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AMD has officially lifted the veil on its new Radeon RX consumer graphics line-up, featuring the company's next-generation Vega GPU architecture. After months of architecture disclosures and rumors, we finally have real specifications and details on the actual Radeon RX Vega graphics card line-up, including... Read more...
Like winter in Game of Thrones, Vega is coming. It is already here for professionals, but on the consumer side, AMD is planning to unveil its Vega lineup for gamers at SIGGRAPH Capsaicin on July 30, which is just over two weeks from now. AMD has done a pretty good job in keeping mum about its gaming lineup leading up... Read more...
Over the next few months, Intel will be releasing an array of new high-end desktop processors in the recently-announced Core X Series, based on the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X micro-architectures. The first chips in the series to arrive in the lab are the 10-core Core i9-7900X and quad-core Core i7-7740X. Weve got an... Read more...
Lenovo's venerable ThinkPad business oriented laptop line is punctuated by a couple of stand-out models, but perhaps none as striking, at least for a ThinkPad, as the ThinkPad X1 series. In its current lineup, Lenovo offers two models specifically that command attention perhaps more than others, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga that we recently revisited--with... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 may be one of the better-equipped tablets for consumers looking for a device that has it all multimedia and productivity chops, useful feature adds and good looks as well.  With its HDR-ready screen, quad speakers, S Pen, optional keyboard, and all-glass design, the Galaxy Tab S3 has a... Read more...
Earlier this morning, we learned that AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards will be announced May 31st at Computex, with general availability occurring on June 5th. It was also revealed that the will be three SKUs at launch: Core, Eclipse and Nova. According to the latest leaked information, at least one member of the... Read more...
AMD is on the cusp of releasing its hotly anticipated Radeon RX Vega graphics card lineup, which will be debut sometime this quarter. If all goes well for AMD, its Vega release will once again make it competitive with NVIDIA in the high-end GPU segment just as Ryzen made the company competitive with Intel in the... Read more...
There are many questions surrounding AMD's next generation GPU architecture known as Vega, most of which have to do with performance. Those will be answered definitively soon enough. In the meantime, teases and leaks continue to give us glimpses of what to expect from Vega. The latest leak comes from what appears to... Read more...
Just as Ryzen made AMD competitive in the high-end processor market for the first time in about a decade, there is an expectation that the company's forthcoming Vega launch will do the same in the GPU arena. Of course, right now there are more questions than answers. Some of those are starting to be answered, as least... Read more...
It seems as though the two top console makers are content with extending this generation with higher performing machines to usher in 4K gaming on big-screen TVs. Sony delivered the PlayStation 4 Pro in late 2016, and Microsoft will do the same later this year with Project Scorpio the follow-up to the Xbox One... Read more...
With Sonys PlayStation 4 kicking butt in the current generation console sales race, Microsoft is hoping for a winner with its upcoming Project Scorpio, which will be the next phase in the evolution of the Xbox One and Xbox One S. Today, were learning more about the gaming machine, which is being billed as a true 4K... Read more...
If things go to plan, Microsoft will release an upgraded console capable of playing games at a 4K resolution later this year. It is called Project Scorpio and it will have more powerful components than what is found in today's Xbox One S consoles. There are many questions surrounding the unreleased console, including... Read more...
NVIDIA announced an updated SHIELD TV bundle back at the Consumer Electronics Show, which offers a host of new features thanks to some fresh hardware and an Android Nougat based OS upgrade. The updated SHIELD TV, however, isnt totally new. Internally, the device was still packing NVIDIAs Tegra X1 SoC like the... Read more...
Western Digital is the king of the hard drive market but up to now has been a non-factor in SSDs. However, with its purchase of solid state storage giant, SanDisk, the company immediately leaped to the forefront of the market in one fell swoop. Now the company is entering the consumer/commercial SSD market with WD Green and WD Blue... Read more...
Tis the season to stomp on your enemies with the help of new gaming hardware, so we jumped at the chance to fire up a couple of Lenovos top gaming machines, a burly 17-inch gaming laptop and a gaming desktop PC designed in conjunction with Razer. Just a small side note: we're actually giving away these machines in the... Read more...
NVIDIAs Pascal architecture has been wildly successful in the consumer space. The various GPUs that power the GeForce GTX 10 series are all highly competitive at their respective price points, and the higher-end variants are currently unmatched by any single competing GPU. That may change when AMD launches GPUs based... Read more...
Rivet Networks recently announced its latest Killer networking product, the Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller. For the uninitiated, the very first Killer Networking cards were introduced way back in 2005 and were designed to maximize throughput and minimize ping times for gamers. While total throughput is often... Read more...
External storage is commonplace now, but traditional standalone storage products sometimes leave a large number of devices hanging. I've got a 2TB external drive plugged into a USB 3 port, for example, which is great for the main PC, but it doesn't help much with the laptop, iPhone and iPad. That's where some of the... Read more...
We have another premium Z170-based motherboard on the test bench today, by way of MSI. The MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK motherboard is the companys top end gaming board for use with Intel 6th Generation Skylake-based Core series processors. The MSI Z170A Gaming M9 is packed with a host of premium features aimed at... Read more...
Lenovo has done a remarkable job of classing up its business notebooks without sacrificing the features and build-quality that make the ThinkPad line so popular with road warriors. It recently updated its ThinkPad X1 Yoga with an excellent 2560x1440 OLED panel, for example, making it even more attractive to... Read more...
A couple of weeks back, Intel announced a slew of new solid state drives, targeting a wide array of market segments, that leverage 3D TLC NAND. One of those offerings was a new series of M.2 NVMe drives, dubbed the SSD 600P. According to Intel, the SSD 600P series is designed to deliver PCIe performance at near-SATA... Read more...
Mainstream notebooks, laptops, and convertible devices have been significantly refined over the last few generations. The $500-$900 price range generally features laptops that are thin and light, built well, have decent battery life, and deliver solid multimedia experiences. Intel has a stranglehold on the CPUs and... Read more...
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