Fawad Murtaza (Tech Writer)
I am Fawad, a fellow tech nerd. As a tech junkie, my relationship with technology goes back to my childhood years. Getting my first Intel Pentium 4 PC was the start of journey that would eventually bring me to Notebookcheck. Finally, I have been writing for tech media since 2018. From small no-name projects to industry leaders, I have worked with a number of tech publications.
Intel Panther Lake and Beast Lake leak suggests up to 40% more single-core performance vs Arrow Lake for former and Extra Big cores for latter
Intel is expected to unveil the "Arrow Lake" CPUs next year which will be followed by "Lunar Lake" chips focused on laptops and ultrathin notebooks. Leaker Moore’s Law Is Dead has alleged that Panther Lake processors could debut in late 2025. Beyond Panther Lake, Team Blue is also reportedly working on the “Beast Lake” CPU architecture.
Efficient Intel Meteor Lake described as "Zen 4 Phoenix Killer" as leak claims Intel is working on a 40-core Arrow Lake CPU
According to the latest leak by Moore’s Law Is Dead, Intel Meteor Lake is expected to beat AMD’s latest Zen4 Phoenix processors while the 2024 Arrow Lake CPUs reportedly perform up to 40% better in multi-threading vs Raptor Lake CPUs. Furthermore, the leaker claims that Intel will use TSMC’s 3 nm process for the ARL-S desktop Core i9/Core i7 and laptop Core i5/i7 processors.
Affordable RTX 4050 and RX 7500 price and specifications leak alongside possible RX 7800, RX 7700/XT, and RX 7600 XT MSRPs
After releasing the RX 7600 and the RTX 4060 Ti, AMD and NVIDIA are expected to follow the boards up with more cost-effective cards such as the RX 7500, and the RTX 4050. Per a new report by RedGamingTech, the RX 7500 and the RTX 4050 could have multiple SKUs differentiated solely by the amount of VRAM and the resulting lower MSRPs.
RTX 4060 Ti review roundup depicts GPU performing 12% better vs RTX 3060 Ti but failing to offer any performance/price advantage
NVIDIA released the RTX 4060 Ti on May 24 to a generally cold reception. According to various reports, consumer interest in the GPU was quite low and much of it could be due to the bad launch reviews. 3DCenter has now published a launch review roundup of the board alongside the AMD Radeon RX 7600.
RX 7600 review roundup demonstrates disappointing performance/price vs RX 6600 despite RDNA 3 GPU performing 27% better
The RX 7600 is AMD’s debut sub-US$300 RDNA 3 GPU. The board brings 32 Compute Units, 8 GB of VRAM, and has a TDP of 165 W. 3DCenter has now published a detailed review roundup of the card and, sadly, the GPU doesn’t look as impressive as it ought to be thanks to poor performance/price and performance/watt showings over the last-gen Radeon RX 6600.
Open-Box ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 in excellent condition records massive 52% off at Best Buy for Core i7-12700H and RTX 3060 SKU
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 with a Core i7-12700H and an RTX 3060 is a powerful gaming laptop that is also quite portable thanks to its comparatively low weight and slim profile. Best Buy now has an open-box unit in like-new condition for US$850 off the US$1,649.99 list price.
Radeon RX 7600 vs RTX 4060 Ti sales battle sees AMD GPU allegedly take the lead as retailers struggle to move GeForce card
It appears AMD’s bet of reducing the price of the RX 7600 mere days before the press reviews went live seems to have worked as the newest report from Moore’s Law Is Dead claims that the RDNA 3 GPU outsold Team Green’s mid-ranger at launch. Per the leaker’s sources, the RTX 4060 Ti appears "to have sold 1/10th as well as the RTX 4070 did on its launch week".
2022 Dell G16 (7620) with Core i9-12900H CPU and RTX 3070 GPU gets a sweet US$234 off thanks to coupon codes
The 2022 Dell G16 (7620) gaming notebook with a Core i9-12900H processor and an RTX 3070 discreet laptop GPU is now enjoying a mentionable 17% discount at Dell's official store. Aside from the powerful CPU and GPU, the laptop also comes with a 165 Hz display and upgradable RAM and storage.
Incredible Alienware m17 R5 offer from Dell shaves US$950.50 off from Ryzen 9 6900HX and Radeon RX 6850M XT configuration
The Alienware m17 R5 with a Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU, an RX 6850M XT GPU, 16 GB of DDR5 memory, and 1 TB of PCIe NVMe Gen 4 SSD is going for an amazing 43% off thanks to stackable coupons. What’s more, the notebook can also be upgraded down the line as there are SO-DIMM slots for memory and two M.2 slots for storage.
Concept RTX 4070 board says goodbye to power cables as ASUS shows off a new proprietary solution
ASUS is reportedly preparing a new line of RTX 40 GPUs without any traditional power connectors. The GPUs will instead rely on a proprietary interface that slots in and draws all power from the motherboard.
Lamented RTX 4060 Ti and RX 7600 reportedly receive abysmal launch day reception on MindFactory with paltry demand vs RTX 4070 Ti and RTX 4070
After getting roasted by reviewers, the RTX 4060 Ti and the RX 7600 GPUs are also getting abandoned by gamers if the newest report from 3DCenter is any indication. Per 3DCenter, the RTX 4060 Ti and the RX 7600 has had an extremely slow launch day on MindFactory compared to the RTX 4070 Ti and the RTX 4070 that also went on sale this year.
