Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Intel Launches Business Class Solid State Drive Pro 2500 Series http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_launches_business_class_solid_state_drive_pro_2500_series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_ssd_pro_2500.jpg" alt="Intel SSD Pro 2500" title="Intel SSD Pro 2500" width="228" height="114" style="float: right;" />Affordable storage packed with advanced security features</h3> <p>Intel announced a new addition to its solid state drive (SSD) family, though it's not intended for home consumers. Instead, <strong>Intel's new SSD Pro 2500 Series is intended to bring security features and lower cost of ownership to businesses</strong> in need of the kind of "blazing fast" performance SSDs afford. They'll get that with SSD Pro 2500 family, which comes in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB.</p> <p>Performance teeters on the upper end of the spectrum with sequential read and write speeds rated at up to 540MB/s and 490MB/s, respectively. Random 4KB read performance checks in at up to 48,000 IOPS, while writes ramp up to 80,000 IOPS, Intel says.</p> <p>In addition to respectable performance metrics, <a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/07/22/intel-solid-state-drive-pro-2500-series-brings-trusted-security-features-and-lower-cost-of-ownership-to-business" target="_blank">Intel says</a> the SSD Pro 2500 Series offers five low power modes for long battery life. The lower power states can reduce idel power consumption by more than 90 percent compared to a typical mobile hard disk drive.</p> <p>The drives also feature hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption and come in both M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors, all backed by 5-year warranties.</p> <p>No word yet 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/intel_launches_business_class_solid_state_drive_pro_2500_series#comments Build a PC enterprise Hardware intel solid state drive ssd ssd pro 2500 storage News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:01:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28216 at http://www.maximumpc.com Bragging Rights: PC Gaming Market Maintains Sales Lead Over Consoles http://www.maximumpc.com/bragging_rights_pc_gaming_market_maintains_sales_lead_over_consoles_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dream_machine_2013.jpg" alt="Dream Machine 2013" title="Dream Machine 2013" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />PC gaming hardware is a $21.5 billion market</h3> <p>At the end of the day, we realize it doesn't matter if you get your gaming fix on a PC, console, tablet, or whatever -- we'll fist bump any gamer, regardless of platform. That said, we're of course partial to PC gaming ourselves, and as it turns out, our platform of choice is still the dominant one. According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the <strong>PC gaming hardware market is more than twice as large as the console gaming hardware market</strong>.</p> <p>JPR defines PC gaming hardware as personal computers, upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming. With that mind, the PC gaming hardware market stands at $21.5 billion, which is big enough to lap the console gaming hardware market, and then some.</p> <p>"We continue to see a shift in casual console customers moving to mobile. While this is also occurring in the lower end PC gaming world, more money is being directed to mid and high range PC builds and upgrades by gamers," <a href="http://gfxspeak.com/2014/07/14/gaming-market-consoles/" target="_blank">says Ted Pollak</a>, Senior Gaming Analyst at JPR. "Committed PC gamers are generally not interested in pure content consumption platforms. They are power users and pay thousands for the ability to play games at very high settings and then do business, video/photo editing, content creation and other tasks with maximum horsepower at their disposal in a desktop ergonomic environment."</p> <p>Moving beyond dollars and cents, the PC platform has an obvious power advantage. If you assemble a machine with an enthusiast grade CPU, high end GPU, SSD, and fast memory, it will "absolutely trounce the computing power and gaming capabilities of the newest console generation," Jon Peddie says. And he's right. While the newest consoles are still pushing pixels at 1080p, high end (and ultra expensive) PC platforms are pushing the envelope at 4K.</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/bragging_rights_pc_gaming_market_maintains_sales_lead_over_consoles_2014#comments computer console Gaming Hardware Jon Peddie Research jpr pc News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28214 at http://www.maximumpc.com ARM Strengthens Bottom Line Through Licensing Expansion http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_strengthens_bottom_line_through_licensing_expansion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/arm_1.jpg" alt="ARM" title="ARM" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />More than 1,100 companies license ARM technology</h3> <p>While AMD and Intel were watching from the sidelines as the market transitioned to mobile, ARM was busy "earning and burning, snapping necks and cashing checks," to borrow a line from Step Brothers. It's a bit more competitive today, though ARM was able to gain a foothold in the mobile market and continues to ride the momentum. As such, <strong>ARM said it added 41 licensed customers to its portfolio</strong>, bringing the total number of licenses signed to more than 1,100.