Gaming http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/178/ en MSI's GT80 Titan is World First Laptop to Sport a Mechanical Keyboard http://www.maximumpc.com/msis_gt80_titan_world_first_laptop_sport_mechanical_keyboard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gt80_titan.jpg" alt="MSI GT80 Titan" title="MSI GT80 Titan" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />Finally, a gaming laptop with a mechanical plank!</h3> <p>Call us keyboard snobs if you will, but once you've experienced the pleasure of typing on a mechanical keyboard, it's difficult to go back to those squishy membrane planks. Peripheral makers have stepped up to the plate with plenty of mechanical models in the past few years, though <strong>MSI gets a virtual high-five for being the first to plop a mechanical keyboard on a gaming laptop</strong>.</p> <p>MSI's GT80 Titan uses Cherry MX Brown key switches, which are known for being light, tactile, and non-clicky. It's a popular switch among gamers because of their tactile response while remaining relatively quiet compared to Cherry MX Blue switches, which are loud by comparison.</p> <p>Little else is known about the 18.4-inch GT80 Titan, at least on an official basis. Rumor has it the GT80 Titan may wield a GTX 980 SLI configuration and up to 32GB of RAM. Given the laptop's size, we're betting on this being a full-blown desktop replacement.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability, only that it's "<a href="http://event.msicomputer.com/gt80titan/" target="_blank">coming soon</a>," according to the GT80 Titan's teaser page.</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/msis_gt80_titan_world_first_laptop_sport_mechanical_keyboard_2014#comments cherry mx brown Gaming gt80 titan Hardware laptop mechanical keyboard msi notebook OEM rigs News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:51:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28815 at http://www.maximumpc.com Razer Announces Leviathan 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar for Gamers http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_announces_leviathan_51_channel_surround_sound_bar_gamers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_leviathon.jpg" alt="Razer Leviathan" title="Razer Leviathan" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Finally, a new speaker option for PCs</h3> <p>Sometimes it feels like speaker makers have forgotten about PC gamers. Long gone are the days when multimedia speaker announcements were fairly common, but don't despair, not all companies have hightailed it out of the PC gaming space in a Klipsch-like fashion. Gaming peripheral maker <strong>Razer has been dabbling in audio and its newest product announcement is the Leviathan, a 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound bar</strong> for gaming and movies.</p> <p>Razer says it's easy to reposition the Leviathan for any situation, be it under a desktop monitor or in the living room where you might be rocking a PC gaming console. Wherever you place it, the Leviathan brings two 2.5-inch full range drivers and a pair of 0.74-inch tweeters to the party, plus a 5.25-inch downward firing subwoofer.</p> <p>"The opportunity to produce a precision-engineered surround sound solution for high-performance gaming, movie watching and music listening, and make it versatile to use in any setting, was a very exciting proposition for us," <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-introduces-leviathan-sound-bar-for-surround-sound-gaming-movies-and-wireless-music-streaming" target="_blank">says Min-Liang Tan</a>, Razer co-founder and CEO. "The Razer Leviathan delivers what music aficionados, movie buffs and gamers alike are looking for to improve their entertainment setup."</p> <p><a href="http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-leviathan" target="_blank">Razer's Leviathan</a> is available to <a href="http://www.razerzone.com/store/razer-leviathan" target="_blank">pre-order now for $199</a> and will ship in November.</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/razer_announces_leviathan_51_channel_surround_sound_bar_gamers_2014#comments audio Gaming Hardware leviathan razer sound bar surround News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:07:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28799 at http://www.maximumpc.com Tickets to ‘Intel Extreme Masters San Jose’ Now Available http://www.maximumpc.com/tickets_%E2%80%98intel_extreme_masters_san_jose%E2%80%99_now_available_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_extreme_masters.jpg" alt="Intel Extreme Masters" title="Intel Extreme Masters" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />Up to 12,000 seats are available</h3> <p><strong>Intel dropped us a line today to let us know that tickets for the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose e-sports event are now available</strong>. The tournament will play out in the SAP Center (home of the San Jose Sharks NHL team) from December 6-7 and will feature white-knuckle action from League of Legends and StarCraft II. Ahead of the event, members of the community will be allowed to vote for the League of Legends LCS teams they want to see compete.