Team Group MP44S 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 2230 SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2024-05-19 read/post comments(0)

The Team Group MP44S 1TB drive does offer entry-level to mainstream performance due to the use of QLC 176-layer Micron flash and not TLC, exposing the same weakness we have seen before with other drives as soon as the pSLC has been fully filled, from our estimation a size of about 240GB. While the lowest transfer rate is about 70MB/s, it should be okay in systems such as Steam Deck or ASUS ROG Ally, when used mainly for storing lots of games. read more

Patriot Viper VP4300 Lite 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 Gaming SSD Review

Storage/SSD by stefan @ 2024-05-12 read/post comments(0)

The MaxioTech MAP1602A along with YMTC Xtacking 3.0 NAND combo performs well even when dealing with lower capacity drives as the Patriot Viper VP4300 Lite 1TB, succeeding write rates over 900MB/s even when the pSLC cache has been fully filled. It makes use of HBM instead of DRAM caching, while the heatspreader does help with heat evacuation to permit operation in environments with less than ideal airflow, such as the PS5. read more

Silicon Power XPOWER Zenith RGB 2x32GB DDR5 6000MHz Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2024-05-07 read/post comments(0)

The XPOWER Zenith RGB DDR5-6000 64GB memory kit from Silicon Power does impress regarding total capacity, tighter timings used for both XMP and EXPO profiles but also with the fact we can overclock the modules further in order to obtain some extra performance. The RGB lighting offered by the modules is not tied to a specific platform, but supports most known motherboard utilities: BIOSTAR was not listed as compatible, but their utility could control the modules just fine! read more

AQIRYS ALYA 2.0 Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2024-05-05 read/post comments(0)

After fully charging the headset, we started listening to different YouTube videos, watched a couple of movies but also played a couple of sessions in NFS Unbound, Fallout 4, Minion Masters and Dead Island Definitive Edition; we have noted an improvement regarding high and mid frequencies, which resulted in clearer voices, while maintaining a good representation of bass, ideal for a gaming headset! The battery capacity has been also doubled with the new revision, allowing up to 50 hours of usage from a single charge, while the 4-hour charge time remained the same, which is great! read more

Crucial 64GB Kit (2x32GB) DDR5-4800 SODIMM Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2024-04-28 read/post comments()

After a rather long initial boot time for training purposes, our Lenovo Legion Pro 5 16IRX8 laptop loaded Windows OS successfully and the test results were surprisingly good overall, in many cases exceeding the performance of the previously tested Silicon Power kit. The capacity is the main highlight for the Crucial DDR5-4800 64GB SODIMM kit, allowing for complicated and memory-intensive processes to be ran at the same time, such as virtual machines, encoding and rendering tasks and so on. read more

GravaStar Sirius P5 Combo Earphones Review

Audio/Others by stefan @ 2024-04-21 read/post comments(0)

After connecting the Sirius P5 set to our Samsung S24 smartphone, we started listening to various TV shows via Plex, YouTube videos but also listened to some music: the earphones sound really good, with an impressive amount of bass for such small drivers, while the voices are delivered with clarity. The capacitive controls on each earbud do allow actions such as answering phone calls, audio track skipping, play/pause, volume control or we can also activate the voice assistant. If we are playing games, there is also a mode which minimizes latency to about 48ms, which is great! read more
Memory Crucial Pro Overclocking 32GB Kit (2x16GB) DDR5-6000 Review by stefan @ 2024-04-18
Others/Mice & Keyboards CHERRY KC 200 MX Mechanical Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2024-04-14
Others/Mice & Keyboards AQIRYS LIBERTAS Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2024-04-07
Memory Silicon Power 2x16GB DDR5 4800MHz CL40 SODIMM Memory Kit Review by stefan @ 2024-04-03
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AMD Zen 6 to Cram Up to 32 CPU Cores Per CCD

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AMD's future "Zen 6" CPU microarchitecture is rumored to cram up to 32 cores per CCD (CPU complex die), or the common client/server chiplet with the CPU cores, according to Kepler_L2, a reliable source with hardware leaks. At this point… Go To Full Article

LevelPlay, a New PC Cooling Brand, Breaks Cover with AIO CLCs, Air Coolers, and Fans

