Build a PC http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/17096/ en Asus May Sue X99 Motherboard Competitors Over OC Socket Design http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_may_sue_x99_motherboard_competitors_over_oc_socket_design_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rampage_v_extreme_socket.jpg" alt="Asus Rampage V Extreme Socket" title="Asus Rampage V Extreme Socket" width="228" height="210" style="float: right;" />A suppy chain leak may have led to patent infringement</h3> <p>It's said that all is fair in love and war, but in the motherboard war that's currently taking place, some companies may have went too far. That's the reported opinion of Asus, anyway, <strong>Apparently Asus thinks competing motherboard makers infringed on pending patents related to its OC Socket technology</strong> found in boards based on Intel's X99 chipset for Haswell-E. Asus developed its OC Socket technology in-house.</p> <p>What is OC Socket? It has more pins than a standard LGA 2011 socket. The six additional pins are strategically spread out around the socket and allow you to tap into additional Haswell-E voltage lanes to enable higher and more stable overclocks.</p> <p>"Designed to break performance barriers, Asus OC Socket utilizes extra pins to connect a proprietary circuit to contacts found on Haswell-E's land grid array (LGA). Combined with our customized UEFI, this exclusive feature enables higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower latencies, and enhanced stability while overclocking, extending all the way to extreme overclocking conditions, such as Liquid Nitrogen (LN2). OC Socket is 100 percent compatible with new Haswell-E LGA 2011-v3 CPUs, ensuring the ideal combination of overclocking performance and compatibility," Asus explains.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140917PD204.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, an investigation by Asus has lead the company to believe that supply chain makers leaked confidential OC Socket designs to competitors. As a result, Asus is considering legal action against competing motherboard makers, including ASRock, MSI, and Gigabyte.</p> <p>Stay tuned, as we'll be watching to see how this develops.</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_may_sue_x99_motherboard_competitors_over_oc_socket_design_2014#comments asus Build a PC Hardware legal motherboard oc socket Patent Infringement x99 News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:09:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28554 at http://www.maximumpc.com Build a PC: Recommended Builds (September 2014) http://www.maximumpc.com/build_pc_recommended_builds_september_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Budget, baseline, and performance PC builds!</h3> <p>What time is it? It's time to Build a PC with our Blueprints! This month, we've built three rigs at three approximate price points: Budget Gamer, Mid-Grade, and Turbo. Budget Gamer gets you respectable performance without bruising your wallet, Mid-Grade gets you something beefier and more adaptable, and Turbo is an investment-grade powerhouse.</p> <p><em>Prices listed here reflect print time</em>&nbsp;and may not match the ones you find elsewhere online. In addition, Newegg has jumped on board to offer packaged deals for each of the builds below in an attempt to offer a better overall value. To see these bundle prices, click the "Buy or get more info at Newegg" button at the bottom of each build. Feedback is welcome. Tell us what you think!</p> <p><em>Note: Some of the prices/links listed below may not show up properly if this page is ad-blocked.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>BUDGET GAMER</strong></h2> <div style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u160416/210_elite_black.jpg" alt="NZXT Source 210 Elite computer case" title="NZXT Source 210 Elite computer case" width="242" height="300" /></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div class="spec-table orange"> <table style="width: 620px; height: 265px;" border="0"> <thead></thead> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="3"><strong>Ingredients</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Part</strong></td> <td><strong>Component</strong></td> <td><strong>Price</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="item">Case</td> <td class="item-dark">NZXT Source 210 Elite</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146078&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$50</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>PSU</td> <td>Corsair CX500, 500 watts</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$30</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="item">Mobo</td> <td class="item-dark">Biostar TA970&nbsp;</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138372&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$60</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>CPU</td> <td>AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$120</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>CPU Cooler</td> <td>Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$36</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>GPU</td> <td>Sapphire Dual-X Radeon R7 265</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202096&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$153</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>RAM</td> <td>2x 4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3/1600</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148662&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner">$86</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>SSD</td> <td>Crucial MX100 256GB</td> <td><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148820" target="_blank">$110</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>HDD</td> <td>Seagate