Gigabyte P35W v5 Gaming Laptop Review

Introduction


Consumers typically purchase gaming laptops over their desktop counterparts due to portability and requiring hefty processing power on the move. Saying that, it’s exceedingly difficult to offer adequate thermal dissipation in a slim form factor which limits the convenience factor of many flagship gaming laptops. These tend to be rather bulky and difficult to carry around on public transportation where space is quite restricted. Thankfully, efficiency improvements on mobile graphics chipsets and CPUs have enabled manufacturers to create a better balance between performance and size. Granted, the top-tier options with dual GPUs still feel heavy but less extreme alternatives can be surprising portable. For example, the Gigabyte P34W v3 provides a superb gaming experience and weighs a mere 1.81Kg. Back when I reviewed this, the performance to size ratio astounded me. Although, the system’s load temperatures were higher than I hoped and felt like a concession too far.

The latest gaming laptop to prioritize a thin design from Gigabyte is the P35W v5 sporting an Intel i7-6700HQ, ultra fast 128GB NVMe boot drive, and GTX 970M. Unlike the P34W v3, Gigabyte has opted for a 6GB variant of this graphics chip but I can’t see the increased video memory making a substantial difference. On the other hand, some games with high memory utilization might fare better with an improved minimum frame-rate. Another key benefit is the inclusion of DDR4 memory, and a greatly improved battery. As always, you can customize the specification to suit your needs and the standard package utilizes a 1920×1080 display. If this seems a little underwhelming, you can select a 4K panel for an additional fee but this has some drawbacks when it comes to performance. Given the P35W v5’s marvellously thin design, I’m interested to see the thermals under stress and determine if the cooling hardware is up to scratch.

Specifications

  • Name: Gigabyte P35W v5
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz base frequency, 3.5GHz turbo)
  • System Memory: 16GB Dual Channel DDR4 2133MHz
  • Main Boot Drive: Samsung NVMe MZVPV128 M.2 128GB SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): HGST 1TB 7200RPM HDD
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 6GB
  • Peripherals: N/A
  • Display: 15.6-inch 3840×2160 IPS LCD
  • Optical Drive: MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8G2
  • Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8260
  • Battery: Li-Polymer 11.1V, 75.81Wh
  • Weight: 2.3Kg with Battery
  • Dimensions: 385(W) x 270(D) x 20.9(H) mm
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Warranty: 2 Year
  • Price: £1399

Packing and Accessories

Gigabyte has adopted a fairly understated theme to the packaging which showcases the beautiful display and professional aesthetic design. Furthermore, there’s a brief description about the laptop’s unique selling features but I have to say the translation is confusing and doesn’t make a lot of sense. Perhaps, this is because the press sample originates from the factory and I’m sure Gigabyte will update the message for western markets.

The opposite side is almost identical barring another stunning snapshot of the product’s thin profile. This level of uniformity works well and evokes a premium feel. The packaging’s durable cardboard shell and soft inserts protect the item during transit meaning you shouldn’t encounter any cosmetic imperfections.

Included with the laptop is a power adapter, user’s guide, warranty card, driver disk, PowerDVD 12 software, swappable storage bay and light stickers. The swappable storage bay is an ingenious extra which allows you to remove the optical drive and fit an internal 9.5mm SSD instead. This is a great idea because many people use flash storage devices instead of optical media and the ability to easily house a traditional SATA SSD greatly enhances the laptop’s flexibility.

The 4K model contains a removable orange sticker near the lid which can be replaced with either a green or turquoise colour. Gigabyte even provides a complimentary pair of tweezers to obtain a neat finish and customize the theme to your own personal taste. Small touches like this creates the perception every customer’s needs have been attended to.

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More Lenovo Yoga P40 Details Emerge as First Listings Appear

Lenovo first unveiled their Yoga P40 mobile workstation on December first and around two weeks later they revealed the specifications, at least some of them. When a new product like this is being introduced, we usually only get the top end specifications and not all options available. Top of the line is awesome, but it might simply be too much for some users, both performance and price wise.

I’ve long been on the search for a new mobile workstation to suit my needs, plenty of power, mobility, and universal usage, but there wasn’t such a product on the market. The Microsoft Surface Book came close, but I was seriously disappointed in the specifications and low-end hardware they used. Especially considering the premium asking price of the Surface Book. When Lenovo unveiled the P40, I saw my rescue and have since been waiting for it while scouting for more details.

