Maximum PC - News en AMD Brings Out the Shears, Cuts Prices on A-Series APUs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_building_3.jpg" alt="AMD Building" title="AMD Building" width="228" height="148" style="float: right;" />New build, anyone?</h3> <p><strong>AMD has been putting the word out that it recently slashed prices for select A-Series desktop Accelerated Processor Units (APUs)</strong>. Some of them are fairly significant reductions in price, and they're not just for Kaveri-based APUs, either -- they also include savings for a few Richland and Trinity chips. While Intel's Haswell architecture might have the upper hand in performance, the price cuts combined with superior integrated graphics help AMD stay in the game. Let's have a look.</p> <p>Starting with Kaveri, here's a peek at the price cuts:</p> <ul> <li>A10-7850 (3.7GHz/4GHz, quad-core, 4MB L2 cache, 8 graphics CUs): $143, down from $180</li> <li>A10-7800 (3.5GHz/3.9GHz, quad-core, 4MB L2 cache, 8 graphics CUs): $133, down from $166</li> <li>A10-7700K (3.4GHz/3.8GHz, quad-core, 4MB L2 cache, 6 graphics CUs): $123, down from $160</li> <li>A8-7600 (3.3GHz/3.8GHz, quad-core, 4MB L2 cache, 6 graphics CUs): $92, down from $110</li> <li>A6-7400K (3.5GHz/3.9Ghz, dual-core, 1MB L2 cache, 4 graphics CUs): $58, down from $85</li> </ul> <p>As for Richland and Trinity, AMD slashed prices on another five APUs. They include the A10-6800K ($112, down from $140), A8-6600K ($92, down from $100), A4-6300 ($34, down from $48), A4-5300 ($31, not currently listed as retail boxed chips),and A4-4400 ($27, not currently listed as retail boxed chips), according to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Tech Report</em></a>.</p> <p>These aren't temporary price cuts, but permanent ones that should be appear in retail e-tail stores soon, if not already.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> a-series amd apu Build a PC cpu Hardware price cut processor News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:07:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28779 at Microsoft Posts Record Revenue, Surface Shows Signs of Life <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_5.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Third time's the charm for Surface Pro</h3> <p>Back when Microsoft introduced its first Surface tablets, the company didn't really know how best to market the devices. That left consumers confused and largely interested, resulting in a stockpile of unsold inventory. Fast forward to today things are different. Microsoft is pitching the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet that can replace your laptop. It's a message that consumers are embracing, and as a result, <strong>Microsoft's Surface sales have doubled in the past year</strong>.</p> <p>Microsoft reported Surface revenue of $908 million during its fiscal first quarter of 2015, compared to around $400 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Surface Pro 3 is a legitimate mobile device, and it comes without the confusion of comparing Windows RT to Windows 8/8.1.</p> <p>Overall, Microsoft generated revenue of $23.20 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, along with operating income of $5.84 billion and diluted earnings per share of $0.54.</p> <p>"We are innovating faster, engaging more deeply across the industry, and putting our customers at the center of everything we do, all of which positions Microsoft for future growth," <a href="" target="_blank">said Satya Nadella</a>, chief executive officer of Microsoft. "Our teams are delivering on our core focus of reinventing productivity and creating platforms that empower every individual and organization."</p> <p>Looking ahead, Microsoft warned of several factors that could negatively affect revenue, including "intense competition" in each sector the company competes in, adverse results from legal disputes, cyber attacks, and the list goes on.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> microsoft revenue Surface News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:45:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28778 at CyberPowerPC Offers Up Affordable Fangbook III HX6 Laptop for Gamers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fangbook_iii.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC Fangbook III" title="CyberPowerPC Fangbook III" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />Fangbook III HX6 packs a bite</h3> <p>Gone are the days when the only gaming laptops on the block are the ones that carry ultra-premium price tags. These days you can get gaming goodness on the go for relatively cheap, at least compared to what these systems used to cost. Such is underscored by <strong>CyberPowerPC's new Fangbook III HX6, a 15.6-inch laptop for gamers</strong> equipped with an Intel Core i7 4700MQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and starting price of $1,100.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC says its latest Fangbook comes with some features of special interest to gamers. These include an automatic kickstand that deploys when the notebook is opened to prop up the rear edge of the laptop to allow air to flow freely through the intakes, and shortcut keys to adjust cooling, backlight settings, and to underclock the CPU.