News http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/4/ en Fedora 22 Hits the Ground Running in Beta Form http://www.maximumpc.com/fedora_22_hits_ground_running_beta_form_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fedora.jpg" alt="Fedora" title="Fedora" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />Looking beyond Windows</h3> <p>Much of what we cover on <em>Maximum PC</em> revolves around Microsoft's Windows operating system, though lest anyone forget, there's this alternative called Linux. And of course there are many varieties of Linux to choose from, including <strong>Fedora 22 beta, which is now available</strong>. According to the Fedora Project, desktop and workstation users may not notice huge changes, but will see better performance behind the scenes in managing updates.</p> <p>Furthermore, Fedora users who manage applications using the command line will note that the updated package manager for RPM-based Linux distributions called "DNF" is faster while still keeping CLI compatibility with Yum for most tasks.</p> <p>There are three distinct editions of Fedora 22, all in beta form. They include Fedora 22 Cloud, which includes a Vagrant image for Fedora 22 Atomic Host Beta along with the addition of the Atomic command to provide a single point for managing host updates and container; Fedora 22 Server, which adds the new Database Server role through Rolekit and updates to the Cockpit management application; and Fedora 22 Workstation, which offers a refined Fedora desktop experience with better GNOME alerts, expanded use of Wayland, and some other tweaks.</p> <p>You should always consider beta software carefully since it likely still contains bugs that need eradicated, though reports around the web is that Fedora 22 is pretty polished, as was the Alpha release.</p> <p>Download links:</p> <p><a href="https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/prerelease/" target="_blank">Fedora 22 Workstation</a><br /><a href="https://getfedora.org/en/server/prerelease/" target="_blank">Fedora 22 Server</a><br /><a href="https://getfedora.org/en/cloud/prerelease/" target="_blank">Fedora 22 Cloud</a><br /><a href="https://spins.fedoraproject.org/prerelease" target="_blank">Fedora 22 Spins</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/fedora_22_hits_ground_running_beta_form_2015#comments Fedora 22 linux open source operating system red hat Software News Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:53:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 29762 at http://www.maximumpc.com CyberPower's Trinity PC Goes from Prototype to Shipping Product http://www.maximumpc.com/cyberpowers_trinity_pc_goes_prototype_shipping_product_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/trinity_pc.jpg" alt="Trinity PC" title="Trinity PC" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Get your starting at $955</h3> <p>We <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2015_look_cyberpowers_unique_fang_trinity_gaming_pc_video" target="_blank">first spied</a> CyberPower PC's funktastically designed Trinity gaming PC at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. Back then, Trinity was in the prototype stage, and all too often we've seen such things turn to vaporware. Not this time. <strong>CyberPower today announced that its Trinity PC is available to configure and order</strong>, with prices starting at $955 for an AMD configuration.</p> <p>Before we get to the available configurations, let's talk a moment about the design. Trinity is unique in that it consists of three distinct compartments, or blades. This is partially to maximize cooling, as each compartment gets its own cooling scheme.</p> <p>The "Performance Blade" contains the graphics card with support for full-length models, such as the GeForce Titan X or Radeon R9 series. You can also mount several solid state drives adjacent to the graphics card.</p> <p>There's also a "CPU Blade" that's compatible with mini ITX motherboards, and a "Storage Blade" that can house up to three SSDs, two HDDs, and a slim optical drive.</p> <p>Now, onto the configurations. It starts with the Trinity 100 ($955), which includes an AMD A10-7700K CPU, 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card, MSI A88XI AC motherboard, 120GB + 1TB SSD/HDD combo, 8X DVD writer, and Windows 8.1</p> <p>Next up is the Trinity 200 ($1,339) -- Core i5 4690K CPU, 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM, GeForce GTX 960 GPU, Gigabyte Z97N WiFi mobo, 240GB SSD + 2TB HDD, 8X DVD writer, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/trinity_pcs.jpg" alt="Trinity PCs" title="Trinity PCs" width="620" height="313" /></p> <p>Finally, there's the Trinity Xtreme ($1,795). It comes with an Intel Core i7 5820K CPU, 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM, GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, ASRock X99E-ITX/AC motherboard, 240GB SSD + 2TB HDD, 8X DVD burner, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>All of these configurations are customizable -- just <a href="http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/landingpages/Trinity/" target="_blank">head here</a> and start clicking.