Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en Microsoft Skins Mobile Mouse 3500 with Halo's Master Chief, Goes Up for Pre-order at Gamestop http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_skins_mobile_mouse_3500_halos_master_chief_goes_pre-order_gamestop <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/halo_mouse.jpg" alt="Halo Mouse" title="Halo Mouse" width="228" height="201" style="float: right;" />An affordable rodent for Halo fans</h3> <p>It's a bit of an odd cross promotion, but to draw attention to Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One, <strong>GameStop is offering up for pre-order Microsoft's new Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Halo Limited Edition: The Master Chief</strong>. Microsoft outfitted its existing Mobile Mouse 3500 with a highly detailed scene featuring Master Chief in his two-tone green MJOLNIR Power Assault Armor and gold hued visor.</p> <p>"With this mouse, you get Master Chief and all the awesomeness that comes standard with the popular Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 such as its ambidextrous design, snap-in nano transceiver, 2.4 GHz wireless technology, and two-color battery light indicator. You also get BlueTrack Technology that allows you to use the mouse on virtually any surface including granite, marble, carpet, and wood," Microsoft said in a <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/07/31/new-limited-edition-wireless-mobile-mouse-3500-features-master-chief-from-halo/" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>The Mobile Mouse 3500 uses BlueTrack technology for tracking on virtually any surface. It also features a plug-and-go nano transreceiver and up to 8 months of battery life.</p> <p>If you're interested, you can place your <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/wireless-mobile-mouse-3500-halo-special-edition#overview" target="_blank">pre-order at GameStop</a> for $30 today; it will ship in October. You can also <a href="https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-US/games/halo-the-master-chief-collection" target="_blank">place your pre-order</a> for Halo: The Master Chief Collect at GameStop for $60; it ships November 11, 2014.</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_skins_mobile_mouse_3500_halos_master_chief_goes_pre-order_gamestop#comments GameStop halo Hardware master chief microsoft mobile mouse 3500 Peripherals News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:39:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28275 at http://www.maximumpc.com Best Buy Sees "Crashing" Tablet Sales http://www.maximumpc.com/best_buy_sees_crashing_tablet_sales_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/best_buy_0.jpg" alt="Best Buy" title="Best Buy" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Tablet fad is slowing down</h3> <p>Best Buy's computer section looks decidedly different today than it did a couple of years ago. Gone are the aisles filled with desktop machines, which are now relegated to a small section off the side (if at all), replaced by mobile devices, including rows and rows of tablets. You can't fault Best Buy for following the money trail, and just as tablets took over the floor space when everyone wanted one, look for PCs to take some of its territory back. Why? <strong>Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly says tablets are now crashing.</strong></p> <p>Joly made the statement to <em>Re/Code</em> in an interview, adding that he's seeing a revival in the PC business at Best Buy due in part to Microsoft's decision to stop supporting Windows XP. In addition, two-in-one devices that combine both a tablet and laptop are gaining favor among Best Buy's shoppers.</p> <p>"The tablets boomed and now are crashing. The volume has really gone down in the last several months. But I think the laptop has something of a revival because it’s becoming more versatile," <a href="http://recode.net/2014/07/30/exclusive-interview-best-buy-ceo-says-tablet-sales-are-crashing-sees-hope-for-pcs/" target="_blank">Joly said</a>. "So, with the two-in-ones, you have the opportunity to have both a tablet and laptop, and that’s appealing to students in particular. So you have an evolution. The boundaries are not as well defined as they used to be."</p> <p>Interestingly, Joly blamed some of the declining PC sales on the "enormous" deflation in the Windows market. He points out that you can find laptops selling for $300 that used to cost $1,000. The solution? More innovation at the high end of Windows, Joly says.