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.
Roccat released a Tyon teaser trailer in May that was big on hype but woefully short on details. All Roccat was willing to divulge at the time was that Tyon was something intended for FPS gamers and that we'd have to wait for Computex for more information. Now that Computex is here, Roccat has made good on its promise by revealing Tyon in full form -- it's a unique gaming mouse with 16 programmable buttons, 31 distinct functions, and a dorsal fin switch.
You don't want to match your high-end system build with a wimpy or generic power supply, trust us on this one. We've seen things, man -- things we can't ever forget (like smoke emitting from our rig). That's why we're a little excited to see Corsair announce its new HXi Series of power supplies with 80 Plus Platinum certification, which is only achieved when reaching greater than 92 percent energy efficiency.
Dell comes to Computex packing a bevy of product announcements
Michael Dell is now in full control of the company he founded (along with the investment groups that backed him), and while he was quick to take the world's third largest PC maker private, that doesn't mean there will be any shortage of public announcements. Just the opposite, Dell today announced no less than eight products spanning four different categories at Computex, including a pair of Android tablets.
Blazing fast read and write transfers of up to 450MB/s and 350MB/s, respectively
Hide your USB 2.0 flash drive, it's suddenly about to feel inadequate. The same will probably be true of your USB 3.0 flash drive. Taking data transfers to ridiculously fast levels, Corsair today introduced its Flash Voyager GTX USB Flash Drive family, which offers both big capacities and speedy performance. We're talking up to 450MB/s read and up to 350MB/s write speeds in 128GB and 256GB flavors.
Corsair is currently in the process of blitzing Computex 2014 with a bevy of product announcements and releases. That includes its bread and butter product line -- computer cases. Corsair unveiled three new high-end cases today, including two mini-ITX enclosures -- Graphite Series 380T and Carbide Series Air 240 -- and a full tower chassis, the Graphite Series 780T. All three sport a sleek design, plenty of cooling potential, and enough space for water cooling setups and full-length graphics cards.
The 3-in-one comes with a docking station for desktop mode
Gigabyte is adding a new 11.6-inch convertible laptop to its U-series ultrabook line, the company said Thursday. Powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor, the U21MD, as the upcoming device is called, sports a capacitive multitouch panel capable of being rotated 180 degrees.