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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.
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    Sapphire Radeon R7 265 2 GB

    The R9 270 is supposed to be $179.99. But the cheapest one currently on Newegg is $229.99. Unfortunately, none of AMD's MSRP designations can currently be taken at face value. AIB vendors and/or retailers are price gouging on everything. Until it actually shows up, I won't believe that this will...
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    AMD Also Works on Radeon R9 280 to Heat Up Sub-$300 Segment

    This is basically a re-branded 7950, so if the cryptocurrency bubble doesn't pop before its release, I would expect it to fetch about the same as 7950s currently do: $350 and up.
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    Cooltek Introduces the UMX2 Midi-Tower PC Case

    Having intake fans at the bottom makes no sense unless you also have a rotated motherboard tray, like the Silverstone FT02. With the motherboard in its usual orientation, a lot of the airflow will be blocked.
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    GeForce GTX TITAN Black Gets First Listing

    With 4K being the upcoming thing, it would be nice if Nvidia would start putting two DisplayPort outputs on their cards and stop wasting space on dual DVI. Currently only DP 1.2 can handle 4K@60Hz.
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    Toshiba Completes Acquisition of OCZ SSD Assets, Launches New Subsidiary

    I understand why Toshiba wanted to buy OCZ (the controller IP), but why they thought keeping the OCZ brand name would be a benefit is beyond me.
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    NVIDIA Readies GeForce GTX 750 Ti Based on "Maxwell"

    What settings did you use for that? My 7870 (with the same number of SPs) tops out at about 350 KH/sec.
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    SilverStone to Release the DS380 Mini ITX-Supporting 8-Bay NAS Chassis

    You could use ZFS, which offers far better reliability than hardware RAID anyway. (This is assuming that the Marvell controllers are compatible with FreeBSD - I haven't checked.)
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    AMD Readies 16-core Processors with Full Uncore

    I wonder if this will be done on the 28nm process (like Kaveri), or back-ported to 32nm. 28nm is more energy-efficient, but 32nm offers higher clock speeds. On one hand, server parts generally don't require the highest possible clock rates. On the other hand, higher clock rates would be helpful...
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    AMD Readies 16-core Processors with Full Uncore

    Did it occur to you that AMD wants people to think that it's not happening, because they want people to buy Kaveri now instead of waiting for something better later on? Roadmaps are marketing documents first and foremost.
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    ASUS Officially Announces R9 290X and R9 290 DirectCU II Graphics Cards

    Probably they left out the MSRP because they hope they can keep overcharging due to demand from cryptocoin miners.