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Build It: Big Capacity, Small Form

Posted on 08 May 2015

Can we combine compact size, high performance, and loads of storage? We’ll give it a shot Length of Time: 1–2 Hours | Level of Difficulty: Low The Mission If you couldn’t tell by now, we’re performance junkies here at Maximum PC. Just last summer, we were crazy enough to build a $30,000 liquid-cooled computer with […]

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Don’t Look Beyond Windows 10, It’s the Last Version of Windows

Posted on 08 May 2015

Windows 10 is the end-game, and the beginning We know that Windows 10 is coming and will arrive sometime this summer. Microsoft has said as much. But what comes after Windows 10? Windows 11? Windows 12? Yes and no. There’s been plenty of chatter about Microsoft transitioning to a Windows as a service model, though […]

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AMD Announces 7000 Series Mobile APUs, Cuts Price of Desktop Chips

Posted on 07 May 2015

New APUs, new prices AMD decided to shake things up at its 2015 Financial Analyst Day by announcing new AMD 7000 Series APUs for mobile systems (formerly codenamed Carrizo-L and part of the Carrizo platform in the 2015 AMD mobile APU family roadmap), new Radeon 300 Series desktop graphics cards for OEMs, new Radeon M300 […]

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AMD Announces 7000 Series Mobile APUs, Cuts Price of Desktop Chips

Posted on 07 May 2015

New APUs, new prices AMD decided to shake things up at its 2015 Financial Analyst Day by announcing new AMD 7000 Series APUs for mobile systems (formerly codenamed Carrizo-L and part of the Carrizo platform in the 2015 AMD mobile APU family roadmap), new Radeon 300 Series desktop graphics cards for OEMs, new Radeon M300 […]

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Gigabyte P55K is First in a New Line of Gaming Laptops

Posted on 07 May 2015

Let the games begin Gigabyte is tapping into NVIDIA’s newest mobile Maxwell GPUs to power its P55K, a 15.6-inch notebook that’s the first of a new generation of “powerful gaming laptops.” In this instance, Gigabyte chose the GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. Combined with the other parts, including an Intel Core […]

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Gigabyte P55K is First in a New Line of Gaming Laptops

Posted on 07 May 2015

Let the games begin Gigabyte is tapping into NVIDIA’s newest mobile Maxwell GPUs to power its P55K, a 15.6-inch notebook that’s the first of a new generation of “powerful gaming laptops.” In this instance, Gigabyte chose the GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. Combined with the other parts, including an Intel Core […]

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Lenovo’s Impossibly Light LaVie Z Laptop is Now Available

Posted on 04 May 2015

The 13-incher comes in two flavors The 13-inch LaVie Z notebook that we caught a glimpse of at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is now up for sale. The device has, however, put on a bit of weight since its unveiling as the “world’s lightest laptop” in January, and it’s also pricier than expected. But […]

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SolidRun CuBox-i is a 2-inch Cube with Quad-Core ARM SoC, 4GB of RAM

Posted on 04 May 2015

Will come pre-installed with Android and Kodi home-theater software Around two years back, Israeli company SolidRun launched CuBox-i, a line of ARM-powered 2-inch cube PCs with a starting price of $45. It’s now upping the ante on that front with a device it says is the “smallest ARM quad core 4GB mini computer” out there. […]

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Microsoft Puts Windows Media Center Out to Pasture

Posted on 04 May 2015

Active development ceased in 2009 Windows Media Center hasn’t been part of Microsoft’s plans since at least 2009, when Microsoft disbanded the team behind it and ceased active development. And the Media Center add-on that has been available for Windows 8 is a paid offering, even though it boasts nothing new over the Windows 7 […]

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Microsoft’s Age Guessing Algorithm is a Jerk

Posted on 01 May 2015

Let the mid-life crisis begin Screw this, I’m going on a shopping spree for a convertible sports car and whatever else people buy when they have a midlife crisis. Not that I’m going through one, I’m just a little ticked at Microsoft’s new website that guesses your age and gender when you upload a photo […]

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How to set up RAID 10 in Windows 8 and Linux

Posted on 30 April 2015

RAID 1 and 0: Together, forever When you’re trying to get the best performance out of multiple drives, a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) is your best bet. There are plenty of RAID modes levels (modes) to choose from, but many favor RAID 10 for its reliability and speed. RAID 10 is an example […]

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PC Gamer Creates the E3 for PCs

Posted on 30 April 2015

No gaming system beats the PC E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is a show held in downtown Los Angeles that focuses on pretty much all things games. But, if you’ve ever been to E3 or followed E3 coverage, you’ll quickly realize that E3 is all about consoles. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, all push games […]

