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The PC market's decline showed signs of improvement this Q3 due to strong ultraportable/convertible sales. (Source: Pixabay)

Q3 PC shipments beat expectations by 2 points; still down 2.1% on-year: IDC

Market intelligence firm IDC sees strong improvement in thin and convertible laptop shipments for Q3 2016, beating expectations by a wide margin. As a result, the projection of the (still declining) market has improved from a 7.2% to a 6.4% decline.
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Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
The internal hard drive is the only major component that can be replaced by the end user. (Source: iFixIt)

Teardown reveals Microsoft Surface Studio has limited user upgradeability

Most major components are soldered on and cannot be replaced. However, the device appears to be fairly repairable.
Dishonored 2 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Dishonored 2 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

The Performance Enigma. Gaming qualities aside: the stealth-action game, Dishonored 2, is not running as smoothly as one would expect. The PC version is suffering from performance drops. In the following review, we will check how the game runs on notebooks.
Farming Simulator 17 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Farming Simulator 17 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Let's get cracking! A word to the wise at the big gaming companies, where they routinely spend millions and put casts of thousands to work developing high-end games. Alongside all those big boys -- like Battlefield, FIFA, and Assassin's Creed -- Germans also delight in playing on a farming simulator. Here's a look at what's up with the latest version, as shown in this benchmark report.
First references to GeForce GTX 1080 Ti appear online

First references to GeForce GTX 1080 Ti appear online

The imminent GTX 1080 Ti may pack 10 GB of VRAM with a launch price between 900 to 1000 Euros.
Intel readying Basin Falls and Skylake-X CPUs for 2017

Intel preparing Basin Falls and Skylake-X CPUs for 2017

The 200 and 300 series may be shipping with native support for USB 3.1 Gen. 2 and 3D XPoint memory.
The MSI Trident is the smallest VR-ready desktop PC. (Source: MSI)

MSI launches the Trident, a console sized VR gaming PC

MSI's is claiming their new Trident gaming PC is the smallest VR-capable device. Can it successfully bring virtual reality into the living room?
Dishonored 2, Bethesda's newest title, runs smoothly on consoles but suffers from inconsistent performance on the PC. (Source: Bethesda)

Dishonored 2 noted to have severe performance issues on PC

Bethesda's newest title, Dishonored 2, is suffering from inconsistent performance on the PC. Reviewers and early buyers have expressed their discontent, prompting Bethesda to release a patch sometime this week.
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Titanfall 2 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Titanfall 2 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

War mechs on Speed. Every Fall, we have new versions of single and multiplayer shooter games to evaluate. Alongside the reigning leaders “Battlefield 1” and “Call of Duty Infinite Warfare”, “Titanfall 2” is also seeking to carve out its piece of the gaming pie for 2016. Here, we test its performance on a variety of (Notebook) GPUs.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

In the shadow of Battlefield 1. Activision launches the latest part of the extremely successful Call of Duty series almost immediately after the launch of EA's excellent World War I shooter. In this benchmark test, we will check whether the graphics can keep up with the main rival or if we are dealing with another frame rate fiasco similar to the predecessor Black Ops 3.
AMD's Radeon Pro WX series will be available for purchase November 10th and 18th. (Source: AMD)

AMD announces availability of Radeon Pro WX series graphics cards

Announced in July, AMD's Radeon Pro WX graphics cards have finally started shipping to retailers. Are the workstation-grade cards an improvement on the previous FirePro line?
Philips unveils 328P6VJEB 31.5-inch 4K monitor for professionals

Philips unveils 328P6VJEB 31.5-inch 4K monitor for professionals

The monitor uses a VA panel to produce a flicker-free experience with modern connectivity features including HDMI 2.0 and MHL.
A prototype of the Dell Smart Desk, which Dell will officially announce at CES 2017. (Source: Dell)

Dell unveils alternative to Microsoft's Surface Studio

With the announcement of the Surface Studio and Surface Dial, Microsoft has intrigued consumers with an innovative computing experience. However, Dell has recently unveiled an alternative to the Surface Studio they've been developing since 2014.
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Battlefield 1 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Battlefield 1 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Great visuals. Battlefield once again shows how nice a video game can look nowadays. We will find out what that means for the system requirements for notebooks as well as desktop systems.
The Arc Hub is a new 7 in 1 USB-C Hub that is also compatible with Thunderbolt 3.

