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.
What's 21.5 inches, sports a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, and is built by Samsung? If you guessed a smartphone (or phablet), you're wrong, but probably not for long with the pace Samsung has been increasing mobile phone display sizes. However, the answer is featured in today's top deal -- Samsung SD300 Series S22D300HY 21.5-inch LED Backlit LCD Monitor for $120 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code: [EMCYTZG266]). This glossy display has both D-Sub and HDMI inputs, a 5ms response time, and 600:1 DCR Mega Infinity contrast ratio.
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MSI expands its gaming laptop line with two new models
It takes some monster hardware to push games at 4K, and on the flip side, most modern parts have no trouble pushing pixels at 1920x1080, otherwise known as Full HD 1080p. In an attempt to fill a niche in between those two resolutions, MSI today announced the availability of its GS60 Ghost Pro, a 15.6-inch gaming laptop with a 3K WQHD+ (2880x1620; 16:9) resolution.
Is is just us, or are power supply ratings approaching insane levels? It won't be long before you can purchase a 35,000 Jigawatt PSU with a little slot on top to insert the plutonium. Egads! If your needs are a bit more pedestrian than that, then check out today's top deal for a Corsair CX500M 500W Modular Power Supply for $35 with free shipping (normally $70 - use coupon code: [EMCPFWB43]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Don't let the rock bottom price tag fool you -- this is a solid unit that's 80 Plus Bronze certified and is both SLI and CrossFire ready. Double egads!
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Don't sweat the small stuff, like building a PC only to find out you've forgotten to buy a motherboard. If you actually assembled a motherboard-less system, props to you, that takes talent. Unfortunately, you won't get very far with out. To fix that problem, check out today's top deal for an MSI Z87-G45 Gaming motherboard for $115 with free shipping (normally $140 - use coupon code: [EMCPFWE27]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). It has a Killer E2200 Gaming LAN, support for up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, six SATA 6Gbps ports, and lots more.
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As Intel's Haswell refresh looms, Asus and other mobo players look to other areas to boost profits
Intel is getting ready to refresh its Haswell platform, and when that happens, it should spark some sales in the motherboard industry. Motherboard makers should also get a boost from XP users looking to upgrade their ancient boxes. Despite these market drivers, however, word on the web is that Asus and other motherboard players have begun pushing their other products much more aggressively in hopes of pulling in a bigger profit.
Imagine what you could do if you owned all the RAM in the world! You could tie them together and build a raft, build them up into stacks for a makeshift version of Jenga. The possibilities are almost endless. One thing at a time, however. Your path to owning every single memory kit on the planet starts with today's top deal for a set of G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-2400 RAM for $152 with free shipping (normally $190 - use coupon code: [NEPAXEAST7). As an alternative use to the suggestions above, you could pop these sticks into your PC. Too tall? The fins are removable!
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Back in December, a little over a year after Linux creator Linus Torvalds famously lamented the lack of laptops with “reasonable resolution” displays, Taiwanese PC vendor MSI launched the industry’s first 3K gaming laptops in the form of the GT60 2OD-261US and 2OKWS-278US. Now, the company is all set to add another 3K notebook to its lineup. Maximum PC’s Jimmy Thang got up close and personal with the upcoming GS60 Ghost Pro gaming notebook at PAX East.
This board is prepped and primed to break world records
MSI is throwing extreme overclockers a mighty big bone in the form of a motherboard. The company's upcoming Z97 XPower AC mobo will feature a "Delid Die Guard" that's measured to specification and designed to protect the CPU core on processors that no longer have an integrated heat spreader (IHS). In case you're unfamiliar, the IHS is that giant metal slab that covers the top of your processor. It's there to pull heat off of the CPU core, which is then transferred to a heatsink with a bit of thermal goo in between to fill in the microscopic nooks and crannies.
Roughly 400 million years ago, we used to have these things called photo albums. They looked like oversized books, but instead of pages of text, we'd store physical photos inside. We've heard rumors that some of today's older generation still use these archaic means of storing pictures, though by and large, the modern day of doing things is to snap a ton of digital pictures, transfer them to your hard drive, and promise yourself you'll edit them someday. That day never comes, of course, and eventually you run out of space. What then? That's where today's top deal can come in handy -- it's for a Seagate Expansion 4TB 3.5-inch Desktop External Hard Drive for $130 with free shipping (normally $150 - use coupon code: [EMCPFPB54]). This drive offers fast tranfers via USB 3.0 and drag and drop operation.
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