</p> <p>There will be six teams representing three regions competing in the League of Legends tournament. They include North American LCS champions Team SoloMid along with a community-voted North American LCS team, European LCS champions Alliance along with a community-voted European team, and two teams from South American qualifiers. Fan voting wil be begin tomorrow at the <a href="http://intelextrememasters.com/" target="_blank">Intel Extreme Masters website</a>.</p> <p>StarCraft II gaming will also be featured. That tournament will include a mix of veterans and rising star players from around the world, Intel says.</p> <p>"We are proud to be delivering an e-sports event in a major US arena. With our stage layout we are looking at a capacity of about 12,000 seats. If we sell out, this will be one of the largest Western e-sports events of all time," said Michal Blicharz, Director of Pro Gaming at ESL.</p> <p>Tickets go on sale today starting at $36 for StarCraft II and $40 for League of Legends; premium seating is available for $150 and $250, respectively. See <a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C004D5AD5632A5C" target="_blank">Ticketmaster</a> for more information.</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/tickets_%E2%80%98intel_extreme_masters_san_jose%E2%80%99_now_available_2014#comments extreme masters Gaming intel league oflegends StarCraft II tournament News Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:41:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28798 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPowerPC Offers Up Affordable Fangbook III HX6 Laptop for Gamers http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpc_offers_affordable_fangbook_iii_hx6_laptop_gamers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fangbook_iii.jpg" alt="CyberPowerPC Fangbook III" title="CyberPowerPC Fangbook III" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />Fangbook III HX6 packs a bite</h3> <p>Gone are the days when the only gaming laptops on the block are the ones that carry ultra-premium price tags. These days you can get gaming goodness on the go for relatively cheap, at least compared to what these systems used to cost. Such is underscored by <strong>CyberPowerPC's new Fangbook III HX6, a 15.6-inch laptop for gamers</strong> equipped with an Intel Core i7 4700MQ processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and starting price of $1,100.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC says its latest Fangbook comes with some features of special interest to gamers. These include an automatic kickstand that deploys when the notebook is opened to prop up the rear edge of the laptop to allow air to flow freely through the intakes, and shortcut keys to adjust cooling, backlight settings, and to underclock the CPU.</p> <p>In addition to the Core i7 4700MQ CPU and GeForce GTX 860M GPU, the new Fangbook model sports 8GB of RAM (expandable to 16GB), 1TB hard drive (7200 RPM), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8.1. A few upgrade options are available, including SSD solutions and faster CPU choices.</p> <p>CyberPowerPC's Fangbook III HX6 is <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/FANGBOOK_III_HX6-100_Gaming_Notebook/" target="_blank">available now</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowerpc_offers_affordable_fangbook_iii_hx6_laptop_gamers_2014#comments cyberpowerpc fangbook iii hx6 Gaming Hardware laptop notebook OEM rigs News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:42:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 28777 at http://www.maximumpc.com Activision Recommends Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or Higher to Play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare http://www.maximumpc.com/activision_recommends_nvidia_geforce_gtx_760_or_higher_play_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cod_advancedwarfare.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Is your system up to snuff?</h3> <p>Activision caught a few gamers off guard when it posted <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_posts_minimum_system_requirements_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014">minimum system requirements</a> on Steam for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Specifically, the 6GB of RAM and 55GB of hard drive space seemed like steep requirements just to meet the minimum. Ready for some good news? You won't need any additional storage space to meet <strong>Activision's recommended system requirements for CoD: Advanced Warfare</strong>. However, you will need a well equipped machine.