MSI is riding high on demand for its gaming motherboards
Competition is downright fierce in the motherboard market where only a handful of players remain. It's the reason why a price war may break out, which in turn could help motherboard makers sell more units. We're not talking about thousands of mobos -- MSI is hoping to ship 7 million branded motherboards in 2014, up from 6 million in 2013. In addition to engaging in a price war, MSI is benefiting from increased demand for its gaming boards.
When the speed limit says 65MPH, you go 70MPH. Would you like that order supersized? You better believe it. And when you go shopping for a new TV, you skip over the 55-inch models and jump straight into the "Holy cow, that's ginormous!" section of the store. Because of those reasons, we won't waste your time showing off a mid-tower or small form factor chassis. Instead, today's top deal features a CM Storm Stryker Full Tower White Gaming Case for $140 with free shipping (normally $155 - use coupon code: [72HRCMP84]). Put on your big boy (or girl) pants because this a big case for big builds. It's also a thoughtful one -- there's a handle on top to make it easier to transport.
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Your next motherboard purchase may be cheaper than you anticipated
The motherboard market has already whittled itself down to just a handful of key players (remember when DFI was an enthusaist brand?). That's made the landscape hyper-competitive, and with new chipsets and processors prompting upgrades and new builds, motheboard makers are reportedly reducing prices. There's speculation that this might be just the beginning of what ends up being a price war.
We get it, saying 'goodbye' is never easy, especially when it's to an old system that's served you so faithfully through the years. Case in point -- your Pentium 4 Northwood build from a decade ago has been quite the trooper (and overclocker), but it's time to move on. Same goes for you Barton folks -- you're not going to play Watch Dogs on that aging system. You can, however, play Watch Dogs (and any other modern title) on a current generation sytem built around today's top deal -- MSI Z97 MPower LGA 1150 Intel Z97 Motherboard for $190 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [EMCPEGP92]). It has eight SATA 6Gbps ports, six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports. and several other goodies.
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Hey, your mechanical hard disk drive served you well, and for that, it deserves respect. Give it a fist-bump as you pull it out of your system en route to retirement (or as a secondary drive). We know, it's hard to say goodbye, but it's oh-so-easy to say hello to today's top deal for an OCZ Vertex 460 240GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Drive for $120 with free shipping (normally $150; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Armed with 19nm MLC NAND flash memory and a Barefoot 3 M10 controller, this drive pushes sequential read and write speeds up to 540MB/s and 525MB/s, respectively. Yeah, it's like that.
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These all-in-one machines don't rely on wimpy integrated graphics for gaming
Whether it's little Billy headed off to college or dad needing a new rig for his office, space saving designs seem to be the popular choice these days. The all-in-one (AIO) form factor is especially popular right now, and luckily there are companies that are focused on delivering high-end hardware inside these machines. Meet MSI, which just unveiled three different size AIO machines for gamers, starting with the 21.5-inch AG220.
Top tier motherboard makers turn their attention to gaming laptop market
It hasn't been all that long since gaming laptops came down in price to pedestrian levels. Combine that with the fact that mobile is trendy right now and it's not hard to see why so many companies are interested in competing in the gaming laptop category. MSI has been making a name for itself with affordable (and well specified) models the past few years, but lest the company think about resting on its laurels, Asus and Gigabyte have decided to go gunning for MSI in the gaming laptop space.
We can all stop shaking our angry fist Bitcoin minters, Litecoin miners, and every other type of virtual coin miner that caused a shortage of AMD graphics cards. Stock is again available, and best of all, prices are back where they should be. Heck, there are even deals to be had. Just look at today's top deal for the MSI R9 280 Gaming 3GB Graphics Card for $200 with free shipping (normally $250 - use coupon code: [EMCPEHW233]; additional $30 mail-in-rebate).
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"Hey mom, can I get a new graphics card?," Johnny asked. "What's wrong with integrated graphics?," mom joked back. "I'm kidding honey -- you're due for an upgrade, let's set your budget at $160." Johnny took the money and even feigned happiness with a forced smile, though in the back of his mind, he knew that wasn't enough loot to get a burly graphics card. Or so he thought. A few minutes on the web is all it took to turn his forced smile into a giddy grin. What did he see? He checked out today's top deal for the MSI N660 GeForce GTX 660 Graphics Card for $160 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [EMCPEWA44]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Johnny became even more excited when he read about the Twin Frozr III cooling solution, which is supposed to lower temps by 19 degrees and reduce noise by 12.9dB compared to reference. The Free Watch Dogs offer was icing on Johnny's cake.
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Nonstop talk of the future of PC hardware and gaming
The Maximum PC No BS Podcast is back for episode #223! We begin by introducing new Managing Editor Alaina Yee, and learn of her transition from OXM to Maximum PC. We then discuss Wolfenstein's crazy demanding system requirements, from an i7 CPU to eating up 50GB of storage, and what it may indicate for the future of PC gaming. Afterwards, we discuss new hardware features on the 9 series motherboards as manufacturers prepare for the upcoming Haswell refresh. We eventually touch on the future of enterprise storage in the wake of San Disk's new 4TB enterprise drive, and how SSD technology is rapidly advancing compared to traditional HDDs. Finally, we answer your questions, give you our picks, and sign off with tales from tech support in Gordon's rant.