Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en HGST Unveils World's First 1.8TB 10K RPM Drive http://www.maximumpc.com/hgst_unveils_worlds_first_18tb_10k_rpm_drive <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hgst_ultrastar_c10k1800.jpg" alt="HGST Ultrastar C10K1800" title="HGST Ultrastar C10K1800" width="228" height="226" style="float: right;" />High capacity and high performance</h3> <p>No, it's not likely that you're going to pick up HGST's new 1.8TB hard drive for your build, not unless you're erecting a data center. While we've moved on to solid state drives at home, enterprise customers still have a high level of interest in certain mechanical hard drives due, in part, to the price-to-performance ratio. It's those customers that <strong>HGST is targeting with its Ultrastar C10K1800 HDD</strong>.</p> <p>The Ultrastar C10K1800 is a 2.5-inch enterprise-class drive intended for mission-critical storage applications that require 24/7 availability. In addition to a 10K RPM spindle speed, the new drive sports a next generation 12Gbps SAS interface, HGST's media cache architecture (provides up to a 2.5X boost in random write performance and 23 percent improvement in sequential performance over previous generation drives), advanced format options, improved power savings, and a host of security and encryption options.</p> <p>"Our customers continue to contend with explosive data growth, balancing disparate application loads, while needing to improve data center space and power efficiencies," <a href="http://www.hgst.com/press-room/press-releases/HGST-Ships-Highest-capacity-High-Performing-10K-RPM-Hard-Drive-for-Mission-Critical-24-7-Data-Center-Applications" target="_blank">said Brendan Collins</a>, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "By fusing unmatched capacity with ultimate performance in the same drive, the Ultrastar C10K1800 offers the optimal balance of capacity, performance and cost. We expect our customers to use the Ultrastar C10K1800 with a complement of SSDs and 15K performance HDDs in tiered pools of storage."</p> <p>HGST has already begun shipping the <a href="http://www.hgst.com/hard-drives/enterprise-hard-drives/enterprise-sas-drives/ultrastar-c10k1800" target="_blank">Ultrastar C10K10800</a>, which is being qualified by select OEMs. FIPS certified models will available in January 2015.</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/hgst_unveils_worlds_first_18tb_10k_rpm_drive#comments 1.8tb 10k rpm Build a PC c10k1800 data center enterprise Hard Drive Hardware HDD hgst storage ultrastar News Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28137 at http://www.maximumpc.com Alienware Starts Offering Nvidia's Titan Z in Aurora Desktop, Price Temporarily Discounted http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_starts_offering_nvidias_titan_z_aurora_desktop_price_temporarily_discounted_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/geforce_gtx_titan_z.jpg" alt="GeForce GTX Titan Z" title="GeForce GTX Titan Z" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />When two gaming hardware worlds collide</h3> <p>Dell's Alienware Aurora gaming desktop is getting an introduction to Nvidia's mighty Titan Z graphics card, and vice versa. That's to say that <strong>you can now configure an Alienware Aurora desktop with a Titan Z graphics card</strong>, and to kick off the coming together of two powerhouses, the starting price has been temporarily reduced from $3,799 to $3,609.05, a savings just shy of $190.</p> <p>“The GeForce GTX Titan Z is a gaming monster, built to power the most extreme gaming rigs on the planet. With a massive 5760 cores, 12 GB of 7 Gbps GDDR5 memory, and the most advanced power delivery system, it’s the fastest graphics card we’ve ever made. Experience incredible speed and cool, quiet performance—all in a stunning aluminum design," Nvidia said in a <a href="http://na.alienwarearena.com/news/nvidia-titan-z-now-available" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>A baseline configuration containing a Titan Z also includes an Intel Core i7 4820K processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 2TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 24X DVD burner, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. You can also upgrade your configuration just about as far as your budget allows.</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/alienware_starts_offering_nvidias_titan_z_aurora_desktop_price_temporarily_discounted_2014#comments alienware aurora Desktop Gaming graphics card Hardware nvidia OEM rigs titan z News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:24:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28130 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Entices Last Gen Console Owners with $75 Credit to Upgrade to Xbox One http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_entices_last_gen_console_owners_75_credit_upgrade_xbox_one <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_promotion.jpg" alt="Xbox Promotion" title="Xbox Promotion" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />The upgrade pot just got sweetened</h3> <p>Are you clinging tight to your Xbox 360 console? Microsoft hopes to loosen your grip with an upgrade offer that it's been sending out to some last generation console owners in hopes that they'll upgrade to an Xbox One.<strong> For users who receive the message on their last generation console, they'll receive a $75 promotional code with the purchase of any Xbox One</strong> or Xbox One bundle.</p> <p>A screenshot of the promotion appears on a <a href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=851200" target="_blank">forum post at <em>Neogaf</em></a>. According to the text, the code can be used for games, add-ons, movies, and more.</p> <p>Microsoft's been pulling all kinds of tricks out of its sleeve to make the Xbox One a more attractive option than the PlayStation 4. Earlier in the year, Microsoft rolled out a Xbox One with Titanfall and Kinect bundle, and more recently, the Redmond outfit has begun offering just the console itself (no Kinect sensor) for $399.</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/microsoft_entices_last_gen_console_owners_75_credit_upgrade_xbox_one#comments console Gaming Hardware microsoft Xbox 360 xbox one News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:06:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28129 at http://www.maximumpc.com Overclocked EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Graphics Card Tops 2GHz, Sets 3DMark Record http://www.maximumpc.com/overclocked_evga_geforce_gtx_780_ti_graphics_card_tops_2ghz_sets_3dmark_record_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingpin_classified_780_ti.jpg" alt="EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified Kingpin" title="EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified Kingpin" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Blowing past the 2GHz barrier</h3> <p><strong>A pair of renowned overclockers used an EVGA graphics card to blast through the 2GHz barrier</strong> en route to setting a new 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme world record. Vince "K|GNP|N" Lucido and Illya "Tin" Tsemenko accomplished the feat with an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card plugged into an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard and powered by an EVGA brand (what else?) power supply.</p> <p>In doing so, the overclocking duo were able to coax the GPU to run at 2,025MHz, which set a record in and of itself. At that frequency, the team completed a successful 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme run and posted a <a href="http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2382812" target="_blank">record breaking score</a> of 8,793 points. Here's how it scored by category:</p> <ul> <li>Graphics Score: 9,230</li> <li>Physics Score: 20,896</li> <li>Combined Score: 3,954</li> </ul> <p>"These accomplishments once again prove EVGA's dedication to the enthusiast community, and why EVGA hardware is the number one choice for gamers and extreme overclockers," EVGA was quick to boast.</p> <p>Other parts of the record breaking configuration included an Intel Core i7 4960X processor overclocked to 5.6GHz, 16GB of G.Skill DDR3-1600 RAM, 120GB G.Skill Phoenix III SSD, and Windows 7 64-bit.</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/overclocked_evga_geforce_gtx_780_ti_graphics_card_tops_2ghz_sets_3dmark_record_2014#comments 3dmark Build a PC evga geforce gtx 780 ti graphics card Hardware overclocking Video Card News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:16:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 28127 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gartner Predicts a "Revival" of the Global PC Market in 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/gartner_predicts_revival_global_pc_market_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/vizio_pc.jpg" alt="Vizio PC" title="Vizio PC" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Business upgrades from Windows XP will help prop up the PC market</h3> <p>Sometimes down but never out, traditional PCs have been doing more than just hanging around, they've been leading the market despite slumping sales. Looking into next year, Gartner predicts that tablets will outsell combined desktop and notebook systems for the first time, though if you look at the market as a whole, the <strong>worldwide PC market is on the verge of a revival after dipping 9.5 percent in 2013</strong>.</p> <p>There's a lot to digest here so let's start with the global PC market. Gartner predicts that combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles, and mobile phones will reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 4.2 percent jump from 2013. Meanwhile, the market research firm believes that combined shipments of desktops, notebooks, and premium ultramobiles will dip just 2.9 percent in 2014, representing a "relative revival" over the 9.5 percent decline a year ago.</p> <p>"Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe," <a href="http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2791017" target="_blank">said Ranjit Atwal</a>, research director at Gartner. "This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets."</p> <p>If we break these systems down by category, desktops and laptops are on pace to ship 276.2 million units in 2014 and 261.6 million unitls in 2015. Tablets, meanwhile, are on pace to leapfrom traditional PC sales with 320.9 million shipments next year.</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/gartner_predicts_revival_global_pc_market_2014#comments gartner Hardware mobile pc tablet ultramobile News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:15:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28126 at http://www.maximumpc.com PC Supply Chain Reportedly Optimistic Heading into Second Half of 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/pc_supply_chain_reportedly_optimistic_heading_second_half_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_engineers_0.jpg" alt="Intel Engineers" title="Intel Engineers" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />There's reason to believe PC demand will pick up in the next several months</h3> <p>We've heard the gloom and doom predictions time and again by market research firms, but more recently, there's been a bit of optimism from several corners of the web. Research firms have thrown around the term "rebound" in regards to upcoming PC shipments, and evidently <strong>players that make up part of the PC's upstream supply chain are seeing things that are making them optimistic about the second half of the year</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140702PD212.