Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Microsoft's Atom Based Surface 3 Tablet is Available to Pre-Order Starting at $499 http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_atom_based_surface_3_tablet_available_pre-order_starting_499_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_3_0.jpg" alt="Surface 3" title="Surface 3" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Slimmer, slower, and cheaper than a Surface Pro 3</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft just expanded its Surface line with the Surface 3</strong>, a less expensive version of the Surface Pro 3 that's also smaller and less powerful. Other than size (10.8-inch display, 8.7mm thin) and weight (1.37 pounds or 622 grams), the physical design is the same as the Surface Pro 3, as both use premium materials and sport the adjustable kickstand that Microsoft is so fond of.</p> <p>There are four versions of the non-Pro Surface 3 that, two of which are available to pre-order immediately. They include:</p> <ul> <li>Intel Atom x7-Z8700, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, Wi-Fi: $499</li> <li>Intel Atom x7-Z8700, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, Wi-Fi: $599</li> </ul> <p>So for $100 extra over the base model, you get double the RAM and double the storage. There are also 4G LTE versions of both Surface 3 tablets, though Microsoft isn't yet taking pre-orders on those, nor did it say how much those models will cost.</p> <p>Other specs include a 1920x1080 resolution, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, full-size USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, micro USB charging port, headset jack, cover port, 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, 3.5MP front-facing camera, built-in microphone, stereo speakers with Dolby audio, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. You also get a year of Office 356 Personal with OneDrive cloud storage.</p> <p>As with the other Surface offerings, a Type Cover costs an additional $130. If you want a Surface Pen, add another $50 to the tally.</p> <p>Regarding the Atom chip, it's a 64-bit quad-core CPU (1.6GHz to 2.4GHz, 2MB cache) part based on Intel's Cherry Trail architecture.</p> <p>If interested, you can place your <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/products/surface-3" target="_blank">pre-order here</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/microsofts_atom_based_surface_3_tablet_available_pre-order_starting_499_2015#comments atom Hardware laptop microsoft notebook Surface 3 tablet News Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:30:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 29666 at http://www.maximumpc.com Micron and Intel Pimp 3D NAND Flash Memory with Promise of 10TB Solid State Drives http://www.maximumpc.com/micron_and_intel_pimp_3d_nand_flash_memory_promise_10tb_solid_state_drives_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_micron_3d_nand.jpg" alt="Intel and Micron 3D NAND" title="Intel and Micron 3D NAND" width="228" height="135" style="float: right;" />Holy high capacity, Batman!</h3> <p>When it comes to storage, you typically have to choose between raw performance or oodles of storage space. If you value the former, a solid state drive is hands down the way to go. And if you need the latter, well, traditional hard drives with spinning platters are still the best option. But what if you could have both? <strong>Micron and Intel have made available 3D NAND flash memory that they say will enable SSDs to scale beyond 10 terabytes</strong> in 2.5-inch form.</p> <p>It will also enable gum stick-sized SSDs with more than 3.5TB of storage. Both are made possible by stacking layers of data storage cells vertically "with extraordinary precision," resulting in storage devices that offer three times more capacity than competing NAND technologies.</p> <p>This isn't a new concept, by any means. Samsung is already using vertically stacked cells in some of its newer SSDs, and Toshiba and SanDisk just recently jointly announced 3D NAND cell technology of their own. Indeed, stacking cells is the way of the future for SSDs, as planar NAND is reaching its practical scaling limits. By transitioning to 3D NAND flash memory, flash storage solutions can stay aligned with Moore's Law.</p> <p>So, what's different about the way Micron and Intel are going about it? They're the first to use a floating gate cell in 3D NAND, which they describe as a key design choice enabling greater performance, quality, and reliability.</p> <p>Their new 3D NAND technology stacks flash cells vertically in 32 layers. By doing so, they're able to achieve 256Gb (gigabit) multi-level cell (MLC) and 384Gb triple-level cell (TLC) die that fit in a standard package. Since they're now stacking cells, they can use individual cells that are significantly larger, which allows them to achieve up to 48GB (gigabyte) of NAND per die.