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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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The ASUS ROG Ally X is due to launch on the 22nd of this month. That's this coming Monday, if you haven't been keeping up. Arriving alongside the revised version of ASUS' gaming handheld is a new version of the Armoury Crate software designed specifically to improve the user experience on the handheld gaming... Read more...
Remember that whole kerfluffle about Radeon Anti-Lag+ getting gamers banned from CS2 and other competitive titles? That's all water under the bridge now, as the new and improved Radeon Anti-Lag 2 requires game-specific support, and will no longer set off anti-cheat packages. However, that does mean it has to be added... Read more...
The Ryzen 9 9950X isn't actually available yet, but benchmarks have been cropping up all over the web. We reported before on some leaked results in Geekbench, but today we have a pile of multi-threaded tests from a fellow on the Anandtech forums who got ahold of an ES (engineering sample) Ryzen 9 9950X and has been... Read more...
Before we get started on this story, let's recap a bit. Intel's currently-available mobile processors are called "Core Ultra 100", codenamed Meteor Lake, and it's about to release the "Core Ultra 200V" series, codenamed Lunar Lake. There are also "Core Ultra 200" desktop processors on the way; those will be Arrow... Read more...
If you want a desktop platform with a long upgrade path, you buy an AMD Ryzen, right? Not so fast, says Intel—the company is apparently readying one more round of CPU releases for its LGA 1700 platform. We first heart about "Bartlett Lake" back in February of this year when it was leaked by Chinese sources. A new... Read more...
ADATA SD810 SSD: Starting at $89.99 (1TB), up to $149.99 (2TB) The ADATA SD810 is a no-frills portable SSD with a tough titanium chassis, fast USB 20 Gbps connectivity, and IP68 ingress protection. Excellent USB SSD Performance IP68 Ingress Protection 5 Year Warranty No Software Required A Little Pricey Utilitarian Aesthetics ADATA sells a... Read more...
As you're no doubt already aware, it's Prime Day, and that means everyone is shopping for the hottest deals both to help you and to bolster our own hardware arsenals. You can benefit from our bounty by checking out these killer PC component prices we spotted while scouring Amazon for discounted parts. The headline... Read more...
Remember that story where some people were suffering stability issues while gaming on Intel 13th and 14th-generation CPUs? Despite many of the errors blaming the GPU, NVIDIA pointed the finger at Intel back in April. It's been more than six months since the issues began, so after a pile of software updates as well as... Read more...
Intel's Lunar Lake processors are expected sooner than later for mobile machines, and may just give the competition a shock when they hit. What about desktop, though? Intel's current-generation desktop parts are pretty fast, but they're besieged by reliability concerns and are extremely power-thirsty. Not only that... Read more...
With CPU core counts and GPU silicon sizes simply skyrocketing, it's become harder and harder to feed all that processing power with data. Regular old DRAM packages just aren't cutting it anymore for server systems. Even for CPUs, we're seeing a clear transition over to High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), which offers, well... Read more...
If you hang around spaces on the 'net full of PC builders, there's usually a never-ending war of FUD and fanboyism, fueled by old memes and outdated preconceived notions. Depending on who you listen to, AMD's upcoming Ryzen 9000 desktop CPUs are either going to be the greatest thing ever or a sad disappointment. The... Read more...
AMD sells CPUs with model numbers ending in "X3D" that have something called "3D V-Cache." These CPUs very literally have an extra piece of silicon stapled to them that adds another 64 megabytes of L3 cache. This, in turn, radically improves performance in some applications—particularly complex games. There have been... Read more...
Mobile processors these days don't come with sockets like desktop CPUs, but they're still manufactured for a specific package type. The package for AMD's "Phoenix" and "Hawk Point" processors is called FP8, and it seems like Strix Point is going to use the same. The much larger "Strix Halo" processor isn't going to... Read more...
We don't know about the wider market, but we're ready to be rid of spinning rust. It's an incredible technology that served its purpose for decades, but even loading files from a hard drive feels tiresome when it's a large number of files or lots of data. The 21st century is solid-state, and we'd like flash memory to... Read more...
If you're like the rest of the DIY PC enthusiast community, there's a good chance that you've mostly been building AMD Ryzen machines for the last few years. Upcoming Arrow Lake processors could give you a strong reason to swap back to Intel, though, thanks to expected high performance-per-watt and rumored massive... Read more...
The umbrella of generative AI includes a wide variety of tools that could feasibly make game development easier and faster. Besides using language models for code review and optimization, there are also ways to use language models for generating NPC dialogue, whether beforehand or in real-time, like with NVIDIA's ACE... Read more...
Most enthusiasts seem to treat currently-available Intel Arc graphics parts as viable, budget-friendly options. This isn't entirely fair, but we get it—a less-than-perfect launch and positioning in the lower echelons of the market left many people unenthusiastic about Intel's discrete GPUs. However, it might be time... Read more...
AMD's all-new Zen 5 CPU core is going to debut with the launch of its "Strix Point" mobile processors in less than two weeks. However, those parts will largely be paired with soldered-down LPDDR5X memory thanks to the performance benefits it offers over socketed RAM. The desktop parts, branded as part of the "Ryzen... Read more...
If you're reading this site, Noctua almost assuredly needs no introduction to you. It's rare that Austria's premiere purveyor of puissant cooling apparatus actually launches a new product, and rarer still that it replaces its top-end, flagship cooler. That's exactly what's happening here, though: after many delays... Read more...
On Intel's current platforms, if you want a PCIe 5.0 SSD connected directly to your CPU for the most optimal performance, it's going to split off of the PCIe x16 slot normally meant for graphics. That's because the only PCIe 5.0 lanes on the LGA 1700 platform are dedicated to that x16 slot—unlike AMD's 16+4+4... Read more...
Public opinion is turning against AI on certain topics. Some people have been dubious about the practical benefits of all the power and money spent on developing and operating AI for some time, but recently, leadership at multiple companies has gone completely "mask off" with regard to how they feel about the impact... Read more...
If you want a PCIe 5.0 SSD right now, your options are basically limited to drives based on Phison's potent E26 controller. We like Phison around here, but from a consumer perspective, it's always good to have competition. That's why we're excited about SK hynix's new PCB01 SSD -- it's a lightning-fast PCIe 5.0 drive... Read more...
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