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Marco Chiappetta

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Marco's interest in computing and technology dates all the way back to his early childhood. Even before being exposed to the Commodore P.E.T. and later the Commodore 64 in the early ‘80s, he was interested in electricity and electronics, and he still has the modded AFX cars and shop-worn soldering irons to prove it. Once he got his hands on his own Commodore 64, however, computing became Marco's passion. Throughout his academic and professional lives, Marco has worked with virtually every major platform from the TRS-80 and Amiga, to today's high end, multi-core servers. Over the years, he has worked in many fields related to technology and computing, including system design, assembly and sales, professional quality assurance testing, and technical writing. In addition to being the Managing Editor here at HotHardware for close to 15 years, Marco is also a freelance writer whose work has been published in a number of PC and technology related print publications and he is a regular fixture on HotHardware’s own Two and a Half Geeks webcast. - Contact: marco(at)hothardware(dot)com

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Intel 5th Generation Xeon Processors Codename: Emerald Rapids Intel refreshes its tiled chiplet based Xeon processors with more cores, more cache, higher frequencies, and enhanced power efficiency.   Higher Core Counts Improved Performance & Efficiency Drop-In Compatible With 4th Gen Faster Memory Support... Read more...
At its Advancing AI event that just concluded, AMD disclosed a myriad of additional details regarding its next-gen Instinct MI300 data center accelerators. It also discussed the company’s momentum as it relates to AI hardware, software, and partner engagements. AMD has previously shown off its Instinct MI300A... Read more...
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series Processors: Starting At $1,499 ($4,999 For 7980X) The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X (64-cores) and 7970X (32-cores) are the company’s most-powerful High End Desktop, many-core processors ever released.   More Cache Higher-Clocks Killer Multi-Thread Performance HEDT Returns!... Read more...
AMD Radeon Pro W7700: $999 MSRP The RDNA 3-based AMD Radeon Pro W7700 features 16GB of memory, the company's latest GPU architectire, and aggressive pricing. Good Performance 16GB Of Memory Aggressive Pricing Quiet Operation Unmatched Display Output Config Manageable Form Factor Ray Tracing Trails NVIDIA Sometimes... Read more...
Last week at its Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm revealed two new mobile platforms, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and Snapdragon X Elite, amidst a myriad of additional XR and Audio related announcements. Like its namesake, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is designed for smartphones and tablets (that typically run Android), and this... Read more...
AMD Threadripper Pro 7000WX and Threadripper 7000 Series Processors: Starting At $1,499 ($9,999 For 7995WX) Two new Threadripper product families arrives featuring AMD's Zen 4 architecture, with up to 96 cores and 384MB of cache, the Threadripper Pro 7000WX and Threadripper 7000.   More Cores More Cache... Read more...
Intel Core i9-14900K - $589, Intel i7-14700K- $409, Intel Core i5-14600K - $319 Intel’s 14th Gen Core “Raptor Lake Refresh” processors fit in the same socket as 13th Gen CPUs, but crank up the clocks, in some cases cores, and power.   High Performance Single Thread Leadership More Cores... Read more...
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has been quite vocal about the company’s intention to aggressively focus on gaining AI compute market share moving forward. In recent weeks, Dr. Su noted that AI will be a part of every product at AMD in the next five years, and that she expects AI to be a significant growth driver. News also broke... Read more...
Samsung T9 SSD: Starting $139.99 (1TB), $439.99 (4TB) The new Samsung T9 Portable SSD is reminiscent of the rugged T7 Shield external SSD that launched earlier this year, at least in terms of industrial design, but internally the T9 features a new platform for significantly more performance.  Compact Form Factor... Read more...
Samsung SSD 990 Pro: Starting At $69, 4TB - $334 MSRP Samsung has boosted the SSD 990 Pro series cpacaity to 4TB, while maximizing performance in PCIe Gen 4 systems. High Capacity Strong All-Around Performance Single-Sided Relatively Low Power Good Endurance PCIe Gen 5 SSDs Have Arrived Middling Game Level Loads... Read more...