</p> <p>In addition to the Core i7 4700MQ CPU and GeForce GTX 860M GPU, the new Fangbook model sports 8GB of RAM (expandable to 16GB), 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8.1. A few upgrade options are available, including SSD solutions and faster CPU choices.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC's Fangbook III HX6 is <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cyberpowerpc fangbook iii hx6 Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:42:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 28777 at Maximum PC Intern Wanted <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/maximum_pc_intern.jpg" alt="maximum pc intern" title="maximum pc intern" width="200" height="276" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Here's your chance to live and breathe PC hardware alongside the Maximum PC staff!</h3> <p>Do you know PC hardware like nobody's business and have an interest in writing about it? Are you a college student who can commute to South San Francisco? Would you like to work with the kick-ass staff of Maximum PC? If you loudly exclaimed, "Yes!" to all these questions, you should first probably stop talking to yourself... and then promptly apply for our new intership position! &nbsp;</p> <p>While it may sound like a glamorous gig, the internship entails a lot of hard work: Having to play with PC hardware all day is no easy task, but someone's got to do it. In all seriousness, details of the internship are posted below. If you think you meet the criteria, we highly encourage you to apply!</p> <p>Ideal candidates should:&nbsp;</p> <p>•<span style="white-space: pre;"> Have w</span>riting/reporting abilities</p> <p>•<span style="white-space: pre;"> Be w</span>ell-versed in the PC hardware/software scene</p> <p>Among the tasks you’ll do:</p> <p>•<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Write /contribute content (news, features, and reviews) for the magazine and website</p> <p>•<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Build PCs/assist with running PC benchmarks</p> <p>•<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Upload articles to the CMS/website</p> <p>•<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Daily tasks as assigned</p> <p><strong>*This is an unpaid internship—candidates must be able to receive school credit for participating.*&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>For more information about our parent company Future US, please check out our website at <a title="future site" href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><strong>Only applicants who are currently enrolled in a school program will be contacted during this search</strong></p> <p><strong>What we offer:</strong></p> <p>•<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>A casual, comfortable dress environment.</p> <p>•<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>A culture that encourages a passion for life both inside and outside of the office.</p> <p>•<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Don’t want to drive? Not to worry – Future US offers a free shuttle from BART and CalTrain to the office.</p> <p><strong>To apply for this position click on the link below:</strong></p> <p><a title="maximum pc intern link" href="" target="_blank"></a></p> bay area college student Intern internship maximum pc San Francisco News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:21:13 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 26138 at Activision Recommends Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or Higher to Play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cod_advancedwarfare.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Is your system up to snuff?</h3> <p>Activision caught a few gamers off guard when it posted <a href="">minimum system requirements</a> on Steam for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Specifically, the 6GB of RAM and 55GB of hard drive space seemed like steep requirements just to meet the minimum. Ready for some good news? You won't need any additional storage space to meet <strong>Activision's recommended system requirements for CoD: Advanced Warfare</strong>. However, you will need a well equipped machine.</p> <p>As a refresher, here's a look at the minimum requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit</li> <li>Intel Core i3 530 @ 2.93GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.6GHz</li> <li>6GB RAM</li> <li>Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 5870 @ 1GB</li> <li>DirectX Version 11</li> <li>Broadband Internet connection</li> <li>55GB available space</li> <li>DirectX compatible sound card</li> </ul> <p>And here's a look at the <a href="" target="_blank">newly posted</a> recommended requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit</li> <li>Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.3GHz</li> <li>8GB RAM</li> <li>Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 @ 4GB</li> <li>DirectX Version 11</li> <li>Broadband Internet connection</li> <li>55GB available space</li> <li>100 percent DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card</li> </ul> <p>While the storage space didn't change, there's a bump in RAM to 8GB, along with the recommendations for a faster CPU and GPU combination.