Crucial 64GB (2 x 32GB) DDR5-4800 Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2023-01-22 read/post comments(0)

The 64GB DDR5-4800 memory kit from Crucial does offer good performance and compatibility, while having a bit of headroom in terms of overclocking. High-capacity sticks are often a bit more difficult to overclock, but with this one we were able to do 5200MHz at stock timings, by just raising the operating voltage at 1.25. read more

Silicon Power Elite 256GB Class 10 UHS-I U1 microSDXC Card Review

Storage/Other by stefan @ 2023-01-16 read/post comments(0)

Even if the Elite is declared as being UHS-I card with at least a 10MB/s write rate, it can go considerably faster than that as noted from our tests. Thanks to the format and adapter, it is compatible throughout a large range of devices, while the 256GB will be able to fit quite a bit of data! read more

Creative Stage Air V2 Compact USB Soundbar Review

Audio/Speakers&Amps by stefan @ 2023-01-08 read/post comments(0)

After connecting the soundbar to our test laptop, we listened to multiple YouTube clips such as movie trailers, music or video blogs and noted that it is a huge step-up versus the integrated speakers of most portable computers. The bass is quite rich, the voices are rendered clearly and can be easily used instead of a set of dedicated speakers for your computer. In case of desktops, the supplied cable could be a bit short, so you’ll need to source your own connectivity cables. Due to the limited soundstage, it is recommended to keep the product close to us to get the best experience. read more

Neo Forza 2x32GB DDR4 3200MHz SODIMM Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2022-12-29 read/post comments(0)

The Shuttle DH32U5 barebone had absolutely no issues operating with 64GB of RAM at 3200MHz thanks to the Neo Forza PnP kit. There was no extra configuration necessary, the correct speed being detected right away and there were no stability problems either. The C22 kit is operating at a low voltage of 1.2V so it won’t need heatsinks even when installed in a passive enclosure.     read more

BIOSTAR Z790 VALKYRIE LGA1700 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel LGA1700 by stefan @ 2022-12-25 read/post comments(0)

While the Z790 VALKYRIE motherboard from BIOSTAR gets sometimes lower scores in benchmarks versus the EVGA Z690 CLASSIFIED which has a more mature UEFI, it compensates by having better expansion options (3 full-sized PCIe slots, no less than five M.2 for storage, individually detachable heatsinks, but also quite a bit of headers). It incorporates a 20-phase design, shielded slots, a lot of headers for fans and USB ports but also a debug LED display for signaling errors. read more

Silicon Power 2x16GB DDR5 4800MHz C40 Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2022-12-19 read/post comments(0)

The DDR5 4800MHz kit from Silicon Power represents its point of entrance within the new RAM standard and does not include either a heatsink or RGB lighting. In terms of performance, we can squeeze some extra by raising the frequency to 5400MHz, while working with a voltage of 1.25, still fine to be used without extra cooling. read more
Storage/SSD Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2 2TB SSD + Heatsink Review by stefan @ 2022-12-11
Others/Mice & Keyboards AQIRYS DORADUS Wired Gaming Mouse Review by stefan @ 2022-12-04
Storage/SSD Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 SSD Review by stefan @ 2022-11-27
Others/Mice & Keyboards SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL Gaming Keyboard Review by stefan @ 2022-11-20
Storage/Other Silicon Power Marvel M02 128GB USB 3.2 Gen 1 USB Flash Drive Review by stefan @ 2022-11-14

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Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 are $55 off right now

@ 2023/01/27 read/post comments(0)
With the launch of the Galaxy Buds 2 last year, Samsung brought premium features like active noise cancellation (ANC) to its entry-level headphones, while keeping the same $150 price as the Galaxy Buds+. If that's still too much money, you… Go To Full Article

Chrome can now lock Incognito tabs on Android behind biometric authentication

@ 2023/01/27 read/post comments(0)
Google is rolling out a feature to Android that will add an extra layer of privacy when you browse websites in Incognito mode. The tech giant has revealed in a blog post (via The Verge) that the ability to lock… Go To Full Article

