ASUS OC Socket: LGA 2011-3 socket with 60 extra pins

Intel just announced their new Haswell-E platform a few days ago. It comes accompanied with the new X99 chipset. This combo also brings new LGA 2011-3 socket. Prior to this, Intel’s HEDT platform (X79) came with LGA 2011 socket. This socket lasted for two CPU generation; Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E. Now with Haswell-E, the new LGA 2011-3 socket came. It’s a new iteration of the original socket and it comes 2011 pins same as the LGA 2011 socket. It comes with slightly different pin layout hence the new socket is not compatible with old processors. However, ASUS has taken one step further. They have developed a new socket called OC Socket which comes with 2071 pins and they claim that this proprietary socket brings several benefits.

ASUS OC Socket

Windows 9 Preview Build 6.4.9829 appears online; launching Sept 30th

We have some great news for Windows users. Microsoft is on schedule for the launch of Windows 9 Preview which is scheduled for September 30th, 2014. Softpedia was able to get hold of the desktop screenshot of Windows 9 Preview Build 6.4.9829 which is being tested internally by Microsoft. The screenshot does reveal the promised changes as mentioned in our earlier Microsoft Modern UI 2.0 report. All eyes are on the Start Menu and I must say I am not disappointed. Surely, it’s not what everyone wanted but you can call it Start Menu 2.0.

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Unboxing: Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 630 is a new kid around the block. It is the new affordable smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 by the Finnish company. Furthermore, it is a comparatively small phone as compared to today’s standards. It has a 4.5-inch IPS display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution. That translates into 218 pixel per inch. Under the hood, it has 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 512 MB RAM. Furthermore, its a dual sim phone with a memory card slot as well.

Nokia Lumia 630

ASRock X99 Extreme11 brings no less than 18 SATA III ports

The latest Intel Haswell-E and X99 platform is all about going overboard with features and the latest ASRock X99 Extreme11 has just surpassed everyone else. In a recent event in Taiwan, ASRock showed of their X99 lineup which also included the X99 Extreme11. We haven’t heard of this motherboard before but we were pretty sure that it’s coming. As previous generation, the X99 Extreme11 will be company’s flagship motherboard and it’ll come with some of the best technologies and features that are currently accessible.

ASRock X99 Extreme11

Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 Benchmarks in dual-cpu setup; AIDA64 & Cinebench

Intel has taken care of the hungry heavy pockets enthusiasts with the launch of Haswell-E HEDT processors. Its time that we prepare for the more technical server based consumers with Haswell-EP Xeon CPUs. We have kept you updated with all the possible information regarding the Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 and 1600 v3 line up. To further spice things up, we got hold of benchmarks of Xeon E5-2699 v3 in dual-CPU configuration with a Intel C610 chipset motherboard and Samsung 16 GB DDR4 modules. Spotted in a thread at, a user at the Chinese website ZOL revealed AIDA64 and Cinebench scores of Xeon E5-2699 v3.

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ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme sets 28 overclocking records

Its only been a day since Intel announced their new X99 platform along with Haswell-E processors and overclocking records have already started rolling in. Earlier today, we reported that G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 memory has been overclocked to 4004 MHz using the ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme. In addition to that, ROG’s monster has been used to set two more records. The Core i7-5960X is overclocked to 6.4 GHz with only one core enabled and 6.2 GHz with all cores enabled.

ASUS Rampage V Extreme

Details of Intel Skylake-S LGA Desktop CPUs; DirectX 12, DDR4 & 4K

Intel has been back tracked with its transformation to 14 nm production process. Broadwell CPUs which should have arrived by the end of this year have been moved to Q2 next year. At the same time, Intel is preparing to introduce Skylake-S processors also based on the 14 nm production process but limited to Desktop (LGA) platform only. Fuzilla has secured some interesting information regarding Skylake-S revealing support for DirectX 12, DDR4 memory and 4K resolution.

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