Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Acer Announces Compact Chromebox CXI Series Starting at $180 http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_compact_chromebox_cxi_series_starting_180_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebox_cxi.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebox CXI" title="Acer Chromebox CXI" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />Acer's first desktop PC running Google's Chrome OS</h3> <p>Does Google's Chrome OS have the legs to stretch beyond Chromebooks and into the mini PC category? Looks like we'll find out, as <strong>Acer just announced its new Chromebox CXI line for customers in North Amercia</strong>. Acer isn't taking aim at just one category of users -- instead, the company says the CXI series is an appropriate solution for education, small to medium businesses, and budget-conscous shoppers who don't need a mobile platform.</p> <p>Housed in a compact 0.6 liter (6.41 x 5.12 x 1.3 inches) chassis that stands upright and is VESA mountable, the Chromebox CXI makes the most out of its space by offering fast boot up times in around 8 seconds and near-instant resume from sleep mode.</p> <p>Acer <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/80860" target="_blank">plans to launch </a>two Chromebox CXI models, the first of which is the CXI-2GKM with an Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 2GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (supports up to 8GB), 16GB solid state drive, SD card reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GbE LAN, four USB 3.0 ports (including one with power off charging for smartphones and tablets), DisplayPort and HDMI output, and of course Google's Chrome OS.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebox_cxi_vesa.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebox CXI VESA" title="Acer Chromebox CXI VESA" width="620" height="493" /></p> <p>The second model is the CXI-4GKM. It boasts the same specs, save for the RAM, which gets doubled to 4GB.</p> <p>Both the CXI-2GKM and CXI-4GKM will be available next month for $180 and $220, respectively.</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_announces_compact_chromebox_cxi_series_starting_180_2014#comments Acer chromebox cxi Hardware nettop oem rigs News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:01:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28390 at http://www.maximumpc.com Velocity Micro Adds Custom Designed MX3 Case to System Configuration Options http://www.maximumpc.com/velocity_micro_adds_custom_designed_mx3_case_system_configuration_options_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/velocity_micro_mx3.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro MX3" title="Velocity Micro MX3" width="228" height="224" style="float: right;" />Micro in size, big in expandability</h3> <p>In days gone by, deciding between high end components and a space saving configuration was a delicate balancing act with compromises made along the way. Things are different today. Hardware has evolved, and it's now possible to build a potent system inside a smaller size case. <strong>Velocity Micro's custom designed MX3 chassis is one such example of a compact case that can handle full size components</strong>, and it's now available from the boutique builder as a configuration option.</p> <p>The MX3 is a microATX case that can handle up to two high-end graphics cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti, a 240mm liquid CPU radiator, and up to half a dozen hard drives. As far as Velocity Micro is concerned, it's the most power-capable and upgradeable mATX case available in the custom PC industry.</p> <p>"This latest chassis is the culmination of nearly six months of research, design, and development," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We believe its unique combination of design, power capabilities, and outstanding thermals will make it extremely popular with our enthusiast audience. It’s a significant leap forward both for us and for the industry."</p> <p>Velocity Micro's MX3 case option is <a href="http://www.velocitymicro.com/mx3-chassis.php" target="_blank">available now </a>in configurations starting at $1,099 (Edge Z40). For that price, you get a Gigabyte H97M-D3H motherboard, Intel Core i5 4460 processor, 8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 graphics card, 1TB hard drive, 24X Asus DVD burner, 500W EVGA power supply, and Windows 7 Home Premium.</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/velocity_micro_adds_custom_designed_mx3_case_system_configuration_options_2014#comments Hardware matx mx3 sff Small Form Factor velocity micro News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:07:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 28389 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Introduces a Pair of Space Saving Veriton Desktop PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_introduces_pair_space_saving_veriton_desktop_pcs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_veriton_monitor.jpg" alt="Acer Veriton Monitor" title="Acer Veriton Monitor" width="228" height="206" style="float: right;" />Mini desktop systems take aim at businesses and education</h3> <p><strong>Acer today announced its new Veriton N4630G series of commercial mini desktops</strong> for businesses and educational institutions in the U.S. There are two models in the new series -- Veriton N4630G-i54570X and Veriton N4530G-i34150X -- both of which offer security features in a space saving, one-liter chassis. They're also fairly affordable, with the former selling for $649 and the latter going for $549.