Build a PC en Forget the Picture Frame, Use Lian Li's O Series Chassis to Hang a PC on Your Wall <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-o7s.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-O7S" title="Lian Li PC-O7S" width="228" height="220" style="float: right;" />An open air wall-mountable chassis</h3> <p>Have you ever thought about hanging your PC components on a wall? Admittedly I have a time or three, though I've never attempted it because, quite frankly, it'd be a lot of work to secure each and every component on a bare wall, and then make it all look nice to boot. It looks like <strong>Lian Li read my mind -- the company's new O Series open-air cases are wall-mountable</strong> (and also a work in progress).</p> <p>There are four different models: the mini-ITX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O5</a>, mini-ITX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O5S</a>, micro-ATX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O6S</a>, and the ATX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O7S</a>. All of them are in the prototype stage, as Lian Li looks for user feedback from the DIY community as it fleshes out and tweaks a final design.</p> <p>Though they're built for different form factors, each case is similar in overall design. They all feature an oversized tempered glass window so that visitors can spy the entire build. And to keep it slim, graphics cards are installed parallel to the motherboard through a PCI riser card and extension.</p> <p>Cases with an "S" suffix denote water cooling compatibility, with the PC-O5S supporting radiators up to 240mm; the PC-O6S and PC-O7S support radiators up to 360mm.</p> <p>Wall mounting any of the O Series cases is optional (you'll probably want a wireless mouse and keyboard if going that route), as they can also be placed on a desk in the vertical position using an included aluminum stand with rubber grip, or horizontally on four attachable feet with rubber padding.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>No word on when Lian Li might bring these case to market or what the MSRPs will be.</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 enclosure Hardware Lian Li o series News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 29112 at Best of the Best: Now Updated! <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/best.jpg" alt="Best" title="Best" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Maximum PC's "Best of the Best" List Gets Updated</h3> <p>The holiday shopping is in full swing, and though Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both come and gone, deals and savings are all over the place. If you're going to shop for computer hardware, this is one of the best times of the year to do it. And as an added bonus, you can write some of this stuff off on your taxes if you're building a new system for work chores.</p> <p>Deciding to buy new hardware is the easy part. Where it gets difficult is in deciding <em>which</em> hardware to purchase. To help make things easier for you, we've gone and updated our "Best of the Best" list one last time for 2014. We have refreshed entries for graphics cards, CPUs, motherboards, and storage.</p> <p>You can check out all of our new pics in the gallery below, though keep in mind this is a small sample of the complete list, which you can <a href="" target="_blank">view here</a>. And hey, we know these things tend to stir up controversy, so if have a different pick in any given category, feel free to post it in the comments section along with a note as to why you think it's the best.</p> best of the best Build a PC features gallery Hardware maximum pc Features Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:32:27 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff and Paul Lilly 29010 at Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 Lets You Choose Air or Water Cooling for $640 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_poseidon_gtx_980_0.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Choose your own adventure (in cooling)</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O</strong>, a hybrid thermal solution that lets users choose between air or water cooling. The cooler sports a custom vapor chamber that comes in direct contact with the card's GPU for better heat dispersal, while copper heat pipes and extended cooling fins help whisk heat out and away from the card.</p> <p>Using water cooling, Asus ROG says the Poseidon GTX 980 can achieve temperatures that are up to 27C lower compared to reference, which the company claims will translate into up to 10 percent faster performance in Watch Dogs and 7 percent in Battlefield 4 (through less throttling, presumably).</p> <p>Asus said it used high end components for longevity -- things like black metallic solid state capacitors, 10-phase Super Alloy Power chokes, hardened MOSFETs, and Digi+ VRM for clean and stable voltage. There's also a tough backplate made of aluminum alloy and a die-cast thermal armor with thermal pads to prevent bending.