LEPA isn't a name you hear that often, though if you subscribe to Maximum PC magazine and/or frequently visit our website, you may recal we equipped last year's Dream Machine with a LEPA G1600-MA power supply. That was a beastly PSU, though LEPA's new MaxPlatinum PSU line has a model that trumps it. It's the P1700-MA-EU, and as you might have surmised, it's a 1,700W model with a peak rating of 1,800W!
It's a shame the this sexy PCB has to be covered with a heatsink
Under normal circumstances, you'll never see the majority of your video card's PCB (printed circuit board), and that's too bad when it comes to Galaxy's GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF (Hall of Fame) V20. This recently unveiled card sports a large white PCB, but not only are its looks unique, the card's performance is top notch, especially if you're willing to go the extra mile with some LN2 cooling.
The only board in the world with a single LGA 2011 socket
Home networking demands seem to be increasing by the day -- 4K video streaming, anyone? -- which might explain why Gigabyte is launching a single LGA 2011 socket motherboard featuring an integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN controller. It's the worlds first motherboard to sport just one LGA 2011 socket, a move we suppose could help drive the price down while still offering home users 10GbE.
The first AM1-socket based SoC motherboards from Asus
AMD said there were several planned motherboard releases based on its recently announced AM1 platform, and true to form, they're starting to trickle out. Some of the first are from Asus, which just announced the AM1M-A and AM1I-A, a pair of small form factor (SFF) motherboards built to take advantage of AMD's AM1-socketed System-on-Chip (SoC) Athlon and Sempron series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs).
New cards from Sapphire keep their cool by using multiple fans
Nobody knows how to chill better than Jeff Bridges and John Goodman from The Big Lewbowski, though Sapphire's willing to give it the old college try, only in a different way. Sapphire today announced a pair of custom cooled Radeon R9 Series graphics cards, the Dual-X R9 280 with two aerofoil fans and graduated heatpipes, and Vapor-X R9 280X featuring the company's new Tri-X triple fan design.
It's on like Donkey Kong between AMD and Intel in the low-cost computing space. In the blue corner is Intel with its Bay Trail platform, and in the green corner is AMD, which just introduced its AM1 platform featuring a socketed quad-core or dual-core Kabini SoC. Put another way, take a Kabini APU and combine it with a socketed FS1b motherboard with a pin-grid-array (PGA) and you have the AM1 platform.
Intel's Haswell refresh for the desktop is presumably only weeks away at this point -- rumor has it the new parts will show up in retail in the second quarter of 2014 -- and while we'll have to wait until then for the full scoop, an online store is already posting pre-order prices and specs of 10 upcoming Haswell CPUs. Most of them boast minor speed bumps of 100MHz over their predecessors.
Nvidia's been on a rampage releasing new graphics cards over the last couple of months, one of those being the GeForce GTX 750. The reference blueprint for the GeForce GTX 750 part calls for 1GB of GDDR5 clocked at 5GHz (effective) on a 128-bit bus, and while EVGA offers such a SKU, it's now offering a couple of models with twice as much memory -- EVGA GeForce GTX 750 2GB and EVGA GeForce GTX 750 2GB Superclocked.
Western Digital continues the trend of color coding its hard drive line by adding a Purple model built specifically for surveillance applications. The Purple line differs from regular hard drives in that they're better suited for 24/7 always-on conditions, whereas standard HDDs are built to run for only short intervals, WD says. In addition, Purple drives can withstand high temperature fluctuations and equipment vibrations inherent in typical surveillance applications.
New GX V3 series from Cougar boast 80 Plus Gold certification
Gamers are a demanding bunch, and if you're a PC component or peripheral maker, you better bring your A-game or risk being called out for gimmicky features. Cougar, a name you don't hear too often in the U.S., thinks its new GX V3 power supply family makes the cut. These units are being billed as high-end PSUs specifically for gamers, which starts with 80 Plus Gold level efficiency.