</p> <p>In terms of simplifying routine IT tasks, both rigs come with various software tools for managing system images and protecting intellectual assets. These include Acer Officer Manager (AOM), which allows IT workers to remotely configure system settings and deploy usage limits, and Acer ProShield, which wraps various security features (encryption, file shredding, BIOS import and export tool) within a unified interface.</p> <p>As for the hardware, the <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-model/DT.VKMAA.002" target="_blank">i34150X sports </a>an Intel Core i3 4150T processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GbE port, two USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader, VGA and DisplayPort output, mini PCI Express slot, and choice between Windows 7 Professional 64-bit or Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. The <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-model/DT.VKMAA.006" target="_blank">i54570X</a> is nearly identically spec'd, save for the processor, which is bumped up to an Intel Core i5 4570T.</p> <p>Both systems are available now.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_veriton_nettop.jpg" alt="Acer Veriton Nettop" title="Acer Veriton Nettop" width="620" height="278" /></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_introduces_pair_space_saving_veriton_desktop_pcs#comments Acer Desktop Hardware n4630g OEM rigs veriton News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:14:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28384 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Adds Three Business Class Desktop PCs to ThinkCentre Line http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_adds_three_business_class_desktop_pcs_thinkcentre_line_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_e63z.jpg" alt="Lenovo E63z" title="Lenovo E63z" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Latest systems from Lenovo are all business</h3> <p>After <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_reports_104_billion_quarterly_revenue_reaches_record_high_pc_market_share_2014">five straight quarters</a> of being on top, Lenovo shows no signs of relinquishing its position as the world's largest supplier of PCs (in terms of sales and volume). The number one PC maker is also determined to outpace the industry average in desktop PC growth, hence <strong>Lenovo just announced three new additions to its ThinkCentre desktop PC line</strong> designed for business users as companies look to leave Windows XP in the dust.</p> <p>The first of the new systems is the ThinkCentre E63z, a space saving all-in-one machine with a 19.5-inch HD+ display. It's decked out with business-friendly features such as smart USB protection, CompuTrace support, and a Kensington slot that doubles a chassis lock. Models powered by Intel Core i3 processors also include HDMI output, a card reader, and a Rapid Charge USB port to keep those mobile devices juiced up.</p> <p>Second up is the ThinkCentre M53. It comes in the same "Tiny" form factor as its high powered siblings, the M73 and M93p, but with a lower price tag. It includes a remote power up option with a supported keyboard and flexible mounting options to help make the most out of your desk space.</p> <p>Finally we have the ThinkCentre M79 with AMD A-Series APU options inside. It offers up to 50 percent superior graphics performance compared to its predecessors and comes with SSD and SSHD options. These mini towers can also support three independent displays with the optional DisplayPort connector.</p> <p>The ThinkCentre E63z is available now starting at $479 with Intel Core i3 models coming later this year. Lenovo's ThinkCentre M79 is also available now, starting at $49, and the ThinkCentre M53 tiny desktop will be available soon starting at $439.</p> <p>See pics of all three rigs in our gallery below.</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/lenovo_adds_three_business_class_desktop_pcs_thinkcentre_line_2014#comments business e63z Hardware lenovo m53 m79 OEM rigs thinkcentre News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 28381 at http://www.maximumpc.com Seeing Double: HTC One M8's Identical Twin Runs Windows Phone 8.1 http://www.maximumpc.com/seeing_double_htc_one_m8s_identical_twin_runs_windows_phone_81_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_one_m8_for_windows.jpg" alt="HTC One M8 for Windows" title="HTC One M8 for Windows" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />Exact same phone, completely different platform</h3> <p>The HTC One M8 is one of the most popular Android devices available, but what would happen if you stripped the phone of Android and installed Windows Phone 8.1 under the hood? Ladies and gentlemen, you're about to find out. <strong>HTC today unveiled the HTC One M8 for Windows</strong>, which in addition to bringing a premium design to the Windows Phone platform, it's also the first time an iconic flagship device has been offered on multiple OSes, HTC says.