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    Anandtech: HTC Squeezes the U11 Family, Adding the HTC U11 life

    Today HTC is expanding its U11 series from one member into three, with the introduction of the U11 life and the U11+. The two new parts are designed to sit above and below the current standard U11 model, with the U11 life aiming at a more price competitive ‘lifestyle’ market, while the U11+ (U11-plus) sits at the top of the pile and is being touted for HTC super-fans who want a little bit more from their U11.
    The HTC U11 life: From £349 with AndroidOne

    The new wave of smartphones being described as ‘lifestyle’ branded is somewhat absurd: everyone has a lifestyle, but the definition here is more along the lines of ‘lifestyle’ magazines, such as GQ and the like. HTC’s aim with the U11 life is to bring its key feature, the Edge Sense ‘squeeze’ enablement, into a more compelling price point for more potential customers.
    The HTC U11 life is a 5.2-inch, 1080p device with IP67 environmental protection, featuring a Snapdragon 630 SoC under the hood, a 2600 mAh battery and a USB Type-C connector. It shares significant design cues from the U11 in the way it looks, however instead of going for a glass rear it uses an ‘acrylic glass’ design to save cost but still give the same design ID as the U11.
    There will be two U11 life models depending on the region, each with some different features. The US version of the U11 life will be handled exclusively through T-Mobile, and as such will be an Android N device with HTC Sense. The rest of the world, however, will be getting an Android Oreo device, branded with the AndroidOne logo on the back to indicate that this is part of the AndroidOne ecosystem. What this should mean is that any AndroidOne device will get a guaranteed monthly security update every month for three years (from today), and guaranteed OS updates for two years. When asked how that is enforced/what compensation is available if HTC potentially reneges on that AndroidOne promise, no answer was given in our briefing.
    The U11 life will be offered in 3GB DRAM + 32GB storage and 6GB DRAM + 64GB storage models, plus single SIM and microSD card support, with Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black colors being made available. It was asked if HTC is planning a red model, like the standard U11, however we were told that the change to the acrylic glass design showed that these two colors would be the best option.
    HTC’s headline feature with the U11 life is bringing its Edge Sense ‘squeeze’ technology down to a lower price point, and now HTC is promoting that the squeeze can work with any application to perform almost any task. One example we were given was that the squeeze could turn pages of a book in the Kindle app.
    Other features include a 16MP f/2.0 main camera with phase detection autofocus, Pro mode/RAW format support, HDR Boost, slow-motion video, 4K video, and picture taking inside a video. This is accompanied by a 16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera with selfie modes and HDR Boost, good for 1080p video. HTC stated that this device has been given a DXO Mark score of 90. Audio is powered by HTC USonic, which is HTC’s audio package that is designed to detect the echo chamber of your ear and adjust the sounds accordingly. This comes from the bundled Type-C headphones as well as the software, and HTC is promoting the U11 life as being high-resolution audio certified. There is no 3.5mm audio jack.

