Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/%252Fzeroboard.php en Microsoft's Working a Fix to Alleviate Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_working_fix_alleviate_surface_pro_3_overheating_issue_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_3.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="136" style="float: right;" />Some Surface Pro 3 tablets are prone to overheating</h3> <p>A limited number of Surface Pro 3 owners have been reporting issues with their tablets overheating, even when running light tasks or simple sitting at idle. In turn, this has led to the cooling fan ramping up to excessive noise levels. <strong>Microsoft is aware of the overheating issue and has promised Surface Pro 3 owners that a fix will be issued "as soon as possible.</strong>" It's unclear if that means it will come on Patch Tuesday (September 9), before, or after.</p> <p>One user on <a href="http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/forum/surfpro3-surfusingpro/excessively-loud-fan-constant-overheating-during/1efa253a-f7f2-486b-a891-5633738b8532?page=1&amp;tm=1408845783226" target="_blank">Microsoft's discussion forum </a>said he went through four Surface Pro 3 models, each with a Core i7 processor, and each one exhibited the overheating issue. According to his post, his Surface Pro 3 is the loudest thing in his office, even when running idle. At full bore, he says the fan noise becomes "ear-piercing" and the heat produced "immensely hot."</p> <p>In a statement to <em>CNET</em>, Microsoft said it's aware of a "very small number of Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i7 devices that are temporarily restarting and incorrectly showing a 'Thermometer Gauge' icon while attempting to boot up." The company said it has an update that will address the issue.</p> <p>At the same time, Microsoft was a bit standoffish about the complaints of excessive heat.</p> <p>"The i7 version of Surface Pro 3 is a first-of-its-kind tablet delivering i7 processing power in a thin and light package. As such, the increased power calls for the fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds - and for the unit to run slightly warmer. If customers have any questions or concerns, they should contact Microsoft Support," Microsoft said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_working_fix_alleviate_surface_pro_3_overheating_issue_2014#comments Hardware microsoft OEM overheating rigs surface pro 3 News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:13:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28428 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Notes Rise in Proportion of Pentium and Celeron Notebook CPUs http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_notes_rise_proportion_pentium_and_celeron_notebook_cpus_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_celeron.jpg" alt="Intel Celeron Logo" title="Intel Celeron Logo" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Low cost laptops are on the rise</h3> <p>One thing Intel won't have any trouble doing in the coming months is moving low-cost laptop CPUs. That's because Microsoft and Intel are making concerted efforts with vendors to sell entry-level notebooks priced from around $200 to $250 in order to fend off the Chromebook push. As a result of this new focus, <strong>Intel is seeing a rise in the proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs</strong>, particularly its Pentium and Celeron chips.</p> <p>Citing information obtained from supply chain makers in Taiwan, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140827PD205.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> that Intel's shipment proportion of entry-level CPUs has increased from around 50-60 percent in the first half of 2014 to as high as 70 percent currently. In other words, as many as 7 out of every 10 notebook CPUs Intel ships these days is a low-cost Pentium or Celeron part.</p> <p>In particular, Intel is seeing strong sales of its Celeron 2970M, N2930, and N2940 chips, along with Pentium 3558U, N3530, and N3540 parts. It's not just about the push for $200 to $250 laptops -- another reason is that demand for Ultrabooks, 2-in-1 devices, and touchscreen laptops has fallen below expectations.</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_notes_rise_proportion_pentium_and_celeron_notebook_cpus_2014#comments celeron cpu Hardware intel laptop notebook pentium processor News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:01:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 28427 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Power Cords Due to Fire Hazard http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/power_cord_ls-15.jpg" alt="Power Cord LS-15" title="Power Cord LS-15" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Affected AC power cords are prone to overheating</h3> <p><strong>HP this week decided to err on the side of caution and issue a worldwide voluntary recall of around 6 million potentially faulty power cords</strong> for select HP and Compaq brand notebooks and mini notebooks. The recall also affects AC power cords provided with docking stations. All of the affected cords, whether bundled with a laptop or with a docking station, were sold from September 2012 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1,500.</p> <p>"HP believes that certain power cords shipped with notebook PC products and AC adapter accessories may pose a risk of fire and burn hazard to customers. We are taking this action as part of our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our notebook customers," HP said.