Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Thermaltake Rolls Out Line of Radiators for Hardcore Enthusiasts http://www.maximumpc.com/thermaltake_rolls_out_line_radiators_hardcore_enthusiasts_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/thermaltake_radiators.jpg" alt="Thermaltake Radiators" title="Thermaltake Radiators" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />Not your average rads</h3> <p><strong>Thermaltake today debuted a full range of radiators</strong> that it claims are all designed for the most demanding and hardcore enthusiasts around. Not to be confused with your run-of-the-mill radiator, Thermaltake's new Pacific RL (over 50mm thickness) and R Series (under 50mm thickness) radiators are designed from high-quality German aerospace-grade materials and constructed with zinc to prevent corrosion, the company says.</p> <p>Are they all that and a bag of sea salt and vinegar kettle potato chips? We're not sure, though Thermaltake's hype machine is certainly in overdrive.</p> <p>"An exceptional manufacturing process using high temperature brazing at 1022℉/550℃ sets Pacific Radiators in a class of their own," Thermaltake explains. "Integrated G1/4-inch threads make it easy to install, while rigid connections ensure they are leak-resistant. With an ideal mounting, fitting and flow set-up, the Thermaltake Pacific Radiator Series is guaranteed to go above and beyond your current cooling standards."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/thermaltake_rad_flow.jpg" alt="Thermaltake Rad Flow" title="Thermaltake Rad Flow" width="620" height="300" /></p> <p>Thermaltake's Pacific RL rads use a dual-row 13-set flat tube design. Water flows down one side and then passes through the bottom chamber en route to the other side. They're available in 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, 420mm, 480mm, and 560mm radiator lengths.</p> <p>The Pacific R is a bit slimmer than the RL and uses a single 13-set flat tube design. It's available in 120mm, 180mm, 240mm, 360mm, and 540mm sizes.</p> <p>Instead of soldering these rads, Thermaltake says it bakes them through a controlled-atmosphere brazing line. This causes the material to melt into each other, leading to optimal thermal transfer from the tubes to the fins.</p> <p>Here's an interesting look at how they're made:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X2Ad64jBSWM" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>No word yet on when they'll be available 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/thermaltake_rolls_out_line_radiators_hardcore_enthusiasts_2015#comments Hardware liquid cooling Pacific RL Peripherals R Series Radiator thermaltake water cooling News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:47:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 29784 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Unveils Curvaceous 34-inch QHD Monitor with Nvidia G-Sync http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_unveils_curvaceous_34-inch_qhd_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_xr341cka.jpg" alt="Acer XR341CKA" title="Acer XR341CKA" width="228" height="213" style="float: right;" />Meet the only curved display with G-Sync support</h3> <p>Curved monitors aren't new. Monitor's supporting Nvidia's G-Sync technology aren't new, either. But what is new and so far <strong>exclusive to Acer is a curved monitor with G-Sync baked in, the XR341CKA</strong>. We have to deduct 250 geek points from Acer for not coming up with a better name than that, but otherwise, kudos to the company for venturing into new territory, and in a big way. Literally.</p> <p>By that we mean the XR341CKA is a 34-inch ultra-wide (21:9) curved monitor. It sports an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel and boasts a 3440x1440 (WQHD) resolution with a 178-degree viewing angle. We haven't seen one in person yet, but because it's not a TN panel, you can expect higher quality visuals -- according to Acer, the XR341CKA covers 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is good news for professionals who need a high level of color accuracy.</p> <p>Should you care about a curved display? To each their own, but the pitch is this -- a curved screen puts both sides and all corners of the display at roughly the same distance from the viewer's eyes for a more uniform and immersive viewing experience. It's also supposed to create a wider field of view with an increased perceived area of peripheral vision compared to a flat display.</p> <p>Is it true? Some will say yes, others will say no. The best way you can answer that is to head to your local Best Buy, Sam's Club, or whatever is close by and stand in front of a curved display. Did it change your life and make you soil your shorts with excitement? Gross, but question answered. And if not, well, then for you, it's much ado about nothing.</p> <p>Getting back to the XR341CKA, what we can say is that G-Sync does make a noticeable difference when gaming, in certain situations. So, there's that, plus the benefit of a large, ultra-wide display.