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Gigabyte Presents Smallest GTX 1080 Card

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Gigabyte Presents Smallest GTX 1080 Card

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8G claims something of a record-- it is one of the smallest versions of the Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card around, being all of 169mm long to fit mini ITX specifications.

Such dimensions come through a single-fan configuration with a semi-passive (turns off under certain loads/temperatures) 90mm fan. Further aiding cooling is a triple heat pipe cooling solution and 5+2 power phases. Power comes through an 8 pin connector on the top, while construction promises "ultra durable" chokes and capacitors.

The card runs at 1607MHz base and 1733MHz boost, and offers a preset overclocked mode with 1632MHz base and 1771MHz boost accessible via Aorus Graphics Engine app. The utility also allows users to tweak clock speeds, voltage, fan performance and power targets, and comes complete with monitoring functionality.

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Razer Adds RGB Lighting to Anything

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Razer Adds RGB Lighting to Anything

Razer announces a means for customers to add synchronised RGB lighting to pretty much anything-- a modular lighting kit dubbed the Chroma Hardware Development Kit (HDK).

The Chroma HDK features the same Synapse 3 controlled RGB LEDs found in the company's PC systems and peripherals. The actual kit consists of 2 LED strips (each with 16 RGB LEDs) together with a base module offering 4 lighting channels. Customers can also add more lighting through a Lightpack Extension Kit packing two RGB LED strips and extension cables.

The base module connects to PCs via USB for data and power, while an optional DC output allows for additional power and brightness. The strips can also be used for internal PC case lighting through an included Molex to DC power adapter. As for the synchronisation and control of lighting, one needs to use either the Synpase 3 or Chroma Studio software.

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Intel Compute Card Gets Launch

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Intel Compute Card Gets Launch

Intel launches the Compute Card at its Computex keynote-- the modular, credit card-sized computing platform first revealed at CES 2017, now with partners (Dell, LG, Lenovo) and a shipping date.

The Compute Card concept remains unchanged from that seen back in January 2017. A compact package fits an Intel system-on-chip, memory, storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity. One can slot the Compute Card in a variety of products, with examples seen at the show including a desktop PC replacement docks, laptops, smart TVs, VR headsets and even refrigerators.

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Raspberry Pi Celebrates Birthday With Pi Zero W

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Raspberry Pi Celebrates Birthday With Pi Zero W

The Raspberry Pi celebrates its 5th birthday with the launch of the Pi Zero W-- an update on the 2015 Pi Zero complete with wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Pi Zero W carries the same specifications as its predecessor on a slim single-sided board, namely a 1GHz single-core Broadcom BCM2835 CPU, 512MB RAM, mini-HDMI port, micro-USB port and a HAT-compatible 40-pin header. Wireless connectivity comes through the addition of a Cypress CYW-43438 chip, the same found in the Raspberry Pi Model B.

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Asus Rivals Raspberry With Tinker Board

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Asus Rivals Raspberry With Tinker Board

Asus is the next company to take on barebones micro-PCs as it reveals the Tinker Board-- a small machine similar to the popular Raspberry Pi, if with a more powerful processor capable of 4K video playback.

Officially dubbed the "Asus 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0," the Tinker Board measures 8.5 x 5.3cm and carries a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A17 CPU, ARM Mali-T764 GPU and 2GB DDR3 RAM. The combination, according to the company, allows 4K video and 24-bit audio support through H.265 4K decoding, and should also allow for better 3D graphics performance.

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Intel Presents Credit Card-Size Compute Card

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Intel Presents Credit Card-Size Compute Card

Intel reveals a PC small enough to fit in a wallet at CES 2017-- the Compute Card, a device measuring 95 x 55 x 5mm the company claims brings computing power "to virtually any product, anywhere."

The compact Compute Card frame fits an Intel system-on-chip, memory, storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity. Chipzilla does not reveal the actual specifications as yet, but it promises a modular design customers will be able to configure with a range of processors, including 7th gen Intel Core CPUs with vPro.

