Big time gaming performance from a small form factor system
Give credit to Origin PC for never letting its lineup of gaming PCs grow stagnant, including its small form factor Chronos option. In the past few months alone, the boutique builder added a micro tower option to Chronos and upgraded its internals with Intel 9 Series Z97 motherboard options. What's next? Try 4K gaming. Origin PC today announced the availability of Nvidia's dual-GPU GeForce GTX Titan Z in its Chronos micro tower, which it now bills as the world's smallest 4K gaming PC.
Dell isn't letting Valve's Steam Machine delay ruin its plans to invade the living room
By now you've likely heard that official Steam Machines won't launch until sometime next year when Valve is finished tweaking its Steam Controller prototype (and if you haven't heard, you should bookmark Maximum PC!). That's a bit of a pisser, though it isn't stopping OEM system builders from forging ahead with plans to release console-like PC systems. Case in point, Alienware just announced its Alpha Console starting at $549.
Xi3 may have found a willing partner in the SFF space
There was quite a bit of mystery and intrigue surrounding Xi3 Corporation's Piston PC at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) two years ago, not to mention confusion over whether or not it would become Valve's rumored (at the time) Steam Box. It wasn't mean to be -- Valve has since launched a Steam Machine initiative, but Xi3 hasn't given up on SFF systems. Instead, Xi3 has partnered with Intel to build and sell next-generation "Micro-Mini PCs," which will include Intel's NUC line, the company announced today.
We've seen our share of suitcases over the years, but they're usually packed full of clothes and other essentials for travel. What if your destination is a LAN party in the next town over? If that's where you're traveling, it's not a traditional suitcase you need, but perhaps one that's filled with gaming hardware. Such a thing exists -- CyberPowerPC's Fang Battlebox is now available in a variety of configuration options.
Sentry Eye Tracker is supposed to analyze your eyeball movements to make you a better gamer
The key to being a better gamer lies within the eyes, or so that's the basic premise behind a new eye tracking tool by SteelSeries. Developed with the help of Tobii Technology, a major player in eye tracking technology, SteelSeries introduced the Sentry Eye Tracker at E3, which the company describes as a virtual, visual coach that tracks and analyzes eye movement during game play.
Second generation Kinect sensor is coming to Windows
Microsoft announced at BUILD back in April that it would make its Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and Software Development Kit (SDK) available sometime this summer. Keeping true to its promise, developers can pre-order the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. Those who do will be able to start building out solutions such as Windows Store apps for Kinect ahead of everyone else.
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.