BIOSTAR Racing X470GT8 AM4 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/AMD AM4 by stefan @ 2018-08-13 read/post comments(0)

With the Racing X470GT8, BIOSTAR has built a solid mainstream platform for the AMD Ryzen 2000 series and packs quite a bit of features. The UEFI interface is easy to navigate and within it we can fine-tune the system performance or adapt the settings depending on the installed hardware. Thanks to the total of four memory slots, we can install up to 64GB of RAM and theoretically up to 3200MHz RAM is supported; in our tests, the GEIL PC4 25600 3200MHz CL16 8GBx2 Samsung B-die based kit did run well until 2933MHz, but considering that we were running the latest BETA BIOS, things may improve in the future. read more

Toshiba High Speed M203 MicroSDXC Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2018-08-03 read/post comments(0)

The mainstream M203 High Speed microSDXC card from Toshiba is offering decent write speeds of about 24MB/s, permitting video shooting up to Full HD or taking photos at high resolutions with our preferred cameras. The captured multimedia content can be transferred to other devices thanks to the high read speed rate (about 92MB/s) and the product is also backed by no less than 5 years of warranty. read more

Toshiba EXCERIA M303 MicroSDXC Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2018-07-29 read/post comments(0)

The new EXCERIA M303 microSDXC cards from Toshiba are aimed towards 4K or Full-HD content recording and can fit the smallest available devices; these are rated as having V30 Video Speed Class and from our tests, we got near 70MB/s writes, which should be enough for most multimedia content. read more

CHERRY KC 6000 Slim Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-07-24 read/post comments(0)

The new KC 6000 Slim keyboard does come with a premium look and is ideal for people that enjoy laptop-style keys, even when working with desktops. The SX CHERRY switches are silent and offer a low-key travel of just about 2.5mm; these are rated for 10 million keypresses so we would recommend the keyboard for productivity work as well.       read more

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by stefan @ 2018-07-19 read/post comments(0)

For enabling use in even smaller case form factors, CORSAIR has now prepared the H100i PRO RGB cooler, that shares most of the features from the 280mm radiator version. In more detail, we are talking about Asetek’s Gen6 pump design, that is more compact and was built to offer performance while keeping the sound levels to a minimum, low permeation with black sleeving tubing and the ML fans. read more

ROCCAT Horde AIMO Membranical RGB Gaming Keyboard Review

Others/Mice & Keyboards by stefan @ 2018-07-12 read/post comments()

In order to try out the new Membranical switches of the Horde AIMO keyboard, we first wrote some articles in Word and afterwards we continued gaming in titles such as AION and Quake Champions: the main keys feel less rubbery when actuated versus a standard membrane switch and ROCCAT has managed to keep the sound levels to a minimum as well. The plastic casing of the keyboard does assist further with noise dampening, while the actuation point does allow the user to type without the need of bottoming out. read more
Audio/Others Creative iRoar Wireless Intelligent Speaker Review by stefan @ 2018-07-07
Others/Mice & Keyboards CORSAIR STRAFE RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2018-06-30
Storage/Other Toshiba TransMemory U365 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2018-06-22
Audio/Others Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pure Edition Hi-Resolution PCIe Gaming Sound Card Review by stefan @ 2018-06-17
Storage/SSD Silicon Power PCIe Gen3x2 P32A80 256GB SSD Review by stefan @ 2018-06-12

Hardware or Gadgets/Multimedia news

Battlefield V May Support Real-Time Ray Tracing via NVIDIA's RTX Technology

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
PCGamesHardware has found potential evidence of Ray Tracing support in EA/DICE's Battlefield V, which is due out in October: entering console command Render.DrawScreenInfo 1 in the alpha version brings up a variety of technical details, one of which references the… Go To Full Article

'Forza Horizon 2' leaves the Xbox Store on September 30th

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
We hope you weren't thinking of scoring Forza Horizon 2 on the cheap now that Horizon 4 is almost here. Turn 10 and Microsoft are removing the open-world arcade racer and its add-ons from the Xbox Games Store on September… Go To Full Article

Facebook hit with federal complaint over discriminatory housing ads

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Despite past efforts, Facebook hasn't avoided federal-level trouble over allegations it enabled discriminatory housing ads. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has officially filed a complaint against Facebook, accusing the social network... Go To Full Article

Skype previews texting feature for PCs

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Skype has given Insiders on Android a sneak peek of an upcoming feature called "SMS Connect." Windows Blog Italia has spotted an option in the latest version of Skype Preview's settings that would allow you to send and receive texts… Go To Full Article

Leaks reveal NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards ahead of August 20th event

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
NVIDIA hasn't been shy about plans to unveil Turing-based GeForce video cards at its August 20th Gamescom event -- its teaser video effectively spelled out "GeForce RTX 2080" through not-so-subtle clues. But just how powerful will these cards be? You... Go To Full Article

Apple to Roll Out Entry-Level MacBook in September

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Citing industry sources, DigiTimes reports that Apple will be unveiling a $1200 entry-level MacBook with Intel's 14nm Kaby Lake processor in September. Also announced will be three new iPhones, a wireless charger ("AirPower"), and two new iPad Pros. The 13-inch… Go To Full Article

ASUS, EVGA, PNY, Et Al. GeForce RTX 2080 Leaks

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Ahead of Monday's official unveiling, VideoCardz has provided an early look at additional GeForce RTX 2080/Ti cards from ASUS, EVGA, PNY, ZOTAC, and Palit. The PNY leak is particularly insightful, as it includes product sheets with specifications such as CUDA… Go To Full Article

Google is using AI to run its data center cooling systems

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Google's data centers hold thousands of servers and they power everything from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube. But those data centers need to be kept cool in order for those servers to run reliably. A couple of years ago,… Go To Full Article

