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Zak Killian

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Ever since playing Joust on his family's Atari 800XL 8-bit computer as a youth, Zak has been hooked on PC and console games. His passion for gaming as a kid led to an interest in PCs as a teenager, which ended up with him founding his own PC repair shop in the year 2000. Decades later, he's still building, still gaming, and still arguing on the internet with any opinion anyone has. A former writer of news and reviews for The Tech Report, Zak is a modern-day Renaissance man who may not be an expert on anything, but knows just a little about nearly everything.
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It's the first of October, which means there's only 11 days left before you can buy your own GeForce RTX 4090—assuming your pockets are deep enough, anyway. If you've got the dosh but are on the fence regarding whether to dole it out for a dominant GPU, here's one more data point for you: a Geekbench 5... Read more...
The USB standard's forward and backward compatibility is one of its handiest features. That means that you can plug a USB device into another USB device with a matching connector, and it's almost a guarantee that it'll work, regardless of their USB version revisions. Consumers don't need to know whether it's a USB 3.1... Read more...
We're blending together a couple of leaks today, both because they inform each other, and because that's just how we roll. A curious result found in the Einstein@Home database seems to be for an unreleased Threadripper CPU. A separate AMD roadmap leak from a conference in Indonesia doesn't have a lot of new... Read more...
Cloud gaming isn't dead, but it certainly hasn't taken off the way some folks wish it would. Case in point: Google's Stadia service, one of the first big players in the space, is shutting its doors less than three years after they opened. If you're not familiar with it by name, Stadia is the name of Google's cloud... Read more...
AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 processors have attractive performance, but their value proposition is questionable. That's due to the cost of entry: you need speedy DDR5 memory for the best performance, and the available X670 motherboards aren't cheap. Inexpensive B650-based boards are on the way, with AMD holding a... Read more...
The PlayStation 3's Cell Broadband Engine was fairly unlike any other processor. It had capabilities that make emulating the system surprisingly demanding, even for modern hardware. As we've reported before, the AVX-512 SIMD extensions help with this quite a bit, but Intel cut off support for the instructions in its... Read more...
At Intel's Innovation event, we snapped a picture of a curious wafer that the company had on display. It was labeled as "Raptor Lake-S," but upon even a cursory examination, it became obvious that it is no ordinary Raptor Lake desktop CPU wafer. Instead, it appears to be a 34-core monster workstation CPU. Looking... Read more...
You've almost certainly heard the bombshell news that EVGA is leaving the graphics card business entirely over a purported personal dispute with NVIDIA. The company insists that it isn't going anywhere despite graphics cards comprising some 78% of EVGA's revenue, at least for now. Almost as if to prove that point... Read more...
Speaking excitedly at Intel's Innovation event this morning, CEO Pat Gelsinger announced Intel's 13th-generation Core processors, codenamed "Raptor Lake." We've already covered the chips at large, but as a separate part of the announcement, Pat confirmed that Intel will be releasing a 6-GHz version of Raptor Lake... Read more...
NVIDIA's Hopper GPU isn't coming to a graphics card near you. Despite being called a "GPU", it's really a compute accelerator meant for supercomputers and massive workstations. The chip was announced by NVIDIA way back in March, but it only recently entered full production, and the first parts from the family have yet... Read more...
As we covered in our review of AMD's Ryzen 7000-series processors, the new Zen 4-based chips have integrated graphics! That means no more having to grab an old clunker off the rack just to have working display connections. However, if you have read our review, you'll know that the performance of the integrated GPU is... Read more...
That picture above will probably be familiar to anyone who's purchased a K-series Intel 12th-generation "Alder Lake" CPU—or anyone who reads news about them on this site. That's the box for the current-generation overclockable Intel CPUs. The box for Intel's next-gen CPUs has leaked, though, and you can see it... Read more...
There was a rumor going around that Intel would "strongly encourage" its partners to go DDR5-only for its 13th-generation Raptor Lake CPUs. That may or may not have been true, but at least one vendor is apparently shipping as many as five motherboards based on Intel's Z790 chipset that will carry on with DDR4 memory... Read more...
As part of its GeForce RTX 40 announcement, NVIDIA privately demoed the cards for the press and media. We were privy to that demo, and got to observe an RTX 4090 running Cyberpunk 2077 at its highest settings with unthinkable performance. The "point" of the demo was to show off the performance benefits of DLSS 3, but... Read more...
What products do you think of when you hear "Corsair"? The company got its start with memory where it built up its reputation. These days, the boat company sells a whole range of products including power supply units, and it would like you to know that its PSUs of appropriate wattage are primed and ready for NVIDIA's... Read more...
AMD's fifth-generation desktop Ryzen CPUs aren't even out yet, but they're already setting performance records. If you missed it, check our post yesterday where we talked about some crazy overclocking and insane benchmark results from AMD's pre-release processors. Those results came about with "standard"... Read more...
When NVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 4000-series GPUs yesterday, the company raised a lot of eyebrows at the existence of two RTX 4080 cards: one with 16GB of memory, and one with 12GB of memory. It's not unheard-of to have two GPUs with the same name and differing amounts of VRAM, but the specific quantities of... Read more...
When AMD announced its Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 processors in August, it announced a peak clock rate of 5.7 GHz for the top-end, 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X model. That CPU is expected to boost to 5.85 GHz under Precision Boost Overdrive, but that's only on two cores. Even 5.7 GHz is well above the all-core clock speed, but... Read more...
If you haven't gotten a chance to put hands on one, Valve's Steam Deck is a pretty cool gaming device that has become wildly popular. It has its faults, though—its haptics rumble is weak, its display is lack-luster, and there's only one USB port on board. As such, OneXPlayer likely hopes that you may find those... Read more...
After literally years of rumors, we've finally arrived at the day: the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs based on its Ada Lovelace core architecture. During its Project Beyond event at GTC this morning, the famous leather jacket-clad CEO, Jensen Huang, took to a virtual stage to announce the company's... Read more...
There's an entire mainstream market beyond the powerful AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors that PC enthusiasts love so dearly. In fact, there's a ton of unit volume shipped below $700-800 baseline for laptops sporting premium, performance-targeted CPUs. And to serve this space, AMD has three new Ryzen and Athlon CPUs... Read more...
NZXT got its start making cases, but nowadays you can find the company selling cooling hardware, power supplies, motherboards, monitors, and other kinds of kit. You can even buy a pre-built PC from NZXT. The folks over there haven't started selling graphics cards yet, but it's possible that such a move is, ahem, in... Read more...
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