</p> <p>If you're familiar with the specs of the Android version, then you're familiar with the Windows SKU, as well. It's the exact same device, save for the software and Windows Phone tattoo on its backside. It sports the same all-metal unibody design, curved back, 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Duo Camera with UltraPixel, 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera, and so forth.</p> <p>"Consumers love the HTC One (M8) and today’s introduction extends that enthusiasm to new audiences hungry for choice in their mobile experience," <a href="https://www.htc.com/us/about/newsroom/2014/2014-08-19-htc-one-m8-windows/" target="_blank">said Jason Macikenze</a>, president of HTC Americas. "HTC fills a gap in the market for unique devices that put a premium on form and function. Microsoft shares our vision, and that’s why we committed to bringing the Windows Phone platform to the HTC One (M8)."</p> <p>The HTC One M8 for Windows is available now through Verizon Wireless online for a promotional price of $100 with a two-year service agreement or $30 per month via Verizon Edge; it will also be available in stores tomorrow.</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/seeing_double_htc_one_m8s_identical_twin_runs_windows_phone_81_2014#comments Hardware htc mobile one m8 smartphone windows phone 8.1 News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:03:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28379 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fuhu Unveils Ginormous 20-inch and 24-inch Nabi Big Tab Tablets for Kids http://www.maximumpc.com/fuhu_unveils_ginormous_20-inch_and_24-inch_nabi_big_tab_tablets_kids <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nabi_big_tab_hd.jpg" alt="Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD" title="Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />A massive tablet for the little ones</h3> <p>At first glance, you might think <strong>Fuhu's 20-inch and 24-inch Nabi Big Tab HD tablets</strong> were built for Shaquille O'Neal. After all, who else but a 7-foot 1-inch massive specimen would such giant slates be for? Turns out Fuhu designed the large size tablets specifically for kids, an interesting target audience for what the company claims are the world's biggest Android tablets made for sharing.</p> <p>"We are so pleased to introduce the nabi Big Tab line of products and are excited about the implications as a new category of family tablets. We were simply amazed at how Big Tab's larger format transformed our interactions with our children, family gatherings and made the tablet experience easier for seniors," <a href="http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/family-time-reinvented-fuhu-introduces-nabi-big-tab-hd-line-worlds-biggest-tablets-made-1939623.htm" target="_blank">said Jim Mitchell</a>, CEO. "We are hopeful, that everyone will fall in love with Big Tab like we have."</p> <p>Fair enough - we won't begrudge Fuhu's attempt to modernize family time, though consumers will be the ultimate judge if there can be a category such as this one. We're skeptical, considering the asking price -- $449 for the 20-inch model and $549 for the 24-inch version, both of which cost more than a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Wii U.</p> <p>The 20-inch version boasts a 1600x900 resolution and the 24-inch features a 1920x1080 display, both with 15-point capacitive touch support. Both also feature an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 16GB of onboard storage, and removable carrying frame.</p> <p>Fuhu's selling point (behind the big size displays) is the software. Lots of kid friendly games, entertainment, and educational apps come bundled with the Nabi devices.</p> <p>Both models will launch this fall.</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/fuhu_unveils_ginormous_20-inch_and_24-inch_nabi_big_tab_tablets_kids#comments android fuhi Hardware mobile nabi big tab slate tablet News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:42:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28378 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Gives BlackWidow Mechanical Keyboard a Counter Logic Gaming Facelift http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_gives_blackwidow_mechanical_keyboard_counter_logic_gaming_facelift_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_clg_blackwidow_angled.jpg" alt="Razer CLG BlackWidow Keyboard Angled" title="Razer CLG BlackWidow Keyboard Angled" width="228" height="135" style="float: right;" />A BlackWidow like you've never seen one before</h3> <p>Razer has once again teamed up with Counter Logic Gaming (CGL) to release a custom version of an existing Razer peripheral. You may recall that late last year, Razer launched a limited edition CLG version of its DeathAdder mouse in the team's iconic black and white colors. This time, <strong>Razer and CGL took the BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard and gave it a makeover</strong> to match.</p> <p>The new Counter Logic Gaming BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth keyboard sports a similar finish with the team's logo imprinted onto a two-tone black and white body, while the keys are individually illuminated in CLG's white coloring. As before, the keyboard utilizes Razer mechanical switches that were built from the ground up for gaming.