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_xr341cka_back.jpg" alt="Acer XR341CKA Back" title="Acer XR341CKA Back" width="620" height="558" /></p> <p>Other features include an ergonomic design with tilt (-5 to 35 degrees) and height controls, DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and a built-in USB 3.0 hub that supports high-speed charging of mobile devices.</p> <p>The Acer XR341CKA will be available in September for $1,299.</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_unveils_curvaceous_34-inch_qhd_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_2015#comments Acer curved display g-sync Hardware monitor nvidia XR341CKA News Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:12:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 29774 at http://www.maximumpc.com Benq Begins Shipping XL2730Z FreeSync Gaming Monitor http://www.maximumpc.com/benq_begins_shipping_xl2730z_freesync_gaming_monitor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/benq_xl2730z_0.jpg" alt="BenQ XL2730Z" title="BenQ XL2730Z" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />Supports AMD FreeSync</h3> <p>AMD last month announced a handful of monitors supporting its FreeSync technology, the company's answer to Nvidia's G-Sync solution for ensuring smoother game play. One of those monitors was <strong>Benq's XL2730Z, a 27-inch display</strong> that's big on buzzwords and hype. It's also now shipping and avaiable to order online for $599 MSRP, slightly lower than we've seen it on virtual store shelves before Benq declared its as being officially available.</p> <p>The 27-inch panel features a 2560x1440 WQHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms GTG response time. And of course it supports FreeSync, along with a number of advertised technologies such as RevolutionEyes (supposed to protect eyes during extended periods of use), ZeroFlicker (eliminates flickering at all brightness levels to reduce eye strain), built-in Low Blue Light modes (supposed to filter the exposure of emitted blue light spectrum light), Benq's own MOtion Blur Reduction 2.0 (render fast moving images fluidly without tearing or ghosting), and a few other fun terms.</p> <p>Other features and rated specs include a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 72 percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut, all built-in USB 3.0 hub.</p> <p>All the marketing fluff aside, the real appeal here is a large size monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution supporting FreeSync. We've yet to review the monitor ourselves, but if you put any stock into user reviews, it's worth noting that out of <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014451&amp;cm_re=XL2730Z-_-24-014-451-_-Product" target="_blank">19 votes on Newegg</a>, it has a 4/5 rating.</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/benq_begins_shipping_xl2730z_freesync_gaming_monitor#comments amd BenQ display FreeSync Hardware monitor XL2730Z News Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:29:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 29773 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill Boasts Fastest 128GB DDR4 Memory Kit at 2,800MHz http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_boasts_fastest_128gb_ddr4_memory_kit_2800mhz <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_128gb.jpg" alt="G.Skill 128GB" title="G.Skill 128GB" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Living large</h3> <p>Well, it's about time! We know what you're thinking, "I'll jump on the DDR4 memory bandwagon and overhaul my rig as soon as a company comes out with a 128GB kit capable of running at 2,800MHz, and not a moment sooner!" We all pretty much share the same sentiment, right? Probably not, but for the 1 percenters out there who've been waiting for precisely such a kit, G.Skill has your back (and your wallet). <strong>G.Skill has just announced the world's only 128GB DDR4-2800 memory kit</strong>, which consists of eight 16GB modules.</p> <p>Samsung gets a fist bump for creating the new 8Gb ICs built on a 20nm manufacturing process that comprise the 16GB sticks, which are part of G.Skill's Ripjaws 4 series. These are 1.35V modules with timings rated at CL16-16-16-36.</p> <p>"While 16GB capacity have been available for server memory in the past, support and design for such large capacity memory modules are now paving its way to consumer memory modules, suitable for workstation level workloads where high capacity memory is vital," G.Skill says.</p> <p>G.Skill says it validated the new kit to run in quad-channel at the advertised speed and timings on an Asus X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard with an Intel Haswell-E processor pulling CPU chores. Of course, if your needs don't require a massive amount of RAM, you can get these sticks in smaller kits in frequencies ranging from DDR4-2133 to DDR4-2800.</p> <p>There's no mention of price or availability, and so far we've been unable to find the 128GB selling online. We've reached out to G.Skill for an MSRP and will update when/if we hear back. In the meantime, don't forget to take your heart medication.