Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Gigabyte Aims Shrink Ray at Maxwell, Ends Up with a Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970 http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_aims_shrink_ray_maxwell_ends_mini_itx_geforce_gtx_970_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_gtx_970_mini_itx.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" title="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Tiny graphics card packs a Maxwell-sized bite</h3> <p>It's not the size of the graphics card that matters, but the potency of the GPU inside, right? We'll find out when we get our hands on <strong>Gigabyte's mini ITX variant of the GeForce GTX 970</strong> (GV-N970IXOC-4GD). Though it's tiny by comparison to a full size GeForce GTX 970 video card, Gigabyte's mini ITX version is actually overclocked to run at a base clockspeed of 1076MHz and a boost clockspeed of 1216MHz.</p> <p>Nvidia's reference design calls for a 1051MHz base clockspeed and 1178MHz boost clockspeed. Granted, Gigabyte's overclock isn't anything crazy, but considering the size of the card, even just running at stock clocks would have been noteworthy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-mini-itx-gtx970-oc,27915.html" target="_blank">According to <em>TomsHardware</em></a>, the cooler is likely based on Gigabyte's WindForce 3X design, except that it only has one fan instead of three. There's an aluminum fin arry underneath, along with a Triangle Cool design to manipulate airflow more effectively.</p> <p>Apparently it works -- Gigabyte claims the card ran at 62C during a Metro Last Light benchmark, compared to a reference card running at 76C in the same test. That kind of cooling potential bodes well for a mini ITX system that's short on space with limited airflow.</p> <p>Gigabyte has priced the card at $330 and will start shipping it next month.</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/gigabyte_aims_shrink_ray_maxwell_ends_mini_itx_geforce_gtx_970_2014#comments Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 970 gigabyte graphics card Hardware mini itx Video Card News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:27:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28768 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cooler Master Updates Liquid Cooling Line with Nepton 120XL and 240M Coolers http://www.maximumpc.com/cooler_master_updates_liquid_cooling_line_nepton_120xl_and_240m_coolers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nepton_240m.jpg" alt="Cooler Master 240M" title="Cooler Master 240M" width="300" height="195" style="float: right;" />Two new closed-loop water coolers</h3> <p><strong>Cooler Master's been hard at work updating its liquid cooling line</strong>, and what the company came up with is the <strong>Nepton 120XL and Nepton 240M</strong>. These are the newest additions to the Nepton family of closed-loop water coolers, and what they bring to the table are new fan designs. They use Silencio FP 120 fans to deliver high-pressure performance at lower noise levels than their predecessors.</p> <p>The radiator block sizes are also different. Whereas the Nepton 280L and 140XL use 280mm and 140mm radiators, respectively, the new <a href="http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/cpu-liquid-cooler/nepton-240m/" target="_blank">Nepton 240M</a> and <a href="http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/cpu-liquid-cooler/nepton-120xl/" target="_blank">120XL</a> use 240mm and 120mm radiators, respectively.</p> <p>Other features include a microchannel waterblock along with thicker and more durable FEP tubing that Cooler Master claims has a lower coolant evaporation rate than before. Like the previous models, these are pre-filled at the factory and pressure tested so that you don't have to worry about maintenance.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability, though as a point of reference, the previous generation Nepton 280L streets for around $120 and the 140XL for $100.</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/cooler_master_updates_liquid_cooling_line_nepton_120xl_and_240m_coolers_2014#comments cm Cooler Master Hardware liquid cooling nepton 140xl nepton 240m News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:57:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28767 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill's Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD Sports Quad Controllers in RAID 0 http://www.maximumpc.com/gskills_phoenix_blade_480gb_pcie_ssd_sports_quad_controllers_raid_0_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_phoenix_blade.jpg" alt="G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD" title="G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" />This SSD can give your data whiplash</h3> <p>Today's high performance SATA 6Gbps solid state drives top out at around 590MB/s for read and write transfers. If you need something faster, you can slap a pair in a RAID 0 configuration, or switch over to PCI-Express. G.Skill chose both with its new Phoenix Blaze Series. Kicking off <strong>G.Skill's Phoenix Blade line is a 480GB PCIe SSD</strong> equipped with four LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID 0 setup.