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Summer might be winding down, but that doesn't mean it's game over for gamers. The past few months has seen some big titles get released, and the fun will continue through the back-to-school shopping season and beyond, starting with the impending release of Grand Theft Auto V for PC. Are you prepared to play everything that's coming out? If not, check out today's top deal for an EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 760 Graphics Card for $230 with free shipping (normally $240; additional $10 mail-in-rebate). This card is factor overclocked from stock to 1072MHz (core) an 1137MHz (boost). It also features 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus running at 6,008MHz (effective). EVGA's custom ACX cooler keeps the card nice and cool, allowing for 15 percent lower GPU temps, 7 percent lower mosfet temps, and 15 percent lower memory temps.
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Will the hand-wringing over Moore's Law never stop? Intel's announcement that its next-generation 14nm process will be delayed three months triggered yet another round of fretting over the fate of this widely misunderstood "law".
Much of the panic is because Intel's "tick-tock" strategy has indeed operated like clockwork, chiming a smaller geometry every two years. Slippage is common at other companies, but not at Intel. So when the world's largest semiconductor vendor stops the clock for three months, hearts begin palpitating.
We've seen some low priced SSDs ever since the cost of NAND flash memory chips took a nose dive, but today's top deal might just take the cake. It's for a PNY Optima 2.5-inch 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for $85 with free shipping (normally $110 - use coupon code: [EMCPCHA222]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). If you've been holding off from swapping that aging HDD for a speedy SSD, this might be the deal you've been waiting for. It sports sequential read and write speeds of up of up 510MB/s and 320MB/s, respectively, along with up to 60,000 IOPS of 4k random read and 45,000 IOPS of 4k random write performance.
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Intel soldered the CPU die to the integrated heat spreader
A picture making the rounds on the web shows what Intel's upcoming Core i7 5960X Haswell-E processor will look like if you have the nerve to pry off the integrated heat spreader (IHS). If you look close, you can see that beneath the adhesive layer that secures the IHS to the package is soldering from where Intel soldered the CPU die to the IHS with a strong epoxy. If you're an overclocker or otherwise concerned with temps, this a good sight to see.
In case you haven’t noticed, the PC is getting smaller. But it’s not getting smaller in the way the PC fatalists see it. If anything, enthusiast PCs have gotten larger. Witness Corsair’s 900D, Cooler Master’s Cosmos SE, and Digital Storm’s Aventum II.
Note: This feature was originally featured in the March 2014 issue of the magazine.
We're approaching the home stretch of summer and nearing the beginning of the back-to-school shopping season. If one of your goals was to build a new PC this summer, it's time to get hopping! It starts with a solid foundation, and if you need ideas, check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4670K Haswell CPU for $220 with free shippiong (normally $235 - use coupon code: [EMCPCHE23]). This quad-core chip runs at 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz, has 6MB of L3 cache, and sports an unlocked multiplier.
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Three families of 14nm Broadwell parts are headed for mobile devices
See that over there? It's Intel's 5th Generation Core processor family, otherwise known as Broadwell, coming around the bend. There will be will three different variants for mobile, including the Y Series, U Series, and H Series, all of which will be built on a 14nm manufacturing process. You can expect the parts to start appearing in the fourth quarter of 2014, but do you know the difference between each line?
Get ready for an influx of $199 to $249 Windows laptops
A big reason why Chromebooks are selling so well is because they offer up basic functionality at dirt cheap prices. However, what would happen if Windows laptops could easily be found at the same price points? It's a question that will get answered within the next few months. That's because Intel, Microsoft, and notebook makers are collaborating on entry-level laptops that will sell for $199 to $249.
Affordable storage packed with advanced security features
Intel announced a new addition to its solid state drive (SSD) family, though it's not intended for home consumers. Instead, Intel's new SSD Pro 2500 Series is intended to bring security features and lower cost of ownership to businesses in need of the kind of "blazing fast" performance SSDs afford. They'll get that with SSD Pro 2500 family, which comes in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB.