There were a few major PC hardware trends at CES this year; gaming monitors supporting higher resolutions and new technologies (G-Sync, FreeSync) were among those trends. While at CES 2014, we reported on nVidia's G-Sync and how it actually works, a hardware solution to decrease frame tearing and stuttering by using a variable refresh rate (rather than a fixed 60 Hz or 120 Hz solution). Technologies like G-Sync (and FreeSync) are absolutely something I can get behind -- the overall experience delivered to the gamer is far smoother and very noticeable in gameplay; visuals lose that choppiness exhibited when using a fixed refresh rate and frame tears largely vanish.
In this round-up, we'll walk through some of the best G-Sync gaming monitors of CES 2014, with a heavier focus on 1440p and 4K resolutions (though 1080p is still most prevalent). We've already written about a few of these new monitors, including ASUS' ROG and BenQ's options.
ASUS announced the latest additions to their monitor line-up at CES 2014 today -- the ROG Swift PG278Q Premium Gaming Monitor and the PB287Q 4K Monitor.
Jumping into the new year, we've got looming hardware announcements at CES and cool-down from last week's sales, so things are finally slowing down for a moment. The calm before the storm, as it were. Regardless, for our regular weekend sales round-up, we've spotted some good sales -- including a $130 8-core CPU, SSDs, and video cards.
DisplayPort has been slow to move to the market, but it's growing in marketshare against other video interfaces - including DVI, which DisplayPort supersedes. DisplayPort is one of the most promising connector standards right now, given its ability to transmit audio data, USB data, and its high datarate (21.6 Gbps, over HDMI's 18Gbps). The current iteration of DisplayPort -- which was first produced in 2008 -- is the only video standard presently capable of 4K resolution output at 60Hz with a 30 bits-per-pixel color depth, making it important to the future of 4K displays.
Newegg has gone heavy on their "Black November" sales, leading into the infamous Black Friday and Cyber Monday post-Thanksgiving fire sales. Believe it or not, there are actually some legitimately good discounts this weekend, including a $30 Antec GX700 (which we just positively reviewed), a 620W PSU, high-end BenQ displays, and more.
Before we get started, just a quick reminder that we're currently giving away some limited edition BlizzCon cases -- and a couple keyboards, too. Let's get to this weekend's gaming hardware sales!
This weekend's hardware deals round-up is, from our perspective, a lot more exciting than the last few weeks; we found refurbished Corsair H100s for $50, a decent Corsair 430W PSU, a Dell UltraSharp 23" IPS monitor, AMD 7950, and FX-8320 CPU all on sale. And, because deal hunters also like free things, be sure to check out our FORCED game giveaway.
Welcome to another edition of Mik's picks. I scoured the web for the best component bargains out there, once again, and have rounded-up some of the better component sales currently available. This time around I found a trio of discounted video cards, some greatly priced RAM, and a sweet monitor.
As part of our recurring weekend-ly hardware sales round-up, this weekend sees the arrival of monitor, video card, and CPU discounts; for something a bit different, we also included a power strip (often overlooked) to protect your systems from power surges.
Welcome to another edition of Mik's picks. The new school year is fast approaching -- as we noted in our recent budget gaming PC build -- so we've now begun our yearly ritual of back-to-school hardware sales round-ups. Even if you're not a school-goer yourself, you can still take advantage of the annual purge by hardware retailers.
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