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CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
The W25 chassis is actually a laptop case modified to fit desktop-grade CPUs and GPUs. (Source: Anandtech)

CES 2018 | MSI's Vortex W25 is one of the slimmest workstation PCs around

MSI will launch this year the workstation variant of its G25 gaming compact PC. The W25 will feature gen 8 Core or Xeon CPUs, Nvidia Quadro GPUs, up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, HDD+NVMe combos and VR-ready compliance.
Nvidia intends to restore confindence in its loyal gamer costumers. (Source:

Nvidia wants retailers to prioritize gamers over cryptominers

Availability for the GTX 1000 series cards is severely hit by shortages at all major retailers, driving prices to nearly double MSRP due to increased cryptomining demands. Nvidia is now trying to appease the angry gamers who cannot find decent supplies by limiting orders from major retailers to 2 products per person. Additionally, Nvidia is also selling the ...
Fujitsu Esprimo D series. (Source: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu announces three new Esprimo desktops, a Quadro equipped Celsius notebook, and Attachecase confidential file distribution software

Fujitsu caps off a busy week with three new desktops, a 17.3-inch workstation notebook with an Nvidia Quadro 5000, and Attachecase confidential file distribution software which removes part of a file and uploads it to a company server to make the original file unreadable.
GDDR6 listing in SK Hynix's 2018 Databook. (Source: SK Hynix)

SK Hynix lists GDDR6 memory as available

SK Hynix has listed the status of GDDR6 memory in its Q1 2018 Databook as available with speeds starting from 10 Gbps and reaching up to 14 Gbps.
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Spectre variant 2 got AMD involved in the double class action suit. (Source: Google)

AMD hit by double class action suit over Spectre vulnerabilites

Rosen and Pomerantz law firms representing AMDs investors claim that the processor maker had prior knowledge about the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. Investors are also claiming that the stock prices have dropped upon the release of BIOS updates for the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability.
The Pi226 is the world's smallest and slimmest mini PC. (Source: Anantech)

CES 2018 | Zotac showcases "credit card" pico PCs powered by Gemini Lake CPUs

The PI226 and PI336 are the world's smallest mini PCs, but that does not mean their performance is lacking. These are powered by Intel's 6.5 W TDP Celeron 4000 / 4100 SoCs that integrate the UHD 600 iGPUs and come with 4 GB of LPDDR4 plus 32 GB eMMC of internal storage.
Could we see an Intel dGPU take AMD's place in upcoming MCMs? (Source: Intel)

Updated | 'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works

Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
The new AMT hack can bypass all known security measures. (Source: Anandtech)

Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom

F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
'Haswell' CPU owners are getting increased security at the expense of reliability. (Source: Overclock3D)

Intel 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' CPU users complain of higher system reboots after applying Meltdown and Spectre patches

Users of older generation 'Haswell' and 'Broadwell' Intel CPUs are reporting of constant reboots after applying patches to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Intel is looking at issuing a revised firmware to address specific issues related to these CPUs.
The Liva Q mini PCs are the world's smallest mini PCs. (Source: ECS)

CES 2018 | ECS presents new mini PC models with Gemini Lake processors

The Liva Q2, Z2 and One SoC ultra-compact form-factor mini PCs will feature Intel Celeron and Pentium SoCs with 10 W TDP and improved media processing, which finally allow for the inclusion of DDR4 RAM.
Difference in switch movement. (Source: Cherry)

CES 2018 | Use the real deal: Cherry announces low-profile switches specifically for notebooks

Cherry is happy to announce low profile notebook specific switches in their CES 2018 line up.
Asus ROG Strix Flare mechanical gaming keyboard. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | Asus ROG Strix Flare is a mechanical keyboard with flair, and the Asus Bezel-Free Kit makes multi-monitor seamless

With the ROG Strix Flare, Asus has added on-board programmability and moved some of the media control keys to improve reachability. Their Bezel-Free Kit is in the concept stage, but uses optical tricks to hide the bezels in multi-monitor setups.
The new Optane 800p SSDs integrate four or eight 3D XPoint memory dies and feature improved read/write speeds. (Source: Anandtech)

