If we woke up today only to find that we'd somehow been transported back 15 years to 1999, we'd be talking about Nvidia's first GeForce-branded graphics card, the GeForce 256 (NV10). In fact, Nvidia marketed the card as having the world's first GPU since it was the first to integrate a geometry transform engine, dynamic lighting engine, 4-pixel rendering pipeline, and DirectX 7 features onto the graphics chip. Returning to the present day, we're still talking about Nvidia's GeForce cards, only today's variants are much more advanced. One of them is also the topic of today's top deal -- an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Graphics Card w/ ACX Cooler for $517 with free shipping (normally $600 - use coupon code: [EMCPHHP24]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate and Free Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with purchase). This card has 2,304 CUDA cores and 3GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit bus -- stats that would have sounded like gibberish 15 years ago.
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Between owning a tablet, smartphone, desktop PC, laptop, and whatever else, it can be tricky managing your data on so many devices. That's where a good backup solution comes into play, and if you're looking for a portable device to keep all those photos and videos save, then check out today's top deal for a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0 Blue Portable Hard Drive for $60 with free shipping (normally $90 - use coupon code: [EMCPHWB52]). Seagate's drive and accompanying app works with mobile devices, and with the built-in USB 3.0 port, you can trasfer data quickly.
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Feeling sluggish? Try guzzling a large cup of coffee or a Red Bull. Works like a charm and makes us wish we could dump a cup of joe into a sluggish system to give it some pep in its step. Unfortunately, that would have the exact opposite effect. However, change out that aging hard drive for a solid state drive and your system will find new life. You have a bunch to choose from, including today's top deal for an Intel 335 Series Jay Crest 2.5-inch 240GB SSD for $150 with free shipping (normally $160 - use coupon code: [EMCPHWB86]). This drive uses MLC NAND flash memory and is rated to deliver up to 500MB/s sequential reads and 450MB/s sequential writes.
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It took Asus eight months to address a security flaw in some of its routers
If you own an Asus-brand router, do yourself a favor and check to see if there's a firmware update available. Depending on which model you own, you could be susceptible to an eight-month security flaw that could potentially allow a remote hacker to access your hard drives. A recent firmware release is supposed to plug up the security hole, it's just a shame it took Asus so long to address the issue. So, what happened?
If you trot into your local Best Buy store, you're likely to see way more tablets, laptops, and hybrid PCs than actual desktops even though the opposite was true not all that long ago. However, if you make a living writing obituaries, don't include desktop PCs in any upcoming columns, they're still very much relevant. One need only ask Asus, which is reportedly planning to ship twice as many desktops this year as it did in 2013.
It wasn't very long ago when you'd need a stack of cash to even think about owning an IPS (In-Plane Switching) monitor. That's not to say all IPS monitors are affordable, but certainly some are, especially if you're not shopping in the 30-inch category. Case in point is today's top deal for an Asus VS239H-P Black 23-inch IPS Monitor for $154 with free shipping (normally $170 - use coupon code: [EMCPHWG25]; addtional $10 mail-in-rebate). This monitor sports a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, 5ms (GTG) response time, and D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI connectivity.
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Gigabyte will try to surpass Asus as the No. 1 motherboard player (in terms of shipments)
Top tier motherboard makers Asus and Gigabyte continue to dominate the mobo market just as they did in 2013, but only one can take the top spot. It was a close race between the two last year, and it could be another photo finish this year, with Gigabyte expecting to ship over 5 million motherboards in the first quarter. If so, that could give Gigabyte an early lead over rival Asus.
Does ARMA 3 bring your system to its knees? What about Cryss, Tomb Raider, or any of the other titles featured in our list of the most demanding games? That's the great thing about PCs -- you can upgrade whenever the need arises. When it comes to gaming, the GPU is the most important component. That said, check out today's top deal for an Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Graphics Card for $489 with free shipping (normally $520 -- use coupon code: [EMCPHPC88]; Free Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with purchase). This card is equipped with Asus's DirectCU II cooler with a rather large 10mm heatpipe instead of a conventional 8mm heatpipe. It also has a backplate and high end components for stability.
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One of the items Asus unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month was its upcoming VivoTab Note 8 tablet. Apparently there were a fair number of buyers waiting for this slate -- Microsoft began offering the VivoTab Note 8 online for $329 over the weekend and it now shows as being out of stock. That's pretty impressive, assuming Microsoft didn't start off with just a small quantity.
It's time to put that Prescott system out to pasture. Sure, it was a good run, but in order to get with the times, you have to pull it off life support and give life to a new rig. Don't have a big budget to play with? You could try going with AMD this time. One route is to start with today's top deal for an Asus M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 ATX Motherboard for $80 with free shipping (normally $90 -- use coupon code: [EMCPHPD39]). This board has modern day amenities like a UEFI BIOS, SATA 6Gbps ports, USB 3.0 support, and the list goes on.
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