    U11 life and U11+
    Connectivity starts with the integrated category 11 modem, good for 600 Mbps download and 75 Mbps upload, with up to 3x carrier aggregation and support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling. The 2600 mAh battery is expected at a device of this price, although the move to the Snapdragon 630 from the S835 in the standard U11 allows HTC to quote an additional 2 hours of video playback and 2 hours of data use over the standard U11. The Type-C connector is USB 2.0.
    Pre-orders for the HTC U11 life will start from today, and we were quoted a UK price of £349 for the 3 GB DRAM + 32GB storage model. This includes the 20% UK tax rate, so it is likely to hit the US at around $385.
    HTC U11 Family
    HTC U11 life HTC U11 HTC U11+
    SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
    4 x A53 @ 2.2 GHz
    4 x A53 @ 1.8 GHz
    Adreno 508
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    4x Kryo 280 Perf @ 2.45 GHz
    4x Kryo 280 Eff @ 1.90 GHz
    Adreno 540 @ 653 MHz
    Display 5.2-inch SLCD
    5.5-inch SLCD5
    6.0-inch SLCD6
    Dimensions 149.9 x 72.9 x 8.1 mm
    142 grams
    153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm
    169 grams
    158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5 mm
    188 grams
    Waterproof Yes (IP67) Yes (IP67) Yes (IP68)
    RAM 3 GB 4 GB 4 GB 6 GB 4 GB 6 GB
    NAND 32 GB 64 GB 64 GB
    UFS 2.1
    128 GB
    UFS 2.1
    64 GB
    UFS 2.1
    128 GB
    UFS 2.1
    MicroSD Yes Yes Yes
    Rear Camera 16MP, f/2.0 12MP "UltraPixel 3"
    OIS, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixels
    Front Camera 16MP, f/2.0 16MP 8MP, f/2.0,
    85º wide angle
    Battery 2600 mAh
    3000 mAh
    3930 mAh
    Modem Qualcomm X12 (Integrated)
    Category 11 LTE
    Qualcomm X16 (Integrated)
    2G / 3G / 4G LTE
    LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 66 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28 (U11+), 32
    38, 39, 40, 41
    SIM Size 1 x NanoSIM 1x or 2x NanoSIM
    Wireless 802.11ac, BT4.2, NFC
    802.11ac, BT 4.2, NFC,
    Connectivity USB 2.0 Type-C USB 3.0 (5 Gbps), Type-C, Quick Charge 3.0
    3.5mm TRRS No No No
    Launch OS Android 7.0 w/ HTC Sense (US)
    Android 8.0 w/ AndroidOne (RoW)
    Android 7.1 with HTC Sense Android 8.0 with HTC Sense
    Cost From £349 (~$385) 4 + 64GB: £649 From £699 (~$770)
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    Anandtech: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Review: GP104 Comes in Thr

    Launching today is the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, announced last week when it was first available for preorders. As the third GP104 based GTX 10 series card, the GTX 1070 Ti comes 16 months after the release of the GTX 1080 and 1070, falling between them in price and performance. The end result is a shoulder-to-shoulder three card stack, all based on a Gx104 GPU, something that NVIDIA rarely offers historically. As a later-cycle product, the card also conspicuously follows on the back of AMD’s reentry into the high-end graphics space with Radeon RX Vega, and in that vein NVIDIA is comparing the GTX 1070 Ti to the Vega 56 directly.
    At the time of their Vega launch, we noted that the reference Radeon Vega 56 edged out the GTX 1070 Founders Edition by around 8%, albeit with greater power consumption, heat, and noise. In aiming at the Vega 56, the GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition is angling at reversing that performance advantage.


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    Anandtech: Lenovo to Acquire Controlling Stake of Fujitsu’s PC Business

    Lenovo, Fujitsu, and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) on Thursday announced plans to form a PC joint venture. Lenovo will own a 51% stake in the new venture – giving them the controlling stake of what is becoming of Fujitsu's PC business – while Fujitsu and DBJ will smaller stakes. The joint venture will develop, produce and sell computers under the Fujitsu brand to consumers, but Fujitsu will continue to serve its corporate customers through its channel partner network.
    Fujitsu and Lenovo have been negotiating the deal for well over a year, so nothing comes as a surprise. Under the terms of the agreement, Fujitsu will sell a 51% stake in its wholly owned subsidiary Fujitsu Client Computing Limited (FCCL) to Lenovo and a 5% stake to DBJ. The former will pay up to ¥25.5 billion ($223.4 million), whereas the latter will pay up to ¥2.5 billion ($21.9 million) based on performance of FCCL to 2020. Initially, Lenovo will pay Fujitsu ¥17.85 billion ($156.42 million).
    Lenovo is not new to joint ventures, particularly in Japan. Back in 2011, the company formed a joint PC business with NEC, where it owned a 51% stake. After five years, Lenovo acquired the remaining 49% stake from NEC to become the owner of the company, which controls about a quarter of the Japanese PC market. The takeover of the Fujitsu PC business was expected to increase Lenovo’s PC maker share in Japan to over 40%, but the actual share is unclear because Fujitsu will formally retain its corporate PC business.
    After the transaction closes in Q1 FY2018 (Q2 calendar 2018), FCCL will handle R&D, manufacturing, sales, and support of Fujitsu-branded PCs to consumers. The fact that FCCL will retain its “highly-automated and efficient manufacturing” means that Lenovo does not plan to move manufacturing of Fujitsu-branded devices to China, but will localize it in Japan, just like it did with NEC years ago. Obviously, Lenovo will procure parts required by FCCL and will therefore use its economies of scale to cut-down some of the manufacturing costs.
    Meanwhile, Fujitsu will get the products from FCCL and will continue to serve as well as support its corporate customers either directly or indirectly worldwide. It is noteworthy that the statements from Fujitsu and Lenovo indicate that FCCL will only serve consumers in Japan and never mention Fujitsu’s PC business in Europe and North America. Fujitsu’s computers hardly command a tangible share of the market in either regions, but given the fact that Lenovo sells its computers under its own and local trademarks in Europe and the U.S., the future of Fujitsu-branded systems outside of Japan remains to be seen. In the meantime, PC giant will keep developing and selling separate PC lineups under Fujitsu, NEC, and Lenovo names in Japan.
    Looking at the deal in general, it is noteworthy that in the recent quarters Lenovo lost its No. 1 position on the PC market to HP (1, 2, 3). IDC explains that Lenovo’s business was affected by weak sales in the U.S., so the acquisition may not necessarily help the Chinese PC company to regain its top spot. In the meantime, FCCL noted at the press conference in Tokyo that the Fujitsu brand is popular outside of the country of the rising sun (particularly in Europe), so keeping it on various markets might be a good idea in general.
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    Sources: Lenovo, Fujitsu, PC Watch


