Asus and Gigabyte have been engaged in a cutthroat shipment war with one another, each trying to ship more motherboards than the other. As we approach the end of the year, it looks like Asus will edge ahead of Gigabyte and ship around 2 million more motherboards in 2014, however that victory will come at the expense of a declining profit, which is not something that Gigabyte will have to contend with.
Blizzcon isn’t just a convention that revolves around all things Blizzard, such as the developer’s recently announced FPS game Overwatch. Vendors and manufacturers, such as Gigabyte, are also there to advertise their products. Maximum PC online managing editor Jimmy Thang took the time to visit the Gigabyte booth, where he got to see the new model of the Brix Gaming PC kit and check out the topitier x99 motherboard.
It's not the size of the graphics card that matters, but the potency of the GPU inside, right? We'll find out when we get our hands on Gigabyte's mini ITX variant of the GeForce GTX 970 (GV-N970IXOC-4GD). Though it's tiny by comparison to a full size GeForce GTX 970 video card, Gigabyte's mini ITX version is actually overclocked to run at a base clockspeed of 1076MHz and a boost clockspeed of 1216MHz.
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We are giving away a Minecraft-themed Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi5-4570R bare-bones mini PC. This machine features a desktop quad-core 2.7GHz Core i5-4570R and a massive 128MB L4 cache that puts it above regular Haswell CPUs. To make this Brix Pro more special, Maximum PC tasked case artist Jim Sailing of Smooth Creations to give it a luxurious Creeper look. To get this mini PC up and running, all you’ll need to do is add your own SSD or hard drive, RAM and OS.
We've already mentioned that Asus and Gigabyte may engage each other in a price of war of sorts as each one attempts to ship more motherboards than the other. However, weaker than expected demand in China combined with soft retail channel orders ahead of the country's National Day holidays are likely to cause both companies to fall short of their shipment goals. As a result, Asus and Gigabyte might be even more aggressive with motherboard price cuts than previously anticipated.
It's the year 2500 and, despite several near misses with asteroids and potentially apocalyptic plagues, mankind has survived. So have PCs, though analysts are still predicting their demise. In a museum situated downtown, a group of kids stare in wonder at 2000-era electronics. They giggle at how big everything is, particularly mini ITX motherboards, which they're told used to power what previous generations considered small form factor machines. Now travel back in time to 2014 and thumb your nose at the little brats who laughed at today's technology. The joke is on them, because we lied about near misses -- life on Earth ends after an asteroid the size of Texas barrels into our planet in the year 2317, you can mark your calendars. But we digress. That mini ITX board on display had it not been for that asteroid? It's the topic of today's top deal -- a Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI Motherboard for $106 with free shipping (normally $118 - use coupon code: [EMCPAPE44]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). It's built around Intel's H97 chipset, has built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, boasts half a dozen SATA 6Gbps ports, and measures a mere 6.7 inches by 6.7 inches.
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Intel's next generation Haswell-E processor launch is just around the corner, and the closer it gets, the more products we're seeing from its hardware partners. Haswell-E will usher in a new Intel X99 chipset with support for DDR4 memory. The upcoming CPUs will slip in socket 2011 motherboards, of which we've already seen several. You can add three more options to the list -- while details are light, we have pics of three upcoming Gigabyte motherboards for Haswell-E.
When it comes to storage, we all have plans of one day going through our digital files and organizing our data into neatly labeled folders, getting rid of the stuff we don't need along the way. It's a great plan, the only problem is we never seem to find the time or gumption to actually do it. The easier solution when your HDD fills up? Buy a bigger drive! If that's where you find yourself at, throw down the storage gauntlet by checking out today's top feald for a Seagate 6TB 3.5-inch Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit for $285 with free shipping (normally $300 - use coupon code: [EMCPCHH36]).
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So, you have some NASty storage habits, is that right? Or maybe you'd like to get NASty with your storage chores. We feel you, which is why today's top deal is for a Seagate NAS 2TB Internal Hard Drive for $80 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWP29]). This utterly NASty storage device boasts a SATA 6Gbps interface, 64MB of cache, error recovery controls, and other goodies.
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A new member is all set to join the BRIX DIY mini PC range Gigabyte debuted last year. Available in green and black, the new “BIX Gaming” PC kit combines a 4th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor with a dedicated Nvidia graphics card to deliver what the company claims is a “miniature gaming powerhouse.”