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As soon as 4K monitors offer 120Hz refresh rates in price friendly packages, we'll be all over them. In the meantime, you might find that spending significantly less on a Full HD 1080p panel is the way to go, especially if you're rocking a entry-level or mid-range graphics card. If that's the case, have a look at today's top deal for an Asus VX248H Black 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor for $175 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [EMCPGPD67]). This is an LED-backlit panel with a Full HD 1080p resolution, fast 1ms gray-to-gray response time, and 80,000,000:1 contrast ratio with dual HDMI ports and a single D-Sub port.
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MSI seems to have its hands in quite a few different cookie jars, which now includes bare bone PCs for gamers. The new MSI Nightblade is a small form factor (SFF) setup with an MSI Gaming Z87I motherboard, 600W power supply, and Dragon case fan. Your job is to drop in a CPU, graphics card, storage, optical drive, and you're ready to game -- and you can overclock using MSI's OC Genie Button on the front of the chassis.
The foundation of the Nightblade is its LGA 1150 motherboard. It supports up to 16GB of DDR3-3000 RAM and has onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Though the Nightblade is a mini-ITX setup, the board supports ATX graphics cards, and MSI says there's room enough for two of them in there.
You can also install up to two SSDs and one HDD. Other features include six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, DisplayPort, eSATA, E2200 Killer Gigabit LAN, a Clear CMOS button, and a few other odds and ends. If you're the LAN party type, you'll also enjoy the front-side handle that makes transport a breeze.
Look for the Nightblade to be available later this month starting at $599, which will also include a SteelSeries Siberia V2 Dragon headset.
People are always talking about not having to reinvent the wheel, but what if the purpose of the wheel changed? It's an admittedly rough analogy to what Razer has done, which is try to reinvent the mechanical switch. According to Razer, all mechanical switches up to this point have been designed for typing, whereas the new Razer Mechanical Switch was purpose-built for gaming applications.
"Instead of focusing solely on typing comfort, as traditional mechanical switches have done, we had to completely rethink the conventional approach behind the actuation and reset points of mechanical switches in order to fine-tune them for gaming," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “"Our engineers’ focus for the specification was on speed, accuracy and durability to bring the unfair advantage to gamers worldwide. The new switch makes the most popular gaming keyboard in the world even better."
There are lots of mechanical switch types out there, though Razer contends its own is a different breed. How so? According to Razer, its team of engineers were able to identify the optimal actual distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter, and they reduced the distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half, for faster and more precise gaming commands.
Razer built two types of switches -- the Razer Green that is tactile and clicky with a required force of 50g to actuate, and the Razer Orange that is also tactile but silent, requiring a force of 45g to actuate. Both types are available on the new Razer BlackWidow family of mechanical keyboards. Razer's also making the switches available to third-party peripheral makers.
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It's been a little more than two years since Nvidia decided to open source its CUDA platform, and with the latest release, Nvidia says it's made improvements to parallel programming, as well as made it faster and easier for developers to create next generation applications. Towards those goals, the CUDA 6 Release Candidate that's now available comes with several new features.
One of the biggest is unified memory support. Using CUDA 6, applications can access CPU and GPU memory without needing to manually copy data from one to the other.
"This is a major time saver that simplifies the programming process, and makes it easier for programmers to add GPU acceleration in a wider range of applications," Nvidia stated in a blog post announcing the release.
Other feature highlights include drop-in libraries that can automatically accelerate BLAS and FFTW calculations by replacing the existing CPU-only BLAS and FFTW library with a new GPU accelerated equivalent, and multi-GPU scaling. Nvidia also packed in a full suite of programming tools, GPU-accelerated math libraries, documentation, and programming guides.