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a> and its sources, the PC industry is regaining momentum with Intel, AMD, and upstream component suppliers all making aggressive preparations for potential demand in the next six months. All the players are expecting both notebook and desktop sales to rise.</p> <p>For Intel, it's banking on enterprise desktop demand, while AMD is excited about its several new processors, such as its high-end Volan, mainstream Kaveri, and entry-level Kabini and Beema parts. AMD's also been talking with first-tier PC players like Lenovo about using its parts in gaming and enterprise systems.</p> <p>Going even beyond the next six months, a recently <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_roadmap_reveals_intels_desktop_processor_plans_through_2015" target="_blank">leaked roadmap</a> shows that Intel is planning to launch Broadwell and Skylake-S parts in the second quarter of 2015.</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/pc_supply_chain_reportedly_optimistic_heading_second_half_2014#comments computers Hardware pc shipments supply chain News Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:02:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28113 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Upgrades Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 Hybrid Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_upgrades_transformer_book_t100_windows_81_hybrid_laptop <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/transformer_book_t100_0.jpg" alt="Asus Transformer Book T100" title="Asus Transformer Book T100" width="228" height="176" style="float: right;" />Now with a faster processor and more color options</h3> <p>In case you missed it, you can click back in time to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_transformer_book_t100_review_0">see our review</a> of the original Asus Transformer Book T100 2-in-1 laptop. Though it had some faults, it scored a respectable verdict for its Bay Trail Atom processor, full version of Windows 8.1, and relatively affordable price tag ($400 for the 64GB we reviewed). Looking to raise the bar, <strong>Asus's Transformer Book T100 now comes with a faster CPU and two new color options</strong>.</p> <p>Whereas the original Transformer Book T100 came with an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor clocked at 1.33GHz to 1.86GHz, the new models sport an upgraded Z3775 quad-core chip clocked at 1.46GHz to 2.39GHz, <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35132-asus-transformer-t100-gets-new-chips-colours" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla </em>reports</a>. A modest bump, but a bump nonetheless. Other specs remain unchanged and include 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage, or a 500GB hard drive SKU.</p> <p>There are also new color options -- you can now get the Transformer Book T100 in red or glossy white, depending on where you live. As of right now, these models appear to only be available in Germany.</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_upgrades_transformer_book_t100_windows_81_hybrid_laptop#comments asus Hardware mobile t100 tablet transformer windows 8.1 News Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:47:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28112 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kudoso Router Lets Kids Earn Internet Time for Doing Chores http://www.maximumpc.com/kudoso_router_lets_kids_earn_internet_time_doing_chores_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kudoso.jpg" alt="Kudoso" title="Kudoso" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />A rewards-based system for earning Internet time</h3> <p>We're a connected society, and if you let your kids run rampant on the Internet, they might just spend the whole day on there. There are parental controls that can help make sure little Billy and Suzi aren't spending too much time on the web or visiting sites they shouldn't be, but the Kudoso router that's now on Kickstarter is a first. <strong>The Kudoso router lets you assign chores and activities to let your kids unlock Internet time on approved sites</strong>.</p> <p>Kids earn points by doing things that you configure, like brushing their teeth, completing a homework assignment, practicing the flute, and whatever else. It's up to you how to configure the goals and how many points each one is worth. You can manage all this at home or from a mobile device.</p> <p>"Kudoso uses our custom software installed on a high speed Internet router to manage your family's internet access at the source. By using the router as the controller for allowing content into your home, Kudoso is significantly more effective than traditional solutions that rely on software only," Kudoso's Kickstart page sates. "We know our customers value choice, so we'll deliver version 2.0 of Kudoso in two formats."</p> <p>Those two formats will be hardware with software and standalone software, the latter of which will work on supported routers (a current list includes the Asus RT-N16, TP-Link TL-WDR3600, TP-Link TL-WDR4300, and Linksys WRT610N).</p> <p>Intrigued? Check out the <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1215971350/kudoso-changing-the-way-families-manage-technology" target="_blank">Kickstarter page</a> for more information or to back to the project.