Hardware

First, a note: We've got a full review of this card coming within the next week, so stay tuned to the social pages for benchmark performance (twitter / facebook / YouTube).

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ZOTAC announced today the availability of a new GeForce GTX 750 video card in their graphics lineup. The new "GTX 750 ZONE Edition" video card is cooled entirely passively, strictly using an aluminum heatsink and copper coldplate (with copper heatpipes) for all dissipation. Fans are not outfitted on the GTX 750 ZONE card at all. Judging from the press shots, it looks like two ~6mm copper heatpipes and an aluminum sink are mounted to the board. The ZONE is a dual-slot 750.

This year has been full of delays in the hardware-time continuum, it seems. It feels like forever ago since Maxwell was announced, with Intel's Broadwell and HW-E / X99 platform similarly far behind us. Each of these devices will finally be shipping by the holidays, or so we're told, but that still leaves a major market segment untouched: SSDs. Other than recent innovations in Samsung's NAND lineup, the SSD market has remained relatively silent since our initial SandForce Gen3 controller analysis.

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At the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara this week, SandForce announced plans to meet a December, 2014 on-shelves timeline with its SF3700 SSD controller. For clarity, SandForce was acquired by LSI some years back, which was recently acquired by Avago Technologies (the same people who make most mouse sensors); Avago is presently in the process of spinning-off SandForce to Seagate, who do not yet have an in-house controller manufacturer. A confusing pattern of acquisitions, to be sure, but its impact will be deep on the controller market. That's something for a future article, though. Technically, SandForce is no longer a standalone company in the market -- it's just a technology under LSI, now. For ease of understanding with our audience, we're going to keep calling it "SandForce" rather than try to balance the various Avago / LSI / Seagate owners.

Lian-Li is best known for its focus on all-aluminum, high-quality cases that tend to be priced prohibitively for most system builders. Those who can afford the luxury this time around will find themselves capable of building a server-class rig.

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The PC-V2130 -- priced at just $570 for a windowed option, $500 normally -- can fit ten expansion cards, eighteen total 3.5"/2.5" drives, three 280mm radiators, a 360mm GPU (480mm with drive cages removed), and 180mm high CPU coolers. A 200mm PSU is also compatible with the case, so you can truly go server-class with this setup (and probably should, at that price).

At 237 x 640 x 625mm (9.3" x 25.2" x 24.6"), the case could also house a small child or dog.

That's a big claim for Logitech to make -- "today [we] introduced the fastest gaming mouse ever made," the email read. The company has been in the gaming mouse business for a long time now, to the point where it almost seems like they've got an evil headquarters for devious device testing. Actually, Logitech has a Switzerland-based test facility with some of the most sophisticated mouse and keyboard testing methodologies and equipment we've ever seen.

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The new Logitech G402 "Hyperion Fury" mouse tracks at a reported 500 IPS (inches per second), making it one of the fastest -- if not the fastest -- gaming mice we've ever seen. This puts the G402 at 200 IPS above the G502 Proteus Core that we posted about in April, and then later got hands-on with at PAX East. The company notes that the mouse took over three years of R&D to achieve its tracking speeds and precision.

The mechanical keyboard market seems to become more crowded each day. Recently, Tesoro made their keyboards available in North America, adding yet another brand to the myriad of boards on market. One of these keyboards is an RGB-backlit keyboard with Kailh mechanical switches, shipping under Tesoro’s branding as “Lobera Supreme” -- the Lobera being a mythological sword.

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ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Specs, Release Date

By Published July 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

ASUS has announced that the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q we saw during CES is officially shipping at the end of August. It's a fair bit later than the Q2 target they were shooting for, but if all goes to plan, it will be here shortly. This is the first WQHD screen to use NVIDIA's G-Sync. The 27" monitor will feature a 144Hz refresh rate at 2560x1440 for normal 2D viewing; the Swift PG278Q drops to 120Hz in 3D mode. It also has a response time of 1ms (GTG) and 2xUSB 3.0 ports in addition to the DisplayPort 1.2 input.

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MSI is a prominent member of the gaming laptop industry and recently launched their revamped version of the GT70 gaming laptop, the GT72. The GT72 is identical to the GT70 in terms of specs, with the main difference being the redesigned chassis and internal cooling system. Another minor change is the addition of 2xUSB 3.0 ports, bringing the total 6 on the new GT72. The GT72 comes in two variants -- the GT72 Dominator Pro-007 and GT72 Dominator Pro-010.

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No -- this isn't Maxwell news, though I do have some comments on that below. GPU manufacturer nVidia announced today the unveiling of its new "Shield Tablet," an addition to the existing Shield family. NVidia calls its new tablet "the first tablet for gamers," shipping with LTE and wireless PC game streaming, 720p Twitch broadcast, and GRID integration.

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The Shield Tablet fills very similar use case markets as the Shield intends to, though it adds a few features for more non-gaming implementations. One of these includes a graphics-accelerated painting and tinkering application (Dabbler) that shows pigment and paint mixing in real time, along with bleeding and light source adjustment.

Ultimately, though, the new Shield Tablet is targeted at "mobile gamers" who'd like a toy on the go. And I am still of the opinion that tablets are primarily just that -- toys. Let's look at the specs.

Component and systems manufacturer ASUStek has just announced the availability of its next ROG ( Republic of Gamers ) motherboard, the Maximus VII Formula. ASUS has a somewhat mystifying naming convention, though we've defined the company's board names in the past. The Maximus Formula series of motherboards is considered ASUS' flagship -- the highest of the high-end -- and is iterated with Roman numerals. The Z97 family is indicated by the VII numeral.

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New RAM Overclocking World Record Set at 4620MHz

By Published July 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

We've covered memory overclocking world records a few times over the last few years. From memory (ha!), our first coverage was of Christian Ney's 4000MHz LN2 OC using a kit of G.Skill Trident RAM. Back in June, Kingston and Gigabyte worked with overclocker "Hicookie" to push a new kit of HyperX memory to 4.5GHz.

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