</p> <p><a href="http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/all-new-counter-logic-gaming-razer-blackwidow-keyboard-released" target="_blank">According to Razer</a>, its team of engineers identified the optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter and reduced the distance between the actuation point and resent point by almost half to allow for faster, more precise gaming commands compared to standard mechanical switches.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/razer_clg_blackwidow.jpg" alt="Razer CLG BlackWidow Keyboard" title="Razer CLG BlackWidow Keyboard" width="620" height="275" /></p> <p>There are five dedicated macro keys that are fully programmable with on-the-fly macro recording, a gaming mode option, 10-key roll-over anti-ghosting, USB pass-through, 1000Hz Ultrapolling, and support for Razer Synapse.</p> <p>The new plank is available now for $150 MSRP.</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/razer_gives_blackwidow_mechanical_keyboard_counter_logic_gaming_facelift_2014#comments blackwidow clg counter logic gaming Hardware keyboard mechanical Peripherals razer News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:37:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28376 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Commander Mini Gives You Control of Your PC's Cooling and Bling http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_commander_mini_gives_you_control_your_pcs_cooling_and_bling_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_commander_mini.jpg" alt="Corsair Commander Mini" title="Corsair Commander Mini" width="228" height="114" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Always keep your cool</h3> <p>Heat is the bane of any PC enthusiast and we all go to great lengths to ensure our systems don't cook themselves. Need a little assistance keeping those temps in check? Corsair thinks it can help with its new <strong>Corsair Commander Mini control unit. It's a compact device that mounts inside your P</strong>C, is powered by a SATA connector, and comes with a cable to connect to a USB 2.0 header.</p> <p>Once installed, you can download the free Corsair Link Dashboard software and start captaining your cooling and case lighting scheme. The Commander Mini sports four Corsair Link Digital ports, six fan control connectors, four temperature probe inputs, and a port for connecting Corsair Link LED lighting strips.</p> <p>An advantage of this type of setup is you don't need to play around in the BIOS, which offers limited options compared to the Commander Mini. Everything is configurable from the desktop using the Corsair Link Dashboard software. In addition, you can glance vitals such as coolant temperature, ambient temperatures (at multiple points), and the speed of case fans and fans built into compatible components.</p> <p>The Commander Mini is available now <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/landing/commander-mini" target="_blank">direct from Corsair</a> for $60 MSRP.</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/corsair_commander_mini_gives_you_control_your_pcs_cooling_and_bling_2014#comments commander mini cooling corsair Hardware led lighting Peripherals News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:00:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28375 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Stream 14 Laptop Runs Windows 8.1 and Costs $200 - What Now, Chromebooks? http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_stream_14_laptop_runs_windows_81_and_costs_200_-_what_now_chromebooks <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_stream_14.jpg" alt="HP Stream 14" title="HP Stream 14" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Could a 14-inch Windows notebook be a Chromebook killer?</h3> <p>Microsoft isn't blind to the fact that Chromebooks are flying off of store shelves, both virtual and physical, and so a month ago the Redmond outfit let slip that it was working with various partners to offer low cost alternatives in the $199 to $249 range. Turns out it wasn't just lip service. Meet the <strong>HP Stream 14, a 14-inch notebook running Windows 8.1 and carrying a $200 price tag</strong>.</p> <p>German-language website <a href="http://www.mobilegeeks.de/hp-stream-199-dollar-notebook-kommt-mit-14-inch-display-amd-plattform-100-gb-onedrive-alle-details/" target="_blank"><em>Mobile Geeks</em> </a>got its hands on press photos and official HP documents outlining the Stream 14. Based on the spec sheet, this low cost laptop sports AMD hardware inside -- specifically, an AMD A4 Micro-6400T quad-core processor with integrated Radeon R3 graphics powering the 14-inch display's 1366x768 resolution. It also features 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, memory card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, webcam, full-size keyboard, and a 45W battery.</p> <p>Documents also reveal that Microsoft will include 100GB of cloud-based OneDrive storage for two years with the 3.9-pound laptop, just as Google offers 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook. That certainly levels the playing field and steals significant thunder away from Google's Chromebook push.