AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-03-23 read/post comments()

Ryzen 7 1700X is meant to fill in the gap between the 1800X flagship and the 65W-rated Ryzen 7 1700, at an affordable price point of just $399. This SKU borrows all the features from the more expensive variant, including the 100MHz XFR, but is clocked lower by default at about 3.4GHz (3.5GHz with XFR) with a Precision Boost up to 3.8GHz (3.9GHz with XFR). With this CPU, we were also finally able to hit the all-core “magical” 4GHz mark, a result that did increase the performance even more at only 1.393V, right from Ryzen Master! read more

IQI i3 Android Smartwatch Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2017-03-19 read/post comments()

The quality of the Chinese standalone smartwatches has increased quite a bit and we are quite pleased with the appearance, build quality and features of the IQI i3 model. The integrated 380mAh battery can only supply enough power for a day or a day and a half (depending on the usage pattern) and the main culprit for this is the AMOLED 400x400 display. The watch does offer entry-level health monitoring stats such as a pedometer, heart rate sensor and can be successfully used as a remote for Bluetooth headsets while running or performing other fitness activities. Thanks to a fully-fledged Android OS, we can install plenty of other applications from the store, only that not all do support the round… read more

Razer Ornata Chroma - Mechanical Membrane Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2017-03-15 read/post comments(0)

The Ornata Chroma keyboard implementation is unique: a combination between membrane rubber domes and the regular mechanical switches in order to have best of both worlds. These are integrated along with a medium-height keycap design for an even faster access to the keys. Besides the ability to remap all the keys with different other functions, we can fully customize the RGB lighting system and synchronize it with the other Chroma-enabled peripherals. read more

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor Review

CPU by stefan @ 2017-03-12 read/post comments(0)

Ryzen 7 1700 is the lowest priced octa-core AMD processor for the AM4 platform and features 3GHz base clock, with a Precision Boost + XFR to a total of 3750MHz. While at stock speeds Ryzen 7 1700 does clearly perform under the flagship, we have had a nice surprise when we did try to overclock the system, a fact that transforms it into a product with unbeatable price/performance ratio. read more

QNAP TVS-673 High-Performance Business NAS Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2017-03-09 read/post comments()

TVS-673 Turbo vNAS from QNAP is a very complex product for handling various tasks, while its hardware based on AMD is upgradeable in terms of RAM and expansion cards. While the model we have tested runs with 8GB of RAM, there are also two other models available, one with 16GB, but also one with no less than 64GB of DDR4, for running even more application modules and virtual machines at once. The AMD R-Series RX-421BD Quad-Core SoC runs at a base speed of 2.1GHz, while in burst it can climb up to 3.4GHz; it does also feature an embedded Radeon R7 Graphics Processor which drives the two HDMI orts in the back. read more

Ballistix Tactical 32GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2017-03-06 read/post comments()

The Ballistix Tactical 32GB memory kit composed of 8GB BLT8G4D30AETA sticks has proven itself as being very capable, since we were able to run it up to 3333MHz, by only altering the memory timings a bit and at the same time we have left the voltage at the default of 1.35. Unlike some of the later designs from other manufacturers that do feature RGB lighting, the Tactical series does sport a simpler solution, with low height military-style heatsinks that allow good clearance for massive CPU heatsinks. read more
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Quick Look: Comparing Vulkan & DX12 API Overhead on 3DMark

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Earlier this week the crew over at Futuremark released a major update to their API Overhead testing tool, which is built into the larger 3DMark testing suite. The API Overhead tool, first rolled out in 2015, is a relatively straightforward… Go To Full Article

Mass Effect Andromeda Performance Analysis

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After a near five year break from the franchise, Mass Effect returns this week with an all new entry to the series. Mass Effect Andromeda leaves earth and Sheppard behind in an effort to expand the universe with new characters,… Go To Full Article

Uber CEO linked to escort bar visit that resulted in an HR complaint

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In case you were counting, it has been more than a month since Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and discrimination within his company. Tonight The Information reports that in 2014, Kalanick senior V... Go To Full Article

Movado's Android Wear device looks like its regular watches

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Movado has revealed its first Android Wear watch at Baselworld 2017, a few weeks after it announced its first solo foray into smartwatches. The American watchmaker calls its creation Movado Connect, a timepiece with edge-to-edge, always-on display sp... Go To Full Article

Amazon will collect state sales taxes nationwide April 1st

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While Amazon has resisted collecting state sales taxes, over the last few years it has bent, state by state. Now CNBC reports that as of April 1st, it will collect sales taxes in every state that imposes one, as Hawaii,… Go To Full Article

Tesla Model 3 'release candidate' revealed in a tweet

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As Tesla continues its march towards producing a mass-market electric vehicle, CEO Elon Musk gave us a brief glimpse at the latest prototype. This Vine-length clip showed the first drive of a "release candidate" Model 3. As Autoblog explains, it… Go To Full Article

Netflix thinks people still like Adam Sandler movies

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Adam Sandler's recent output has been... well, it's probably best not to talk about it. Regardless of how you feel about his work, Netflix and its viewers seem to be fans and as such the streaming juggernaut has inked another… Go To Full Article

Google app test makes editing photos more social

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Right on the heels of killing off Google Talk, the company has admitted it's working on a new app for group photo editing and sharing. While Google already has the chat app Allo and video calling app Duo, it may… Go To Full Article

