Cougar sent us word today that it's releasing the 300M, a comparatively inexpensive mouse that targets the "mainstream pro-level gamer." We suppose that means regular Joes and Janes that aren't in the pro circuit but have honed their craft nonetheless. Either way, while the 300M isn't anything special to look at (from the pics we've seen), it does have a decent spec sheet starting with a 4,000 DPI optical sensor.
Intel is reportedly planning to launch a pair of processors based on its 14nm Broadwell architecture sometime in the second quarter of this year. One is the Core i7 5775C and the other is the Core i5 5675C, both of which are unlocked parts, though you'll notice the usual "K" designation for an unlocked Intel chip has been replaced with the letter "C" -- no reason for the change is known at this point.
Are you planning to build a system around Gigabyte's X99-XOC Champion motherboard? If so, Corsair say its new Dominator Platinum DDR4 3400MHz memory kits are performance tuned to run at that frequency and beyond using air cooling when paired with that specific Gigabyte motherboard. It's a bit of a marketing play, as there shouldn't be anything stopping the same kit from working on other X99-chipset boards that require DDR4 RAM, though you may very well achieve higher overclocks when pairing the two together.
Microsoft has been wheeling and dealing its Surface Pro 3 tablets at reduced prices recently, and you have to wonder why the company doesn't just go ahead and permanently lower the cost. Regardless, Surface Pro 3 tablets are again on sale with savings of up to $150 off retail. The timing of the sale comes as reports of the Surface Pro 4 being an iPad Pro killer start to emerge.
Is it time to start taking Biostar seriously in power user circles? We'll need to spend some more hands on time with the company's products to answer that question, but in the meantime, Biostar continues to release intriguing motherboards aimed at select groups, such as gamers, overclockers, Bitcoin miners, and even those worried about lightning strikes. Biostar's newest motherboard, the Hi-Fi B85Z5, is for budget buyers who want high-quality onboard audio.
You've probably at least heard of Supermicro, a well established player in the server and workstation markets. Supermicro also dabbles in small form factor (SFF) cases, but as far as full fledged gaming PCs go, options are few and far between. Nevertheless, Supermicro is getting ready to expand its limited gaming system lineup with a rig built around Intel's Haswell architecture that will be upgradeable to Broadwell-E.
Acer later today will be adding a new configuration to its C910 line of Chromebooks, one that will sport an Intel Core i5 5200U processor. Equipped with the new chip, Acer says it feels confident claiming that it's the fastest performing commercial Chromebook on the market. At the same time, the C910 offers all-day battery life of up to 8 hours before needing to be recharged.
Trendnet unveiled a new flagship router -- AC3200 Tri Band / TEW-828DRU -- at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in January, but at the time, it wasn't available. Now it is, or soon will be once stores update their inventories. Trendnet tells us the TEW-828DRU is now shipping to North America and North America only, promising strong performance in busy connected homes.
Cougar on Monday announced the arrival of its QBX, the "most advanced compact gaming case" around. According to Cougar, there are three reasons the QBX stands out from the crowd. The first is its compact dimensions -- the small form factor (SFF) chassis measures 178 (W) x 260 (H) x 368 (D) millimeters, or 7 (W) x 10.2 (H) x 14.5 (D) inches and can only swallow up mini-ITX motherboards.
Nvidia finally made official a new flagship graphics card today, the mighty GeForce Titan X, and right on cue are the barrage of announcements from system builders flaunting the availability of the successor to Titan Z. That includes boutique builder Digital Storm, which is now (or soon) offering the Titan X in various configurations inside its Aventum, Bolt, and Velox desktop product lines.