Hardware http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1416/ en IDC: Competition Affecting PC Sales Shifts From Tablets to Smartphones and Phablets http://www.maximumpc.com/idc_competition_affecting_pc_sales_shifts_tablets_smartphones_and_phablets_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/smartphone_0.jpg" alt="Smartphone" title="Smartphone" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Windows XP replacement activity helped ease PC shipment declines in 2014</h3> <p>It wasn't that long ago when analysts had the PC market pegged for extinction in favor of tablets. Somehow they envisioned us all getting real work done on iPads and Android slate -- not even in a parallel universe where everything is topsy-turvy could such a scenario exists. Fast forward to today and things look quite a bit different. <strong>According to IDC, pressure from tablets seems to be waning, while smartphones and phablets are beginning to compete with PCs for disposable income</strong>.</p> <p>"In the best case for PCs, we'd see a significant wave of replacements as users who spent on phones and tablets in recent years decide they really need to update their PC. Features like touch or convertibility, as well as Windows 10 could make systems more versatile and appealing, along with lower prices," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25267114" target="_blank">said Loren Loverde</a>, Vice President, Worldwide PC Trackers. "However, we've seen steady progress on prices and new designs over the past year, and replacements are stabilizing PC shipments but not boosting total volume. Going forward, as younger generations become more mobile and web oriented, and emerging regions in particular prioritize converged devices (or economy in number of devices to purchase), the PC market will continue to face tough competition and be more focused on replacements, with limited potential for growth."</p> <p>IDC now expects PC shipments to slip 2.7 percent in 2014, an improvement over the previous forecast of a 3.7 percent decline. That's mainly due to a better-than-expected third quarter in which entry-level models running Windows 8 with Bing won favor among consumers. Chromebooks also helped boost the low-end commercial segment, IDC says.</p> <p>Though overall PC sales are still declining, shipments still total in the hundreds of millions. Last year saw 315.1 million PC shipments, with this year on pace to see another 306.7 million shipments. Looking a little further down the road, IDC expects to see 291.9 million shipments in 2018.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/highwaysagency/11235762823" target="_blank">Flickr (Highways Agency)</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/idc_competition_affecting_pc_sales_shifts_tablets_smartphones_and_phablets_2014#comments computers Hardware idc pcs phablets smartphones tablets News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:33:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28991 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Rolls Out Two Shield Bundles for Black Friday http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_rolls_out_two_shield_bundles_black_friday_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/shield_devices.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield Devices" title="Nvidia Shield Devices" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />Choose your weapon: Shield portable or Shield tablet</h3> <p>If you happen to be in the market for a <strong>Shield (in either handheld portable or tablet form)</strong>, or are otherwise looking for gift ideas this holiday season, hold your horses for just a few more days and you'll score a better deal. Like many, <strong>Nvidia is participating in the Black Friday festivities, and it's doing it with a couple of bundle options for the aforementioned mobile gaming devices</strong>, both of which will come a few extra incentives.</p> <p>On Friday, you can buy the 32GB Shield tablet with LTE capabilities for $399 and receive a free Shield controller, Green Box bundle, and Nvidia GRID on-demand gaming service. Included in the Green Box bundle is Half Life 2, Portal, and Half Life 2: Episode One, which is the first time the latter has been available on mobile. While that's the same price as the 32GB Shield tablet with LTE normally sells for, the extras bump up the total value to $488.</p> <p>As for the handheld Shield device, it too will sell for its regular price of $199, but will come with a carrying case and glossy black armor, and of course Nvidia's GRID on-demand gaming service. All combined, that's a $258 value.</p> <p>That's not a bad score with the <a href="http://shield.nvidia.com/grid-game-streaming/" target="_blank">GRID service</a>, which is free for Shield owners until June 30, 2015. GRID's on-demand game library is worth over $400 and includes nearly two dozen titles, including Batman: Arkham City, Borderlands (1+2), Lego Batman 2, The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings, and more.</p> <p>Nvidia's <a href="http://shield.nvidia.com/promotions/" target="_blank">Black Friday promotion</a> runs on November 28 from 12:01 AM PST to 11:59 PM PST, or while supplies last. And for more Black Friday deals, be sure to bookmark and check often our regularly updated <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/black_friday_ads_2014_round">Black Friday Deals 2014 Round Up</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/nvidia_rolls_out_two_shield_bundles_black_friday_2014#comments black friday games Hardware mobile nvidia shield shield tablet News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:25:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28988 at http://www.maximumpc.com Turtle Beach Announces 'Heroes of the Storm' Themed PC Headset http://www.maximumpc.com/turtle_beach_announces_heroes_store_themed_pc_headset_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/turtle_bech_heroes_headset.jpg" alt="Turtle Beach Heroes Headset" title="Turtle Beach Heroes Headset" width="228" height="249" style="float: right;" />Now available in stores and online</h3> <p>In anticipation of Blizzard's upcoming multiplayer online battle arena game, audio peripheral company <strong>Turtle Beach announced today the availability of its Heroes of the Storm PC gaming headset</strong>. The headset features swappable speaker plates depicting iconic Blizzard characters from the past 20 years, including those found in its Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft franchises.</p> <p>At present there are just three speaker plates -- Arthas, Diablo, and Kerrigan -- though more will be added over time. Underneath the plates are 50nm neodymium drivers that supposedly deliver "crisp highs and booming lows."</p> <p>Turtle Beach says the breathable around-the-ear cushions are optimized for noise isolation and comfort. There's also a high-sensitive microphone on a removable boom and an inline remote with volume control and a microphone mute button.</p> <p>Heroes of the Storm is a team brawler combining characters from Blizzard's most popular franchises. It features 5 versus 5 matches on Battle.net with three game modes. Heroes rotate each week, though you can unlock permanent access to a hero through money earned in game or bought via microtransaction.</p> <p>Turtle Beach's headset is <a href="http://www.turtlebeach.com/product-detail/pc-headsets/heroes-of-the-storm-official-headset/560" target="_blank">available now</a> for $80 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/turtle_beach_announces_heroes_store_themed_pc_headset_2014#comments audio Gaming Hardware headset heroes of the storm turtle beach News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:04:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28987 at http://www.maximumpc.com Black Friday Deals 2014 Round Up http://www.maximumpc.com/black_friday_ads_2014_round <!