</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/cyberpowers_trinity_pc_goes_prototype_shipping_product_2015#comments cyberpower Hardware OEM rigs trinity News Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:48:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 29761 at http://www.maximumpc.com Linksys Wins Race to 100 Million Router Sales, Sets Sites on Connecting Cuba http://www.maximumpc.com/linksys_wins_race_100_million_router_sales_sets_sites_connecting_cuba_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/linksys_100_million.jpg" alt="Linksys 100 Million" title="Linksys 100 Million" width="228" height="179" style="float: right;" />Remarkable 15-year run</h3> <p><strong>Linksys today announced that it has sold over 100 million wired and wireless routers around the world</strong>. No other company has crossed the 100 million mark in router sales, a milestone that took Linksys just over 15 years to accomplish. As a pioneer in the router market, the company's first consumer grade product was the BEFSR41, a cable/DSL routers with a built-in 4-port switch.</p> <p>Fast forward to today and it's a much different landscape than it was back in 1999. Smartphones are prevalent and, more recently, the Internet of Things (IoT) category is growing at a breakneck pace -- give it a bit of time and even your toaster might one day be connected to the Internet.</p> <p>“The 100 million milestone of any product is something to celebrate,” said Mike Chen, vice president, product management, Linksys. “For a router to hit this accomplishment in the same company as smartphones, game consoles, MP3 players, tablets and e-readers, shows how crucial sharing an internet connection has become. When Linksys introduced the first consumer grade router at Comdex in 1999, we never would have imagined it would have such a critical role for connecting the Internet of Things in the home.”</p> <p>If you have a PDF reader handy, you can view a <a href="http://cache-www.linksys.com/downloads/press_releases/MRU44816_LINKSYS_1-Million_Routers_Sold_Poster_v2.pdf" target="_blank">timeline of products</a> Linksys has put out through the years. Arguably the most popular of the bunch is the WRT54GL, essentially a revision of the WRT54G but with more RAM to accommodate third-party firmware.</p> <p>Linksys brought back the aesthetic design of the WRT54G/WRT54GL with the release of the WRT1900AC, our current pick for the Wi-Fi Router category in our <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/best-of-the-best?page=2">Best of the Best</a> list, and the recipient of a 9-verdict + KickAss award when we <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/linksys_wrt1900ac_review_2014">reviewed it</a> a few months ago.</p> <p>Going forward, Linksys is kicking off a Link Your World campaign with the goal of connecting people in Cuba with the rest of the rest of the world.</p> <p>"There is an opportunity here to develop and drive growth within Cuba," said Linksys CEO Chet Pipkin. "We believe that recent policy changes make this effort more viable, and we look forward to working with our industry partners and government officials to achieve this important goal."</p> <p>The iniative will include interactive programs and contests on the company's website and across its social media sites, along with retailers. So keep your eyes peeled on ways to win free gear.</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/linksys_wins_race_100_million_router_sales_sets_sites_connecting_cuba_2015#comments Hardware Internet Linksys networking routers News Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:11:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 29760 at http://www.maximumpc.com No BS Podcast #238: GTA V on PC, Linux, and Apple Watch http://www.maximumpc.com/no_bs_podcast_238_gta_v_pc_linux_and_apple_watch <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u154082/featuredcontentimage_cropped.jpg" width="241" height="144" style="float: right;" />We also say adios to technical editor Tom McNamara.</h3> <p>In <a title="No BS 238" href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/maxpc_238_20150420.mp3" target="_blank"><strong>episode 238 of the No BS Podcast</strong></a>, we tackled a number of hot issues that include the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/can_your_pc_handle_grand_theft_auto_v_4k_2015" target="_blank">PC release of GTA V</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/here%E2%80%99s_what_gta_v_looks_maxed-out_3_titan_xs" target="_blank">what it looked like in 4k using three Titan Xs</a>. We then switched over to Linux's chicken-or-the-egg problem with proprietary software and paying customers. In addition, with Apple Watch coming out, we talk about that (we figure you might want to hear our thoughts on the subject). We also had to say farewell to Tom McNamara, who will be leaving Maximum PC at the end of the week. Alex says he's going to miss letting the air out of Tom's tires. C'est la vie. In all seriousness, we're going to miss Tom and wish him well. 