</p> <p>It's designed with a PCIe Gen 2.0 x8 interface and is capable of up to 2,000MB/s maximum read and write speeds. Sustained read and write transfers are rated at 1,900MB/s and 1,050MB/s, respectively, along with up to 90,000 4KB random read and up to 245,000 4K random write IOPS.</p> <p>"By introducing extreme read and write performance, the potential of today’s multi-core processors can be unleashed, resulting in higher productivity and performance, whether you are in extreme gaming or professional design," G.Skill says.</p> <p>Unfortunately G.Skill didn't announce a price for its latest SSD, though we spotted a <a href="http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=103038&amp;vpn=FM-PCx8G2R4-480G&amp;manufacture=G.Skill" target="_blank">product page</a> on NCIXUS that's asking $800 for it. PCIe SSDs typically cost more than SATA-based drives, the latter of which have fallen below $0.50 per gigabyte, though we'll wait until the <a href="http://www.gskill.com/en/product/fm-pcx8g2r4-480g" target="_blank">Phoenix Blade</a> stabs through to more vendors before commenting on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gskills_phoenix_blade_480gb_pcie_ssd_sports_quad_controllers_raid_0_2014#comments g.skill Hardware Phoenix Blade solid state drive ssd storage News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:23:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28764 at http://www.maximumpc.com Satechi Announces Ultra Affordable Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse http://www.maximumpc.com/satechi_announces_ultra_affordable_edge_wireless_gaming_mouse_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/satechi_edge.jpg" alt="Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse" title="Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />A gaming rodent without the premium price tag</h3> <p>Want to increase the value of your product? Call it a "gaming" device and it's suddenly worth much more than your original asking price. Or so it seems when shopping for peripherals like keyboards, headsets, and mice. However, not all so-called gaming products carry top-shelf price tags<strong> -- Satechi just announced the immediate availability of its Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse</strong> for $20 MSRP.</p> <p>The Edge sports a "Gaming Mode" that allows users to press the "Turbo Button" to double-click with just one keystroke, in case that's of use in the games you play. There's also a "Video Control Mode" that might come in handy when not playing games. What it does is change the functions into play/pause, fast forward/backtrack, and the clear screen buttons with a single click, while the scroll wheel adjusts the volume.</p> <p>There are 7 buttons in all. Other features include an optical sensor with an on-the-fly adjustable DPI (800, 1600, 2400, or 4000), up to 500Hz polling rate, 20G of acceleration, a grooved grip, four LED colors depending on the DPI selected (red, green, purple, or blue), and up to 36 hours of battery life (via two AA batteries).</p> <p>The Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse can be found and purchased today on <a href="http://www.satechi.net/index.php/computer-accessories/satechi-edge-gaming-mouse" target="_blank">Satechi's website</a> and through <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Satechi%C2%AE-Wireless-Gaming-Mouse-Return/dp/B00O5E1NYE" target="_blank">Amazon</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/satechi_announces_ultra_affordable_edge_wireless_gaming_mouse_2014#comments edge Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals satechi News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28763 at http://www.maximumpc.com Best Free Hardware Monitoring Tools http://www.maximumpc.com/best_free_hardware_monitoring_tools_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Apps that regulate your rig’s internals</h3> <p>Making sure your rig’s temperatures, hardware, and clock speeds are running correctly is a good way to monitor your PC’s health. We always recommend stress-testing your shiny-new rig, or checking your hardware if you experience any stability issues that occur out of the blue. We’ve gathered up a list of the best free utilities you can use to make sure you have a healthy PC.</p> <p>Know of any other free monitoring tools? Let us know in the comments section below!</p> <p><strong><a title="CPU-Z" href="http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html" target="_blank">CPU-Z:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154280/cpuid_cpu_z.png" alt="CPU-Z" title="CPU-Z" /></p> <p>CPU-Z tells you what’s going on with your CPU by giving you readouts of your Core Speed, Multiplier, Bus Speed, and your different cache levels. It also tells you the make and model of your motherboard and video card, along with your RAM speed and capacity.&nbsp;</p> <p>We recommend using this tool if you have a preconfigured system from an OEM like Lenovo, HP, or Dell and need to find out your motherboard’s model number (if it isn’t printed on the board). The tool can also be used to monitor your CPU’s voltage, so it's overclocker friendly.