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Acer unleashes Predator Orion 9000 gaming PC and X35 monitor

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Whenever Acer announces a pack of Predator machines at a major event, expect a couple of powerhouses. For IFA 2017, we have the Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop PC and Predator X35 gaming monitor.

Predator Orion 9000

Here’s a good example of looks that could kill. Opting for the blue aesthetic last seen on the Predator Triton 700, the Orion 9000 is nothing short of intimidating with its tall stance. The RGB lighting on the sides are customizable, and the window panel reveals all its guts.

This being a desktop PC, configurations are numerous. The most souped-up version you can order has Intel’s Core i9 Extreme Edition 18-core processor and up to 128GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory. Couple that with support for up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards at once or two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI, and you have a monster that’ll run high-end games for years to come.

Obviously, you’ll need to keep the temperatures in check, so Acer employed liquid cooling and an airflow system called IceTunnel 2.0. The latter ensures that each zone of the tower receives proper ventilation through tunnels and metal mesh panels.

Consumers in North America can purchase the Orion 9000 beginning December. Pricing starts at US$ 1,999, or EUR 1,999 for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

Predator X35

What’s a gaming rig without a suitable monitor to show off all the wonderful graphics? Acer kept that in mind while creating the Predator X35.

It’s massive for a monitor at 35 inches, and it comes with a perfect curve for its 21:9 aspect ratio. You’re clearly getting a fitting resolution, as well — 3440 x 1440 pixels to be exact. And to ensure your games won’t experience any stuttering or tearing, NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology is on board to control the super-fast 200Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time.

A behemoth like this would surely command an equally premium price. Unfortunately, Acer hasn’t shared that information yet. All we know is it’ll be available by the first quarter of 2018, so you have time to save up for whatever price it commands.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator 17 X Review: A heavy beast

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Microsoft’s new patches may be harming your PC

The Meltdown and Spectre patches are duds!

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The Meltdown drama continues. Days after researchers confirmed the existence of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, big firms like Microsoft and Apple started issuing patches against the bug. Microsoft’s fixes, however, might be doing more harm than good.

Microsoft’s series of patches have been causing issues among those who installed it already. Users are reporting that the patches have caused their PCs to run slower than usual.

Surprisingly, Microsoft themselves have confirmed the reports. A wide range of devices are indeed slowing down because of the patches. The firm has also listed down the affected PCs, as described below.

First, PCs that run Windows 10 on newer processors like Skylake and Kaby Lake show “single-digit” but hardly noticeable slowdowns. Meanwhile, PCs that run Windows 10 on fourth generation or earlier chips will suffer from noticeable slowdown. Finally, those that run Windows 8 or 7 on older chips will be most hit by the performance issues.

The chaos doesn’t even stop there. Some users have even reported that their PCs have stopped booting entirely. In an open thread on Microsoft’s support forums, a user suffering from a bricked PC has been joined by a torrent of users who are suffering from the same issue.

As with the performance issues, Microsoft has issued a statement regarding the unbootable state. This time, they have pinpointed that AMD processors are to blame for the issue, citing a lack of documentation on AMD’s part.

Microsoft has since halted distribution of the erring security patch to AMD processors. Their support team is working to resolve the issue among those already affected by the issue. Meanwhile, Microsoft and AMD developers are working to put out a more stable fix for the Spectre flaw.

Despite the lack of workable fixes for the issue, Microsoft is assuring its users that harmful exploits have not been discovered out in the wild. Not yet, that is.

SEE ALSO: Newly discovered bugs leave two decades of devices vulnerable

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All Apple devices are at risk of Meltdown, Apple says

Patch your devices now!

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“Macs never get viruses.” It’s an adage that Apple fans often use to defend their beloved devices against PC users. With the Meltdown and Spectre reveals, that may soon change.

As we reported earlier, researchers recently uncovered hardware flaws that left affected devices open to hidden attacks that leaked sensitive info. Meltdown and Spectre affect nearly every device working today.

Tech firms, including Apple, are rushing to release their own patches to ease consumer fears. Apple users have been waiting with bated breath for a statement, especially since the company usually lives in its own world outside of the PC.

Now, Apple has finally released a statement for the issue. And it’s a resounding yes: Apple devices are affected.

Not surprisingly, every single Apple device, from the small iPhone to the towering iMac, are vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre attacks. The firm remains one of the biggest chip makers in the tech world.

Despite the flaw, Apple says that there is nothing to fear; they haven’t discovered any exploits that take advantage of the two flaws.

Even then, the firm has already released patches for Meltdown in its latest OS updates — iOS11.2 and macOS 10.13.2. The updates have been available for download even before the reveals for Meltdown and Spectre.

Meanwhile, Apple shares in the difficulty of patching the Spectre flaw. The flaw itself is hard to exploit, but equally as hard to patch. Other companies are still developing their patches to the bug. Likewise, Apple is also only promising an update through Safari in the coming days to ease the risk.

Further, Apple says that the Apple Watch is safe from Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

SEE ALSO: Newly discovered bugs leave two decades of devices vulnerable

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Lenovo outs ultra-thin 4K ThinkVision monitors

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Aside from new business laptops, Lenovo also introduced a couple of desktop monitors which are designed to bring new visual technology to offices.

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