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Intel is set to launch their 4th generation Core series 'Haswell' processors next week at Computex. We've had several leaks about the Haswell flagship Core i7-4770K CPU is last couple of weeks but not even a single leak or performance number about the second in command; the Core i5-4670K. It has four cores and four threads with 3.4 GHz base clock and 3.8 GHz turbo. In terms of integrated graphics, it'll have GT2 class HD graphics 4600. With a price tag of $227, it'll be replacing Core i5-3570K.
HP showed off their new notebooks and ultrabooks featuring AMD APUs and Intel Haswell processors a couple of days ago. Although, all of them are bit special as compared to HP's older products but one of them really stands out among all and that's the HP Envy 14 TouchSmart ultrabook. Starting at $699, the 14-inch Ultrabook comes with Intel's upcoming Haswell processors and a 1366 x 768 screen. For a little more money, you can get a 1600 x 900 display but whats special about it is that HP will be releasing one with a 3200 x 1800 display later this summer as a direct answer to Apple MacBook Pro Retina.
Microsoft released their all-new Xbox One gaming console a few days ago but they did not give any specific price or the date when sale begins. However, we seem to have gotten some information about its pricing. It just got listed on Amazon Germany for 599 EUR; this means that USA price will also be around $599. Now, that price is really high for a console and its not even official yet but it surely gives it some pointers about what could be the possible price.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the release of the Vertex 450 SATA III SSD Series featuring the company's proprietary Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 Series controller. As part of the leading-edge Vertex series, Vertex 450 lives up to its name and bridges the gap between high performance and mainstream solid-state storage. With advanced storage performance, reliability, and quality, the Vertex 450 utilizes 20 nm process geometry NAND flash to meet the needs of today's high-end consumer and client applications.
Along with its GeForce GTX 780 graphics cards, NVIDIA also launched GeForce 320.18 WHQL drivers for the new GPU and all the older ones. The new driver increases performance by up to 20% in Tomb Raider, 20% in DiRT Showdown, 10% Metro: Last Light, 8% in Assassin’s Creed III, 6% in Far Cry 3, and 5% in BioShock Infinite. It also fixes some stability and compatibility issues with Dead Island: Riptide, Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter, Metro: Last Light, and Star Trek: The Videogame.
Microsoft launched their all-new Xbox One a couple of days ago. One of the most exciting things showed along with the new console is the full revamped Kinect motion sensor. It has a full HD 1080p camera in it and it can track human movements more precisely than ever. Microsoft announced at the event that the new Kinect will also be launched for Windows but there was no mention of any time frame. However, The Next Web has confirmed that Windows will get the Kinect sometime next year.
Intel's upcoming Core i7-4770K Haswell CPU reaches 100°C with the stock cooler at stock speeds. Guys over at ChinaDIY got their hands on a retail unit of the upcoming processor and they put it to some testing. According to them, the stock Intel cooler is no good, not even if you want to run the system at stock speeds. Their processor had stock voltage for 1.2v and after even less than a minute of Intel Burn Test, the core temperatures reached 100°C. They changed the cooler to Prolimatech Basic-81 but even that couldn't bring the temperatures considerably down.
NVIDIA has finally released their new high-end GeForce GTX 780 graphics card a while ago. It is based on a slightly cut-down version of GK110 chip and has 3GB of GDDR5 memory. With a price tag of $649, its quite expensive as compared to its predecessors but its winning editor's choice awards and 9+ scores out of 10 in most of the reviews and that's only due to its performance.
NVIDIA has just released their all new GeForce GTX 700 series and the first card to come out from the series is the GeForce GTX 780. Based on GK110-330-A1 chip which is a slightly cut down version of the full-fledged GK110 and has 3 SMXs disabled. It packs 2304 CUDA cores, 192 texture units and 48 ROPs. In terms of memory, it comes with 3GB of GDDR5 memory spread across a 384-bit wide memory interface providing bandwidth of 288 GB/s. In terms of display connectivity options, it comes with two dual-link DVI, an HDMI and a DisplayPort.
MSI unveiled their flagship gaming notebook GT70 Dragon edition 2 ahead of Computex 2013. According to CNET, it'll ship with two yet-to-be-announced parts; Haswell CPU and NVIDIA GTX780M GPU. Other features include a 17.3-inch full HD display, SSDs in RAID 0 and a gaming keyboard by SteelSeries. It can also power three external displays using its VGA port, mini-DisplayPort and HDMI. It has a 21.8mm-thick chassis with an overall weight of 2.9kg (6.4 pounds). According to MSI, the notebook scores 36,000 in 3DMark Vantage which is almost same as a desktop system with Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU and a full-fledged GTX 670.
EXPreview publishes an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 review ahead of its official release. The card is to be unveiled after two days on May 24 but thanks to EXPreview, we've complete set of benchmarks comparing it against GTX Titan, GTX 680 and red team's Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition. Some custom graphics cards based on the GTX 780 chip have also been revealed including the 1GHz Inno3D GeForce GTX 780 Herculez 3000.
Its an exciting week for PC enthusiasts since NVIDIA will be launching its latest GTX 700 series graphics card. GeForce GTX 780 benchmarks were leaked last week and today ChipHell forums have done it again by leaking GeForce GTX 770 benchmarks a week before its launch on May 31st, 2013.
DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc., today announced that the highly-anticipated action blockbuster Battlefield 4 will be available this holiday for early-adopters of the next-generation hardware systems: Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation 4. Powered by the advanced Frostbite 3 engine, Battlefield 4 delivers a genre-defining all-out war experience brought to life with unmatched visual and audio fidelity, superior character animations and dynamic destruction that ensures no two matches are alike. Battlefield 4 will be available October 29 for the Xbox 360 game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC. Battlefield 4 will also be available for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios, revealed that the newly announced Xbox One will get 15 exclusive games in first 12 months after its launch. And eight of these 15 are original franchises. Company revealed several developers and publishers that have promised their support for the new console and more will be revealed at E3 next month. Few games will also be at display at the E3 convention.
The big reveal is finally here, Microsoft just revealed its next-gen console. The new Xbox has been named, 'Xbox One'. The company also introduced a new controller as well as a new Kinect motion camera. For the first time we will see a Blu-Ray drive to feature in a Xbox, and the controversial 'always-on' feature is added to the console.
Two days left before NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 700 series, almost everything has been leaked related to the series. We have already seen the pictures of both GTX 770 and GTX 780, specifications have been officially confirmed but there is not much news about the custom variants from any manufacturer. But that's changing now, we just spotted MSI GTX 770 Lightning Edition, the high-end custom variant with Twin Frozr IV cooling solution.
Every manufacturer understands the need for custom cooling for graphics cards since reference coolers are just not good enough to handle high overclocks. EVGA is moving a step ahead from its vapor chamber cooling solution and will be introducing something new in the GTX 700 series. Active Cooling Xtreme is the name given to the company's upcoming GPU cooling solution.
Big companies always try to ruin the party of their competitors. Microsoft just announced that they will reveal their next-gen console in two-parts, first presentation is tomorrow while the second one will take place at E3 2013 which will concentrate only on the games. Sony has other plans for E3 2013, they have decided to reveal their upcoming console PlayStation 4 and takeover the attention from Microsoft.
Microsoft will reveal its next-gen console through a press conference tomorrow. Interactive Entertainment Chief of staff, Aaron Greenberg states that the console will be revealed in two-parts. In the first presentation the company will reveal its next-gen console and the second presentation will be held at E3 and it will concentrate solely on games.