</p> <p><strong><a title="GPU-Z" href="http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/" target="_blank">GPU-Z:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154280/gpu_z.png" alt="GPU-Z" title="GPU-Z" width="560" height="637" /></p> <p>GPU-Z gives you detailed readouts of your GPU’s clock speeds and memory size. You can use this tool to make sure that your video card is running at PCIe 3.0, as some boards run in 2.0 instead of 3.0 by default. You’ll look at the Bus Interface box to check out your video card's PCIe configuration.</p> <p><strong><a title="Furmark" href="http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/" target="_blank">Furmark:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/furmark.png" alt="Furmark" title="Furmark" width="600" height="453" /></strong></p> <p>Got GPU problems? Furmark is a fantastic tool if you’re getting blue screens during games and want to find out if your video card is the culprit. The utility gives your GPU a workload to max-out your video card. You’ll also see a temperature read from it, so you can see if your card is running hot.</p> <p><strong><a title="FRAPS" href="http://www.fraps.com/download.php" target="_blank">FRAPS:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/fraps.png" alt="FRAPS" title="FRAPS" width="600" height="370" /></strong></p> <p>Getting weird frame rate issues after freshly installing BF4 or Assassins Creed Black Flag? FRAPS will give you readouts of your real-time frame rate in-game, so you can see when and where you rig is starting to stutter. We like using this utility when a game is running poorly, so we can keep an eye on our frame rate during gameplay. We also use this tool to capture average frame rates of games that don’t come with benchmarking tools like BF4, Far Cry 3, and Crysis 3.</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a title="Core Temp" href=" http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/" target="_blank">Core Temp:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/core_temp.png" alt="Core Temp" title="Core Temp" width="351" height="388" /></strong></p> <p>Unlike other utilities in this round-up of free apps, Core Temp tells you the individual temperatures of each of your CPU’s cores. We use this tool to make sure our processor isn’t running too hot. Core Temp also tells you the TDP, voltage, and power consumption of your&nbsp; CPU.</p> <p><strong><a title="AMD Catalyst Control Center" href="http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Windows+7+-+64" target="_blank">AMD Catalyst Control Center:&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/amd_overdrive.png" alt="AMD Catalyst Control Center" title="AMD Catalyst Control Center" width="600" height="573" /></strong></p> <p>AMD video card users can use AMD’s Catalyst Control center to monitor their video card’s performance. You’ll be able to change your GPU’s core and memory clock speeds by using AMD’s Overdrive utility, which is found in the performance tab of AMD’s Catalyst driver. You can also adjust your video card’s fan speed here.</p> <p><strong><a title="Prime 95" href="http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=205" target="_blank">Prime 95:&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/prime_95_running.png" alt="Prime 95" title="Prime 95" width="600" height="378" /></strong></p> <p>Prime 95 puts your CPU through its paces by giving it a workload that will max-out your processor’s cores. We suggest using this utility if you’re having blue screen errors or freezing issues to make sure that your CPU isn’t the offender behind those infuriating messages.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a title="3DMark" href=" http://store.steampowered.com/app/223850/" target="_blank">3DMark:&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/3dmark_demo.png" alt="3DMark" title="3DMark" width="600" /></strong></p> <p>3DMark is great for benchmarking your system’s overall performance, and the free demo version also shows you where your rig stacks up with other systems that have similar hardware. The paid version lets you run the Extreme benchmarks, which run in 1080p instead of the demo’s 720p default.</p> <p><strong><a title="Rainmeter" href="http://rainmeter.net/" target="_blank">Rainmeter:</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/rainmeter.png" alt="Rainmeter" title="Rainmeter" width="600" /></strong></p> <p>Rainmeter is a simple widget that displays your CPU and RAM usage and also tells you how full your hard drive and/or SSD are.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a title="EVGA Precision X" href=" http://www.evga.com/precision/" target="_blank">EVGA Precision X:&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154280/evga_precision_x.png" alt="EVGA Precision X" title="EVGA Precision X" width="600" height="471" /></strong></p> <p>Precision X is made by EVGA exclusively for Nvidia video cards. The tool allows you to check out your GPU clock speed and temperatures, and adjust your fan speeds, too. You can also overclock your GPU with the sliders, seen above. This tool displays your GPU's load, which we find quite handy.