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Posted: January 7, 2016 08:28AM
Today GIGBYTE has launched and is showing off three new motherboards with the LGA1151 socket, the GA-X150-PLUS WS, GA-X150M-PLUS WS, and GA-X170-Extreme ECC. The X150-PLUS WS is an ATX board with several features meant to provide the best speed and reliability, including DDR4 support, two x16 PCIe slots that have their lanes directly connected to the CPU, and an onboard PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connector with up to 32 Gb/s transfer speeds. If you are still looking for a LGA1151 motherboard to drop an Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processor into but want something cheaper and with fewer extreme features, the X150M-PLUS WS, a micro-ATX board, may be the thing for you. It still has the DDR4 support and its x16 PCIe slot still has its lanes coming directly off of the CPU for the greatest possible bandwidth. Finally the X170-Extreme ECC board supports ECC Memory and sports more USB 3.0 and SATA3 ports, so you can have both stability and performance.
GIGABYTE is also updating its GIGABYTE BRIX barebone mini-PC to come with Intel's 6th Gen. Core processors. With it you can hold the power of a Core i3 up to a Core i7 processor in the palm of your hand. Different configurations are available, including some with support for 2.5 in drives, for those who need additional storage. They also have USB 3.0 ports and can power three displays with their support for HDMI and DisplayPort. These new BRIX are also going to be the first to support Intel's Thunderbolt 3 standard over USB Type-C, which have single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s.
Posted: January 4, 2016 08:40AM
It is really nice that CES 2016 is finally here, because we are finally getting a look at some long-awaited technologies. Today AMD has unveiled its upcoming Polaris GPU architecture, which features a 4th generation GCN core and will be built with 14 nm FinFET. A lot of improvements have been made with it, including new architecture features and a significant jump in power efficiency. It is already being sampled to OEMs and is expected to ship in mid-2016.
The new 4th gen GCN will bring with it several features, including primitive discard acceleration. This is a feature that DirectX 12 will be able to take advantage of. It is also going to support the DisplayPort 1.3 and HDMI 2.0a standards, HDR monitors, and have h.265 decoding at up to 4K and 4K h.265 encoding at 60 FPS. All of this along with a significant improvement to power efficiency in part thanks to the switch to 14 nm FinFET. This technology allows for considerably better performance-per-watt compared to current 28 nm devices.
To demonstrate the improved efficiency, a Polaris powered system was put up against a Maxwell NVIDIA GTX 950 that was otherwise identical and measured the power usage. At the medium preset in Star Wars Battlefront the GTX 950 system was pulling around 140-150 W while the Polaris wielding system used just 86 Watts. WCCFtech did a little math and determined the Polaris GPU was likely drawing just about 50 W on its own, and as the GTX 960 typically draws around 100 W that puts it at double the efficiency for the same performance. With Polaris launching months from now though, we could see further improvements to its efficiency by various hardware and software optimizations. This efficiency will help Polaris enter small form-factor designs and bring without sacrificing too much performance.
Posted: January 4, 2016 07:53AM
There are a lot of expectations for technology in this new year and virtual reality is near the top of the list. Multiple head mounted displays are set to launch this year, but to drive them is going to require powerful computers. To help consumers know if a machine is capable of pushing out two simultaneous images at 90 FPS, NVIDIA is launching its GeForce GTX VR Ready program at CES. This program will award systems a badge if they are VR ready and several manufacturers are already partnered with NVIDIA, including Alienware, MAINGEAR, MSI, Asus, Acer, HP, and more.
At the center of this new program is NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture featured in the GTX 970 and GTX 980. The architecture was designed with VR in mind and has support for features like Multi-Res Shading, which can improve performance by 50%. Other system requirements include USB 3.0 support, HDMI 1.3, an Intel Core i5-4590 or better CPU, 8+ GB of RAM, and Windows 7 SP1 or newer.
