Acer FA200 PCIe 4.0 2TB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2024-02-18 read/post comments(0)

The Acer FA200 2TB manufactured by BIWIN Storage Technology can deliver good performance even without an included DRAM cache, being really close in performance with other mainstream to high-end drives, which is quite impressive! The large quantity of pSLC cache allows the drive to maintain high performance even after continuously writing over 450GB to it. read more

XTRFY M4 RGB TOKYO Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2024-02-16 read/post comments(0)

Since there is not a lot of configuration we can perform on the M4 RGB TOKYO, we went ahead and started some gaming sessions; we have tried multiple genres such as Escape Simulator, The Last of Us Part I, Alan Wake American Nightmare and Alan Wake II but also New World and we felt right at home with the mouse shape and tracking, without the need to get used to with the shape. read more

ECS LIVA Z5 Plus Mini-PC Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2024-02-09 read/post comments(0)

The ECS LIVA Z5 Plus has impressed us quite a bit in terms of performance, operating silently even when higher load levels are implied. Not long ago we have tried out the Shuttle DC40U5 with the i5-1235U, while the LIVA Z5 Plus does incorporate the i5-1335U. The newer Raptor Lake-U SoC is more optimized but that is not all which explains the notable increased performance: ECS has configured their SKU with a package power of 20W in Full Load, with peaks of 39.1W, while on the Shuttle system we do see a maximum package power of 15W in Full Load, with peaks of just 17.8W, explaining the main difference in clocks, especially for the Performance cores. read more

Razer Viper V3 HyperSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2024-02-04 read/post comments(0)

The Viper V3 HyperSpeed has an approximate size of 127.1 x 63.9 x 39.9 mm (L x W x H), so we are dealing with a medium-size chassis, while the weight is 59g without the battery installed…this reaches about 82g with the battery inside the mouse. The textured plastic and shape allow for a comfortable grip and we felt right at home when using it while gaming in New World, Escape Simulator, Tauri WoW, ArcheAge and The Last Of Us Part I. The tracking is flawless and we have also noted no latency when actuating the buttons. read more

AQIRYS ALNAIR Wireless ANC Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2024-01-28 read/post comments(0)

ALNAIR is another headset we are testing without dedicated software, so it is actually plug-and-play without the need of extra adjustments; the majority of people will be happy with the sound quality of this particular set, as we have noted in different games such as Alan Wake, New World, Synced and Escape Simulator. read more

Crucial Pro 2x24GB DDR5 6000MHz Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2024-01-21 read/post comments(0)

The capacities of 24GB or 48GB per module were quite unusual until recently and, on both AMD, Intel platforms UEFI updates were necessary in order to fit such kits and be able to boot. The extra capacity is appreciated and, from our tests we have observed that the Crucial Pro 48GB can offer quite a bit of performance by using the same timings, up to 6600MHz. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards CHERRY MX 8.2 TKL WIRELESS WHITE Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2024-01-14
Others/All-in-one PC Shuttle XPC nano Barebone NC40U5 Review by stefan @ 2024-01-07
Storage/SSD ANACOMDA i4-X 4TB PCIe Gen4 2280 M.2 SSD Review by stefan @ 2024-01-01
Storage/SSD Silicon Power US75 M.2 2280 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD Review by stefan @ 2023-12-25
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India’s government is forcing X to censor accounts via executive order amid the farme

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X, formerly Twitter, is once again restricting content in India. The company's Global Government Affairs account announced that the Indian government had issued an executive order mandating that X withhold specific accounts and posts or face penalties such as "significant… Go To Full Article

Google's sign-in and sign-up pages have a new look

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After teasing it for the past couple of weeks, Google is rolling out a new sign-in page with a slightly cleaner design. The changes are small and don't affect functionality, but it's something that users encounter often, and Google has… Go To Full Article

Apple fiddles with its battery lifespan adverts to dodge EU rules

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All it took was a magical press release, and the phones started charging longer. This is somewhat magical because Apple is usually in trouble over battery issues, so claiming they are suddenly lasting longer is a miracle with raising the… Go To Full Article

Chipzilla bags a big deal with Vole

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Vole plans to use Chipzilla's 18A manufacturing technology to make a new chip that the software maker cooked up in-house, the two companies said at a bash on Wednesday. Go To Full Article

