Thinking about water cooling? There's a lot of research and planning that goes into piecing together a custom solution, or you can roll with a maintenance-free all-in-one kit. Lots of them exist, including one that's part of today' top deal -- a Cooler Master Nepton 280L All-in-One CPU Liquid Cooling System for $120 with free shipping (normally $140; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This cooler has a 280mm radiator, two JetFlo fans, and an illuminated waterblock.
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New SoCs give Intel a greater presence in the mobile sector
The mobile device category is dominated by ARM-based processors, and that's something that doesn't sit well with Intel. The Santa Clara chip maker is used to being on top of the semiconductor world, and in the mobile space, Intel will attempt to wrestle some share away from ARM with its new 64-bit Atom Z3480 processor, otherwise known as Merrifield, which is a quad-core part intended for Android devices.
If we woke up today only to find that we'd somehow been transported back 15 years to 1999, we'd be talking about Nvidia's first GeForce-branded graphics card, the GeForce 256 (NV10). In fact, Nvidia marketed the card as having the world's first GPU since it was the first to integrate a geometry transform engine, dynamic lighting engine, 4-pixel rendering pipeline, and DirectX 7 features onto the graphics chip. Returning to the present day, we're still talking about Nvidia's GeForce cards, only today's variants are much more advanced. One of them is also the topic of today's top deal -- an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Graphics Card w/ ACX Cooler for $517 with free shipping (normally $600 - use coupon code: [EMCPHHP24]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate and Free Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with purchase). This card has 2,304 CUDA cores and 3GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit bus -- stats that would have sounded like gibberish 15 years ago.
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The analytical folks at Jon Peddie Research (JPR) say there's evidence to show the graphics market may have bottomed out and is now slowly recovering, though cautioned it's still a bit premature to make any concrete determination. That said, graphics shipments increased 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, which is the second quarter in a row that shipments have been up sequentially.
Feeling sluggish? Try guzzling a large cup of coffee or a Red Bull. Works like a charm and makes us wish we could dump a cup of joe into a sluggish system to give it some pep in its step. Unfortunately, that would have the exact opposite effect. However, change out that aging hard drive for a solid state drive and your system will find new life. You have a bunch to choose from, including today's top deal for an Intel 335 Series Jay Crest 2.5-inch 240GB SSD for $150 with free shipping (normally $160 - use coupon code: [EMCPHWB86]). This drive uses MLC NAND flash memory and is rated to deliver up to 500MB/s sequential reads and 450MB/s sequential writes.
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Intel today announced its Xeon E7 v2 line of processors featuring the industry's largest memory support (1.5TB per socket versus 1TB per socket delivered by alternative architectures), which enables the chips to rapidly analyze large data sets and deliver real-time insights based on a vast amount of diverse data. The processors are intended for mission critical computing chores.
New Haswell processors may arrive a month ahead of schedule
It seems like we hear something new everyday by hanging around the CPU rumor mill. Once again, Intel is at the center of speculation, though instead of talking about delays, rumor has it the Santa Clara chip maker is planning to launch its refreshed Haswell line a month early. That means new Haswell processors could appear just a few weeks from now, in April, rather than May as originally planned.
It wasn't very long ago when you'd need a stack of cash to even think about owning an IPS (In-Plane Switching) monitor. That's not to say all IPS monitors are affordable, but certainly some are, especially if you're not shopping in the 30-inch category. Case in point is today's top deal for an Asus VS239H-P Black 23-inch IPS Monitor for $154 with free shipping (normally $170 - use coupon code: [EMCPHWG25]; addtional $10 mail-in-rebate). This monitor sports a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, 5ms (GTG) response time, and D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI connectivity.
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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.