</p> <p>The Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 980 will be available soon for $640 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> air cooling asus Build a PC games graphics card Hardware poseidon gtx 980 Republic of Gamers ROG Video Card water cooling News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 29103 at Lite-On to Unveil Zeta Solid State Drive for Consumers at CES <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lite-on_zeta.jpg" alt="Lite-On Zeta" title="Lite-On Zeta" width="228" height="210" style="float: right;" />Look for Lite-On to light up the SSD scene</h3> <p>Tired of seeing the same old players participate in the solid state drive wars? If so, you'll be glad to know another warrior is entering the battlefield. That warrior is <strong>Lite-On</strong>, and come CES, the company that's perhaps best known for manufacturing affordable optical drives (dating back to when optical drives weren't necessarily affordable) <strong>will try its hand at making consumer grade SSDs</strong>.</p> <p>The company partially spilled the beans in a <a href="" target="_blank">press release</a> on its website, saying it will unveil "ultra high-speed" SSDs featuring True Speed Technology.</p> <p>"TrueSpeed is a technology that works to prevent the drastic write speed degradation that can occur with SSDs and delivers highly stabilized long-term performance, which provides enterprise, corporate, and OEM customers with a real-world performance advantage," Lite-On explained.</p> <p>Chinese-language website <a href=";tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;;edit-text=&amp;act=url" target="_blank"><em></em></a> tipped the can all the way over and spilled the rest of the beans. If the site's information proves accurate, Lite-On's first consumer SSD will be called Zeta. It will use Hynix 16nm MLC flash memory and come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. All three will offer up to 520MB/s read transfers, while write speeds will be rated at up to 150MB/s for the 128GB model, 290MB/s for the 256GB model, and 430MB/s for the 512MB model.</p> <p>Lite-On isn't going after the speed crown obviously, and instead is focusing on price. While it's early, pricing at the moment looks to convert to around $71 (128GB), $129 (256GB) and $258 (512GB) -- respectable, though not spectacular by any means. Here's crossing our fingers that domestic and street pricing end up a bit lower.</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 CES consumer electronics show Hardware Lite-on solid state drive ssd storage zeta News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:11:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 29100 at Corsair Coughs Up Pricing Details for Neutron XT SSD Series <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_building_0.jpg" alt="Corsair Building" title="Corsair Building" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />High performance drives at mid-range price points</h3> <p>It's been about a month since Corsair first began showing off its Neutron XT solid state drive family, and at the time, the company wasn't ready to talk about pricing details. That's a secret Corsair can't keep forever -- the drives are reportedly supposed to launch to public in the coming weeks -- so last night, <strong>Corsair spilled the beans on how much its Neutron XT SSD line will street for</strong>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>Legit Reviews</em></a>, Corsair let it be known that the Neutron XT 240GB will go for $150, which breaks down to about $0.62 percent gigabyte. The 480GB and 960GB capacities will go for $270 and $540, respectively, both of which check in at around $0.56 per gigabyte.</p> <p>The prices compare favorably to Samsung's new 850 Pro SSD line available in 1TB ($.60 per gigabyte), 512GB ($0.66 per gigabyte), and 256GB ($0.68 per gigabyte) capacities, and offer similar performance metrics.</p> <p>Corsair's Neutron XT line uses a new Phison PS-3110-S10 controller paired with Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND flash memory. The combination results in up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write performance, along with 100,000 IOPS read an 90,000 IOPs write.</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 Hardware neutron xt solid state drive ssd storage News Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:53:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 29082 at Seagate Preps 8TB Hard Drive for Shipment, Bargain Priced at $260 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/seagate_8tb_archive_hdd.jpg" alt="Seagate 8TB Archive HDD" title="Seagate 8TB Archive HDD" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Mass storage at just 3 cents per gigabyte</h3> <p>Solid state drives (SSD) are where it's at in terms of performance, but the reason they can't shove mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) out of the market is because of price. Even after NAND flash memory took a nose dive, the price-per-gigabyte of an HDD is far superior to that of an SDD, and when <strong>Seagate's 8TB ships</strong>, that fact will be will be underscored, highlighted, bolded, and everything else.