Build a PC en Intel Quietly Rolls Out New Braswell SoCs and Broadwell CPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_logo.jpg" alt="Intel Logo" title="Intel Logo" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Chips ahoy!</h3> <p>The busy bodies at <strong>Intel released over half a dozen new Braswell SoCs and Broadwell CPUs</strong> ranging in price from $107 to $281, presumably in trays of 1,000 units (meaning retail prices will be a bit higher). Starting with Intel's Braswell lineup, the new parts are based on a 14nm manufacturing processor and sport new CPU and GPU architectures that offer higher performance at the same or lower TPD than Intel's previous generation SoCs.</p> <p>Braswell CPUs consist of one or two CPU modules, GPU, DDR3 memory controller, chipset, and I/O interfaces. Two "Airmont" CPU cores make up each the CPU modules. They have 1MB of shared L2 cache, SIMD instructions up to SSE4, and support for Intel 64, virtualization, and Burst Performance technologies.</p> <p>Here's a look at the new Braswell CPUs, <a href="" target="_blank">according to <em>CPU-World</em></a>:</p> <ul> <li>Celeron N3000: Dual-core, 1.04GHz to 2.08GHz, 1MB L2 cache, DDR3-1600 memory, 4W TDP, $107</li> <li>Celeron N3050: Dual-core, 1.6GHz to 2.16GHz, 1MB L2 cache, DDR3-1600 memory, 6W TDP, $107</li> <li>Celeron N3150: Quad-core, 1.6GHz to 2.08GHz, 2MB L2 cache, DDR3-1600 memory, 6W TDP, $107</li> <li>Pentium N3700: Quad-core, 1.6GHz to 2.4GHz, 2MB L2 cache, DDR3-1600 memory, 6W TDP, $161</li> </ul> <p>These are essentially replacements for Intel's Bay Trail-M and Bay Trail-D SoCs on desktop and mobile.</p> <p>Moving on, Intel also launched a trio of new Broadwell CPUs, all three of which are mobile parts with support for Hyper Threading. Here's a look:</p> <ul> <li>Pentium 3825U: Dual-core (four threads), 1.9GHz, 2MB L3 cache, HD (Broadwell), 15W TDP, $161</li> <li>Core i3 5015U: Dual-core (four threads), 2.1GHz, 3MB L3 cache, HD 5500, 15W TDP, $275</li> <li>Core i3 5020U: Dual-core (four threads), 2.2GHz, 3MB L3 cache, HD 5500, 15W TDP, $281</li> </ul> <p>Compared to their predecessors, the new chips are 100MHz at the same price points, faster graphics, and add Hyper Threading support.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 14nm braswell broadwell Build a PC cpu Hardware intel processor soc System on Chip News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:58:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 29676 at MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition is First AMD Motherboard with USB 3.1 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_970a_sli_krait_edition.jpg" alt="MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition" title="MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Introducing USB 3.1 to AMD</h3> <p><strong>MSI is laying claim to the world's first AMD motherboard with USB 3.1 support</strong>. The board in question is MSI's new <strong>970A SLI Krait Edition</strong>, which sports a black and white tuxedo theme that would probably look pretty nifty inside a white theme enclosure. But behind the looks is a USB 3.1 interface that allows for transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, double that of USB 3.0, and 20 times faster than USB 2.0.</p> <p>Earlier this year MSI rolled out the <a href="" target="_blank">Z97S SLI Krait Edition</a> based on Intel's Z97 chipset. It too brought a black and white color theme but no USB 3.1 support. Now AMD is getting the fancy pants treatment.</p> <p>The 970A SLI Krait Edition is a socket AM3+ board with support for AMD FX, Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron CPUs. It has four DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of DDR3-2133 (OC) memory, two PCI x16 slots, two PCI-E x1 slots, two standard PCI slots, six SATA 6Gbps ports, a single GbE LAN port, and an assortment of USB 3.1, 3.0, and 2.0 ports.</p> <p>MSI touts high quality components and build quality such as solid capacitors, "Dark Choke" with a special core design that allows it to run a a lower temp with a higher capacity, isolated audio PCB, and so forth.</p> <p>No word yet on when the <a href="" target="_blank">MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition</a> will be available or for how much. As a point of reference, the aforementioned Intel version runs about $110 street.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 970 A SLI Krait Edition amd Build a PC Hardware motherboard msi usb 3.1 News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:46:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 29645 at EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid Gets Wet and Wild with Maxwell <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_geforce_gtx_980_hybrid.jpg" alt="EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid" title="EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />When air cooling isn't enough</h3> <p>Have you ever tried liquid cooling a graphics card? It's not the most difficult thing in the world, though between the water cooling loop and delicately removing the card's stock cooling solution, it can be a little intimidating. And then there's <strong>EVGA's new GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid with an all-in-one water cooling already installed</strong>. All you need to do is plug the card into your mobo, feed it power, and mount the single 120mm fan radiator.