I figured I’d write a quick blog-style post for those of you who check the site regularly for convention coverage and new games/technology analysis. We’re coming off the tail-end of GDC, the Game Developers Conference, and GTC, the GPU Technology Conference, and will be heading to PAX East next. We had some of our best convention coverage yet at these two events, so as a quick recap, here are the must-read articles from each:

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I wanted to give everyone a quick update as to why the hardware features have been quiet since the unveiling of our dual- vs. single-channel RAM test a couple weeks back. There's been a lot of fuss lately about asynchronous NAND finding its way into a specific Kingston SSD that was previously known to use synchronous NAND. Most of the discussion was relegated to forums, where users ran somewhat haphazard benchmarks to determine that the new model of the V300 (using asynchronous NAND) was severely underperforming versus the earlier model that used a higher-quality NAND supply. I'll get into what this means briefly in a moment.

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In short, it looks like the NAND type in the older V300 was Toshiba's 19nm Toggle-Mode 2.0 supply, which I've confirmed by opening our drive; the new NAND used in the newer iteration of the V300 -- which has no listing in the specs to make the difference clear -- is Micron's 20nm asynchronous NAND. The switch to asynchronous NAND allows the drive to be produced for much cheaper, but has an inherent performance detriment. If you're unsure of what I mean by "asynchronous" and "synchronous," it boils down to this:

Hey everyone - this is just a quick blog-style post for our regulars and fans. I wanted to notify you all that we will be adding to our convention coverage extensively this year, including on-site content produced from the floors of GDC (Game Developer's Conference) in San Francisco and GTC (GPU Technology Conference) in San Jose. The events will be hosted back-to-back (March 17-21 & March 24-27, respectively) and will be promptly followed-up by PAX East coverage (April 11-13).

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I'll personally be at all of these events. I will be joined at GTC by our resident expert on all things programming (CUDA expert, GPU/CPU architecture expert), Jim Vincent - who often handles behind-the-scenes research and photography; Games Editor Nick Pinkerton will likely be joining me for GDC (at least in part) and will again be present at PAX East; Staff Writer Paige Spears will be joining me and Nick for PAX East, where she will get her first experience with major convention coverage.

In testing some new equipment for our upcoming trip to Las Vegas for CES 2014, I decided to go ahead and put together a quick run-down of our equipment load-out for the year.

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It's been five long years since my first equipment I bought for GN (for the record: A used A300 DSLR I picked up for around $250). As the site, team size, skill levels, and our quality expectations have all improved or increased, we've had to upgrade equipment a couple of times to match these changes.

For a few years now, I've written articles that detail the website's advancements, upgrades, and directions. A lot changes in the span of a single year -- we've changed our entire editorial direction to be almost completely hardware-driven, whereas the site initially focused on almost 100% gaming (software) content. It was the best change GN has undergone, given my existing knowledge in the hardware sector and the demand for the information as it pertains to gaming.

gn-logo-smallIt's hard to believe it took us nearly a year to finalize this logo and implement it. Logo designed by Andrew Coleman.

As with last year's post, and the year before that, I'd like to first thank all of you -- our audience, our readers, our inquisitive minds -- for continuing to support the site and read the content. Simply by visiting the website, you're helping us immensely in continuing to do what we love. This website is slowly gaining the monetary means to support my own efforts and those of a tiny staff, and I'm very optimistic that we'll be in full force by the end of 2014. We've been able to produce some truly spectacular content, like this motherboard diagram and analysis article (complete with really cool hover-over javascript diagram!), and that's because of your support. (Speaking of which, if you'd like to support us by means of money, check out our 'Support GN' option - also added this year; this helps pay for our servers).

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Want to get in touch with our team? Whether you're a GN subscriber and need help canceling/renewing, a writer who'd like to be published on our fine website, or a seething troll whose sole desire is to dispatch an email written in blind rage, you can contact us with the links below:

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It's onward and upward for GN. Our regulars have already noticed the site redesign, which was silently launched this week, but it's time to get noisy: Heralding in GamersNexus 3.0 is a massive giveaway, targeted for system building enthusiasts and PC gamers. In coordination with Kingston, MSI, Antec, and Rosewill, we're proud to announce that this is hands-down our biggest giveaway to-date.

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The new site is exciting, too: We've rebuilt the PC Builds page, so system builders looking for guidance can filter for completed gaming rigs based on user-defined parameters (price, size, CPU brand, and purpose). Our objective is to help guide you through a PC build from start-to-finish, and over the past five years, we've learned an immense amount about how we can better assist PC gamers.

We know most of you are here for the giveaway, so here's a list of what we're handing out:

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We dedicate GN to assisting hardware enthusiasts and PC gamers in their troubleshooting and PC building endeavors. First-and-foremost, we produce helpful, quality, researched content that either informs or entertains, ideally helping gamers along the way. We've been doing this for five years now -- since 2008 -- and our forum and editorial staff is largely volunteer-driven and unpaid. If you'd like to support our desire to minimize the intrusiveness of advertisements and provide high-quality analytical content, we'd be infinitely grateful.

What do I get for supporting GN? 

The subscription and donation options are mostly to support GN and its staff. If you've enjoyed or learned from our content (or benefitted from our expert forum support) and want to give a little bit back, this is the way to do it. We do our best to reward subscribers for their loyalty, so as often as possible, we'll give away shirts, hardware, game keys, or other items as a token of appreciation. Our goal is to give away one item per month to our subscribers (at random or by contests), but these are not guaranteed in any given timeframe, though we make active efforts to have giveaways sponsored. Subscribing for $2 a month automatically places you in our system.

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By supporting GN with a subscription, we'll add you to an email distribution list (using your PayPal contact email) that notifies you of upcoming contests/giveaways and other subscriber-specific content. Again, though, make note that this is to support the site; we'll give things away as often as possible, but the community funding mostly allows us to continue producing content without evil overlords looming over us. Note that the contests/giveaways, when they do happen, are separate from our site-wide contests/giveaways. That means you'll be in a separate pool for the subscriber giveaways. Your PayPal email is what we will contact when newsletters announcing giveaways are distributed.

If you'd rather just give us a one-time, non-recurring donation -- perhaps as a token of appreciation for helping you with a system build or technical hurdle -- you can use the button below. 

All the best to our readers! You guys have made our hopes of providing high-octane gaming hardware content a reality.

Have you had enough and want a quick link to unsubscribe? Try this one for size. If you have trouble, contact us.

- Steve.

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