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    Anandtech: HTC Offers Vive + GeForce GTX 1070 + Fallout 4 VR Bundle for $799

    HTC this week launched a new $799 bundle that includes its Vive VR headset, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition graphics card, as well as a copy of Fallout 4 VR. The campaign will run while supplies last and will be available only in the U.S.
    Developers of the major VR platforms (HTC and Facebook’s Oculus VR) understand that in order to popularize their headsets they need to make them more affordable. To do so, they run limited-time sales or cut prices permanently (which is what both did earlier this year). With the new bundle, we are dealing with the former scenario several weeks ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
    At present, HTC charges $599 for its Vive VR headset (accompanied by two wireless controllers, two base stations, link box, earbuds, connectors, and accessories), which is also bundling Fallout 4 VR as well. Meanwhile the most affordable GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards are available for around $400. The $799 bundle allows gamers to buy both pieces of hardware together at an effective discount of $200.

    However, there are a couple of things to consider before hitting the “buy” button. Today's bundle announcement from HTC happens to line up perfectly with the launch of the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, and while the vanilla GTX 1070 is still a potent card, it's now third-string in NVIDIA's enthusiast video card lineup. Meanwhile, given that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming up, I'm not wholly convinced that we won't see further deals a bit closer to the holidays.
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    Anandtech: MSI Infinite X Gaming Desktops to be Released: Up to i7-8700K, GTX 1080 Ti