</p> <p>There's no filling required, no custom tubing to mess with, and no maintenance. Your reward for giving the Maxwell-based GPU a bath is significantly lower temperatures compared to Nvidia's reference air cooler. According to EVGA's benchmark chart, a card running at 70C degrees using a reference cooler would be under 45C with the Hybrid.</p> <p>The card itself comes factory overclocked. Instead of a base clockspeed of 1,126MHz and boost clock of 1,216MHz, the Hybrid runs at 1,291MHz and 1,393MHz, respectively. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory stays at stock speeds -- 7,010MHz on a 256-bit bus, resulting in memory bandwidth of 224.3GB/s.</p> <p>Of course, cooler temps invite overclocking, and EVGA has a couple of software tools to help with that. One is EVGA Precision X, which allows you to adjust the GPU and memory frequencies, moitor temps, and more. You can also use EVGA's OC Scanner X to stress test and benchmark your overclocked card.</p> <p>The GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid is <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a> direct from EVGA for $650. If you already own the card, you can purchase the Hybrid water cooler by itself for $100, which is also <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC evga Gaming GeForceGTX 980 Hybrid graphics card Hardware liquid cooling maxwell Video Card News Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:03:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 29641 at OCZ Vector 180 Solid State Drive Marches Out on a Barefoot 3 Controller <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ocz_vector_180_ssd.jpg" alt="OCZ Vector 180 SSD" title="OCZ Vector 180 SSD" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Did somebody say "flagship?"</h3> <p>Don't look know, but <strong>Toshiba's OCZ Storage Solutions division just rolled out a new flagship SATA 6Gbps solid state drive, the Vector 180</strong>. It's an "enthusaist-class" SSD that's supposed to deliver rock-solid stability and performance to high-end consumer systems. Armed with an OCZ Barefoot 3 controller and in-house Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND flash memory, the Vector 180 series is rated to read and write files sequentially at up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively.</p> <p>It also offers up to 100,000 IOPS of 4KB random read and up to 95,000 IOPS of 4K random write performance. These aren't the fastest ratings we've seen in SATA 6Gbps territory, but they're right up there. Just as importantly, OCZ says its SSD Guru storage management software tool helps users to do routine monitoring and maintenance, thereby unlocking the drive's full potential.</p> <p>"With the new Vector 180 Series, OCZ is once again raising the bar for high performance client solid state drives," said Ralph Schmitt, CEO of OCZ Storage Solutions. "Vector 180 leverages our award-winning proprietary controller technology and features normally found in our enterprise-class drives, like Power Failure Management Plus, to deliver high-density SSDs with exceptional performance, endurance, and reliability for gamers, enthusiasts and workstation users."</p> <p>The drive is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. Each is backed by OCZ's 5-year "ShieldPlus" warranty, and should something go wrong, OCZ will replace the drive with little-to-no hassle -- just provide your serial number and you'll receive a brand new (not refurbished) advanced product replacement along with a pre-paid return shipping label for your faulty drive. You don't even need your purchase receipt. Pretty snazzy.</p> <p>As for price:</p> <ul> <li>OCZ Vector 180 120GB: $90</li> <li>OCZ Vector 180 240GB: $150</li> <li>OCZ Vector 180 480GB: $275</li> <li>OCZ Vector 180 960GB: $500</li> </ul> <p>The higher the capacity, the better than the price-per-gigabyte.