Getting a jump on CES in Las Vegas, MSI today announced a couple of new products, one of which is a do-everything front panel and the other is Voice Genie, the world's first voice control technology with system startup support without the need for a keyboard or mouse, MSI claims. Using just your vocal cords, MSI's Voice Genie allows you to start and shutdown your system, enable and disable OC Genie, open a Web browser, put your system to sleep, and wake it back up.
The Maximum PC ethos can be summed up in two words: MORE POWER! (Harder, better, faster, stronger would work, too, but that’s twice as many words – not exactly better.) MSI, it seems, heard our Tim Taylor-like grunting from afar. The company just released a modified version of its X79A-GD45 motherboard (which was only released a month ago, mind you) that includes twice the DIMM slots of the original. That means the X79A-GD45 (8D) includes a total of 8 DDR3 DIMM slots and can support up to a whopping 128GB of quad-channel RAM – because 64GB just isn’t enough.
The onslaught of smartphones, tablets, and sundry cloud-based devices might give us ways to be “connected” in more places at more times, but they don’t lessen the wonders to behold in a full-fledged PC. Not by a long shot.
In fact, despite all the dire prognostications about the PC, our personal computers are poised to get a major boost in performance, thanks to all the new technologies and components coming to fruition next year. We’re going to give you the complete rundown on what to expect—can someone say fastest CPU ever?—so you can start plotting your next build now.
Oh, we’ll still see plenty of tablets, to be sure, and we’ll tell you how those happening slabs will change, but we’re also going to see a major push by Intel to make stylish, super-portable, super-affordable laptop PCs an even more compelling option.
Yes, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2012. And you can start peeping at what lies ahead by hitting the jump!
There are precious few things we'd turn down if they're offered for free, like the flu, jail time, and handerpants. Cooler Master is offering none of those things, but the company is giving away LGA2011 brackets to owners of its Hyper 212 Evo and Hyper 212 Plus air coolers so you can upgrade to Sandy Bridge-E without factoring in the cost of a new cooling solution.
Everybody and their uncle is hot to trot with Intel's X79 platform, and that includes boutique system builder AVADirect. Most of the systems we've seen have been geared towards balls-to-the-wall performance, which definitely tickles our fancy, but so does the idea of a silent or low-noise PC build on top of Sandy Bridge-E. For about $1,900 and change, AVADirect says you can own one.
MSI is banking on you needing a new CPU cooler when you upgrade your platform to Intel's LGA 2011-based Sandy Bridge-E platform, and Thermaltake knows you'll need a new motherboard. With that in mind, these two new BFFs hooked up to bundle MSI's X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard with Thermaltake's Frio Advanced CPU cooler in a single package.
Intel has just released its new Sandy Bridge-E platform. With six- and eight-core processors, eight DIMM slots, and multiple PCIe 3.0 slots, it’s Nehalem’s true heir and the answer to complaints that Sandy Bridge, while awesome, just isn’t enthusiast enough. (Check out our official benchmarks here).
I’ve gotten my hands on the Sandy Bridge-E flagship CPU: the Core i7-3960X, a $1,000, six-core beast at 3.3GHz. Oh, and a motherboard and cooler to go with it. I’ve rustled up a passel of RAM, a titanic GPU, a quiet case, and a speedy SSD. I’m going to see whether X79 has what it takes to wrest the enthusiast crown from X58, and whether it can do so quietly.
With the launch of Intel's Core i7 3930K six-core Sandy Bridge-E processor, companies we haven't heard from in awhile are coming out of the woodwork to announce products built around or for Intel's X79 chipset. One of the those companies is Digital Storm, a boutique system builder that now offers a pre-configured Level 4 gaming PC that's about as no-compromise as we've ever seen in a pre-assembled system.
We're not entirely sure what it is with the sudden propensity towards artillery themed heatsinks with respect to Intel's X79 chipset, only that it seems to be a popular motif. We saw it first with Gigabyte's G1.Assassin 2 X79 motherboard in the form of a pistol-shaped heatsink, and here again as a fake ammo belt on MSI's upcoming Big Bang XPower II X79 motherboard.
Looking for a big, badass motherboard that can handle almost anything you throw at it? Intel’s been teasing us with glimpses of the Sandy Bridge-E-compatible DX79SI Extreme Series Motherboard ever since the Intel Developers Forum a little while back. We’ve been drooling and waiting for more info ever since. Now, with little fanfare and no formal announcement, the company’s released a product brief that gets into details and outlines the DX79SI’s capabilities in full.