Today AMD is launching the Radeon R9 290, which is the second card in its all-new Hawaii series of GPUs designed to take on Nvidia's GK110-based super GPUs. This particular card is extremely similar to its big brother, the R9 290X, but has slightly lower clock speeds and fewer stream processors, allowing it to come in at a slightly lower price point of $400. Though it was originally designed to take on the formerly $400 GTX 770, AMD is now positioning it to compete with the GTX 780 due to Nvidia's recent price drops on both cards to $500 and $329, respectively. Read on to see how it handles the heat, both literally and figuratively.
When you're finished building your PC, you can raise your screwdriver and proclaim, "By the power of Grayskull, I have the power!" It will feel good, but if you forgot to purchase a power supply, it doesn't matter what you shout, your system isn't turning on. Hey, it could be worse -- you could have purchased a generic PSU and found out the hard way why it's a good idea to invest in a quality, name-brand PSU with a good reputation. Speaking of which, check out today's top deal for a Corsair HX Series HX850 850W Power Supply for $120 with free shipping (normally $150 - use coupon code: [EMCPAPF37]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This is an 80 Plus Gold certified PSU with modular cables and plenty of amperage (70A) available through the single +12V rail.
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You know it's a serious card when it comes in a briefcase
See that image of the Ares III? According to Asus, the Ares III is the world's fastest water-cooled dual R9 290X graphics card on the planet, and we won't argue that claim. After all, who knows what that thing's lugging inside its metal briefcase. What we do know, however, is that this impressive graphics card is wielding dual AMD Radeon Hawaii XT R9 290X GPUs, both factory overclocked to 1030MHz.
Summer break is officially over, but that doesn't mean you need to pack up your games. Whether you're a working stiff or buried in books at school, everyone needs a break every now and then. And if your PC isn't up to par, don't sweat it, that's what upgrades are for! To start with, check out today's top deal for an Asus Radeon R9 280 Graphics Card for $190 with free shipping (normally $225 - use coupon code: [EMCPAPH25]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This is a high-end part with a custom cooling solution.
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How do you steal some thunder from Intel's Haswell-E launch? There are several options, and the one AMD went with was to slash prices on several 8-core FX-8000 and FX-9000 Series processors. In addition to rolling out some significant price cuts to half a dozen CPUs, AMD also introduced three new AM3+ FX chips -- they include the FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX-8320E, all of which are also 8-core parts.
Plus: AMD's commitment to high-end CPUs, DDR4, 5-way GPU support, 20nm GPUs, and more!
In a bit of a surprise to us, AMD and Origin PC wanted to come in together for episode 231 of the No BS Podcast. As you may recall, this is surprising considering that last October, Origin PC’s Co-founder and CEO Kevin Wasielewski announced that it would be dropping AMD graphics cards from its systems, stating, “This decision was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from our support staff,” and whom also then added, “Based on our 15+ years of experience building and selling award winning high-performance PCs, we strongly feel the best PC gaming experience is on Nvidia GPUs.”
All the talk is CPU-ville these days is Haswell-E this and Haswell-E that. Hey, we're excited about Intel's next chip release too, but lets not forget there's another player in the field. We're of course talking about AMD, and if you're looking to build a low cost system, then take a look at today's top deal for an AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core CPU for $100 with free shipping (normally $110 - use coupond code: [EMCPBHB22]). The FX-6300 runs at 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo), has 8MB of L3 cache, and a 95W TDP.
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Tablets and embedded graphics are eating into the add-in board market
The latest report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) shows that graphics add-in board (AIB) shipments during the second quarter of 2014 declined 17.5 percent compared to the previous quarter. JPR says the market is behaving according to past years, though the decrease was more than the 10-year average. What's also interesting is that the drop in discrete graphics card shipments coincided with a 1.3 percent increase in desktop PC shipments.
One of the worst sounds in the world is that of a grinding hard drive. Once you hear that noise, failure is imminent, it's just a matter of time. Of course, you can turn lemons into lemonade by using a dying hard drive as a valid excuse to upgrade to a speedy solid state drive. If that's your plan, check out today's top deal for a Crucial M550 2.5-inch 512GB SSD for $240 with free shipping.
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At its “30 Year of Gaming and Graphics” event, which the company broadcast live via Twitch on Saturday, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced the addition of a new graphics card to its Radeon R9 family. While the Radeon R9 285 is very close to its predecessor, the R9 280, in terms of specs, the new card is built around the company’s new Tonga Pro GPU.