Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Twitter Picture Teases a 12-Core AMD A-Series APU http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_truck.jpg" alt="AMD Truck" title="AMD Truck" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Don't bet the farm on this one</h3> <p>A picture making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere has AMD fans crossing their fingers that it means what it looks like it means. And just what would that be? A 12-core chip! Bear in mind that nothing has been confirmed, and furthermore, there are some alternate explanations as to what the picture actually depicts. Disclaimer aside, <strong>the image appears to hint that a 12-core AMD A-Series APU is around the corner</strong>.</p> <p>News and rumor site <em>WCCFTEch </em>offered up <a href="http://wccftech.com/amd-12-core-aseries-apu-inbound/" target="_blank">some analysis</a> on the picture, which apparently was posted by an AMD PR person with an #AMDEvolved tag. What the picture shows is a truck with a dozen AMD robots on the side and AMD's A-Series logo on the back. At a glance, that would seem to suggest a chip with 12 Steamroller cores, right? Possibly.</p> <p>The thing is, AMD can be funny about labeling its chips. For example, AMD advertises Kaveri as having 12 compute cores, but only four of those are CPU cores; the remaining eight are GPU cores. On the flip side, all the robots in the pic are the same color, so in theory, they'd all be CPU cores, right?</p> <p>Then again, it could just be much ado about nothing -- we'll have to wait and see.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014#comments 12-core a-series amd apu Build a PC cpu Hardware processor steamroller News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:14:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28241 at http://www.maximumpc.com Amazon Feeling the Heat From Fire TV and Phone Launches, Posts $126 Million Q2 Loss http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_feeling_heat_fire_tv_and_phone_launches_posts_126_million_q2_loss <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/jeff_bezos_0.jpg" alt="Jeff Bezos" title="Jeff Bezos" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />What a difference a quarter makes</h3> <p>Despite a 23 percent increase in sales to $19.34 billion, <strong>Amazon reported a net loss of $126 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for its fiscal second quarter</strong> ended June 30, 2014. That compares to a profit of $108 million in the first quarter, and a loss of $7 million, or 2 cents a share, on revenue of $15.7 billion in the same quarter a year prior. The lesson here is that Amazon isn't afraid to take a loss in order to launch new products and services.</p> <p>Amazon rolled out its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_hopes_burn_streaming_competition_99_fire_tv_box_2014">Fire TV</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_fire_phone_debuts_att_exclusive_available_pre-order_now_2014">Fire Phone</a> during its fiscal second quarter, along with Prime Music, a subscription-based streaming music service with over 1 million songs available, and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amazons_subscription_based_kindle_unlimited_netflix_books_2014">Kindle Unlimited</a>, a similar service but for Kindle Books. That's quite a bit to take on in a single quarter.</p> <p>"We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better," Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1951180&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>Though Amazon can afford to make multi-product and service investments, the company's stock is taking a beating. It's down by more than 10 percent today, which is largely the result of coming up short of Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter in a row.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_feeling_heat_fire_tv_and_phone_launches_posts_126_million_q2_loss#comments amazon e-commerce financial report fire phone fire tv Hardware News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:47:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28239 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Readies Swift PG278Q Monitor with Nvidia G-Sync for August Release http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_swift_pg278q.jpg" alt="Asus Swift PG278Q" title="Asus Swift PG278Q" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />This might be the gaming monitor you've been looking for</h3> <p>Slow your roll, early adopter -- before you go checking out with that 4K Ultra HD monitor in your virtual shopping cart, you should familiarize yourself with Asus ROG's Swift PG278Q panel. Teased earlier this year, <strong>Asus ROG officially announced the Swift PG278Q this week</strong>, a 27-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, blazing fast 1ms response time, and Nvidia G-Sync technology. It isn't 4K, but it is prepped and primed for gaming at high res.</p> <p>User can cycle through 60Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz display modes courtesy of the panel's Turbo key for one-click switching. With a compatible graphics card, Nvidia's G-Sync technology will synchronize the display's refresh rate to the GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag. And regardless of refresh rate, you'll enjoy a 2560x1440 resolution spread out over 27 inches of screen real estate for a pixel density of 109 ppi.