Barracuda 1TB&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$65</a></td> </tr> <tr style="text-align: right;"> <td style="text-align: left;"><strong>Total = $710<br /></strong></td> <td style="text-align: right;" colspan="2"><strong>Click here to see the live bundle price:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1870368&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-Combo-1870368-Budget-_-MaximumPC_BluePrint-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBannerMid-Range" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/sites/maximumpc.com/themes/omega_maximumpc/img/newegg.jpg" alt="buy online at newegg" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: center;">You could drop the SSD and get a nicer video card. If that's your preference, we'd recommend a Radeon R9 285, or a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/geforce_gtx_760_benchmarks">GeForce GTX 760</a>. We prefer having an SSD, because it makes booting Windows and loading programs super-fast. The huge data transfer speeds (up to 550MB/s in some scenarios) aren't bad either. We've bumped our SSD up from a 128GB <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_840_evo_1tb_review">Samsung 840 Evo</a> to a 256GB Crucial MX100, because you double your capacity for about $30 dollars. Other than that, we think we have a pretty good balance of price and performance. Some people might scoff at a $50 case, but the Source 210 Elite is actually surprisingly sturdy and roomy for the price. We've changed our RAM due to price fluctuations.</span></p> <h2>MID-GRADE</h2> <p><img src="/files/u160416/c70_green.png" alt="Corsair Vengeance C70 computer case" title="Corsair Vengeance C70 computer case" width="228" height="300" /></p> <div class="spec-table orange"> <table style="width: 620px; height: 265px;" border="0"> <thead></thead> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="3"><strong>Ingredients</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Part</strong></td> <td><strong>Component</strong></td> <td><strong>Price</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="item">Case</td> <td class="item-dark">Corsair Vengeance C70</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139013&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$108</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>PSU</td> <td>EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 220-G2-0850-XR&nbsp;, 850 watts</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438018&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$100</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="item">Mobo</td> <td class="item-dark">Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128707&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$175</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>CPU</td> <td>Intel Core i5-4690K</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$240</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cooler</td> <td>Enermax Liqtech 240</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214058&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$95</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>GPU</td> <td>Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290 4GB&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202080" target="_blank">$400</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>RAM</td> <td>2x 4GB G.SKILL Ares Series&nbsp;F3-1600C9D-8GAO</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$72</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Optical Drive</td> <td>Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD Burner</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151266&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$20</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>SSD</td> <td>Crucial MX100 256GB</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148820&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$110</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>HDD</td> <td>Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$65</a></td> </tr> <tr style="text-align: right;"> <td style="text-align: left;"><strong>Total = $1385<br /></strong></td> <td style="text-align: right;" colspan="2"><strong>Click here to see the live bundle price:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1870369&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-Combo-1870369-Mid-Range-_-MaximumPC_BluePrint-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/sites/maximumpc.com/themes/omega_maximumpc/img/newegg.jpg" alt="buy online at newegg" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p style="text-align: left;">We're shaking things up a bit and bumping this tier up from about $1,100 to $1,400. That allows us to squeeze in a nice closed-loop liquid cooler like the Enermax Liqtech 240 (scored a 9 in our August issue), upgrading from the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (which is still a very nice air cooler). We also upgraded from a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_radeon_r9_280x_dc2_top_review">Radeon R9 280X</a> to a Sapphire Tri-X OC Radeon R9 290. The 280X is a refresh of the last generation, while our 290 GPU is based on all-new silicon. We've changed our power supply from Silverstone to EVGA to accommodate price fluctuations. Previous EVGA PSUs had split 12-volt rails, while its newer units are unified. The latter design makes it easier to deliver lots of power to high-end gear.