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>ExtremeTech</em></a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">8TB drive</a> will launch with a price of $260, presumably MSRP. Folks, that breaks down to mere pennies per gigabyte -- just over 3 cents to be exact. On top of that, you get a three-year warranty, low power consumption, NCQ support, self-encryption, and other goodies.</p> <p>The drive is really intended for cloud storage chores. It uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology, has a SATA 6Gbps interface, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, 128MB of cache, and a 5,900 RPM spindle speed. It's being billed as an "Archive Hard Drive," which essentially trades performance for reliable and cheap storage.</p> <p>Though they're intended for cloud chores, retailers will soon offer them to home consumers. As it stands, it looks like they'll be available to purchase next month.</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> 8tb Build a PC Hard Drive Hardware HDD seagate storage News Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:12:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 29077 at Asus Pairs GeForce GTX 750 Graphics Card with Passive Cooler <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_geforce_gtx_750_passive.jpg" alt="Asus GeForce GTX 750 Passive" title="Asus GeForce GTX 750 Passive" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />Keep it hush</h3> <p>Do you know what's a great sound when you pass by a home theater PC, or really any type of system for that matter? Trick question -- the answer is nothing, which is what you expect to hear from a silently configured computer. To help you build one, <strong>Asus has released a passively cooled version of the GeForce GTX 750</strong> (GTX750-DCSL-2GD5), or at least it's going to. There's a product page for the card on the company's website, just no press release or domestic retailer listing (yet) that we can find.</p> <p>We stumbled upon the card over at <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a>, a news and rumor site that itself credits Chinese-language website <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a> for first spotting the card. Between the three of us, we've been unable to locate the card selling online in the U.S., though we expect that to change in the near-term considering there exists an official product page and at least one overseas listing.</p> <p>The GeForce GTX 750 is essentially a somewhat gimped version of the Nvidia's Maxwell GM107 GPU with 512 CUDA cores. Asus stuck with Nvidia's reference parameters by keeping the base and boost clocks at 1020MHz and 1085MHz, respectively. The card also boasts <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">1GB</span> 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5010MHz on a 128-bit bus, resulting in 80Gbps of memory bandwidth.</p> <p>So it's a standard GTX 750, in other words, but with a fanless DirectCU Silent cooler that Asus claims lowers temps by 16 percent compared to "conventional passive cards," though there's no mention of how it compares to Nvidia's reference cooler. Cooling is also aided by "exclusively formulated" premium alloys in power delivery components, Asus says.</p> <p>No word on price in the U.S., though the non-passive version from Asus streets for around $115 to $125.</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> asus Build a PC cooling directcu ii geforce gtx 750 graphics card Hardware silent computing Video Card News Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:36:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 29068 at Samsung Brings 3D NAND to Mainstream with 850 Evo SSD Line <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_850_evo.jpg" alt="Samsung 850 Evo" title="Samsung 850 Evo" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />New SSD line starts at $100</h3> <p><strong>Samsung's 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology</strong> is no longer reserved for just its premium solid state drives (SSDs). With the introduction of its <strong>affordable 850 Evo SSD family</strong>, mainstream customers now have access to the same technology that was previously only found in Samsung's 850 Pro line released earlier this year. What that ultimately means for consumers is access to SSDs that are presumably more reliable and less expensive.</p> <p>As opposed to the 2D planar NAND found in the 840 Evo, Samsung's new 850 Pro utilizes NAND flash memory stacked vertically 32 layers high. This allows for higher density in the same or smaller packages, and also improved reliability since the NAND cells that store bits aren't packed so tightly together. According to Samsung, drive endurance in the 850 Evo line is twice that of its predecessor, along with a 25 percent improvement in power efficiency.