Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/%252Ffeatures/home_theater_vengeance%3Fpage%3D7 en Fractal Design's Define S Chassis Trades Optical Drives for Airflow and Silence http://www.maximumpc.com/fractal_designs_define_s_chassis_trades_optical_drives_airflow_and_silence_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_s.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define S" title="Fractal Design Define S" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />Out with the old and in with the new</h3> <p>Fractal Design rightfully assumes that there's a userbase no longer interested in optical drive bays. That's not to say everyone falls into that category, but with Valve's Steam platform dominating game sales and companies like Microsoft and Adobe moving services to the cloud, the need for an optical drive lessens by the day. So, some will find <strong>Fractal Design's decision to omit optical drive bays in its new Define S</strong> to be a good one, especially since it purportedly means a better focus on airflow and silence.</p> <p>On the topic of airflow, the Define S with its "Scandinavian inspired construction" introduces a new internal layout providing a straight airflow path to the CPU heatsink for air cooling setups, along with various radiator mounting possibilities for those who prefer to water cool their rigs. That includes being able to house radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front.</p> <p>You'll also find reservoir brackets featuring drill-free reservoir mounting on the front of the motherboard tray and pre-drilled pump mounting holes on the bottom panel.</p> <p>To keep librarians and anyone with a hangover happy, the case is equipped with sound dampening material to keep noise at a minimum. There's also two low-noise Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans included, plus ModuVent fan slot covers for the option of additional cooling or maximum sound absorption.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_s_open.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define S Open" title="Fractal Design Define S Open" /></p> <p>There are three newly designed hard drive trays sitting vertically behind the front partition of the mobo tray. Two additional SSDs can be mounted behind the mobo tray.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/define-series/define-s-window" target="_blank">Fractal Design Define S</a> will be available starting in June for around $115.</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/fractal_designs_define_s_chassis_trades_optical_drives_airflow_and_silence_2015#comments Build a PC case chassis Define S enclosure fractal design Hardware News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:09:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29756 at http://www.maximumpc.com Patriot Takes Aim at Laptops with Ignite Series M.2 Solid State Drive http://www.maximumpc.com/patriot_takes_aim_laptops_ignite_series_m2_solid_state_drive_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/patriot_ignite_m2.jpg" alt="Patriot Ignite M2" title="Patriot Ignite M2" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Fast upgrade option for SFF PCs</h3> <p><strong>Patriot Memory on Monday fleshed out its solid state drive lineup with the introduction of the Ignite Series.</strong> The Ignite is a line of M.2 SATA SSDs that Patriot says is intended for portable devices such as ultrabooks, notebooks, and ultra-compact PCs, or mini PCs as they're also called (think along the lines of Intel's NUC and Zotac's Zbox systems). The obvious benefit here is faster boot times from a piece of hardware that's about the size of a stick of bubble gum.</p> <p>This is Patriot's first foray into M.2 territory. Coming along for the ride is the Phison S10 controller and multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. The combination adds up to rated performance of up to 560MB/s sequential reads and up to 320MB/s sequential writes. Not too shabby, though write times seem to have taken a hit compared compared to Patriot's regular (2.5-inch) Ignite SSDs.</p> <p>Other features include end-to-end data protection (ETEP), advanced wear-leveling, advanced Garbage collection, Smart ECC (multiple levels of ECC protection), and Smart Refresh.</p> <p><a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/04/prweb12627661.htm" target="_blank">Patriot says</a> you'll be able to purchase the Ignite M2 line in 240GB ($110 MSRP) and 480GB ($210 MSRP) capacities beginning in May.</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/patriot_takes_aim_laptops_ignite_series_m2_solid_state_drive_2015#comments Build a PC Hardware ignite M.2 Patriot solid state drive ssd storage News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:40:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 29755 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Will Discuss Next-gen GPUs ‘Later This Quarter’ http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_will_discuss_next-gen_gpus_%E2%80%98later_quarter%E2%80%99300 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/radeon_graphics_logo_0.jpg" alt="Radeon R9 300 Series" title="Radeon R9 300 Series" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Nvidia’s latest and greatest GPUs remain unchallenged</h3> <p>Advanced Micro Devices will talk about its much-awaited (and long overdue) next-gen graphics cards later in this quarter, the company’s CEO Lisa Su said in an earnings call earlier this week. This is significant because <strong>if there was ever a need for a graphics card refresh, it’s right now.