</p> <p>Intel and Micron have begun sampling 256Gb MLC versions of 3D NAND to select partners and will sample 384Gb TLC later in the spring. Both companies are also working on their own brand SSD solutions based on 3D NAND technology slated for release by 2016.</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/micron_and_intel_pimp_3d_nand_flash_memory_promise_10tb_solid_state_drives_2015#comments 3d nand flash memory Hardware intel micron Solid State Drives ssd storage News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:54:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 29649 at http://www.maximumpc.com Notebooks Makes Ready 2-in-1 Chromebook Models for Release in Q2 http://www.maximumpc.com/notebooks_makes_ready_2--1_chromebook_models_release_q2_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chromebook_2-in-1.jpg" alt="Asus Chromebook 2-in-1" title="Asus Chromebook 2-in-1" width="228" height="122" style="float: right;" />Chrome OS versus Windows, round 2: FIGHT!</h3> <p>After getting off to a slow start, Chromebooks finally began to grow in popularity as lower cost alternatives to Windows-based machines. And for a long while, Chromebooks represented the top selling laptops on Amazon.&nbsp; Now that Windows laptops can be bought for $250 or less, Chromebooks aren't as enticing, but what about 2-in-1 systems? We're about to find out as <strong>laptop makers ready 2-in-1 Chromebook models for a second quarter release</strong>.</p> <p>Citing sources from within the upstream supply chain, <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150325PD213.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> Intel is planning to partner with Google and notebook players like Asus, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Quanta Computer, and Pegatron Technology to launch convertible Chromebooks next quarter. Initially these will be 11-inch to 13-inch devices.</p> <p>Like traditional Chromebooks, these 2-in-1 devices will compete on price. They'll also target students in the U.S., as that seems to be the niche that's most responsive to Chrome OS. After that, laptop makers will push 2-in-1 Chromebooks into emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.</p> <p>There's no word on specific pricing at this point, though it's expected these devices will undercut Windows 2-in-1 systems by about 10 percent.</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/notebooks_makes_ready_2--1_chromebook_models_release_q2_2015#comments 2-in-1 chromebook Hardware intel laptop notebook News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:58:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 29647 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leap Motion's Hand Tracking Technology is Headed to Razer's OSVR Headset http://www.maximumpc.com/leap_motions_hand_tracking_technology_headed_razers_osvr_headset_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_osvr.jpg" alt="Razer OSVR" title="Razer OSVR" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Handy dandy VR</h3> <p>We <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2015_razer_discusses_open_source_virtual_reality_initiative_video">spoke with Razer</a> about its Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem at the Consumer Electronics Show a couple of months ago and were excited about the possibilities. Even more intriguing is the announcement that <strong>Leap Motion has partnered up with Razer to integrate its motion-tracking capabilities right into Razer's OSVR headset</strong> when it ships to consumers later this year.</p> <p>The OSVR Hacker Dev Kit will have an optional faceplate with Leap Motion's hardware and software embedded. This will make it the first VR headset with natural motion control technology integrated right into the head mounted display, which will open up a whole new world to developers.</p> <p>"By letting the user connect directly with the VR environment, hand tracking allows virtual reality to be as natural and intuitive as interacting with the real world, giving the user a powerful sense of presence and immersion," <a href="https://www.leapmotion.com/news/osvr-hacker-dev-kit-to-include-motion-control-with-embedded-leap-motion-technology" target="_blank">said Michael Buckwald</a>, CEO and co-founder of Leap Motion. "We're pleased to partner with OSVR to bring our technology to the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit, helping developers enable the true potential of VR."