BIOSTAR RACING Z690GTA LGA1700 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel LGA1700 by stefan @ 2022-01-24 read/post comments(0)

The Racing Z690GTA mainstream motherboard for Intel’s Alder Lake generation does feature a catchy color scheme and is very well equipped in terms of interfaces. The BIOS is easy to configure/understand and has support for high-speed RAM as well (32GB kits should work fine till 4200MHz at least, while with 16GB you might get lucky and run at 4600MHz as well). The top VRM heatsink is complimented with two small fans in order to keep temps in check which can get loud at times, but their fan curve can be customized as well via UEFI or the Windows application. read more

be quiet! Pure Loop 240mm AIO Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by stefan @ 2022-01-17 read/post comments(0)

Pure Loop 240mm is built from high-quality materials, is easy to install thanks to the provided instructions and provides an innovative pump design for eliminating noise and vibrations inside the case. While this version of the Pure Loop is indicated as recommended for i3/i5 processors from Intel, it could handle the power-hungry i7-12700K CPU as well, by keeping the temperatures under TjMAX, while the noise levels remained at low levels due to the use of two Pure Wings 2 120mm fans. read more

Silicon Power Armor A66 5TB Portable HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2022-01-09 read/post comments(0)

The Armor A66 5TB portable drive is not only rugged enough to withstand rough environments but can also offer quite a bit of performance thanks to the included WD Blue 2.5’’. The drive comes with 128MB of cache and 5 platters of 1TB each, increasing the drive chassis height to 15mm. The Armor A55 does also come with IPX4 water resistance and to help with this feature, the USB port does come with a rubber cover as well. read more

Silicon Power QS28 20000mAh Power Bank Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2022-01-02 read/post comments(0)

The QS28 20000mAh power bank from Silicon Power is quite helpful when going in longer trips in order to handle multiple charges for your smartphone, quite a bit of recording hours with the action camera and you can also top up multiple devices at the same time (maximum of three). In our tests, the charging indicator has dropped to just about 73% when charging our trusty Galaxy S21 from zero to full, while keeping the smartphone on so lots of power left! read more

SteelSeries Aerox 3 2022 Edition Wired Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2021-12-27 read/post comments(0)

At just 59g, the Aerox 3 2022 edition feels great in hand and if the paracord cabling is placed correctly you won’t feel any difference as when using a wireless variant. It packs a mainstream TrueMove Core sensor with a maximum CPI of 8500 and should be enough for most usage environments. Durability is right at home thanks to the advertised AquaBarrier protection of the PCB, while the incorporated IP54 Golden Micro switches are very durable and feature a pleasant click response.   read more

Shuttle XPC slim Barebone DL20N6 Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2021-12-20 read/post comments(0)

The DL20N series from Shuttle is an impressive jump in performance versus the older DL10J, while the choice to have installed a Pentium N6005 4-core SKU while retaining the 10W TDP is great! The whole system is passively cooled, so it is virtually noiseless if we do install only SSDs as storage devices. We have found that using the chassis horizontally is not stellar for the nearby M.2 SSD, because it tends to share a bit of heat from the Intel SoC heatsink, but in vertical position the issue is fully solved so purchasing the vertical stand is a must in our book! read more
Storage/SSD Patriot Burst Elite 2TB 2.5'' SSD Review by stefan @ 2021-12-13
Audio/Others Creative Chat USB On-ear Headset with Noise-cancelling Mic Review by stefan @ 2021-12-06
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Prime Mini Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2021-11-29
Audio/Others RAZER Kraken V3 HyperSense Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2021-11-22
Storage/Other KIOXIA EXCERIA High-Endurance microSD 256GB Card Review by stefan @ 2021-11-21

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Samsung’s entry Galaxy S22 Ultra may come with less memory than last year’s model

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With Samsung scheduled to announce its next Galaxy S flagships in February, a new leak suggests the company may have a pricing change planned for its high-end phone lineup. Per a tweet spotted by Android Police from WinFuture’sRoland Quandt, European… Go To Full Article

