Refreshed desktops offer 4K gaming performance starting at under $4,000
The 4K era is in its very early stages, and though the technology still has room for improvement (especially on the monitor side), you can make the leap if you're determined. Boutique builder Origin PC is all too happy to satisfy your 4K gaming needs with its Nvidia Battlebox Titan Z systems that are now available. These are basically refreshed Genesis, Millennium, and Chronos machines equipped with Nvidia GeForce Titan Z graphics cards.
One thing you always had to account for when purchasing a Zbox or any other pint-sized system from Zotac was that you''d have to install an operating system. That entailed plugging in a USB optical drive or using a flash memory stick, or at least it used to. In a change of pace, Zotac has made available four different Zbox Plus systems pre-installed with Windows 8.1 with Bing.
That ad you saw for a €349.99 Xbox One? It was posted in error, Microsoft says
Console gamers had reason to be excited when an online ad depicted the Xbox One getting a price cut to €349.99, which hinted at a global price cut. Unfortunately, that excitement was short lived. Microsoft threw a wet blanket on the rumor and confirmed with our sister site, Tech Radar, that the Xbox One listing with a reduced price was made "in error" and that it doesn't have any current plans to lower the price.
Philips this week unveiled its new 28-inch 4K Ultra HD display, model 288P6LJEB, which boasts a 3840x2160 resolution. As you've heard a million times before, that's four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p. That translates into more on-screen real-estate to work with, and to entice early adopters to make the leap, Philips has made available its new display for a special price of $600, saving you a couple of Bennies over its $800 MSRP.
When you see the Republic of Gamers (ROG) tag on an Asus product, you know the company has it done it up right, and that's certainly true of the division's first ever AMD FM2+ motherboard. Asus ROG makes it debut into FM2+ territory with the Crossblade Ranger, a high end motherboard packed with features and technologies designed to give gamers an edge on the virtual battlefield.
AMD on Wednesday let loose its FirePro S9150 server card, supposedly the most powerful server GPU ever built for High Performance Computing (HPC) and the first to support double precision and break the 2.0 TFLOPS double precision barrier. Based on AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the FirePro S9150 is specifically designed for compute workloads and is aided by 16GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit memory interface for up to 320GB/s of memory bandwidth.
Don't worry, your Full HD 1080p display isn't going out of style and will likely remain the sweet spot for a long time, but the transition to 4K Ultra HD on the high end of the spectrum is well underway. Even Acer's getting in on the action. Acer's foray into 4K territory starts with its new B286HK, a 28-inch monitor with 6-axis color adjustment for superior color accuracy, 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 2ms response time.
Consumers are no longer buying tablets in record numbers. Instead, tablet shipments slipped 5 percent sequentially to 48.4 million units during the second quarter, according to data released by Canalys. Apple still leads the tablet market, but had its weakest quarter since Q1 2012 with just under 13.3 million iPad shipments. Meanwhile, Samsung shipped 8.9 million tablets during the quarter, which also represents a sequential decline.
A space saving all-in-one with optional touch support
Forget any talk you might of heard about this being the so-called post PC era. To the contrary, Acer this week announced its new Veriton Z4810G Series of all-in-one desktops with 24-inch Full HD 1080 displays with In-Plane Switching (IPS) panels and optional 10-point multi-touch support. The systems start at $749 and are intended for both business and institutional customers looking for an AIO with a relatively small footprint.
First fully integrated keyboard/smartphone combo and modular MMO mouse
Roccat's been known to think outside the box when coming up with unique features for its gaming peripherals, but its newest devices take things to a new level. While at Gamescom 2014, Roccat today announced its Nyth modular gaming mouse and Skeltr keyboard/smartphone combo. Both are supposed to the be the first of their kind, the question is, how will gamers react?