Build a PC http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/17096/ en Corsair Adds 960GB and 480GB Capacity Options to Force LS SSD Family http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_adds_960gb_and_480gb_capacity_options_force_ls_ssd_family <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_force_ls.jpg" alt="Corsair Force LS" title="Corsair Force LS" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" />Big capacity without the ginormous price tag</h3> <p>Small capacity solid state drives are becoming a thing of the past, and we couldn't be happier about it. It's high time SSD makers started focusing on big capacities, which should in turn drive prices down while making more room for programs and games on primary storage drives. Credit Corsair for receiving the memo -- <strong>Corsair just added 480GB and 960GB capacity drives to its Force LS line</strong>.</p> <p>They join existing 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB drives, and like those drives, the new capacities come in 7mm high enclosures that can be installed into pretty much any desktop or notebook PC with a standard 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive bay (an adapter is needed for the latter).</p> <p>Performance specs are the same for both new capacities:</p> <ul> <li>Up to 560MB/s sequential read</li> <li>Up to 540MB/s sequential write</li> <li>Up to 84,000 random read IOPS</li> <li>Up to 88,000 random write IOPS</li> </ul> <p>The Force Series LS <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/force-series-ls-960gb-sata-3-6gb-s-ssd-b" target="_blank">960GB</a> and <a href="http://www.corsair.com/en-us/force-series-ls-480gb-sata-3-6gb-s-ssd-b" target="_blank">480GB</a> SSDs should be available soon and priced at $380 and $190, respectively.</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/corsair_adds_960gb_and_480gb_capacity_options_force_ls_ssd_family#comments Build a PC corsair force ls Hardware solid state drive ssd News Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:50:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 29741 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kingston Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Business Users, Announces 960GB Enterprise SSD http://www.maximumpc.com/kingston_rolls_out_red_carpet_business_users_announces_960gb_enterprise_ssd <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_kc310.jpg" alt="Kingston KC310" title="Kingston KC310" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Getting down to business</h3> <p><strong>Kingston this week announced its largest business-class solid state drive to date, the 960GB KC310</strong>. Billed as a true hard drive replacement, the capacious KC310 is powered by a Phison S10 quad-core, eight-channel controller and features a SATA 6Gbps interface. It also comes with firmware-based power loss protection to help maintain data integrity, one of several traits that make it suitable for entry-level servers and datacenter deployments.</p> <p>The drive offers end-to-end data protection via flash error correction and Advanced SmartECC, the latter of which reconstructs defective pages when they're found to be faulty and flash ECC protection fails to recover the uncorrectable errors.</p> <p>As to performance, the KC310 is no slouch -- <a href="http://www.kingston.com/us/company/press/article/7717?Article-Title=Kingston-Digital-Ships-960GB-Business-Class-SSD" target="_blank">Kingston rates</a> its sequential read and write transfers at up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively, along with up to 99,000/96,000 maximum/random 4K read IOPS and up to 89,000/88,000 maximum/random 4K read IOPS. The takeaway from those figures is that Kingston isn't trading performance for enterprise-grade reliability, and claims to offer the best of both worlds.</p> <p>No word yet on when the KC310 will be available or for how much.</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/kingston_rolls_out_red_carpet_business_users_announces_960gb_enterprise_ssd#comments Build a PC Hardware KC310 Kingston solid state drive ssd ssdnow storage News Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:22:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 29740 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus TUF Sabertooth X99 is First Consumer Board to Support NVM Express Storage http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_tuf_sabertooth_x99_first_consumer_board_support_nvm_express_storage_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_tuf_sabertooth_x99.jpg" alt="Asus TUF Sabertooth X99" title="Asus TUF Sabertooth X99" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />For tomorrow's storage</h3> <p><strong>Asus this week unveiled its TUF Sabertooth X99 motherboard</strong>. According to Asus, it's the world's first consumer desktop mobo to support all NVM Express storage devices, including the latest mini-SAS HD (SF-8639) 2.5-inch solid state drives, PCI Express, and M.2 PCI Express drives. The timing of the this board's release comes just days after Intel announced its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_announces_insanely_fast_750_series_solid_state_drive_line_2015" target="_blank">750 Series SSDs</a>, which are available in both half-height half-length (HHHL) and 2.5-inch NVMe form factors.