This might be the gaming monitor you've been looking for
Slow your roll, early adopter -- before you go checking out with that 4K Ultra HD monitor in your virtual shopping cart, you should familiarize yourself with Asus ROG's Swift PG278Q panel. Teased earlier this year, Asus ROG officially announced the Swift PG278Q this week, a 27-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, blazing fast 1ms response time, and Nvidia G-Sync technology. It isn't 4K, but it is prepped and primed for gaming at high res.
It's no surprise that the sales person at your local electronics store is aggressively trying to sell you on the merits of a 4K monitor, and there are certainly some good points to be made. However, it's still early, the technology isn't fully baked, and the return for your investment isn't the same as with a quality 1080p panel. Take, for example, today's top deal for an Asus VN248H-P Super Narrow Bezel 23.8-inch Widescreen LED Monitor for $135 with free shipping (normally $170 - use coupon code: [EMCPCHF22]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). In addition to a narrow bezel, this monitor sports an IPS panel with a 5ms (GTG) response time, 80,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, built-in speakers, a D-Sub port, and two HDMI ports with MHL support.
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After teasing the industry with a preview earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Asus today officially launched its RT-AC87 dual-band wireless router. It's the first Wave 2 802.11ac router for consumers and it's powered by Quantenna's QSR1000 4x4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset, which gives your home network a bit of future-proofing.
Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today topped off its crop of Intel Z97 chipset motherboards by introducing the Maximus VII Formula, a mean slab of tasty features for enthusiasts covered in an awesomesauce cooling solution to help with overclocking and stability. This particular flavor of awesomesauce is called CrossChill Copper, which is a hybrid-cooling solution engineered around a highly-conductive, corrosion-resistant copper cooling channel.
Having trouble deciding between the fast transfers of a solid state drive versus the bulk storage of a mechanical hard drive? If you're willing to compromise a bit on both fronts, you can have the best of both worlds. For example, today's top deal is for a Seagate Hybrid 1TB SSHD for $75 with free shipping (normally $90 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWC63]). It combines 1TB of mechanical HDD storage with 8GB of NAND flash memory for frequently accessed data. It also boasts 64MB of cache and a SATA 6Gbps interface.
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Work in peace and quiet before jumping into a game
Asus today unveiled its new Strix GeForce GTX 750 Ti OC graphics card, and the first time you install it, you might be inclined to think something's wrong when the fans don't start spinning. Don't fret though, that's by design. Using the company's semi-passive Strix technology, the card's fans will sit there motionless and let the rest of the cooler passively chill the card until thermals reach 65C.
Want to put your overclocking skills to the test? If so, you have good timing -- Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) just launched its ROG OC Showdown, which is essentially an overclocking competition exclusive to anyone using an Asus, ROG, or TUF Z97 motherboard. Unfortunately, that requirement rules out a large portion of the overclocking community, but if you happen to already be invested in an Asus foundation, here's a chance to win some swag or money.
Here's the thing -- if you develop emotional attachments to inanimate objects, you don't have to say goodbye to your hard drive. You really don't. Heck, you don't even have to hurt its feelings by forcing it into retirement. Give it a promotion and a new title, like Senior VP of Storage, and then use it store photos, videos, and the such. That clears the way to get an SSD for your OS, which will make your system fly like you always knew it was capable of. Need ideas? Check out today's top deal for a Samsung 840 Evo 500GB SSD for $230 with free shipping (normally $260 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWE23]). This speed drive brings sequential read/write speeds of up to 540Mbps/520Mbps to the daily grind.
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Imagine if Jack had traded his mother's cow for a chip instead of three magical beans. Not just any chip, mind you, but an 8-core chip carefully crafted on a 32nm manufacturing process. Had it been thrown out the window, it might have grown into a towering AMD system, and who knows where the story would have gone from there. Want to find out? Then consider today's top deal for an AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core Processor for $150 with free shipping (normally $160 - use coupon code: [EMCPCWP26]). We don't recommend tossing it out the window, but it sure would go nicely with a socket AM3+ motherboard.
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