</p> <p>What this will do for developers is allow them to write code for a single platform that works across multiple hardware devices, Leap Motion says. And for consumers, that means a consistently smooth experience, as the integrated OSVR motion plugin supports multiple motion device types.</p> <p>Motion tracking is really the next step VR. It's something other companies are working on as well, including MindMaze with its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/gdc_2015_day_0_mindmaze_demos_brain-powered_vr_headset_video">neuro-goggle headset</a> and of course Microsoft and its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft%E2%80%99s_hololens_has_potential_be_transformative2015">HoloLens platform</a>.</p> <p>According to Leap Motion, this collaboration with Razer is "the first in a future lineup of head mounted displays thta will feature Leap Motion's technology built-in," suggesting that other headsets will see the same kind of integration, perhaps even Oculus Rift.</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/leap_motions_hand_tracking_technology_headed_razers_osvr_headset_2015#comments Hardware headset leap motion osvr razer virtual reality Wearable News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:28:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 29646 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition is First AMD Motherboard with USB 3.1 http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_970a_sli_krait_edition_first_amd_motherboard_usb_31_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_970a_sli_krait_edition.jpg" alt="MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition" title="MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Introducing USB 3.1 to AMD</h3> <p><strong>MSI is laying claim to the world's first AMD motherboard with USB 3.1 support</strong>. The board in question is MSI's new <strong>970A SLI Krait Edition</strong>, which sports a black and white tuxedo theme that would probably look pretty nifty inside a white theme enclosure. But behind the looks is a USB 3.1 interface that allows for transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, double that of USB 3.0, and 20 times faster than USB 2.0.</p> <p>Earlier this year MSI rolled out the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition_motherboard_sophisticated_builds_2014" target="_blank">Z97S SLI Krait Edition</a> based on Intel's Z97 chipset. It too brought a black and white color theme but no USB 3.1 support. Now AMD is getting the fancy pants treatment.</p> <p>The 970A SLI Krait Edition is a socket AM3+ board with support for AMD FX, Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron CPUs. It has four DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of DDR3-2133 (OC) memory, two PCI x16 slots, two PCI-E x1 slots, two standard PCI slots, six SATA 6Gbps ports, a single GbE LAN port, and an assortment of USB 3.1, 3.0, and 2.0 ports.</p> <p>MSI touts high quality components and build quality such as solid capacitors, "Dark Choke" with a special core design that allows it to run a a lower temp with a higher capacity, isolated audio PCB, and so forth.</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href="http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-SLI-Krait-Edition.html#hero-overview" target="_blank">MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition</a> will be available or for how much. As a point of reference, the aforementioned Intel version runs about $110 street.</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_970a_sli_krait_edition_first_amd_motherboard_usb_31_2015#comments 970 A SLI Krait Edition amd Build a PC Hardware motherboard msi usb 3.1 News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:46:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 29645 at http://www.maximumpc.com EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid Gets Wet and Wild with Maxwell http://www.maximumpc.com/evga_geforce_gtx_980_hybrid_gets_wet_and_wild_maxwell_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_geforce_gtx_980_hybrid.jpg" alt="EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid" title="EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />When air cooling isn't enough</h3> <p>Have you ever tried liquid cooling a graphics card? It's not the most difficult thing in the world, though between the water cooling loop and delicately removing the card's stock cooling solution, it can be a little intimidating. And then there's <strong>EVGA's new GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid with an all-in-one water cooling already installed</strong>. All you need to do is plug the card into your mobo, feed it power, and mount the single 120mm fan radiator.