</p> <p>The board also boasts built-in USB 3.1 ports (two on the rear panel) courtesy of an ASMedia chip, though they're not the Type-C variety, plus eight USB 3.0 ports (four at back panel, four at mid-board) and eight USB 2.0 ports.</p> <p>This is also the first board to include TUF Detective, a free companion app that provides detailed system information. You can install the app on a smartphone or tablet and use it to monitor key vitals, as well as detect and diagnose and errors and control the PC's power status. You can even use the app when the PC is turned off.</p> <p>You'll find lots of amenities here, like Dust Defender guards for exposed ports, high-end components for "server-grade reliability," a reinforced backplate with a thermal pad to strengthen the mobo and pull heat away from the back of the 8+2 phase Digi+ voltage regulator module (VRM), and more.</p> <p>The new board will be available soon for $350 MSRP. In the meantime, you can check out its <a href="http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_X99/overview/" target="_blank">product page here</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/asus_tuf_sabertooth_x99_first_consumer_board_support_nvm_express_storage_2015#comments asus Build a PC Hardware motherboard NVM Express storage TUF Sabertooth X99 News Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:27:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 29717 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Announces Insanely Fast 750 Series Solid State Drive Line http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_announces_insanely_fast_750_series_solid_state_drive_line_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_750_series.jpg" alt="Intel 750 Series" title="Intel 750 Series" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />How does 2,400MB/s read performance suit your fancy?</h3> <p>Intel's new 750 Series solid state drives should come with a label that reads, 'Warning, may cause whiplash and <em>will</em> result in uncontrollable giddiness'. After all, <strong>Intel's 750 Series takes center stage as the company's highest performing client SSD to date</strong>, with performance that's more than four times better than that of most SATA-based SSDs. The trick lies in utilizing four lanes of PCIe 3.0 and the NVM Express (NVMe) standard.</p> <p>The 750 Series is available both in add-in card form for systems with an accessible PCIe 3.0 x4 slot and in a 2.5-inch NVMe form factor, though the latter isn't like the majority of 2.5-inch SSDs currently on the market. Instead, it uses the new SFF-8639 connector that's more commonly found in the enterprise. However, you can still use the the drive with an M.2 slot -- Intel provides an SFF-8639 to SFF-8643 (mini SAS) cable and M.2/SATA power connector.</p> <p>In half-height half-length (HHHL) add-in card form, here's the kind of performance you're looking at:</p> <ul> <li>400GB: 2,200MB/s read, 900MB/s write, 430,000 IOPS (read), 230,000 IOPS (write)</li> <li>1.2TB: 2,400MB/s read, 1,200MB/s write, 440,000 IOPS (read), 290,000 IOPS (write)</li> </ul> <p>Note that the first set of read and write metrics are sequential 128KB, and the second set are random 4KB. The same performance metrics (as supplied by Intel) also apply to the 2.5-inch versions.</p> <p>Pricing for the 750 Series is $389 for the 400GB models and $1,029 for the 1.2TB models (either form factor).</p> <p>In addition to the 750 Series, Intel also announced the availability of its 535 Series, available in both M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors. The M.2 models come in 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, and 360GB capacities, while the 2.5-inch versions add a 480GB capacity. The 535 Series uses 16nm NAND flash MLC memory and offer up to 540MB/s read and 490MB/s write performance.</p> <p>Street pricing for the 535 Series runs about $116 for 120GB, $138 for 180GB, $168 for 240GB, $236 for 360GB, and $301 for 480GB.</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/intel_announces_insanely_fast_750_series_solid_state_drive_line_2015#comments 750 Series Build a PC Hardware intel solid state drive ssd storage News Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:36:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 29686 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Ports 850 Evo SSD Over to M.2 and mSATA Form Factors http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_ports_850_evo_ssd_over_m2_and_msata_form_factors_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_evo_2.jpg" alt="Samsung Evo" title="Samsung Evo" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />A power play for ultrathin PCs</h3> <p>Samsung's been on a roll with releasing solid state drives that offer high performance at comparatively reasonable price points. One of those drive series is the <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_brings_3d_nand_mainstream_850_evo_ssd_line_2014">850 Evo</a>, which Samsung is now offering in M.2 and mSATA form factors</strong>. They're about one-tenth the weight of a traditional 2.5-inch SSD, and of course smaller, making them ideal candidates for high performing ultrathin systems.