</p> <p>You can find the product page <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> and the SSD Guru download page <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> barefoot 3 Build a PC Hardware ocz solid state drive ssd SSD Guru storage toshiba Vector 180 News Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:30:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 29634 at EVGA's Supernova 650 GS and 550 GS PSUs are the Strong Silent Types <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_650_gs.jpg" alt="EVGA Supernova 650 GS" title="EVGA Supernova 650 GS" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />Power supplies a librarian can love</h3> <p>Building a quiet PC isn't as easy as it sounds. The process of putting the pieces together is mostly the same, unless you're custom installing noise dampening material and rubber grommets, but finding the right components can be challenging. This is especially true of the power supply -- if you don't want to trust your system to a fanless PSU, EVGA may have a serviceable solution.</p> <p><strong>EVGA today announced its Supernova 650 GS and 550 GS PSUs</strong>, both of which are supposedly "completely silent when under low loads." They're also actively cooled, though the 120mm Teflon nano-steel bearing fan "does not spin until necessary," EVGA says.</p> <p>Noise (or lack thereof) isn't the only thing the new Supernova GS units have going them. These are both 80 Plus Gold certified PSUs. They're also fully modular with flat cables, use Japanese brand capacitors, and boast a single +12V rail design with 54A available on the 650W model and 45A on the 550W model.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Supernova 550 GS</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">650 GS</a> will be available soon for $90 and $100, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 550 GS 650 GS Build a PC evga Hardware power supply PSU supernova News Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:02:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 29633 at Intel's Broadwell-Based Core i7 5775C and Core i5 5675C CPUs Rumored to Launch in Q2 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_sign_8.jpg" alt="Intel Sign" title="Intel Sign" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Broadwell for the desktop is in sight</h3> <p><strong>Intel is reportedly planning to launch a pair of processors based on its 14nm Broadwell architecture sometime in the second quarter of this year</strong>. One is the <strong>Core i7 5775C</strong> and the other is the <strong>Core i5 5675C</strong>, both of which are unlocked parts, though you'll notice the usual "K" designation for an unlocked Intel chip has been replaced with the letter "C" -- no reason for the change is known at this point.</p> <p>Citing a Chinese-language <a href="" target="_blank">report</a> by <em>VR-Zone</em>, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>WCCFTech</em></a> says the Core i7 and Core i5 parts will feature a 65W TDP and the latest Iris Pro Graphics 6200 integrated GPU. That's the one with 64MB of embedded eDRAM cache for faster memory performance versus tapping into system RAM. It also has 48 Execution Units and a 128-bit memory bus.</p> <p>The Core i7 5775C will come clocked at 3.3GHz with a Turbo frequency of 3.7GHz. It's a quad-core chip with Hyper Threading, 6MB of L3 cache, and support for DDR3 memory rated at 1600MHz.</p> <p>Intel's Core i5 5675C is also a quad-core CPU but lacks Hyper Threading, according to the reports. It will be clocked at 3.1GHz with a 3.6GHz Turbo frequency and feature 4MB of L3 cache and DDR3 1600MHz memory support.</p> <p>It's expected that most existing socket LGA 1150 motherboards will support the new chips, though they'll probably need a BIOS update.</p> <p>Launch prices for the Core i7 5775C and Core i5 5675C are expected to be around $350 and $250, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> broadwell Build a PC Core i5 5675C Core i7 5775C cpu Hardware intel processor News Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:07:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 29630 at Corsair Touts Dominator Platinum DDR4 3400MHz RAM for Gigabyte's X99-SOC Champion Motherboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_ddr4_0.jpg" alt="Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4" title="Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4" width="228" height="179" style="float: right;" />Two speed demons team up</h3> <p>Are you planning to build a system around Gigabyte's X99-XOC Champion motherboard? If so, <strong>Corsair say its new Dominator Platinum DDR4 3400MHz memory kits are performance tuned to run at that frequency and beyond using air cooling when paired with that specific Gigabyte motherboard</strong>. It's a bit of a marketing play, as there shouldn't be anything stopping the same kit from working on other X99-chipset boards that require DDR4 RAM, though you may very well achieve higher overclocks when pairing the two together.</p> <p>"Our Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion is engineered with highly optimized trace paths between the processor and DIMM sockets to enable incredible memory clock speeds," said Colin Brix, Director of Marketing of Gigabyte’s Motherboard Business Unit. "We worked with Corsair to tune an exceptional edition of Dominator Platinum DDR4 that can help overclockers push the X99-SOC Champion to reach unprecedented memory speeds."