Alienware m15 R7 gaming notebook with Ryzen 7 6800H CPU and RTX 3070Ti GPU discounted by whopping US$915 off list price
The Alienware m15 R7 with an 8-core Ryzen 7 6800H CPU and an RTX 3070 Ti GPU is currently going for US$915 off the list price. In addition to capable hardware, the laptop comes with 16 GB of DDR4 memory and 1 TB of PCIe storage both of which are upgradable.
Ultraportable Dell XPS 13 9315 with Core i7-1250U CPU and 16 GB of DDR5 memory gets a respectable 20% discount
Dell has now put the highly-rated XPS 13 9315 on sale for US$200 off the list price that can be increased further through a coupon code. Aside from the lack of a diverse port selection and almost zero upgradability, the machine is overall excellent with good CPU performance for day-to-day tasks and extended battery life.
RTX 4060 Ti vs RTX 3060 Ti rasterization performance comparison at 1440p and 4K shows Lovelace GPU suffers due to low memory bandwidth
The RTX 4060 Ti is the direct successor to the RTX 3060 Ti. Although the Lovelace GPU offers a meaningful bump in rasterization performance at 1080p, it reportedly fails to provide a decent enough pure rasterization performance uplift at high resolutions like 1440p and 4K owing to a few questionable decisions by NVIDIA like the narrow bus width.
"ZERO" RTX 4060 Ti pre-launch consumer interest reported as retailers allegedly anticipate extremely low demand
The RTX 4060 Ti is now up for sale at an MSRP of US$400. However, per the latest information from Moore’s Law Is Dead, the sales of the GPU could be very low based on pre-launch data from the leaker’s retail sources. Furthermore, the RTX 4060 Ti stock at launch is reportedly similar to the RTX 4080 launch supply.
Weekly GPU sales nosedive to a new yearly low as gamers appear to actively shun 8 GB VRAM cards in German market
According to the latest report from 3DCenter based on TechEpiphany’s analysis of GPU sales on German retailer MindFactory, board sales have reached a new yearly low after dropping for the 5th consecutive week. Sales in the 20th week of 2023 declined by a troubling 53% since the 15th week.
2 TB Sabrent Rocket 4 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD price drops 33% on Newegg to lowest rate in 30 days
The Sabrent Rocket 4 PCIe Gen 4 SSD with a 2 TB capacity is now on sale for only US$119.99 instead of the US$179.99 list price. Aside from boasting 5,000 MB/s sequential read and 4,400 MB/s write speeds, the drive comes with features like Advanced Wear leveling to ensure an extended lifespan and Bad Block Management to enhance drive reliability.
Powerful Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 with Core i7-13700HX CPU, RTX 4060 GPU, and 16 GB RAM discounted by US$230 at Best Buy
The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 is now sale at Best Buy for almost 15% off the US$1,579.99 list price. The machine features an Intel Core i7-13700HX Raptor Lake CPU, an RTX 4060 laptop GPU, 16 GB of expandable RAM thanks to two SO-DIMM slots, and 1 TB of PCIe storage that can also be swapped out.
Seemingly official RX 7600 vs RX 6600 specifications comparison sees RDNA 3 GPU offer almost 2.4x compute performance with higher TBP
The AMD Radeon RX 7600 is expected to launch within a couple of days with a performance that should ideally be a big step up vs the RX 6600. Now, according to an allegedly official spec sheet that pits the RX 7600 against the RX 6600, the RX 7600 power requirement appears to be significantly more than its predecessor.
Troubled Intel Meteor Lake allegedly scrapped for desktops as 14-core MTL-S SKU could now be based on Arrow Lake architecture
After a plethora of leaks and rumors attempting to explain Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake architecture, it appears that MTL-S for desktops has finally been canned. Additionally, the 6 P-cores + 8 E-cores MTL-S Core i5 chip will reportedly now be based on the Arrow Lake architecture instead.
Lenovo Slim 7i with latest Intel Core i5-1340p CPU, 16 GB of DDR5 memory, and 1 TB SSD going for mentionable 10% off
The 2023 Lenovo Slim 7i with a 14-inch 2.8K display and the latest 13th-gen Core i5 CPU can now be had for a cool US$119 off the list price. The laptop comes with Windows 11 Pro and features an FHD webcam that supports Windows Hello facial recognition.
sub-US$300 RX 7600 MSRP could become a reality as listings for XFX and GIGABYTE cards surface
The Radeon RX 7600 is expected to be AMD’s first affordable RDNA 3 GPU. So far, leaks have alleged the RX 7600 MSRP to be US$300, matching the newly-announced RTX 4060. But, based on a handful of listings for AIB RX 7600 boards, Team Red could end up pricing the GPU below US$300.
Small RX 7600 reference model surfaces with a design similar to RX 7900 XT/XTX
The RX 7600 is reportedly launching on May 25 with reviews landing on May 24. The GPU allegedly employs a Navi 33 XL chip and could be priced at or less than US$300. Now, a reference Made by AMD RX 7600 has leaked featuring a design that resembles other RDNA 3 cards.
RTX 4060-like RX 7600 price leaks alongside a massive 34% performance uplift over the RTX 3060 8 GB
Serial hardware leakers Moore’s Law Is Dead and RedGamingTech have leaked the price of the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 7600 GPU. According to the leakers, the RX 7600 MSRP could match the RTX 4060 MSRP. However, MLID also alleges that AMD might lower the price further.