</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/best_buy_sees_crashing_tablet_sales_2014#comments best buy Hardware mobile slate tablet News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:27:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 28269 at http://www.maximumpc.com Maingear's Spark Lights Up the Small Form Factor Gaming Scene, Now Available http://www.maximumpc.com/maingears_spark_lights_small_form_factor_gaming_scene_now_available_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/spark.jpg" alt="Maingear Spark" title="Maingear Spark" width="228" style="float: right;" />A tiny but spunky gaming PC</h3> <p>Maingear first introduced its Spark system back in January during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas. At the time, the Spark was supposed to be <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/maingear_spark_small_form_factor_steam_machine_amd_inside2014">Maingear's eventual Steam Machine</a>. Valve threw a wrench in those plans by delaying the whole Steam Machine initiative until next year, but it hasn't stopped Maingear from forging ahead in the small form factor gaming department. On the contrary, <strong>Maingear just launched its Spark gaming system</strong> to the pubilc.</p> <p>Let's talk dimnensions. Somewhat similar in form to Intel's NUC, Maingear's Spark measures a scant 4.5 inches (W) x 4.23 inches (D) x 2.34 inches (H) and weighs 0.89 pounds, making it the smallest, lightest, and most versatile gaming PC solution Maingear has ever offered, the company said.</p> <p>As for specs, Spark still boasts AMD on the inside -- an AMD A8-5557M APU clocked at 2.1GHz (3.1GHz via Turbo) with AMD Radeon R9 M275X graphics. It also sports a pair of SO-DIMM DDR3-1600/1333 slots, mSATA slot (supports up to 512GB), 2.5-inch tray, GbE LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, mini DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, and Kinsington Lock.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $699, which includes 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM and 500GB WD Blue 7200 RPM hard drive. That doesn't include Windows -- pricing starts at $120 for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (Windows 8 options also available).</p> <p>You can <a href="http://www.maingear.com/custom/sff/spark/index.php" target="_blank">configure a Spark system</a> now.</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/maingears_spark_lights_small_form_factor_gaming_scene_now_available_2014#comments Hardware maingear OEM rigs sff Small Form Factor spark News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:52:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 28268 at http://www.maximumpc.com Logitech’s G402 Hyperion Fury is the Speedy Gonzalez of Gaming Mice http://www.maximumpc.com/logitech%E2%80%99s_g402_hyperion_fury_speedy_gonzalez_gaming_mice_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/logitech_g402.jpg" alt="Logitech G402" title="Logitech G402" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Billed as "the fastest gaming mouse, bar none."</h3> <p><strong>Logitech added the G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS Gaming Mouse</strong> to its stable of mice today, though unlike any other previous mechanical rodent, this is supposed to be the fastest mouse on the planet (sorry, Speedy Gonzalez). The heart and soul of the G402 is Logitech's exclusive Fusion Engine, which combines a sophisticated optical sensor with the company's Delta Zero sensor technology to enable reliable tracking in excess of 500 inches per second.</p> <p>"We took on the challenge of creating the world’s fastest mouse in service of FPS gamers, and after three years of intensive R&amp;D we are proud to launch a mouse that only Logitech could develop," <a href="http://news.logitech.com/press-release/consumer-products/logitech-g-unveils-worlds-fastest-gaming-mouse" target="_blank">said Ehtisham Rabbani</a>, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. "The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury is the fastest gaming mouse, bar none, and the best mouse for high-speed FPS gameplay. Its lightweight design, combined with the precision and capability of the Fusion Engine, lets you make fast, furious swipes and dominate the battlefield, proving once again that Science Wins!"</p> <p>According to Logitech, a common complaint among gamers is that their mice can't track as fast as they move. With the above mentioned sensor technologies, along with an accelerometer and gyroscope, the G402 supposedly solves that problem.</p> <p>Other features of the G402 include 8 programmable buttons, on-the-fly DPI switching via four pre-configured settings between 250 DPI and 4,000 DPI, 1ms report rate to eliminate lag, and a 32-bit ARM processor to both power the above mentioned technologies and to allow you to save macros.</p> <p>The <a href="http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g402-hyperion-fury-fps-gaming-mouse?wt.ac=HP-CTA-g402" target="_blank">Logitech G402 is available to pre-order</a> now for $60 and will begin shipping in August.