Along with Haswell-E comes Intel's X99 chipset and DDR4 memory
Supposing the latest rumor regarding Intel's Haswell-E processor family comes true, you'll have all summer to save up to build a system around a next-generation platform. A leaked document points to September 14, 2014 as the day Intel plans to launch Haswell-E to retail, which could coincide with an announcement at Intel's upcoming IDF 14 in San Francisco -- this year's IDF runs September 9-11.
Biostar wants gamers and Bitcoin miners to take notice of its new TB85 motherboard. This slice of silicon supports up to Intel's 4th Generation Core i7 processor line in the 1150 package and has six PCI-E slots, though all but one are of the PCI-E x1 variety. Nevertheless, if you want to load up this board with six graphics cards for a dedicated (and value oriented) mining machine, the option is there.
Forget any talk of the post-PC era. If PCs were dead, companies like EVGA wouldn't be churning out beastly power supplies. Instead, EVGA just announced the immediate availability of its SuperNOVA 1200 P2 PSU, which comes hot on the heels of the company's recently introduced SuperNOVA 1600 G2 PSU. The 1200W model still offers a ton of wattage, plus other tantalizing features at a more friendly price point than its bigger brethren.
If you're not rocking a solid state drive in your system, there's a good chance the cost of entry is what's preventing an upgrade. Even after the various price drops in the past year or so -- SSDs are easily found for less than $0.50 per gigabyte these days -- they're still relatively expensive next to mechanical hard drives. Well, guess what? Word on the web is that SSD makers are preparing an aggressive price war.
Future APUs will feature a "dramatic" improvement in energy efficiency
According to AMD, there are 3 billion PCs and 30 million computer servers that use more than 2.5 percent of all energy consumed. With that in mind, AMD today went public with a goal to deliver a 25x improvement in the energy efficiency of its Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) by 2020. If AMD is able to reach its goal, it would represent a significant improvement over the 10x gain in energy efficiency it achieved during the past 6 years.
If it's a mid-tower enclosure you're after, your options just grew by two. That's because Lian Li this week announced the release of its PC-B16 and PC-A61, both of which are mid-tower cases sporting brushed aluminum, modular 5.25-inch drive cages, and removable hard drive bays. Both also offer plenty of elbow room -- 59.7L for the PC-B16 and 57.5L for the PC-A61 -- with the former putting additional focus on keeping things quiet.
Motherboard built specifically for overclocking doesn't disappoint at Computex 2014
There's no mistaking Gigabyte's Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard for a standard mobo. That slice of silicon is built for the extreme overclocking circuit, which is why there aren't any CPU fan mounting holes -- it's all about liquid nitrogen. Case in point, Gigabyte's Z97X-SOC Force LN2 broke multiple world records at Computex 2014, which includes the highest DDR3 memory frequency every achieved -- 4.56GHz, up from the previous record of 4.4GHz.
Just 100,000 motherboard shipments stand between leader Asus versus Gigabyte in race for first place
It might be a photo finish at the end of the year to determine which top-tier motherboard vendor comes in first. As it stands, only 100,000 motherboard shipments separate Asus and Gigabyte, the big guns in the mobo shootout. For now, Asus can enjoy pole position with 10.4 million motherboard shipments -- just enough to keep Gigabyte at an arm's length with 10.3 million shipments.
Razer's cutting it up at E3 with plenty of product announcements
You would expect a gaming peripheral maker like Razer to be hyper active during this time of year, and you'd be right. Razer announced a handful of new products during E3, including a new PC case design licensing program and the Nabu Smart Band, which is now shipping to developers. Maximum PC Online Editor Jimmy Thang met up with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan to talk about these products and more.
The first of several drives to boast "Made in the USA"
Edge memory is feeling patriotic these days. Never heard of them? According to the company's About Us page, Edge Memory's roots date back to 1986 when a 14-year-old took $2,500 that he saved from his paper route and began buying and selling computer parts in the Dallas Morning News. Now a full fledged business, Edge Memory's newest product is the Revolution, a 7mm solid state drive proudly made in the U.S.