Kids these days have no concept of what it was like shopping for a monitor back in the day. It was a back (and wallet) breaking affair -- quite literally. A big size CRT could weight as much a Tyrannosaurus Rex after binge eating a pack of Triceratops. And today? Well, just check out today's top deal for an Asus VN248H-P Super Narrow Bezel Widescreen LED Monitor for $135 with free shipping (normally $170 - use coupon code: [EMCPFPB22]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This monitor is rocking an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel (read: not TN!) with a Full HD 1080p resolution, 80,000,000:1 dynamic constrast ratio, 5ms GTG response time, and built-in speakers.Connectivity options include D-Sub and HDMI w/ MHL.
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It seems like every PC hardware company on the planet has its own solid state drive (SSD) series -- except for AMD, that is. Rumor has it that's about to change. Word on the web is that AMD is working with Toshiba on a line of AMD brand SSDs. It's not uncommon to outsource such things, and as the rumor goes, Toshiba's building the drive based on the exact specifications AMD came up with.
The answer is $34, which addresses the question of what price AMD's new socketed "Kabini" APUs will debut at. There's also the cost of the motherboard to factor in, so add another $25 to $35. As to when you'll be able to buy these new parts, AMD today announced the global availability of its AM1 platform featuring its quad-core and dual-core Sempron and Athlon APU lineup based on Kabini.
AMD unveils dual-GPU card, Nvidia drivers take on Mantle, and whispers of Haswell-E
The No BS Podcast is back for episode #221! In this jam-packed episode, we begin by saluting long time podcast host and Senior Editor Josh Norem goodbye, as he will be leaving the magazine to focus on his career in pet photography. Josh will be greatly missed, but will continue to write as a freelancer for us.
We then shift gears back to hardware to discuss AMD's blazing fast R9 295X2 card. Afterwards, we put Nvidia's new driver to the test and discuss its incremental boosts in gaming performance. Next, Gordon discusses Intel's roadmap to add four new Haswell chips aimed at enthusiasts including Haswell-E, along with its corresponding X99 chipset.
One way to save money a new PC build is to skimp on the power supply and pick up a cheaply made unit. After you do that, be sure and punch yourself in the crotch -- after all, one bad decision deserves another. The alternate route is to pick up a well made PSU from a name brand company that actually cares about maintaining its reputation. You don't have to spend a fortune to go that route, either. We can prove it -- just check out today's top deal for a Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W Modular Power Supply for $85 with free shipping (normally $110 - use coupon code: 9EMCPFPG44]; additional $15 mail-in-rebate). That's pretty much a steal, though Newegg ensures us it won't alert the authorities. What they will do is send out a PSU with 80 Plus Bronze certification and a beefy single +12V rail.
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A professional graphics card designed for next generation 4K workstations
What do you get when you pile on heaps of GDDR5 memory to a slab of silicon rocking a fast GPU? You end up with AMD's FirePro W9100, a monster graphics card featuring an industry-first 16GB of GDDR5 onboard memory. According to AMD, the FirePro W9100 spits out up to 2.62 TFLOPS of double precision GPU compute performance, up to 5.24 TFLOPS of peak single precision GPU compute performance, and is prepped and primed for getting work done on 4K ultra high resolution workstations.
If you get tired of Doritos, try mixing things up with a bag of kettle cooked sea salt and vinegar (or substitute cracked pepper for vinegar - both are tasty). Mmmm. This is making us hungry. It's also made us forget the point -- something about chips. Ah well, we're sure it will come back to us. In the meantime, speaking of chips, check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge Processor for $215 (normally $230 - use coupon code: [EMCPFPG34]). It's not for eating, but it might deliver some tasty overclocks thanks to its unlocked multiplier. At stock, you'll enjoy a quad-core CPU clocked at 3.4GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) with 6MB of L3 cache.
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Amended agreement includes $50 million in additional purchase commitments
AMD bumped up its purchase commitments with GlobalFoundries in 2014 by about $50 million. Under terms of the amended Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA), AMD expects to pay $1.2 billion in all this year, though what's interesting is that the deal is no longer limited to traditional CPUs and APUs; it now includes GPUs and semi-custom game console chips, such as those found in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.
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.