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vEJ5U-RzdRY" 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/logitech%E2%80%99s_g402_hyperion_fury_speedy_gonzalez_gaming_mice_2014#comments g402 hyperion fury Gaming Hardware logitech mouse Peripherals News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:25:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28265 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Sharks Cove Mini PC Now Available to Pre-Order http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_sharks_cove_mini_pc_now_available_pre-order_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sharks_cove.jpg" alt="Sharks Cove" title="Sharks Cove" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Sharks Cove is ready swim in mini PC waters</h3> <p>Watch out Raspberry Pi, you're now swimming in Shark infested waters, or at least you soon will be. For those interested, <strong>Microsoft's Sharks Cove development board is now available to pre-order</strong>. A U.K. vendor has it listed for £192.99, or just a little shy of $330 in U.S. dollars. That's quite a bit more expensive than Raspberry Pi, though it's also more fully featured, hence the higher price tag.</p> <p>Sharks Cove sports a x86-based Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor clocked at 1.33GHz (1.83GHz Burst) with 2MB of L2 cache, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC flash storage, HDMI connector, and a memory card reader. The actual board measures just 6 inches by 4 inches.</p> <p>Microsoft's banking on the added horsepower being incentive to spend a premium on Sharks Cove versus a much less expensive Raspberry Pi. It also comes with a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply to Sharks Cove. According to Microsoft, Sharks Cove is ultimately intended to facilitate development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets, and similar System-on-Chip (SoC) platforms.</p> <p>"When you additionally consider that the Windows Driver Kit 8.1 can pair with Visual Studio Express and are both free with a valid MSDN account, the initial outlay for Windows driver developers is a lot less cost prohibitive than it once was," <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windows_hardware_and_driver_developer_blog/archive/2014/07/26/the-sharks-cove-is-now-available-for-pre-order.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft says</a>.</p> <p>Microsoft said it plans to post articles related to Sharks Cove in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, you can check out <a href="http://sharkscove.org/" target="_blank">SharksCove.org</a>, a site dedicated to the development board. And if you want to pre-order one, just head over to the <a href="http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/CircuitCo/999-0005112/?qs=%2fha2pyFadujHMsjnM70kKGG23vMNVMdDa094WOKuFgB8eIBF6%252bBXww%3d%3d" target="_blank">Mouse Electronics</a> website.</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_sharks_cove_mini_pc_now_available_pre-order_2014#comments Hardware mini pc pre-order sharks cove News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:12:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28261 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Owns the U.S. Retail Monitor Market http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_owns_us_retail_monitor_market_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_monitor_3.jpg" alt="Acer Monitor" title="Acer Monitor" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />Nearly half of all touchscreen monitors shipped last year donned an Acer label</h3> <p>Time and again, we see examples of where lower priced gadgets rule the day. We saw it when Amazon stormed the Android tablet market with its smaller size, lower cost Kindle Fire (compared to what was available at the time), and we're seeing it again in the monitor market. According to the latest data from NPD Group, <strong>Acer is selling more monitors in the U.S. than any other player</strong>.</p> <p>Acer's share of the overall monitor market during the first half of this year has bounced between 18 percent to 20 percent, which qualifies the company for pole position. In the touchscreen monitor segment, Acer slammed the competition by remaining the top maker for the entire year (from July 2013 to June 2014), reaching a high in market share of 46.4 percent in May.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see if Acer can hold onto its lead once 4K monitors grow up a little bit and become more affordable. The company's off to a good start, having <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_rolls_out_worlds_first_4k_display_nvidia_g-sync_technology_2014" target="_blank">announced back in May</a> the first 4K monitor to support Nvidia's G-Sync technology, the XB280HK.