Build a PC http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/17096/ en Solid State Drive Price War Erupts Overseas http://www.maximumpc.com/solid_state_drive_price_war_erupts_overseas_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_ssd_0.jpg" alt="Samsung SSD" title="Samsung SSD" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Look for lower priced SSDs in the coming weeks and months</h3> <p>We have to admit, we've been spoiled by solid state drive price drops in the past year or so. While once considered cost prohibitive by many, SSDs are mostly affordable these days, provided you're not trying to match your 4TB hard drive in capacity. SSDs typically sell for less than 50 cents per gigabyte with prices continuing to drop. Accelerating the process is a <strong>price war in China that's leading to even lower cost SSDs</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140925PD205.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, SSD prices in China have "drastically fallen" to the point where you can pick up a 128GB for around $50 or a 256GB SSD for just $100. The sharp drops are a direct result of a price war started by China-based vendors TIGO Technology and Galaxy Microsystems.</p> <p>You probably haven't heard of either company, but don't rule out price drops coming to the U.S. market as well. As TIGO Technology and Galaxy Microsystems duke it out, Samsung and Kingston Technology, the two largest SSD vendors in China, are feeling the pressure to lower prices as well. Both are also major players in the U.S., so it's possible that those price drops could land stateside.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/102043207@N06/14140572613" target="_blank">Flickr (Dr. Martin Von Nostrand)</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/solid_state_drive_price_war_erupts_overseas_2014#comments Build a PC china Hardware solid state drive ssd storage News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:33:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28614 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Motherboard is for "Sophisticated" Builds http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition_motherboard_sophisticated_builds_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition.jpg" alt="MSI Z97S Krait Edition SLI Motherboard" title="MSI Z97S Krait Edition SLI Motherboard" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?</h3> <p>We've seen our share of colorful motherboards with loud designs that scream, "Hey, look at me!" They're typically aimed at gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts in general, and so is <strong>MSI's Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard</strong>, though it's an attention-getter for a different reason. Rather than draw eyeballs with flashing LEDs and a range of colors, MSI opted for a classy black and white scheme.</p> <p>"Looking for that creative, one-off build? The new black and white design instantly adds a touch of class to a sophisticated build," <a href="http://game.msi.com/us/news?List=42&amp;N=3292" target="_blank">MSI says</a>. "The new MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition has been purposely designed together with the most elite case modders to meet the demands of community who craved a pure black and white motherboard."</p> <p>From the pictures we've seen, we have to admit that in a proper build, the Z97S SLI Krait Edition looks fantastic, assuming you're into the classic black and white theme. Regardless, there's more to this motherboard than a fancy design.</p> <p>Based on Intel's Z97 Express chipset, this socket 1150 board features four DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB of DDR3-3300 (OC) memory, two PCI-E x16 slots, three PCI-E x1 slots, two standard PCI slots, a SATA Express port, six SATA 6Gbps ports, a single M.2 port, GbE LAN, two front and four rear USB 3.0 ports, four front and two rear USB 2.0 ports, and a few other goodies.</p> <p>MSI's board also sports the company's Military Class 4 components such as Super Ferrite chokes (they run 35C cooler and have a 30 percent higher current capacity for more stable overclocking) and Dark capacitors.</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href="http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z97S-SLI-Krait-Edition.html#hero-overview" target="_blank">Z97S SLI Krait Edition</a> will be available or for how much.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition_setup.jpg" alt="MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Setup" title="MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition Setup" width="620" height="454" /></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/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition_motherboard_sophisticated_builds_2014#comments Build a PC Hardware motherboard msi z97s sli krait edition News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:02:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 28603 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus and Gigabyte May Lower Motherboard Prices to Reach Shipment Goals http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_and_gigabyte_may_lower_motherboard_prices_reach_shipment_goals_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_g1_gaming_motherboard.jpg" alt="Gigabyte G1 Gaming Motherboard" title="Gigabyte G1 Gaming Motherboard" width="228" height="202" style="float: right;" />Watch for lower priced motherboards in Q4</h3> <p>We've already mentioned that Asus and Gigabyte may engage each other in a price of war of sorts as each one attempts to ship more motherboards than the other. However, weaker than expected demand in China combined with soft retail channel orders ahead of the country's National Day holidays are likely to cause both companies to fall short of their shipment goals. As a result, <strong>Asus and Gigabyte might be even more aggressive with motherboard price cuts than previously anticipated</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140922PD205.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a>, Asus and Gigabyte are both expected to ship around 5.6 million motherboards in the third quarter. That figure is below what each company was expecting, as the two firms hoped that Intel's new Haswell-E processor launch and 9 Series chipsets would spark a replacement trend among consumers.</p> <p>Even with Haswell-E on the table, motherboard sales are falling a bit short. In order for Asus and Gigabyte to reach their stated 20-22 million motherboard shipment goal by the end of the year, the companies will need a strong fourth quarter. Sources tell<em> Digitimes</em> that price competition among the two is expected to "grow even fiercer."</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_and_gigabyte_may_lower_motherboard_prices_reach_shipment_goals_2014#comments asus Build a PC gigabyte Hardware motherboard News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:09:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 28582 at http://www.maximumpc.com Biostar Tries Going High-End with Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_tries_going_high-end_hi-fi_z97z7_motherboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_hi-fi_z97z7.jpg" alt="Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7" title="Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />How do you like the view up here, Biostar?