</strong></p> <p>Until recently many people were wondering if the launch would happen in time for GTA V’s PC release, but AMD remained noncommittal, offering nothing more than a vague, albeit tantalizing, response. “We’re giving finishing touches,” is all it said. GTA V is already here, of course.</p> <p>To be fair to AMD, it’s not as if they promised something in a particular timeframe and failed to deliver on time. Even during the previous quarterly earnings call all Su would say is that the company had some “very good” graphics cards lined up for the second quarter of 2015. But the company is not doing itself any favors by letting <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2015/03/17/with-titan-x-nvidia-has-introduced-4-unanswered-gpus/">Nvidia’s latest and greatest GPUs go virtually unchallenged</a> for so long (over 9 months and counting).</p> <p>“So as we go into the second half of the year, we would like to see some regain of share in both the desktop and the notebook business,” Su said, responding to a question from Credit Suisse’s John Pitzer.</p> <p>“I've talked about Carrizo being a strong product for us, I talked about some of our graphics launches that we'll talk about later this quarter. So from our standpoint, I would say the first half of the year, we had some, let's call it, some of our issues that we were correcting in terms of the channel, and then a weaker than expected market environment.”</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/9172/amd-posts-q1-2015-results-180-million-net-loss">first quarter wasn’t a particularly good one for the company</a> as it slumped to a $180 million net loss. Although a significant improvement over the previous quarter in which it reported a net loss of $364 million, this is several times worse than the $20 million loss it recorded during the same period last year.</p> <p>Hopefully, things will improve once the new graphics cards are finally available. Kitguru <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/anton-shilov/amd-reiterates-plans-to-introduce-new-radeon-r9-300-series-gpus-in-june/" target="_blank">expects them to be unveiled at Computex in June.</a></p> <p>In the meantime, we will have to make do with unverified reports and rumored specs.<br />Coalescing relevant bits from the various R9 300 rumors we’ve heard so far, one can paint a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/xfx_radeon_r9_370_core_edition_leaks_web_higher_end_r300_series_cards_follow">somewhat detailed picture of the company’s next-gen GPU lineup</a>:</p> <ul> <li>AMD Radeon R9 390X: 28nm Fiji XT GPU, 3,584 cores, 224 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB memory, $599</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 390: 28nm Fiji Pro GPU, 3,328 cores, 208 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, $399</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 380X: 28nm Hawaii XTX GPU, 2,816 cores, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, 512-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 380: 28nm Hawaii Pro GPU, 2,560 cores, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, 512-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 375X: Tonga XT GPU, 2,048 cores, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 384-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 375: Tonga Pro GPU, 1,792 cores, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 370X: Trinidad XT GPU, 1,280 cores, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 370: 28nm Trinidad Pro GPU, 1,024 cores, 64 TMUs, 24 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R7 360X: Bermuda GPU, 896 cores, 128-bit GDDR5, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R7 350X/340X: Oland GPU, 320 cores, DDR3 and GDDR5 memory, 128-bit</li> <li>AMD Radeon R5 300: Caicos GPU, 160 cores, DDR3 memory, 64-bit</li> </ul> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_will_discuss_next-gen_gpus_%E2%80%98later_quarter%E2%80%99300#comments amd fiji xt gpu graphics card Hardware nvidia radeon r9 300 News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:13:05 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29751 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Plans to Live Stream Build Process for a Millennium Desktop Rig http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_plans_live_stream_build_process_millennium_desktop_rig_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_millennium_0.jpg" alt="Origin PC Millennium" title="Origin PC Millennium" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" />How boutique builders do it</h3> <p>Building a computer isn't all that difficult. Though it may seem like a daunting proposition to anyone who's never assembled a PC before, it's really just a matter of preparation and patience. Where things tend to get a little more challenging is when you aim for a professional looking build like the boutique vendors offer. How do they do it? See for yourself -- boutique builder <strong>Origin PC is going to live stream the construction of a Millennium desktop PC</strong> later this month.</p> <p>Mark your calendars for April 24th. With the help of popular Twitch streamer Towelliee, Origin PC will showcase a custom build on its Twitch channel from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern.</p> <p>"Origin PC and Towelliee will also be chatting with fans live during the stream for anyone who may have questions regarding the PC build. If you ever wondered how Origin PC builds their award-winning custom high-performance desktops, now’s your chance to experience it live for the very first time!," Origin said.