Disappointing RTX 4070 sales allegedly push NVIDIA to continue ongoing supply halt into June
The RTX 4070 might not be a hot seller. Citing supply chain sources, ITHome explains that the RTX 4070 is selling well below expectations which is why Team Green is expected to extend the current supply halt into June.
Significantly cheaper AMD Radeon GPUs dominate sales in German market vs NVIDIA boards as overall sales plummet for 4th consecutive week
It appears GPU sales in the German market are experiencing a considerable slowdown. According to TechEpiphany’s data compiled by 3DCenter, MindFactory’s total GPU unit volume of the 19th week of 2023 came in at 2,775 which represents a 22% decline compared to the 2022 annual average and a stark 38% fall vs the 15th week of the current year.
Stacked ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU and RX 6800S GPU scores sizeable 34% discount at Best Buy
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is now going for US$650 off at Best Buy for the Ryzen 9 6900HS and Radeon RX 6800S configuration. The laptop is highly rated with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Best Buy and for good reason, as it is both portable and powerful.
Slowing sales of mid-range 8GB GPUs reportedly pushing VRAM constrained boards out of consumer consideration
According to a recent report by 3DCenter, consumers are seemingly moving away from buying GPUs with 8 GB RAM as users are apparently choosing cards with more than 8 GB of memory. 3DCenter’s analysis is based on the sales data collected by TechEpiphany from German retailer MindFactory.
Modular Framework Laptop 13 now comes with newest AMD Ryzen 7040U "Phoenix" APUs
Framework, the company known for making highly modular laptops, has announced that the company’s Laptop 13 can now be equipped with the Ryzen 7040U APUs. The APUs feature a Zen 4 CPU and an RDNA 3 Radeon 760M/780M iGPU with 8/12 CUs.
Imminent RX 7600 and RTX 4060 Ti GPUs from Gigabyte appear on EEC confirming 8 GB of VRAM for next-gen mid-range boards
The Radeon RX 7600 and the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti are reportedly going to be the newest additions to the next-gen GPU race from AMD and NVIDIA respectively. According to a recent listing by EEC, both cards feature 8 GB of VRAM.
Dell G16 gaming laptop with a Core i7-12700H and RTX 3050 Ti going for a massive 36% on Dell's official store
The 2022 Dell G16 gaming notebook is now on sale at a massive US$456 off at Dell’s official store. The notebook which packs a Core i7-12700H CPU and an RTX 3050 Ti GPU scored a rating of 86% from us albeit for a slightly different configuration.
Intel Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake overview suggests up to 20% IPC uplift vs Raptor Lake for ARL and single-digit gain for MTL
Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake CPUs are expected to share the “15th gen” moniker as the former will allegedly only target the mainstream Core i5 buyers while the enthusiasts will be served by the latter. According to a recent leak from RedGamingTech, the P-cores on Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake CPUs will bring a single-digit and up to 20% IPC gain vs Intel Raptor Lake respectively.
Massive AMD Zen 5 IPC gain of 25%+ reported as leak alleges increased L1 cache and revamped L3 cache for Ryzen 8000 CPUs
Paul from RedGamingTech is at it again with another round of leaks concerning AMD’s Zen 5 processors that are expected to debut sometime in 2024. Per the leaker, the Ryzen 8000 CPUs could bring north of 25% IPC uplift, a larger L1, 1 MB L2, and a new “Ladder” L3 cache.
AMD Radeon RX 7600 launch and review dates leak: RDNA 3 mid-ranger is reportedly set to appear on store shelves late next month
According to serial leaker Moore’s Law Is Dead, AMD is finally releasing the company’s first budget RDNA 3 GPU, the RX 7600, in late May. Interestingly, Team Red has allegedly set two review dates for the GPU depending upon the price.
Early RX 7600 XT Navi 33 GPU reportedly offers double-digit performance bump vs RX 6650 XT while consuming less than 200 W
The RDNA 3 Navi 33 GPU is rumored to be featured in the upcoming RX 7600 and RX 7600 XT. According to Tom from Moore’s Law Is Dead, the Navi 33 outperforms the RX 6650 XT by a notable margin, possibly reaching levels offered by the RX 6700 XT. The GPU also reportedly consumes 175 W while doing so.
Desktop Intel Meteor Lake MTL-S apparently tops out at Core i5 SKUs while Arrow Lake ARL-S could feature up to Core i9 CPUs
Intel is reportedly launching the Meteor Lake processors for laptops by October of this year while the desktop MTL-S CPUs could be slated for H1 2024. According to a slide recently shared by leaker Bionic_squash on Twitter, the desktop Intel MTL-S could only go up to Core i5 CPUs with the ARL-S Core i9 chips serving as the true top end.
Premilinary RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT performance and specifications leak alongside possibly-doomed RX 7800 XTX
After the release of the RTX 4070, the wait is on for AMD’s mid-range RDNA 3 GPUs. According to a recent video from RedGamingTech, the AMD RX 7800 XT and the RX 7700 XT will both be based on the Navi 32 GPU with performance to rival the RX 6950 XT and the RTX 4060 Ti respectively.