</p> <p>Corsair COO Thi La says each Dominator Platinum 3400MHz DDR3 module is built with hand-picked ICs that are then tuned to play nice with the X99-SOC Champion board. At the stock frequency, timings run at 16-18-18-36.</p> <p>Orange colored anodized heat spreaders that match the color scheme of the Gigabyte board keep the chips cool, and you can monitor temps using Corsair Link. They also feature user-swappable colored light pipes for customizable downwash lighting, Corsair says.</p> <p>Professional overclocker Hicookie used the Dominator Platinum RAM and Gigabyte mobo combo to set a world record for DDR4 memory frequency at 4,365.6MHz. Of course, that was using liquid nitrogen.</p> <p>Swallow your swig of coffee before checking out the MSRP, your monitor will thank you in a moment. Ready? It's $1,000 for a 16GB kit.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC corsair ddr4 dominator platinum gigabyte Hardware Memory motherboard ram X99-SOC Champion News Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:49:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 29627 at Biostar Announces Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_hi-fi_b85z5.jpg" alt="Biostar Hi-Fi B85Z5" title="Biostar Hi-Fi B85Z5" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />A sound board for budget buyers</h3> <p>Is it time to start taking Biostar seriously in power user circles? We'll need to spend some more hands on time with the company's products to answer that question, but in the meantime, Biostar continues to release intriguing motherboards aimed at select groups, such as <a href="">gamers</a>, overclockers, <a href="">Bitcoin miners</a>, and even those worried about <a href="">lightning strikes</a>. <strong>Biostar's newest motherboard, the Hi-Fi B85Z5, is for budget buyers who want high-quality onboard audio</strong>.</p> <p>Those two things haven't alwasy gone together, and while I personally still prefer a dedicated soundcard, today's onboard audio is world's apart from where it was several years ago. As for the Hi-Fi B85Z5, it's the first to embed "Double Hi-Fi" integrated amp circuitry. According to Biostar, that allows users to enjoy the same high quality sound whether the output is set to the front or rear of the PC.</p> <p>It also supports Blu-ray audio and features 30uF gold plated audio connectors, a noise-blocking multi-layer PCB design to isolate analog audio signals from digital sources, and a 110dB SNR.</p> <p>Moving on, the board uses 100 percent solid capacitors and offers "Super LAN" surge protection, which boils down to an integrated chip that strengthens electrical stablity and prevents damages from lightning strikes and electrical surges.</p> <p>It's a socket LGA 1150 board with support for up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 memory, two PCI-E x16 slots (one 3.0, one 2.0), two PCI-E x1 2.0 slots, two standard PCI slots, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, two SATA 3Gbps connectors, GbE LAN, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and various display outputs (HDMI, DVI, and VGA).</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Hi-Fi B85Z5</a> goes for $89 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Biostar Build a PC Hardware Hi-Fi B85Z5 motherboard News Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:53:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 29625 at UPDATED: Cougar Chases Small Form Factor Market with QBX Computer Case <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cougar_qbx.jpg" alt="Cougar QBX" title="Cougar QBX" width="228" height="226" style="float: right;" />Mini-ITX or bust</h3> <p><strong>Cougar on Monday announced the arrival of its QBX, the "most advanced compact gaming case"</strong> around. According to Cougar, there are three reasons the QBX stands out from the crowd. The first is its compact dimensions -- the small form factor (SFF) chassis measures 178 (W) x 260 (H) x 368 (D) millimeters, or 7 (W) x 10.2 (H) x 14.5 (D) inches and can only swallow up mini-ITX motherboards.</p> <p>Second on Cougar's list is expandability. While small in stature, it has a big appetite for hardware and can be stuffed with up to five storage drives (hard drives or solid state drives), a long graphics card up to 350mm (13.77 inches), a standard ATX power supply up to 140mm long (5.51 inches), and a slim optical drive.</p> <p>Cougar's third reason is cooling. The QBX supposedly offers the "best cooling" of its class on the market, a claim Cougar makes based on the cases seven fan mounts and liquid cooling support (you can mount a radiator up to 240mm). There's also a dedicated PSU compartment to prevent hot air from affecting the other components, along with wide ventilation openings with dust filters.</p> <p>Look for the QBX to be available in April. We've reached out to Cougar for a price and will update when/if we hear back.