</p> <p>The recall involves HP's LS-15 AC power cords, though not all power cords with the LS-15 marking are faulty. You can check to see if yours is one of them using <a href="https://h30652.www3.hp.com/" target="_blank">HP's online tool</a>. If it is, HP says to stop using it immediately while it sends you a replacement at no cost.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/power_cord.jpg" alt="Power Cord" title="Power Cord" width="620" height="225" /></p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Hewlett-Packard-Recalls-Notebook-Computer-AC-Power-Cords/" target="_blank">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission</a>, there have been 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, which resulted in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.</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_recalls_6_million_laptop_power_cords_due_fire_hazard_2014#comments Hardware hewlett-packard hp laptop mobile notebook power cord recall News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:04:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28426 at http://www.maximumpc.com Seagate Goes Big, Ships Industry's First 8TB Hard Drive http://www.maximumpc.com/seagate_goes_big_ships_industrys_first_8tb_hard_drive_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/seagate_hdd_3.jpg" alt="Seagate 8TB" title="Seagate 8TB" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Go big or go home</h3> <p>Anybody remember when hard drives were measured in megabytes? How far we've come from those primitive days in computing. Further distancing us from the stone age of storage, <strong>Seagate today has begun shipping the world's first 8TB hard drive</strong>. The feat comes a mere five months after Western Digital's HGST subsidiary shipped the first 6TB HDD -- could a capacity war be at hand?</p> <p>We're not sure, though Seagate did previously mention 10TB models in the not-too-distant future. For now, 8TB is as capacious as single HDDs get in the 3.5-inch form factor. Details of the new drive are in short supply, though Seagate did confirm that it sports a SATA 6Gbps interface and features multi-drive RV tolerance for use in high-density environments such as data centers.</p> <p>"As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers," <a href="http://www.seagate.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Seagate-ships-worlds-first-8TB-hard-drives-pr-master/" target="_blank">said Scott Horn</a>, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world’s first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage."</p> <p>Seagate seems to be taking aim at data centers and cloud computing providers, though the thought of slapping several of these drives in a NAS box has us salivating at the sheer amount of storage space.</p> <p>In any event, the 8TB drive is shipping now to select customers and will be more widely available next quarter.</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/seagate_goes_big_ships_industrys_first_8tb_hard_drive_2014#comments 8tb Build a PC Hard Drive Hardware HDD seagate storage News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:56:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28421 at http://www.maximumpc.com Research Firm Expects All-in-One PC Shipments to Decline in 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/research_firm_expects_all--one_pc_shipments_decline_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_aio_1.jpg" alt="Lenovo AIO" title="Lenovo AIO" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Was the push for all-in-one systems just a fad?</h3> <p>Poke your head into Best Buy and take a peek at the computer section. In it you'll find lots tablets, laptops (including hybrids), and all-in-one systems, along with a small selection of desktop towers. AIO PCs have been around for many years now, but only recently became popular, in part because of dropping prices. You have to think that the prominence of touchscreen displays helped matters too. However, <strong>at least one research firm believes AIO shipments will drop this year</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140825PD206.html" target="_blank">Digitimes Research</a> projects a 2.4 percent year-on-year decline in AIO shipments in 2014 because enterprise and consumer buyers have both used their budgets to purchase conventional desktops. In addition, Sony has dropped out of the PC market, so there's one less vendor to feed the AIO sector.</p> <p>As it stands, Apple and Lenovo are the top two vendors in the AIO category with a combined 60 percent share of the market. Other vendors, such as HP and Dell, have seen their share decline.</p> <p>Time will tell if Digitimes Research is correct in its prediction, though if prices keep coming down, we suspect the allure of a space saving design will prevent AIOs from slipping into obscurity, if at all.</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/research_firm_expects_all--one_pc_shipments_decline_2014#comments aio all-in-one Hardware News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:34:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28420 at http://www.maximumpc.com Digital Storm Targets Gamers with Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition http://www.maximumpc.com/digital_storm_targets_gamers_bolt_ii_battle_box_titan_z_special_edition_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/digital_storm_battle_box.jpg" alt="Digital Storm Bolt II Battle Box" title="Digital Storm Bolt II Battle Box" width="228" height="183" style="float: right;" />Liquid cooled and ready for the heat of battle</h3> <p><strong>Digital Storm today unveiled its Bolt II Battle Box Titan Z Special Edition</strong>, which is a specially priced Bolt II small form factor (SFF) rig wielding a dual-GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card. In addition to adding a Titan Z, Digital Storm went back to the drawing board and redesigned the Bolt II to accommodate a new Hardline Cooling System consisting of a 240mm radiator, pump, and "stunning" acrylic tubing with yellow coolant.