Looking for a small PC? It doesn't get too much smaller that Zotac's Zbox Nano line of mini PCs, which you can tuck neatly out of sight behind your monitor for a home brewed all-in-one experience. These aren't typically powerhouse systems, though for the first time, you can get quad-core processing from a Zbox Nano machine. The new Zbox Nano AQ01 features an AMD A4-5000 APU clocked at 1.5GHz with Radeon HD 8330 graphics.
So, you're AMD guy or gal, is that it? If you've been losing sleep at night wondering why Maingear's Nomad 17 gaming laptop doesn't have an AMD option, get ready to snooze like a baby tonight. The custom notebook line is now truly customizable, in that you can choose to build around an Intel or AMD foundation. One advantage of going with an AMD configuration is that it's cheaper than the Intel alternatives.
DDR4 RAM is incoming, next-gen consoles finally launch, Microsoft tries to woo PC gamers, and we compare a retail R9 290X to the press board
It's time for episode #214 of the No BS Podcast! On this week's episode we break down the details surrounding the looming release of DDR4 memory, then have a brief discussion about the next gen consoles and what it means for PC gamers. We also discuss Microsoft's recent statements about how it abandonded PC gaming. Next, we talk about the AMD R9 290X retail board we acquired, and compare it to the press board, then we wrap it all up with our editor picks. Gordon ends the proceedings by delivering his usual rant, but this time paints his targets a little closer to home.
Overall graphics shipments rose 1.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013, marking the second consecutive quarter of positive growth, according to the latest data by Jon Peddie Research. At the same time, shipments in Q3 were down 8.8 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, JPR said. Q3 is typically when retailers stock up inventory for the holiday shopping season, and though the gain this quarter was smaller than in pre-2008 years, it still ended on a positive note.
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When AMD originally announced its expanded game bundles for the holiday season, there was a bit of confusion surrounding which Radeon R9 Series product owners would receive a free copy of Battlefield 4. The original wording made it sound like anyone who purchased an R9 Series card starting on November 13th would be eligible, as long as it was from a participating vendor, but AMD later clarified that it would be up to each individual hardware partner and retailer to decide which SKUs qualify. To make up for the miscommunication, and also as a 'Thank You' to gamers who purchased a card prior to November 13th, AMD said it would be giving away 1,000 free copies of Battlefield 4. Here's how you can toss your name into AMD's hat for a shot at getting one.
What's that you say, you're not building a $16,000 Dream Machine or a rig that rivals the Large Pixel Collider with four GeForce Titan graphics cards stuffed inside? Fair enough, we can't blame you for going the sensible route when nagging little things like a mortage and sending the kids to college eat away at the budget. And if you're not building a monster-sized system, then you probably don't need to overspend on a PSU with enough wattage to light up the state of Texas. Still with us? Then check out today's top deal for a Corsair HX Series HX750 750W Power Supply for $105 with free shipping (normally $170 - use coupon code [EMCWWWL23]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). That might still be more PSU than you need, but for the price, it's hard to beat the feature-set consisting of modular cables, 80 Plus Gold certification, and Haswell support.
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If the eyes are the window to your soul, then your monitor is the window to your PC. And the Internet. And your games. And...well, you get the idea. It's the one component you stare at intently each and every time you use your PC, so why not invest in a good one? If cost is your concern, then check out today's top deal for a Hanns-G 27-inch Widscreen LED Monitor for $190 with free shipping (normally $300 - use coupon code [EMCWWWR56]). Ith as VGA, DVI, and HDMI connectivity options, built-in speakers, a native Full HD 1080p resolution, 30,000,000:1 active contrast ratio, and 2ms response time.
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State of the GPU wars, Windows 8.1, and Battlefield 4
On episode #213 of the No BS Podcast we continue our reporting from the front lines of the GPU war between Nvidia and AMD. Next, we break down Battlefield 4's launch issues and compare them to Battlefield 3's. Finally, we ruminate over the arrival of Windows 8.1 and the state of Microsoft before wrapping things up with our editor picks. Gordon then delivers an epic rant on the ever-present anti-PC bias in the media.
Not all Radeon R9 Series cards come with Battlefield 4
There's been quite a bit of confusion over AMD's updated game bundle for the holiday season. The Sunnyvale chip designer laid out the details earlier this week, and the way it was worded, it sounded like all customers who purchased a Radeon R9 Series graphics card on or after November 13, 2013, would receive a complimentary copy of Battlefield 4. Unfortunately that's not the case -- retailers and add-in board partners ultimately decide which Radeon R9 SKUs will come with a copy of BF4, AMD says.
Double the performance with AMD’s security processor in tow
Bye-bye Kabini and Temash. Hello Beema and Mullins. Those are the names for AMD’s two new mobile APUs announced at the APU13 Developer Summit. The promises are lofty: twice the performance per watt and PC gaming in a tablet.