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>Cougar tells <em>Maximum PC</em> that the QBX's MSRP will be $60, though it doesn't enforce MSRPs on its distributors "due to the massive differences between the world's markets." The company also sent us a bunch of photos of the QBX, which you can check out in our photo gallery below.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis cougar enclosure Hardware mini-itx QBX sff Small Form Factor News Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:08:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 29587 at Possible Look at Specifications and Performance for AMD's Radeon R9 390X <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_radeon_1.jpg" alt="AMD Radeon R9 290X" title="AMD Radeon R9 290X" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />A potentially beastly card in the making</h3> <p>Go ahead and apply the standard disclaimer about leaked specs not being verified or official, because that's certainly the case here. Disclaimer aside, we hope that <strong>unconfirmed specifications of the AMD's forthcoming Radeon R9 390X graphics card</strong> turn out to be accurate, because if they are, it's going to be a potent part that's up to 60 percent faster than AMD's Radeon R9 290X.</p> <p>The folks at <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Videocardz</em></a> asked their source if he could share additional information about AMD's new flagship graphics card, and to the site's surprised, he responded in kind with a few more goodies to digest. One of those goodies is that AMD scrapped plans to run with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Gen1 (1GB per stack) after Nvidia unveiled its Titan X graphics card. Now the plan is to release the Radeon R9 390X with 8GB, but Gen2 (2GB per stack), on a 4,096-bit bus (1,024-bit per stack). That should give the card around 1.25TB/s of memory bandwidth.</p> <p>The GPU is said to be a 28nm Fiji XT part with 4,096 unified cores and 256 Texture Mapping Units (TMUs). There's no mention of ROPs or core clockspeed, though the boost clockspeed is reportedly 1,050MHz. Other specs include a 1,250MHz memory clock, 8.6TFLOPS of compute performance, and either a 6+8 pin or dual 8-pin PCI-E configuration.</p> <p>There's also a performance slide that was leaked, and if it's accurate, performance will be up to around 1.65 times that of the Radeon R9 290X in 4K gaming.</p> <p>Reports from elsewhere on the web have the card debuting at around $700, which is also unconfirmed.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd Build a PC Fiji Gaming gpu graphics card Hardware Radeon R9 390X Video Card News Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:41:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 29588 at XFX Radeon R9 370 Core Edition Leaks to Web, Higher End R300 Series Cards to Follow <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xfx_card.jpg" alt="XFX Card" title="XFX Card" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" />AMD R300 Series is around the corner</h3> <p>We know that AMD is getting ready to refresh its graphics card lineup -- a refresh that's long overdue, as far as we're concerned -- though it looks like the first of the upcoming Radeon R9 300 Series won't be a flagship part. At least that won't be the case if, as rumored, <strong>XFX launches its Radeon R9 370 Core Edition video card</strong> powered by AMD's Trinidad Pro processor next month.</p> <p>The rumor <a href="" target="_blank">originates at <em>Videocardz</em></a>, which caught wind of the forthcoming card by a reader of the site claiming to work for XFX. According to the supposed XFX employee, the first GPU of the R300 Series will be Trinidad Pro, and the site believes him to be telling the truth after a new leak from XFX seemed to corroborate his story.</p> <p>If true, the R9 370 Core Edition (R9-370A-ENF) will come in 2GB and 4GB GDDR5 versions, both with a 256-bit memory bus, single 6-pin PCI-E power connector, and two Dual-Link DVI ports flanked by HDMI and DisplayPort.</p> <h3>R300 Series</h3> <p>Based on the rumors so far, the R9 370 Core Edition will be a mid-range card. Here's a look at the full lineup:</p> <ul> <li>AMD Radeon R9 390X: 28nm Fiji XT GPU, 3,584 cores, 224 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB memory, $599</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 390: 28nm Fiji Pro GPU, 3,328 cores, 208 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, $399</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 380X: 28nm Hawaii XTX GPU, 2,816 cores, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, 512-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 380: 28nm Hawaii Pro GPU, 2,560 cores, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, 512-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 375X: Tonga XT GPU, 2,048 