Initially we got a starting price of $1399 USD at the same time as they revealed the specification. It was clear right away that this wasn’t the price for the model with the revealed specifications. Today, or rather yesterday, I finally discovered the first shop listing of the new Yoga P40 that both provide us with an estimate on a European price, some more specification details, as well as a possible release date.

The initial specifications were a QuadroM500M graphics card, 6th-generation Core i7 processor, 512GB SSD, and 16GB RAM as well as an optional LTE version. Thanks to the first product listings we can elaborate a little more on that.

The 14-inch Lenovo P40 2-in-1 mobile workstation will come with either an i7-6500U or i7-6600U processor and either 8 or 16GB RAM. The SSD isn’t 512 GB in all models either and there will be options with a 256GB SSD instead. So far only models with FullHD resolution have been listed, but there should also come a version with a 1440p display instead.

The first listings come from two different shops which both are located in Poland and both revealed the same information. The prices start at about €1817.00 for an i7-6500U with 8GB RAM and 256GB HDD and goes up to about €2380.00 for an i7-6600U with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The product listings aren’t complete, but they do give us some more insight into these pretty cool mobile workstations.

While the release date on the Yoga P40 wasn’t listed for either of the shops, there are hints towards when we can expect to see it. Lenovo only revealed that it would be released in Q1 2016, but not when. The official ThinkPad Pen Pro for the Yoga P40 does however have an estimated delivery time set for 3 weeks. While that doesn’t mean that the Yoga P40 will ship at the same time, it makes little sense to sell a stylus for a product that isn’t on the market yet. So fingers crossed if you’re looking to buy one of these sweet machines. The waiting time should be over soon.

MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro Gaming Laptop Review

Introduction


MSI is an established player in the gaming laptop scene and produces a huge range of products to suit various usage scenarios. Whether you’re prioritizing portability or simply require raw horsepower, MSI has a laptop to suit your specific needs. The company’s quintessential styling and robust construction beautifully balances performance with unique features and includes a comprehensive software package. This magical combination has proved to be incredibly popular among the gaming audience. Previously, we reviewed the budget-orientated MSI GE62 6QD Apache Pro which performed remarkably well in 3D benchmarks despite its relatively affordable price point.

While the gaming prowess of laptops around the £1000 mark are good, some users have higher demands to reach 60 frames-per-second at extreme graphical presets. The type of laptop which caters to this demographic is the GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro and comes in a number of top-tier configurations. The review unit we’re looking at today features an Intel i7-6820HK, 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, GTX 980M and 128GB NVMe PCIe SSD boot drive. Furthermore, the system opts for a 17.3″ 1920×1080 display, 9-cell battery, and 1TB data drive. As you can see, this is a stunning specification and more than capable of competing with high-powered desktops. On another note, the pioneering MXM graphics module offers an upgrade path for the future and makes the investment seem more worthwhile. Overall, I expect the system to shine in gaming tests at extreme graphical settings.

Specifications

  • Name: MSI GT72S 6QE Dominator Pro
  • Case: Brushed Aluminum Laptop Chassis
  • Processor: 6th Gen. Intel Core Skylake i7-6820HK @ 3.6GHz
  • System Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2133MHz
  • Main Boot Drive: Toshiba 128GB NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): HGST 1TB 7200RPM  
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M 8GB GDDR5
  • Battery: 9 Cell Li-Polymer
  • Optical DriveBlu-ray Writer
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n/ac Killer Double Shot Pro AC
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
  • Display: 17.3″ 1920 x 1080 FHD Anti Glare Wide View Angle with NVIDIA G-SYNC
  • Weight: 3.78Kg (With Battery)
  • Dimensions: 428(W) x 294(D) x 48(H)mm
  • Warranty: 2-Year Collect and Return (1 year global)
  • Price: £1962.20 as configured delivered.

Packing and Accessories

Given the laptop’s hefty construction, MSI decided to employ a thick cardboard box to adequately protect the sample during transit and reduce the impact of any small knocks.

The inner packaging adopts MSI’s iconic gaming dragon logo and outlines the system’s key specification.

Once opened, we can see the laptop’s accessories are divided into segments which makes the unboxing process a more pleasant experience. Furthermore, MSI opted for a durable plastic cover, and luxurious protective cloth which reduces the likelihood of damage occurring during shipping.