</p> <p>As a refresher, here's a look at the minimum requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit</li> <li>Intel Core i3 530 @ 2.93GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.6GHz</li> <li>6GB RAM</li> <li>Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 5870 @ 1GB</li> <li>DirectX Version 11</li> <li>Broadband Internet connection</li> <li>55GB available space</li> <li>DirectX compatible sound card</li> </ul> <p>And here's a look at the <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/209650/" target="_blank">newly posted</a> recommended requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit</li> <li>Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.3GHz</li> <li>8GB RAM</li> <li>Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 @ 4GB</li> <li>DirectX Version 11</li> <li>Broadband Internet connection</li> <li>55GB available space</li> <li>100 percent DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card</li> </ul> <p>While the storage space didn't change, there's a bump in RAM to 8GB, along with the recommendations for a faster CPU and GPU combination.</p> <p>This could be where newer games are trending. <a href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=917377" target="_blank">According to <em>Neogaf</em></a>, the Korean distributor of Ubisoft Korea listed minimum and recommended specs for Assassin's Creed: Unity, and they're pretty burly. More specifically, you'll need an Intel Core i5 2500K or AMD FX-8350, 6GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970, and 50GB of storage space to meet the minimum, and an Intel Core i7 3770 or AMD FX-8350, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon R9 290X to meet the recommended requirements.</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/activision_recommends_nvidia_geforce_gtx_760_or_higher_play_call_duty_advanced_warfare_2014#comments activision call of duty: advanced warfare Gaming Hardware Software News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:01:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 28774 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gigabyte Aims Shrink Ray at Maxwell, Ends Up with a Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970 http://www.maximumpc.com/gigabyte_aims_shrink_ray_maxwell_ends_mini_itx_geforce_gtx_970_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gigabyte_gtx_970_mini_itx.jpg" alt="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" title="Gigabyte Mini ITX GeForce GTX 970" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Tiny graphics card packs a Maxwell-sized bite</h3> <p>It's not the size of the graphics card that matters, but the potency of the GPU inside, right? We'll find out when we get our hands on <strong>Gigabyte's mini ITX variant of the GeForce GTX 970</strong> (GV-N970IXOC-4GD). Though it's tiny by comparison to a full size GeForce GTX 970 video card, Gigabyte's mini ITX version is actually overclocked to run at a base clockspeed of 1076MHz and a boost clockspeed of 1216MHz.</p> <p>Nvidia's reference design calls for a 1051MHz base clockspeed and 1178MHz boost clockspeed. Granted, Gigabyte's overclock isn't anything crazy, but considering the size of the card, even just running at stock clocks would have been noteworthy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-mini-itx-gtx970-oc,27915.html" target="_blank">According to <em>TomsHardware</em></a>, the cooler is likely based on Gigabyte's WindForce 3X design, except that it only has one fan instead of three. There's an aluminum fin arry underneath, along with a Triangle Cool design to manipulate airflow more effectively.</p> <p>Apparently it works -- Gigabyte claims the card ran at 62C during a Metro Last Light benchmark, compared to a reference card running at 76C in the same test. That kind of cooling potential bodes well for a mini ITX system that's short on space with limited airflow.</p> <p>Gigabyte has priced the card at $330 and will start shipping it next month.</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/gigabyte_aims_shrink_ray_maxwell_ends_mini_itx_geforce_gtx_970_2014#comments Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 970 gigabyte graphics card Hardware mini itx Video Card News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:27:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28768 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia GeForce 344.48 WHQL Driver Now Available to Download http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_34448_whql_driver_now_available_download <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_gpu_2.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GPU" title="Nvidia GeForce GPU" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />New driver release brings Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) to Kepler and Fermi</h3> <p><strong>Nvidia today made available its "Game Ready" GeForce 344.48 WHQL driver</strong>, which among other things brings support for Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) to desktop graphics cards based on the company's Kepler and Fermi architectures. DSR is a featured that was rolled out with Nvidia's Maxwell launch, and what it does is render games at a higher, more detail resolution and then shrinks them down to the resolution of your monitor.