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/best_free_hardware_monitoring_tools_2014#comments apps benchmark components cpu id free furmark gpu z Hardware Hardware monitoring tools overclock pc monitor heat Software News Features Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:41:16 +0000 Chris Zele 27117 at http://www.maximumpc.com Amazon's Kindle Voyage Exits Pre-Order Status, Sets Sail for Homes Today Starting at $199 http://www.maximumpc.com/amazons_kindle_voyage_exits_pre-order_status_sets_sail_homes_today_starting_199_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kindle_voyage.jpg" alt="Kindle Voyage" title="Kindle Voyage" width="228" height="223" style="float: right;" />Amazon's latest e-reader sports a next-generation paperwhite display</h3> <p>Though we haven't evaluated Amazon's recently announced Kindle Voyage for ourselves just yet, a peek around the web shows that it's getting generally favorable reviews, some of which are calling it the best e-reader yet. That's high praise at this stage of the game. If you want to check it out for yourself, here's a heads up that the <strong>Kindle Voyage is now in stock and shipping to homes</strong> starting at $199 (Wi-Fi with Special Offers).</p> <p>"Kindle Voyage is designed to disappear so you can lose yourself in a story," <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1979814" target="_blank">said Dave Limp</a>, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices. "This is the most advanced Kindle we’ve ever built. Customer response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re working to build more as fast as we can. We can’t wait to get Kindle Voyage into the hands of readers starting today."</p> <p>The Kindle Voyage sports a high-resolution 300 ppi display that's supposed to read more like a printed page than ever before. It also comes with 4GB of internal storage to hold thousands of books, 802.11n Wi-Fi and optional 3G connectivity, free cloud storage for all Amazon content, pressure-based page turn sensors with haptic feedback, a built-in light that shines on the page, light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness, and a flush front bezel.</p> <p>It's a bit pricey, which is the consistent knock against the device, though the built-in light and high-resolution display might make the cost easier to swallow. Speaking of which, here's a price breakdown:</p> <ul> <li>Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi w/ Special Offers: $199</li> <li>Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi w/o Special Offers: $219</li> <li>Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi + 3G w/ Special Offers: $269</li> <li>Kindle Voyage Wi-Fi + 3G w/o Special Offers: $289</li> </ul> <p>If you're interested in one, head over to the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOY8XWQ" target="_blank">Kindle Voyage's product page</a> on Amazon.</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/amazons_kindle_voyage_exits_pre-order_status_sets_sail_homes_today_starting_199_2014#comments amazon e-reader ebook reader Hardware kindle voyage mobile News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:54:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28757 at http://www.maximumpc.com Mozilla Approved Matchstick Dongle Nearly Quadruples Funding Goal, New Features in Sight http://www.maximumpc.com/mozillas_matchstick_dongle_nearly_quadruples_funding_goal_new_features_sight_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/matchstick_0.jpg" alt="Matchstick" title="Matchstick" width="228" height="140" style="float: right;" />Local Play and Ad Hoc Mode are next</h3> <p>It only took 24 hours for <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/mozillas_25_matchstick_dongle_running_firefox_os_hits_kickstarter_2014">Mozilla's Matchstick HDMI dongle</a> to reach its targeted $100,000 funding goal on Kickstarter, and since then, the project has skyrocketed to more than $390,000 with 9 days still to go. However, this is where things interesting, as they often do on these crowdfunded sites. <strong>If Matchstick hits $500,000 in pledges, the developers will implement two frequently requested stretch goals -- Local Play and Ad Hoc mode</strong>.</p> <p>To quickly recap, Matchstick is the first HDMI stick based on Firefox OS. You plug it into your TV, connect to it via Wi-Fi, and stream and interact with the web. It's similar to Google's Chromecast dongle, except that Matchstick is a completely open hardware and software platform with no approval or oversight system in place.</p> <p>There are hundreds of apps in the Mozilla app store, and as the developer program ramps up, many of those existing ones (and lots of new ones) will become available on the Matchstick app store. At launch, the Matchstick team promises to deliver a core set of content through apps like YouTube, HBO Go, Pandora, and others.</p> <p>Should the project raise another $110,000 within the next 9 days, Local Play and Ad Hoc will join the party. Local Play will allow Matchstick to stream content from your own local media servers (located on the same LAN).</p> <p>"We will provide an app for you to access content on your local media servers (NAS, SAMBA, NFS) in a list view so you can navigate to the exact content you want to fling. Of course, APIs are available for those of you who want to develop your own apps to access you local content," <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matchstick/matchstick-the-streaming-stick-built-on-firefox-os/posts" target="_blank">Matchstick explains</a>.