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On this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco, Paul and Dave will be running down the Best of CES 2019, some crazy rumors about Intel and AMD, EVGA's cool Nu Audio sound card and more! Show Notes: 04:41 - HotHardware's Best Of CES 2019: Laptops, Displays, Systems And More 52:21 - EVGA NU Audio Review: Crisp, Clear, Sound For PC Enthusiasts 59:20 - Crazy Or Plausible? Intel Rumored To Consider AMD Acquisition 64:04 - Were You Duped Into Facebook's Creepy AI Feeding 10 Year Challenge?... Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is one of the biggest events in the Tech space each year. We typically see a dizzying array of new products launch during the week of CES; more than we are likely to see in the following few months. Not all products are block-buster standouts though, and some of these technological spectacles inevitably shine brighter than others. After sifting though all the products we saw last week, we've compiled a list of the best products that we got time with at CES 2019. And with that, we'll just dive right in... Asus ProArt PA90 Asus's ProArt PA90 is a cylindrical mini-PC that packs a surprising amount of power into it a compact enclosure. These systems... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco and Dave will be running down a few highlights of CES 2019, NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060 and AMD's Radeon VII graphics cards, Intel's new 10nm chips, GeForce RTX notebooks and more! We'll also be announcing the winnders of our Lenovo HOT Holiday Giveaway! Show Notes: 05:49 - AMD Gives Sneak Peek At 7nm Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 Desktop CPUs At CES 2019 10:05 - AMD Announces 7nm Radeon VII High-End Gaming GPU With 16GB HBM2 Shipping February 7 24:53 - Intel Shows Off 10nm Ice Lake, Confirms Systems On Track For Holiday 2019 Debut 28:47 - Intel Expands 9th Gen Core Portfolio With New Desktop CPUs Including Core i9-9900KF 37:59 - NVIDIA... Read more...
As we mentioned in our piece on CyberPowerPC yesterday, the boutique PC gaming PC business is booming. That is even more evident by our visits to Maingear and Digital Storm, both of which had a slew of new gaming systems on display that use the latest and greatest hardware from Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD. Maingear F131 with Apex Spectrum and Nintendo Switch dock Starting off with Maingear, which had its F131 on display with Apex Spectrum. Apex Spectrum uses RGB lighting integrated directly into the tubes and has its own RGB hub that interfaces with motherboard. As a result, gamers aren't locked into a proprietary system; instead, customers can use any manufacturer’s RGB standard -- ASUS'... Read more...
AMD this week launched the first consumer graphics card for gaming to feature a GPU built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, and in doing so it may have achieved performance parity with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080. That parity will likely go out the window when enabling real-time ray tracing, a feature the Radeon VII is not equipped to handle. Be that as it may, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su says a card that supports ray tracing is "deep in development." Real-time ray tracing is the standout feature of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX series, which is enabled through the inclusion of dedicated RT cores. There's still a performance penalty when enabling real-time ray tracing via Microsoft's DirectX Raytracing (DXR)... Read more...
We've seen a lot of Hot Hardware this week at CES 2019, including a few desktop and notebook systems from CyberPowerPC. We have the feeling that the company is really into Thor and Asgardians in general, because the first system that we bumped up against was the Ragnarok. The Ragnarok features a massive E-ATX chassis that can be equipped with a dual-chamber power supply, each with their own separate power button. That second power supply can be used to power a separate Mini-ITX system mounted within the chassis.  Ragnarok Powering the [primary] system is a 9th generation Intel Core i9-9980XE processor that is backed by a Gigabyte X299 Designare motherboard. Also thrown... Read more...
High resolution photos and videos aren't getting any smaller, and that means there is a need for more capacious storage solutions. Lexar has heard the call, and announced a new 1 terabyte SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 memory card for digital SLR cameras, HD and 3D video recorders, and other devices. In terms of storage capacity, things sure have come a long way in the past decade and a half, as Lexar points out. "Almost 15 years ago, Lexar announced a 1GB SD card. Today, we are excited to announce 1TB of storage capacity in the same convenient form factor. As consumers continue to demand greater storage for their cameras, the combination of high-speed performance with a 1TB option now offers a solution... Read more...