</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_owns_us_retail_monitor_market_2014#comments Acer display Hardware monitor NPD Group News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:45:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28260 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Lifts the Lid Off Upcoming Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Processor http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_lifts_lid_upcoming_core_i7_5960x_haswell-e_processor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/delidded_haswell-e.jpg" alt="Delidded Haswell-E" title="Delidded Haswell-E" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Intel soldered the CPU die to the integrated heat spreader</h3> <p><strong>A picture making the rounds on the web shows what Intel's upcoming Core i7 5960X Haswell-E processor will look like</strong> if you have the nerve to pry off the integrated heat spreader (IHS). If you look close, you can see that beneath the adhesive layer that secures the IHS to the package is soldering from where Intel soldered the CPU die to the IHS with a strong epoxy. If you're an overclocker or otherwise concerned with temps, this a good sight to see.</p> <p>Soldering the CPU die to the IHS offers better heat conductivity than filling the gap with thermal interface material (TIM), the latter of which is the route Intel took with its Core i7 3770K, 4770K,a nd 4790K processors, according to the folks at <a href="http://www.ocdrift.com/intel-core-i7-5960x-de-lidded-haswell-e-uses-soldered-thermal-interface-material-tim/" target="_blank"><em>OCDrift.com</em></a>.</p> <p>While not game changing by any means, this is simply another reason to look forward to Haswell-E. Expected to launch this September, Haswell-E will coincide with Intel's X99 Express chipset and offer support DDR4 memory support.</p> <p>As for the stripped down Core i7 5960X on display, earlier rumors suggest it will rock 8 cores, 16 threads, a 3GHz to 3.3GHz (Turbo Boost) clockspeed, 20MB of L3 cache, and a 140W TDP.</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_lifts_lid_upcoming_core_i7_5960x_haswell-e_processor#comments Build a PC core i7 5960x cpu Hardware haswell-e intel overclocking processor News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:21:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28259 at http://www.maximumpc.com Thermaltake Launches High End Water 3.0 Ultimate All-in-One Liquid Cooling System http://www.maximumpc.com/thermaltake_launches_high_end_water_30_ultimate_all--one_liquid_cooling_system_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/thermaltake_water_3.jpg" alt="Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate" title="Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />All-in-one kit with a 360mm radiator</h3> <p><strong>Thermaltake this week added a new self-contained liquid cooling kit to its lineup, the Water 3.0 Ultimate</strong>. It sports a large 360mm radiator with three "Triple Curve" 120 PWM fans that spin at 1,000 RPM to 2,000 RPM. If that's not enough for your overclocking efforts, Thermaltake says the large radiator supports three additional fans, bringing the potential total to half a dozen 120mm fans.</p> <p>This is Thermaltake's flagship all-in-one LCS, which stands above the Water 3.0 Extreme, Performance, and Pro kits. To give an example of its performance, Thermaltake compared the temps of its Ultimate kit versus Intel's stock cooler for a Core i7 975 running at 4GHz and 100 percent load. Intel's cooler maintained 94C, while the Ultimate held steady at 69C in Thermaltake's own tests.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Thermaltake only provides a <a href="http://www.thermaltake.com/content.aspx?id=4799" target="_blank">few specifics</a> about the kit -- the water block consists of a copper base plate, while the rubber tubing going to and from it measures 326mm. The pump's motor speed is 3600 RPM, give or take 150 RPM.</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href="http://www.thermaltake.com/Cooling/Liquid_Cooler_/All_in_One/C_00002345/Water_3_0_Ultimate/Design.htm" target="_blank">Water 3.0 Ultimate</a> will be available or for how much.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9cM9J0LOxpg?list=UUmlNM0oho3k-RxnbsRAreFw" 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/thermaltake_launches_high_end_water_30_ultimate_all--one_liquid_cooling_system_2014#comments Hardware liquid cooling Peripherals thermaltake water 3.0 News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:05:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28258 at http://www.maximumpc.com TteSports Introduces 'Challenger Go' Membrane Gaming Keyboard with 40 Programmable Macros http://www.maximumpc.com/ttesports_introduces_challenger_go_membrane_gaming_keyboard_40_programmable_macros_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/challenger_go.jpg" alt="TteSports Challenger Go" title="TteSports Challenger Go" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />A gaming plank with purposely chosen membrane key switches</h3> <p>Most high end gaming keyboards these days feature mechanical key switches, of which there are a variety of types to suit different typing styles and preferences. However, <strong>TteSports said it specifically wanted to stick with membrane key switches for its new Challenger Go</strong>, which is the company's latest keyboard for gamers. According to TteSports, the membrane switches offer a "very short travel distance to actuation on each key" for an extremely fast response.