--paging_filter--><p>We love this time of the year, as it affords us an excuse to stuff mounds of moist turkey and other delicious fixings down our gullets (while only feeling semi-guilty about it), houses and neighborhoods are dressed up with decorative lights and lawn ornaments, kids are suddenly on their best behavior in hopes of earning heaps of toys, and the sales -- oh, the sales!</p> <p>It starts with <strong>Black Friday</strong> and continues with Cyber Monday. If you're like us, you don't have any intention of heading into the city on Black Friday only be shoved, stepped on, and perhaps even <a href="http://youtu.be/oHulRDk__ko?t=31s" target="_blank">punched in the jejunum</a> by rapid shoppers making a mad dash toward the electronics section to score a discount on what little stock might be available. Why go through all that nonsense when you can shop deals from home?</p> <p><em>Note: We focused mostly on PC hardware deals. For more gadget-oriented deals, visit our sister site TechRadar for more&nbsp;<a title="black friday" href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/black-friday-deals-1272737" target="_blank">Black Friday</a> and&nbsp;<a title="Cyber Monday" href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/cyber-monday-deals-1272798" target="_blank">Cyber Monday</a>&nbsp;deals.</em></p> <p><img src="/files/u69/blackfriday_2014.jpg" alt="Black Friday 2014" title="Black Friday 2014" width="620" height="412" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Original Image Credit: Flickr (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettneilson/5194974009" target="_blank">Brett Neilson</a>)</span></p> <p>As we've done for the past several years, we're scouring the web for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on PC parts and other electronics we think might be of interest. Just scroll to the category that interests you and click your way through to an awesome deal on that upgrade you've been waiting to make.</p> <p>The format will be the same as last year -- Black Friday deals will be labeled with "(BF)" next to the link and we'll tag Cyber Monday deals with "(CM)" in the same manner. As deals expire, we'll cross them out but leave them clickable (it never hurts to double check, right?).</p> <p>For the most part, we'll focus on deals that don't require a mail-in-rebate, though we won't omit them entirely. The ones we include will have an asterisk next to them.</p> <p>Finally, we will be continually updating our list of links, so check back often, especially as some deals have a tendency to sell out fast. Also, if you know of a deal that should be included, feel free to share it in the comments section below.</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/amazon_box_3.jpg" alt="Amazon Box" title="Amazon Box" width="620" height="414" /></p> <p>We're giving Amazon it's own category because from Monday, November 24 through Black Friday weekend, the online retailer will be running new deals as often as every 10 minutes. Prices will be valid at select times and while supplies last.</p> <p>You'll find these deals at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/blackfriday?tag=mpcedit-20" target="_blank">www.amazon.com/blackfriday</a>.</p> <h3>CPU/Processors</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/haswell_0.jpg" alt="Haswell" title="Haswell" width="620" height="448" /></p> <p>AMD FX-6350 Vishera 6-Core 3.9GHZ Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113327&amp;Tpk=19-113-327?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$110, Newegg (BF)</a><br />AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285&amp;Tpk=19-113-285?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$120, Newegg (BF)</a><br />AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4GHz (4.2GHZ Turbo) AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284&amp;Tpk=19-113-284?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$150, Newegg (BF)</a><br />AMD FX-8370 Vishera 8-Core 4GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113374&amp;Tpk=19-113-374?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$170, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i7 4790 Haswell 3.6GHz Quad Core: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116987&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-ProcessorsDesktops-_-19116987-S1A1A" target="_blank">$289 (coupon code: EMCWWHF22), Newegg (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i5 4430 Haswell 3.0GHz Quad Core: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116895&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-ProcessorsDesktops-_-19116895-S1A1B" target="_blank">$175 (coupon code: EMCWWHF23), Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>RAM and Digital Media</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/corsair_vengeance_3.jpg" alt="Corsair Vengeance" title="Corsair Vengeance" width="620" height="414" /></p> <p>Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226337" target="_blank">$152, Newegg (BF)</a><br />GeIL Evo Veloce Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144615" target="_blank">$125, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Adata XPG V1.0 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211861&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$80, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Adata XPG V2 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2400: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211772&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$76, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Kingston 4GB DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239312&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$40, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226394&amp;cm_re=mushkin_enhanced_blackline_16gb-_-20-226-394-_-Product" target="_blank">$119, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180&amp;Tpk=20-233-180&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$73, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233538&amp;Tpk=20-233-538&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$140, Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>Storage</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/pny_optima_480gb.jpg" alt="PNY Optima 480GB SSD" title="PNY Optima 480GB SSD" width="620" height="386" /></p> <p>Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Black: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178435&amp;Tpk=22-178-435?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Red: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178438&amp;Tpk=22-178-438?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Blue: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178437&amp;Tpk=22-178-437?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Silver: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178436&amp;Tpk=22-178-436?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$79.88, Newegg (BF)</a><br />WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB 64MB Cache, SATA 6Gbps, 3.5-inch Hard Drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236604&amp;Tpk=22-236-604?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$130, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178501&amp;Tpk=22-178-501&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$145, Newegg (BF)</a><br />WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236807&amp;Tpk=22-236-807&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$111, Newegg (BF)</a><br />PNY Optima 480GB SSD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178742&amp;Tpk=20-178-742&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$160 (after $20 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a></p> <p><em>Click the next page for graphics cards, motherboards, PSU deals, and more!</em></p> <hr /> <h3>Video Cards</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_front.