News en Lenovo Brings Tab S8 Tablet, Y70 Touch Laptop, and Erazer X315 to IFA in Berlin <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lenovo_y70_touch.jpg" alt="Lenovo Y70 Touch" title="Lenovo Y70 Touch" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A multi-platform product blitz</h3> <p>Don't accuse Lenovo of putting all of its eggs in a single basket. That wasn't the company's strategy up to this point, nor is it the road to success going forward -- instead, <strong>Lenovo is kicking off the 2014 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin by showcasing three new tablet and gaming systems</strong>. They include the Tab S8, Y70 Touch laptop, and Erazer X315 desktop</p> <p>Armed with an Intel Atom Z3745 processor, the Tab S8 is Lenovo's first Intel-powered Android slate. It also sports an 8-inch display with a 1920x1200 resolution and ultra-slim bezel for a sleek and clean look, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual front-firing speakers, and Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p>Another first for Lenovo is the Y70 Touch, which is the company's introductory 17-inch touch-enabled laptop. It's powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX graphics, and 16GB of DDR3L RAM. Storage chores are handled by a 1TB SSHD or 256GB SSD.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/erazer_x315.jpg" alt="Lenovo Erazer X315" title="Lenovo Erazer X315" width="620" height="513" /></p> <p>Last up to bat is the Erazer X315, the latest addition to Lenovo's line of affordable gaming desktops. It has a quad-core processor, AMD Radeon R9 series graphics, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSHD storage, four USB 3.0 ports, and a newly designed chassis intended to look like a knight's armor.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/tab_s8.jpg" alt="Lenovo Tab S8" title="Lenovo Tab S8" width="620" height="237" /></p> <p>The Lenovo Tab S8 will be available this model starting at $199, followed by the Y70 Touch in October starting at $1,299 and the Erazer X315 in November starting at $599.</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> Desktop erazer x315 Hardware ifa 2014 laptop lenovo mobile notebook OEM rigs slate tab s8 tablet y70 touch News Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:05:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28468 at AMD Cuts Prices of 8-Core FX Series Processors <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_fx_box_1.jpg" alt="AMD FX Box" title="AMD FX Box" width="228" height="204" style="float: right;" />Watch out for falling prices</h3> <p>How do you steal some thunder from Intel's Haswell-E launch? There are several options, and the one <strong>AMD</strong> went with was to <strong>slash prices on several 8-core FX-8000 and FX-9000 Series processors</strong>. In addition to rolling out some significant price cuts to half a dozen CPUs, AMD also introduced three new AM3+ FX chips -- they include the FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX-8320E, all of which are also 8-core parts.</p> <p>The FX-8370 is the only 125W chip out of the trio of new CPUs. It has a clockspeed of 4GHz (4.3GHz via Turbo), DDR3-1866 support, and costs $199. That's the same price as the FX-8370E, a 95W part with a 3.3GHz clockspeed (4.3GHz via Turbo) and DDR3-1866 memory support.</p> <p>AMD's new FX-8320E is the least expensive of the bunch at $147. It's rated at 95W and has a 3.2GHz clockspeed (4GHz via Turbo) and DDR3-1866 memory support.</p> <p>As for the price cuts, from top to bottom they include:</p> <ul> <li>FX-9590 (FD9590FHHKWOX): 220W, 8-core, 4.7GHz/5GHz, DDR3-2133, $290 (down $86)</li> <li>FX-9590 (FD9590FHHKBOF): 220W, 8-core, 4.7GHz/5GHz, DDR3-2133, $226 (down $86)</li> <li>FX-9370 (FD9370FHHKWOX): 220W, 8-core, 4.3GHz/4.7GHz, DDR3-2133, $273 (down $21)</li> <li>FX-9370 (FD9370FHHKBOF): 220W, 8-core, 4.3GHz/4.7GHz, DDR3-2133, $210 (down $20)</li> <li>FX-8350 (FD8350FRW8KHK): 125W, 8-core, 4GHz/4.2GHz, DDR3-1866, $178, (down $19)</li> <li>FX-8320 (FD8320FRW8KHK): 125W, 8-core, 3.5GHz/4GHz, DDR3-1866, $147 (down $11)</li> </ul> <p>Prices are SEP (Suggested Etail Price), meaning they should be about the same at retail. Models ending in WOX are the new liquid cooled bundled processors.</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 cpu fx series Hardware price cut processor News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:23:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 28465 at Nvidia Gets Ready for GAME24, First Ever 24-Hour PC Gaming Celebration <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_female_gamer.jpg" alt="Nvidia Female Gamer" title="Nvidia Female Gamer" width="228" height="168" style="float: right;" />It's about time we celebrated how awesome PC gaming is!</h3> <p>We love video games. Many of you reading this also love video games. And if you're a fan of <em>Maximum PC</em>, chances are you prefer gaming on a PC. It is, after all, the superior platform for gaming -- we love our console gaming brethren, but they'll never convince us otherwise -- so why not celebrate this hobby of ours? That's exactly what <strong>Nvidia</strong> plans to do -- the GPU maker <strong>just sent us details about GAME24, the first ever global PC gaming celebration</strong>.</p> <p>"The goal of this event is simple – to celebrate this thing we all love called PC gaming. GAME24 is a combination of many local events around the world, and it will all be broadcast live on the internet," Nvidia says.