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GIGABYTE G1.Gaming Z97 Motherboard Pictured

GIGABYTE is giving final touches to its next G1.Killer series motherboard, the G1.Gaming Z97. Branded in an uncanny way to MSI's Gaming series, the G1.Gaming is a mid-range ($150 - $200) socket LGA1150 motherboard based on Intel's Z97 Express chipset, which can run Core "Haswell" Refresh processors out of the box. The board features most of the stuff you've come to expect from "gaming" grade motherboards. To begin with, its draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses an 8-phase VRM to condition power to the CPU. The CPU is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory; and two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (electrical x8/x8 when both are populated). Three PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and two legacy PCI make for the rest of its expansion area.

Display connectivity on the G1.Gaming Z97 includes DisplayPort and HDMI. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s, and likely one M.2 slot. A total of six USB 3.0 ports are on offer, four on the rear panel, two by header. The board features 7.1-channel Creative Sound Core3D audio with user-replaceable OPAMPs, a 115 dBA DAC, audiophile-grade electrolytic capacitors, and ground-layer isolation. The wired networking on this board is equally special, a Broadcom-Killer E2100 PCIe NIC with packet prioritization that's optimized for multiplayer gaming. For those with USB headsets that come with their own DACs, GIGABYTE is offering a special USB 2.0 port with extra power output, and electrical noise filter. GIGABYTE's dual-UEFI BIOS is at the helm of this board.


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ASUSTOR to Showcase Brand New Products at Computex 2014

ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, will showcase its innovative series of NAS devices at Computex 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to exhibiting the 6/3/2 series tower and rackmount models powered by Intel Atom dual core processors, ASUSTOR will also be introducing its new enterprise class 7 series rackmount devices (AS7009RD/AS7009RDX/AS7012RD/AS7012RDX), which feature Intel "Haswell" Xeon and Core i3 processors.

Also being introduced for the first time, will be an economical rackmount model, the AS-204RS and two other tower model devices powered by Intel Core i3 processors, the AS7008T and AS7010T. ASUSTOR's exhibition will feature live demonstrations of its intuitive ADM 2.2 operating system which features upgrades to core functions, the ASUSTOR Portal HDMI platform (integrating multimedia playback, web browsing, the ADM web interface, and surveillance feeds), and the newest in-house developed NAS and mobile apps from ASUSTOR. All users and interested parties are sincerely invited to visit ASUSTOR in order to experience the latest NAS technology and innovative concepts firsthand.

MSI 9-series Gaming Series Motherboards Pictured

MSI is ready with its Gaming series socket LGA1150 motherboards based on Intel's next-gen 9-series chipset, which are ready for Core "Haswell" refresh processors. The series includes three boards in the ATX form-factor, the 9-series Gaming 9 AC, 9-series Gaming 7, and 9-series Gaming 3; and one in the mini-ITX form-factor, the 9-series Gaming. The 9-series Gaming 9 AC is loaded with features, including a 12-phase CPU VRM, four DDR3 DIMM slots, three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4), eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, a PCI-Express x2 M.2 slot, Killer E2200 NIC, 802.11 ac WLAN, and more.

Next up, is the 9-series Gaming 7, which offers the same 12-phase CPU VRM as the 9-series Gaming 9 AC, same three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, four PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and an identical storage connectivity. The 9-series Gaming 3 is the most affordable of the lot, with a 6-phase CPU VRM, one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4), two PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and three PCI; six SATA 6 Gb/s, one M.2, and Killer E2200 NIC. Lastly, there's the 9-series Gaming ITX, which offers a decent 6-phase VRM, single PCI-Express 3.0 x16, 802.11 ac networking, Killer E2200 NIC, and AudioBoost audio. The three should launch in the run up to the mid-May release of Intel's new processors.
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Intel Starts Shipping 'Haswell Refresh' Processors

Without any real fanfare Intel has now kicked off sales and shipments of processors part of 'Haswell Refresh' line. An official launch for the updated Haswell offering, complete with motherboards based on the 9 Series LGA1150 chipsets, is reportedly planned for next month but since the CPUs got the go-ahead you can expect them to reach stores shortly.

A total of 44 chips have been introduced by Intel, 27 of which are for desktops while the rest are for mobile devices. There's nothing really new about the CPUs as they are still based on the Haswell architecture (which debuted last year) but they do have slightly higher (100 MHz in most cases) frequencies than the models they aim to replace (speed bump at no added cost).