Connecting a Compute Card to a device demands a new standard connector-- one described as "USB-C plus extension." The connector handles USB, PCIe, HDMI, DP and additional signals running between the card and devices, and Intel says it can be used by a wide variety of things, such as interactive fridges, smart kiosks, security cameras, smart TVs and IoT gateways.

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Zotac Presents VR GO Backpack PC

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Zotac Presents VR GO Backpack PC

Zotac offers a variety of miniature gaming PCs, but only one comes ready with straps-- the VR GO, a PC users can strap on their backs straight out of the box for more mobile VR experiences.

The straps are removable, meaning customers can use the PC as a regular desktop machine. It carries fairly decent hardware, with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, M.2 SSD and a hot-swappable battery in a form factor the company says still includes proprietary cooling system and properly positioned I/O ports.

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The Palm-Size Racing P1 Mini PC

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The Palm-Size Racing P1 Mini PC

Component maker Biostar announces a mini PC-- the Racing P1, a machine around the size of three smartphone stacked on top of each other based on the 14nm Intel Atom Z8350 CPU.

First seen back at Computex 2016, the Racing P1 measures 129 x 83 x 27mm and has a fanless design offering silent operation. Construction is in carbon fibre with "sports car curves," and while customers can hide the machine behind a display via VESA-compatible mounts one can add a spot of flash through RGB LEDs and a 5V LED Header for the addition of LED strips controllable via Vivd LED DJ software.

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MSI Puts VR-Capable PC in Backpack

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MSI Puts VR-Capable PC in Backpack

MSI presents the VR One at Tokyo Games Show (TGS) 2016-- a VR-capable PC described as the "lightest and thinnest" yet, allowing one to carry it around as a backpack.

Previously seen in prototype form, the VR One features an overclocked Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX 1070 mobile graphics and 2 hot-swappable battery packs promising up to 1.5 hours of "full speed gameplay" on a single charge. Connectivity includes x1 HDMI, X1 Mini DisplayPort and and x1 Thunderbolt 3 ports for full support of headsets such as the HTC Vive.

When complete with batteries the backpack weighs 3.6kg, and MSI says operation is both cool and silent through dual 9cm ultra blade fans and 9 heat pipes taking care of cooling duties.

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Tim Cook: "Stay Tuned" for Mac Refresh

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The latest Apple event focused solely on the iPhone and Watch, leading to worries the company forgot about the Mac. However Tim Cook says this is not the case, in an email telling a MacRumors reader to "stay tuned" for future updates.

"I love the Mac and we are very committed to it," the email to an anonymous MacRumours reader states. Of course, one can't fully confirm the authenticity of the email, but the headers suggest it originates from Apple corporate servers. As for the author, while Apple execs sometimes answer correspondence personally, it might also have come from the company's executive relations or PR teams.

In any case, Apple traditionally holds a separate Mac-focused event after holding iPhone ceremonies-- last year had it reveal the 4K 21.5-inch iMac on 13 October, little more than a month after the 9 September event. As such, one can safely expect the company to do something similar, particularly since the Mac lineup is in need of an update.

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HP Presents More Novel PCs

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HP Presents More Novel PCs

HP appears to be all about unusual PC form factors-- the Pavilion Wave is a mini PC built around a 360-degree speaker, while the Elite Slice features a modular compact design.

The Pavilion Wave looks less like a PC and more like a piece of audio gear. It features a triangular, fabric-coated chassis and an integrated speaker complete with a parabolic reflector the company says provides "superior" 360-degree audio for one's music and movies. Web chats are also catered for, since the PC carries dual-microphones.

Technical specifications include support for up to quad-core desktop CPUs, 2TB HDD, 128GB SSD, 16GB DDR4 RAM and an optional Radeon R9 M470 GPU. Connectivity comes through wifi, x3 USB, x1 HDMI, x1 DisplayPort (allowing it to push video to two 4K displays) and ethernet ports.

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