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980" width="620" height="280" /></p> <p>Sapphire Tri-X OC Radeon R9 290: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202080&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$270 ($250 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127773&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$330 ($300 after $30 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />MSI Radeon R9 270X R9 270X Gaming: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127761&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$160 ($140 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />MSI Radeon R9 280 Gaming 3G: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127789" target="_blank">$185 ($155 after $30 MIR), Newegg (BF)*<br /></a>MSI R9 270X Gaming: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127794" target="_blank">$150 ($130 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte G-Sync Support GeForce GTX 750: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125510&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$105 ($90 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127789" target="_blank"><br /></a>EVGA G-Sync GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified Kingpin Edition: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487037&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-DesktopGraphicsCards-_-14487037-S1A5D" target="_blank">$520 ($490 after $30 mail-in-rebate), Newegg (BF)*</a></p> <h3>Motherboards</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_x99-deluxe.jpg" alt="Asus X99-Deluxe" title="Asus X99-Deluxe" width="620" height="439" /></p> <p>ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157503&amp;Tpk=13-157-503?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$108.79, Newegg (BF)</a><br />MSI X99S MPOWER ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130793" target="_blank">$230, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 ATX AMD Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$135 ($120 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />ASRock Z97 Extreme4 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157503&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$128.79 ($108.97 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Asus X99-A ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132261&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$235, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus Z97-E ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132287" target="_blank">$129, Newegg (BF)</a><br />MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130769&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$140 ($125 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128709&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$135 ($120 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />ASRock Z97 Pro3 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157508" target="_blank">$90 ($80 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />ASRock FM2A88X-ITX Mini ITX AMD Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157464" target="_blank">$89 ($79 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)</a><br />ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157501&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$115 ($100 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H ATX Intel Motehrboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128707&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$150 ($130 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Gigabyte GA-G1.Sniper Z97 ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128706&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$140 ($120 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Asus Z97-Pro ATX Intel Motherboard: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132116&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$153, Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>Cases, Power Supplies, and Accessories</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/cosmos.jpg" alt="Coolermaster Cosmos II" title="Coolermaster Cosmos II" width="620" height="370" /></p> <p>Antec NeoECO C 620W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$60 ($35 after $25 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Rosewill Stallion Series 500W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182044&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$40 ($25 after $15 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Raidmax Cobra 400W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152052&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$25 ($15 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153198&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$90 ($70 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Thermaltake 850W: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153205&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$120 ($100 after $20 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a><br />Rosewill Stealth Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147232" target="_blank">$60 ($50 after $10 MIR), Newegg (BF)*</a></p> <h3>Desktop Systems</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/origin_chronos_0.jpg" alt="Origin Chronos" title="Origin Chronos" width="620" height="360" /></p> <p>CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme H710 Desktop PC Intel Core i7 4790K, 8GB DDR3, 2TB HDD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229495&amp;Tpk=83-229-495?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$800, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Dell i3647-1846BLK Desktop PC Celeron G1840 (2.8GHz), 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883156310&amp;Tpk=83-156-310?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$300, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Dell Inspiron Small Desktop: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-3646-small-desktop/pd?oc=fddont7101h" target="_blank">$200, Dell (BF)</a> - starting at 8AM EST Nov 28<br />AMD FX-6300, 8GB DDR3, Radeon R9 270X, 1TB HDD, 14X Blu-ray Writer, Windows 8.1: <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/" target="_blank">$839, iBuyPower (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i5 4460, 8GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 1TB HDD, 14X Blu-ray Writer, Win 8.1: <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/" target="_blank">$899, iBuyPower (BF)</a><br />Intel Core i7 5820K, 8GB DDR4, GeForce GT 740, 1TB HDD, 14X Blu-ray Writer, Win 8.1: <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/" target="_blank">$1,199, iBuyPower (BF)</a><br />Up to $200 off + free shipping + free games + free 4-year warranty: <a href="http://www.digitalstormonline.com/holiday-promotion.asp" target="_blank">Free Upgrades, Digital Storm (BF)</a></p> <p><em>Click the next page for laptop, tablet, game deals, and more!</em></p> <hr /> <h3>Notebooks/Utrabooks/Ultrathins/Convertibles</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_6.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="620" height="297" /></p> <p>Asus C300MA-DB01 Chromebook Intel Celeron N2830, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB eMMC, 13.3-inch: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231756&amp;Tpk=34-231-756?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$200, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus ROG GL551JK-EH71 Gaming Laptop: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232195&amp;Tpk=34-232-195?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$880, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Asus Transformer Book FLip TP500LA-EB31T 15.6-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop, Core i3 4030U: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232188&amp;Tpk=34-232-188?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$449, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP 250 G3 (G4U96UT#ABA) 15.6-inch Notebook, Intel Core i3 3217U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Win 7: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834258964&amp;Tpk=34-258-964?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$360, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP 350 G1 (K4L54UT#ABA) 15.6-inch Notebook, Intel Core i5 4210U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834259734&amp;Tpk=34-259-734?