PlatinumGames’ long-awaited shoot ’em up ‘Sol Cresta’ arrives February 22nd

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PlatinumGames will release Sol Cresta on February 22nd, the studio announced this weekend. The developer had hoped to have the shmup ready by the end of 2021, but made the last-minute decision to delay it to give its development team… Go To Full Article

Google claims court ruling would force it to 'censor' the internet

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Google has asked the High Court of Australia to overturn a 2020 ruling it warns could have a “devastating” effect on the wider internet. In a filing the search giant made on Friday, Google claims it will be forced to… Go To Full Article

WhatsApp is nearly ready to migrate Android chats to iPhone

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WhatsApp may soon release two highly-requested features. The first is one iPhone users have been waiting for since the company made it possible for Samsung Galaxy owners and later those with Pixel phones to migrate their chat history from an… Go To Full Article

'Billions' is the latest TV show to create a PR problem for Peloton

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Peloton can't quite escape the publicity headaches from TV shows featuring its products. According to The New York Times and The Verge, the premiere episode of Billions season six includes a scene that, like the Sex and the City follow-up… Go To Full Article

'Dark Souls 3' security hole lets attackers hijack your PC

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You might not want to play a Dark Souls game online for a while — not that you necessarily can. As Dexerto and The Verge report, attackers have discovered a security exploit in Dark Souls 3 (and potentially Elden Ring)… Go To Full Article

ECOVACS DEEBOT T9 AIVI Vacuum & Mopping Robot Review

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Description: Taking their best robot vacuum model to date and equipping it with an 960p HD camera complete with two-way communication has worked in the past so ECOVACS did it again, this time however they took things even further by… Go To Full Article

vivo V23 5G Smartphone Preview : What You Need To Know!

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vivo just launched their V23 5G smartphone, offering dual front cameras with dual LED spotlights for selfie-lovers! Take a look at the new vivo V23 5G, and find out if this is the selfie pal you have… Go To Full Article

Steam Deck will support games with Epic's Easy Anti-Cheat software

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Things are looking brighter for Valve’s Steam Deck and its potential game library. On Friday, the company announced titles that depend on Epic’s Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) software can now run on the portable. Valve said adding Steam Deck support to… Go To Full Article

Google may already be making another Chromecast with Google TV

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Google tends to release new Chromecast models only sparingly (you can still buy a years-old 1080p unit today), but it may be more aggressive with the Google TV model. 9to5Googlesources claim the company is already developing a new Chromecast with… Go To Full Article

'Dying Light 2' will include free PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades

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After multiple delays, Dying Light 2 will finally arrive on February 4th. If you haven’t had a chance to purchase a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S yet, developer Techland is making the decision of whether to buy the game… Go To Full Article

Sony will release a movie made using the PlayStation game-builder ‘Dreams’

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Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the rights to an animated movie entitled A Winter’s Journey, which will be made in part using the PlayStation game-creation tool Dreams. According to Deadline, the film will blend live actors with CG and… Go To Full Article

Federal Reserve study offers no answers on creating a digital dollar

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Don't expect the US Federal Reserve to issue a digital dollar any time soon. CNBCreports the Reserve has published its long-in-the-making study of a central bank cryptocurrency, but took no stances on whether or not it should pursue the technology.… Go To Full Article

Vi from ‘League of Legends’ arrives in ‘Fortnite’

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Fans of Riot’s Arcane have a long wait ahead of them before season two of the animated series arrives. In the meantime, you can at least play a few matches of Fortnite with a new character from the show. Epic… Go To Full Article

US labor board says Amazon illegally fired union organizer in New York

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined that Amazon illegally fired former worker Daequan Smith for trying to unionize its warehouses in Staten Island, New York. Smith, who was one of the organizers for the Amazon Labor Union (ALU),… Go To Full Article

DeepCool PQ-M Series 1000 W @ TechPowerUp

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The DeepCool PQ1000M is a decent recommendation, based on a Seasonic design, pairing high capacity with low-noise operation. However, its strongest competitor is the Corsair RM1000x, which costs less and performs better due to its modern CWT platform. Go To Full Article

Robinhood opens cryptocurrency wallet to beta testers

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Back in September, Robinhood announced plans to test a cryptocurrency wallet within its app. At the time, the company said it would open the beta to a small number of people before expanding availability ahead of a full-scale release. If… Go To Full Article

Switch versions of 'Life is Strange' remaster and 'Dying Light 2' have been delayed

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Nintendo Switch owners will have to wait or look elsewhere if they want to play two of February’s more notable new releases. In separate announcements, Square Enix and Techland shared they’re delaying the Switch versions of Life is Strange: Remastered… Go To Full Article

Meta and Snap sued by mother over alleged role in her daughter's suicide

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A Connecticut mother has brought a lawsuit against Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta, as well as Snap, claiming the platforms to cause the sort of addiction her late daughter suffered prior to taking her own life at age 11… Go To Full Article

Even USPS has NFTs now

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Stamps from the Post Office are among the most popular collectible items, and the USPS is taking that idea to the next level with its own NFTs. It brings that same level of collectability from the world of physical stamps… Go To Full Article

The latest 'Star Trek: Picard' season two trailer teases a time-traveling adventure

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The wait is over. Following a first-look trailer back in June of last year, ViacomCBS has finally released a new clip from Star Trek: Picard. And there’s a lot to unpack here. Through the machinations of Q, Picard and the… Go To Full Article

INNO3D GeForce RTX 3070 Ti X3 OC Review @

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We have just released a review of the overclocked INNO3D GeForce RTX 3070 Ti X3 OC graphics card with 8 GB GDDR6X memory and Nvidia Ampere-based GA104-400-GPU, including lots of benchmarks in different presets (e.g. Raytracing, Full- and Ultra-HD), power… Go To Full Article

ASUS ROG Strix Impact II Moonlight White @ TechPowerUp

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The Strix Impact II has been among ASUS's most successful releases in recent times. Accordingly, ASUS refreshes this ambidextrous model once again as part of their Moonlight White product line. In this review, we'll find out what has changed and… Go To Full Article

Google files motion to dismiss four charges in antitrust lawsuit

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Google has filed a motion to dismiss most of an ad tech-focused antitrust lawsuit brought forward by a group of state attorneys general. It has requested that a federal court dismiss four of the six charges with prejudice, which would… Go To Full Article

Court orders persistent 'Roblox' troll to stay off the platform

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A court in California has ordered Benjamin Robert Simon to pay $150,000 in damages to the creator of Roblox, reports Polygon. Roblox Corporation sued Simon in November, accusing the YouTuber of harassing its player base and repeatedly skirting its efforts… Go To Full Article

Godzilla is headed to Apple TV+ in the MonsterVerse’s first live-action series

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Legendary Pictures has been trying to make the MonsterVerse a thing for a while now, and following Godzilla and King Kong’s return to the movie theaters back in 2014, kaiju are now heading to the small screen in an upcoming… Go To Full Article

A group of Activision Blizzard workers is unionizing

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Call of Duty: Warzone quality assurance workers at Activision Blizzard studio Raven Software have announced plans to unionize with the Communication Workers of America (CWA). They have asked the company to voluntarily recognize their group, which is called the Game… Go To Full Article

Leak offers a glimpse at Microsoft's canceled Andromeda OS for dual-screen devices

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Before Microsoft announced the Surface Duo in 2019, the company spent several years working on an operating system codenamed Andromeda. It was envisioned as a reboot of Windows Phone with an emphasis on inking. The company worked on the software… Go To Full Article

Tesla's Next Product Might Go On Your Head

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This week we learned that Tesla recently applied for an expansion of its trademark into the audio segment. The company added a trademark to sell audio equipment like speakers or headphones under its brand, suggesting your next Tesla purchase could… Go To Full Article

FiiO x JadeAudio JD3 IEMs @ TechPowerUp

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FiiO, via its sub-brand Jade Audio, has released a wallet-friendly set of well-tuned IEMs to appeal to entry-level music lovers worldwide. The JD3 uses a custom 9.2 mm dynamic driver paired with a semi-open acoustic chamber and an all-steel unibody… Go To Full Article

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