</p> <p>There's no filling required, no custom tubing to mess with, and no maintenance. Your reward for giving the Maxwell-based GPU a bath is significantly lower temperatures compared to Nvidia's reference air cooler. According to EVGA's benchmark chart, a card running at 70C degrees using a reference cooler would be under 45C with the Hybrid.</p> <p>The card itself comes factory overclocked. Instead of a base clockspeed of 1,126MHz and boost clock of 1,216MHz, the Hybrid runs at 1,291MHz and 1,393MHz, respectively. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory stays at stock speeds -- 7,010MHz on a 256-bit bus, resulting in memory bandwidth of 224.3GB/s.</p> <p>Of course, cooler temps invite overclocking, and EVGA has a couple of software tools to help with that. One is EVGA Precision X, which allows you to adjust the GPU and memory frequencies, moitor temps, and more. You can also use EVGA's OC Scanner X to stress test and benchmark your overclocked card.</p> <p>The GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid is <a href="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-1989-KR" target="_blank">available now</a> direct from EVGA for $650. If you already own the card, you can purchase the Hybrid water cooler by itself for $100, which is also <a href="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=400-HY-H980-B1" target="_blank">available now</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PFGhQQUcWhs" 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/evga_geforce_gtx_980_hybrid_gets_wet_and_wild_maxwell_2015#comments Build a PC evga Gaming GeForceGTX 980 Hybrid graphics card Hardware liquid cooling maxwell Video Card News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:03:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 29641 at http://www.maximumpc.com Logitech Arms MX Master Wireless Mouse with a Darkfield Laser http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech_arms_mx_master_wireless_mouse_darkfield_laser_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/logitech_mx_master_wireless.jpg" alt="Logitech MX Master Wireless" title="Logitech MX Master Wireless" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />This rodent isn't fazed by glass or glossy surfaces</h3> <p>The hype is high for <strong>Logitech's new MX Master Wireless mouse</strong>. Featuring a hand-sculpted design and a "Darkfield" laser, Logitech is billing the MX Master as "the new paradigm for precise, fast, comfortable computer navigation." Apparently the peripheral is particularly adept at working across multiple screens, devices, and operating systems, and of course it brings ergonomic traits to the table as well.</p> <p>Let's first talk a little about the Darkfield laser. As Logitech explains it, optical and traditional laser sensors rely on irregularities in the surface to track the direction and speed of mouse movement. So does Darkfield, but it uses the "smallest possible detail to create a micro-road map of the surface," resulting in better precision on a wider number of services, including glass and glossy finishes.</p> <p>It also has a speed-adaptive scroll wheel that lets you auto-shift from click-to-click to hyper-fast scrolling, along with a unique thumbwheel that's oriented horizontally for side-to-side scrolling and page switching.</p> <p>The MX Master Wireless rodent connects to an included Logitech Unifying receiver or via Bluetooth. If you use multiple devices, you can pair the mouse with up to three of them and switch between your systems with the touch of a button on the bottom. Pretty nifty.</p> <p>You can adjust the sensor from 400 dpi to 1,600 dpi in increments of 200. That doesn't sound like much, though the mouse has racked up some positive first impressions and reviews around the web. We'll let you know our own opinion once we get a chance to test one out.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/mx-master?wt.mc_id=global_news_mxmaster_032415" target="_blank">MX Master Wireless</a> mouse will be available next month for $100 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/logitech_arms_mx_master_wireless_mouse_darkfield_laser_2015#comments Darkfield Hardware logitech mouse MX Master Peripherals News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:09:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 29639 at http://www.maximumpc.com OCZ Vector 180 Solid State Drive Marches Out on a Barefoot 3 Controller http://www.maximumpc.com/ocz_vector_180_solid_state_drive_marches_out_barefoot_3_controller_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ocz_vector_180_ssd.jpg" alt="OCZ Vector 180 SSD" title="OCZ Vector 180 SSD" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Did somebody say "flagship?"