In life we are often told that you can’t have everything, life is a balance. Settle and compromise the sensible amongst us insist, this is the secret to happiness they say. You can’t have looks and personality, the perfect job always has a downside, the perfect home will have an annoying neighbour and even the prefect computer will be compromised in some way. Here at Highpants its time to upgrade our trusty work-horse computer and we are once again faced with picking our way through this compromised reality.
Yes, even in the world of computing this logic has been bandied about like the punchline in a bad film, the perfect computer for any situation has always been a compromise. But damn it if Intel haven’t decided to challenge this long-heralded rule, yes you can have a powerful gaming machine in an unnaturally small form factor they scream, while holding the Hades Canyon NUC high in the air.
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There has often been an important compromise to consider when deciding on your next gaming rig. Do you settle for a large power-hungry box with extreme performance or sacrifice performance for a more compact gaming rig? While the first option is the often-selected solution there are situations that make the second option desirable for many. Those of us with small apartments and little space, or the requirement for a portable system, and then there are the power conscious amongst us. For many a better balance is an interesting proposition and in recent months these options have become quite interesting.
Headlining these options this month Zotac released the ZBox Magnus EN1080K ultra compact cube, while Intel has had tongues wagging around the internet with the release of their Hades Canyon BUC8i7HVK, both of which are extremely compact and surprisingly powerful gaming rigs. Both extremely enticing options but can they beat building your own mini gaming rig?
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Masters of silicon AMD are attempting to rise from the ashes of the disaster that was the Bulldozer, and their phoenix is named Ryzen. This week AMD begun to formally introduce the world to their brand new Ryzen phoenix CPU, the first product to use the new Zen core design (code named Summit Ridge). A new CPU that will see the return of the CPU wars if AMD’s performance claims live up to expectation. Can Ryzen really compete with the mighty i7-6900K? A CPU that retails for $1100!
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Intel is well known for its ability to craft silicon, this week it has taken to setting world records with drones, 500 to be precise. After taking the record from a bunch of noodle eating students in 2015 Intel technicians decided to step it up this year and so 500 was decided on as the magic number.
The small industrial village of Krailling in Germany saw Intel, Guinness (counting clicker in hand), a few guests and an orchestra gather for a record attempting performance. For this performance Intel managed to gather and launch a fleet of custom drones so large that it was detectable by radar. The FAA had to be notified before launching each performance.
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PaperTab, science fiction technology has come to life at CES this week. As thin as a sheet of paper this 10.7 inch polymer display is a revolutionary glimpse into the not too distant future. A dual revolution at that, not only is the display a leap in technology but the interface is a revolution.
The Human Media Lab at Canada’s Queens University are constantly pushing the boundaries of interface technology. The bend gesture technology was displayed two years ago with the demonstration flexible smartphone and its bend gestures that use the screen itself as part of the interface.
The PaperTab builds on the bend gestures with the addition of proximity sensors and the location gestures it allows. By adding proximity sensors to each of the PaperTabs they become aware of each others position, creating the proximity gestures. Touch tablets together to transfer data or applications. Put an email in the out tray and it’s sent.
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Website PC Watch has this week created a storm in a teacup, an internet buzz of exceptional proportions. Releasing a leaked Intel CPU roadmap doesn’t normally create waves of this size; this particular roadmap however contained one small nugget of information that had chins wagging, Intel is planning to kill off the CPU socket, killing the hand built PC in the process.
Intel’s next generation socket to go with its Haswell CPU’s (2013) will be dramatically different than the current generation of drop in sockets. The Haswell CPU’s will be soldered directly onto the motherboard. The socket won’t disappear completely, just become a very flat set of solder pads. The CPU’s will however become permanently attached to the motherboard.
A change that has many media pundits declaring the sky is falling, for home PC builders in any case. Here at Highpants we doubt that many of the technoid commentators have ever held a screw driver let alone popped the hood on their PC.
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Intel has this week released the first production samples of its brand new supercomputer on a card, the Xeon Phi 5110P. Destined for the HPC (High Performance Computing) market the Phi cards will help Intel push into a market it has struggled with in the past.
HPC is the world of big computers, super computers so large they are given names by the people that build them, often quite catchy names such as ‘Sequioa’, ‘Stampede’ and who could forget ‘Big Blue’, IBM’s Jeopardy playing supercomputer.
The Phi release has been on the cards for a while now. After being announced in June they are now in the hands of a select few with the cards becoming available in early 2013. The Xeon Phi 5110P will cost $2699USD if you are contemplating building your own bedroom supercomputer.
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With recent rumours of a Microsoft smartphone setting the rumour mill spinning Microsoft kicks the mill into top gear with news of a new Surface tablet.
According to website the Verge Microsoft has big plans for the mini tablet market, adding an Xbox twist to the now crowded 7 inch tablet market, an Xbox Surface twist. The development process is still in the early stages, with dev hardware in use at a number of high security facilities in Silicon Valley.
Earlier in the year a series of leaked documents purported to summarize the new tablets hardware specs. The latest rumours confirm the specification as; a 1280×720 display, SD card slot and the usual assortment of communications standards WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC. The operating system will be a customized version of Windows 8, built for gaming. Internally Microsoft is said to be working on its own custom chips, with the possibility that both Intel and ARM based tablets are to be manufactured, in the same way there are both RT and Pro Surface’s.
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The CPU battle is once again heating up. Intel’s response to AMD’s earlier announcement of Trinity’s availability is to launch the first of its Ivy Bridge CPU’s. Hot off the production line are a bewildering array of 14 new models.
This new third generation of Core-i Series processors, both the i7 (top end) and i5 (mid-range), receive an updated CPU, the i7’s also include a completely reworked integrated graphics processor. All processors make use of the 3D Transistor technology and all are built on the industry leading 22nm manufacturing process. Putting Intel at least one generation ahead the industry, when it comes to manufacturing processes.
The launch may be a little light on details such as price and actual availability dates, technically called a paper launch, it has however achieved their goal of stealing back the limelight. Intel won’t let AMD have any more than 15 minutes of fame at a time.
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The Ultrabook revolution has been unfolding over the past year, amongst all of the sleek and sexy Ultrabooks there has always been one gap in the market, Ultrabooks that allow portable gaming joy. Acer is attempting to address this issue with it’s brand new M3 series of Ultrabooks, specifically the Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG’s.
Acer are pushing the boundaries, how far can the definition of an Ultrabooks stretch? To 15.6 inches Acer seems to believe. While the M3 meets many of the Ultrabook criteria, 8 hours of battery life, 20mm thin and plenty of grunt with the latest chipery. It’s size due to the 15.6” LCD display and the 2.2KG weight make it stand apart from the thin and light 13.3” Ultrabook crowd.
Also setting it apart, The Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG combines the power of NVIDIA’s latest Kepler GPU, the GeForce GT 640M with the fastest from Intel that your wallet can afford. this is the first Ultrabook with discreet graphics, its got game With the minimum specification costing as little as $599 USD the M3 is a whole new breed of Ultrabook, The Mega Ultrabook.
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