</p> <p>ARM reported total revenue of $309.6 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 17 percent from the $264.3 million it collected in the same quarter a year ago, and up 9 percent year-on-year. That resulted in a profit of $86.7 million for the quarter, and $126.7 million for the first half of the year.</p> <p>"Our continued strong licensing performance reflects the intent of existing and new customers to base more of their future products on ARM technology. The 41 processor licenses signed in Q2 were driven by demand for ARM technology in smart mobile devices, consumer electronics, and embedded computing chips for the Internet of Things, and include further licenses for ARMv8-A and Mali processor technology," ARM CEO Simon Segars <a href="http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-holdings-plc-reports-results-for-the-second-quarter-and-half-year-ended-30-june-2014.php" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. "This bodes well for growth in ARM’s medium and long term royalty revenues."</p> <p>As more manufacturers jumped into mobile, ARM saw its licensing revenue jump 42 percent compared to last year. The company also shipped 2.7 billion ARM-based shipped in Q2, up 11 percent versus the same quarter a year ago. Shipment growth has been especially strong in enterprise networking and microcontroller markets, ARM 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/arm_strengthens_bottom_line_through_licensing_expansion_2014#comments ARM cpu financial report Hardware license mobile processor News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28212 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kingston Adds 960GB Capacity Option to SSDNow Series http://www.maximumpc.com/kingston_adds_960gb_capacity_option_ssdnow_series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_v310.jpg" alt="Kingston V310 960GB SSD" title="Kingston V310 960GB SSD" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />Largest capacity SSDNow drive to date</h3> <p><strong>Kingston Technology today introduced the latest addition to its SSDNow V300 series, the V310</strong>. What's special about the V310 is that it's a 960GB SSD, the largest capacity available in Kingston's entire stable of SSDs (the second largest is 480GB, which is available in Kingston's HyperX 3K and V300 Series). The V310 also swaps the custom LSI controller found in the V300 Series for a Phison 3108 controller.</p> <p>Capacity is the main selling point here, as the V310 won't break any speed records. Kingston rates the read and write speeds at 450MB/s, along with random 4k read and write performance of up to 40,000 IOPS and 20,000 IOPS, respectively. These are respectable, if not a tad underwhelming figures across the board.</p> <p>"Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD," <a href="http://www.kingston.com/us/company/press/article/7297?Article-Title=Kingston-Digital-Ships-Large-Capacity-Near-1TB-SSD" target="_blank">said Ariel Perez</a>, SSD business manager, Kingston. "SSDNow V310 with its large 960GB capacity is the perfect upgrade to an existing system as it improves boot speeds and application load times helping maximize one’s computer investment."</p> <p>The V310 will be available as a standalone drive as well as all-in-one upgrade kits for desktops and notebooks. While it's out of stock on <a href="http://shop.kingston.com/partsinfo.aspx?ktcpartno=SV310S37A/960G" target="_blank">Kingston's website</a>, <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">it appears that pricing will be in the neighborhood of $910</span>, pricing has yet to be determined.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>Kingston reached out to <em>Maximum PC</em> to let us know that the price will NOT be $910, as reflected on its website. Apparently that's an intentionally inflated MSRP so that it doesn't compete with in-stock items on Kingston's website. Kingston's currently working on ramping up inventory and expects the usual suspects -- Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect -- to sell the drive at a much cheaper price within the next few days.</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/kingston_adds_960gb_capacity_option_ssdnow_series#comments 960GB Build a PC Hardware Kingston solid state drive ssd ssdnow v300 storage v310 News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:07:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28208 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Skips Ahead of Samsung to Take the Chromebook Crown http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_chromebook_1.jpg" alt="Acer Chromebook" title="Acer Chromebook" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Nearly a third of Chromebook shipments belong to Acer</h3> <p>It may seem like a trivial thing to lead the Chromebook market when Windows-based PCs are so much more functional, but considering that three of the top five selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks, as well as five of the top 10, it's a potentially lucrative market to dominate. So in that regard, <strong>Acer should be pleased as punch that's it currently the top Chromebook player</strong>.