Demand for notebooks and enterprise desktops expected to pick up
Currently in the throes of an unrelenting downward spiral, the global PC market is desperately overdue for some good news, but turning the corner after eight straight quarters of global shipment decline is not going to be easy. Nevertheless, a number of key players in the PC market remain hopeful of encountering some solid demand in the second half of 2014.
If you have been looking for an excuse to update your graphics card than perhaps now is the time. Today’s top deal is for an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 for $470 with free shipping (normally $500 – use coupon code: [EMCPCPG22]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). The GTX 780 has 3GB of DDR5 memory and 2,304 CUDA cores while the 40 percent increase in heatsink volume translates into GPU temperatures being 15 percent lower. In addition, and for a limited time, those who purchase the GTX 780 will also receive a free digital copy of Watch Dogs.
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Is your smartphone nearly as big as your computer monitor these days? Give it a couple of years and you might not be able to tell one of the other. That is, unless you upgrade your monitor. One option to consider is today's top deal for an Asus VE278Q 27-inch Full HD LED Monitor for $200 with free shipping (normally $240 - use coupon code: [EMCPCPW29]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). It has a fast 2ms response time, 10,000,000:1 ASCR (Asus Smart Contrast Ratio), 300 cd/m2 brightness, built-in speakers, and robust input options (DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub, and DVI). Should something go wrong within its 3-year warranty period, Asus will cover shipping both ways as part of its Rapid Replacement program.
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Broadwell and Skylake headed for a Q2 2015 release
A Chinese-language website posted what it claims is an official roadmap for Intel's consumer-based desktop platforms from now through the second quarter of 2015. The roadmap covers several processors broken up into Mainstream, Premium, and Extreme categories. It also includes a time frame for Intel's upcoming Broadwell and Skylake-S architectures, both of which are scheduled for the Q2 2015, according the roadmap.
The science books have it all wrong. They'll tell you that the VelociRaptor lived around 75 million to 71 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous period. Bzzzt! In reality, the species is only around 11 years old, though it's evolved considerably since then. Today's VelociRaptors are much more technically advanced, and as a result they run faster and hold more storage. Curious to learn more? Check out today's top deal for a Western Digital WD VelociRaptor 1TB HDD for $165 with free shipping (normally $180 - use coupon code: [EMCPDHC24]). It has a 10,000 RPM spindle speed, SATA 6Gbps interface, and 64MB of cache.
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A new member is all set to join the BRIX DIY mini PC range Gigabyte debuted last year. Available in green and black, the new “BIX Gaming” PC kit combines a 4th generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor with a dedicated Nvidia graphics card to deliver what the company claims is a “miniature gaming powerhouse.”
Remember playing MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House) as a kid? Nobody who landed on "S" followed up their predictive misfortune with a fist pump. We all hoped to land on "M" with the girl or guy of our dreams, though in real life most of us ended up in an "A" or "H." We may be a few funds short of the "M" for ourselves, but we can give our PC parts the royal treatment. Full tower cases are basically the mansions of the enclosure world, which is the topic of today's top deal -- a Thermaltake Chaser Series Chaser MK-I Full Tower Case for $90 with free shipping (normally $115 - use coupon code: [EMCPDHD35]; additional $25 mail-in-rebate). It's has tons of space inside, USB 3.0 ports, and a top-mounted HDD hot swap docking station.
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Here's something a little bit different -- Intel is planning to give away a whole bunch of prizes as it seeks to discover the very best streamers on Twitch. It's part of a collaboration with GoodGame Agency (of Team Evil Genius fame) to offer the gaming community a reality web series dubbed "Intel's Next Top Live-Streamer." Contestants will compete to become an official member of the Intel Stream Team.
Configure a workstation with up to 64 CPU cores and 1TB of RAM
Building quad socket workstations isn't new territory for Puget Systems -- the company's been offering such setups for several years now. However, the boutique builder just refreshed two of its models to offer more capacity, better cooling, and quieter operation. You can configure a Peak Quad Intel Xeon machine with up to 48 CPU cores and the Peak Quad AMD Opteron setup with up to 64 CPU cores.
Following up on yesterday's top deal for a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB SSD, today's theme is the same, only bigger (as in, more capacious). Sure, we could have mixed it up a little bit, but there are still mechanical hard drives in the wild being used as the primary storage device, and that's causing us to lose sleep at night -- bottleneck nightmares are the worst! Help us sleep better by checking out today's top deal for a Samsung 840 Evo 500GB SSD for $240 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code: [EMCPDHF24]). Using Samsung's 3-core MEX controller, this drive kicks out 540MB/s sequential read and 520MB/s sequential write performance, along with up to 98,000/90,000 IOPS 4KB random read/write.
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