Efficient RTX 4070 performs 21% faster vs RTX 3070 and on par with RTX 3080 10 GB in comprehensive launch review roundup
NVIDIA launched the RTX 4070 on April 12 and reviews for the GPU went live on April 13. According to 3DCenter’s analysis of multiple launch reviews, the RTX 4070 matched the RTX 3080 10 GB in rasterization and ray tracing performance. However, the real competitor to the card seems to be AMD’s RDNA2 RX 6950 XT courtesy of street pricing around the US$650 mark.
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D launch review roundup depicts CPU beating Intel Core i9-13900K/KS in gaming while using less than half the power
Just like the Ryzen 9 7950X3D and the Ryzen 9 7900X3D, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D has a 64 MB 3D V-Cache stacked on top of the single CCD bringing the total amount of L3 cache to 96 MB. Per 3DCenter’s launch review roundup, not only does the cheapest Ryzen 7000X3D CPU sip power, the presence of 3D V-Cache propels the Ryzen 7 7800X3D to the top of the gaming charts.
Open-Box HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 laptop with Core i5-1235U CPU going for a fairly cheap US$356 at Best Buy
The 2022 HP Pavilion x360 is currently going for US$355.99 as an Open-Box unit at Best Buy. The laptop is advertised as looking like a box-packed unit and comes with all the included parts and accessories. As a comparison, the brand-new Pavilion x360 is retailing for US$499.99 instead of the US$829.99 list price at the time of writing.
Unexpected RTX 4070 price and supply requirements allegedly caught AIBs off-guard as NVIDIA reportedly offers rebates to ease the situation
Serial leaker Moore’s Law Is Dead has alleged in a recent video that AIBs partners aren’t stoked to see NVIDIA marking the RTX 4070 price down significantly from the initial US$749.99 to US$599.99. However, Team Green might have made arrangements to take some of the burden caused by this price adjustment off AIBs.
Open-Box ASUS ROG Flow X16 in brand-new condition featuring Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU and RTX 3060 GPU discounted by 16% at Best Buy
Best Buy has an Open-Box ASUS ROG Flow X16 convertible for US$234 off the price for the brand-new unit. The discounted configuration comes with an 8-core Ryzen 9 6900HS, a 125 W RTX 3060, 16 GB of DDR5-4800 memory, 1 TB of PCIe Gen 4 storage, and a 16-inch, touch-capable 2560x1600 resolution IPS panel with a 165 Hz refresh rate and 500 nits of peak brightness.
Overhauled NVIDIA RTX 50 "Blackwell" GPUs reportedly up to 2.6x faster vs RTX 40 cards courtesy of revised Streaming Multiprocessors and 3 GHz+ clock speeds
NVIDIA debuted the RTX 40 “Ada Lovelace” boards late last year. While the mid-range RTX 4070 and RTX 4060/Ti are still not up for sale, the rumor mill has already moved on to the next big thing. To that end, RedGamingTech has published a slew of information about the upcoming RTX 50 “Blackwell” boards including preliminary specs and performance targets.
2023 Lenovo Legion Pro 5i with an RTX 4070 and Core i7-13700HX now going for US$387 off the list price
The Gen 8 Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is a 16-inch gaming laptop with understated looks and plenty of horsepower under the hood. At US$2,000 for an RTX 4070 GPU and a Core i7-13700HX CPU, the laptop may not be a tempting deal. Thankfully, you can now bring the price of this variant down by close to US$400 by stacking coupon codes at checkout.
Zen 5-based AMD Strix point APUs reportedly coming with up to 16 core CPU and 8 WGP RDNA 3+ iGPU with 3 GHz+ clock speed
AMD launched the “Phoenix-HS” APUs at CES 2023. The APUs are based on Zen 4 CPUs and RDNA 3 iGPUs. AMD will follow the Phoenix-HS APUs with the launch of “Strix Point” APUs next year that will combine a Zen 5 CPU and an RDNA 3+ iGPU. Paul from RedGamingTech has now alleged that the CPU and iGPU on Strix Point APUs will pack up to 16 cores and 16 RDNA 3+ Compute Units respectively.
Packed AMD Zen 5 leak reveals Ryzen 8000 CPUs could release in Q1 2024 with 20-25% IPC uplift, up to 16 cores, and larger L1/L2 caches
AMD is scheduled to launch the Ryzen 8000 Zen 5 CPUs in 2024. According to serial leakers Tom from Moore’s Law Is Dead and Paul from RedGamingTech, the Zen 5 CPUs will bring a double-digit IPC uplift, up to 16 cores/32 threads, and will be compatible with the AM5 platform.
Stacked Alienware m15 R7 gaming laptop featuring a Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU and RTX 3080 GPU gets a massive 33% price cut from Dell
The 2022 Dell Alienware m15 R7 is now enjoying a cool 33% off at Dell’s official store. The laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 6900HX processor, RTX 3080 graphics, 32 GB of expandable DDR5-4800 memory, and 1 TB of PCIe storage. Furthermore, the Alienware m15 R7 variant with an Intel Core i9-12900H is also enjoying a similar discount.
RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti release reportedly set for May as packaging design for the AIB RTX 4060 Ti models surface
The launch of the RTX 4060 and the RTX 4060 Ti could soon be upon us as Wccftech reports that the cards will see the light of day in a couple of months. Based on previous leaks, the RTX 4060 is expected to bring an incremental performance bump to offer RTX 3070-levels of horsepower, whereas, per VideoCardz's calculations, the RTX 4060 Ti may match the RTX 3070 Ti in FP32 compute.
