Look, you shouldn’t preorder anything technology related. Not games, not Teslas, and definitely not bleeding-edge computer hardware, which usually debuts with bleeding-edge quirks only made apparent after reviews hit. I shouted that opinion from the rooftops when AMD’s Ryzen CPUs launched with okay gaming performance. And the very day that Nvidia announced its new GeForce RTX graphics cards, I said you shouldn’t preorder those, either.
What tears couples apart isn’t always the Big Things. Often, it’s the everyday things, the stuff that you feel like you should be able to brush off, but trying to do so only makes you angrier, and so you brew resentment in silence until one early morning when some unrelated annoyance makes you explode with the words…
Consider the 60Hz barrier for ultra-high definition screens officially broken. Acer announced not one, but two new 4K, 144Hz gaming monitors at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday for folks who like their frame rates high and temperatures low. One, the $1,299 Predator XB273K, supports Nvidia’s gameplay-smoothing G-Sync technology. The other, the $899 Nitro XV273K, plays nice with AMD’s rival FreeSync tech.
On paper, the Predator XB273K matches many of the key specifications of Acer’s Predator X27, a $2,000 display that we dubbed the Holy Grail of gaming monitors in our review. It’s got 4K resolution, a blazing-fast 144Hz maximum refresh rate (though that’s probably when overclocked), G-Sync, and even DisplayHDR 400 certification.
Nvidia’s groundbreaking G-Sync HDR monitors aim for the sun, but unlike Icarus, these dazzlingly bright displays never fall back to earth. On paper, the Acer Predator X27 ($2,000 on Newegg) and its G-Sync HDR cousin, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ (also $2,000 on Newegg) are the Holy Grail of PC monitors. These are among the first monitors to support 4K resolution at refresh rates higher (significantly higher) than 60Hz, and two of only three monitors certified to achieve DisplayHDR 1000 certification. They’re the first displays ever to support both 4K/120Hz and DisplayHDR 1000, with Nvidia’s gameplay-smoothing G-Sync technology as the cherry on top. They have quantum dots.
Nvidia may be preparing for the launch of new GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards, but the existing GTX 10-series GPUs are still learning new tricks—like how to run AMD’s stutter-killing FreeSync display technology. GeForce graphics cards don’t officially support FreeSync—only Nvidia’s own G-Sync—but over the weekend Redditor u/survfate posted a guide on how to coax FreeSync into action on a GeForce GTX 1060, after another user teased the possibility last week.
Sometimes smart home devices are loved by everyone, and sometimes opinions differ. That’s the case with today’s deal, the third-generation August Smart Lock, which is $100 at Amazon today. That’s close to $32 off its most recent sale price, and a full $50 off its retail price.
Data analysis is a valuable skill set to master. Regardless of the industry you’re in, businesses rely on a variety of analytics tools to guide their operations in the right direction. This $29 Microsoft Data Analysis Bundle teaches readers data analysis skills using Microsoft’s most popular tools.
The first course in this bundle teaches readers how to use Power BI to access reports and dashboards and create visualizations to illustrate insights on their data. The lessons include how to use use the Query Editor to transfer and morph data, perform data modeling operations, and share dashboards and reports with other viewers.