cores, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 384-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 375: Tonga Pro GPU, 1,792 cores, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 370X: Trinidad XT GPU, 1,280 cores, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 370: 28nm Trinidad Pro GPU, 1,024 cores, 64 TMUs, 24 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R7 360X: Bermuda GPU, 896 cores, 128-bit GDDR5, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R7 350X/340X: Oland GPU, 320 cores, DDR3 and GDDR5 memory, 128-bit</li> <li>AMD Radeon R5 300: Caicos GPU, 160 cores, DDR3 memory, 64-bit</li> </ul> <p>None of these are official or set in stone, and as you can see, more is 'known' (rumored) about the higher end GPUs than the lower end ones. So, take these specs with a block of salt.</p> <p>There are also a few benchmarks scattered around the web, though their legitimacy is a huge question mark, expecially when putting up numbers <a href="" target="_blank">like this</a>.</p> <p>Regardless, it looks like we won't have to wait long to see what kind of performance AMD's R300 Series brings to the table.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd Build a PC graphics card Hardware R300 Series Radeon R9 370 Core Edition Video Card xfx News Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:12:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 29574 at First Purported GeForce Titan X Benchmarks Appear Online <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/titan_x_0.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce Titan X" title="Nvidia GeForce Titan X" width="228" height="168" style="float: right;" />Sneak peek at performance</h3> <p>When <a href="">Nvidia unveiled its GeForce Titan X</a> graphics card at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) last week, company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed almost nothing about the part, other than to say it has 12GB of onboard memory and 8 billion transistors. There was no mention of other specs, let alone benchmarks, though information across the board has begun to leak on the web, including a <strong>first look at how the Titan X performs</strong>.</p> <p>Bearing in mind that none of this is official, the folks at <em></em> report that Titan X sports 3,072 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, 96 ROPs, 1,002MHz core clockspeed (boost is unknown), 1,750MHz memory clock, and a 384-bit memory bus resulting in 336GB/s of bandwidth.</p> <p>The site also reports there are three mini DisplayPorts, a single DisplayPort, and an HDMI port, along with 6-pin and 8-pin (one each) PCI-E power connectors.</p> <p>As for the benchmarks, they show the Titan X scoring 22,903 in 3DMark 11 using the Performance setting and 26,444 when overclocked. Both are lower scores than AMD's Radeon R9295X2 (28,930), though they blow the Titan (13,814) and Titan Black (14,557) out of the water.</p> <p>There are also benchmarks for other 3DMark tests, along with 2-way, 3-way, and 4-way Titan X SLI scores. Check them out <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC GeForce Titan X graphics card Hardware nvidia Video Card News Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:25:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 29572 at Nvidia's Giving Away Witcher 3 Codes with Select GeForce GTX 900 Series Graphics Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/witcher_3_0.jpg" alt="The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" title="The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />A little gaming bribery never hurt anyone</h3> <p>After the fiasco with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 graphics card and the way it handles the last .5GB of its onboard 4GB of memory, Nvidia could use a bit of positive press. One of the best ways to do that is to dangle something shiney in front of the public, like an anticipated game. So, available now for a limited time, <strong>customers who buy a select GeForce GTX 980, 970, and 960 graphics card, or a GTX 970M or above notebook, will receive a code for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt</strong>, Nvidia announced today.</p> <p>"Over my 10-plus years at Nvidia, I’ve seen, worked with, and played countless games. Few stand out to me as deserving of the term epic. The Witcher: Wild Hunt is one of those titles," Nvidia's Leslie Pirritano stated in a blog post. "Developer CD Projekt Red has provided gamers with an epic story, an epic adventure, and epic graphics. The untamed world of this action-adventure game is a graphics showcase, with stunning vistas and detailed characters. So, it’s exciting to me that we’re offering it to GeForce gamers as part of our new 'Undeniably Epic' bundle."</p> <p>Nvidia was also quick to point out that the upcoming title supports technologies like Nvidia HairWorks and PhysX, the first of which will add a level realism to the fur and hair of more than 50 monsters and characters in the game.