Nvidia is hosting a two-day press event in Montreal, but it's AMD that's stealing some of the headlines. The Sunnyvale chip designer decided to crash Nvidia's party by setting up shop in a hotel across the street to showcase its Radeon R9 290X graphics card and compare benchmarks against Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 part. It's a brazen tactic and we hear Nvidia isn't real happy with AMD's stunt, but GPU politics aside, we have some benchmarks AMD is allowing the media to share.
Nvidia wants to help grow your games collection when you purchase select GeForce GTX graphics cards. Games that are up for grabs include Assassins's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Splinter Cell Blacklist. In addition, you can save up to $100 off the purchase of an Nvidia Shield handheld. This is all part of Nvidia's new GeForce GTX Holiday Bundle, which is is available in two different tiers. Let's have a look.
Flat ribbon cables and 80 Plus Bronze certification
Cooler Master this week expanded its line of power supplies by introducing its new GM Series under its gaming umbrella. Billed as being "efficient and valuable," Cooler Master says these new PSUs boast better efficiency and improved heat dissipation thanks in part to being manufactured with a unique 3D circuit design. The GM Series also boasts semi-modular cabling with flat-ribbon cables.
Intel this week reported third-quarter revenue of $13.5 billion, operating income of $3.5 billion, and net income of $3 billion (or 58 cents per share), the latter of which represents 48 percent sequential growth. A peek around the web reveals that Intel's profit growth is almost 10 percent higher than Wall Street was expecting, allowing Intel to hush the naysayers during a period of transition to mobile.
The transition from 22nm to 14nm isn't as smooth as Intel hoped
Intel this week told investors that the road to 14nm won't be without its bumps. Specifically, Intel has decided to delay its next generation processor architecture, codenamed Broadwell, until the first quarter of 2014, pushing the launch back by a quarter. Broadwell is based on a 14nm manufacturing process, which is quite a bit smaller than Haswell's 22nm process, and getting there has proven difficult.
German peripheral maker Roccat continues to extend its product catalog onto U.S. shores and has now made available stateside its first ever mechanical keyboard series. Roccat's Ryos lines of keyboards use Cherry MX black key switches (linear, medium stiffness, and non-clicky), which are preferred by some gamers for their smooth key action. One of the three keyboards (Ryos MK Pro) also features individually illuminated keys, allowing for some nifty effects.
Traditionally speaking, bundled games with graphics cards have run the gamut from pretty crappy to totally awesome, with most skewed towards the former. Consistently leaning towards the latter, however, have been AMD's Never Settle bundles, in which Radeon HD graphics card owners have been rewarded some sweet titles. For the first time, it looks as though AMD's Never Settle Forever promotion will extend beyond the Radeon HD 7000 Series.
While Microsoft is still trying to sell the public on its Surface tablets, third-party OEM partners are forging ahead with their own Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 products, including Lenovo, which just unveiled its Miix 2, an 8-inch slate running Windows 8.1 with an Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor inside. It's also an aggressively priced tablet at just $299, and combined with its feature-set, this could be the Windows 8.1 tablet to beat.
Microsoft has already received a bunch of negative press over various aspects of the Xbox One, much of which has been addressed to gamers' satisfaction (such as removing the requirement to dial home every 24 hours). However, there remains a point of possible contention that you'll find on Microsoft's Xbox One Pre-Order Production Information website. Among the list of requirements to use the Xbox One, gamers must waive their right to participate in a class action lawsuit against Microsoft.
At the end of August, Cooler Master announced the HAF Stacker, the world's first stackable mod tower. It's actually a series of individual cases consisting of the HAF 935, HAF 915R, HAF 925, M-ITX HAF 915R, and M-ITX HAF 915F, but with the modular concept Cooler Master is shooting for, you can stack them up in various configurations and create something truly unique. Wondering how it all works?