Silicon Power UD90 M.2 2280 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-11-27 read/post comments(0)

The UD90 is another entry-level PCI-E 4.0 drive from Silicon Power, which includes a good amount of pSLC cache in order to minimize de disadvantages of the QLC NAND packages. After the cache has been completely used up, the speed will drop significantly, between 110MB/s and 160MB/s, which is quite close to regular HDDs. Compatibility is assured with plenty of devices thanks to the 2280 format, and we noted that the rated TBW rating for a similar configuration is of 450TB. read more

SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL 2023 Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2023-11-19 read/post comments(0)

The Apex Pro TKL 2023 improves on the previous design, offering a great level of customization thanks to the OmniPoint 2.0 magnetic switches with Hall Effect. These are pleasant to actuate and the selected keys can have two functions, depending on the selected actuation distance; each key can be selected with a different actuation distance and the Rapid Trigger brings advantages sometimes found with some gamepads. We did play Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and noted that we could easily switch between walking and running with a single key and this feature can be used with a ton of other games as well! read more

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2 4TB SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-11-13 read/post comments(0)

The Rocket 4 Plus from Sabrent does offer good performance and quite a bit of capacity when talking about the 4TB SKU, packing the proven Phison PS5018-E18 controller, 2GB of DDR4-2666 DRAM for caching and no less than eight Micron 176-layer 3D NAND TLC ICs. TLCs not only assure a sustained write rate for longer, a higher transfer rate when writing directly to the TLC portion of the chips but are also more durable than QLC, with a rating of 3000TB for the specific 4TB SKU. read more

AQIRYS ALUDRA Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2023-11-06 read/post comments()

The full-sized ALUDRA is using a more recent Gateron switch model when compared to the V1 TKL model, G Pro 2.0 Red with a more clear plastic housing in order for the LED light to shine through brighter, an operating force of about 45gf, a pre-travel of 2.0mm, a total travel of 4.0mm max, while the bottoming out will be done at about 50gf. These are very smooth and pleasant when typing in an office environment, while being ideal for gaming as well. We did test it in Diablo 3, the newer Diablo 4, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order but also The Crew Motorfest and the controls felt very responsive at all times. read more

Crucial X9 Pro 2TB Portable SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2023-10-29 read/post comments(0)

For an USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gbps drive, the Crucial X9 Pro 2TB performs great, also thanks to the included Micron B47R 176L TLC NAND, which is able to keep high write rates even when working with very large files. The aluminum chassis helps with cooling, avoiding throttling, but also gives out a professional look. read more


Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2023-10-21 read/post comments(0)

A lot of gamers are still using TKL keyboards but some are already transitioning to the 65% form factor due to maximum efficiency of used space (all estate is actually used while TKL still has some gaps between the top row and the rest of the keys but also on the right side). The directional keys are still dedicated, allowing for easy usage in case of office use and CHERRY XTRFY has made available plenty of other functions such as multimedia and input selection, by just using Fn. read more
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Enermax Revolution D.F. 2 1050W ATX 3.0/PCIe 5.0 PSU

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" ... The Enermax Revolution D.F. 2 1050W is an excellent option if you are looking for a high-wattage, well-designed PSU with all the new technologies like ATX 3.0 and PCIe 5.0. An extended warranty, quiet operation, and reasonable price… Go To Full Article

Windows NT: peeking into the cradle

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Reading the story of how Windows NT came to be was entertaining, as it is a story of the system itself and the dynamics between Dave Cutler, the original designer and lead for NT, and the other people involved in… Go To Full Article

Microsoft contributes Azure RTOS to open source

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We’re pleased to share an important update regarding Azure RTOS – an embedded development suite with the ThreadX real-time operating system that has been deployed on more than 12 billion devices worldwide. Reinforcing our commitment to innovation and community collaboration,… Go To Full Article

PNY CS3150 XLR8 2 TB RGB @ TechPowerUp

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The PNY CS3150 XLR8 SSD features ARGB illumination and is the first PCIe 5.0 solid-state-drive on the market that includes a temperature controlled active cooling solution. Its idle-fan-stop feature will bring the fans to a complete halt when the drive… Go To Full Article

Amazon’s new Fallout series will reveal the origins of Vault Boy

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Amazon has revealed more about its upcoming Fallout series on Prime Video. The company shared the first images from the show and gave Vanity Fair a sneak peek ahead of its April debut. Based on the game franchise, it stars… Go To Full Article

Amazon says its next-gen chips are four times faster for AI training

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) just kicked off its Las Vegas-based re:Invent conference with a stream of announcements, most of which involve the year’s most popular technology, AI. These news items, taken as a whole, give us a sneak peek at… Go To Full Article

Meta pauses Quest 3 Elite Battery Strap sales, reportedly due to a charging flaw

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Meta has temporarily stopped selling the Elite Strap with Battery for the Quest 3, reportedly because of a firmware-related charging defect. The $130 accessory, which extends the standalone VR headset’s runtime by up to two hours while providing a counterweight… Go To Full Article

Neo Forza MDK5 DDR5-6000 96 GB CL40 @ TechPowerUp

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Neo Forza is ready with more DDR5 options, unveiling the DDR5-6000 MK5 96 GB (2x 48 GB) high-capacity memory kit priced at a highly competitive $263. Thanks to support for both Intel XMP and AMD EXPO, this memory will run… Go To Full Article

