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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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Right on cue, NVIDIA has issued an updated GPU driver release to officially support its beastly new flagship graphics card, the GeForce RTX 4090. That's not all, though. The GeForce 522.25 WHQL driver release also purportedly includes key optimizations that could benefit GeForce RTX 30 series owners in a big way when... Read more...
Scalpers are up to their old ways by buying high and selling even higher. Their opportunities dwindled when the cryptocurrency market collapsed and GPU supplies picked up (there were other factors involved as well), but with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 4090 flying off store shelves, scalpers looking to make a quick buck are... Read more...
If you're wanting to rock out without any wires dangling out, then a wireless headset or pair of earbuds is what you want. Now is a great to time to pounce, too. Amazon is in the midst of its Prime Early Access event for Prime members, and part of the wide-ranging sales bonanza includes deep discounts on a range of... Read more...
It may have taken a minute or two (or three or four), but Intel's Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards have finally released to retail shelves today. The arrival kicks off a new era in gaming on the PC, in that it's now officially a three-horse race between Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA. That could also have been said when... Read more...
We won't go so far as to say the Great GPU Shortage of 2022 (and earlier) is now a distant memory (it's still 2022 after all), but the situation is definitely improved. Between the crypto crash and improved supply, finding a GPU in stock is no longer an impossible task. Even better, you can actually find some graphics... Read more...
Amazon's Prime Day deals bonanza is back for the second time this year, and with it comes a whole bunch of bargains, including deals on a wide range of processors from AMD and Intel. Whether you're looking to assemble an Alder Lake system or build a PC around a spunky Zen 3 processor, you can score a CPU for well... Read more...
The power supply unit (PSU) is the unsung hero of the PC, even if all the glory typically goes to the graphics card and/or CPU. Trying to figure out how much wattage you need is the tricky part, and using an online PSU calculator can help take some of the guesswork out of the selection. Evidently, it can also tip you... Read more...
The Dark Knight apparently has a lucrative side hustle involving smartphones. When he isn't fighting crime in Gotham City, he's collaborating with phone makers on custom themed handsets, like Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition released six years ago, and now the ASUS ROG Phone 6 Batman Edition that comes... Read more...
AMD shared a preliminary accounting of its third quarter revenue, which it now projects to be $5.6 billion. That's a $1.1 billion downward adjustment compared to its previous guidance of $6.7 billion (plus or minus $200 million). AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su attributed the $1.1 billion guidance miss primarily on a... Read more...
Acer's latest laptop with AMD inside is not only lightweight, it's purportedly the lightest 16-inch OLED model the world has ever seen, the company claims. To that end, the Swift Edge powered by AMD's Ryzen 6000 and Ryzen Pro 6000 series processors features an ultra-slim magnesium-aluminum chassis with a 0.51-inch... Read more...
Fractal Design has discovered a manufacturing issue affecting half a dozen of its all-in-one liquid CPU coolers that could cause temperatures to rise above expected levels. In response, the company has temporarily halted sales of the affected AIO coolers pending a redesign and issued a voluntary recall out of an... Read more...
You've blinged out your PC with RGB lighting, now what? Well, if you're on a mission to RGB all the things—and namely, including your walls and maybe even your home's ceilings—then you're in luck. Corsair is expanding the reach of its iCUE (Corsair Utility Engine) software by partnering with Nanoleaf, a major purveyor... Read more...
You can save hundreds of dollars on various Arcade1Up cabinets right now and finally build that bodacious arcade room you've been dreaming about since you were a kid with a fistful of quarters. It brings to mind that famous exchange in Step Brothers, with Brennan Huff reacting to night vision goggles: "Can you imagine... Read more...
NZXT is making quick work of fleshing out its recently minted Canvas monitor lineup. After making its first foray into monitors with a couple of 1440p/QHD displays in July—Canvas 27Q and Canvas 32Q Curved—it's now added two 1080p models. Like the two QHD models, the new Canvas FHD displays boast a 240Hz refresh rate... Read more...
Micron announced plans to invest big money—up to $100 billion—to build what it claims will be the largest semiconductor fabrication facility in the history of the United States. Incidentally, the announcement comes around nine months after Intel unveiled plans to build a mega-site in Ohio, which in time the company... Read more...
In our Ryzen 7 5800X3D review, we dubbed AMD's Zen 3 processor with a fat stack of cache as the "king of PC gaming." It even manages to keep pace with and sometimes beat the new crop of Zen 4 processors in a spattering of games. And now for the first time since its release, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is being offered in a... Read more...
When it comes to bucking traditional case design, Cougar has been known to don its honey badger hat and release some pretty wild concepts, criticisms be damned. The result is often a truly distinct enclosure that people are apt to either really love or loathe. Case in point is the new Cougar Gaming Cratus, an open-air... Read more...
As prices for PC memory kits and solid state drives (SSDs) continue to fall, NAND flash and memory chip makers are initiating what TrendForce has deemed a "rare production reduction." These are significant scale backs—Micron last month announced a "nearly 50 percent wafer fab equipment capex cut" compared to last... Read more...
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...
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