Affected models were sold prior to October 1, 2013
EVGA today issued a notice to customers warning that some of its SuperNova power supplies may suffer from a manufacturing defect. Affected units are prone to shut down at any given time and/or may refuse to power on. According to EVGA, the issue only affects a "small batch" of 1300W and 1000W PSUs, including the SuperNova 1000 G2 (120-G2-1000-XR), SuperNova 1000 P2 (220-P2-1000-XR), and SuperNova 1300 G2 (120-G2-1300-XR).
Have you heard the story about Forgetful Fred? The poor sap married Ingrid the Impatient, a terrible match for his forgetfulness. They were both computer enthusiasts, so when Black Friday and Cyber Monday came around, they went into a clicking frenzy and stocked up on parts left and right. When the parts arrived, Fred realized he had forgotten to order a power supply, and being the impatient type, Ingrid encouraged him to use a generic PSU they had lying around in the basement. "Hey, this thing's light as a feather!," Fred bragged. Had he done his research (or remembered what happened the last time he chose a cheap PSU), he would have known that weight is sometimes an indication of quality, and lighter PSUs tend to be junk. "Just install it already," Ingrid demanded. Fred did as she said and together they pieced the rest of the system. As Fred went to flip a coin to see who would have the honor of turning it on, Ingrid the Impatient flipped the switch and to both their horror, there was a loud pop followed by a billow of smoke. Not only the did the PSU go belly up, so did the motherboard and CPU. Don't follow in Fred or Ingrid footsteps. The PSU is every bit as important as any other component, and if you're looking for a good one, check out today's top deal for an Antec TruePower Classic Series 750W Power Supply for $90 with free shipping (normally $140; additional $30 mail-in-rebate). Antec's PSU is 80 Plus Gold certified, and lest something does go wrong, it's backed by a 5-year warranty.
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It's fast becoming clear that monitor makers will be the ones pushing UltraHD 4K resolutions while there's still a dearth of content, and we're just fine with that (gaming on high-end graphics cards is our go-to application for these sexy panels). Enter Dell, the newest participant to throw its weight around in the 4K category. Dell's offering is its new UltraSharp 32 (UP3214Q), a 31.5-inch Ultra HD panel with a 3840x2160 resolution, which is four times that of Full HD 1080p.
Black Friday is now in the rear view mirror, which means we can look forward to a line up Cyber Monday deals. One word of note before we switch gears -- even though Black Friday is over with, many of the deals listed will last through the weekend. We'll do our best to cross out the ones we know have already expired, but if you see something that catches your eye, it doesn't hurt to click.
Amazon often discounts its popular Kindle Fire line of tablets, but rarely are the discounts as substantial as the ones the online retailer rolled out for Cyber Monday. Unfortunately, Amazon sold out of however many Kindle Fire HD tablets it set aside to sell at $119 (normally sells for $169), though there's still inventory available of discounted Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablets, which are also marked down $50.
There wasn't a ton of movement in Windows market share last month, but what little there was, Microsoft has reason to be both encouraged and perplexed. Starting with the former, Microsoft can feel somewhat encouraged that Windows 8 continues to gain ground, at least if you factor in Windows 8.1. By itself, Windows 8 dropped from 7.53 percent in October to 6.66 percent in November, but once you throw Windows 8.1's 2.64 percent share into the mix, the tally comes to 9.3 percent.
Drones will deliver packages to Prime Air customers in 30 minutes or less
It's a little early for an April Fool's prank, so we can only assume that Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is dead serious about the use of delivery drones to buzz stuff to your doorstep within a half hour of placing your order. Bezos unveiled the plan last night on CBS network's "60 Minutes" saying that drone delivery would be available to Prime Air customers. However, Amazon has to clear a major hurdle first.
Google Voice Search available across all your compatible devices
Android users are well familiar with Google Voice Search, and with Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) on the horizon, Google is beefing up their familiar Google Voice Search capabilities by offering it on the Chrome Web Store.
Grab Maximum PC subscriptions as digital stocking stuffers for everyone
Tuckered out from all that Black Friday shopping? Looking for a great gift for that tech-savvy friend or family member in your life? We can save you a boatload of time by offering up not one, but two sweet deals on Maximum PC subscriptions and the current issue. If you prefer to peruse your favorite magazine digitally, then you're going to want to pay attention.
If you still haven't pulled the trigger on Microsoft Office 2013, you might want to think about finalizing your purchase early next year, as the first big update is coming along in the form of Service Pack 1. Service Pack 1 will cover Office, SharePoint, and Exchange 2013 and will be headed to owners as early as the beginning of 2014.