</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/gskill_boasts_fastest_128gb_ddr4_memory_kit_2800mhz#comments Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram News Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:05:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 29772 at http://www.maximumpc.com AVADirect Announces VR Desktop PCs for Sixense Stem System http://www.maximumpc.com/avadirect_announces_vr_desktop_pcs_sixense_stem_system_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/avadirect_sixense.jpg" alt="AVA Sixense" title="AVA Sixense" width="228" height="218" style="float: right;" />A real desktop for virtual gaming</h3> <p>You can feel that we're on the verge of a virtual gaming revolution, or so several companies heavily invested in VR technology hope. We're right there with them -- not from an investment standpoint, but from the perception of a fan, as we've played around with some awesome VR demos. Looking to give the category a nudge, Ohio-based boutique builder <strong>AVADirect today announced a pair of desktops designed in collaboration with Sixense</strong> for the latter's Stem System.</p> <p>Our own Jimmy Thang spent some hands-on time with the Sixense Stem VR controller several months ago, a wireless devices that tracks movement with barely any latency. The system as a whole offers a whole body presence in virtual worlds, and in one of the demos Thang got to experience, he was able to wield a lightsaber noting that "it felt incredibly immersive." You can read more of his <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/sixense_stem_system_preview_2014">experience here</a>.</p> <p>Getting back to AVADirect's custom desktops, both offerings are decently spec'd machines that promise 1080p gaming at a minimum of 75fps. The first is the AVA Sixense VR Desktop priced at an even $1,800 (kudos to AVADirect for omitting the 99 nonsense). For that you get an Intel Core i5 4460 quad-core CPU nestled into an EVGA Z97 Stinger WiFi motherboard, 8GB of Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3-1866 RAM, GeForce GTX 980 SuperClocked ACX 2.0 graphics card, 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD, slim-slot 8X DVD burner, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 3-year limited parts and labor warranty with lifetime tech support.</p> <p>Several of those components are upgradeable, like adding a 500GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD for $260 or doubling the RAM for $60. Alternatively, you can pony up $2,300 for the AVA Sixense VR Ultimate Desktop, a non-configurable system consisting of an Intel Core i7 4790 quad-core CPU, 16GB of Kingston HyperX Fury RAM, and the aforementioned SSD paired with the same hard drive. Other components are the same, as well.</p> <p>Note that the Sixense Stem system is not included with either desktop, nor is it available yet. According to the project's <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/89577853/stem-system-the-best-way-to-interact-with-virtual/posts/1184446" target="_blank">Kickstarter page</a>, there was an unexpected setback in production due to failed testing for FCC/CE regulatory standards. There's already been a redesign, and if the new model passes testing this month, units will begin shipping in July.</p> <p>You can <a href="http://sixense.com/wireless" target="_blank">pre-order a Stem System</a> from Sixense's website, and of course the AVADirect systems are <a href="http://www.avadirect.com/AVA-Sixense-VR-Desktop" target="_blank">available now</a>.</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/avadirect_announces_vr_desktop_pcs_sixense_stem_system_2015#comments avadirect Hardware OEM rigs sixense Stem System virtual reality vr News Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:39:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 29767 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPower's Trinity PC Goes from Prototype to Shipping Product http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowers_trinity_pc_goes_prototype_shipping_product_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/trinity_pc.jpg" alt="Trinity PC" title="Trinity PC" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Get yours starting at $955</h3> <p>We <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2015_look_cyberpowers_unique_fang_trinity_gaming_pc_video" target="_blank">first spied</a> CyberPower PC's funktastically designed Trinity gaming PC at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. Back then, Trinity was in the prototype stage, and all too often we've seen such things turn to vaporware. Not this time. <strong>CyberPower today announced that its Trinity PC is available to configure and order</strong>, with prices starting at $955 for an AMD configuration.</p> <p>Before we get to the available configurations, let's talk a moment about the design. Trinity is unique in that it consists of three distinct compartments, or blades. This is partially to maximize cooling, as each compartment gets its own cooling scheme.</p> <p>The "Performance Blade" contains the graphics card with support for full-length models, such as the GeForce Titan X or Radeon R9 series. You can also mount several solid state drives adjacent to the graphics card.