</p> <p>The GPU maker's bold claim is that DSR can give you 4K (3840x2160) quality graphics on any screen, including your Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) panel.</p> <p>"Enthusiasts with compatible monitors and technical know-how refer to this process as Downsampling or Super Sampling. DSR drastically improves upon this process by applying a high-quality filter specifically designed for the task," <a href="http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/dynamic-super-resolution-instantly-improves-your-games-with-4k-quality-graphics" target="_blank">Nvidia explains</a>. "DSR also makes the process simpler with on/off integration built directly into GeForce Experience and it's compatible with all monitors, removes the need for technical know-how, and is integrated into GeForce Experience's Optimal Playable Settings."</p> <p>You can view a demonstration of this technology <a href="http://international.download.nvidia.com/geforce-com/international/comparisons/dynamic-super-resolution/nvidia-dynamic-super-resolution-comparison-enlarged.html" target="_blank">here</a> -- drag the slider left and right to see how DSR affects the visual quality of the grass.</p> <p>Nvidia's latest driver also adds a bunch of application and 3D Vision profiles, along with 3D compatibility mode support for Dead Rising 3 and Strife.</p> <p><a href="http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/78873" target="_blank">Driver Download</a><br /><a href="http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/344.48/344.48-win8-win7-winvista-desktop-release-notes.pdf" target="_blank">Release Notes (PDF)</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/nvidia_geforce_34448_whql_driver_now_available_download#comments driver Gaming geforce 344.48 nvidia Software whql News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:10:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 28765 at http://www.maximumpc.com Satechi Announces Ultra Affordable Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse http://www.maximumpc.com/satechi_announces_ultra_affordable_edge_wireless_gaming_mouse_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/satechi_edge.jpg" alt="Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse" title="Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse" width="228" height="145" style="float: right;" />A gaming rodent without the premium price tag</h3> <p>Want to increase the value of your product? Call it a "gaming" device and it's suddenly worth much more than your original asking price. Or so it seems when shopping for peripherals like keyboards, headsets, and mice. However, not all so-called gaming products carry top-shelf price tags<strong> -- Satechi just announced the immediate availability of its Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse</strong> for $20 MSRP.</p> <p>The Edge sports a "Gaming Mode" that allows users to press the "Turbo Button" to double-click with just one keystroke, in case that's of use in the games you play. There's also a "Video Control Mode" that might come in handy when not playing games. What it does is change the functions into play/pause, fast forward/backtrack, and the clear screen buttons with a single click, while the scroll wheel adjusts the volume.</p> <p>There are 7 buttons in all. Other features include an optical sensor with an on-the-fly adjustable DPI (800, 1600, 2400, or 4000), up to 500Hz polling rate, 20G of acceleration, a grooved grip, four LED colors depending on the DPI selected (red, green, purple, or blue), and up to 36 months of battery life (via two AA batteries).</p> <p>The Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse can be found and purchased today on <a href="http://www.satechi.net/index.php/computer-accessories/satechi-edge-gaming-mouse" target="_blank">Satechi's website</a> and through <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Satechi%C2%AE-Wireless-Gaming-Mouse-Return/dp/B00O5E1NYE" target="_blank">Amazon</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/satechi_announces_ultra_affordable_edge_wireless_gaming_mouse_2014#comments edge Gaming Hardware mouse Peripherals satechi News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28763 at http://www.maximumpc.com MSI Injects Gaming All-in-One Systems with Nvidia's Latest Mobile GPUs http://www.maximumpc.com/msi_injects_gaming_all--one_systems_nvidias_latest_mobile_gpus_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/2014-10_product_ag270_1.jpg" alt="MSI AIO" title="MSI AIO" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />High power gaming on an all-in-one</h3> <p><strong>MSI has gone and upgraded its 27-inch all-in-one gaming PCs with Nvidia's recently announced Maxwell-based mobile GPUs</strong>, the GeForce GTX 970M and 980M. These are supposedly the first AIO systems to feature Maxwell in mobile form, though the story doesn't end there -- they also feature a 4th generation Intel Core i7 4860HQ quad-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz (up to 3.6GHz via Turbo) and up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM.</p> <p>The 27-inch display on both the <a href="http://eu.msi.com/product/aio/AG270-2QC.html#hero-overview" target="_blank">AG270 2QC</a> (GTX 970M) and <a href="http://eu.msi.com/product/aio/AG270-2QE.html#hero-overview" target="_blank">AG270 2QE</a> (GTX 980M) models features a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution with multi-touch support, anti-flicker technology, and "Less Blue Light" technology applied to its anti-glare implementation -- <a href="http://game.msi.com/us/news?List=42&amp;N=3326" target="_blank">according to MSI</a>, the end result is less eyestrain during extended gaming sessions.</p> <p>"To provide gamers with an even better gaming experience, the AG270 uses an anti-glare matte display featuring Anti-Flicker technology, which stabilizes the electrical current to prevent serious flickering seen in standard displays. Together with Less Blue Light technology, this helps to reduce eye fatigue after extended use while also enhancing the quality of the gaming environment," MSI explains.</p> <p>Other features include Killer E2200 LAN, up to three mSATA SSDs in RAID 0, 3.5-inch HDD (various options), Blu-ray writer, dual Yamaha 5W speakers, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports (one with Super Charger technology), two USB 2.0 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader, 2MP webcam, HDMI input, HDMI output, VGA output, microphone and headphone jacks, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Depending on the exact configuration, these systems are pretty pricey. We've only spotted a few so far online, which ranged from around $2,100 to $2,700.</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_injects_gaming_all--one_systems_nvidias_latest_mobile_gpus_2014#comments aio all-in-one Gaming geforce gtx 970m geforcegtx 980m Hardware msi nvidia OEM rigs News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:41:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28729 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Rumored to Refresh Never Settle Game Bundle http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumored_refresh_never_settle_game_bundle_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/never_settle.jpg" alt="Never Settle" title="Never Settle" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />More free titles from AMD might be on the way</h3> <p>With the recent launch of Nvidia's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 970 and 980 graphics cards, the pressure is on AMD to respond, especially since we haven't heard much about its Tonga XT architecture as of late. One alternative to releasing a new graphics card that's proved popular is giving away free games, and <strong>rumor has it AMD is getting ready to announce a new Never Settle bundle</strong>.</p> <p>That's according to news and rumor site <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/36015-amd-preparing-new-never-settle-bundle" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em></a>, which says it learned that AMD is planning the new game bundle for a launch later this month. There hasn't been a lot of chatter about the specific titles that will be included, though one that's cropped up around the rumor mill is Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.</p> <p>AMD has supposedly told its hardware partners to be on standby for the announcement. If true, the refreshed Never Settle bundle would come not long after the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_marks_down_radeon_r9_290_and_290x_cards_compete_maxwell">recent price cuts</a> that retailers doled out to the Radeon R9 290 and 290X graphics cards, which can now be had for as little as $276 (street) and $360 (also street), respectively (or lower with mail-in-rebate).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumored_refresh_never_settle_game_bundle_2014#comments amd Build a PC games Gaming graphics cards Hardware never settle Software News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:24:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 28704 at http://www.maximumpc.com Alienware 17, 18 Laptops Now Shipping with Overclocked CPUs Capable of Hitting 4.4GHz http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_17_18_laptops_now_shipping_overclocked_cpus_capable_hitting_440 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u152332/alienware_small.jpg" alt="Alienware 17" title="Alienware 17" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Intel’s fastest mobile CPU gets faster</h3> <p>The Core i7-4940MX, which boasts a base frequency of 3.10GHz and a Turbo Boost speed of 4.10GHz, may currently be Intel’s most powerful mobile offering, but apparently even that isn’t quite enough for engineers over at Dell’s Alienware division. Taking matters into their own hands, they have managed to <strong>overclock the chip to 4.4GHz and made the souped-up Core i7-4940MX available for purchase as part of their Alienware 17 and 18 gaming notebooks.