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Speaking of Digital Storm, the custom PC maker announced a 13.3-inch gaming notebook nearing the VELOCE moniker, which is a good bit smaller than the beastly and powerful 17-inch systems that we so often see. The Haswell-based VELOCE features an Intel Core i7-4800MQ quad-core processor, full HD 13.3-inch display, NVIDIA GTX 765M (2GB) graphics card, 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, a DVD/CD 8x multi drive, and an mSATA SSD and 750GB Hybrid (7200 RPM) hard drive. Ports include SuperSpeed USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, and VGA out, and there’s also a dedicated network port with Killer Wireless-N 1202 wireless LAN with Bluetooth 4.0. Buyers also get a 3-year limited warranty and lifetime U.S.-based tech support.... Read more...
The Intel Haswell-based gaming rigs keep coming. Digital Storm sent us a mid tower gaming machine dubbed the Digital Storm VIRTUE Level 3, which boasts some hot, next-gen components wrapped inside a stoic, unadorned chassis--rather like the CyberPowerPC Xtreme Gamer 5200 we just looked at. Digital Storm says that the VIRTUE was an effort to create a mid tower-sized option that evinced the same care and attention typically devoted to the bigger, showier gaming rigs we're used to seeing. The Digital Storm VIRTUE is powered by a factory-overclocked Intel Core i7-4770K processor and is paired to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3GB) GPU. There's also 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory in the system, plus a 120GB... Read more...
The Intel Haswell-based gaming rigs keep coming. Digital Storm sent us a mid tower gaming machine dubbed the Digital Storm VIRTUE Level 3, which boasts some hot, next-gen components wrapped inside a stoic, unadorned chassis--rather like the CyberPowerPC Xtreme Gamer 5200 we just looked at. Digital Storm says that the VIRTUE was an effort to create a mid tower-sized option that evinced the same care and attention typically devoted to the bigger, showier gaming rigs we’re used to seeing. The VIRTUE is certainly well-made, and there’s surely a market for mid tower rigs, but like the aforementioned Xtreme Gamer 5200 the VIRTUE Level 3 is devoid of some of those fun bells... Read more...
Intel’s Skylake processors won’t launch for some time (the company still needs to release Broadwell at some point, which won’t be out until sometime next year at the earliest), but according to a leaked roadmap slide, we can see some juicy details about Skylake. The chips will be built on Intel's 14nm process node (which we’ll see first on Haswell-E processors), and they’ll also feature AVX 3.2. DDR4 support will be included, as well as support for PCIe 4.0, and Intel’s HD graphics will hit version 9 with reportedly significantly more robust performance. DDR4 memory will be out later this year and will offer far more density per module, twice the data rates,... Read more...
Shortly after refreshing its gaming systems, MAINGEAR announced a new line of gaming rigs with the EPIC FORCE and EPIC RUSH. The former has a full tower chassis while the latter is built with a mid tower case, but both bear the workmanship and design of other custom systems we’ve seen recently from MAINGEAR. Both rigs feature EKWB water cooling setups, including a “BiTurbo” pump that purports to keep fluid going even if one of the pumps fails, as many as three radiators (on the FORCE) or two (on the RUSH), and a killer reservoir. MAINGEAR EPIC FORCE The EPIC FORCE, which comes in a modified Corsair Obsidian 900D case, offers Intel Core i7 (Haswell) or AMD FX processors and up... Read more...
Now that Intel’s 4th-generation Core processors are flowing in the market, all your favorite boutique builders are churning out new systems based around those Haswell chips. The new Intel processors require a new socket (LGA 1150), and the associated motherboards have the new Z87 chipset. If you’re as excited as we are to see how Haswell fares, stick around--there’s a lot of good stuff coming down the pike. One of our first Haswel-based system is the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200, which comes in a surprisingly subdued mid-tower chassis that belies the powerful components inside. It’s hard to say what CyberPowerPC’s going for aesthetically here, but it’s easy... Read more...
Now that Intel’s 4th-generation Core processors are flowing in the market, all your favorite boutique builders are churning out new systems based around those Haswell chips. The new Intel processors require a new socket (LGA 1150), and the associated motherboards have the new Z87 chipset. If you’re as excited as we are to see how Haswell fares, stick around--there’s a lot of good stuff coming down the pike. One of our first Haswell-based system is the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200, which comes in a surprisingly subdued mid-tower chassis that belies the powerful components inside. It’s hard to say what CyberPowerPC’s going for aesthetically here, but it’s easy... 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 replaced with "Haswell Refresh". In these documents, Ivy Bridge-E is still slated to launch in Q3 of this year, which for those looking for six-core parts not two generations behind is really good to see. However, due to significant changes in the silicon, current X79 motherboards are unable to support these upcoming chips. In Q2 2014, "Haswell Refresh" gets pushed out, alongside the... Read more...