</p> <p>GAME24 will commence on September 18th at 6PM PST and last for 24 hours. Events will take place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Mission Viejo, London, Indianapolis, Shanghai, and Stockholm, along with virtual stage around the world. If you can't make it to one of the venues, you catch the broadcast on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>You'll be able to interact with the livestream at home and win prices, share gaming experiences, and more. And while this hasn't been confirmed, we've heard rumors that Nvidia might show off a new GPU during the 24-hour celebration.</p> <p>More details will be available on <a href="" target="_blank">Nvidia's blog</a> later today. In the meantime, you can <a href="" target="_blank">register for the livestream</a> or one of the physical locations.</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> game24 games nvidia News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:20:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28464 at Anand Shimpi Leaves Popular Review Site to Work for Apple <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/apple_campus.jpg" alt="Apple Campus" title="Apple Campus" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Making the transition from AnandTech to Apple</h3> <p>You may have already heard the news that Anand Lal Shimpi, the veteran tech journalist who founded the popular review site <em>AnandTech</em> back in 1997, is retiring from the tech publishing world. He made the announcement in a lengthy (and informative) blog post over the weekend, but one thing he left out is where the road ahead will take him. Turns out it's Cupertino -- <strong>Anand Shimpi is going to work for Apple</strong>.</p> <p>News of Shimpi's transition to Apple was reported by <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Recode</em></a>, which claims that an Apple representative confirmed his hiring. However, the rep wasn't willing to provide any other details at this time, so it's unclear what his role at the Cupertino outfit will be.</p> <p>As for <em>AnandTech</em>, the former Geocities site will continue to publish content with Ryan Smith taking over as Editor in Chief. According to Shimpi, the site is in great shape with "solid" traffic and having set a number of records on the business side of things in 2013. So in other words, he's not abandoning a sinking ship, nor is his health an issue (a point he stressed in his post).</p> <p>"On a personal level I’ve made myself available to all <em>AnandTech</em> editors for advice and guidance, however I have fully removed myself from the editorial process. I can offer a suggestion on how to deal with a situation so long as describing the situation does not reveal any confidential information to me," <a href="" target="_blank">Shimpi said</a>.</p> <p>Shimpi isn't the first <em>AnandTech</em> body to end up at Apple. According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>9to5Mac</em></a>, former editor Brian Klug left the site for a job at Apple building mobile processors.</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> anand shimpi anandtech apple News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:06:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28462 at Grand Theft Auto V is (Probably) Still Headed to PC <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gtav_3.jpg" alt="GTA V" title="GTA V" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Rumors of GTA V's cancellation on PC have been greatly exaggerated (or so we hope)</h3> <p>Given how long Rockstar Games has been dragging its feet in porting Grand Theft Auto V over to PC, it would have been easy to believe the rumor that it's been cancelled, shelved, axed, dismissed with prejudice, etc. However, don't you believe it. Not only was the rumor a bit dubious to begin with, but <strong>Rockstar put most doubt to rest by reiterating that it still plans to bring GTA V to PC</strong>.</p> <p>Let's backtrack a second. As our sister site <a href="" target="_blank"><em>PCGamer</em> explains it</a>, the rumor originated from <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Fox Weekly</em></a>, which brought attention to the fact that the chairman of marketing firm Rantic was concerned about GTA V's release to PC because it's supposedly something Rockstar never wanted to do, but felt "forced" due to public demand. It's worth mentioning that Rantic was founded by one of the marketing directors for Rockstar North, hence why some people viewed the information as credible.</p> <p>Going straight to the source, a user posted a question on Rockstar's support forum asking if the rumors pointing to a "delay" are true.</p> <p>"I'm also looking forward to the PC release, however this release date has not changed," a support rep answered. "Please see our support article, 'Grand Theft Auto V Release Date on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC' for the most recent information on this topic."</p> <p>Here's the thing -- support reps aren't always privy to decisions made by upper management, so the safest bet in these situations is to toe the company line with a canned response. That's what the user got, along with a <a href="" target="_blank">dated link</a> (June) that indicates a Fall release to PC (as well as PS4 and Xbox One).</p> <p>That said, the original rumor wasn't all that strong to begin with, so we're mostly comfortable in viewing this as confirmation that Rockstar's plans haven't changed. Summer just ended, after all, so there's plenty of time to make good on that promise.