</p> <p>"The ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor features the ASUS-exclusive GamePlus hotkey with crosshair overlay and timer functions. The former gives gamers a choice of four different crosshairs to suit their gaming environment, while the latter provides an on-screen timer to help keep track of spawn and build times," <a href="http://rog.asus.com/340122014/gaming-monitors/pr-asus-republic-of-gamers-announces-swift-pg278q-gaming-monitor/" target="_blank">Asus explains</a>.</p> <p>There's also a 5-way navigation joystick for easy access to the OSD settings, a smart air vent design that helps in dissipating heat after extended gaming sessions, a slim profile with a 6mm bezel, a cable management design feature found on the back of the panel, built-in USB 3.0 hub (2 down, 1 up), and an ergonomic stand that supports tilt, swivel, and pivot.</p> <p>The Swift PG278Q will be available in North America by the end of August for $799.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ekXHvEK2bbI" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release#comments asus display g-sync Hardware monitor nvidia panel pg278q Republic of Gamers ROG swift News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28238 at http://www.maximumpc.com Biostar's Hi-Fi B85S2G Motherboard Means Business http://www.maximumpc.com/biostars_hi-fi_b85s2g_motherboard_means_business <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_hi-fi_b85s2g.jpg" alt="Biostar Hi-Fi B85S2G" title="Biostar Hi-Fi B85S2G" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />A business-friendly board for big and small firms</h3> <p><strong>Biostar this week added to its motherboard lineup with the launch of its Hi-Fi B85S2G </strong>built around Intel's B85 chipset. The B85 is intended to be a budget option for businesses, though Biostar is reluctant to pigeonhole its board into a single demographic -- the company says it's a suitable option for big IT departments in larger companies, small firms, or even virtual currency miners.</p> <p>Some business friendly features include dual GbE LAN ports with Load Balancing support, Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA), and 100 percent solid capacitors for added reliability. As for the virtual currency mining crowd, it's the expansion slots that <a href="http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/news/news.php?S_ID=205" target="_blank">Biostar uses to justify</a> its claim (1 x PCI-E x16 3.0, 1 x PCI-E x16 2.0, 1 x PCI-E x1 2.0, and 3 x PCI).</p> <p>Other features include two DDR3-1600 DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of RAM, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, two SATA 3Gbps connectors, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 header, two USB 2.0 headers, Realtek ALC892 8-channel Blu-ray audio, onboard headphone amp, and various other bullet points.</p> <p>No word yet on when the Hi-Fi B85S2G will be available or for how much.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/biostars_hi-fi_b85s2g_motherboard_means_business#comments Biostar Build a PC Hardware hi-fi b85s2g motherboard News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:39:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28237 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Photos Shows Valve's Controller with a Thumbstick http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_photos_shows_valves_controller_thumbstick_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_controller_1.jpg" alt="Steam Controller" title="Steam Controller" width="228" height="99" style="float: right;" />A subtle but welcome addition</h3> <p>Valve stated earlier this year that it was holding back certifying Steam Machines until 2015 in order to give itself more time to tweak its prototype controller, which it considers to be essential to the Steam Machine experience. Now a couple of months later, <strong>a photo plucked from Valve's latest Steam client beta shows a new revision of the Steam Controller</strong>, one that's likely to be well received by gamers.</p> <p>Twitter member <a href="https://twitter.com/SteamDB/status/492005914862288896/photo/1" target="_blank">@SteamDB</a> (Steam Database) and <em>Face Punch</em> forum user <a href="http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1238036&amp;p=45477260&amp;viewfull=1#post45477260" target="_blank">DevinWatson</a> both posted the picture in question. It's not clear if the picture represents a prototype build or is just a mockup. Either way, the only thing new that we can tell is the addition of an analog stick.</p> <p>The challenge for Valve at this point is to finish developing a controller that's unique enough to justify its existence but not so wild that it turns gamers off. Most would probably agree that a left-thumbstick is a step in the right direction.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_photos_shows_valves_controller_thumbstick_2014#comments controller games Hardware Peripherals Steam thumbstick Valve News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28233 at http://www.maximumpc.com Adata's XPG V3 DDR3 Overclocking Memory Ramps Up to 3100MHz http://www.maximumpc.com/adatas_xpg_v3_ddr3_overclocking_memory_ramps_3100mhz <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/adata_xpg_0.jpg" alt="Adata XPG V3" title="Adata XPG V3" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />Calling all overclockers</h3> <p>Do you have a need, a need for speed? When you're finished watching Top Gun, check out what Adata just added to its product lineup. <strong>The memory maker announced a new high-performance XPG V3 Series of overclocking RAM</strong> that the company claims can run at up to 3,100MHz in dual-channel mode. As you might expect, Adata is targeting PC enthusiasts and performance junkies with this latest line.