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D appears 38% faster vs Ryzen 7 5800X3D while trailing behind Ryzen 7 7700X in SiSoftware Processor Arithmetic benchmark
AMD is set to release the 8-core Ryzen 7 7800X3D early next month. The CPU has now made a stop at the SiSoftware benchmark and scored 395 GOPS in the Processor Arithmetic test. The score puts the CPU quite a bit ahead of the Zen 3 Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Intel Arc Battlemage specifications leak suggesting a massive increase in Xe core count, L2 cache, and clock speeds vs Arc A770
With the less-than-ideal release of the first-gen Intel Arc GPUs out of the way, eyes are set on Team Blue’s next-gen enthusiast Arc Battlemage boards. According to the latest information from RedGamingTech, the Arc Battlemage could feature double the number of Xe cores vs the Arc A770 in addition to packing significantly more L2 cache and faster clock speeds.
Stellar ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 featuring a Ryzen 9 6900HS and Radeon RX 6700S records a solid 33% discount at Best Buy
Best Buy is now selling the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 equipped with a Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU, a Radeon RX 6700S GPU, 16 GB RAM, and 1 TB of SSD storage for US$1,099.99. With an average rating of 4.1 out of almost 600 reviews more than half of which are 5-star, the notebook is worth a recommendation for folks looking for a capable gaming machine around the US$1,000 mark.
Superb XPG Xenia 14 ultralight laptop is a bargain after a sizeable 44% discount on B&H Photo
B&H Photo has the XPG Xenia 14 with a Core i7-1165G7/i5-1135G7 at a significant US$340 and US$395 off the list price. Aside from the mentioned 11th gen CPU choices, the laptop comes with upgradable 16 GB XPG Hunter DDR4-3200 memory, a swappable 512 GB XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite PCIe Gen 4 SSD, a 14-inch 16:10 IPS panel, and a 53 Wh battery.
Desktop Intel Meteor Lake CPUs allegedly missing from 12-month OEM roadmap as 14-core laptop MTL SKU could launch "by October"
In his recent video about the Intel Arrow Lake and refreshed Raptor Lake CPUs, Tom from Moore’s Law Is Dead also revealed details regarding the Intel Meteor Lake processors. Per the leaker, Team Blue could release the Meteor Lake CPUs by October 2023 with the 14-core notebook MTL allegedly being the first SKU to hit the market.
Dell Precision 3480, 3580, and 3581 mobile workstations unveiled with 13th gen Intel Raptor Lake processors and up to RTX Ada Generation graphics
Dell has launched the Precision 3480, 3580, and 3581 mobile workstations with the latest Intel Raptor Lake processors and up to NVIDIA RTX Ada Generation GPU. Additionally, all three laptops feature wide connectivity options including Thunderbolt 4 ports and FHD webcams with optional IR sensors for facial recognition.
Lenovo Legion Slim 5 and Slim 5i (16”, 8) launched with latest AMD Ryzen and Intel Raptor Lake processors and plenty of GPU options
Lenovo has announced the 16-inch Legion Slim 5 and Slim 5i gaming laptops featuring AMD and Intel chips and up to RTX 4070 GPUs. The notebooks boast 16:10 displays, optional 4-zone RGB keyboards, fast charge-capable 80 Wh batteries, a healthy mix of ports, and up to 32 GB/1 TB storage and RAM configuration.
Gen 8 Lenovo Legion Slim 7 and Slim 7i are official with up to a Core i9-13900H/Ryzen 9 7940HS CPU and RTX 4070 GPU
Lenovo has announced the 2023 Legion Slim 7i and Slim 7 devices with high-end Intel and AMD CPUs respectively. In addition to packing roughly the same internal hardware, the laptops feature optional per-key RGB illuminated keyboards, a plethora of ports including full-sized SD card slots, and 99.99 Wh batteries.
Refreshed Intel Arc Alchemist possibly canned as Arc Battlemage and Celestial reportedly launching in H2 2024 and 2026 respectively
Intel might be preparing to launch a low-end Arc Battlemage in H2 2024 as the top die could have been canceled according to the latest report from Moore’s Law Is Dead. Additionally, the leaker has also divulged some details about the possibly doomed Arc Alchemist refresh as well as some details covering the 2026 Arc Celestial.
24-core Intel Arrow Lake-S desktop CPU allegedly becomes the priority as mobile ARL-U is potentially canceled
The 15th gen Intel Arrow Lake CPU architecture is scheduled to follow the 14th gen Meteor Lake in 2024. In his latest video, Tom from Moore’s Law Is Dead has confirmed some of his previous rumors while revealing a few new details about Intel Arrow Lake CPUs including the complete cancelation of mobile ARL-U.
Intel Raptor Lake Refresh reportedly launching in Q3/Q4 2023 with enough performance to "tread water against Ryzen 7000"
Intel could launch refreshed Raptor Lake CPUs later this year if the latest report from leaker Moore’s Law Is Dead is accurate. The leaker alleges that RPL-R could be competitive against the Ryzen 7000 processor but this reprieve might be short-lived as Zen 5 CPUs are possibly launching before desktop Intel Arrow Lake (ARL-S).
Alleged GeForce RTX 4060/Ti pictures leak depicting a small two-slot design
Purported images of RTX 4060/Ti Founders Edition have leaked displaying a design that is in line with other RTX 40 series cards. Based on rumors, the RTX 4060 and the RTX 4060 Ti will feature AD106 and AD107 GPUs respectively. Both cards are also said to pack 8 GB of GDDR6 memory and a 128-bit wide bus.