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That's only semi-helpful if you're planning a new build around Windows 10 and don't want to bother with the free upgrade. In that case, how's end of July suit you? <strong>During an earnings call last week, AMD CEO Lisa Su let slip that Windows 10 will launch in just three months</strong>.</p> <p>"What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up," Su said, <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2015/04/20/amd-ceo-windows-10-will-launch-at-the-end-of-july/" target="_blank">according to <em>VentureBeat</em></a>.</p> <p>So end of July it is, right? Well, we still don't know for sure. Microsoft could come out and deny that Su knows what she's talking about. Or if the end of July time frame is accurate, it's not known if that will be when OEMs get their paws on Windows 10 (RTM, or Release to Manufacturing) or if that's when consumers will be able to pick up a copy and/or upgrade.</p> <p>Either way, this is the most reliable source yet outside of Microsoft, which itself isn't ready to announce specific dates. If the end of July time frame Su referenced is indeed for RTM status, you can probably expect the general release to consumers in August.</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_boss_points_end_july_windows_10_release_2015#comments amd Lisa Su microsoft operating system OS Software windows 10 News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:27:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 29757 at http://www.maximumpc.com Fractal Design's Define S Chassis Trades Optical Drives for Airflow and Silence http://www.maximumpc.com/fractal_designs_define_s_chassis_trades_optical_drives_airflow_and_silence_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_s.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define S" title="Fractal Design Define S" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />Out with the old and in with the new</h3> <p>Fractal Design rightfully assumes that there's a userbase no longer interested in optical drive bays. That's not to say everyone falls into that category, but with Valve's Steam platform dominating game sales and companies like Microsoft and Adobe moving services to the cloud, the need for an optical drive lessens by the day. So, some will find <strong>Fractal Design's decision to omit optical drive bays in its new Define S</strong> to be a good one, especially since it purportedly means a better focus on airflow and silence.</p> <p>On the topic of airflow, the Define S with its "Scandinavian inspired construction" introduces a new internal layout providing a straight airflow path to the CPU heatsink for air cooling setups, along with various radiator mounting possibilities for those who prefer to water cool their rigs. That includes being able to house radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front.</p> <p>You'll also find reservoir brackets featuring drill-free reservoir mounting on the front of the motherboard tray and pre-drilled pump mounting holes on the bottom panel.</p> <p>To keep librarians and anyone with a hangover happy, the case is equipped with sound dampening material to keep noise at a minimum. There's also two low-noise Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans included, plus ModuVent fan slot covers for the option of additional cooling or maximum sound absorption.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_s_open.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define S Open" title="Fractal Design Define S Open" /></p> <p>There are three newly designed hard drive trays sitting vertically behind the front partition of the mobo tray. Two additional SSDs can be mounted behind the mobo tray.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/define-series/define-s-window" target="_blank">Fractal Design Define S</a> will be available starting in June for around $115.</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/fractal_designs_define_s_chassis_trades_optical_drives_airflow_and_silence_2015#comments Build a PC case chassis Define S enclosure fractal design Hardware News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:09:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29756 at http://www.maximumpc.com Patriot Takes Aim at Laptops with Ignite Series M.2 Solid State Drive http://www.maximumpc.com/patriot_takes_aim_laptops_ignite_series_m2_solid_state_drive_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/patriot_ignite_m2.jpg" alt="Patriot Ignite M2" title="Patriot Ignite M2" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Fast upgrade option for SFF PCs</h3> <p><strong>Patriot Memory on Monday fleshed out its solid state drive lineup with the introduction of the Ignite Series.