Kingston FURY Renegade 1TB (Heatsink Version) Solid State Drive Review @ APH Networks

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The Kingston FURY Renegade 1TB (Heatsink Version) is a PCIe 4.0-based NVMe solid state drive that delivers awesome performance at an excellent price while maintaining PlayStation 5 compatibility. Go To Full Article

Yeyian Typhoon LII Master Cooling Kit

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" ... The Yeyian brand may not be very well known, but they do produce some of the most affordable products on the market. You won't be able to find a 3 fan cooling kit that offers so much for… Go To Full Article

Fantom Drives Venom8 2TB @ LanOC Reviews

@ 2023/01/27 read/post comments(0)
DESCRIPTION: It feels like most of the time there are the same names over and over again but every once in a while someone new does jump into the mix. The brand Fantom Drives isn't new to the industry, they… Go To Full Article

NYC wants all Uber and Lyft cars to be electric by 2030

@ 2023/01/27 read/post comments(0)
It might not be long before every ridesharing car in New York City is electric. Mayor Eric Adams has outlined an agenda that will require "high-volume for-hire" vehicles at Uber, Lyft and similar companies to be zero-emissions by 2030. There… Go To Full Article

ChatGPT (barely) passed graduate business and law exams

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There's plenty of concern that OpenAI's ChatGPT could help students cheat on tests, but just how well would the chatbot fare if you asked it to write a graduate-level exam? It would pass — if only just. In a newly… Go To Full Article

DOJ says it disrupted a major global ransomware group

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The US Department of Justice has spent months infiltrating and disrupting the Hive ransomware group, the agency announced on Thursday. The DOJ says Hive has targeted over 1,500 victims in more than 80 countries, extorting hundreds of millions of dollars… Go To Full Article

New York’s flood sensor network will soon expand across the city

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New York City’s first flood-monitoring network is set to expand. Thanks to $7.2 million in funding from the city, the number of flood-prone areas FloodNet monitors with its sensors will increase from 31 to 500 across all five boroughs. The… Go To Full Article

Audi's Activesphere EV concept is built for off-roading and augmented reality

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Audi has finally revealed the Activesphere EV concept it promised last summer. The crossover is built to go off-road, complete with a rugged underbody, a liftable suspension and easy ways to carry your sports gear. The rear can transform into… Go To Full Article

BuzzFeed is the latest publisher to embrace AI-generated content

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CNet's AI SNFAU turned out to be merely the first pebble kicked down the slippery slope. In a Thursday morning internal memo acquired by the Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed Chief Executive Jonah Peretti announced plans to embrace AI in both… Go To Full Article

Over 67,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids Recalled Over Engine Hazard

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The popular Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is having a rough few months. After a recall for fire risks late last year, the automaker is now alerting over 67,000 Pacifica Hybrid owners of a new recall that could shut off the… Go To Full Article

OnePlus teases its first tablet ahead of next month’s official reveal

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A OnePlus tablet is on the way. A new official image of the upcoming OnePlus Pad surfaced, showing a “Halo Green” color and an unconventional camera placement. The tablet will reportedly launch alongside the OnePlus 11 5G and Buds Pro… Go To Full Article

Intel NUC 12 Pro Wall Street Canyon Kits Review

@ 2023/01/27 read/post comments(0)
Intel introduced the ultra-compact form-factor in 2012 to reinvigorate the PC market. The incredible success of the product line has now resulted in the brand name propagating to other novel system configurations and form factors. The introduction of the mainstream… Go To Full Article

'Dead Space' is the new benchmark for video game remakes

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In the split second before a necromorph slides its arm blades into Isaac Clarke’s stomach, it looks like the massive monster is giving him a bloody, snarling, over-excited hug. This precise moment, frozen between horrific brutality and a comforting embrace,… Go To Full Article

Apple's Studio Display drops to a record low price at Amazon

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If you like the thought of the Apple Studio Display but balk at its official price tag, the monitor might be worth a second look. Amazon is selling the tilt-adjustable Studio Display at an all-time low of $1,300, or $299… Go To Full Article