</p> <p>When running full tilt at 3,100MHz, you're looking at transfer bandwidth of 24.8GB/s, <a href="http://www.adata.com/index.php?action=aa_main&amp;page=NewsList&amp;pages=1&amp;news_id=462&amp;ny=2014&amp;type=2&amp;lan=en" target="_blank">Adata says</a>. The new RAM supports XMP version 1.3 and utilizes Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT), which brings every chip in direct contact with the heat sink to keep both the ICs and PCB from getting overly toasty.</p> <p>Other features include an 8-layer PCB with 2-ounce copper, detachable fin heat sinks, and timings set at 12-14-14-36 when operating at 3,100MHz (they're a little tighter at 2,600MHz and below).</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href="http://www.adata.com/index.php?action=product_feature&amp;cid=5&amp;piid=301&amp;lan=en" target="_blank">XPG V3 Series</a> will be available or for how much.</p> <p><a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/adatas_xpg_v3_ddr3_overclocking_memory_ramps_3100mhz#comments adata Build a PC DDR3 Hardware Memory overclocking xpg v3 News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:30:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28232 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cheap Windows Laptops Will Give Chromebooks Competition in the Second Half of 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_laptop.jpg" alt="Acer Laptop" title="Acer Laptop" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Get ready for an influx of $199 to $249 Windows laptops</h3> <p>A big reason why Chromebooks are selling so well is because they offer up basic functionality at dirt cheap prices. However, what would happen if Windows laptops could easily be found at the same price points? It's a question that will get answered within the next few months. That's because <strong>Intel, Microsoft, and notebook makers are collaborating on entry-level laptops that will sell for $199 to $249</strong>.</p> <p>Citing sources within the upstream supply chain, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD213.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> that these cheap Windows laptops will enter the market in the second half of this year. These will probably range in size from 10.1 inches to 15.6 inches with non-touchscreen displays powered by Intel's Bay Trail-M platform. Braswell-based processors could also sneak in.</p> <p>There are some parameters that Intel and Microsoft are insisting upon, such as keeping the clamshell laptops less than 25mm. The entry-level laptops must also have battery lives of 5 hours or more, 1-4GB of DDR memory, and either a 500GB hard drive or 16-32GB SSD. And of course they'll run Windows 8.1.</p> <p><a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cheap_windows_laptops_will_give_chromebooks_competition_second_half_2014#comments chromebook Hardware intel laptop microsoft mobile notebook Windows News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28231 at http://www.maximumpc.com Tablet Growth is Losing Steam to Large Screen Smartphones http://www.maximumpc.com/tablet_growth_losing_steam_large_screen_smartphones_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_tab_5.jpg" alt="Galaxy Tab" title="Galaxy Tab" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />Tablet growth is down compared to last year</h3> <p>Preliminary data from International Data Corporation (IDC) indicates that the <strong>tablet market expanded 11 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014 on shipments of 49.3 million units</strong> around the globe. That's not bad, though it's down 1.5 percent sequentially. According to IDC, smartphones with big screen displays have cut into the market for tablet PCs.</p> <p>"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25008314" target="_blank">said Jean Philippe Bouchard</a>, IDC Research Director for Tablets. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."</p> <p>Apple still owns the lion's share of the market, though competition from smaller vendors has cut into Apple's dominance. Whereas the iPad family represents 26.9 percent of all tablets currently, a year ago it accounted for a third (33 percent) of the market.</p> <p>Samsung's share also declined, going from 18.8 percent a year ago to 17.2 percent currently.</p> <p><a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/tablet_growth_losing_steam_large_screen_smartphones_2014#comments 2-in-1 Hardware idc mobile slates smartphone tablets News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:40:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 28230 at http://www.maximumpc.com Maingear Packs a 3K Display into 15-inch Pulse 15 Gaming Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_packs_3k_display_15-inch_pulse_15_gaming_laptop <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/maingear_pulse_15.jpg" alt="Maingear Pulse 15" title="Maingear Pulse 15" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />Maingear's thinnest 15-inch laptop to date</h3> <p>A new gaming laptop from Maingear might have you grunting like Tim Allen during his Home Improvement days. <strong>Slipping in between Maingear's Pulse 14 and Pulse 17 is its new Pulse 15 laptop</strong>, the thinnest 15-inch gaming laptop the company has ever assembled, though that's not the only thing that makes the Pulse 15 stand out. It's also notable for its 3K In-Plane Switching (IPS) wide-view display.