Juicy Lenovo Yoga 7i Gen 7 price cut takes US$400 off list rate for 16-inch Core i5-1240P and Core i7-1260P models
Best Buy has put the 16-inch Lenovo Yoga 7i Gen 7 on sale for 33.33% and 40% off the list price for the Core i7-1260P and Core i5-1240P configurations respectively. Both models are highly rated with an average consumer rating of 4.7 for the Core i5 model and 4.6 for the Core i7 model as a result of more than 300 reviews.
Powerful ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU and Radeon RX 6800S GPU currently going for US$600 off at Best Buy
Best Buy has slashed a whopping 32% off the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14’s list price. At the discounted rate, the 2022 ROG Zephyrus G14 is an excellent buy as it boasts a sleek design, good port selection, a solid display, stellar battery life, and performant hardware.
Absurd RTX 4070 MSRP reportedly 50% more vs RTX 3070 as leak points to AIB models entering RTX 4070 Ti territory
The eagerly anticipated RTX 4070 GPU is allegedly coming next month. Leaker Tom of the Moore’s Law Is Dead YouTube channel has revealed an unexpectedly high pricing target for the upcoming board. If MLID’s report ends up being true, the RTX 4070 price will be in line with the last-gen RTX 3080 cards.
Shocking RTX 4070 desktop pricing might be imminent as Nvidia allegedly sets two embargo dates for GPU based on MSRP
Nvidia is reportedly getting ready to reveal the RTX 4070 desktop GPU next month. The card which is rumored to feature 5,888 CUDA cores, 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, and a 192-bit wide bus could go on sale starting April 13 if review embargo details obtained by VideoCardz are any indication.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D review roundup puts CPU ahead of Core i9-13900K by 3.8% in gaming while being almost 2x as efficient
The Ryzen 9 7950X3D, the Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D are a trio of Zen 4 CPUs that feature 3D V-Cache. Courtesy of 3D cache, L3 cache that resides on top of a Core Chiplet Die (CCD) aimed at providing increased performance in cache-sensitive applications, the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X3D has now proven to be the fastest gaming CPU on the market per launch review analysis conducted by 3DCenter.
Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 price takes a massive 40% cut on eBay making Ryzen 5 5500U-powered machine a worthy budget option
The 2022 Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 is a Windows convertible that boasts an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Zen 2 CPU, an RX Vega 7 iGPU, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage. The machine has now scored a significant 40% price cut on eBay bringing the final rate down to US$530.
Noticeably better Intel ARC A770 performance showcased as updated drivers deliver 9% more average fps in DirectX 11/12 games
It would be fair to say that the Intel ARC GPUs launched in rough shape due to unoptimized drivers. Hardware Unboxed has now retested the ARC A770 with the driver version 4123 to see how much better the GPU has gotten over the months. Overall, while games relying on the modern DirectX versions see mentionable improvement, the performance differences in CS: GO using DX9 are night and day.
2022 Legion 5 Gen 7 with AMD Ryzen 7 6800H and RTX 3060 discounted by a sizeable US$710 at Lenovo's official store
Lenovo Legion 5 Gen 7 with a Ryzen 7 6800H processor, an RTX 3060 GPU, and 2 TB of PCIe storage can now be had for a delectable US$710 off. Aside from the excellent performance and solid build quality on offer, the Legion 5 Gen 7 is plenty upgradable thanks to two SO-DIMM slots for memory, and two M.2 slots that can accept PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.
Sub-US$900 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano price on eBay makes the compact notebook a potential steal
The excellent Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is going for a massive 56% off on eBay. The laptop is an all-around champ with a compact design, thanks to a 13-inch 16:10 screen and 964 g of weight, and solid performance. At its sub-US$900 discounted price tag, the notebook is well worth a recommendation.
Promising AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS GPU performance could be more than 30% better vs last-gen Radeon 680M
The 8-core Ryzen 7 7840HS is a part of the trio of Phoenix-HS APUs that AMD revealed in January. Moore’s Law Is Dead has now leaked the 3DMark Time Spy performance of the chip and the results look very encouraging if accurate.
Dell announces Alienware x14 R2 availability information
Dell refreshed the Alienware lineup of gaming laptops at CES 2023 with the latest processors and GPUs. The company also announced the Alienware x14 R2, a successor to the 2022 Alienware x14. Today Dell has finally revealed when you’ll be able to buy the new x14 R2.
Entry-level Alienware m16 and m18 SKUs set to appear this month starting at US$1,899 and US$2,099 respectively
Dell refreshed the Alienware m16 early this year with the new Raptor Lake mobile processors, RTX 40 laptop graphics, and updated displays. For the first time since 2015, the company also introduced a new Alienware m18. Dell has now announced the availability date for the entry-level variants of both notebooks.
Dell G15 and G16 gaming laptops with Intel Raptor Lake parts and Nvidia RTX 40 boards coming later this month
Dell announced the 2023 G15 and G16 gaming laptops with Intel Raptor Lake processors, Nvidia RTX 40 GPUs, and updated designs in January. The company has now revealed the general availability of the machines equipped with Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs.
