Two magazine issues ago I wrote an article indicating that you were part of the Maximum PC crew. It wasn’t a joke. I really do believe that our readership very much guides us in a fashion that’s congruent to us guiding you on the next hardware upgrade. And so the emails started coming in.
Long emails, short ones, rants, suggestions, I’ve read them all. I’ve been trying to respond to all the emails sent to me, but between the enormous workload at publication and getting back to the feedback, I’ve admittedly been falling behind in replies—I promise I’ll get back to you eventually though, if you have written in.
Could the world use yet another browser? Sure, if security is at the forefront of your mind. At the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest that took place this week, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari all fell prey to remote code execution exploits by the second day. Not to make a mountain out of a mole hill, this isn't unusual, as every year hackers gather at CanSecWest's conference to show off their skills for prizes.
You've probably at least heard of Supermicro, a well established player in the server and workstation markets. Supermicro also dabbles in small form factor (SFF) cases, but as far as full fledged gaming PCs go, options are few and far between. Nevertheless, Supermicro is getting ready to expand its limited gaming system lineup with a rig built around Intel's Haswell architecture that will be upgradeable to Broadwell-E.
AMD claims that Nvidia G-Sync technology can negatively affect FPS
Shore up your homes everyone, it appears that another battle is about to be waged between AMD and Nvidia consumers. The resulting storm is going to be over AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync technologies. While AMD announced that four new monitors with FreeSync support are now available, it didn’t stop there. The company went on to claim that Nvidia’s G-Sync can negatively affect a game’s FPS.
We also introduce Maximum PC's new Associate Editor Alex Campbell
There has been a lot of PC news since the No BS podcast last convened and on episode 237, the crew gets busy tackling it. Topics on this week’s show include Nvidia’s new $999 Titan X GPU, Valve’s revolutionary Vive VR system, GTC, GDC and more. We also introduce you to Maximum PC’s newest cast member, Associate Editor Alex Campbell. And finally, we tackle some of your reader questions!
Some upgrade scenarios will require physical media
Microsoft dropped a bombshell yesterday when it revealed that even Windows pirates will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost, though we have a clarification on that, which we'll get to in a moment. The Redmond outfit also outlined how you'll be able to make the leap to Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year -- if you have a PC or tablet running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 with all the latest updates, you'll be able to upgrade using the Windows Update service. The same goes for Windows Phone 8.1.
Acer later today will be adding a new configuration to its C910 line of Chromebooks, one that will sport an Intel Core i5 5200U processor. Equipped with the new chip, Acer says it feels confident claiming that it's the fastest performing commercial Chromebook on the market. At the same time, the C910 offers all-day battery life of up to 8 hours before needing to be recharged.
Electronics Arts' highly anticipated Battlefield Hardline game released to PC (and consoles) yesterday, and with it Nvidia has a new WHQL driver release, version 347.88, that it says will ensure you'll have the best possible gaming experience in EA's latest title. The new driver also comes right as Nvidia officially releases its newest flagship graphics card, the GeForce Titan X (check out our review of the Titan X here).
Trendnet unveiled a new flagship router -- AC3200 Tri Band / TEW-828DRU -- at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in January, but at the time, it wasn't available. Now it is, or soon will be once stores update their inventories. Trendnet tells us the TEW-828DRU is now shipping to North America and North America only, promising strong performance in busy connected homes.
Software piracy has been the bane of Microsoft's existence ever since the first copy of Windows was pirated. Since then, it's been a cat and mouse game between Microsoft and software pirates, but when it comes to Windows 10, it looks like Microsoft is willing to call a truce. More specifically, reports have emerged that Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to all Windows users, even those running non-genuine copies.