</p> <p>There's also a "CPU Blade" that's compatible with mini ITX motherboards, and a "Storage Blade" that can house up to three SSDs, two HDDs, and a slim optical drive.</p> <p>Now, onto the configurations. It starts with the Trinity 100 ($955), which includes an AMD A10-7700K CPU, 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card, MSI A88XI AC motherboard, 120GB + 1TB SSD/HDD combo, 8X DVD writer, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Next up is the Trinity 200 ($1,339) -- Core i5 4690K CPU, 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM, GeForce GTX 960 GPU, Gigabyte Z97N WiFi mobo, 240GB SSD + 2TB HDD, 8X DVD writer, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/trinity_pcs.jpg" alt="Trinity PCs" title="Trinity PCs" width="620" height="313" /></p> <p>Finally, there's the Trinity Xtreme ($1,795). It comes with an Intel Core i7 5820K CPU, 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM, GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, ASRock X99E-ITX/AC motherboard, 240GB SSD + 2TB HDD, 8X DVD burner, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>All of these configurations are customizable -- just <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/landingpages/Trinity/" target="_blank">head here</a> and start clicking.</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/cyberpowers_trinity_pc_goes_prototype_shipping_product_2015#comments cyberpower Hardware OEM rigs trinity News Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:48:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 29761 at http://www.maximumpc.com Linksys Wins Race to 100 Million Router Sales, Sets Sites on Connecting Cuba http://www.maximumpc.com/linksys_wins_race_100_million_router_sales_sets_sites_connecting_cuba_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/linksys_100_million.jpg" alt="Linksys 100 Million" title="Linksys 100 Million" width="228" height="179" style="float: right;" />Remarkable 15-year run</h3> <p><strong>Linksys today announced that it has sold over 100 million wired and wireless routers around the world</strong>. No other company has crossed the 100 million mark in router sales, a milestone that took Linksys just over 15 years to accomplish. As a pioneer in the router market, the company's first consumer grade product was the BEFSR41, a cable/DSL routers with a built-in 4-port switch.</p> <p>Fast forward to today and it's a much different landscape than it was back in 1999. Smartphones are prevalent and, more recently, the Internet of Things (IoT) category is growing at a breakneck pace -- give it a bit of time and even your toaster might one day be connected to the Internet.</p> <p>“The 100 million milestone of any product is something to celebrate,” said Mike Chen, vice president, product management, Linksys. “For a router to hit this accomplishment in the same company as smartphones, game consoles, MP3 players, tablets and e-readers, shows how crucial sharing an internet connection has become. When Linksys introduced the first consumer grade router at Comdex in 1999, we never would have imagined it would have such a critical role for connecting the Internet of Things in the home.”</p> <p>If you have a PDF reader handy, you can view a <a href="http://cache-www.linksys.com/downloads/press_releases/MRU44816_LINKSYS_1-Million_Routers_Sold_Poster_v2.pdf" target="_blank">timeline of products</a> Linksys has put out through the years. Arguably the most popular of the bunch is the WRT54GL, essentially a revision of the WRT54G but with more RAM to accommodate third-party firmware.</p> <p>Linksys brought back the aesthetic design of the WRT54G/WRT54GL with the release of the WRT1900AC, our current pick for the Wi-Fi Router category in our <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/best-of-the-best?page=2">Best of the Best</a> list, and the recipient of a 9-verdict + KickAss award when we <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/linksys_wrt1900ac_review_2014">reviewed it</a> a few months ago.</p> <p>Going forward, Linksys is kicking off a Link Your World campaign with the goal of connecting people in Cuba with the rest of the rest of the world.</p> <p>"There is an opportunity here to develop and drive growth within Cuba," said Linksys CEO Chet Pipkin. "We believe that recent policy changes make this effort more viable, and we look forward to working with our industry partners and government officials to achieve this important goal."</p> <p>The iniative will include interactive programs and contests on the company's website and across its social media sites, along with retailers. So keep your eyes peeled on ways to win free gear.</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/linksys_wins_race_100_million_router_sales_sets_sites_connecting_cuba_2015#comments Hardware Internet Linksys networking routers News Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:11:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 29760 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fractal Design's Define S Chassis Trades Optical Drives for Airflow and Silence http://www.maximumpc.com/fractal_designs_define_s_chassis_trades_optical_drives_airflow_and_silence_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_s.