Expect Intel's Broadwell release in time for the holiday shopping season
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has gone on record saying his company's next-generation Broadwell processors will definitely ship in time to be put in PCs for the holiday shopping season, however, they're not likely to be available for the back-to-school shopping rush that will take place in late summer. Broadwell is the codename for Intel's 14nm die shrink of its Haswell microarchitecture.
A value minded case line that comes in four color options
Looking to express yourself with your PC? Maybe you just want to run with a color theme. Either way, BitFenix's new Neos case line gives budget buyers several color options, along with uncluttered styling, upgradeability, and an "affordable" price tag. Buyers also have the choice of picking up a Neos with or without a side panel window -- both versions come with a colored mesh front panel available in black, blue, red, or silver.
SanDisk's first attempt at offering a self encrypting SSD
If you take a look at SanDisk's product portfolio, you'll find a range of memory and storage devices, including various solid state drives. However, one thing you wouldn't have found prior to today is a self-encrypting SSD line. With the introduction of the SanDisk X300s, the company now has one to offer corporate environments in need of secure storage -- healthcare and financial services are two industries that come to mind.
More next-generation motherboards show up to the 5th Generation Core party
While we may never know which came first, the chicken or the egg, we do know that next-generation 9 Series motherboards are arriving ahead of Intel's refreshed Haswell launch. Gigabyte is the latest to debut Z97 and H97 motherboards -- about a million of them (slight exaggeration) broken up into four different categories that include the G1 Gaming Series, Ultra Durable Series, Overclocking Series, and Black Edition.
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: Baseline, Performance, and Ultra. Baseline gets you a powerful system for gaming and content creation at 1080p, Performance beefs everything up across the board, and Ultra lets the dogs out.
PowerColor's next Devil 13 graphics card may require four 8-pin PCI-E power connectors
You might have expected hell would freeze over before you'd ever see a graphics card with the audacity to demand four -- yes FOUR! -- 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. You'd also be wrong. Maybe, anyway -- if leaked photos posted to a Chinese language web forum turn out to be legitimate, then PowerColor's upcoming Devil 13 Radeon R9 295X2 dual-GPU graphics card will have a hellish thirst for electricity.
We're eagerly awaiting the arrival of DDR4 memory into the mainstream market, though it's going to take some time. After all, Intel's next generation Z97 chipset still uses the DDR3 standard, though on the bright side, a transition is slowly taking place. One of the driving forces is Crucial, a subsidiary of Micron, which has begun sampling next-generation DDR4 server memory through its new Technology Enablement Program.
A high wattage PSU with 80 Plus Platinum certification
Cooler Master today unveiled its V1200 Platinum, the newest addition to its V Series of power supplies. As the model name clearly implies, this is a 1200W PSU with 80 Plus Platinum certification, meaning it's certifiably efficient -- up to 93 percent at 50 percent load. Cooler Master also equipped its newest PSU with a new auto/hybrid easy switch controller so users can change between fan control modes on-the-fly.
Three decked out boards, two of which you can preorder today
One thing we can say with certainty is that Intel's refreshed Haswell processors will have no trouble finding suitable homes in Z97-based motherboards. We've already seen several pop up online, and now EVGA has revealed its initial Z97 motherboard lineup. It includes three boards to get things started -- the EVGA Z97 Classified, EVGA Z97 FTW, and EVGA Z97 Stinger Core3D.
There are power supplies, and then there's Corsair's AX1500i Digital ATX PSU. Corsair calls the AX1500i the most technologically advanced and efficient power supply on the planet, a claim we'd have a hard time debating after glancing this beast's spec sheet. It starts with the wattage rating -- Corsair's AX1500i is a 1500W PSU and also the first of its kind to earn the ultra-stringent 80 Plus Titanium certification.