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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-X Pictured Up-close

    Maybe it's just me, but that "matte black" cooler shroud looks like it's made of plastic. If so, that would be a regression from not only the original Titan, but the GTX 980/970 as well. Hopefully it's just some sort of odd finish on the metal, or else this is a definite step down.
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    Dell to Price its 27-inch 5K Monitor Under $2,000

    You're not crazy, you're just overlooking the fact that people sit a lot closer to monitors than they do to TVs. The closer you are, the higher DPI you need to not see the pixel edges. Besides, text at small point sizes is a lot more demanding than video images. Once you've used a...
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    Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

    While it's true that Apple does not manufacture their own panels, this doesn't mean that they are not a driving force for innovation. Apple was first to market with a high-DPI smartphone (the iPhone 4), first to market with a high-DPI tablet (the iPad 3), and first to market with a high-DPI...
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    8K A Great Challenge: NVIDIA and AMD

    It isn't all about gaming. Once you've worked with a high-DPI smartphone or tablet, the text reproduction on a standard PC monitor looks crude and blurry in comparison. And the only reason it even looks as good as it does is because of a lot of terrible hacks, like font hinting and sub-pixel AA...
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    Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

    This system isn't designed for AAA gaming. It's mostly aimed towards people who do a lot of photo and/or video editing (Macs are pretty popular with graphics design professionals). These people want a high-resolution, high-quality monitor with good color reproduction. The GPU in the Retina iMac...
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB

    I was curious if someone here had tested the GTX 980's power draw with a full GPGPU compute load (perhaps something like Scrypt). Tom's Hardware claims that the reference 980 draws 285 watts under this kind of load, but that can't be right, can it? Nvidia cards generally don't overshoot their...
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    Galaxy GeForce GTX 970 Pictured, Specs Confirmed, Early Benchmarks Surface

    Or, alternatively, they just re-used the GTX 770 board design as-is. It is a mistake to estimate TDP from the power connectors on a non-reference card; even the power-sipping GTX 750 Ti has some aftermarket boards with PCI-E plugs.
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    Samsung Brings Ultra High Definition to the Desktop with New UD970 Monitor

    Is this a single-tile monitor? The existing 32" IPS 4K monitors all use DisplayPort MST, which is a bit wonky, but the newer 28" TN monitors have a single-tile layout. Personally, I'm still waiting to see a 39" or so VA 4K monitor. Basically like the Seiki TV, but with DP 1.2 support for a 60...
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    Cougar GXD Digital PSU Lets You Tweak Output Voltages

    I can't imagine why you would want this "feature". All it can do is risk damaging hardware. Regulating voltage is the PSU's job, it shouldn't offload that to the user.
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    ASUS Showcases PB279Q 27-Inch UHD Monitor at Computex

    Dell has a 24" UHD monitor (UP2414Q) that's been on the market for a couple of months. It has an IPS display and supports 60 Hz via DisplayPort 1.2 (requires multi-stream, unfortunately).
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    Gigabyte Bundling GeForce GTX Titan Black with WindForce Cooler

    I guess the upside is that we'll start seeing some Titan coolers show up on eBay so people can retrofit them to other compatible cards. The 760 and 770 should be able to use it.
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    Intel Core "Haswell" Refresh CPUs Launch Date Revealed

    Haswell Refresh is supposed to feature 'improved thermal interface material' according to the released Intel slides. It's not clear if this means bringing back solder or if they are just going to be more consistent about the lid spacing and dimensions so there isn't an air-gap, but it does seem...
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    XFX Announces its Radeon R9 280 Double Dissipation Graphics Card

    Expect the two to be priced between $280 and $300. Yeah, right.
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    AMD Chases Crucial $279 Price Point with Radeon R9 280

    If you live in the US, expect to pay at least $50 over MSRP.
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    AMD Chases Crucial $279 Price Point with Radeon R9 280

    It'll compete because if it really does sell for $279 (it won't - more like $350+), miners will be lining up around the block to shove as many as they can in their shopping carts.