CES 2018 | Intel showcases 58 GB and 118 GB Optane 800p SSDs

The Optane 800p SSDs can act as cache memory, as well as regular storing devices, and the 1W idle state makes them ideal for laptops.
Asus ROG Strix RL12. Right picture shows the hot swappable 2.5-inch SSD bay. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | The Asus ROG Strix GL12 is an E-Sports orientated PC with a hot-swappable SSD bay on the front panel

The ROG Strix GL12 has an angular design that Asus says was inspired by a ninja's mask.
HP Omen X 65 Big Format Gaming Display. (Source: HP)

CES 2018 | HP introduces Omen Game Streaming service to create your own Geforce Now style server, and the 65-inch Omen X 65 display

HP announces the 65-inch 120 Hz Omen X Big Format Gaming Display with G-sync, and the Omen Game Streaming service that is similar to Steam in-home streaming but can stream to remote locations over the internet.
The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 uses the same case design as the previous entries in the Inspiron Desktop 5000 series. (Source: Dell)

CES 2018 | Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 gets a refresh with Intel 8th Gen hexa-core processors

Dell has announced new CPU and GPU options for the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 line with the release of the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680.
Dell S2419HM and S2719DM monitors. (Source: Dell)

CES 2018 | Dell's new 24- and 27-inch monitors are claimed to be the brightest ultra-thin monitors available

Dell's new ultrathin monitors combat bright home and office setups with up to 600 nit brightness, while also being well suited to multi-monitor setups thanks to their InfinityEdge bezels.
Dell Mobile Connect showing an example call. (Source: Dell)

CES 2018 | Dell wants to seamlessly integrate your PC and mobile experience with Dell Mobile Connect

Dell Mobile Connect offers a way to securely link a PC and smartphone for shared notifications, calls, text (SMS), and screen mirroring.
The Chromebox 3 will run the latest Chrome OS version and should cost around US$200. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | Asus showcases three new mini PC models

The Chromebox 3 mini PC sports a diminutive case, but supports gen 8 Intel Celeron Silver quad-core CPUs. The more advance PN40 and PB40 can accommodate CPUs up to Pentium Silver and feature cases that allow for easy upgrades.
Microsoft blames the security update bricking systems on AMD. (Source: basstechintl)

Microsoft's Meltdown and Spectre security updates have been bricking AMD machines

Microsoft has halted some security updates for AMD-powered computers due to said updates apparently bricking people's machines. Microsoft blames inaccurate documentation provided by AMD.
NVIDIA's GeForce NOW service is now live as a free beta. (Source: NVIDIA)

CES 2018 | NVIDIA GeForce NOW brings modern AAA gaming to el cheapo PCs

NVIDIA's GeForce NOW enables cloud streaming of game content that can be played on virtually any PC with the company's datacenters offloading all the dirty processing work. The service is currently in public beta for Windows PCs and Macs in North America and Europe.
Asus is among the first OEMs to offer a BFGD, announcing the ROG Swift PG65. (Source: Asus)

CES 2018 | Nvidia presents 65-inch 4K @120Hz G-Sync HDR gaming display

The Big Format Gaming Display initiative from Nvidia brings the G-Sync technology to large TV screens with diagonals of at least 65-inch. These large screens are also HDR compliant and come standard with a [email protected] HZ resolution, but do not feature integrated TV tuners. Nvidia claims the BFGDs will have latencies close to regular PC monitors and the first mode...
Rivet Networks announced the Killer AC-1550 module for CES 2018.

CES 2018 | Rivet announces new Killer AC-1550-WiFi module reaching up to 1.3 Gbps

Rivet Networks new Killer Wireless AC-1550 module is based on Intels brand new 9260/9250 WiFi chipset and branded as the fastest 2x2 WiFi module on the market today. Reaching up to 1.73 Gbps theoretical and 1.3 Gbps real throughput, it could easily compete with Gigabit ethernet, at least on a short distance.
Toshiba showed off some of its storage advancements at CES. (Source: Overclock 3D)

CES 2018 | Toshiba unveils RC100 Series M.2 NVMe SSDs and a 96-layer QLC BiCS 3D NAND

At CES 2018, Toshiba showed off a new RC100 Series of M.2 NVMe SSDs along with their 96-layer QLC NAND technology. The RC100 SSDs enable mainstream PC users to upgrade to SSDs in a cost-effective and power-optimized manner.
MSI GT75VR to ship with Killer Wireless-AC 1550, Trident 3 gets Coffee Lake and GTX 1080 upgrades (Source: MSI)

CES 2018 | MSI GT75VR to ship with Killer Wireless-AC 1550, Trident 3 gets Coffee Lake and GTX 1080 upgrades

Some of MSI's more popular models are getting slight SKU updates this year including wireless speeds of up to 1.73 Gbps.
Ryzen APUs announced for the AM4 desktop plattform

CES 2018 | Ryzen APUs announced for the AM4 desktop plattform

One day before CES, AMD has announced two Raven Ridge APUs for the well-known AM4 desktop platform. The Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are entry-level offerings, however we still expect them to deliver great performance.
The Intel-AMD MCM is now official. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
Intel NUC Hades Canyon will be the smallest VR Ready mini PC with a 100 W Kaby Lake-G CPU (Source: Intel)

Intel NUC Hades Canyon crams in a 100 W Kaby Lake-G CPU in a 1.2 liter chassis

The Radeon RX Vega M GH will be on par with the GTX 1060 Max-Q in a chassis that's a fraction of the size of a laptop. Its 230 W power supply and 100 W CPU, however, have our heads scratching about heat dissipation and fan noise in such a small design.
The new 802.11ax protocol will bring higher peak data rates and efficiency. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel's new 802.11ax Wi-Fi portfolio promises 40% higher data rates and enhanced packet efficiency

Intel will be expanding its home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for 2x2 and 4x4 home routers. The new IEEE standard promises 40% higher peak data rates and increased average throughput in congested environments.
ASRock X399M Taichi for AMD Threadripper CPUs. (Source: ASRock)

CES 2018 | ASRock shows off new HEDT motherboards in micro-ATX form factors

ASRock is debuting micro-ATX motherboards for HEDT CPUs like AMD Threadripper and Intel Skylake-X based on the X399 and X299 chipsets respectively. Alongside the new boards, the company is also announcing an upgrade to the DeskMini GTX small form factor PC.
The new Thunderbolt 3 controller comes with support for DisplayPort 1.4. (Source: Intel)

Intel's new 'Titan Ridge' Thunderbolt 3 controller brings support for DisplayPort 1.4

Intel has announced upgraded Thunderbolt 3 controllers belonging to the JHL7x40 series, codenamed 'Titan Ridge'. The new controllers retain the 40 Gbps bandwidth and add support for the DisplayPort 1.4 specification.
HP Chromebook 11 G6 and Chromebook 14 G5 coming with MIL-STD-certified designs and USB Type-C charging (Source: HP)

HP Chromebook 11 G6 and Chromebook 14 G5 coming with MIL-STD-certified designs and USB Type-C charging

The rugged redesign should help these education-centric Chromebooks survive the chaos and destruction that is the K-12 grade school classroom.
The new fanless ZBOX mini PCs can now accommodate overclocked Kaby Lake-R CPUs. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac announces this year's mini PC updates

The 2018 Zotac mini PCs will get CPUs ranging from Gemini Lake ultra-low voltage chips to six-core gen 8 processors from Intel. The fanless models will feature redesigned chassis that support processors with TDPs up to 25 W, allowing for pre-overclocked Kaby Lake-R processors.
G.Skill Sniper X DDR4 RAM comes in three camouflage designs. (Source: G.Skill)

CES 2018 | G.Skill's new Sniper X DDR4 memory comes with a touch of camouflage

G.Skill has announced the availability of Sniper X DDR4 3600 RAM in a camouflage design that complements gaming PCs. G.Skill offers capacities up to 128 GB and the modules come with support for XMP 2.0.
Linux Mint 18.3 running the Cinnamon desktop environment. (Source: Linux Mint)

Linux Mint 19.x 'Tara' to release in mid 2018

The next version of Linux Mint, Linux Mint 19, will release sometime in May or June this year. The popular Linux distro will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
Lenovo ThinkVision P32u. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Two new Lenovo ThinkVision monitors: The ridiculously thin X24, and the highly color-accurate P32u

Lenovo has announced two new ThinkVision monitors. One is a sleek looking FullHD monitor with a slim body and thin bezels, while the other runs at 4K, boasts a higher degree of color accuracy, and supports a wider range of movement and more inputs.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. (Source: NVIDIA)