MSI ProBox23 Thin Mini-ITX Barebone Now Shipping

MSI announces the launch of the MSI ProBox23, the first model in its new generation of commercial oriented barebone PCs. These series use the latest Intel H81 chipset, and support the 4th Generation Intel Core processors with high performance and integrated GPU providing powerful graphics processing.

Furthermore, the MSI ProBox23 is equipped with a thin mini-itx motherboard and energy efficient CPU cooler. With a length and width of only 20cm and a height of just 5cm, this barebone PC is one of the smallest in its kind. Moreover, the MSI ProBox23 can easily be mounted behind a monitor, making it the best space-saving solution for commercial and entertainment applications. The MSI ProBox23 will be available worldwide per beginning of April 2014.

Intel Core "Haswell" Refresh CPUs Launch Date Revealed

It looks like Intel will launch its Core "Haswell" Refresh line of processors sooner than Computex 2014. According to sources in the IT retail, Intel could launch these new chips, led by the Core i7-4790K, on May 10th in most markets. An armada of new socket LGA1150 motherboards, based on Intel's Z97 Express chipset should launch around those dates, probably in the week leading up to the 10th. Intel Core "Haswell" Refresh processors offer marginally better performance over current Core "Haswell" chips, at existing price points (i.e., they will displace existing chips from their current price-points); while the 9-series chipset offers features such as M.2 SSD support, making you ready for a tidal wave of 1000 MB/s SSDs that will launch around Computex.


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Eurocom Launches the World's Most Powerful 13.3" Ultraportable

Eurocom is launching the M4, the world's most powerful 13.3" QHD+ notebook. It is equipped with a breathtaking 3200x1800 QHD+ display, an Intel Core i7 Extreme Processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M Maxwell graphics. The 5,760,000 pixels of the 13.3" 3200x1800 QHD+ display are powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics with 2GB DDR5 VRAM, 640 CUDA Cores, with a GPU core able to run at up to 1029MHz +boost. Weighing just two kilograms and being only 1.2 inches thin makes the EUROCOM M4 extremely easy to carry and transport, with no need for a power cord due to the great battery life brought on by supported NVIDIA Optimus Technology.

Gaming is all about refresh rates and great visuals, the M4 does not disappoint with a beautiful 13.3" 3200x1800 QHD+ display powered by powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics. Audio is enhanced thanks to the Sound Blaster Cinema audio platform featuring SBX Pro Studio. Powered by a full line of 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processors utilizing the Intel HM87 Express Chipset including the Intel Core i7-4940MX Processor Extreme with 4 cores and 8 threads running at 3.1 GHz (up to 4 GHz max turbo frequency) with 8 MB L3 cache. A menacing silver Backlit keyboard makes gaming or working in the dark a breeze. Up to 16 GB DDR3-1866 SODIMM memory is supported via two slots with 8 GB modules that are easy to access to upgrade or replace.

Intel CEO Outlines New Computing Opportunities with China Technology Ecosystem

As the computing industry landscape undergoes rapid transformation, Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich today outlined the company's plans to build upon its nearly 30-year history in China, and collaborate with the growing technology ecosystem, particularly in Shenzhen, to accelerate new innovation and reshape the computing industry.

During his keynote, Krzanich discussed how Intel and the Shenzhen technology ecosystem can re-ignite growth - both locally and globally - and deliver differentiated computing products and experiences, spanning multiple market segments, operating systems and price points. Underscoring this point, he announced the establishment of an Intel Smart Device Innovation Center in Shenzhen and a US$100 million Intel Capital China Smart Device Innovation Fund.

Intel Finalizes Feature-sets of the First Wave of 9-series Chipsets

Here's what the first wave of Intel 9-series chipsets will look like. It will consist of upper-mainstream chipsets for the LGA1150 platform, and the sole chipset for the LGA2011-3 HEDT platform. LGA1150 will get two new chipsets based on a common silicon, the Z97 Express, and the H97 Express. The Z97 will be the next top-end chipset for the platform, supporting current Core "Haswell" and upcoming "Haswell refresh" and "Devil's Canyon" processors. Motherboards based on the Z97 chipset, like the ones based on the Z87 and Z77, will feature up to three PCI-Express 3.0 slots wired to the CPU, in configurations of x16/NC/NC, x8/x8/NC, and x8/x4/x4. It will support overclocking, something its sibling the H97 Express will lack. The H97 will also lack the PCIe configurations that the Z97 supports.

