BIOSTAR Racing Z370GT6 LGA1151 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by stefan @ 2018-04-22 read/post comments(0)

With the Z370GT6 LGA1151 board for the newest Coffee Lake Intel processors, BIOSTAR ticks the necessary boxes by including decent overclocking capabilities, a refreshed Racing theme and UEFI interface, but also an easy to use Windows utility. The M.2 slots do support Intel Optane Techology and for the secondary slot the manufacturer has also included a cooling heatsink. The board performance is in-line with the other Z370 models we have tested in the past, which have the latest Intel BIOS fixes applied. read more

ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 64 OC Edition 8GB Video Card Tests

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2018-04-17 read/post comments(0)

RX Vega 64 is able to offer near GTX 1080 performance in most DirectX 11 titles, but performs exceptionally in newer, DirectX 12 games where it is able to exceed the performance levels of the Nvidia card. The Strix version coming from ASUS does feature a factory overclock, but the speed it will actually run at really depends on multiple factors such as power limits (for the GPU, HBM2 memory) but also temperature. When trying to overclock the card, we could not increase the clock much further, which is telling us that the Strix is pretty much running already at max capacity. read more

ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 64 OC Edition 8GB Video Card Preview

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2018-04-13 read/post comments(0)

The ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 64 OC Edition 8GB is basically the first custom-cooled Vega card that was available on the market and since lately the video card prices started to drop, flagships from both teams started to become attractive again. According to AMD, the manufacturing process has matured and we are seeing more and more boards in stock, while checking online shops. read more

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2018-04-10 read/post comments(0)

The sound quality is similar to the Arctis 5 and 7, mainly because these come with the same drivers and did not distort even at higher volume levels; the bass levels can be fully customized, while the 7.1 effect is nice to have in movies, but also in games. The solution SteelSeries is offering to the customer in this case is similar to the Razer Surround Personalized 7.1 Gaming Audio Software, and after you do activate the code on your SS account, you will be able to utilize the effects on any other set of headphones. Thanks to its rated 28-hour battery life, Arctis 3 Bluetooth can become your all-day listening companion, without the need of switching with other models;… read more

Toshiba X300 6TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2018-04-04 read/post comments(0)

Judging by the transfer rates, the X300 6TB drive from Toshiba has performed admirably and easily topped our charts; we were also surprised to see that the seek noises were kept at low levels, while the drive did not overheat during our stress benchmarks. Paired with a SSD as a boot drive, this particular model can be easily recommended for gaming systems, backups, video rendering/encoding, which do take a lot of storage space. read more

CHERRY GENTIX Silent Mouse Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-03-29 read/post comments(0)

The mouse is enough wide, but not too long, which makes it a little difficult to use for users with bigger hands. We did initially try the mouse on our 27’’ 2560x1440 display and the preset resolution of 1000 DPI was not enough but as soon as we did switch to a FHD laptop display, Gentix Silent has performed quite fine. The product is plug-and-play and does not require any additional software to function. read more
Others/Networking Gear Linksys VELOP Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System Review by stefan @ 2018-03-25
Audio/Others CORSAIR HS60 SURROUND Gaming Headset Review by stefan @ 2018-03-22
Storage/SSD Silicon Power Bolt B10 USB 3.1 External SSD Review by stefan @ 2018-03-19
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2018-03-16
Motherboards/Intel S1151 SuperMicro SUPERO C7Z370-CG-IW Z370 LGA1151 Motherboard Review by stefan @ 2018-03-12

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Mt. Gox chief returns as an exec at a VPN giant

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Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles may still be on trial for embezzlement in Japan, but that isn't stopping him from playing an influential role in the cryptocurrency world. As part of an interview with Fortune, the one-time bitcoin exchange… Go To Full Article

Amazon, Netflix and studios sue subscription service over piracy

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Hollywood studios usually fight piracy by chasing after software add-ons and free streaming services, with the occasional device thrown in. A paid service, however? That's relatively rare... or at least, it has been. Amazon, Netflix and multiple H... … Go To Full Article