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define S" title="Fractal Design Define S" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />Out with the old and in with the new</h3> <p>Fractal Design rightfully assumes that there's a userbase no longer interested in optical drive bays. That's not to say everyone falls into that category, but with Valve's Steam platform dominating game sales and companies like Microsoft and Adobe moving services to the cloud, the need for an optical drive lessens by the day. So, some will find <strong>Fractal Design's decision to omit optical drive bays in its new Define S</strong> to be a good one, especially since it purportedly means a better focus on airflow and silence.</p> <p>On the topic of airflow, the Define S with its "Scandinavian inspired construction" introduces a new internal layout providing a straight airflow path to the CPU heatsink for air cooling setups, along with various radiator mounting possibilities for those who prefer to water cool their rigs. That includes being able to house radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front.</p> <p>You'll also find reservoir brackets featuring drill-free reservoir mounting on the front of the motherboard tray and pre-drilled pump mounting holes on the bottom panel.</p> <p>To keep librarians and anyone with a hangover happy, the case is equipped with sound dampening material to keep noise at a minimum. There's also two low-noise Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans included, plus ModuVent fan slot covers for the option of additional cooling or maximum sound absorption.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_s_open.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define S Open" title="Fractal Design Define S Open" /></p> <p>There are three newly designed hard drive trays sitting vertically behind the front partition of the mobo tray. Two additional SSDs can be mounted behind the mobo tray.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/define-series/define-s-window" target="_blank">Fractal Design Define S</a> will be available starting in June for around $115.</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/fractal_designs_define_s_chassis_trades_optical_drives_airflow_and_silence_2015#comments Build a PC case chassis Define S enclosure fractal design Hardware News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:09:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29756 at http://www.maximumpc.com Patriot Takes Aim at Laptops with Ignite Series M.2 Solid State Drive http://www.maximumpc.com/patriot_takes_aim_laptops_ignite_series_m2_solid_state_drive_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/patriot_ignite_m2.jpg" alt="Patriot Ignite M2" title="Patriot Ignite M2" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Fast upgrade option for SFF PCs</h3> <p><strong>Patriot Memory on Monday fleshed out its solid state drive lineup with the introduction of the Ignite Series.</strong> The Ignite is a line of M.2 SATA SSDs that Patriot says is intended for portable devices such as ultrabooks, notebooks, and ultra-compact PCs, or mini PCs as they're also called (think along the lines of Intel's NUC and Zotac's Zbox systems). The obvious benefit here is faster boot times from a piece of hardware that's about the size of a stick of bubble gum.</p> <p>This is Patriot's first foray into M.2 territory. Coming along for the ride is the Phison S10 controller and multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. The combination adds up to rated performance of up to 560MB/s sequential reads and up to 320MB/s sequential writes. Not too shabby, though write times seem to have taken a hit compared compared to Patriot's regular (2.5-inch) Ignite SSDs.</p> <p>Other features include end-to-end data protection (ETEP), advanced wear-leveling, advanced Garbage collection, Smart ECC (multiple levels of ECC protection), and Smart Refresh.</p> <p><a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/04/prweb12627661.htm" target="_blank">Patriot says</a> you'll be able to purchase the Ignite M2 line in 240GB ($110 MSRP) and 480GB ($210 MSRP) capacities beginning in May.</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/patriot_takes_aim_laptops_ignite_series_m2_solid_state_drive_2015#comments Build a PC Hardware ignite M.2 Patriot solid state drive ssd storage News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:40:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 29755 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Will Discuss Next-gen GPUs ‘Later This Quarter’ http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_will_discuss_next-gen_gpus_%E2%80%98later_quarter%E2%80%99300 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/radeon_graphics_logo_0.jpg" alt="Radeon R9 300 Series" title="Radeon R9 300 Series" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Nvidia’s latest and greatest GPUs remain unchallenged</h3> <p>Advanced Micro Devices will talk about its much-awaited (and long overdue) next-gen graphics cards later in this quarter, the company’s CEO Lisa Su said in an earnings call earlier this week. This is significant because <strong>if there was ever a need for a graphics card refresh, it’s right now.