</p> <p>"Nvidia launched the GTX Battle Box Program to allow gamers to play AAA, combat-focused games at max settings and super high resolutions," said Harjit Chana, Chief Brand Officer. "But gaming in 4K requires much more than simply upgrading components. Our Hardline Cooling System allows gamers to unlock the Bolt II’s full potential and experience games in ways they never thought possible."</p> <p>The Bolt II Battle Box is available now for just under $5,000, down from what its regular selling price should be, which is $6,658. At that starting price, the Bolt II Battle Box comes with a painted chassis, an overclocked Intel Core i7 4790K processor, Asus Maximus VI Impact motherboard, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Blu-ray player, 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, 1TB Seagate HDD, Titan Z graphics card, liquid cooling, internal lighting, 700W power supply, and Windows 8.1 64-bit.</p> <p>You can find out more (and/or place an order) on <a href="https://www.digitalstormonline.com/configurator.asp?id=1034531" target="_blank">Digital Storm's website</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/digital_storm_targets_gamers_bolt_ii_battle_box_titan_z_special_edition_2014#comments battle boz bolt ii Digital Storm Gaming geforce gtx titan z Hardware nvidia OEM rigs News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:35:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28418 at http://www.maximumpc.com Burger King Now Serving a Selection of Free Smartphones http://www.maximumpc.com/burger_king_now_serving_selection_free_smartphones_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/burger_king_phones.jpg" alt="Burger King Phones" title="Burger King Phones" width="228" height="208" style="float: right;" />One Big King and a large soda - would you like a smartphone with that?</h3> <p>Interested in the LG G2? What about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini or Galaxy S4 Active? Believe it or not, these represent a small <strong>selection of smartphones you can get for free through Burger King's website</strong>. Yes, Burger King, the fast food chain that just brought back Chicken Fries to go with your Whopper. Apparently Burger King really, really wants you to download and use its new mobile app for Android.</p> <p>Of course, the standard two-year service agreement applies, with phone options for AT&amp;T, Sprint, and Verizon (no love for T-Mobile). And you have to order the phone online at a <a href="http://burgerking.ordermysmartphone.com/shop/" target="_blank">special portal on Burger King's website</a> using the coupon code FREEPHONE rather than have an employee add a Motorola Moto X to your bag with extra ketchup.</p> <p>What's surprising (other than the odd pairing of Burger King and smartphones) is the selection of devices. You won't find the latest flagship models, but the selection is far from miserable. In addition to the ones already mentioned, other notable entries include the LG Optimus G Pro, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One (M7, not the M8), and LG G2, to name a few.</p> <p>If you'd rather have the just the app without getting a new smartphone, you can download it from <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.emn8.mobilem8.nativeapp.bk&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play</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/burger_king_now_serving_selection_free_smartphones_2014#comments Burger King Hardware mobile smartphone News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:56:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 28413 at http://www.maximumpc.com Dutch Online Merchant Purportedly Leaks Haswell-E Process Pricing http://www.maximumpc.com/dutch_online_merchant_purportedly_leaks_haswell-e_process_pricing_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_0.jpg" alt="Intel" title="Intel" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />Start saving your skrilla</h3> <p>We keep saying it, but Intel is very close to releasing its initial batch of <strong>Haswell-E</strong> processors. There's been talk of a launch taking place on August 29, while other rumors have the debut pegged for early September. Whatever the case may be, it's worth waiting to see how Haswell-E shakes out before building a new system, and you won't have to wait long. As for <strong>pricing, there have been several rumors already, along with another online leak, this time by a Dutch e-tailer</strong>.</p> <p>We spotted news of the leaked pricing at<em> <a href="http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-haswell-e-preorder-prices-maxict,27525.html" target="_blank">TomsHardware</a></em>, which noticed that <em>MaxICT</em>, a Dutch webshop<em>, </em>was listing all three rumored Haswell-E processors for pre-order.</p> <p>First up is the Intel Core i7 5820K. This is a six-core processor with a dozen threads, 3.3GHz clockspeed, 15MB of L3 cache, 28 PCI-E lanes, and 140W TDP. According to the listing, it will sell for €358.56 (around $473).