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$440, Newegg (BF)</a><br />HP EliteBook 840 G1 14-inch Ultrabook, Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 180GB SSD, Windows 7: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834257686&amp;Tpk=34-257-686?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$600, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Lenovo Y50 (59426157) Gaming Laptop: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834317542&amp;Tpk=34-317-542?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$1,000, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Surface Pro 3 Core i5: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/buy" target="_blank">$100 Off, Microsoft Store, (BF)</a><br />Surface Pro 3 Core i7: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/buy" target="_blank">$150 Off, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Surace 2: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/buy" target="_blank">$150 Off, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15-3531-laptop/pd?oc=fndoc3001b" target="_blank">Dell, $190 (BF)</a> - starting at 12AM EST Nov 28<br />Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-11-3147-laptop/pd?c=us&amp;cs=19&amp;l=en&amp;s=dhs&amp;~ck=mn" target="_blank">$350, Dell (BF)</a> - starting at 8AM EST Nov 28<br />HP Stream 13 Signature Edition Laptop, 13.3-inch, Intel Celeron N2840, 2GB RAM: <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/HP-Stream-13-Signature-Edition-Laptop/productID.309174500" target="_blank">$199, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Vizio 15.6-inch Thin + Light Ultrabook: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1602495/vizio-156-in-thin-light-ultrabook-laptop.jsp" target="_blank">$1,170, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus, 13.3-inch QHD+ Touch, Core i5: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/pcs/NP940X3G-K06US" target="_blank">$1,100, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus, 13.3-inch QHD+ Touch, Core i7: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/pcs/NP940X3G-K04US" target="_blank">$1,500, Samsung (BF)</a></p> <h3>Mobile Handheld Devices</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/shield_tablet.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet" width="620" height="397" /></p> <p>HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet: <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/HP-Stream-7-Signature-Edition-Tablet/productID.308781500" target="_blank">$99, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Asus ME70C-8G-BK Intel Atom Z2520 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, 8GB eMMC, 7-inch Tablet, Android 4.3: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232192&amp;Tpk=34-232-192?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$90, Newegg (BF)</a><br />iView SupraPad i700-8G 7-inch Tablet, Intel Atom, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 8GB, Android 4.4: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834757022&amp;Tpk=34-757-022?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$50, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Lenovo Miix 2 11.6-inch 2-in-1 Tablet, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Windows 8.1 with Dock: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834317595&amp;Tpk=34-317-595?cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$450, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Lumia 830 FitBit Bundle: <a href="http://www.att.com/global-search/search.jsp?App_ID=HOME&amp;autoSuggest=FALSE&amp;tabPressed=FALSE&amp;q=Lumia+830+#!/Shop/Wireless/Wireless%20phones%20&amp;%20devices/" target="_blank">$99, AT&amp;T (BF)</a><br />Dell Venue 7 3000 Series Tablet: <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/dell-venue-7-3740-tablet/pd?oc=ftcwt01" target="_blank">$100, (BF)</a> - starting at 6PM EST Nov 27<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 16GB: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-galaxy-tab-pro-8-4-16gb-black/3715001.p?id=1219093181535" target="_blank">$200, Best Buy (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 16GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-T330NYKAXAR" target="_blank">$200, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 16GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-T530NYKAXAR" target="_blank">$250, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 16GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-T800NZWAXAR" target="_blank">$400, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Wi-Fi 32GB: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-P6000ZWVXAR" target="_blank">$500, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 32GB Wi-Fi: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/SM-P9000ZKVXAR" target="_blank">$600, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Nvidia Shield Tablet 32GB LTE + Half Life 2 + Half Life 2 Episode 1 + Portal: <a href="http://shield.nvidia.com/promotions/" target="_blank">$399, Razer (BF)</a><br />Nvidia Shield + Carrying Case + Glossy Black Armor: <a href="http://shield.nvidia.com/promotions/" target="_blank">$199, Razer (BF)</a></p> <h3>Monitors</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/dell_monitor_0.jpg" alt="Dell Monitor" title="Dell Monitor" width="620" height="523" /></p> <p>Dell P2314H 23-inch IPS: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260148&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">$190, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung SD300 Series S24D300HL 23.6-inch LED Monitor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001911&amp;Tpk=24-001-911&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$110, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung S24D300H 24-inch LED Monitor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824022019&amp;Tpk=24-022-019&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$120, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Samsung S22C300H Translucent Red Gradation 21.5-inch LED Monitor: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001796&amp;Tpk=24-001-796&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$110, Newegg (BF)</a></p> <h3>Games and Software</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/codaw.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="620" height="350" /></p> <p>Minecraft for Xbox 360: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1540108/minecraft-for-xbox-360.jsp" target="_blank">$21, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Lego Star Wars Complete Saga Wii: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1540096/lego-star-wars-the-complete-saga-for-nintendo-wii.jsp" target="_blank">$26.33, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Battlefield 4 for PC: <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/deals/sale/blackfriday-sale" target="_blank">$15, Origin (BF)</a> - hit the link to save up to 75 percent a whole bunch of PC games on Origin<br />NovaBACKUP Professional 16.5: <a href="http://www.novastor.com/en/landing/black-friday/deals/site" target="_blank">$30, NovaStor (BF)</a><br />NovaBACKUP Server 16.5: <a href="http://www.novastor.com/en/landing/black-friday/deals/site" target="_blank">$200, NovaStor (BF)</a><br />NovaBACKUP Business Essentials 16.5: <a href="http://www.novastor.com/en/landing/black-friday/deals/site" target="_blank">$350, NovaStor (BF)</a></p> <h3>Printers and Routers</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/netgear_nighthawk_x4_0.jpg" alt="Netgear Nighthawk X4" title="Netgear Nighthawk X4" width="620" height="462" /></p> <p>D-Link Wireless N300 Gigabit Cloud Router: <a href="http://www.kmart.com/d-link-wireless-n300-gigabit-cloud-router/p-020W008573296001P?Sid=IDx20100622x00003a&amp;srccode=cii_5784816&amp;cpncode=37-4364263-2&amp;redirectType=SRDT" target="_blank">$20, Kmart (BF)</a><br />HP OfficeJet 6100 Wi-Fi Color Inkjet Printer: <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=2372707&amp;sku=H24-30346" target="_blank">$60 (after coupon: OIC146983), Tiger Direct (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Printer Xpress M2070FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-M2070FW/XAA" target="_blank">$100, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Printer Xpress C1860FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-C1860FW/XAA" target="_blank">$300, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Printer Xpress M2885FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-M2885FW/XAA" target="_blank">$250, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Samsung Multifunction Xpress C460FW: <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/printers/SL-C460FW/XAA" target="_blank">$200, Samsung (BF)</a><br />Netgear Nighthawk X4 Router + Motorola SB6141 Cable Moden: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122617&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_source=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112414&amp;cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112414-_-EMC-112414-index-_-WirelessRouters-_-33122617-S1A6D" target="_blank">$280 (coupon code: EMCWWHF77), Newegg</a></p> <h3>MISC</h3> <p><img src="/files/u69/xbox_one_4.jpg" alt="Xbox One" title="Xbox One" width="620" height="187" /></p> <p>Sceptre X325BF-FMDR 32-inch LED 1080p HDTV: <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/SCEPTRE-X325BV-FMDR-32-LED-Class-1080P-HDTV-with-Ultra-Slim-Metal-Brush-Bezel-MHL/25059349" target="_blank">$189, Walmart (BF)</a><br />Microsoft Xbox One w/ Assassin's Creed Bundle: <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=9269256&amp;sku=MF5-102671157" target="_blank">$350, Tiger Direct (BF)</a> - $335 after <a href="http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/campaigns/include/events/2014/TD_Discount/satisfy-your-sweet-tooth.asp?SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&amp;cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&amp;utm_source=Linkshare&amp;utm_medium=Affiliate&amp;utm_campaign=Es5Ekr9eEBk&amp;AffiliateID=Es5Ekr9eEBk-XUNQ0UmhSHVy5_NbL31Zeg" target="_blank">coupon</a><br />Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Beats-Powerbeats-2-Wireless-In-Ear-Headphones/productID.304664600" target="_blank">$180, Microsoft Store (BF)</a><br />Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1711371/beats-studio-wireless-over-ear-headphones.jsp" target="_blank">$342, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Beats Mixr On-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1623478/beats-mixr-on-ear-headphones.jsp" target="_blank">$200-$225, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Beats Studio 2.0 On-Ear Headphones: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1624653/beats-studio-20-on-ear-headphones.jsp" target="_blank">$270, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Vizio SB4021M-B1 40-inch 2.1 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar w/ Wireless Subwoofer: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1590604/vizio-sb4021m-b1-40-in-21-channel-home-theater-sound-bar-with-wireless-subwoofer.jsp" target="_blank">$130, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Toshiba 50-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1748820/toshiba-50l3400u-50-in-1080p-120hz-led-hdtv-with-smart-tv.jsp" target="_blank">$550, Kohls (BF)</a><br />Apex 19-inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV w/ DVD Player: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1585243/apex-19-in-720p-60hz-led-hdtv-with-dvd-player.jsp" target="_blank">$110, Kohls (BF) - November 27-28 only</a><br />Lego Star Wars Stormtrooper Alarm Clock: <a href="http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-638116/lego-star-wars-stormtrooper-alarm-clock.jsp" target="_blank">$21, Kohls (BF)</a><br />LG 49-inch Class LED HDTV: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889005961&amp;ignorebbr=1&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$390, Newegg (BF)</a><br />Changhong 42-inch Class 4K ULtra HD LED TV: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889624008&amp;cm_mmc=TRA-PR-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">$400, Newegg (BF)</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/black_friday_ads_2014_round#comments black friday 2014 cyber monday deals discounts electronics features gadgets Hardware online shopping pc sales Features Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:56:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28868 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Receive Surprise Price Cut, Now Street Below $800 http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_radeon_r9_295x2_receive_surprise_price_cut_now_street_below_800 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/his_radeon_r9_295x2.jpg" alt="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" title="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 drops another $200</h3> <p>Is the best offense a good defense, or is the best defense a good offense? We're not sure, though it looks like AMD has decided to run with the latter -- <strong>dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cards can now be found on Newegg for around $770</strong>, seemingly indicating that AMD has gone on the offensive and slashed the price of its flagship card by about another $200. Bear in mind that when these cards launched earlier this year, they were selling for nearly twice as much at $1,500.</p> <p>There has been <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumor_points_faster_hawaii_graphics_card_2014">chatter</a> that AMD will release new Hawaii cards next year, though heading into the holiday shopping season, the company doesn't have any GPUs on tap, at least none that we're aware of. That could be one reason for the sizable price cut.</p> <p>The least expensive 295X2 on Newegg is the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161458&amp;cm_re=radeon_r9_295x2-_-14-161-458-_-Product" target="_blank">HIS Radeon R9 295X2</a>. It's listed at $770 with free shipping, no rebate or coupon code required, and it comes with Civilization: Beyond Earth. The card also qualifies for AMD's Gold tier Never Settle Space Edition, which lets you choose three additional games from a selection of titles that include Thief, Watchdog, PayDay 2, Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, and more.</p> <p>VisionTek, XFX, Sapphire, and Diamond also offer models on Newegg for at least a penny below $800.</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/amd_radeon_r9_295x2_receive_surprise_price_cut_now_street_below_800#comments amd Build a PC gpu graphics card Hardware price cut radeon r9 295x2 Video Card News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28983 at http://www.maximumpc.com ASRock X99 WS-E/10G Motherboard Features Four LAN Ports with Teaming Support http://www.maximumpc.com/asrock_x99_ws-e10g_motherboard_features_four_lan_ports_teaming_support_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asrock_x99_ws-e_10g.jpg" alt="ASRock X99 wS-E/10G Motherboard" title="ASRock X99 wS-E/10G Motherboard" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />A board that lets you stick it to the LAN</h3> <p>If you've always wanted a hybrid workstation motherboard with four LAN ports, ASRock today has answered the call. A former subsidiary of Asus, <strong>ASRock today announced its X99 WS-E/10GB motherboard with dual Intel 10G BASE-T LAN ports</strong> powered by an Intel X540 Ethernet controller chip, <strong>plus dual Intel gigabit LAN ports</strong> powered by a pair of Intel I210AT Ethernet controller chips.</p> <p>You typically only find 10G BASE-T LAN ports on server boards, though ASRock is billing the X99 WS-E/10G as a hybrid motherboard that's equally suited for home enthusiasts.&nbsp; It's a bit of a future proofing play on the network side, if you're into that sort of thing, though ASRock says you can use Teaming to combine all four LAN ports for a super 22Gbps connection.