</p> <p>According to recent data by TrendForce, Chromebook shipments tallied 1.8 million in the second quarter of 2014. When the dust settled. Acer emerged on top with a 30 percent share of the Chromebook market, leapfrogging over Samsung for the first time, which itself settled into second place with a 24 percent share. Hewlett-Packard, a relative newcomer to the category, is in a close third place with a 21 percent share.</p> <p>"Samsung used to be the top competitor in the Chromebook segment since 2013 but saw its spot drop in the second quarter due to high pricing for two new units that were released," <a href="http://press.trendforce.com/press/20140721-1494.html" target="_blank">TrendForce explains</a>. "Meanwhile, other vendors had competitive pricing and released new units as well, which in turn provided consumers with a wider range of choices. Most notably that the release of Microsoft’s US$249 unit has also decreased the attractiveness of the overall Chromebook market."</p> <p>With Windows-based laptops coming down in price, the future of Chromebooks remains uncertain. Price has always been the primary appeal of Chromebooks, followed by data security for enterprises. However, Microsoft is lowering the price for certain Windows laptops from $249 to $199.</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/acer_skips_ahead_samsung_take_chromebook_crown_2014#comments Acer chromebook Hardware laptop notebook samsung News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:16:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28203 at http://www.maximumpc.com Still Committed to Small-screen Windows Tablets, Lenovo Insists http://www.maximumpc.com/still_committed_small-screen_windows_tablets_lenovo_insists765 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/lenovo_miix2_cover.jpg" alt="Lenovo Miix 8" title="Lenovo Miix 8" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Company recently diverted ThinkPad 8 inventory meant for the States to other markets</h3> <p>On Thursday, a report quoting a Lenovo spokesman claimed that the <a href="http://www.itworld.com/hardware/427596/lenovo-stops-selling-small-screen-windows-tablets-us?page=0,1" target="_blank">Chinese PC vendor had decided to stop selling sub-10-inch tablets in the States</a> “due to lack of interest” and was going to divert any remaining inventory of the ThinkPad 8, which debuted in January with a starting price of $449, to countries like Brazil, China, and Japan where demand for such 8-inch tablets continues to remain strong. The company has now issued a statement clarifying that the <strong>withdrawal of the ThinkPad 8 should not be construed as an exit from the market for sub-10-inch Windows tablets in the States.</strong></p> <p>“We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday,” the company said in a <a href="http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1803" target="_blank">press release</a> Friday. “Our model mix changes as per customer demand, and although we are no longer selling ThinkPad 8 in the U.S., and we have sold out of Miix 8-inch, we are not getting out of the small-screen Windows tablet business as was reported by the media. In short, we will continue to sell both 8 and 10 inch Windows tablets in both the U.S. and non-U.S markets.”</p> <p>This means those contemplating buying a small-screen Windows tablet will have one less vendor to choose from for the foreseeable future — not an ideal situation considering there’s not a lot to choose from anyway.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/still_committed_small-screen_windows_tablets_lenovo_insists765#comments Hardware lenovo miix 8 tablet thinkpad 8 windows 8 News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:44:15 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28199 at http://www.maximumpc.com Seagate Quietly Begins Shipping 8TB HDD Samples http://www.maximumpc.com/seagate_quietly_begins_shipping_8tb_hdd_samples889 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/seagate_6tb.jpg" alt="Seagate Enterprise Capacity Hard Drives" title="Seagate Enterprise Capacity Hard Drives" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Pleased with initial feedback on ‘customer development units’</h3> <p>Seagate on Thursday reported its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 27, 2014. The company exited the quarter with some decent numbers, reporting gross margin of 28 percent and net income of $320 million on quarterly revenue of $3.3 billion. But if we ever feel the urge to cast our mind back to the fourth quarter of company’s fiscal 2014, it’s more likely to be on account of the <strong>insanely large capacity enterprise hard drives it began shipping during the period</strong> than those numbers.