Update: Now with more screens and information on Nvidia battery boost
When Nvidia unveiled its first Maxwell-based graphics cards during its GAME24 event, the company trumpeted increased performance alongside power efficiency, allowing for high-end video cards that run cooler and quieter. That's the kind of combination that's ideal for mobile gamers, and if you've been waiting for Maxwell to arrive on laptops, your wait is over -- Nvidia this morning launched its GeForce GTX 970M and 980M notebook GPUs.
Do you fear that one day we'll all become servants of our robotic overlords? If you want to fuel that fear, think about how they might communicate with each other, and then consider that the number of active mobile devices is higher than the human population, marking a milestone that electronic gadgets have never reached before. Many of these mobile devices also happen to be considered "smart."
For those of you who needed another solid state drive line to consider for your next upgrade, Mushkin today added the Chronos G2 series to its family of SSDs. Part of the pitch from Mushkin is that they're designed and assembled in the U.S., while the other selling point is that the Chronos G2 line offers a high level of performance for users working with a limited budget.
Try your hand at Maximum PC's brutal 13th annual Geek Quiz
Our world is full of competitions and tournaments that favor impressive athletic feats and rippling abs. The winners get to wear fancy rings and get paid silly amounts of money to wear a shoe with a swooping logo on it. So where do geeks like us go if they prefer to flex the muscle of the mind? Where are the trophies for the legions of sons and daughters who tirelessly fix their parents’ computers and educate countless laypeople about the dangers and wonders of technology? Er, sorry, we don’t have any tangible rewards for you, either. But we do have a fun computer quiz!
You may recognize the Inno3D brand based on the company's collection of graphics cards. While not as popular in the U.S. as companies like EVGA and Asus, Inno3D builds video cards based on Nvidia's GPU designs, including the company's new Maxwell parts. However, Inno3D is also now a brand in the 3D printer space with the introduction of the M1, a 3D printer for consumers.
Taking a trip to 'Hawaii' just got a bit more affordable
Competition is fierce in the graphics card market, and while we've seen AMD and Nvidia duke it out with bundled game offers, it's the price wars that truly get our attention. Speaking of which, Nvidia certainly got AMD's attention when it launched Maxwell during the company's GAME24 event, which saw the release of the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 for $329 and $549, respectively (MSRPs). AMD has just responded by cutting the price of its Radeon R9 290 and 290X Hawaii cards.
MSI may release a slower and less expensive version of the GeForce GTX 970
Nvidia has a winning architecture on its hands with Maxwell, and as we've seen in benchmarks, both the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 are fine graphics cards. As is typically the case, Nvidia's third-party partners have taken to customizing the reference designs with their own cooling solutions and factory overclocks, though interestingly MSI appears to be preparing a Lite Edition of the GeForce GTX 970.
The issue of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus being prone to bending out of shape may be blown out of proportion -- Apple claims that the problem is "extremely rare" -- but whether it is or isn't, you can bet that Samsung is going to use the ammunition to fire at its rival. Having already taken to Twitter with digs at Apple, Samsung today posted a video showing the process its Galaxy Note 4 phones go through to ensure they stay rigid.
For those of you who've been waiting for Nvidia to start shipping its Shield gaming tablet with 32GB of on-board storage and 4G LTE connectivity baked in, the wait is now over -- you can order the Shield 32GB LTE gaming tablet for $399 direct from Nvidia's website. That's twice as much storage as the 16GB model, plus you get LTE connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi access, additions that come at a $100 premium.
Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack
It will be tough (not impossible) to catch up with and/or surpass Apple or Samsung in the tablet race, though the sprint for third place is a ferocious one led by Lenovo, Amazon, and Asus, as well as other "emerging vendors," according to ABI Research. Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.