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Xiaomi Launches a Non-GAM3R Gaming Laptop

Xiaomi, a brand better known for their Mi brand smartphones and powerbanks, has launched their first gaming laptop, the Mi Gaming Laptop. The laptop was launched at the Mi Mix 2s launch event in Shanghai, China yesterday. What’s remarkable about this gaming laptop is the lack of aggressive, “gamer” aesthetics – with the RGB turned off (as it should be!), the Mi Gaming Laptop could look at home in a business meeting one minute, and a gaming event the next. The 20.9mm (at it’s thickest point) thick, the brushed aluminium chassis is an exercise in subtle design. Xiaomi has decided …
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MSI’s 200-Series Boards, In Black and White and Red

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. And next in line for this roundup of motherboard announcements is MSI! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC MSI continues the trend this generation of a monochrome color scheme for the board itself to allow the RGB lighting to stand out. It has the armored PCIe and RAM like the other high-end boards for Z270, M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4, M.2 WiFi 802.11ac WiFi card, Intel NIC, and so on. One note though, they advertise the “Lightning” USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C but this is not Thunderbolt 3, they’re running off an ASMedia …
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ASUS 200-Series Boards Lineup

Alphabetical order! Next up in our motherboard roundup from the 200-Series launch is ASUS’s offering. Let’s see what they have for us! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] ROG STRIX Z270I Gaming This appears to be the only Mini-ITX offering that ASUS has in the 200-Series launch, but in it’s defence, it is fully featured. The main notable feature is a double-decker heatsink – enabling both your PCH and M.2 SSD to be cooled with a single heatsink! This board also includes the new USB 3.1 front panel connector… exciting times. The board also features Aura Sync RGB LED, 802.11ac WiFi, DDR4 4266 MHz, …
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Many 200-Series Motherboards Leaked ahead of CES

With Intel’s Kaby Lake soon to be released, many motherboard manufacturers are gearing up for their Intel 200-series chipset lineup. Although new features over the 100-series are limited, this did not keep board manufacturers from innovating and trying to bring something unique to the table. Most of these new boards have leaked from Asus, ASRock, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI. Here are just a few of the veritable treasure trove of leaked images. Many more can be found in the source link, found below. Mini-ITX ASRock H270M-ITX/ac Asus STRIX Z270i Gaming MSI B250i Gaming Pro AC Gigabyte H270N-WIFI microATX ASRock Z270M-Pro4 …
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Kaby-Lake Integrated into the Next Gen ASRock Beebox-S

One of the first ‘custom’ NUC based systems, the ASRock Beebox, has been given an upgrade to the latest generation Kaby-Lake processors from Intel. The Beebox-S models are now available with Intel’s Core i5-7200U (2C/4T, 2.5 GHz base and 3.1 GHz Boost clocks) or i3-7100U (2C/4T, 2.4 GHz base clock) CPUs, this new generation shows well, very few changes over the previous Skylake based systems. According to the specs chart, nothing has changed at all in fact! The system can also be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133 memory (two SO-DIMM slots), an M.2-2280 NVMe SSD and a 2.5″ …
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Intel Readies K-Series Core i3 “Kaby Lake” Processor

Well this was unexpected. One processor line that has never had an unlocked variant, the Intel i3, may now get that extra special letter denoted only to i5’s and i7’s. Even the Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 did not get that ‘K’ tag. Possibly in response to the apparently negligible IPC gains, Intel appears to be adding this third ‘K’ CPU to Kaby Lake, meaning next generation will bring the i7-7700K, the i5-7600K, and the i3-7350K. While the ’50’ bugs my OCD nature, the purportedly $177 processor will add much needed flexibility to the lower end of the market. (Please Intel, i7-7700K, …
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Kaby Lake 300 Series Chipsets to Feature WLAN Controllers and USB 3.1

The 7th generation Core “Kaby Lake” CPUs, and the companion 200-series chipsets are expected to launch at the 2017 International CES show, early January next year. Even then, it seems that the 300 series is already in the works, with a few major changes lined up, according to motherboard manufacturer sources. The decision is expected impact existing third-party Wi-Fi and USB 3.1 chip makers including Broadcom, Realtek Semiconductor, both major suppliers of WLAN chips as well as ASMedia Technology, which has a major share in the USB 3.1 market. Although ASMedia is expected to see dropping orders for USB 3.1 host …
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Intel Core i5-7600K Tested, Negligible IPC Gains for Kaby Lake?

Somehow (it’s funny how these things happen isn’t it?), a possible production unit of the next generation i5 processor has been leaked to a tech website. In this case, PCOnline has obtained a unit of the upcoming Intel Core i5-7600K, a 3.8GHz, quad core Kaby Lake processor. The i5-7600K has a 4.20 GHz max Turbo Boost frequency, and 6 MB of L3 cache. Like all its predecessors, it lacks HyperThreading. The i5-7600K succeeds the current i5-6600K, and could be positioned around the US$250 price-point in Intel’s product-stack. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] I quote, from TechPowerup; In its review of the Core i5-7600K, …