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There have been a few pricing leaks related to Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs, but if you're planning to build a PC around a 12th Gen Core CPU, there are other components to consider as well. Such as DDR5 memory (or DDR4, if going that route) and a Z690 motherboard. Mobo makers will be ready to go at launch, and at least one vendor has posted pricing for what ASUS will have to offer. Right out of the gate, Intel's Z690 chipset will be the only one in town that supports Alder Lake. It will bring with it a new LGA 1700 socket, and either DDR5 or DDR4 memory slots, depending on the specific model you choose. Alder Lake supports both memory types, just not on the same motherboard (so pay extra... Read more...
We've probably seen close to four million leaks related to Intel's upcoming flagship desktop CPU, the Core i9-12900K, but what about the non-K version without an unlocked multiplier? It has pretty much shied away from early cameos. That said, it is the star of the latest leaked benchmark making the rounds, which also happens to co-star an ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard. Neither of those parts officially exist yet, and won't until sometime next month, assuming Intel announces Alder Lake in October as previously rumored. But a launch being right around the corner, there is great opportunity for these types of leaks—in this case, someone at ASUS probably ran the Core i9-12900 through... Read more...
Much of the conversation surrounding AMD’s continued assault on Intel has revolved around the desktop and server markets, where the company’s Ryzen and EPYC processors have consistently increased in popularity and adoption, gen over gen. AMD has, however, also made significant inroads in the mobile space, with both high-end gaming notebooks – like the excellent ASUS ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition – and in the thin-and-lite space as well, with a variety of Ryzen 5000U series based machines. We’ve actually had the notebook we’ll be showing you today, the ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED (model UM325S), on hand for quite a while now and can say without question, that... Read more...
Hey, have you heard? Intel is releasing its first modern discrete graphics card next year! Of course you've heard, because Intel has not kept its high-level plans a secret, not by a long shot. Lower-level details have been a bit tougher to source, though Intel has shared some additional info in recent weeks, and of course the leaks and rumors scene is as active as ever. And as it pertains to the latter, it's said ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI are all prepping Alchemist cards. In case you have managed to dodge the flurry of information regarding Intel's discrete GPU plans, Alchemist will get the party started in the desktop graphics card arena. Intel is tapping TMSC's 6-nanometer node for its first... Read more...
You can safely assume that motherboard makers will not be caught flat-footed when Intel's 12th Gen Core desktop processors based on Alder Lake arrive. There's plenty of work that goes on behind the scenes between CPU and motherboard players. Especially so with Alder Lake, I imagine, given all the new technologies. So I tend to believe a recent list of ASUS Z690 motherboards at the Eurasian Economic Commission website is probably accurate. Not only does it provide a list of more than a dozen Z690 motherboards from ASUS, but it also seemingly distinguishes between which models will offer up support for next-gen DDR5 memory, and which ones will stick with current DDR4 modules. Because remember,... Read more...
Labor Day weekend has arrived, and with it comes the usual crop of sales. Where do you begin? As always, Amazon is a great starting place, with its steady stream of bargains. This holiday weekend is no exception. We sifted through some of the deals and picked out some of the more interesting discounts on various electronics, like the super-affordable Windows laptop shown above. If it is an inexpensive Windows laptop you are after, then definitely check out this Teclast notebook, which on sale for $265.49 at Amazon (save $84.50). The low price comes by way of an initial discount, plus an additional $30 savings by checking the coupon box on the product page. What about the Teclast brand, though?... Read more...
OLED displays have taken over the smartphone world, with most mid-range and flagship devices adopting the technology. However, it's been a slower transition on the laptop side for cost reasons. ASUS apparently didn't get the memo, as it just launched a comprehensive lineup of laptops that all feature OLED displays. These include members of the ProArt Studiobook Pro, Zenbook Pro, Vivobook Pro, and ExpertBook families. The ProArt Studiobook 16 and ProArt Studiobook 16 Pro are aimed squarely at the workstation market. The former is available with AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series or 3rd generation Intel Xeon processors, while the latter is available with Ryzen 5000 H-Series or Intel Core i7 processors. Given... Read more...
If you are wondering where things stand with Alder Lake, in terms of timing, the no-fun answer is we don't know precisely. However, we do know Intel will be launching Alder Lake before the end of the year, and rumor has it, the initial lineup will be performance desktop SKUs aimed at enthusiasts. Alder Lake is also bound for laptops, though, and new leak suggests those SKUs are not far off. Alder Lake represents Intel's earnest attempt to essentially go all-in with hybrid computing. It is a heterogeneous architecture built around a mix of high performance Golden Cove cores and power efficient Gracemont cores, though a few of the leaks up to this point have suggested that some SKUs will be entirely... Read more...