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Unreal Engine 4 Adds Support for SteamVR

Posted on 30 April 2015

Let’s get virtual The value proposition of using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine keeps getting better. Just under two months ago, Epic ditched the $19 per month subscription free, opting instead to give budding developers free and unfettered access to its complete C++ source code hosted in GitHub while continuing to collect a 5 percent royalty […]

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Razer Seiren Digital Microphone Goes Pro, Now Available to Pre-Order

Posted on 30 April 2015

Now with XLR recording and a high-pass filter Razer’s best known for its line of PC gaming peripherals, especially mice, though it’s been branching out into several different directions through the years, including audio recording. The company tossed its hat into the audio recording ring last December with its Seiren digital microphone. Now here we […]

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Falcon Northwest’s Tiny Tiki PC Feasts on 18-Core Xeon E5-2699 V3 CPU

Posted on 30 April 2015

Small form factor PC gets new 6-core and 8-core CPU options There was a day when the size of your desktop was a pretty good indicator of the performance inside, or at least potential performance. That’s all gone out the window lately with the emergence of high performance small form factor (SFF) PCs, some of […]

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Microsoft Lays Groundwork for Android and iOS Apps to Run on Windows 10

Posted on 29 April 2015

One big ‘appy family Even though Microsoft’s been giving us a glimpse of Windows 10 by way of Technical Previews and a spattering of blog posts, the Redmond outfit kept more than a few tricks up its sleeve. One of those tricks is getting Android and iOS apps to run on Windows 10 without tasking […]

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MSI Dangles Prestige Series Laptops in Front of Creative Professionals

Posted on 29 April 2015

Look at the colors! If your livelihood depends on a display with accurate color reproduction, then not just any old monitor will do. The same applies to laptops, and according to MSI, it’s new Prestige Series with True Color Technology offers more lifelike and balanced images than you’ll see on other laptop panels. That’s because […]

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We’re Hiring

Posted on 29 April 2015

Think you have the chops? Hit us up then! We’re hiring! Actually, we’re hiring for more than one spot. If you got a passion for the PC and tech, there’s no better place than Maximum PC to hone in on that passsion. Without further rambling, here is what we’re looking for: TECH EDITOR Ideal candidates […]

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NZXT Noctis 450 Adds a Glow to Mid-Tower Case Market

Posted on 29 April 2015

Bringing the bling When NZXT partnered with Razer to build a special version of the H440, one of the standout characteristics was that it had a green underglow. Turns out you’re going to see more of that, at least from NZXT, which added an underglow to its newly announced Noctis 450 mid-tower case. This is […]

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The New Maximum PC is Coming

Posted on 28 April 2015

Maximum PC is moving forward I love cutting-edge technology. It would be natural to think that all of us who read Maximum PC have an affinity for the latest and greatest. But instead of talking about the newest graphics card, or the next motherboard, I’d like to talk about what’s happening with Maximum PC itself […]

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HyperX Releases Mean Looking Savage SSD Line Into The Wild

Posted on 28 April 2015

A Savage solution to storage Kingston’s HyperX division has begun selling its Savage line of solid state drives that we first spied at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. These drives combine a SATA 6Gbps interface with the Phison S10 quad-core, eight-channel controller for high read and write speeds, though clearly […]

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LG Makes Fashion Statement with Leather Clad G4 Smartphone

Posted on 28 April 2015

LG’s new flagship phone It’s been an interesting past few months in mobile as handset makers come out with new flagship devices, each with unique features. There was Apple with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the largest iPhone models to date; Samsung with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the latter with […]

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Asus Starts Shipping Fancy Zenbook Pro UX501 Ultrabook with 4K Display

Posted on 28 April 2015

May cause MacBook Pro owners to have buyer’s remorse Asus last month announced its Zenbook Pro UX501, a sexy looking laptop that many are comparing to the MacBook Pro. Of course, the Zenbook Pro UX501 runs Windows 8.1, but that’s not the only difference. Arguably the highlight of the laptop is its 4K Ultra HD […]

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Valve Closes Door on Steam Workshop’s Paid Mod Program

Posted on 28 April 2015

Easy come, easy go Mere days after opening up the Steam Workshop to paid mods, Valve has decided to reverse course and go back to the way things were. In other words, modders can no longer sell their Skyrim mods, which was the first (and only) game to kick off the short-lived initiative. In a […]

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Origin PC Genesis Review

Posted on 27 April 2015

Aggressive in more ways than one You already know that Nvidia’s Titan X is Kick Ass, but do you know what’s even more bad-ass? Three of them in SLI. With that philosophy in mind, Origin PC sent us its new Genesis rig to review. The box has three of those bad boys, all water-cooled, coupled […]

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