Intel unleashed its Ivy Bridge-E processors not too long ago and premier gaming desktop maker Alienware has announced customers can now option Intel's latest and greatest CPU into its Aurora range of desktop gaming PCs.
The new Ivy Bridge-E processors are 6-core beasts with 15MB of cache and see stock overclocking abilities of up to 4.3GHz. The new IVB-E options within Alienware's Aurora range of PCs start from $1,399.
Our Tweakipedia section has a new post.
To start September, we built a new Tweakipedia testbed, which consists of some of the best components on the market for the LGA 1150 Haswell platform. We have had some help from GIGABYTE, SAPPHIRE, NVIDIA, Corsair and InWin for some truly epic components. We have two videos included, one introducing the system itself, and one checking out the video cards that we'll be playing with in the weeks and months to come.
You can read more on the Tweakipedia article right here!
IDF 2013 - During our stop at the Lenovo booth at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, Lenovo's Michael Kendall took us on a walkthrough of the company's new ThinkServer TS440, a 1T server with massive storage options. The TS440 is one of Lenovo's most popular small server models. It features a new processor and more I/O than its predecessor the TS430.
Kendall went on to show off the hot swappable drive bays and notes that they are labeled with Lenovos signature red stripe which signifies that the drives are hot swappable. The front door of the 1T case features a lock that enables HDDs with sensitive data remain secure. Kendall says that the TS440 is labeled as the quietest 1T server on the market today and that it retails between $600 and $1500 when fully loaded.
IDF 2013 - This morning our own Trace Hagan took a few minutes to stop by the Lenovo booth at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, and got a chance to look at Lenovo's new ThinkServer TS140. Michael Kendall, a spokesperson for Lenovo was on hand to clue us in on the new ThinkServer's key highlights.
The ThinkServer TS140 is designed to be small, quiet and still pack a punch strong enough to handle all your server needs. Kendall says that the ability to run Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server, make it an ideal solution for environments that do not justify a full rack mount unit. The TS140 was also designed to be much quiter than its already quite predecessors.
When you think servers, you might want to think about Lenovo's just-announced ThinkServer Tower Series of PCs - I enjoyed the play on words, did you? The company has just announced two new tower servers, the ThinkServer TS140 and ThinkServer TS440.
Both of these new server PCs feature Intel Xeon E3 processors and Intel AMT 9.0 for remote manageability. Lenovo says that thanks to the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors, the two new server PCs can offer 15% faster performance than previous generations. Lenovo has also done the world some good, with the TS140 using 65% post-consumer recycled plastic, making it a green-friendly choice for retail stores and offices.
The Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 kicks it up a notch, featuring the ability to have up to 32GB of RAM installed, advanced hardware RAID and chassis intrusion alert. The TS440 is also environmentally friendly, with optional 92% efficiency PSUs. The TS440 also uses 65% post-consumer recycled plastic. The best bit is that these systems won't set you back thousands to start with, as the ThinkServer TS140 starts from $421 and the ThinkServer TS440 starts from just $679.
I think we're going to see more of these devices in the future, but Acer has taken some time out before IFA kicks off in Berlin to announce its new DA241HL.
The Acer DA241HL features an ageing NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC which powers the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean side of things, with the all-in-one PC crammed into a 24-inch 1080p display. The all-in-one PC can also use an MHL connection to send content to an external display. It will launch mid next month starting at 429 euros.
We loved the Intel NUC when we looked at it, but we always need more power, speed and features. This is something Intel is working on, where they were showing off a new Haswell-powered NUC at PAX Prime 2013.
The new NUC is dubbed Intel NUC D54250WYK DIY kit that uses the Intel NUC Board D54250WYB. Intel will be releasing the Intel NUC kits under the Intel NUC D54250WYK DIY kit that uses the Intel NUC Board D54250WYB, which will be released later this year. Intel looks to be dropping Thunderbolt from the next-gen NUC units, which is a shame.
The Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK featured a Core i5 4250U processor, which runs at 1.3GHz but can be pushed up to 2.6GHz with Turbo enabled, and is a dual-core part with 3MB of smart cache. Intel HD Graphics 5000 is included, with the entire processor coming in with a TDP of just 15W, which is just incredible.
Most of the refreshed NUC units have USB 3.0 ports, which is very good to see, something I missed on the original Intel NUC unit when I reviewed it, here. You can be sure we'll have reviews of the new Intel NUC when it is released later this year.
VMWorld 2013 - Today, Lenovo announced that it has expanded its end-to-end enterprise solutions portfolio with the addition of a new thin client. The Lenovo Think Centre M32 is powered by Intel's Celeron platform and includes rich legacy support that provides enterprise-level functionality while delivering great value to customers who need a desktop virtualization solution.
"The ThinkCentre M32 is a small form factor thin client that adds value to our quality desktop products and helps enterprises meet end-to-end IT solutions for desktop virtualization," said Victor Rios, vice president and general manager of Think desktop, workstation, and visuals. "It has the Energy Star 5.2 green certification, making it great energy saving solution at a great value for virtual desktop environments."
Offered in Linux, LeTOS, or Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating systems, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M32 also features Lenovo's Terminal Manager software that allows IT managers an effective, secure, and easy-to-use management software. Lenovo says that the M32 will be available starting October 2013 and will sell at a price point of approximately $259.
If you're in the market for an iMac, you might want to wait a couple of weeks, as it looks like the big boy retailers are now offering discounts on iMac configurations, with Apple slowing shipments of the all-in-one PC.
This is all happening because Apple is poised to refresh the iMac with Intel's fourth-generation "Haswell" Core processors which should be announced after the company's September iPhone media event. AppleInsider reports: "The discounts join sales efforts initiated earlier this month by Best Buy, Amazon, and MacMall -- all of which are similarly offering the four standard iMac retail configurations at discounts between $100 and $150. Given the new inventory management measures Apple adopted after January's MacBook Pro surplus scare, the discounts are likely the start of a multi-week effort to run its iMac channel fairly bare."
We all know that a lot of people are not happy with the lack of a Start menu in Windows 8, but it looks like Lenovo is set to cure this on its Windows 8-based machines with a Start menu replacement.
The company will preload its Windows 8 machines with a Start menu replacement thanks to a deal Lenovo struck with San Diego-based SweetLabs and its software 'Pokki.' The deal will see the Chinese company preload Pokki onto its Windows 8 machines, which is quite the news considering Lenovo is the largest PC manufacturer... in the world.
This will help in many ways: first off, users. Users who don't know how to get, or use third-party software to access the Start menu will enjoy it preloaded. Second, it will drag SweetLabs into the spotlight.
If you've been wanting 3G connectivity on the super-cheap Raspberry Pi, your dreams could soon come true. A company called SparqEE are developing an add-on for Raspberry Pi that would allow a SIM card to be inserted.
The startup are going to launch their project on Kickstarter for crowdfunding, with the unique ability of selling users low-cost SIM cards that they could use in their Raspberry Pis since the company has "contracted with a worldwide SIM provider" that can deliver global SIM cards on the cheap.
Earlier today iBUYPOWER unveil their new competition-grade gaming systems that involved a partnership with Computer Logic Gaming, and now they're just announced a partnership with AMD that sees their Valkyrie and Revolt systems powered by AMD CPUs.
First up, the Valkyrie is available with AMD's high-end A10 quad-core CPU and a Radeon HD 8970M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The AMD-based Valkyrie systems can be configured with both an SSD and a HDD for the best of both worlds, super-speed and huge storage. iBUYPOWER also decided to offer an AMD option on their Revolt system, where customers can choose an AMD A10-6800K quad-core CPU. This means that the Revolt remains "the industry's leading benchmark in compact, high-performance gaming systems" according to iBUYPOWER.
