Will there be another FX processor beyond the FX 9590?
We're a little hesitant to fan the flames on this one, but according to a series of documents AMD supposedly handed out to OEMs "behind closed doors," the end of the road for the Sunnyvale chip designer's FX Series might be fast approaching, if not already here. Should AMD ultimately decide to retire its FX Series sooner than later, the FX 9590 could end up being the brand's swan song.
Remember when AMD was widely criticized for acquiring ATI for a reported $5.4 billion back in 2006? It turned out to be a wise investment in an area (GPUs) where AMD has been able to vie for the performance crown. Right now it's Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 that sits in the spotlight, but coming soon is AMD's Radeon HD 9970 graphics card with a brand new architecture and some impressive specs that have been leaked to the web.
Phanteks has so far limited itself to manufacturing PC cooling solutions, but very soon it will have its very first PC case on the market in the form of the Enthoo Primo. To this end, it has now divulged all the vital product details it chose to withhold last month, when it teased its impending entry into the world of PC cases through a couple of short preview videos.
What time is it? It's time to build a PC with our Blueprints! This month, we've built three rigs at three approximate price points:Budget, Baseline, and Performance. Budget gets you a capable but affordable rig, Baseline gets you a powerful that is suitable for gaming and content creation at 1080p, and Performance gets you even more.
These rigs are lab-tested and editor-approved. Feedback is, of course, welcome. Tell us what you think!
It doesn't matter if you own a motherboard with a legacy BIOS or one sporting a newfangled UEFI BIOS, the RAIDR Express from Asus ROG will play nice either way. It's a PCI-E based solid state drive (SSD), and supposedly the first of its kind with a DuoMode feature that allows it to work with either type of BIOS. Just flip the hardware switch to the appropriate setting and you'll be off an running with a spectacularly fast SSD.
Time-tested tips for PC building that will help you avoid common pitfalls and enjoy a more fulfilling DIY experience
PC builders don’t drop out of their mommies with a Phillips head screwdriver in one hand, a Leatherman in the other, and start winning PC-building contests. No, most experienced PC builders accumulate their knowledge through horrible mistakes, case scars and flesh wounds, and the sorrow of having to completely take apart a machine they just assembled because a single, crucial step was neglected at some point in the process.
Note: This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of the magazine.
Seagate on Tuesday said it has begun shipping what it claims to be the world's speediest enterprise-class hard drive, the Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD. In addition to being the fastest enterprise HDD around, supposedly it's also the first enterprise-class solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), which combines the low cost and high capacity of traditional HDD storage with the speed and performance of solid state flash.
Intel's Atom brand grew to notoriety in the netbook era, during which time select ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processors were also found in nettops and embedded applications. Today's Atom processors are much more powerful than those early models that debuted in 2008, but because of negative connotations attached to the Atom brand in terms of performance, Intel may decide to drop the brand name.
Think you need an exotic cooling solution to keep your dream machine from burning itself up? Don't be so sure. Air cooling, when implemented correctly, can get the job done, and that's especially true if you have room in your chassis to accommodate Cooler Master's new monstrous V8 GTS cooler. The V8 GTS uses triple tower heat sinks to help dissipate thermal loads up to 250W.
Excuse us a moment as we wipe the dribble from our chin and compose ourselves. You see, we just received word that Samsung lowered the gauntlet by launching a massive 1TB solid state drive that performs in between its 840 Series and 840 Pro Series. The new Samsung 840 EVO is a potential game changer, given the aggressive price points. If nothing else, it will certainly make users think twice about pairing a large hard drive with a small capacity SSD when you can now have the best of both worlds.