The GPU wars certainly heated up in the past year or so, and they don't show any signs of cooling down. It's not just a game of playing leapfrog for the performance crown anymore, either. When all things are equal (or close to being equal), game bundles can be the nudge you need if you're on the fence. With that in mind, EVGA let us know that it's giving away copies of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards.
An attempt to mesh top quality design with aesthetic flair
Which is more important to you, form or function? If you're thinking both, you might be a candidate for BitFenix's new Fury line of power supplies. Looking at "challenging the status quo," BitFenix designed its Fury PSU line to run reliably and look good while doing it. Usually when a PSU maker talks about aesthetics, it's a sign that quality took a backseat, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.
Kudos to AMD for releasing a monster dual-GPU graphics card that comes standard with a liquid cooling setup, and props to Sapphire for having the gems to overclock AMD's two-headed beast. Available as a limited edition part, Sapphire said it's now shipping the R9 295X2 OC, which features two goosed GPUs running at 1030MHz (core) with 8GB of GDDR5 memory pushed up to 5200MHz (effective).
Super fast drive offers up to 1.8GB/s of sequential speeds, according to OCZ
It wasn't all that long ago when it seemed silly to think we'd ever saturate the SATA interface. Solid state drives have made that possible, which is why OCZ decided to tap into the PCI Express Gen. 2 x8 interface for its latest storage product. According to OCZ, it's RevoDrive 350 can hit up to 1.8GB/s in sequential performance, along with up to 140,000 4K random write IOPS.
If you're a fan of NZXT's Phantom case line but tend to gravitate towards less expensive enclosures, you might be interested in the company's newest offering, the Phantom 240. NZXT's newly released Phantom 240 carries a $70 MSRP, making it the most affordable Phantom yet. It also sports a new design with a full-view window while maintaining its asymmetrical shape and comes with two FN V2 120mm case fans.
Benq's XL-Z monitors are specifically intended for FPS gamers
Holy buzzwords, Batman -- Benq is pulling out all kinds of fancy pants terms to describe its new XL-Z series of first-person shooter (FPS) purpose-built gaming monitors. Benq says its XL-Z series monitors have begun shipping, and if you're a gamer -- particularly an FPS gamer -- the company has several reasons why you might be interested in one of its displays, starting with RevolutionEyes technology.
There are at least a million and one different ways to trick out your PC. One of those ways is to individually sleeve all the wiring for your power supply. The end result looks pretty sweet, assuming you don't drive yourself insane before completing the tedious task. Like most anything else, there's an alternate path to the same end -- toss money at it. If you're willing to pay for the luxury, EVGA will now sell you individually sleeved cable sets that support all SuperNova G2 and P2 power supply series.
Little by little, we're seeing memory makers push the envelope in mobile and small form factor (SFF) setups by introducing high-performance SO-DIMM RAM. So it goes with G.Skill, which claims its latest Ripjaws are the industry's first DDR3L SO-DIMM clocked at a blistering fast 2133MHz. Not only is this a high-performance memory kit, it's also available in large capacities, up to 32GB (4x8GB).
As Intel's Haswell refresh looms, Asus and other mobo players look to other areas to boost profits
Intel is getting ready to refresh its Haswell platform, and when that happens, it should spark some sales in the motherboard industry. Motherboard makers should also get a boost from XP users looking to upgrade their ancient boxes. Despite these market drivers, however, word on the web is that Asus and other motherboard players have begun pushing their other products much more aggressively in hopes of pulling in a bigger profit.
This board is prepped and primed to break world records
MSI is throwing extreme overclockers a mighty big bone in the form of a motherboard. The company's upcoming Z97 XPower AC mobo will feature a "Delid Die Guard" that's measured to specification and designed to protect the CPU core on processors that no longer have an integrated heat spreader (IHS). In case you're unfamiliar, the IHS is that giant metal slab that covers the top of your processor. It's there to pull heat off of the CPU core, which is then transferred to a heatsink with a bit of thermal goo in between to fill in the microscopic nooks and crannies.