    MSI has announced a new lineup of gaming desktops under the 'Infinite X' banner. The new machines will resemble the existing Infinite A systems that use a multi-chamber design for cooling, but will be based on Intel’s newest unlocked Coffee Lake processors and will be user overclockable.
    MSI’s Infinite X systems will be based on a custom Intel Z370 motherboard (in Micro-ATX form-factor) as well as Intel’s Core i7-8700K CPU, which is a significant upgrade from the Core i7-7700 and B250 motherboard used for the Infinite A. The new processor has more cores as well as an unlocked multiplier, enabling overclocking. MSI does not disclose whether it intends to offer serious overclocking capabilities with voltage tweaking and other options, but the fact that the company plans to offer overclocking use people who do not build their gaming machines is already significant (and puts the Infinite X into a higher price category than the Infinite A). The motherboard has four DDR4 DIMM slots supporting up to 64 GB of memory, one PCIe x16 slot for graphics cards (MSI will offer up to GeForce GTX 1080 Ti options) and two M.2 slots for SSDs. As for connectivity, the Infinite X will support a single gigabit ethernet port, potential for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB Type-A and Type-C ports, various display outputs and so on.
    In the light of rising interest for PC gaming, MSI (just like many other makers of computer components) has greatly expanded its lineup of gaming laptops and desktops. The company started years ago with SFF PCs and barebones, competing against game consoles, and has recently moved upwards to rival boutique PC makers. As the name implies, the 'Infinite' ranges are MSI’s most advanced machines. To ensure that all the components get sufficient cooling, the Infinite chassis use a triple-chamber design with separate chambers for the CPU, the GPU, and the PSU. The processor and the graphics card are cooled down using MSI’s Silent Storm Cooling 3 coolers that suck cool air from the outside of the case and then exhausts the warmer air in another direction. In accordance with recent market trends, the Infinite-series desktops also feature MSI’s Mystic Light functionality, which offers customizable RGB LED presentations, and some units may come with optional transparent windows.
    As for storage specifications of the MSI Infinite X, they are pretty similar to the Infinite A as the systems use the same chassis that can accommodate up to two 3.5” hard drives as well as one 2.5” HDD or SSD. In total, the Infinite X can support up to five storage devices.
    Brief Specifications of MSI Infinite X Desktops
    Infinite X
    CPU Intel Core i7-8700K
    PCH Intel Z370
    Graphics Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
    Memory Four DDR4 DIMM slots, up to 64 GB
    Storage Two M.2 slot for SSDs (PCIe or SATA)
    1 × 2.5"
    2 × 3.5"
    Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 3168 802.11ac + BT 4.2
    Ethernet 1 × Realtek 8111H
    Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
    1 × DisplayPort
    Outputs on graphics cards
    Audio Front 3.5 mm jacks for headset with microphone
    Back 5 × 3.5 mm jacks
    1 × S/PDIF
    USB Front 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
    1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
    Back 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A
    2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
    Other I/O Front -
    Back 1 × PS/2 combo port
    Dimensions 210 × 450 × 488 mm
    Color Black with Customizable RGB LEDs
    PSU 550 W 80 Plus Bronze
    MSI’s press release does not disclose pricing of the Infinite X gaming desktops or their final configurations. Considering the fact that the Infinite X resemble the Infinite A machines, but with a considerably more powerful CPU and overclocking capabilities, so we would expect MSI to position the Infinite X above the Infinite A. That said, we can expect the Infinite X systems to cost higher than $1499 ~ $2000+ that the company charges for the Infinite A today, but exact MSRPs will depend on the actual specifications and locations.
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    Anandtech: The Xbox One X Review: Putting A Spotlight On Gaming

    It’s amazing how time flies. Only four years ago, Microsoft launched the Xbox One, its successor to the Xbox 360, but the Xbox One was a strategic departure from the Xbox 360 in many ways. Microsoft bet big on a couple of key features, and while some of them were successful, others were not. The Xbox team had some very clear goals for their latest console, with arguably the biggest goal being true 4K gaming support. But before we dig into what’s new, let’s first go over some history, since it is history that has driven decisions this time around.


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    Anandtech: IoT Company Discloses Upcoming Gemini Lake SKUs: Two Pentiums, Four Celero

