ASUS has revealed their Z87-C, the first ever motherboard in the world which is based on Z87 chipset that has been honored with Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certification for Windows 8.1. WHQL certification is the check of Microsoft that both the hardware and software of a component or device are reliable; basically it’s the verification from Microsoft that devices are totally compatible with a particular version of Windows. In this instance, the version of Windows that has to be authenticated is Windows 8.1.
Dell will be soon launching a new Precision series mobile workstation laptop power driven by the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 Haswell Processor called Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation. It said to have a super high resolution display of 3200×1800 pixels which is pretty close to 4K resolution and said to give a tough time to Apple MacBook Pro by being its strong rival.
Intel’s Haswell –X Xeon EP processor has come to the light in Penang, Malaysia (Intel’s facility) during the company’s “Design in Asia” tour. This Haswell –X Xeon EP processor got revealed in a visit from VR-Zone’s Nebojsa Novakovic. The processor seems to be the Socket 2011-3 Haswell EP or Xeon E5 v3, presenting 14 cores, a 35 MB cache; twin 9.6 GT/s QPI channels and also supports quad channel DDR4-2133 memory.
ASRock was first then they were followed by ECS and now it looks like Gigabyte is joining the bunch by releasing a beta BIOS for its socket LGA1150 motherboards that are based on the H87 and B85 chipsets that will allow overclocking of Intel’s Core Haswell K-Series processors. Normally if you would want to overclock your K-Series CPU you would have to buy a Z87 motherboard, but with Gigabyte’s new beta BIOS you do not have to!
Apple’s MacBook Air was the first product to get a refresh with Intel’s new 4th generation Core Haswell processors. This was done to not only boost performance, but to also improve battery life. It seemed like only a matter of time before we saw Haswell on other Apple laptops. A validation of a 15-inch MacBook Pro on the GeekBench database reveals that Apple is already testing the notebook with the latest Haswell chips.
Lenovo is all geared up to launch their new ThinkPad T440s UltraBook. It is powered by Intel’s latest and greatest 4TH generation Haswell Core processor. It comes in two variants as per the screen resolution, offering either 1600x900p or 1920x1080p with full HD IPS panel. Additionally both variants will come in 14 inch screen size.
Intel’s first processor in the BGA package is expected to arrive by the end of this year, according to one of the leaked roadmap slides. Among the first few processors will cover across entry-level market sector, including the Celeron and Pentium brands. Motherboards with BGA processors come with the processors that cannot be the replaced and are hard-wired to the board along with a stock fan-heatsink. The SOC completely put together the processor as far as we know it, with the motherboard chipset.
Eurocom is currently shipping the fastest Haswell based 4th generation Intel core i7 powered notebook consisting of a dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics called “The Scorpius 2.0” which is a super high performance, VGA upgradable laptop computer designed in a way to deliver maximum performance and capability to its users and in the meanwhile not compromising on its functioning.
For quite a while now ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards have been the top of the line motherboards which offer very high-end and unique hardware and software features. For this reason they are a top choice of many enthusiasts and gamers. The one thing that keeps these boards out of the hands of many people is the price tag. The top of the line Maximus VI Extreme is currently selling for $399.99, which is quite a lot to just pay for a motherboard. ASUS knows that and wanted to give people the chance to get their hands on a Republic of Gamers board. That is where the Maximus VI Hero comes in, at just $229.99 it will still give you many of the same ROG features without some of the more “Extreme” ones that you may not use. This motherboard is designed for Intel’s latest 4th generation Haswell Core processors using the LGA1150 socket. Read on as we take this motherboard for a spin and see what all it has to offer.
Since we are pretty much aware of the fact that we haven’t heard much about the Samsung series 9 Ultrabooks for a while, but now they have planned to rebrand it by announcing two follow up models of the ATIV Ultrabook series. Samsung has just introduced their ATIV Book 9 Plus which is 13-inch flag-ship laptop considered to be a complete replacement to the old series 9 model. Moreover the company has also announced the new ATIV Book 9 Lite, its again a 13-inch model but does not really meet the requirement of Ultrabook status.