This weekend's sales roundup features 8GB of RAM for $70, an AMD AM3+ mobo for $115, a gaming mouse for $35, and a GTX 760 at $210. Keep posted to our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube feeds for more deals and advice during the week.

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Cars have always been a beacon for visual FX presentations. This is evidenced by nVidia's obsession with real-time ray-tracing in every demonstration the company has ever fronted; and AMD isn't much better off -- their multi-GPU solutions almost always have some vehicle showcase. Cars are somewhat easy to grasp as a visual marvel for just about any onlooker, especially investors and non-gamers, so it makes sense.

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AMD updated its Catalyst Control Center and GPU drivers fresh on the release of Watch_Dogs (which we benchmarked), but quickly pulled the 14.6 download due to instability and other unpublicized reasons. The company has now posted its 14.7 beta drivers publicly for download on Windows 7 and 8.1. Windows 8 is not supported.

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This past weekend's deals feature a Radeon R9 280X at $268, a modular 850W PSU for $90, 1TB HDD for $55, and 8GB of high-end RAM for $95. If these discounts don't fill the void in your soul, then keep posted to our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and check out our most recent YouTube post for a review of the HyperX Fury series RAM, as its big brothers are featured as our pick of the week. 

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AMD is slated for a new GPU release in August, Chinese leak-monger VR-Zone reported. Somewhat similar to nVidia's GTX 750 / 750 Ti launch, it appears that AMD plans to plant its impending 28nm " Tonga" GPU in a rebuild of the R9 280 and R9 280X video cards.

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To celebrate Father’s Day, we strongly recommend you build a computer -- though that tends to be my recommendation for everything, including the celebration of a full moon on Friday the 13th (next one isn’t until 2049). This weekend's sales round-up features a 450W PSU for $40, 8GB of 2400MHz RAM for $75, a vapor chamber CPU cooler at $75, and a GTX 780 Ti for $600. Continue to watch our twitter and facebook feeds for more deals throughout the week, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for helpful tips.

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Since 2006, when Asetek released their more affordable closed-loop coolers (or CLCs), enthusiasts have experimented with using them in creative implementations. One of the more interesting mods was using zip ties to mount CLCs to GPUs. This led to much better cooling compared to stock air coolers, although nVidia's new turbofan looks promising. NZXT recently came out with their G10 bracket which allows users to mount a CLC to their GPU without needing to mod anything. The NZXT G10 includes a VRM fan, backplate, CLC bracket, and screws. Overall, it was a simple implementation of a creative idea.

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Nvidia is well-known for their high-quality, relatively quiet, and well-performing Titan reference cooler that, frankly, looks fantastic. This is in contrast to AMD’s most recent stock coolers, which employ a plastic shroud and sound like vacuums fighting. And while for some other components we try to avoid stock cooling, people using small, restrictive airflow cases, or using multiple GPUs (without watercooling) often can get better results by using stock cooling due to how it pushes air out the back instead of dumping it in the case simply to be recirculated.

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In late January, nVidia filed a patent for their “TubroFan” design, a new fan concept to be used on GPUs that certainly looks promising.

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Despite rumors by some media outlets that the Titan Z had been 'canceled,' our recent discussion with nVidia proved that the card's release was still on-target for 2Q14. We first spotted the Titan Z at nVidia's GPU Technology Conference (GTC), hosted annually in San Jose. The specs have remained the same: It's a dual-GPU video card hosting 2xGK110 Kepler GPUs, 5760 CUDA cores in total, and emphasizing 8TFLOPS of raw COMPUTE power. The Titan Z houses two banks of 7Gbps 6GB GDDR5, meaning each GPU will have access to 6GB of RAM on-card. MSRP was set as $3000 when first announced.

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With the much anticipated release of Watch Dogs, nVidia is ensuring that users are getting the best-looking game they possibly can by releasing their newest 337.88 driver. The driver, by the way, is up for download here. It is no secret that nVidia has been working with developers, such as Ubisoft, to provide more realistic effects in games through their GameWorks program. Technology like TXAA, PhysX, and HBAO+ are some. But the partnership between Ubisoft and nVidia also leads to nVidia having ample time to optimize their drivers. In fact, nVidia claims that these drivers will boost framerates up to 75% in certain configurations and games, and although I am skeptical of this and will wait until our own benchmarks to draw conclusions, it is promising to see nVidia putting effort into their drivers like this.

Update: We’ve benchmarked Watch_Dogs on multiple GPUs and two CPUs. See the results here. nvidia-sli-watch-dogs

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