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1215971350/kudoso-changing-the-way-families-manage-technology/widget/video.html" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </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/kudoso_router_lets_kids_earn_internet_time_doing_chores_2014#comments Hardware Internet kickstarter kudoso networking Router News Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:35:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28109 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC's Custom SFF Configurator Lets You Customize a Mini ITX Gaming Rig http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_custom_sff_configurator_lets_you_customize_mini_itx_gaming_rig_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cyberpowerpc_sff.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC SFF" title="CyberPowerPC SFF" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />Configure a custom mini ITX system with a full size videocard</h3> <p>It's often said that big things come in small packages, and to prove it, <strong>CyberPowerPC is encouraging consumers to try out its new custom SFF Configurator</strong>. This allows customers to choose from what CyberPowerPC claims is a "carefully selected menu of high-end components" to piece together the ultimate mini-ITX gaming machine. And with the back-to-school season not too far off in the future, these space saving systems would fit nicely in a dorm room.</p> <p>"As far as performance goes, the sky is the limit. The CypberPowerPCdesign and engineering teams worked hard to stuff enough processing, graphics and cooling power into these pint-sized machines to rival any full-size desktop PC," CyberPowerPC says.</p> <p>It starts with a fairly wide case selection that includes the Corsair Obsidian 250D, BitFenix Prodigy SFF, Fractal Design Node 304, and Fang Battlebox. Cost of entry is about $480 -- that gets you an Intel Core i3 4150-based system with 8GB of RAM, ASRock B85M-ITX motherboard, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner, 350W power supply, keyboard, and mouse (OS is extra). Like all of CyberPowerPC's mini-ITX systems, almost everything is configurable.</p> <p>If you want to see for yourself, head over to <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/" target="_blank">CyberPowerPC's website</a> and hit the "SFF Configurator" option on the left-hand side (under the "What's Hot" section).</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/cyberpowerpcs_custom_sff_configurator_lets_you_customize_mini_itx_gaming_rig_2014#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware mini itx OEM pre-built rigs sff Small Form Factor News Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:25:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28105 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Announces 850 Pro Solid State Drives with 3D Vertical NAND Flash Memory http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_announces_850_pro_solid_state_drives_3d_vertical_nand_flash_memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_850_ssd.jpg" alt="Samsung 850 PRO SSD" title="Samsung 850 PRO SSD" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />A new breed of SSDs is born</h3> <p>Solid state drives are starting to feel like a dime a dozen, but don't mistake Samsung's newest line for just another ordinary SSD. <strong>Samsung's 850 Pro is the first SSD to sport the company's cutting-edge 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology</strong>. In case you've never heard of V-NAND, it features a proprietary vertical cell structure that overcomes the density limit currently facing planar NAND architecture.</p> <p>"With the new 850 Pro V-NAND SSD, Samsung is introducing the next major evolution of SSD technology, taking the lead in delivering high-density SSDs with outstanding endurance, performance and energy efficiency," <a href="http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/news-events/press-releases/detail?cateSearchParam=&amp;searchTextParam=&amp;startYyyyParam=&amp;startMmParam=&amp;endYyyyParam=&amp;endMmParam=&amp;newsId=13541&amp;page=&amp;searchType=&amp;rdoPeriod=A" target="_blank">said Unsoo Kim</a>, senior vice president of branded product marketing team at Samsung Electronics. "We are fully committed to establishing an innovative computing environment by providing customers with leading-edge V-NAND SSDs with unrivaled performance."</p> <p>Samsung also baked in a technology called Dynamic Thermal Guard. This makes the drive maintain ambient temperature while operating to guard against the possibility of data loss due to overheating.</p> <p>In terms of performance, the 850 Pro offers sequential read transfers of up to 550MB/s, sequential write transfers of up to 520MB/s, random read performance of up to 100,000 IOPS, and random write speeds of up to 90,000 IOPS.</p> <p>Samsung's 850 Pro SSDs will come in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities. No word yet on price or availability.</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/samsung_announces_850_pro_solid_state_drives_3d_vertical_nand_flash_memory#comments 850 pro Build a PC Hardware samsung solid state drive ssd storage v-nand News Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:06:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 28102 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Roadmap Reveals Intel's Desktop Processor Plans Through 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_roadmap_reveals_intels_desktop_processor_plans_through_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/skylake.jpg" alt="Skylake" title="Skylake" width="228" height="206" style="float: right;" />Broadwell and Skylake headed for a Q2 2015 release</h3> <p><strong>A Chinese-language website posted what it claims is an official roadmap for Intel's consumer-based desktop platforms</strong> from now through the second quarter of 2015. The roadmap covers several processors broken up into Mainstream, Premium, and Extreme categories. It also includes a time frame for Intel's upcoming Broadwell and Skylake-S architectures, both of which are scheduled for the Q2 2015, according the roadmap.