</h3> <p>Don't look know, but <strong>Toshiba's OCZ Storage Solutions division just rolled out a new flagship SATA 6Gbps solid state drive, the Vector 180</strong>. It's an "enthusaist-class" SSD that's supposed to deliver rock-solid stability and performance to high-end consumer systems. Armed with an OCZ Barefoot 3 controller and in-house Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND flash memory, the Vector 180 series is rated to read and write files sequentially at up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively.</p> <p>It also offers up to 100,000 IOPS of 4KB random read and up to 95,000 IOPS of 4K random write performance. These aren't the fastest ratings we've seen in SATA 6Gbps territory, but they're right up there. Just as importantly, OCZ says its SSD Guru storage management software tool helps users to do routine monitoring and maintenance, thereby unlocking the drive's full potential.</p> <p>"With the new Vector 180 Series, OCZ is once again raising the bar for high performance client solid state drives," said Ralph Schmitt, CEO of OCZ Storage Solutions. "Vector 180 leverages our award-winning proprietary controller technology and features normally found in our enterprise-class drives, like Power Failure Management Plus, to deliver high-density SSDs with exceptional performance, endurance, and reliability for gamers, enthusiasts and workstation users."</p> <p>The drive is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. Each is backed by OCZ's 5-year "ShieldPlus" warranty, and should something go wrong, OCZ will replace the drive with little-to-no hassle -- just provide your serial number and you'll receive a brand new (not refurbished) advanced product replacement along with a pre-paid return shipping label for your faulty drive. You don't even need your purchase receipt. Pretty snazzy.</p> <p>As for price:</p> <ul> <li>OCZ Vector 180 120GB: $90</li> <li>OCZ Vector 180 240GB: $150</li> <li>OCZ Vector 180 480GB: $275</li> <li>OCZ Vector 180 960GB: $500</li> </ul> <p>The higher the capacity, the better than the price-per-gigabyte.</p> <p>You can find the product page <a href="http://ocz.com/consumer/vector-180-sata-3-ssd" target="_blank">here</a> and the SSD Guru download page <a href="http://ocz.com/ssd-guru" target="_blank">here</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/ocz_vector_180_solid_state_drive_marches_out_barefoot_3_controller_2015#comments barefoot 3 Build a PC Hardware ocz solid state drive ssd SSD Guru storage toshiba Vector 180 News Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:30:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 29634 at http://www.maximumpc.com EVGA's Supernova 650 GS and 550 GS PSUs are the Strong Silent Types http://www.maximumpc.com/evgas_supernova_650_gs_and_550_gs_psus_are_strong_silent_types <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_650_gs.jpg" alt="EVGA Supernova 650 GS" title="EVGA Supernova 650 GS" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />Power supplies a librarian can love</h3> <p>Building a quiet PC isn't as easy as it sounds. The process of putting the pieces together is mostly the same, unless you're custom installing noise dampening material and rubber grommets, but finding the right components can be challenging. This is especially true of the power supply -- if you don't want to trust your system to a fanless PSU, EVGA may have a serviceable solution.</p> <p><strong>EVGA today announced its Supernova 650 GS and 550 GS PSUs</strong>, both of which are supposedly "completely silent when under low loads." They're also actively cooled, though the 120mm Teflon nano-steel bearing fan "does not spin until necessary," EVGA says.</p> <p>Noise (or lack thereof) isn't the only thing the new Supernova GS units have going them. These are both 80 Plus Gold certified PSUs. They're also fully modular with flat cables, use Japanese brand capacitors, and boast a single +12V rail design with 54A available on the 650W model and 45A on the 550W model.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=220-GS-0550-V1" target="_blank">Supernova 550 GS</a> and <a href="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=220-GS-0650-V1" target="_blank">650 GS</a> will be available soon for $90 and $100, 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/evgas_supernova_650_gs_and_550_gs_psus_are_strong_silent_types#comments 550 GS 650 GS Build a PC evga Hardware power supply PSU supernova News Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:02:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 29633 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cougar Dangles Affordable 300M Mouse in Front of Gamers http://www.maximumpc.com/cougar_dangles_affordable_300m_mouse_front_gamers_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cougar_300m.jpg" alt="Cougar 300M" title="Cougar 300M" width="228" height="140" style="float: right;" />Looks can be deceiving</h3> <p><strong>Cougar sent us word today that it's releasing the 300M</strong>, 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.