</p> <p>The drives also feature Samsung's 3D V-NAND technology. By stacking 32 cell layers vertically on top of each other, Samsung is able to achieve a greater density and better performance with a smaller footprint compared to trying to continually decrease cell dimensions to fit onto a fixed horizontal space. This is the direction SSDs are going, as Micron and Intel <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/micron_and_intel_pimp_3d_nand_flash_memory_promise_10tb_solid_state_drives_2015">recently announced</a> the availability of 3D NAND flash as well.</p> <p>Samsung is offering its 850 Evo mSATA drives in 1TB, 500GB, 250GB, and 120GB capacities with same read and write speeds as their 2.5-inch equivalents (up to 540MB/s read and up to 520MB/s write). The M.2 versions come in 500GB, 250GB, and 120GB capacities rated to read and write data at up to 540MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively.</p> <p>Also on the topic of performance, the 500GB and 1TB 850 Evo drives use Samsung's TurboWrite technology to achieve random write speeds of up to 88,000 IOPS and random read speeds of up to 97,000 IOPS, which translates into high performance for large data transfers and complex multi-tasking operations.</p> <p>Samsung didn't say how much the drives will cost.</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/samsung_ports_850_evo_ssd_over_m2_and_msata_form_factors_2015#comments 850 evo Build a PC Hardware M.2 msata samsung solid state drive ssd News Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:45:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 29685 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Unveils Limited Edition Gold Edition GeForce GTX 980 Graphics Card http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_unveils_limited_edition_gold_edition_geforce_gtx_980_graphics_card_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_gold_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus Gold GTX 980" title="Asus Gold GTX 980" width="228" height="197" style="float: right;" />Celebrating 20 years of graphics card production</h3> <p>It was in 1995 that Asus introduced its first graphics card, and to celebrate 20 years of graphics card production, <strong>Asus is releasing a limited edition 20th Anniversary Golden Edition GTX 980</strong> that it claims is the fastest of its kind. How fast? Asus cranked the GPU to 1,431MHz, up from Nvidia's reference specification of 1,126MHz. It's even higher than Nvidia's 1,216MHz reference <em>boost</em> clockspeed.</p> <p>The 4GB of GDDR5 memory remains untouched at 7,010MHz on a 256-bit bus, though the clockspeed and gold colored cooling solution aren't the only standouts. The card boasts high quality components that should stand up better to overclocking, and the cooling apparatus boats 0dB fan technology that cools 15 percent better than reference and runs three times quieter, according to Asus. There's also a memory defroster, in case you plan on going nuts with liquid nitrogen.</p> <p>On top of the card is a 20th Anniversary designation. More than just eye candy, it changes color depending on load -- blue is a light load, orange is a medium load, red is a heavy load, and green means you're back in safe mode, or default clocks (you can restore clocks to default with a tap of the Clear VBIOS button).</p> <p>Asus didn't say when the card will be available or for how much, though in the meantime, you can take a trip down memory lane and see see what innovations came out of Asus over the years. For example, did you know that Asus was the first to plop a cooling fan on a graphics card? Or that it was the first to offer a video card with a premium black PCB? These and other fun facts have been assembled <a href="http://www.asus.com/event/VGA/20THANNIVERSARY/" target="_blank">onto a timeline</a>, a neat pit stop before making your way over to the <a href="http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/GOLD20THGTX980P4GD5/" target="_blank">product page</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/asus_unveils_limited_edition_gold_edition_geforce_gtx_980_graphics_card_2015#comments asus Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 980 gold gpu graphics card Hardware News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:49:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 29682 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Quietly Rolls Out New Braswell SoCs and Broadwell CPUs http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_quietly_rolls_out_new_braswell_socs_and_broadwell_cpus_2015 <!--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 process and sport new CPU and GPU architectures that offer higher performance at the same or lower TDPs than Intel's previous generation SoCs.</p> <p>Braswell CPUs consist of the following: one or two CPU modules, GPU, DDR3 memory controller, chipset, and I/O interfaces. Two "Airmont" CPU cores make up each CPU module, which 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="http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2015/2015033101_Intel_quietly_launches_Braswell_processors.html" 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>Essentially these are 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 faster at the same price points, have faster graphics, and add Hyper Threading support.