Earlier today AMD officially announced its new Radeon VII graphics card, which is based on the 7nm Vega 20 GPU. Since we first reported on the unveiling of the Radeon VII, we've learned a few more details about this high-powered gaming card. For starters, the card features 16GB of 2.0 Gbps HMB2 memory using a 4096-bit memory bus. Although we still don't know the base clock for the GPU, it will boost to 1800MHz, which is quite an improvement over the 1546MHz boost clock of the current Radeon RX Vega 64. Single-precision performance has seen a slight uptick from 12.7 TFLOPs on the Radeon RX Vega 64 to 13.8 TFLOPS with the Radeon VII. When all is said and done, expect anywhere from a 20 to... Read more...
For all the gamers out there, the new 7nm Radeon VII was the primary focal point for AMD during Lisa Su's CES 2019 keynote address. However, Su did give a quick look at AMD's upcoming Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 series processors, which will begin shipping in mid-2019. While leaked information had suggested that there would be SKUs with up to 16 cores and 32 threads, there was no mention of such multi-core craziness today. Instead, Su only mentioned that there would be chips available with up to 8 cores and 16 threads. In fact, on display was a prototype 8-core Ryzen 3000 system that was pitted against a Core i9-9900K -- Intel's current top enthusiast-class processor. In the Cinebench... Read more...
As expected, AMD today announced its latest high-end graphics card for gamers built using 7-nanometer process technology. However, AMD threw us for a bit of a loop with regards to the naming of the new graphics card series. While we all had assumed (based on the logo trademark) that it would be called Radeon Vega II, it is in fact called Radeon VII.  Radeon VII will be clocked at speeds up to 1.8GHz and will feature 16GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2). The GPU features 60 compute units and AMD claims that it offers a 25 percent uplift in performance compared to the Radeon Vega 64 at the same power level. Compared to the Radeon Vega 64 in content creation, the Radeon VII offers performance... Read more...
Drones have really taken off (pun intended) in the past couple of years, though one of the challenges with jumping into the hobby is trepidation over the controls. We did not find that to be an issue with DJI's Mavic 2 Zoom, which we recently reviewed. Nevertheless, DJI announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a new Smart Controller with a built-in display, to make flying easier. "The Smart Controller features an ultra-bright display screen and controls optimized for DJI drones, allowing pilots to fly the newest drones without using a smartphone or tablet," DJI says. It features a 5.5-inch screen and a pair of detachable joysticks, plus a few buttons and doodads. We haven't spent any... Read more...
We've been hearing a lot about AMD's 7nm products over the past several months, but the company has primarily focused on the enterprise market. In early November, AMD announced its 7nm Zen 2-based EPYC processors along with the 7nm Radeon Instinct MI60 for datacenter customers. Today at CES 2019, AMD President and CEO Lisa Su is expected to bring 7nm to the masses with the third-generation Ryzen 3000 family of processors based on 7nm Zen 2 architecture. The keynote starts at 12PM EST and can be viewed live below: We have seen leaks regarding these processors heat up over the past few weeks, and it's expected that the family will expand to include a new Ryzen 9 tier. At... Read more...
Intel has been pushing its Optane memory solutions as speedy supplements to traditional storage, be it a mechanical hard drive or a solid state drive—on supported systems, an Optane memory stick can supercharge the primary storage scheme. That's still a use case scenario, though looking ahead, Intel announced another Optane product, the Optane Memory H10 with solid state storage. The new Optane Memory H10 is a storage drive in the M.2 form factor. It combines Intel's Optane memory with quad-level cell (QLC) 3D NAND flash memory into a single product. The concept is essentially the same as adding an Optane memory stick to a system to boost storage performance, except the H10 is basically... Read more...
Rivet Networks is adding another "world's first" trophy to its showcase with the launch of the Killer E3000. The company claims that this is the first Ethernet controller capable of delivering 2.5 Gbps data speeds for PCs. The Killer E3000 is primarily aimed at enthusiasts, which is why you will see it installed in monster gaming rigs like the Alienware Area-51m that was announced this week at CES. With that being said, Rivet Networks says that the 2.5 Gbps controller will be available in desktop and laptop systems along with motherboards from top component makers. The Killer E3000 takes advantage of Killer Advanced Stream Detect technology, which will automatically identify and prioritize... Read more...
At CES 2019, Qualcomm is showing off some of its in-vehicle prowess with the unveiling of multi-tiered third-generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit platforms that include Performance, Premiere, and Paramount classes. Those classes represent entry-level, mid-tier, and supercomputing platforms respectively. Qualcomm says that its new platform is designed with a modular architecture to let automakers customize options for their buyers. The new Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms are the first-announced scalable AI-based platforms claims Qualcomm, and it notes that the platform is designed to "transform in-vehicle experiences." Those experiences will include in-car virtual assistance, natural... Read more...
