Patriot Memory Viper VPN100 PCIe M.2 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2019-11-10 read/post comments()

The VPN100 NVMe drive from Patriot offers good overall performance, the numbers fluctuating depending how much the drive is filled and how much SLC cache is left from the TLC packages. In ATTO we got quite close to the rated speeds, with the drive blank but also filled over 50% with data, while the included heatsink keeps the overall assembly temperatures at bay, in order to avoid throttling or shorten the product life. Speaking of the drive endurance, the 1TB model comes with 1665 TBW, and also comes with a 3-year warranty! read more

XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 Ultra THICC III Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2019-11-07 read/post comments(0)

XFX did listen to user feedback and watched closely the competition after the release of the THICC II card and the end result is quite amazing: we are getting a well designed package that features the same attractive shroud elements, three new fans that are able to spin under 500RPM under low GPU load but also a revised heatsink. The new heatsink comes with a copper interposer for the memory that helps drop temperatures considerably, while keeping the whole package TGP at values of over 260W. Besides the high-quality fans, the card BIOS has been tuned for low RPMs under load so the THICC III won’t really bother you in terms of acoustics while playing the latest games. read more

CORSAIR HS60 PRO SURROUND Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2019-11-05 read/post comments(0)

After going through the simple iCUE setup, we started listening to multiple podcasts, YouTube music clips, watched an action movie but also played quite a bit of Need for Speed 2015: thanks to the 50mm neodymium drivers, the sound quality is great, while the bass does not seem to distort even at higher volume levels. We really enjoyed how the engines were sounding in NFS and if you do enable the Bass Boost profile the immersion is even better. After wearing the headset for over one hour, we have seen the benefits of the increased comfort over the regular HS60, so this is not only marketing talk. read more

ASRock X570 Taichi AM4 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/AMD AM4 by stefan @ 2019-11-01 read/post comments(0)

The X570 Taichi AM4 motherboard from ASRock does incorporate the latest technologies and thanks to the latest AGESA microcode updates it does allow the Ryzen 3000 series to run at optimal boost speeds. While we consider that the latest AMD processors do run optimally at stock settings (by boosting depending on the usage conditions, which can be also named as automatic overclocking), enthusiasts can also use the UEFI settings for improving the system performance even more. read more

Creative Pebble V2 Minimalistic 2.0 USB Speakers Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2019-10-27 read/post comments(0)

We did test the speaker on both our desktop PC but also on our 50’’ Sony TV, since it does not require any extra software to get it running; the mids and highs are very well rendered thanks to the tiny 2.0 drivers and the passive radiator but do not expect punchy bass as found with more mainstream and high-end offerings. The volume is easy to control thanks to the interface on the right satellite but you can as well control it from the sound source as well (while leaving the control wheel in a fixed position). The black textured color does make the product fit with quite a few setups (even in the living room), while the small size… read more

CORSAIR VOID RGB ELITE Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2019-10-23 read/post comments(0)

VOID RGB ELITE Wireless is an incremental update over the VOID PRO Wireless, which features enhanced drivers of the same size, but also a better microphone that is now Discord certified as well. The headset chassis is the same as the previous iteration and we really confirm the claims regarding its durability since we did use the VOID PRO Wireless daily since its release and still operates like new. read more
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Sensei Ten Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2019-10-16
Videocards/VGA Reviews XFX Radeon RX 5700 DD Ultra 8GB GDDR6 Video Card Review by stefan @ 2019-10-10
Storage/SSD Patriot Memory P200 512GB 2.5'' SSD Review by stefan @ 2019-10-05
Videocards/VGA Reviews PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5700 Video Card Review by stefan @ 2019-09-27
Memory Silicon Power 2x16GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2019-09-23

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XFX RX 5700 XT THICC III ULTRA Review @ Vortez

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In our hands is the XFX RX 5700 XT THICC III ULTRA – a factory overclocked variant of the XT bearing a triple fan configuration. THICC III is broadly based on the THICC II with some notable differences, the most… Go To Full Article

