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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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As we suspected would happen, AMD teased its upcoming Zen 4 architecture during its pree-CES livestream last week, with company boss Dr. Lisa Su holding up an pre-production chip. Silicon based on Zen 4 is bound for a 2022 release (second half of the year). Serving as further proof that it's on track, a pair of Ryzen... Read more...
Alder Lake is barely out the door and Intel is already talking about a new flagship SKU on the horizon. That would be the Core i9-12900KS. Previously rumored to be coming, Intel left no doubt during its CES livestream, during which time it confirmed and briefly demonstrated the upcoming "KS" variant running an... Read more...
There wasn't any talk of AMD's eventual next-generation EPYC stack at the Consumer Electronics Show, and we didn't really expect there to be any. However, AMD has talked about its future server CPUs codenamed Genoa before. Between what AMD has said and various leaks and rumors, we have at least some kind of idea what... Read more...
Yeah, I know, the latter part of the headline is an instant trigger for anyone who tried to get their hands on a graphics card last year and was unsuccessful. But I 'm choosing to be optimistic anyway, because the alternative is to spend another year in frustration. And maybe that's inevitable. But there are actually... Read more...
Your monitor might be bright, but if it's not utilizing mini LED technology, it probably doesn't hit the same eye-searing level as ViewSonic's new Elite XG321UG. It's one of a deluge of mini LED displays announced during CES week, and gamers are in for a treat if this sort of thing becomes both commonplace and... Read more...
In what could be a boon for someone looking to build a high-powered, small form factor (SFF) gaming PC, ASUS has announced a new compact power supply line under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division, and it's brimming with desirable features. Chief among them is a 16-pin PCie connector and cable to feed... Read more...
Some of you reading this might be doing some from with the privacy-focused Brave browser. Heck, a lot of you might be, given the latest statistics Brave shared as part of its year in review. By the end of 2021, Brave was seeing over 50 million monthly active users, which is twice as much as at the end of 2020. It also... Read more...
Mini LED lighting is beginning to expand its presence in both monitors and televisions, and not a moment too soon—it offers numerous benefits over traditional LED backlighting, and while still not on par with the image quality that OLED screens deliver, mini LEDs can shine much brighter. As it begins to permeate the... Read more...
We're now further removed from the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales bonanza, and the holiday season at large. Heck, we're not even in 2021 anymore. However, if you're looking to kick off 2022 with a bargain, look no further than the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G, an excellent handset that's deeply discounted right now. And... Read more...
You might be rocking a sweet liquid cooling setup for your desktop PC, but can you say the same for your gaming laptop? While liquid cooling in some form or another is not entirely new in the laptop space (remember the ASUS ROG GX700?), XMG has taken the idea to another level with with its Neo 15 laptop, which comes... Read more...
Fans of the mini PC form factor are in for a treat. That's because Zotac, one of the most active players in the compact PC space, has updated its popular ZBOX Magnus line with a new model. The latest addition pairs a Core i7 Tiger Lake processor with a mobile GeForce RTX 3080 to deliver some major gaming chops from a... Read more...
Here's a bit of trivia for you—did you know that 25 years ago some ASUS laptops were sent into space? Thick and ancient by today's standards, the ASUS P6300 rocketed to the Mir space station for a 600-day mission and garnered praise from Russian cosmonaut Sergei Avdeev, who commented that the P6300 "never overheated... Read more...
When I think of freestyle, rapping comes to mind (not me personally, but artists like Marshall Mathers). Or at least I did before today. Samsung today unveiled The Freestyle, a portable projector that's shaped like a smart speaker, because it's also one of those. Oh, and it can splash some ambient light into a room as... Read more...
At long last, we have some finalized specifications to share regarding Aya Neo's 'Next' handheld gaming PC. Prior to CES, the company had been teasing an upgrade of its original model with "next generation AMD cores for gamers," which could have one of a few different options. Turns out it was the Ryzen 7 5800U... Read more...
This year's Consumer Electronics Show started off with a bevy of exciting announcements, many of which came from AMD's camp. AMD's barrage of CES unveils included new Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs with RDNA 2 graphics, the first consumer processor with the much anticipated infusion of stacked 3D V-cache, and a Zen 4 platform... Read more...
We've covered a bunch of gaming laptops announced at CES (or just ahead of CES, since the event officially kicks off today, but whatever), but don't worry if you're a creator, there are new notebooks aimed at you as well. In fact, you are the target of Gigabyte's new Aero 16, Aero 17, and Aero 5 laptops, all of which... Read more...
Retailer sites have been chomping (technically, champing) at the bit to offload MSI's latest generation laptops to customers, with listings going up early sporting what had been (at the time) unreleased hardware. That all changes today, though. Intel and NVIDIA announced new CPUs and GPUs, respectively, and MSI... Read more...
It didn't take long for EVGA to announce a custom graphics card based on NVIDIA's just-announced GeForce RTX 3050, the latest addition to its growing line of Ampere GPUs. And actually we're looking at two models from EVGA, including the GeForce RTX 3050 XC and LGeForce RTX 3050 XC Black, both in a relatively compact... Read more...
Acer continues its barrage of product announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show with a new ultra-portable additions to its Swift X laptop range and two Aspire all-in-one (AIO) desktops, all with Intel's latest-generation Alder Lake hardware inside. These join an array of new products that include updated gaming... Read more...
Acer is blitzing the Consumer Electronics Show with a range of new gaming laptops rocking the latest-generation CPU hardware from both AMD and Intel, along with powerful GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs. There are three new and updated laptop lines in total: Predator Triton 500 SE (shown above), Predator Helios 300, and... Read more...
Intel has just expanded its lineup of Alder Lake desktop processors with nearly two dozen new SKUs spanning its Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, Core i5, and Core i9 product categories. it also unveiled a trio of stock cooling solutions for its latest Alder Lake chips, and added three additional 600 series chipsets, all in... Read more...
It was inevitable that Intel would release laptop processors based on its Alder Lake architecture, and that day has officially arrived. As it did on the desktop, Intel is kicking things off with its high-performance parts, which in this case its its 12th Gen Core H-series lineup, with up to 14 physical cores and 20... Read more...
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