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AMD’s Air Cooled Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPU Runs Better When Undervolted

Posted on July 18, 2017 3:16 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

For a bunch of reasons, AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition workstation GPU is an interesting beast. For starters, it’s the first GPU AMD’s released that bundles its Vega architecture, which in itself is interesting for a number of reasons. But also interesting is the fact that there’s an air and liquid-cooled version…..

As The UK Plans To Require Credit Card Verification For Porn Sites, Torrent Site Owners Grin From Ear To Ear

Posted on July 17, 2017 3:30 PM by Rob Williams
Credit Card

The threat of requiring legitimate age-verification for porn sites has been looming for ages, and the UK looks to become one of the spearheads in cementing it into law. In the not-so-distant future, porn-seekers in the UK will need to haul out a credit card to verify their age, even if they’re…..

Viking Technology Announces Seriously Beefy 50TB UHC-Silo Enterprise SSD

Posted on July 14, 2017 2:50 PM by Rob Williams
Viking 50TB SSD

Being a PC gamer can be tough, sometimes. We’d love to store our 50TB worth of games on a single drive, but alas, no such solution exists. Well, it hasn’t existed until now, that is. Viking Technology, a company catering to the enterprise market, has just announced two new UHC-SILO SSD models, available…..

AMD Reveals Threadripper Pricing, Upcoming Ryzen 3 Models

Posted on July 13, 2017 4:04 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Threadripper CPU Feature

In advance of its launch next month, AMD has finally coughed up some pricing information for its hugely anticipated Ryzen Threadripper series – or, what I like to call “Ryzen on Steroids” (I don’t think AMD is going to adopt that one, though.) While rumors have shown full Threadripper lineups, the launch…..

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Posted on July 12, 2017 12:12 PM by Rob Williams
This Is The Web Without Net Neutrality Message

If you’re tired of hearing about net neutrality, then try to envision a future where it doesn’t exist. That’s when you’re really going to feel the pain; when the internet you once knew as open is no longer. When ISPs will gain the right to charge you for access to your internet…..

A Look At The Best Tech Deals From Amazon’s 2017 Prime Day Sale

Posted on July 11, 2017 11:50 AM by Rob Williams
LG 34UC79G 34 Ultrawide Monitor

As has become tradition, Amazon has just kicked off a massive summer sale it likes to call “Prime Day” – one that happens to be aptly named as an Amazon Prime subscription is required to take advantage. If you don’t have Prime, and don’t necessarily want it, you could sign up for…..

Sony Announces Glacier White Destiny 2 Themed PS4 Pro So You Can Play The Game At 30 FPS Like OG Owners

Posted on July 10, 2017 12:35 PM by Rob Williams
Sony PS4 Pro - Destiny 2 Edition

Some things in this world don’t serve much of a purpose, and Sony’s Destiny 2 “Limited Edition” PS4 Pro is one of them. What looks to be the result of a solid five minutes spent in meetings, this special PS4 Pro comes equipped with a Glacier White color scheme, which has been…..

Oculus Rift Drops Price Again: $399 With Touch Controllers – Sparks Speculation

Posted on July 10, 2017 10:20 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Oculus Rift Plus Touch Controllers

Didn’t we see Oculus drop the price of its Rift back in March to just shy of $600? Well, Oculus has done another price drop to an even more palatable price of $399, which includes the touch controllers. This is nearly half the launch price of the same package since December. This…..

NVIDIA Adds Support For Netflix 4K In Just Released GeForce 384.76 Driver

Posted on July 6, 2017 2:07 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Top Angle

Netflix fans who watch the service on their PCs have the right to be annoyed if 4K resolution is their target. Up until recently, the only way to watch 4K content on Netflix was to use a mobile or “smart TV” device that supports it. Even though the PC is as flexible…..

Do Extra Monitors Affect Gaming FPS On A Single Monitor? One redditor Finds Out

Posted on July 6, 2017 1:19 PM by Rob Williams
Universe Sandbox 2

Can having extra monitors set up affect gaming performance on just one of them? That’s the question of the day, and one answered by redditor birthday_account. It’s not hard to assume why gaming performance may be affected, because after all, the graphics card needs to deliver pixels (even static ones) to those…..

Baidu, NVIDIA Announce Partnership To Power The Future Of AI In The Home, Cars & Cloud

Posted on July 5, 2017 3:11 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA Tesla V100 Data Center Full-sized Graphics Card

Baidu isn’t too well-known on this side of the world, and being a Chinese search engine at its core, that’s not much of a surprise. However, much like how Google has worked on or created some impressive technologies, Baidu has done the same, but being a Chinese company, most of us in…..

Anxious For 10Gbps Ethernet? ASUS Now Offers A $99 Single Port Adapter

Posted on July 3, 2017 3:43 PM by Rob Williams
ASUS XG-C100C 10Gbps Network Adapter

Considering the fact that we’ve had solid-state drives for years that have been able to peak at about 500MB/s, it’s been downright appalling to me that 10Gbps Ethernet isn’t more popular in the home (or anything better than 1Gbps, for that matter). Our storage caught up, but our networking hasn’t. Of course,…..

Qualcomm Demonstrates Under-display Finger Print Reader At MWC Shanghai

Posted on June 30, 2017 2:36 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Under-display Finger Print Reader

At the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, Qualcomm is showing off one of its latest wares: under-display finger print readers. A current smartphone trend has seen vendors focus a lot on edge-to-edge screens, which has relegated the finger print reader to the back of the device. Personally, I don’t like this…..

