Protip: Exotic cooling isn't necessary to maintain acceptable temps and a stable PC. Air cooling has been around since the Paleozoic era (or thereabouts) and today it does an effective job on CPUs, often at a reasonable price. Take for example today's top deal for a Cooler Master Hyper T4 CPU Cooler for $25 with free shipping (normally $30 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWHG36]). This air cooler has four direct contact heatpipes and is capable of pushing 24-70 CFM (give or take 10 percent).
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Newest NUC boasts support for a single 2.5-inch drive
Intel has its eye on the mini PC market with the introduction of its Next Unit of Computing (NUC) systems, though a limitation of early run versions is that they all used mSATA solid state drives. That in itself isn't a deal killer (though mSATA may not be long for this world), but what did cause problems is having the Wi-Fi card plopped right on top of the mSATA SSD. There were several reports of Wi-Fi issues with first run models (which is something we observed ourselves), possibly as a result of overheating, but with the newest NUC kit, Intel added a 2.5-inch drive bay.
Slumping PC sales are affecting Intel's bottom line
It's been a rough stretch for companies invested in the PC market, and that includes Intel, the world's largest semiconductor maker. Intel recently reported its fourth quarter financial results in which it was revealed that revenues from the chip maker's PC Client Group declined 4 percent from 2012. A day later, Intel let it be known that it plans to reduce its global workforce by around 5 percent in 2014.
The DRAM market is a pretty volatile so you might as get while the getting is good. Take for instance today's top deal for a kit of G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1866 Desktop Memory for $149 with free shipping (normally $165 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWWC46]). It's a fast frequency kit with tight timings (9-10-9-28) and plenty of capacity to handle a high-end system. If you're really heavy into content creation and/or other tasks that consume RAM like a pack of cats at a catnip buffet, pick up two kits for a total of 32GB!
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We pour one out for Katherine, then discuss all the sweet gear we spotted at CES.
The No BS Podcast has returned, both from the holiday break, and from CES, and we've recorded Episode #216. Sadly, things are starting off on a somber note, as Editor-in-Chief Katherine Stevenson has announced she is leaving the magazine to pursue other interests here at Future US. She will be sorely missed, and we wish her the best of luck at her new gig. Since we must carry on, we did, so we jumped into a discussion of all the hardware we saw at CES, including the Steam Machines, 4K panels, Razer's Project Christine, and Oculus Rift. Gordon had his ear to the ground for CPU news at CES too, and discusses what Intel told him at the show. We also all have a chat about AMD"s new Kaveri APU. We finished the proceedings with our Editors' Picks, and the Gordon tackled the controversial topic of comic books being made into movies and wearable computing.
We some drool worthy technology on display at CES, including a monster quad-SLI setup powering three 4K monitors for a delicious 12K gaming experience. While nice to look at, just thinking about replicating such a setup can put a wallet in hiding. It's a good thing 1080p gaming is still in vogue, which brings us to today's top deal -- MSI N660 TF 2GB5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Graphics Card for $185 with free shipping (normally $210; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This card has 2GB of GDDR5 memory, 960 CUDA cores, solid capacitors, and a custom cooler. Also be sure to add the "Nvidia Gift - Assassin Cree 4" to your cart under the Special Offers heading.
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The big news in processors today is the official launch of AMD's Kaveri APUs with Radeon R7 graphics, but if you'd rather wait to see what Intel has up its sleeve, you'll have to get cozy for a few months. Word on the web is that Intel is preparing to refresh its Haswell processor line with nearly two dozen new CPUs sometime in the second quarter of 2014, likely starting in May.
There's always a buzz in air around CES, and unless you're not human, you can't help but excited about all the new product announcements and technology reveals. Has all the CES coverage inspired you to build a new system? If you need a place to start, look at today's top deal for an Intel Core i7 4770 Haswell Processor for $295 with free shipping (normally $310 -- use coupon code: [EMCXWXN26]). This potent 22nm part races along at 3.4GHz and has 8MB of L3 cache.
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One of Intel's bigger announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a physically small and ultra power-efficient development platform that resembles an SD card. It's called Edison and it's designed to work with just about any device, from computers and phones to things like chairs, coffee makers, and whatever developers can conceive. In the short term, however, expect to see Edison become a player in the wearable computing market.
Let's not sugarcoat things, the McAfee brand isn't one that's well respected among enthusiasts, and it surely didn't help matters that its founder, John McAfee, had quite the adventure the past couple of years, one which started with him being wanted for questioning in a murder investigation in Belize to Mr. McAfee saying he played the "crazy card" in Guatemala to escape capture as part of a conspiracy by the Belize government. Suffice to say, we're not the least bit surprised Intel has decided to phase out the McAfee brand, we just wonder why it took so long.