    A maker of embedded systems has published details regarding pricing of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise licenses in Q4 2017 and has also disclosed the model numbers of Intel’s upcoming Gemini Lake SoCs. As it appears, Intel is likely to be readying at least six processors, for desktops and laptops, that will be sold under the Celeron and the Pentium Silver trademarks.
    According to the table published by Quarta Technologies, a Russian based IoT provider, Intel is set to offer the J5005 and N5000 SKUs for desktops and mobiles (respectively) under the Pentium Silver brand, as well as the Celeron J4005, J4105, N4000 and N4100 models. As with the previous generation Apollo Lake lineup, the list of Gemini Lake shows six SoCs in total: three chips for mobile and three chips for desktop computers. It is not known if this is a final list as of yet.
    Upcoming Gemini Lake SKUs
    Celeron Pentium Silver
    Desktop J4005 J4105 J5005
    Mobile N4000 N4100 N5000
    Detailed specifications of the processors will be published when Intel finalizes them and publically introduces the entire lineup, but in the interim we can discuss what we know about the new parts. According toCNX-Software, who inspected Linux patches for the new SoCs, the Gemini Lake parts have many similarities with the existing Apollo Lake chips, but also feature a number of tangible improvements in both performance and functionality, CNX-Software also generated a block diagram of the new processors.
    *The following analysis of unreleased parts is not yet confirmed, but based on Linux patches and Intel's software optimization guidelines
    As far as the documents we have suggest, Gemini Lake is set to use revamped Goldmont 'Plus' x86 cores that feature a four-wide issue design, (compared to three-wide in regular Goldmont) accompanied by 4 MB of unified L2 as a last level cache. This alone should improve the performance of the new SoCs, but it is hard to make predictions without knowing the frequencies of the upcoming chips or other microarchitecture changes. The new SoCs are listed as having a 128-bit memory controller that supports DDR4 and LPDDR3/4, although it remains to be seen whether all designs will use all the memory channels. When it comes to graphics, the parts are expected to use the same Gen9LP core with up to 18 EUs as the Apollo Lake (which provides the Direct3D Feature Level 12_1 feature set) and therefore to offer a performance improvement over the predecessor it will have to run at a higher frequency. The integrated should be equipped with an improved multimedia encoding/decoding engine (supporting 10-bit VP9 among other things), and Intel’s Gen10 display controller supporting HDMI 2.0 output. Furthermore, the Gemini Lake is set to support Intel’s SGX that is required by some multimedia applications because of the latest DRM technologies.
    When it comes to storage, Gemini Lake should support traditional SATA drives, PCIe 2.0 x2/x4 SSDs, and eMMC 5.1 storage solutions. As for connectivity, the new SoCs should support USB 3.0/2.0, USB Type-C, SPI, SDXC and other modern buses. Furthermore, the chips are likely to feature to the CNVi (Connectivity Integration Architecture) block for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and baseband modem. Finally, Intel has reportedly updated speed acceleration engine of the Gemini Lake to support dynamic neural networks algorithms.
    At present, nothing is known about power consumption of the new Gemini Lake SKUs, but it might be logical to expect them to be comparable to the existing Apollo Lake SoCs (10 W for desktops, 6 W for mobiles).
    Comparison of Intel's Entry-Level PC and Tablet Platforms Bay Trail Braswell Cherry Trail Apollo Lake Gemini Lake
    Microarchitecture Silvermont Airmont Airmont Goldmont Goldmont Plus
    SoC Code-Name (Embedded) Valleyview Braswell Cherryview Apollo Lake Gemini Lake
    Core Count Up to 4
    OOOE Architecture 2-wide 3-wide 4-wide
    Graphics Architecture Gen 7 Gen8 Gen8 Gen9 Gen9
    EU Count unknown 16 12/16 12/18 12/18 (?)
    Multimedia Codecs MPEG-2
    MPEG-4 AVC
    HEVC (sw)
    VP9 (sw)
    MPEG-4 AVC
    HEVC (8-bit sw/hybd)
    VP9 (sw/hybd)
    MPEG-4 AVC
    MPEG-4 AVC
    VP9 10-bit
    Process Technology 22 nm 14 nm 14 nm 14 nm 14 nm
    Launch Q1 2014 H1 2015 2015 H2 2016 H2 2017?
    Intel traditionally does not comment on unreleased products, their functionality, and branding. We're expecting Gemini Lake to be launched at some point, but it seems as if the IoT suppliers have sufficient information to start promoting the parts.
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    Anandtech: Going for Sleek: ASUS Vivo V241IC 23.8-inch All-in-One PC Released