US military hopes to launch rockets in 'days, not years'

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Even in the era of private spaceflight companies, the process of getting a rocket into space is glacially slow: it can take months or years to schedule and prepare for a mission. That was fine when launching any rocket was… Go To Full Article

Windows 10 Lean: Microsoft Working on Cut-Down Version of OS

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Microsoft is releasing a lighter version of Windows 10 for Redstone 5, the big OS update due out in the Fall. Dubbed "Windows 10 Lean," it features an installer 2GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro and loses basics such as… Go To Full Article

BMW releases a teaser for the iX3, its first all-electric SUV

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BMW announced back in March that it's debuting a concept version of the iX3 at Auto China 2018 in Beijing. It's the automaker's first all-electric SUV, and it's also the first EV it's launching since it started producing the i3… Go To Full Article

AMD May Release a Ryzen 7 2800X CPU "Someday"

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According to Senior Vice President and General Manager Jim Anderson, AMD did not bother releasing a 2800X because the recent Ryzen lineup (2600X and 2700X) already covers all current performance and price points. He does admit that a 2800X is… Go To Full Article

VW's electric Pikes Peak racer accelerates faster than an F1 car

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After months of promises and teases, VW has formally unveiled its electric Pikes Peak race car... and its performance might be surprising even in light of earlier hype. The I.D. R Pikes Peak is built to smash Pikes Peak's EV… Go To Full Article

In 'This is Climate Change,' you can't look away from the destruction

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It's one thing to read about melting glaciers. It's another to sit and stare at one, as large chunks slowly slide off, crashing thunderously into the water below. In that moment, watching the destruction of a natural wonder, it's hard… Go To Full Article

iPhone SE 2 Could Arrive Next Month, but without a Headphone Jack

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A report from Japanese blog Macotakara claims that the iPhone SE 2 will be released in May, but it won't feature a headphone jack, despite having the same design and dimensions as its predecessor. The handset is expected to come… Go To Full Article

The next 'Doom' movie won't play in theaters

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Do you remember the original Doom movie from 2005? You'd be forgiven if you didn't -- while it had recognizable stars (most notably Dwayne Johnson), it was a critical and commercial flop that only really found life after it left… Go To Full Article

Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 Review

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Today we're taking a closer look at the Gigabyte Aero 15X, launched alongside Intel's new H-series Coffee Lake processors which brought up to 6 cores and 12 threads to the laptop form factor. Gigabyte is key to stress this isn't… Go To Full Article

Battle royale hybrid 'Darwin Project' is now free to play

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It's tough to compete in the battle royale world, especially with Fortnite in the room. How do you convince players to try your game if they aren't immediately enraptured? Scavengers Studio knows how: give it away. The company has turned… Go To Full Article

Apple will shutter its last Watch-exclusive store in May

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On May 13th, the last Apple Watch-exclusive store will close its doors. The shop, which is located inside Shinjuku, Tokyo's posh Isetan department store, is one of the three pop-ups the tech titan built when it launched the wearable back… Go To Full Article

Valve acquires the creators of 'Firewatch'

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Campo Santo has widely been regarded as the little game studio that could. Its very first game, Firewatch, won numerous awards and even landed a movie deal. It won't be quite so indie going forward, however: the development team is… Go To Full Article

Apple will replace swollen batteries in newer MacBook Pros

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It hasn't been that long since the iPhone battery fiasco, but Apple already has another battery issue to deal with. The tech giant has launched a battery replacement program for 13-inch MacBook Pros without Touch Bar manufactured between October 2016...… Go To Full Article

Dune HD PRO 4K Premium Compact Media Player Review

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The PRO 4K is the 2nd top model in the brand new family of Android OS based hardware media players by Dune HD which thanks to its Realtek RTD1295 Quad-Core SoC and 2GB RAM can handle anything you throw at… Go To Full Article

