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Zak Killian

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. As a former writer of news and reviews for The Tech Report, Zak is a modern-day Renaissance man who knows a little bit about nearly everything.
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In the computing field, it can be extremely difficult to differentiate buzzword bunkum from meaningful messages. That's especially true when we're talking about emerging technologies and the products based on them. It seems like every other week there's a big announcement about an upcoming bit of tech that will... Read more...
Puget Systems is a well-known system integrator that primarily offers workstation and server machines to businesses. We're fans of Puget around here because the company frequently releases data from both its own internal testing as well as its experiences in the market. Most resellers and integrators don't share this... Read more...
Modern computers have so many layers of storage. You have the registers where the processor stores its work, then a few levels of progressively slower and larger caches, your main system memory, and finally the ponderous primary storage of the system. All of this exists because primary storage is so slow that, without... Read more...
Back at CES 2022, AMD gave an update on the Zen 4 architecture that will first show up with the Ryzen 7000 series processors. Those chips, at least in desktop form, will go into Socket AM5. Where Socket AM4 (and most of AMD's previous mainstream processors) used a Pin Grid Array design, the next-generation Socket AM5... Read more...
If you're not someone who does a lot of experimenting with single-board computers, when you hear "Raspberry Pi" you probably think of a little circuit board with some chips, ringed in I/O ports. There's another form of Raspberry Pi, though. The Raspberry Pi Compute Modules are functionally identical to their... Read more...
Even though many folks have spent a lot of time talking about microprocessor shortages, the real shortage hampering enthusiasts right now is actually a shortage of smaller discrete components. Things we don't normally have to think about at a component level, like power delivery components, are what's holding up most... Read more...
Solid-state storage may have all-but-replaced spinning disks in consumer hardware, but hard drives still hit a sweet spot between the speed of SSDs and the price-per-gigabyte of tape that remains extremely important for many enterprise and cloud customers. Thanks to a new joint development from Toshiba, SDK, and TDK... Read more...
Do you have a GeForce graphics card from the 10-series or later, or alternatively an RDNA-based Radeon? If the answer is "yes," have you tried Quake II RTX? If not, why not? You don't have to own the game, nor do you need a GeForce RTX graphics card to play it, although both admittedly make the experience a lot nicer... Read more...
If you've digested any of our early benchmarks of Intel's Alder Lake CPUs, you'll be well aware that the extant 12th-gen Core chips are pretty fierce. Of course, the only chips anyone's been able to test thus far are the top-tier "K"-series parts. Regardless, Intel just announced the rest of the lineup at CES 2022... Read more...
The 2022 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show has concluded. We didn't attend this year's show in Las Vegas in-person, but that's mostly because the majority of the biggest players in the market didn't show up either and we attended a handful of private briefings at other venues. The severity of the... Read more...
Did you hear about the Radeon RX 6500 XT? AMD announced the little video card on Tuesday at its pre-CES show. The company didn't reveal many specifications about the new card, but thanks to earlier leaks as well as some clever deduction, we already know most of the relevant details. The card is based on the tiny Navi... Read more...
Google Docs pretty much revolutionized online collaboration when it came about. Instead of having to install clunky network software packages, or worse, use awkward remote desktop features, you could simply send your coworker or collaborator a web link and the two of you could work on a document simultaneously in your... Read more...
You know how anytime they look at a computer in an old science-fiction film it's covered up in scrolling screens and blinkenlichten? Maybe the reason our computers today are festooned in RGB LEDs and secondary screens is because we all grew up with that in our brains. Staring at a beige (or black) box has never felt... Read more...
Besides that gorgeous Zenbook with the OLED screen we showed you earlier, ASUS has positively a plethora of new and refreshed laptops. In this post, we're going to gloss over the gaming models from the TUF and Republic of Gamers lines, including a gaming 2-in-1 and even a gaming tablet. Before we get to the... Read more...
If you never got a chance to experience the original PlayStation VR headset, let us tell you, you didn't miss out. It was impressive for what it was, but the poor old PS4 really didn't have the grunt to make virtual reality an enjoyable experience. Remember that for VR, you really need a frame rate somewhere in the... Read more...
Every year at CES, companies unveil their new products for the world to peruse. Some of these products are expected, a few are surprising, and occasionally you get the downright bizarre. Admittedly, most of the things shown in the latter category are specifically constructed to be showpieces, originally with the... Read more...
Gaming is big business these days, and as a result, any PC OEM worth their salt has a gaming brand. Lenovo is one of the biggest system builders in the world with millions of customers around the globe, so naturally, its gaming brand is Legion. At CES 2022, Lenovo is unveiling the latest revisions to its Legion and... Read more...
Aside from the refreshed ThinkPad X1 series we covered earlier, Lenovo's also sprucing up the rest of its laptop line, including the ThinkBooks, the AMD-powered ThinkPad Z lineup, and its Yoga series of convertibles. There's some Legion gaming laptops that we'll cover in a separate post, too. The main differences... Read more...
Did you know the ThinkPad brand turns 30 years old this year? That won't actually happen until April, but in the meantime, Lenovo's got a pile of new products for you to peruse, and they all look right fancy. Lenovo calls the new models the "pinnacle of [its] ThinkPad portfolio," and it's easy to see why. First up... Read more...
Do you like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 curved gaming monitor that we reported on Sunday? Well, would you like it more if it were gigantic, like, say, 55"? If that works for you, then check out the Samsung Odyssey Ark 55, a positively titanic curved gaming monitor. As you could probably surmise from the name, the... Read more...
It's not a total exaggeration to say that PC gaming is among the main reasons that anyone is buying desktop PCs anymore. This fact hasn't escaped the top-tier OEMs, and so it goes, then, that HP is launching a big pile of new PCs for play at CES 2022. A couple of new and refreshed Omen desktops, a fancy Omen-branded... Read more...
At its CES 2022 event, NVIDIA made a bunch of announcements, including several new pieces of hardware such as new high-end laptop GPUs. Those are exciting, but the green team also slapped bookends on its desktop GPU range, talked about its progress with GeForce NOW and NVIDIA Reflex, and announced free access to the... Read more...
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