Arc Hub: The best mobile 7 in 1 USB-C-Thunderbolt Dock for your MacBook?

Bourge Design has recently unveiled their Arc Hub, a 7 in 1 USB-C Dock, that may be the ultimate universal docking station for your new MacBook or any other laptop with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports.
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Apple will not release any more standalone displays on their own but instead work with partners like LG.

Apple: No more standalone displays!

Apple apparently decided to quit its standalone display business. This information was tweeted by the editor in chief at The Verge recently who claimed, that Apple told him about this change in direction. Instead of creating new displays on their own, Apple will work with partners like LG to deliver display solutions for the Mac.
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Microsoft Surface Studio AiO with 28-inch touch display and Intel Core Skylake processors

Microsoft Surface Studio AiO now official

This new AiO desktop PC has a generous 28-inch PixelSense touch display, uses a discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics adapter with up to 4 GB VRAM, a Skylake Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, as well as up to 32 GB of memory.
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MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G Review

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G Review

GP107 by Samsung The GTX 1050 Ti is Nvidia's latest addition to its Pascal line-up below the GTX 1060. Our review will show how the 14-nm chip, which is produced by Samsung, performs and whether it can compete with AMD in this price segment.
Intel Core i7-4790K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) |
Aida64: v5.80 brings hotkeys, DPI scaling and AMD Bristol Ridge benchmarks

Aida64: v5.80 brings hotkeys, DPI scaling and AMD Bristol Ridge benchmarks

FinalWire today announced a new update for Aida64, the successor to Everest. Aida64 v5.80 supports the latest Windows 10 builds and the most recent hardware components, including the AMD RX 400 series and Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPUs.
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Acer and Lenovo shipments falling in EMEA

Acer and Lenovo PC shipments falling in EMEA

The overall PC market is relatively stable in the region as of Q3 2016 with only a slight decline in shipments compared to Q3 2015. Meanwhile, sales of business notebooks are offsetting the decline in demand for consumer notebooks.
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Razer announces high-end gaming laptop Razer Blade Pro

Razer announces High-End Gaming Laptop Razer Blade Pro

The desktop in your laptop: Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 GPU with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM, 32 GB RAM, 2 TB PCIe SSD storage, 4K-display with G-Sync support as well as a mechanical keyboard. What sounds like components from a powerful gaming PC is actually crammed into a chassis that is just 22 millimeters thin. But can this work? We already had the chance to take a closer look at the device in a first hands-on.
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)

768 Pascal cores @ 1290MHz, 128 Bit GDDR5 @ 7008MHz
Mafia 3 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Mafia 3 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Interesting scenario with technical issues. One thing right away: You will be disappointed if you expect triple-A graphics from “Mafia 3”. The visual quality of the open-world game is average at best. Our benchmark test will show whether this is at least good news for users of low-end and mainstream PCs.
Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak now available for download

Ubuntu 16.10 is now available for download

Nicknamed "Yakkety Yak," this new release aims to enforce Ubuntu's position as the leading Linux for the cloud, including Hybrid Cloud Operations and Unity 8 developer preview, as well as multiple tweaks and optimizations.
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FIFA 17 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

FIFA 17 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Engine Switch. Every year, football fans get to choose between the two giants, Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA. The latter has just been released in its 17th iteration with gleaming graphics. We ran FIFA 17 on multiple notebook and desktop GPUs to check how well the game runs.
Nvidia Titan X Pascal Review - The Fastest Consumer GPU Available