In terms of accessories, the laptop is bundled with a soft cleaning cloth, documentation, driver disk and power supply. The felt cloth feels beautiful in the hand and evokes a sense of luxury. While the power supply is on the larger side, this is expected given the laptop’s immense specification.

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Microsoft Confirms That Surface Book Has Twice the Power of a MacBook Pro

When companies release new products, they always come with bold statements that this new thing is so many more times powerful than this other device, but it is a sentence that’s usually followed by an asterisk that explains a very limited test scenario or old comparison product.

When Microsoft announced the Surface Book, they claimed that it was twice as powerful as the MacBook Pro and that it “ounce for ounce, pound for pound,” was the fastest 13-inch laptop anywhere on the planet. That is a very bold statement and one that left users wondering if it could be true as Microsoft didn’t reveal how it compared the two. A lot of people suspected that the Surface Book had been compared to a low-end MacBook Pro.

Now Microsoft clarified that statement to Microsoft-News, at least a little bit. The tests were performed on a Surface Book and MacBook Pro that both feature an Intel Core i7 CPU and 16GB RAM. Microsoft used third-party benchmarks to test these two, the best Surface Book and the best MacBook Pro.

That does clarify the scenario a bit, but it still doesn’t tell us what kind of benchmarks that were used. Are they talking 3D performance, workstation performance, or something else? Maybe even everything, we don’t know. Still, there is no doubt that the Surface Book is an awesome little machine, but also one that comes at a hefty price. If you want the best, you have to pay for it.

Overclockers UK Offer a X99 System for Less than a Top-End Skylake i7 Setup

Intel launched their Skylake platform yesterday and we had you covered with both the two new processor reviews as well as a bunch of new Z170 motherboards. But not everyone is convinced that it might be the best way to go, as we still have the option to go down the X99 based route. Overclockers UK agree with this and for a limited time they are offering an X99 based system with a six-core Intel i7-5820K CPU for £50 less than an equivalent top-of-the-line i7-6700K  Skylake system costs.

And there are quite a few benefits on the X99 based system with an i7-5820K processor. The processor is a little slower with 4.2GHz versus 4.4GHz, but that doesn’t really make a lot of difference. What does make a difference is the X99’s ability to support quad-channel memory and it has more PCI-Express lanes. The Skylake CPU still only has 16 lanes and that’s just not enough for a proper tricked-out high-end system. Skylake does have the ability to clock higher, but the X99 still performs better in most areas and when you are rendering physics, using Photoshop, or similar creative work, then “X99 smashes Skylake out of the water”.

The two systems in question from Overclockers UK are the Titan Riptide X99 based Gaming PC for £1140.97 and the Titan Bayonet Skylake Gaming PC for £1192.99 when specced with equivalent parts including 16GB 2400MHz memory, 2TB 7200RPM Hard Drive and a Nvidia GTX 970 graphics card.

MSI Introduces Prestige Notebook Series

Work and fun don’t have to be separated when using MSI’s new Prestige notebook series. The sleek and silver designed notebook got its inspiration from boutique fashion and high-precision instruments and packs a lot of power on inside the great look chassis.

The Prestige series is powered by the Intel fourth generation Core i7-4720HQ processors and comes with either a GTX950M or GTX960M graphics card. The notebook delivers true-to-life image quality close to 100% of the sRGB scale with MSI True Color Technology, allowing you to share your work with co-workers and more without the risk of potential color distortions.

Besides great visual experiences, the Prestige notebooks focus on a great audio experience. MSI adopted the Nahimic sound technology on their new notebook series that is said to give a great sound experience with 360° sound, improved clarity of dialogue, and increased bass. It also boosts the microphone with a constant volume and noise reduction as well as the new HD Audio Recorder feature that enables you to enjoy studio quality sound. MSI partnered with Dynaudio to equip the notebook with top-notch audio speakers and also added their own Audio Boost technology.

Another nifty feature added to the Prestige series is the ability to switch power profiles by hardware buttons by use of the new Shift feature. You can switch between sport, comfort, and green. The Non-glare coating on the display reduces eye strain and increases the comfort while reading on the available 15.6” FHD 1980 x 1080 or 4K and 17.3” FHD 1980 x 1080 display options.