</p> <p>The Samsung 850 Evo series comes in 1TB, 500GB, 250GB, and 120GB capacities. All four capacities sport the following performance ratings:</p> <ul> <li>Sequential Read: Up to 540MB/s</li> <li>Sequential Write: Up to 520MB/s</li> <li>4KB Random Read (QD1): Up to 10,000 IOPS</li> <li>4K Random Write (QD!): Up to 40,000 IOPS</li> </ul> <p>The 1TB and 500GB capacities also offer 4KB random read (QD32) performance of up to 98,000 IOPS, while the 250GB and 120GB boast up to 97,000 IOPs and up to 94,000 IOPs, respectively. For 4KB random write (QD32) performance, the 1TB and 500GB are rated for up to 90,000 IOPS, while the 250GB and 120GB are both rated for up to 88,000 IOPS.</p> <p>Pricing for the <a href="" target="_blank">850 Evo</a> has been set at $100 (120GB), $150 (250GB), $270 (500GB), and $500 (1TB).</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> 3d nand 850 evo Build a PC flash memory Hardware samsung solid state drive ssd storage News Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:10:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 29050 at Endurance Test Shows Your SSD Might Have Legs to Last 1,000 Years <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kingston_hyperx_3k_ssd.jpg" alt="Kingston HyperX 3K SSD" title="Kingston HyperX 3K SSD" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />Examining the lifespan of SSDs</h3> <p>Solid state storage (SSD) drives are relative newcomers to the storage scene compared to media like mechanical hard disk drives. So the question remains, are SSDs reliable? Barring a time machine and enough plutonium to keep it running, it's a tough question to answer. In the absence of a DoLorean equipped to race back and forth in time, the next best way to test SSDs for endurance is to bombard them with writes. Turns out such a test is taking place with <strong>two SSDs having survived 2 petabytes of write tests</strong> so far.</p> <p>The curious folk at <em>TechReport</em> started <a href="" target="_blank">endurance testing</a> a batch of SSDs a year ago. They started off with SSDs from the Corsair Neutron Series GTX, Intel 335 Series, Kingston HyperX 3K, and Samsung 840 Series. The two that are left standing are the Kingston and Samsung drives, both of which have surpassed 2 petabytes of writes and are still going strong.</p> <p>To give you an idea of longevity, most consumer SSDs will process up to a couple of terabytes every few years. To write 2 petabytes of data under normal use scenarios, you'd be looking at about 1,000 years.</p> <p>Luck of the draw plays a factor, as <em>TechReport</em>'s first HyperX 3K SSD died after reaching 728TB. Nevertheless, that's a lot of data, and like the other four drives that died during the endurance test, it "vastly" exceeded its official endurance specifications.</p> <p>"More importantly, the drives all survived far more writes than most users are likely to generate. Typical consumers shouldn't worry about exceeding the endurance of modern SSDs," <em>TechReport</em> writes.</p> <p>Granted, this is just one test and the sample size is pretty small to draw definitive conclusions from, but the results are certainly promising.</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 Hardware reliablity solid state drive ssd storage News Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:30:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 29043 at Asus Teases Matrix Platinum GTX 980 Graphics Card in Pictures <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_matrix_platinum_gtx_980_box.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980 Box" title="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980 Box" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />Early look at Asus' upcoming graphics card</h3> <p><strong>Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) says that online reviews of its new <a href="" target="_blank">Matrix Platinum GTX 980 graphics card</a> will hit the web next week</strong>, though in the meantime, it's providing a couple of press photos for an early look. The graphics card maker also revealed some specs about the high-end card, including the fact that it boasts a custom PCB with a 14-phase Super Alloy Power VRM and Black Metallic capacitors.</p> <p>This is a card that LN2 enthusiasts might be interested in, as it sports a memory defroster. Overclockers will also appreciate its safe mode feature for when things go wrong, along with things like the ROG color-coded load indicator and ROG Edition GPU Tweak. For those who don't plan to go crazy with LN2, the card will keep its cool with Asus ROG's DirectCU II cooler with CoolTech fan and 10mm matte-black heat pipes.</p> <p>Oddly enough, Asus didn't reveal the GPU's base clockspeed, though did say its boost clock is configured for 1,342MHz, up from Nvidia's reference clock of 1,216MHz. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory is set at 7,010MHz (effective), same as reference.