</p> <p>The Millennium is Origin PC's mid-size gaming desktop. As this will be a custom configuration, we don't know yet what components will get shoved inside or what the foundation will be. There are three to choose from on Origin PC's website -- an Intel Z97 build starting at $1,785, an AMD 990FX build starting at $1,847, and an Intel X99 configuration starting at $2,322.</p> <p>Origin PC's Twitter channel can be found <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/originpc" target="_blank">here</a>, in case you want to bookmark it ahead of time.</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/origin_pc_plans_live_stream_build_process_millennium_desktop_rig_2015#comments Hardware millennium OEM origin pc rigs Towelliee twitch News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:31:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29748 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Unveils Sleek and Slim GR6 PC Game Console http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_unveils_sleek_and_slim_gr6_pc_game_console_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_gr6.jpg" alt="Asus ROG GR6" title="Asus ROG GR6" width="225" height="220" style="float: right;" />Small in size, quiet in operation</h3> <p>We still have a few months to go before official Steam Machine systems enter the market, but in the meantime, OEMs, boutique builders, and hardware players continue to get a jump start on the category with PC gaming consoles built around Windows 8.1 and Steam's Big Picture mode. One such model is the <strong>Asus ROG GR6, the newest PC game box</strong> that's sure to grab attention from your entertainment center.</p> <p>It's an ultra-compact system built inside a 2.5-liter chassis that measures all of 238mm by 245mm by 60mm and weighing 1.28kg. Asus says it's also whisper-quiet, producing 20dB when idle and 28dB at full load.</p> <p>The GR6 features a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 5200U processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM (supports up to 16GB), HDD and SSD storage options, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, GbE LAN, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, audio jacks, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>It also has Steam installed and will boot into Steam Big Picture mode with the tap of a button. In addition, Asus says it's working with Valve to ensure the GR6 works "perfectly" with Steam OS and Steam Controller down the line. For now, an optional ROG Gladius mouse and M801 keyboard or ORG Sica mouse and RA01 keyboard comes bundled with the system.</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/asus_rog_unveils_sleek_and_slim_gr6_pc_game_console_2015#comments asus GR6 Hardware OEM pc pc console Republic of Gamers rigs ROG News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:04:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 29745 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Keyboard is Now Available http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_blackwidow_tournament_edition_chroma_keyboard_now_available_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/blackwidow_tournament_editon_chroma.jpg" alt="Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma" title="Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Look at the colors!</h3> <p>Can't decide on whether you want a blue or red LED backlight on the your keyboard? The neat thing about the current crop of RGB keyboards is that you don't have to decide -- you have around 16.8 million colors at your disposal, so you can change your mind on a whim, or combine different colors for different parts of the keyboard. So it goes with <strong>Razer's BlackWidow Tournament Edition keyboard, a mechanical plank with lots of LED backlighting options that's now available to purchase</strong>.</p> <p>The Tournament Edition here is a tenkeyless (TKL) plank, meaning it doesn't have a number pad. So, if you're an accountant by day and a gamer by night, this wouldn't be the best option, unless you already have a separate number pad and/or don't mind swapping out keyboards.</p> <p>In addition to myriad color options, you can also configure the keyboard to light up in a number of different ways, including Wave, Spectrum Cycling, Breathing, Reactive, and more.</p> <p>This is a mechanical keyboard that uses Razer Green switches, which are tactile and audible. Razer claims they've been designed from the ground-up for gamers, though I suspect they're based on Cherry MX Blue switches. When I played with a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, also with Green switches, I felt the type action was very similar to my Das Keyboard 4 Professional. In any event, you can read more about the <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/razer-mechanical-switches" target="_blank">Green switches here</a>.</p> <p>If you're sold on the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma, you can pick one up <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-blackwidow-tournament-edition-chroma" target="_blank">direct from Razer for $140</a>.