Both Z97 and H97 will introduce support for PCI-Express M.2 storage, which offers 66.6% higher bandwidth than SATA 6 Gb/s, and the same bandwidth as SATA-Express. Its introduction will spur up development and launches of a new generation of high-performance client SSDs in 2014-15. Apart from M.2, the two chipsets offer six SATA 6 Gb/s ports with AHCI and RAID support. Rapid Storage Technology (RST) and Smart Response Technology (SRT) are common for both chips, however, the Z97 also features Dynamic Storage Accelerator (DST), something the H97 will lack. H97 will exclusively offer Small Business Advantage (SBA), instead. Both chips will feature 8-lane PCI-Express gen 2.0 root complexes to drive onboard devices, and 14 USB ports, including six USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports.

Shuttle Delivers 43 mm Thin Robust Slim PC for LGA1150 Processors

Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini PC Barebones, starts delivery today of its new Slim PC for the latest Intel processors. With the Shuttle Barebone DS81, the company is launching a robust and powerful platform that measures just 43 mm in height.

The special feature of this machine is its compatibility with fourth-generation Intel Core processors (former codename: Haswell) with LGA1150. Nearly all models, from the low-cost Celeron to the large Core i7, are supported (TDP max. 65 W). The Intel H81 chipset is used on the motherboard. For the first time, two DisplayPort connectors and a HDMI connector are available. The increased performance of the integrated graphics built right in to the new processors even enables playback of 4K content.

MSI Announces AG220 and AG240 All-in-One PCs

MSI, prominent developer in gaming technology, is once again leading the way by releasing the new AG220 and AG240 as the successors to its AG2712A that won the CES Innovation Award this year. The AG220 and AG240 are 21.5" and 23.6" Full HD All-in-One PCs that support MSI's industry-leading Anti-Flicker and Less Blue Light technologies. Both AG220 and AG240 come with touch and non-touch displays and are based on Intel's latest Haswell platform with support for quad-core processors. The PCs also feature NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 860M gamer-grade discrete graphics card and Killer game networking accelerator favored by professional gamers. Additionally, they come with speakers by Yamaha and the all new Headset Master technology to easily switch between headset and speaker audio output.

ASRock 8 Series Motherboards Support New 4th Generation Intel Processors

The global leading motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, announces that all of its 8 series motherboards will support Next Generation Intel Core Processors. With only a few clicks, users are able to update the BIOS and enjoy the outstanding performance of their new processors.

ASRock provides the latest BIOS not only to those high-end and mainstream motherboards, but also to those entry level ones. From the Z87, H87, B85 series to the H81 series, there is no 8 series motherboard left behind this full-scale support.

Intel Updates Desktop CPU Roadmap, Haswell-E, Broadwell, Devil's Canyon Blip

At GDC, Intel announced a backpedal from its plans to eventually reshape desktop CPUs into components that come hardwired to the motherboards across the line, by announcing three new CPU families. It includes the Haswell-E HEDT platform, Broadwell performance platform, and Devil's Canyon. The three are expected to launch in reverse order, beginning with Devil's Canyon. A variant of existing "Haswell" silicon in the LGA1150 package, Devil's Canyon is codename for a breed of hand-picked chips with "insane" overclocking potential. In addition to binned dies, the chips feature a performance-optimized TIM between the die and the integrated heatspreader (IHS). The dies will be placed on special "high tolerance" packages, with equally "special" LGA contact points. The chips will be designed with higher voltage tolerance levels. Devil's Canyon is expected to branded under the existing Core i7-4xxx series, possibly with "Extreme" brand extension. It will be compatible with motherboards based on the Z97 chipset.

Next up, is "Broadwell." A successor to Haswell, Broadwell is its optical shrink to Intel's new 14-nanometer silicon fab process, with minor improvements to IPC, new power-management features, and likely added instruction sets, much like what "Ivy Bridge" was to "Sandy Bridge." It will take advantage of the new process to step up CPU and iGPU clock speeds. Broadwell is expected to launch in the second half of 2014. Lastly, there's Haswell-E. Built in the company's next-gen LGA2011 socket (incompatible with the current LGA2011), this HEDT (high-end desktop) processor will feature up to eight CPU cores, up to 15 MB of L3 cache, a 48-lane PCI-Express 3.0 root complex, and a quad-channel DDR4 integrated memory controller (IMC). Intel is also planning to launch a socketed variant of the Core i7-4770R, which is based on the company's Haswell GT3e silicon, which features the Iris Pro 5200 graphics core, with 40 execution units, and 128 MB of L4 cache.