We're suckers for awesome gaming displays, and Dell has an incredibly impressive Alienware 55 OLED Monitor at CES 2019 that measures 55 inches diagonally. That's a lot of screen real estate for a gaming display, and luckily it has the specs and expected performance to make it one of the best new products that we've seen so far at the show. As its name implies, the Alienware 55 OLED Monitor ditches "old school" LCD technology and instead uses a 4K OLED HDR panel with a variable refresh rate up to a relatively lofty 120Hz. From the front, the display features a clean and minimalistic design that could easily be shared with any number of large-screen TVs on the market. However,... Read more...
Razer has announced a new PC chassis that is part of the Designed by Razer Case Program and is made by Lian Li called the Lian Li 011 Dynamic. Razer has also unveiled two new in-house designed mid-tower PC cases called the Tomahawk and the Tomahawk Elite (pictured). The 011 Dynamic Designed by Razer is the first PC chassis to feature Chroma lighting that is controllable via Razer Synapse 3. It is a mid-tower chassis with the Razer triple-headed snake logo on the front glass. The Lian Li chassis will be available in Q1 2019 for $169.99. The Tomahawk is the first PC gaming chassis that Razer developed in house and has a square, minimalist design with a small footprint. The chassis fits ATX mainboards... Read more...
When it comes to technology, most things get better with time as new iterations are introduced. Consider the first smartphone you ever owned, and how it compares to the one you have now, for example. The same is true in the land of laptops, and Dell in particular has been relentless in pushing forward its thin and light XPS 13. We had a chance to spend some hands-on time with one in the run up to the Consumer Electronics Show, where Dell has now unveiled its 2019 model (or more precisely, the XPS 13 9380). Dell is billing its latest model as "the most powerful 13-inch in its class," and thanks to an infusion of Intel's Whiskey Lake architecture, the XPS 13 has so far lived up to the claim in... Read more...
Dell didn't just set out to build an incredibly fast gaming laptop with its latest Alienware offering -- it wanted to build the world's fastest mobile gaming rig and it has likely succeeded magnificently. Witness the Area-51m, which is a beastly machine that is factory overclocked and designed to handle pretty much any game that you throw its way. More importantly, the Area-51m is immensely upgradable, with customers being able to swap out their GPUs and the onboard CPU. Speaking of the graphics card, the Area-51m can accommodate NVIDIA's new real-time ray-tracing graphics cards, topping out with the GeForce RTX 2080. These GPUs are affixed to a module which can be [relatively] easily removed... Read more...
Dell has unveiled several sleek notebook computers at CES 2019 including updated XPS 13, Inspiron 13, and Inspiron 15 2-in-1 computers. The XPS 13 has perennially been on of Dell's most popular laptops and includes an InfinityEdge display available in 13.3-inch UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD with native 3840x2160 resolution with touch support, 13.3-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 InfinityEdge touch panel (post-launch), or 13.3-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 InfinityEdge version.  Dell claims the XPS 13 is the most powerful machine in the 13-inch class with a variety of quad-core 8th gen Intel processors including available Core i3-8145U, Core i5-8265U, and a Core i7-8565U. The processor can be paired with 4GB to 16GB... Read more...
HTC is rolling out a couple of new (or semi-new, if you prefer) virtual reality headsets, including an updated model of the Vive Pro with built-in eye-tracking. Appropriately enough, it's called the Vive Pro Eye, and it uses a technique called foveated rendering to fully render scenes where the viewer is actually looking. Native eye tracking has a couple of potential benefits. Through foveated rendering, VR can put less demand on the hardware that's powering the experience. That's how it works in theory, anyway. At its best, this allows scenes in a user's peripheral vision to be less sharp and detailed, and instead spend a system's resources on whatever object or seen the user is looking directly... Read more...
Much of Intel's keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday was centered around upcoming platforms, and providing reassurance that the chip maker is still on track with its 10-nanometer lithography process. Time will tell, of course. Intel also announced new additions to its 9th generation Core desktop processor family, with more than a half a dozen new SKUs. We had to do a little digging to find out which ones, along with the details. After the keynote, Intel published a press release that mentions the new 9th gen Core processor additions, but it only links to a single model, that being the Core i5-9400. Thankfully Intel's ARK database that contains product specifications and model numbers... Read more...
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