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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.
Travel back in time to the decade that kick-started the home personal computer boom: the 1980s.
Hands up if you owned a computer in the 80s! After making some tentative steps in the late 70s, the 1980s saw home computing really take off. Back then, no young adult’s bedroom was complete without a computer, tape deck, and trusty joystick on display.
Satisfaction growing for desktop PCs among mainstream Americans
For enthusiasts this won’t be news but after feasting on the empty calories of tablets and phones for years, mainstream consumers may finally have had enough and may be looking for something with a little more substance in their tech diets: the old fashioned desktop PC.
UPDATE: We've added six more keyboards to our best keyboard roundup
If you’re a gamer, you can probably identify a few points in time when you realized something important about your control setup that made you better at the game. When you discovered that putting your left hand on WASD gives you more options than putting it on the arrow keys, for instance, or when you realized that your crappy optical mouse was actually holding you back in shooters. These kinds of peripheral epiphanies don’t happen every day, but it might be just about time for you to have a new one. It might be time for you to realize that your keyboard is holding you back.
Note: This article originally appeared in our March 2013 issue of the magazine.
UPDATE: We've updated our Haswell- E story to include our video on Haswell-E (X99) motheboards
After three long years of going hungry with quad-cores, red meat is finally back on the menu for enthusiasts. And not just any gamey slab full of gristle with shared cores, either. With its new eight-core Haswell-E CPU, Intel may have served up the most mouth-watering, beautifully seared piece of red meat in a long time.
One of the best parts of this job is getting to play with hardware we can’t afford. For this video, Gordon walks you through Maingear’s Epic Force which is a tour de force of beautiful plumbing even Mario would be proud of. The machine, delivered to us before Intel’s epic Core i7-5960X “Haswell-E” is built on an overclocked Core i7-4790K “Devil’s Canyon” chip and packs a pair of water cooled Radeon R9 295 X2 graphics cards.