ASRock X570 Taichi Razer Edition AM4 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/AMD AM4 by stefan @ 2021-01-25 read/post comments(0)

The Razer Edition of the X570 Taichi is quite an improvement in terms of added features over the original, which was a great motherboard as well. To squeeze the even more performance out of the system, an even beefier VRM is installed with 16 phases, we’ve got an improved audio system, 2.5 Gigabit LAN, WiFi 6 via the Killer AX1650x, Razer Chroma integration and more! read more

Toshiba Canvio Flex 1TB Portable HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2021-01-21 read/post comments(0)

The Canvio Flex 1TB drive from Toshiba is sporting a very light and compact casing, is compatible with new but also legacy systems thanks to the USB-C and USB-A cables supplied inside the packaging and offers good performance for its capacity. The elegant silver top cover finish transforms it into a fashion product but do not expect it to have the same protection to bumps or rough environment as we have seen with previously tested drives. read more

Patriot PXD 1TB Portable USB 3.2 External SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2021-01-17 read/post comments(0)

In terms of drive performance, the PXD 1TB trades punches with the Crucial X8 but the speed is a bit lower during mixed workloads. The sequential read/write speeds are near the rated numbers, while the drive chassis is implemented optimally, using the aluminum area as a heatsink; we were quite surprised to see that the PXD 1TB drive only gets warm during longer usage times, which is great! read more

Crucial Ballistix 2x16GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM 1.2V Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2021-01-14 read/post comments(0)

We have successfully tested the Ballistix SODIMM 32GB kit by using the JEDEC timings but not the XMP ones, which means that the speed was limited to 2400MHz but with tighter timings. Even in this case, the performance differences are not very big, considering that the previous kits did come with less tight CASes. Many devices such as laptops and miniPCs do have UEFI BIOSes with very limited options and it is really a matter of luck if you will be able to run at the specified speeds; if the option to select the memory profile appears in BIOS, then you are in luck! read more

Shuttle XPC slim DH470 Barebone Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2021-01-11 read/post comments(0)

By making use of the 10th generation Intel’s CPUs (max TDP of 65W), the DH470 is a powerful little machine with quite a bit of interfaces in order to be used for both home and also business applications. Its compact chassis does allow it to be installed in a lot of areas such as the back of the monitor via the included VESA mount, in a rack (two units at once) but can be also mounted vertically by using the PS02 stand. Where WiFi connection is not possible, the LTE adapter kit WWN03 makes connection to a mobile network possible and makes use of a nanoSIM card. read more

Creative SXFI GAMER USB-C Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2021-01-06 read/post comments(0)

After installing the headset on our test system and modifying the initial settings a bit in order to fit our preferences, we have tested it while playing Doom Eternal, Gears 5 but also Dark Pictures: Man of Medan. The SXFI headphone holography really adds quite a bit of atmosphere to the games, the “Battle Mode” enhancing the way you figure out how the enemies are positioned around you. The 50mm drivers are capable of delivering quite a bit of bass, while the voices are also clearly heard while using the standard SXFI or regular non-surround modes. read more
Memory Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 32GB 2666MHz 2x16GB CL18 SODIMM Memory Review by stefan @ 2020-12-31
Others/Mice & Keyboards CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO Low Profile Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2020-12-27
Storage/SSD Patriot Memory Viper VPN100 PCIe 2TB M.2 SSD Review by stefan @ 2020-12-22
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless Ultra Lightweight Wireless Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2020-12-18
Storage/SSD Silicon Power US70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 2280 1TB SSD Review by stefan @ 2020-12-15

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Corsair's upcoming MP600 Pro SSD to hit 7GB/s rates

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
3D TLC NAND with Phison E18 controller A spotted listing over at revealed a new PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD from Corsair, the MP600 Pro, which should hit read sequential speeds of up to 7,000MB/s. Go To Full Article

Apple hit by another class action

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Tame Apple Press reports "Apple has more class" A third class action lawsuit has been filed in Europe against Apple seeking compensation -- for what Italy's Altroconsumo consumer protection agency dubs "planned obsolescence" of a number of… Go To Full Article

An automated Telegram bot is selling Facebook account phone numbers

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Access to a database reportedly containing 500 million users’ private information is being sold on a cybercrime forum. Motherboard reports that the database, which hosts data pulled from Facebook more than two years ago, contains people’s phone numbe... … Go To Full Article

Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra features a new low-power OLED display

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
When Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 Ultra, it talked about how the device’s screen supports refresh rates of 120Hz at both full HD and Quad HD resolutions. What it didn’t say until now, however, is that the S21 Ultra serves… Go To Full Article

Electric seaplane tested this year

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
All ready to fly or swim A Vancouver seaplane company says its retro-fitted all electric airplane is set to take to the skies for more test flights this year, as it pushes forward with its plans to… Go To Full Article

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 ECG tracking comes to 31 more countries

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Samsung has announced that it’s expanding the ECG and blood pressure tracking features in its latest Galaxy Watch models to the UK and Europe, along with Chile, Indonesia and the UAE for 31 new countries in total. So far, the… Go To Full Article

Amazon's Alexa Guard Plus security subscription comes to the US

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Amazon’s Alexa Guard Plus subscription service is now live in the US. The company unveiled Guard Plus back in September as a paid option for those who want the extra features that come with the premium version of its free… Go To Full Article

Polk Audio claims React is the 'most advanced Alexa-enabled soundbar'

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Polk Audio has revealed its latest smart soundbar, which includes several Alexa-powered features. Polk React has four far-field microphones to help it pick up your voice commands even when it’s blasting audio from an action movie.The $249 soundbar ha... Go To Full Article

‘Babylon 5 Remastered’ now available to buy or stream on HBO Max

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Nearly thirty years after its first broadcast and close to twenty since its troubled DVD release, Babylon 5 is finally getting a polish. From today, Warner Bros. is launching Babylon 5 Remastered both as a digital download (from iTunes and… Go To Full Article

Funky Kit Review - Ballistix MAX RGB DDR4-4000 32GB memory kit

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
" The original Ballistix MAX memory kit (non-RGB) was already an exceptionally high-end memory kit, so imagine having the same amazing memory kit, but now with RGB! The Ballistix MAX RGB DDR4-4000 32GB kit is the perfect memory product, that… Go To Full Article

SilentiumPC Armis AR7X EVO TG ARGB Mid-Tower Review

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Description: If you’re out in the market for a reasonably priced mid-tower with plenty of interior space, great looks and a long list of features then the Armis AR7X EVO TG ARGB model by SilentiumPC could be the one.… Go To Full Article

ASUS ROG Strix LC RX 6800 XT OC Review @ Vortez

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Today we’ll be exploring one of the ASUS ROG’s newest models to join the 6800 XT family – the Strix LC. For those unaware, the LC stands for Liquid Cooled. This GPU features a closed loop for its thermal design… Go To Full Article

Sabrent Rocket Q4 2TB with Heatsink @ LanOC Reviews

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
DESCRIPTION: Sabrent has been killing it when it comes to pushing the SSD market forward with great prices and high capacity options that almost no one else has been willing to bring out. Along with all of that, they have… Go To Full Article

Facebook's News tab arrives in the UK

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Facebook is bringing its dedicated News tab to the UK on Tuesday, which marks the first time the company has rolled out the feature outside of the US. You can access the News tab from the menu in the Facebook… Go To Full Article

Amazon removes militia-associated charity groups from Smile program

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Amazon has removed five groups that appear to be associated with the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, two militias the FBI is investigating for their alleged involvement in the January 6th US Capitol attack. Since 2013, the company has allowed… Go To Full Article

LTC MoshPit WHM-01 @ TechPowerUp

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
A GPW-like symmetrical shape with detacheable side buttons on either side, PixArt's PAW3335 sensor, dual wired and wireless connectivity, and a 87 g honeycomb design, all for $49.99? Seems like a stretch, so let's see how the MoshPit WHM-01 holds… Go To Full Article