</p> <p>Second to bat is the Core i7-5930K. It also has six cores, 12 threads, and 15MB of L3 cache, but 40 PCI-E lanes and a 3.5GHz clockspeed, along with the same 140TDP. This one is listed at €533.15 (around $704).</p> <p>Finally, there's the Core i7 5960X with eight cores, 16 threads, 3GHz clockspeed, 20MB of L3 cache, 40 PCI-E lanes, and a 140W TDP. It's listed at €945.20 (around $1,248).</p> <p>According to <em>TomsHardware</em>, prices come down considerably if applying the exchange rate after removing taxes. In that case, the Core i7 5820K would hover around $400 ($392.43), the Core i7 5930K around $600 ($583.51), and the Core i7 5960X around $1,000 ($1,034.50).</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/dutch_online_merchant_purportedly_leaks_haswell-e_process_pricing_2014#comments Build a PC cpu Hardware haswell-e processor News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:37:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 28410 at http://www.maximumpc.com Tablets Can't Shake Gravity, Shipments to Decline for First Time in 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/tablets_cant_shake_gravity_shipments_decline_first_time_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tablets_0.jpg" alt="Tablets" title="Tablets" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />What goes up must come down</h3> <p>Following the launch of the original iPad, consumers began flocking to tablets as if their favorite drug had just been legalized. Demand reached a fever pitch once name-brand Android slates came onto the scene with lower price tags, and the growth was so explosive that it had some analysts talking about the post PC era. What those short sighted analysts failed to take into account is market saturation, and <strong>for the first time since the iPad debuted, tablet shipments are on pace to see an on-year decline</strong>, market research firm TrendForce says.</p> <p>According to TrendForce, the novelty of tablets has worn off. Prices have bottomed out, and this time around, low-cost notebooks are stealing away tablet market share instead of it being the other way around. As a result, branded tablet shipments are expected to decline 1.8 percent year-over-year to 153 million units in 2014, while notebook shipments will increase 1 percent year-over-year to 171 million units.</p> <p>"Time has shown that notebooks are irreplaceable," <a href="http://press.trendforce.com/press/20140825-1606.html" target="_blank">said Caroline Chen</a>, a notebook PC analyst with TrendForce. "They offer larger screens than tablets as well as a keyboard and mouse, which are all important for those who use their computers primarily for work reasons. Tablets remain limited to Internet browsing and entertainment functions."</p> <p>None of this means tablets are on their way out, and if you're in the market for a slate, the good news here is that there's likely to be a long term price war, at least among non-Apple manufacturers, TrendForce says. It's also encouraging if you're in the market for a laptop, as Microsoft is working with hardware partners to release models in the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_stream_14_laptop_runs_windows_81_and_costs_200_-_what_now_chromebooks">$200 to $250 range</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/tablets_cant_shake_gravity_shipments_decline_first_time_2014#comments Hardware mobile slate tablet trendforce News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:02:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28409 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Announces Tonga-based R9 285 Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_announces_tonga-based_r9_285_graphics_card249 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Touts it as being faster than Nvidia’s GTX 760</h3> <p>At its “<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_will_celebrate_30_years_graphics_and_gaming_live_webcast_2014" target="_blank">30 Year of Gaming and Graphics</a>” event, which the company broadcast live via Twitch on Saturday, <strong>Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced the addition of a new graphics card to its Radeon R9 family</strong>. While the Radeon R9 285 is very close to its predecessor, the R9 280, in terms of specs, the new card is built around the company’s new Tonga Pro GPU.</p> <p>The R9 285, which like the R9 280 packs 1792 stream processors, 112 texture processors and 32 ROPs, boasts a maximum boost clock speed of 918MHz (base clock speed unknown), which is a bit less than that of its predecessor. However, with a TDP of 190W,&nbsp; it is considerably more power efficient than the R9 280, which has a 250W TDP. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of their specs:</p> <p><img src="/files/u46168/r9285vs_r9280.png" alt="R9 285 vs R9 280" width="620" height="90" /></p> <p>The R9 285 will go on sale on September 2, 2014 for $249.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_announces_tonga-based_r9_285_graphics_card249#comments amd Gaming gpu graphics card Hardware radeon r9 285 tonga pro News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:45:09 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28408 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Enters Chromebox Fray with $180 CXI http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_enters_chromebox_fray_180_cxi360 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/acer-chromebox-cxi-chromebox.