Darren Su, Vice President of iBUYPOWER has said: "At iBUYPOWER, one of our core strengths is being able to offer customers a wide selection of configurations for any of our systems. Yes, we're about producing the best performing systems, but we also want to answer the call for choice. With new Revolts and Valkryies featuring AMD components, we cater to our customer's needs."
Today, iBUYPOWER and Computer Logic Gaming (CLG) have teamed up to launch several new custom-designed, high-performance gaming systems that are sure to give any gamer the advantage needed when competing in competition level events. iBUYPOWER says that the systems were designed from the ground up and built around the needs of a hardcore competition gamer and that all of the new systems have been tested by teams from iBUYPOWER and CLG to ensure that every aspect of the systems were tweaked to perfection.
The new systems come in three unique configurations and are encased in a "Custom Laser-Etched Chassis" which bears the CLG logo on the case's side panel window. "We've stayed true to our mission since day one of committing to the eSports scene. We want to support and give back to the community," said Darren Su, VP of iBUYPOWER. "CLG told us that fans demanded something competitive and we listened."
Available with up to an Intel Core i7-4770K CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD, and sealed-loop liquid-cooling, each of the CLG systems will most definitely plow through any game you chose to throw at it. "I'm a computer enthusiast, and as the owner of CLG, I care a lot about what we put our brand on. The specs to price ratio on the CLG edition iBUYPOWER computers are great, which makes me happy to be working with them," said HotshotGG, Owner of CLG. "Plus, have you seen the custom case designs?"
Today Gateway announced two new versions of its NE series laptops as well as updates to its DX, SX, and ZX desktop PCs. The company released new 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch versions of the NE series that are slimmer than the previous models and now feature AMD A4 and A6 processors. Additionally, the company now offers both laptops with up to 1 TB of storage.
The companies desktops did not change much aesthetically but as far as internals go there have been some pretty significant updates. The SX and DX desktops now feature Intel's fourth-generation Core, or "Haswell" processors, or AMD's A Series of APUs. Furthermore the company released a new version of its all-in-one One ZX desktop that features a 3GHz Pentium processor and a 21.5-inch LCD.
The new 15.6-inch NE will be sold at a pricing point of $380 while the 17.3-inch model will retail for $450. The entry-level DX desktop will run $289 while the smaller SX starts at $398, and the all-in-one will lighten your wallet by $530. The company also introduced a new KX Series of desktop displays that start at $99 for a 19.5-inch screen.
After speaking with a source that is said to be close to Apple, KitGuru said that they have learned that Apple's new Mac Pro would most likely ship to consumers and arrive for retail sales sometime during the month of October. They also stated that the Mac Pro would return to the UK around the same time after the line was removed from sale in 27 countries back in March of this year.
The delay in release is said to be due to a shortage on E5 processors as well as their mating motherboards. Additionally, analysts are speculating that Apple is waiting on its new operating system Mavericks to be released as it currently is limited to 96 GB of memory. With the new Mac Pro offering up to 128GB of RAM, this makes perfect sense. Apple could also be holding off on releasing the new Mac Pro due to ongoing Thunderbolt 2 development which is said to wrap up sometime during Q3 of 2013.
To further bait the rumor mill, Apple is said to be working on a 4K HDTV screen that will be geared specifically for professionals in the video editing field who would most likely also be purchasing the new Mac Pro's. Whether all of this is true or not is still a bit of a mystery and the only way to truly answer all of the questions is to wait around until October and see what Apple launches.
This morning, ORIGIN PC announced that they have updated their award-winning GENESIS line of desktops to feature AMD's latest FX-9000 series CPUs. The GENESIS will now be available with either AMD's FX-9590 or FX-9370 CPUs. ORIGIN says that with the new FX-9000 series processors, their customers will be able to immerse themselves in the most advanced games like never before.