Other hardware specification include up to 16GB 1600MHz RAM, up to 256GB M.2 SSD and 1TB HDD and a BD Writer. You also get several USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 and mini DisplayPort 1.2 connections. Networking is covered by a Gigabit Ethernet controller and 802.11ac WiFi as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

Eurocom Launches Upgradeable M4 Ultraportable Laptop

If you’re in the market for a compact laptop that still packs a great display and enough power for even demanding usage scenarios, then you might want to take a closer look at the new Eurocom M4 ultraportable laptop with up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, intel Core i7-4940MX upgradeable processors, and a QHD+ 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels.

The new Eurocom packs a lot of power but only weighs 2kg and measures just 330 x 227 x 31.9mm. As with all Eurocom models, you can customize just how much performance you need and want to pay for. The M4 now provides three levels of graphics cards to choose from, the GeForce 960M, 860M, and 765M. The new 960M might be the perfect choice for a system like this, providing a great performance at decreased power consumption.

The system is powered by Intel’s HM87 Chipset that can handle the full line of Intel’s 4th Gen Core i7 processors, including the Core i7-4940MX with four cores and eight threads, running at 3.1GHz. You can equip the system with up to 16GB DDR3-1866 memory via the two SO-DIMM slots and with up to 4TB storage capacity through one 9.5mm 2.5-inch and two mSATA storage bays, even the most demanding users needs should be covered.

The display is also customizable, not everyone want’s a QHD resolution on a 13-inch screen. Other options besides the 3200×1800 display is a 2560×1440 Quad HD matte display and a 1920×1080 Full HD matte display. Even with all that power at your disposal, the M4 can still give you a long battery time of 5 hours.

EUROCOM M4 VGA / GPU Graphics Options:

  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (N15P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1029MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board
  • 2GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (Kepler); 128-bit; 768 CUDA; GPU/VRAM Clock 850MHz/2000MHz; on-board
  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (N16P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1097MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board

EUROCOM M4 Processor / CPU Options:

  • 2.40 GHz (up to 3.40) Intel Mobile Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.50 GHz (up to 3.5) Intel Mobile Core i7-4710MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.60 GHz (up to 3.20) Intel Mobile Core i5-4210M (Haswell); 2C/4T; 3MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 37W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.80 GHz (up to 3.80); Intel Mobile Core i7-4810MQ; 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.90 GHz (up to 3.90); Intel Mobile Core i7-4910MQ; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.00 GHz (up to 3.90) Intel Mobile EXTREME Core i7-4930MX (Haswell); 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.10 GHz (up to 4.00); Intel Mobile Core i7-4940MX Extreme; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866

ASUS Announces its ROG G501 Alternative, the Zenbook Pro UX501

Asus has released its new addition to the Zenbook series, the Pro UX501. Compared to the ROG G501 gaming ultrabook, the Zenbook alternative looks to differ only in colour scheme and lacks the red keyboard found on the ROG version.

The specs look pretty much the same as the ROG G501, having the Pro UX501 come with a 15.6-inch IPS 1080p or 4K display, Intel’s Core i7-4720HQ CPU, Nvidia’s GTX 960M, 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD, as well as a 1TB 2.5″ HDD.

It is said that the Pro UX501 comes with two battery capacities, fitting either a 4 cell 60 Wh or a 6 cell 96 Wh battery with a life expectancy of up to 6 hours. The Zenbook is available for purchase at stores with a price tag of €1,824.

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Shuttle Lauches DS57U Broadwell based Slim PC

Shuttle has announced their DS57U Slim PC based around the latest Intel Broadwell platform. The base model comes with a 14nm Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz dual-core processor that has a maximum TDP of only 15W. The graphics power is provided by Intel HD Graphics with both HDMI and DisplayPort for dual-screen setups.

There are three further models (SKUs) that provide more power and support for 4K/Ultra HD video playback, the DS57U3 (i3-5005U), DS57U5 (i5-5200U), and DS57U7 (i7-5500U).

The fanless unit would be perfect in any office or living environment and won’t gauge on the electricity bill either. It comes with a 65W power adapter which in itself keeps the running costs as low as a good old-fashioned light bulb. The DS57U is certified for 24/7 use and can easily be adapted to digital signage as well as thin-client.

The durable metal chassis houses four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0, two serial COM ports (RS232, RS232/422/485), dual intel Gigabit Ethernet, b/g/n WiFi, a SD Card reader as well as MIC in, Line out and a clear CMOS button.

The system supports two DDR3L-1333/1600 SO-DIMM modules for a total of up to 16GB RAM. There is only one SATA slot for a 2.5-inch drive, but that should be sufficient for most areas of use. The 39.5mm thin unit is also VESA mountable.

