Dan over at [H] has laid the smack down on the new MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION enthusiast motherboard. Below is the introduction. Be sure to hit the link for the full review and see what their conclusions were!
MSI is a well-known fixture in the do it yourself computer market. A couple of years ago MSI started the shift towards a gaming oriented market focus. The introduction of the Z77-GD65 GAMING motherboard proved to be quite successful. This success led to an expansion of the Gaming series. Those motherboards sold very well, especially in overseas markets. This success has finally culminated in that series becoming the new standard for MSI. Indeed the entire Z97 product family was all a bunch of red and black motherboards with a dragon on the heat sinks. The only holdouts were the MPower and XPower series. MSI has effectively rebranded all of its motherboards and motherboard families to now include "gaming" in the product name. Thus the last holdouts, the XPower and MPower series have now become "gaming" motherboards as well.
For the XPower line, nothing has really changed beyond the aesthetic. When you get down to it the basic design principals of the series is unchanged. These motherboards still have Intel network controllers and a strong focus toward overclocking, performance and features. The feature set again remains much as it was in the black and yellow days. The main difference is the color scheme and the styling of the UEFI. This new "Titanium Edition" sports a silver motif with black highlights and the occasional red accent where lighting is concerned.
The XPower series has always represented the best MSI has to offer. These motherboards are the ones that push the technological and performance boundaries to new heights. Indeed we’ve been extremely fond of the yellow and black motherboards in the past. We’ve often found those to be every bit as good and sometimes better than anything GIGABYTE or ASUS has to offer. Indeed Kyle is currently running the MSI X99S XPower AC in his own rig. Kyle could easily have any motherboard on the market he would desire and he opted for that one. You can’t say more than that. I’ve indeed considered putting several of the XPower motherboards in my own machine although I opted for something else based on one or two issues. The biggest one being a preference for ASUS’ UEFI BIOS over MSI’s.
In any case, make no mistake the gaming focus hasn’t changed the XPower series in any way aside from its’ aesthetics. Personally I always liked the black and yellow color scheme, but the silver and black scheme works very well also.
HP is offering the new Envy 32 with Freesync goodness now. Those of you with a newer AMD graphic card can now enjoy stutter free goodness in your favorite games! It offers a 1440P display and supports 100 percent of the sRGB color spectrum. Suggested retail price is $499 and should be available on October 18th.
Dell has announced its XPS 12, 13 and 15" laptop lineup has just been updated. Below are some of the highlights and be sure to hit the link at the bottom for the full press release.
Dell XPS Just Got Better – Introducing the First Virtually Borderless InfinityEdge Display in a 15-inch Laptop; First 4K Ultra HD Display in a 2-in-1; Improved Performance in World’s Smallest 13-inch Laptop
XPS 12 has an innovative design with a magnetic connection for transitioning from laptop to tablet. It also features the world’s-first 4K Ultra HD display in a 2-in-1
XPS 13 still the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet with a virtually borderless InfinityEdge display; now with improved performance, all within an 11-inch footprint
XPS portfolio upgraded with latest technologies, including 6th generation Intel Core processors, to help create a great Windows 10 experience
Dell’s latest commercial features in all three new XPS devices, including best-in-class security, full manageability and one-cable docking solutions
Well this is a bit depressing; as I am the 1%, and probably the only time that will be true.
Verizon (VZ, Tech30) is planning to raise the price of unlimited data plans from $29.99 to $49.99 per month. The company confirmed the move to CNNMoney on Thursday morning.
It's yet another sign the company's trying to force people to let go of their highly-prized plans that remain only because they were grandfathered in.
The unlimited data is only part of a cell phone bill. Talking and texting are extra. Right now if you're on Verizon's 450 plan, that costs $59.99 per month. Add the new higher rate for unlimited data, the total monthly cost will look more like $109.99, plus fees.
Those of you looking for an ultra power supply but don't need the uber high wattage one may want to look at the Anandtech review of the Andyson N500 Titanium power supply. I've never heard of the company but they were impressed looking at their 1200w version a few weeks ago. Here is a snippet and be sure to hit the link below for the full review.
Andyson is a name that these days few PSU buyers are likely to recognize. The company has been around for almost two decades, but until very recently has struggled to make a name for itself, having been dogged by issues such as the poor reputation of Hiper's PSUs, which were based on Andyson platforms and were quite unreliable.
Looking to recover from these events, the company recently set about improving their quality and their reputation in the process, and as a result the company is making a strong comeback this year. They have released numerous new designs, most of which they are retailing under their own brand name. A few weeks ago, we had a look at their flagship, the Platinum R 1200W PSU, and our testing results were very promising.
However, as excellent as the Platinum R 1200W is, it is a product aimed at a very small and saturated market. Having a very good flagship PSU is good for every manufacturer because it serves as a symbol of the company's capabilities and competence, with a strong showing at the top often boosting sales across the board. On the other hand, it is the low and middle output units that actually generate the bulk of a company's revenue. Today we are having a look at such a unit, the N500 Titanium.
I saw over at Shacknews they took Deus Ex: Humanity Divided out for a a spin. Expected to release on February 23, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Hit the link below to see what they thought. Just to add a little confusion into the mix everywhere else I look its called Mankind Divided not Humanity Divided as in the article?