</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> games Grand Theft Auto V gtav pc rockstar games Software News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:40:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 28461 at Netgear Announces Nighthawk X4 AC2350 (R7500) Smart Wi-Fi Router <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/netgear_nighthawk_x4.jpg" alt="Netgear Nighthawk X4" title="Netgear Nighthawk X4" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />An intelligent router for modern home networks</h3> <p>The transition from 802.11n to 802.11ac is bringing about a fast and furious stream of new wireless routers, including new flagship models that continue to take advantage of today's streaming landscape. <strong>Netgear, a familiar name in the high-end router market, just launched its new Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7500)</strong> with a quad-stream Wi-Fi architecture (4x4).</p> <p>While the Nighthawk X4 looks similar to Netgear's previous Nighthawk, the DNA makeup is very different. This new model pairs a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Internet processor with Quantenna's 500MHz chipset for improved multi-tasking performance and blistering fast speeds -- up to 1733Mbps on the 5GHz band and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. Like all router makers do these days, Netgear combines the speeds on both bands to advertise this as an AC2350 device, though as we always point out, you can't actually combine both bands into a single connection.</p> <p>This is the first Wave 2 router to market. It features 4x4, MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) technology and something Netgear calls "Dynamic QoS." You can think of this as a new generation of QoS -- rather than treat all devices the same, the Nighthawk X4 is able to discern between different hardware and applications when prioritizing network traffic. In theory, this should lead to more stable HD streaming and less lag when gaming.</p> <p>"The Nighthawk X4 is designed for gamers and people who do a lot of video streaming," <a href="" target="_blank">said Sandeep Harpalani</a>, Netgear’s director of product marketing for Retail Network Products. "We are excited to leverage the best in processing power, Dynamic Quality of Service, and dual-band WiFi technology to exceed the expectations of these demanding consumers."</p> <p>You'll find two USB 3.0 ports on the Nighthawk X4, along with eSATA port. Other features include Beamforming, ReadySHare, DLNA, and iTunes server support.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Nighthawk X4</a> is available now for $280 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> 802.11ac Hardware netgear networking nighthawk x4 qualcomm r7500 Router snapdragon wave-2 wireless News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:40:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 28460 at China to Microsoft: You Have 20 Days to Explain Compatibility Problems <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_sign_5.jpg" alt="Microsoft Sign" title="Microsoft Sign" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Microsoft must issue a written statement to China within 20 days</h3> <p>Around the same time China banned Windows 8 from government use over concerns that there could be built-in spying mechanisms, authorities also began investigating Microsoft for antitrust violations. The latest in China's antitrust probe over Microsoft's business practices has the <strong>State Administration for Industry and Commerce giving the Redmond outfit 20 days to issue a written explanation</strong>. What for, you ask?</p> <p>The agency wants Microsoft to explain "problems like incompatibility and other issues caused by a lack of released information about its Windows and Office software," according to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal's</em></a> translation of the SAIC's <a href="" target="_blank">online notice</a>. That's an incredibly vague task, though the agency issued the 20-day deadline during a meeting with Microsoft, in which further details were likely given.</p> <p>Citing state media reports, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> says</a> Microsoft's use of verification codes led to complaints by Chinese companies. Interestingly, verification codes could be one of the ways Microsoft supposedly violated China's anti-monopoly law, though if that's the case, it puts Microsoft in a tough spot. Software piracy in China is a big problem for Microsoft, and it's difficult to see how verification codes could run afoul of antitrust laws.</p> <p>Microsoft isn't China's only foreign target when it comes to anti-monopoly concerns. There are dozens of other companies being investigated, including Qualcomm, which China accuses of overcharging customers for its patents.</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> antitrust china microsoft office Software Windows News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:01:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28458 at Scholar Feeds Over 12 Million Historic Photos to Flickr <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/stnicholas.jpg" alt="St. Nicholas" title="St. Nicholas" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Browse millions of copyright-free images spanning hundreds of years</h3> <p>The Internet is a wonderful place filled with text, videos, and images. Lots and lots of images. In fact, Yahoo's popular <strong>Flickr photo sharing service is the lucky recipient of millions of historical images</strong> plucked from 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive. The project is spearheaded by Kalev Leetaru, who began work on the massive undertaking while researching communications technology Georgetown University as part of a fellowship sponsored by Yahoo.