</strong></p> <p>Until recently many people were wondering if the launch would happen in time for GTA V’s PC release, but AMD remained noncommittal, offering nothing more than a vague, albeit tantalizing, response. “We’re giving finishing touches,” is all it said. GTA V is already here, of course.</p> <p>To be fair to AMD, it’s not as if they promised something in a particular timeframe and failed to deliver on time. Even during the previous quarterly earnings call all Su would say is that the company had some “very good” graphics cards lined up for the second quarter of 2015. But the company is not doing itself any favors by letting <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2015/03/17/with-titan-x-nvidia-has-introduced-4-unanswered-gpus/">Nvidia’s latest and greatest GPUs go virtually unchallenged</a> for so long (over 9 months and counting).</p> <p>“So as we go into the second half of the year, we would like to see some regain of share in both the desktop and the notebook business,” Su said, responding to a question from Credit Suisse’s John Pitzer.</p> <p>“I've talked about Carrizo being a strong product for us, I talked about some of our graphics launches that we'll talk about later this quarter. So from our standpoint, I would say the first half of the year, we had some, let's call it, some of our issues that we were correcting in terms of the channel, and then a weaker than expected market environment.”</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/9172/amd-posts-q1-2015-results-180-million-net-loss">first quarter wasn’t a particularly good one for the company</a> as it slumped to a $180 million net loss. Although a significant improvement over the previous quarter in which it reported a net loss of $364 million, this is several times worse than the $20 million loss it recorded during the same period last year.</p> <p>Hopefully, things will improve once the new graphics cards are finally available. Kitguru <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/anton-shilov/amd-reiterates-plans-to-introduce-new-radeon-r9-300-series-gpus-in-june/" target="_blank">expects them to be unveiled at Computex in June.</a></p> <p>In the meantime, we will have to make do with unverified reports and rumored specs.<br />Coalescing relevant bits from the various R9 300 rumors we’ve heard so far, one can paint a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/xfx_radeon_r9_370_core_edition_leaks_web_higher_end_r300_series_cards_follow">somewhat detailed picture of the company’s next-gen GPU lineup</a>:</p> <ul> <li>AMD Radeon R9 390X: 28nm Fiji XT GPU, 3,584 cores, 224 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB memory, $599</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 390: 28nm Fiji Pro GPU, 3,328 cores, 208 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, $399</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 380X: 28nm Hawaii XTX GPU, 2,816 cores, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, 512-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 380: 28nm Hawaii Pro GPU, 2,560 cores, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, 512-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 375X: Tonga XT GPU, 2,048 cores, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 384-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 375: Tonga Pro GPU, 1,792 cores, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 370X: Trinidad XT GPU, 1,280 cores, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 370: 28nm Trinidad Pro GPU, 1,024 cores, 64 TMUs, 24 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R7 360X: Bermuda GPU, 896 cores, 128-bit GDDR5, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R7 350X/340X: Oland GPU, 320 cores, DDR3 and GDDR5 memory, 128-bit</li> <li>AMD Radeon R5 300: Caicos GPU, 160 cores, DDR3 memory, 64-bit</li> </ul> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_will_discuss_next-gen_gpus_%E2%80%98later_quarter%E2%80%99300#comments amd fiji xt gpu graphics card Hardware nvidia radeon r9 300 News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:13:05 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29751 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Plans to Live Stream Build Process for a Millennium Desktop Rig http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_plans_live_stream_build_process_millennium_desktop_rig_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_millennium_0.jpg" alt="Origin PC Millennium" title="Origin PC Millennium" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" />How boutique builders do it</h3> <p>Building a computer isn't all that difficult. Though it may seem like a daunting proposition to anyone who's never assembled a PC before, it's really just a matter of preparation and patience. Where things tend to get a little more challenging is when you aim for a professional looking build like the boutique vendors offer. How do they do it? See for yourself -- boutique builder <strong>Origin PC is going to live stream the construction of a Millennium desktop PC</strong> later this month.