</p> <p>"By running IxChariot to test our quad LAN setup's Internet bandwidth, we've reached a mind blowing 20,360MB/s!," <a href="http://www.asrock.com/news/index.asp?id=2517" target="_blank">ASRock said</a>.</p> <p>ASRock's latest board boasts a 12-phase power design and supports 4-way SLI or CrossFireX. It's an LGA 2011-3 socket motherboard (Haswell-E), has eight DDR4 memory slots with quad-channel ECC technology, a dozen SATA 6Gbps ports, a single SATA Express 10Gb/s connector, and a PCIe Gen2 x4 M.2 slot.</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/asrock_x99_ws-e10g_motherboard_features_four_lan_ports_teaming_support_2014#comments asrock Build a PC Hardware Intel 10G BASE-T lan motherboard X99 WS-E/10G News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:38:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28982 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fractal Design Debuts Define R5 PC Case for Quiet Computing http://www.maximumpc.com/fractal_design_debuts_define_r5_pc_case_quiet_computing_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_r5.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define R5" title="Fractal Design Define R5" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />A mid-tower for quiet types</h3> <p><strong>Fractal-Design added a new enclosure to its quiet oriented Define Series today, the Define R5</strong>, which supposedly boasts the highest level of silent computing yet. That claim comes from the Define R5's use of strategically paced dense sound-absorbing material, updated "ModuVent" fan vent covers, and new Dynamic Series fans that are finely tuned for low noise and aided by an integrated three-speed fan controller.</p> <p>The Define R5 can hold up to eight 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives through cages that can be removed or relocated, plus another two 2.5-inch SSDs in tool-free mounts behind the motherboard tray. Same goes with the optical disc drive cage -- it too can be removed for more internal space or to accommodate an HDD drive cage.</p> <p>Cooling is handled by two included Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans that occupy a pair of the nine fan mounts. If you're into liquid cooling, the Define R5 can house radiators up to 420mm in the top, 360mm in the front, to 240mm in the bottom, and up to 140mm in the rear.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.fractal-design.com/home/definer5landingpage" target="_blank">Define R5</a> is available with a side window for $120 or without a window for $110.</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_design_debuts_define_r5_pc_case_quiet_computing_2014#comments Build a PC case chassis define r5 enclosure fractal design Hardware quiet computing silence News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:25:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28980 at http://www.maximumpc.com Dell Starts Shipping Alienware Alpha PC Game Console http://www.maximumpc.com/dell_starts_shipping_alienware_alpha_pc_game_console_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/alienware_alpha.jpg" alt="Alienware Alpha" title="Alienware Alpha" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Steam Machine turned Alpha Console starts at $549</h3> <p>Dell originally intended for its Alienware Alpha console to be an official Steam Machine, though Valve threw a wrench in those plans when it delayed the platform in order tweak its Steam Controller to satisfaction. Instead of tossing aside all that R&amp;D into building a console-sized game box for the PC, <strong>Dell re-marketed the device as the Alienware Alpha, and it's now begun shipping out to customers</strong>.</p> <p>"We’ve been working hard this past year to break the mold and develop a system that finally brings hundreds of Steam games, including some really fun indie titles, to TVs," <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20141121005063/en/Alienware-Alpha---World%E2%80%99s-PC-Gaming-Console.#.VG-jz_nF_4a" target="_blank">said Frank Azor</a>, General Manager of Alienware. "The team and I are excited to finally deliver our vision for big screen gaming and give our fans a console that delivers true next-gen performance with the flexibility to choose how, what and where they want to play."</p> <p>The Alienware Alpha starts at $549 and includes an Intel Core i3 4130T dual-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU customized to "run at speeds found in no other device," and 500GB hard drive.</p> <p>If you need more power, there are other configurations available, with the top-end model costing $899. It includes an Intel Core i7 4765T quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 2TB hard drive.</p> <p>All models come with an Xbox 360 wireless controller with USB adapter and several pre-loaded games including Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Awesomenauts, Magicka, Metro: Last Light, Payday 2 and Strike Suit Zero.</p> <p>The obvious buzz kill here is the custom GTX 860M GPU. It's based on Nvidia's newer Maxwell archicture, but isn't upgradeable and somewhat out of date with Nvidia having released its 970M and 980M mobile GPUs last month. It's also only rocking 2GB of GDDR5 memory instead of 4GB as found on some other systems.</p> <p>As configured, the Alienware Alpha boots into Dell's Alpha UI, a console-based menu that's friendly for controllers. After the first boot, gamers can opt to have the system boot directly into Steam Big Picture or the regular Windows 8.1 desktop if they prefer.</p> <p>You can find out more on the Alienware Alpha <a href="http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-alpha/pd?~ck=mn" target="_blank">product page</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/dell_starts_shipping_alienware_alpha_pc_game_console_2014#comments alienware alpha dell games Hardware OEM pc console rigs News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:12:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28973 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google's Serving 1TB of Drive Storage for New Chromebook Buyers http://www.maximumpc.com/googles_serving_1tb_drive_storage_new_chromebook_buyers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_chromebook_5.jpg" alt="Samsung Chromebook" title="Samsung Chromebook" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />Buy a Chromebook, get 1TB of cloud storage for two years</h3> <p>It's getting to be all-out warfare in the low-cost computing market. In response to the growing interest in cheap Chromebooks, Intel and Microsoft have been working together to push sub-$200 Windows laptops into the market place through its hardware partners. That's caused Chromebooks to come down in price as well, but it isn't stopping there. <strong>Google today announced that new Chromebook buyers can get 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for two years</strong> at no additional cost.