Cougar on Monday announced the arrival of its QBX, the "most advanced compact gaming case" around. According to Cougar, there are three reasons the QBX stands out from the crowd. The first is its compact dimensions -- the small form factor (SFF) chassis measures 178 (W) x 260 (H) x 368 (D) millimeters, or 7 (W) x 10.2 (H) x 14.5 (D) inches and can only swallow up mini-ITX motherboards.
Nvidia finally made official a new flagship graphics card today, the mighty GeForce Titan X, and right on cue are the barrage of announcements from system builders flaunting the availability of the successor to Titan Z. That includes boutique builder Digital Storm, which is now (or soon) offering the Titan X in various configurations inside its Aventum, Bolt, and Velox desktop product lines.
A new hero descends from the heights of Mount GeForce
In ancient Greek mythology, the Titans are the immediate descendants of the primordial gods. So it is with the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan, descended from the company's top-shelf professional workstation GPUs. First debuting in March 2013, the original Titan was nearly the most powerful video card that the company could offer. They sealed off a couple items that would be of little interest to gamers, which also prevented professionals from using these much less expensive gamer variants for workstation duties.
In the two years since, the company has iterated on this design, adding more shader processors (or "CUDA cores," as Nvidia likes to call them), and even adding a second GPU core on the same card. Now the time has come for it to deliver the Maxwell generation of super-premium GPUs, this time dubbed the GTX Titan X. And it's a beast. Despite being stuck on the 28nm process node for several years now, the company continues to extract more and more performance from its silicon. Interestingly, the card goes up for sale today, but only at Nvidia's own online storefront. There is currently a limit of two per order. The company tells us that you'll be able to buy it from other stores and in pre-built systems "over the next few weeks." First-world problems, right?
So you've finally went through and upgraded your PC, your significant other's machine, and the PC the kids use for school and games. Great! You're all set, except for one little thing -- home networking. Don't panic, there's good news. Now that 802.11ac has been out for quite some time, high-end devices are coming down in price. Just look at today's top deal for a Linksys EA9200-4A Wireless AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router for $200 with free shipping (normally $290 - use coupon code: [EMCAPKV22]). This router rocks six active antennas (three on the inside, three on the outside), supports beamforming technology, and is aided bya 1GHz dual-core CPU for more simultaneous connections.
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When Windows 10 launches in its final form to the public later this year, it will come with a smaller footprint than what you might be used to. That's because Microsoft is making a concerted effort to reduce the storage space necessary for a Windows 10 device, and there are two ways the Redmond is going about it -- compression and recovery enhancements. Microsoft explains both in a blog post.
Imagine being told that you're in danger for the next couple of days and that there's nothing you can do about it but sit tight and wait it out. Talk about suckage. Well, that's essentially what the OpenSSL Project just did, though there's a reason behind it. The OpenSSL Project announced plans to plug up several security holes, including one that's classified as "high severity," in a series of updates scheduled for March 19.
Remember when mechanical keyboards were few and far between? That all changed in the last several years and what was once a niche market is quickly becoming a crowded field. Go ahead and add one more model to the growing list of options as Tesoro brings its Lobera Spectrum mechanical keyboard featuring RGB per-key illumination and a few other notable bullet points to North America.
Mostly known for its cases, NZXT has a formula for its closed-loop liquid coolers: make them bigger. When most everyone else was producing 120mm or 240mm radiators, NZXT introduced its 140mm and 280mm CLCs. That allowed NZXT’s units to be quieter than its competitors. But like any first-generation product, it wasn’t perfect. The company responded with the X6—which we reviewed last month and awarded a 9 Kick Ass—and now the X41, which is getting the full MC treatment this issue.
Intel’s quasi-barebones NUC PC is back for round three, with the sexy-named “NUC5i5RYK” SKU leading the charge. Equipped with Intel’s i5-5250U dual-core CPU, clocked at 1.6GHz, the processor still comes soldered to the NUC’s motherboard. And once again, owners will have to bring their own OS to the party.