Source: Press Release
Posted: December 15, 2015 04:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga
NVIDIA has announced that it plans to hold its annual press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 4, 2016. The press conference will occur before the start of the event on January 6 and is expected to focus on "several key innovations in the graphics sector" and "autonomous driving." WCCF Tech is predicting that NVIDIA will unveil more details on its Autonomous Drive Modules, a result of recent partnerships with companies such as Tesla and Audi, and the desire to create improved machine learning systems. The company has a history of announcing new Tegra Systems-on-a-chip at CES and this year should be no different, with the successor to the Tegra X1 potentially making an appearance. Announcements could also be made regarding the next generation of GPU updates, though the Graphics Technology Conference is believed to be a more likely reveal occasion.
Source: WCCF Tech
Posted: August 7, 2015 04:27AM
Author: Brentt Moore
Treyarch, the developer of the latest upcoming Call of Duty title known as Black Ops 3, has revealed that the computers powering the first person shooter title at Gamescom 2015 have been provided by NVIDIA. The rigs feature an interesting and aesthetically pleasing design, and happen to be running Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 at 4K, thanks to the included NVIDIA GeForce Titan X GPUs. While the game is running at 4K and looks quite amazing at such a resolution, it is being limited to 60FPS. The Director of Development at Treyarch noted that Black Ops 3 is being limited to 60FPS due to G-SYNC, and that the computer builds provided by NVIDIA are more than capable of running the game at 4K with higher framerates.
Black Ops 3 is available for immediate preorder, which will provide customers with access to the beta version of the game. The final release of the latest Call of Duty title is currently scheduled for November 6, 2015.
Posted: July 29, 2015 01:30PM
Today 2K and Firaxis Games announced they will be holding a second Firaxicon on October 3. Like last year's event, it will be held in Baltimore, where Firaxis resides, and will be hosted by Firaxis developers. If you want to meet some of the people behind the Civilization and XCOM franchises, this is where you will want to be. You will be able to attend panels, experience Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide and XCOM 2, take part in giveaways, challenges, competitions, and even play board games with and against the designers.
Tickets are available today at Eventbrite and cost $40.
Source: Press Release
Posted: June 15, 2015 05:28PM
Ubisoft has announced the follow up to last year's South Park: The Stick of Truth at E3 today. South Park: The Fractured but Whole has The New Kid joining Cartman's Coon and Friends group of crime fighters, with Cartman's alter ego being The Coon; a half-man, half-raccoon superhero. While you and the other kids battle the evil of South Park's criminal underbelly, Cartman will be working to make sure the Coon, Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, Mint Berry Crunch and more become the beloved superheroes.
Like the previous title, this comedy RPG is being developed with involvement from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and with South Park Digital Studios. After the success of the first game, they want to extend the franchise and keep people laughing. You can watch the announcement trailer here, but remember, it may contain mature content.
Source: Press Release and UbiBlog
Posted: June 15, 2015 05:08PM
Last year Ubisoft launched The Crew and this year the action-driving MMO is getting an expansion named The Crew Wild Run. With this expansion, players will be able to visit 'The Summit' where drivers will be face off in extreme events at iconic US locations. The expansion is also adding new vehicle types, including dragsters, drift cars, monster trucks, and motorcycles, and applies a major graphical update.
The expansion will be available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on November 17. You can check out OCC's review of the original game here: The Crew Review.
Source: Press Release and UbiBlog
Posted: June 15, 2015 04:45PM
Along with a number of action games, Ubisoft also announced the strategy, city-building game Anno 2205 will be releasing on November 3, at E3. This is the largest game of the Anno series and will be the first to reach into outer space. Players will be tasked with building cities large enough to send missions to the Moon, establishing colonies there to harvest resources and bring them back to Earth. Thanks to a new engine, the islands cities can be built on can be five times larger than those in previous games, while still enabling high graphical detail. This includes filling the cities with flying cars, over a million citizens, factories, and mines. The game will also use a 'revolutionary' session mode to allow players to control several sessions on the Earth and Moon at the same time.
Pre-orders can be placed now for the Standard Edition and Gold Edition, with the latter including additional content. Pre-ordering either edition will get players guaranteed access to the closed beta, for which more information will come in the future.
Source: Press Release and UbiBlog
Posted: June 15, 2015 04:16PM
Tom Clancy's The Division was first announced a while ago, and then almost seemed to disappear. E3 is a good time for games to return to the forefront, and it has more information about the gameplay, as well as a release date of March 8, 2016. This open world RPG will be coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs.
