Computers – Main Novelties of October 2014

Computers – Main Novelties of October 2014


    This October, Apple introduced an updated Mac mini and the 27-inch iMac with a Retina 5K display, Japan plans to build a supercomputer capacity 1 exaflops, ASUS and MSI have completed their line of gaming devices, and Intel showed mini-PC on Windows 8.1 size of a stick.

    Updated Mac mini

    October 16, Apple introduced a new version of the Mac mini, which has not been updated since 2012. Now he finally got a modern filling, but the starting price was reduced from $ 599 to $ 499 (US).

    Задняя панель нового Apple Mac mini
    rear of the new Apple Mac mini

    3 available for order modification. For $ 499 you can get a Mac mini with Intel Core i5 processor with 1.4 GHz and Intel HD graphics 5000, 4 GB “RAM” and 500 GB HDD. Pa $ 699 (US) – Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz and graphics Intel Iris, 8 GB of RAM and a “hard drive” on the 1TB, and the most expensive version, $ 999, offers i5 processor with 2.8 GHz and also graphics Intel Iris, 1TB hard drive and 8GB of RAM.

    Among the available interfaces Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Thunderbolt port pair 2, HDMI, USB 3.0.

    Разобраный Apple Mac mini
    disassembled Apple Mac mini

    In spite of the long-awaited update, enthusiastic critics new Mac mini does not. For example, after dismantling the device iFixit staff evaluated the maintainability of the new Mac mini is only 6 points out of a possible 10, whereas the previous version had 8 points.

    Moreover, upgrade your PC hampered by the fact that memory is soldered to the motherboard, and when replacing the hard disk device voids the official warranty. Finally, the previous line of Mac mini has a model with quad-core processors, the new range is equipped with a dual-core only.

    On the one hand, Apple’s decision to make their nettops “stupid” looks strange, the other – a powerful processor without a good discrete graphics card, which in Mac mini is not, by and large, are not so necessary.

    New iMac with 5K Retina display

    Also at the presentation of Apple products has been shown a new iMac. The main “highlight” of new items is a 27-inch display with a resolution Retina 5K 5120×2880 pixels.

    A total of 14.7 million pixels is that 67% more than the standard iMac.

    Новый iMac с дисплеем Retina 5K
    new iMac display Retina 5K

    The assurances of Apple, TFT-panel special fabrication based oxide thin film transistor provides uniform brightness from edge to edge. The new iMac also use high LEDs and organic passivation to improve image quality and reduce power consumption of the display is 30 percent.

    Each unit is individually color calibration. However, the new iMac can not be used as an external display iMac unlike previous generations. Most likely, this is caused by limited bandwidth used interface DisplayPort 1.2, which is not capable of streaming content through 5K single cable.

    Разобраный iMac с дисплеем Retina 5K
    disassembled iMac display Retina 5K

    Bar iMac display Retina 5K has onboard quad-core Intel Core i5 with a nominal frequency of 3.5 GHz or Intel Core i7 with a frequency of 4 GHz. Responsible for the graphics video card AMD Radeon R9 M290X or AMD Radeon R9 M295X.

    The basic version of the RAM consists of two strips of 4 GB, you can also order a 16 GB or 32 GB. 1TB drive Fusion Drive can “upgrade” to 3 terabytes or even choose SSD of 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB. Among the ports and connectors, it is worth noting four interfaces USB 3.0, two Thunderbolt 2 second revision, RJ-45 and a slot for SD. Starting price iMac display Retina 5K – $ 2499 (US).

    Japan introduced supercomputer with power over 1000 petaflops

    The company FUJITSU together with one of the largest research centers in Japan, the Institute RIKEN, will create a supercomputer capacity 1 exaflops.

    At the moment, the figure is 30 times greater than the current leader TOP500, computer Tianhe-2 performance of 33.86 petaflops, National University of Defense Technology of China.

    Cуперкомпьютер мощностью 1 экзафлопс
    supercomputer with capacity of 1 exaflops

    The project was called FLAGSHIP 2020 and the launch of a unique computer is scheduled for April 2021. The main goal of the future supercomputer – miscalculation of high-level simulations in various fields, for example, the study of drugs, the warning system on earthquakes and tsunamis, the simulation of the global environment, creating new materials, and more.

    On the system capacity of about 1 exaflops currently running and other countries, including the US and China, but more or less accurate timing calls only Japan. It is worth noting that the FUJITSU this is not the first experience of building supercomputers – in 2012 they headed suerkompyuter TOP500, showing the result of 10 petaflops.

    Compact mini gaming PC ASUS ROG GR8

    ASUS introduced the mini-PC gaming series of ROG (Republic of Gamers) with a compact, but powerful enough stuffing. GR8 has a housing volume of 2.5 liters, the dimensions 238×245 mm and a thickness of 6 cm and a weight of 1,284 kg.

    Responsible for the performance processor Intel Core i7-4510U and graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti with two gigabytes of memory. Mini PC is up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 1TB of internal memory on the storage HDD or up to 256 GB on SSD.

    Компактный игровой мини ПК ASUS ROG GR8
    compact mini gaming PC ASUS ROG GR8

    Among the supported interfaces Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac, USB 3.0 / 2.0, RJ-45, S / PDIF, jacks for headphones and microphone, HDMI and DisplayPort (with resolution Ultra HD), Kensington lock.

    In addition, the mini PC comes with a built Miracast-receiver. Sound quality sound provides SupremeFX. Included with the ASUS ROG GR8 go ROG Gladius optical mouse and mechanical keyboard M801. About the price of new items not yet been reported.

    MSI gaming monoblocks

    Another couple of interesting solutions for gamers presented by MSI: monoblocks AG270 2QE and AG270 2QC have on board a mobile video card NVIDIA Series GeForce 900M Maxwell.

    Both devices are based on the quad-core Intel Core i7-4860HQ with a frequency of 2.4 to 3.6 GHz. Available up to 16 GB of RAM, and disk drives can be used as a 3.5-inch hard drive and up to three SSD mSATA form factor in the array RAID0: in this case, a read speed of up to 1500 MB / s – in this respect, MSI has equipped its monoblocks better than their own gaming notebooks.

    MSI AG270 2QE
    MSI AG270 2QE

    Model AG270 2QE has on board masthead graphic accelerator GeForce GTX 980M with 8 GB of memory GDDR5, and AG270 2QC – GeForce GTX 970M with 6 GB of memory. Both AiO equipped 27-inch touchscreen display with Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels).

    Also monoblocks have a 2-megapixel camera, card reader (SD, MMC, MS), Blu-ray drive and a Yamaha sound system with capacity of 10 watts. Dimensions of the device are 672x66x483 mm, and weight – 6.15 kg.

    PC on Windows size of a usb-stick

    Intel introduced the world’s smallest computer running Windows 8.1. Size like a normal USB-stick, but it is a complete PC on Windows, but not on Android or Linux (mini device on this OS is not so rare.)

    ПК на Windows размером с флешку
    PC on Windows with a USB flash drive size

    Miniature PC is based on a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G with 1 GB of RAM or Intel Atom Z3735F with 2 GB of RAM. As the built-in memory is available 16 or 32 GB.

    Computer-stick has two USB 2.0 ports and one HDMI, slot microSD, Bluetooth 4.0 module and Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11n.

    Order a device on the official site Intel, the cost is only about $ 110.

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