MSI is riding high on demand for its gaming motherboards
Competition is downright fierce in the motherboard market where only a handful of players remain. It's the reason why a price war may break out, which in turn could help motherboard makers sell more units. We're not talking about thousands of mobos -- MSI is hoping to ship 7 million branded motherboards in 2014, up from 6 million in 2013. In addition to engaging in a price war, MSI is benefiting from increased demand for its gaming boards.
Liquid cooling-obsessed boutique builder thinks inside the small box
Setting up a liquid cooled rig is challenging enough on its own. But liquid cooling a small factor PC? That's taking things to whole new level. In fact, Maingear says its Epic Torq gaming system is the first small form factor PC in the world to feature liquid cooling for both the CPU and GPU. We'll take Maingear's word for it, but either way, the Torq is an intriguing system that can outfitted with some seriously powerful hardware.
The Nook is getting a makeover courtesy of Samsung
Talk of tablets rarely falls on the Nook, which fair or not has been largely overshadowed by competing slates. Looking to change that, Barnes and Noble has teamed up with Samsung to develop co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets featuring B&N's digital reading experience. The new device will mesh Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 hardware with customized Nook software.
PlexTurbo software gives M6 Pro SSD series a serious performance boost
Every so often, we hear from Plextor, the former go-to company for high performance optical drives back when that was a thing. Now the company focuses primarily on solid state drives, and Plextor's newest release is the M6 Pro SATA SSD, the first consumer SSD from Plextor to pass its new ultra-strict enterprise-grade Zero Error standard of 400 units surviving 1,008 hours (up from 500 hours). That's not the only reason to like this drive.
Your next motherboard purchase may be cheaper than you anticipated
The motherboard market has already whittled itself down to just a handful of key players (remember when DFI was an enthusaist brand?). That's made the landscape hyper-competitive, and with new chipsets and processors prompting upgrades and new builds, motheboard makers are reportedly reducing prices. There's speculation that this might be just the beginning of what ends up being a price war.
If only hitman Chev Chelios had access to EVGA's latest power supply in the Crank: High Voltage series, he wouldn't need to go looking for sources of electricity to keep himself ticking. EVGA today announced its SuperNOVA 1600 G2 PSU, a monster 1600W unit with a mind boggling 133.3A available over a single all-important +12V rail. If you're looking for a beefy PSU to power a high-end rig with multiple graphics card, this looks like a candidate, at least based on the spec sheet (and EVGA's reputation).
Affordable 4K Ultra HD monitors might be around the corner
We have to give credit to monitor, TV display, and panel makers for pushing out next-generation technology despite the relative lack of content compared to Full HD 1080p. In years past, hardware and software and/or content makers would sometime get caught in a standstill waiting for one side to justify the other. Not so with 4K displays, of which there are already several to choose from. And while we wait on more content to appear, an Intel executive is predicting that 4K monitors will drop below $400 by the end of the year.
Today's a big day for AMD, and perhaps the start of a new era. That's because AMD just introduced the world to its new 2014 lineup of performance mobile APUs, codenamed Kaveri, which will slip into power efficient laptops and high-end notebooks. The new mobile APUs also represent the debut of AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features and Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture for mobile devices.
Color us impressed with Micron's marketing of its new Crucial MX100 solid state drive line. Rather than try and oversell the drive with exaggerated rhetoric and fancy pants nomenclature, Micron is billing the Crucial MX100 SSD as a drive that offers cost-effective mainstream performance. Indeed, while the drive's sequential read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively, are no longer unique, they're still some of the fastest available in the SATA space.
Asus didn't make the trip to Computex unprepared, that's for sure. Instead, Asus unloaded a rather large collection of Republic of Gamer (ROG) products, including a new mouse, keyboard, a couple of new motherboards, monitor, gaming laptop, and several other items. There's even a console-like gaming PC in the mix -- it's not a Steam Machine, though it's ready to take residence in your living room or dorm.