</p> <p>One thing that always bothered Leetaru was that digitization projects tend to focus on words while leaving out the pictures. What he's doing is the exact opposite. Leetaru went so far as to write his own software to sidestep the way books had originally been digitized.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>BBC</em></a>, the Internet Archive used an optical character recognition (OCR) program to analyze all 600 million scanned pages and turn the image of each word into searchable text. The software could detect which parts of a page were pictures, and it would discard them.</p> <p>Leetaru's software taps into the process by taking that information and focusing on parts that the original OCR ignored. Each one was then saved as a separate JPEG picture. His software also copied the caption for each image.</p> <p>The end result will be a searchable database of more than 12 million historical copyright-free images available on Flickr. At present, Leetaru has uploaded more than 2.6 million pictures, all of which you can <a href="" target="_blank">browse here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> flickr photography photos News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:20:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 28457 at Dell Readies 34-inch Curved Display for Holiday Season <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Dell 34-inch Curved Monitor" title="Dell 34-inch Curved Monitor" width="228" height="104" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Earlier this month, LG had unveiled a similar offering</h3> <p>The Alienware Area-51 gaming PC is not the only product that Dell will try and woo gamers with during the upcoming holiday season. The PC vendor is also readying its first curved monitor. Announced alongside the Haswell-E powered Area-51, the <strong>Dell UltraSharp U3415W is a 34-inch curved display that will be available in China in November and the rest of the world in December.<br /></strong></p> <p>The U3415W has an ultra-wide 21:9 display with a WQHD 3440x1440 resolution, according to a press release issued by Dell Friday. Further, the 34-incher, whose price hasn’t been revealed as yet, packs “HDMI 2.0, MHL, DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort connectivity, dual integrated 9 watt speakers, 60Hz performance and, when it’s set up in multi-monitor configuration, a virtually borderless cockpit view across multiple screens thanks to its ultra-thin bezels.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> curved display dell Dell UltraSharp U3415W Hardware monitor News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:54:48 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28456 at Netflix: VHS-level Streaming Quality Forced Us Into Deal with Comcast <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Netflix " title="Netflix " width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Netflix sheds light on circumstances that lead to 'interconnection' deal with Comcast</h3> <p>Currently undergoing regulatory review, the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable isn’t something Netflix is excited about. The Los Gatos, California-based company views the deal as a potential threat to online video distributors (OVDs), according to the <strong>“Petition to Deny” (<a href=";_ga=1.235764675.337222476.1409081769" target="_blank">PDF</a>) it recently filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).</strong></p> <p>Netflix, which has, of late, been busy entering into costly agreements with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to ensure smooth delivery of its video streaming content to customers, fears that an ISP as large as the resulting entity would enjoy unduly large bargaining power “over an OVD in negotiating such access fees because failure to reach an agreement with a terminating access network that accounts for a very large portion of an OVD's customers could have a devastating effect on the finances of the OVD.” </p> <p>To make its point, the company cites the example of its February 2014 “interconnection” deal with Comcast and the exact circumstances that lead to it. Apparently, the deal came about because, in the two months immediately preceding it, the quality of the company’s service over the latter’s network had deteriorated to such a degree that customer support calls quadrupled and Netflix began losing customers.</p> <p>“Comcast subscribers went from viewing Netflix content at 720p on average (i.e., HD quality) to viewing content at nearly VHS quality. For many subscribers, the bitrate was so poor that Netflix's streaming video service became unusable,” the petition reads.”The fact that the height of the congestion occurred in December and January is significant. December is one of Netflix's busiest times because members spend more time at home over the holidays and therefore request more streaming video from Netflix and other OVDs. It became clear that Comcast would continue to allow congestion across its network to negatively affect its subscribers' online video streaming experience.”</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> Comcast fcc Federal Communications Commission merger NetFlix Time Warner Cable TWC News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:20:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28455 at Leap Motion Controller Mount for Oculus Rift Now Available <!