Power users needn't worry, the desktop is alive and thriving!
These days you can't flip on the Internet without being bombarded by tablet and smartphone announcements. Hey, we love mobile just as much as the next geek, but we're also stoked when major players take time to shower some love on the desktop, which is what Intel did at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) today. One thing Intel unveiled today is an 8-core Haswell-E CPU.
The Oculus VR development team has announced at GDC the Rift Development Kit 2. The upgraded device implements features from the Crystal Cove prototype, which was unveiled at CES this year, such as the low persistence OLED display rather than the original’s LED display.
IDC reports a slight drop in overall monitor shipments
It appears PC users are mostly content with their current monitors, hence why PC display shipments came in at just under 35 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing a drop of 0.4 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to data released by IDC. That's also representative of a 3.8 percent decline over the same quarter a year ago, though HP and Dell must have missed the memo because both recorded gains in the monitor segment.
G.Skill is a company that's frequently involved in the overclocking scene, and to take things a step further this year, the memory and storage maker announced that it's giving away $10,000 to the winner of the G.Skill OC World Cup 2014 overclocking contest. According to G.Skill, this is the largest single cash prize in competitive overclocking history. Second and third place finishers will receive memory kits.
Save and access your mouse settings using CloudSync
Is all that cold, hard cash weighing you down and creating an unsightly bulge in your bank account? If you're looking to shed a chunk of green, the SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse is is available to pre-order today for $160. That's not the most expensive rodent we've ever seen, though it's certainly in the upper echelon of high-priced gaming gear. What you get in return is a high-end gaming mouse with SteelSeries Engine 3 CloudSync compatibility. Allow us to explain.
If you fancy yourself a budget builder or otherwise just like getting the most bang for your buck, you might be interested in a trio of new cases from Corsair. Aimed at PC gamers, Corsair's three new Carbide Series SPEC range of enclosures feature aggressive styling, modern amenities, ample air cooling potential, and wallet-friendly price tags. How friendly? Try $50 for the SPEC-01 and $60 each for the SPEC-02 and SPEC-03.
Available in multiple form factors and up to 1TB in capacity
Micron on Tuesday unveiled its new M550 solid state drive (SSD) family, which is available today to consumers, businesses, and system builders under the company's Crucial brand, and to OEM customers under the Micron name. The M550 is a high-performance line of drives available in a variety of form factors, including 2.5-inch, mSATA, and M.2 with capacities ranging from 64GB all the way up to 1TB.
New panels from AOC range in size from 19.5 inches to 24 inches
AOC is kicking off the work week by unveiling four new monitors intended for home office, government, and education environments. Among the new panels you'll find a 19.5-inch monitor running at 1600x900, two 21.5-inch panels with Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolutions, and a 24-inch model that also features a Full HD 1080p display. All four sport LED backlights and AOC's product enhancing and energy saving software.
It's going to be an exciting summer for power users. Assuming all goes to plan and that leaked information turns out to be accurate, you can expect Intel to launch its Haswell-E hardware in June, along with its X99 "Wellsburg" chipset. Details of the forthcoming chipset have found their way online ahead of the chipset's release, which among other things will support DDR4 memory.
Nvidia paved the way for new gaming laptop releases earlier this week when it introduced its new GeForce GTX 800M Series of mobile GPUs, and sure enough, we've been bombarded with announcements coming in every which direction. One of the companies getting in on the action is Gigabyte, which today announced an array of gaming laptops built with Nvidia's latest 800M GPUs.