Intel announced a set of new enterprise products today aimed at furthering its strengths in the TOP500 supercomputing market. As of today, the Chinese Tiahne-2 supercomputer (aka Milky Way 2) is now the fastest supercomputer on the planet at roughly ~54PFLOPs. That's double the speed of the old leader, the AMD/Nvidia powered Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The new system draws significantly more power than the Titan, (17.8MW vs. 8.2MW) but overall power efficiency is fairly similar. The Titan's GFLOP/W ratio is 2.143, while the new Tianhe hits 1.935. Intel is putting its own major push behind heterogeneous computing with the Tianhe-2. Each node contains two Ivy Bridge sockets and three... Read more...
Things aren't always what they appear to be, and so it is with Dell's Alienware X51 R2, a small form factor (SFF) gaming PC in console digs. It's shaped similar to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Slim, and though it's slightly larger than either a 360 or PlayStation 3, the X51 R2 would be right at home in a living room setting nestled next to a large screen TV. Indeed, it's adept at running Steam's Big Picture mode, and if your primary objective is to play games in the living room, go ahead and consider the X51 R2 a hybrid game console. We know from our autopsy that the X51 R2's internal organs are decidedly PC, just like the original X51 that Dell beamed into our lab last year. The R2 model we're dissecting... Read more...
Remember the Twilight Zone episode in which a race of 9-foot aliens descended upon Earth with seemingly benign intentions? They shared advanced technologies with the human race and appeared to live by a code outlined in a book that U.S. government cryptographers figured out was titled, "To Serve Man." The horrifying reveal at the end of the episode was that it's actually a cookbook, lending a whole new perspective to its contents and what those space invaders were really up to the whole time. The point being here, is that things aren't always what they appear to be. And so it is with Dell's Alienware X51 R2, a small form factor (SFF) gaming PC in console digs. It's shaped similar to Microsoft's... Read more...
Image popupMobile gaming has become a bit of a misnomer as of late. You either have to sacrifice performance and settle for mostly casual gaming (tablet PCs) or give up a bit of portability to accommodate high-end hardware (gaming laptops and desktop replacements). Looking to cut down on the amount of compromises a mobile gamer has to make, MSI today announced its new GE40, a gaming laptop that measures less than 1-inch thick and weighs just 4.4 pounds. That's not quite Ultrabook territory, but for a full fledged gaming laptop, 4.4 pounds is nothing to be ashamed of. What you get in return is a potent setup consisting of 14-inch HD display (1600x900), Intel Core i7 4702MQ processor (Haswell),... Read more...
As expected, Apple unloaded a slew of announcements at its WWDC today, including an update of the venerable Mac OS X, a couple of refreshed MacBook Air notebooks with Intel Haswell processors inside, and a totally redesigned Mac Pro. In OS X Mavericks, Apple is eschewing the big cat-themed naming scheme while adding some new features. First, there’s Finder tabs, so when you have multiple Finder windows open, you can just group them together into one windows with multiple tabs; additionally, you can drag items between tabs, which is a nice touch. Another nifty new Finder-related feature is the ability to add tags to a document when you save it, which makes for much easier searching. The... Read more...
The big news of the day, based on a leaked Intel roadmap, is that Broadwell won't launch in 2014. Instead, we'll see a Haswell refresh with unknown performance characteristics (slightly higher clocks are the best bet) and, late in the year, a "Haswell-E" server part on the X99 chipset. Ivy Bridge-E, the six-core LGA2011 CPU, is still set for later this year, on the X79 chipset. The big assumption coming out of this is that Intel has delayed 14nm production and that Broadwell wont' ship at all in 2014. Based on sources we've spoken to, this isn't accurate. The flaw in the current story is that it implicitly assumes that desktop is the focus of Intel's business and that the company would naturally... Read more...
Toshiba is the latest PC maker to let us know all the details of its newly-refreshed line of devices, and the company’s lineup consists of tablets, notebooks, and an all-in-one. There’s a trio of 10.1-inch tablets, actually--the Excite Pro, Excite Write, and Excite Pure. The Excite Pro ($499.99) and Excite Write ($599.99) feature PixelPure (2560x1600) displays, NVIDIA Tegra 4 processors, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. They also offer Harman Kardon speakers with DTS Premium Voice Pro; 8MP rear cameras; and ports including micro HDMI, micro USB, and micro SD. The Excite Write also comes with a pressure-sensitive Toshiba TruPen and accompanying... Read more...
