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Win An i7-8086K From Intel? AMD’s Willing To Trade You For A Ryzen Threadripper 1950X

Posted on June 18, 2018 5:07 PM by Rob Williams
1711406 Threadripper PIB1.png

Intel’s 50th birthday takes place next month (July 18), and leading up to it, the company has been celebrating by taking a look at its past. Recently, to commemorate the launch of the first x86-based processor, Intel released the Core i7-8086K, a 5GHz-clocked (Turbo) six-core chip that’s significantly faster than the original 8086…..

Sony Continues Being Roadblock To A True Cross-play Gaming Reality

Posted on June 15, 2018 1:33 PM by Rob Williams

Sony has been a thorn in the side of cross-play realities for a little while, and the mega-popular Fortnite has this week reignited the issue in a big way. Believe it or not, people want to play with their friends online, regardless of the target platform those friends choose to stick to.…..

Intel Confirms That AMD Is Major Threat To Its Enterprise Business

Posted on June 11, 2018 1:40 PM by Rob Williams

During last week’s Computex, the topic of EPYC came up in conversation more than once – not because it had anything to do with the event itself, but because speculation was running rampant about AMD’s potential growth. Everyone I chatted to acknowledged that no enterprise customer was going to take EPYC too…..

NVIDIA Volta GPUs Help Power The World’s Newest Fastest Supercomputer: ORNL’s Summit

Posted on June 9, 2018 8:00 AM by Rob Williams
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit Volta-powerd Supercomputer

Oh, Oak Ridge. You’ve gone and done it again. Remember the supercomputer “TITAN” that debuted five years ago? Even as far as supercomputers go, that thing was super, but the way things go in technology, no piece of performance gear can hold the top spot for too long. In recent years, TITAN…..

Modest Updates To The Silent & Dark Base Cases From be quiet! At Computex 2018

Posted on June 7, 2018 9:48 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Silent Base 601

Some updates don’t have to be big and bold to improve a product, and while things might seem ‘boring’ from be quiet!, they are important and improve the overall quality of life for a product. The Silent and Dark Base cases are rather minimalist, and don’t hinge on flashy RGB LEDs and…..

Taking A Look At Noctua’s Booth At Computex 2018

Posted on June 7, 2018 12:09 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Noctua Booth Display Computex 2018

With Computex 2018 still going on, we managed to pop over to Noctua’s booth and see what was up there. While some of the products had been recently released, others were being finalized for production, and more still were still in the prototype phase. Of course though, we’re going to start with…..

Taking A Tour Of Corsair’s Computex Suite

Posted on June 7, 2018 8:25 AM by Rob Williams
Corsair iCUE Logo

At Corsair’s hotel suite during Computex, the company didn’t have a huge assortment of new product to show off, but what was exhibited is well worth checking out. I hate to admit that the thing to get me excited the most is a piece of software, but bear with me. First, let’s…..

A Closer Look At The Intel 28-Core CPU & The GIGABYTE System Running It

Posted on June 6, 2018 11:40 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Intel 28 Core CPU With GIGABYTE Motherboard System Up Close

Lots of conflicting information floating around at the moment, regarding Intel’s latest publicity stunt centering around the mysterious 28 Core CPU running at 5GHz across all cores. While there is nothing fake about the product, there are a few things that need delving into to help clear the picture. First of all,…..

AMD At Computex 2018: 32 Core 2nd Gen Threadripper, 7nm Vega GPUs & Zen 2 CPUs

Posted on June 6, 2018 3:52 AM by Jamie Fletcher
AMD Computex 2018 2nd Gen Threadripper 32 Core Chip Close-up

Before Computex 2018 kicked off, quite a few of us in the tech press were fairly sure that AMD would be announcing a new Threadripper, and possibly an update on some new Vega GPU tech to come. What we got was some surprises, as well as confirmation of what we already knew.…..

Cooler Master Shows Low Profile & ‘Gamepad’ Keyboards At Computex 2018

Posted on June 6, 2018 2:13 AM by Jamie Fletcher
Cooler Master Low Profile Cherry RGB Switch Close Up

Keyboards have had a little bit of stale period lately. Mechanicals took over very quickly and I have to say, we’re better off as a result, but then RGB took over, and it’s getting a bit much. When you RGB all the things, what’s left to innovate and change? Fortunately, there is…..

Intel Announces i7-8086K & An Unnamed 28-Core 5GHz CPU

Posted on June 5, 2018 11:49 AM by Jamie Fletcher
A photo of the Intel 8086k processor packaging( Credit: Intel Co

As part of its 50-year anniversary, Intel announced a limited edition run of a special CPU called the i7-8086K. This is named after Intel’s most iconic CPU, the 8086, and is the building block for the architecture that we now know as x86. The release is somewhat surprising, as initial speculation put…..

Cooler Master Teases An Upcoming And Very Robust Thermoelectric CPU Cooler

Posted on June 5, 2018 11:00 AM by Rob Williams
Cooler Master Thermoelectric AIO CPU Cooler

For the mere mortal, counting the number of CPU coolers on the Computex show floor would be a grand challenge, but finding thermoelectric coolers is much easier. While visiting Cooler Master, company reps were eager to show off its upcoming TEC cooler, which at the current time doesn’t seem to have an…..

ASUS Wants To ROG Your Life: AIO Coolers, PSU, And Chassis Announced

Posted on June 5, 2018 10:00 AM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS ROG Ryujin 360mm AIO Cooler

ASUS is pushing its Republic of Gamers branding hard at this year’s Computex. While the usual assortment of devices and tech is in the mix, there are a number of ‘firsts’ for the ROG brand, including a smartphone. While for the most part, ROG is known for its motherboards, graphics cards, peripherals,…..

