This article serves as a continuously updated summary of currently known leaks and official announcements regarding upcoming hardware releases in 2020. We cover and keep track of developments for Intel Comet Lake, AMD Ryzen 4000 & RDNA2 architecture, Intel's own Xe GPU, chipsets, memory and more.
Zhiyun's Weebill-S can handle heavy camera-lens combos despite its small size and low weight. It is also supported by a large number of optional accessories, which greatly enhance its capabilities. It might not make you a good videographer if you lack the talent or the technique, but will surely make your videos look better.
The role of RGB LEDs in the PC space has vastly expanded in the last 5 years. So too has the complexity of control for all the disparate accessory designs. Addressable RGB LEDs are a huge leap towards greater user control, and with the ArrRGB DAC from Solarity Technology, you can integrate any RGB LED device into your addressable RGB control.
iBUYPOWER looks to impress by delivering exceptional performance without an excessively high price tag. Sprinkle in some RGB lighting, 3 years of support, and a 1 TB SSD and you have what could be considered a winning combination.
MSI's Trident X 9th series of gaming PCs delivers uncompromising entertainment thanks to a design that offers not only high performance, but low noise levels as well, making it perfect for the living room where it will quickly become a focal point due to the RGB lighting.
What do you do when you need portable storage that absolutely has to be encrypted and certified to various degrees? We take a close look at various options from multiple vendors to compare form factor, usability, performance, and encryption features alike.
Computer Upgrade King comes out swinging with the Continuum Micro gaming PC. Packed with an AMD Ryzen 7 2700, Radeon RX 580, and 512 GB of SSD storage, it delivers a fantastic 1080p gaming experience without breaking the bank. It even comes fully loaded with RGB lighting effects to seal the deal.
The Arozzi Arena is a full-surface mousepad desk featuring a good cable management system and plenty of space. Both gamers and normal users will appreciate the advantages that this computer desk offers, while the lack of electric height adjustment isn't necessarily a con, since it helps with pricing.
Steiger Dynamics seeks to deliver the ultimate in HTPCs with their latest ERA system. Our test config loaded with an Intel i7 9700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and two Samsung SSDs packs all the things enthusiasts dream about.
The Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB is $899, which is the price of a decent camera lens, and can handle payloads up to 4.5 kg, so it supports the popular Panasonic GH5 and Sigma 18-35 mm Art lens combo. It is richly featured and if you buy the full package, you will get everything that a cinematographer needs to start creating.
ASRock looks to impress with the DeskMini A300. Bringing desktop performance to a mini-PC, it offers full support for Ryzen APUs while simultaneously having various add-on upgrades for extra functionality alongside plenty of space for proper storage. It indeed redefines the performance one can expect from such a small form factor system.
Digital Storm looks to please with the Lynx Ultimate Gaming PC. Featuring a balanced build with exceptional attention to detail, this fully loaded system delivers solid performance with a heavy dose of RGB illumination.
ECS has upgraded the LIVA Q line with the new Q2. This ultra-tiny system really is a fully functional PC that will fit into your pocket. This latest release features not only a faster processor but also HDMI 2.0, which makes it the perfect HTPC that can also handle daily tasks and light workloads.
ASRock has recently created the Phantom Gaming Alliance brand as a way to help various manufacturers fine tune their products. By doing so, they can guarantee compatibility, reliability, and performance. This should allow them to better deliver a top of the line gaming experience to all users, and in this regard, I can say they exceeded my expectations considering the system's more entry-level focus.
We take a detailed look at the performance cost of the Denuvo copy protection system and how it impacts FPS. We tested over 70 scenarios: varying game resolution, varying CPU frequency, different CPU core and thread counts, and graphics hardware from AMD vs. NVIDIA.
EVGA surprised just about everyone by releasing a high-end PCIe sound card, a product from a category many consider as good as dead. We thoroughly tested the NU Audio with a wide range of headphones and speakers, and saw truly amazing results and were blown away by its amazing performance.
Corsair has revamped their desktop lineup with the ONE i160 compact gaming PC. Sporting an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, Intel i9-9900K, and 32 GB of memory, this new system is more than just a bunch of high-end hardware. It's also absolutely tiny. Maybe, they should have called it Little Mac since it packs such a serious punch.
Is it worth spending $270 on a motor-driven desk that will allow you to work in a standing position? Should you consider spending an additional $40 on an anti-fatigue mat if you need to work in a standing position for several hours a day?
Zotac continues to update their mini-PC lineup with the addition of the ZBOX CI660 Nano. It features an Intel i7-8550u with user-selected memory and storage with the barebones model. A Plus model offers 4 GB of DDR4 and a 120 GB SSD for those looking for something a bit tamer. Either selection provides not only exceptional performance but an entirely silent operation if you can handle the price.
Corsair looks to enter the boutique PC world with their Vengeance 5180 Gaming PC. It comes decked out with multiple tempered glass panels and more RGB LEDs than you can count. Add in some power-packing specifications, like a GeForce RTX 2080, and not only will it blind you with bling, but it will do so while delivering exceptional performance.
Cougar’s Fortress backpack has a nice price tag and is quite large. It features three ergonomic, padded panels on its back, and the shoulder straps are padded as well. Since it can be held in four different ways, it will easily adapt to any occasion. The only downside seems to be that it is not water resistant, but you cannot be too picky at this price point.
ECS looks to impress with the LIVA Z2, a silent, power-efficient, and semi-upgradeable successor to the LIVA Z. Packing a host of new outputs and features, such as HDMI 2.0 for 4K 60 Hz playback, the LIVA Z2 offers enough performance to make it a compelling entry level offering for those wanting a HTPC or simple office system.
The Arozzi Colonna is a vintage-looking USB microphone with a fair price tag and satisfactory performance. For the moment, it doesn't seem to be available in the US, though, while going for 100 euros in the EU.
XOTIC PC looks to turn a few heads with the G7 Avenger Ryzen gaming PC. Featuring AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, it offers compelling performance with an elegant and well built design all backed by a five year warranty.
The latest in ASRock's DeskMini line, the DeskMini GTX1060 packs Intel's Z370 chipset into a case so small it could be a soda bottle. At just 2.7 liters in volume, the ASRock DeskMini GTX1060 is set to take the small form factor market by storm.