Eurocom Bringing GeForce GTX 880M to Its Line of High Performance Gaming Laptops

Eurocom is shipping the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M in single and SLI (Dual) configuration in the line of fully configurable, VGA upgradeable, high performance gaming laptops.

The addition of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, the highest performance mobile solution from NVIDIA, gives Eurocom customers an even greater choice of GPUs to power their gaming laptop with a graphics card to fit every performance level.

ZOTAC Announces New ZBOX E-Series and ZBOX nano Mini PCs

ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today starts CeBIT 2014 with a pair of new ZBOX E-series gaming mini-PCs and the palm-size ZBOX nano AQ02 series. The new ZOTAC ZBOX E-series gaming mini-PCs incorporate Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics to deliver an excellent gaming experience in a small form factor while the ZBOX nano AQ02 series takes advantage of an AMD A8 series APU for a perfect combination of performance and energy-efficiency.

"We've always wanted to create a ZBOX that delivers a good gaming experience but couldn't strike the right balance between size, performance, heat dissipation and energy consumption. Intel's latest Haswell architecture with quad-cores and Iris Pro 5200 graphics hits that sweet spot we need to fit in a ZBOX chassis," said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International. "The new ZBOX E-series will deliver a smooth medium quality gaming experience and be perfect for LAN party-goers and gamers that want a compact gaming system."

G.SKILL Announces High Performance DDR3L SO-DIMM 2133 MHz 16GB Kit

G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the leading high performance memory designer and manufacturer, is excited to announce the release of a high performance, high capacity DDR3L SO-DIMM 16GB (2x8GB) memory kit at 2133MHz! Requiring only 1.35V of low operating voltage with a timing of 11-11-11-31, this Ripjaws SO-DIMM memory kit will provide a much needed performance boost to your small form factor PC or high performance laptop.

The following is a test screenshot completed on the GIGABYTE BRIX Pro (GB-BXi7-4770R), showing fast processing and stable performance. Dubbed the F3-2133C11D-16GRSL, this Ripjaws DDR3L SO-DIMM memory kit is best used with the latest Intel i5 and i7 Haswell processors. Let the overclocking begin!

BIOSTAR Motherboards Ready for Intel 4th Gen Refresh CPUs

BIOSTAR has prepared to take full advantage of the Intel 4th generation Haswell refresh CPUs. BIOSTAR models based on the Z87, H87, B85, H81 chipset series will feature Intel single chip architecture with HD 4600 Graphics, along with a new integrated memory controller that will run at speeds up to 1600 MHz.

The newest desktop-based quad-core processors CPUs promise big leaps in performance and, being Intel-based boards, they also feature Intel Rapid Start Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology.

GIGABYTE 8 Series Motherboards Now Support Upcoming 4th Gen Intel Core CPUs

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced official support for soon to launch 4th Gen Intel Core Processors and select unlocked 4th Gen Intel Core Processors.

Wanting to ensure compatibility for upcoming 4th Gen Intel Core Processors, GIGABYTE has enabled support across the entire range of GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards, including Z87, H87, Q87, B85. and H81 chipset based motherboards. By installing the latest BIOS for their 8 series motherboard, users can be assured they are ready to take advantage of all the performance improvements that Intel's upcoming CPUs have to offer.

Thermaltake Announces Toughpower Gold Series Power Supply Units

Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units is pleased to announce its high performance power supply line - Toughpower Gold Series (750W/650W/550W). The Thermaltake Toughpower series is a premium 80 PLUS GOLD certified power supply that uses the highest quality components for stable performance, excellent features with unbeatable efficiency vital to the current high-end system in market even in demanding conditions. With the 80Plus Gold certification for its high power efficiency and a single strong 12V rail flexibly routes the maximum available power to your CPU and graphics card, offering maximized power usage and easy setup. Toughpower Gold Series comes with modular design to reduce cable clutter; and ultra-quiet fan delivers silent cooling, thus the entire computer and power supply can operate at its peak moment.

ASUS 8 Series Motherboards Support New 4th-Generation Intel Core CPUs

ASUS today announced that all 8 Series motherboards offer support for new 4th-generation Intel Core processors, assuring a quick, safe, and smooth upgrade - immediately. A simple BIOS update is all that's required to enable users to enjoy the great performance of the latest CPUs.

Just one click for instant compatibility with new 4th-generation Intel Core Processors
All ASUS 8 series Intel motherboards support new 4th-generation Intel Core Processors, and the necessary BIOS update takes just one click in an easy-to-use application, which can be downloaded from the ASUS website. Users keen to take advantage of the power of the latest CPUs can visit the ASUS website, at www.asus.com, and download the relevant BIOS version - today!

MSI Intel 8 Series Motherboards Fully Support Next Generation Processors

MSI, world leader in motherboards, announces support for the, soon to be revealed, next generation Intel CPUs for all MSI motherboards sporting Intel 8 series chipsets. Saving MSI motherboard owners a lot of time and work, users can install the new Intel CPU with updating latest BIOS and start enjoying next generation performance straight away.

Multimedia user, Gamer or Overclocker, MSI 8 series motherboards offer unmatched performance
Inheriting years of building the best motherboards and closely working with world's best gamers, MSI has introduced the popular "GAMING" series. Collecting over 200 awards from worldwide media, equipped with the best audio solution called Audio Boost, Killer networking and other key gaming features, MSI GAMING series has set a new standard for gamers seeking the best performing motherboards.

FinalWire AIDA64 v4.20 Released

FinalWire announced the latest version of its smash-hit system diagnostics and benchmarking suite, AIDA64 v4.20. The new version comes with a long list of feature updates, including a new diagnostics page for AMD Mantle API under the "Display" section, a new multi-threaded memory stress test that takes advantage of AVX2, AVX, FMA, BMI2, BMI, and SSE2 instruction sets. Version 4.20 also adds support for Intel Core "Haswell Refresh" processors, "Wildcat Point" PCH, upcoming "Broadwell" CPUs, "Royston" SoCs; Radeon R5, R7, and R9 series GPUs; and OCZ Vertex 460 SSDs.
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HP Also Working on a Chromebox

ASUS' recently-announced Chromebox will soon be getting some competition as HP is also preparing a compact desktop machine running Google's Chrome OS. HP's very own Chromebox targets both the consumer and business segments and is set to arrive, at least in the US, this spring.

HP hasn't shared too much information about the Chromebox but it did say the device will include DisplayPort and HDMI outputs (for dual display support) and will be powered by (up to) an Intel Core i7 (Haswell) processor. Multiple color versions are also in plan. No word on pricing yet.

GammaTech Introduces the Durabook S15H 15.6-Inch Semi-Rugged Notebook

GammaTech Computer Corp., a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook and tablet computers, has announced the addition of the S15H: a 15.6" semi-rugged Durabook notebook with high-definition resolution that takes full advantage of the Intel 'Haswell' CPU. Model S15H also carries on the GammaTech tradition of offering cost-effective, high-performance mobile solutions that are designed for rugged applications and environments.

"The S15H was designed to fill a need for a 15" monitor in the marketplace," commented Paul Kim, GammaTech vice president of marketing. "Many companies and organizations have legacy software programs that were designed for 15" monitors with no way to run them. The S15H provides a solution to this problem, while eliminating the need and expense of modifying how legacy systems display."

Axiomtek Introduces OPS880-HM Mini-PC

Axiomtek, one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of innovative, high performance and reliable PC-based industrial computer products, has introduced OPS880-HM, its new cost-effective OPS digital signage player with the support of 4K resolution. The OPS880-HM is powered by 4th Generation Intel Core i5 and i3 processors (codename: Haswell) with the Mobile Intel HM86 Express chipset. The OPS880-HM supports one DDR3L SO-DIMM socket with memory maximum up to 8GB. In addition, it features one mSATA interface as storage device and two PCI Express Mini Card slots for graphics-enhanced video card, wireless LAN card for 802.11 b/g/n and 3G/GPRS, and tuner/AV capture card. The outstanding OPS digital signage module is an ideal choice for various display applications in different environments, e.g., shopping mall, corporate, education, bank, transportation, retail store, restaurant, performing art center.
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