AMD sticks its hands in the next generation console cookie jar.
Make no mistake, AMD is a survivor. Save for the short-lived glory days of the Athlon 64, it seems AMD has always been a step or three behind Intel in performance, and there haven't been many quarterly financial reports to get excited about. Yet AMD keeps grinding, finding ways to survive in a cutthroat industry in part by branching out into side markets, like graphics and consoles. In terms of the latter, AMD's multi-year deal with Microsoft to supply APUs for the upcoming Xbox One console is believed to be in the neighborhood of $3 billion.
Small form factor (SFF) PCs have been around for a long while, but now we're starting to see ultra compact systems with powerful components emerge into the market place. Enter Gigabyte and its new BRIX desktop, a square-shaped PC that fits in the palm of your hand just like Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) device, it sports a stylish glass surface mounted on an anthracite aluminum frame.
13 hardware components worth remembering on Memorial Day 2013
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Since this is Maximum PC, we'll do what we do best and stick to the topic of technology. Running with the Memorial Day theme, we've put together a gallery of some of the best PC hardware to serve our needs in the past decade.
The Eurocom Scorpius lives a dual life. On one hand, it’s a dull-looking workstation; on the other, this highly configurable laptop can also be outfitted with a 3D monitor and killer gaming specs. We opted for the latter.
Note: This review originally appeared in the March issue of the magazine.
It's only been a day since Nvidia announced its GeForce GTX 780 graphics card and as expected, the GPU maker's hardware partners are coming out of the woodwork with custom cooling solutions. We saw it with EVGA and its ACX Cooler, and today Gigabyte is giving us a glimpse of its GeForce GTX 780 OC Edition (GV-N780OC-3GD) graphics card with the latest Windforce 3X dual-slot cooling design.
Windows 8 is a game changer in more ways than one. Along with a new look and feel, Windows 8 has influenced design changes across the board, even when it comes to peripherals. Witness Microsoft's new Sculpt Comfort Mouse and Sculpt Mobile Mouse, the company's first mice to include a Windows button on them, giving you quick and easy access to specific features in Windows 8.
The cold, hard truth for companies like Nokia and HTC is that one of their biggest competitors, Samsung, is red hot right now. Apple faces the same concern, though the Cupertino company isn't fighting for scraps like the other guys, it's leaving them behind alongside Samsung, the latter of which just announced it has surpassed 10 million Galaxy S4 sales in less than a month after its commercial debut.
Nvidia and its hardware partners are all about the GeForce GTX 780 launch, but that's not the only thing on tap from EVGA. The GPU maker is introducing a totally new ACX Cooler with a double ball bearing design that's more efficient at dissipating heat than the company's previous coolers. A large part of the increased cooling performance is due to the 40 percent increase in heatsink volume, allowing for a 15 percent reduction in GPU temperatures.
New SSD line gets its kicks from the Indilinx Barefoot 3 Series controller.
One thing OCZ had yet to do up to this point was deploy in-house ASIC technology on its Vertex family of solid state drives. That changes with the introduction of the Vertex 450 Series, which OCZ is marketing as a mid-range performer that sits between its value offerings and flagship Vector line. The Vertex 450 Series uses OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller, essentially a newer iteration of the Barefoot controller found in the Vertex 4.
The rapid shift to mobile seems to have caught x86 chip makers off guard, but on the bright side for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), this tectonic shift in technology represents a new opportunity to perhaps do things differently than before. Maybe the outcome will be different, maybe not, but either way, we have an early look at AMD's agenda for the changing market place, and it starts with "Temash."