Nvidia Titan X Pascal Review - The Fastest Consumer GPU Available

Fast, faster, fastest. Two months after the launch of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition, the Nvidia Titan X was introduced to the public on 8th of August 2016. The new Titan X is based on the Pascal architecture, which has significantly improved the performance of the smaller variants. 1024 shader units more than the GeForce GTX 1080, 12 GB GDDR5X VRAM, and a wider memory interface raise hope for outstanding performance. In our review, you will find out how well the higher performance potential can be used and whether there are also points of criticism.
Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4 | NVIDIA Titan X Pascal | 32.0"
Fujitsu: Lenovo to take over the PC business?

Fujitsu: Lenovo to take over the PC business?

According to a report from nikkei, Lenovo is planning to take over Fujitsu´s PC business. Its no secret that Fujitsu wants to leave the market, Lenovo on the other hand has many experiences with acquisitions.
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Apple may be returning to Nvidia graphics for future Macs

Apple may be returning to Nvidia graphics for future Mac products

Nvidia is looking for new applicants who can "help produce the next revolutionary Apple products."
OWC announces USB Type-C Drive Dock docking station

OWC announces USB Type-C Drive Dock docking station

The external docking station supports read and writes rates of over 400 MB/s and is now available for just under $90 USD.
No Man's Sky - Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

No Man's Sky - Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Risky gamble. Infinite worlds, endless boredom - critics could easily sum up No Man's Sky with this sentence. We checked this game by British indie developer, Hello Games, on laptops and desktop PCs to see how it performs.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Cyberpunk meets hardware hunger. “Mankind Divided” has exciting game and story elements, but it needs powerful hardware to run well. Our benchmark test course will determine just how demanding the game is on different notebook and desktop GPUs. Update: now with 27 graphics cards!
Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO NVMe SSDs available in in 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB variants

Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs coming next month

These two new drives offer capacities between 250 GB and 1 TB (960 EVO) and 2 TB (960 PRO), being expected to hit the market next month starting at $129.99 USD and $329.99 USD.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Review

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Review

Designd by Nvidia. The smaller sibling of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition is called Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founder's Edition. Powered by a Pascal GPU chip with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM, the card is supposed to prevail especially in the lower high-end range. Learn in this review, whether Nvidia has actually achieved this and where there might be weaknesses.
Intel Core i7-4790K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) |
Nvidia GTX 1050 specifications for desktop purportedly leaked (Source: Overclock3d.net)

Nvidia GTX 1050 specifications for desktop purportedly leaked

If true, then the GTX 1050 is expected to have a very similar core configuration to the GTX 950 with just slightly more texture units.
Sorry, folks! Future silicon requires the latest Microsoft platform.

Microsoft: Intel Kaby Lake- and AMD Zen-Chips only support Windows 10

Microsoft, Intel and AMD made it clear, that earlier Microsoft platforms before Windows 10 will not be supported anymore on next generation silicon. This could lead to Skylake-hardware being in high demand for the foreseeable future.
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HP Pavilion Wave is the first desktop PC built around a 360-degree speaker

HP Pavilion Wave is the first desktop PC built around a 360-degree speaker

The small Pavilion Wave will be shipping this September 16th for $529 with a Core i5-6400T CPU, up to 8 GB RAM, and dedicated AMD R9 M470 graphics options.
AMD's Polaris Architecture

AMD's Polaris Architecture

Polaris is the name of the 4th generation of the GCN architecture from AMD. It was launched in mid-2016 with two chips. They are processed in 14 nm FinFET and are ready for the latest technologies such as DirectX 12, DisplayPort 1.4, HDR, and HVEC. In the following article, we will cover what is new in this architecture and describe the two chips in detail.
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Samsung delays GDDR6 to 2018

Samsung delays GDDR6 to 2018

Samsung delays production of GDDR6 memory until 2018, anticipates greater performance and efficiency over GDDR5X.
IFA is becoming more and more interesting for fans of smartphones, tablets, laptops and VR.

