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RGB Displays Inbound? Corsair Hiring Monitors Product Manager

Posted on April 27, 2018 12:41 PM by Rob Williams
Fake Corsair Ultrawide Monitor

In some of our past reviews of Corsair’s products, we’ve joked about the fact that the company wants in on every possible market relating to PC gaming, and with a new job posting, we’ve yet to see that countered. Spotted by the team at techPowerUp, Corsair’s latest posting seeks someone to head-up…..

Fight Mode Engaged: Intel Poaches Jim Keller From Tesla To Head Up Silicon Engineering

Posted on April 26, 2018 12:26 PM by Rob Williams

When AMD released its first Zen-based processors last spring, the company had an awful lot riding on the success of the launch. After nearly a decade, the company was finally able to deliver not just competitive products, but in some cases, dominating products. After Ryzen launched, Intel was very quick to release…..

AMD Launches ‘Combat Crate’ Bundle, Includes Radeon RX 580, Ryzen CPU & MSI Motherboard

Posted on April 25, 2018 4:36 PM by Rob Williams
AMD Combat Crate

Many who are trucking along with an aging rig have found themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place this past year. GPUs have often proven scarce, likely by Folding and [email protected] enthusiasts (right?). When there has been good availability, it’s been grossly overpriced. Graphics cards that should cost $500 have been…..

Samsung Reveals the 970 PRO & 970 EVO Generation M.2 SSDs

Posted on April 25, 2018 1:30 PM by Robert Tanner
SSD-970-PROlEVO Family-ver.2es

For the last several years running, Samsung has been at the forefront of raw NVMe M.2 solid-state drive performance, constantly expanding the performance envelope since the debut of the 950 PRO three years ago. Today that trend continues with the launch of the third-generation 970 Series powered by Samsung’s new “Phoenix” controller.…..

TSMC Has Begun Mass Production Of Chips Built On Its 7nm Process

Posted on April 25, 2018 10:38 AM by Rob Williams
TSMC Wafer Closeup

Some companies may be having a hard time getting their 10 nanometer chips off of the ground, but for Taiwan’s semiconductor giant TSMC, it’s already settling quite comfortably into the new 7nm era. Last week, the company announced that it’s begun high-volume production of 7nm chips, and with “over a dozen” customers…..

Philips’ Momentum 436M6 43-inch 4K Monitor Receives First HDR1000 Certification From VESA

Posted on April 25, 2018 10:04 AM by Rob Williams
Philips Momentum 436M6 DisplayHDR 1000 Monitor

Philips has shot over an email to say that its Momentum 43-inch monitor (yes, monitor) is the first to receive VEGA’s DisplayHDR 1000 certification, which, as it sounds, means that the display is properly HDR1000, and not some hacked-together job that some other companies might try to pull off. Given that, and…..

Dell Bolsters Its Commercial Portfolio With New Monitors, Notebooks & AIO Desktops

Posted on April 24, 2018 4:36 PM by Rob Williams
Dell Latitude 5591 Notebook

At the start of the month, Dell unveiled a ton of new product in the form of gaming notebooks, consumer monitors, and even desktop AIOs. Fast-forward to today, and the company is once again ushering in a bunch of new product – but this time, it’s laser-focused on the business side of…..

AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700X Hits #2 Spot On Amazon’s Best-selling Processors List

Posted on April 24, 2018 9:34 AM by Rob Williams
AMD Second-gen Ryzen 7 Box

It’s been a mammoth week for AMD’s CPU team, with the company’s latest Ryzen processors proving to deliver a huge wallop for their price. Whereas the original Ryzen launch got off to a rocky start due late-arriving platform updates, you can expect much smoother adoption this time around. At worst, you’ll need…..

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…..

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