No official word on pricing or availability yet. A single Austrian web shop has it listed for €224.24, but no availability date.

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QNAP Launched TVS-x71 Series vNAS With 4K UHD Video Playback and Transcoding

If the new QNAP TVS-x61 series with AMD processors weren’t the right match for you, then the new TVS-x71 series Turbo vNAS based on Intel CPUs with 4K Ultra-High-Definition and 10Gb Ethernet support might be.

The new series is available as 4, 6 and 8-bay tower form-factor models and all of them are powered by the latest Intel Haswell CPUs, but which one depends on the model choice. These processors deliver high performance with over 2,300 MB/s throughput and 135,000 IOPS for CPU-consuming tasks such as running Virtualization Station, real-time 4K video playback and transcoding, and serving large numbers of simultaneous connections. All units have four Gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and SATA 3 6Gb/s ports for 2.5 and 3.5-inch drives.

“The high-quality hardware provides the power for users to operate multiple virtual machines using QNAP Virtualization Station, transcode high resolution videos in real-time or offline, and to enhance their business productivity with integrated SMB features,” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP.

4K video playback via the integrated HDMI has minimal impact on the NAS performance and the TVS-x71 series delivers real-time 4K (H.264) and 1080p video transcoding that converts videos to universal formats for playback on PCs, mobile devices, and Smart TVs.

QNAP’s exclusive QvPC Technology includes VM integration, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, cloud integration and NAS connection technologies by simply connecting a keyboard, mouse and to the NAS. Users can directly access stored data, run multiple applications on Windows/Linux/UNIX/Android-based VMs, surf the web with Chrome or Firefox, and enjoy 4K videos with 7.1 surround sound through XBMC, and much more.

The new TVS-x71 series Turbo vNAS should be available now or very shortly at retailers around the world.

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QNAP Partners with AMD for TVS-x63 Golden Cloud Turbo vNAS Series

This one almost slipped through my net with all the news going around after CES in Vegas, but it is a big one. QNAP has partnered with AMD to create the TVS-x63 Golden Cloud Turbo vNAS series, including the TVS-863+ with built-in 10Gb Ethernet. The rest of the series is ready for 10Gb Ethernet, but come born without.

Using a 64-bit AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.4GHz processor with support for up to 16GB RAM, these NAS devices promise great performance. Speed isn’t everything, and the TVS-x63 also come with a highly efficient hardware encryption, SSD cache acceleration, and advanced AMD Radeon graphics for the ‘other side of these NAS devices’.

“QNAP is renowned for providing comprehensive cutting-edge NAS solutions with high-quality features for users, and we feel very honored to cooperate with QNAP to release the new TVS-x63+ series NAS, powered by AMD embedded solutions,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “The AMD Embedded G-Series SoC provides high performance while being energy efficient and meets the requirements of a NAS designed to deliver 24/7 continuous and reliable services.”

The new series comes as 4, 6 and 8 bay solutions with varying amount of memory between 4GB and 8GB, but all support up to 16GB total RAM. The drives connect through SATA 3 ports and network is covered by dual Gigabit ports. As previously mentioned they are all 10GbE capable, but only the TVS-863+ has it built in.

“The TVS-x63+ series is solidly built with a state-of-the-art design and topped off with a stylish gold finish for added distinction. The Turbo vNAS with AMD quad-core processor performs outstandingly in file transfer efficiency, business and multimedia applications, and more, while brining 10GbE capabilities for budget-conscious organizations and professionals,” said Y.T. Lee, vice president of QNAP.

The other side of these NAS devices is the QvPC Technology. Users can use the TVS-x63+ series as a PC by plugging in a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI monitor to directly access data stored on the NAS, run multiple applications on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Android-based VMs, surf the web with multilingual keyboard input, watch 1080p videos with up to 7.1 channel audio with XBMC, and much more.

The previous paragraph contained a lie, well at least not the full truth. The TVS-x63+ series also supports 4K Ultra HD output for use with the QvPC Technology, thanks to the AMD Radeon Graphics. You can connect the NAS to a 4K UHD monitor too and enjoy those extra pixels.

The TVS-x63+ series includes more anticipated features for a better audio-visual experience, including hardware-accelerated transcoding, offline transcoding and dual HDMI outputs that allows users to connect to two monitors or TVs for simultaneous playback.

