Continuing our Black Friday sales coverage (previous: gaming CPU sales), we now look to what is arguably the most critical component of any pure gaming PC: the video card. In this round-up, we'll cover some of the best video cards for gaming in 2013 (and the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales), including GPUs specifically for Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed IV, and other games.
This coverage spans the budget range through the high-end and enthusiast options. We're mostly focusing on single-card setups, but will make SLI/CrossFire suggestions as things move along. First, a list corresponding to the below items:
NZXT's new Kraken G10 video card cooling bracket is now available at $30. The housing bracket is meant for use alongside any Asetek-supplied CLC, including NZXT's own Kraken X40 & X60 coolers, Antec's Kuhler 920 & 620 products, and Thermaltake's Water-brand coolers.
The Kraken G10 is simply a mounting bracket for a liquid cooler, but also contains a 92mm cooling fan for the video card VRM. Standalone, the G10 does not ship with a liquid cooling solution, so you'll have to mount one of your Asetek-supplied coolers to the G10 for use as a video card CLC.
After our coverage of nVidia's GTX 780 Ti -- a $700 enthusiasts-only monster -- we turn now to AMD for a reality-check. For nearly a full year now, we've been recommending AMD's 7850 and nVidia's GTX 650 Ti Boost in the low-end, and given all the shifting of the high-end market, those suggestions have remained stable. We won't see nVidia's entry-level cards until next year, but AMD isn't waiting around: they've announced the R9 270, a card that aims to compete with existing mid-range cards at a significantly lower price-point.
We'll cover the AMD R9 270 specs, price, and preliminary benchmarks against the 7850 and GTX 760 below; new information on the Never Settle Bundle is also included.
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!
We've covered several of nVidia's video card announcements this year, including the 780 + ShadowPlay, 770, and 760. With the launch of the GTX 760, NVidia's final slide stated that -- from memory -- there would be no further cards launched in a SKU lower than the 760 this year. At GN, we saw it as an indicator that no GTX 750 or 750 Ti would be released this year, but higher cards were still likely (at the time, the GTX 760 Ti seemed feasible, but never happened, and now we have the GTX 780 Ti).
Update: The 780 Ti is now posted on Newegg.
The 750 & 750 Ti models might launch next year, but we have no solid evidence of the existence of either card.
Regardless, nVidia's GTX 780 Ti now stands between the 780 and TITAN as a high-end video card. Where Titan aims to be used in professional computationally-intensive applications (with double-point precision), the 780 Ti is meant to be more "gaming-grade." In this post, we'll cover the nVidia GTX 780 Ti specs, some benchmarks vs. AMD's R9-290X, and the release date and MSRP.
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.
In a recent blog post by nVidia's Tony Tamasi and video blog by Assassin's Creed 4 Associate Producer Sylvain Trottier, we've been given deeper technical insight into AC4's driving technologies. From a hardware enthusiast perspective, such videos help us understand and visualize the many acronyms that plague PC graphics, "putting a face to the names," as it were.
In this detailed post, we'll explore the actual real-world meaning of Volumetric FX (fog, smoke), horizon-based ambient occlusion (HBAO), Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows (PCSS), new dynamic lighting FX, and graphics tech in AC4. First, let's start with the new AC4 video that showcases these technologies in action:
This weekend sees the arrival of several Columbus-day-discounted items from most online retailers. Given the current deals on computer hardware, we were able to find a PSU, motherboard, 650 Ti Boost video card, 128GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD, and Corsair Carbide case on sale.
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