</p> <p>That translates into a 2880x1620 resolution. You can also output to two additional external displays at the same time using HDMI 1.4 and mini DisplayPort 1.2 ports, with support for viewing up to 4K (3840x2160).</p> <p>The Pulse 15 measures 15.25 inches (W) by 10.5 inches (D) by 0.75 inches (H) and weighs just 3.75 pounds. Despite it's thin and light stature, it packs some powerful parts, including an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics, and up to 1TB HDD and two 256GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0.</p> <p>It also features a 7-in-1 media card reader, four USB 3.0 ports, a single HDMI output, two mini DisplayPorts, Killer E2200 LAN, Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Sound Blaster Cinema with 2.1 speaker setup, and Windows 8.</p> <p>The Maingear Pulse 15 is <a href="http://www.maingear.com/custom/notebooks/pulse15/index.php" target="_blank">available now</a> starting at $2,199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_packs_3k_display_15-inch_pulse_15_gaming_laptop#comments 3k Gaming Hardware laptop maingear notebook OEM pulse 15 rigs News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:31:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28221 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Launches Business Class Solid State Drive Pro 2500 Series http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_launches_business_class_solid_state_drive_pro_2500_series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_ssd_pro_2500.jpg" alt="Intel SSD Pro 2500" title="Intel SSD Pro 2500" width="228" height="114" style="float: right;" />Affordable storage packed with advanced security features</h3> <p>Intel announced a new addition to its solid state drive (SSD) family, though it's not intended for home consumers. Instead, <strong>Intel's new SSD Pro 2500 Series is intended to bring security features and lower cost of ownership to businesses</strong> in need of the kind of "blazing fast" performance SSDs afford. They'll get that with SSD Pro 2500 family, which comes in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB.</p> <p>Performance teeters on the upper end of the spectrum with sequential read and write speeds rated at up to 540MB/s and 490MB/s, respectively. Random 4KB read performance checks in at up to 48,000 IOPS, while writes ramp up to 80,000 IOPS, Intel says.</p> <p>In addition to respectable performance metrics, <a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/07/22/intel-solid-state-drive-pro-2500-series-brings-trusted-security-features-and-lower-cost-of-ownership-to-business" target="_blank">Intel says</a> the SSD Pro 2500 Series offers five low power modes for long battery life. The lower power states can reduce idel power consumption by more than 90 percent compared to a typical mobile hard disk drive.</p> <p>The drives also feature hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption and come in both M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors, all backed by 5-year warranties.</p> <p>No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_launches_business_class_solid_state_drive_pro_2500_series#comments Build a PC enterprise Hardware intel solid state drive ssd ssd pro 2500 storage News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:01:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28216 at http://www.maximumpc.com Bragging Rights: PC Gaming Market Maintains Sales Lead Over Consoles http://www.maximumpc.com/bragging_rights_pc_gaming_market_maintains_sales_lead_over_consoles_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dream_machine_2013.jpg" alt="Dream Machine 2013" title="Dream Machine 2013" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />PC gaming hardware is a $21.5 billion market</h3> <p>At the end of the day, we realize it doesn't matter if you get your gaming fix on a PC, console, tablet, or whatever -- we'll fist bump any gamer, regardless of platform. That said, we're of course partial to PC gaming ourselves, and as it turns out, our platform of choice is still the dominant one. According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the <strong>PC gaming hardware market is more than twice as large as the console gaming hardware market</strong>.</p> <p>JPR defines PC gaming hardware as personal computers, upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming. With that mind, the PC gaming hardware market stands at $21.5 billion, which is big enough to lap the console gaming hardware market, and then some.</p> <p>"We continue to see a shift in casual console customers moving to mobile. While this is also occurring in the lower end PC gaming world, more money is being directed to mid and high range PC builds and upgrades by gamers," <a href="http://gfxspeak.com/2014/07/14/gaming-market-consoles/" target="_blank">says Ted Pollak</a>, Senior Gaming Analyst at JPR. "Committed PC gamers are generally not interested in pure content consumption platforms. They are power users and pay thousands for the ability to play games at very high settings and then do business, video/photo editing, content creation and other tasks with maximum horsepower at their disposal in a desktop ergonomic environment."