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

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'Wolfenstein II' blasts its way to the Switch on June 29th

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It's been a long time in coming, but the Nintendo Switch adaptation of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is (almost) here. Bethesda has announced that the Nazi-punching sequel will be available on June 29th for $60. You'll generally know what… Go To Full Article

Ford's electric GoBikes have arrived in San Francisco

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Bike-sharing company Motivate is expanding its San Francisco offering to include electric versions of Ford's GoBikes. They'll be available at no extra cost in the same way as Ford's regular GoBikes, which can be unlocked with the accompanying app or...… Go To Full Article

Samsung is the world's number one chipmaker

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Intel falls and Gartner crowns Samsung King Chipzilla is no longer the king of chips and has been replaced by Samsung, according to Gartner group. Beancounters at the analyst outfit Gartner have ruled that… Go To Full Article

Intel and partners show off IoT in Hanover

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All part of a cunning plan to move away from PC dependence As part of its cunning plan to reduce its dependence on the PC, Intel and its ecosystem partners are showcasing a range of interconnected and… Go To Full Article

Amazon can deliver packages to the inside of your car

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Amazon Key's in-home delivery is all well and good (assuming you trust it in the first place), but there's an obvious caveat: you have to go home to get your package. Now, you might not even have to go to… Go To Full Article

Roku adds private listening for multiple viewers

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Many living room media players support headphones to let one person watch videos without disrupting anyone. But that's not how it always works. What if you want to watch Netflix with your spouse when the kids are sleeping, or catch… Go To Full Article

Roku is getting free live news, starting with ABC

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If there's one thing streaming video watchers love, it's free stuff. So it wasn't a huge surprise to see Roku launch a free ad-supported movie channel of its own last year. Now, it's adding news coverage to that selection, starting… Go To Full Article

MIT researchers turn water into 'calm' software

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Our lives are busy and full of distractions. Modern computing. with its constant notifications and enticing red bubbles next to apps, seems designed to keep us enthralled. MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group wants to change that by crafting "calm… Go To Full Article

AMD also releases low power Ryzen APUs

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The Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE In addition to the official launch of its 2nd generation Ryzen 2000-series CPUs based on Zen+ architecture, AMD has also released two low power Ryzen APUs based on Raven… Go To Full Article

Hackers find an 'unpatchable' way to breach the Nintendo Switch

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Security researchers from ReSwitched have discovered a Nintendo Switch vulnerability that could let hackers run arbitrary code on all current consoles. Dubbed "Fusée Gelée" ("Frozen Rocket") it exploits buggy code in the NVIDIA Tegra X1... Go To Full Article

'Starcraft II' finally gets a store for player-made maps

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Newer Blizzard titles like Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm are free to play, but they do offer as many paid extras as you can shake a stick at. That's normal these days, of course, but StarCraft II was first… Go To Full Article

Maybach Ultimate Luxury EV brings its own tea service

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If an automaker wants to succeed in China, they need to electrify their cars. The country has strict EV plans and for anyone looking to buy a car in a city like Beijing, going electric means not having to apply… Go To Full Article

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s Hands-on review

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SD 845 meets great cameras Not that long ago, China-based phonemanufacturers were considered being copycats of the well-established phone companies, mainly from California. A lot of things have changed over the last few years. Go To Full Article

YouTube removed 8.3 million videos in the last quarter of 2017

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YouTube removed 8.3 million videos between October and December 2017, according to the platform's first ever community guidelines enforcement report. The Google-owned video-sharing website found itself the target of criticism after reports came out l... Go To Full Article

Target promises EV chargers at more than 100 stores

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Walmart isn't the only big retailer installing a slew of EV chargers in its parking lots. Target and a collection of retail property owners (PDF) have unveiled plans to add a horde of charging stations in the (relatively) near future.… Go To Full Article