    ASUS this week has introduced a new series of cheaper all-in-one desktop PCs aimed at SOHO markets. The Vivo AIO V241IC systems are based on various dual-core and quad-core Intel processors of different generations, but the main selling points are the design, a 23.8” anti-glare display with ultra-thin bezels, and an optional NVIDIA GeForce 930MX discrete GPU.
    ASUS continues to expand its lineup of AIO desktops each year. The new Vivo AIO V241IC family is broad and includes six models aimed at different market segments with some models being geo-targeted. The cheapest SKU is based on Intel’s dual-core Pentium 4405U (a 15W Skylake-U) released two years ago, whereas Intel’s recently launched quad-core Core i5-8250U and NVIDIA’s GeForce 930 MX power the most advanced model.
    Depending on the processor, the ASUS Vivo AiO V241IC can be equipped with 4 or 8 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, an optional 256 GB SSD, a 2.5” HDD, or even a hybrid storage sub-system featuring a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. As for connectivity, the Vivo AiO V241IC has a single gigabit Ethernet port, integrated 802.11n or 802.11ac Wi-Fi, additional HDMI display output, multiple USB 3.0 Type-A ports and so on.
    While technical specs of the more advanced Vivo AiO V241IC look rather good for an entry-level/mid-range all-in-one, the key features of the Vivo AiO 241IC are in its design and display. The machines come in silver metallic or gold metallic chassis with carbon fiber-like backs. To improve the look of the Vivo AiO V241IC further, ASUS uses 1920x1080 display panels with 2-mm ultra-thin bezels. In order to ensure that the bezels are ultra-thin on three sides of the monitor, the manufacturer has moved the webcam below the screen, which is not the most optimal place (you tend to end up with lots of chins).
    ASUS 23.8" Vivo AiO PC Specifications
    Vivo AiO V241IC
    Display 23.8" 1920x1080 NanoEdge IPS LCD
    23.8" 1920x1080 NanoEdge IPS LCD w/ 10-point multi-touch
    CPU Pentium 4405U: Skylake-U, 2C/4T, 2.1 GHz, 2 MB L3, HD 510, 15 W
    Pentium 4415U: Kaby Lake-U, 2C/4T, 2.3 GHz. 2 MB L3, HD 610, 15 W
    Core i3-6006U: Skylake-U, 2C/4T, 2.0 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD 520, 15 W
    Core i3-7100U: Kaby Lake-U, 2C/4T, 2.4 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD 620, 15 W
    Core i5-7200U: Kaby Lake-U, 2C/4T, 2.5 - 3.1 GHz, 3 MB, HD 620, 15 W
    Core i5-8250U: Kaby Lake-R, 4C/8T, 1.6 - 3.4 GHz, 6 MB, HD 620, 15 W
    PCH integrated
    Graphics Optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 930MX 2GB (384 SPs?)
    Intel HD Graphics with 12 - 24 EUs
    Memory 4 or 8 GB of DDR4-2133
    Storage 256 GB SATA SSD
    Up to 1 TB HDD
    1 TB HDD + 128 GB M.2 SSD
    Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 or
    IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.1
    Ethernet GbE
    Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
    Audio 2 × 3 W speakers (ASUS Sonic Master)
    1 × TRRS audio connector
    USB 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
    1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
    Other I/O 1 MP webcam, microphone array
    Color Silver metallic
    Gold metallic
    Dimensions 540 mm × 409 mm × 48-165 mm
    PSU 65 W
    90 W
    OS Windows 10 Home
    Endless OS
    Gallery: ASUS Vivo AiO V241IC

    The ASUS V241IC-series AIO desktops will hit the market in the coming weeks. The manufacturer traditionally does not announce prices or precise configurations for B2B sales, but PC Watch reports that a model based on the Core i3-7100U (equipped with 4 GB of DRAM, a 500 GB HDD and so on) will cost ¥74,800 excluding taxes in Japan ($656). Considering that prices in the country of the rising sun are typically higher than in the US, we expect the mid-range models of the ASUS V241IC to cost around $600. For one of the more advanced models, the one featuring Intel's Core i5-7200U, with 8 GB of DDR4, a 1 TB HDD, and the touchscreen display, it is available for pre-order for a little over $1000 from a partner of Amazon.
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    Anandtech: RGB Fan for Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 Launched: $70 MSRP

