PC PowerPlay #267 News

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Meet the latest 8th generation Intel desktop CPUs

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It wouldn’t be a news update without some sort of CPU announcement. This month, it’s Intel’s turn to announce its 8th generation desktop CPU line-up, codenamed Coffee Lake. The main feature of the 8th generation line-up is loads more cores for your money. The i3 range, which is typically dual core, is now quad core. The i5 CPUs contain six cores and the i7 CPUs have six cores too, but supports Hyper Threading, for a total of 12 threads. Intel reckons all these cores mean up to 25% more FPS and 45% better performance when “mega-tasking” compared to the 7th generation range. Along with the new CPUs is a new chipset to support them, the Z370. The Z370 isn’t a huge upgrade, but it now has official DDR4-2666 memory support and integrated Thunderbolt 3, so there’s no need for motherboard manufacturers to add extra ICs to support it.

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Gigabyte introduces the smallest GTX1080 ever

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If you’re looking to build an ITX based gaming rig, Gigabyte has great news for you – a tiny Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card! The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G (aka GV-N1080IX-8GD) is the smallest GTX1080 on the market, almost 10cm shorter than Nvidia’s reference card design, measuring 37mm high, 169mm long and 131mm wide. To keep such a powerful card cool, but also small, Gigabyte has created a custom cooling system just for the GTX 1080 Mini. A 3D Active semi-passive 90mm fan enhances airflow by 23%, which sits on top of a finned aluminium block with a set of three composite heat pipes running through it, increasing cooling capacity by 29%. The GTX 1080 Mini is no slouch either, running by default in “gaming mode” with a boosted clock speed of 1733 MHz and with the ability to overclock to 1771 MHz.[TITLE]

WD’s massive new 12TB 3.5” HDD

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Western Digital has begun shipping 12TB helium filled SATA hard drives as part of its high-end Gold range of disks. The WD121KRYZ is fourth-generation HelioSeal technology unit which uses eight perpendicular magnetic recording platters with a 1.5 TB capacity for each platter to achieve its huge 12TB of capacity in a single 3.5″ body. Those platters spin at 7200RPM and manage to provide a 255 MB/s sustained transfer rate and 4.16 ms average latency. This is possible due to various sensors and technologies that increase the accuracy of head positioning in high-vibration environments to improve performance and as a result, guarantee sustained performance. For those wanting to run this drive in a RAID setup, the WD121KRYZ supports TLER (time-limited error recovery) rebuild assist mode to speed up RAID recovery time. The WD121KRYZ is shipping now in Australia, so look out for it at your favourite PC retailer if you have heaps of data to store.

[TITLE]Logitech has new Lightspeed mice and brings back the trackball

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Logitech has introduced two new mice this month – one for gamers and one that’s a little retro. The Logitech G603 is the latest device to support Lightspeed wireless interconnection technology, reducing the lag common to wireless mice. The G603 contains Logitech’s new HERO (high efficiency rated optical) sensor with 12,000 DPI sensitivity, up to 400 inches per second speed and up to 40G acceleration. Logitech’s other new mouse is the MX Ergo, which sports a trackball. Yes! A trackball in 2017. It’s basically a Logitech MX Master mouse, with a ball on the side you rotate with a thumb or finger. Just like the MX Master, it uses the Logitech Unify receiver (or Bluetooth), has an integrated Li-Po battery and supports Logitech’s Flow software, allowing users to simultaneously control two computers and to automatically switch between them by moving the cursor to the edge of the screen.

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Synology gives its NAS range a refresh with Intel’s latest CPUs

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Synology has updated loads of their incredibly popular NAS units with the latest generation Intel CPUs. The 4-bay DS718+ is an upgraded DS716+ and now has a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM (expandable up to 6GB) and two gigabit Ethernet ports. The 2-bay version of the DS718+, the DS218+ is also available. The DS918+ is the successor to the highly recommended DS916+, with Synology also upgrading the CPU to a faster Intel quad core, including 4GB of RAM and interestingly, two M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD slots for system cache creation. The DS418play is an upgrade from the DS416play and gains a slightly faster Intel CPU and a bump up to 2GB of RAM. All the new units include a AES-NI hardware accelerator, reducing the traditional speed penalty when utilising an encrypted filesystem. The new Synology units are currently making their way on to the local market now.

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Blizzard to open an exclusive esports arena in LA

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Blizzard loves esports so much, they’re opening their own dedicated arena for such activities in Burbank, Los Angeles. Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will be home for esports events of Blizzard games such as Overwatch Contenders, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft and the Overwatch League. The 4650-square metre arena will seat 450 people and contain three studio spaces, practice facilities for competing teams, multiple sound stages and two control rooms – providing a world class facility not just for broadcast purposes, but for spectators too. Blizzard said it will also open a retail store at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles with available merchandise rotating based on the competitions taking place at the time. Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will officially open in early October and will be christened with the Overwatch Contenders Season 1 playoffs.