</p> <p>For those of you waiting on Haswell-E parts, there are three such chips coming out in Q3 2014, according to the roadmap posted by <a href="http://chinese.vr-zone.com/119624/intel-will-update-to-14nm-broadwell-and-skylake-s-for-desktop-in-2015-second-quater-06282014/" target="_blank"><em>VR-Zone's</em> Chinese channel</a>. Two of them fall into the Premium category, Core i7 5930K and 5820K, while the Core i7 5960K is listed in the Extreme category.</p> <p>It's the Broadwell and Skylake-S parts that's perhaps most interesting. Broadwell was originally supposed to have launched by now, but getting down to 14nm has been more challenging than anticipated. Now it's expected to release in the Q2 2015. When it does, it will slip into socket 1150 motherboards built around Intel's 9-Series chipset. These parts are also said to feature unlocked multipliers.</p> <p>Skylake-S will sport a 14nm manufacturing process, but with a locked multiplier. They'll likely run on socket 1151 motherboards based on Intel's upcoming 100-Series chipset.</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_roadmap_reveals_intels_desktop_processor_plans_through_2015#comments broadwell Build a PC cpu Hardware intel processor roadmap skylake News Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:44:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28100 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fujitsu Launches Lifebook E544 and E554 at Business Users http://www.maximumpc.com/fujitsu_launches_lifebook_e544_and_e554_business_users <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fujitsu_e554.jpg" alt="Fujitsu E554" title="Fujitsu E554" width="228" height="164" style="float: right;" />A pair of purpose-built laptops with interchangeable parts</h3> <p><strong>Fujitsu is hoping to win over IT admins and business users with a couple of new enterprise-class E Series Lifebooks</strong>. They include the 14-inch Lifebook E544 and 15.6-inch Lifebook E554, each of which sport "numerous" interchangeable components intended to help IT admins manage large-scale roll outs by simplifying maintenance and management when things go wrong (or upgrades are needed).</p> <p>"Rolling out and maintaining hundreds to thousands of notebooks in an enterprise environment can be challenging for IT professionals," <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fujitsu-unveils-lifebook-e544-and-lifebook-e554-265202991.html" target="_blank">said Kevin Wrenn</a>, senior vice president, Fujitsu America, Inc. "Fujitsu is dedicated to helping its customers reduce enterprise costs and time through the optimization of their ICT systems from end to end, and the new Lifebook E Series notebooks, which are all purpose-built with interchangeable parts, helps fulfill this mission."</p> <p>Both systems feature 4th Generation Intel Core i3/i5 processor options. They're also both equipped with the same port replicator, as well as shared components and accessories, like some modular bay elements. By making the parts interchangeable, Fujitsu says it's easier for businesses to deploy different size laptops without having to maintain a bunch of different corporate images of software or keep track of a wealth of drivers.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</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/fujitsu_launches_lifebook_e544_and_e554_business_users#comments e544 e554 Fujitsu Hardware laptop lifebook notebook OEM rigs News Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:22:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28095 at http://www.maximumpc.com What's Up with Microsoft's Rumored Surface Mini Tablet? http://www.maximumpc.com/whats_microsofts_rumored_surface_mini_tablet_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_mini.jpg" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Mini" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Mini" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Don't hold your breath waiting for a smaller size Surface tablet</h3> <p>Leading up to the launch of Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, there were several rumors suggesting the Redmond company was planning to announce a Surface Mini tablet during the press event. Even Microsoft teased such an unveiling by inviting members of the press to a "small gathering" on May 20. Instead, <strong>Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Mini is still nowhere to be seen. That might not change any time soon</strong>.</p> <p>According to <em>Digitimes</em> and its sources entrenched in the upstream supply chain, Microsoft has <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140630PD202.html" target="_blank">called off plans</a> to mass produce the Surface Mini. Microsoft is reportedly hesitant to jump into the highly competitive small-size tablet market where there's a flurry of products, including Amazon's Kindle Fire line, Google's Nexus 7, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab line, to name just a few.</p> <p>The Surface Mini was rumored to sport a 7.5-inch to 8-inch display powered by an ARM processor. It would come with OneNote and Windows RT 8.1, but nothing really exciting to make it stand out among all the other similar sized tablets available.