</p> <p>It also boasts seven programmable buttons, a 1,000Hz polling rate, 1ms response, and Omron switches for its main buttons -- they're rated for at least 5 million clicks, so if you're a rapid-fire gamer, go on with your bad self.</p> <p>There are LEDs on the 300M to let you know which DPI you're in, and using Cougar's UIX software, you can customize the lighting with around 16.8 million different color options. You can also use the software to configure three separate profiles for a maximum of 24 functions, and then save those settings to the 300M's onboard memory.</p> <p>Cougar says the 300M will be available in late April for $40. That's not bargain bin pricing, but far more affordable than the gaming rodents that command twice as much or more.</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/cougar_dangles_affordable_300m_mouse_front_gamers_2015#comments 300M cougar Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals News Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:41:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 29632 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel's Broadwell-Based Core i7 5775C and Core i5 5675C CPUs Rumored to Launch in Q2 http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_broadwell-based_core_i7_5775c_and_core_i5_5675c_cpus_rumored_launch_q2 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_sign_8.jpg" alt="Intel Sign" title="Intel Sign" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Broadwell for the desktop is in sight</h3> <p><strong>Intel is reportedly planning to launch a pair of processors based on its 14nm Broadwell architecture sometime in the second quarter of this year</strong>. One is the <strong>Core i7 5775C</strong> and the other is the <strong>Core i5 5675C</strong>, 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.</p> <p>Citing a Chinese-language <a href="http://chinese.vr-zone.com/146637/intel-lga-1150-broadwell-for-desktop-only-have-i7-5775c-and-i5-5675c-03232015/" target="_blank">report</a> by <em>VR-Zone</em>, <a href="http://wccftech.com/intel-broadwell-core-i7-5775c-core-i5-5675c-processors-iris-pro-graphics-6200-detailed-launching-q2-2015/" target="_blank"><em>WCCFTech</em></a> says the Core i7 and Core i5 parts will feature a 65W TDP and the latest Iris Pro Graphics 6200 integrated GPU. That's the one with 64MB of embedded eDRAM cache for faster memory performance versus tapping into system RAM. It also has 48 Execution Units and a 128-bit memory bus.</p> <p>The Core i7 5775C will come clocked at 3.3GHz with a Turbo frequency of 3.7GHz. It's a quad-core chip with Hyper Threading, 6MB of L3 cache, and support for DDR3 memory rated at 1600MHz.</p> <p>Intel's Core i5 5675C is also a quad-core CPU but lacks Hyper Threading, according to the reports. It will be clocked at 3.1GHz with a 3.6GHz Turbo frequency and feature 4MB of L3 cache and DDR3 1600MHz memory support.</p> <p>It's expected that most existing socket LGA 1150 motherboards will support the new chips, though they'll probably need a BIOS update.</p> <p>Launch prices for the Core i7 5775C and Core i5 5675C are expected to be around $350 and $250, 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/intels_broadwell-based_core_i7_5775c_and_core_i5_5675c_cpus_rumored_launch_q2#comments broadwell Build a PC Core i5 5675C Core i7 5775C cpu Hardware intel processor News Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:07:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 29630 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Touts Dominator Platinum DDR4 3400MHz RAM for Gigabyte's X99-SOC Champion Motherboard http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_touts_dominator_platinum_ddr4_3400mhz_ram_gigabytes_x99-soc_champion_motherboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_ddr4_0.jpg" alt="Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4" title="Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4" width="228" height="179" style="float: right;" />Two speed demons team up</h3> <p>Are you planning to build a system around Gigabyte's X99-XOC Champion motherboard? If so, <strong>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</strong>. 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.</p> <p>"Our Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion is engineered with highly optimized trace paths between the processor and DIMM sockets to enable incredible memory clock speeds," said Colin Brix, Director of Marketing of Gigabyte’s Motherboard Business Unit. "We worked with Corsair to tune an exceptional edition of Dominator Platinum DDR4 that can help overclockers push the X99-SOC Champion to reach unprecedented memory speeds."