</p> <p>Moving beyond dollars and cents, the PC platform has an obvious power advantage. If you assemble a machine with an enthusiast grade CPU, high end GPU, SSD, and fast memory, it will "absolutely trounce the computing power and gaming capabilities of the newest console generation," Jon Peddie says. And he's right. While the newest consoles are still pushing pixels at 1080p, high end (and ultra expensive) PC platforms are pushing the envelope at 4K.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/bragging_rights_pc_gaming_market_maintains_sales_lead_over_consoles_2014#comments computer console Gaming Hardware Jon Peddie Research jpr pc News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28214 at http://www.maximumpc.com ARM Strengthens Bottom Line Through Licensing Expansion http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_strengthens_bottom_line_through_licensing_expansion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/arm_1.jpg" alt="ARM" title="ARM" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />More than 1,100 companies license ARM technology</h3> <p>While AMD and Intel were watching from the sidelines as the market transitioned to mobile, ARM was busy "earning and burning, snapping necks and cashing checks," to borrow a line from Step Brothers. It's a bit more competitive today, though ARM was able to gain a foothold in the mobile market and continues to ride the momentum. As such, <strong>ARM said it added 41 licensed customers to its portfolio</strong>, bringing the total number of licenses signed to more than 1,100.</p> <p>ARM reported total revenue of $309.6 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 17 percent from the $264.3 million it collected in the same quarter a year ago, and up 9 percent year-on-year. That resulted in a profit of $86.7 million for the quarter, and $126.7 million for the first half of the year.</p> <p>"Our continued strong licensing performance reflects the intent of existing and new customers to base more of their future products on ARM technology. The 41 processor licenses signed in Q2 were driven by demand for ARM technology in smart mobile devices, consumer electronics, and embedded computing chips for the Internet of Things, and include further licenses for ARMv8-A and Mali processor technology," ARM CEO Simon Segars <a href="http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-holdings-plc-reports-results-for-the-second-quarter-and-half-year-ended-30-june-2014.php" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. "This bodes well for growth in ARM’s medium and long term royalty revenues."</p> <p>As more manufacturers jumped into mobile, ARM saw its licensing revenue jump 42 percent compared to last year. The company also shipped 2.7 billion ARM-based shipped in Q2, up 11 percent versus the same quarter a year ago. Shipment growth has been especially strong in enterprise networking and microcontroller markets, ARM said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_strengthens_bottom_line_through_licensing_expansion_2014#comments ARM cpu financial report Hardware license mobile processor News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28212 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kingston Adds 960GB Capacity Option to SSDNow Series http://www.maximumpc.com/kingston_adds_960gb_capacity_option_ssdnow_series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_v310.jpg" alt="Kingston V310 960GB SSD" title="Kingston V310 960GB SSD" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Largest capacity SSDNow drive to date</h3> <p><strong>Kingston Technology today introduced the latest addition to its SSDNow V300 series, the V310</strong>. What's special about the V310 is that it's a 960GB SSD, the largest capacity available in Kingston's entire stable of SSDs (the second largest is 480GB, which is available in Kingston's HyperX 3K and V300 Series). The V310 also swaps the custom LSI controller found in the V300 Series for a Phison 3108 controller.</p> <p>Capacity is the main selling point here, as the V310 won't break any speed records. Kingston rates the read and write speeds at 450MB/s, along with random 4k read and write performance of up to 40,000 IOPS and 20,000 IOPS, respectively. These are respectable, if not a tad underwhelming figures across the board.</p> <p>"Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD," <a href="http://www.kingston.com/us/company/press/article/7297?Article-Title=Kingston-Digital-Ships-Large-Capacity-Near-1TB-SSD" target="_blank">said Ariel Perez</a>, SSD business manager, Kingston. "SSDNow V310 with its large 960GB capacity is the perfect upgrade to an existing system as it improves boot speeds and application load times helping maximize one’s computer investment."</p> <p>The V310 will be available as a standalone drive as well as all-in-one upgrade kits for desktops and notebooks. While it's out of stock on <a href="http://shop.kingston.com/partsinfo.aspx?ktcpartno=SV310S37A/960G" target="_blank">Kingston's website</a>, <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">it appears that pricing will be in the neighborhood of $910</span>, pricing has yet to be determined.