WD_Black P10 Game Drive (4TB) Review @ Vortez

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The metallic enclosure comes in two sizes, 118mm x 88mm is standard, but the 2TB measures in at 12.8mm in thickness, while the 4TB and 5TB models are 20.8mm thick, to accommodate the larger hard drive with additional platters. Data… Go To Full Article

Weather Channel app uses Watson to tell you when flu season is coming

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Are you the sort who grows wary around other people when flu season hits? You now have another tool in your (slightly anti-social) arsenal. The latest version of the Weather Channel app for Android and iOS now includes a Flu… Go To Full Article

Thermaltake S500 TG Chassis

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" ... The Thermaltake S500 TG chassis is a great entry point for users who need the price discount as well as the space to sweetly customize their unique build, without making too many concessions on features and looks. As… Go To Full Article

Google's compact, Pixel 4-like Assistant starts reaching older phones

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If you're not in a rush to get a Pixel 4 but would like a small taste of its Assistant upgrades, you're about to get your fix. Google is rolling out a compact, more Pixel 4-like version of its AI… Go To Full Article

YouTube reinstates accounts of Markiplier fans banned for emote spam

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YouTube's occasionally questionable moderation is once again in the spotlight, and this time the victims are particularly prominent. The service says it has reinstated legions of Markiplier fans' accounts after they were banned simply for spamming e... Go To Full Article

AMC Games' first title is the intentionally boring 'Airplane Mode'

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Desert Bus won't be the only big name in town for games that are purposefully, excruciatingly boring. AMC is marking the start of its game publishing division by unveiling Airplane Mode, a game from Bacronym that tasks you with sitting… Go To Full Article

Calvin Harris already has the new Mac Pro

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Apple still won't say when the new Mac Pro will ship besides "this fall," but one of its early adopters might have hinted that it's getting close. DJ Calvin Harris has posted multiple Instagram Stories showing that he already has… Go To Full Article

Production is finally starting on the 'Halo' TV series

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After six long years, filming for the Halo TV series is ready to start. Showtime has announced that production on the game-based show is "about to begin," and has revealed three new cast members in the process. Danny Sapani (of… Go To Full Article

Facebook accused of 'empowering' a racist company culture

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Almost a year ago, former Facebook manager Mark Luckie accused the social network of "failing its black employees and its black users." According to a group of black, Latinx and female Asian employees, not much has changed since then. An… Go To Full Article

DJI Mavic Mini review: A tiny drone with big ambitions

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What a difference four years make in the world of drones. If you spot someone with an iPhone 6s today, you'd barely flinch. But if you see someone rocking a Phantom 3, it feels quaint thanks to the major advances… Go To Full Article

Mercedes-Benz will build an electric G-Class SUV

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Two years ago, then-head of Mercedes Dieter Zetsche said the brand planned to have electric versions for all of its models by 2022. One year ago Mercedes unveiled its first electric SUV. Now, per a tweet by Head of Digital… Go To Full Article

'Westworld' season three teaser brings us to Silicon Valley

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While the first two Westworld seasons were centered around the use of AI and robotics technology at a sort of vacation getaway, the teaser revealed tonight turns the lens back toward Silicon Valley tech giants. In a promotion linked to… Go To Full Article

Instagram's push to hide 'Likes' hits the US next week

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Instagram has been testing out a change that hides the "likes" counter on posts around the world for months, but not in the US. According to Instagram head Adam Mosseri, that's about to change. During an interview at the Wired… Go To Full Article

XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra @ LanOC Reviews

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Not long ago I took a look at the XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc II Ultra and while there were some aspects of the card that I liked, like the styling. I wasn't impressed with its cooling performance and the… Go To Full Article

'Desert Bus' video game charity has raised nearly $80,000

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Each year a group of selfless volunteers agrees to play what some call the world's most boring video game for hours on end in an attempt to raise money for the Child's Play hospital charity. Now in its 13th year,… Go To Full Article