The Division is set in New York City after it has been devastated by a virus. With society quickly breaking down as food and water run out, The Division is activated to restore order. The members of the unit had previously appeared to lead ordinary lives, but are actually highly trained agents meant to operate independently or in small groups. You will be able to play the game solo or with up to three other players. There are no special classes or fixed load-outs, so you can respond to the dynamic world as the situation dictates. You will also be able to upgrade weapons, gear, and skills. The most dangerous part of the city is the Dark Zone, where you can go either to work with other agents, or hunt others down to get their loot.
In North America you can already pre-order to two special editions of the game; the Gold Edition and the premium Collector's Edition. The Gold Edition includes an exclusive National Guard Gear Set and the Season Pass, while the Collector's Edition includes all of that, plus exclusive memorabilia. Pre-orders will also get you a place in the beta coming out in December for the Xbox One, and later beta access coming to all three platforms.
Source: Press Release and UbiBlog
Posted: June 15, 2015 03:44PM
Today at E3, Ubisoft announced Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, the next title in the Ghost Recon series. The game is set a few years in the future in Bolivia and will have the player as part of a four-man team of Ghosts with the mission to eliminate the Santa Blanca drug cartel. The open world of the game will be the largest and most diverse open world Ubisoft has created so far, filled with hundreds of villages, landmarks, local legends, factions, and regions for the player to explore and interact with.
Senior Producer Nouredine Abboud said:
With Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, we're moving the Ghost Recon franchise in a new direction, with a massive, beautiful and living open world that reacts to players' choices. Whether going it alone or teaming up with friends in co-op, players in Ghost Recon Wildlands will never encounter the same situation twice, providing amazing possibilities and creative freedom to cultivate very personal stories and experiences with the game.
No release date yet, but Ghost Recon Wildlands will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
Source: Press Release and UbiBlog
Posted: June 15, 2015 11:42AM
With E3 going on, you can expect a lot of news to come out of the many briefings companies will give. This morning Microsoft held its Xbox briefing and it did not fail to show off a lot of new games and features, as well as providing more information about already known titles. Check out our Official E3 2015 forum thread for discussion and videos. (It would take far too long to embed them all here.)
As Microsoft has been saying for quite some time now, this E3 was going to be about the games, and at the briefing they showed off 21, including Halo 5: Guardians, Fallout 4, Gears of War 4, Fable Legends, Dark Souls III, Tom Clancy's The Division and Rainbow Six Siege. (Check out the Rainbow Six Siege multiplayer trailer from the briefing on our YouTube channel. Naturally there was more than just games to discuss as new Xbox One features were announced, including the Game Preview program, which is early-access for the console, and backwards compatibility with select Xbox 360 games.
Microsoft also announced a new Xbox Elite Controller with a wealth of customization options, including replaceable buttons, game-specific settings, and a premium design. HoloLens, Microsoft's augmented reality device was also shown off with a fully-featured version of Mincraft. Virtual reality was not left out though, as Microsoft announced its partnership with Valve VR, to help make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming.
Even more than this was shown off at the briefing, so I encourage everyone to check out the source link below, as well as the videos shared in our forum thread.
Posted: June 2, 2015 10:14AM
E3 is coming up quick so we can expect to be seeing some announcements soon. Today Ubisoft has released some of its plans for the convention, including that they will be showing off, with hands-on demoes, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. It will also be announcing several other new games, so we will have to wait until then to learn what they are.
Aisha Tyler is returning to host the Ubisoft conference and for any fans able to make it to E3, they can check out the Uplay Lounge to see new games and a series of Master Classes and Star Players Ubisoft has brought together. The Master Classes will cover new, upcoming titles, while the Star Players are gamers Ubisoft has invited to E3, as they represent the passion and diversity of its gaming communities. The lounge will be open June 16 and 17, in the afternoon.
For everyone else unable to attend E3, Ubisoft will be live-streaming via YouTube, Twitch, and UPlay. Also the UbiBlog will show off features and previews of the titles from E3.