Cougar Panzer Max @ techPowerUp

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The Cougar Panzer Max is a full-tower representation of the Panzer chassis. It is larger, bulkier, has more space, and looks a lot more menacing to boot. It really does resemble a tank, which is what "Panzer'' means in German.… Go To Full Article

Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Red DDR4 2666Mhz Memory Kit Review

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We have had a lot of Ballistix's DDR4 memory in the Hardwareslave offices to review over the years, and we get good performance, speeds, and compatibility. These memory modules have been black, grey or silver, but now we have some… Go To Full Article

Microsoft begins licensing its own IP for connected vehicles

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Cortana, Office365, Skype, and Azure cloud integration in the car Microsoft has just announced that it will begin licensing some of its intellectual property (IP) for Internet-connected automobiles in an effort to usher in a new wave… Go To Full Article

Tesla starts taking solar roof orders next month

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Compared to successfully launching a private rocketry business and an electric vehicle brand, Elon Musk's quest to line your roof with solar cells is a less flashy endeavor. He pitched it last August as Tesla's preamble in its eventually successful… Go To Full Article

Facebook tests GIFs in comments like it's 1995

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It's time for Facebook to fully embrace the animated GIF. The social network is about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and your feed will never be the same. Go To Full Article

Gigabyte has two A320 boards for bread-and-butter Ryzen builds

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We're pretty fond of AMD's Ryzen 7 processors, as you'll be aware if you've read our most recent System Guide. However, eight-core CPUs and the overclockers' motherboards to match are anything but entry-level. Ryzen 5 processors are launching soon, and… Go To Full Article

Pre-5G networks to deploy in late 2017

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Work on 5G NR standard started this month Last month during Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, there were several media and press events held to demonstrate the business and consumer impacts that 5G wireless networks will… Go To Full Article

Google kills Talk, thins its messaging herd

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Google has a frankly absurd ecosystem of chat, messaging and texting apps. In theory, the company would like enterprise users to get on board with Hangouts while directing people to Allo for their day-to-day personal chats and texts. In practice,… Go To Full Article

We're playing Splatoon 2's Global Testfire and you should too

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You won't be able to buy the follow up to Nintendo's hit Wii U competitive shooter until Summer, but if you have a Switch you play the game today. Over the course of the next three days, Nintendo will hosting… Go To Full Article

HTC U Ultra review: Bad decisions in a beautiful body

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I was almost giddy when I reviewed the HTC 10 last year. After years of casting about for the right approach, the company built a phone that seemed like a clear step in the right direction. Fast forward to January… Go To Full Article

48 new emojis are coming to your phone this summer

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Near the end of last year, we got word that new emojis were on the way. With that announcement came a list of 51 proposed emojis that would come with the upcoming release of Unicode 10.0. That lineup has been… Go To Full Article

Logitech's CEO says you can innovate and be humble

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Logitech is a rare technology company. It's been around for 35 years, all the while finding different ways to thrive as an independent accessory maker. But despite being a well-known brand, it's never been considered "hip" like Apple or Beats.… Go To Full Article

Tool may finally let you stream its brooding art metal

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A number of artists who were initially opposed to streaming services wind up with their music available there for one reason or another. The music of both The Beatles and Prince is now available for streaming after both were holdouts… Go To Full Article

EVGA releases more custom GTX 1080 Ti details

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GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 boosts to 1683MHz EVGA has finally unveiled a bit more information about its upcoming custom GTX 1080 Ti lineup, which includes the GTX 1080 Ti SC2, GTX 1080 Ti SC Black and the… Go To Full Article

FedEx Paying Five Dollars to Install Flash

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With Chrome, Edge and other browsers starting to block flash by default in favor of HTML5, many online services are in a mad dash to address their legacy Flash implementations. Fedex, however, is taking a different approach, and is offering… Go To Full Article

Xbox One launch title 'Ryse' is free to play next month

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April is fast approaching, which means another handful of games will be free to play on Xbox One through the Games with Gold program. During the course of next month, four titles -- two for Xbox One and two for… Go To Full Article

Futuremark's 3DMark gets Vulkan API support

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With all new Vulkan API overhead test The latest v2.3.3663 update for Futuremark's 3DMark benchmarking utility includes several improvements, bug and compatibility fixes but, more importantly, adds Vulkan support to the API Overhead feature test. Go To Full Article

T-Mobile fights phone scams with new tools for customers

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This week, the FCC revealed its plan to battle robocalls. Part of that initiative includes allowing phone companies to target and block calls from fake or suspect phone numbers. Those rules are still being finalized, but T-Mobile isn't wasting any… Go To Full Article

EVGA readies a Hybrid Waterblock for Nvidia GP102 cards

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Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the fastest graphics card we've tested. For some, its performance is just a jumping-off point. Getting those last few FPS used to require sourcing water blocks, pumps, radiators and tubing, then plumbing together a… Go To Full Article

Airspace rights still unclear after drone lawsuit dismissed

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Where exactly you're entitled to fly your drone in the US without fear of it being blasted out of the sky continues to be a legal gray area, after a judge dismissed another case brought against self-proclaimed "drone slayer" William… Go To Full Article

YouTube automates sound effect captions with AI

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YouTube has used algorithms to automatically caption speech for eight years now in an effort to make its billions of videos more accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing. While the feature was pretty rough at first, it has… Go To Full Article

Experimental music video changes every time you play it

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Artists and scientists say breakthroughs are often "lucky accidents," but one band is basing an entire music video on that premise. The song Midnight Oil from UK-based Shaking Chains uses algorithms to select semi-random bits of video from the hundre.. Go To Full Article

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