--paging_filter--><h3>Company is also working on embeddable “mega sensor” for future VR headsets</h3> <p>Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus Rift virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD), recently told <a href="" target="_blank">GamesIndustry International</a> that VR may not become mainstream for quite some time to come. One of the things currently holding VR back, per Luckey, is the use of traditional controllers, which he feels are far from ideal for VR. However, as we wait for the ideal VR input to materialize, <strong>the list of controller alternatives for VR aficionados to experiment with keeps on growing. The latest addition to it is the Leap Motion Controller.<br /></strong></p> <p>Leap Motion, Inc. has introduced a Leap Motion controller mount for the Oculus Rift. Called the <a href="" target="_blank">VR Developer Mount</a>, this $20 contraption allows the company’s eponymous motion-sensing camera to snap onto the Oculus Rift. </p> <p>“If virtual reality is to be anything like actual reality, we believe that fast, accurate, and robust hand tracking will be absolutely essential,” the company’s CTO David Holz said in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a> Thursday. “We believe in the concept of other specialized controllers as well, but our hands themselves are the fundamental and universal human input device.”</p> <p>The VR Developer Mount will help developers make the most of a new API that for the first time gives them access to raw infrared from the Leap Motion Controller: “When mounted directly onto a head-worn display, these [infrared] images become stereoscopic windows into the world around you. What it sees, you see.”</p> <p>“This expands the tracking space to be in any direction you’re facing. You can reach forward, turn around, look up and down, and the tracking follows you wherever you go. Because our device’s field of view exceeds that of existing VR displays, you’ll find it can start to track your hands before you even see them.”</p> <p>Holz also revealed that the company is working on a next-generation “mega sensor” that will be offered directly to VR OEMs for embedding in their HMDs. Codenamed “Dragonfly”, the new sensor will come with “greater-than-HD image resolution, color and infrared imagery, and a significantly larger field of view.”</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="340" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> controller facebook Hardware hmd leap motion controller oculus rift oculus vr Palmer Luckey vr developer mount vr headset vr input News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:37:49 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28453 at Alienware Outs New Area-51 Gaming Desktop <!--paging_filter--><h3>New Triad chassis is the most outré thing to come out of Alienware’s stable in recent times</h3> <p><strong>Alienware is bringing back its Area-51 desktop PC and it’s nothing like the previous iterations</strong>, having received a pretty radical makeover. The 2014 edition Area-51 gaming rig is what can best be described as the love child of a hexagon and a triangle. Perhaps that is why the company has chosen to call the new hexagonal chassis the “Triad.”</p> <p>But what is so special about the new Triad chassis? Per the company, there is more to the design than meets the eye. The angled design is said to be better at heat dissipation as compared to the average rectangular chassis. This is because it affords “a large space for hot air to escape where a traditional, rectangular chassis only leaves a small space between it and the wall.” Further, this design is meant to enable easier access to both the front I/O panel and the rear portion.</p> <p>There is no word yet on the price of the new rig, which will be available for order in October. But it’s a slightly different story when it comes to specs. While the exact specifications are unknown, the <a href="" target="_blank">official product page</a> contains this technical outline of the Area-51: “The Alienware Area-51 ushers in a new era of performance with 6-core and 8-core Intel Core i7 Extreme processor options [<a href="" target="_blank">read our Haswell-E review</a>] that come factory overclocked and made possible with the new Intel X99 Express chipset alongside 2133Mhz DDR4 memory — up to 32GB in quad channel. Do insane, intensive multitasking like rendering video or extreme performance 4K gaming at your leisure. Experience a custom balance of solid-state and hard drives, enabling the performance of SSD with the storage capacity of HDD. Plus, 802.11ac – the latest wireless protocol – prioritizes streaming video and gaming, so lag is reduced.”</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="320" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> alienware area 51 dell gaming desktop gaming rig Hardware haswell-e x99 News Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:59:29 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28452 at Asus Rolls Out Trio of X99 Chipset Motherboards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_x99_boards.jpg" alt="Asus X99" title="Asus X99" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Hello, Haswell-E</h3> <p>Now that <a href="">Haswell-E has finally arrived</a>, have you started thinking about a new build? If so, you have plenty of options. In terms of motherboard choice, <strong>Asus today announced three X99 Series boards</strong>, including the X99-Deluxe, X99-A, and X-99 Pro. All three sport the latest LGA 2011-v3 socket for Haswell-E processors and feature DDR4 memory support, along with exclusive Asus technologies.