Titanfall. Thief. The Crew. Mad Max. We could go own naming titles that have either come out this year or are scheduled to release in 2014, or you can just click over to "The 20 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2014" and scroll through at your leisure. Either way, this isn't the year to be caught with integrated graphics. PC gaming is alive and thriving, and if it's been a long time since you've upgraded your graphics card, now would be a good time to start looking. You can start by checking out today's top deal for an MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming Video Card for $180 with free shipping. This card features MSI's Twin Frozr IV cooling solution, Military Class components, and an invisible unicorn (while supplies last). That's right, each purchase comes with an invisible unicorn that you can't see, hear, smell, taste, or feel. But it's there, watching and rooting you on (silently) as you game into the wee hours of the morning.
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AMD's dual-GPU card might rock a hybrid cooling solution
It's good practice to take Internet rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism, especially on April Fool's Day. Got it? Good, now we can continue with what are claimed to be the first photos of AMD's rumored Radeon R9 295 X2, a dual-GPU graphics card that some have surmised could carry a massive 500W TDP. If that's true, a gnarly cooling solution would be mandatory, and certainly that's what these early photos show.
For the same reason you wouldn't dress up in a deer costume during hunting season and go romping through the woods, you may not want to keep your PC dressed in Windows XP as you travel through the web, lest you fancy being the prey. You have options, such as today's top deal which is once gain for Windows 7 Home Premium w/ SPI 64-bit for $85 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [EMCPGHB45]). Just think, if Microsoft supports Windows 7 as long as it XP, we won't need to have this conversation again for another 8 years!
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The world's first hard drive was a massive unit released by IBM in 1956. Called the IBM 350 Disk Storage, it came with the IBM 350 RAMAC system. The 350 measured 60 inches (L) by 68 inches (H) by 29 inches (D) and had 50 magnetic disks containing 50,000 sectors. It had a small air compressor, electronic and pneumatic controls, and 5MB of storage capacity. Compare that to today's top deal for a Western Digital RE 4TB 3.5-inch Enterprise Internal Hard Drive for $310 with free shipping (normally $335 - use coupon code: [EMCPGHE27]). It's devoid of an air compressor, but it does have 64MB of cache, a SATA 6Gbps interface, a 7200 RPM spindle speed, and multi-axis shock sensor, to name some of the highlights.
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Back in the early days of computing, cavemen would build their PCs inside of stone enclosures. They needed to use stone because it was the most popular material at the time, and also to protect from saber-toothed tigers who delighted in the taste of silicon. Fast forward to today and we no longer need to worry about saber-toothed tigers stealing our components, so it's increasingly difficult to find a case made out of stone. Instead, we have much fancier enclosures, such today's top deal for a Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower for $80 with free shipping (normally $110 - use coupon code: [EMCPGHE36]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). It's made of steel with molded ABS plastic accents. A single 200mm fan and three 120mm fans are included to keep your components breathing, and if you need more, there are a total of 10 fan mounts.
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A dual R9 290X card isn't here yet, but the 7990 is the next best thing
The Mission The ongoing war between Nvidia and AMD for supremacy over the PC gaming landscape has been like the Hatfields and the McCoys of enthusiast computing: long, bitter, and deeply entrenched. AMD's Radeon HD 7990 is the company’s biggest salvo yet, combining two HD 7970 GPUs onto one card. It didn't come out until spring 2013, though, which was long after Nvidia's own dual-GPU behemoth, the GeForce GTX 690, had dug in its heels. And it wasn't until mid-summer that AMD began to address the stuttering issues that marred its multi-GPU setups. With AMD's R9 series arriving in October 2013, this crown jewel didn’t really have much time to shine. Today, we'll try and change that, pitting this Cadillac of a card against nothing less than Battlefield 4, with everything maxed out and running at 1920x1080. With the previous Battlefield regularly favoring Nvidia cards, this might seems like enemy territory. But this time, AMD is working closely with the developer to make sure nothing goes awry. And in December, BF4 will be the first game to feature Mantle, which AMD has positioned to replace Microsoft's DirectX API. In the end, the HD 7990 could set the bar.
Note: This article was originally featured in the Holiday 2013 issue of the magazine.
"Integrated graphics rock!," said no gamer ever. Hey, Intel and AMD deserve all kinds of props for making today's integrated graphics solutions less crappy than ever, but what gamer is content with settling for "less crappy" graphics? Only the budget-constrained, but you needn't spend $500 onwards to game at 1080p. For example, check out today's top deal for an MSI N660 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Graphics Card for $179 with free shipping (normally $210 - use coupon code: [EMCPGHP87]; additional $10 mail-in-rebate and free Daylight game wiith purchase). This Kepler card comes factory overclocked and cooled by MSI's custom Twin Frozr III apparatus, which the company claims lowers temps by 19 degress and reduces noise by 12.9dB compared to reference coolers.
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It remains to be seen if AMD's Mantle API can be a game changing force, but it at least bodes well that developers are showing interest. The newest member to the Mantle team is Crytek, which entered into a technology partnership with AMD to add native Mantle support to its CryEngine game engine. Make no mistake, this is a big win for AMD, which itself is still figuring out how best to utilize Mantle.
Remember Larry, the guy with the crusty old PC? Well, we're determined to get this fictitious character up to speed with a new system, one piece at a time. Yesterday he picked out an affordable processor, and today he's going to be even more stoked by the top deal -- its' for an Antec Three Hundred Mid Tower Case for $35 with free shipping (normally $55 - use coupon coude: [EMCPGWF36]). That's a pittance to pay for a name brand chassis. This one has a bottom-mounted 2.5-inch drive bay, six 3.5-inch drive bays, three 5.25-inch bays, a washable air filter, CPU cutout, and several other amenities.
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Poor Larry, his computer is so old, it needs a stamp to send email. He's always the last to join your raids because it takes him half a day just to boot, but he marches crawls on, totally unaware that PC part prices have come down significantly when he first built his rig. End Larry's ignorance and his suffering by directing him to today's top deal for an AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera processor for $170 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [EMCPGWB22]). This chip brings 8 cores clocked at 4GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) to the CPU party, along with 8MB of L3 cache and an unlocked multiplier.
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