Consumer NVIDIA GPUs cannot be used in datacenters henceforth

Recent changes to NVIDIA's EULA prohibits datacenter deployment of their consumer grade GeForce GPUs apart from those used for blockchain processing. This being seen as a move to curb deployment of cost-effective GeForce GPUs for half-precision Deep Neural Network processing.
The Intel-AMD multi-chip module. (Source: Intel)

The Intel-AMD Core i7-8809G will be overclockable with a 100W target TDP

Intel's India website leaked some information about the 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G MCM. The listing sheds some light on the specifications of the new package and gives us hints on what to expect from Intel's official announcement at CES 2018.
Razer Core external GPU and Razer Blade laptop

Razer Core V2 + Blade Stealth (i7-8550U) Review

A technological Swiss Army knife for the living room. Razer's Core V2 makes anything possible, transforming a slim, unprepossessing ultrabook into a serious gaming PC in seconds. With its dedicated bandwidth, the additional TI82 controller lends the graphics card even more power compared to the previous Razer graphics enclosure. But is it worth investing your hard-earned cash in this device? And how smoothly do games run on the dock? We used several benchmarks and two graphics cards to answer those questions.
The DIMM modules and SSD in the latest iMac Pro. (Source: MacRumors)

iMac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable RAM and SSD but it's not for the faint-hearted

While the new iMac Pro is not end-user upgradeable, Apple component supplier, OWC, did a teardown of the latest iMac Pro base model and found that the RAM and SSD can actually be upgraded if needed.
The Apple Lisa computer in 1983. (Source: MacRumors)

Apple's Lisa OS source code to be released for free in 2018

Apple and Computer History Museum will jointly release the source code for Lisa, one of Apple's first commercial OSs to feature the GUI. The source code, currently being reviewed by Apple, will be made available for free in the public domain very soon.
Downloads for the desktop version of Ubuntu 17.10 have been temporarily stalled. (Source: OMG! Ubuntu)

Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' burrows into PC BIOSs causing boot issues

The latest Ubuntu release has a bug in the Intel SPI driver in the Linux kernel that seems to be corrupting UEFI firmware on certain Lenovo and Acer laptops leaving users with no options to change UEFI settings or select an alternative boot method.
The Gigabyte GTX 1060 5 GB Windforce OC. (Source: Videocardz)

First pictures of the Gigabyte GTX 1060 5 GB surface online

The first pictures of the rumored NVIDIA GTX 1060 5 GB SKU card have surfaced online. The new Gigabyte card is identical to the GTX 1060 6 GB Windforce OC but comes with the NVIDIA GP106-350-K3-A1 GPU that supports up to 5 GB GDDR5 memory and reduced memory bandwidth.
The new GP106-350-K3-A1 core. (Source: Expreview)

NVIDIA to launch exclusive GTX 1060 variant with 5 GB VRAM

NVIDIA will soon be launching a new variant of GeForce GTX 1060 with 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The card is meant to be sold in bulk to cybercafes and will be exclusive to the Chinese market.
The AMD 400-series chipset gets a listing on the PCI-SIG. (Source: Videocardz)

AMD Promontory 400-series chipset with support for next gen Ryzen coming soon

We could soon see AMD launch its 400-series chipset close to Ryzen 2000's launch early next year. Existing 300-series boards will, however, continue to be compatible with the next generation Ryzen CPUs.
No more 32-bit love from NVIDIA. (Source: Digital Trends)

32-bit NVIDIA drivers will soon be passe

The upcoming version 390 of NVIDIA's graphic driver will be the last to officially support 32-bit OSs. Barring a year's more time of security support for 32-bit drivers, all new features and enhancements will take the 64-bit route going forward.
Zotac Amp Box GPU dock promises compatibility with any Thunderbolt 3 PC (Source: Zotac)

Zotac Amp Box eGPU dock promises compatibility with any Thunderbolt 3 PC

The Amp Box will be the smallest Thunderbolt 3 eGPU dock with an upgradeable graphics card.
Apple is contemplating on an unified app development model similar to Microsoft's UWP. (Source: Microsoft)

Apple mulling at unified app development a la Microsoft's UWP

Apple is looking for a way to 'converge a toaster and a refrigerator' by means of creating its own version of a unified app platform similar to what Microsoft currently has in Windows 10. The unified app platform will enable apps to seamlessly scale and work across iOS and macOS.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)