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The most awesome PC cases mods of 2017

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Human ingenuity never fails to surprise.

A quick walk through the exhibit halls of this year’s Computex would have you expecting high-tech gadgets-and-gizmos-a-plenty, but what I didn’t expect was the sheer artistry in the presentation.

I’m talking specifically about the number of PC case mods that surprised and delighted those in attendance at Asia’s biggest tech expo.

PC case modding, as I have learned, is an art form in itself. The creation of something aesthetically pleasing or amazing (or sometimes even downright ridiculous) comes with the burden of making sure the computer still works after all the outrageous updates.

Yes, these masterpieces are working, functioning computers. From the flashy to the downright surprising, here are my favorite PC case mods.

Warcar by Fuxk

This car runs on the road and runs on Windows!

Wheel of Star by Modder Crow

Round and round she goes! This PC case mod literally turns and turns heads.

Mystic Light Sync by Black Mod (Baluc & Soccer)

This amazing case is not only a PC, it’s a fully functional arcade game, too!

Ipason I7 7799K by Ipason 

One bad-looking (and I mean that in a good way) PC. This will definitely light up gaming enthusiasts!

Conquer by Cougar

Who knew copper-orange could look so hardcore?

Aside from being fantastic works of art, this high-tech hobby is a great example of how the balance between the fun and the functional can result in amazing things.

SEE ALSO: Coolest and most useful tech finds in Taipei

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Researchers find malware on nearly 30K macOS devices

Silver Sparrow is being closely watched by researchers

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Owners of macOS devices — that includes the Macbook Air, Pro, and the iMacs — have one thing to worry about right now: a new type of malware. Researchers from Red Canary found a new type of malware that has affected a large number of macOS devices already, though its inner workings are still unclear.

Dubbed “Silver Sparrow”, the malware is one of the second malware with compatibility for the M1 processor. Likewise, researchers also found that it exhibits a behavior different from the usual macOS adware. Its primary mode of execution is through Javascript, specifically through the macOS Installer Javascript API. As such, this makes it harder to detect or analyze.

It also has a built-in self-destruct mechanism. Researchers, however, are unclear why the self-destruct mechanism is there.

The function of the malware also remains unclear at the moment. Without a final payload, it just hides on infected macOS devices until triggered by an unknown mechanism. Researchers warned that it posed a serious threat given its “forward-looking M1 chip compatibility, global reach, relatively high infection rate, and operational maturity”.

For malware without a clear motive yet, the number of infected devices is staggering for researchers. Malwarebytes put the exact number at 29,139 macOS devices across 153 countries.

To prevent any more potential threats, Apple already blocked the certificates used to sign the malware packages. For now, affected users can’t do anything yet, given that the malware is still under close scrutiny.

Via: Ars Technica

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Intel Iris Xe DG1 is the company’s take on the desktop graphics market

With 80 executions units and 4GB of VRAM

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Intel is finally shipping its much-hyped discrete graphic processing units (dGPU) — the Iris Xe DG1 — after almost a year that the company announced it. The recently launched dGPU will target both the consumer and enterprise sector looking for a performance boost on their desktop setup.

The Xe DG1 is part of the Intel Iris Xe graphics family that the company announced last year. Specifically, it is an entry-level dGPU that relies on the Iris Xe architecture which powers the integrated graphics of newer Intel processors.

The company aims this dGPU to those looking to boost their desktop graphics performance by a bit. It has fewer execution units (EUs) than Iris Xe Graphics G7 and Iris Xe Max found in newer laptops, indicating its entry-level performance. To be specific, the new desktop dGPU has 80 EUs in contrast to the Iris Xe Graphics G7’s 96 EUs.

As such, dedicated gamers have to wait a little more for the Iris Xe HPG which Intel touts as its first mid-range and enthusiast dGPU. Still, the Iris Xe DG1 has a lot of features to bring to the table. It can support up to three DisplayPort connections and decode AV1 videos. Support for Adaptive-Sync and HDR is here too for a better experience on monitors with a high refresh rate and resolution.

The only technical spec that Intel confirmed so far is 4GB VRAM for the new dGPU. Clock speeds and other feature sets are unclear at the moment.

Price and availability

There’s only one caveat though: consumers will not be able to buy it off the shelves. Intel partnered with ASUS and other manufacturers to distribute it to OEMs. As such, the only way to get the dGPU is by buying PC systems with Iris Xe DG1 inside. Intel also didn’t say how much or when consumers can expect these PC systems to hit the market.

If all goes well, Intel’s Iris Xe graphics presents an opportunity for the company to break the duopoly of AMD and NVIDIA. The times are indeed changing, with Intel focusing now on improving the graphics performance of its processors. However, only time will tell if Intel’s bet will pay off considering that its previous attempt isn’t exactly successful.

Source: Notebookcheck.net

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Razer Viper 8K announced, dubbed the fastest gaming mouse

Ushering in a new era in gaming responsiveness and speed

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Razer Vioer 8K

In the ever-growing age of Esports, players and teams simply look for the best and fastest peripherals. Whether it’s a gaming monitor or a dedicated gaming keyboard, the hardware needs to keep up. As such, Razer stepped up to the plate with a product they claim to be the fastest gaming mouse in the world. And, it’s all thanks to the innovative technologies behind it.

Meet the Razer Viper 8KHz, Razer’s more advanced version of their classic Viper gaming mouse. In terms of its overall look and build, nothing much is different. It still features the prominent green Razer logo at the bottom, with programmable buttons at the side of it. Also, it supports Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting software for the sweet rainbow of colors during gameplay.

However, when you tear it all down, the Viper 8KHz comes with much improved hardware. Inside, it comes with Razer’s 2nd generation optical switches powered by its HyperPolling Technology. In essence, this is what gives the mouse its whopping 8,000Hz polling rate for faster and more precise input. For competitive gamers, this mouse can cut down input lag to 1/8th of a milisecond, meaning near zero delay in clicks — quite essential for shooter games.

The Razer Viper 8KHz is now available on the official website and authorized resellers at US$ 79.99.

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