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebox CXI" title="Acer Chromebox CXI" width="228" height="261" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Powered by an Intel Celeron 2957U processor</h3> <p>The netbook revolution was, at the time of it inception, an all-Linux affair, with there being plenty of talk of Linux finally emerging as a serious alternative to Windows in the eyes of mainstream PC users. However, all such talk quickly disappeared when the first Windows-running devices invaded the segment and made it their own in no time at all. Tablets may have derailed the netbook bandwagon, but <strong>Linux has managed to claw its way back into contention in the laptop segment with Google Chromebooks.</strong> Now, if the search engine giant has its way, its <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/12/with-chromebooks-a-success-google-adds-focus-on-chromeboxes/" target="_blank">Linux-based cloud OS could end up replicating that same success in the desktop category as well.</a></p> <p>Google hopes do this with inexpensive Chrome OS -based PCs like the upcoming Chromebox CXI, which has a starting price of just $179.99. The base model packs a 1.4GHz&nbsp; Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports,&nbsp; and an SD card slot with support for up to 32GB external storage. For an additional $40, you will be able to get one with double the RAM.</p> <p>When the diminutive CXI (165x130x33mm) goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada sometime next month, it will be the first device of its kind from Acer’s stable. It will join a handful of similar offerings from the likes of Asus, Samsung and HP.</p> <p>Apart from standalone Chromeboxes, Google also offers a <a href="http://www.google.co.in/intl/en/chrome/business/solutions/for-meetings.html" target="_blank">$1,000 Core i7-powered Chromebox for Meetings bundle</a>.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_enters_chromebox_fray_180_cxi360#comments Acer chrome os chromebox cxi Desktop Google Hardware Software News Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:40:06 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28405 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Pushes Windows 7 PCs for Back to School Season with Instant Discounts http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_pushes_windows_7_pcs_back_school_season_instant_discounts_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_envy_0.jpg" alt="HP Envy" title="HP Envy" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Save money on a Windows 7 system</h3> <p>With Windows 9 (Threshold) rumored for an introduction next month along with a Release Preview for consumers and developers alike, it's safe to say that the Windows 8 era is winding down, though some would argue it never truly began (market share figures would back that argument). So, what do you do if you're an OEM looking to pick up sales for the back to school season? Well, <strong>if you're HP, you promote Windows 7 and offer shoppers an enticing discount</strong>.</p> <p>HP has been sending out a newsletter to customers with the heading, "Windows 7 PCs on sale, just in time for school." That's an interesting sales pitch some two years after Windows 8 has been on the market. Nevertheless, consumers just haven't reacted to Windows 8/8.1 the way Microsoft hoped they would, so this isn't a terrible move by HP.</p> <p>If you head over to HP's "<a href="http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/Laptops" target="_blank">Laptops &amp; hybrids</a>" section, you'll see HP pushing Windows 7 laptops with instant savings of up to $170. You can save up to 20 percent off of Windows 7 laptops in certain cases, such as the HP Pavilion 15t-n200 -- it normally sells for $750 but is currently marked down to $600. The HP Envy 15t-j100 Quad Edition is close behind with a 19 percent reduction to $730, down from $900.</p> <p>Time is running out for Microsoft's hardware partners to sell Windows 7 PCs to consumers. After October 31, they'll no longer be able to sell systems with Windows 7 as a standard option.</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_pushes_windows_7_pcs_back_school_season_instant_discounts_2014#comments back to school Hardware hewlett-packard hp OEM operating system OS rigs Software windows 7 News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:55:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28401 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Rumored to Cut FX Processor Pricing on September 1, 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumored_cut_fx_processor_pricing_september_1_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_fx_8-core.jpg" alt="AMD FX 8-Core" title="AMD FX 8-Core" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Big savings might be just around the corner</h3> <p>Save for a stint during the socket 939 era when Athlon 64 X2 chips carried premium price tags, AMD has mostly been about delivering competitive pricing compared to Intel. In keeping with that trend, <strong>AMD is reportedly getting ready to slash prices of its FX-9000 "Centurion" processors</strong>, as well as trim prices less aggressively on select FX Series parts and discontinue certain older models.</p> <p><a href="http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20140820105340_AMD_to_Cut_Prices_on_FX_9000_Other_FX_Processors_New_Prices_Revealed.