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Tech journalist by day, badass biker by night, and a 24/7 Boston sports fan, Paul Lilly epitomizes the archetype of the modern day geek. You won’t ever catch Paul wearing a pocket protector or suspenders, but you might find him cruising down the highway on two-wheels wearing an Oregon Trail t-shirt, or sticking his head in a home brewed PC while donning a do-rag or Celtics jersey. Like so many from his generation, the Commodore 64 seduced him into the titillating world of computers, and through the years, he’s courted a number of OSes and platforms from DOS on up to Windows 8. Paul covers the news beat and reviews, and is a general wiseguy who keeps the mood light. He’s also a seasoned freelance writer whose work has appeared in Maximum PC, PC World, Computer Shopper, and a number of other online and print publications.

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NZXT is gearing up for Intel's 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs with a new N7 Z790 motherboard that is dressed to the nines. As the model name implies, the latest entry in NZXT's small but growing motherboard lineup is based on Intel's flagship Z790 chipset. And as we've seen from NZXT in past releases, the N7 Z790 comes... Read more...
The first major update to Windows 11 (version 22H2) brought with it some nifty new features and security upgrades, but unfortunately it also caused major headaches for some GeForce owners. Complaints included dropped framerates, game stuttering, broken G-Sync functionality, and other annoying issues. Fortunately... Read more...
Amazon is serving up several genuine Xbox controllers at deep discounts right now, with savings up of to 27 percent off their respective MSRPs. These are some of the lowest prices we've seen to date, save for last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals bonanza when they sold for a few bucks less. You could choose... Read more...
Optoma is looking to score street cred with gamers who want to play on a big screen with fast framerates, perhaps even competitively. On paper, its new CinemaX D2 and Cinemax D2 Smart projectors look up to the task. Armed with an ultra-short throw glass lens, both models can beam up to a 100-inch image from less than... Read more...
On the supplier side, the NAND flash memory market is in a bit of shambles at the moment, and has been for the past several months (or even longer). What this means for the average consumer is that prices on solid state drives (SSDs) will continue to fall throughout the rest of 2022. There are already enticing deals... Read more...
Head over to Newegg and you'll find a new listing for a 32GB (2x16GB) Teamgroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR5 memory kit with a blistering 7,200 MT/s transfer rate (so much for G.Skill snatching the DDR5 speed crown). It's the only memory kit to boast speeds north of 7,000 MT/s, and as such is the fastest DDR5 RAM to date... Read more...
Buying a memory kit is all about timing, and we're not talking latency settings. We're talking about pricing and the volatility of DRAM, as it's particularly sensitive to constantly changing market conditions. Fortunately for consumers, DRAM pricing is on a downward spiral and, if the market analysts at TrendForce are... Read more...
Microsoft has begun rolling out its first major update for Windows 11 (taking it to version 22H2), and as you might have guessed, it's causing issues on some PCs. In particular, gamers with GeForce graphics cards have logged a spattering of complaints ranging from unstable framerates and significantly degraded... Read more...
MSI is rolling out a couple of new solid state drives, one of which is a blazing-fast PCI Express 5.0 model with a Phison controller tucked inside. That would be the Spatium M570. Officially, MSI is rating the Spatium M570 as being capable of up to 10,000MB/s (10GB/s) of sequential read performance, but that might be... Read more...
G.Skill is adding to its growing collection of high-speed DDR5 RAM for Intel's Alder Lake and AMD's soon-to-be-released Zen 4 platforms. The memory maker's latest offerings include a 64GB (2x32GB) Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 kit and a class-leading 32GB (2x16GB) Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6800 RAM kit, the latter of which will... Read more...
Floppy disks have been around for decades—over 50 years!—and while the storage medium is largely obsolete, it's not completely dead. Just ask Tom Persky, who after several decades still maintains a thriving business selling floppy disks to customers even though the industry at large has moved to solid state drives... Read more...
Soundbars aren't just for home theater buffs, they're also encroaching into PC gaming territory. To wit, Razer in April unveiled its Leviathan V2, a multi-driver PC gaming soundbar with THX Spatial Audio, RGB lighting, and a dedicated subwoofer for $249.99. If that's too rich for your blood, Razer has now released the... Read more...
AMD is officially planning to launch its next-generation graphics cards based on its RDNA 3 architecture during an event on November 3, 2022. Scott Herkelman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Radeon division, confirmed the imminent launch in a Twitter post with a 'Save the Date' image attached... Read more...
Apple isn't exactly known for designing and molding hardware gadgets that are easy to crack open and repair at home. To the Cupertino company's credit, however, it has made relatively recent efforts in line with the right-to-repair movement that's been gaining steam, and that's on full display in a teardown analysis... Read more...
ASUS is preparing a new round of mini PCs based on AMD's latest generation Ryzen 6000 series of mobile silicon, culminating in a model powered by a Ryzen 9 6900HX. Otherwise known as Rembrandt, these APUs pack a potent punch by pairing refined Zen 3+ CPU cores manufactured on a 6-nanometer node with integrated... Read more...
If you're still getting by with a low-capacity solid state drive (SSD) or, even worse, a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD), then it's high time you considered a storage upgrade—your PC will thank you for it. As luck would have it, there are several discounted SSDs that are yours for the taking. We've rounded up some of... Read more...
What would you do if you checked your bank account and found it had been unexpectedly padded with a quarter of a million dollars? Seems like a farfetched scenario, except it actually happened to a white-hat hacker, courtesy of Google. The search giant confirmed it mistakenly paid the hacker $249,999... Read more...
In no uncertain terms, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning advising anyone who purchased a male-to-male extension cable on Amazon to stop using it immediately and throw it away. Using these types of cables is dangerous and presents numerous hazards, including risk of electrocution... Read more...
ASRock has officially extended its reach into gaming monitor territory with the launch of two models, as was tipped earlier this summer. They include the 34-inch Phantom Gaming PG34WQ15R2B with a curved Vertical Alignment (VA) display, and a smaller 27-inch Phantom Gaming PG27FF1A built around a flat In-Plane... Read more...
The folks at Backblaze, a cloud storage and data backup company located in San Mateo, California, published a report comparing the failure rates of solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs), and you might be surprised by the results. Or maybe not, if you were expecting SSDs to emerge as the clear winner... Read more...
It's official—Tekken 8 is in production for the PlayStation 5 and is looking like a strong contender for brawler of the year, based on the first trailer that dropped during Sony's State of Play event. Whether it's ultimately anointed that designation will depend on when exactly it comes out, how it actually fares, and... Read more...
The old adage that cheaters never prosper clearly didn't take online PC gaming into account, because things like aimbots and other sketchy tools continue to be a big problem. Fortunately, game developers and publishers take the issue seriously and are constantly coming up with anti-cheat mechanisms. As such... Read more...
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