Improved OnePlus 11 survives torture test that left OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 10T broken in half
OnePlus launched its latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 11, last month to a generally favorable reception from the media. JerryRigEverything has also put the phone through a series of durability tests to see if the company has improved the OnePlus 11 over the OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 10T which suffered a terrible fate at the hands of the reviewer.
Speedy MSI Delta 15 AMD Advantage Edition gaming laptop discounted by a mentionable 36% at BestBuy
Best Buy now has the MSI Delta 15 AMD Advantage Edition for 36% off the US$1,399.99 list price. With a combined 4.3 stars out of 5 from 324 reviews, the MSI Delta 15 on sale comes well-rated. In addition to commendable gaming prowess, the notebook can also serve as a worthy day-to-day laptop thanks to its light weight, thinner profile, and good battery life.
Nerfed Ryzen 7040 Phoenix-HS APUs hit by significantly reduced GPU clocks as AMD also cuts PCIe 5 support from the chips
The Ryzen 7040 Phoenix-HS APUs combine a Zen 4 CPU with an RDNA 3 Radeon 780M/760M iGPU. The Radeon 780M on the Ryzen 9 7940HS and the Ryzen 7 7840HS features 12 Compute Units (CU) while the Radeon 760M on the Ryzen 5 7640HS boasts 8 CUs. Now, AMD has quietly reduced the GPU clock speeds as well as cut PCIe Gen 5 support from the upcoming Ryzen 7040-HS APUs.
Incredibly-low Ryzen 9 7950X3D gaming power consumption appears to leave the Core i9-13900K/KS in the dust
AMD announced the Zen 4 Ryzen 7000X3D parts at CES 2023. The processors include the Ryzen 9 7950X3D, the Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D. AMD lifted the Ryzen 9 7950X3D’s review embargo on February 27 and per independent reviews, the CPU is a beast in gaming. The Ryzen 9 7950X3D is also reportedly miles ahead of the Core i9-13900K/KS in FPS per watt.
RTX 4060-touting Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 leaks with the latest Intel Raptor Lake mobile CPUs
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio launched with a novel display hinge. While the utility was a gimmick for some, the notebook was an excellent product overall. Per the latest leaked hardware specifications, the successor to the original Surface Laptop Studio will come with the newest Intel CPUs and GeForce GPUs.
Octa-core Exynos 1380 and Exynos 1330 SoCs expected to be featured in affordable Galaxy A series phones are now official
Samsung has taken the wraps off the mid-range Exynos 1380 and the Exyno 1330 SoCs. Meant to power the company’s low-to-mid-end offerings, both Exynos chips are rocking an octa-core big.LITTLE design, ARM Mali G68 GPUs, 5G modems, and support for high refresh rate FHD+ displays.
Acer Swift X price drops a whopping 32% bringing the Ryzen 7 5825U-powered laptop to lowest rate in 120 days on Amazon
The Acer Swift X (SFX14-42G-R607) with a Ryzen 7 5825U and an RTX 3050 Ti is now discounted by a significant 32%. With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 on Amazon, the notebook ticks all the boxes as it is powerful, well built, boasts a beautiful display, and has very good endurance.
Phenomenal Ryzen 9 7945HX multi-core performance beats Core i9-12900HX by 52% in official AMD Dragon Range marketing slides
AMD Ryzen 7045HX “Dragon Range” chips are set to make their debut in enthusiast gaming laptops this month. Per AMD’s marketing materials, the Ryzen 9 7945HX, the Ryzen 7 7745HX, and the Ryzen 5 7645HX will beat their Intel Alder Lake competitors in both single-core and multi-core workloads.
Doomed Intel Meteor Lake desktop MTL-S CPU reportedly coming as a mobile MTL-P SKU alongside 64 EU GT1 iGPU
After reports about Intel’s 14th gen Meteor Lake desktop’s troubled development, leaker OneRaichu now claims that the desktop MTL-S SKU has been canned in favor of a notebook MTL-P configuration. The leaker also shared some details about Meteor Lake’s integrated GT1 iGPU.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D and 7900X3D review date leaks as Ryzen 7 7800X3D hinted to have faster 3D V-Cache CCD clocks vs Ryzen 9 7950X3D
AMD revealed the Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and Ryzen 7 7800X3D featuring an extra 64 MB of 3D V-Cache at CES 2023. A rumor now alleges that AMD will lift the Ryzen 9 7950X3D/7900X3D review embargo shortly before general availability. A separate report claims that the Ryzen 7 7800X3D 3D V-Cache CCD frequencies could be more than the Ryzen 9 7950X3D.
Upgradable Acer Nitro 5 with Core i5-11400H and RTX 3060 discounted by a significant 29% on Acer's official store
The 2021 Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57-537Y) with the Core i5-11400H, an RTX 3060 GPU, and 8 GB of DDR4 memory is now going for US$300 off the US$1,049.99 list price. Although not the best gaming machine on the market, the notebook is decently powerful for the price and can be upgraded down the line with more RAM and storage.
Lousy RTX 4080 sales allegedly prompting Nvidia to constrict RTX 4090 stock to push people towards the US$1,200 offering
Adding to his previous leaks about the sales of the RTX 40 GPUs, Tom from Moore’s Law Is Dead now claims that the RTX 4090 boards may become harder to come by as Nvidia is reportedly constricting the supply of the cards in response to poor RTX 4080 sales.