</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/intel_quietly_rolls_out_new_braswell_socs_and_broadwell_cpus_2015#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition is First AMD Motherboard with USB 3.1 http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_970a_sli_krait_edition_first_amd_motherboard_usb_31_2015 <!--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="http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_z97s_sli_krait_edition_motherboard_sophisticated_builds_2014" 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="http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-SLI-Krait-Edition.html#hero-overview" 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="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_970a_sli_krait_edition_first_amd_motherboard_usb_31_2015#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid Gets Wet and Wild with Maxwell http://www.maximumpc.com/evga_geforce_gtx_980_hybrid_gets_wet_and_wild_maxwell_2015 <!--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="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-1989-KR" 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="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=400-HY-H980-B1" target="_blank">available now</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PFGhQQUcWhs" 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/evga_geforce_gtx_980_hybrid_gets_wet_and_wild_maxwell_2015#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com OCZ Vector 180 Solid State Drive Marches Out on a Barefoot 3 Controller http://www.maximumpc.com/ocz_vector_180_solid_state_drive_marches_out_barefoot_3_controller_2015 <!--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="http://ocz.com/consumer/vector-180-sata-3-ssd" target="_blank">here</a> and the SSD Guru download page <a href="http://ocz.com/ssd-guru" target="_blank">here</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/ocz_vector_180_solid_state_drive_marches_out_barefoot_3_controller_2015#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com EVGA's Supernova 650 GS and 550 GS PSUs are the Strong Silent Types http://www.maximumpc.com/evgas_supernova_650_gs_and_550_gs_psus_are_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="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=220-GS-0550-V1" target="_blank">Supernova 550 GS</a> and <a href="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=220-GS-0650-V1" target="_blank">650 GS</a> will be available soon for $90 and $100, respectively.</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/evgas_supernova_650_gs_and_550_gs_psus_are_strong_silent_types#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Intel's Broadwell-Based Core i7 5775C and Core i5 5675C CPUs Rumored to Launch in Q2 http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_broadwell-based_core_i7_5775c_and_core_i5_5675c_cpus_rumored_launch_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="http://chinese.vr-zone.com/146637/intel-lga-1150-broadwell-for-desktop-only-have-i7-5775c-and-i5-5675c-03232015/" target="_blank">report</a> by <em>VR-Zone</em>, <a href="http://wccftech.com/intel-broadwell-core-i7-5775c-core-i5-5675c-processors-iris-pro-graphics-6200-detailed-launching-q2-2015/" 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="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_broadwell-based_core_i7_5775c_and_core_i5_5675c_cpus_rumored_launch_q2#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Corsair Touts Dominator Platinum DDR4 3400MHz RAM for Gigabyte's X99-SOC Champion Motherboard http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_touts_dominator_platinum_ddr4_3400mhz_ram_gigabytes_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="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/corsair_touts_dominator_platinum_ddr4_3400mhz_ram_gigabytes_x99-soc_champion_motherboard#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com Biostar Announces Hi-Fi B85Z5 Motherboard http://www.maximumpc.com/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="http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_kicks_new_gaming_hardware_series_gaming_z97x_motherboard_2015">gamers</a>, overclockers, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_pushes_tb85_motherboard_gamers_and_bitcoin_miners_2014">Bitcoin miners</a>, and even those worried about <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/biostar_motherboards_incorporate_built-_lan_protection_lightning_strikes_2014">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="http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=795" target="_blank">Hi-Fi B85Z5</a> goes for $89 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/biostar_announces_hi-fi_b85z5_motherboard#comments Biostar Build a PC Hardware Hi-Fi B85Z5 motherboard News Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:53:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 29625 at http://www.maximumpc.com UPDATED: Cougar Chases Small Form Factor Market with QBX Computer Case http://www.maximumpc.com/updated_cougar_chases_small_form_factor_market_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="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/updated_cougar_chases_small_form_factor_market_qbx_computer_case#comments 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 http://www.maximumpc.com