Starting things off fresh for CES 2013, Lenovo has just announced a new lineup of touch-based devices running Windows 8. The company unveiled new additions to the IdeaPad U series of Ultrabooks and the Mainstream Z Series, as well as the new ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 business-minded laptops.
NVIDIA has unveiled a new service called GeForce Experience that is essentially a cloud-based service that aims to analyze your hardware and automatically adjust in-game settings and display resolution for a better and optimized experience when playing games. NVIDIA has always been about making you gaming experience as great as possible, but this takes it to the next level.
Far Cry 3 officially launches today in Australia, with the European release arriving tomorrow, and the US seeing the game next week on December 4. To celebrate the launch, NVIDIA has released a new beta version of its GeForce graphics drivers that come with some very specific improvements for the game.
It's time to take a peek at the MAINGEAR Potenza, a desktop gaming machine that's small enough to fit under your desk if you wish, or sit right up out in the open with its powerful innards hidden by a perfectly stripped-down black and red outer metal body made of anodized aluminum with a steel frame inside. The unit we've got here utilizes the fabulous GeForce GTX 660 Ti for graphics, cutting the cost of the final build while it keeps with the Kepler power NVIDIA is known for. The Potenza is a customized (and customizable) machine that places heavy emphasis on hand-constructed and quality-assured building from MAINGEAR's own highly-skilled staff of PC geniuses - and it shows.
NVIDIA has revealed its latest graphics option, the GeForce GTX 650 iI, a $149 video card targeting upgraders looking for the company's Kepler cleverness. Packing a promised five-times the performance of the GeForce 9600 GT, the GTX 650 Ti supports DirectX 11 and Full HD 1080p, and NVIDIA is even throwing in the promise of a free game for those who go shopping soon.
Over in Berlin at IFA 2012, the folks at Acer have revealed their next-generation Ultrabook lineup by the name of Aspire M3 touch. This lineup improves on their Ultrabook offerings thus far with a 10-point touch display optimized for Windows 8. The Acer Aspire M3 touch is just 22mm thin and weighs in at 2.3kg, toting with it a frameless 15.6-inch display with full touch capabilities.
If you're looking for the Lenovo style and grace and want 10-finger multi-touch action on an all-in-one beast of a computer this Fall, you're in luck with the B Series. The Lenovo IdeaCentre B340 and B545 bring the heat with two giant displays - the B545 working with a 23-inch frameless screen and the B340 having a 21.5-inch screen which can also function as a high-def TV running independent of the PC's OS. These are two odd beasts, that's for certain - and certainly a good thing for the new Windows universe!
It appears that Lenovo has decided to take the idea that ultra-thin computers cannot have a disk drive and throw it out the window with their newest Ultrabook, the IdeaPad U510 - and it's got Windows 8, too! This machine comes in at 0.83-inches thin and has a 15.6-inch HD display along with a full keyboard and - yes indeed - an internal DVD reader/writer and Blu-ray Disc drive that pops out to accept your disks whenever you need it. The U510 will be appearing with a range of colors for its exterior and a fully metallic feel - with real metal!
It's time for some fabulous 28nm Kepler action from NVIDIA with the GeForce GTX 660 Ti - bringing the next-generation graphics of Kepler GPU architecture in at a surprisingly affordable price. With the $299 Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti you'll be rolling out with a base clock speed of 915MHz and no less than two dual-link DVI outs, HDMI, and a DisplayPort 1.2 to boot. Along with a lovely 1,344 CUDA cores in the mix, you're getting essentially the same package as the GTX 670 with a major chop-out on the cash cost.
This week the folks at MAINGEAR have let it be known that they're bringing on the NVIDIA Kepler excellence with the GeForce GTX Ti graphics solution to their line of custom built PCs. You'll be able to work NVIDIA GeForce architecture for fabulous graphics here with MAINGEAR without dropping tons of cash, both companies aims here being a "sweet spot" for affordability, performance, and power efficiency. In addition to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti coming to the MAINGEAR custom desktop lineup, the whole NVIDIA Kepler family will be joining the party as well - immediately if not soon!