</p> <p>The quarter not only saw the introduction of a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/seagate_begins_shipping_6tb_hard_drive_enterprise_customers_2014" target="_blank">6TB enterprise HDD</a> from the storage maker but, as the Cupertino-based company revealed during its latest quarterly earnings call, it also began <a href="http://hothardware.com/News/Seagate-Announces--First-Customer-Samples-Of-8-Terabyte-Hard-Drive-During-Fiscal-Q4-Earnings-Call/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews#!biO8uR" target="_blank">shipping out sample units of an 8TB drive</a> it had alluded to during its previous quarterly earnings call.</p> <p>“We have also delivered 8 terabyte customer development units to major customers and cloud service providers and the initial customer feedback has been very positive,” said <a href="http://seekingalpha.com/article/2321925-seagate-technologys-stx-ceo-steve-luczo-on-q4-2014-results-earnings-call-transcript?page=1" target="_blank">Seagate’s CEO and chairman Steve Luczo on the call</a>. “While it’s still early in the development of our Kinetic object-based storage platform, we are in deep technical discussions with a very broad-base of enterprise customers. We believe our focus on developing key values for object-based storage will make the Kinetic platform a differentiated offering in the cloud storage marketplace.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/seagate_quietly_begins_shipping_8tb_hdd_samples889#comments 8tb hdd cloud enterprise Hard Drive Hardware HDD seagate News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:35:23 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28197 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Introduces Aggressive Looking Maximus VII Formula Motherboard http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_introduces_aggressive_looking_maximus_vii_formula_motherboard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_maximus_formula_vii.jpg" alt="Asus Maximus VII Formula" title="Asus Maximus VII Formula" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Only power users need apply</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today topped off its crop of Intel Z97 chipset motherboards by introducing the Maximus VII Formula</strong>, a mean slab of tasty features for enthusiasts covered in an awesomesauce cooling solution to help with overclocking and stability. This particular flavor of awesomesauce is called CrossChill Copper, which is a hybrid-cooling solution engineered around a highly-conductive, corrosion-resistant copper cooling channel.</p> <p>You can't help but spy the hybrid cooler, though what you won't spot at a glance are the internal fins that add to the surface area to keep temperatures from getting out of control. If you take advantage of the built-in 1/4-inch thread fittings and go the liquid cooling route, Asus says you can expect MOSFET temperatures to be lowered by up to 23C.</p> <p>Getting down to the nitty gritty, there are four DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of DDR3-3300+ memory, two PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot, three PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, a mini-PCI-E 2.0 x1 slot, 10 SATA 6Gbps ports (4 shared with SATA Express), two SATA Express ports, a single M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, GbE LAN, eight USB 3.0 ports, 6 USB 2.0 ports, ROG SupremeFX Formula 8-channel audio with a 120dB SNR, and a few other odds and ends.</p> <p><a href="http://rog.asus.com/339442014/maximus-motherboards/republic-of-gamers-announces-maximus-vii-formula-z97-motherboard/" target="_blank">Asus says</a> the Maximus VII Formula with Watch Dogs tossed in will be available next week for $369. There will also be a standard edition (no Watch Dogs bundle) that will be available shortly afterward for $319.</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/asus_rog_introduces_aggressive_looking_maximus_vii_formula_motherboard_2014#comments asus Build a PC Hardware intel z97 maximus vii forumula motherboard Republic of Gamers ROG News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:13:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28194 at http://www.maximumpc.com Online Retailer Tips Potential Pricing for Intel's Haswell-E Processors http://www.maximumpc.com/online_retailer_tips_potential_pricing_intels_haswell-e_processors_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_truck_1.jpg" alt="Intel Truck" title="Intel Truck" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Take these prices with a grain of salt</h3> <p>It's a bit early to go shopping for Intel's Haswell-E parts, though that doesn't mean you can't start planning your back-to-school build, especially if you can find the prices of upcoming parts. <strong>While Haswell-E CPUs are expected to debut in September, at least one online retailer in the U.S. has gone and posted pricing information</strong> for three upcoming SKUs, all of which are available to pre-order.</p> <p>A shout out goes to <a href="http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2014/2014071501_Pre-order_prices_of_Intel_Haswell-E_processors.html" target="_blank"><em>CPU-World</em></a> for discovering the pre-order parts on on <a href="http://www.shopblt.com/search/order_id=%2521ORDERID%2521&amp;s_max=25&amp;t_all=1&amp;s_all=CM80648" target="_blank"><em>Shopblt.com</em></a>. At the time of this writing, here are the Haswell-E parts and prices the e-tailer is pushing:</p> <ul> <li>Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition (8-core, 3.5GHz, 20MB cache): $1,107.83</li> <li>Intel Core i7 5930K (6-core, 3.7GHz, 15MB cache): $631.54</li> <li>Intel Core i7 5820K (6-core, 3.6GHz, 15MB cache): $425.92</li> </ul> <p>Intel's first-ever 8-core desktop processor (5960X) is priced at $1,107.83 at <em>Shopblt</em>, which is $16 more than the 4960X in the same store. Expensive, sure, but not a bad price difference for two additional cores, more L2 cache, more memory bandwidth, and general architecture improvements.</p> <p>Meanwhile, both six-core chips are priced somewhat competitively with the processors they're replacing -- the 5930K is $49 more than the 4930K, and the 5820K is $80 more than 4820K in the same store.</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/online_retailer_tips_potential_pricing_intels_haswell-e_processors_2014#comments Build a PC core i7 5820k core i7 5930k core i7 5960x cpu Hardware haswell-e intel processor News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:51:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28193 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Drops RAM Heavy GT72 Dominator Pro into Gaming Laptop Arena http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_drops_ram_heavy_gt72_dominator_pro_gaming_laptop_arena_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gt72_dominator_pro.jpg" alt="MSI GT72 Dominator Pro" title="MSI GT72 Dominator Pro" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" />A desktop replacement that's short on compromises</h3> <p>Looking to replace your desktop system with a laptop but weary of the performance you might be giving up? If so, then you owe it to yourself to check out MSI's new GT72 Dominator Pro laptop line. Available in two SKUs, the Dominator Pro is a 17.3-inch laptop that wields an Intel Core i7 4710HQ processor (2.5GHz to 3.4GHz), Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M graphics, and gobs of RAM.</p> <p>More specifically, the GT72 Dominator Pro-010 sports 24GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, along with two 128GB SSDs in a RAID 0 array flanked by a 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), Blu-ray burner, Killer E2200 Game Networking, Killer N1525 Wireless-AC, SD card reader, Dynaudio speakers with subwoofer, half a dozen USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4, two mini DisplayPorts, 1080p webcam, SteelSeries full color backlit keyboard, Windows 8.1, and a 9-cell battery.</p> <p>If that's not enough horsepower, the GT72 Dominator Pro-007 ups the ante with 34GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM and four 128GB SSDs in a RAID 0 array, along with everything included in the 010 model.</p> <p>All of this hardware goodness comes wrapped in a completely redesigned one-piece aluminum chassis that's less than 2 inches thick with customizable lighting effects.</p> <p>Both the GT72 Dominator Pro-010 and GT72 Dominator Pro-007 are available now for $2,600 and $3,000, respectively.</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_drops_ram_heavy_gt72_dominator_pro_gaming_laptop_arena_2014#comments Gaming gt72 dominator pro Hardware laptop msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:54:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28186 at http://www.maximumpc.com Tesora's Tizona Mechanical Keyboard Features a Detachable Numpad http://www.maximumpc.com/tesoras_tizona_mechanical_keyboard_features_detachable_numpad_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tizona.jpg" alt="Tesoro Tizona" title="Tesoro Tizona" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />A friendly plank for both lefties and righties</h3> <p>It's estimated that around 10 percent of the world's population are left-handed. If you whittle that down to PC gamers, the market quickly shrinks, though that doesn't come as any consolation to left-handed gamers lamenting the fact that most peripherals are geared toward right-handed users. Most, but not all. For example, <strong>Tesoro's Tizona mechanical keyboard sports an optional mechanical numpad that can attach to either side of the plank</strong>.</p> <p>"Taking its name after Spanish Hero, El Cid's sword, Tizona allows gamers to choose the setup they want, either a comfortable space-saving tenkeyless or a classic full sized board with the numberpad on either the left or right side," <a href="http://www.globalpr.com.tw/press-room/panram/press-releases/article//tesoro-tizona-tenkeyless-mechanical-gaming-keyboard-now-available-in-north-america/" target="_blank">Tesoro explains</a>.</p> <p>Alternately, you can attach dual numpads to the Tizona, one on each side, and go hog wild with macros. Regardless of how you configure the keyboard, Tizona serves up a mechanical typing experience with laser-etched keys.</p> <p>Other features include N-Key rollover support (it can be switched to 6-Key rollover if you prefer), three thumb keys (configured as multimedia keys by default), two USB 2.0 ports, 1.8mm braided keys, and a few other tidbits.