</p> <h2>TURBO</h2> <p><img src="/files/u160416/phantom530-1.jpg" alt="NZXT Phantom 530 computer case" title="NZXT Phantom 530 computer case" width="300" height="300" /></p> <div class="spec-table orange"> <table style="width: 620px; height: 265px;" border="0"> <thead></thead> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" colspan="3"><strong>Ingredients</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Part</strong></td> <td><strong>Component</strong></td> <td><strong>Price</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="item">Case</td> <td class="item-dark">NZXT Phantom 530</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146107&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$130</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>PSU</td> <td>XFX P1-1050-BEFX, 1050 watts</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171076&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$180</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="item">Mobo</td> <td class="item-dark">Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128707&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner">$175</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>CPU</td> <td>Intel Core i7-4790K</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117369&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner">$340</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cooler</td> <td>NZXT Kraken X61</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146042&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$140</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>GPU</td> <td>2x SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC Radeon R9 290</td> <td><a href=" http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130951&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$800</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>RAM</td> <td>4x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL&nbsp;</td> <td><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$150</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Optical Drive</td> <td>LG WH14NS40 Blu-ray Burner</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136250&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$70</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>SSD</td> <td>Samsung 840 Evo 500GB MZ-7TE500BW</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147249&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$260</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td>HDD</td> <td>Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001</td> <td><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;222199927;45833272;q?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-BOTB-_-NA-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank">$110</a></td> </tr> <tr style="text-align: right;"> <td style="text-align: left;"><strong>TOTAL = $2355<br /></strong></td> <td style="text-align: right;" colspan="2"><strong>Click here to see the live bundle price:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1870370&amp;cm_mmc=BAC-MaximumPC-_-Combo-1870370-Turbo-_-MaximumPC_BluePrint-_-NA&amp;nm_mc=ExtBanner" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/sites/maximumpc.com/themes/omega_maximumpc/img/newegg.jpg" alt="buy online at newegg" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: center;">We are bumping this tier up from about $2,000 to $2,500, and we're doing away with the roughly $4,000 "Ultra" build for now. We're not changing very many things, though. The Intel Core i7-4790K is a muscular and well-rounded chip, and 16GB of RAM is for multi-taskers and virtual machines. One change is the CPU cooler. We want to use the NZXT Phantom 530 case's sheer size. That's where the NZXT Kraken X61 comes in. Its 280mm radiator can dissipate heat more quickly than the 240mm rad of the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_h100i_cpu_cooler_review">Corsair H100i</a> that we're replacing. The X61's larger fans also move more air with less noise and its six-year warranty is also a nice bonus. The other big change is going from one Radeon R9 290X to two SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC Radeon R9 290s. AMD had issues with micro-stutter in the past when running multiple video cards, but that's mostly solved now. Since a 290 is roughly equal to an Nvidia <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/geforce_gtx_780_benchmarks">GeForce GTX 780</a>, two 290s can scale all the way to 4K gaming</span>.</p> </div> http://www.maximumpc.com/build_pc_recommended_builds_september_2014#comments 2014 affordable blueprint budget Build a PC cheap computer performance Recommended Builds september Features Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:32:57 +0000 Maximum PC Staff 28548 at http://www.maximumpc.com Micron Unveils High Speed, Low Power M600 SATA SSD, Comes in Different Form Factors http://www.maximumpc.com/micron_unveils_high_speed_low_power_m600_sata_ssd_comes_different_form_factors_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/micron_m600.jpg" alt="Micron M600 SSD" title="Micron M600 SSD" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Comes in more than a dozen capacities and form factors</h3> <p><strong>Micron, the memory chip maker based in Boise, Idaho, announced its M600 SATA solid state drive</strong>. According to Micron, the M600 represents a next-generation design that sets a new bar for low-power, high-performance storage for PCs. There are 13 different variations to choose from ranging in capacity from 128GB to 1TB and in 2.5-inch/7mm, mSATA, and M.2 single-sided form factors.</p> <p>The M600 sips less than 2mW in sleep mode and averages 150mW during active use, compared to a typical laptop hard disk drive, which chugs 130mW in sleep mode and 1,400Mw to 2,000mW when active.</p> <p>On the performance side, the M600 boasts random reads up to 100,000 IOPS and sequential reads of up to 560MB/s for all capacities.&nbsp; Random write performance is rated at 88,000 IOPS while sequential writes top out at 510MB/s, which is again for all capacities.