HTC's latest Vive Pro VR kit is built for business

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You can already get HTC's Vive Pro in a bundle aimed at first-timers, but what if you're a business buyer who needs it for VR design and training? You're covered now, too. HTC has released a $1,399 Vive Pro 2.0… Go To Full Article

YouTube mistakenly pulls video exposing Alex Jones' conspiracy theories

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YouTube has been trying to reduce instances of mistaken video takedowns, but it's evident there's still some work to do. The company temporarily pulled a video from watchdog group Media Matters that exposed Alex Jones' conspiracy theories surrounding... … Go To Full Article

Facebook starts verifying political advertisers in the US

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Early this month, Facebook announced it will change how political ads appear on the company's platforms. Anyone advertising about elections or issues would need their identity 'verified' before the messages go online, and the messages themselves woul... Go To Full Article

GOG gets social by adding user profiles

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GOG is introducing user profiles, which will bring a touch of social interaction to the DRM-free games marketplace. The platform has hesitantly modernized over the years to compete with Steam, adding films and in-development titles, and the new profi... Go To Full Article

'Fortnite' is coming to China

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The popular battle royale game Fortnite is coming to China, thanks to a partnership between its creator Epic Games and Tencent. The Chinese tech giant, which owns over 40 percent of Epic, will handle distribution and publishing. Tencent will reported...… Go To Full Article

Facebook details its fight to stop terrorist content

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Last June, Facebook described how it uses AI to help find and take down terrorist content on its platform and in November, the company said that its AI tools had allowed it to remove nearly all ISIS- and Al Qaeda-related… Go To Full Article

Byton teases its second “experience-driven” vehicle

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Byton wowed us at CES back in January with its first autonomous EV concept car, a smart SUV built for passenger comfort. At the Beijing Motor Show, the company teased its second vehicle concept, an electric sedan slated to go… Go To Full Article

Adobe Premiere makes it easier to edit Insta360 Pro footage

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Insta360's more affordable 8K VR camera was made available for pre-orders in 2017, with a major software update in December of that same year that kicked the high-end 360-degree camera's image processing up a notch. The camera got a stamp… Go To Full Article

Twitch's custom extensions can now ask for Bits

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You didn't think Twitch would offer streamer extensions without finding a way to generate money from them, did you? Sure enough, the customization feature now accepts Bits (the microtransactions you normally use to tip streamers) for on-page games a... Go To Full Article

Despite bigger ambitions, Google is still an ad business

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As we already know, Google's parent company Alphabet makes the bulk of its money from ads. We also learned in quarters past that revenue from its non-Google projects, which it calls "Other Bets," have been growing at a slow, steady… Go To Full Article

Atlanta spends more than $2 million to recover from ransomware attack

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Last month, Atlanta's city government was hit with a ransomware attack that caused courthouse documents and services like payment processing to become inaccessible. The ransom demand was approximately $51,000 but according to the city's Department of... Go To Full Article

Volvo's S90 Ambience Concept is a planetarium for passengers

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While drivers experience most of the stress of a drive, it's important to remember that passengers are also prone to anxiety. After a long day at work (or fighting Twitter trolls) it can be tough to unwind even when you're… Go To Full Article

Netflix gives 'Fast and Furious' the cartoon treatment it deserves

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With eight feature releases and a couple of short films, the Fast and Furious franchise has worked its way into the public consciousness. When you think about it, though, while the films are rated PG-13, the core concept is pretty… Go To Full Article

A VR film forced me to confront my fear of the sea

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The first time I realized I was terrified of whales, I was surprised. I had been scrolling through Instagram and saw a picture of a boat adrift in the ocean with the gigantic shadow of a whale below it. The… Go To Full Article

The first major 'PUBG' tournament takes place in Berlin this summer

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Player Unknown Battlegrounds, aka PUBG, has been pushing its way to the eSports realm for quite some time now. While it has moved beyond the straight-up battle royale genre it popularized with new gameplay like War Mode, it's the behind… Go To Full Article

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