</strong> The Ignite is a line of M.2 SATA SSDs that Patriot says is intended for portable devices such as ultrabooks, notebooks, and ultra-compact PCs, or mini PCs as they're also called (think along the lines of Intel's NUC and Zotac's Zbox systems). The obvious benefit here is faster boot times from a piece of hardware that's about the size of a stick of bubble gum.</p> <p>This is Patriot's first foray into M.2 territory. Coming along for the ride is the Phison S10 controller and multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. The combination adds up to rated performance of up to 560MB/s sequential reads and up to 320MB/s sequential writes. Not too shabby, though write times seem to have taken a hit compared compared to Patriot's regular (2.5-inch) Ignite SSDs.</p> <p>Other features include end-to-end data protection (ETEP), advanced wear-leveling, advanced Garbage collection, Smart ECC (multiple levels of ECC protection), and Smart Refresh.</p> <p><a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/04/prweb12627661.htm" target="_blank">Patriot says</a> you'll be able to purchase the Ignite M2 line in 240GB ($110 MSRP) and 480GB ($210 MSRP) capacities beginning in May.</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/patriot_takes_aim_laptops_ignite_series_m2_solid_state_drive_2015#comments Build a PC Hardware ignite M.2 Patriot solid state drive ssd storage News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:40:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 29755 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Wants to Help Make Web QUIC-ker http://www.maximumpc.com/google_wants_help_make_web_quic-ker209 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u46168/google_logo_0.jpg" alt="QUIC Protocol" title="QUIC Protocol" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Company feels its UDP-based QUIC network protocol is almost ready for prime time</h3> <p>Over the last quarter, Google has been busy stress-testing its <a href="http://blog.chromium.org/2013/06/experimenting-with-quic.html" target="_blank">QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) network protocol</a>, subjecting it to an ever increasing amount of traffic. At the moment, <strong>“roughly half of all requests from Chrome to Google servers” are being sent over QUIC.</strong> The<a href="http://blog.chromium.org/2015/04/a-quic-update-on-googles-experimental.html" target="_blank"> results, the company says, are heartening</a> and point to a tangible performance improvement over TCP.</p> <p>According to a <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lmL9EF6qKrk7gbazY8bIdvq3Pno2Xj_l_YShP40GLQE/edit" target="_blank">FAQ</a> published by the search engine giant, QUIC supports multiplexed transport over UDP while guaranteeing security comparable to TLS/SSL. By relying on UDP instead of TCP, it is able to cut down on latency.</p> <p>In so far as latency-sensitive services like Google Search are concerned, the UDP-based QUIC outperforms TCP through its ability to establish connections without any round trips so long as it has communicated with the server before. This is in stark contrast to how things work right now.</p> <p>“The standard way to do secure web browsing involves communicating over TCP + TLS, which requires 2 to 3 round trips with a server to establish a secure connection before the browser can request the actual web page,” Google wrote in a blog post Friday.</p> <p>Likewise, QUIC gets the better of TCP in poor network conditions as well, owing mainly to improved packet recovery and congestion control.</p> <p>“Packet sequence numbers are never reused when retransmitting a packet. This avoids ambiguity about which packets have been received and avoids dreaded retransmission timeouts. As a result, QUIC outshines TCP under poor network conditions, shaving a full second off the Google Search page load time for the slowest 1% of connections.&nbsp;&nbsp; These benefits are even more apparent for video services like YouTube. Users report 30% fewer rebuffers when watching videos over QUIC.”</p> <p>Buoyed by the results, Google has great hopes for QUIC. First, it wants to continue to increase traffic over the protocol, with the ultimate aim of entrusting it with all traffic from Google clients to Google services. Then it plans to approach the&nbsp; Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) with a proposal to make the protocol an Internet standard, but says there are some changes it needs to make first, “like changing the wire format” and decoupling the current implementation from SPDY (another Google-developed protocol) and moving to QUIC-over-HTTP2.