Posted: May 4, 2015 09:57AM
The day after Square Enix showed off the WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry] demo at the Microsoft BUILD conference, the company showed off King of Wushu running with DirectX 12. This should end up being the first DX12 title in China and the first CryEngine-based game to use the new API. Like the previous demo, this one was also supported by NVIDIA and the game will include several GameWorks technologies when it launches.
This demo was not just about the technical potential for DX12 but its ease of adoption. According to Microsoft, DirectX 12 is set to be adopted at the fastest rate since DX 9, which may not be that surprising since it took just six weeks for two engineers working on King of Wushu to port it from DirectX 11 to DX12.
Posted: May 1, 2015 09:56AM
Want to see multiple scenes with over 63 million polygons in it being rendered in real-time? Of course you do, so check out the video below where Square Enix, Microsoft, and NVIDIA show off the power of DirectX 12 with a project called WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry] at Microsoft’s BUILD 2015 conference. That 63 million polygons is some 6 to 12 times more than what DX11 is capable of, and that is not the only impressive number, as the textures used in the scenes are 8K by 8K. Perhaps the most impressive part of the scene though is hair, with each strand being an actual polygon, with over 50 shaders being applied.
Driving the machine behind the demonstration were four Titan X GPUs, so we probably cannot expect this level of detail to arrive on our PCs any time soon. Still leaves me looking forward to the launch of DX12 and the games that will use it.
Posted: March 4, 2015 09:52AM
PAX East kicks off this weekend in Boston, but MSI is giving us all a sneak peek of what it will be showing off at the convention. Everything from laptops to motherboards, video cards, and all-in-one PCs will be on display, along with a few interesting items to build up MSI's market share. The GT80 Titan SLI gaming laptop features a mechanical keyboard, the first in a laptop, while the GS30 Shadow laptop can be hooked up to a new docking station. The docking station is called the GamingDock, and it's a large unit that can fit any desktop video card you want inside it to seriously beef up the laptop's gaming potential. MSI will also have the GE62 Apache gaming laptop that has an NVIDIA GTX 965M and a dual exhaust system.
For the motherboards, MSI has the Z97A GAMING 9 ACK, Z97A GAMING 7, X99A GAMING 9 ACK, and the X99A GAMING 7. All four feature support for Type-A USB 3.1, which is twice as fast as USB 3.0, with the two Z97 boards also featuring Type-C USB 3.1 ports. Those Type-C ports feature a reversible connector so the USB plug no longer needs to be facing the correct way or exist in the fourth dimension. Each motherboard has two USB 3.1 ports, which are also backwards compatible.
Switching over to video cards, MSI has the GTX 900 GAMING series, with the GTX 980, 970, and 960 all featuring the company's Twin Frozr V cooler. There are even limited edition GTX 970 and 960 cards that have an NVIDIA Green cooler on them instead of the typical color scheme. MSI also has a black and white cooler on the GTX 960 2GD5T OC card, which pairs up nicely with the company's Z97S SLI Krait and X99S SLI Krait Edition motherboards. If you're going to be running two video cards together, perhaps MSI's new premium SLI bridge is for you. It supports 2-Way SLI and LED backlighting that can be controlled via the MSI Gaming app.
Finishing off MSI's PAX East showcase are some new all-in-one gaming PCs. The AG270 2QC 3K features a 27" WQHD IPS panel with a 2560x1440 resolution, and is powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M video card. It also has Yamaha speakers for blasting your favorite tunes or getting you closer to the game. There is also the Gaming 24GE PC, which sports a 4K resolution for some truly impressive visual power. It's powered by an Intel Core i7-4720HQ and a GeForce GTX 900 Series video card, and features a Nahimic Audio Processor to increase its audio output.
All of these and more will be available at the MSI booth at PAX East, which runs from March 6 to 8 at the Boston Convention Center. MSI will also have some League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches to win some prizes, as well as daily raffles with SteelSeries products, t-shirts, MSI components, and even a laptop from iBUYPOWER.