    Corsair has introduced a new fan for its top-of-the-range Dominator Platinum memory modules that not only adds additional airflow to the memory but also adds additional RGB LEDs. The Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB cooler is compatible with DDR4 memory modules and is already available.
    Customizable RGB lighting can be installed on pretty much all types of enthusiast-class PC components these days. Virtually all high-end motherboards, graphics cards, memory modules, chassis, fans, etc. released this year are equipped with some sort of RGB LED topology. All the leading suppliers of memory modules for gamers and enthusiasts either already ship DRAM modules with customizable RGB lighting, or at least have demonstrated them. Corsair itself released its Vengeance RGB series to complement its cases and coolers this summer.
    Corsair’s top-end Dominator Platinum modules still have not received any RGB treatment. Although today's announcement is aimed to allow users to keep the design ID, add additional cooling, and add RGB.
    Corsair's Dominator Platinum range is for Corsair's top performing modules, and the kits do not come cheap. In the effort for performance, typically the custom PCBs (and industrial design) are not intended for LEDs, especially if the delivery of “clean” power to the memory chips had an adverse effect on performance or overclocking potential. Corsair has experimented with white LED-equipped Platinum Dominator Torque DDR4-3200 special edition modules, but it looks like it does not plan to introduce LEDs to all of its highest-end parts. So instead of installing RGB LEDs on the Dominator Platinum modules, Corsair has decided to offer an optional cooler that would add lighting effects.
    The Corsair Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB cooler is equipped with two 50-mm ball bearing fans that can create 21.2 CFM airflow pressure at their maximum rotating speed of 3700 RPM. The fans are PWM controllable using Corsair Link software. The same application can customize the lighting of both fans.
    Corsair Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB at a Glance CMDAF2
    Bearing Type Ball bearing
    Fan Diameter Dual 50mm
    RPM 3700 RPM, PWM controllable
    Airflow 21.2 CFM (3700RPM)
    Noise level 25.6 dBA (max)
    Fan life 150,000 hrs/40° C
    Voltage 5-12V (DC)
    The Corsair Dominator Airflow Platinum RGB is available today directly from Corsair and its resellers. The MSRP of the product in the U.S. is $69.99, whereas in Europe the cooler is available for €74.99. Meanwhile, the device is available from Amazon for $56.54 at press time. You will need two for a high-end desktop with quad channel memory. To clarify, memory is not included.
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    Anandtech: ASUS Launches the Pre-Overclocked ROG G703: 17.3-inch, 144 Hz with G-Sync,

    ASUS on Thursday launched its new ultra-high-end gaming laptop that combines an overclocked CPU with a 17.3” display featuring a 144 Hz refresh rate. The ASUS ROG G703 (aka the ROG Chimera) is not as sleek as the Zephyrus launched earlier this year, but is a new nearly top-of-the-range DTR system that is meant to deliver gaming desktop-like performance. The machine is already available in the US, but its price is higher than that of advanced desktop PCs due to the display and portability.
    Last year ASUS was among the first to announce plans to implement AU Optronics’ 120 Hz AHVA display panels on select ROG and ROG Strix models, bringing the notebook gaming experience closer to a desktop gaming experience. Since then, virtually all leading gaming laptop vendors have started to offer FHD panels with a 120 Hz refresh rate. This time, ASUS and AUO up the ante once again and roll out the industry’s first laptop with a 17.3” AHVA panel featuring a native 144 Hz refresh rate. This is combined with G-Sync, allowing for a variable refresh rate based on game performance.
    Going forward, other mobile PCs from ASUS (and others) will use this panel alongside its smaller 15.6” brother, but at present, the ROG G703VI-XH74K is the only laptop in the world with such a high refresh rate. For those who do not need a 144 Hz panel, ASUS plans to offer versions of the G703 with a 4K60 display featuring 100% NTSC.
    At the heart of the ASUS ROG G703VI Chimera there is Intel’s Core i7-7820HK processor that is factory overclocked and runs at up to 4.3 GHz in single-core burst mode (400 MHz higher than recommended by Intel) which could be useful for some games. The processor features unlocked multiplier theoretically enabling users to increase frequency for all four cores, but we have no idea whether G703’s BIOS/software actually supports this capability. Less advanced models of the G703 will come with the Core i7-7700HQ without overclocking, but still with a rather high performance in general.
    All versions of the ROG G703 are to be equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU that will be able to operate at up to 1974 MHz in boost mode (up from 1733 MHz recommended by NVIDIA) and push its memory to 10.3 GT/s data transfer rate (up from 10 GT/s). The GPU supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync dynamic refresh rate technology, which will be helpful for the 144 Hz display panel. The powerful hardware is accompanied by a rather advanced audio sub-system consisting of four speakers, the ESS Sabre DAC and an amplifier in a bid to match an advanced screen with audio quality.
    To guarantee proper cooling of the components and ensure stability in the long-term, ASUS has equipped its G703 with its new Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system that can clean itself from dust and provide better cooling performance in general. The ADC uses two 12 V blowers (instead of regular 5 V blowers) that can create a very high air pressure when needed to exhaust dust and other particles sucked into the chassis, or just spin faster when extra cooling performance is needed. In addition, the ADC heatsinks use 1-mm fins as well as increasing the dissipating surface area by 16% (by using more fins) while leaving a larger gap between fins to reduce air resistance by 7%, according to ASUS. As for heat pipes, ASUS uses three thick ones for the CPU and four thick pipes for the GPU (with one connected to the CPU blower), so the ADC is a system that cools both key components of the laptop, but still has different blowers for each of the chips.
    Moving on to memory and storage, the ASUS ROG G703VI-XH74K comes with 32 GB of DDR4-2800 DRAM (expandable to 64 GB), two 256 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs running in RAID 0 and a 1 TB 2.5” hybrid drive. Other configurations may include other storage components - for example, ASUS mentions a 2 TB HDD, dual 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs in RAID 0 as well as a 512 GB SATA SSD on its website.