IFA 2016 | The most important date for hardware manufacturers in Europe

IFA is becoming more and more important for IT companies. This year, new records in exhibitors and exhibition space are being expected.
Some Kindle users have trouble connecting their device to a PC running Windows 10. (Photo: Amazon)

Windows 10: Amazon Kindle can cause blue screen

With the Anniversary Update, Microsoft has also created some new problems: Amazon's e-reader Kindle is experiencing problems with Windows 10.
Penguin Tux is the official mascot of Linux, he is celebrating his 20th anniversary.

25 years of Linux: Happy anniversary!

Congratulations, little penguin! 25 years ago, Linus Torvalds announced his own open-source OS.
HP FQ3 2016 financial results show dropping profits and revenue

HP FQ3 2016 financial results show dropping profits and revenue

Revenue from the manufacturer's Printing business is down 18 percent YoY while sales of notebooks are up 8 percent.
Intel: Detailed Kaby Lake road map leaked

Intel: Detailed Kaby Lake Road Map leaked

The expected launch of Intel Kaby Lake dual-core processors seems to be confirmed again. First-gen chips (with DHCP 1.4) should be released in September, chips with the new stepping (and DHCP 2.2 support) in the end of December or the start of January in combination with the quad-core processor from the S- (desktop) and H-series (mobile).
Andromium Superbook will be a second display for both Windows and Macs

Andromium Superbook will be a second display for both Windows and Macs

The Kickstarter campaign has met its goals to begin producing a notebook shell that can act as external displays for Windows PCs, Macs, and Android devices.
Don't call it lapotp. The gigantic Sky X9E2 mostly contains desktop components. (Picture: Eurocom)

Eurocom Sky X9E2: Massive gaming notebook with desktop components

Canadian manufacturer Eurocom presents a massive gamine notebook with desktop components wheighing 5,6 kilos and supporting up to 6 TByte of mass memory.
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN980 Mini PC Review

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN980 Mini PC Review

GTX 980 in a mini PC. The ZBox EN980 is one of the first mini PCs to be VR Ready and, surprisingly, it runs relatively cool and quietly thanks to its dense cooling system. Nonetheless, idling fan noise could have been quieter and the system is still missing some key features we find should be common for its $1600 USD price.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 | | 3.9 kg
AMD announces new Zen architecture for a launch by Holiday 2016

AMD announces new Zen architecture for a launch by Holiday 2016

A tech demo shows an octa-core Zen CPU edging out the Core i7-6900K in clock-to-clock benchmark tests. AMD "Naples" and Raven Ridge" platforms for servers and notebooks will not launch until 2017.
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Nvidia Pascal for Notebooks: In-depth Benchmarks for the Geforce GTX 1080 (SLI), GTX 1070, and GTX 1060

Nvidia Pascal for Notebooks: In-depth Benchmarks for the Geforce GTX 1080 (SLI), GTX 1070, and GTX 1060

Desktop power in a laptop! We provide you with an exclusive benchmark comparison including many current PC games of all new mobile graphics solutions from Nvidia. This comparison covers the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 SLI, which is the new top model, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. These are the successors of the Maxwell chips GTX 980, 980M, and 970M. How well do the new GPUs perform compared to their predecessor? How big is the performance loss compared to their desktop counterparts with the same name? This in-depth review will provide you with all the answers.
Update 08/19.: New GTX 1060 benchmarks with more than 30 games added!
Lenovo expands its Y series with the Y910 AiO, Y910 notebook, and Y710 Cube

Gamescom 2016 | Lenovo expands its Y series with the Y910 AiO, Y910 notebook, and Y710 Cube

All new devices are coming later this year and will sport Pascal with starting prices in the 1699 to 2799 Euros range.

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