Maingear calls its Shift Super Stock Z87 the Mean Green Machine and it’s hard not to agree with that moniker.
Is there any other way to describe a gaming rig with not one GeForce GTX Titan, or even two—but freakin’ three of them? Yes, three of the world’s fastest single-GPU cards all singing harmoniously together against the tyranny of slow frame rates.
Note: This review was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.
When it comes to mobile technology, the push to make things better, faster and smaller is non-stop and all consuming. The more functions you can cram onto a single chip, the better! Plenty of companies have thrown their proverbial hat into the convergence ring, but as the 800 lb. gorilla in the room, all eyes tend to gravitate towards Intel for trend-setting processor news. And who is Intel to disappoint? The company's already announced plans for a mobile SoC with built-in 4G, and it recently showed off new "Rosepoint" chips that combine Atom CPUs and Wi-Fi radios.
You would think that with all the services Google offers, and in particular its hugely popular search and Gmail services, that Mother Nature would have a beef with all the energy being expended. You'd also be wrong, according to Google, which is making the claim that it's been carbon-neutral since 2007, and even the small amount of energy it does use is offset completely.
Cloud computing’s all the rage these days. We’ve all heard the normal spiel about its benefits; cloud services let you reduce your reliance on on-site admins, cloud services let you access data from anywhere, blah blah blah. But did you know that tapping into the cloud for your email services can be up to 80 times more efficient than hosting servers in-house? We didn’t either, until we got our grubby little paws on a new Google report that claimed just that.
Automobile maker Toyota grabbed the No. 1 spot in Interbrand's top 50 list of the "Best Global Green Brands" while consulting agency Accenture edged in at No. 50. Swarming the available spots in between, however, are a bevy of technology companies, including heavy hitters like Hewlett Packard (No. 5), Dell (No. 8), Intel (No 26), and Microsoft (No 30), as well as several others.
You might be doing Mother Nature a big favor by investing in eco-friendly LED bulbs, but at what cost? Perhaps your health. According to a new US Irvine study, these purportedly safe and environmentally friendly bulbs are loaded with lead, arsenic, and other toxic materials, the Miami Herald reports. These bulbs, which are used in everything from traffic lights to Christmas lights, could increase the risk of things like cancer, kidney disease, and more.
AMD wants you to know that you can use its new Fusion APUs without losing sleep at night worrying about Mother Nature. The reason? AMD's Fusion CPUs offer up to a 40 percent smaller carbon footprint compared to previous generation products, the chip maker says.
"AMD’s commitment to reduce our impact on the environment spans our operations, our behaviors and the products we design," said Nigel Dessau, Chief Marketing Officer, AMD. "AMD Fusion APUs are a remarkable example of how a company’s business interests and environmental interests can align and result in innovative products that deliver incredible experiences, value, and significant energy and cost savings for consumers and businesses alike."
AMD said it studied the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of an E-350 APU system and compared it to that of a previous generation rig running an Athlon Neo II dual-core processor and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430. According to AMD, the APU system generated 40.2 kg CO2e of GHG compared to 67.4kg CO2e, a 40.3 percent reduction over its estimated lifetime.
Greenpeace takes to CES to implore companies to manufacture greener electronics.
While CES attendees clamored to check out the latest in cosumer electronics, Greenpeace was on hand to share their third Green Electronics Survey. Simply put, the survey grades consumer electronic companies according to four criteria: use of hazardous chemical substances, power consumption, product lifecycle, and innovation and marketing and issues awards in a series of categories. The winners were the HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-Slim desktop computer, Asus UL30A notebook, the Acer TM8172 netbook, the Asus VM-247H-HF monitor, the Samsung GT-S7550 (Blur Earth) mobile phone, the Sharp LC-52SE1 television and the Sony Ericcson Aspen smartphone.
In addition to awarding companies for their green efforts, Greenpeace also uses CES to champion other causes related to consumer electronics. High on Greenpeace's list of priorities is getting consumer electronics companies to stop using two hazardous chemicals in electronics manufacturing, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFR). To this end their studies show that each year more companies stop using these chemicals.
Going forward, Greenpeace wants global, free and convenient e-waste programs as well as a complete ban on e-waste exports. According to Greenpeace, 40 billion tons of e-waste are produced every year and Greenpeace hopes to increase take-back programs where manufacturers take back used electronics free of charge to consumers. As it stands Dell and Nokia have the most extensive take-back programs.
For the survey, Greenpeace invited 20 companies to participate and 18 chose to participate. Apple and Philips declined to participate. Furthermore, they've recently added gaming consoles to the survey as well.
Idapt says its i1 Eco Universal Charger qualified as a CES Innovations Award Honoree, and with good reason -- it appeals to both gadget freaks and tree huggers alike.
The i1 Eco is made from recycled materials and is capable of charging most electronic devices. There are two points of charge, a USB port and a tip port. Idapt says interchangeable tips make the charger compatible with over 4,000 different devices, including popular items like the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, PSP, Xbox controllers, GPS products, and many, many more.
No word yet on price, though Idapt says it hopes to start shipping the charger in Spring 2011.
Fancy yourself a tree-hugger? That doesn't mean you have to give up gaming on the console, you just have to choose your system wisely. So which one gets the nod? According to findings by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Nintendo Wii consumes about a sixth of the power of Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles.
"We included only a small sample of the many gaming systems available, but it reveals the differences in energy use can be significant," said Mark McGranaghan, vice president of Power Deliver & Utilization for EPRI. "With the holiday shopping season in full swing, now is a good time to consider this factor."
EPRI conducted its tests by playing EA's Madden 2011 football game for one hour on each system. In doing so, EPRI found that the Wii used an average of 13.7 watts, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 pulled 84.8 watts and 87.9 watts, respectively.
"Obviously there are many considerations when looking at a gaming system and we're only about energy use," said McGranaghan. "There are also trade-offs associated with graphics and speed that drive higher energy use and consumers will need to factor those elements in as well. The more graphically intensive systems will, by design, require more energy."
Or you could say the hell with it and build a dual- or tri-videocard gaming PC, power consumption be damned.