Sabrent Rocket nano NVMe Gen3 PCIe 2242 M.2 2TB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-01-29 read/post comments(0)

The Sabrent Rocket nano offers quite a bit of capacity in a smaller than usual form factor and in order to hold a much higher sustained write rate during continuous transfers versus QLC drives, TLC NAND was used. It is a double-sided drive, integrates a small copper heatspreader in order to evacuate heat easier and remains cooler versus most PCIe 4.0 drives. read more

Crucial 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR5-4800 Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2023-01-22 read/post comments(0)

The 64GB DDR5-4800 memory kit from Crucial does offer good performance and compatibility, while having a bit of headroom in terms of overclocking. High-capacity sticks are often a bit more difficult to overclock, but with this one we were able to do 5200MHz at stock timings, by just raising the operating voltage at 1.25. read more

Silicon Power Elite 256GB Class 10 UHS-I U1 microSDXC Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2023-01-16 read/post comments(0)

Even if the Elite is declared as being UHS-I card with at least a 10MB/s write rate, it can go considerably faster than that as noted from our tests. Thanks to the format and adapter, it is compatible throughout a large range of devices, while the 256GB will be able to fit quite a bit of data! read more

Creative Stage Air V2 Compact USB Soundbar Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2023-01-08 read/post comments(0)

After connecting the soundbar to our test laptop, we listened to multiple YouTube clips such as movie trailers, music or video blogs and noted that it is a huge step-up versus the integrated speakers of most portable computers. The bass is quite rich, the voices are rendered clearly and can be easily used instead of a set of dedicated speakers for your computer. In case of desktops, the supplied cable could be a bit short, so you’ll need to source your own connectivity cables. Due to the limited soundstage, it is recommended to keep the product close to us to get the best experience. read more

Neo Forza 2x32GB DDR4 3200MHz SODIMM Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2022-12-29 read/post comments(0)

The Shuttle DH32U5 barebone had absolutely no issues operating with 64GB of RAM at 3200MHz thanks to the Neo Forza PnP kit. There was no extra configuration necessary, the correct speed being detected right away and there were no stability problems either. The C22 kit is operating at a low voltage of 1.2V so it won’t need heatsinks even when installed in a passive enclosure.     read more

BIOSTAR Z790 VALKYRIE LGA1700 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel LGA1700 by stefan @ 2022-12-25 read/post comments(0)

While the Z790 VALKYRIE motherboard from BIOSTAR gets sometimes lower scores in benchmarks versus the EVGA Z690 CLASSIFIED which has a more mature UEFI, it compensates by having better expansion options (3 full-sized PCIe slots, no less than five M.2 for storage, individually detachable heatsinks, but also quite a bit of headers). It incorporates a 20-phase design, shielded slots, a lot of headers for fans and USB ports but also a debug LED display for signaling errors. read more
Memory Silicon Power 2x16GB DDR5 4800MHz C40 Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2022-12-19
Storage/SSD Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2 2TB SSD + Heatsink Review by stefan @ 2022-12-11
Others/Mice & Keyboards AQIRYS DORADUS Wired Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2022-12-04
Storage/SSD Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 SSD Review by stefan @ 2022-11-27
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2022-11-20

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Cooler Master HAF 700 Computer Case Review @ APH Networks

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
The Cooler Master HAF 700 is a full tower gaming case that can accommodate any size and quantity of hardware you can throw at it -- and cool them down like nobody else, too. Go To Full Article

ASRock Z790 LiveMixer Motherboard

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
" ... As marketed by ASRock, the Z790 LiveMixer is designed for Content Creators, Video Editors, Photo Editors, and Game Developers who want an affordable and decent performing Z790 motherboard, with a unique design that will turn heads. With a… Go To Full Article

Noctua NH-D12L Low-Height CPU Cooler Review

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Description: The NH-D12L is the latest low-height CPU cooler by Noctua and today I'll be testing its cooling efficiency both with its bundled NF-A12x25r fan and a second one in push and pull. Go To Full Article