</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_blackwidow_tournament_edition_chroma_keyboard_now_available_2015#comments BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Hardware mechanical keyboard Peripherals razer News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:59:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29744 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Adds 960GB and 480GB Capacity Options to Force LS SSD Family http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_adds_960gb_and_480gb_capacity_options_force_ls_ssd_family <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_force_ls.jpg" alt="Corsair Force LS" title="Corsair Force LS" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" />Big capacity without the ginormous price tag</h3> <p>Small capacity solid state drives are becoming a thing of the past, and we couldn't be happier about it. It's high time SSD makers started focusing on big capacities, which should in turn drive prices down while making more room for programs and games on primary storage drives. Credit Corsair for receiving the memo -- <strong>Corsair just added 480GB and 960GB capacity drives to its Force LS line</strong>.</p> <p>They join existing 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB drives, and like those drives, the new capacities come in 7mm high enclosures that can be installed into pretty much any desktop or notebook PC with a standard 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive bay (an adapter is needed for the latter).</p> <p>Performance specs are the same for both new capacities:</p> <ul> <li>Up to 560MB/s sequential read</li> <li>Up to 540MB/s sequential write</li> <li>Up to 84,000 random read IOPS</li> <li>Up to 88,000 random write IOPS</li> </ul> <p>The Force Series LS <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/force-series-ls-960gb-sata-3-6gb-s-ssd-b" target="_blank">960GB</a> and <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/force-series-ls-480gb-sata-3-6gb-s-ssd-b" target="_blank">480GB</a> SSDs should be available soon and priced at $380 and $190, 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/corsair_adds_960gb_and_480gb_capacity_options_force_ls_ssd_family#comments Build a PC corsair force ls Hardware solid state drive ssd News Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:50:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 29741 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kingston Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Business Users, Announces 960GB Enterprise SSD http://www.maximumpc.com/kingston_rolls_out_red_carpet_business_users_announces_960gb_enterprise_ssd <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_kc310.jpg" alt="Kingston KC310" title="Kingston KC310" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Getting down to business</h3> <p><strong>Kingston this week announced its largest business-class solid state drive to date, the 960GB KC310</strong>. Billed as a true hard drive replacement, the capacious KC310 is powered by a Phison S10 quad-core, eight-channel controller and features a SATA 6Gbps interface. It also comes with firmware-based power loss protection to help maintain data integrity, one of several traits that make it suitable for entry-level servers and datacenter deployments.</p> <p>The drive offers end-to-end data protection via flash error correction and Advanced SmartECC, the latter of which reconstructs defective pages when they're found to be faulty and flash ECC protection fails to recover the uncorrectable errors.</p> <p>As to performance, the KC310 is no slouch -- <a href="http://www.kingston.com/us/company/press/article/7717?Article-Title=Kingston-Digital-Ships-960GB-Business-Class-SSD" target="_blank">Kingston rates</a> its sequential read and write transfers at up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively, along with up to 99,000/96,000 maximum/random 4K read IOPS and up to 89,000/88,000 maximum/random 4K read IOPS. The takeaway from those figures is that Kingston isn't trading performance for enterprise-grade reliability, and claims to offer the best of both worlds.</p> <p>No word yet on when the KC310 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/kingston_rolls_out_red_carpet_business_users_announces_960gb_enterprise_ssd#comments Build a PC Hardware KC310 Kingston solid state drive ssd ssdnow storage News Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:22:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 29740 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Omen Pro is a Mobile Workstation Dressed Like a Gaming Laptop http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_omen_pro_mobile_workstation_dressed_gaming_laptop_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_omen_pro.jpg" alt="HP Omen Pro" title="HP Omen Pro" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />If it looks like a duck but barks like a dog, what is it?</h3> <p>We were really impressed with Hewlett-Packard's Omen laptop when we <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_omen_review_2014" target="_blank">reviewed it last year</a>. With a design that paid homage to its Voodoo PC namesake, the model we received proved a capable gaming machine wrapped in a sexy chassis with a beautiful touchscreen panel. Well, there's a new version available, though <strong>HP's Omen Pro is classified as a mobile workstation</strong>, perhaps making it more suitable for game developers than gamers.</p> <p>It looks like there are two versions currently available to order. The first costs $2,199 and includes an Intel Core i7 4720HQ processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 256GB Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSD, Nvidia Quadro K1100M graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p touchscreen panel, backlit keyboard, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, mini DisplayPort, headset jack,&nbsp; and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.