Ayaneo 2 review: A more premium (and pricier) take on the Steam Deck

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Handheld PCs have been around for years, but the arrival of the Steam Deck brought renewed interest and demand to the category — much like what the Nintendo Switch did for consoles back in 2017. And while the amount of… Go To Full Article

Amazon's Blink Wired Floodlight Camera is now available for $100

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One of Amazon's home security companies, Blink, unveiled its first wired floodlight camera during the e-commerce giant's fall event last year. Now, the smart security camera is finally available, and you can get it from Amazon's website for $100. While… Go To Full Article

SK Hynix sends "world’s fastest" mobile DRAM to clients

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Low Power Double Data Rate 5 Turbo SK Hynix has shipped off what it is calling the world’s fastest mobile DRAM to prospective customers to have a play with. The Low Power Double Data… Go To Full Article

Micron’s 1.5TB microSD card is out

@ 2023/01/27 read/post comments(0)
Could be worth more than its weight in ink jet printer ink Micron’s MTSD1T5ANC8MS-1WT has arrived bringing the world its first 1.5TB microSD card – unfortunately it will probably cost you your firstborn to own. Go To Full Article

IK's iRig Stream Mic Pro is a do-it-all microphone for musicians and content creators

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IK Multimedia has launched the iRig Stream Mic Pro designed to be more versatile than typical multimedia mics from Blue and others. It combines a multi-pattern condenser microphone with a 24-bit, 96 kHz audio interface for iOS, Android, Mac and… Go To Full Article

Microsoft wants 2.5 gigawatts of solar power

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Teams up with South Korea's Hanwha Qcells Software King of the World, Microsoft said it would add as much as 2.5 gigawatts of solar power to its operations under a partnership with South Korea's Hanwha Qcells.… Go To Full Article

British government wants to give money to chip companies

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Never mind the NHS, we want to feed a global oversupply The UK government is trying to convince itself that if it spends billions to subsidise semiconductor companies it will help the country better compete and build… Go To Full Article

IBM does well

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Still fires more workers Biggish Blue announced that its operating profits and revenue met analysts' expectations, but the outfit said it would still fire 3,900 workers because that is what everyone is doing these days.… Go To Full Article

Noctua brings new NH-L9a-AM5 low-profile cooler

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SFF love for AMD Ryzen CPUs Noctua has unveiled the new addition to its NH-L9 line of low-profile CPU coolers, the NH-L9a-AM5. Coming in standard and versions, the NH-L9a-AM5 is just 37mm tall,… Go To Full Article

Apple now offers less for some iPhone trade-ins

@ 2023/01/26 read/post comments(0)
Following the recent announcement of the HomePod and new M2 MacBook Pros, as noted by MacRumors Apple has quietly adjusted the trade-in values it offers for its own devices. In the US, iPhone models are now frequently worth less than… Go To Full Article

Tesla's volatile Q4 couldn't dampen its record setting year

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Between its ongoing supply chain constraints, brutal rounds of layoffs and a plummeting stock price, the past year has been a glass case of emotion for Tesla and its embattled CEO, Elon Musk. Still, the company managed to produce nearly… Go To Full Article

Donald Trump will get his Facebook and Instagram accounts back 'in the coming weeks'

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More than two years after Meta extended former President Donald Trump’s “indefinite” suspension from Facebook, the company has opted to reinstate his account. In a statement, Meta said Trump would be able to access his Facebook and Instagram accounts in… Go To Full Article

'Redfall' brings open-world vampire hunting to Xbox and PC on May 2nd

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It's arriving several months later than expected, but Arkane's next big game is (relatively) close at hand. The studio has confirmed that Redfall will be available on May 2nd for Xbox Series X/S and Windows PCs, with launch day access… Go To Full Article

'Forza Motorsport' arrives later this year on Xbox Series X/S, PC and Game Pass

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Forza Motorsport, the eighth mainline entry in Turn 10 Studios' long-running simulation racing series, will arrive later this year, the developer announced during Microsoft and Bethesda's Developer Direct showcase. The release date constitutes something of a delay, as Microsoft announced… Go To Full Article

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