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ASUS Announces New X470 Boards For Ryzen

Posted on April 18, 2018 8:25 PM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS STRIX X470-I Gaming

Time a for a new batch of motherboards as AMD releases details of the new X470 chipset that’s set to support the upcoming 2nd gen Ryzen CPUs from AMD. While there are no major breakthroughs, this is a launch aimed at refinement, and ASUS was first out of the gate to show…..

Kingston Unwraps UV500 Series SSDs With AES-256 Encryption And TCG Opal 2.0 Support

Posted on April 17, 2018 12:38 PM by Robert Tanner
Kingston UV500 Series SSD

Full drive AES-256 encryption used to be ubiquitous among most SSDs, but in recent years it has become a rarer feature to find on entry-level solid-state drives. Kingston is looking to change that with the UV500 Series SSDs which feature full AES-256 encryption and support for the TCG Opal 2.0 specification. The…..

AMD Kicks Off Ryzen 2nd-gen Pre-orders, First Four CPUs Set To Launch On April 19

Posted on April 13, 2018 1:00 PM by Rob Williams
Ryzen 7 2700X & Ryzen 5 2600X

AMD has just kicked-off preorders of its upcoming second-gen Ryzen processors, appropriately named the Ryzen 2000 series. These follow in the footsteps of the 2200G and 2400G Raven Ridge APUs, and out of the door, four SKUs will be made available. The 1800X transitions to 2700X and 2700, and underneath, the 2600X…..

ADATA Overclocks One Of Its DDR4 Memory Sticks To A Clean 5GHz

Posted on April 13, 2018 11:29 AM by Rob Williams

ADATA might not be the first name to come to mind when you hear the word “overclocking”, but the company has today proven its might by accomplishing a 5GHz DRAM overclock on a single stick of XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB DDR4 memory in an air-cooled configuration. This isn’t a kit that’s going…..

Futuremark Changing Name To UL, Launches New Website

Posted on April 11, 2018 12:49 PM by Rob Williams
3DMark 2003

The benchmarking artists formally known as MadOnion will soon be formally known as Futuremark. Back in 2014, safety and certification giant UL acquired Futuremark. As a long-time maker of accurate, reliable gaming and PC benchmark suites, Futuremark’s ideals seemed to align with UL’s. Ultimately, the acquisition seemed like a good thing to…..

HyperX’s Pulsefire Surge RGB Gaming Mouse Brings Both Bling And Performance

Posted on April 9, 2018 3:46 PM by Rob Williams
HyperX Pulsefire Surge Gaming Mouse Closeup

I took a look at HyperX’s $50 Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse last summer, and ultimately walked away very satisfied, and in fact, I still use the mouse on the active testbench. It’s simple, but isn’t boring. It doesn’t have software, so it works just as you’d expect when you move it from…..

AOC Launches 35-inch 120Hz G-SYNC Ultrawide ‘AGON’ Gaming Monitor For $899

Posted on April 9, 2018 2:41 PM by Rob Williams
AOC AGON AG352UCG Ultrawide G-SYNC Monitor

Just over two years ago, we took at look at Acer’s X34 Predator, a 34″ G-SYNC ultrawide monitor that retailed for $1,299. That’s a bit of a big pill to swallow, but the monitor ultimately proved worth it if you could swing it. I still use the monitor for most of my…..

Severe T-Mobile Austria Website Bug Fixed After Company’s Social Team Touted ‘Amazingly Good’ Security

Posted on April 7, 2018 2:10 PM by Rob Williams
T-Mobile Austria at T-Center

It’s the weekend, so there’s no better time to hear a great story about awful security, and even worse company responses. After someone questioned T-Mobile Austria about customer passwords being stored in plaintext, a couple of company social reps revealed their complete misunderstanding of computer security, and perhaps how community relations should…..

Intel Brings 6-Core Chips To Laptops With New Core i9 CPUs

Posted on April 5, 2018 4:47 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel-8th-Gen-Core Mobile

Late last year, we saw the launch of Intel’s 8th generation Core series CPUs with Coffee Lake on desktop system, bringing with it Intel’s first core-count boost on a mainstream part in nearly a decade. It’s now the mobile sector’s turn for a new wave of chips, which includes all new 6-core…..

Dell & Alienware Release Slew Of New Notebooks, All-in-one Desktops

Posted on April 4, 2018 12:30 PM by Rob Williams
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (Early 2018)

If you’ve been on the hunt for a new notebook or all-in-one, a slew of new announcements out of Dell and Alienware hints that your wait so far hasn’t been in vain. This week, both brands are rolling out some super-sleek notebooks, and even some desktop AIOs. Oh, there’s some new monitors,…..

Adobe Switches On Native Support For AMD’s Radeon Pro SSG In Premiere Pro CC

Posted on April 3, 2018 12:01 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Adobe Premiere Pro Support For AMD Radeon Pro SSG

After two years of being talked about, showcased, developed, and in a way, finding a market, AMD’s Radeon Pro SSG will soon get its first official show of support in the media and entertainment workhorse, Adobe Premiere Pro, as part of the new Creative Cloud update that’s being rolled out. The Radeon…..

Far Cry 5 Has A Frustrating Co-op Implementation

Posted on April 2, 2018 12:05 PM by Rob Williams
Far Cry 5 - Joseph Seed's Cult

There’s a lot to love about Ubisoft’s latest FPS, Far Cry 5, but as I found out over the weekend, there’s also a lot to be annoyed over. Well, in actuality, it’s really only one thing: the lack of progression for your co-op partner. This is a design flaw that Ubisoft readily…..