</p> <p>Local Play is one of the most requested features, though not as much as Ad Hoc mode, or peer to peer playback. This will allow you to play any content you have local, on your device, without a connection to the cloud -- just connect your phone or tablet directly to Matchstick and start streaming.</p> <p>If this sounds like something you want to support, or if you simply want to learn more, hit up the project's <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matchstick/matchstick-the-streaming-stick-built-on-firefox-os" target="_blank">Kickstarter page</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/mozillas_matchstick_dongle_nearly_quadruples_funding_goal_new_features_sight_2014#comments Dongle firefox os Hardware HDMI matchstick Mozilla News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:17:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28750 at http://www.maximumpc.com This HDMI Stick Rocks a Bay Trail Chip, Supports Windows 8.1 http://www.maximumpc.com/hdmi_stick_rocks_bay_trail_chip_supports_windows_817 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/windows-81-intel-usb.jpg" alt="HDMI Stick with Intel Inside" title="HDMI Stick with Intel Inside" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A thumb drive-sized PC powered by a quad-core Bay Trail Atom SoC</h3> <p>ARM clearly has the PC-on-a-stick niche cornered. What’s more, it has enjoyed a near unmolested run at the top in this category. But this might be set to change. Some Chinese suppliers have begun selling a <a href="http://liliputing.com/2014/10/windows-compatible-hdmi-tv-stick-intel-bay-trail-cpu.html" target="_blank">diminutive Bay Trail-powered PC the size of a USB stick. </a></p> <p>The device in question packs a quad-core <a href="http://ark.intel.com/products/80274/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3735F-2M-Cache-up-to-1_83-GHz" target="_blank">Intel Atom Z3735F/G</a> chip with a clock speed of 1.3GHz (up to 1.83GHz burst frequency). Capable of running a wide variety of operating systems including Windows 8.1 and Android, this <a href="http://cew.en.alibaba.com/product/60038541335-800254009/2014_latest_Meegopad_Intel_Quad_Core_Z3735F_windows8_1_mini_pc_dongle_TV_dongle_windows_Android_Linux_Ubantu_set_top_box.html" target="_blank">thumb drive-sized PC</a> comes with up to 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, and one HDMI out port.</p> <p>A Chinese seller on Aliexpress is selling this <a href="http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Sell-Mini-PC-with-both-Android-Windows-8-system/2044898752.html" target="_blank">mini PC for $110 a pop (shipping extra)</a>. However, it’s not clear whether this price is for the the basic version or the best configuration. The former has a Z3735G chip, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hdmi_stick_rocks_bay_trail_chip_supports_windows_817#comments android bay trail Hardware HDMI intel pc-on-a-stick windows 8.1 News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:42:24 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28745 at http://www.maximumpc.com Apple Starts Accepting Pre-Orders for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 http://www.maximumpc.com/apple_starts_accepting_pre-orders_ipad_air_2_and_ipad_mini_3_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ipad_air_2.jpg" alt="iPad Air 2" title="iPad Air 2" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />New tablets all around</h3> <p>Market research firms like Gartner report that <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gartner_blames_slowdown_tablet_growth_hybrid_2--1_devices_2014" target="_blank">tablet growth is slowing</a> as consumers are <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gartner_tablet_adoption_peaked_consumers_going_back_pc_purchases_2014" target="_blank">reluctant to upgrade</a>, but be that as it may, it hasn't stopped Google and Apple from releasing new models. Google earlier this week unveiled it's <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/google_unveils_nexus_9_tablet_64-bit_tegra_k1_inside_2014">HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet</a> with a 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC inside, and following yesterday's press event, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/google_unveils_nexus_9_tablet_64-bit_tegra_k1_inside_2014" target="_blank">Apple is now taking pre-orders for its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 slates</a>.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 is thinner than its predecessor at 6.1mm and faster courtesy of its custom A8X processor. It also features a Touch ID sensor, improved FaceTime HD camera that's better equipped to take those all-important selfies, and a superior 8MP rear camera that can take burst photos, timelapse videos, and record in slo-mode.</p> <p>Apple also upgraded the Wi-Fi to 802.11ac MIMO supporting data rates up to 866Mbps, along with faster LTE connectivity (up to 150Mbps).</p> <p>As for the iPad mini 3, not much is different, other than it too has a Touch ID sensor and comes with a gold color option.