody wants to miss out on an interesting launc,h though. So welcome to “This week’s new PC hardware,” our new weekly roundup dedicated to keeping you informed of the most intriguing, important PCs, PC components, and peripherals released over the past seven days. On tap this week: AMD’s biggest-yet Ryzen APU with Radeon Vega cores,…

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Gigabyte’s leak of unannounced Intel 9000-series CPUs confirms support for existing motherboards

Well, this is just getting awkward now. Just two days after MSI announced support for 9th-gen Core chips that Intel hasn’t actually announced yet, Gigabyte’s also declaring that its hardware will work with Intel 9000-series processors. But this new leak confirms another important technical aspect: Intel’s next CPUs will work in existing 8th-gen motherboards. The new chips are widely rumored to introduce 8-core chips to Intel’s mainstream lineup. Those rumors have been lent credence by a leaked Core i7-9700K entry…

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