Key specifications

  • TVS-863+: 8-bay tower model, 8GB RAM, one pre-installed 1-port 10GbE PCI-E NIC
  • TVS-863: 8-bay tower model, 4GB RAM, PCI-E expansion slot
  • TVS-663: 6-bay tower model, 4GB RAM, PCI-E expansion slot
  • TVS-463: 4-bay tower model, 4GB RAM, PCI-E expansion slot
  • AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.4 GHz processor, DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM RAM (expandable to 16GB); 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 5 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports; 2 x HDMI (mirrored display); LCD panel.

The best of all is, the new QNAP TVS-x63+ series Golden Turbo vNAS will be available later this month at most retailers. If all this shouldn’t be enough, you can expand with the two QNAP expansion enclosures UX-800P and UX-500P to increase the total storage capacity to 192TB.

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MSI Introduces AIO Gaming Desktops with GTX 980M and 970M

MSI have launched their latest two All-In-One desktop systems aimed at gamers, the AG270 2QE and the AG270 2QC. These are the first AIO systems to feature the newest Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M and 970M discrete graphics cards, but that’s just one of the many features added to improve the gaming experience.

The only difference between the two new models is the graphics card that is either the GTX 970M with 6GB VRAM or the GTX980M with 8GB VRAM depending on the model and both these graphics cards should run your latest games without any trouble.

The AG270 All-in-One has a 27-inch LED screen that runs at a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It features Multi-touch with 10 points and has Anti-Flicker, Anti-Glare and Less Blue Light technologies to reduce the eyestrain when having those marathon gaming sessions. There is also a 2 megapixel HD webcam built-in for the streaming or video-chat sessions.

MSI has teamed up with Yamaha for the sound and they are using 5W + 5W speakers and an amplifier within the AG270. Each speaker features a built-in full-range monomer, and an independent subwoofer monomer to form a 2-way speaker system.

Both models are powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4860HQ quad-core processor with a base speed of 2.4GHz and a Turbo mode up to 3.6GHz. The Intel HM87 Chipset is in control and the system supports up to 16GB DDR3 SO-DIMM over two slots.

When we get to the storage, the whole thing gets very interesting. Both models have the MSI Super Raid 2 that supports three mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 for read speeds up to 1500 MB/s. Of course, there’s also a 3.5-inch 7200RPM SATA Harddisk available. For the external storage requirements, it has a tray-in DVD Super Multi & Blu-Ray writer and a 3-in-1 card reader.

In order to provide all the connectivity a gamer could want, MSI have added the Killer LAN E2205 Gigabit Ethernet controller with its well-known QoS system designed for streams and gaming. The wireless part is covered by an Intel Dual-band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac and Bluetooth module.

There are plenty of connection options on this all-in-one wonder with four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. One of the USB 3 ports supports super-charging. It has one HDMI-in and one HDMI-out as well as a D-Sub VGA out. Internally it has two Mini PCI-E expansion slots where one is covered by the Wi-Fi module and the other one can be filled with an optional TV Tuner card, or anything else you’d like that exists in that expansion form-factor.

Nvidia’s new graphics cards barely use any power, so a 230W AC adapter is enough to power this entire machine. It measures 672.23 x 66 x 482.96 mm and it weighs 16.15kg. No word on pricing or availability yet.

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Acer Announces Aspire V5, Expands “Touch and Type” feature

With the introduction of the new Aspire V5 Series, Acer continues to bring touch and type to the mainstream segment. Designed in line with the current trend towards thinner and lighter notebooks that allow users to enjoy both entertainment and content creation anytime, anywhere, the new V5-561P comes with a built-in optical drive as there is are still a lot of customers who prefer to view and store content using an optical drive.

The Aspire V5-561P features an M-DISCTM enabled optical media drive, designed to save valuable content for up to several decades. This means it’s capable of storing data into the M-DISC to provide permanent storage of up to 4.7GB. In addition, the M-DISC is not vulnerable to failure like traditional DVDs and CDs, as it’s made up of a special layer that undergoes any permanent physical change not fading or deteriorating.

In addition, the Aspire V5-561P is equipped with a 15.6-inch HD LED-backlit, 10-point multi-touch display with Direct Bonding technology, which increases the effective contrast ratio, including the viewing and touch experience. Combined with a cool and fluid design, enriched by a large multi-gesture track pad, this touch notebook is perfectly designed to enhance content consumption and to take advantage of the features offered by Windows 8.