Stadia hits Google's Play Store ahead of its debut this month

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Google is set to flip the switch on its Stadia game streaming service this month. While you can play through Chrome or your TV (with Chromecast Ultra), you'll also be able to run games like Destiny 2 and Assassin's Creed:… Go To Full Article

Apple will fix macOS flaw exposing portions of encrypted emails

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Apple is touting its claimed privacy advantage more than ever, but that's not entirely true for Mac users at the moment. The company tells Engadget it will fix a macOS flaw that leaves portions of encrypted Mail messages unprotected. Bob… Go To Full Article

Senator urges Uber and Lyft to run fingerprint background checks

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A senator has called on Uber and Lyft to share details with each other about contractors they've banned to clamp down on dangerous drivers who've been kicked off one platform signing up to the other. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has… Go To Full Article

Nixeus Launches NX-EDG34: A Curved 34-Inch WQHD Monitor w/ 144 Hz & FreeSync

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Nixeus this week took the wraps off its latest curved ultrawide NX-EDG34 gaming display, which blends together a large size, a WQHD resolution, a 144 Hz maximum refresh rate, and AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology. At present, only a… Go To Full Article

Netflix is dropping support for older Samsung smart TVs in December

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If you have an older Samsung or Vizio smart TV, you may have noticed a message from Netflix pop up on your screen. This week, Netflix began notifying customers that it will no longer support Samsung smart TVs, circa 2010… Go To Full Article

'Death Stranding' for PC will come to both Epic Games Store and Steam

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When you heard that Death Stranding was coming to PCs next summer, did you cringe at the rumors that it might be yet another Epic Games Store exclusive? You can relax. Kojima Productions and 505 Games have confirmed that the… Go To Full Article

Jaybird's Tarah wireless sport earbuds are half off

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If you don't want to spend $150 to $230 on workout earbuds that will inevitably end up at the bottom of your gym bag, Jaybird has a deal for you. Today, its Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones are on sale for… Go To Full Article

Humanity is well on its way to a real-life Terminator uprising

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The recent release of Terminator: Dark Fate saw both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprise their iconic roles and James Cameron's return as a writer and producer. While the sentient killing machines depicted in the Terminator franchise are... Go To Full Article

Twitter will test auto-emojis to stop you from dunk-tweeting

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Twitter wants us to be a bit more mindful of the way we use quote tweets, replies and retweets. In a bid to mitigate some of the problems these tools can cause -- pile-ons, ratio, dunking and so on --… Go To Full Article

Dynabook Reveals T8 & T9 Laptops w/ 16.1-Inch Display & Blu-ray Drive

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Dynabook, formerly Toshiba's PC division, has been pretty energetic with announcements recently, marking its return to active life and attempt to address certain market segments with unique products. This week the company introduced its new T8 and T9 laptops for… Go To Full Article

The Google Pixel 4 XL Review: Stuck In The Past In 2019

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Amongst the last big smartphone releases of 2019 is Google’s Pixel 4 series. Google’s own flagship devices come late in the generational product cycle whose timing is mostly dictated by the SoC release schedule – it’s always hard to be… Go To Full Article

The Organelle is a music computer that can do almost anything

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Not long ago, "portable" was basically a synonym for "toy" when it came to keyboards and synthesizers. Sure, a classic Casio like the VL-1 is not without its charms. But it's not exactly a serious musical instrument. That's changed a… Go To Full Article

Alienware’s Area 51m Gets GeForce RTX 2070/2080 Upgrade Kits

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Earlier this year, Alienware launched its Area 51m laptop, a high end desktop replacement (DTR) class laptop. Now, living up to the idea of being a proper replacement to a desktop, the company has started selling GeForce RTX 2070/2080 GPU… Go To Full Article

OCC Reviews Gato Roboto

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"As many of us know quite well, there is only so much time in a day, which means that occasionally we need to prioritize one project over another. This is what happened when I received the key for Gato Roboto,… Go To Full Article

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