Raijintek Announces Four New PSU Lines

Among many new products, including cases and cooling solutions, Raijintek revealed several PSU lines at Computex 2017.

Raijintek’s top PSU line is called Apella and consists of three members with 550W, 650W, and 750W capacities, featuring 80 PLUS Gold efficiency. The interesting part with those fully modular units is that they will be sold with no modular cables; only the AC power cord will be provided. Users will be able though to choose among a variety of cable kits, which seem to be of high quality, that will only cost 30 euros (around $30 for the US market) while similar cable kits for other PSUs are typically way more expensive.


This means you won’t have to pay for the standard cables, which might not be to your taste. We wonder, though, if there will be a standard and even more affordable cable kit for those users who don’t need fancy modular cables, but just want to go with the most affordable option. The 550W, 650W, and 750W Apella units will cost $90, $100, and $113, respectively, and you will have to invest another $30 for a modular cable kit.

There is also an SFX-L unit with 500W capacity, which most likely uses a High Power platform. Since there is no official name yet for this unit, its temporary model number is LSFX. The MSRP for this model will be set at $130, which sounds normal for this category. An ATX adapter bracket will also be included.

Dion CP is an affordable PSU line with 80 PLUS efficiency, covering the 550W to 650W capacity range through two models. There is also a slightly more expensive Dino EVO line which, besides higher efficiency (Bronze), also features an RGB fan. According to our sources, the MSRPs of the Dino EVO units will range from $70 to $87.

There will also be an SFX line called Helots that comes in two flavors, with 300W and 400W max power, with both models having 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency. Just for reference, Helots were the lowest class people in ancient Laconia (Sparta) who were actually owned by the state and used to carry out manual labour tasks, something that allowed Spartans to practice their main hobby, which was training and preparation for war. Both members of this line will feature an ATX adapter bracket, which will render them compatible with normal ATX chassis.

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Putin: Patriotic Russians may become involved in hacking

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested “patriotic” Russian citizens might turn their hand to hacking.

Such individuals might join “the justified fight against those speaking ill of Russia,” he said.

He repeated his denial that his administration hacked the US election last year.

He added that this activity was “never” carried out at the government level and he expressed his belief that hackers could not influence voters’ minds.

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EVGA Readies SC17 1080 Gaming Laptop

EVGA’s SC17 gaming laptop just got a major upgrade in the form of a GTX 1080.

The company showcased the new notebook at Computex, and the new iteration of the SC17 is mostly unchanged from its predecessor, the SC17 1070. It still features the unlocked Intel Core i7-7820K processor, 32GB of DDR4-2666, a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD, a 1TB HDD, and a 4K (3840 x 2160) display with Nvidia G-Sync technology onboard.


The beefier graphics system of the new SC17 1080 isn’t the result of Nvidia’s new Max-Q Design philosophy, rather, EVGA simply increased the thickness of the device by a small increment to accommodate the larger GPU.

Although pricing is not yet available, the EVGA SC17 1080 is slated to arrive sometime this July.

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Phanteks Shifts Gears At Computex With The EVOLV Shift And EVOLV Shift X

Phanteks announced the EVOLV Shift and Shift X at Computex, and despite the tiny 170 x 270mm footprint, this pair of mini-ITX cases are anything but “mini.”

The EVOLV Shift X and EVOLV Shift stand over 650mm and 480mm tall, respectively, and are built on a powder coated steel chassis with aluminum and tempered glass side panels.  Both cases somewhat resemble a tower-style air purifier or slim stereo speaker.

The EVOLV Shift X, the taller of the two chassis, supports three 120 / 140mm fans in the front (only one 140mm fan is included in this location from the factory) and one 120 / 140mm in the bottom of the chassis (one 140mm installed). There are mounting locations for radiators / AIO coolers up to 280mm in the front, and a single mounting location in the base of the case for a 120mm A-I-O cooler / radiator. There’s also room for full-size PS2 power supplies.


The smaller of the two chassis, the EVOLV Shift, sports almost all of the same features as its larger sibling with a few minor exceptions. If you can live with one less 3.5” hard drive mounting location, one less fan, and an SFF power supply, this might be a better option for those of you with limited space.

The Evolv Shift and Evolv Shift X feature a 90° motherboard layout placing your I/O panel at the top of the case under a vented panel.  Both chassis can accommodate full length graphics cards mounted behind the motherboard tray via a riser cable. It should also be noted that these cases are designed so that they may be oriented horizontally as well as vertically. Both cases use RGB LED controls that are compatible with industry standard RGB motherboard headers.

Both the EVOLV Shift and EVOLV Shift X will be available by August with a price tag of $110 and $160, respectively.  

Product Phanteks EVOLV Shift Phanteks EVOLV Shift X
Motherboard Type Mini-ITX Mini-ITX
Expansion Slots 2 2
Dimensions (W x H x D) 170 x 480 x 274mm 170 x 650 x 274mm
Drive Bays 1 x 3.5”

2 x 2.5″

2 x 3.5”

2 x 2.5″

PSU SFF PSU Standard PS2 PSU
Front I/O 2 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 3.0
Radiator Support 1 x 240mm, 1 x 120mm

1 x 280mm, 1 x 140mm
1 x 240mm, 1 x 120mm

1 x 280mm, 1 x 140mm
Fan Support Front:

3 x 120mm
/ 3 x 140mm

Bottom:


1 x 120mm /
1 x 140mm
Front:

3 x 120mm  /
3 x 140mm

Bottom:


1 x 120mm
/ 1 x 140mm
Price $110 $160

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Aerocool Expands Project 7 Lineup With New Gaming Chair

Aerocool’s Project 7 lineup won’t be restricted to PSUs and cases: At Computex, the company announced its first Project 7 gaming chair, which uses blue edge roll lighting to offer a distinctive look. Lighting is par for the course with cases, PSUs, and basically every other component or peripheral on the market, but it’s still not all that common with chairs.