</p> <p>The Challenger Go is outfitted with 10 dedicated macro keys, 5 on each side, along with 4 profiles for a total of 40 programmable macros. It also features LED backlighting and two side panel lighting accents, all of which are adjustable with 5 brightness levels and a pulse lighting effect, <a href="http://www.ttesports.com/newsdetail.aspx?s=9171" target="_blank">TteSports says</a>.</p> <p>A removable cable and two-port USB hub round out the list of features. If it all adds up to something you might be interested in, set aside $60 (MSRP) and hang tight until next month when TteSports rolls the <a href="http://www.ttesports.com/Keyboard/150/CHALLENGER_GO/productPage.htm?a=a&amp;g=ftr#.U9aBp_ldV8E" target="_blank">Challenger Go</a> out globally.</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/ttesports_introduces_challenger_go_membrane_gaming_keyboard_40_programmable_macros_2014#comments challenger go Gaming Hardware keyboard Peripherals ttesports News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:15:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28254 at http://www.maximumpc.com Breaking Down Intel's Three Broadwell Processor Lines for Mobile http://www.maximumpc.com/breaking_down_intels_three_broadwell_processor_lines_mobile_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_sign_5.jpg" alt="Intel Sign" title="Intel Sign" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Three families of 14nm Broadwell parts are headed for mobile devices</h3> <p>See that over there? <strong>It's Intel's 5th Generation Core processor family, otherwise known as Broadwell, coming around the bend</strong>. There will be will three different variants for mobile, including the Y Series, U Series, and H Series, all of which will be built on a 14nm manufacturing process. You can expect the parts to start appearing in the fourth quarter of 2014, but do you know the difference between each line?</p> <p>The folks at <em>Fudzilla</em> <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35355-5th-generation-broadwell-14nm-family-comes-in-three-lines" target="_blank">posted a nice piece</a> detailing the differences in the three different Broadwell lines for mobile. Based on that and other info around the web, initial Broadwell for mobile parts will consist of the Core M 5Y70, 5Y10, and 5Y10a, all of which are BGA parts. Both the Core M 5Y70 and 5Y70a are dual-core parts clocked at 800MHz to 2GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, integrated GPU clocked at 100MHz to 800MHz, and a 4.5W TDP, though the 5Y70 is configurable to also run at 4W. As for the 5Y70, it's a dual-core chip with Hyper-Threading support that runs at 1.1GHz to 2.6GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, 100MHz to 850MHz GPU, and 4.5W TDP.</p> <p>Next up is the U Series that will also come in BGA form and TDPs ranging from 15W to 28W -- not too shabby considering that they have integrated graphics as well. These will be dual-core parts designed for Ultrabooks and NUC configurations with support for up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory or 8GB of LPDDR3-1600.</p> <p>Finally, the H Series will also ship in BGA form with a 47W TDP. These will be the chips that end up in high-end systems.</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/breaking_down_intels_three_broadwell_processor_lines_mobile_2014#comments 14nm broadwell cpu Hardware intel mobile prcessor News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:25:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28252 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Picture Teases a 12-Core AMD A-Series APU http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_truck.jpg" alt="AMD Truck" title="AMD Truck" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Don't bet the farm on this one</h3> <p>A picture making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere has AMD fans crossing their fingers that it means what it looks like it means. And just what would that be? A 12-core chip! Bear in mind that nothing has been confirmed, and furthermore, there are some alternate explanations as to what the picture actually depicts. Disclaimer aside, <strong>the image appears to hint that a 12-core AMD A-Series APU is around the corner</strong>.