Source: Press Release
Posted: July 18, 2014 12:16PM
If you're able to make you way to San Diego Comic Con, July 24-27, you can partake in a one of a kind experience. With the help of Ubisoft's Chief Parkour Officer Michael "Frosti" Zernow and Tempest Freerunning, Ubisoft is setting up a special parkour course entitled the Assassin's Creed Experience, allowing anyone to experience what it's like to be their favorite Assassin's Creed characters, minus the assassinating – because that's illegal. If you watch the video or take a look at the mockup below, you'll see that the course is being designed to emulate the obstacles and parkour maneuvers present in the Assassin's Creed games. And yes, that includes the most iconic move of them all, a 25-foot Leap of Faith!
If this all sounds like a bit much for a layperson to handle, there will be professionals from Tempest Freerunning (including Zernow) to provide tips and advice. Completing the course (or maybe just attempting it?) will reward you with an exclusive t-shirt. Bonus points if you complete it in Assassin's Creed cosplay?
So how long after it opens before someone gets injured? I'm guessing a waiver will need to be signed.
Assassin's Creed Unity will release on October 28, 2014, for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Posted: June 4, 2014 02:47PM
Author: Nick Harezga
ASUS is on hand at the Computex tradeshow in Taiwan this week to show off a number of new products from the Republic of Gamers line. The ROG G20 is a small form factor gaming desktop with near silent operation, an Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics. The G20 has received the Best Choice of the Year and Best Choice Golden Awards at Computex 2014. The ROG GR8 is the ASUS take on the SteamOS powered gaming PCs and features SupremeFX audio, 4K/UHD video output, an Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics. The ROG GX500 is a gaming laptop that measures just 0.75" in thickness and weighs 4.85 pounds. A 15.6" screen is powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics and is capable of 4K/UHD resolutions. The ROG Swift PG278Q gaming monitor operates at resolutions up to 2560x1440 at a 144Hz refresh rate with a 27" screen size and is the first monitor of its size to support NVIDIA G-SYNC.
ASUS also has a number of internal components including a trio of motherboards and a graphics card. The ROG Maximus VII is a Z97 based motherboard with a CrossChill copper design to aid in heat dissipation and the ASUS SupremeFX Formula 2014 audio technology. The Maximus VII Impact is a Z97 based mini-ITX motherboard with SupremeFX Impact II dedicated sound and a full-scale power card for overclocking. The Crossblade Ranger is an FM2+ based motherboard that includes a number of the ROG core game-boosting features. The ROG ARES III is a water-cooled graphics card with dual Radeon Hawaii XT GPUs at 25% better cooling performance than R9 295X reference designs with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. ASUS will release a limited number of the cards, with just 500 being available initially.
Source: Press Release
Posted: February 6, 2014 07:55PM
The War Gaming League North American (WGLNA) Golden Season 3 Finals will be held at the Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco, California, on February 8 and 9. The WGLNA tournament will match professional players and teams against each other in World of Tanks. Choosing from over 200 tanks, the players must claim their way to victory by destroying all opposing forces for a chance of winning a portion of the total prize pool of $89,000.
The tournament starts at 16:00 PST, with free admission for anyone who wants to watch. However, seating is limited so be sure to arrive early. The WGLNA can also be viewed live at Twitch.tv/WGLNA if you are unable to make it in person. Further details (such as exact prizes, location and schedules) about the event can be obtained by clicking the link below.
Source: World of Tanks
Posted: January 7, 2014 10:50AM
Following the announcement of the Vengeance K70 keyboard with MX RBG switches, Corsair has announced the Raptor K40 gaming keyboard. Unlike the K70, it uses membrane keys but does feature RGB backlighting so gamers can customize their keyboard with a selection of 16.8 million colors. The K40 also has six programmable keys and three banks of commands, for a total of 18 programmable functions that can be stored on the keyboard's internal memory.
To go along with the new keyboard, Corsair has announced the Raptor M45 gaming mouse. It uses the same chassis as the M60 and M65 gaming mice as well as a Pixart PMW3310 5000 DPI optical sensor. There are also seven programmable buttons, DPI switches, and a high-mass scroll wheel.
The Raptor K40 will have a suggested price of $79.99 and the Raptor M45 will have a suggested price of $59.99, when both become available later this month.