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_wants_help_make_web_quic-ker209#comments Google network quic spdy tcp udp News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:38:47 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29754 at http://www.maximumpc.com Chrome OS Update Adds Google Now to App Launcher http://www.maximumpc.com/chrome_os_update_adds_google_now_app_launcher221 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/chromeos-launcher.png" alt="Chrome Launcher 2.0" title="Chrome Launcher 2.0" width="228" height="181" style="float: right;" />And a dollop of Material design</h3> <p>The <strong>interplay between Chrome OS and Android is not just limited to the ongoing effort to get Android apps to work on the former</strong>. They are drawing close to each other in other respects as well, and the <a href="http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.in/2015/04/stable-channel-update-for-chrome-os_16.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+GoogleChromeReleases+(Google+Chrome+Releases)http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2015/04/stable-channel-update-for-chrome-os_16.html?utm_source%3Dfeedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+GoogleChromeReleases+(Google+Chrome+Releases)" target="_blank"> latest Chrome OS update</a>, which began rolling out on Thursday, is a case in point.</p> <p>Included in the update is a new app launcher that has the Google Now personal assistant baked right into it, enabling it to deliver a whole host of personalized info—everything from weather updates to stock quotes—to the user. This is, of course, in addition to the launcher’s primary role of firing up your favorite apps for you.</p> <p>Also included in Chrome OS is an updated File Manager. It has been redesigned “Material-ly”, bringing Chrome OS aesthetically closer to the latest flavor of Android — Lollipop. Google said late last month, when the update entered beta, that other areas of Chrome OS were also in line for a similar Material design-inspired facelift. </p> <p>Other changes in Chrome 42 include a new Calculator app and the ability to open password-protected Zip files. And another Material design-inspired move, the default typeface has been changed to Roboto for Latin and Cyrillic for Greek.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/chrome_os_update_adds_google_now_app_launcher221#comments calculator chrome launcher 2.0 chrome os cloud files app Google google now material design News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:08:57 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29753 at http://www.maximumpc.com Steam Tightens Screws on Spammers, Sets Minimum Spend Requirement for Chatting http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_tightens_screw_spammers_sets_minimum_spend_requirement_chatting281 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/steam_logo.png" alt="Steam" title="Steam" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Sorry spammers, you need to pay $5 per account to keep enjoying the service</h3> <p>With spam on Steam getting out of hand and users becoming increasingly fed up, Valve has finally stepped in. The company has <strong>tweaked the prerequisites for lifting of limits on new user accounts</strong>.</p> <p>As first pointed out by <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Steam/comments/32yay7/limited_user_accounts_have_been_further_limited/" target="_blank">Reddit user “KillahInstinct”</a>, Valve now requires that a user spend a minimum of $5 in order for the various limits on a new user account to be lifted. Seeing as chatting and sending friend invites are among the things that are off limits to such accounts, this should nip Steam’s growing spam and phishing problem in the bud.</p> <p>It was earlier possible to unlock Steam accounts by activating a Steam gift card, purchasing a game, or even making a micro-payment. Following this change in policy, however, the cost of spamming has gone up manifold, effectively making the whole thing unviable.