AMD Launches Ryzen PRO CPUs For Corporate Desktops

Posted on June 29, 2017 4:05 PM by Jamie Fletcher
PowerPoint Presentation

With a well received consumer launch of AMD’s Zen architecture in the form of the Ryzen desktop CPUs, and Threadripper on the way for HEDT, AMD has its eyes set on corporate and enterprise markets. With EPYC for enterprise already on the way, it’s time for corporate; enter Ryzen PRO. Ryzen PRO…..

Western Digital Constructs 96-Layer Towers Of BiCS4 3D TLC & QLC NAND Flash

Posted on June 28, 2017 3:54 PM by Robert Tanner
Western Digital 3D NAND

The march of technology never ceases, and Western Digital announces its latest achievement with the creation of 96-layer NAND flash chips. Western Digital’s fourth generation of 3D NAND memory will reach volume production in 2018 and feature TLC, as well as QLC BiCS4 chips. What is noteworthy is that as recently as last…..

Qualcomm Bolsters Its VR HMD Accelerator Program With New ‘Critical’ Components

Posted on June 27, 2017 9:09 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820 Referrence

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to meet with Qualcomm’s Hugo Swart in Taipei, and it didn’t take long before I could see that he is a man that’s truly passionate about the future of VR, as well as AR. At that time, he spoke about XR (eXtended reality) – a…..

AMD Launches Its 13.1 TFLOPS Radeon Vega FE Graphics Card, Prices It At An Impressive $999 USD

Posted on June 27, 2017 4:55 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Hot on the heels of launching its hugely anticipated EPYC server processor lineup, AMD has now officially launched its first Vega-based graphics card, called Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. While the card doesn’t carry the “Pro” moniker of the company’s other workstation cards, Vega FE is in fact a pro card; one that…..

NVIDIA’s Drive PX Platform Gains Support From Volvo & Autoliv

Posted on June 27, 2017 3:57 PM by Rob Williams
ZF NVIDIA Drive PX Computer

NVIDIA has been talking about autonomous driving for a number of years, ensuring automakers that its solution is the best one. Considering the fact that NVIDIA has also been hugely focused on deep-learning and artificial intelligence, and those things back up the smarts in Drive PX, it has a good case on…..

SPEC Releases CPU2017 Benchmarking Suite, Introduces 4 New Test Suites And OpenMP Support

Posted on June 23, 2017 7:38 PM by Rob Williams
SPEC CPU2017 Linux Installation

In 2011, I wrote that we were adding SPEC’s CPU2006 to our processor testing suite, and I admit that at that time, I had assumed that the next major iteration of the benchmark would be right around the corner. Welp, I couldn’t have been more wrong, as its successor has just shown…..

AMD Announces Three Radeon Instinct Compute Cards Coming Q3 – Includes MI25, MI8 & MI6

Posted on June 21, 2017 11:05 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Radeon Instinct MI25 FrontView

While late last year was all the hype surrounding Zen and Polaris for AMD, this year, it’s EPYC, Threadripper, Vega, and now Instinct. The role of the GPU has changed somewhat over the years, moving beyond simple graphics accelerators. GPUs now do general purpose compute, ray tracing, video rendering, finance, and now…..

AMD Aims To Take Back Datacenter Marketshare With EPYC Platform & 7000 Series Processors

Posted on June 20, 2017 4:00 PM by Rob Williams
EPYC Presentation At AMD's Austin Headquarters

AMD’s 2017 so far has been action-packed, and we haven’t even entered the second-half of the year yet. Back in March, the company released its most ambitious desktop processor series in about a decade, called Ryzen. With it, AMD delivered incredible performance gains over its predecessor and suddenly became competitive with Intel…..

Select Intel 300-series Chipsets Rumored To Bake In AC Wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, And USB 3.1

Posted on June 19, 2017 12:14 PM by Rob Williams
Intel - Advancing Moore's Law on 14nm

With Intel’s launch of Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X having just happened, we must ask: what’s next? As Jamie alluded to earlier, the beefiest Core X chips Intel has to offer will be coming out over the next couple of months, finishing off with the mammoth 18-core i9-7980XE at some point this fall…..

Intel Opens Pre-Orders On Core X-Series CPUs & X299 Motherboards

Posted on June 19, 2017 9:14 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel introduced the new Intel® Core™ X-series processor fami

Back at Computex 2017, Intel unveiled its new Core X-Series processors, effectively the re-branded Extreme Edition processors that make up Intel’s high-performance platform of CPUs. It also announced the new X299 chipset, with supporting motherboard vendors releasing their respective designs for the new LGA2066 socket and platform. Everything was new, everything was…..

Dell To Be Exclusive OEM Provider Of AMD’s Threadripper For 2017

Posted on June 18, 2017 6:40 PM by Rob Williams
Alienware Area-51 Gaming PC - Promo Shot

When news hit the web last week that Alienware’s Area-51 gaming PC would be packing AMD’s Threadripper processors, a rather important fact slipped under my radar: Dell is the exclusive OEM builder to have that privilege for the rest of 2017. That’s both good and bad. On one hand, AMD could use…..

After Four Years In The Making, AMD’s EPYC Server Processors Are Just Days Away From Launch

Posted on June 17, 2017 4:45 PM by Rob Williams

Note: We have preliminary coverage of the AMD press event, with some specific details about the EPYC CPUs and the platform in general. When AMD launched Ryzen earlier this year, the company pulled off what at times seemed impossible: it delivered on its promises. We knew from the get-go that Ryzen’s IPC…..

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