</p> <p>This could be where newer games are trending. <a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Neogaf</em></a>, the Korean distributor of Ubisoft Korea listed minimum and recommended specs for Assassin's Creed: Unity, and they're pretty burly. More specifically, you'll need an Intel Core i5 2500K or AMD FX-8350, 6GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970, and 50GB of storage space to meet the minimum, and an Intel Core i7 3770 or AMD FX-8350, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon R9 290X to meet the recommended requirements.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> activision call of duty: advanced warfare Gaming Hardware Software News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:01:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 28774 at Samsung's New Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 for Barnes and Noble is $300 for a Limited Time <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_galaxy_tab_4_nook_101.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />The biggest Nook device ever</h3> <p>With some help from Samsung, Barnes and Noble this week introduced the biggest size Nook ever at a special introductory price. <strong>For a limited time, you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook 10.1 tablet for $300</strong> (B&amp;N members save an additional 10 percent), which comes with more than $200 of free content from the Nook store, including an assortment of bestselling books, popular TV shows, top magazines, and apps, B&amp;N says.</p> <p>The newest Galaxy Tab 4 Nook boasts a 10.1-inch HD display with a 1280x800 resolution and 149 ppi density. It has a 1.2GHz Qualcommm APQ 8026 processor with an Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage (around 12GB available to the user), microSD card slot, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 6,800mAh battery.</p> <p>While relatively affordable for a 10.1-inch slate, some will undoubtedly be turned off (and away) by the underwhelming resolution at a time when competing tablets are pushing forward with increasingly higher resolutions and more densely packed pixels.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 will come with new Nook software that offers a cleaner visual design and user interface, new navigation tools, support for both portrait and landscape mode throughout the Nook experience, and a few other upgrades.</p> <p>Though the new tablet is <a href="" target="_blank">available now for $300</a>, B&amp;N didn't say how long the introductory price would remain in effect.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> barnes and noble galaxy tab 4 nook 10.1 Hardware mobile samsung slate tablet News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:06:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28772 at AOC Rolls Out 17-inch USB Companion Monitor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_e1759fwu.jpg" alt="AOC e1759Fwu" title="AOC e1759Fwu" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Pair with your desktop or laptop</h3> <p>If you rock a dual-display setup at home, it can be difficult to adjust the single panel setup of your laptop when out and about on business trips. The solution? <strong>One way to restore that dual-display goodness is with AOC's 17-inch USB Monitor (E1759FWU)</strong> powered by built-in DisplayLink technology. This newest model from AOC is thinner, lighter, and larger than the company's previous USB offerings.</p> <p>There's no power cord or VGA cable to muck around with, just plug the panel into a USB 3.0 port and you're good to go. It comes with a foldable stand that goes from landscape to portrait model with auto-pivot, along with a carrying case since one of the most likely uses is as a travel companion to your laptop. Once connected to your laptop (or desktop), the integrated DisplayLink graphics allow it to function as a secondary display.</p> <p>The specs are decent, though not outstanding -- it boasts a 1600x900 resolution rather than Full HD 1080p. It also has a 10ms rated response time (GTG), 650:1 contrast ratio, 220 cd/m2 brightness, and 90 degrees horizontal / 65 degrees vertical viewing angles.</p> <p>Should you want a more permanent placement, it's VESA 75mm x 75mm wall-mount compliant.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">AOC 17-inch USB Monitor</a> is available now on <a href="" target="_blank">Amazon for $200</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> aoc display e1759fwu Hardware monitor panel usb News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:56:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28771 at Lian Li's PC-Q26 is a NAS-Centric Mini ITX Chassis <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-q26.