GSMA puts eSIM work 'on hold' due to US collusion investigation

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Don't expect to see embedded SIM technology in your phone any time soon. The GSMA, which oversees key cellular standards, has placed eSIM spec work "on hold" while the US Department of Justice investigates the possibility of collusion between AT&...… Go To Full Article

How to recycle your used and unwanted gadgets

@ 2018/04/23 read/post comments(0)
You're probably used to sorting your garbage into bins: green for paper, or blue for plastic and glass. But when it comes to electronics, we're still used to selling those off or tossing them into the trash heap. Unfortunately, our… Go To Full Article

Fujifilm XH-1 review: Beautiful photos, but lacking X-series allure

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Fujifilm has an impressively loyal fan base for good reason. Its X-Series mirrorless APS-C cameras are compact, feature-packed, easy to use, produce excellent images, come with top-flight lenses and look great -- all at a reasonable price. So,... … Go To Full Article

'God of War' director's video shows the human side of making games

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It's easy to forget that real people create games. For them, the eventual launch is as much terrifying as it is exciting -- they've poured years of their life into a project whose success is far from guaranteed. And if… Go To Full Article

'Resogun' developer teases multiplayer-centric 'Stormdivers'

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Last November, Finnish game developer Housemarque declared that the arcade genre "is dead." The studio's last title, Nex Machina, was warmly received by the press and currently boasts an 88 rating on Metacritic. "Lackluster sales," however, meant the... … Go To Full Article

Cult classic 'Night Trap' comes to Switch

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If you weren't able to get your hands on one of the 5,000 copies of the campy horror game, Night Trap, for the PS4 last August, fear not! Limited Run Games announced on Friday that it will be releasing the… Go To Full Article

Vice goes to the big screen with Motherboard science documentary

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Vice-owned outlet Motherboard's documentary The Most Unknown, about "the biggest questions in science," will debut on Netflix after its theatrical run. The publication sent nine scientists around the world to get answers to big topics like the defini... … Go To Full Article

Pro photo storage site SmugMug buys Flickr

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Long before Minecraft exploded from a development tool to a game purchased by Microsoft for billions of dollars, there was Flickr. The photo-sharing started in 2004 based on tools built for a never-released MMO before being purchased by Yahoo (now… Go To Full Article

Amazon Prime lands futuristic love story ‘Zoe’

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Sundance film festival darling Drake Doremus' futuristic love story, Zoe, is one of the more anticipated titles of the year. The director of Like Crazy, Douchebag and Breathe In will premier his eighth film on Saturday as the Tribeca Film… Go To Full Article

AMD Wraith Prism Stock Cooler Eye Candy

@ 2018/04/23 read/post comments(0)
No matter your stance on Frag Harder Disco Lights, I have to admit after I got this new Wraith Prism cooler up and running, I thought it was worth a little video coverage. Our review of the Ryzen 2700X is… Go To Full Article

Credit card companies unite for a checkout button to take on PayPal

@ 2018/04/23 read/post comments(0)
Even if you don't use PayPal to send money to friends, there's a good chance you've reached for their checkout button in online stores, which is tied to all of your payment information. It's simply easier than getting up and… Go To Full Article

More Facebook videos will get pre-roll ads soon

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Facebook plans to try out pre-roll ads -- that is, commercials that play before videos -- in more parts of its service. This comes after it's spent months testing the format in limited places, like the Watch section. In a… Go To Full Article

Experience the horror of a Syrian air raid in 'Hero'

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I've never seen a warzone, but I got a small virtual taste of what it might be like at the Tribeca Film Festival. Hero is a multisensory interactive experience that drops you into a city in Syria right before an… Go To Full Article

Audi's e-tron SUV drives a modest 248 miles per charge

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When Audi first trotted out its e-tron SUV concept, it was promising: there was talk of the electric crossover managing 311 miles on a charge, which would put Tesla's Model X to shame. You... might need to dial down your… Go To Full Article

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