When you see the Republic of Gamers (ROG) tag on an Asus product, you know the company has it done it up right, and that's certainly true of the division's first ever AMD FM2+ motherboard. Asus ROG makes it debut into FM2+ territory with the Crossblade Ranger, a high end motherboard packed with features and technologies designed to give gamers an edge on the virtual battlefield.
One of the advantages that brick-and-mortar stores have over online outlets like Amazon is that you can waltz into a location, buy what you're looking for, and use it right away. Amazon can't completely close that gap, but its same-day shipping service comes awfully close. The service is slowly expanding, with Amazon adding six new locations that qualify for same-day delivery, including Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
When your images aren’t up to snuff, there’s always photo-editing software
Photography can be impenetrable from the gear to actually shooting and then the image editing software is a whole other uphill battle. Even with Adobe introducing Lightroom as a lightweight Photoshop alternative, it can be daunting to see a screen full of sliders as a complete novice. To help get you from serial Instagramer to amateur photographer, here’s a crash course to making your images look great with just a few steps in Lightroom.
World of Warcraft loses 800,000 subscribers in three months
Some 800,000 questing game players fled from World of Warcraft during Activision Blizzard's fiscal second quarter ended June 30, 2014. That leaves the world's most popular MMORPG with 6.8 million subscribers, enough to maintain its top spot among the competition. Those who quit the game were disproportionately concentrated in the East and similar to the seasonal decline experienced during the second quarter of 2012, Activision Blizzard said.
Well now, this is disturbing -- it's being reported that a Russian crime ring is in possession of around 1.2 billion stolen Internet credentials, which is the biggest collection of its kind. That includes user names and password combinations, along with more than 500 million email addresses collected from 420,000 websites. With that in mind, now might be a good time to change up your passwords for your more important accounts.
Exotic car paint, multiple GPUs, and custom-built chassis’ be damned, boutique PC builder Xidax thinks it has the sexiest sales pitch on the planet with its M6 Mining Rig: It pays for itself! Now, we can’t say this PC is basically “free” because it ain’t that, but Xidax says by using the box’s spare GPU cycles to mine for crypto-currency, this baby would be paid off in about four months. To be honest, it’s not something we’ve ever considered, as we’ve seen gaming rigs, and we’ve seen coining rigs, but never in the same box. It seems like a solid idea though, as the system can game during the day, then mine at night to help cover its cost.
Note: This review was originally featured in the April 2014 issue of the magazine.
Intel has largely been absent from the high-end SSD market for many years, which has been a real head-scratcher, considering the original X-25M’s dominance back in 2009. That all changes this month with the release of its all-new 730 series SSD. It springs from the loins of its data center SSDs, which use validated NAND and Intel’s enterprise-level controller technology. To emphasize this heritage, Intel isn’t bragging about the drive’s overall speed, but instead notes the drive is rated to handle up to 70GB of writes per day, which is higher than any other SSD on the market by a huge margin. It features capacitors to protect data being written in case of a power outage, which is an unusual but not unprecedented feature on a consumer SSD. Intel also backs the drive with a five-year warranty.
Note: This review was originally featured in the May 2014 issue of the magazine.
AMD on Wednesday let loose its FirePro S9150 server card, supposedly the most powerful server GPU ever built for High Performance Computing (HPC) and the first to support double precision and break the 2.0 TFLOPS double precision barrier. Based on AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the FirePro S9150 is specifically designed for compute workloads and is aided by 16GB of GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit memory interface for up to 320GB/s of memory bandwidth.
Don't worry, your Full HD 1080p display isn't going out of style and will likely remain the sweet spot for a long time, but the transition to 4K Ultra HD on the high end of the spectrum is well underway. Even Acer's getting in on the action. Acer's foray into 4K territory starts with its new B286HK, a 28-inch monitor with 6-axis color adjustment for superior color accuracy, 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 2ms response time.
You want to build a new system, but school is about to start, and books aren't cheap. Neither is tuition, and let's not forget about a little fund for beer money. What's a budding PC builder to do? Build a bang-for-buck machine, of course! One possible route starts with today's top deal for an AMD A8-5600K Quad-Core Desktop APU for $90 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [EMCPBPE24]). This 32nm Trinity chip sports an integrated Radeon HD 7560D GPU, so you can put off a dedicated graphics card purchase until next semester.
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