WTU Episode #273 - Microsoft Wants to Forget Windows 8

We have just posted up Episode #273 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft to merge their OS platforms, Apple prefers to use to the backdoor and Seagate ships 8TB hard drives.We have those stories and more and the links below!

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AMD A10-7800 APU

AMD has just updated their line of APU's with a few new products and the A10-7800 is their "flagship" of the APU product line. This new chip has four cores and is clocked in with a base clock of 3.5GHz with a turbo speed at 3.9GHz. The integrated GPU solution is a AMD Radeon R7 chip with 512GPU cores and the whole thing has a TDP rating of a mere 65W / 45W. Unfortunately, it can't compete with Intel on the performance front in raw power, but the cost/performance ratio is really good and it could make a great AiO PC with a fantastic integrated video solution.

Choosing the desired TDP is as easy as selecting an option from within the motherboard BIOS, and AMD has been tweaking the technology to help squeeze every last drop of performance when running in the most energy-efficient 45W mode. AMD refers to this as the optimised TDP and it's worth noting that peak frequency remains the same whether or not the chip is running at 45W or 65W.

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Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

MSI Gaming Laptops and All-in-Ones at CES 2014

We stopped in at the MSI Suite to look at their latest gaming laptops and other goodies. They have a very thin 17-inch unit that can hold four hard drives (drools). This beast will run a RAID 0 array on three drives and a single drive for other storage. It's crazy. Details here!

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Apple iWatch Rumors

More rumors coming out today about the Apple iWatch over at Pocket Lint. The fact that Apple has been working on a smartwatch won't come as much of a surprise but now the "leaked" pictures and rumors are going to be coming fast and furious as it is being reported that the iWatch will be launched in October. According to supply chain details it's looking like the watch will look similar to the Motorola 360 smartwatch but since it's made by Apple it will be "revolutionary". For more on this set of rumors head on over here.

Design details of the Apple iWatch have been revealed by an analyst that claims to have got the information from within Apple's supply chain.

Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities alleges that his sources in Taiwan are insistent that the new smartwatch from the Cupertino company will have a round face, much like the Motorola Android Wear device, Moto 360.

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