Source: Press Release
Posted: January 6, 2014 10:35AM
Author: Brentt Moore
Although Roku just recently updated their set-top boxes, Roku has announced at CES that it will sell their own televisions with the set-top box built into the TV. The televisions will feature the familiar Roku interface, offering all of the content available with current Roku set-top boxes. Additionally, Roku TV will come with a new remote that only offers 20 button in total, which is about half the amount of a conventional remote. Television manufacturers TCL and Hisense will build the device, called Roku TV, in sizes ranging from 32-inches to 55-inches. All software updates for the Roku TV will be handled by Roku itself, allowing for all televisions to be updated at the same time instead of in phases.
No price or release date for the Roku TV has been revealed, nor have potential markets that the televisions would be sold in.
Source: Roku Blog
Posted: September 10, 2013 01:55PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Kingston plans to show off four demo systems at the Intel Developer Forum 2013 currently being held in San Francisco, CA. The highlight should be a demo of some upcoming DDR4 memory running at 1.2V on an upcoming Intel reference platform. Recently XMP certified HyperX memory will be shown on an Ivybridge-E processor running on an X79 motherboard. A Haswell powered laptop will feature 2133MHz SO-DIMM memory modules. The final demo will pair low voltage Kingston ECC SO-DIMM memory with the Avoton System on a Chip in a microserver setup. The Avoton is targeted at the expanding microserver market that seeks to take advantage of powerful, yet low power, processors in small form factor systems in data centers and other intensive processing tasks.
Source: Press Release
Posted: June 3, 2013 08:09PM
OCZ Technology Group, makers of high quality computer hardware, is at Computex showing off a new series of power supplies and SSDs for consumer and enterprise use.
The power supplies, part of the new Fatal1ty Gaming Series, are fully modular 550 W and 750 W models with 80-Plus Bronze rating (85% efficiency at typical loads). They use specialized DC-to-DC converters for best compatibility with the new Haswell platform from Intel. They also have a single +12V rail and their 135 MM load-controlled fans have red LEDs; a trademark of the Fatal1ty Series.
On the storage side, OCZ is going to be demoing the upcoming Vector PCIe SSD, with its high IOPS, bandwidth, and capacities. The current lineup of consumer SSDs will also be shown off, including the new Vertex 450 SATA III SSD. For enterprise storage solutions, the SATA Deneva 2, Talos 2 SAS, and Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSDs series will be displayed.
Source: OCZ Technology
Posted: January 9, 2013 02:16PM
There are multiple reasons why one would want to use an SSD in their computer, and definitely high on the list is speed. Achieving these high speeds can be difficult though, as the SATA-III spec is limited to 6 Gb/s. That is why some companies are manufacturing SSDs that connect using the much faster PCIe spec, and now Mushkin has announced its own offering in that category.
The Scorpion PCIe SSD was original designed for enterprise environments and has since been improved to offer the largest storage capacity it can while still being a high performance and reliable part. When it launches it will be available in 240 GB, 480 GB, 960 GB, and 1920 GB capacities.
Posted: January 8, 2013 08:16PM
Mushkin has announced at CES that coming in February is its new Stealth series of memory modules. The new RAM will ship in 8 GB and 16 GB capacities at speeds as high as 2666 MHz. To keep it cool the company is using its Stiletto heat spreader in a new, all black limited edition design.
To celebrate the launch, Mushkin has partnered with Meteor Entertainment, the developers of Hawken. Starting this month, purchasing select Mushkin products from authorized partner will get you a $25 dollar game code free. Hawken itself is free-to-play but the game credits from this promotion will give you quick access to great gear.
Posted: January 8, 2013 07:43PM
One of the technologies expected to dominate this year's CES is Ultra HD or 4K resolution. This new standard has four times the pixels of current Full HD and thereby provides some of the sharpest images you can see. Of course before you can see an Ultra HD image in all its glory, you need something able to push those pixels, and Gigabyte has come to the show prepared.
