Motherboard built specifically for overclocking doesn't disappoint at Computex 2014
There's no mistaking Gigabyte's Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard for a standard mobo. That slice of silicon is built for the extreme overclocking circuit, which is why there aren't any CPU fan mounting holes -- it's all about liquid nitrogen. Case in point, Gigabyte's Z97X-SOC Force LN2 broke multiple world records at Computex 2014, which includes the highest DDR3 memory frequency every achieved -- 4.56GHz, up from the previous record of 4.4GHz.
Just 100,000 motherboard shipments stand between leader Asus versus Gigabyte in race for first place
It might be a photo finish at the end of the year to determine which top-tier motherboard vendor comes in first. As it stands, only 100,000 motherboard shipments separate Asus and Gigabyte, the big guns in the mobo shootout. For now, Asus can enjoy pole position with 10.4 million motherboard shipments -- just enough to keep Gigabyte at an arm's length with 10.3 million shipments.
To borrow an unnecessarily cruel analogy, the just launched Ekocycle Cube 3D printer kills two birds with one stone by using filament that comes from recycled bottles. Coca-cola and will.i.am are behind the Ekocycle brand, which is focused on "promoting sustainability through aspirational yet attainable lifesytle products" that at least partially utilize recycled materials, such is the case here.
A neat way to introduce kids to 3D design and printing
Now that 3D printing is knocking on the door of mainstream audiences, the goals should be to get the price of entry down, and to introduce the technology to kids. Mission Street Manufacturing is aiming at the latter by taking its Printeer 3D printer for kids and schools to Kickstarter, where it hopes to raise $50,000. At the time of this writing, Printeer has solicited nearly $28,000 in funding with 23 days left.
SSD controller in some retail units of company’s Optima drives found to be different from advertised part
Solid-state drive (SSD) vendors have a new trick up their sleeves: bait and switch. Earlier this year, Kingston quietly replaced the synchronous NAND originally found in its V300 SSD with slower, less expensive asynchronous NAND, and now PNY has been caught doing something similar.
Three Benjamins gets you a pre-built rig for general computing chores
If you need a high-end gaming rig or a machine that can tear through content creation chores like a chainsaw through butter, move along, there's nothing to see here. However, if you need a general purpose system for scrolling through Facebook, firing off emails, typing up reports, and that sort of thing, keep reading. Boutique builder CyberPowerPC has teamed up with Newegg to offer the "Everyman Quad Core (EQ100)" PC for $300.
A sudden spike in business PC sales prompts Intel to adjust its outlook
Perhaps the death of Windows XP is having a greater impact on PC sales than analysts thought it would. Or maybe there's another reason why demand for business-class PCs is on the rise. Whatever the cause, stronger than expected demand for business PCs prompted Intel to raise its second quarter revenue forecast to $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million, compared to its previous forecast of $13.0 billion, plus or minus $500 million.
If it's a premium Android tablet you're after, you'll want to look into Samsung's new flagahip Galaxy Tab S family. There are two versions up for grabs -- an 8.4-inch model and a 10.5-inch SKU, both of which wield a Super AMOLED display with a 2560x1600 resolution (that's the same as most 30-inch monitors that predate 4K). In addition to the high resolution display, the Galaxy Tab S line is notable for its remarkably thin profile.
A PC/gaming console that boots directly into Steam Big Picture mode
Let's just come out and say it -- Valve dropped the ball with its Steam Machine initiative. Rather than let its hardware vendors run with their own brand Steam Machines that they've been developing for the past year, Valve decided to delay things until next year while it tweaks its Steam Controller, an integral component of any machine that might use the "Steam Machine" designation. That decision left OEMs and boutique system builders in an awkward place, but rather than let their hardware designs collect dust, we're seeing them reborn as Windows-based PC consoles that boot right into Steam Big Picture mode. The newest PC console to take this approach is CyberPowerPC's Syber system. Let's have a look.
Feeling some good vibrations in the KOR FX booth at E3
A company out of Cambridge, Massachusetts is trying to raise $75,000 on Kickstarter to fund a gaming vest that offers haptic feedback. The company is KOR FX and its gaming vest uses "4DFX" technology to transform audio coming from your games or media into pinpointed high-definition haptic feedback so that you can feel movements, bullets, explosions, and more. Our tireless Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang made his way over to KOR FX's booth at E3 to see the vest in person and learn about the technology behind it.