    Next up is connectivity. The ROG G703 has a gigabit Ethernet port, an 802.11ac Wi-Fi module, one Thunderbolt 3 port, four USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, an SD card reader, an mDP 1.4 port, an HDMI output and so on. With three display outputs and the GPU, this means a total of four monitors are capable.
    ASUS ROG G703 "Chimera"
    ROG G703VI-XH74K
    Display Diagonal 17.3"
    Type IPS
    144 Hz, NVIDIA G-Sync
    Range: ? to 144 Hz
    Response Time 7 ms
    Color Gamut 72% NTSC
    CPU Intel Core i7-7820HK
    (4C/8T, 8 MB, 2.9/3.5 GHz, 45 W)
    Single Core turbo boost to 3.9 GHz
    Other options
    may have
    PCH Intel CM238
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8 GB GDDR5X
    RAM 32 GB DDR4-2800 (expandable to 64 GB)
    Storage SSD 2
    × 256
    GB SSD in RAID 0 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
    1 TB SSHD (2.5", 5400 RPM, 8 GB NAND cache)
    Wi-Fi 2
    802.11ac Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
    Ethernet 1 GbE controller
    USB 4
    × USB 3.0 Type-A
    × USB 3.1 Type-C (via TB3 connector)
    Thunderbolt 1
    × USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connector
    Display Outputs 1
    × Mini DisplayPort 1.4
    × HDMI 2.0
    Audio 2
    × 2 W speakers
    × 3 W speakers
    ESS Sabre DAC
    Smart Amp
    3.5-mm audio jack for headset
    3.5-mm audio jack for microphone
    Keyboard Chicklet RGB-backlit keyboard, 2.5-mm travel, N-key rollover
    Specially-marked WASD keys
    ROG Aura hotkey
    Xbox Live hotkey
    XSplit Gamecaster hotkey
    ROG Gaming center hotkey
    ASUS Aura RGB lighting technology
    Other I/O HD webcam, card reader
    Battery 71 Wh
    Dimensions Width 42.5 cm | 16.73"
    Depth 31.9 cm | 12.56"
    Thickness 5.1 cm | 2.01"
    Weight 4.8 kg | 10.58 lbs
    Price $3499
    To further appeal to gamers, the ASUS ROG G703 comes with a keyboard featuring keys with a 2.5 mm travel, N-key rollover, customizable RGB backlighting as well as dedicated buttons to start the XSplit Gamecaster, program AURA lighting, adjust the ROG settings or wirelessly connect to Microsoft’s Xbox One controllers.
    The ASUS ROG G703 in its top-end configuration is immediately available directly from ASUS as well as from various retailers in North America for $3499. The system will hit retailers in the UK and Europe in the coming days or weeks.
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