</strong></p> <p>“Alienware, manufacturer of blazing fast PCs for enthusiasts, today announced that all of its Intel Core i7 processor-equipped Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 laptops will ship with factory-overclocked processors to reach speeds of up to 4.4Ghz,” Intel said Thursday in a press release lauding Alienware engineers for their creativity in developing “a new thermal solution to ensure reliable and cool operation in such a small system.”</p> <p>While the Alienware 17 starts at $1,399, its bigger sibling has a starting price of $2,099. The Alienware 17 is available with up to a GeForce GTX 880M GPU with 8GB VRAM and up to 32GB RAM. As for the Alienware 18, it can be ordered with up to a dual GeForce GTX 880M graphics card with 16GB VRAM (all SKUs feature dual graphics) and up to 32GB of RAM. Their complete specs are available at this <a href="http://www.alienware.com/landings/laptops.aspx" target="_blank">link</a>. You can read our <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_17_review" target="_blank">Alienware 17 review</a> here.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/alienware_17_18_laptops_now_shipping_overclocked_cpus_capable_hitting_440#comments Alienware 17 alienware 18 core i7 4940mx dual graphics Gaming intel laptop overclocking News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:41:20 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28699 at http://www.maximumpc.com iBuyPower Now Taking Pre-Orders for $399 SBX Console http://www.maximumpc.com/ibuypower_now_taking_pre-orders_399_sbx_console_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ibuypower_sbx.jpg" alt="iBuyPower SBX" title="iBuyPower SBX" width="228" height="154" style="float: right;" />Built for PC gaming and entertainment, but don't call it a PC</h3> <p>Valve kind of dropped the ball on the whole Steam Machine initiative when it decided to delay the platform's official launch until next year so that it could have additional time to tweak the controller. The fallout from that decision is that third-party hardware partners are left holding Steam Machine designs that are ready to go now. What's a company to do? Drop the Steam Machine nomenclature and roll with what you have. <strong>For iBuyPower, that means announcing the SBX Entertainment System</strong>.</p> <p>"What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way," said Darren Su, Co-founder and VP of iBuyPower. "All preconceptions of what entertainment in the living room should and can be, are out the door."</p> <p>Let's cut the crap and get straight to the point -- the SBX is, for all intents and purposes, a PC in console digs. However, iBuyPower doesn't want you to view it like every other desktop that's out there.</p> <p>"All aspects of design and hardware are optimized for a gaming experience that sheds away legacy PC overhead. Make no mistake about it, this is not a PC," iBuyPower says.</p> <p>Alrighty then. Whatever you decided to call it, you can configure the SBX to boot directly into Steam Big Picture mode, or any other configuration. The system handles games, media, streaming, and more. It's also Steam OS ready, iBuyPower says.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $399, which gets you the SBX Raw. That includes an AMD Athlon 740 CPU, 4GB of DDR3-1600 memory, Radeon R7 250X graphics card, 500GB hard drive, 802.11ac, and 3-year warranty. You'll have to add your own operating system.</p> <p>The $459 configuration tosses in an Xbox 360 controller, while the $549 SBX Plus adds both the controller and Windows 8.1. Finally, there's a $699 model that doubles the RAM to 8GB and swaps out the 500GB HDD for a 1TB HDD. It too comes with an Xbox 360 controller and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>All four configurations are <a href="http://www.ibuypower.com/Product/SBX" target="_blank">available to pre-order now</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ibuypower_now_taking_pre-orders_399_sbx_console_2014#comments console Gaming Hardware ibuypower OEM rigs SBX News Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:03:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28693 at http://www.maximumpc.com Maxwell Goes Mobile as Nvidia Launches GeForce GTX 970M and 980M GPUs http://www.maximumpc.com/maxwell_goes_mobile_nvidia_launches_geforce_gtx_970m_and_980m_gpus <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980m.jpg" alt="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M" title="Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M" width="228" height="126" style="float: right;" />Update: Now with more screens and information on Nvidia battery boost</h3> <p>When Nvidia unveiled its first Maxwell-based graphics cards during its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_gets_ready_game24_first_ever_24-hour_pc_gaming_celebration_2014">GAME24 event</a>, the company trumpeted <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_review2014">increased performance</a> alongside power efficiency, allowing for high-end video cards that run cooler and quieter. That's the kind of combination that's ideal for mobile gamers, and if you've been waiting for Maxwell to arrive on laptops, your wait is over -- <strong>Nvidia this morning launched its GeForce GTX 970M and 980M notebook GPUs</strong>.</p> <p>"Let’s start with some history. Nvidia’s 8th-generation GPU architecture, Fermi, delivered about 40 percent of the desktop equivalent in 2010. Kepler, our 9th generation GPU, launched in 2010, closed the gap to 60 percent, giving gamers 1080p resolution and 'ultra' settings for the first time in a notebook," Nvidia explained in a <a href="http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/10/07/maxwell-comes-to-notebooks/" target="_blank">blog post</a>.</p> <p>"With Maxwell, that gap shrinks to 80 percent of the desktop equivalent and pushes the resolution well beyond 1080p. It’s an astonishing achievement when you compare the thermal and power differences in a desktop tower and a notebook chassis," Nvidia continued.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154082/geforce_gtx_980_block_diagram_final.png" alt="980M block diagram" title="980M block diagram" width="620" height="578" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>980M block diagram</strong></p> <p>The GeForce GTX 980M wields 1536 CUDA cores with a base clockspeed of 1038MHz and unspecified boost clockspeed. It uses GDDR5 memory clocked at 2500MHz on a 256-bit bus, which translates into 160GB/s of memory bandwidth. All the latest APIs and technologies are supported, such as Optimus, GameStream, ShadowPlay, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.1, PCI Express 3.0, and so forth.</p> <p>Nvidia's GTX 970M is slightly toned down with 1280 CUDA cores with a base clockspeed of 924MHz, also with an unspecified boost clock. The biggest difference between the two is that the memory travels through a 192-bit bus and tops out at 120GB/s of memory bandwidth.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/files/u154082/battery_boost_980m.png" alt="980m battery boost" title="980m battery boost" width="620" height="374" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Nvidia promises better battery boost with its 900-series mobile cards</strong></p> <p>One returning feature that Nvidia is touting is Nvidia Battery Boost, which is a feature that throttles GPU performance down to as low as 30FPS to optimize for battery life. If you’ve been following our coverage of Battery Boost, however, you might remember how disappointed we’ve been in it. From our testing, battery boost seems to have little-to-no impact on battery life. When we met with Nvidia, the company acknowledged that it hasn’t done the best job of working with OEMs to implement the feature, which it says it is now working hard to rectify. Nvidia claims that according to its internal tests, Battery Boost can increase battery life anywhere from 29-55% in games such League of Legends and Tomb Raider.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/F1jXswkHxdI" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980M with battery boost demo</strong></p> <p>According to Nvidia, both GPUs are capable of rendering games at up to 4K resolution. Since most laptops don't support resolutions above 1920x1080, the Maxwell parts use something called <a href="http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/dynamic-super-resolution-instantly-improves-your-games-with-4k-quality-graphics" target="_blank">Dynamic Super Resolution</a> (DSR) to render games at the higher res and then scale them down. Nvidia says this results in superior image quality than rendering directly to 1080p and considers it Maxwell's most exciting new technology.</p> <p><img src="/files/u154082/maxwell_laptops.png" alt="upcoming gaming laptops with 900 series mobile GPUs" title="upcoming gaming laptops with 900 series mobile GPUs" width="620" height="372" /></p> <p>Look for notebooks equipped with the new <a href="http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook-gpus/geforce-gtx-980m" target="_blank">GeForce GTX 980M</a> and <a href="http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook-gpus/geforce-gtx-970m" target="_blank">970M</a> GPUs to start shipping today.