Geekbox’s Ego Maniacal system pays homage to Maximum PC’s Dream Machine—but probably not the one you’re thinking of.
Sure, last year’s Dream Machine featured the same Silverstone TJ11 chassis as the Geekbox Ego Maniacal, but we’re told that the actual inspiration for this custom-built box was 2002’s Dream Machine, which was painted to match a classic BMW 2002 Turbo. Except Geekbox has updated its tribute to the car by nodding its head to the more current special edition BMW M3 in “frozen black.”
Note: This review originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
Some lucky gamers in the U.K. received a massive discount on Razer peripherals.
Razer today issued a statement via email in regards to a leaked 90 percent off coupon code for its U.K. portal that went viral, resulting in thousands of orders being placed in the span of just a couple of hours. This wasn't an authorized or approved coupon code, but one that was generated by a third party in order to test the site's shopping cart. Even so, Razer said it will honor the discounted orders that were placed.
Restructuring efforts are paying off for AMD as the PC market transitions to mobile.
Go ahead and fire up Survivor by Destiny's Child and fast forward to the chorus, as there may not be a more appropriate string of lyrics to describe the attitude at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). With the PC market making a mad dash towards mobile devices and system sales down in general, AMD somehow managed to trim losses in Q1 2013 by about $444 million compared to the same quarter a year ago, beating out expectations in the process.
We build a machine that’s red and black to hopefully beat our benchmarks black and blue
The Mission Variety is the spice of the Lab, so this month we decided to eschew our traditional builds and go with one you don’t see every day—an all-AMD computer, built with (most of) the best parts we could get our hands on. We’re sure some of you will question the purpose of this build, so our pre-emptive answer is we built it because we could, and we were curious to see how a balls-out AMD build would benchmark, as we haven’t seen over-the-top AMD rig since The Matrix: Revolutions let us down. Plus, everyone is always ragging on us for ignoring AMD, so here you go AMD enthusiasts—an entire PC built just for you.
Note: This article was originally featured in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Boutique builder Puget Systems put its penchant for building whisper quiet PCs to the test by attempting to silence its Genesis II workstation featuring a pair of Intel Xeon E5 processors. No small task considering the system's waving around some high-end hardware, though Puget claims it was successful in piecing together what it considers the "most powerful quiet PC" it's ever built.
A discrete GPU gives MSI's AG2712 some gaming cred.
The all-in-one (AIO) form factor has its strengths, gaming just isn't usually one of them, right?. Ah, but that's starting to change. We were relatively impressed with Maingear's Alpha 24 Super Stock, a powerfully equipped AIO system, and now MSI is joining the fun by announcing what it claims is the world's first 27-inch AIO for gamers, the AG2712. The heart and soul of MSI's newest machine is its GeForce GTX 670MX graphics card.
Toshiba's Kirabook will test the limit of how much Ultrabook shoppers are willing to spend.
Intel and its hardware partners have made a concerted effort to bring Ultrabook pricing down, but just because we're seeing lower sticker prices across the board, does that mean the market for premium Ultrabooks is dead? Toshiba's committed to finding out, as evidenced by its new 13-inch Kirabook with PixelPure display. The Kirabook boasts a Retina-like resolution of 2560x1440, though the cost of ownership begins at $1,600.
Ultrabooks are sleek and sexy, but good luck finding one that meets MIL-STD-810G certification for shock and drop resistance. If you work in a tough and tumble environment, you'll be better served with a rugged laptop, and GammaTech hopes you'll give its new Durabook SA14 a long and hard look. The SA14 is a 14-inch laptop that lasts up to 11 hours on a single charge and can take a beating when needed.
The newest sound card from Asus works with desktops and laptops.
One of the limitations of a notebook is that only select parts are upgradeable. The sound system isn't usually one of them, though external sound card solutions provide an end-around to achieving superior audio. One of the newest options is Asus' newly introduced Xonar U7, a compact and external USB sound card and headphone amplifier that you can use with your notebook or desktop system.
The sky didn't fall far for Intel, which met its revenue target for Q1.
Analysts can crow all they want about how the PC market is disintegrating, the world's largest semiconductor player still made a killing. We're of course referring to Intel, which today posted first quarter revenue of $12.6 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, and net income of $2 billion. All of those are down to some extent, but how many businesses would jump at the chance to switch places with Intel?