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Xbit Labs</em></a> and a few other sources on the web, AMD will roll out its new prices on September 1, 2014. One of the biggest cuts is purportedly coming to the FX-9590, which will go down to $215 when purchased in mass quantities supplied in trays -- you can expect retail pricing to be a bit higher. At present, the chip sells for $299, though <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_ocz_vector_150_series_120gb_ssd_amd_fx-9590_vishera_8-core_and_more">Newegg has a coupon code</a> that cuts the cost to $260.</p> <p>Other price reductions include the following:</p> <ul> <li>FX-9370: $199 (down from $219)</li> <li>FX-8350: $169 (down from $189)</li> <li>FX-8320: $139 (down from $149)</li> <li>FX-6350: $119 (down from $129)</li> <li>FX-6300: $99 (down from $109)</li> <li>FX-4350: $95 (down from $119)</li> <li>FX-4300: $95 (down from $99)</li> </ul> <p>On top of the above, AMD is reportedly planning to either discontinue or keep the present pricing on its FX-8150, FX-8120, FX-6200, FX-6100, FX-4170, FX-4130, and FX-4100 processors.</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/amd_rumored_cut_fx_processor_pricing_september_1_2014#comments amd Build a PC cpu fx-9000 Hardware processor rumor News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:56:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28398 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill Unveils Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 Memory Kits with Redesigned Heatspreaders http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_unveils_ripjaws_4_series_ddr4_memory_kits_redesigned_heatspreaders_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ripjaws4.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" title="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" />More parts in preparation for Haswell-E</h3> <p>One thing you won't have to worry about when Intel rolls out its Haswell-E processors is finding supplementary components to accommodate the new parts. That includes DDR4 memory. <strong>G.Skill is the latest to jump on the DDR4 bandwagon</strong>, and it brought along its familiar Ripjaws branding. The new Ripjaws 4 Series of DDR4 memory kits represent the fourth generation of Ripjaws, and with it comes a redesigned heatspreader.</p> <p>The aggressive looking heatspreaders come in red, blue, and black. Though the heatspreaders on these kits are reflective of a brand new design, G.Skill says each module still measures 40mm high, the same as previous generation Ripjaws RAM.</p> <p>G.Skill is releasing a whole bunch of Ripjaws 4 Series kits ranging in frequency from 2133MHz to 3200MHz. They include:</p> <ul> <li>2133MHz; 15-15-15-15; 1.2V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8), 64GB (8GBx8)</li> <li>2400MHz; 15-15-15-15; 1.2V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8), 64GB (8GBx8)</li> <li>2666MHz; 15-15-15-35; 1.2V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8), 64GB (8GBx8)</li> <li>2800MHz; 16-16-16-36; 1.2V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8), 64GB (8GBx8)</li> <li>3000MHz; 15-15-15-35; 1.35V; 16GB (4GBx4), 32GB (8GBx4 / 4GBx8)</li> <li>3000MHz; 16-16-16-36; 1.35V; 32GB (8GBx4)</li> <li>3200MHz; 16-16-16-36; 1.35V; 16GB (4GBx4)</li> </ul> <p>Memory kits above 2400MHz support Intel XMP 2.0 for easy tuning, and all Ripjaws 4 kits have been validated for compatibility with "most X99 motherboards," <a href="http://www.gskill.com/en/press/view/g-skill-announces--ripjaws-4-series-ddr4-memory-kits" target="_blank">G.Skill says</a>.</p> <p>The Ripjaws 4 kits in capacities up to 32GB are available now ranging in price (street) from around $260 to $530.</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/gskill_unveils_ripjaws_4_series_ddr4_memory_kits_redesigned_heatspreaders_2014#comments Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:47:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28397 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC's Raven X6 Gaming Laptop Takes Flight Starting at $1,199 http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpcs_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/raven_laptop.jpg" alt="Raven X6" title="Raven X6" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />A sleek and stylish laptop</h3> <p><strong>CyberPowerPC today uncaged its new Raven X6 laptop for gamers</strong>. The Raven X6 sports a 15.6-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with a 1920x1080 resolution powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ mobile processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. It all comes wrapped in an aggressive looking chassis with sleek angles and subtle aesthetic enhancements and accents.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $1,199. In addition to the components listed above, the Raven X6 also features 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), two USB 3.0 ports, HD webcam with dual digital microphones, backlit keyboard, HDMI output, 4-in-1 media card reader, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>There are a few upgrade options, such as bigger and faster storage choices, more RAM, and a bunch of accessories (mice, keyboards, headsets), though you can't hog wild pimping this thing out with more powerful components -- the options just aren't there.</p> <p>You can order a <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/LandingPages/RAVEN/" target="_blank">CyberPowerPC Raven X6</a> right now.</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_raven_x6_gaming_laptop_takes_flight_starting_1199#comments cyberpowerpc Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM raven x6 rigs News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:36:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28393 at http://www.maximumpc.com