</p> <p>Here is the <a href="https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3330-IAGK-7663#" target="_blank">complete list of features that are unavailable to limited accounts</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Sending friend invites</li> <li>Opening group chat</li> <li>Voting on Greenlight, Steam Reviews and Workshop items</li> <li>Participating in the Steam Market</li> <li>Posting frequently in the Steam Discussions</li> <li>Gaining Steam Profile Levels (Locked to level 0) and Trading Cards</li> <li>Submitting content on the Steam Workshop</li> <li>Posting in an item's Steam Workshop Discussions</li> <li>Accessing the Steam Web API</li> <li>Using browser and mobile chat</li> </ul> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/steam_tightens_screw_spammers_sets_minimum_spend_requirement_chatting281#comments limited accounts phishing spam Steam Valve News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:08:21 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29752 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Will Discuss Next-gen GPUs ‘Later This Quarter’ http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_will_discuss_next-gen_gpus_%E2%80%98later_quarter%E2%80%99300 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/radeon_graphics_logo_0.jpg" alt="Radeon R9 300 Series" title="Radeon R9 300 Series" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Nvidia’s latest and greatest GPUs remain unchallenged</h3> <p>Advanced Micro Devices will talk about its much-awaited (and long overdue) next-gen graphics cards later in this quarter, the company’s CEO Lisa Su said in an earnings call earlier this week. This is significant because <strong>if there was ever a need for a graphics card refresh, it’s right now.</strong></p> <p>Until recently many people were wondering if the launch would happen in time for GTA V’s PC release, but AMD remained noncommittal, offering nothing more than a vague, albeit tantalizing, response. “We’re giving finishing touches,” is all it said. GTA V is already here, of course.</p> <p>To be fair to AMD, it’s not as if they promised something in a particular timeframe and failed to deliver on time. Even during the previous quarterly earnings call all Su would say is that the company had some “very good” graphics cards lined up for the second quarter of 2015. But the company is not doing itself any favors by letting <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2015/03/17/with-titan-x-nvidia-has-introduced-4-unanswered-gpus/">Nvidia’s latest and greatest GPUs go virtually unchallenged</a> for so long (over 9 months and counting).</p> <p>“So as we go into the second half of the year, we would like to see some regain of share in both the desktop and the notebook business,” Su said, responding to a question from Credit Suisse’s John Pitzer.</p> <p>“I've talked about Carrizo being a strong product for us, I talked about some of our graphics launches that we'll talk about later this quarter. So from our standpoint, I would say the first half of the year, we had some, let's call it, some of our issues that we were correcting in terms of the channel, and then a weaker than expected market environment.”</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/9172/amd-posts-q1-2015-results-180-million-net-loss">first quarter wasn’t a particularly good one for the company</a> as it slumped to a $180 million net loss. Although a significant improvement over the previous quarter in which it reported a net loss of $364 million, this is several times worse than the $20 million loss it recorded during the same period last year.</p> <p>Hopefully, things will improve once the new graphics cards are finally available. Kitguru <a href="http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/anton-shilov/amd-reiterates-plans-to-introduce-new-radeon-r9-300-series-gpus-in-june/" target="_blank">expects them to be unveiled at Computex in June.</a></p> <p>In the meantime, we will have to make do with unverified reports and rumored specs.<br />Coalescing relevant bits from the various R9 300 rumors we’ve heard so far, one can paint a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/xfx_radeon_r9_370_core_edition_leaks_web_higher_end_r300_series_cards_follow">somewhat detailed picture of the company’s next-gen GPU lineup</a>:</p> <ul> <li>AMD Radeon R9 390X: 28nm Fiji XT GPU, 3,584 cores, 224 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB memory, $599</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 390: 28nm Fiji Pro GPU, 3,328 cores, 208 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, $399</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 380X: 28nm Hawaii XTX GPU, 2,816 cores, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, 512-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 380: 28nm Hawaii Pro GPU, 2,560 cores, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB GDDR5, 512-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 375X: Tonga XT GPU, 2,048 cores, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 384-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 375: Tonga Pro GPU, 1,792 cores, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 370X: Trinidad XT GPU, 1,280 cores, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R9 370: 28nm Trinidad Pro GPU, 1,024 cores, 64 TMUs, 24 ROPs, 2GB GDDR5, 256-bit, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R7 360X: Bermuda GPU, 896 cores, 128-bit GDDR5, price unknown</li> <li>AMD Radeon R7 350X/340X: Oland GPU, 320 