Advances in technology have allowed gaming PCs to shrink in size, and if you're so inclined, you can build a powerful system based on the mini ITX form factor. Most of these system use laptop memory, or SO-DIMMs, which has prompted memory makers to develop high performance kits based on the smaller size form factor. Enter G.Skill and its new 16GB DDR3L-2133 SO-DIMM memory kit.
TUL Corporation's Powercolor division today announced what it claims is the first low profile Radeon HD 7750 graphics card capable of driving up to four displays via AMD's Eyefinity technology. Dubbed HD7750 Eyefinity 4 LP Edition, this low profile part can fit into slim cases and features four mini DisplayPort outputs to run 4x1 Landscape Display Group, 2x2 Landscape Display Group, and 3x1 Display Group Plus 1 Extended configurations.
NZXT's monstrous Phantom 630 enclosure holds up to nine drives.
To quote Clash of the Titans, "Release the Kraken!" Actually, NZXT already did that back in October, the Kraken being a self-contained liquid cooling system and not a giant squid-like monster that eats sailors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. NZXT had its Kraken on display in its suite at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), along with its new Phantom 630 computer case. The Phantom 630 is the kind of case that will make a cable management guru froth at the mouth, and we captured it on video so that you can, too.
Looking for a mid-tower chassis that won't break the bank? If so, BitFenix is hoping you'll be drawn to the company's new Survivor White chassis for gamers. At $109 MSRP, it's a pretty affordable enclosure with "elegant styling" and "ruggedized features engineered for the mobile digital warrior," BitFenix says. It also boasts the same SoftTouch surface treatment that's quickly becoming a staple of BitFenix cases.
Apparently owning a smartphone or tablet means you're predisposed to favoring ultra-compact computer cases over mid-towers or those hulking full-tower hunks of aluminum and steel. Just ask Lian Li, which today introduced a trio of pint-sized brushed aluminum cases "for smartphone and tablet" wielding folk looking to build "personal data storage hubs for all your mobile devices." Interesting pitch, no?
In May 2011, Hewlett-Packard said it hadn't found a "value proposition" in Intel's Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak) interface, and come to find out, Thunderbolt controllers are 10 times more expensive than USB 3.0 chips. Big whoop, HP's stance isn't getting in the way of other system makers jumping on the high-speed interface.
Life is short, play dirty. It's a motto we'd love to see Nike implement in a new sports shoe, maybe one with a steel tipped shank on the front or soles made of flubber. In a more literal sense, playing dirty describes how we use (and sometimes neglect) our PCs. Are you rocking any fan filters? You should be, whether it's one of Lian Li's new removable and washable filters, or ones you've constructed on your own à la MacGuyver.