</h3> <p>Quick, blurt our the first brand that comes to mind when you think about high-end motherboards. Did you say Biostar? Lies! We would have accepted several brand names, though Biostar isn't one that's typically associated with premium boards (to be fair, the company has released a few top dwellers). We don't know if that's going to change, and apparently neither does Biostar, which "launched the first development of what might become a possible series of high-end gaming boards." That's how <strong>Biostar describes its new Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard</strong>. Might? Possible? C'mon Biostar, if you're going to play with the big boys, you need to bring a barrel of confidence with you!</p> <p>Biostar's hesitation aside, the company's newest board is based on Intel's Z97 chipset with support for Intel socket 1150 CPUs (hello Haswell, but not Haswell-E). It's a full size ATX mobo with four DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of DDR3-2800 (OC) RAM, a single PCI-E x16 3.0 slot, a single PCI-E x16 2.0 slot, two PCI-E x1 2.0 slots, two standard PCI slots, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, a SATA Express connector, four USB 3.0 ports plus a header, two USB 2.0 ports plus a header, GbE LAN, HDMI and DVI connectors, and various other odds and ends.</p> <p>It's not the most feature-rich board on the planet, though it does have some higher end goodies, such as "super durable solid caps," a "super durable Ferrite choke," a "super durable box header," 8-phase power design, moisture proof PCB, ESD protection, Hi-Fi audio with a built-in amp and 110dB+ rating, "Super Rapid Debug 3" for providing POST code information, and more, all of which you can read about on the board's <a href="http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=755#ov" target="_blank">product page</a>.</p> <p>And then there's the price -- Biostar says its Hi-Fi Z97H7 has an MSRP of $120, which seems reasonable to us. No word yet on when it will be available.</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/biostar_tries_going_high-end_hi-fi_z97z7_motherboard#comments Biostar Build a PC Hardware hi-fi z97z7 motherboard z97 News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:44:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28580 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Rolls Out Overclocked and Custom Cooled Strix GTX 980 and GTX 970 Cards http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rolls_out_overclocked_and_custom_cooled_strix_gtx_980_and_gtx_970_cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_strix_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus Strix GTX 980" title="Asus Strix GTX 980" width="228" height="205" style="float: right;" />Cooler and quieter than reference</h3> <p>Are you of the opinion that speed limits are more like suggestions than enforced rules? Do you believe reference designs are for suckers? If you answered yes to one or both questions, you might be interested in the new <strong>Strix GTX 980 and Strix GTX 970 graphics cards from Asus</strong>. Both of these <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_review2014">Maxwell-powered</a> parts sport factory overclocks and custom cooling solutions that are supposedly 30 percent quieter than Nvidia's reference cooler.</p> <p>As Asus is prone to do, it outfitted its new cards with its Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) technology and Super Alloy Power components -- fancy terms for higher end components intended to increase durability and cooling. Both cards also feature a DisplayPort interface to support gaming at up to 4K Ultra HD.</p> <p>The Strix GTX 980 is overclocked to 1279MHz, up from 1126MHz, and the Strix GTX 970 is goosed to 1253MHz, up from 1050MHz. Both sport 4GB of GDDR5 memory that runs at boosted speeds of up to 7010MHz, which is essentially reference.</p> <p>With regards to cooling, the cards use Asus' DirectCU II cooling technology that consists of 10mm heat pipes capable of transporting 40 percent more heat away from the GPU. The design also offers 220 percent more heat dissipation. <a href="http://rog.asus.com/362672014/gaming-graphics-cards-2/press-release-asus-announces-strix-gtx-980-and-strix-gtx-970/" target="_blank">According to Asus</a>, the cards run 30 percent cooler and 3x quieter than reference.</p> <p>Both cards should be available today. At the time of this writing, Newegg shows the Strix 970 as out of stock and priced at $340 (plus $6.31 shipping); there's no listing yet for the Strix 980.</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_rolls_out_overclocked_and_custom_cooled_strix_gtx_980_and_gtx_970_cards#comments asus Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware strix gtx 970 strix gtx 980 Video Card News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:58:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28572 at http://www.maximumpc.com BitFenix Pandora Case Supports Custom Images on Front LCD http://www.maximumpc.com/bitfenix_pandora_case_supports_custom_images_front_lcd_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_pandora.jpg" alt="BitFenix Pandora" title="BitFenix Pandora" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />Slap your mug on BitFenix's Pandora chassis</h3> <p><strong>BitFenix today announced the release of its Pandora, a stylish and relative compact case</strong> made of brushed aluminum. In addition to its unique looks, the Pandora sports an integrated LCD panel (TFT) that measures 2.4 inches and is hidden discreetly behind the front panel. You can download software from BitFenix that allows you to upload your own images using a drag-and-drop interface.</p> <p>"Simply connect the USB cable to your motherboard, download the software from the BitFenix website, and drag your picture file onto the software. In seconds, your image file will be displayed in full color – an easy and novel new way to add your own personal touch to your PC," <a href="http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/news/show/115,bitfenix-pandora-%EF%BF%BD-style-without-limits/" target="_blank">BitFenix explains</a>.</p> <p>The design of the Pandora is inspired by the fact that an increasing number of PC users are plopping their rigs in the living room. To accommodate this trend, BitFenix wanted Pandora to look more like a modern entertainment appliance than a traditional PC. Mission accomplished, though it doesn't come at the expense of DIY amenities.</p> <p>Pandora sports an optional side window. It has three 2.5-inch drive bays, two 3.5-inch bays, a 120mm top cooling fan, 120mm front cooling fan (with an optional mount for one more), five PCI slots, USB 3.0 and 2.0 support, and cable management cutouts. The case supports micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/pandora-core-window/" target="_blank">Pandora</a> should be available soon; no word yet on price.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7RA3oIMGGwA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></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/bitfenix_pandora_case_supports_custom_images_front_lcd_2014#comments BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware lcd Pandora News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:18:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28562 at http://www.maximumpc.com 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