</p> <p>"That’s enough space to keep more than 100,000 <a href="https://plus.google.com/photos/+GoogleDrive/albums/5709061734153089361/6084206618028265394" target="_blank">awkward holiday sweater pics</a> safe and shareable in Drive. With that much free storage, you can use your Chromebook for work, play and pretty much everything else you’ll do this holiday season," Google stated in a <a href="http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2014/11/getting-in-holiday-spirit-1tb-of-drive.html" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>Google's free offering works out to a $240 value over the course of two years. To get the 1TB Drive storage, you have to purchase an eligible Chromebook and redeem the offer before January 1, 2015. You'll find eligible models at <a href="http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/" target="_blank">retail stores, online outlets</a>, and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices" target="_blank">Google Play</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/googles_serving_1tb_drive_storage_new_chromebook_buyers_2014#comments 1tb chromebook cloud drive Google Hardware laptop notebook storage News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:36:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28972 at http://www.maximumpc.com Eizo's 31-Inch ColorEdge 4K Monitor Calibrates Itself http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_31-inch_coloredge_4k_monitor_calibrates_itself_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/eizo_cg318-4k.jpg" alt="Eizo CG318-4K" title="Eizo CG318-4K" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Built-in sensor enables self-calibration</h3> <p>Following up on its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_square_shaped_flexscan_ev2730q_monitor_features_1920x1920_resolution" target="_blank">funky square-shaped monitor</a> announcement earlier this week, <strong>Eizo has introduced a self-calibrating DCI 4K (4096x2160) display</strong> for media and entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting. The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31.1-inch monitor featuring a built-in sensor to enable self-calibration if you'd rather not muck around with settings. Should you need or want to manually fine tune the settings, it comes with ColorNavigator 6 calibration software.</p> <p>Eizo also offers ColorNavigator Network, a secure, cloud-based web hosting solution for administrators to perform quality control tasks on client ColorEdge monitors with ColorNavigator NX (a free color calibration download) installed.</p> <p>"Used together, ColorNavigator Network and ColorNavigator NX allow an administrator to take advantage of the self-calibration capabilities of the ColorEdge monitors by automating calibration and other QC tasks on ColorEdge monitors located in a single or multiple locations," <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/press/releases/htmls/cg318-4k.html" target="_blank">Eizo says</a>. "This potentially saves hundreds or thousands of hours annually in maintenance downtime while ensuring the color accuracy of all ColorEdge monitors."</p> <p>The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 10-bit display with a 16-bit lookup tablet (LUT). It sports an IPS panel that reproduces 98 percent of the DCI-P3 and 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color spaces. Other ratings include 178-degree viewing angles, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 1,500:1 contrast ratio, and 9ms response time.</p> <p>It has a three-port USB 3.0 hub, ergonomic stand with height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, two HDMI ports, and two DisplayPort connectors.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/products/coloredge/cg318-4k/index.html#tab01" target="_blank">ColorEdge CG318-RK</a> will begin shipping in April of next year. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_31-inch_coloredge_4k_monitor_calibrates_itself_2014#comments 4k cg318-4k coloredge display eizo Hardware monitor panel News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:38:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28970 at http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Introduces Quiet Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition Case http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_introduces_quiet_carbide_series_330r_titanium_edition_case_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_carbide_series_330r.jpg" alt="Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition" title="Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />A case for librarians and other noise conscious builders</h3> <p>There's something to be said for building a quiet computer. It takes a bit of research to build a truly silent (or near silent) system, and of course it starts with your choice of case -- an open air chassis is probably not the best option. There are several quiet cases available, and beginning today, you can add <strong>Corsair's new Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition</strong> to the list of quiet computing enclosures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/company/press-release/corsairs-super-quiet-carbide-330r-pc-case-now-available-in-titanium-edition" target="_blank">Corsair says</a> the 330R makes it easy to build an "extremely quiet" PC, part of which is due to the noise damping material found on the top panel, side panels, and front door. It also boasts a 3-speed fan controller and a Direct Airflow Path layout that provides an unobstructed path between the included 140mm fan and the CPU and GPU.</p> <p>The other included fan is a 120mm exhaust unit, though there's room for two more 120mm or 140mm fans up top and another 120mm or 140mm fan up front. If you prefer liquid cooling, the 330R can accommodate a 240mm or 280mm radiator up top and is specifically compatible with Corsair's H55, H60, H75, H80i, and H100i liquid coolers.</p> <p>Other amenities include four hard drive trays supporting both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch installs, tool-free 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch drive installation, built-in cable routing coutouts, and a USB 3.0 port on the front panel.</p> <p>Corsair's <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/carbide-series-330r-titanium-edition-silent-mid-tower-case" target="_blank">Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition</a> PC case is available now 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/corsair_introduces_quiet_carbide_series_330r_titanium_edition_case_2014#comments 330r titanium edition Build a PC carbide series case chassis corsair enclosure Hardware News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:19:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28967 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Announces Availability of 32-Inch B326HK 4K Ultra HD IPS Display for $1,000 http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_availability_32-inch_b326hk_4k_ultra_hd_ips_display_1000 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_b326hk.jpg" alt="Acer B326HK" title="Acer B326HK" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />A 4K Ultra HD monitor with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel</h3> <p><strong>Acer today introduced its newest 4K Ultra HD monitor to the U.S. market, the B326HK</strong>. It's a 32-inch monitor with an LED backlight and In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel instead of a lower quality TN screen. According to Acer, the B326HK is suitable for a wide range of buyers, from home consumers to commercial customers interested in gaming, watching movies, web design, and more.</p> <p>"Our newest 4K display available in an ergonomic 32-inch model was built for those who want to view games, movies, videos and other graphic intensive content on a big screen," <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/124692" target="_blank">said Ronald Lau</a>, Acer America senior business manager - peripherals. "The UHD resolution delivers incredibly vibrant images with very sharp detail and an adjustable stand makes viewing as comfortable as possible. IT professionals will appreciate the wide array of connectivity options, earth-friendly design and the inclusion of a VESA wall-mount to maximize space."</p> <p>Acer says the B326HK sports 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color space and offers 6-axis color adjustment. It also has "ComfyView" non-glare protection that consists of a polarizer material to reduce lighting reflection.</p> <p>We're not big on rated specs when it comes to monitors because they're easily fudged and there's no real standards to measure against, but for what it's worth, the B326HK features a 6ms response time, 350 nit brightness, and 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio.</p> <p>Connectivity options include a DisplayPort, HDMI (MHL), and DVI, along with a built-in USB 3.0 hub. You'll also find integrated speakers.