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With the launch of Intel's Haswell-E processors and X99 chipset right around the corner, everyone aside from Intel itself has been previewing products that complement the platform. Most notably, this involves motherboard and memory manufacturers, with some choosing to remain mum in advance of the launch, with others... Read more...
You'll find all sorts of amenities on Gigabyte's newly launched and limited edition Z97X-SOC Force LN2 motherboard. It boasts a 2x copper printed circuit board (PCB), onboard buttons for various functions, four-way CrossFire support with an "OC Brace" to keeps those cards in place when using an open-air chassis (or... Read more...
When Apple unveiled its latest Mac Pro design at its WWDC last summer, the jokes wrote themselves. Shaped like a trashcan, some wondered if it was some sort of representation of the computer being "piece of junk". And I admit, with its open-topped design, I've pictured myself accidentally throwing a crumpled-up piece... Read more...
Valve has today revealed the specs behind its Steam Machine prototype, and if you were expecting something on the level of the next-gen consoles (like I was), you might just be pleased to learn that your assumptions were incorrect. As we discussed last week, Valve will be sending out 300 of these Steam Machine prototypes to lucky beta entrants,... Read more...
Since the introduction of Intel's "Tick / Tock" model in 2007, the company has successfully released a major new architecture one year, and then a die shrink the next. Well, according to leaked documents, 2014 looks to be the first year where Intel skips a beat, as Broadwell, Haswell's original successor, has been... Read more...
Gaming PCs can come in all shapes and sizes, but I'm willing to bet that all-in-one isn't one of the first to come to mind. MSI would like to change that, and has built a great-looking model to help. It's called the "Wind Top AG2712", where the 27 represents the 27-inch display. With this machine, MSI claims the first gaming AIO at this size... Read more...
ASUS developing an SSD? Surprising, isn't it? Well it shouldn't be. After all, the company makes everything from notebooks to smartphones to motherboards to graphics cards to monitors to optical drives to keyboards and mice to routers to audio cards to... alright, I need to stop myself. Given ASUS' huge enthusiast focus, moving into the SSD... Read more...
Over the course of the past few years, you might have noticed that component vendors have been working hard to shed some old technology that's been keeping us from progress. We've seen EFI replace the typical BIOS, for example, and GPT become more prevalent to allow us to use hard drives greater than 2.2TB... Read more...
GIGABYTE announced its new GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards complete with dual onboard Thunderbolt ports. Each Thunderbolt port supports maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds up to 10Gbps. You'll find dual Thunderbolt ports on the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH and GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH motherboards. These... Read more...
ASUS launched its P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard which features the Thunderbolt connection interface. Thunderbolt promises transfer speeds that are twice as fast as USB 3.0 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. It offers simultaneous bi-directional 10Gbps transfer speeds over a single cable, with the flexibility to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt-ready... Read more...
EVGA announced a new high performance motherboard known as the EVGA Classified SR-X. This motherboard features dual CPU support, 4-way SLI support, SATA III 6GB/s, SAS, USB 3.0 and more. The Classified SR-X also supports up to 96GB of Quad-Channel DDR3 1600MHz+ RAM with its 12 DIMM slots. There are 7 PCI-E 3.0 16/8x slots on the board. Other... Read more...
MSI revealed the new QM77 mini-ITX motherboard designed for use with Intel's Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge processors. When an Intel Ivy Bridge mobile CPU is installed, this motherboard can support up to three displays by D-sub, DVI, HDMI, LVDS, or eDP. With an Intel Sandy Bridge CPU, you'll get support for dual displays. Other key features include... Read more...
A new platform is only as good as the support surrounding it, and now Gigabyte is giving Intel a little of that with a new Z68 motherboard. But it's not just "yet another Z68 mainboard." This is being called the world's first Z68 motherboard with onboard mSATA for Intel SLC SSDs as well as Smart Response technology... Read more...
MSI announced its AMD AM3 motherboards as well as BIOS upgrades for MSI’s AM3 motherboards to enable support for AMD’s new generation AM3+ multi-core processors. Through the BIOS upgrades, MSI says users will be able to take full advantage of the power of AMD AM3+ multi-core processors without extra... Read more...
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