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We're always on the lookout for hot new SSDs here at Hot Hardware, and the folks at TeamGroup just announced two new product families that might be interesting to two types of users: those looking for value-priced PCIe 4.0 SSDs, and those that want a speedy external SSD solution. Starting things off is the T-Force... Read more...
For all of the leaks and rumors related to Intel's upcoming Alder Lake launch, actual CPU product photos have been very few and far between. So it is notable that the an Alder Lake CPU has smiled for the camera, giving us a mostly clear view of the bottom (it's not a high resolution image, but it is at least mostly... Read more...
Late last month, we saw the first images of an alleged Navi 21-based RDNA 2 cryptocurrency mining card. Although we couldn't determine what exact GPU was being used, Navi 21-based Radeon RX cards have Ethereum hash rates ranging from 61 MH/s for the Radeon RX 6800 to 65 MH/s for the Radeon RX 6900 XT. Now, another... Read more...
It could still be a bit before the industry-wide shortage of silicon eases up and dissipates completely. While it is difficult to precisely anticipate exactly when the situation will improve, there are signs that indicate it could be another long year for consumers and manufacturers alike. Such as the rising costs of... Read more...
Intel is close to releasing its first batch of processors based on its hybrid Alder Lake architecture, at which point we will finally have some definitive answers about how it performs. Until then, we're left to leaks and rumors. In theory, leaks should be a little more reliable since we're so close to a retail... Read more...
There's a light at the end of the tunnel for Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system, which will officially debut on October 5th. And as you might imagine, Microsoft is hard at work squashing bugs, making sure that performance is up to par, and that compatibility with existing hardware is as high as possible. With... Read more...
Google recently launched its Pixel 5a mid-range 5G smartphone a few weeks ago, but the company isn't done yet. It still has to release the flagship Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the flag bearers for the upcoming Android 12 operating system. Although Google previously showed us slick renders of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro... Read more...
We now have some additional clarity on the cooling performance of the revised PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console that first debuted earlier this summer. The new PlayStation 5 carries the model number CFI-1100B01 and has some revised internals (namely a new, lighter heatsink) compared to the launch edition that has... Read more...
Microsoft is testing firmware updates for a few of its Xbox controllers, to facilitate better cross-device connectivity and reduce latency. If you are a member of the Xbox Insider program, you can access the firmware right now. Otherwise, it probably will not be all that long before Microsoft makes the new firmware... Read more...
Amazon just announced their first branded televisions: the Fire TV Omni Series and Fire TV 4-Series. They will be available this October in the United States direct from Amazon and long-time retail partner Best Buy. The Fire TV Omni Series “integrates the Fire TV experience and far-field voice technology directly... Read more...
The race to build the fastest PCIe 4.0 SSDs for the PC market rages on, with key players like Samsung, TeamGroup, and Corsair pushing the envelope on a seemingly weekly basis. Corsair is the latest to strike with its MP600 PRO XT. The MP600 PRO XT brings attention to itself for a rather beefy (and stealthy) heatsink... Read more...
In less than a month, Microsoft will release Windows 11 to the public, its first major new operating system to the Windows ecosystem in over half a decade. Microsoft chose to go this route rather than continue to update Windows 10 with new features and capabilities on a bi-annual basis, even though at one point, it... Read more...
It may seem hard to fathom, but it has already been over a year since NVIDIA began shipping its GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards based on Ampere. Supply shortages have dampened things a bit, but even so, technology marches on. And to that end, there is talk of NVIDIA refreshing its GeForce RTX series with Super... Read more...
For the billions of Android users out there, the arrival of a significant operating system update is an exciting moment. Earlier this year, Google launched the first developer preview for Android 12 and has steadily tweaked and massaged the operating system to make it fit for public consumption. The latest step in... Read more...
The Zen 3 family of Ryzen 5000 processors have been on the market for roughly a year, and Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processors are quickly breathing down AMD's neck. But where AMD goes from here is not as simple as moving to Zen 4 architecture and calling it a day. Instead, AMD is taking a multi-pronged... Read more...
Security researchers say they discovered and reported to Microsoft a "highly sophisticated" zero-day attack vector in Windows that targets Office 365 and Office 2019 users. In some cases, simply opening an infected document would be enough to compromise a PC. Furthermore, there does not yet exist a patch, though one... Read more...
Earlier this week, we brought you everything we knew (at that point) regarding the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and the AirPods 3. However, we stipulated that the information could change, as there would undoubtedly be additional leaks leading up to Apple's official keynote event, which is scheduled for September... Read more...
Future generations are going to have all the cool technology that eludes us today, like flying cars and that sort of thing. Don't despair, though, there's some neat things in the pipeline for our lifetime, too. One of them is better wireless charging, made possible by Motorola's Space Charging system, which is capable... Read more...
Sorry folks, but your Xbox Series S is obsolete! I'm kidding (put the pitchforks and tomatoes down), but what might not be a joke is that a refreshed model could already be in the works. That shouldn't stop you from buying one if you are in the market for an Xbox Series S, though, because it is said the refreshed... Read more...
You get Far Cry 3! You get Far Cry 3! Everyone gets Far Cry 3! Here is how you can get a free copy of Far Cry 3. Those interested in claiming a free copy of Far Cry 3 will need to do so here through Ubisoft Connect. You will then be able to pick up the standard edition of the game. The deluxe version of the game... Read more...
Late last year, when we first heard about the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, it was rumored that the card would debut with 20GB of GDDR6X memory. However, at launch, the card instead featured 12GB of GDDR6X compared to 10GB for the standard GeForce RTX 3080. Apparently, there was some truth to those early rumors, as... Read more...
As the launch of Windows 11 draws near, hardware makers are readying new designs and product refreshes that will come with OS right out of the gate. Lenovo is one of them. The company announced a couple of new Windows 11 laptops, the Yoga Slim 7 Carbon and Yoga Slim 7 Pro, and also a Chromebook with an OLED display... Read more...
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