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Aspire GX-281 leads Acer’s line of Ryzen-powered hardware

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Acer Philippines, in partnership with AMD, officially launched three Ryzen-powered devices.

In an event held at Chaos Manila inside City of Dreams, Acer introduced existing models from their lineup that now sport Ryzen processors instead of the usual Intel chipsets inside.

Acer Aspire GX-281

Headlining the launch was the Acer Aspire GX-281 desktop PC.

The Acer Aspire GX-281 lead the charge for Acer’s Ryzen-powered devices

The highest configuration available is powered by a Ryzen 7 processor (Ryzen 1700X) along with a Radeon RX 500 graphics card, 16GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, plus 1TB HDD for extra storage.

The other GX-281 configuration has a Ryzen 5 processor (Ryzen 1600), Radeon RX 500, 8GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD. Both come with an Acer KG271 24.5-inch 144Hz FreeSync gaming monitor.

The Ryzen 7 GX-281 will retail for PhP 96,499 while the Ryzen 5 GX-281 will retail for PhP 74,999.

AMD Director of Consumer Sales for APJ Peter Chambers discussed the capabilities of Ryzen 7 saying gamers previously needed two devices to game and stream, but with Ryzen, it’s possible to do both at the same time.

AMD’s Peter Chambers talking about how Ryzen empowers gamers and streamers

Ryzen 7 is equipped with Sense MI, which allows the processor to accurately and expertly monitor itself within a milliamp, millivolt, milliwatt, or even a single-degree Celsius which is used by Precision Boost to pinpoint its ideal clock frequency. Simply put, it’s efficient overclocking.

Veriton M desktop

Also on display during the event was the Veriton M desktop. Initially only available for enterprise, the Ryzen-powered version will be available commercially.

This unassuming Veriton M destkop has a Ryzen chip inside

Nitro 5

AMD’s Chambers also noted how the company will slowly bring Ryzen processors to more mobile machines like laptops — one of which is the Nitro 5, Acer’s entry-level gaming laptop. Acer also noted that a version of the Swift 5 equipped with a Ryzen processor will soon hit the market.

Ryzen-powered Nitro 5 running DOTA 2

Ryzen is a new brand of processors created by AMD and was first introduced in December 2016. They have since been aggressive in positioning themselves as the processor of choice for gaming enthusiasts.

However, they’re not stopping there, as they also have their eyes on offering the processors to machines used by content creators.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator Orion 9000 First Look

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AMD unveils powerful 32-core Threadripper 2

More cores for more powerful performance

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AMD announced the arrival of its new CPU at Computex 2018, and it promises to bring more power to modern computers out there. We’re talking about Threadripper 2, a more powerful update than its predecessor — bringing with it 32 CPU cores. That’s more than enough for multitasking, photo and video editing, and gaming, too!

Threadripper 2 features the latest 12mm Zen+ architecture from AMD, the same architecture found in the latest Ryzen CPUs. Desktops running Threadripper 2 are expected to consume less power when running a ton of applications all at once. The Zen+ architecture also allows for better security and compatibility with the latest hardware available.

AMD says that Threadripper 2 will work on motherboards with an X399 architecture with its 250W power requirement, much more than its predecessor at 180W. However, older X399 motherboards might not be able to meet the power requirement for the new CPU, especially if you plan to maximize the CPU through overclocking. AMD’s partners are expected to launch newer X399 motherboards to accommodate the greater demands of the Threadripper 2.

AMD says that the new Threadripper 2 will clock in at 3.0GHz, less than the 3.4GHz the original Threadripper had. These are still subject to changes as more tests and benchmarks will be done before its official launch. At this speed, however, AMD caters to users who want to maximize the CPU for heavy workloads.

Threadripper 2 will be available in both a 24-core CPU and its flagship 32-core CPU for heavier workloads. Although AMD has not yet announced prices for the new CPU, the company expects its launch to be in the third quarter of 2018.

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Intel reveals Core i7-8086K Limited Edition for its anniversary

And you can win one for yourself!

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When you celebrate your anniversary, you gotta go all out. If you’re a major brand, you need to release something that loyal fans want — even better if it’s given away for free!

That’s exactly what Intel is doing. Today at Computex 2018, the chipset maker unveiled its limited edition Core i7-8086K processor for desktop computers. Sure, it may not be a higher-end Core i9 model, but this one is fast, fast, fast.

On top of its base frequency of 4GHz, it can be boosted up to 5GHz. And since it’s a desktop chipset, it owns six cores with hyper-threading, providing you with 12 logical cores on the system.

This announcement comes at a perfect time: 40 years after the original Intel 8086 chip was released. It was the first processor with the x86 architecture, which is still being used today. This is also Intel 50th year in existence.

Because this is a “K” model, you can overclock it for even crazier clock speeds. Expect PC enthusiasts to try this as soon as the product goes on sale on June 8.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but there’s better news: Intel will be giving away 8,086 units of its limited edition processor! This is a real promotion, and you can join the sweepstakes right here.

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Fast Forward: A new iPhone is coming, ASUS is gearing up for a gaming phone

Still looking for the ‘perfect’ phone? More are coming this June!

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Curious about what to expect in the tech world? Here’s a quick roundup of upcoming events and launches happening next month!

1. WWDC 2018: iPhone SE 2, iOS 12, MacOS 10.14, and more

Apple’s annual developer’s conference will kick off the month starting on June 4. Happening in California, the 29th Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be a grand showcase of Apple’s new software products, and the company is expected to unveil the next versions of iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and tvOS.

Rumors have been suggesting that we might also see a new lower-cost MacBook Air (or something similar) and iPad Pro models with Face ID. The much-awaited iPhone SE 2 will probably be unveiled and could be the highlight of the conference. These are just rumors though, but we’d like to see a cheaper iPhone.

2. Computex 2018: ASUS will unveil ROG gaming phone

Right after WWDC in the US, Computex 2018 will commence in Taiwan. The annual computer show will take place in Taipei once again and the GadgetMatch team will be on the showroom floor to bring you everything there is to see. One of the expected announcements is the long-rumored ROG gaming smartphone from ASUS. It’ll be much like the Razer Phone with flagship specs and a fluid display, but rumors are also pointing out to an RGB-enabled body to match other ROG devices.

Acer will also be present at Computex and they’ll be showcasing their new laptops and desktop computers first seen in New York. Chip makers like Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm are expected to lay out their plans for new processors while graphics-maker NVIDIA might unveil new mobile GPUs and VR components. Other PC manufacturers like MSI, Gigabyte, and Samsung are listed to be exhibitors in the convention, as well.

3. BlackBerry, Motorola, OPPO, and Vivo will announce new phones!

New Android smartphones get released almost every week. June will be no different and we’re expecting at least four from major manufacturers.

Let’s start with Motorola and their Moto Z3 Play. The Z3 Play is part of the third-generation Moto Z phones (we’re expecting other variants, too) that are compatible with Moto Mods. It could also be the last model to support existing Moto Mods. Then there’s BlackBerry (which is still alive and kicking) with the KEY2 launch happening in New York.

Chinese phone brands go global once again as OPPO and Vivo plan to unveil new smartphones for the international market. Vivo is already teasing their presence in the FIFA World Cup alongside the launch of the retail version of the Vivo APEX concept phone. OPPO, on the other hand, is rumored to enter Europe for a new smartphone launch. Not many details are known, but we’re suspecting that their 5x optical zoom concept phone will finally be available to the public or maybe something new.


Fast Forward is our roundup of upcoming news, launches, and events. It’s a monthly feature to give our readers a heads-up on what is happening in the tech realm. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of the calendar, so we do it for you.

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