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LevelPlay Inc. is entering the PC market to revolutionize the PC building experience with radical simplicity and tech-inspired fun in mind. The brand encourages the freedom to be creative and playful in building powerful systems that express your style. This… Go To Full Article

MSI Cubi NUC Series & MPG EZ120 ARGB Win Prestigious Red Dot Award 2024

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MSI, a global leader in computer hardware and solutions, proudly announces that the MSI Cubi NUC Series Mini PC and MPG EZ120 ARGB System Fan have been honored with the esteemed Red Dot Award for 2024. This recognition underscores MSI's… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE Intel Z890 Chipset Motherboard Lineup Leaked

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Product names of GIGABYTE's upcoming motherboard lineup based on the Intel Z890 chipset were leaked to the web in the form of marketing material. The Z890 will be Intel's first desktop motherboard chipset for the company's Core Ultra 200-series processors… Go To Full Article

Intel AI Platforms Accelerate Microsoft Phi-3 GenAI Models

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Intel has validated and optimized its AI product portfolio across client, edge and data center for several of Microsoft's Phi-3 family of open models. The Phi-3 family of small, open models can run on lower-compute hardware, be more easily fine-tuned… Go To Full Article

HYTE THICC FP12 Cooling Fans (3 pack)

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" … The HYTE THICC FP12 cooling fans, as the name suggests, are really THICC measuring 32mm in width. It offers one of the best performance-to-noise ratio on the market, thanks to its monstrous airflow of up to 105.8 CFM… Go To Full Article

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Performance Benchmark @ TechPowerUp

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In "Hellblade II," Senua returns, confronting her haunting past as one of gaming's most tragic heroes. Powered by Unreal Engine 5, the graphics are among the best we've ever seen, but hardware requirement are high, too. In our performance review,… Go To Full Article

GIGABYTE Announces Support for AMD EPYC 4004 Series Processors

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GIGABYTE Technology, Giga Computing, a subsidiary of GIGABYTE and an industry leader in AI servers, server motherboards, and workstations, today announced its support of AMD EPYC 4004 Series processors on AM5 socket servers and server motherboards for entry-level enterprise customers.… Go To Full Article

CHERRY XTRFY M68 Pro @ TechPowerUp

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Newly-formed CHERRY XTRFY brings the ambidextrous M68 Pro, weighing no more than 55 g despite being a solid-shell design. In addition, it comes with PixArt's PAW3395, up to 90 hours of battery life, and true 8000 Hz wireless polling.… Go To Full Article

Lunar Lake officially in Q3 24

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Intel announced a bit more details about the next-generation notebook technology SoC codenamed Lunar Lake and synced it up with Microsoft’s Copilot+ announcement. Lunar Lake has new P and E cores, 1.5 times faster Battlemage graphics, 45+ TOPS NPU and… Go To Full Article

noTunes: a macOS application to prevent iTunes or Apple Music from launching

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Apparently, this is such a common complaint that an application had to be made just to gain some semblance of control over what some people still refer to as “their” computer. For both macOS and Windows, there’s a giant industry… Go To Full Article

Disney is laying off around 175 Pixar workers as it pulls back on original streaming

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According to The Guardian, the downsizing is part of moves to scale back on development of original shows and movies for Disney+ as the company tries to make its streaming division more profitable. As such, Pixar is expected to once… Go To Full Article

Kickstarter now allows late pledges after a campaign has ended

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The new tool is appropriately-named Late Pledge and will only be available to creators who hit their initial goal. It’s been in the testing phase since April and Kickstarters says it has allowed creators to raise an additional 35 percent… Go To Full Article

Ayaneo's latest handhelds are inspired by the Game Boy and GB Micro

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We might just be living in the ultimate golden age of portable gaming. There’s the Switch for Nintendo first party games and indies, the Steam Deck and its rivals for modern PC titles and, of course, a whole bunch of… Go To Full Article

ASRock Rack Unveils Motherboards and Prebuilt Servers for AMD EPYC 4004

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ASRock Rack Inc., a leading innovative server company, announces its support for the new AMD EPYC 4004 Series CPUs. The latest BIOS updates for all ASRock Rack AM5 socket products are now available online, ensuring that ASRock Rack motherboards for… Go To Full Article