cores, DDR3 and GDDR5 memory, 128-bit</li> <li>AMD Radeon R5 300: Caicos GPU, 160 cores, DDR3 memory, 64-bit</li> </ul> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_will_discuss_next-gen_gpus_%E2%80%98later_quarter%E2%80%99300#comments amd fiji xt gpu graphics card Hardware nvidia radeon r9 300 News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:13:05 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29751 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Tops 20 Percent of Desktop Search Market for First Time http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tops_20_percent_desktop_search_market_first_time_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bing.jpg" alt="Bing" title="Bing" width="228" height="176" style="float: right;" />Search rankings</h3> <p>Have you used Bing lately? An increasing number of people are, and perhaps one day it will earn verb status the way Google has. In the meantime, <strong>Microsoft can celebrate snagging a 20.1 percent share of the search market</strong> as of the end of March, up from 19.8 percent at the end of February. It's also the first time that Microsoft has crossed over the 20 percent mark, according to data provided by comScore.</p> <p>That's still not enough to touch Google, which remained virtually flat at 64.4 percent (down just a sliver from 64.5 percent), though it's a good bit ahead of Yahoo Sites (12.7 percent) Ask Network (1.8 percent), and AOL (1.1 percent). Out of all of them, Microsoft was the only to increase its share -- the rest either didn't budge or dropped by a hair.</p> <p>These numbers don't take into consideration searches conducted from mobile devices, and it's not clear if they include consoles, either. They're <a href="http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Market-Rankings/comScore-Releases-March-2015-US-Desktop-Search-Engine-Rankings" target="_blank">listed by comScore</a> as being "Desktop Only" from both home and work locations.</p> <p>As far as desktop searches goes, there were 18.9 billion explicit core searches conducted in March, with Google Sites taking the lion's share of them (12.1 billion, up 11 percent), followed by Microsoft (3.8 billion, up 12 percent).</p> <p>It's worth pointing out that Microsoft and Yahoo <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_and_yahoo_revise_10-year_search_agreement_2015">recently amended</a> their 10-year search agreement. It's not yet clear how exactly the revised arrangement will affect search shares of both entities, though if it favors Microsoft, Google may have reason to sweat (just a little).</p> <p>What's <em>YOUR</em> search engine of choice these days? Sound off in the comments section below!</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_tops_20_percent_desktop_search_market_first_time_2015#comments aol Ask Bing Google microsoft search Yahoo News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:55:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 29749 at http://www.maximumpc.com Origin PC Plans to Live Stream Build Process for a Millennium Desktop Rig http://www.maximumpc.com/origin_pc_plans_live_stream_build_process_millennium_desktop_rig_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_millennium_0.jpg" alt="Origin PC Millennium" title="Origin PC Millennium" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" />How boutique builders do it</h3> <p>Building a computer isn't all that difficult. Though it may seem like a daunting proposition to anyone who's never assembled a PC before, it's really just a matter of preparation and patience. Where things tend to get a little more challenging is when you aim for a professional looking build like the boutique vendors offer. How do they do it? See for yourself -- boutique builder <strong>Origin PC is going to live stream the construction of a Millennium desktop PC</strong> later this month.</p> <p>Mark your calendars for April 24th. With the help of popular Twitch streamer Towelliee, Origin PC will showcase a custom build on its Twitch channel from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern.</p> <p>"Origin PC and Towelliee will also be chatting with fans live during the stream for anyone who may have questions regarding the PC build. If you ever wondered how Origin PC builds their award-winning custom high-performance desktops, now’s your chance to experience it live for the very first time!," Origin said.</p> <p>The Millennium is Origin PC's mid-size gaming desktop. As this will be a custom configuration, we don't know yet what components will get shoved inside or what the foundation will be. There are three to choose from on Origin PC's website -- an Intel Z97 build starting at $1,785, an AMD 990FX build starting at $1,847, and an Intel X99 configuration starting at $2,322.