In an official press conference hosted by nVidia last week, the company made several announcements pertaining to video capture software, frametime optimization, and the GTX 700 series release dates, MSRP, and specs.
Supporting the expected GTX 700-series GPU announcements, nVidia surprised attending press with a redoubled focus on additional software packages and driver optimization. In this nVidia news coverage, we'll focus on ShadowPlay (similar to FRAPS), the GTX 780's release, GeForce Experience, and day-one drivers.
It feels like we've been posting a good deal of Small Form Factor products lately, and as I seem to mention in each of these posts, it's all on the heels of an impending HTPC / SFF revolution. Rather than use multiple 3rd-party boxes, faster internet speeds and the proliferation of streaming have encouraged more consumers to run home entertainment from a unified PC.
Like Lian-Li and SilverStone, ASUS acknowledges this and aims to tap-in to a developing market demand for high-power, SFF video cards. They've done so by shipping the smallest GTX 670 to-date, named the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini Video Card. The new card comes complete with 2GB of on-card memory, a 256-bit memory interface, and 1344 CUDA cores, as we've come to expect from GTX 670 products.
When we met with Lian-Li at CES in January, we were presented with a series of all-aluminum cases (as the company is known for) spanning all major form factors. The range of mini-ITX/DTX form factor cases has been scarce and sporadic in both pricing and quality, but the growing HTPC interest has resulted in a boon to small form-factor products.
Alongside SilverStone, Lian-Li has made so me of the highest quality SFF cases we've seen to-date; the prices have generally been attainable, if a bit high, but cramming traditional mATX/ATX features into a smaller box tends to result in such price hikes. Lian-Li has now officially announced the release date of its PC-Q30 mini-ITX HTPC case, noteworthy for its angular shape and front-facing glass.
It's not going to make your device any faster, but it's cool stuff to see. NVidia sent out an email just minutes ago that showcases their injection molding process for Project Shield; the news doesn't bear any particularly mind-blowing new info (we pretty much know everything about it by now, anyway), but I personally enjoy seeing how things are made - and I know a lot of you do as well.
The past few weeks have seen the unveiling of nVidia's GeForce GTX 700 series, leaked specs, official AMD Radeon HD 9970 specs, benchmarks of Intel's Haswell HD 5000/HD5200 IGPs, and new advancements in UEFI BIOS. To say the least, it's been an exciting few weeks in hardware news. PAX East felt decidedly slow this year for hardware when compared against last year's launch of IB and the NUC, but now the hardware companies have had time to catch up with themselves.
Here's our new episode of TechRAID, which is effectively a video/podcast round-up of all the latest hardware news:
In suit of its H630 silent case announcement and website redesign, NZXT has announced today that it intends to revitalize its Sentry series of fan controllers. NZXT's Sentry Mix 2 fan controller specs have been detailed in the announcement, and having tested previous models, we have a couple of thoughts on the unit. A review is pending.
NZXT's been teasing the release of a new addition to their quiet series of cases for nearly a week now, and as the reveal comes to fruition, we finally know what's in store: The H630.
The H-series of cases from NZXT is considered their "silent" line. The new H630 case takes the Phantom 630 chassis, makes some key panel changes, and promotes itself as an enthusiast-class silent enclosure option.
NZXT's H630 specs have been fully detailed along with the launch of a new website, so this is definitely a big day for the company. Here's what we know so far:
As everyday consumers continue to trend toward heavier utilization of smaller devices—phones, tablets, laptops, HTPCs, what-have-you—storage capacity becomes a more noticeable throttle than previously experienced on desktops. Thanks to some serious compression algorithms and efficient file management on mobile operating systems, we see more effective space utilization than previously -- still, for users who consume storage for large media formats, mobile readers and drives have become a bit of a 'thing.'
This was first demonstrated on our site through coverage of Corsair's Voyager Air, an all-in-one, self-powered standalone drive that effectively operates as a 'family fileserver.' The Voyager Air was marketed at a somewhat bonecrushing $180-$220. At the same event as Corsair's unveil, we received early sample units of Kingston's next iteration of their MobileLite family of remote storage; they're less all-encompassing and more affordable than the Voyager, but have a different approach to wireless storage. Let's talk about specs and applications.
Rosewill's been known to silently release budget/mid-range products without major press fanfare -- the Line-M, which we spotted at CES, is a recent example of this. The new Patriot case had no official press release, but is freshly available on Newegg and has been posted to the company's facebook page; here's what we know about the Rosewill Patriot case from the specs (review hopefully impending):
In addition to Rosewill's custom-painted Throne case, PAX East 2013 will see the return of Corsair, one of the fastest-rising stars in the tech sector. Corsair has announced that its new Vengeance K70 keyboard (first teased at CES 2013) will be present at PAX East this weekend, apt to show-off its key-by-key LED backlighting.
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