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>Kingston reached out to <em>Maximum PC</em> to let us know that the price will NOT be $910, as reflected on its website. Apparently that's an intentionally inflated MSRP so that it doesn't compete with in-stock items on Kingston's website. Kingston's currently working on ramping up inventory and expects the usual suspects -- Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect -- to sell the drive at a much cheaper price within the next few days.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/kingston_adds_960gb_capacity_option_ssdnow_series#comments 960GB Build a PC Hardware Kingston solid state drive ssd ssdnow v300 storage v310 News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:07:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28208 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Skips Ahead of Samsung to Take the Chromebook Crown http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebook_1.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebook" title="Acer Chromebook" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Nearly a third of Chromebook shipments belong to Acer</h3> <p>It may seem like a trivial thing to lead the Chromebook market when Windows-based PCs are so much more functional, but considering that three of the top five selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks, as well as five of the top 10, it's a potentially lucrative market to dominate. So in that regard, <strong>Acer should be pleased as punch that's it currently the top Chromebook player</strong>.</p> <p>According to recent data by TrendForce, Chromebook shipments tallied 1.8 million in the second quarter of 2014. When the dust settled. Acer emerged on top with a 30 percent share of the Chromebook market, leapfrogging over Samsung for the first time, which itself settled into second place with a 24 percent share. Hewlett-Packard, a relative newcomer to the category, is in a close third place with a 21 percent share.</p> <p>"Samsung used to be the top competitor in the Chromebook segment since 2013 but saw its spot drop in the second quarter due to high pricing for two new units that were released," <a href="http://press.trendforce.com/press/20140721-1494.html" target="_blank">TrendForce explains</a>. "Meanwhile, other vendors had competitive pricing and released new units as well, which in turn provided consumers with a wider range of choices. Most notably that the release of Microsoft’s US$249 unit has also decreased the attractiveness of the overall Chromebook market."</p> <p>With Windows-based laptops coming down in price, the future of Chromebooks remains uncertain. Price has always been the primary appeal of Chromebooks, followed by data security for enterprises. However, Microsoft is lowering the price for certain Windows laptops from $249 to $199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014#comments Acer chromebook Hardware laptop notebook samsung News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:16:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28203 at http://www.maximumpc.com Still Committed to Small-screen Windows Tablets, Lenovo Insists http://www.maximumpc.com/still_committed_small-screen_windows_tablets_lenovo_insists765 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/lenovo_miix2_cover.jpg" alt="Lenovo Miix 8" title="Lenovo Miix 8" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Company recently diverted ThinkPad 8 inventory meant for the States to other markets</h3> <p>On Thursday, a report quoting a Lenovo spokesman claimed that the <a href="http://www.itworld.com/hardware/427596/lenovo-stops-selling-small-screen-windows-tablets-us?page=0,1" target="_blank">Chinese PC vendor had decided to stop selling sub-10-inch tablets in the States</a> “due to lack of interest” and was going to divert any remaining inventory of the ThinkPad 8, which debuted in January with a starting price of $449, to countries like Brazil, China, and Japan where demand for such 8-inch tablets continues to remain strong. The company has now issued a statement clarifying that the <strong>withdrawal of the ThinkPad 8 should not be construed as an exit from the market for sub-10-inch Windows tablets in the States.</strong></p> <p>“We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday,” the company said in a <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1803" target="_blank">press release</a> Friday. “Our model mix changes as per customer demand, and although we are no longer selling ThinkPad 8 in the U.S., and we have sold out of Miix 8-inch, we are not getting out of the small-screen Windows tablet business as was reported by the media. In short, we will continue to sell both 8 and 10 inch Windows tablets in both the U.S. and non-U.S markets.”</p> <p>This means those contemplating buying a small-screen Windows tablet will have one less vendor to choose from for the foreseeable future — not an ideal situation considering there’s not a lot to choose from anyway.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/still_committed_small-screen_windows_tablets_lenovo_insists765#comments Hardware lenovo miix 8 tablet thinkpad 8 windows 8 News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:44:15 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28199 at http://www.maximumpc.com