Arm & NVIDIA Partner Up For IoT Deep Learning Devices

Posted on March 27, 2018 2:15 PM by Jamie Fletcher
NVDLAandARM 1522031562

Deep learning, artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks, these are all terms that are quite common in the research and enterprise sectors, but you should expect to see them in more mainstream devices going forward. While autonomous vehicles are at the forefront of much of AI and deep learning’s focus, don’t be…..

NVIDIA Packs 16 Tesla V100s Into New DGX-2 To Deliver 2 PFLOPS Of Deep-learning Performance

Posted on March 27, 2018 10:25 AM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA DGX-2 cropped

For the past year, those looking to get explosive deep-learning and general GPU compute performance at their desk have seen NVIDIA’s DGX Station as an attractive choice, with 4 powerful Tesla V100s under-the-hood to deliver half a petaflop of deep-learning and artificial intelligence performance (and over 60 TFLOPs of single-precision). Enterprise customers would…..

NVIDIA Unveils New Flagship Quadro: GV100 With 32GB Of HBM2

Posted on March 27, 2018 9:40 AM by Rob Williams
Quadro GV100-3qtr-front-left-9 1521854114

It’s a given that NVIDIA will have a lot to talk about at its annual flagship GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, and this year’s event is no exception. We’re going to talk about some of the announcements separately, but to kick things off, I want to talk about the announcement…..

Chaos Group To Debut “Over 80% Faster” V-Ray GPU Rendering Architecture At GTC 2018

Posted on March 22, 2018 6:12 PM by Rob Williams
Chaos Group V-Ray GPU Render (dabarti credit)

Chaos Group’s V-Ray renderer has become a de facto option over the years, both with its ADV CPU-bound and RT GPU-bound options. Soon, that latter option is going to get a whole lot better. In fact, that’s so much the case, that a name-change is in the cards: “V-Ray GPU”. It’s not…..

Qualcomm To Release Snapdragon 845-powered VR Developer Kit In Q2

Posted on March 21, 2018 12:18 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm SVR845 Snapdragon Logos Mockup

Qualcomm has taken advantage of the ongoing Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to usher in its next-generation VR development kit, starring the just-released Snapdragon 845 SoC. As always, Qualcomm’s goal with its VRDKs is to provide developers with the ideal setup for producing and experiencing VR content. The better the development…..

AMD Publishes New Videos To Teach You The Ins And Outs Of Radeon Overlay & WattMan

Posted on March 21, 2018 9:43 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Render

We posted just the other day about a series of videos Qualcomm produced to highlight the benefits of its Snapdragon-powered notebooks, and clearly, video is a great way to get the message across (surprised?!). To that end, AMD is very proud of its Radeon Overlay and WattMan tools, and has created two…..

NVIDIA’s Ansel & ShadowPlay Highlights Find Their Way Into Handful Of New Games

Posted on March 21, 2018 9:28 AM by Rob Williams
ShadowPlay Highlights in Star Wars Battlefront II

It’s that time of year again – when a game developers conference directly precedes NVIDIA’s own technology conference. There’s never a question about a supposed battle between both GDC and GTC (well, aside from telling someone “GTC” and they thought you said “GDC”), as both events complement each other very well. That’s…..

Qualcomm Highlights Key Snapdragon-powered Notebook Benefits With New Videos

Posted on March 20, 2018 5:31 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon Powering Windows 10 Notebook Feature

As the first Snapdragon-powered “always on” notebooks begin to ship to customers, Qualcomm has decided to tackle some confusion that’s permeated through the market about Arm-based platforms, versus x86 ones. This isn’t about software compatibility (since these Snapdragon notebooks can run x86 applications just fine), but rather other benefits you may not…..

Latest CTS-Labs Interview Bolsters Belief Of Targeted Attack On AMD

Posted on March 16, 2018 12:28 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Ryzen 1800X and GIGABYTE AB350-GAMING 3

As we wait for something to become of the ousting of 13 vulnerabilities related to AMD’s Zen-based processors, a new in-depth interview helps bolster our belief that something isn’t quite right with CTS-Labs. The company couldn’t even be bothered to establish an address before taking on a microprocessor giant with insinuations of…..

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Released – Faster CPU & Better Wi-Fi

Posted on March 15, 2018 6:50 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Top View

The venerable Raspberry Pi 3 just got an update with the Model B+ (instead of just a Model B). It keeps the same $35 price as all previous generation Model Bs, but now with a faster CPU, better wireless capabilities, and some other new features ready to be exploited, such as PoE.…..

Google And LG Team Up To Develop 5500×3000 AMOLED VR Display

Posted on March 15, 2018 4:07 PM by Rob Williams
HTC Vive Pro HMD

When HTC announced its Vive Pro at CES a couple of months ago, VR fans had reason to be excited. It’s clear that current solutions are great, but they leave a lot to be desired, and the same could even be argued about the Vive Pro – it’s a big leap, but…..

AMD Security Insinuations Likely A Targeted Hit On Company’s Stock

Posted on March 14, 2018 10:52 AM by Rob Williams
Dell EMC PowerEdge R7425 AMD EPYC Server - Under the Hood

Remember the time when security vulnerabilities were taken seriously? When those vulnerabilities weren’t given cute names and their own branding with logos? When companies were given more than 24 hours to react to accusations? Yesterday, a company unknown to anyone, CTS-Labs, came out of nowhere with a vulnerability website,, and an…..

US Presidential Order Prevents Broadcom From Acquiring Qualcomm

Posted on March 13, 2018 12:57 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC

Following a frustrating few months of Qualcomm battling Broadcom in its attempt at a hostile takeover, none other than the President of the United States decided to step in like a playground hero and break things up. Officially, Broadcom’s pursuit of Qualcomm is over, seemingly entirely to do with concerns of national…..

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