Silicon Power XPOWER Zenith 2x16GB DDR5 5600MHz RGB Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2023-09-27 read/post comments(0)

The XPOWER Zenith C40 32GB DDR5-5600 memory kit from Silicon Power has impressed us positively in terms of overclocking capabilities, being able to operate it error free up to 6400MHz, by only raising the operating voltage to 1.3V! The modules did not overheat, barely got warm thanks to the included heatspreaders, while the RGB lighting can really light up the inside of your computer case! read more

Crucial MX500 4TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5-inch 7mm SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-09-24 read/post comments(0)

After checking the performance of the Crucial MX500 4TB, we can clearly note that it works best as a secondary storage device, where speed is less of a priority, but the user will mainly be more interested in price per GB. The drive succeeds to maintain a rather high transfer speed even after the pSLC cache has been filled up thanks to the 176-layer TLC ICs, but also the DRAM for caching purposes. The use of TLC does also enhance the overall durability, the drive being guaranteed for 1PB of total writes during its lifetime. read more

Creative Pebble Pro Minimalist 2.0 Speakers with BT and RGB Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2023-09-17 read/post comments(0)

After installing the Pebble Pro system on our test desktop, we fired up multiple YouTube clips, TV shows and tried some games; the voices were clearly heard, and we noted an improvement on the bass delivery thanks to the reworked drivers (the passive radiator was present on the V3 as well). For the mainstream crowd and in case you need some mobility while working from home via laptop computer, the Pebble Pro ticks all boxes, now with the added interfaces which assist calls, thanks to the included sound card which boosts quality for the analog interfaces, but also helps with microphone noise reduction. read more

Sabrent Rocket 2230 NVMe PCIe 4.0 1TB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-09-11 read/post comments(0)

The Sabrent Rocket 2230 NVMe 4.0 SSD does bring performance and capacity to the table when compared to the stock storage solution of compact devices like Steam Deck, ASUS ALLY so considering the current drop in price, this model should be on your short list when on the market to make such a purchase. Its operating temperatures are decent, while the thin copper foil on top does help with faster heat dissipation during heavier workloads. read more

Linksys Atlas Pro 6 Dual-Band AX5400 Mesh WiFi 6 System 2-Pack Review

Others/Networking Gear by stefan @ 2023-09-05 read/post comments()

The entry-level to mainstream Atlas Pro 6 and its 2-pack system is easy to set up via smartphone/tablet application and requires very little knowledge from the customer since everything is guided thanks to the included animations. We get 3 LAN ports with each tower to connect devices in wired mode, while the wireless performance remains good even when the signal needs to pass through multiple walls. read more

Silicon Power UD85 2TB 2280 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-08-28 read/post comments(0)

The entry-level U85 drive from Silicon Power does come with decent performance and thanks to the inclusion of the TLC NAND instead of QLC we noted higher sustained writes but also the TBW for the 2TB model is appreciable, at about 1120TB. The placement of the ICs is a bit different when compared to other manufacturers, leaving about one third of the PCB unused; the main Phison PS5019-E19-35 controller will get a bit toasty during prolonged writes so we would really recommend good ventilation around the drive when writing large amounts of data at once. read more
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Sony PlayStation boss Jim Ryan is retiring in March 2024

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Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment's (SIE) President and CEO, is stepping down in March 2024. In a post announcing his retirement, the executive said he's been finding it "increasingly difficult" to juggle his home life in the UK and his… Go To Full Article

eMMC Destined Live A Bit Longer: KIOXIA Releases New Generation of eMMC Modules

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While the tech industry as a whole is well in the middle of transitioning to UFS and NVMe storage for portable devices, it would seem that the sun won't be setting on eMMC quite yet. This week Kioxia has introduced… Go To Full Article

Epic Games asks Supreme Court to reconsider Apple antitrust ruling

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Epic Games has asked the US Supreme Court to review a ruling from 2021 that cleared Apple of violating antitrust laws, according to a Bloomberg report. The Fortnite maker previously claimed that Apple violated California's Unfair Competition law, stating that… Go To Full Article

Counter-Strike 2 is now available as a free upgrade to CS:GO

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Valve launched Counter-Strike 2 today. The long-rumored game, officially announced in March, has replaced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a free upgrade. It uses Valve’s in-house Source 2 engine, leading to sharper textures, more believable lighting and new geometry. Go To Full Article

HP P900 1 TB Portable SSD @ TechPowerUp

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With the P900, HP is finally releasing a USB 3.2 2x2 20 Gbps capable portable SSD. In our review we can confirm that the speeds are good, reaching well over 1 GB/s, even at lower queue depths. Thanks to an… Go To Full Article

Windows Subsystem for Android 2309 Preview released

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We’ve shipped an update for Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 to the Windows Subsystem for Android Preview Program. This update (2309.40000.2.0) includes improvements to platform reliability and functionality improvements. Go To Full Article

Cuphead is adding free behind-the-scenes bonus content

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Cuphead developer Studio MDHR is celebrating the indie game’s sixth anniversary by giving Xbox and Windows players free behind-the-scenes content. The DLC includes high-res photos, concept art, a video player and the entire soundtrack. The developer describes the bonus content… Go To Full Article

Generative AI image editing is coming to Instagram

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Meta is starting to make good on its promise to bring generative AI to all of its products. At the company’s Connect event, it revealed new AI image editing and sticker-creation features for Instagram. Go To Full Article

Meta Quest 3 will gain offical Xbox Cloud Gaming support in December

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We learned at last year's Meta Connect that Quest headsets would gain official support for Xbox Cloud Gaming and now we have a clearer idea of when that will happen. During this year's event, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that… Go To Full Article

Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses hands-on

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I haven’t posted on Instagram in more than two years and I often find social media to be a bit of a chore. But after checking out its second-gen high-tech sunglasses announced today at Connect, officially called the Ray-Ban Meta… Go To Full Article

Meta Quest 3 hands-on: A proper successor to the most popular VR headset

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Last year Meta caught a bit of backlash when it released the Quest Pro. It was too expensive, it had a number of features people didn’t really want, and there just weren’t enough apps that fully utilized its hardware. But… Go To Full Article

Horizon Forbidden West battles its way to PCs in 2024

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Sony continues its mission to release first-party titles on PC, as the critically-acclaimed PS5 sequel Horizon Forbidden West is coming to Steam and the Epic Games Store early next year. The port’s being handled by Nixxes Software, a company Sony… Go To Full Article

DOJ sues eBay for selling environmentally hazardous products

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The US Department of Justice sued eBay on Wednesday for its role in the sale of products that harm the environment. It accused the online retailer of selling or distributing hundreds of thousands of products that violated the Clean Air… Go To Full Article

Blizzard veteran Chris Metzen returns to build WoW's 'next generation of adventures'

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It seems the lure of building the Warcraft universe is irresistible for some folks. Long-time Blizzard lore chief Chris Metzen has returned to the publisher on a full-time basis to help shape the future of the franchise. Go To Full Article

Sony investigates the alleged data breach that has led to hacker infighting

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The alleged Sony data breach just got messier. On Monday, relatively new hacking group made the lofty claim that it had successfully compromised "all" of the company's systems, as reported by Cybersecurity Connect. Now a second threat actor has… Go To Full Article

Ex-Microsoft exec Panos Panay is confirmed as the new head of Amazon's devices team

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Former Microsoft executive Panos Panay will be taking over as the head of Amazon’s Devices and Services (D&S) division, the company confirmed. He'll start his new role at the end of October, CEO Andy Jassy said. Go To Full Article

EA pulls its FIFA games from digital storefronts such as Steam

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Electronic Arts has pulled its FIFA games from digital storefronts such as Steam and console stores just as EA Sports FC 24 arrives. As noted by X (formerly Twitter) user MauroNL, none of EA’s FIFA titles are available for purchase… Go To Full Article

Mercedes take the wheel: Testing Drive Pilot L3 autonomy in traffic

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The day is finally here: There's a self-driving car available for purchase in the US. Or, at least, there will be within the next few months. Mercedes-Benz is bringing its Drive Pilot-equipped cars to California and Nevada, and, when they're… Go To Full Article

Honbike’s e-bike of the future is perfect for cities

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Editorial Note: Apologies for the delay in this review, earlier this year I was in a bike accident – not with this bike, I should add – that left me with a months-long concussion. Go To Full Article

Valve fails to get out of paying its EU geo-blocking fine

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Valve has failed to convince a court that it didn't infringe EU law by geo-blocking activation keys, according to a new ruling. The company argued that, based on copyright law, publishers had the right to charge different prices for games… Go To Full Article

Crucial Unveils X9 Portable SSD: QLC for the Cost-Conscious Consumer

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Crucial entered the portable SSD market relatively late, with their X6 and X8 PSSDs being the mainstay for many years. Based on QLC NAND, they were marketed for read-intensive use-cases, though the generous amount of SLC cache ended up delivering… Go To Full Article

Logitech's new racing cockpit is a $299 foldable chair

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Logitech has introduced a new $299 cockpit for racing simulators that wouldn't look too out of place at a backyard cookout. The accessories brand has teamed up with gaming seat maker Playseat to release the Playseat Challenge X. It's equipped… Go To Full Article

Lamini ditches Nvidia

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AI startup Lamini uses AMD GPUs instead of the more popular Nvidia GPUs to run large language models (LLMs) like Llama-2 for customers. Go To Full Article

Sir Jony Ive gears up to take on Apple

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The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn claiming that the bloke who made Apple’s mediocre hardware look special, Sir Jony Ive, is teaming up with OpenAI chief Sam Altman to build an AI-based project.… Go To Full Article

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Review: Titanium and USB-C Steal the Show

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The Apple iPhone 15 Pro is objectively better than the 14 Pro. Its titanium frame is lighter weight while even more elegant in the hand. The camera system gains enhancements, too. Even the USB-C port allows for more charging convenience.… Go To Full Article

Kobo Libra 2 Review: A Top-Notch Reading Device

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The Kobo Libra 2 has a plain and simple design, and yet, it has proven to be an ideal eReader. With a clear, easy-to-read screen, waterproof enclosure, and page-turn buttons, Kobo gives readers everything they want and almost nothing they… Go To Full Article

Apple told to open up to rivals

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The EU is set to give the fruity cargo cult Apple a few sleepless nights with its industry chief Thierry Breton calling on the company to open up its walled garden of delights. Go To Full Article

Microsoft investigates cheaper AI options

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For those who came late, Vole’s push to put artificial intelligence into its software has hinged almost entirely on OpenAI, the startup Microsoft funded in exchange for the right to use its cutting-edge technology. Go To Full Article

GPUs hit by cross-origin attack

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GPUs from all six significant suppliers could be vulnerable to a newly discovered attack that allows malicious websites to read the usernames, passwords, and other sensitive visual data displayed by other websites. Go To Full Article

Unity group collapses into chaos

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Since its founding in 2010, the Boston Unity Group (BUG) has attracted thousands of members to regular gatherings, talks, and networking events, including many technical lectures archived on YouTube. But the group says it will be hosting its last meeting… Go To Full Article

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