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_matrix_platinum_gtx_980.jpg" alt="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980" title="Asus ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980" width="620" height="422" /></p> <p>Finally, the card will feature three DisplayPort connectors, along with HDMI and dual-link DVI-I display outputs.</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> asus Build a PC graphics card Hardware matrix gtx 980 Video Card News Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:05:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 29039 at Asus Points Shrink Ray at GeForce GTX 970, Now Comes in Mini ITX Form <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_geforce_gtx_970_dc_mini.jpg" alt="Asus GeForce GTX 970 DC Mini" title="Asus GeForce GTX 970 DC Mini" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Maxwell gets the mini ITX treatment</h3> <p>The mini ITX form factor has been gaining some serious street cred as of late. Of course, it was only a matter of time, with advances in technology leading to increasingly smaller parts that are much more powerful than their sizes suggest. <strong>The newest tiny treat for mini ITX builders is the <a href="" target="_blank">Asus GeForce GTX 970 CD Mini</a><a style="&quot;float:" title="&quot;Asus" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong>, a small form factor graphics card that willl be right at home in your mini ITX motherboard.</p> <p>It measures just 17cm in length, making for an easy fit inside a compact gaming PC. And not only is the card rocking Nvidia's Maxwell architecture underneath the hood, it also received Asus' DirectCU custom cooling treatment. According to Asus, the DirectCU cooler with vapor chamber offers 20 percent cooler temps and a "vastly quieter" experience compared to reference.</p> <p>Asus didn't gimp the card, either. The GPU is actually overclocked to 1,088MHz base and 1,228MHz boost, up from Nvidia's reference blueprint that calls for 1,050MHz base and 1,178MHz boost clockspeeds. It's also paired with 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7,010MHz (effective) on a 256-bit bus for 224GB/s of memory bandwidth (same as reference).</p> <p>Connectivity options consist of DVI-I and DVI-D ports (one each), HDMI, and DisplayPort.</p> <p>No word yet on the card's price or availability. As points of reference, the Asus Strix GeForce GTX 970 (full size) commands about $350 street. Gigabyte also makes a mini ITX variant of the GTX 970 (GIGABYTE GV-N970IXOC-4GD), and that one streets for around $340.</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> asus Build a PC geforce gtx 970 graphics card Hardware mini itx nvidia News Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:37:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29027 at Acer's B286HK 28-inch 4K Falls to $350 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_b386hk.jpg" alt="Acer B286HK" title="Acer B286HK" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />A big price drop on a 4K monitor</h3> <p>It's not the version with Nvidia's G-Sync technology baked inside, but <strong>Acer's B286HK 28-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor is selling for just $349 on Newegg today</strong>. That's a pretty hot price for a 3840x2160 monitor that's capable of 4K video at 60 FPS over DsiplayPort 1.2. It's an especially good deal when you consider its original selling price of $699, though we've seen it on the street for as low as $450 (Provantage) prior to today's sale price.</p> <p>Could this be an indication of things to come? It appears that 4K panel pricing is on a rapid decline, and that's fine by us. At the same time, what we're really interested in are the next generation models that will hopefully increase the refresh rate and come with IPS panels at a reasonable price.</p> <p>Acer's model uses a TN panel -- a bit of a bummer, though at $349 for 28 inches of 4K real estate, it's hard to be too critical of the specs. Other features include a 2ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness, built in speakers, and a stand with tilt, swivel, height, and pivot support.</p> <p>The monitor is been <a href="" target="_blank">in and out of stock</a> throughout the day. At the time of this writing, it's showing as in-stock.</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> 4k Acer b286hk Build a PC display Hardware monitor Newegg uhd ultra hd News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:34:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 29001 at AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Receive Surprise Price Cut, Now Street Below $800 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/his_radeon_r9_295x2.jpg" alt="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" title="HIS Radeon R9 295X2" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 drops another $200</h3> <p>Is the best offense a good defense, or is the best defense a good offense? We're not sure, though it looks like AMD has decided to run with the latter -- <strong>dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cards can now be found on Newegg for around $770</strong>, seemingly indicating that AMD has gone on the offensive and slashed the price of its flagship card by about another $200. Bear in mind that when these cards launched earlier this year, they were selling for nearly twice as much at $1,500.