</p> <p>A second model runs $2,599 and doubles the RAM to 16GB and storage to 512GB. Otherwise, it's the same machine, which itself looks nearly identical to the original Omen except that the Pro models have red vents on the back and the hinges lack blue colored tinting.</p> <p>The HP Omen Pro mobile workstations are <a href="http://shopping1.hp.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/WW-USSMBPublicStore-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewStandardCatalog-Browse?CatalogCategoryID=QpIQ7EN6gd0AAAFMwoEHQyPV" target="_blank">available to order</a> now.</p> <h3>Original Omen</h3> <p>If you're interested in the original Omen laptop, here's a protip -- use coupon code <strong>30SPRING</strong> to knock 30 percent off the price, bringing the tally down from $1,699.99 to $1,189.99. That gets you an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.</p> <p>Doubling the RAM to 16GB and storage to 512GB bumps the price up to $2,099.99, or $1,469.99 after applying the coupon code, which should work until April 16.</p> <p>You can configure an <a href="http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PDPStdView?catalogId=10051&amp;urlLangId=-1&amp;langId=-1&amp;productId=721651&amp;storeId=10151" target="_blank">HP Omen here</a>.</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_omen_pro_mobile_workstation_dressed_gaming_laptop_2015#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile workstation notebook OEM omen pro rigs News Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:44:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29729 at http://www.maximumpc.com ErgoDox EZ Takes the Hassle (or Fun) Out of Building an Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard http://www.maximumpc.com/ergodox_ez_takes_hassle_or_fun_out_building_ergonomic_mechanical_keyboard_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ergodox_ez.jpg" alt="ErgoDox EZ" title="ErgoDox EZ" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />All the comfort without the soldering</h3> <p>Ever heard of the ErgoDox? It's a mechanical keyboard kit that's available to purchase every so often, and if you're lucky to get one, your reward is an ergonomic plank with mechanical key switches. Well, after you assemble it, that is. And by assemble, we mean there's a fair bit of soldering involved, not just plugging in pieces like Legos. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, <strong>meet ErgoDox EZ, a pre-assembled ErgoDox</strong> that's damn near close to meeting its funding goal on Indiegogo.</p> <p>It comes with Cherry MX Brown key switches by default, though when ordering, you can select from five alternatives if you wish, those being Cherry MX Blue, Red, Black (costs $15 extra), Clear, and Green. You also have a choice in how much keyboard you want -- at present, there still exist openings for the $190 Early Bird Special (plus $30 shipping), which is a fully assembled ErgoDox EZ with blank PBT DCS keycaps and 2-year warranty.</p> <p>At the $145 "One-handed Pirate" tier (plus $30 shipping), you'll get half the keyboard, either the right or left (it's up to you), also fully assembled with 2-year warranty.</p> <p>Once the Early Bird Special runs dry, it will cost $225 through Indiegogo for a full-size plank, which again requires $30 shipping, or $225 if you want printed key caps.</p> <p>There's a good chance this will get funded - less than $4,000 is needed to meet the $50,000 goal, with 15 days left for the crowdfunding effort. If you'd like to participate or just learn more, <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ergodox-ez-an-incredible-mechanical-keyboard" target="_blank">go here</a>.</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/ergodox_ez_takes_hassle_or_fun_out_building_ergonomic_mechanical_keyboard_2015#comments ErgoDox EZ Hardware indiegogo mechanical keyboard Peripherals News Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:33:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 29721 at http://www.maximumpc.com Thermaltake Announces Commander FT Touch Screen Fan Controller http://www.maximumpc.com/thermaltake_announces_commander_ft_touch_screen_fan_controller_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/commander_ft_installed.jpg" alt="Commander FT Installed" title="Commander FT Installed" width="228" height="201" style="float: right;" />Go big or go home</h3> <p>Want to add some functional bling to your big size computer case? <strong>Thermaltake today formally announced the Commander FT</strong>, purportedly the world's largest 5.5-inch touch screen fan controller. The Commander FT was first shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few months ago, and now it gets an official launch alongside the company's Riing LED Radiator Fan Series.</p> <p>You'll need a free 5.25-inch drive bay to install the Commander FT. It supports up to five independent fans, with 10W available on each channel. If you want to control each fan individually, simply tap from 1 to 5 on the central fan display and make any desired adjustments using the plus and minus icons, or using the on-screen slider. Any settings you make while in manual mode will be remembered, even after rebooting.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/commander_ft.jpg" alt="Commander FT" title="Commander FT" width="620" height="183" /></p> <p>In addition to a Manual mode, you can also select Auto to let the fan controller adjust fans based on thermal sensor temperature readings, Performance for best cooling performance, and Silent, which adjusts all fans to their lowest speed.