</p> <p><a href="http://investors.micron.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=871020" target="_blank">According to Micron</a>, the M600 benefits from using its unique dynamic write acceleration technology to deliver consistently high write performance regardless of SSD capacity. This technology switches NAND cells to behave more like higher-grade flash (from MLC to SLC) on-the-fly, which in turn creates a cache that is sized according to what the drive needs rather than sacrificing user capacity for a permanent cache. Micron says this method reduces power and improves write performance by as much as 2.8 times compared to non-cached systems, while leading to greater longevity to boot.</p> <p>The M600 SSD is currently in production and is sold directly to OEMs. You can look for the M600 to show up in a variety of products, including Ultrabooks, tablets, video capture systems, and performance-oriented PCs.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/micron_unveils_high_speed_low_power_m600_sata_ssd_comes_different_form_factors_2014#comments Build a PC Hardware m600 micron solid state drive ssd storage News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:27:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 28541 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Press Photo of GeForce GTX 970 Suggests Nvidia is Skipping 800 Series http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_press_photo_geforce_gtx_970_suggests_nvidia_skipping_800_series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/zotac_geforce_gtx_970.jpg" alt="Zotac GeForce GTX 970" title="Zotac GeForce GTX 970" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Thank you Zotac for the confirmation!</h3> <p>Supposed benchmarks of Nvidia's forthcoming GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970, and GTX 980M GPUs were <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_gtx_970_and_gtx_980m_benchmarks_purportedly_leaked" target="_blank">leaked to the web</a> earlier this week, and presuming they were real, it would seem that Nvidia is planning to skip right over the 800 Series and jump right into the 900s. Lest there be any lingering doubt, what looks to be <strong>an official press image of Zotac's GeForce GTX 970 graphics card is making its way through cyberspace</strong>.</p> <p>We spotted the image over at <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35737-nvidia-aic-partner-gtx-970-pictured-with-the-box" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a>, which led us over to <a href="http://videocardz.com/52282/zotac-geforce-gtx-970-pictured-the-ultimate-proof-there-are-no-800-series" target="_blank"><em>VideoCardz.com</em></a>. The site says the image was leaked by a Philippine store called PCHUB that was content to consider it a "sneak peek," though we're sure Zotac (and Nvidia) aren't super thrilled about it.</p> <p>In any event, the GeForce GTX 970 is rumored to feature 1,664 CUDA cores, 138 TMUs, and 32 ROPs with a 1051MHz GPU base clockspeed and 1178MHz GPU boost clockspeed. The Zotac card will have 4GB of GDDR5 memory, presumably clocked at 7012MHz on a 256-bit bus.</p> <p>We can also see that Zotac is deviating from the reference cooler in favor of its own custom solution. Since all we have is a photo to go on, there's no word yet of a price or release date, though it's rumored the 900 Series will launch on September 19.</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_press_photo_geforce_gtx_970_suggests_nvidia_skipping_800_series#comments Build a PC geforce gtx 970 graphics card Hardware nvidia Video Card zotac News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:13:13 +0000 Paul Lilly 28527 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twice as Nice: Asus Unveils Z10PE-D8 WS Workstation Board with Dual CPU Sockets http://www.maximumpc.com/twice_nice_asus_unveils_z10pe-d8_ws_workstation_board_dual_cpu_sockets_2014 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/asus_z10pe-d8_ws.jpg" alt="Asus Z10PE-D8 WS" title="Asus Z10PE-D8 WS" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Two is better than one</h3> <p>We're not at the point where we need to worry about running multiple processors for gaming and daily computing chores, though if you're piecing together a workstation for some heavy lifting, that second socket might be more of a necessity than a luxury. If that's what you're after, be advised that <strong>Asus just announced its Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard</strong>, a dual-CPU socket mobo based on Intel's C612 chipset.</p> <p>The dual sockets support Intel's recently announced Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family based on the company's Haswell architecture. Intel's product family tops out at 18 cores per socket and 45MB of last-level cache, so with two flagship chips plopped into the Z10PE-D8 WS, you could be rocking 36 physical cores - yeah, we just wet ourselves a little bit, too.</p> <p>You can also run up to four dual-slot graphics cards with support for 4-way SLI or CrossFireX, along with RAID cards, PCIe-based SSDs, video capture cards, and other high-speed components (the board is equipped with seven PCIe 3.0 slots).</p> <p>Since reliability is key in a workstation, Asus gave the board its high quality component treatment. It has integrated Driver-MOSFETs (Dr. MOS), Asus-exclusive Beat Thermal Chokes II (supposed to deliver up to 94 percent poer efficiency and lower temps), and 12K solid capacitors, which Asus says is a first on a server board.