</p> <p>Mark your calendars for April 24th. With the help of popular Twitch streamer Towelliee, Origin PC will showcase a custom build on its Twitch channel from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern.</p> <p>"Origin PC and Towelliee will also be chatting with fans live during the stream for anyone who may have questions regarding the PC build. If you ever wondered how Origin PC builds their award-winning custom high-performance desktops, now’s your chance to experience it live for the very first time!," Origin said.</p> <p>The Millennium is Origin PC's mid-size gaming desktop. As this will be a custom configuration, we don't know yet what components will get shoved inside or what the foundation will be. There are three to choose from on Origin PC's website -- an Intel Z97 build starting at $1,785, an AMD 990FX build starting at $1,847, and an Intel X99 configuration starting at $2,322.</p> <p>Origin PC's Twitter channel can be found <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/originpc" target="_blank">here</a>, in case you want to bookmark it ahead of time.</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/origin_pc_plans_live_stream_build_process_millennium_desktop_rig_2015#comments Hardware millennium OEM origin pc rigs Towelliee twitch News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:31:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29748 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Unveils Sleek and Slim GR6 PC Game Console http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_unveils_sleek_and_slim_gr6_pc_game_console_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_gr6.jpg" alt="Asus ROG GR6" title="Asus ROG GR6" width="225" height="220" style="float: right;" />Small in size, quiet in operation</h3> <p>We still have a few months to go before official Steam Machine systems enter the market, but in the meantime, OEMs, boutique builders, and hardware players continue to get a jump start on the category with PC gaming consoles built around Windows 8.1 and Steam's Big Picture mode. One such model is the <strong>Asus ROG GR6, the newest PC game box</strong> that's sure to grab attention from your entertainment center.</p> <p>It's an ultra-compact system built inside a 2.5-liter chassis that measures all of 238mm by 245mm by 60mm and weighing 1.28kg. Asus says it's also whisper-quiet, producing 20dB when idle and 28dB at full load.</p> <p>The GR6 features a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 5200U processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM (supports up to 16GB), HDD and SSD storage options, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, GbE LAN, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, audio jacks, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>It also has Steam installed and will boot into Steam Big Picture mode with the tap of a button. In addition, Asus says it's working with Valve to ensure the GR6 works "perfectly" with Steam OS and Steam Controller down the line. For now, an optional ROG Gladius mouse and M801 keyboard or ORG Sica mouse and RA01 keyboard comes bundled with the system.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</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_unveils_sleek_and_slim_gr6_pc_game_console_2015#comments asus GR6 Hardware OEM pc pc console Republic of Gamers rigs ROG News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:04:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 29745 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Keyboard is Now Available http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_blackwidow_tournament_edition_chroma_keyboard_now_available_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/blackwidow_tournament_editon_chroma.jpg" alt="Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma" title="Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Look at the colors!</h3> <p>Can't decide on whether you want a blue or red LED backlight on the your keyboard? The neat thing about the current crop of RGB keyboards is that you don't have to decide -- you have around 16.8 million colors at your disposal, so you can change your mind on a whim, or combine different colors for different parts of the keyboard. So it goes with <strong>Razer's BlackWidow Tournament Edition keyboard, a mechanical plank with lots of LED backlighting options that's now available to purchase</strong>.</p> <p>The Tournament Edition here is a tenkeyless (TKL) plank, meaning it doesn't have a number pad. So, if you're an accountant by day and a gamer by night, this wouldn't be the best option, unless you already have a separate number pad and/or don't mind swapping out keyboards.</p> <p>In addition to myriad color options, you can also configure the keyboard to light up in a number of different ways, including Wave, Spectrum Cycling, Breathing, Reactive, and more.