</p> <p>News and rumor site <em>WCCFTEch </em>offered up <a href="http://wccftech.com/amd-12-core-aseries-apu-inbound/" target="_blank">some analysis</a> on the picture, which apparently was posted by an AMD PR person with an #AMDEvolved tag. What the picture shows is a truck with a dozen AMD robots on the side and AMD's A-Series logo on the back. At a glance, that would seem to suggest a chip with 12 Steamroller cores, right? Possibly.</p> <p>The thing is, AMD can be funny about labeling its chips. For example, AMD advertises Kaveri as having 12 compute cores, but only four of those are CPU cores; the remaining eight are GPU cores. On the flip side, all the robots in the pic are the same color, so in theory, they'd all be CPU cores, right?</p> <p>Then again, it could just be much ado about nothing -- we'll have to wait and see.</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> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014#comments 12-core a-series amd apu Build a PC cpu Hardware processor steamroller News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:14:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28241 at http://www.maximumpc.com Amazon Feeling the Heat From Fire TV and Phone Launches, Posts $126 Million Q2 Loss http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_feeling_heat_fire_tv_and_phone_launches_posts_126_million_q2_loss <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/jeff_bezos_0.jpg" alt="Jeff Bezos" title="Jeff Bezos" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />What a difference a quarter makes</h3> <p>Despite a 23 percent increase in sales to $19.34 billion, <strong>Amazon reported a net loss of $126 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for its fiscal second quarter</strong> ended June 30, 2014. That compares to a profit of $108 million in the first quarter, and a loss of $7 million, or 2 cents a share, on revenue of $15.7 billion in the same quarter a year prior. The lesson here is that Amazon isn't afraid to take a loss in order to launch new products and services.</p> <p>Amazon rolled out its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_hopes_burn_streaming_competition_99_fire_tv_box_2014">Fire TV</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amazon_fire_phone_debuts_att_exclusive_available_pre-order_now_2014">Fire Phone</a> during its fiscal second quarter, along with Prime Music, a subscription-based streaming music service with over 1 million songs available, and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amazons_subscription_based_kindle_unlimited_netflix_books_2014">Kindle Unlimited</a>, a similar service but for Kindle Books. That's quite a bit to take on in a single quarter.</p> <p>"We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better," Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=97664&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1951180&amp;highlight=" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>Though Amazon can afford to make multi-product and service investments, the company's stock is taking a beating. It's down by more than 10 percent today, which is largely the result of coming up short of Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter in a row.</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/amazon_feeling_heat_fire_tv_and_phone_launches_posts_126_million_q2_loss#comments amazon e-commerce financial report fire phone fire tv Hardware News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:47:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28239 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Readies Swift PG278Q Monitor with Nvidia G-Sync for August Release http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_swift_pg278q.jpg" alt="Asus Swift PG278Q" title="Asus Swift PG278Q" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />This might be the gaming monitor you've been looking for</h3> <p>Slow your roll, early adopter -- before you go checking out with that 4K Ultra HD monitor in your virtual shopping cart, you should familiarize yourself with Asus ROG's Swift PG278Q panel. Teased earlier this year, <strong>Asus ROG officially announced the Swift PG278Q this week</strong>, a 27-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, blazing fast 1ms response time, and Nvidia G-Sync technology. It isn't 4K, but it is prepped and primed for gaming at high res.</p> <p>User can cycle through 60Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz display modes courtesy of the panel's Turbo key for one-click switching. With a compatible graphics card, Nvidia's G-Sync technology will synchronize the display's refresh rate to the GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag. And regardless of refresh rate, you'll enjoy a 2560x1440 resolution spread out over 27 inches of screen real estate for a pixel density of 109 ppi.