</p> <p>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently scheduled to release May 19, 2015. To grab a qualifying card, be sure to start you <a href="" target="_blank">search here</a>, which has links to participating vendors.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC games geforce graphics card Hardware nvidia Software the witcher 3: wild hunt Video Card News Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:57:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 29567 at Biostar Rolls Out TA970 Plus AMD Motherboard for Budget Buyers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/biostar_ta970_plus.jpg" alt="Biostar TA970 Plus" title="Biostar TA970 Plus" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />Low cost board for overclockers</h3> <p><strong>Biostar this week released its TA970 Plus motherboard</strong>, its latest AMD socket AM3+ offering with AMD OverDrive and a feature called ACC (Advanced Clock Calibration), which is supposed to help with overclocking efforts. Built around AMD's 970 chipset, the board supports AMD six-core and eight-core socket AM3 processors, including the AMD FX, Phenom II, and Athlon II lines.</p> <p>It's a full-size ATX motherboard with four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 64GB of DDR3-2133 (OC) memory and an mSATA/mini PCI-E combo connector. It also has two PCI-E x16 2.0 slots (x16, x4), two PCI x1 2.0 slots, and two standard PCI slots, as well as five SATA 6Gbps connectors with support for RAID 0/1/1/10.</p> <p>As for the overclocking features, here's Biostar's marketing pitch:</p> <p>"To get every power advantage the TA970 Plus features the AMD OverDrive and the ACC (Advanced Clock Calibration) function. This allows power users to overclock their system by precisely calibrating the clock timings between the processor and RAM chips," Biostar says. "These timings are critical in maintaining system stability when overclocking, otherwise you will end up with a system that crashes often. As they say, 'Timing is Everything' and the TA970 Plus allows you to get it right."</p> <p>Biostar also focused its efforts on onboard audio. According to Biostar, the board sports a noise-blocking multi-layer PCB layout for a cleaner signal to go along with a sampling rate of 192kHz/24-bit.</p> <p>The company didn't mention a price, though <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a> seems to think it will sell for $79.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd Biostar Build a PC Hardware motherboard TA970 Plus News Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:31:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 29566 at Cougar's CMD Digital Power Supply Sports a Built-In Case Fan Controller <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cougar_cmd.jpg" alt="Cougar CMD" title="Cougar CMD" width="228" height="221" style="float: right;" />Not your average PSU</h3> <p>Show of hands, how many of you are rocking a Cougar brand power supply? Or Cougar brand anything? Now put your hands down if you don't live in the U.S. We suspect there aren't that many left in the air, and that's something the German company is hoping to change through intriguing product releases. <strong>Cougar's newest item up for grabs is its CMD Digital Power Supply</strong>, and it's unique in a few different ways.</p> <p>The first is obvious -- it's a digital PSU, which puts it in select category. What that essentially means is there's a level of interaction, as you can not only monitor but control various aspects of the PSU through software. That includes all voltage levels.</p> <p>A built-in fan controller is probably the most unique thing about the CMD. There are two 3-pin fan connectors integrated into the back of the PSU. It's intended for case fans, two of which you can monitor and control through Cougar's UIX software.</p> <p>Above the fan ports is a port for the included TSR sensor. You can place it anywhere in your system for additional temp monitoring.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/cougar_cmd_software.jpg" alt="Cougar CMD Software" title="Cougar CMD Software" width="620" height="398" /></p> <p>Fancy features aside, the CMD line is available in 500W and 600W models, both with single +12V rails (40A on the 500W, 49A on the 600W). These are modular units with three 4-pin peripheral connectors, 5 (500W) or 6 (600W) SATA connectors, two PCI-E 8 (6+2) pin connectors, a single 24 (20+4) pin main connectors, and a single 8 (4+4) pin CPU connector.</p> <p>Cougar says the <a href="" target="_blank">CMD Digital PSU line</a> will be available next month. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC CMD Digital Power Supply cougar Hardware PSU News Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:58:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 29561 at