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.asus.com/Commercial_Servers_Workstations/Z10PED8_WS/" target="_blank">Z10PE-D8 WS</a> will be available soon for $599 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/twice_nice_asus_unveils_z10pe-d8_ws_workstation_board_dual_cpu_sockets_2014#comments asus Build a PC Hardware motherboard workstation z10pe-d8 ws News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:31:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28515 at http://www.maximumpc.com HGST Takes Capacity Crown with 10TB Helium Filled Hard Drive http://www.maximumpc.com/hgst_takes_capacity_crown_10tb_helium_filled_hard_drive_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/10tb_market_applications_hr.jpg" alt="HGST 10TB" title="HGST 10TB" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />The world's first 10TB hard disk drive</h3> <p>It's been a long time since we measured hard drive storage in megabytes, let alone gigabytes. This is the terabyte era, and though it's been overshadowed a bit by the cloud, hard drive makers are still pushing ahead with increasing capacities. Forget about that 4TB or even 6TB HDD that seemed massive just a short while ago -- <strong>Western Digital's HGST subsidiary announced the world's first 10TB HDD</strong>!</p> <p>HGST's 10TB drive is a data center class storage device and is intended for cloud and cold storage applications. According to HGST, its new drive will set the bar with the lowest price-per-terabyte and watt-per-terabyte, though the company didn't reveal any specific metrics.</p> <p>What we do know about the drive is that it's a hermetically sealed, helium-filled HDD as part of HGST's HelioSeal platform. This allows for higher capacities while significantly lowering power and cooling requirements, and improving storage densities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hgst.com/press-room/press-releases/HGST-unveils-intelligent-dynamic-storage-solutions-to-transform-the-data-center" target="_blank">HGST said</a> it's currently sampling 10TB HDDs to customers.</p> <p>The company also announced that it's shipping its 8TB Ultrastar He8 helium-filled HDD. It delivers 33 percent more capacity and 23 percent lower power than HGST's 6TB drive, and like the 10TB model, it's intended for data center applications.</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/hgst_takes_capacity_crown_10tb_helium_filled_hard_drive_2014#comments 10tb 8tb Build a PC Hard Drive Hardware HDD helium hgst storage News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:16:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 28510 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Reportedly Slashing Motherboard Prices to Maintain Market Share http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_reportedly_slashing_motherboard_prices_maintain_market_share_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_x99_deluxe.jpg" alt="Asus X99 Deluxe" title="Asus X99 Deluxe" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />It's your move, Gigabyte</h3> <p>We've heard time and again that things are getting super competitive in the motherboard business. In terms of the top spot, there are really just two top-tier players, those being Asus and Gigabyte, and last we heard, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_edges_out_gigabyte_first_quarter_motherboard_shipments_2014">Asus held a slight lead</a> in shipments as the two companies head towards a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_gigabyte_headed_photo_finish_motherboard_shipments_2014">photo finish</a>. Not looking to leave anything to chance, it's being reported that <strong>Asus cut its motherboard pricing by up to 10 percent</strong> in order to keep its global market share.</p> <p>That info traces back through <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140909PB200.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em></a>, which itself is citing a Chinese-language <em>Economic Daily News</em> (EDN) report. According to the report, these are retail prices of Asus' own-brand boards that have been cut anywhere from 5-10 percent, so you should be seeing lower prices on store shelves.</p> <p>It's estimated that Asus has shipped 10.4 million of its own-brand boards in the first half of 2014; the company's goal is to ship 22.1 million motherboards by the end of the year.</p> <p>This price cut play by Asus could get the company there. If so, it will come at the expense of Gigabyte, which may now see its motherboard shipments fall below its goal of 5.5-6 million units. According to the report, Gigabyte is now likely to end the year with 20 million motherboard shipments rather than 21.5 million as originally predicted.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/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_reportedly_slashing_motherboard_prices_maintain_market_share_2014#comments asus Build a PC Hardware motherboard News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:12:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28506 at http://www.maximumpc.com Crucial Brings Ballistix Sport Memory into the DDR4 Era http://www.maximumpc.com/crucial_brings_ballistix_sport_memory_ddr4_era_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/crucial_ballistix_sport_ddr4.jpg" alt="Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4" title="Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" />More DDR4 options</h3> <p>The selection of DDR4 modules is growing by the day. In fact, it almost feels like the old days -- you know, back when memory makers would launch new kits at a near non-stop pace. In continuing with the recent trend, <strong>Crucial today announced the availability of Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 memory and Crucial DDR4 desktop memory</strong>, both designed for Intel's X99 chipset.</p> <p>In case you're not familiar, Crucial is a division of Micron, a major player in the memory chip business. That allows Ballistix memory to be manufactured completely in-house. There's an interesting video showing how Ballistix memory is made -- we've posted it before and also embedded it below.