</p> <p>No word yet on when the Commander FT 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/thermaltake_announces_commander_ft_touch_screen_fan_controller_2015#comments Commander FT cooling fan controller Hardware thermaltake News Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:55:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 29720 at http://www.maximumpc.com Maingear Lays Claim to First Small Form Factor X99 PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_lays_claim_first_small_form_factor_x99_pcs_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/maingear_torq_0.jpg" alt="Maingear Torq" title="Maingear Torq" width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" />When Broadwell and mini ITX converge</h3> <p>Looking for a high end small form factor (SFF) system that uses the latest parts? If so, you may be interested in what Maingear has to offer. <strong>Maingear unveiled what it claims is the world's first lineup of high-performance compact mini ITX gaming rigs built around Intel's X99 chipset</strong> and Core i7 Extreme Edition processors, which include the Torq, Potenza, and Drift systems.</p> <p>You have to shell out for the Super Stock edition of each model. Pricing starts at $2,999 for the Torq Super Stock, $1,899 for the Potenza Super Stock, and $2,399 for the Drift Super Stock, the latter of which hasn't been released yet but is availble for pre-order with an estimated ship date of May 1, 2015.</p> <p>Looking at the least expensive model, the Potenza Super Stock, a baseline configuration consists of an ASRock X99E-ITX motherboard, Intel Core i7 5820K processor, Maingear Epic 120 Supercooler, 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-2666 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 graphics card, 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD (7200 RPM), 8X slot-loading DVD burner, integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi, Silverstone 450W PSU, and Windows 8.1 in 64-bit form.</p> <p>The Torq Super Stock offers a similar configuration but with a different case and cooling scheme, AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card, 1TB Seagate SSHD hybrid drive, no optical drive, and 750W Evga Supernova PSU.</p> <p>As for the Drift, that's Maingear's PC gaming console. The default config is also similar to the Potenza Stock, but with a faster graphics card (Nvidia GeForce GTX 970), and a 250GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD + 500GB Seagate Barracuda HDD (7200 RPM).</p> <p>You can configure any of these news systems today by <a href="http://www.maingear.com/sffx99/" target="_blank">going here</a>.</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_lays_claim_first_small_form_factor_x99_pcs_2015#comments broadwell Hardware intel maingear rigs sff Small Form Factor x99 News Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:13:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 29718 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus TUF Sabertooth X99 is First Consumer Board to Support NVM Express Storage http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_tuf_sabertooth_x99_first_consumer_board_support_nvm_express_storage_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_tuf_sabertooth_x99.jpg" alt="Asus TUF Sabertooth X99" title="Asus TUF Sabertooth X99" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />For tomorrow's storage</h3> <p><strong>Asus this week unveiled its TUF Sabertooth X99 motherboard</strong>. According to Asus, it's the world's first consumer desktop mobo to support all NVM Express storage devices, including the latest mini-SAS HD (SF-8639) 2.5-inch solid state drives, PCI Express, and M.2 PCI Express drives. The timing of the this board's release comes just days after Intel announced its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_announces_insanely_fast_750_series_solid_state_drive_line_2015" target="_blank">750 Series SSDs</a>, which are available in both half-height half-length (HHHL) and 2.5-inch NVMe form factors.</p> <p>The board also boasts built-in USB 3.1 ports (two on the rear panel) courtesy of an ASMedia chip, though they're not the Type-C variety, plus eight USB 3.0 ports (four at back panel, four at mid-board) and eight USB 2.0 ports.</p> <p>This is also the first board to include TUF Detective, a free companion app that provides detailed system information. You can install the app on a smartphone or tablet and use it to monitor key vitals, as well as detect and diagnose and errors and control the PC's power status. You can even use the app when the PC is turned off.</p> <p>You'll find lots of amenities here, like Dust Defender guards for exposed ports, high-end components for "server-grade reliability," a reinforced backplate with a thermal pad to strengthen the mobo and pull heat away from the back of the 8+2 phase Digi+ voltage regulator module (VRM), and more.</p> <p>The new board will be available soon for $350 MSRP. In the meantime, you can check out its <a href="http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_X99/overview/" target="_blank">product page here</a>.