</p> <p>Tesora says the Tizona keyboard and numpad will be available in North America soon for $90 and $40, respectively, or as a combo for $109.</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/tesoras_tizona_mechanical_keyboard_features_detachable_numpad_2014#comments Hardware mechanical keyboard Peripherals tesora tizona News Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:41:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28183 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Announces Semi Passive Strix GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_announces_semi_passive_strix_geforce_gtx_750_ti_oc_graphics_card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_strix_gtx_750.jpg" alt="Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC" title="Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC" width="228" height="232" style="float: right;" />Work in peace and quiet before jumping into a game</h3> <p><strong>Asus today unveiled its new Strix GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC graphics card</strong>, and the first time you install it, you might be inclined to think something's wrong when the fans don't start spinning. Don't fret though, that's by design. Using the company's semi-passive Strix technology, the card's fans will sit there motionless and let the rest of the cooler passively chill the card until thermals reach 65C.</p> <p>That means you can work all day long in silence -- unless your case cooling is atrocious, you're unlikely to reach 65C on the GPU by just typing out TPS reports and surfing the web. Once you fire up a demanding game, however, things are likely to heat up in a hurry, and when they do, the fans will kick on to prevent the card from cooking itself. For games like Counter Strike, if you're playing at 1920x1080, Asus says temps will probably hover around 50C, thus allowing the card to run silent.</p> <p><a href="http://rog.asus.com/338932014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/pr-asus-announces-strix-gtx-750-ti-oc/" target="_blank">According to Asus</a>, its cooling solution keeps the card up to 58 percent chillier than a reference cooler and is three times quieter. Using the company's DirectCU II cooling technology, 6mm copper cooling pipes come in direct contact with the GPU for superior heat dissipation. The heatsink area is also 190 percent larger than reference</p> <p>Other specs include a 1,124Mhz base clockspeed, 1,202 boost clockspeed, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5,400MHz (effective) on a 128-bit bus.</p> <p>The Strix GTX 750 Ti OC will be available by the end of July. No word yet on price.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/27hBljJjmGI" 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/asus_announces_semi_passive_strix_geforce_gtx_750_ti_oc_graphics_card#comments asus Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 750 ti oc graphics card Hardware strix Video Card News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28178 at http://www.maximumpc.com Palit Releases Passively Cooled KalmX Series Graphics Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/palit_releases_passively_cooled_kalmx_series_graphics_cards_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/palit_kalmx_gtx_750_ti.jpg" alt="Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX" title="Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" />Pursuing a noise-free gaming experience</h3> <p>Palit isn't a name you see bounced around too often in the U.S., though if you dig around online, you can find the company's products scattered about. <strong>Two of Palit's newest offerings fall under its new KalmX Series of silent graphics cards</strong> -- GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 750 Ti. Both of these Maxwell cards sport Palit's new passive cooler for a 0dB solution (provided there's no electrical noise).</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.palit.biz/enews/event/worldwide/GTX750_Kalm/Palit-GTX750_Kalm-en_01.php" target="_blank">KalmX cooler</a> consists of two nickel plated heat pipes that snake through a "vast volume" of nickel plated fins to keep the GPU and RAM from overheating. There's also a copper base.</p> <p>No external power is required for either card, which is really a testament to Nivida's Maxwell architecture than anything else. The <a href="http://www.palit.biz/palit/vgapro.php?id=2377" target="_blank">750 KalmX</a> and <a href="http://www.palit.biz/palit/vgapro.php?id=2378" target="_blank">750 Ti KalmX</a> are almost identically spec'd with base and boost clockspeeds of 1,020MHz and 1,185MHz, respectively. However, the 750 features a memory clocksspeed of 2,505 MHz to achieve memory bandwidth of 80.16GB/s, while the 750 Ti's memory runs at 2,750MHz for 88GB/s of bandwidth. There's also a slight difference in TDP -- 60W (750 Ti) versus 55W (750).</p> <p>Palit didn't say when these cards will be available to purchase or for how much.