Select Gigabyte motherboards feature dual Thunderbolt connections, which are each able to support DisplayPort 1.1 connections and 2K resolutions. By using two splitters, these two ports can connect to four Full HD monitors to give you the Ultra HD experience. Driving these ports is the Intel HD4000 Graphics solution built into 3rd generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. That's right, 4K resolution on a multi-monitor setup using Intel integrated graphics, thanks to Intel Collage Technology. For those who already have the needed hardware, all you need is a driver update to be in business.
Posted: January 8, 2013 02:35PM
Tonight during CES, TigerDirect.com will hold its 15th annual Build Your Own PC Race, with 30 journalists competing against each other for the top three spots. Each spot has a different donation made to a charity of the winner's choosing, with third place at $250, second at $500, and first at $1,000. OverclockersClub.com's very own senior reviewer ccokeman, Frank Dimmick, is competing in the event, and luckily it'll be streamed so everyone can see how well he does. Frank's charity is the Leary Firefighters Foundation, which was started by actor Denis Leary in 2000 after a fire took the life of his cousin and four firefighters in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The charity event begins at 6PM PST and runs until 9PM, with the Build Your Own PC Race starting soon after. A streaming video is available below for everyone to watch and cheer on Frank. On behalf of everyone at OCC, good luck Frank!
Posted: January 8, 2013 02:27PM
It almost seems like every company at CES has come with a new flash storage device, whether it is a USB drive, SATA SSD, or PCIe SSD, and Mushkin is no different. The company, which is well known for its memory modules and consumer SSDs, has unveiled its new ProSpec SSD series which has been designed for the enterprise customer.
Armed with a SandForce SF-2582 SSD processor the series is capable of 80 K/42 K IOPS and a sustained transfer rate of 560 MB/s. Part of how it achieves this speed is with Enterprise MLC flash (eMLC) instead of the SLC flash more often found in enterprise drives. This gain in performance is not at the expense of reliability though as there is no performance degradation over the light of the drive. The series, which ranges in capacity from 100 GB to 400 GB, supports 128-bit AES hardware encryption, TRIM wear leveling, Garbage Collection, amongst other features, and is backed by a three-year limited warranty.
Posted: January 8, 2013 01:47AM
A Steam Box, a small PC designed to be hooked up to TVs to play Steam games, has been rumored for about a year now, but so far it's all just been rumors. However, that all changes as Valve and Xi3, maker of super tiny PCs, have teamed up to reveal "an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand." This tiny PC, the famed Steam Box, will be shown this week during CES at both the Valve and Xi3 booths, but until then, details are extremely limited on what's all inside the PC. Most likely it'll run on Linux, probably Ubuntu, but other than that your guess is as good as mine for now. Jason A. Sullivan, founder, president, and CEO of Xi3, had the following to say on the product:
Today marks the beginning of a new era for Xi3. This new development stage product will allow users to take full-advantage of their large high-definition TV displays for an amazing computer game experience. As a result, this new system could provide access to thousands of gaming titles through an integrated system that exceeds the capabilities of leading game consoles, but can fit in the palm of your hand.
Valve has invested heavily in Xi3, so it looks like we'll be getting a Steam Box for sure. There are more questions than answers currently, like just how powerful this computer is, what the storage is like, how consumers will respond to it, and if this is the killer app to replace consoles once and for all. As CES officially kicks off in a matter of hours, we shouldn't have too long to go to find out. Hopefully. We already have Big Picture mode and Linux support on Steam, so why not a tiny Steam Box that can do both of those and be barely noticeable in your living room? If the price is right on this Steam Box (or whatever it's officially called), will you jump in without hesitation or is the possible console-ization of PC gaming a bad thing?
Posted: January 7, 2013 08:43PM
As impressive as 1 TB of storage on a flash drive is, not everyone needs that much, which is why Kingston is launching more than just the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 at CES. The DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 3 flash drive has a similar design to the Predator, but is available in much smaller capacities.
Thanks to the USB 3 connection, the Ultimate drive can achieve read and writes speeds as high as 150 MB/s and 70 MB/s, respectively, or 30 MB/s and 20 MB/s when connected to a USB 2 port. Behind the plug is either 32 GB or 64 GB of flash storage with a five-year warranty to ensure product satisfaction.