Senator asks Apple and Google to ban TikTok from their app stores

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
TikTok is facing yet another call from a prominent lawmaker for the app’s ban, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Apple and Google urging the companies to ban TikTok… Go To Full Article

Alphabet's revenues are still growing, but just barely

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
It's no secret that the huge tech companies are still making money hand over fist, but there's also a noticeable slowdown going on. Google's parent company Alphabet is not immune — the company just reported its earnings results for Q4… Go To Full Article

Starbucks now lets you pay with Venmo

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Starbucks Rewards members can now pay with Venmo. The payment service’s parent company, PayPal, announced the change today, saying customers can use Venmo accounts to load and auto-reload their Starbucks Card funds. Go To Full Article

Columbia researchers bioprint seamless 3D skin grafts for burn patients

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
The science of grafting skin has come a long way from the days of scraping it off one part of a patient's body and slapping it back on somewhere else to cover a nasty burn or injury. These days grafts… Go To Full Article

Amazon told lawmakers it wouldn’t build warehouse storm shelters

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Amazon told lawmakers it wouldn’t build storm shelters in its warehouses after a December 2021 tornado killed six employees at an Illinois location. Although the company changed its severe-weather response strategy after the incident, it essentially told the elected officials… Go To Full Article

The MSI MPG A1000G PCIE5 PSU Review: Balance of Power

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Back in December, we had the opportunity to take a look at MSI's MEG A1300P power supply, the company's latest flagship PSU. Besides offering plenty of power, the MEG Ai1300P was also MSI's first ATX 3.0 power supplies – and… Go To Full Article

Razer debuts its lightest gaming mouse ever, weighing in at 49 grams

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Razer announced its lightest gaming mouse today, the Viper Mini Signature Edition. It only weighs 49g, making it 16 percent lighter than the company’s Viper V2 Pro and one of the most lightweight mice we’ve seen from a large company. Go To Full Article

AMD’s Ryzen 7000X3D Pricing Looks Really, Really Good

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
AMD took to CES 2023 to announce variants of its current Ryzen 7000 CPUs, based on the Zen 4 architecture, using the company’s excellent 3D V-Cache technology. Now that we know how they’ll be priced, though, we don’t think anyone… Go To Full Article

Windows 11 Is Adding Even More Widgets

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Windows 11 brought back widgets to the PC, but keeping them in a panel accessible from the taskbar instead of the desktop. Even more widgets are now on the way. Go To Full Article

Arlo video doorbells and security cameras are up to half off

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Folks on the lookout for a new video doorbell or home security camera might be interested in checking out the latest sale on Arlo gear. You can snap up the devices for up to half off at the minute, with… Go To Full Article

'Star Wars: Visions' Volume 2 debuts May 4th with an Aardman short

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Star Wars: Visions is returning for a second 'season,' this time with a more international scope — including a studio you might not have expected. Disney has announced that Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 will premiere May 4th (aka Star… Go To Full Article

Microsoft rolls out Teams Premium with OpenAI-powered features

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Fresh off the heels of news that Microsoft is making a multibillion-dollar investment into OpenAI, it’s integrating the company’s tech into more of its products and services. Microsoft has announced that Teams Premium is now broadly available. The service features… Go To Full Article

CORSAIR AF120 RGB ELITE 120 mm Fan @ TechPowerUp

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
CORSAIR has updated its AF120 ELITE fans with RGB lighting. The new AF120 RGB ELITE comes in single or triple pack versions (w/ included lighting hub) offering extensive lighting options and higher max performance while retaining the handy zero-RPM mode… Go To Full Article

CORSAIR iCUE 5000D RGB Airflow @ TechPowerUp

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
The Corsair iCUE 5000D Airflow RGB takes the original 5000D Airflow through a few very subtle tweaks and adds the new AF120 Elite RGB fans into the mix. All at a cost lower than buying the individual pieces. Is pairing… Go To Full Article

