Introduction and Specifications
Several weeks ago, during an episode of the PC Perspective Podcast, we talked about a new all-in-one machine from MSI with a focus on gaming. Featuring a quad-core Intel Haswell processor and a GeForce GTX 980M GPU, the MSI AG270 2QE takes the best available hardware for mobile gaming and stuffs them into a machine with an integrated 1080p touch screen. The result is likely to be the most potent gaming AIO that you will find available; it should be more than capable of tackling modern games at the integrated panel's 1920x1080 resolution.
A gaming all-in-one is an interesting idea - a cross between the typical gaming desktop and a gaming laptop, an AIO splits the difference in a couple of interesting ways. It's more portable than a desktop and monitor combination for sure, but definitely heavier and bulkier than MSI's own GT72 for example. The AG270 offers a much larger screen (at 1080p) than any gaming notebook on its own, which improves the overall gaming experience without the need for additional hardware. While not ideal, it is totally feasible to take the AG270 with you to a neighbor's house for some LAN party action.
So what do you get with the MSI AG270 2QE, and more specifically, with the 037US kit we are reviewing today? Let's find out.
Continue reading our review of the MSI AG270 2QE-037US gaming all-in-one!!
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2014 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
James Clifford started his career at Unisys Corporation, working his way up to VP & GM of Orange County Operations during over 20 years at that company, essentially handling their global sourcing and foundry needs. From there he moved to Qualcomm and again spent quite a bit of time, almost 18 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles and ending his time there as the Senior VP & GM of Operations. He then headed to RF Micro Devices, Inc for a brief time before joining AMD today in the role of Senior VP of Global Operations and reporting directly to Dr. Lisa Su according to the story at DigiTimes. This is an exciting move for AMD, hopefully his significant experience in the semiconductor industry will help move AMD forward over the coming years and help them regain their share of the marketplace.
"AMD has announced James Clifford has joined the company as senior vice president of Global Operations, reporting to president and CEO Lisa Su. Clifford will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of AMD's end-to-end manufacturing and supply chain strategy."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft whips out real-time translator for Skype calls @ The Register
- Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR @ The Register
- HGST buys cloud server flash startup Skyera @ The Inquirer
- LG will use quantum dot technology for better TV display colours @ The Inquirer
- Gigabyte Motherboard Evolution and Changing Overclocking Competitions @ Hardware Asylum
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2014 - 12:00 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: holiday, gtx 750 ti, gpu, 10 days of christmas
Are you still hunting for that perfect gift for the hardware and technology fan in your life? Or maybe you are looking for recommendations to give to your friends and family about what to buy for YOU? Or maybe you just want something new and cool to play with over the break? Welcome to PC Perspective's 10 Days of Christmas where we will suggest a new item each day for you to consider. Enjoy!
When the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti was introduced back in February it presented some interesting possibilities. Not only was it a low-cost GPU capable of 1080p gaming, but it was efficient enough that it didn't require an external power connector.
Ryan quickly ran out and grabbed three average, low-cost desktops and put the idea of transforming any OEM PC the test, and the results spoke volumes. The $150 GPU was able to turn boring OEM desktops into respectable gaming machines with some ridiculously good gains over integrated graphics, and no need to upgrade the power supply.
One of the most compelling version of the GTX 750 Ti comes from EVGA
The GeForce GTX 750 Ti SuperClocked sells for the same price as a stock 750 Ti, but offers a free performance boost with a 1176MHz core clock (stock 1020MHz) and 1255MHz boost clock (stock 1085MHz). Featuring 2GB of 128-bit GDDR5 running at the stock 5400MHz, this GPU is well suited to 1080p gaming - and it only requires a 300-watt power supply (and no external power connector)!
This would make a great gift for a would-be PC gamer in the family without adding the complexity of further system upgrades to get up and running.
Subject: Networking | December 15, 2014 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: linux, Red Hat, rhel, little-endian
Hot on the heels of Fedora's release last week comes a Beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The new release comes with updates to user authentication via LDAP, Kerberos and FreeOTP as well as Security Content Automation Protocol Security Guides which are standards intended to make compliance and security testing easier. OpenLMI is a standardized remote API for configuring Linux severs and will be very welcome for those who have to manage servers remotely and may be one of the most heavily tested of the new features on this OS. Lastly, The Register notes that this version brings little-endian support when running on Power8 hardware which will make porting applications far less of a nightmare than it currently is.
"RED HAT HAS ANNOUNCED the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.1 Beta with enhancements to improve ease of use, manageability and performance, as well as support for IBM Power8 little endian architecture."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- A Walkthrough Of The New 32 System Open-Source Linux Benchmarking Test Farm @ Phoronix
- Are we ready to let software run the data centre? @ The Register
- How Identifiable Are You On the Web? @ Slashdot
- Google vows: Earth will VANISH in 2015 @ The Register
- Gift Your Next Robot With the Brain of a Roundworm @ Hack a Day
- Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest @ TechARP
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2014 - 02:05 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, video, msi, gt72, 10 days of christmas, ncase, Sasmung, vnand, nvidia, amd, Intel, Broadwell, nuc
PC Perspective Podcast #330 - 12/18/2014
Join us this week as we discuss the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro, 10 Days of Christmas, Mechanical Keyboards and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
Program length: 1:12:04
Week in Review:
News items of interest:
0:33:15 PCPer 10 Days of Christmas
Hardware/Software Picks of the Week:
Ryan: ASUS Xonar D2X
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