</p> <p>DDR4 memory is up to 40 percent more energy efficient than DDR3, offers more bandwidth, and runs faster. In addition, select Ballistix Sport DDR4 modules are plug-and-lay with XMP 2.0 profiles.</p> <p>Both Crucial DDR4 and Crucial Ballistix Sport <a href="http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/memory-ddr4-info" target="_blank">DDR4 memory</a> modules are available in densities up to 8GB and kits up to 32GB.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dFsSxtJpm3w" 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/crucial_brings_ballistix_sport_memory_ddr4_era_2014#comments ballistix sport Build a PC Crucial ddr4 Hardware Memory ram News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:26:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28504 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970, and GTX 980M Benchmarks Purportedly Leaked http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_gtx_970_and_gtx_980m_benchmarks_purportedly_leaked <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_card_0.jpg" alt="Nvidia Card" title="Nvidia Card" width="330" height="241" style="float: right;" />Here's a look at how Nvidia's next batch of graphics cards might perform</h3> <p>How about we kick off the work week with some rumors, speculation, and purportedly leaked info, shall we? Sure, why not! What we have tumbling out of the rumor mill today is the notion that Nvidia is going to launch its GeForce 900 Series cards based on its Maxwell architecture on September 19. Specifications are hard to come by, but in the meantime, <strong>some supposed benchmark scores of Nvidia's forthcoming GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970, and GTX 980M are making the rounds in cyberspace</strong>.</p> <p>The folks at <a href="http://videocardz.com/52166/nvidia-geforce-gtx-980-gtx-970-gtx-980m-gtx-970m-3dmark-performance" target="_blank"><em>Videocardsz.com</em></a> posted what they claim are benchmarks of the aforementioned cards, which they then assembled into a neat chart fleshed out with several existing graphics cards. In 3DMark Fire Strike, the GeForce GTX 980 sits pretty high with a score of 13,005 and is only trumped by dual GPU configurations. As a point of reference, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti posted a score of 12.702.There are three different clockspeeds posted for the GTX 980, and that's because <em>Videocardz.com</em> was unable to confirm which is the actual reference clock. The 13,005 score represents the fastest clocked version (1190MHz core). It's surmised that the card sports 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus and a 7GHz memory clock.</p> <div>As for the GTX 970, it scored slightly above a GTX 780 (10,282 versus 10,008, respectively).</div> <div>What's most impressive, however, is the purported performance gain of the GTX 980M. In 3DMark Fire Strike, the 980M scored 9,364, about twice as high as the 870M (4,697) and well above the 880M (5,980). <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> </div> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_gtx_970_and_gtx_980m_benchmarks_purportedly_leaked#comments Build a PC geforce gpu graphics card GTX 970 GTX 980 GTX 980M Hardware nvidia Video Card News Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:58:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28497 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel's Xeon E5-2600/1600 v3 CPUs Bring Haswell to the Server Space http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_xeon_e5-26001600_v3_cpus_bring_haswell_server_space <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_xeon_e5-2600_v3.jpg" alt="Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3" title="Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3" width="228" height="200" style="float: right;" />A big boost for Xeon</h3> <p><strong>Intel today announced its new Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families</strong> designed to crunch through diverse workloads and the growing needs of data centers. These new processors sport several enhancements that Intel claims will result in up to a three-fold increase in performance compared to the previous generation (Xeon E5 v2 family). Among those enhancements are more processing cores and an upgrade from Ivy Bridge to Intel's Haswell architecture.</p> <p>While the core count ceiling for Intel's previous generation Xeon X5 v2 CPUs was set at 12, the new Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family tops out at up to 18 cores per socket and 45MB of last-level cache. On top of this, an extension to Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel AVX2) doubles the width of vector integer instructions to 256 bits per clock cycle for integer sensitive workloads and delivers up to 1.9x higher performance gains, Intel says.</p> <p>These new chips will find homes in servers, workstations, storage, and networking infrastructure for a broad range of tasks such as data analytics, high performance computing (HPC), telecommunications, and cloud-based services. They'll also be used for back-end processing for the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) category.</p> <p>"The digital services economy imposes new requirements on the data center, requirements for automated, dynamic and scalable service delivery," <a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/09/08/latest-intel-xeon-processors-accelerate-data-center-transformation-for-the-digital-services-era" target="_blank">said Diane Bryant</a>, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. "Our new Intel processors deliver unmatched performance, energy efficiency and security, as well as provide visibility into the hardware resources required to enable software defined infrastructure. By enabling the re-architecture of the data center, Intel is helping companies fully exploit the benefits of cloud-based services."