</p> <p>Corsair COO Thi La says each Dominator Platinum 3400MHz DDR3 module is built with hand-picked ICs that are then tuned to play nice with the X99-SOC Champion board. At the stock frequency, timings run at 16-18-18-36.</p> <p>Orange colored anodized heat spreaders that match the color scheme of the Gigabyte board keep the chips cool, and you can monitor temps using Corsair Link. They also feature user-swappable colored light pipes for customizable downwash lighting, Corsair says.</p> <p>Professional overclocker Hicookie used the Dominator Platinum RAM and Gigabyte mobo combo to set a world record for DDR4 memory frequency at 4,365.6MHz. Of course, that was using liquid nitrogen.</p> <p>Swallow your swig of coffee before checking out the MSRP, your monitor will thank you in a moment. Ready? It's $1,000 for a 16GB kit.</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_touts_dominator_platinum_ddr4_3400mhz_ram_gigabytes_x99-soc_champion_motherboard#comments Build a PC corsair ddr4 dominator platinum gigabyte Hardware Memory motherboard ram X99-SOC Champion News Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:49:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 29627 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Goes on Sale as Surface Pro 4 Rumors Heat Up http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_surface_pro_3_goes_sale_surface_pro_4_rumors_heat_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_4.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Save up to $150 on Surface Pro 3</h3> <p>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, <strong>Surface Pro 3 tablets are again on sale</strong> 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.</p> <p>First let's talk about the Surface 3 Pro pricing. The entry level model is the only one that isn't being offered up at a discount -- it's still priced at $799 for a Core i3 4020Y processor and 64GB of storage. Here's how the rest shake out:</p> <ul> <li>Surface Pro 3 w/ Core i5 4300U (1.9GHz to 2.9GHz) and 128GB SSD: $899, down from $999 (save $100)</li> <li>Surface Pro 3 w/ Core i5 4300U (1.9GHz to 2.9GHz) and 256GB SSD: $1,149, down from $1,299 (save $150)</li> <li>Surface Pro 3 w/ Core i7 4650U (1.7GHz to 3.3GHz) and 256GB SSD: $1,399, down from $1,549 (save $150)</li> <li>Surface Pro 3 2/ Core i7 4650U (1.7Ghz to 3.3GHz ) and 512GB SSD: $1,799, down from $1,949 (save $150)</li> </ul> <p>Microsoft is also offering a free sleeve valued at $40 with the purchase of a Surface Pro 3. There are 14 different designs to choose from. And for an additional $130, you can add a Surface Pro Type Cover.</p> <p>You'll find the Surface Pro 3 deals at the <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Pro-3/productID.300190600?Icid=Homepage_Hero_1_Surface_Announce_052014&amp;tduid=05cd4f4e8c88be70094588d0b5d3beed" target="_blank">Microsoft Store</a>.</p> <h3>Surface Pro 4 Rumor</h3> <p>As to the Surface Pro 4, <a href="http://thefusejoplin.com/2015/03/microsoft-surface-pro-4-powerful-apples-macbook-specs-comparison-confirms/" target="_blank"><em>The Fuse Joplin</em></a> claims there are multiple rumors suggesting the tablet will launch in July. Citing the various rumors, <em>TFJ</em> says there will be two versions -- one with a 1.1GHz dual-core processor and one with a 2.4GHz CPU, both of which are mobile Intel chips.</p> <p>There are also rumors saying the two versions will feature different sized displays, one with a 12-inch panel and the other with a 14-inch display. Interestingly, both are said to run at 2160x1440, so the screen real estate will effectively be the same, assuming the information is accurate.</p> <p>It's said the Surface Pro 4 will have a better webcam than the 480p one found on the new Macbook. Other untold features will supposedly also give the Surface Pro 4 a leg up against the rumored iPad Pro.</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/microsoft_surface_pro_3_goes_sale_surface_pro_4_rumors_heat_2015#comments Hardware laptop microsoft notebook surface pro 3 Surface Pro 4 tablet News Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:16:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 29626 at http://www.maximumpc.com Biostar Announces Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_announces_hi-fi_b85z5_motherboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_hi-fi_b85z5.jpg" alt="Biostar Hi-Fi B85Z5" title="Biostar Hi-Fi B85Z5" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />A sound board for budget buyers</h3> <p>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 <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_kicks_new_gaming_hardware_series_gaming_z97x_motherboard_2015">gamers</a>, overclockers, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_pushes_tb85_motherboard_gamers_and_bitcoin_miners_2014">Bitcoin miners</a>, and even those worried about <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_motherboards_incorporate_built-_lan_protection_lightning_strikes_2014">lightning strikes</a>. <strong>Biostar's newest motherboard, the Hi-Fi B85Z5, is for budget buyers who want high-quality onboard audio</strong>.