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-Q26" title="Lian Li PC-Q26" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />A case for little boards and lots of storage</h3> <p><strong>Lian Li just introduced its new PC-Q26 case</strong>. It's a mini ITX enclosure for users who want to roll their own NAS box with support for up to 11 hard drives, including 10 3.5-inch drives and a single 2.5-inch drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5-inch drives included, and you have the ability to "easily" add more backplanes as needed, Lian Li says. All that potential storage capacity comes wrapped in a small and lightweight brushed aluminum case.</p> <p>Like a traditional case, the side-panels pop off for easy access to the system's guts and storage. Drives can be tool-lessly installed using thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. You'll also find thumbscrews holding the expansion slots in place.</p> <p>Cooling duties are handled by three 120mm fans up front to bring cool air in and a 120mm fan up to top to expel hot air. You an also mount an optional 80mm fan on the rear and another 120mm on the side, for a total of six fans.</p> <p>The case supports expansion cards up to 190mm (7.4 inches), CPU coolers up to 150mm (5.9 inches), PSUs up to 190mm (7.4 inches).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Lian Li says</a> the <a href="" target="_blank">PC-Q26</a> is available now in the U.S. for $189 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li mini itx pc-q26 News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:20:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28769 at Gigabyte Aims Shrink Ray at Maxwell, Ends Up with a Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_gtx_970_mini_itx.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" title="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Tiny graphics card packs a Maxwell-sized bite</h3> <p>It's not the size of the graphics card that matters, but the potency of the GPU inside, right? We'll find out when we get our hands on <strong>Gigabyte's mini ITX variant of the GeForce GTX 970</strong> (GV-N970IXOC-4GD). Though it's tiny by comparison to a full size GeForce GTX 970 video card, Gigabyte's mini ITX version is actually overclocked to run at a base clockspeed of 1076MHz and a boost clockspeed of 1216MHz.</p> <p>Nvidia's reference design calls for a 1051MHz base clockspeed and 1178MHz boost clockspeed. Granted, Gigabyte's overclock isn't anything crazy, but considering the size of the card, even just running at stock clocks would have been noteworthy.</p> <p><a href=",27915.html" target="_blank">According to <em>TomsHardware</em></a>, the cooler is likely based on Gigabyte's WindForce 3X design, except that it only has one fan instead of three. There's an aluminum fin arry underneath, along with a Triangle Cool design to manipulate airflow more effectively.</p> <p>Apparently it works -- Gigabyte claims the card ran at 62C during a Metro Last Light benchmark, compared to a reference card running at 76C in the same test. That kind of cooling potential bodes well for a mini ITX system that's short on space with limited airflow.</p> <p>Gigabyte has priced the card at $330 and will start shipping it next month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 970 gigabyte graphics card Hardware mini itx Video Card News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:27:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28768 at Cooler Master Updates Liquid Cooling Line with Nepton 120XL and 240M Coolers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nepton_240m.jpg" alt="Cooler Master 240M" title="Cooler Master 240M" width="300" height="195" style="float: right;" />Two new closed-loop water coolers</h3> <p><strong>Cooler Master's been hard at work updating its liquid cooling line</strong>, and what the company came up with is the <strong>Nepton 120XL and Nepton 240M</strong>. These are the newest additions to the Nepton family of closed-loop water coolers, and what they bring to the table are new fan designs. They use Silencio FP 120 fans to deliver high-pressure performance at lower noise levels than their predecessors.</p> <p>The radiator block sizes are also different. Whereas the Nepton 280L and 140XL use 280mm and 140mm radiators, respectively, the new <a href="" target="_blank">Nepton 240M</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">120XL</a> use 240mm and 120mm radiators, respectively.</p> <p>Other features include a microchannel waterblock along with thicker and more durable FEP tubing that Cooler Master claims has a lower coolant evaporation rate than before. Like the previous models, these are pre-filled at the factory and pressure tested so that you don't have to worry about maintenance.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability, though as a point of reference, the previous generation Nepton 280L streets for around $120 and the 140XL for $100.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> cm Cooler Master Hardware liquid cooling nepton 140xl nepton 240m News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:57:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28767 at