A Broadwell delay isn't what the PC industry needs
It was last October when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said a "defect density issue" was negatively affecting yields, prompting the Santa Clara chip maker to delay its 14nm Broadwell launch by a quarter. Production was to begin in the first quarter of 2014, though there's a rumor going around that Intel might postpone Broadwell's big debut to the fourth quarter of this year. Is that really the case?
An overclocker from China who goes by the handle "Wytiwx" just set a new record in HWBOT Prime, but what's really amazing is that he achieved the record score using an Intel Celeron 900 processor based on the Penryn microarchitecture. Record scores aren't all that easy to come by, which is why Wytiwx decided to give it a shot after noticing that overclocked Penryn chips seem to post the best scores in HWBOT Prime.
Ivytown will slip into Intel's Xeon E7 chip family
Intel's codenames for processors sound like directions someone might give you if you get lost in the country. Take a wrong turn off of I64 in West Virginia, for example, and you might be told that Ivytown is on the other side of Ivy Bridge, not to be confused with Sandy Bridge. In reality, Ivytown is Intel's codename for an upcoming 15-core Xeon processor based on Ivy Bridge and designed for high-end servers.
Does ARMA 3 bring your system to its knees? What about Cryss, Tomb Raider, or any of the other titles featured in our list of the most demanding games? That's the great thing about PCs -- you can upgrade whenever the need arises. When it comes to gaming, the GPU is the most important component. That said, check out today's top deal for an Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Graphics Card for $489 with free shipping (normally $520 -- use coupon code: [EMCPHPC88]; Free Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with purchase). This card is equipped with Asus's DirectCU II cooler with a rather large 10mm heatpipe instead of a conventional 8mm heatpipe. It also has a backplate and high end components for stability.
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Details on MSI's version of new J1800-based motherboards
While several manufacturers have already put forth announcements about new J1800-based motherboards, MSI is now throwing its hat into the ring with the J1800I, a Mini-ITX board packing an Intel Celeron J1800 CPU.
When you try to play high-end games on integrated graphics, everything appears choppy. When everything appears choppy, you get your eyes checked. When you get your eyes checked, your optometrist says your vision is fine. When your optometrist says your vision is fine, you start to think you're crazy. And when you start to think you're crazy, you check yourself into a mental institution. Don't check yourself into a mental institution -- get a discrete graphics card instead. Need help choosing? Check out today's top deal for an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Dual FTW w/ ACX Cooler Video Card for $515 with free shipping (normally $555; additional $20 mail-in-rebate; Free Assassin's Creed 4 w/ purchase!).
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Perhaps by this time next year, systems running DDR4 memory will be commonplace. Until then, DDR3 is still where it's at, and if you're in need of an upgrade, there's no sense in waiting -- prices are likely to go up this year. Luckily there are still some good buys out there, such as today's top deal for a Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 Desktop Memory for $68 with free shipping (normally $85 -- use coupon code: [EMCPHPF32]). This kit features aggressive looking heatsinks, XMP profiles for easy setup, and a CAS latency of 9.
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Zotac, a company that's best known for its line of mini PCs, just fleshed out its Zbox family with a new model. The newly introduced Zbox ID45 comes to town wielding a 3rd Generation Intel Core i3 processor (Ivy Bridge) paired with Nvidia GeForce GT 640 graphics. It's a bit of a blast to the past to see a new system rocking a last generation foundation, though Zotac claims this combination offers plenty of performance while remaing energy efficient.
The expansion pack Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is just around the corner, but in the meantime, there are plenty of quality games to occupy your free time. Of course, your gaming experience is directly tied to your GPU, and if it's been several years since you've upgraded your graphics card -- or were left weeping after testing your aging GPU against our list of The 10 Most Graphically Demanding PC Games -- now is a good time to shop something new. There are a lot of options out there, including today's top deal for an MSI Gaming N760 GeForce GTX 760 Video Card for $250 with free shipping (normally $270; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). This card brings all the gaming goodness of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 760 architecture and pairs it with MSI's top shelf construction consisting of military class components (all parts are MIL-STD-810G certified).
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It doesn't take a monster system to run Microsoft Office or surf the web, hence why we're starting to see so many small form factor (SFF) PCs as of late. One of the newest SFF rigs to emerge is the Asus Eee Box EB1037, which is a mini-desktop system that looks like a router but is a full-fledged PC build around Intel's Bay Trail platform with a Celeron J1900 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz.