Silicon Power 2x16GB DDR4-3200 XPOWER Turbine RGB Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2020-02-18 read/post comments(0)

The XPOWER Turbine RGB 32GB kit from Silicon Power does offer wide compatibility for configuration in terms of LED lighting, while the Samsung ICs are carefully selected from the factory, in order to stay stable at the programmed XMP timings. In our case, the kit has performed interestingly well at 3000MHz instead of the rated 3200Mhz, which leaves us suspecting that the pre-programmed timings were more relaxed than the kit was capable of. When testing with the rated CAS timings and leaving the others on Auto, we managed to squeeze more performance out of the kit, but going further was not possible since the system was unable to boot. read more

Razer Nari Ultimate - Overwatch Lúcio Edition Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2020-02-16 read/post comments(0)

After fully charging the headset, we have fired up several games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic, Overwatch, Bioshock 2, Forza Horizon 4 and Bayonetta; even at default settings, the vibration is quite strong and activates on low frequencies in real time. Even when we have had discussions via Skype, depending on the voice frequency we have felt short vibrations but thanks to the Synapse controls, we could eliminate these by turning the haptic effects to a lower level. Thanks to the thick padding of the cups, the vibration effect remains pleasant even when it is turned all the way up; however, there are times when we would like to turn the haptic effect completely off and this is… read more

XFX AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB GDDR6 THICC III Ultra Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2020-02-12 read/post comments(0)

With the release of the Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 Ultra THICC III, XFX has refined the cooling system quite a bit and now we do have a card that only occupies two slots, remains cool during maximum load and at the same time the fans remain at very low noise levels. Even though the card runs with the memory at 12Gbps, the used packages are rated at 14Gbps, so we have some overclocking headroom for sure in this regard, while the GPU reaches nearly 1750MHz boost clock in Time Spy Extreme, as the manufacturer intended. XFX and AMD themselves have intended to recommend this card for 1080P resolutions while gaming, but we have seen situations when this card… read more

SteelSeries Rival 3 Wired Gaming Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2020-02-09 read/post comments(0)

Due to its low weight and comfortable shape, we have used the mouse without any issues while writing several reviews but also while playing titles such as DOOM, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Bioshock 2. Up to 2560x1440 screen resolution we did not see the need of using higher CPI values than Rival 3 can offer, while the left/right click buttons have a nice feel to it, while being quite silent. Even if we are talking about an entry-level product, we do have the RGB LED lighting system split on three different segments, with different configuration options; SteelSeries does also mention that with this mouse they have used the brightest LEDs to date, measuring around 750 lux. read more

Creative SXFI THEATER 2.4GHz Low Latency Wireless Headphones Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2020-02-05 read/post comments(0)

After creating the profile in the SXFI mobile application, we went ahead and installed SXFI Control for easy upload purposes, while leaving the EQ in neutral position. We did listen to quite a bit of YouTube clips, 1080P and 4K TV Shows/Movies but also played Injustice 2, SWTOR and Resident Evil 2: Creative’s implementation of holographic audio really makes a difference and offers a very nice experience even when only voices are involved. Besides really great virtual 7.1 positioning, we have found that the bass levels do not decrease when enabling Super X-Fi technology as we have seen with other surround sound implementations, which adds even more to the immersion. read more

CORSAIR iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by stefan @ 2020-01-30 read/post comments(0)

The H115i RGB PRO XT AIO offers visible improvements over its predecessor by including an even better pump assembly and while working with the Quiet and Balanced profiles for the fans we have observed lower temperatures on the Ryzen 9 3900X in both IDLE and Full Load; we need to mention that both coolers have had similar fan speeds in this modes, the only big difference being with the Extreme profile (1131RPM vs 1491RPM on the XT). read more
Memory Ballistix Sport AT DDR4-3200 2x16GB Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2020-01-28
Others/Mice & Keyboards Dream Machines DM4 EVO Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2020-01-22
Others/Editorials Chris de Jong Professional Gamer Razer Interview by stefan @ 2020-01-17
Audio/Others Razer Kraken Ultimate Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2020-01-16
Storage/Other Silicon Power Mobile C10 Type C USB 3.1 Gen1 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2020-01-10

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Mall Madness electronic board game gets an update for 2020

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Hasbro is bringing Mall Madness back for old fans and everyone else missing local malls that became a casualty of the retail apocalypse. The company has given the electronic shopping-themed board game a makeover for 2020, 16 years after the… Go To Full Article

Your Google Fit stats are now just a swipe away

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If you don't have a Wear OS smartwatch, checking your Google Fit stats has usually involved a bit of work -- not a lot, but enough to slow you down. It should be speedy from now on. Google has updated… Go To Full Article

Silicon Power P34A60 512GB SSD

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" ... Silicon-Power P34A60 512GB SSD is a really interesting option for gamers and all those who are looking for fast, yet inexpensive storage for daily use. All said and done ... the Silicon-Power P34A60, is a fast, stable and… Go To Full Article

Alphabet quits work on its energy-generating kites

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Alphabet's years-long involvement with energy-making kites is no more. The Google parent is ending its work on Makani's wind power technology, with X's Moonshot lead Astro Teller warning that the path to a viable business was "much longer and riskie...… Go To Full Article

Blue Apron considers selling itself as it bleeds customers

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Blue Apron has been struggling in recent years, and that's leading the company to consider some extreme options. The online meal kit service has revealed that it's looking at "strategic alternatives" that include a merger, raising funds, offloading... … Go To Full Article

Aerocool NightHawk Duo ARGB @ TechPowerUp

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The NightHawk Duo ARGB is the solid version of the AirHawk Duo ARGB utilizing an acrylic front instead of a metal mesh design.With essentially the same styling, it offers quieter operation at the cost of thermal performance to cater to… Go To Full Article

The Galaxy Z Flip's hinge fibers aren't enough to keep dust out

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Samsung made much ado over fiber layers in the Galaxy Z Flip's hinge that are supposed to keep dust and debris from ruining your day, but how effective are they, really? They might not be as effective as you'd like.… Go To Full Article

Showa Denko Begins Shipments of Platters for MAMR HDDs

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Following up on news from earlier this month that they have developed HAMR HDD platters, Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has announced that it has started shipments microwave assisted recording (MAMR) HDD platters. The announcement confirms that MAMR media is in… Go To Full Article

Compal Develops FlexBook: A Foldable 13-Inch PC with a Hardware Keyboard

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Compal, a leading contract maker/ODM of notebooks and other mobile devices, has developed a prototype of a foldable hybrid tablet that can be equipped with a hardware keyboard. The design concept of Compal’s FlexBook resembles Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold that… Go To Full Article

Patriot Releases Cheap P300 M.2 PCIe SSDs: Two Products, Same Name

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Patriot has launched its new family of entry-level NVMe SSDs with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface designed for budget PCs. Patriot’s P300 drives come in capacities ranging from 128 GB all the way to 2 TB, but there is a… Go To Full Article

Patriot Releases Cheap P300 M.2 PCIe SSDs: Two Products, Same Name

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Patriot has launched its new family of entry-level NVMe SSDs with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface designed for budget PCs. Patriot’s P300 drives come in capacities ranging from 128 GB all the way to 2 TB, but there is a… Go To Full Article

Facebook's gigabit wireless rolls out in Puerto Rico

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Facebook's Terragraph WiFi technology is delivering high-speed broadband to San Juan, Puerto Rico. This week, AeroNet, Puerto Rico's internet service provider, announced a six-month Terragraph pilot meant to deliver reliable, affordable high-speed se... Go To Full Article

Hasbro's Halo-themed Nerf gun lineup includes a Needler

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Over the last year, we've seen Hasbro jump on the Fortnite bandwagon by releasing themed Nerf guns. It's now turning its attention to a more historic gaming franchise, with the company announcing three Halo-themed Nerf guns that will come out… Go To Full Article

Kickstarter employees vote to unionize

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More tech company workers are unionizing in an attempt to improve their bargaining power. A group of 85 Kickstarter employees have voted to unionize, aligning themselves with a branch of the Office and Professional Employees International Union in Ne... Go To Full Article

Spotify’s trailer redesign makes it easier to find new podcasts

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If its recent purchase of Ringer and podcast-related feature additions didn't make things clear, audio shows are a big focus for Spotify. So it was only a matter of time before the company started tweaking the podcast section of its… Go To Full Article

EA's game servers went down this morning

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If you've been unable to play Star Wars Battlefront II or log into your Origin account, you're not alone. EA's servers are down, impacting thousands of users. EA and DICE community leader, Ben Wilke, confirmed the issue on Twitter, saying… Go To Full Article

‘Frontline’ documentary tackles Jeff Bezos and the ‘Amazon Empire’

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Amazon is the subject of the latest Frontline documentary, which airs on PBS today at 9PM ET and is probably worth checking out if you have any interest in the tech giant. From the same team that was behind a… Go To Full Article

D-Link DCH-S161 Wi-Fi Water Sensor Review @

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The D-Link DCH-S161 is roughly a 2.7" square white box that is about 1.2" thick. It uses (2) readily available AA batteries which are included to get you started, and houses a built in 90dB alarm siren. The unit comes… Go To Full Article

Volocopter is researching the best air taxis routes in Southeast Asia

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Volocopter is preparing for a feasibility study that will determine the best cities and routes for air taxis in Southeast Asia and evaluate different air taxi use cases. This next step is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) necessary… Go To Full Article

Snapdragon X60 5nm announced

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Up to 7.5 Gbps download, 3 Gbps upload Qualcomm tends to introduce its latest modems just shortly before the Mobile World Congress time, and the company just launched its third generation 5G modem simply called X60.… Go To Full Article

Eight ‘Kingdom Hearts’ games make their debut on Xbox One

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Kingdom Hearts III coming to Xbox One was a big deal -- it was the first time a game from the series was published on one of Microsoft's platforms, and it was the first time a mainline Kingdom Hearts game… Go To Full Article

Jaguar Land Rover unveils autonomous EV concept for urban transit

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As part of Jaguar Land Rover's mission to achieve zero emissions, the company has unveiled a new concept vehicle, Project Vector. The electric vehicle is designed to provide autonomous rides in urban environments, and it could hit the streets in… Go To Full Article

D-Link DSP-W118 Wi-Fi Smart Outlet Review @

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The D-Link DSP-W118 Wi-Fi Smart Outlet is significantly smaller than their older model, coming in at about 2.5" x 1.5" x 1 3/8", and is more or less the same size and format as other smart outlets on the market… Go To Full Article

Intel Core i3-9100F vs. Ryzen 5 1600 AF: Battle of the Budget CPUs

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Having recently reviewed the Ryzen 5 1600 AF, you should know all there is to know about this nimble CPU. In short, it's an incredible value for less than $100, however there are some who say the Core i3-9100F is… Go To Full Article

Miraculously, 'Sonic the Hedgehog'

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Sonic fans are used to being let down. Unlike Mario, who has rarely starred in a bad video game, the famous 'blue blur' has featured in countless duds. These include Sonic the Hedgehog 4, a disappointing follow-up to Sega's Genesis… Go To Full Article

Traeger's Ironwood smart grills now ship with a handy pellet supply sensor

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If Traeger's Ironwood series caught your eye, the company is now including a handy feature in the box, rather than making it a separate purchase. Traeger is now shipping its WiFi-equipped Ironwood 650 ($1,200) and Ironwood 885 ($1,500) pellet grills...… Go To Full Article

Transit directions are rolling out to Apple Maps users in Europe

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Apple took its time getting transit directions onto its maps, and even once it did Apple Maps users in countries outside the US were left wanting. Now, it seems it's finally rolling out transit directions coverage across Europe. According to… Go To Full Article

NASA is crowdsourcing a sensor that can survive Venus

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Venus is hostile to just about everything, including probes -- and while NASA thinks it has Venus-resistant electronics, that doesn't mean future rovers are ready to touch down on the planet's hellish surface. To that end, NASA wants your help.… Go To Full Article

Ring now requires two-factor sign-ins for its home security devices

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Ring is continuing its bid to improve privacy and security after facing criticism. As of today, the Amazon brand will start requiring two-factor authentication for all users when they sign into their Ring accounts. When the feature reaches you this...… Go To Full Article

The Morning After: The rotary cellphone DIY kit you've been waiting for

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Sick of foldable phones? OK, if closing with a flip isn't your throwback design of choice, then maybe you'd prefer a rotary dial. Seriously. Brookhaven National Lab engineer Justine Haupt built a working mobile...… Go To Full Article

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