Kudos to AMD for releasing a monster dual-GPU graphics card that comes standard with a liquid cooling setup, and props to Sapphire for having the gems to overclock AMD's two-headed beast. Available as a limited edition part, Sapphire said it's now shipping the R9 295X2 OC, which features two goosed GPUs running at 1030MHz (core) with 8GB of GDDR5 memory pushed up to 5200MHz (effective).
In the roundup of budget GPUs from the May 2014 issue, the Sapphire Radeon R7 275 is the odds-on favorite due to its impressive specs and the fact that it consumes more than twice the power of Nvidia cards. Sure, it's an unfair advantage, but hate the game, not the player. This board is essentially a rebadged Radeon HD 7850, which is a Pitcairn part, and it slides right in between the $120 R7 260X and the $180ish R7 270. This card actually has the same clock speeds as the R7 270, but features fewer streaming processors for reduced shader performance.
AMD's Radeon R9 290 graphics card already runs fast, but kicking things up a notch is Sapphire, which just launched its R9 290 Vapor-X OC with a custom cooling solution. It has 2,560 Stream Processors, 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1,400MHz (5.6GB/s effective), and an overclocked GPU that's been goosed to 1,030MHz, up from a maximum clockspeed of 947MHz on reference cards.
If you get tired of Doritos, try mixing things up with a bag of kettle cooked sea salt and vinegar (or substitute cracked pepper for vinegar - both are tasty). Mmmm. This is making us hungry. It's also made us forget the point -- something about chips. Ah well, we're sure it will come back to us. In the meantime, speaking of chips, check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge Processor for $215 (normally $230 - use coupon code: [EMCPFPG34]). It's not for eating, but it might deliver some tasty overclocks thanks to its unlocked multiplier. At stock, you'll enjoy a quad-core CPU clocked at 3.4GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) with 6MB of L3 cache.
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New cards from Sapphire keep their cool by using multiple fans
Nobody knows how to chill better than Jeff Bridges and John Goodman from The Big Lewbowski, though Sapphire's willing to give it the old college try, only in a different way. Sapphire today announced a pair of custom cooled Radeon R9 Series graphics cards, the Dual-X R9 280 with two aerofoil fans and graduated heatpipes, and Vapor-X R9 280X featuring the company's new Tri-X triple fan design.
You have to hand it to ASRock for coming up with some funktastic designs lately, like its Z87 Extreme11/ac with a mind boggling 22 SATA ports and its Bitcoin mining boards with support for half a dozen graphics cards. Those are pretty crazy designs, though not everything ASRock builds is aimed at niche audiences. A solid example of that is today's top deal for an ASRock Z87 Extreme6 Motherboard for $150 with free shipping (normally $190 - use coupon code: [EMCWWWL32]). THis sexy slice of silicon is ready to rock the Haswell party high quality parts, a 12-phase power design, and support for overclocked DDR3 speeds north of 2933MHz, to name just a few features.
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The mission, if you choose to accept it, is to equip your machine with a power graphics card and decimate the competitions. Details are, quite literally, Classified. As in, today's top deal is for EVGA's GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB video card for $510 with free shipping (normally $610 - additional $30 mail-in-rebate). We'd tell you more, but then we'd have to hug you. Wait, that doesn't sound right.
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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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You wouldn't bring a knife to a grenade fight, so why hop on the battlefield wielding a run-of-the-mill keyboard? You deserve better! Have a look at today's top deal for a Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard for $120 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code EMCNXV35). It has a color LCD game panel, 12 fully programmable G-keys, and custom color backlighting.
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