Deus Ex: Humanity Divided takes place two years after the events of Human Revolution, and things are pretty grim. After an event called the Aug Incident, where nearly all the cybernetically augmented individuals of the world went mad and killed people, public fear is at an all time high. The Golden Age of Augmentation is over, replaced with a Mechanical Apartheid. Augmented individuals are segregated and treated like second class citizens, requiring special passports and licenses to do anything.
Those of you still holding out purchasing a PS4 might have a good reason to pick one up now. Prices in US will be $350 and $430 in Canada going forward. Good timing with the holiday's coming to pick up a present for the family or yourself!
Since the launch of PS4, we have been thrilled with the amount of gamers jumping into the world of PlayStation for the first time. If you haven’t made the jump yet, and you’re starting early on your holiday wish list, I have good news – we’re dropping the price of the PlayStation 4 system in the U.S. and Canada. Starting tomorrow, October 9, you’ll be able to pick up PS4 starting at the new price of $349.99 USD / $429.99 CAD (MSRP). Our goal at PlayStation has always been to provide the best gameplay experiences at the best value, and we feel this new compelling price will open the doors to even more gamers that have yet to purchase a system.
HP has certainly been busy lately. If you're looking for something different in a compact yet high resolution pc then maybe the newly announced HP Envy 34 curved all in one is for you. It's certainly sexy looking enough with 34 inches of 1440P curved surface and six side speakers. Prices start at $1,800 and up and availability around November 8th.
The Envy Curved All-in-One is all about the display experience. The 34-inch screen has 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, offering 99 percent of the sRGB color gamut for accurate color reproduction. According to HP, the 21:9 aspect ratio makes for an immersive viewing experience.
HP is launching what they hope to be a competitor of the newly released Surface Pro 4. The Spectre x2 is going to be kind of a "poor mans'" surface competitor with lesser specs it looks like. Seems like quite a few OEM's want in on the hybrid laptop/tablet market now!
HP has today announced a brand new dockable tablet, known as the Spectre x2, that's set to take on Microsoft's recently-announced Surface Pro 4 in the ever-crowding laptop-tablet hybrid market.
The Spectre x2, like the Surface Pro 4, comes with an adjustable kickstand that allows you to position the thin tablet as you'd like. The device attaches to a Type Cover-like keyboard dock that features chiclet keys, a large trackpad and a metal frame on one side, and a fabric backing on the other.
Ran into this article over at TechReport about "VISC cpu's". Sounds interesting but it's pretty much over my head. Maybe you engineer types can chime in and give us a layman's explanation in the forum about what the significance of this means if any, going forward.
When we last checked in with Soft Machines about a year ago, the company had just announced its VISC CPU architecture, along with some surprising performance claims. Today, the company presented some more details about the VISC architecture, along with a roadmap for VISC CPUs and SoCs, at the 2015 Linley Processor Conference. We spoke with Soft Machines founder and CTO Mohammad Abdallah and the company's VP of marketing and business development, Mark Casey, to learn more about these chips.
Here's one for you mobile aficionados. And the far fewer Windows mobile users.
Windows 10 Mobile will be rolling out in December according to Microsoft's Lumina Facebook page.
Microsoft has announced through their Lumia Facebook page that the global rollout of Windows 10 Mobile will begin this December, bringing the company's completely revamped mobile operating system to older Windows Phones before the end of the year.
The statement from a Microsoft representative on Windows 10 Mobile upgrades is as follows: "Windows 10 is available on PCs and tablets now, and while Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL ship with Windows 10 for phones, broad availability of Windows 10 on other devices, including mobile phones, will begin rolling out in December."
Those looking for a new graphic's card this holiday season this one's for you! Nvidia has updated their GeForce game bundle with a new "Bullets or Blades" theme. Purchase an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 980, 970, notebook 970M or higher graphic card and choose between one of two free games. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege or Assassin's Creed Syndicate. I'm not sure how long this deal lasts so you may want to get in on this while you can.
Most serious gamers and even the not so serious more than likely have heard of Star Citizen, the Chris Roberts upcoming action, fps space sim all rolled into one. Promises are steep and expectations are high for this one. Most of it brought on by Chris Roberts himself. Since this is a totally crowd funded game and is seeing delays there have been questions raised lately about the way the funds have been used. It's been reported that Cloud Imperium Games has burned through 90 million dollars in 3+ plus years with not even so much as a playable alpha demo of the game yet. To be fair there is an arena area where you can fly a couple ships and they are creating the game in whats called "modules" to get certain aspects of the game out quicker.
It seems Derek Smart (well known blogger) has raised the bar lately on calling out Chris and his company CIG for mismanaging the funds. Law suit threats are flying around. Terms of Service suggest if the game is delayed by more than a year they have to disclose their financial situation. That extra year is up this November or December from what I'm told.
There is an ongoing thread in the forums with some good discussion going on so please feel free to chime in with your thoughts. Do you think it will get made, will it live up to the hype, will they run out of money or is it all over blown?
From the mind of Chris Roberts, acclaimed creator of Wing Commander and Freelancer, comes STAR CITIZEN. 100% crowd funded, Star Citizen aims to create a living, breathing science fiction universe with unparalleled immersion… and you’re invited to follow every step of development!
More than a space combat sim, more than a first person shooter and more than an MMO: Star Citizen is the First Person Universe that will allow for unlimited gameplay.