</p> <p>Those two things haven't alwasy gone together, and while I personally still prefer a dedicated soundcard, today's onboard audio is world's apart from where it was several years ago. As for the Hi-Fi B85Z5, it's the first to embed "Double Hi-Fi" integrated amp circuitry. According to Biostar, that allows users to enjoy the same high quality sound whether the output is set to the front or rear of the PC.</p> <p>It also supports Blu-ray audio and features 30uF gold plated audio connectors, a noise-blocking multi-layer PCB design to isolate analog audio signals from digital sources, and a 110dB SNR.</p> <p>Moving on, the board uses 100 percent solid capacitors and offers "Super LAN" surge protection, which boils down to an integrated chip that strengthens electrical stablity and prevents damages from lightning strikes and electrical surges.</p> <p>It's a socket LGA 1150 board with support for up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 memory, two PCI-E x16 slots (one 3.0, one 2.0), two PCI-E x1 2.0 slots, two standard PCI slots, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, two SATA 3Gbps connectors, GbE LAN, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and various display outputs (HDMI, DVI, and VGA).</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=795" target="_blank">Hi-Fi B85Z5</a> goes for $89 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/biostar_announces_hi-fi_b85z5_motherboard#comments Biostar Build a PC Hardware Hi-Fi B85Z5 motherboard News Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:53:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 29625 at http://www.maximumpc.com Supermicro Readies an Intel Broadwell-E Capable Gaming PC http://www.maximumpc.com/supermicro_readies_intel_broadwell_gaming_pc_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/supermicro_sys-5038ad-i.jpg" alt="Supermicro SYS-5038AD-I" title="Supermicro SYS-5038AD-I" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />An unexpected face in the consumer gaming space</h3> <p>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, <strong>Supermicro is getting ready to expand its limited gaming system</strong> lineup with a rig built around Intel's Haswell architecture that will be upgradeable to Broadwell-E.</p> <p>The folks at <em>Fudzilla</em> <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/news/37318-supermicro-has-a-gaming-pc" target="_blank">caught a glimpse</a> of the new PC in person, and we're glad to see Supermicro is using a better looking chassis than the fugly one found in the <a href="http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/tower/5038/SYS-5038AD-T.cfm" target="_blank">SYS-5038AD-T</a>. That said, Supermicro still hasn't mastered the art of creatively naming a PC gaming line, as the <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">new model</span> barebones SKU is <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">simply called</span> labeled with part number SYS-5038AD-I. Supermicro tells <em>Maximum PC</em> that it's based on the company's own C7X99-OCE motherboard and the S5 chassis -- "the complete system configuration is going to be based on our channel customers' requirements," Supermicro says.</p> <p>In any event, the new PC boasts an Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition processor cooled by an Asetek higher performance liquid cooler, a server grade C7X99-OCE motherboard that supports overclocking, 16GB of DDR4-2133 RAM, two Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 graphics cards in SLI (the demo system on display is rocking three GeForce GTX 980 cards), and a 1,200W Platinum PSU.</p> <p>There's no mention of storage, otherwise it seems like a nice collection of parts (we'd have went with a higher end graphics card or two), assuming the cost is in line with what's being offered. Unfortunately, there's also no mention of price or a release date.</p> <p>Image Credit: <em>Fudzilla</em></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/supermicro_readies_intel_broadwell_gaming_pc_2015#comments Hardware haswell intel OEM rigs supermicro SYS-5038AD-T News Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:25:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 29617 at http://www.maximumpc.com