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 runs $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for 128GB. LTE versions of each one carry a $130 premium. Meanwhile, the iPad mini 3 costs $399 and up.</p> <p>You can place your <a href="http://store.apple.com/us/ipad" target="_blank">pre-order on Apple's website</a>. Incidentally, Google's Nexus 9 will also be up for <a href="http://www.google.com/nexus/9/" target="_blank">pre-order sometime today</a> (scroll down) through Google Play, Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop.</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/apple_starts_accepting_pre-orders_ipad_air_2_and_ipad_mini_3_2014#comments apple Hardware ipad air 2 ipad mini 3 mobile slate tablet News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28743 at http://www.maximumpc.com FSP Brings the Juice with 80 Plus Platinum Aurum PT Power Supply Line http://www.maximumpc.com/fsp_brings_juice_80_plus_platinum_aurum_pt_power_supply_line_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fsp_aurum_pt_1200w.jpg" alt="FSP Aurum PT 1200W Power Supply" title="FSP Aurum PT 1200W Power Supply" width="228" height="199" style="float: right;" />Keeping things tidy with modular cables</h3> <p><strong>FSP's new 80 Plus Platinum certified Aurum PT power supply family</strong> leaves few, if any stones unturned. Available in 850W, 1000W, and even 1200W models, the high-end Aurum PT line boasts super high efficiency (over 92 percent), enough wattage to run the most demanding gaming systems, flat-ribbon modular cables to help keep the inside of your case nice and clutter free (as possible), and a neat looking design, in case the opportunity to show off your PSU ever presents itself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.fsplifestyle.com/news.php?LID=1&amp;SN=159" target="_blank">According to FSP</a>, the Aurum PT uses full industrial grade Japanese capacitors and solid capacitors on the secondary side to ensure that the single +12V rail design delivers consistent, ripple-free power. The new PSU family also features FSP's proprietary "E-Sync Remote-Sensing" technology to provide synchronized 3.3V/5V/12V with a stable signal.</p> <p>Cooling chores are handled by a 135mm fluid dynamic bearing fan that supposedly stays cool and silent even during gaming sessions, and arrow-shaped ventilation holes that were aerodynamically designed to improve air extraction (FSP's claim, not ours).</p> <p>These PSUs ship with eight PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors to support up to four graphics cards, along with enough cables and connectors to hook up 13 SATA devices.</p> <p>The Aurum PT series is available now for <a href="http://www.fsplifestyle.com/product.php?LID=1&amp;PSN=1099" target="_blank">$220 (850W)</a>, <a href="http://www.fsplifestyle.com/product.php?LID=1&amp;PSN=1121">$240 (1000W)</a>, and <a href="http://www.fsplifestyle.com/product.php?LID=1&amp;PSN=1122" target="_blank">$280 (1200W)</a> MSRP, all backed by 7-year warranties.</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/fsp_brings_juice_80_plus_platinum_aurum_pt_power_supply_line_2014#comments 80 plus platinum aurum pt Build a PC fsp Hardware modular power supply PSU News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:02:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28730 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Injects Gaming All-in-One Systems with Nvidia's Latest Mobile GPUs http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_injects_gaming_all--one_systems_nvidias_latest_mobile_gpus_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/2014-10_product_ag270_1.jpg" alt="MSI AIO" title="MSI AIO" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />High power gaming on an all-in-one</h3> <p><strong>MSI has gone and upgraded its 27-inch all-in-one gaming PCs with Nvidia's recently announced Maxwell-based mobile GPUs</strong>, the GeForce GTX 970M and 980M. These are supposedly the first AIO systems to feature Maxwell in mobile form, though the story doesn't end there -- they also feature a 4th generation Intel Core i7 4860HQ quad-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz (up to 3.6GHz via Turbo) and up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM.</p> <p>The 27-inch display on both the <a href="http://eu.msi.com/product/aio/AG270-2QC.html#hero-overview" target="_blank">AG270 2QC</a> (GTX 970M) and <a href="http://eu.msi.com/product/aio/AG270-2QE.html#hero-overview" target="_blank">AG270 2QE</a> (GTX 980M) models features a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution with multi-touch support, anti-flicker technology, and "Less Blue Light" technology applied to its anti-glare implementation -- <a href="http://game.msi.com/us/news?List=42&amp;N=3326" target="_blank">according to MSI</a>, the end result is less eyestrain during extended gaming sessions.</p> <p>"To provide gamers with an even better gaming experience, the AG270 uses an anti-glare matte display featuring Anti-Flicker technology, which stabilizes the electrical current to prevent serious flickering seen in standard displays. Together with Less Blue Light technology, this helps to reduce eye fatigue after extended use while also enhancing the quality of the gaming environment," MSI explains.