Dell has announced its lineup of desktops, notebooks, convertibles, all-in-ones, and gaming rigs running Intel’s 4th-generation Intel (Haswell) chips, and there’s a lot there. The sexiest new products are arguably the Dell XPS 27 all-in-one and the XPS 12 convertible laptop/tablet. The XPS 27 features an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M (2GB) GPU in addition to Intel HD4600 graphics with either an Intel Core i7-4770S (3.9GHz) or Core i5-4430S (3.2GHz) CPU. The 27-inch (2560x1440) display features 10-point multitouch, and there’s a 2MP webcam with dual digital microphones integrated in the front. Waves MaxxAudio Pro is on board, as well as up to 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz (SODIMMs) memory ,... Read more...
Computex has been the backdrop for ton of new product announcements this week, and they’re still coming. Corsair unveiled several new components for performance and gaming PCs, some of which are designed with the new Haswell processors in mind. Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 Memory The most noteworthy Corsair product announced is the Vengeance Pro Series DDR3 memory. If you’re building a new system around a 4th generation Intel Core processor and you plan to overclock it, you’re the kind of customer Corsair has in mind for its new Vengeance modules. Kits are available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors and at speeds ranging from 1600MHz to 2933MHz. Because Corsair is targeting... Read more...
If Haswell's debut on the desktop has left you feeling a bit flat, the company's mobile efforts may be the pick-me-up you've been hoping for. If you step back and think about the entire CPU market, the last two years have been marked by tremendous shifts in consumer buying habits, as tablet sales skyrocketed and desktop/laptop sales have slumped. Intel recognized years ago that Atom, no matter how polished, would never be able to address the entire portable market -- the usage scenarios between a laptop and a smartphone are just too wide. The company therefore decided to take a two-pronged approach to this brave new frontier of computing, with a new Atom architecture anchoring the ultra-low power... Read more...
With Haswell processors out and Computex taking place in Taiwan this week, it’s a perfect time to announce new systems, and Acer has those in spades. It took the wraps off a total of 23 Aspire notebooks and six Aspire desktops that have Haswell processors. Not surprisingly, it’s billing the mobile systems as offering great battery life, thanks to the energy-saving Haswell tech. Here are some particularly noteworthy systems to keep an eye out for. Acer Aspire V7-482PG-9884-U Ultrabook Acer is offering its high-end Aspire V7-482PG-9884-U ultrabook only at acer.com. The $1,299.99 ultrabook boasts a 14-inch IPS display and Intel Core i7-4500U processor, as well as NVIDIA GeForce GT750M... Read more...
If Haswell's debut on the desktop has left you feeling a bit flat, the company's mobile efforts may be the pick-me-up you've been hoping for. If you step back and think about the entire CPU market, the last two years have been marked by tremendous shifts in consumer buying habits, as tablet sales skyrocketed and desktop/laptop sales have slumped. Intel recognized years ago that Atom, no matter how polished, would never be able to address the entire portable market -- the usage scenarios between a laptop and a smartphone are just too wide. The company therefore decided to take a two-pronged approach to this brave new frontier of computing, with a new Atom architecture anchoring the ultra-low... Read more...
You expect to see lots of product announcements at a show like Computex, but Acer is announcing a slew of them, starting with the previously-rumored Acer Iconia W3. The 8.1-inch (1280x720) tablet runs a full version of Windows 8 and comes with Microsoft Office pre-installed. It runs on an Intel Atom Z2760 chip and weighs in at just 1.1 pounds and 0.45 inches thick. Iconia W3 There’s an optional full-size Bluetooth keyboard, front and rear 2MP cameras, micro-HDMI, micro-USB, and 802.11b/g/n for connectivity. The device purports to offer 8 hours of battery life and comes in 32GB or 64GB capacities. Preorders start June 4th, and the Iconia W3 will cost $379 (although Acer says it might be... Read more...
Remember the S3 Ultrabook? In 2011, it was an icon in design. Today, the competition is a bit more heated, hence Acer's reasoning behind updating the machine as Computex kicks off in Taiwan. The newly-revised, Windows 8-equipped Aspire S3 Ultrabook integrates some key components from the flagship Aspire S7 series, raising the bar all around. "One of the great benefits of successfully launching an ambitious product like the Aspire S7 is what the organization learns at every stage of the process," said David Lee, Senior Architect of Acer Design Center. "We made it a point to reinvest that across our range, and the S3 is a prime example." As on the celebrated Aspire S7, the S3's patented dual-torque... Read more...
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