Here's something a little bit different -- Intel is planning to give away a whole bunch of prizes as it seeks to discover the very best streamers on Twitch. It's part of a collaboration with GoodGame Agency (of Team Evil Genius fame) to offer the gaming community a reality web series dubbed "Intel's Next Top Live-Streamer." Contestants will compete to become an official member of the Intel Stream Team.
Configure a workstation with up to 64 CPU cores and 1TB of RAM
Building quad socket workstations isn't new territory for Puget Systems -- the company's been offering such setups for several years now. However, the boutique builder just refreshed two of its models to offer more capacity, better cooling, and quieter operation. You can configure a Peak Quad Intel Xeon machine with up to 48 CPU cores and the Peak Quad AMD Opteron setup with up to 64 CPU cores.
Following up on yesterday's top deal for a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB SSD, today's theme is the same, only bigger (as in, more capacious). Sure, we could have mixed it up a little bit, but there are still mechanical hard drives in the wild being used as the primary storage device, and that's causing us to lose sleep at night -- bottleneck nightmares are the worst! Help us sleep better by checking out today's top deal for a Samsung 840 Evo 500GB SSD for $240 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code: [EMCPDHF24]). Using Samsung's 3-core MEX controller, this drive kicks out 540MB/s sequential read and 520MB/s sequential write performance, along with up to 98,000/90,000 IOPS 4KB random read/write.
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Along with Haswell-E comes Intel's X99 chipset and DDR4 memory
Supposing the latest rumor regarding Intel's Haswell-E processor family comes true, you'll have all summer to save up to build a system around a next-generation platform. A leaked document points to September 14, 2014 as the day Intel plans to launch Haswell-E to retail, which could coincide with an announcement at Intel's upcoming IDF 14 in San Francisco -- this year's IDF runs September 9-11.
If Razer gets its way, modular PCs will be the way of the future. We'll admit, we're intrigued, but who knows if or when modular computers will rule the day? In the here and now, we still use traditional cases for our PC parts, and if you're need of a new one, then check out today's top deal. It's for an Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower for $70 with free shipping (normally $95 - use coupon code: [EMCPDHP28]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Not only is it affordable, this version has been upgraded with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.
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You'd have a better chance at finding Big Foot than a reliable, name-brand power supply rated at 850W with modular cables, 80 Plus Bronze certification, and a 5-year warranty for under a Benny. Unless, of course, you've stumbled here. Today's top deal is a beastly one -- Antec 850W Modular Power Supply for a penny shy of $100 (normally $125 - use coupon code: [618CMPTS22]; additional $30 mail-in-rebate). After rebate, this becomes a $70 PSU!
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We love chips. All kinds of chips. They can be kettle cooked or baked, plain or sea salt with cracked pepper, or whatever. One of our favorite types of chips, however, isn't edible. It's Intel's Haswell-flavored chips. While we're not willing to eat one, we're more than happy to feed one to a new PC build. If you are too, then check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4440 Haswell CPU for $180 with free shipping (normally $195 - use coupon code: [EMCPDWC25]).
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A sudden spike in business PC sales prompts Intel to adjust its outlook
Perhaps the death of Windows XP is having a greater impact on PC sales than analysts thought it would. Or maybe there's another reason why demand for business-class PCs is on the rise. Whatever the cause, stronger than expected demand for business PCs prompted Intel to raise its second quarter revenue forecast to $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million, compared to its previous forecast of $13.0 billion, plus or minus $500 million.
Want to know what we like most about generic, no-name power supplies? Nothing. Like a crazy ex-lover, generic PSUs are prone to self destruct when you least expect it and for no apparent reason. Don't do that to yourself. If you're in the market for a new power supply, have a look at today's top deal for a Corsair HX Series HX750 750W Power Supply for $90 with free shipping (normally $120 - use coupon code: [EMCPDWP24]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This is an 80 Plus Gold certified model with modular cabling and a generous 7-year warranty.
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Xi3 may have found a willing partner in the SFF space
There was quite a bit of mystery and intrigue surrounding Xi3 Corporation's Piston PC at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) two years ago, not to mention confusion over whether or not it would become Valve's rumored (at the time) Steam Box. It wasn't mean to be -- Valve has since launched a Steam Machine initiative, but Xi3 hasn't given up on SFF systems. Instead, Xi3 has partnered with Intel to build and sell next-generation "Micro-Mini PCs," which will include Intel's NUC line, the company announced today.