The world's first hard drive was a massive unit released by IBM in 1956. Called the IBM 350 Disk Storage, it came with the IBM 350 RAMAC system. The 350 measured 60 inches (L) by 68 inches (H) by 29 inches (D) and had 50 magnetic disks containing 50,000 sectors. It had a small air compressor, electronic and pneumatic controls, and 5MB of storage capacity. Compare that to today's top deal for a Western Digital RE 4TB 3.5-inch Enterprise Internal Hard Drive for $310 with free shipping (normally $335 - use coupon code: [EMCPGHE27]). It's devoid of an air compressor, but it does have 64MB of cache, a SATA 6Gbps interface, a 7200 RPM spindle speed, and multi-axis shock sensor, to name some of the highlights.
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Like it or not, the end is near for Windows XP. Microsoft will yank support for the legacy OS next month, and if you're a last minute holdout, it's nigh time to start thinking about which OS you want to use next. Not feeling Windows 8? If that's the case, you might be interested in today's top deal for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (OEM) for $85 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [EMCPGPF43]. It's not the latest version of Windows, but hey, it has a Start menu.
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Can't get enough hell raising fun on your PC? There's a solution, and it's the same for anyone who feels obligated to keep the Black Soulstone out of the hands of Malthael -- you know, that creepy Angel of Death who's always up to no good. The solution is to check out today's top deal for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls for $33 with shipping for $1 (normally $40 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWGW72]). The expansion releases on March 25, 2014, giving you a month to celebrate having secured a copy at a discount before it's time to save the world.
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Want to give your system an immediate speed boost? It's easier than you think if you're still rocking a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). Swap it out for a high performance solid state drive (SSD) and you'll breathe new life into your machine. Towards that end, check out today's top deal for a PNY XLR8 Pro 2.5-inch 240GB Internal SSD for $160 with free shipping (normally $180 -- use coupon code: [EMCPWWD24]; addtional $30 mail-in-rebate). This drives offers transfer rates of up to 550MB/s for sequential reads and up to 520MB/s for sequential writes, as well as random IOPS of up to 85,000!
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Don't let those pixels push you around. The best way to push back when gaming starts to slow down is with a GPU upgrade, and we have a bunch of special offers today, including our top deal for a Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB graphics card for $215 with free shipping (normally $240; additional $15 mail-in-rebate and free Crysis 3 game with purchase). It's fast, supports quad HD (4K), and comes with a free game!
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Interested in overclocked memory, but don't feel like doing all the down n' dirty CAS timing tweaks on your own? PNY's got your back. The company just announced that it's adding new 2133 MHz and 1866 MHz memory kits to its XLR8 lineup of high-performance RAM sticks for folks who want even more oomph out of their memory.
Liquid cooling can be a scary proposition if you've only ever played with air. When it's your first time diving into the depths of liquid cooling, you can't help but envision a worst case scenario, one in which you end up accidentally soaking your motherboard and other pricey components with H20. Such horrific scenarios are becoming less of a concern as companies launch all-in-one liquid cooling setups, such as what you'll find on PNY's new XLR8 Liquid Cooled Graphics series.
Living in the cloud, are you? It's getting increasingly harder not to stick your head -- and your data -- in the cloud, and it's only going to get more difficult. PNY, a maker of all kinds of memory products, may have kicked off a trend by releasing memory cards that come with ample cloud storage. It's a joint venture with MiMedia that will give users who buy specially marked SDHC cards 250GB of cloud storage to store and share photos, music, videos, and whatever else is cluttering your hard drive.
PNY on Monday announced it was working with Asetek to "deliver liquid-cooled, high-end graphics cards that far outperform equivalent air cooled models," but stopped well short of providing any real details, like which cards would get the Asetek treatment and for how much. It looks like PNY was just waiting for the right moment, that moment being the E3 Expo that's now taking place, and has answered all the questions we had.
PNY builds videocards. Asetek develops all-in-one liquid cooling solutions. Together, the two hope to "deliver liquid-cooled, high-end graphics cards that far outperform equivalent air cooled models," not just in cooling performance, but also in noise control. PNY graphics cards powered by Asetek's sealed water cooler already attached will make up the videocard maker's extreme performance line, and give consumers a maintenance free liquid cooled solution that's just as easy to instal as an air cooled graphics card.