</p> <p>On the high end, the Xeon E5-2600 v3 family increases virtualization density with support for up to 70 percent more VMs per server compared to the previous generation. They'll also deliver a boost in memory bandwidth constrained workloads with the support of DDR4 memory.</p> <p>Intel plans to offer its E5-2600 v3 product family with 26 different parts ranging in price from $213 to $2,702. It's E5-1600 workstations will be offered in six different parts in prices ranging from $295 to $1,723.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_xeon_e5-26001600_v3_cpus_bring_haswell_server_space#comments Build a PC cpu Hardware haswell intel processor server xeon e5 v3 News Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:33:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28494 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Rolls Out Ares III Dual R9 290X Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_rolls_out_ares_iii_dual_r9_290x_graphics_card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_ares_iii.jpg" alt="Asus Ares III" title="Asus Ares III" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />You know it's a serious card when it comes in a briefcase</h3> <p>See that image of the Ares III? <strong>According to Asus, the Ares III is the world's fastest water-cooled dual R9 290X graphics card on the planet</strong>, and we won't argue that claim. After all, who knows what that thing's lugging inside its metal briefcase. What we do know, however, is that this impressive graphics card is wielding dual AMD Radeon Hawaii XT R9 290X GPUs, both factory overclocked to 1030MHz.</p> <p>It's flanked by 8GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5000MHz and, according to Asus, is 15 percent faster than a GeForce GTX Titan Z when gaming at a 4K resolution</p> <p>Despite the presence of two GPUs, this is a single-slot graphics card. It features a hand-carved EK water block for a precision fit, and when hooked up, the card runs 25 percent cooler than the reference R9 295X2, <a href="http://rog.asus.com/357422014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/press-release-republic-of-gamers-announces-ares-iii/" target="_blank">Asus says</a>.</p> <p>If you need even more speed, Asus points out that the Ares III features Digi+ VRM technology with a 16-phase concrete-core power design and Japanese made 10K black metallic capacitors, which reduces power noise by 30 percent and enhances energy efficiency by 15 percent without generating whines or buzzes. Translation? You can overclock this sucker.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/ares_iii.jpg" alt="Asus Ares III Card" title="Asus Ares III Card" width="620" height="597" /></p> <p>Asus is only making 500 of these cards, which will be available this month. 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/asus_rog_rolls_out_ares_iii_dual_r9_290x_graphics_card#comments amd ares iii asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware r9 290x radeon Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:52:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 28487 at http://www.maximumpc.com G.Skill Unleashes Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3333 RAM, World's Fastest Memory http://www.maximumpc.com/gskill_unleashes_ripjaws_4_ddr4-3333_ram_worlds_fastest_memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_ripjaws_4.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" title="G.Skill Ripjaws 4" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />Breaking the speed limit</h3> <p>How high will memory makers take DDR4 RAM kits? We're in the process of finding out. In the meantime, G.Skill is laying claim to the world's fastest DDR4 memory with its new Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3333 memory kit (F4-3333C16Q-16GRK). It's a 16GB kit consisting of four 4GB modules for quad-channel fun on your new Intel Haswell-E build with 16-16-16-36-2N timings and 1.35V.</p> <p>G.Skill says its RAM is fully validated on the newest Asus Rampage V Extreme X99 motherboard, though it should work on other motherboards built around Intel's X99 chipset as well. It also features Intel XMP 2.0, meaning you shouldn't have to fuss with settings in the BIOS.</p> <p>You can also pick up a Ripjaws 4 kit clocked at 3300MHz (F4-3300C16Q-16GRK) or 3200MHz (F4-3200C16Q-16GRK) for a bit less money. They're also quad-channel kits consisting of four 4GB modules with the same timing.</p> <p>The 3200MHz (<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231803&amp;Tpk=20-231-803" target="_blank">$470</a>) and 3300MHz (<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231804&amp;Tpk=20-231-804" target="_blank">$580</a>) are available now; the 3333MHz kit should be available soon for <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231805&amp;Tpk=20-231-805" target="_blank">$700</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/gskill_unleashes_ripjaws_4_ddr4-3333_ram_worlds_fastest_memory#comments Build a PC ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:39:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28484 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kingston's HyperX Genesis Memory Turns Savage http://www.maximumpc.com/kingstons_hyperx_genesis_memory_turns_savage_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_hyperx_savage.jpg" alt="Kingston HyperX Savage" title="Kingston HyperX Savage" width="228" height="140" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>New Savage line replaces mid-level Genesis family</h3> <p>Most of the memory announcements we're seeing lately have to do with new DDR4 RAM kits for Intel's X99 chipset and Haswell-E processors. However, if you're not ready to make the leap to DDR4, don't sweat it -- companies aren't turning their backs on DDR3 memory kits just yet. Hence we have <strong>Kingston announcing its new HyperX Savage DDR3 memory line</strong> with red aluminum heatspreaders.