</p> <p>Other features include Killer E2200 LAN, up to three mSATA SSDs in RAID 0, 3.5-inch HDD (various options), Blu-ray writer, dual Yamaha 5W speakers, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports (one with Super Charger technology), two USB 2.0 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader, 2MP webcam, HDMI input, HDMI output, VGA output, microphone and headphone jacks, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Depending on the exact configuration, these systems are pretty pricey. We've only spotted a few so far online, which ranged from around $2,100 to $2,700.</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/msi_injects_gaming_all--one_systems_nvidias_latest_mobile_gpus_2014#comments aio all-in-one Gaming geforce gtx 970m geforcegtx 980m Hardware msi nvidia OEM rigs News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:41:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28729 at http://www.maximumpc.com Lian Li's PC-T80 Open Air Test Bench Supports Liquid Cooling http://www.maximumpc.com/lian_lis_pc-t80_open_air_test_bench_supports_liquid_cooling_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-t80.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-T80" title="Lian Li PC-T80" width="228" height="217" style="float: right;" />Keep those cups of coffee far, far away</h3> <p>Open air test benches aren't for everyone. Your mom and pop? They're probably not candidates. In fact, we'd venture to guess that the vast majority would prefer a traditional closed case. That's not to say there isn't a market for test benches -- reviewers, frequent upgraders, and those who are always tinkering will see the value in such a design. There aren't a ton to choose from, though <strong>the market for open air test benches did just grow by one with the introduction of Lian Li's PC-T80</strong>.</p> <p>Or it grew it two, if you want to consider the black (PC-T80X) and silver (PC-T80A) color options as two totally different beasts. Color differences aside, the PC-T80 follows in the footsteps of Lian Li's PC-T60 but adds native radiator support and a more modular design.</p> <p>It measures 17.3 (W) x 17.1 (H) x 13.1 (D) inches (440mm x 435mm x 335mm) and is separated into three zones. Up top is a dual-functioning bracket to install radiators up to 360mm or three 3.5-inch/2.5-inch HDDs. <a href="http://www.globalpr.com.tw/press-room/lian-li/press-releases/article/lian-li/lian-li-announces-the-pc-t80-test-bench-1/" target="_blank">According to Lian Li</a>, the HDD cage and power supply location in the lower zone can be exchanged without much effort, and if you need it, an additional HDD cage can be installed in the lower zone.</p> <p>The PC-T80 supports motherboards up to XL-ATX. It uses a tool-less mounting system for HDDs and features a pre-cut motherboard tray for the optional installation of USB and multimedia port connector cables.</p> <p>Both the <a href="http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-t80/" target="_blank">silver and black PC-T80 models</a> will be available soon for $169 (MSRP).</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qYa04hFLjmc" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/lian_lis_pc-t80_open_air_test_bench_supports_liquid_cooling_2014#comments Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li pc-t80 Test Bench News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:17:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 28728 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Unveils Nexus 9 Tablet with 64-bit Tegra K1 Inside http://www.maximumpc.com/google_unveils_nexus_9_tablet_64-bit_tegra_k1_inside_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nexus_9_tablet.jpg" alt="Nexus 9" title="Nexus 9" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />World's first Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet</h3> <p>Today's a big day for Google and its Android platform. In addition to launching the big-size <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/motorola_rolls_out_nexus_6_handset_google_featuring_android_50_lollipop_2014">Nexus 6 handset</a> built by Motorola, <strong>Google today also unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet built by HTC</strong>. Like the Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 rocks the newest build of Google's mobile operating system, Android 5.0, otherwise now known as Lollipop. Unlike the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 sports a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3GHz inside.</p> <p>The Nexus 9 features an 8.9-inch IPS display with a 2048x1536 resolution (QVGA) and 4:3 aspect ratio. It also boasts 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage (non-expandable), 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and front-firing HTC BoomSound speakers.</p> <p>Brushed metal sides, clean lines, and a thin bezel give the tablet a sleek look, at least that's our impression from the press photos we've seen. There's also a soft grip back and "subtle curves," Google says. Optionally, you can add a keyboard folio that magnetically attaches to the Nexus 9 -- it folds into two different angles and is supposed to rest on your lap like a laptop.</p> <p>The 16GB ($399) and 32GB ($479) <a href="http://www.google.com/nexus/9/" target="_blank">Nexus 9</a> will go up for pre-order on October 17th.