Radeon RX 7800 XT: Starting At $499, Radeon RX 7700 XT: Starting At $449 The new Radeon RX 7800 XT and 7700 XT are built on AMD's RDNA3-based Navi 32 GPU, and are competitive alternatives to the heart of NVIDIA's current midrange GeForce RTX 40 line-up. Strong Overall Performance Competitive Pricing Powerful... Read more...
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 X3D: As Configured TBD - Likely $3,599+  The AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D powered ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 X3D gaming laptop, with its GeForce RTX 4090 GPU, is the most powerful mobile PC gaming platform in the world currently. Beastly Performance Enhanced Efficiency Multi-Threaded Leader Attractive... Read more...
AMD Radeon Pro W7900 & W7800: $2,499 (W7800), $3,999 (W7900) The RDNA 3-based AMD Radeon Pro W7900 And W7800 pack a ton of memory and are the company's most powerful and feature-rich professional GPUs yet. Excellent Performance Lots Of Memory Competitive Pricing Quiet Operation Class-Leading Display Outputs W7900... Read more...
AMD Radeon Pro W7600 & W7500: SEP $429 (W7500), $599 (W7600) The new Radeon Pro W7600 and W7500 are affordable single-slot, low-power RDNA3-based professional workstation GPUs for content creators and graphics pros. Efficient, Low Power Affordable Price Points Good Performance Quiet Operation Single-Slot Form... Read more...
Solidigm SSD D5-P5336: $<0.08 - $0.10 per GB (Estimated) The new Solidigm SSD D5-P5336 targets read-heavy workloads and features the company's latest QLC NAND flash memory to achieve massive storage capacities up to 61.44TB. Massive Capacities Targeting Lower Price Points (per GB) Mulitple Form Factors... Read more...
MSI GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming X: Starting At $329 The MSI GeForce RTX 4060 Gaming X takes NVIDIA's reference specs and gooses them up a bit for a minor increase in performance. Efficient, Low Power Competitive In Its Class Compact Form Factor Cool And Quiet Minimal Overclocking Only DP 1.4 Price Premium For Small OC NVIDIA officially launched... Read more...
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060: Starting At $299 The new GeForce RTX 4060 is NVIDIA's current entry-level Ada GPU, which targets budget-conscious 1080p gamers shopping for an upgrade from previous-gen graphics cards. Cool And Quiet Manstream Form Factor Decent Performance Most Affordable Ada GPU Power Friendly Mild... Read more...
Razer Blade 14 (2023): As Configured - $2,699 (Starting $2,399) The latest Razer Blade 14 packs AMD's top mobile Ryzen processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics into a slim, sleek, attractive laptop, with impressive results. Attractive Design Strong Performance Latest AMD Platform with Ryzen AI Beautiful... Read more...
Crucial T700: Starting At $209 (1TB), $369 (2TB w/ Heatsink) The PCIe 5 Crucial T700 enthusiast-class SSD pairs Micron 232-layer 3D NAND flash to the Phison E26 controller with fantastic results. Class-Leading Performance Bleeding Edge NAND For Desktops / Workstation Only Price Premium After showing them off over the last few months,... Read more...
PowerColor Hellhound Radeon RX 7600: Starting At $289 The PowerColor Hellhound Radeon RX 7600 offers a mild factory overclock, LED lighting, and a couple of additional tricks over AMD's reference card. Dual-BIOS Setup Built-In LED Switch Attractive Design Factory Overclocked OC Offers Minor Performance Boost... Read more...
AMD Radeon RX 7600: Starting At $269 The Navi 33-based AMD Radeon RX 7600 targets 1080p gamers and brings RDNA3 to a highly competitive, relatively low price point. Competitive Pricing Compact Form Factor Modern Feature Set (AV1, DP2.1) Relatively High Temps Minor Performance Bump Vs. Previous Gen Hot on the... Read more...
MSI Gaming X Trio GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB: Starting At $449 MSI's outsized take on the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti offers extra flashy style and a huge cooler versus NVIDIA's Founders Edition card but it comes at a $50 price premium. Low Power Quiet Operation Super-Lower Temps Competitive Performance Minimal Overclocking... Read more...
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