</p> <p>No word yet on when the HP Stream 14 will launch, though given all the data available, we suspect it will be soon, especially if Microsoft and HP want to take advantage of the back-to-school shopping season.</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/hp_stream_14_laptop_runs_windows_81_and_costs_200_-_what_now_chromebooks#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook OEM rigs stream 14 windows 8.1 News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:33:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28374 at http://www.maximumpc.com Take a Sneak Peek of Three Upcoming Gigabyte Motherboards for Haswell-E http://www.maximumpc.com/take_sneak_peek_three_upcoming_gigabyte_motherboards_haswell-e_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_x99_gaming_g1.jpg" alt="Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi" title="Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />A colorful collection of motherboards</h3> <p>Intel's next generation Haswell-E processor launch is just around the corner, and the closer it gets, the more products we're seeing from its hardware partners. Haswell-E will usher in a new Intel X99 chipset with support for DDR4 memory. The upcoming CPUs will slip in socket 2011 motherboards, of which we've already seen several. You can add three more options to the list -- while details are light, <strong>we have pics of three upcoming Gigabyte motherboards for Haswell-E</strong>.</p> <p>The three boards include the Gigabyte GA-X99-UD7 WIFI, Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force, and Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI. As suggested by the model numbers, all three are X99 motherboards. Unfortunately, we don't have any fascinating details to share about any of the boards, though we do have a trio of pics you can click through in our gallery below <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35528-gigabyte-cooks-up-three-haswell-e-motherboards" target="_blank">courtesy of <em>Fudzilla</em></a>, which got its hands on the product shots.</p> <p>Word <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/204172/intel-core-i7-haswell-e-and-x99-motherboards-launch-date-revealed.html" target="_blank">around the web</a> is that Intel will launch its next flagship Core i7 HEDT (high-end desktop) processors, otherwise known as Haswell-E, on August 29. It's rumored the chip maker will debut two 6-core CPUs and a single 8-core part, the Core i7 5960X with 20MB of shared L3 cache and a 3GHz clockspeed.</p> <p>The two 6-core parts include the Core i7 5930K (15MB of shared L3 cache, 3.5GHz) and Core i7 4820K (specs unknown).</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/take_sneak_peek_three_upcoming_gigabyte_motherboards_haswell-e_2014#comments Build a PC GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI GA-x99-SOC Force ga-x99-ud7 WIFI gigabyte Hardware haswell-e intel motherboard News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:51:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28367 at http://www.maximumpc.com Surface Pro 3 Docking Station Now Available in Canada and U.S. http://www.maximumpc.com/surface_pro_3_docking_station_now_available_canada_and_us678 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/dock-multi-monitor-2-1024x576.jpg" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station in Action" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Connect up to two external monitors to your Surface Pro 3</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/productID.300191900?WT.mc_id=surface_RTM_Dock" target="_blank">Surface Pro 3 Docking Station</a> on Friday became available for purchase both online and offline in Canada and the United States. By far the most expensive accessory for the 12-inch tablet at $199, the Docking Station <strong>promises to transform your Surface Pro 3 device into a full-fledged desktop workstation.<br /></strong></p> <p>The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station has: three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort video output, 3.5mm audio input/output connection, security lock slot, and power supply input.</p> <p>Combine the Docking Station’s Mini DisplayPort with the one already present on the tablet and you get the ability to connect up to two external displays. Alternately, you could use either one of those ports to connect a 4k display just as Microsoft Surface senior product manager Suneel Goud likes to do.</p> <p>“I personally use it at work to connect to my 4K external monitor, ergonomic keyboard and mouse, printer, external hard-drive, and multimedia speakers. And I still have open ports for additional accessories,” Goud wrote in a post on the <a href="http://blog.surface.com/2014/08/surfacepro3dock-canada-us/" target="_blank">Surface Blog</a> Friday.