Intel’s Haswell-E or X99 platform is of course their high-end desktop platform and is made for extreme setups. Well the X99 motherboard we are taking a look at today definitely fits that description. Today we are checking out our first X99 workstation motherboard and it comes from ASRock. It is the ASRock X99 WS and it has all of the features you would want in a high-end motherboard like 4-way SLI and CrossFireX support, a powerful 12 phase power design, server-grade LAN chip support, support for ECC memory, 10 SATA ports, an Ultra M.2 slot and of course ASRock’s Super Alloy design. You can build a pretty insane system with this motherboard, let’s take a look and see how it holds up to our tests.
We have been hearing a lot about the Samsung 850 EVO solid state drive since it was spotted at IFA. Rumors has suggested a November launch and that does seem to be right as the drive has popped up on Frys.com for pre-order with an estimated shipping date of November 3rd.
Cooler master has just announced a brand new gaming combo that they are calling Octane. Following the overwhelming success of the Devastator gaming mouse and keyboard combo, Cooler Master is introducing a new package for those looking to get their game on their way.
Zalman has just rolled out its latest ATX mid-tower case, the Z11 Neo. The case features an all matte black design with glowing blue elements. The Z11 Neo is made of SECC steel and ABS plastic. There is a very large side panel window that will allow you to show off your installed hardware.
For several years now NZXT has been reaping the benefits of listening to the computer building/modding community and delivering products that they actually want. This in turn has led to one of the most loyal customer bases and served to increase the popularity of their brand. So NZXT has amassed what is essentially an all-star team of products ranging from power supplies to cases to CPU coolers and pretty much everything in between save for the bits that do the number crunching. Fortunately for us they haven’t let up yet. Today we will be checking out their newest offering in the AIO cooler category the Kraken X41. Follow along as we find out if this cooler deserves a starting position, or an eternal ride of shame on the bench.
Many companies including Alienware offer gaming laptops, but their performance does not compare to a real desktop PC with a dedicated graphics card. That is where Alienware’s new Graphics Amplifier comes in. It is an external enclosure that allows you to install a full-length desktop graphics card.
Electronic Arts has launched its new SimCity BuildIt game for iOS and Android devices. The game is designed for gamers on the go and is free to play. The game takes advantage of touchscreens supporting gestures like pinch, zoom and rotate.
If you’re a Gamer, you most likely have been hearing a ton about the Big Alpha weekend for the Game Evolve. Turtle Rock Studios also lets us Gamers know that these aren’t the final system specs for Evolve, These are just the specs you will need for Big Alpha weekend. The Big Alpha weekend starts the October 31st to November 2nd. If you have preordered the game you have a guaranteed spot in the Big Alpha.
Alienware has just announced the details and availability of their Alienware Area-51 gaming desktop. As you can see from the photos below the new Area-51 gaming desktop has a pretty unique design to it. Every Area-51 comes loaded with Intel’s latest six or eight core Haswell-E Core i7 K-series processors (factory-overclocked), liquid cooling, graphics options from both AMD or NVIDIA, DDR4 memory, Killer Gigabit Ethernet, Intel 802.11ac dual band WiFi and Windows 8.1.
NVIDIA’s GeForce 900 Series has been a long time coming and gamers have anxiously awaited it. NVIDIA has been using the Kepler architecture for quite sometime and when Maxwell was introduced last year we only saw the entry-level and budget friendly cards. When we finally got word that we would be seeing performance segment Maxwell cards let’s just say we got excited. Today we will be looking at our first review of a GeForce 900 series card and it comes in the form of the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming. For starters the GeForce GTX 970 has 1664 CUDA cores, 104 texture units, 64 ROPs and packs 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Normally this card would have speeds of 1050 MHz core and 1178 MHz boost, but Gigabyte has overclocked their version to speeds of 1178 MHz core and 1329 MHz boost. On top of that Gigabyte has implemented their latest WindForce 3X cooler on the card to give you the best cooling possible. Let’s get this card on the bench and see what it can do!