</p> <p>This is a mechanical keyboard that uses Razer Green switches, which are tactile and audible. Razer claims they've been designed from the ground-up for gamers, though I suspect they're based on Cherry MX Blue switches. When I played with a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard, also with Green switches, I felt the type action was very similar to my Das Keyboard 4 Professional. In any event, you can read more about the <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/razer-mechanical-switches" target="_blank">Green switches here</a>.</p> <p>If you're sold on the Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma, you can pick one up <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-blackwidow-tournament-edition-chroma" target="_blank">direct from Razer for $140</a>.</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/razer_blackwidow_tournament_edition_chroma_keyboard_now_available_2015#comments BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Hardware mechanical keyboard Peripherals razer News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:59:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29744 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Adds 960GB and 480GB Capacity Options to Force LS SSD Family http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_adds_960gb_and_480gb_capacity_options_force_ls_ssd_family <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_force_ls.jpg" alt="Corsair Force LS" title="Corsair Force LS" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" />Big capacity without the ginormous price tag</h3> <p>Small capacity solid state drives are becoming a thing of the past, and we couldn't be happier about it. It's high time SSD makers started focusing on big capacities, which should in turn drive prices down while making more room for programs and games on primary storage drives. Credit Corsair for receiving the memo -- <strong>Corsair just added 480GB and 960GB capacity drives to its Force LS line</strong>.</p> <p>They join existing 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB drives, and like those drives, the new capacities come in 7mm high enclosures that can be installed into pretty much any desktop or notebook PC with a standard 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive bay (an adapter is needed for the latter).</p> <p>Performance specs are the same for both new capacities:</p> <ul> <li>Up to 560MB/s sequential read</li> <li>Up to 540MB/s sequential write</li> <li>Up to 84,000 random read IOPS</li> <li>Up to 88,000 random write IOPS</li> </ul> <p>The Force Series LS <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/force-series-ls-960gb-sata-3-6gb-s-ssd-b" target="_blank">960GB</a> and <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/force-series-ls-480gb-sata-3-6gb-s-ssd-b" target="_blank">480GB</a> SSDs should be available soon and priced at $380 and $190, 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/corsair_adds_960gb_and_480gb_capacity_options_force_ls_ssd_family#comments Build a PC corsair force ls Hardware solid state drive ssd News Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:50:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 29741 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kingston Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Business Users, Announces 960GB Enterprise SSD http://www.maximumpc.com/kingston_rolls_out_red_carpet_business_users_announces_960gb_enterprise_ssd <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_kc310.jpg" alt="Kingston KC310" title="Kingston KC310" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Getting down to business</h3> <p><strong>Kingston this week announced its largest business-class solid state drive to date, the 960GB KC310</strong>. Billed as a true hard drive replacement, the capacious KC310 is powered by a Phison S10 quad-core, eight-channel controller and features a SATA 6Gbps interface. It also comes with firmware-based power loss protection to help maintain data integrity, one of several traits that make it suitable for entry-level servers and datacenter deployments.</p> <p>The drive offers end-to-end data protection via flash error correction and Advanced SmartECC, the latter of which reconstructs defective pages when they're found to be faulty and flash ECC protection fails to recover the uncorrectable errors.</p> <p>As to performance, the KC310 is no slouch -- <a href="http://www.kingston.com/us/company/press/article/7717?Article-Title=Kingston-Digital-Ships-960GB-Business-Class-SSD" target="_blank">Kingston rates</a> its sequential read and write transfers at up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively, along with up to 99,000/96,000 maximum/random 4K read IOPS and up to 89,000/88,000 maximum/random 4K read IOPS. The takeaway from those figures is that Kingston isn't trading performance for enterprise-grade reliability, and claims to offer the best of both worlds.</p> <p>No word yet on when the KC310 will be available 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/kingston_rolls_out_red_carpet_business_users_announces_960gb_enterprise_ssd#comments Build a PC Hardware KC310 Kingston solid state drive ssd ssdnow storage News Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:22:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 29740 at http://www.maximumpc.com