Valve quietly unveils streaming platform Steam TV

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Valve seems to have unveiled a Twitch competitor with nary a peep of fanfare. A few hours after Steam Database founder Pavel Djundik discovered that the company registered the domain, the website started live streaming The International 2018...… Go To Full Article

Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Google's big Gmail redesign was revealed this past April (with G Suite customers getting the first look). It became default for everyone starting in July. One of the key features, Confidential Mode, is now available for mobile devices, though not… Go To Full Article

A 'Vampyr' TV show is on the way

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
If you're looking for a new supernatural television series, you're in luck (if you don't mind waiting a while). Fox 21 Television Studios will produce a new show based on the video game Vampyr by the developer of Life is… Go To Full Article

Azza Storm 6000 @ TechPowerUp

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
The Azza Storm 6000 comes in two color choices and offers a whopping five fans (four of which are RGB), E-ATX support, the ability to install large radiators and potent hardware; all while keeping the price pretty low. Will the… Go To Full Article

MIT can secure cloud-based AI without slowing it down

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
It's rather important to secure cloud-based AI systems, especially when they they use sensitive data like photos or medical records. To date, though, that hasn't been very practical -- encrypting the data can render machine learning systems so slow...… Go To Full Article

Echo Show can now display recorded security camera footage

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
With Alexa's latest skill, users can now ask the digital assistant to show them recorded security camera footage on their Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV or Fire tablet. Currently, the skill is supported by Alexa-enabled cameras from Ring, Arlo,… Go To Full Article

Google's next Chromecast may offer improved connectivity

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Google may soon release a Chromecast with full Bluetooth support and sturdier WiFi connectivity, an FCC filing indicates. It seems likely the dongle will have the same design as the current version, with Google only making internal changes. Go To Full Article

DOJ wants access to suspect's encrypted Facebook Messenger chats

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
The US government wants Facebook to help break Messenger's encryption to get access to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal case, sources told Reuters. The case, an investigation of the MS-13 gang, is under seal so filings aren't publicly… Go To Full Article

Mylo Electric Scooter first ride review: The future is unfolding

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
You look like a circus bear." That's the kind of snarky assessment only one's own teenager can deliver, but it summed up my last time on an electric "mobility device," commuting to work on Autoblog's Urb-E scooter: Big guy, tiny… Go To Full Article

Twitch may have exposed some users' private messages

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Some Twitch users' private messages may have been exposed due to a bug. The streaming platform killed the messages feature in May, and gave users the chance to download an archive of their private communications. Go To Full Article

How Google’s location-tracking issue affects you

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Watching Twitter and Facebook commit reputational suicide over the past 20 months has been as painful as it has been entertaining -- entertaining in the sense that all anyone had to do was let the companies be themselves. The cost… Go To Full Article

Walmart may soon let you shop in VR

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Walmart has been getting serious about VR and its next project could be a virtual shopping experience. The company has applied for two patents that describe a virtual reality showroom customers could visit and shop from through VR headsets, Bloomberg... Go To Full Article

MSI and Palit Geforce RTX 2080/2080 Ti smile for the camera

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
GPU and PCB pictured, pre-orders on Monday Nvidia was quite good in keeping a secret about both the naming scheme as well as all other details regarding its upcoming Geforce launch, at least until now, as pictures… Go To Full Article

SNES Party lets you play classic ROMs with friends online

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Nintendo promised online play for the retro games it'll make available via the Switch's online service, but if you'd rather not wait until this September for that, there's an unofficial way to play games of yore over the internet. It's… Go To Full Article

Selfies are shifting our definition of beauty

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Selin Pesmes says she uses selfie filters because they smooth out her skin and present a "better-quality version" of herself. That's likely the same thinking for the millions of other people who regularly post edited pictures of themselves on social... Go To Full Article

AMD Puts its Sights on Intel's i5-8400

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
AMD is taking a direct shot at Intel's i5-8400 ($200), putting it up against its own Ryzen 5 2600 CPU ($166). Both systems are using a GTX 1070, run at 1080p with Ultra settings. Frametimes are tight together but Intel… Go To Full Article

Prince's 1995-2010 catalog is streaming for the first time

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
More of Prince's music has been gradually making its way online since his passing, and that now includes a large chunk of his later catalog. Sony Music's Legacy Recordings has released 23 (!) of the late, great musician's albums on… Go To Full Article

Google might launch its own smart display this holiday season

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Google is expanding its line of Assistant-powered devices with its own smart display, at least according to Nikkei. The tech giant has reportedly told its Taiwanese manufacturing partners to gear up and make sure they can deliver, because it's planni... Go To Full Article

'Okami HD' on the Switch is an imperfect classic

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
What makes a good Switch game? The consensus seems to be something that isn't graphically demanding, has a quick gameplay loop or is easily played in bite-sized portions. Local multiplayer helps out a whole lot, too. Go To Full Article

Nordic Hardware Says RTX 2080 a Paper Launch

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Nordic Hardware has a lot of dicey information on the upcoming RTX 2080 cards. While none of this written in stone, it is interesting as the rumor mill goes. NH is telling us that pre-orders will begin on Monday for… Go To Full Article

Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’ finds new life in Facebook Messenger

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Nickelodeon's game show Double Dare is now a Facebook game. The classic show originally aired from 1986 to 1993 and recently just made its return to Nickelodeon. Now, fans will be able to play a version of Double Dare themselves… Go To Full Article

'Ugly' is a stunning short built on glitch-riddled simulations

@ 2018/08/19 read/post comments(0)
Ugly is a film built on beautiful contradictions. The characters have odd, blocky proportions and stumble around like a group of drunk boxers. The town, too, is comprised of weirdly angular cars, buildings, bicycles and trash bags. There's a consiste... Go To Full Article

More news...