</p> <p>There has been <a href="">chatter</a> that AMD will release new Hawaii cards next year, though heading into the holiday shopping season, the company doesn't have any GPUs on tap, at least none that we're aware of. That could be one reason for the sizable price cut.</p> <p>The least expensive 295X2 on Newegg is the <a href=";cm_re=radeon_r9_295x2-_-14-161-458-_-Product" target="_blank">HIS Radeon R9 295X2</a>. It's listed at $770 with free shipping, no rebate or coupon code required, and it comes with Civilization: Beyond Earth. The card also qualifies for AMD's Gold tier Never Settle Space Edition, which lets you choose three additional games from a selection of titles that include Thief, Watchdog, PayDay 2, Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, and more.</p> <p>VisionTek, XFX, Sapphire, and Diamond also offer models on Newegg for at least a penny below $800.</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 gpu graphics card Hardware price cut radeon r9 295x2 Video Card News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:58:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28983 at ASRock X99 WS-E/10G Motherboard Features Four LAN Ports with Teaming Support <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asrock_x99_ws-e_10g.jpg" alt="ASRock X99 wS-E/10G Motherboard" title="ASRock X99 wS-E/10G Motherboard" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />A board that lets you stick it to the LAN</h3> <p>If you've always wanted a hybrid workstation motherboard with four LAN ports, ASRock today has answered the call. A former subsidiary of Asus, <strong>ASRock today announced its X99 WS-E/10GB motherboard with dual Intel 10G BASE-T LAN ports</strong> powered by an Intel X540 Ethernet controller chip, <strong>plus dual Intel gigabit LAN ports</strong> powered by a pair of Intel I210AT Ethernet controller chips.</p> <p>You typically only find 10G BASE-T LAN ports on server boards, though ASRock is billing the X99 WS-E/10G as a hybrid motherboard that's equally suited for home enthusiasts.&nbsp; It's a bit of a future proofing play on the network side, if you're into that sort of thing, though ASRock says you can use Teaming to combine all four LAN ports for a super 22Gbps connection.</p> <p>"By running IxChariot to test our quad LAN setup's Internet bandwidth, we've reached a mind blowing 20,360MB/s!," <a href="" target="_blank">ASRock said</a>.</p> <p>ASRock's latest board boasts a 12-phase power design and supports 4-way SLI or CrossFireX. It's an LGA 2011-3 socket motherboard (Haswell-E), has eight DDR4 memory slots with quad-channel ECC technology, a dozen SATA 6Gbps ports, a single SATA Express 10Gb/s connector, and a PCIe Gen2 x4 M.2 slot.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</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> asrock Build a PC Hardware Intel 10G BASE-T lan motherboard X99 WS-E/10G News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:38:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28982 at Fractal Design Debuts Define R5 PC Case for Quiet Computing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_r5.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define R5" title="Fractal Design Define R5" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />A mid-tower for quiet types</h3> <p><strong>Fractal-Design added a new enclosure to its quiet oriented Define Series today, the Define R5</strong>, which supposedly boasts the highest level of silent computing yet. That claim comes from the Define R5's use of strategically paced dense sound-absorbing material, updated "ModuVent" fan vent covers, and new Dynamic Series fans that are finely tuned for low noise and aided by an integrated three-speed fan controller.</p> <p>The Define R5 can hold up to eight 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives through cages that can be removed or relocated, plus another two 2.5-inch SSDs in tool-free mounts behind the motherboard tray. Same goes with the optical disc drive cage -- it too can be removed for more internal space or to accommodate an HDD drive cage.</p> <p>Cooling is handled by two included Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans that occupy a pair of the nine fan mounts. If you're into liquid cooling, the Define R5 can house radiators up to 420mm in the top, 360mm in the front, to 240mm in the bottom, and up to 140mm in the rear.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Define R5</a> is available with a side window for $120 or without a window for $110.</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 define r5 enclosure fractal design Hardware quiet computing silence News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:25:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28980 at