</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/maxwell_goes_mobile_nvidia_launches_geforce_gtx_970m_and_980m_gpus#comments Gaming geforce gtx 970m geforce gtx 980m gpu Hardware laptop maxwell mobile notebook nvidia News Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:26:31 +0000 Paul Lilly and Jimmy Thang 28673 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Marks Down Radeon R9 290 and 290X Cards to Compete with Maxwell http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_marks_down_radeon_r9_290_and_290x_cards_compete_maxwell <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/radeon_r9_290x_0.jpg" alt="Radeon R9 290X" title="Radeon R9 290X" width="228" height="158" style="float: right;" />Taking a trip to 'Hawaii' just got a bit more affordable</h3> <p>Competition is fierce in the graphics card market, and while we've seen AMD and Nvidia duke it out with bundled game offers, it's the price wars that truly get our attention. Speaking of which, Nvidia certainly got AMD's attention when it launched Maxwell during the company's <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/13_million_people_tuned_nvidias_game24_pc_gaming_celebration">GAME24 event</a>, which saw the release of the GeForce GTX 970 and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_geforce_gtx_980_review2014">GTX 980</a> for $329 and $549, respectively (MSRPs). <strong>AMD has just responded by cutting the price of its Radeon R9 290 and 290X Hawaii cards</strong>.</p> <p>We'll give <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35946-amd-drops-290-290x-hawaii-prices" target="_blank"><em>Fudzilla</em> credit</a> for the heads up on this one. According to the news and rumor site, AMD is also planning to slash the price of its Radeon R9 280 graphics card, though at present, it's the other two cards that are marked down. Specifically, you can now find the Radeon R9 290X selling for $399 at Newegg, down from its original launch price of $549, and the Radeon R9 290 going for $299, down from $399. In some cases, prices are even lower if you factor in any applicable mail-in-rebate offers.</p> <p>As for the Radeon R9 280X, <em>Fudzilla</em> claims to have heard that it's dropping to as low as $229, though at the time of this writing, the cheapest we found one selling for new (as opposed to refurbished or open box) is $270 ($250 after mail-in-rebate).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_marks_down_radeon_r9_290_and_290x_cards_compete_maxwell#comments amd Build a PC Gaming graphics card Hardware maxwell nvidia r9 290 r9 290x radeon Video Card News Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:52:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 28666 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Press Photo Suggests MSI is Readying a Lite Edition GeForce GTX 970 http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_press_photo_suggests_msi_readying_lite_edition_geforce_gtx_970_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/msi_gtx_970_gaming_lite_edition.jpg" alt="MSI GTX 970 Gaming Lite Edition" title="MSI GTX 970 Gaming Lite Edition" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />MSI may release a slower and less expensive version of the GeForce GTX 970</h3> <p>Nvidia has a winning architecture on its hands with Maxwell, and as we've seen in benchmarks, both the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 are fine graphics cards. As is typically the case, Nvidia's third-party partners have taken to customizing the reference designs with their own cooling solutions and factory overclocks, though interestingly <strong>MSI appears to be preparing a Lite Edition of the GeForce GTX 970</strong>.</p> <p>The folks at <a href="http://videocardz.com/52922/msi-geforce-gtx-970-gaming-also-in-lite-edition" target="_blank"><em>videocardz.com</em></a> posted what looks to be a legitimate press image (it's worth noting that they've caught early scoops like this several times in the past) of an MSI GTX 970 Gaming Lite Edition graphics card. If you look closely, you can see the "Lite Edition" label in the lower left corner of the box next to two other labels pimping 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and PCI-E 3.0.</p> <p>There are no specs to share, though <em>videocardz.com</em> says it will indeed be a slower and cheaper version of MSI's regular 970 Gaming card, with pricing in the range of reference (between $330 and $340).</p> <p>For the sake of comparison, MSI's 970 Gaming card boasts 1140MHz core and 1279MHz boost clockspeeds and streets for around $356 shipped. Nvidia's reference design calls for the core and boost clockspeeds to be 1050MHz and 1178MHz, respectively, along with a $329 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/leaked_press_photo_suggests_msi_readying_lite_edition_geforce_gtx_970_2014#comments Build a PC Gaming geforce gtx 970 graphics card Hardware lite edition msi Video Card News Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:18:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28659 at http://www.maximumpc.com