XBOX boss: we're not ditching disks yet

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While Spencer hinted that disk slots have become a bit dated by now, Xbox consoles will still offer both disk-friendly and disk-free options if gamers still fancy them. However, Vole hasn't said whether the rumoured diskless Xbox update of the… Go To Full Article

Nvidia is getting hotter than a 2018 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

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Nvidia shares soared by about 10 per cent after it reported fourth-quarter earnings that smashed Wall Street's predictions for profits and sales. The said revenue during the current quarter would be even better than expected, even against sky-high expectations for… Go To Full Article

Dodgy health watches and rings could kill you, warns FDA

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The FDA has issued a warning on Wednesday that it has blessed any smartwatch or smart ring that claims to measure blood glucose levels. The use of these dodgy devices can lead to wrong measurements and blunders in managing diabetes… Go To Full Article

Sony announces ALT1350 LPWA chipset commercial availability

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The Sony's Altair ALT1350 is the first cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT SoC to have a low-power application MCU, a sensor-hub for processing data, enhanced security, integrated SIM (iSIM) location technology and an extra sub-GHz LPWA/FAN customisable transceiver and NTN communication options in… Go To Full Article

Intel Core i9-13900K and i7-13700K Gaming Stability Issues Linked to Power Limit

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Users of Intel's 13th Gen unlocked K-series processors such as Core i9-13900K, i7-13700K, are reporting stability issues when gaming even at stock clock-speeds. Hassan Mujtaba of Wccftech and Tom's Hardware have isolated the issues to power limit unlocks. Most Z690… Go To Full Article

PlayStation now supports passkey sign-ins

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You don't have to type in your password every time you log into your PlayStation account anymore. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has launched passkey support for PlayStation accounts, which means you can simply sign in through your mobile device or… Go To Full Article

Sharkoon Launches SKILLER SGH50 White Gaming Headset

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Sharkoon Technologies is an international supplier of high-quality, high-performance PC components and peripherals. For light-colored gaming setups, Sharkoon is now launching a white version of the Hi-Res-certified SKILLER SGH50 gaming headset. Moreover, in addition to the usual synthetic-leather ear pads,… Go To Full Article

Google promises to fix Gemini's image generation following complaints that it's 'woke

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Google's Gemini chatbot, which was formerly called Bard, has the capability to whip up AI-generated illustrations based on a user's text description. You can ask it to create pictures of happy couples, for instance, or people in period clothing walking… Go To Full Article

Modders Pull Off 16GB GeForce RTX 2080 Upgrade

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Brazilian tech enthusiast Paulo Gomes, in association with Jefferson Silva, and Ygor Mota, successfully modded an EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 "Turing" graphics card to 16 GB. This was done by replacing each of its 8 Gbit GDDR6 memory chips with… Go To Full Article

Your older S23 phone will get Samsung's Galaxy AI suite in late March

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That group of 2023 devices will receive a software update next month with the AI features from the S24 series. Those include communication-based AI tricks like Chat Assist (adjusts message tone and translates messages), Live Translate (real-time voice and text… Go To Full Article

Intel Introduces Advisory Committee at Intel Foundry Direct Connect

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During his keynote address today at Intel Foundry Direct Connect, Intel's inaugural foundry event, CEO Pat Gelsinger introduced four members of the company's Foundry Advisory Committee. The committee advises Intel on its IDM 2.0 strategy, including creation and development of… Go To Full Article

Rivian is laying off 10 percent of its salaried employees

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Electric car maker Rivian announced on Wednesday that it’s laying off 10 percent of its salaried workforce to cut costs after facing a quarterly loss. The Amazon-backed company reported that it lost $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2023… Go To Full Article

Bethesda Celebrates Starfield FSR 3.0 Update with Graphics Card + Processor Collector

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Bethesda on February 20 released the 1.9.67 path update for Starfield, which adds support for AMD FSR 3.0 performance enhancement, including frame generation. To celebrate this update, the game's developers are giving away an ultra-rare Collector's Edition bundle of Starfield-themed… Go To Full Article