</p> <p>The <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-model/UM.JB6AA.002" target="_blank">B326HK</a> is available now for $1,000 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/acer_announces_availability_32-inch_b326hk_4k_ultra_hd_ips_display_1000#comments 3840x2160 4k Acer b326hk display Hardware monitor panel ultra hd News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:31:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 28963 at http://www.maximumpc.com Eizo's Square Shaped FlexScan EV2730Q Monitor Features a 1920x1920 Resolution http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_square_shaped_flexscan_ev2730q_monitor_features_1920x1920_resolution <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/flexscan_ev2730q.jpg" alt="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q" title="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />You're such a square!</h3> <p>Most users shopping for a new monitor will choose between a widescreen or an ultra-widescreen panel, but have you ever thought about going square? Probably not, though Eizo hopes you will after seeing its latest display. <strong>Eizo's FlexScan EV2730Q is a 26.5-inch square monitor with a 1920x1920 resolution</strong> (1:1 aspect ratio) that's "wide all around." With regards to screen real estate, it has 78 percent more pixels than a standard widescreen 1920x1080 monitor.</p> <p>What's the point? Eizo says the added vertical space is convenient for displaying large amounts of information in long windows, resulting in less scrolling and a more efficient view of data -- basically combining the best of both worlds in terms of portrait and landscape mode.</p> <p>"This makes the monitor ideal for displaying information such as CAD or program development data with a more complete overall view on screen," <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/press/releases/htmls/ev2730q.html" target="_blank">Eizo says.</a></p> <p>The monitor uses a non-glare IPS panel with generous viewing angles (178 degrees horizontal and vertical). Eizo claims a 5ms gray-to-gray response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and 300 cd/m2 brightness. Other features consist of a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, built-in 1W speakers, 3.5mm stereo and headphone jacks, DisplayPort and DVI-D connectivity, and a flexible stand with height adjustment, tilt, and swivel.</p> <p>Eizo says the <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/products/flexscan/ev2730q/index.html#tab01" target="_blank">FlexScan EV2730Q</a> will be available in the first quarter of next year -- no word yet on price.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/flexscan_ev2730q_sidebyside.jpg" alt="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q and Full HD Monitor" title="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q and Full HD Monitor" width="620" height="360" /></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/eizos_square_shaped_flexscan_ev2730q_monitor_features_1920x1920_resolution#comments 1920x1920 display eizo flexscan ev2730q Hardware monitor News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:02:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28961 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer TravelMate B115 Brings Touch to Entry Level Computing http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_travelmate_b115_brings_touch_entry_level_computing_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_travelmate_b115.jpg" alt="Acer TravelMate B115" title="Acer TravelMate B115" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />Touch support at a reasonable price</h3> <p><strong>Acer this morning announced the availability of its new TravelMate B115 laptop</strong> for customers in the U.S. and Canada. It sports an 11.6-inch HD (1366x768) display with support for 10-point multi-touch, once considered a premium feature in laptop land but now available for a comparative pittance -- Acer's asking $380 USD and $439 CAD for the TravelMate B115.</p> <p>The laptop has its eye on "commercial customers, particularly those in education," which is to say it's going up against Chromebooks. While a bit higher priced than most Chromebooks, especially with the recent price drops, the TravelMate B115 brings more to the table.</p> <p>It has an Intel Celeron N2940 processor, 4GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), 500GB of storage, 892.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a single USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports, GbE LAN, HDMI output, 720p webcam, up to 10 hours of battery life, and of course Windows 8.1, all wrapped in a thin and light design.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_travelmate_b115_ports.jpg" alt="Acer TravelMate B115 Ports" title="Acer TravelMate B115 Ports" width="620" height="335" /></p> <p>"Thanks to its compact size combined with a full-size keyboard, the 11.6-inch notebook is popular with students and teachers alike," <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/119571" target="_blank">said Sumit Agnihotry</a>, Acer vice president – product marketing. "The TravelMate B115 provides long battery life, ample power and multi-touch to give students and educators everything they need to be productive in and out of the classroom. Plus, IT managers will appreciate the powerful security and manageability suite of tools for safeguarding data and managing assets remotely."</p> <p>The Acer TravelMate B115 will available to purchase this month.</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_travelmate_b115_brings_touch_entry_level_computing_2014#comments Acer Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs touch travelmate b115 News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:25:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 28957 at http://www.maximumpc.com OCZ Trots Out Vertex 460A SSD Series Using Toshiba A19 NAND Flash http://www.maximumpc.com/ocz_trots_out_vertex_460a_ssd_series_using_toshiba_a19_nand_flash_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ocz_vertex_460a_ssd.jpg" alt="OCZ Vertex 460A SSD" title="OCZ Vertex 460A SSD" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />New NAND chips means a new SSD line</h3> <p>OCZ may have learned a lesson from its competitors that swapping NAND flash memory in an existing solid state drive line tends to irritate customers. Rather than go that route with its Vertex 460 line and risk a public outcry, <strong>OCZ this week announced its new Vertex 460A SSD family</strong> using newer A19 Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips provided by its parent company, Toshiba.</p> <p>Though no MSRPs were mentioned in the press release, OCZ's intention is to provide a high performance product at a competitive price point. Indeed, the Vertex 460A line sports speed ratings on the upper end of the spectrum for SATA 6Gbps-based drives. Here's a look:</p> <ul> <li>120GB: 530MB/s read; 420MB/s write; 80,000 IOPS (random read); 90,000 IOPS (random write)</li> <li>240GB: 540MB/s read; 525MB/s write; 85,000 IOPS (random read); 90,000 IOPS (random write)</li> <li>480GB: 545MB/s read; 525MB/s write; 95,000 IOPS (random read); 90,000 IOPS (random write)</li> </ul> <p>The drives feature OCZ's Barefoot 3 controller. <a href="http://ocz.com/consumer/company/newsroom/press/ocz-announces-new-toshiba-a19-nand-based-vertex-460a-ssd-series" target="_blank">According to OCZ</a>, the controller and NAND flash memory combination help the Vertex 460A SSD line stand out from the competition by focusing on real world metrics like sustained performance and mixed workloads</p> <p>OCZ rates the drives as being able to handle 20GB of host writes per day, which it backs with a 3-year ShieldPlus warranty -- if a drive goes bad, OCZ will send an advance replacement with a paid return shipping label.</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_trots_out_vertex_460a_ssd_series_using_toshiba_a19_nand_flash_2014#comments a19 nand buld a pc flash memory Hardware ocz solid state drive ssd storage toshiba verte 460a News Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:52:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 28951 at http://www.maximumpc.com