</p> <p>Out of the three, the <a href="" target="_blank">X99-Deluxe</a> is the top-end model. It comes bundled with an Asus Hyper M.2 x4 expansion card for ultra-fast 32Gbit/s transfer speeds, onboard 3x3 antenna for 802.11ac connectivity, and an Asus Fan Extension Card for flexible cooling options.</p> <p>One feature that's on all three boards is Asus's patent-pending OC Socket. This is a unique socket with extra pins that connect proprietary circuitry to extra contacts found on Haswell-E's LGA and is fully compatible with Intel's new LGA 2011-v3 chips. According to Asus, its OC Socket allows for higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower memory latencies, and enhanced stability when overclocking.</p> <p>The X99-Deluxe is available now for $399. Look for the X99-A to land in early September for $279, and the X99-Pro in October with a price that's yet to be determined.</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 Hardware haswell-e motherboard x99-a x99-deluxe x99-pro News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:56:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 28451 at IDC's Outlook on PC Shipments is a Mixed Bag <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dell_xps_18_0.jpg" alt="Dell XPS 18" title="Dell XPS 18" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />High and low points abound in the PC sector</h3> <p>Reading through International Data Corporation's (IDC) latest report on PC shipments is like slapping yourself in the face to kill a blood sucking mosquito -- you're not sure whether to be relieved or pained. More to the point, IDC's roller-coaster examination starts with adjusting its forecast. <strong>IDC now expects worldwide PC shipments to decline by 3.7 percent in 2014</strong> (bummer!), though that's an improvement from its previous forecast of a 6 percent drop (hooray!).</p> <p>The market research firm says PC shipments in emerging regions are being held back by competition from alternative devices and economic challenges (drats!), though commercial demand and a "rekindling" of interest from consumers in mature markets helped to boost results in Q1 and through the rest of the year (sweet!).</p> <p>Pop a Dramamine because the up and down ride doesn't smooth out from here. According to IDC, competition from tablets is waning, especially as PCs continue to make progress in competing with slimmer, touch-friendly, and low-cost systems (rock on!), though in emerging regions, competition from other devices is a bigger factor (darn!) and over time, the replacement of Windows XP systems (yay!) will decline as the install base shrinks (d'oh!).</p> <p>"Programs to reduce PC prices, such as Windows 8.1 with Bing, have helped to improve PC shipments in some segments," <a href="" target="_blank">said Jay Chou</a>, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide PC Trackers. "Coupled with a shift toward more mobile PCs, the market has seen a quickened pace of innovation and a focus on price points. Nevertheless, the prospects for significant PC growth in the long term remain tenuous, as users increasingly see PCs as only one of several computing devices."</p> <p>The bottom line? Quite frankly, we don't what the flip to think about IDC's assessment, so we'll wrap things up with the firm's current outlook. Barring an adjusted forecast down the line, IDC sees desktop PCs going from 133.5 million shipments in 2014 to 121.1 million in 2018; portable PC shipments holding steady at 170 million in 2014 and in 2018; and total PC shipments going from 303.5 million in 2014 to 291.1 million in 2018.</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> Hardware idc pc shipments News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:32:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 28450 at G.Skill Sets Memory Frequency Record Using Ripjaws 4 DDR4 RAM <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gskill_oc_0.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws 4 OC" title="G.Skill Ripjaws 4 OC" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />DDR4 memory record sits at 4,004MHz</h3> <p>We said over and over that Haswell-E was just around the corner, and after all that waiting and anticipation, today marks the official launch of the new CPU line from Intel (see our <a href="">review of Haswell-E</a>). It's not just about the processors, though -- it takes a village of components to raise Haswell-E the right way, and if you're looking to set records, G.Skill makes a strong case for its <a href="">Ripjaws 4 Series</a>. At present, <strong>G.Skill and its Ripjaws 4 Series of DDR4 RAM own the DDR4 frequency record</strong> after hitting 4,004MHz.</p> <p>There are always caveats to this level of extreme overclocking, such as cooling. As you probably guessed, it took doses of LN2 to keep things cool enough to set the record. That's a buzz kill if you're only interested in stable clocks using air or liquid cooling, though it's par for course in the overclocking sector.</p> <p>G.Skill also had to drop down to single-channel mode. In doing so, the company was able to push its Ripjaws 4 to 2,002.2MHz (4,004MHz effective) with 17-25-29-50 timings. The memory was plopped into an Asus ROG Rampage V Extreme motherboard with an Intel Core i7 5930K processor.</p> <p>It's only a matter of time before the record is broken -- perhaps by G.Skill -- but for now, this is where the bar has been set.</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 ddr4 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws 4 News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:06:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28449 at