EVGA’s ROBOCLOCKER Designed To Make LN2 Overclocking Easier & More Efficient

Posted on June 5, 2018 9:00 AM by Rob Williams

Over the past couple of months, I’ve talked to press peeps about what could be interesting at Computex. We all seemed to agree that this year’s Computex may not be the most exciting for performance hardware, only because we’re in between certain launches (CPU, GPU, etc). Other companies would have to step…..

Qualcomm’s Next-gen Always-on Mobile Platform Sports Snapdragon 850, Brings More Entertainment & AI

Posted on June 4, 2018 10:30 PM by Rob Williams
Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Mobile Computing Platform

At Computex 2018, Qualcomm releases details about a platform it first talked about at great length at last year’s Computex: all-day notebooks. To date, three models featuring the Snapdragon 835 have hit the market, but traction has been a bit tepid, for a couple of reasons – OS updates have been needed…..

It Doesn’t Feel Like NVIDIA Plans To Release A New GeForce Series This Summer

Posted on June 4, 2018 1:44 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - Top Angle

If NVIDIA’s beloved co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang has a keynote to deliver to a room full of gamers, but has little gaming stuff to relay, you can bet on one thing: those gamers are going to ask about it. At Huang’s annual Computex showing, the man in charge talked a bit…..

Has RGB Gone Too Far? Aorus Releases DDR4 Kit With Fake Modules To Complete Your Rig’s Look

Posted on June 4, 2018 1:17 PM by Rob Williams
AORUS RGB Memory With Dummy Modules

The title of this post targets RGB, but to be fair, cost could also be a major factor here. Nonetheless, one of the latest releases from GIGABYTE’s Aorus brand baffles me a bit. At first, I was excited to see the company enter the DRAM market, but after seeing what’s on offer,…..

NVIDIA Announces ISAAC Robotics Platform, Jetson Xavier Devkits To Release In August For $1299

Posted on June 4, 2018 12:19 PM by Rob Williams
NVIDIA ISAAC Development Platform Thumb

During his annual keynote at Computex 2018, NVIDIA’s Jensen Huang talked quite a bit about hardware and software we’ve heard about before, but in greater detail, and with more success cases to talk about. The company’s recently launched HGX-2 cloud server platform for AI and high-performance computing was a hot topic, while…..

ASUS Announces Its First ROG Phone

Posted on June 4, 2018 10:49 AM by Jamie Fletcher
ASUS ROG Phone Cooling Adapter

ASUS has released a number of phones over the years, namely its Zenfone range, but here at Computex 2018, its very first smartphone was unveiled under the ROG (Republic of Gamers) branding, meaning this phone is built with gaming at the forefront of its functionality. Taking on the likes of the Razer Phone,…..

Corsair Officially Launches Its iCUE Control Software, Releases RGB DDR4 & Chassis To Celebrate

Posted on June 4, 2018 8:15 AM by Rob Williams

Earlier, we wrote about Corsair’s latest Crystal chassis, an mATX tempered glass option that becomes even better for those who dig lots and lots of RGB. To control that RGB, you need a solid software solution, and likely to the surprise of no one, Corsair has been working on such a thing…..

Small & See-through: Corsair Shrinks Its Crystal Series Down To Give Us The mATX 280X

Posted on June 4, 2018 7:00 AM by Rob Williams
Corsair Crystal 280X RGB mATX Chassis

With its Crystal series of chassis, Corsair gives users an option that is rather… see-through. Most panels on most Crystal models feature tempered glass, and with RGB kitted out throughout the system, the end result is seriously eye-catching (whether that’s a good thing depends on your tastes). Personally, I’ve come to really…..

Qualcomm Announces First Dedicated Extended Reality Platform – XR1

Posted on May 30, 2018 8:46 PM by Jamie Fletcher
Qualcomm XR1 Press Conference Thumb

Virtual and Augmented Reality headsets are slowly but surely, taking off. The novelty has faded, and more serious applications are putting the technology to use, backed by a number of companies in the tech market. However, despite the number of devices on the market, there are really only two providers for the…..

Intel Announces Optane DC Persistent Memory For The Enterprise, Expected To Go On Sale This Year

Posted on May 30, 2018 3:08 PM by Rob Williams
Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory

Intel has today announced the introduction of its Optane DC persistent memory, which as the name suggests, is targeted squarely at the datacenter, behaves similarly to DRAM, and offers persistent storage. Persistence is just part of the equation, though; Optane DC persistent memory is designed to improve performance, and in effect improve…..

Apple Decides To Have A Beef With Valve’s Steam Link iOS App

Posted on May 25, 2018 12:08 PM by Rob Williams
Steam Link Mobile App

It looks like someone’s being a bad Apple again. Earlier this week, Valve released the Steam Link mobile app that let users stream games from their PC to their phone or tablet – a la NVIDIA GameStream (which has existed for five years). Like any developer worth its weight, Valve released both…..

SPECgpc Releases SPECviewperf 13 Benchmark, Adds Overhauled UI & 4K Support

Posted on May 24, 2018 3:04 PM by Rob Williams
SPECviewperf 13 Medical Test

It’s a big week for those who like to measure the viewport performance of leading applications, as SPECgpc members have just launched their latest benchmark: SPECviewperf 13. SPECviewperf, and SPEC in general, is no stranger to our results pages. Our just-posted video tackling Radeon Pro and Quadro performance analyzed results from eight…..

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