Although a number of leaks hinted at is existence, it wasn’t until early last month that ASUS and Qualcomm made the Smartphone For Snapdragon Insiders official. According to Qualcomm’s website, its Snapdragon Insiders program is already 1.5M+ members strong. The program, which is meant to directly engage with Snapdragon enthusiasts, consists of regular email newsletters and exclusive invitations to contests, influencer events and AMAs with product experts. The Smartphone For Snapdragon insiders is a device developed with these users in mind. Built by ASUS in collaboration with Qualcomm, the Smartphone For Snapdragon Insiders exploits the many inherent benefits of Qualcomm’s... Read more...
It looks as though ASUS will be the first -- and perhaps the only -- manufacturer to use AMD's Ryzen 9 5980HX processor in one of its laptops. A listing for the ROG Zephyrus Duo SE 15 was discovered this week at Newegg, although the online retailer shows the laptop as being out of stock. Unlike the more common Ryzen 9 5980HS, the Ryzen 9 5980HX is an unlocked processor with a higher 45-watt TDP instead of 35 watts. The Ryzen 9 5980HX also has a higher base clock of 3.3GHz versus 3.0GHz for the Ryzen 9 5980HS. However, it's still an 8-core/16-thread processor supporting up to LPDDR4-4266 memory with a maximum boost clock of 4.8GHz. As for the notebook, the ROG Zephyrus Duo SE 15 features a 15.6-inch... Read more...
With the official launch of Windows 11 just a few months away, PC enthusiasts are eager to ensure that their hardware is up to the task of running the next-generation operating system. ASUS gave us a preliminary list of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0-enabled motherboards that support Windows 11 in July, and the company this week followed up with a more comprehensive list along with compatible BIOS updates. Intel 300-, 400-, and 500-Series motherboards are supported on the consumer side along with the X299 for HEDT systems. For AMD folks, 300-, 400-, and 400-Series consumer motherboards are supported. ASUS also says that AMD's TRX40 and WRX80 HEDT motherboards are along for the ride with TPM... Read more...
Late last night, under the cover of darkness, AMD announced its latest flagship offering for 1080p gaming fanatics: the Radeon RX 6600 XT. Of course, the card wasn't a surprise to the enthusiast community, as it has been rumored for months. The Radeon RX 6600 XT is based on AMD's RDNA 2 architecture and features 32 compute units, which is good for 2,048 stream processors. In addition, the GPU features a 2,359MHz Game clock, 32MB of onboard Infinity Cache, 8GB of GDDR6 on a 128-bit memory bus (256GB/sec of bandwidth), and a 160-watt TDP. During its announcement, AMD made it clear that it would not produce its own-branded Radeon RX 6600 XT graphics cards and would leave them to its board partners.... Read more...
Qualcomm is now officially inviting you to "level up your smartphone game" with its special edition Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, a technical showpiece that was "dreamed up just for you." Designed in collaboration with and sold by ASUS, the high-end handset is now available to preorder, and will ship out to customers on August 27, 2021. In case you missed our previous coverage, the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is not a cheap handset. Preorder pricing is set at $1,499, putting this squarely in the upper echelon of smartphones, in terms of cost. For those who are willing to splurge, what you get in return is a full-loaded handset built around Qualcomm's Snadragon 888 system-on-chip... Read more...
As we noted in our GeForce RTX 3080 Ti review, NVIDIA's second best graphics card for consumers (behind only the GeForce RTX 3090) is screaming fast, and more often than not it beats AMD's flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT. But what happens when you aggressively crank the clock speed? ASUS wants to help you find out with its new ROG Strix LC GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC Edition. That is a mouth full for sure, but we'll forgive the ultra-long product name because of the insane boost clocks. If sticking with Gaming mode, the card will boost up to 1,830MHz, and that jumps to 1,860MHz in OC mode. So when running at full throttle, the card boosts a hefty 195MHz higher than NVIDIA's Founders Edition model. ASUS... Read more...
It is finally here, the first Snapdragon-branded smartphone, designed by ASUS with premium features from head to toe. Called the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, the handset falls decidedly into flagship territory, with a price to match (more on that in a moment). Interestingly, however, it rocks Qualcomm's regular Snapdragon 888 system-on-chip (SoC), rather than the recently announced Snapdragon 888+. In all reality, the upgraded Snapdragon 888+ is not all that drastically faster than the base model—it increases the clock speed from 2.84GHz to 2.99GHz, for a little over a 5 percent boost in raw speed. Qualcomm also goosed its 6th generation AI engine (Hexagon 780) from 26 TOPS to 32... Read more...