</p> <p>"The ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor features the ASUS-exclusive GamePlus hotkey with crosshair overlay and timer functions. The former gives gamers a choice of four different crosshairs to suit their gaming environment, while the latter provides an on-screen timer to help keep track of spawn and build times," <a href="http://rog.asus.com/340122014/gaming-monitors/pr-asus-republic-of-gamers-announces-swift-pg278q-gaming-monitor/" target="_blank">Asus explains</a>.</p> <p>There's also a 5-way navigation joystick for easy access to the OSD settings, a smart air vent design that helps in dissipating heat after extended gaming sessions, a slim profile with a 6mm bezel, a cable management design feature found on the back of the panel, built-in USB 3.0 hub (2 down, 1 up), and an ergonomic stand that supports tilt, swivel, and pivot.</p> <p>The Swift PG278Q will be available in North America by the end of August for $799.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ekXHvEK2bbI" 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_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release#comments asus display g-sync Hardware monitor nvidia panel pg278q Republic of Gamers ROG swift News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28238 at http://www.maximumpc.com Biostar's Hi-Fi B85S2G Motherboard Means Business http://www.maximumpc.com/biostars_hi-fi_b85s2g_motherboard_means_business <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_hi-fi_b85s2g.jpg" alt="Biostar Hi-Fi B85S2G" title="Biostar Hi-Fi B85S2G" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />A business-friendly board for big and small firms</h3> <p><strong>Biostar this week added to its motherboard lineup with the launch of its Hi-Fi B85S2G </strong>built around Intel's B85 chipset. The B85 is intended to be a budget option for businesses, though Biostar is reluctant to pigeonhole its board into a single demographic -- the company says it's a suitable option for big IT departments in larger companies, small firms, or even virtual currency miners.</p> <p>Some business friendly features include dual GbE LAN ports with Load Balancing support, Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA), and 100 percent solid capacitors for added reliability. As for the virtual currency mining crowd, it's the expansion slots that <a href="http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/news/news.php?S_ID=205" target="_blank">Biostar uses to justify</a> its claim (1 x PCI-E x16 3.0, 1 x PCI-E x16 2.0, 1 x PCI-E x1 2.0, and 3 x PCI).</p> <p>Other features include two DDR3-1600 DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of RAM, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, two SATA 3Gbps connectors, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 header, two USB 2.0 headers, Realtek ALC892 8-channel Blu-ray audio, onboard headphone amp, and various other bullet points.</p> <p>No word yet on when the Hi-Fi B85S2G 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/biostars_hi-fi_b85s2g_motherboard_means_business#comments Biostar Build a PC Hardware hi-fi b85s2g motherboard News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:39:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28237 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Photos Shows Valve's Controller with a Thumbstick http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_photos_shows_valves_controller_thumbstick_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/steam_controller_1.jpg" alt="Steam Controller" title="Steam Controller" width="228" height="99" style="float: right;" />A subtle but welcome addition</h3> <p>Valve stated earlier this year that it was holding back certifying Steam Machines until 2015 in order to give itself more time to tweak its prototype controller, which it considers to be essential to the Steam Machine experience. Now a couple of months later, <strong>a photo plucked from Valve's latest Steam client beta shows a new revision of the Steam Controller</strong>, one that's likely to be well received by gamers.</p> <p>Twitter member <a href="https://twitter.com/SteamDB/status/492005914862288896/photo/1" target="_blank">@SteamDB</a> (Steam Database) and <em>Face Punch</em> forum user <a href="http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1238036&amp;p=45477260&amp;viewfull=1#post45477260" target="_blank">DevinWatson</a> both posted the picture in question. It's not clear if the picture represents a prototype build or is just a mockup. Either way, the only thing new that we can tell is the addition of an analog stick.</p> <p>The challenge for Valve at this point is to finish developing a controller that's unique enough to justify its existence but not so wild that it turns gamers off. Most would probably agree that a left-thumbstick is a step in the right direction.</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/leaked_photos_shows_valves_controller_thumbstick_2014#comments controller games Hardware Peripherals Steam thumbstick Valve News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 28233 at http://www.maximumpc.com