</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_tuf_sabertooth_x99_first_consumer_board_support_nvm_express_storage_2015#comments asus Build a PC Hardware motherboard NVM Express storage TUF Sabertooth X99 News Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:27:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 29717 at http://www.maximumpc.com Dell Venue 10 7000 Android Tablet Goes After Business Users http://www.maximumpc.com/dell_venue_10_7000_android_tablet_goes_after_business_users_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dell_venue_10_7000.jpg" alt="Dell Venue 10 7000" title="Dell Venue 10 7000" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />A premium tablet with a premium price tag</h3> <p>If you thought the days of paying $500 or more for an Android tablet were over and done with, think again. <strong>Dell has unveiled its Venue 10 7000, its latest tablet in its premium Android portfolio</strong> and the bigger brother to the Venue 8 7000. Or you can view it as an Android version of Microsoft's Surface -- you can add an optional full-size detachable (magnetic) keyboard to transform the tablet into a convertible.</p> <p>The Venue 10 7000 starts at $499 for the bare tablet, or $629 with keyboard. A tough sell compared to Android slates that cost hundreds of dollars less, though Dell is hoping business users will be tempted by the Venue 10 7000's sleek design, backlit keyboard that can position the slate in five different configurations, and high-end features like a 10.5-inch edge-to-edge OLED display with a 2560x1600 resolution.</p> <p>Other stats include an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor clocked at up to 2.3GHz, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, front-firing stereo speakers with MaxxAudio Waves tuning, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast support, 8-megapixel rear-facing Intel RealSense depth camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, microAB USB 2.0 port, headphone/microphone combo jack, and 7,000mAh battery.</p> <p>More RAM would have been welcome for the price, especially since some high-end smartphones come with 3GB these days. Otherwise, it's a fairly decent collection of hardware and features.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/dell_venue_10_7000_laptop.jpg" alt="Dell Venue 10 7000 Keyboard" title="Dell Venue 10 7000 Keyboard" width="620" height="435" /></p> <p>On the software side, it comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop and will be enabled for Android for Work, which separates business apps from personal apps so that you can use the same device for work and play. Business data is also encrypted. Furthermore, the platform takes advantage of multi-user support in Android to create a managed profile with its own set of secure apps that can be provisioned and controlled by IT and wiped remotely without affecting personal data.</p> <p>Intrigued? If so, look for the Dell Venue 10 7000 to be available in May.</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/dell_venue_10_7000_android_tablet_goes_after_business_users_2015#comments android converitible dell Hardware laptop notebook OEM slate tablet Venue 10 7000 News Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:47:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 29714 at http://www.maximumpc.com Zotac Welcomes Broadwell to the Zbox Nano Family of Mini PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/zotac_welcomes_broadwell_zbox_nano_family_mini_pcs_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/zbox_nano_plus.jpg" alt="Zotac Zbox Nano Broadwell" title="Zotac Zbox Nano Broadwell" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Broadwell kicks off Zotac's M-Series</h3> <p>As one of the more active players in the mini PC market, <strong>Zotac today announced the introduction of its new M-Series Zbox mini PC models with processors based on Intel's 14nm Broadwell microarchitecture inside</strong>. There are two models to begin with, the Zbox MI522 Nano and Zbox MI542 Nano, both of which measure a super scant 5 inches by 5 inches by 2 inches (127mm by 127mm by 45mm).</p> <p>Several of today's mini PCs are surprisingly powerful, considering their tiny footprints. And on paper, Zotac's new MI522 and MI542 Nano boxes seem like strong contenders for secondary PCs, or primary systems for people who don't need a ton of computing power.</p> <p>The only difference between the two systems is the processor -- the MI522 sports an Intel Core i3 5010U processor, a dual-core part clocked at 2.1GHz with Hyper Threading support and 3MB of cache, while the MI542 features a Core i5 5200U, also a dual-core chip, but clocked at 2.2GHz to 2.7GHz. Both lean on Intel HD Graphics 5500 (300MHz to 900MHz) for graphics chores.</p> <p>Other specs include two DDR3-1600 slots with support for up to 16GB of RAM, 2.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD bay, 3-in-1 memory card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, four USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, GbE LAN port, and HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 outputs. Plus version of each model also come with 4GB of DDR3 memory and 500GB of internal storage (HDD).</p> <p>One thing to keep in with these systems is that they don't come with an operating system, nor do they have an optical drive bay. That means you'll either need an external optical drive or a USB drive to install an OS. Also, in my experience with Zotac's small box systems, an SSD is a must.</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/zotac_welcomes_broadwell_zbox_nano_family_mini_pcs_2015#comments broadwell Hardware intel MI522 MI542 mini pc rigs zbox zotac News Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:25:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 29712 at http://www.maximumpc.com