Now that summer break is over and you've plopped your camera's vacation photos onto your system, did you leave any space for school documents? Don't worry if you didn't, we have several storage deals on tap, including one for a Seagate 2TB Desktop Solid State Hybrid Drive for $140 with free shipping. Seagate paired 8GB of NAND flash memory (plus a 64MB cache buffer) with 2TB to offer the best of both worlds (speed and capacity).
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There was a time when a gaming grade kit of RAM would required a second mortgage. Not anymore, and especially not with today's top deal for a 16GB kit of Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3-1866 Gaming Memory for $130 with free shipping (normally $153 - use coupon code 0813BTS27). This kit boats 9-9-9-24 timings at 1.5V and uses an enhanced heat spreader design.
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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. It’s time for a crash course in solid-state drive technology
Solid-state drives are taking the PC world by storm with their silent operation, blazing speeds, and ever-sinking prices, and yet you're hesitant to buy one. Maybe you're afraid of SSDs, or you don't think you know enough to make an educated purchase, or maybe a bad SSD controller took all your data down to Chinatown. Regardless of the reason for your trepidation, every horsepower junkie should be getting in on the SSD action, and to do that you need a little bit of cash and a whole lot of knowledge. Over the next several pages we will attempt to answer all of your SSD-related questions. We'll walk you through all the reasons why you need an SSD first, then break down the terminology so you can talk like an SSD badass at the next LAN party, then show you the parts of an SSD so you know how it all fits together, and we'll wrap it up with a discussion of the software you'll need to monitor and optimize your drive. Though SSDs might seem complicated with their 24nm synchronous MLC Toggle NAND flash and their AHCI-enabled SATA 6Gb/s IOPS gobbledygook, you're about to find out they are not as scary as you thought they were.
Note: This feature was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
School is almost is session and you need a new notebook for home and research reports. You also like to game during your downtime. Peg two birds with one stone by taking advantage of today's top deal for a Toshiba Satellite S855-S5188 15.6-inch Notebook for $750 with free shipping. It has an Intel Core i7 3630QM processor, 6GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and AMD Radeon Hd 7670M graphics. And for a limited time, it comes with a free SteelSeries gaming mouse with purchase.
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Haswell is here, Haswell is here! Now that the dust has settled on Intel's Haswell launch, are you ready to take the plunge? Let us help! Today's top deal is for an Intel Core i5 4570 CPU for $190 with free shipping (normall $200 - use coupon code EMCXNVP46). It's a quad-core chip clocked at 3.2GHz with 6MB of L3 cache.
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The unsung hero of the PC is the power supply, a lonely component that gets tucked away and never noticed until something goes wrong. And if you're sitting pretty on a no-name PSU, it's only a matter of time before things get ugly. Why wait? Today's top deal is for an OCZ Z Series 1000W Modular 80 Plus Gold Power Supply for $140 with free shipping (normally $210 - use coupon code EMCXNWP34; additional $30 mail-in-rebate). It's 80 Plus Gold certified, has plenty of headroom, and is compatible with Haswell.
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Building a new rig for the summer? Not a bad idea with all the new components and platforms that emerged in recent weeks. Just don't forget to set aside some coin for a new power supply. Better yet, take advantage of today's top deal for an OCZ Z Series 1000W Modula 80 Plus Gold High Performance PSU for $140. It ships free (normall $210 - use coupon code EMCXPWM43) and also has an additional $30 mail-in-rebate.
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New SSD line gets its kicks from the Indilinx Barefoot 3 Series controller.
One thing OCZ had yet to do up to this point was deploy in-house ASIC technology on its Vertex family of solid state drives. That changes with the introduction of the Vertex 450 Series, which OCZ is marketing as a mid-range performer that sits between its value offerings and flagship Vector line. The Vertex 450 Series uses OCZ's Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller, essentially a newer iteration of the Barefoot controller found in the Vertex 4.
Now all Vector SSDs are eligible for OCZ's free game offer.
It has come to our attention that OCZ Technology is no longer limiting its free Far Cry 3 promotion to just the 256GB and 512GB solid state drive (SSD) models. Those who purchase the 128GB version are now eligible as well, so no matter which capacity Vector drive you buy, you'll receive an activation code and URL to download the full version of Ubisoft's entertaining first person shooter (FPS).