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AMD is going to livestream the launch of its much-anticipated RDNA 3 graphics architecture in a couple of weeks, at which time the company will presumably also reveal its initial lineup of Radeon RX 7000 series graphics cards. It remains to be seen how many SKUs will end up announced, but at minimum we expect the... Read more...
Solidigm may not yet be a household name for some of our readers, but it should be. The company was spun out of Intel’s SSD and NAND flash business as part of its sale to SK Hynix last year. We were impressed by Solidigm’s D7-P5520 NVMe drive for datacenters earlier this year, and it is continuing to deliver in the... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured an awe-inspiring image of the iconic Pillars of Creation. The interstellar gas and dust that make up the incredible columns, are home to a plethora of newly forming stars. The Pillars of Creation were first made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. The... Read more...
As we stated in our Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro review, Google's latest-generation flagship smartphone is refined in every way with solid performance all around, sharp and fast OLED displays, and the best camera experience around on a mobile handset. That last bit is especially an especially attractive point. Even better... Read more...
Intel Core i9-13900K - $589, Intel Core i5-13600K - $289 More cores, more cache, higher frequencies, and a refined design and manufacturing process boost the performance of Intel's 13th Gen Core processors significantly.   Excellent Performance Single Thread Leadership More Cores And Cache Same Socket As 12th Gen... Read more...
The US Department of Education is currently preparing to forgive up to $20,000 per person in federal student loan debt. While there are multiple outstanding legal challenges to the executive order that authorizes this plan, those with student loans can already apply for debt relief on the official Federal Student Aid... Read more...
There wasn't a lot of chatter about this when the reviews went up, but Intel's Arc graphics cards suffer from relatively high power draw for their performance. That's true not only under load, but also when idle. While even the monstrous GeForce RTX 4090 will drop down to less than 25 watts at idle, the Arc A770 can... Read more...
Microsoft rolled out the latest major update to Windows 11 with the 2022 update in September. On October 18th, the Redmond giant unlocked a number of highly anticipated features for those who have already installed it. Quite possibly the most anticipated feature now unlocked is File Explorer tabs. The feature is... Read more...
A very special guest will join Dave, Marco, and Chris on this week’s Two and a Half Geeks livestream. Marcus Kennedy, the General Manager of the Gaming Division of Intel’s Client Computing Group will join us LIVE for a discussion of all things relating to Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors. We’ll also take YOUR... Read more...
A lot of folks out there who don't bleed Radeon Red are eagerly awaiting the release of Intel's next-generation Raptor Lake processors to see how they compare against AMD's latest and greatest CPUs. We'll have those numbers for you soon™, but in the meantime, here's some leaked benchmark slides that seem to be from... Read more...
Apple is brewing up a significantly different iPad, according to analyst firm CCS Insight. After years of producing inflexible rounded rectangular slabs, it is claimed Apple will debut the first folding iPad in 2024. We have seen several other tech titans conjure-up folding devices already, but some reckon it takes... Read more...
Google recently made the announcement that it will cease offering its cloud gaming service Stadia, as it failed to gain significant traction amongst gamers. Amazon has also struggled with its entry into cloud gaming with Luna. This does not seem to bother Netflix, however, as the company plans to move forward with its... Read more...
  Dell XPS 17 - Starting MSRP: $1849 -- Dell XPS 15 - Starting MSRP: $1449 Dell's updated XPS 15 and 17 laptops combine considerable processing and graphics power with superb displays and a robust design.     Solid Intel 12th Gen Performance Potent graphics power Premium, durable build quality... Read more...
The conventional wisdom when you think you've picked up some nasty Windows malware is to format the disk and start from scratch, and that's enough to defeat most hacks. However, it won't help with a new piece of malicious code floating around hacking forums. Security researchers are sounding the alarm over a new UEFI... Read more...
The USB port is about to get a whole lot faster—at least for upcoming devices. The USB Implementors Forum (USB-IF) has followed up its announcement of the USB4 Version 2.0 (USB4 v2) standard last month by making the new specifications available to product developers. In addition, Intel has announced the next... Read more...
Look, Intel's Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards are fine slices of gaming silicon that serve a desperate need for lower priced GPUs. We've put both models through their paces and came away generally pleased with the bang-for-buck proposition of both cards. But the scalper pricing we're now seeing on eBay? The... Read more...
Sky watchers are in for a treat later this week, as the Orionid meteor shower is expected to provide a fantastic light show in the sky. This particular meteor shower is compliments of perhaps the most famous space rock, Halley's Comet. The Orionid meteor shower is a product of the inbound leg of Halley's Comet. The... Read more...
MSI has issued an apology for jacking up the price of its GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X graphics cards after reviews (including our own) reflecting the original MSRP were published. According to a statement released by MSI, the higher price on its own webstore boiled down to a miscommunication. MSI has since... Read more...
The GeForce RTX 4090 is fast. Real fast. Fast enough that, even without DLSS upscaling—to say nothing of frame generation—you can play everything in 4K with the settings turned up to the ceiling. Despite that, it's not as fast as Ada could be, and there have been persistent rumors of a faster card waiting in the wings... Read more...
On October 10, less than a month after Australia was hit by its largest ever data breach, the Australian online retail store MyDeal was struck by a data breach. According to Woolworths Group, which recently acquired the online retailer, an unknown actor used a set of compromised employee credentials to access MyDeal’s... Read more...
Today, KIOXIA has announced a new series of datacenter solid state drives. The new XD7P drives follow the company’s XD6 series in using the EDSFF E1.S formfactor for use in cloud and hyperscale applications. The XD7P series is intended for read-intensive applications with low latency requirements across mixed... Read more...
The red team is readying a launch of some brand-new GPUs based on the fresh-out-the-oven RDNA 3 architecture. There's an event in about two weeks—on November 3rd—to announce the parts, which we expect to be broadly competitive with NVIDIA's latest GPUs, the GeForce RTX 4090 and incoming RTX 4080 (now in just one... Read more...
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