Computex 2017 was certainly a throwback year for tech; not only did laptops make a major comeback, but so did desktops.
PC old-timer Dell announced two all-in-one (AIO) machines – the Inspiron 27 7000 and the Inspiron 24 5000 – alongside its first-ever Inspiron-branded desktop with Windows 10, simply called Inspiron Gaming Desktop (right). Sporting the latest AMD multicore Ryzen processors, Dell said the Inspiron Gaming Desktop is built for gamers seeking “a competitive advantage at an affordable price” and is ideal for those wanting to power virtual-reality headsets thanks to ‘Ready for VR’ configurations that support HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It’s available now, starting at £700.
Mini PC specialist Zotac also took to Computex to debut a new range of desktop PCs, a slightly larger design than its usual offerings, called the MEK series (opposite, top left). Looking a little bit like cyclops robots, the MEK machines are tall and slim, and aimed at the gaming enthusiast.
Powered by Intel’s 7th Gen Core i7 processor and a low-profile CPU cooler to deliver performance for high-end gaming, the MEK is a Mini-ITX tower PC that marks the beginning of gaming products for a new brand, Zotac Gaming. But the best thing about the MEK is that it’s equipped with one of Zotac’s own tiny GTX 1080 Mini graphics cards.
This, according to Zotac, is “the world’s smallest GeForce GTX 1080”– a full Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 in an 8.3in form factor. It comes in two versions, letting users choose between dual-fans or liquidready waterblock for high performance in the most compact of sizes. Zotac also announced that its flagship GTX 1080 Ti will be available in the same mini form factor, for even better performance for smaller systems.
Alongside this, the MEK also features NVMe-based SSDs, two DDR4 RAM slots and a tiny 450W SFX-form-factor PSU. Due to arrive before the festive season, the MEK towers will come in both white and black, with customisable LED strips.
Intel also took to Computex to officially launch a new desktop PC, but with a twist: the credit card-sized ‘Compute Card’ PC.
Aimed at those looking to upgrade Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it has all the components that you’d expect to find in a PC, including an integrated system-on-chip (SoC), RAM, storage and wireless connectivity, but it can literally fit in your wallet.
How will it work? Device makers simply design a standard Intel Compute Card slot into their device and then use the card for their own needs. Intel said this is favourable as it reduces the time and resources needed to design and validate the compute block and helps speed up innovation to “bring the power of intelligence into an ever wider range of devices”.
The Compute Card will be available from August this year, although pricing details remain under wraps for now.