Hasselblad X2D 100C: Incredible resolution, beautiful imperfections

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
After releasing two previous models, Hasselblad seems to have finally nailed the compact medium format camera with the X2D 100C. With a 100-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor that doubles the resolution of the last model, it promises incredible image quality and a… Go To Full Article

Documents show Meta paid for data scraping despite years of denouncing it

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
Meta has routinely fought data scrapers, but it also participated in that practice itself — if not necessarily for the same reasons. Bloomberg has obtained legal documents from a Meta lawsuit against a former contractor, Bright Data, indicating that the… Go To Full Article

Lyft's next-generation scooters will offer a smoother ride

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
The next time you rent a Lyft scooter, you might find the company has a new model for you to ride. Starting today, Lyft is rolling out a “next-gen” electric scooter across its footprint. The device features a redesigned suspension… Go To Full Article

TikTok rolls out its own strike system for creators who violate its rules

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
TikTok is trying to make it easier for creators and others to navigate its rules, and understand what’s happening to their accounts. The company is introducing a revamped “account enforcement system,” a series of changes that includes a new strike… Go To Full Article

ChatGPT reportedly reached 100 million users in January

@ 2023/02/03 read/post comments(0)
ChatGPT has been growing at a rate much, much faster than TikTok or any other popular app or service. According to a new study by analytics firm UBS (via Reuters and CBS), the OpenAI-developed chatbot was on pace to reach… Go To Full Article

PS5 beta update finally adds Discord voice chat

@ 2023/02/02 read/post comments(0)
After saying that it could come to PlayStation 5 in early 2022, Discord chat has finally arrived in the latest beta, Sony announced. PS5 Testers in the US, Canada and Japan will be able to join Discord calls, some months… Go To Full Article

Twitter will charge developers to access its API starting February 9th

@ 2023/02/02 read/post comments(0)
Developers will soon have to pay Twitter to be able to use its API. The website has announced through its Twitter Dev account that it will no longer support free access to its API, both versions 1.1 and 2, starting… Go To Full Article

Nissan unveils a real-life version of its Max-Out EV convertible concept

@ 2023/02/02 read/post comments(0)
Back in 2021, Nissan revealed a few concept vehicles as part of its announcement that it was going to invest $17.6 billion in the development of electric vehicles over the next few years. One of the concepts it presented is… Go To Full Article

FTC fines drug discount app for sharing user information to Facebook and Google

@ 2023/02/02 read/post comments(0)
The Federal Trade Commission has slapped prescription drug discount app GoodRx with a $1.5 million fine for the unauthorized disclosure of customers' identifiable health information with third parties, such as Facebook and Google. This is the first time the agency… Go To Full Article

AMD’s Ryzen 7000X3D Chips Get Release Dates

@ 2023/02/02 read/post comments(0)
AMD today has announced the launch date and prices for its eagerly anticipated Ryzen 7000X3D series processors. Aimed primarily at gamers, the company’s first L3 V-Cache equipped Ryzen 7000 processors will begin rolling out on February 28th, when the Ryzen… Go To Full Article

Facebook now has 2 billion users

@ 2023/02/02 read/post comments(0)
Almost 20 years in, Facebook is still growing. The social network now has 2 billion daily active users, Meta reported alongside its fourth-quarter earnings. The report marks the first time Facebook, which added 16 million users last quarter, has reached… Go To Full Article

‘Overwatch 2’ will punish players who regularly team up with cheaters

@ 2023/02/02 read/post comments(0)
With the third season of Overwatch 2 slated to start on February 7th, Blizzard is stepping up its efforts to combat cheating. In a blog post published Wednesday, the studio said it would begin identifying players who regularly play with… Go To Full Article

Intel brings significant performance improvements with latest GPU driver update

@ 2023/02/02 read/post comments(0)
Cuts the price of Arc A750 down to $249 Intel has finally brought the promised and much-needed performance improvements with its latest GPU driver update, as well as cut the price of the Arc A750, raising the… Go To Full Article

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