Google's first geothermal energy project is up and running

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Google says a first-of-its-kind geothermal energy project is now feeding carbon-free electricity (CFE) into the Nevada grid that powers its data centers in the area. The company says that the enhanced geothermal system (EGS) is delivering a round-the-clock supply of… Go To Full Article

Meta's controversial ad-free subscription is facing scrutiny from EU privacy campaign

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In a bid to comply with updated privacy rules in Europe, Meta recently gave Facebook and Instagram users in the region an ultimatum. They either had to agree to receive targeted ads or sign up for a €10 per month… Go To Full Article

Nvidia is starting to move away from graphics

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A while back, we warned readers that Nvidia had decided that the graphics card industry was not worth bothering with and was moving to AI chips instead. Go To Full Article

Windows fingerprint sensor is easy to hack

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Insecurity experts at Blackwing Intelligence have published an extensive document showing how they had managed to work around some popular fingerprint sensors used in Windows PCs. Go To Full Article

Broadcom fires more VMware employees

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Surplus to requirements The axeman is wandering the halls of VMware looking for staff to sack after Broadcom officially closed the deal to buy the company last week. It is unclear how many… Go To Full Article

Amazon releases thin client

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Desktop-as-a-service based on Fire cube Amazon Web Services has announced the WorkSpaces Thin Client -- a device dedicated to connecting to its WorkSpaces desktop-as-a-service offering based on Amazon's own "Fire Cube" smart TV box. … Go To Full Article

Google is investigating a Drive issue that causes files to go missing

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Google Drive users have recently been reporting that files and folders have gone missing, with some saying that months worth of data has disappeared from their accounts. Now, Google has acknowledged the issue, saying that it appears to be caused… Go To Full Article

Police warn fanboys about new iPhone "feature."

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Allows too much data to be shared US coppers are warning iPhone users to be cautious following a new update which comes with a default setting which allows stalkers and pedophiles to uplift all a phone's data. Go To Full Article

This company just put the air in Apple’s MacBook Air

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Frore Systems is a startup with $116 million in funding, and I’ve shown you its first product before: the AirJet Mini is a piezoelectric cooling chip that weighs just nine grams and is thinner than two US quarters stacked together.… Go To Full Article

Google Play keeps banning the same web browser due to vague DMCA notices

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App developer Elias Saba has had some bad luck with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns. His Android TV app Downloader, which combines a web browser with a file manager, was suspended by Google Play in May after several Israeli… Go To Full Article

Razer Cobra @ TechPowerUp

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As the successor to the well-received Viper Mini, the ambidextrous Cobra features Razer's cutting-edge optical main button switches, an upgraded sensor, and maintains its weight at 57 g, complemented by pure PTFE feet. Go To Full Article

Evernote is reportedly testing a severely restricted plan for free users

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Evernote is experimenting with severe restrictions to its free plan, which may nudge users to upgrade or quit the app entirely. According to a report from TechCrunch, some Evernote users were greeted with a pop-up message announcing that the free… Go To Full Article

Bungie confirms Destiny 2 expansion delay after team layoffs

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Bungie has officially delayed the forthcoming Destiny 2 expansion, The Final Shape, until June 4 of next year, according to a video posted by game director Joel Blackburn. This delay has been rumored for a couple of months, ever since… Go To Full Article

Tsar Putin realises he has no AI

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He said that the West should not be allowed to develop a monopoly in the sphere of AI, and said that a much more ambitious Russian strategy for the development of AI would be approved shortly. Go To Full Article

Three watchdogs concerned about Nvidia's graphic cards

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Demand for its chips jumped following the release of the generative AI application ChatGPT late last year. The California-based company has a market share of around 80 per cent via its chips and other hardware and its powerful software that… Go To Full Article

Google Maps is sending users into the desert.

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One video shows a trail of cars closely following each other. Then a truck driver turned around and warned all the city folk that the road gets washed out the higher into the mountain you get, and we have to… Go To Full Article

Meta has unofficially been allowing kids into Facebook

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Instead the social media giant "routinely continued to collect" children's personal information, like their locations and email addresses, without parental permission, in violation of a federal children's privacy law. Go To Full Article

Graphcore exits China

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The outfit is responding to Washington’s latest export restrictions on sales of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) chips which means that it can’t sell [intelligence processing unit (IPU)] systems in China. Go To Full Article

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 5 CPU Cooler Review @ APH Networks

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* Description: The be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 5 CPU cooler hits a sweet spot of solid performance and a near silent output. * Link: Article Go To Full Article

ByteDance's latest layoffs have reportedly gutted the publisher of Marvel Snap

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According to Reuters and Bloomberg, TikTok's parent company ByteDance is winding down its gaming arm, including the Nuverse brand, with "hundreds" of jobs likely to be affected. This spells yet more trouble for the Chinese tech giant following the layoffs… Go To Full Article

[M] Silicon Power UD90 M.2 2280 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD Review

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The UD90 is another entry-level PCI-E 4.0 drive from Silicon Power, which includes a good amount of pSLC cache in order to minimize de disadvantages of the QLC NAND packages. After the cache has been completely used up, the speed… Go To Full Article

OnePlus 12 with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will debut in China on December 5

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As OnePlus approaches its 10th anniversary in December, it's launching a new flagship phone in Shenzhen, China at 2:30PM on December 5 (local time) to mark the occasion. The brand's official China website revealed the upcoming OnePlus 12 with a… Go To Full Article

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