Apple is battling a $2 billion EU fine over App Store practices

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At the time, Apple pledged to appeal the decision, arguing that the EU failed to "uncover any credible evidence of consumer harm." Bloomberg reports that Apple has now filed a suit in an attempt to overturn the ruling. Go To Full Article

Microsoft unveils Team Copilot that can assist groups of users

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At this year's Build event, Microsoft has announced Team Copilot, and as you can probably guess from its name, it's a variant of the company's AI tool that can cater to the needs of a group of users. It expands… Go To Full Article

The 10th-gen iPad drops to its lowest price ever

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The 10.9-inch tablet will run for up to 10 hours on a single charge and it has a USB-C port and Touch ID sensor. The selfie camera is along the horizontal edge, which makes video chats a little less awkward… Go To Full Article

TSMC to Expand CoWoS Capacity by 60% Yearly Through 2026

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Customer demand for AI and HPC processors is driving a much greater use of advanced packaging technologies, particularly TSMC's chip-on-wafer-on-substrate (CoWoS) services. As things stand, TSMC is just barely meeting the current demand for this packaging method – never mind… Go To Full Article

Ninja Creami review: This machine makes your frozen dreams come true

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Unless you’ve worked in the food service industry, the Ninja Creami probably isn’t like any other ice cream maker you’ve used before. That’s because until recently, the engineering that powers the Creami was owned by the Pacojet company (which was… Go To Full Article

AMD Said to be Planning Taiwan R&D Center

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According to the Taiwan Central News Agency AMD is considering opening up an R&D center in Taiwan. AMD is said to have applied with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) as part of Taiwan's "A+ global R&D and innovation partnership… Go To Full Article

NVIDIA GeForce 555.85 WHQL Drivers Released

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NVIDIA released the latest version of its GeForce Game Ready drivers. Version 555.85 WHQL comes with optimization for Hellblade II: Senua's Saga; F1 24, XDefiant, and Serum. The optimization for F1 24 includes support for DLSS 3 Frame Generation, DLAA… Go To Full Article

One More EPYC: AMD Launches Entry-Level Zen 4-based EPYC 4004 Series

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Ever since AMD re-emerged as a major competitor within the x86 CPU scene, one of AMD’s top priorities has been to win over customers in the highly lucrative and profitable server market. It’s a strategy that’s paid off well for… Go To Full Article

Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door review

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It’s criminal that there’s been no way to play Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for over a decade. The only way to experience the original 2004 Gamecube title was on that console or the Wii, which thankfully supported Gamecube discs… Go To Full Article

How to pre-order the Sonos Ace headphones

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Sonos might be known for its high-quality speaker systems, but the company has finally announced its first foray into the personal listening space: the Sonos Ace headphones. We no longer have to rely on leaked information and can confidently say… Go To Full Article

Adobe Lightroom gets its own AI eraser tool

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The new tool uses Adobe Firefly, a generative AI creation model launched in March 2023. Firefly trains on licensed content, such as that from Adobe Stock, and can improve image quality, create photos using a description and utilizes Generative Fill… Go To Full Article

Sony's WH-1000XM5 headphones are $72 off right now

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Sony's WH-1000XM5 headphones came out two years ago, yet they're still an amazing choice. We gave them a 95 in our initial review thanks to features like incredible crisp and clear sound quality with a punchy base. The M5, which… Go To Full Article

G.Skill Announces OC World Record Event 2024 Alongside New Product Launches

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G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading brand of performance overclock memory and PC components, is excited to showcase multiple new products at Computex 2024, including new DDR5 memory, peripherals, and PC cases for PC enthusiasts. G.SKILL will also… Go To Full Article

Microsoft Has Lost its Mind—$450 for a Keyboard, AI Button Included

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During yesterday's Microsoft Event, in addition to the new AI features and Surface devices, the company also announced its new Surface Pro Flex wireless keyboard, compatible with the Surface Pro 8, 9, 10, and 11 models. Officially called "Surface Pro… Go To Full Article

AMD looks set to embarrass Chipzilla in servers

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Gaming PCs don't require as many CPU cores. This is partly because the most recent gaming consoles are equipped with eight-core, 16-thread processors but primarily because games are not typically designed to benefit from extensive multithreading. You're better served by… Go To Full Article

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