</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/palit_releases_passively_cooled_kalmx_series_graphics_cards_2014#comments Build a PC cooling geforce gtx 750 ti graphics card Hardware kalmx palit silent News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:45:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28176 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel's Strong Revenue Forecast Sends Stock Price Soaring to 10-Year High http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_strong_revenue_forecast_sends_stock_price_soaring_10-year_high_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_building.jpg" alt="Intel" title="Intel" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />The sky isn't falling, after all</h3> <p>Analysts can talk about the post PC era until they're blue in the face, Intel will continue to cash checks either way. Big ones, at that. <strong>Intel reported second-quarter revenue of $13.8 billion</strong>, up 8 percent for $12.8 billion in the same quarter a year ago. That translates into a $2.8 billion profit for the quarter, which is 40 percent higher than the $2 billion profit it recorded in Q2 2013.</p> <p>"Our second-quarter results showed the strength of our strategy to extend the reach of Intel technology from the data center to PCs to the Internet of Things," <a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/07/15/intel-reports-second-quarter-revenue-of-138-billion" target="_blank">said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich</a>. "With the ramp of our Baytrail SoC family, we have expanded into new segments such as Chrome-based systems, and we are on track to meet our 40 million unit tablet goal. In addition, we hit an important qualification milestone for our upcoming 14nm Broadwell product, and expect the first systems to be on shelves during the holidays."</p> <p>Intel may have been slow to recognize the consumer shift into mobile, but has since been able to gain a strong foothold in the segment. Still, the PC market has been kind to Intel -- the company's PC Client Group recorded revenue of $8.7 billion in Q2, up 9 percent sequentially and 6 percent year-over-year. Meanwhile, it's Mobile and Communications Group actually saw its revenue fall 67 percent sequentially to $51 million.</p> <p>Looking ahead, Intel is forecasting $14.4 billion in revenue for Q3 and growth of approximately 5 percent for the full year. Investors reacted positively to the quarterly results and revenue forecast -- Intel's stock price is up 7 percent today at $33.93, which is higher than it's been for the past decade.</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/intels_strong_revenue_forecast_sends_stock_price_soaring_10-year_high_2014#comments Hardware intel revenue stock News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:21:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28175 at http://www.maximumpc.com SteelSeries Rolls Out Rival Dota 2 Edition Gaming Mouse http://www.maximumpc.com/steelseries_rolls_out_rival_dota_2_edition_gaming_mouse_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dota_2_mouse_angled.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Dota 2 Mouse" title="SteelSeries Dota 2 Mouse" width="228" height="122" style="float: right;" />Comes with an in-game item</h3> <p>If you're obsessed with Dota 2, <strong>perhaps you'll be interested in a new rodent from SteelSeries. It's the SteelSeries Rival: Dota 2 Edition Gaming Mouse</strong>, which is a themed version of the peripheral maker's Rival Optical Mouse. The new mouse, which is being handed out this weekend to attendees of the International 4 Dota 2 Championship in Seattle, comes with an exclusive in-game item, Hell's Glare for Doom.</p> <p>"We believe that Dota players deserve the best, so we set out to give fans a mouse with a design they would love without sacrificing the functionality they require," <a href="http://steelseries.com/us/blog/press/steelseries-introduces-the-steelseries-rival-dota-2-edition-gaming-mouse" target="_blank">said Tino Soelberg</a>, SteelSeries CTO. "We extensively tested our Dota 2 Edition of the Rival Optical Mouse with professional players from Natus Vincere, Invictus Gaming and Fnatic which has resulted in one of the most powerful mice we’ve ever built – and to make it even more special for the Dota 2 community, we’ve added a unique in-game item."</p> <p>The themed mouse features a stone-gray body, six programmable buttons, blood-red rubber grips, 50-6,500 adjustable CPI, 1ms response time / 1,000Hz polling rate, themed illumination modes, and a soft-touch coating.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/dota_2_mouse.jpg" alt="SteelSeries Dota 2 Mouse" title="SteelSeries Dota 2 Mouse" width="620" height="373" /></p> <p>SteelSeries is <a href="http://steelseries.com/us/blog/press/www.steelseries.com/dota2" target="_blank">accepting pre-orders</a> for the Dota 2 mouse, which runs $70 MSRP.</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/steelseries_rolls_out_rival_dota_2_edition_gaming_mouse_2014#comments Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals rival dota 2 edition steelseries News Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:42:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28171 at http://www.maximumpc.com