Insiders Predict Slimmer Profiles on 2024 iPad Pro OLED Models

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Mid-January reportage indicated that LG and Samsung plants in South Korea had commenced construction of next-gen Apple iPad OLED parts—while expert analysis has predicted a second quarter launch of 11 and 13-inch "Pro" tablet models. Omdia—an independent analyst and consultancy… Go To Full Article

Four Fan-Favorite Xbox Games Heading to Nintendo Switch & Sony PlayStation Platforms

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At Xbox, we strive to create games that inspire, entertain, and connect players from around the world. As a publisher and platform we are committed to meeting players where they are, by bringing more games, to more people, and on… Go To Full Article

AMD Ryzen 7 8840U "Hawk Point" APU Exceeds Expectations in 10 W TDP Gaming Test

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AMD Ryzen 8040 "Hawk Point" mobile processors continue to roll out in all sorts of review sample guises—mostly within laptops/notebooks and handheld gaming PC segments. An example of the latter would be GPD's Hawk Point-refreshed Win Max 2 model—Cary Golomb,… Go To Full Article

Dell's New XPS 13, XPS 14, and XPS 16 Are Now Available

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Dell revealed a new generation of XPS laptops back in January, complete with Intel’s new Core Ultra processors, an updated design, and a new 16.3-inch screen option. Now you can finally buy the laptops. Go To Full Article

Meta is testing cross-posts from Facebook to Threads

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Despite quickly amassing more than 100 million users, Meta’s Threads hasn’t exactly broken through to the zeitgeist the way its main rival, X/Twitter, did. It’s arguably still awaiting its plane-on-the-Hudson moment. Nevertheless, Meta is doing what it can to bring… Go To Full Article

Arm Launches Next-Generation Neoverse CSS V3 and N3 Designs for Cloud, HPC, and AI

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Last year, Arm introduced its Neoverse Compute Subsystem (CSS) for the N2 and V2 series of data center processors, providing a reference platform for the development of efficient Arm-based chips. Major cloud service providers like AWS with Graviton 4 and… Go To Full Article

Microsoft Auto-updating Eligible Windows 11 PCs to Version 23H2

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Windows 11 version 23H2 started rolling out last October, but many users of Microsoft's flagship operating system opted out of an upgrade, thanks to a handy "optional" toggle. News outlets have latched onto a freshly published (February 20) Windows 11… Go To Full Article

NZXT Function 2 MiniTKL Optical Keyboard @ TechPowerUp

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NZXT updates its keyboard line with the new Function 2 series. Today we look at the Function 2 miniTKL which uses optical switches for customizing actuation distance, a unique form factor prioritizing ergonomics without compromising on functionality, and aims to… Go To Full Article

The Borderlands movie trailer has all the nuance of a Borderlands game

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There’s a Borderlands movie coming out, and now we have our very first teaser trailer. This footage gives us a glimpse of all of the major characters, most of which are sourced from the game, and the tone that director… Go To Full Article

SteelSeries Unveils Arctis Nova 7 Dragon Edition Gaming Headset

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Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) is a huge celebration, so let's get informed about its tradition and meaning (read more below). Have you been wondering what the big celebration is all about? We've got you covered. Check out… Go To Full Article

Respawn Entertainment Reportedly Working on "Star Wars: Mandalorian" FPS Title

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Job listings posted by Respawn Entertainment last summer indicated that their Star Wars Jedi: Survivor development team had moved onto an unsurprising project—the ideal candidate(s) would help: "create an incredible Star Wars experience for our players in a fun, third-person… Go To Full Article

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger Receives 2024 Distinguished Executive Leadership Award from J

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The JEDEC Board of Directors presented its prestigious 2024 Distinguished Executive Leadership Award to Intel CEO, Pat Gelsinger, in a ceremony held at Intel's offices in Santa Clara, CA earlier this month. This award stands as JEDEC's highest honor and… Go To Full Article

Intel Meteor Lake Linux Patches Set to Optimize Default Power Modes

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Phoronix has spotted intriguing new Linux kernel patches for Intel Core Ultra "Meteor Lake" processors—the Monday morning notes reveal in-house software engineers are implementing default power profile adjustments. Meteor Lake CPUs have been operating on a default "balanced_performance" mode since… Go To Full Article

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