Starting at just $1551, users would available to purchase an eight-core game-smashing monster that is clocked from the factory at up to 5 GHz. The GENESIS series includes a custom liquid cooled design and ships Windows 8 ready. ORIGIN says that users can customize their model with over 10,000 different building options. Additionally, ORIGIN offers lifetime 24/7 support for the best PC gaming experience.
Tweakipedia: Performance with the Core i7 3770K integrated GPU and GIGABYTE Z77N-Wi-Fi on our BitFenix Prodigy PC
Our Tweakipedia section has a new post.
We're finally back on track with our BitFenix Prodigy PC testing, where we start with on-die GPU performance on our Core i7 3770K and GIGABYTE Z77N-Wi-Fi board. We do our testing in both 720p and 1080p with some interesting results. You can read more on the Tweakipedia article right here!
This morning, MAINGEAR announced the launch of an entirely new series of custom liquid cooled PCs. Knowing that hard-core enthusiast preferred custom liquid cooling over all-in-one solutions, MAINGEAR teamed up with EKWB to create the new EPIC series of custom liquid cooled desktop PCs.
The EPIC series is comprised of the full-tower Force and mid-sized Rush models that both feature a "BiTurbo" pump design that ensures your system stays cool in the event one pump should fail. Also present are Intel's fourth-generation Core i7 or AMD's FX processors. On the graphics side, the force model can be packed with up to four NVIDIA GTX Titans or four Radeon HD 7970, with the Rush model only featuring a maximum of two GPUs.
As with all other MAINGEAR offerings, a plethora of memory, storage, fans, lighting, and paint combinations are available. At the moment, no information has been released on pricing or availability, but you can expect the prices to be fairly stout based on the hardware specifications listed above as well as the attention to detail MAINGEAR puts into every PC it builds. On a side note, how sexy is that Corsair 900D in lime green?
Digital Storm are back once again with a new gaming PC that will send your credit card bill through the roof, introducing the Aventum II. The Aventum II steps it up considerably, as it was built by Digital Storm's in-house team of engineers, taking ten years worth of customer requests to build the dream machine.
No off-the-shelf components chassis or cooling was used, it all had to be custom built from the ground up. Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development says: "We (Digital Storm) unveiled an Aventum II prototype at CES 2013 and have been working to prefect the design since. The final product is a unique system, completely designed from the ground up featuring a bold look and packing enough power to go toe to toe with any PC on the planet."
Today, Logic Supply announced the release of their LGX ML250 Intel Core i3 / i5 fanless industrial PC systems. The system is built around ASRocks's IMB-170 industrial motherboard and features Intel's Core i3, i7, and Celeron processors. The systems are being touted as "an economical alternative to wide-temperature fanless systems. The LGX ML250 combines commercial-off-the-shelf, high-performance, mobile computing with a silent, compact, fanless chassis that's designed to be redesigned."
The systems feature a wide range of customizing options including three different processors, several memory choices, and SSD and HDD storage options. The devices can be accessorized with two different Wi-Fi setups and features several different mounting options.
Operating system options run the full gamut of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Embedded, and even Linux distribution choices. The LGX ML250 was "designed to be redesigned" which makes it easily rebranded or customized to fit your application. Options range from additional front panel I/O designs to screen printing.
Intel seems to be quite proud of the fact they now power the top supercomputer in the world. Today, the Top500 list of supercomputers was updated and a new first-place system was crowned. The Milky Way 2 is a supercomputer located in China and powered by Intel. It booted out a former US-based system powered by AMD.
Milky Way 2 is capable of 54.9 PFlops, or 54.9 quadrillion floating point operations per second. This is more than twice the performance that the former leader was capable of. Even more interesting, this is the first Intel-powered system to take the crown since 1997, or a span of more than 15 years.
Milky Way 2 is powered by 32,000 Intel Xeon processors and 48,000 Intel Xeon Phi processors. It has over 3 million processing cores across its nodes. You can read more about the system at Intel's blog post, linked at Source #1 below.