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: Microsoft/Suneel Goud</em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/surface_pro_3_docking_station_now_available_canada_and_us678#comments 4k docking station external display Hardware mini displayport surface pro 3 tablet windows 8.1 News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:47:00 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28363 at http://www.maximumpc.com SteamVR Updated with Oculus Rift DK2 Support http://www.maximumpc.com/steamvr_updated_oculus_rift_dk2_support <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/314-steamvr.jpg" alt="SteamVR" title="SteamVR" width="228" height="129" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Oculus Rift DK2 began shipping in July</h3> <p><strong>Valve has updated the SteamVR feature it debuted earlier this year</strong>,&nbsp; <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/games/250820/announcements/detail/179336229464518511" target="_blank"> adding support for the Oculus Rift DK2 head-mounted display (HMD)</a> that began shipping late last month. With this update, the still-in-beta SteamVR, which is essentially a Steam interface for HMDs like the Oculus Rift, now supports positional tracking on Windows and OSX. Road to VR has published a <a href="http://www.roadtovr.com/how-to-enable-oculus-rift-dk2-half-life-2-steamvr-steam-big-picture-virtual-reality-mode/" target="_blank">step-by-step guide</a> on how to get SteamVR and Half-Life 2 to work with the Oculus Rift DK2.</p> <p>According to the same website, demand for the $350 DK2 is very strong, with Oculus VR, the company behind the device, having received orders for as many as 60,000 units, out of which 20,000 units have already reached buyers. The company recently updated the <a href="https://www.oculusvr.com/order/" target="_blank">Oculus Rift DK2 order page</a> to let everyone know that “new orders are expected to begin shipping in October 2014.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/steamvr_updated_oculus_rift_dk2_support#comments Gaming Half-Life 2 Hardware oculus rift dk2 oculus vr positional tracking steamvr Home News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:52:52 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28361 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Announces Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum DDR4 Memory http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_announces_vengeance_lpx_and_dominator_platinum_ddr4_memory_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_ddr4.jpg" alt="Corsair DDR4" title="Corsair DDR4" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Bring on the next generation platforms!</h3> <p>While we sit around waiting for Intel to release its next generation processors, supplementary component makers are arming themselves with parts for upcoming platforms, and so can you. For example, <strong>Corsair today announced the availability of its Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum lines of high-speed DDR4 memory</strong>. Did you catch that? Note that this is DDR4 RAM, not DDR3.</p> <p>Both series are validated with motherboard partners (Asus, ASRock, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI) and use the new XMP 2.0 profile for easy overclocking on X99 chipset motherboards when paired with Intel's upcoming Haswell-E processors.</p> <p>Those of you rocking a large heatsink or are otherwise cramped for space will want to check out the Vengeance LPX. Corsair designed this line for high-performance overclocking with a low profile heatspreader made of pure aluminum. Underneath it sits an 8-layer PCB. These kits are available in black, red, white, or blue to match your system.</p> <p>Corsair's Dominator Platinum DDR4 continues where the DDR3 version left off. It looks similar with an industrial design and DHX technology for cooler operation, and it's compatible with Corsair Link for real-time temperature monitoring. The Dominator Platinum consists of hand-screened ICs and undergoes rigorous performance testing, Corsair says.</p> <p>A variety of kits are available in both series in capacities raning from 8GB (2x4GB) to 64GB (8x8GB) at 2666MHz, 2800MHz, and 3000MHz.</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/corsair_announces_vengeance_lpx_and_dominator_platinum_ddr4_memory_2014#comments Build a PC corsair ddr4 dominator platinum Hardware Memory ram vengeance lpx News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:44:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28353 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel's DirectX 12 Demo Highlights Impressive Power Savings and Performance Gains http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_directx_12_demo_highlights_impressive_power_savings_and_performance_gains_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dx11_dx12.jpg" alt="DX11 and DX12" title="DX11 and DX12" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />Big performance gains are possible using DirectX 12</h3> <p><strong>Intel is turning heads at SIGGRAPH 2014 by showcasing its upcoming DirectX 12 API</strong>. This year's SIGGRAPH in Vancouver is the 41st intentional conference on computer graphics, and one of the highlights is a demonstration comparing DX11 versus DX12, the latter of which underscores the relationship between performance and power. In the demo, simply switching APIs results in up to a 70 percent boost in graphics performance.</p> <p>The chip maker is using a Surface Pro 3 with an Intel Core i5 processor to run the demo. Intel's demo tasks the CPU and integrated graphics with rendering a scene filled with 50,000 fully dynamic and unique asteroids in two different modes -- maximum performance and maximum power saving. To compare DX11 and DX12, the app allows the user to switch between the two modes with the tap of a button.