Kicking off the first episode in our new weekly slideshow series, Interesting Daily Images From The Labs
Stuff we're reviewing, neat things we've seen, not-so-neat things we've seen - here you'll find the interesting sludge that we'd otherwise have deleted from the memory card when clearing out the camera each week.
Gigabyte P34G gaming laptop: To our great disappointment, this is one that our Kiwi readers won't be able to purchase. Not easily, anyway.
The P34G is proving itself an awesome Ultrabook-class gaming laptop, but we're doing this one for our Australian readers up at GoodGearGuide.
Gigabyte P34G gaming laptop: We wish Gigabyte would bring this one into the New Zealand market, in time for the summer gaming season. Beach-gaming, anyone?
Gigabyte P34G gaming laptop: Yeah, it's that slim. Yeah, it actually runs games. Pretty ones, with 3D and stuff. This is not like a two-thousand-dollar Peggle machine.
#Implying that Peggle isn't pretty.
Gigabyte P34G gaming laptop: One of the few hints to great hidden power is a pair of great big air vents.
Gigabyte P34G gaming laptop: Another hint at this svelte laptop's hidden power is its chunky ol' power adapter. It's not as heavy as it looks, but it is marginally thicker than the laptop itself.
Gigabyte P34G gaming laptop + Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse + Logitech G240 cloth gaming mouse pad
The Logitech stuff we WILL get in NZ. This is the mouse we [[artnid:528018|got all excited over]] last week. The mouse pad... yeah, not reviewing that on its own. Sorry, limited resources and all. IT'S A MOUSE PAD. We'll leave that for the dedicated gaming press.
All goes nicely together, though. We really didn't want to try playing Saints Row 4 or Splinter Cell: Blacklist with the touchpad.
Gigabyte F2A85XN-WIFI motherboard (AMD socket FM2, Mini-ITX): We haven't tested out a motherboard in a while - since we switched publishers from Fairfax Media back to IDG Communications, our PC components review programme has been on hold. We're starting small, and kicking it off again with this adorable little Mini-ITX board from Gigabyte.
Gigabyte F2A85XN-WIFI motherboard (AMD socket FM2, Mini-ITX): Want to create background scenes for a low-budget Sci-Fi movie? Macro shots of motherboards make great cities of the future.
Gigabyte F2A85XN-WIFI motherboard (AMD socket FM2, Mini-ITX): Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, analogue and digital-optical audio, DVI, HDMI... it's tiny, but this board doesn't want for connections.
Gigabyte F2A85XN-WIFI motherboard (AMD socket FM2, Mini-ITX): We love the design of this heatsink. Looks like something out of Tron.
Gigabyte F2A85XN-WIFI motherboard (AMD socket FM2, Mini-ITX): Seriously, we really love this heatsink design.
It's like Christmas every day at PC World... only our Santa Claus is the local courier, our wrapping is a stack of recycled packing material, and our presents have to be returned after a few weeks before we receive the next set.
Today's mystery box comes from Gap Marketing in Australia, who handles PR for AMD and Western Digital. Thus, CPU, graphics cards and hard drives. Also packing peanuts: the playthings of the gods.
The AMD A10 6800K APU (accelerated processing unit, you can just call it a 'CPU with on-chip graphics' if you'd prefer) is not new, but we needed to grab one on loan to test that Gigabyte Mini-ITX motherboard we pictured earlier in the week.
Now we just need a cooler, RAM, SSD, PSU, and a case, and we've got outselves a tiny media centre. Or Minecraft box.
Couple of the latest 3.5-inch [[xref:http://www.pcworld.co.nz/article/525703/wd_red_range_gains_new_2_5-inch_4tb_models/|WD Red 4TB]] drives on loan for review.
AMD Radeon R7 260X graphics card. Now we just have to set up a testbench for this card and its larger sibling, the R9 270X (pictured a couple of slides onwards).
AMD Radeon R7 260X graphics card. Graphics card testing == excuse to play videogames.
Well, painstakingly re-play the same 1-2 minute gameplay segments whilst running FRAPS. But you know, it's all good.
AMD Radeon R9 270X graphics card. This and its smaller sibling, the R7 260X, came to us somewhat unexpected (making our product delivery truly a 'mystery box'
AMD Radeon R9 270X graphics card. By it's length, we'd say it's pretty powerful.
Uh... someone get me a spec sheet? Estimating performance with a ruler probably isn't super-professional or accurate...
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