</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/google_unveils_nexus_9_tablet_64-bit_tegra_k1_inside_2014#comments android 5.0 Google Hardware htc lollipop mobile nexus 9 nvidia slate tablet tegra k1 News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:42:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28725 at http://www.maximumpc.com Motorola Rolls Out Nexus 6 Handset for Google Featuring Android 5.0 Lollipop http://www.maximumpc.com/motorola_rolls_out_nexus_6_handset_google_featuring_android_50_lollipop_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_nexus_6.jpg" alt="Google Nexus 6" title="Google Nexus 6" width="228" height="213" style="float: right;" />A new phone and a new OS</h3> <p>After all the rumors and speculation, the Nexus 6 is now a real device. <strong>Motorola and Google unveiled the Nexus 6, the largest Nexus phone Google has ever offered</strong>, and the first to run the company's Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system (sorry Lemon Meringue Pie fans, it just wasn't meant to be this time around). The Nexus 6 is being built by Motorola and offered by Google in the Play Store.</p> <p>Google's newest device sports a 6-inch Quad HD (2560x1440, 493ppi) display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor clocked at 2.7GHz with an Adreno 420 GPU. It also sports 3GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and dual LED flash, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, dual front-facing stereo speakers, NFC support, and a few other bullet points.</p> <p><a href="http://www.motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/10/nexus-6-from-google-and-motorola-more.html" target="_blank">According to Motorola</a>, the Nexus 6's 3220 mAh battery will get your through a full day and more. That's aided by Android 5.0 Lollipop, which includes a battery saving feature.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 isn't the only handset getting the Lollipop treatment. Motorola announced in a <a href="http://www.motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/10/its-official-android-50-lollipop-coming.html" target="_blank">separate blog post</a> that Lollipop will be coming to the Moto X (both 1st and 2nd generation), Moto G (both 1st and 2nd generation), Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini.</p> <p>Google's <a href="http://www.motorola.com/us/Nexus-6/nexus-6-motorola-us.html" target="_blank">Nexus 6</a> will be available to pre-order through the Google Play Store in late October starting at $649. You'll be able to choose between Midnight Blue or Cloud White.</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/motorola_rolls_out_nexus_6_handset_google_featuring_android_50_lollipop_2014#comments android 5 Google Hardware lollipop mobile motorola nexus 6 smartphone News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:50:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28723 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Posts "Best-Ever" Third Quarter Revenue and Profits http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_posts_best-ever_third_quarter_revenue_and_profits_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_man.jpg" alt="Intel Man" title="Intel Man" width="228" height="236" style="float: right;" />Intel's Q3 revenue jumped by $1.1 billion year-over-year</h3> <p>Go back a couple of years and you could criticize Intel for being slow to respond to the mobile shift in the market place. However, don't fret about any long-term repercussions -- for the first time ever, Intel shipped more than 100 million microprocessors in a single quarter. Those shipments led to <strong>Intel posting a record $14.6 billion in revenue for the third quarter</strong>, along with operating income of $4.5 billion and net income of $3.3 billion.</p> <p>"We are pleased by the progress the company is making," <a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/10/14/intel-reports-record-third-quarter-revenue-of-146-billion" target="_blank">said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich</a>. "We achieved our best-ever revenue and strong profits in the third quarter. There is more to do, but our results give us confidence that we’re successfully executing to our strategy of extending our products across a broad range of exciting new markets."</p> <p>Being pleased might be a gross understatement -- Intel should be tickled pink with its results, which include a 9 percent year-over-year in PC Client Group revenue to $9.2 billion. Intel's Data Center Group revenue grew 16 percent year-over-year to $3.7 billion, while its Internet of Things (IoT) division saw a 14 percent rise to $530 million.</p> <p>Looking ahead to Q4, Intel expects to collect another $14.7 million in revenue, plus or minus $500 million.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/plong/3317838947/" target="_blank">Flickr (Paul Long)</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/intel_posts_best-ever_third_quarter_revenue_and_profits_2014#comments Hardware intel revenue sales News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:32:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28722 at http://www.maximumpc.com