Hardware

Motherboard manufacturer Biostar today announced its latest addition to the Hi-Fi family, the B85Z5 motherboard operating on Intel's B85 chipset. The board is usable for 4th-Gen Intel CPUs using the 1150 socket. As with all B85 boards, Biostar's new unit will have somewhat locked overclocking functionality, making it a better partner to non-K SKU CPUs and business users.

The GTC 2015 show floor was home to several technology demonstrations, ranging from gaming graphics / consumer tech to self-navigating vehicle AI. GTC is a more enterprise-driven show than most that we attend, evidenced by ASRock's server rack presence and a heavy saturation of Quadro FX cards, but it's still important to gamers.

Aside from the obvious -- which would be the Titan X unveil -- GTC showcases technology that inevitably works its way down to the consumer market. We visited PNY at the show to look at the upcoming CL4111 Client SSD, the existing CS2111 XLR8 gaming SSD, and a host of graphics adapters.

Last year's GTC event in San Jose, California saw the unveil of nVidia's architecture following Maxwell: Pascal. We wrote about Pascal at the time, but very little was revealed about the new architecture. This year's GTC keynote presentation by nVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revisited Pascal architecture and the nVidia GPU roadmap through 2018.

Our full GTX Titan X ($1000) FPS benchmarks are pending publication following nVidia's GPU Technology Conference (GTC), though CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's keynote today marks the official and immediate launch of the GTX Titan X video card. The keynote was live-streamed.

Moments ago, the new GTX Titan X's official specifications were unveiled at GTC 2015, to include core count, the GPU, and price. We've compared the Titan X's spec to the GTX 980, & 780 Ti below. The Titan X will be available here (Newegg) at some point. The card should be available via NVIDIA's official store momentarily.

Cougar Announces QBX Mini-ITX Gaming Case

By Published March 17, 2015 at 9:30 am

The growing trend nowadays seems to be miniaturization, judging by phones, silicon chip sizes, and even computers. At one point, computers took up entire rooms, but over the years they have continued to shrink while becoming massively more powerful. Due to this trend, some see mITX as the next segment of the PC market that will substantially grow, which has caused mITX cases, coolers, and even GPUs to be released. Cougar looks to be the next company to make a name for themselves in the mITX market with its newest QBX, a compact gaming case meant for small form factor builds.

Graphics chip manufacturer nVidia today announced the launch of its GTX 960M and 950M, following-up on its 980M and 970M launch from months ago. A 965M launched during CES. The company indicates immediate availability of units shipping with the new models.

Intel Silently Unveils 3GB/s NVMe SSD at PAX East

By Published March 06, 2015 at 1:35 pm

PAX East’s doors opened at 9AM this morning to press, shortly followed by an impassible, amorphous mass of excited PAX-goers. At Intel’s booth, a monolithic Lian Li case housed Intel’s first NVMe consumer SSD, using PCI-e to interface with the device.

As we have previously discussed, since Cherry’s patent expired, the North American market has been seeing the introduction of traditionally Asian brands using Kailh switches. One of the most prominent Asian brands, and one that is pushing into the North American market quite aggressively, is Tesoro.

Valve Steam Machine Round-Up at GDC 2015

By Published March 05, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Valve is known for taking its time on projects. The “Steam Machine” was announced a couple of years ago as a joint hardware-software PC solution for living room set-top gaming with, perhaps more interestingly, promised inclusion of a haptic-enabled Steam controller. This controller would be the cause of many delays in the pipeline as Valve faced design unique design and usability challenges.

Nearing the height of GDC 2015 and leading into PAX East, peripherals manufacturer Logitech announced the release of its new high-end, lightweight gaming mouse. The Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex ($70) mouse uses the same chassis as the G302 Daedalus Prime – a mouse targeted at MOBAs – and retains a more simplistic core featureset while driving focus on a high-precision sensor.

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