</p> <p>Kingston's HyperX Savage replaces the HyperX Genesis. It's a mid-range line that sports a black PCB encased in an asymmetrical heatspreader with a diamond cut finish. Though it has an aggressive look to it, the kits are low profile, giving system builders a bit of extra room for oversized CPU coolers.</p> <p>"After replacing HyperX blu with Fury for entry-level gamers, it was time to refresh our mid-level Genesis line with HyperX Savage," <a href="http://www.kingston.com/us/company/press/article/7344?Article-Title=HyperX-Releases-Savage-Memory" target="_blank">said Lawrence Yang</a>, business manager, HyperX. "The bold and stylish red heatspreader offers enthusiasts and gamers a radical new look combined with high performance and capacities to match."</p> <p>Speaking of which, capacities range from 4GB and 8GB single modules to 8GB to 32GB dual-channel or quad-channel kits. Frequency options run the gamut from 1600MHz to 2400MHz with CAS latencies between 9 and 11.</p> <p>Kingston's HyperX Savage memory kits are <a href="http://www.kingston.com/us/hyperx/memory/savage" target="_blank">available now</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/kingstons_hyperx_genesis_memory_turns_savage_2014#comments Build a PC Hardware hyperX Kingston Memory ram savage News Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:55:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28475 at http://www.maximumpc.com NZXT's S340 Mid-Tower Chassis Can Swallow a Kraken http://www.maximumpc.com/nzxts_s340_mid-tower_chassis_can_swallow_kraken_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nzxt_s340.jpg" alt="NZXT S340" title="NZXT S340" width="228" height="201" style="float: right;" />Look ma, no optical drives bays!</h3> <p><strong>NZXT's growing family of computer cases now includes the Source 340</strong> (S340), a compact mid-tower made from strong, cold-rolled steel. In an attempt to offer system builders more elbow room so that piecing together a PC is a little easier, NZXT eight-sixed the optical drive bays and relocated the hard drive bays to a lower position. According to NZXT, these subtle design choices opened up the case.</p> <p>The S340 can house a Kraken X61 liquid cooling setup in the front and an X31 in the rear, along with a total of up to three 140mm or four 120mm fans. Thick panel cutouts allow for better airflow to the fully filtered intake.</p> <p>NZXT's S340 also features USB 3.0 connectivity, a power supply shroud, minimal plastic use, extra thick side panels, grommet-less cable management bars, and a compact form factor measuring 445mm (H) by 432mm.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/151" target="_blank">NZXT S340 </a>is available now in black or white for $70.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Yf-YttsZvUA" 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/nzxts_s340_mid-tower_chassis_can_swallow_kraken_2014#comments Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware nzxt s340 News Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:26:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28467 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Cuts Prices of 8-Core FX Series Processors http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_cuts_prices_8-core_fx_series_processors_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_fx_box_1.jpg" alt="AMD FX Box" title="AMD FX Box" width="228" height="204" style="float: right;" />Watch out for falling prices</h3> <p>How do you steal some thunder from Intel's Haswell-E launch? There are several options, and the one <strong>AMD</strong> went with was to <strong>slash prices on several 8-core FX-8000 and FX-9000 Series processors</strong>. In addition to rolling out some significant price cuts to half a dozen CPUs, AMD also introduced three new AM3+ FX chips -- they include the FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX-8320E, all of which are also 8-core parts.</p> <p>The FX-8370 is the only 125W chip out of the trio of new CPUs. It has a clockspeed of 4GHz (4.3GHz via Turbo), DDR3-1866 support, and costs $199. That's the same price as the FX-8370E, a 95W part with a 3.3GHz clockspeed (4.3GHz via Turbo) and DDR3-1866 memory support.</p> <p>AMD's new FX-8320E is the least expensive of the bunch at $147. It's rated at 95W and has a 3.2GHz clockspeed (4GHz via Turbo) and DDR3-1866 memory support.</p> <p>As for the price cuts, from top to bottom they include:</p> <ul> <li>FX-9590 (FD9590FHHKWOX): 220W, 8-core, 4.7GHz/5GHz, DDR3-2133, $290 (down $86)</li> <li>FX-9590 (FD9590FHHKBOF): 220W, 8-core, 4.7GHz/5GHz, DDR3-2133, $226 (down $86)</li> <li>FX-9370 (FD9370FHHKWOX): 220W, 8-core, 4.3GHz/4.7GHz, DDR3-2133, $273 (down $21)</li> <li>FX-9370 (FD9370FHHKBOF): 220W, 8-core, 4.3GHz/4.7GHz, DDR3-2133, $210 (down $20)</li> <li>FX-8350 (FD8350FRW8KHK): 125W, 8-core, 4GHz/4.2GHz, DDR3-1866, $178, (down $19)</li> <li>FX-8320 (FD8320FRW8KHK): 125W, 8-core, 3.5GHz/4GHz, DDR3-1866, $147 (down $11)</li> </ul> <p>Prices are SEP (Suggested Etail Price), meaning they should be about the same at retail. Models ending in WOX are the new liquid cooled bundled processors.</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_cuts_prices_8-core_fx_series_processors_2014#comments amd Build a PC cpu fx series Hardware price cut processor News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:23:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28465 at http://www.maximumpc.com