Before there were 3D graphics cards, it was a dark and cold world. Text-based adventure gaming ruled the day, and as games grew more complex, it was up to the CPU to carry the heavy load. That all changed in the mid-1990s, and now decades later, we have awesome pixel pushing cards like the one offered up as today's top deal -- an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked Video Card for $685 with free shipping (normally $730; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). This card brings 2,880 CUDA cores to the party and chills out with EVGA's custom ACX cooler.
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Score free games with the purchase of select AMD graphics cards from qualifying vendors
In an effort to help tip the scales in its favor, AMD's been enticing gamers in need of a new graphics card with free game offers if they purchase a select Radeon GPU. AMD's Never Settle bundle has proved popular and continues to evolve with better offers and more robust terms. With that in mind, AMD just expanded its Never Settle Forever program to include more titles, more graphics card options, and a delayed redemption option.
Opteron A1100 chips support up to eight 28nm Cortex A57 cores
AMD began sampling its Opteron A1100 64-bit ARM processors (codenamed “Seattle”) last month, the chipmaker announced during its first quarter financial results conference call Thursday. Hailing it as a key milestone “in our ambidextrous strategy,” AMD CEO Rory Read said that the company planned to begin shipping the chips in the final quarter of 2014.
In the roundup of budget GPUs from the May 2014 issue, the Sapphire Radeon R7 275 is the odds-on favorite due to its impressive specs and the fact that it consumes more than twice the power of Nvidia cards. Sure, it's an unfair advantage, but hate the game, not the player. This board is essentially a rebadged Radeon HD 7850, which is a Pitcairn part, and it slides right in between the $120 R7 260X and the $180ish R7 270. This card actually has the same clock speeds as the R7 270, but features fewer streaming processors for reduced shader performance.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales contributed to a 118 percent jump in semi-custom SoC revenue
Propped up by next-generation console launches by Microsoft (Xbox One) and Sony (PlayStation 4), AMD today announced first quarter revenue $1.4 billion, which is a decrease of 12 percent sequentially but up a whopping 28 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Unfortunately for AMD, the jump in revenue still amounted to a $20 million loss, or $0.03 per share, though the Sunnyvale chip designer feels good about where it's at.
Kids these days have no concept of what it was like shopping for a monitor back in the day. It was a back (and wallet) breaking affair -- quite literally. A big size CRT could weight as much a Tyrannosaurus Rex after binge eating a pack of Triceratops. And today? Well, just check out today's top deal for an Asus VN248H-P Super Narrow Bezel Widescreen LED Monitor for $135 with free shipping (normally $170 - use coupon code: [EMCPFPB22]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This monitor is rocking an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel (read: not TN!) with a Full HD 1080p resolution, 80,000,000:1 dynamic constrast ratio, 5ms GTG response time, and built-in speakers.Connectivity options include D-Sub and HDMI w/ MHL.
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It seems like every PC hardware company on the planet has its own solid state drive (SSD) series -- except for AMD, that is. Rumor has it that's about to change. Word on the web is that AMD is working with Toshiba on a line of AMD brand SSDs. It's not uncommon to outsource such things, and as the rumor goes, Toshiba's building the drive based on the exact specifications AMD came up with.
The answer is $34, which addresses the question of what price AMD's new socketed "Kabini" APUs will debut at. There's also the cost of the motherboard to factor in, so add another $25 to $35. As to when you'll be able to buy these new parts, AMD today announced the global availability of its AM1 platform featuring its quad-core and dual-core Sempron and Athlon APU lineup based on Kabini.
AMD unveils dual-GPU card, Nvidia drivers take on Mantle, and whispers of Haswell-E
The No BS Podcast is back for episode #221! In this jam-packed episode, we begin by saluting long time podcast host and Senior Editor Josh Norem goodbye, as he will be leaving the magazine to focus on his career in pet photography. Josh will be greatly missed, but will continue to write as a freelancer for us.
We then shift gears back to hardware to discuss AMD's blazing fast R9 295X2 card. Afterwards, we put Nvidia's new driver to the test and discuss its incremental boosts in gaming performance. Next, Gordon discusses Intel's roadmap to add four new Haswell chips aimed at enthusiasts including Haswell-E, along with its corresponding X99 chipset.
One way to save money a new PC build is to skimp on the power supply and pick up a cheaply made unit. After you do that, be sure and punch yourself in the crotch -- after all, one bad decision deserves another. The alternate route is to pick up a well made PSU from a name brand company that actually cares about maintaining its reputation. You don't have to spend a fortune to go that route, either. We can prove it -- just check out today's top deal for a Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W Modular Power Supply for $85 with free shipping (normally $110 - use coupon code: 9EMCPFPG44]; additional $15 mail-in-rebate). That's pretty much a steal, though Newegg ensures us it won't alert the authorities. What they will do is send out a PSU with 80 Plus Bronze certification and a beefy single +12V rail.
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