</p> <p>In performance mode, the application runs as fast as possible within the thermal and power constraints of the platform. Using DX11, it pushes 19 frames per second. Switching over to DX12 sees a massive 70 percent jump in performance to 33fps. How can that be?</p> <p>Intel explains the performance jump by pointing to a power graph showing the distribution of power between the CPU and GPU.</p> <p>"DirectX 12 is designed for low overhead, multi-threaded rendering. Using the new API we have reduced the CPU power requirement and thus freed up that power for the GPU," <a href="https://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2014/08/11/siggraph-2014-directx-12-on-intel" target="_blank">Intel explains</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/directx12_demo.jpg" alt="DX12 Demo" title="DX12 Demo" width="620" height="413" /></p> <p>In this demo, DX12 reduces the CPU workload by about half when compared to DX11. It does this by spreading the work across more CPU cores at a lower frequency rather than running a single thread at a high frequency. In addition to benefiting the user with a cooler device and longer battery life, it allows more work to be offloaded to the GPU, which improves graphics performance.</p> <p>According to Intel, an increase in CPU power efficiency can be used for more performance even if an application is not CPU bound.</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/intels_directx_12_demo_highlights_impressive_power_savings_and_performance_gains_2014#comments directx 12 dx12 graphics Hardware intel siggraph 2014 News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:21:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28349 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lenovo Reports $10.4 Billion in Quarterly Revenue, Reaches Record High PC Market Share http://www.maximumpc.com/lenovo_reports_104_billion_quarterly_revenue_reaches_record_high_pc_market_share_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_a740_0.jpg" alt="Lenovo A740" title="Lenovo A740" width="228" height="202" style="float: right;" />Lenovo's strategy for the surviving the so-called "post-PC" era is to keep selling PCs</h3> <p>The number one supplier of PCs in the world continues to outperform the sector as a whole, while simultaneously taking advantage of the mobile market. Suffice to say, Lenovo has things figured out, though if you need hard numbers to drive the point home, you need only look at the company's results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2014. Continuing where it left off last quarter, <strong>Lenovo posted quarterly revenue of $10.4 billion</strong>, up 18 percent year-over-year, along with a 23 percent year-over-over bump in earnings to $214 million.</p> <p>Lenovo maintained its ranking as the world's largest PC maker for the fifth consecutive quarter. Interestingly, Lenovo's laptop shipments declined 3.7 percent compared to last year, though that's far better than the 13 percent decline it suffered two years ago. Nevertheless, consolidated revenues for Lenovo's laptop business totaled $5.1 billion, up 12 percent versus last year and representative of 49 percent of the company's total revenue.</p> <p>Meanwhile, desktop PC shipments increased 12.1 percent year-over-year, far outpacing the industry average of a 2.4 percent gain. Lenovo collected $3 billion in revenue from its desktop PC sales, which is up 20 percent compared to last year and representative of 29 percent of the company's total revenue.</p> <p>Lenovo also saw gains in its Mobile Device Business, including smartphones and tablets. Revenue from these items jumped 32 percent year-over-year to $1.6 billion. In China, Lenovo is the leading smartphone maker, and it's the third largest maker of tablets in the world with 2.3 million devices shipped last quarter.</p> <p>"This has been a quarter of milestones for Lenovo – record PC share, a number three ranking in worldwide tablets for the first time, and an even stronger number four global smartphone position," <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1808" target="_blank">said Yuanqing Yang</a>, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo. "As the PC industry recovers, the smartphone market continues its shift from premium to mainstream, and our acquisitions of Motorola Mobility and IBM x86 proceed toward completion, we see even more opportunity to keep growing rapidly. Lenovo continues to outperform the market and meet our commitments to improve profitability in our core businesses, while building strong pillars for future growth across our entire portfolio."</p> <p>Another tidbit to file away is that Lenovo shipped more smartphones than PCs for the first time ever with a record 15.8 million units, up 29 percent. Under different circumstanced, we'd be worried that Lenovo might choose to abandon or reduce its focus on PC sales, but given that it's performing exceptionally well in both areas and is the top PC maker in the world, it's not a concern.</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/lenovo_reports_104_billion_quarterly_revenue_reaches_record_high_pc_market_share_2014#comments Hardware lenovo mobile pc revenue News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:06:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28347 at http://www.maximumpc.com