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Brandon received his first PC, an IBM Aptiva 310, in 1994 and hasn’t looked back since. He cut his teeth on computer building/repair working at a mom and pop computer shop as a plucky teen in the mid 90s and went on to join AnandTech as the Senior News Editor in 1999. Brandon would later help to form DailyTech where he served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008 until 2014. Brandon is a tech geek at heart, and family members always know where to turn when they need free tech support. When he isn’t writing about the tech hardware or studying up on the latest in mobile gadgets, you’ll find him browsing forums that cater to his long-running passion: automobiles.

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Intel is expanding its graphics portfolio today with the announcement of its new Intel Server GPU. The company, which is best known for its consumer- and enterprise-class CPUs, has performed a complete revamp of its graphics architecture in support of a renewed effort in discrete GPU technologies. The first fruit of... Read more...
Apple is hitting the ground running today with the announcement of its very first custom Apple Silicon designed specifically for its MacBook line of laptops and Mac Mini desktops. Meet Apple M1, which is a new Arm-based SoC that Apple says delivers a significant boost in performance over the Intel processors that it... Read more...
NVIDIA no doubt impressed the enthusiast community when it launched the initial members of its Ampere family: the GeForce RTX 3800 and GeForce RTX 3090. Both of those cards offer a significant uplift in performance compared to their GeForce RTX 20 Series predecessors, and they immediately sold out when they... Read more...
A few months back, we took DJI's Mavic Air 2 for a test flight and came away impressed with its performance, overall photo/video capabilities, and its ability to stay aloft for a half hour or more. Today, DJI is back again with another new drone, and this one will go a lot easier on your wallet than the Mavic Air 2. We're talking... Read more...
If you we were one of the few that managed to get in a preorder at Amazon for an Xbox Series X, you probably considered yourself lucky. After all, preorders sold out quickly, and it's likely that there won't be sufficient stock available until sometime in 2021. However, some people that preordered from Amazon won't... Read more...
AMD's Ryzen 5000 family of Zen 3 processors launched last week, and as most were expecting, the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. While AMD didn't take the performance crown in every single benchmark, its lead in the majority of them was significant enough that Intel was seeing taillights the majority of the... Read more...
NVIDIA has announced a pivotal partnership today with Hyundai, which will see its DRIVE platform find its way into all of the automaker’s vehicles. This includes the mainstream Hyundai and Kia brands along with the luxury-oriented Genesis brand, which is now starting to gain traction in the United States. That means... Read more...
Micron has just announced a breakthrough in 3D NAND density, announcing that it has started shipments of the world's first 176-layer 3D NAND flash memory. This is Micron's 5th generation 3D NAND technology and will usher in a new wave of storage products across a broad range of sectors. With the move to a 176-layer... Read more...
As we've seen with the excitement surrounding SpaceX's Starlink service, there are a lot of people around the United States that simply don't have access to high-speed broadband. For those that don't have access to cable or fiber connections, they often have to make do with inferior DSL or satellite internet... Read more...
If you've struck out numerous times in your efforts to secure a Sony PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X up until now, we've got some good news for you. GameStop just confirmed that it will have both consoles available at its brick and mortar locations for Black Friday (November 27th). GameStop made the announcement... Read more...
NVIDIA has supported real-time ray tracing in games for over two years now, starting first with the GeForce RTX 20 Series (Turing), and now with it current-generation GeForce RTX 30 Series (Ampere). AMD is just starting to get into the mix with the [not yet released] Radeon RX 6000 Series, and we're now getting an... Read more...
Back in mid-September, Apple announced the Apple Watch SE as a new low-cost smartwatch that slots in between the Apple Watch Series 3 and the new flagship Apple Watch Series 6. The Apple Watch SE features the same design as the Series 6, but misses out on the blood oxygen monitoring and a bevy of other features. It... Read more...
For those of us that have slogged through 2020, missing out on hot hardware has become a common occurrence over the past few months. The supply issues have stricken popular products like the NVIDIA RTX 30 Series, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series S/X. And now if commentary from an ASUS employee is to be believed, AMD... Read more...
We already know how Take-Two and Sony feel about prices increases for next-generation games for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 consoles, but one major publisher that has been relatively silent is Electronic Arts. Any talk of raising the price of games from $60 to $70 is sure to rile up gamers, so EA was perhaps... Read more...
We typically think of Razer's notebooks as being aimed at the gaming crowd, but the company has its eyes laser-focused on productivity with the new Razer Book 13. As its name implies, the Razer Book 13 has a 13-inch display (13.4 inches to be exact), but unlike most offerings in this space, it does not feature a 16:9... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) has been a popular smartphone choice for those looking for flagship-caliber specs for not a lot money. Samsung announced the smartphone at $699, but quickly dropped the price to $599 for preorders. Pricing has fluctuated between $599 and $699 since then. The Galaxy S20 FE... Read more...
For enthusiasts that have been looking to purchase next-generation hardware over the past few months, it has been a rough time. Not only have all of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics cards been stricken with immediate sellouts, but the same has been true of Xbox Series X/S preorders (launches November 10th) and... Read more...
The time has come for AMD's Ryzen 5000 family of processors, which are available to purchase today from some of your favorite retailers. Although you can catch our review of the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X here, the main takeaway is that the processors live up to the hype and will be highly sought-after items for... Read more...
The Pixel 5 is Google's latest flagship smartphone, and while it doesn't come packing a high-performance Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 865+ SoC, it does have a lot of worthwhile features that enthusiasts will flock too. One such feature revolves around Battery Share, which allows the Pixel 5 to serve as a... Read more...
When we reviewed the OnePlus 8T last month, we concluded that it was a great phone that was in dire need of a price cut. Priced at $749, the OnePlus 8T just didn't make a strong case for itself given not only the competition from other smartphones -- like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE -- but also its own siblings like the... Read more...
It appears that what we are witnessing here is the very first custom GeForce RTX 3060 Ti cards. In fact, these are actually the very first GeForce RTX 3060 Ti cards of any type that we've seen in the world, and they come to us from Gigabyte. The new cards were first spotted by @momomo_us, who is a notorious... Read more...
To say that AMD has been doing well in the x86 processor market since introducing its original Zen architecture in 2017 is quite the understatement. From the start, AMD has shown excellent performance across the board compared to Intel along with a particularly strong focus on multi-threaded applications. And new... Read more...
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