Apple shuffles hardware execs to make room for a mysterious new project

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Dan Riccio has served as senior VP of engineering overseeing all of Apple’s hardware since 2012, but now he’s stepping back from that role. A press release revealed he’s focusing on a mysterious “new project” at Apple and will still… Go To Full Article

Thermaltake The Tower 100 @ TechPowerUp

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
The Tower 100 from Thermaltake is a tiny SFF version of the huge The Tower 900. It keeps the same shape and general idea of allowing you to show off your parts in a rectangular shape with glass on three… Go To Full Article

The Sundance Film Festival makes a giant leap into VR

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Like most major events over the last year, the esteemed Sundance Film Festival is going virtual. But it's going beyond just letting you watch films at home. Sundance is building an extensive virtual reality platform for all attendees, which can… Go To Full Article

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ update introduced a game-breaking bug

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Cyberpunk 2077’s 1.1 update was supposed to set the troubled game on the path toward redemption. Instead, it seems to have come with its own set of problems. Per Eurogamer, players have discovered a game-breaking bug involving Cyberpunk 2077’s “Down...… Go To Full Article

How Biden and Harris could refocus the White House on science

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
In each of its annual budget requests, the Trump administration made deep funding cuts to federal research spending, in spite of Congress’ consistent refusals. However, the administration's 2021 proposal actually sought to promote AI and quantum comp... Go To Full Article

AMC avoids bankruptcy, at least for now

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
AMC won’t run out of cash in the near future. The movie theater chain announced it has raised or received commitments for $917 million in debt capital and equity, or enough to put a near-term bankruptcy “off the table.” The… Go To Full Article

Spotify dabbles in audiobooks by offering nine public-domain works

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Spotify’s aggressive move into content beyond music continues today, as the company is testing a small “pilot” of audiobooks on the platform. Specifically, nine classic audiobooks will be available starting today. This isn’t technically the first tim... Go To Full Article

The ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming Motherboard Review

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
AMD's AM4 socket has been consistent throughout the entirety of its Ryzen processor's lifespan, and the latest Zen 3 processors are best suited for the X570 range of motherboards. Today it's time to see what the mid-range ASUS ROG Strix… Go To Full Article

'Madden NFL 21' comes to Google Stadia on January 28th

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
You won’t need powerful console or PC to play Madden NFL 21 in the near future. EA has revealed (in amidst Pro Bowl news) that its seminal football title will be available on Google Stadia starting January 28th. Yes, you… Go To Full Article

Sony's WH-1000XM4 ANC headphones return to a record low of $278

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Sony makes some of the best active noise-cancelling headphones you can get, but most of them come at high price tags. It’s always worth waiting for a sale if you want to get a pair of high-quality cans without dropping… Go To Full Article

Scientists find a cloudless 'hot Jupiter' exoplanet with a four-day year

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Astronomers have found another strange planet that could expand our understanding of the cosmos. Gizmodo reports that a team at Harvard and Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics has spotted a gas giant 575 light years away, WASP-62b, that’s not only... Go To Full Article

Apple's 'Time to Walk' stories arrive today for Fitness+ users

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Apple’s Fitness+ subscription service is getting its first major new feature today. As was rumored earlier today, “Time to Walk” is a set of stories that play alongside a walking workout initiated from the Apple Watch. Essentially, they’re self-conta... Go To Full Article

AirPods Pro are 20 percent off at Amazon and other retailers

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
AirPods Pro remain the best sounding wireless earbuds that Apple makes the moment, and now they’ve dropped to $200 at a number of online retailers including Amazon and Walmart. That’s $50 off their normal price and the lowest we’ve seen… Go To Full Article

Instagram adds ‘professional dashboard’ for businesses and creators

@ 2021/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Instagram is working on a new feature for business owners and influencers. The app is adding a new “professional dashboard” feature that brings all the app’s business tools into a dedicated space in the app. The new dashboard is meant… Go To Full Article

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