</p> <p>While the Surface Mini was never announced, there was at least one third-party company that began selling Surface Mini cases on Amazon. Interestingly, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Surface-ultra-thin-Smart-tablet/dp/B00JRVHAMY" target="_blank">listing is still on Amazon</a>, though the accompanying picture appears to show the cover wrapping around Lenovo's ThinkPad 8 tablet.</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/whats_microsofts_rumored_surface_mini_tablet_2014#comments Hardware microsoft mobile slate surface mini tablet News Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:56:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28092 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Announces ROG G550JK-DS71 Gaming Notebook http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_announces_rog_g550jk-ds71_gaming_notebook199 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/asus-rog-g550jk-ds71_0.jpg" alt="Asus ROG G550JK Gaming Laptop" title="Asus ROG G550JK" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Available for pre-order now</h3> <p>Taiwanese PC maker Asustek recently introduced a new gaming laptop under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand. The <strong>ROG G550JK-DS71 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop with a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GPU that can be overclocked (up to 5 percent) on the fly</strong> using the company’s TurboMaster technology, Asus said in a <a href="https://www.asus.com/us/News/Qr6WPgMAcnaRQYWL" target="_blank">press release</a> Thursday.</p> <p>Available for pre-order now from the likes of Amazon, B&amp;H, Newegg and TigerDirect, the $1,099 <a href="http://www.asus.com/us/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/G550JK/specifications/" target="_blank">G550JK-DS71</a> packs a 15.6-inch full HD LED-backlit IPS display, Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor (2.5-3.5GHz), 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM,&nbsp; GeForce GTX 850M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM, 750GB HDD (7,200 rpm), DVD Super-Multi optical disc drive and HD webcam. It measures 15.1 x 10.0 x 1.1 inches and weighs 6 pounds.</p> <p>For what it’s worth, ten of these G550JK notebooks were part of a recent world record attempt for the “highest elevation LAN party.” Here are the details, as reported in the press release: “HighLANder, an event hosted by Linus Media Group and Tek Syndicate on June 23rd, 2014 in Leadville Colorado, used the ROG G550JK gaming notebook to scale Mt. Elbert, the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains at 14,440 ft., followed by wirelessly connecting via an ASUS RT-AC68U router at the summit in order to set a world record for highest elevation LAN party. The elevation was certified by expert witness Elizabeth Thompson, a PHD student in Atmospheric Meteorology, and has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for review and certification.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_announces_rog_g550jk-ds71_gaming_notebook199#comments asus rog g550jk ds71 Asustek core i7 4710hq gaming notebook geforce gtx 850m Hardware Republic of Gamers News Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:47:25 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28086 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus, Gigabyte Headed for a Photo Finish in Motherboard Shipments http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_gigabyte_headed_photo_finish_motherboard_shipments_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_motherboard_3.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Motherboard" title="Gigabyte Motherboard" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />Top two motherboard makers fight for pole position</h3> <p>In the grand scheme of things, <strong>it really doesn't matter if <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_edges_out_gigabyte_first_quarter_motherboard_shipments_2014">Asus edges out Gigabyte</a> in motherboard shipments, or if Gigabyte manages to swipe the shipment crown by a hair</strong>. However, it's fun to watch these two race to the finish line, which is partly why we keep covering it. The other reason is because both companies want the crown, and that could mean price cuts at some point. So, which company is going to win?</p> <p>Go ahead and flip a coin. The latest chatter <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140627PD202.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> is hearing</a> from its sources within the supply chain is that both companies are expected to ship 5.1 million to 5.2 million branded motherboards in the second quarter of 2014. Looking ahead, those same sources say Asus and Gigabyte are likely to ship 6 million more in the third.</p> <p>At last count, Asus was ahead of Gigabyte by a mere 100,000 units back in the first quarter. Depending on how things shake out, Gigabyte could close the gap by the end of the second or third quarter, and then it would be a fierce race in the fourth.</p> <p>That could be where the price cuts come in. There's been speculation of an <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/motherboard_price_war_beginning_break_out_2014" target="_blank">aggressive price war breaking out</a> in the motherboard industry. This would include Asus and Gigabyte, but also smaller players like ASRock and MSI.</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_gigabyte_headed_photo_finish_motherboard_shipments_2014#comments asus Build a PC gigabyte Hardware motherboard News Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:10:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28083 at http://www.maximumpc.com