Rey's Curious Computers & Hardware Page

Hello, folks! I will be writing about the very latest in computer hardware and associated technologies - processors, flash memory, solid state drives, motherboards, things like that - with an emphasis on interesting innovations or features. You can also expect me to cover similarly strange prebuilt computers and gadgets for good measure.

Such technology evolves at an alarmingly fast rate these days, and it can often be difficult to stay on track with new developments. I'll help you stay in the know, one post at a time.

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Asus' New Router Has Eight Antennae, 5.33Gbps Bandwidth

With 802.11ac support, three bands, and a whopping eight antennae, Asus can lay claim to the notion of world's fastest wireless router with the spider-like RT-AC5300. This thing should have no problems with 4K video and online game streaming... provided your ISP can keep up.

Acer's Revo Build Mini PC Lets You Stack Up The Upgrades

Generally, when you want to upgrade your computer, you have to open up the side panels and futz about with screws, cables, and connectors. Acer's Revo Build M1-601 wants to make that process much easier, using stackable, magnetized modules to add additional functionality to the base PC - though with some caveats, of course.

Asus Displays Water-Cooled Gaming Laptop At IFA 2015

If you thought MSI's GT80 laptop with its full mechanical keyboard was weird, take a look at the 17" Asus GX700. As the first of its kind in the world, the GX700 gaming laptop has an external, detachable water-cooling system, promising higher performance and more overclocking than any other laptop of its size.

Corsair Updates Bulldog With Cleaner Look, More Options

After all the lukewarm feedback Corsair received on its Bulldog's edgy exterior design, the firm has (we'd like to assume) listened. This upcoming 4K-capable console-replacement PC has had its look cleaned up a tad, and Corsair have announced some new hardware bundling options to boot.

SilverStone ECM20 PCIe Card Adds M.2 SSD Support To Your PC

More and more solid-state drives are showing up in the new M.2 "gumstick" format, and SilverStone has an answer for those whose PCs lack the right slots. The ECM20 is an add-on card that supports both SATA and PCIe-specific M.2 SSDs, but check if your motherboard can properly support it first.

Asus' USB 3.1 UPD Panel Gives You Dual Type-C USB Ports

Got a newer motherboard with a SATA Express connector? Tired of waiting for SSDs that use it? Check out the Asus USB 3.1 UPD Panel, which adds two of the newfangled, reversible Type-C USB ports to the front of your case. Plus, you're not out of luck if your case doesn't have a spare 5.25" bay to mount the thing...

Check Out This 6” 4K-Resolution AMOLED Screen

The 4K UHD format is big with TVs currently, offering a whopping 3840x2160 pixels of room for supported high-def video content. That said, Everdisplay Optronics have managed to cram that many pixels onto a tiny 6" display. While you may think these are meant for the latest smartphones, that's actually not the case.

Epson EcoTank Printers Drop Ink Cartridges For Ink Tanks

It's really about time: Epson's latest lineup of consumer and business all-in-ones ape the ink systems of large-format printers, snubbing disposable ink cartridges for user-refillable ink tanks. Not only are these much cheaper to refill than your average set of ink cartridges, but they apparently last much longer before you need to top up.

G.Skill Announces 4000 MT/s Trident Z DDR4 Memory Modules

In preparation for Intel's Skylake Core i7 processors, G.Skill is putting out DDR4 DIMM kits capable of seriously high speeds - up to 4 GT/s (gigatransfers per second) - with cool-looking heatspreaders to match.

Asus Builds Micro ATX Intel X99 Motherboard

Not everyone needs a hulking full-tower case to house their 18-core workstation. Asus seems to agree. Their X99-M WS motherboard will let you use Intel's latest LGA2011-v3 Xeon processors and quad-channel DDR4 memory, cramming all that and more into the compact micro ATX form factor.