This new thin and light notebook series suits users looking to boost performance with up to 16 GB RAM for their daily entertainment, productivity and communication in a cool design anywhere, anytime.

Intel’s powerful Core processors based on Haswell micro-architecture delivers excellent performance and power efficiency for impressive multitasking and content creation, while the renowned AMD Radeon R7 and R5 discrete graphics offer multimedia enjoyment.

What’s more, the Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater surround sound effect technology takes the personal multi-media enjoyment to a higher level.

Users can enjoy all-round connectivity with HDMI and VGA ports to easily connect to an external display and files can be shared via the integrated USB 3.0 ports or SD card slot.

Availability and Pricing
The Acer Aspire V5-561P is available now with a starting price of €599.

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Emperor Chair 1510 – The Biggest And Meanest Workstation Or Gaming Gear Ever Made?

Now this is an interesting contraption indeed, the “Infinity Emperor”, the ultimate in modern computing. Offering the future of workstations and the pinnacle of high-end computing, here and now. Featuring three 24″ Asus 144Hz Gaming monitors, support for a full audio system, Radeon R9-290X Crossfire, LED lighting and a full custom watercooled set up. Designed for the true enthusiast, the “Infinity Emperor” enables you to immerse yourself in the computing experience deeper than ever before. Constructed from premium grade materials. Equipped with the latest technology from Intel & AMD, the “Infinity Emperor”performs like no other.

The Emperor 1510 Chair could be the future for high-end workstations and home computing environments. The construction is stylized after a scorpion and very stable, providing the user varying options of tilt, an integrated audio system, LED lighting. It can also be solemnly used as a gaming seat as well. The Emperor 1510 offers various features that allow the user to experience new sensations of comfort never experienced before.

The brackets of the Emperor 1510 are handcrafted and made from molded stylish Canadian steel, which is solid 4.7 mm thick. All the steel straps present, are made of high quality powder-coating and are supplied by the manufacturer with 5 years warranty on any structural defects. The seat itself is of high quality microfiber fabric.

The varied mounting options for the monitor enables the user to install either the Emperor 1510 with a single monitor up to 30 inches wide or three monitors up to 24 inches (need to VESA standard support). The upper part of the seat is height adjustable via the attached steel bars.

In addition to the individual product, a complete system, the „Infinity Emperor“ is offered at Overclockers UK. The Infinity Emperor system is armed with the Intel Core i7 4770K Quad Core, 8-Thread CPU overclocked to a minimum of 4.70GHz. Unchained, all four cores operate in unison in speeds never experienced before, bringing the computational experience into warp speed. Thermal management is controlled by a beautiful and intricate Custom Watercooling Loop featuring Mayhems Purple pastel fluid for a wonderfully organic effect. The memory runs at a rapid 2133MHz throughout all 16GB with a tight CAS latency of 10, bandwidth is nigh on unlimited.

Storage is handled by both a SSD & HDD, a Samsung 840 Evo Series 250GB is selected a primary drive enabled for record OS boot times and configured for split second application and game load times. The secondary HDD is a Seagate Barracuda 2TB Sata III drive offering ample space for literally everything else. Tertiary drive options are available for those who wish to contain libraries worth of data with their Infinity System.

Decked out with a pair of AMD Radeon R9 290X 4096MB graphics cards configured in Crossfire for ultimate firepower in maximum attack mode. Both cards are fully watercooled which delivers a soothingly silent experience. There is even 4K display resolutions support to go with the rocket-powered configuration, coming as standardly configured with three Asus 24″ 144MHz LED monitors for a massive expanse of desktop space.

Powering up this massive beast is the Be Quiet 1000W “80+ Bronze Rated” 1000W PSU, relentlessly giving your components the life force required to operate at 110% whilst maintaining world-class efficiency and unrivalled silence. Modular cabling allows for a neat installation, which is beneficial both aesthetically and ideal for optimal airflow.All of this is installed within the Lian Li D600WB Brushed Aluminium Cube Case, showcasing the sophistication and empowerment unlined by the Infinity Emperor.

When it comes to prices, for the basic equipment you have to be prepared with a sum of £4999.99 inc VAT for each Emperor Chair 1510, and £9999.99 inc VAT for the complete system „Infinity Emperor“ consisting of the Emperor Chair 1510 and the high-end gaming system and three monitors as standard.

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