You can't drive two miles without seeing at least half a dozen people with a smartphone wedged up against their ear or down in front of them as they fire off a text message, some of which do so while behind the wheel. And if not wielding a smartphone, many people at this point own a tablet. Mobile is where it's at right now, and it explains why TSMC is now making more money from semiconductor chips than Intel.
If all you're doing is playing video games, you're missing out on half the fun. The other part of the equation is recording your epic gaming moments and sharing them online. All you need is a capture device, and it just so happens that today's top deal is for an AVerMedia Live Gamer HD Capture Card for $150 with free shipping (normally $170 - use couopn code GAMING9212). Armed with a PCI-E x1 interface, this capture card records 1080p@60 gameplay and lets you add live voice commentary, too.
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When you were little, you may have asked your parents for a pet dinosaur (or maybe a pony) only to receive a funny look instead. Well, you're an adult now, and if you still want to bring home a beastly pet, have a look at today's top deal for a Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB hard drive for $100 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code DYMHD40). It feeds on data and races along at 10,000 RPM with a SATA 6Gbps interface and 32MB of cache.
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There's no shame in rocking integrated graphics, especially if you only occasionally play games or don't typically gravitate towards demanding titles that push the envelope. If that's the category of gamer (or non-gamer, as it were) that you fall into, be advised that Intel recently released new graphics drivers for its family of 3rd and 4th Generation of Core processors, otherwise known as Ivy Bridge and Haswell, respectively.
We liked the idea of Intel's original NUC (Next Unit of Computing), which delivered a full-fledged computing experience in a tiny chassis that you could hold in the palm of your hand. Freezing issues plagued earlier versions, and while we had success swapping out the mSATA SSD to alleviate the issue, it didn't solve the problem for everyone. Intel has since supposedly solved the issue, and just in time to launch an upgraded model built around Haswell.
It took some time for consumers to warm to the idea of Chromebooks, probably because netbooks hadn't completely died out when they first emerged. Today, however, Samsung's Chromebook is the best selling laptop on Amazon with a 4/5 star rating from over 3,000 user reviews. It's fair to say that Chromebooks have grown on a segment of PC shoppers, and in the coming months, these cloud-oriented devices will become a bit more powerful.
It's said that patience is a virtue, and if you patiently awaited the arrival of Intel's Ivy Bridge-E line, pat yourself on the back and then check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i7 4820K Ivy Bridge-E CPU for $330 with free shipping. This is a quad-core chip clocked at 3.7GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) with 10MB of L3 cache.
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The Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of products from Asus rarely disappoints, and though we'll reserve judgement until we have to time to play with the company's new Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard, this thing looks like another winner, both on paper and in pictures. As the model name suggests, Asus blacked out the motherboard, save for a spattering of red and silver throughout.
Intel has finally made available its Ivy Bridge-E processor line, and as expected, boutique system builders are quick to point out that you can configure systems built around these new CPUs. One of those system builders is iBuyPower, which is carrying Intel's full line of unlocked Ivy Bridge-E parts, including the Core i7 4960X Extreme Edition, Core i7 4930K, and Core i7 4820K.
Rumored x86-based processor will be super tiny and power efficient
Intel showed off what it claims is the smallest system on chip with a new line of Quark chips that are 1/5th the size of Atom SOCs and will use 1/10 the power.
The company didn’t reveal too many details of the new SOC, but said it would be open architecture, offer industry standard software support and be fully synthesizeable. The chip is presumably x86-based but because it is fully synthesizable customers would be able to customize the design with their own intellectual property.