You've probably at least heard of Supermicro, a well established player in the server and workstation markets. Supermicro also dabbles in small form factor (SFF) cases, but as far as full fledged gaming PCs go, options are few and far between. Nevertheless, Supermicro is getting ready to expand its limited gaming system lineup with a rig built around Intel's Haswell architecture that will be upgradeable to Broadwell-E.
Nvidia finally made official a new flagship graphics card today, the mighty GeForce Titan X, and right on cue are the barrage of announcements from system builders flaunting the availability of the successor to Titan Z. That includes boutique builder Digital Storm, which is now (or soon) offering the Titan X in various configurations inside its Aventum, Bolt, and Velox desktop product lines.
Typically when a graphics company announces a new GPU, as Nvidia did yesterday with its GeForce GTX 960M and 950M additions, hardware partners follow suit with systems build around the parts. And so it goes, as today Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) unveiled the G501, a thin and light 15.6-inch gaming laptop with a 4K Ultra High Definition resolution powered by the GTX 960M.
Nvidia earlier today announced two new GPUs for thin and light gaming laptops, the GeForce GTX 950M and 960M, and right on cue, several hardware partners have jumped on board with new and revised notebook models. One of them is Razer, which today announced the release of its refreshed Blade Pro laptop with GeForce GTX 960M graphics and a higher storage ceiling, up to 1TB.
There are plenty of mini PC options in the Windows space, but does anyone remember that Chromeboxes exist? For those who care, Acer is expanding its Chromebox CXI line with a couple of new models that have been upgraded with Intel's 4th Generation Core i3 4030U dual-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz (3MB cache, Hyper Threading support, 15W TDP), a speedy replacement for the Celeron chips that power the existing models.
It's taken a lot longer than anticipated, but official Steam Machines are scheduled to release in November of this year, Valve announced at this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC). That means you can expect plenty of Steam Machine announcements, some of which have already started rolling in. One in particular is Maingear's Drift, an ultra-compact Steam Machine and gaming PC that you can pre-order today and have in your hands next month.
What a month it's been for Lenovo, the world's top supplier of PCs and generally a well liked company. The OEM put both of those traits at risk by pre-loading adware onto its consumer laptops and desktops, adware that was later discovered to be a serious security threat. We might never know for sure how savvy Lenovo was to the software's nefarious methods of serving up ads, but in the wake of it all, there have been apologies, explanations, a software tool to remove Superfish, a class action lawsuit, and now a promise -- Lenovo wants to be the leader of clean PCs.
Shuttle's been a player in the small form factor (SFF) space ever since our cave dwelling ancestors first discovered the PC, which back then was made out of stone and dinosaur bones (this is why we don't teach history, folks). Fast forward to today and Shuttle is still making SFF systems, its latest creation the DS57U, the company's first mini barebones PC with a built-in Broadwell processor.
Quick, hide your small form factor (SFF) PC and any NUC-like devices you might have hanging around, we wouldn't want any hurt feelings. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum of all these pint-sized PCs that are suddenly vogue is Boxx's new Apexx 5, "the world's most advanced professional workstation." A bold claim for sure, and one the company attempts to back up by cramming its system full of hardware, including five dual-slot GPUs.
Laptop refresh sees an upgrade to Intel's Core i7-5500U CPU
Toshiba today announced that its premium Kirabook 13 i7S1 Touch Ultrabook is now rocking a 5th Generation Intel Core i7-5500U processor based on the Santa Clara chip maker's Broadwell architecture. The new part is a dual-core chip with four threads with a base frequency of 2.4GHz and turbo frequency of 3GHz. It also sports 4MB of cache, Intel HD Graphics 5500, and a 15W TDP.