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AMD Launches R9 380X, Added to Superb Tier

Our impressions in one phrase: Ho-Hum.

Our impressions in one phrase: Ho-Hum.

AMD has just released the R9 380X, a mid-tier graphics card priced at $229.

The short story is as follows: We have read the reviews (linked below), and the 380X is identical in price and in performance to last generation’s R9 280X.

The long story is a bit more interesting. The R9 280X was released in October 2013. The R9 280X was a rebadge of the 7970GE, which was released in June… 2012. Yes, there are people who bought a graphics card in June 2012 who are seeing an identically performing card launched in November 2015.

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The Best Deals from Newegg’s ‘Early Black Friday Sale’

MSI has white GTX 980s?!

MSI has white GTX 980s?!

Newegg is at it again with another week of sales leading up to Black Friday — all part of their “Black November” promotion to take advantage of the prime hardware-shopping season.

Once again, we’re rounding up our favorite deals from the sale, which lasts from now until Nov. 23rd at 4 PM EST / 1 PM PST.

For more advice on getting good deals on Black Friday, read our article on Black Friday 2015: How to Get the Best PC Parts Deals.

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The Best Deals from Newegg’s 11/11 Sale

Time for a very small GTX 960?

Time for a very small GTX 960?

Right on the heels of our post that lists the Best Deals from Newegg’s Pre-Black Friday ‘Deal Leak’ Sale (ending Nov. 16th), Newegg has snuck in another sale, this one only lasting a little over 24 hours.

Introducing the 11/11 sale, going on until 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Nov. 12th. In other words, you have roughly 24 hours from this posting to snag any deals in this sale.

We see two deals in this sale worth noting:

Graphics Card

  • EVGA GTX 960 2GB: Current price: $170 (normal price: $190, for a discount of $20, or 10%). This 960 is only 6.8 inches, letting it easily fit in a mini ITX build.

Screen

  • Samsung S24D300H 24″: Current price: $130 w/ promo code EMCKKBK22 (normal price: $220, for a discount of $90, or 41%). A decent 1080p screen with mega infinity contrast ratio (as opposed to mini infinity).

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Building the Best PC for Fallout 4

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The post-apocalyptic future is bigger and prettier than ever. Fallout 4 is out, and we have a brand new game build guide to help you build the best PC for Fallout 4.

Here it is: Building the Best PC for Fallout 4

If you want some spoilers, here are the graphics cards we recommend for running the game at 50-60 frames per second on Ultra at various resolutions:

1920×1080 (1080p): GTX 960 or R9 380

2560×1440 (1440p): GTX 970 or R9 390X

3840×2160 (4K): 2x GTX 980s

Read our full guide for all the gory details.

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The Best Deals of Newegg’s Pre-Black Friday ‘Deal Leak’ Sale

 

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Is today the day you get a GTX 980? How about a rice cooker?

Good news for those living in the U.S.: Newegg is having a pre-Black Friday sale with some nice deals, including an incredibly powerful rice cooker!

OK, maybe it’s just a normal rice cooker.

But if you’re looking for a graphics cards, cases, or a good power supply, there are quite a few good deals in the mix. This might be a chance to skip out early on the Black Friday madness, particularly since graphics cards do not usually go on sale during Black Friday.

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What is a CPU, and How Do You Find a Good One?

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We recently posted a new video on our YouTube channel about CPUs and how to find a good one. It’s the first video in a series explaining the various components of a PC. The goal is to give people a slightly deeper understanding of each component, and give some practical advice on how to pick out the right components for you.

Here’s the video:

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GTX 950 Launched at $160, Added to Very Good Tier

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This week, NVIDIA launched the smallest member of its Maxwell GPU family, the GTX 950. Launch prices range from $160 to $170, depending on manufacturer, landing the 950 firmly in the ‘mid-tier’ GPU category.

After examining early reviews, we have added the new card to the Very Good tier on the U.S. parts list. Looking at its competition, it beats the AMD’s $150 R7 370 and matches the performance of AMD’s slightly pricier R7 270X.

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Intel Releases Skylake CPUs

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Intel’s latest CPU family, Skylake, has just launched with two new CPUs (the i5-6600K and i7-6700K), a new socket (1151), and a new chipset family for motherboard (Z170). These CPUs are on the 14nm manufacturing process, which is not strictly new (their previous generation, Broadwell, was on 14nm dies), but new when it comes to mass-market availability.

How well do these new CPUs perform? After analyzing reviews (linked below), it looks as though, unfortunately, Intel has decided to forgo CPU improvements and focus on the integrated GPU.

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