</p> <p>Origin PC's Twitter channel can be found <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/originpc" target="_blank">here</a>, in case you want to bookmark it ahead of time.</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/origin_pc_plans_live_stream_build_process_millennium_desktop_rig_2015#comments Hardware millennium OEM origin pc rigs Towelliee twitch News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:31:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29748 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft and Yahoo Revise 10-Year Search Agreement http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_and_yahoo_revise_10-year_search_agreement_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/yahoo_0.jpg" alt="Yahoo" title="Yahoo" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Amended search partnership gives Yahoo more flexibility</h3> <p>Yahoo search is changing, though you won't notice it right away. As is stands now, Yahoo search is powered by Microsoft's Bing search engine. For the majority, that won't change, though for others, it might. As part of the <strong>new search deal between Yahoo and Microsoft, Yahoo will be allowed to display its own search results and ads for up to half the searches</strong> performed by visitors to its sites and applications.</p> <p>Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer says her and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have been working together for the past several months to revise the original search agreement, which was put into place in 2009.</p> <p>"This renewed agreement opens up significant opportunities in our partnership that I'm very excited about to explore," Mayer said in a <a href="https://investor.yahoo.net/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=906942" target="_blank">statement</a>.</p> <p>As Mayer explains it, Yahoo will have more flexibility to enhance the search experience on any platform, since the partnership is non-exclusive for both desktop and mobile. She claims that Yahoo will still serve Bing ads and search results for the majority of its desktop traffic.</p> <p>In addition, Microsoft will be in full control of the salesforce for ads delivered by Microsoft's Bing Ads platform, and likewise, Yahoo will remain the exclusive salesforce for its Gemini ads platform. In other words, Yahoo now has the ability to sell search ads to advertisers through Gemini, while Microsoft will begin taking over sales of all ads for Bing search.</p> <p>That's all the companies were willing to share at this time, so we'll have to wait and see how this revised arrangement affects real-world search results.</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/microsoft_and_yahoo_revise_10-year_search_agreement_2015#comments Bing microsoft search Yahoo News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:56:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 29746 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Unveils Sleek and Slim GR6 PC Game Console http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_unveils_sleek_and_slim_gr6_pc_game_console_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_rog_gr6.jpg" alt="Asus ROG GR6" title="Asus ROG GR6" width="225" height="220" style="float: right;" />Small in size, quiet in operation</h3> <p>We still have a few months to go before official Steam Machine systems enter the market, but in the meantime, OEMs, boutique builders, and hardware players continue to get a jump start on the category with PC gaming consoles built around Windows 8.1 and Steam's Big Picture mode. One such model is the <strong>Asus ROG GR6, the newest PC game box</strong> that's sure to grab attention from your entertainment center.</p> <p>It's an ultra-compact system built inside a 2.5-liter chassis that measures all of 238mm by 245mm by 60mm and weighing 1.28kg. Asus says it's also whisper-quiet, producing 20dB when idle and 28dB at full load.</p> <p>The GR6 features a 5th Generation Intel Core i5 5200U processor, 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM (supports up to 16GB), HDD and SSD storage options, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, GbE LAN, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, audio jacks, and Windows 8.1.</p> <p>It also has Steam installed and will boot into Steam Big Picture mode with the tap of a button. In addition, Asus says it's working with Valve to ensure the GR6 works "perfectly" with Steam OS and Steam Controller down the line. For now, an optional ROG Gladius mouse and M801 keyboard or ORG Sica mouse and RA01 keyboard comes bundled with the system.</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_unveils_sleek_and_slim_gr6_pc_game_console_2015#comments asus GR6 Hardware OEM pc pc console Republic of Gamers rigs ROG News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:04:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 29745 at http://www.maximumpc.com