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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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Snapdragon’s upcoming chipset beats Kirin 980 and A12 Bionic on AnTuTu Benchmark

The battle of next-gen mobile processors!

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Huawei already unveiled the Kirin 980 processor for the Mate 20 series and Apple has the powerful A12 Bionic chip for their new iPhones. Meanwhile, Samsung just announced its next-gen chip — the Exynos 9820 — which will most likely power the upcoming Galaxy phones. Qualcomm, on the other hand, is still cooking the successor to the popular Snapdragon 845, although a leaked AnTuTu Benchmark result shows that it’ll be ready for primetime soon.

The official name of Qualcomm’s upcoming chipset is yet to be confirmed, although it’s rumored to be called Snapdragon 8150. It’ll not be Snapdragon 850 because that’s already taken, but the Snapdragon 855 moniker is still available.

Moving on to what matters, the soon-to-be-unveiled chipset skyrocketed on AnTuTu Benchmark with a score of 362,292 points. This is an unconfirmed test, but if this is true, Qualcomm will soon have the most powerful processor for smartphones. It beats Kirin 980’s official score of 309,628 and A12 Bionic’s 352,405 points.

Again, nothing is certain about the leaked score which came from Weibo. We’ll just have to wait for Qualcomm to officially announce the chip and let users benchmark it on their own. Just in case the numbers are true, Android flagships are in for a treat.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils Exynos 9820 chipset based on 8nm LPP FinFET

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2018 Mac mini: Price and availability in the Philippines

Transform any display into a Mac computer

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Apart from the MacBook Air, Apple also brought back to life another Mac device that is very much in need of an upgrade: the Mac mini.

The new Mac mini stays true to its purpose. It’s still a small computer that can be used with any display and peripheral you wish. When you need macOS but don’t like the iMac, this is the economical solution.

It now comes with the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors and flash storage. The ports of the new Mac mini are not limited even though it has a compact body. It has four Thunderbolt 3, an HDMI 2.0, two USB-A, audio jack, and gigabit Ethernet.

The base model with a Core i3 processor and 128GB of storage is priced at PhP 49,990 in the Philippines. If you wish to have a more powerful portable Mac, there’s the six-core model running a Core i5 processor with 256GB of storage for PhP 67,990.

Availability starts by the third week of December, but you may already pre-order through Apple’s website.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s new Mac mini adds more processing cores for 5x faster performance

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2018 Mac mini: Price and availability in Singapore

As compact as it sounds

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If you need more power and ports compared to what the newest MacBook Air offers, there’s the fresh Mac mini to consider.

Even though it’s designed to stay plugged in on a desktop, it’s as small as ever, and more environmentally friendly, too. It’s made of 100 percent recycled aluminum like Apple’s other newly unveiled products.

For the lowest-end Core i3 chip with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage, you have to fork over SG$ 1,179 in Singapore. Shipping starts on November 7, but you can order as early as today.

There’s also a Core i5 model with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage for SG$ 1,619.

Both versions come with a host of ports, including gigabit Ethernet, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A, 3.5mm audio port, HDMI 2.0, as well as a T2 Security Chip for quick data encryption.

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