Aerocool said that the light cable that runs across the chair in edge roll LED-lit stitching can be managed with an independent controller placed on the side of the chair. We’re pretty sure batteries supply the lighting with the necessary energy, because it would be non-ergonomic (and dangerous) to use the mains network instead.

The chair itself is black with blue highlights. It’s made with leatherette–artificial leather–so you’re bound to be disappointed if you were willing to shell out (much) more money for real leather. We notice moulded foam pads in the seat and backrest for added comfort, and 4D adjustable armrests allow for high customization to suit your needs. A class-4 gas-lift allows for adjustable seat height while supporting up to 330lbs (150kg) weight.

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Maxiotek MX8215 DRAMless Controller Empowers 3D

Our preview of the Maxiotek MX8115 controller will be out soon, but the fabless design company will not prosper on a single SKU alone. At Computex 2017, Maxiotek displayed a working sample of the upcoming MX8215 DRAMless controller designed to enable 3D NAND in low-cost products. The new MX8215 looks like a viable solution for anyone shopping for long endurance cycles from a very affordable SSD that still delivers ample performance.

DRAMless designs are the new mainstream, and the technology has progressed significantly since we first wrote about it three years ago. Advances in operating system features have also helped, and Windows 10 now supports the ability to use a small portion of system memory to cache the flash translation layer for NVMe DRAMless solutions. The technology doesn’t work over SATA, so companies are forced to design more efficient controllers that take advantage of small blocks of SRAM built into the controller architecture.

The reference design MK8215 on display at Computex 2017 shows up to 561 MBps in sequential reads and up to 523 MBps of sequential writes using third generation BiCS FLASH from Toshiba. We should start to see BiCS FLASH in retail products as early as July.

The older MK8115 gets an extension on life with new firmware designed for Micron 3D NAND. We saw a working demo using both B16A and B17A. The performance is nearly identical to the MK8215 using Toshiba BiCS FLASH. The MX8115 controller already has a design win with Adata and currently ships in the Adata SU700 SSD that sells today for as low as $70 for 120GB and $110 for 240GB at Newegg.

Maxiotek tells us several companies have reference designs out to SSD manufacturers for evaluation. We’re told to expect power-friendly retail products that will enable long notebook battery life and superior performance compared to exciting DRAMless products currently shipping.

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Scope AR’s Platform Now Offers Markerless Tracking, Tango Support

Scope AR announced that it’s bringing markerless tracking to the Remote AR remote assistance platform. The company adopted Wikitude’s SLAM Instant Tracking SDK to bring spatial tracking to regular smart devices. Scope AR is also preparing for the future of smart device spatial tracking with support for Google’s Tango platform.

Previous versions of the Remote AR platform provided rudimentary tracking that relied on tracking markers. You could place a fiduciary marker on the object you wanted to track, but it didn’t offer 3D tracking, so the tracking was limited to one plane. One of Remote AR’s features allows you to draw on the augmented image to highlight the area you need assistance with. With the marker-based tracking system, you had to stay in the same place to keep the augmented imagery in the correct location on the screen.

The other obvious problem with a marker-based tracking system is that you must carry around fiduciary markers so you could use Remote AR.

“One of the limitations we found with a lot of customers was that you had to have a fiducial marker positioned so that it allows you to position the 3D content so you could collaborate between the expert and the technician,” said Scott Montgomerie, CEO, and co-founder of Scope AR. “A lot of customers had no problem with that, but if you don’t have one, you can only use the video tool, so a lot of [Remote AR’s value to the customer is lost].”

The latest version of Remote AR serves to solve the forgotten marker problem by removing the need to use them. Scope AR announced that it adopted Wikitude’s Instant Tracking technology to enable 3D spatial tracking in Remote AR on any smart device. Wikitude’s Instant Tracking is based on SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) technology, which analyzes the differences between frames produced by the video camera to infer distance and depth. With this technology, Scope AR can offer markerless tracking with the same capability as its marker-based system.

“Markerless tracking is one of the major hurdles AR has been facing before becoming more accessible for enterprise and industrial use. We’re excited to collaborate with the leading innovator for markerless tracking, Wikitude, to bring this to life for our users,” said Montgomerie. “With Remote AR’s latest updates, users can have the benefits of markerless tracking on standard devices, making it even easier to implement AR for their specific uses.”

SLAM-based tracking allows Scope AR to continue to support Remote AR on a wide range of devices, but it still has limitations. Montgomerie told us that to achieve the real vision for Remote AR; you must use a device that can truly detect three-dimensional depth. Google’s Tango technology is one of the first platforms available that allows Scope AR to bring its vision to life. The latest version of Remote AR offers support for Google Tango and its 3D camera system. With Tango, not only do you get the benefit of a markerless system, but you also get true 3D virtual workspace. Tango allows you to place notes and to draw in your 3D environment, which allows you to move around and glance back at the marking from any angle. The SLAM-based solution is limited to 30-degree viewing angles.

Scope AR recently announced support for Microsoft’s HoloLens in Worklink, one of the company’s other products. We asked Montgomerie if his company has any plans to bring Remote AR to the Hololens platform. He wouldn’t say whether Scope AR is currently working on HoloLens support for Remote AR, but he acknowledged that “there is a lot of desire for a wearable device in the industry.” He also noted that we could expect to hear more news from Scope AR in the next few months.

Scope AR’s Remote AR update is out today. If you have a license for Remote AR, you should have access to the new version already. If you’re interested in purchasing a license, visit the Scope AR website for more information.

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