Biden's FTC order for right to repair, NewEgg building PCs from your personal parts wish list, the fastest SSD on the planet and pointless pixel peeping with AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution - All of this and a some hints of our next Gaming PC giveaway on this episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks... Show Notes: 06:16 - ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 Review: Powerful Tiger Lake-H Gaming 11:12 - Doom Eternal Ray Tracing Tested: The Devil's In The Details 16:43 - Intel Optane SSD P5800X Review: The Fastest SSD Ever 23:25 - AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution And The Problem With Pixel Peeping 32:47 - President Biden Orders FTC To Enact Consumer-Friendly Right-To-Repair Policies 47:33 - Newegg Will Build A Dream... Read more...
We were really impressed with Intel's latest high-performance notebook CPUs from the Tiger Lake-H family when we got to try them out in a test platform. Intel arguably produced the single fastest x86 notebook CPU on the planet, with blistering single-threaded speed and heavy multi-threaded prowess. However, we were itching to get our hands on a retail sample with these CPUs so we could verify that shipping products were just as fast. Enter ASUS and the powerful ROG Zephyrus M16, a brand-new model of sleek gaming notebook with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics and one of Intel's latest Core i9 processors.  ASUS didn't just incorporate Intel's latest mobile platform and call it a day, though. The... Read more...
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 is a mighty SoC for today's flagship Android smartphones. However, it's only available in devices that typically have displays measuring 6.5 inches and above. For those that want a lot of power in a more compact form-factor, Android OEMs haven't exactly been offering a lot of options. ASUS aims to change that with the ZenFone 8, and now the smartphone is available in the United States. ASUS is currently selling the ZenFone 8 direct from its eShop with a retail price of $629.99. However, ASUS is offering a temporary "early bird discount" of $30, which brings the price down to just $599.99. That price gets you Snapdragon 888 power paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.... Read more...
The Xbox Series X is the most powerful current-generation console on the market (thanks to custom AMD Zen 2/RDNA 2 hardware), and it supports several advanced graphics technologies to boost the gaming experience across the board. Now, the Philips Momentum display is leveraging all this tech in what is described as the world's first "Designed for Xbox" monitor. For starters, the Momentum (559M1RYV) is a 55-inch display with a 4K resolution. In addition to its DisplayHDR 1000 certification, the display features a minimum 120Hz refresh rate (144Hz maximum on PCs) along with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro support. If that wasn't enough, Philips has also incorporated a dedicated Xbox Game Mode that is "specially... Read more...
Check Out These Great Chromebook Options From Some Of The Most Trusted Names In Computing Unless you've been living under a rock, you already know that the Chromebook market is red hot at the moment. The COVID-19 pandemic and the sharp increase in demand for cheap computing devices from everyday consumers and school systems has led to a significant surge in Chromebook adoption. With this in mind, we decided to pull together a roundup of three current-generation Chromebooks that cover a broad pricing spectrum from Lenovo, ASUS, and Acer. Our Video Deep-Dive Of Chromebook Contenders Lenovo Duet Convertible Chromebook At the low-end is the Lenovo Duet, which has a starting MSRP of $230 in its 64GB... Read more...
In this latest episode of our 2.5 Geeks webcast, we chat about the new AMD Radeon Pro W6800, yesterday’s launch of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and a bunch of the hottest topics from our news feed this past week, including Windows 11 and some interesting game consoles. You can watch it right here, but don't forget to hit our YouTube channel to like and subscribe as well... Show Notes: 04:07 - Playdate Portable Gaming Console Hits Preorder Crank Up In July For $179 09:16 - Atari VCS Game Console Finally Launches June 15 With Eye-Popping Price Tag 13:01 - Windows 11 Is Coming, So What New Features Would You Like To See Microsoft Deliver? 21:05 - Intel Alder Lake Desktop CPUs Could Launch... Read more...
Most of you are likely familiar with ASUS’ extensive line of PCs and related components, including ASUS’ ROG gaming products. You’ve probably also seen our ASUS ROG Phone 5 benchmarks, which showcase this incredibly fast gaming phone. But let's not forget that ASUS has also been making innovative non-gaming handsets for years. In fact, the Zenfone series was first to introduce both the periscope camera and the flip camera to market. This year ASUS decided to launch two Android flagships, the €799 Zenfone 8 Flip, which continues the flip camera lineage, and the US bound €599 Zenfone 8, a tiny (5.9-inch display) but mighty (Snapdragon 888 SoC) phone with a more traditional... Read more...
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