The popular Samsung Chromebook line now has yet another addition that’s sleek and suave and promises to help you get all your work done on time, while making a fashion statement! The new Chromebook 2 Series will be made available in 11.6- and 13.3-inch configurations and will pack Exynos 5 Octa processors. The Chromebook 2 Series will also boast8.5 hours of battery life on a full charge and displays crafted to take your breath away.
Asus users are in for a treat, particularly those using the 8 Series motherboards. The company has recently announced a quick and simple update that will enable users to enjoy support for the new 4th-generation Intel® Core™ processors. A simple UEFI BIOS update is required for these 8 series motherboards to support the swanky new processors and the motherboard does not even need to have a CPU or DRAM modules in place!
Asus have rolled out the R7 265 DirectCU II Graphics Card that muscles up against its previous rendition manifold. For starts it comes with the promise of being 20% cooler and 3 time quieter operation. In addition to this, it is also packed with Super Alloy Power components that give it a longevity of up to two and a half years more than the former card. Powered by the AMD Radeon™ R7 265 graphics-processing unit (GPU), the DicrectCU II offers GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use software tool that allows users to squeeze more performance out of the GPU. It comes with a base clock speed of 900MHz that can be further stretched to 925MHz. Gamers and professional can enjoy resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels.
Valve have been cautious with the release of their Steam Machines. They have in face released only 300 pieces and that too in beta. That’s most likely where AnandTech got their opportunity to shine with the ASRock M8 Barebone that has been declared as a Steam Box alternative. It has also earned itself the title of “Editor’s Choice Silver Award”. Ian Cutress, the Editor of AnandTech said, “ASRock M8 is a very nicely built barebone that offers the opportunity to build a mobile gaming platform that should stand the test of time as well as providing nice aesthetics and industrial design. The price might not appeal to most in the bang-for-buck stakes, but ultimately that is not the real point of the M8 – power and size with design.” In fact, the 300 beta Steam Machines were built with ASRock’s Z87E-ITX motherboards, which makes the M8 an obvious choise as it offer better features. It is also upgradable.
Gigabyte have launched their latest gaming motherboards, namely the G1.Sniper Z5S and GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z5. Both feature Gigabyte AMP-UP Audio features with Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 networking. ”These new GIGABYTE gaming motherboards extend our G1-Killer series to a broader audience than ever before,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of Gigabyte Motherboard Business Unit. “We’re confident that end-users will relish the opportunity to build mid-range gaming systems with advanced networking and the most compelling audio platform out there.” The variants reach out to a number of different market segments and touch several price points as well. Key features of the motherboards include an upgradable onboard OP-Amp, a gold plated USB 2.0 port that provides clean, noise-free power delivery to any Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC), 7.1 + 2 Channel Audio with 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio and Audio Noise Guard.
While we all speak about the Razer mice and their progressively improving stature in the minds of gamers, we cannot ignore the Mionix NAOS 7000 high-performance gaming mouse. Mionix is a Swedish company and their CEO, Peter Nygren proudly announces. ”With our constant focus on performance, customization and comfort the new NAOS 7000 is the best ergonomic gaming mouse on the market. ” For specifics, it is a right-handed gaming mouse that is shaped to accommodate a full palm grip. This includes support fro all five fingers. It packs the ADNS-3310 gaming grade optical sensor that offers great accuracy, smooth tracking, and a maximum speed of ≥5.45m/sec (≥215 IPS) all the way up to 7000DPI. Another intriguing feature is the lift off distance (LOD) Calibration feature which combines the Surface Quality Analyzer Tool (S.Q.A.T) with =adjustment of the lift off height to find the lowest possible LOD with optimized tracking.
“It’s almost inappropriate to call it Tegra 5. It’s simply not linear”, said Nvidia as they launched the 192-core CUDA Tegra K1 processor. The unveiling was done by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, from whom the expectations of a super-phone had died down! The Android processor was demonstrated on the OS itself and will extend functionality from smartphones to tablets to even 4K televisions, cars and gaming consoles. It offers a Kepler GPU that enables brings powerful laptop-class computing and gaming to handhelds. The 192 cores in the Kepler Mobile GPU is a mighty improvement from the 72-core Tegra 4.
MSI are on the top of their game with the announcement of their powerful Radeon R9 290 Series graphics processor. Called the MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G and the MSI R9 290X GAMING 4G, the new range of graphic cards will finally be available from the house of MSI, a company that has mostly kept all grand revelations and announcements under the radar and instead graced us with a direct launch. They come with MSI’s TwinFrozr IV cooler and a custom PCB design that packs the company’s famed Military Class 4 Components. Head after the jump for more specs on both GPUs.
AMD has unleashed three new graphic cards, namely the FirePro D300, D500, and D700. These look to provide the upcoming Mac Pro computers with the right dosage of firepower to churn out stunning 4K video streaming and editing. In fact, the new GPUs could well power up to three high-resolution 4K displays. That’s a lot, given the allegiance creative folk have with Macs and their ability to enhance the entire professional video editing scenario. The GPUs are built on the HCN architecture, which is the combination of AMD FirePro GPUs and OpenCL.
In the rush to go on and develop a Chrome-based all-in-one system, LG seem to have come out quite early. The desktop solution is all set to make its appearance at CES in January. “Simple to operate for all types of users, the award- winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and great design,” said LG’s head of IT Business Hyoung-sei Park. “LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings.” The Chromebase system will pack a full HD IPS 1080p 21.5-inch screen, 2GB RAM, 16GB of storage, an Intel Celeron processor, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and microphone, 5-watt speakers, a keyboard and a mouse.