Lighweight LG Gram 16 (2022) discounted by a massive 43% on BuyDig
The LG Gram 16Z90Q is on sale right now at a substantial 43% off the retail price at BuyDig. For the price, you get a machine that is incredibly lightweight, sufficiently powerful and has very good endurance. Coupled with plenty of ports including two Thunderbolt 4 ports, the LG Gram 16 is a worthy laptop for people on the go.
Revolutionary Intel Royal Core project could see P and E cores disappear in favor of CPU tiles for added efficiency and performance
Calling it “Intel’s Ryzen moment”, hardware leaker Paul from RedGamingTech has disclosed preliminary information regarding the Royal Core project. The leaker thinks that with "Royal Core" Intel is getting rid of its P and E cores for individual CPU tiles that can transform based on the workload.
Incredible Google Pixel 7 bundle deal from Mint Mobile knocks 50% off phone's retail price and the included 12-month data plan
Rocking a Tensor G2 SoC, 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, and a 6.3-inch 90 Hz OLED display, the Google Pixel 7 is a stunning smartphone with only a few compromises. Mint Mobile is now giving the phone away for US$299 if you sign up for one of the carrier’s 12-month data plans for 50% off.
Bad AMD Adrenalin drivers potentially crippling Ryzen 7 6800U APU in some AYANEO handheld consoles
The latest AMD Adrenaline GPU drivers are reportedly reducing the amount of video memory available to the Radeon 680M iGPU inside the Ryzen 7 6800U in the AYANEO 2 and the AYANEO Geek handheld game consoles. However, the issue only seems to affect the aforementioned consoles and not the entire AYANEO lineup.
Deeply-discounted RTX 3070, RTX 3080, RTX 3080 Ti, and RTX 3090 Ti Founders Edition GPUs hit Best Buy's clearance sale
Nvidia is expected to launch the RTX 40 mid-range GPUs in the coming months. However, for people who want a card right now, Best Buy has some Founders Edition RTX 30 cards at significant discounts. For instance, the RTX 3070 Founders Edition is now going for US$299, US$200 off the retail price.
Mid-range Galaxy A54 5G beats Galaxy S23 Ultra in reparability per test results posted by Samsung
The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G has leaked quite extensively over the past months. From its FHD 120 Hz display to the Exynos 1380 chipset, very little is left to the imagination regarding the device’s final hardware specs. Samsung has now officially revealed how much more reparable the phone will be compared to its predecessor.
ASUS ROG Strix G15 (2022) laptop with a 300 Hz IPS FHD display, RTX 3050, and Ryzen 7 6800H discounted by 15% on Amazon
Amazon has now discounted the ASUS ROG Strix G15 by a respectable 15% making the laptop an easy recommendation for budget shoppers that are in search of a high refresh rate screen and adequate performance. In addition to plenty of RGB, the ROG Strix G15 boasts powerful internals and a MUX switch to ensure the RTX 3050 GPU inside is best utilized.
Impressive RTX 4060 laptop GPU performs on par with RTX 3070 Ti laptop and beats RTX 3060 mobile by 27% in preliminary review
The RTX 4060 laptop GPU is set to appear later this month. Based on the AD107 “Lovelace” GPU, the card packs 3,072 CUDA cores, 8 GB of VRAM, a 128-bit memory bus, and a TGP of up to 115 W. Although Nvidia has yet to lift the embargo on the RTX 4060, a Chinese reviewer going by the name of “Zhongzheng Evaluations” has already put the GPU through its paces.
2022 proves rough for Taiwanese motherboard makers as sales apparently nosedive by 10 million units vs 2021
The PC market slowdown has severely affected motherboard sales according to a new report from DigiTimes. The report reveals that Taiwanese motherboard makers ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, and ASRock have suffered a combined sales loss of 10 million units in 2022 as compared to 2021.
Budget-focused ASUS Vivobook S 14 Flip going for 22% off on Amazon
The ASUS Vivobook S 14 Flip has hit the lowest price in over 120 days on Amazon. For the price, the laptop is a recommendable budget option as it boasts a nice design, a 6-core Zen 3 Ryzen 5 5600H CPU, long battery life, and plenty of ports.
Impressive AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS Phoenix APU speeds past the Core i9-12900HK and the Ryzen 9 6900HX on UserBenchmark
The AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS is the flagship “Phoenix” APU combining a Zen 4 CPU and an RDNA 3 Radeon 780M iGPU. An HP EliteBook 865 G10 has now made an appearance on UserBenchmark depicting that the Ryzen 9 7940HS inside the laptop is significantly more powerful than the Ryzen 9 6900HX and can even outperform the Core i9-12900H.
AMD Zen 5 architecture leak reveals 22-30% IPC gain as well as a much bigger L1, unified L2, and a possible shared L4 cache for APUs
Paul from RedGamingTech has revealed updated information regarding 2024’s AMD Zen 5 CPU architecture. According to the leaker, Zen 5 could have a double-digit IPC uplift, significantly bigger L1 cache, and 8 cores per CCX. Most of these specs seem to confirm what Paul has mentioned previously.
Detailed Intel 15th gen Arrow Lake leak suggests massive 20% IPC uplift over Meteor Lake alongside "large" efficiency improvements
The latest information dump about Intel’s 15th gen “Arrow Lake” CPUs comes from serial leaker RedGamingTech. The leaker reports impressive IPC gains for Arrow Lake’s P-cores as well as huge efficiency improvements. Confirming previous reports, the leaker also maintains that both the 14th gen Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake will use the same “package & socket and pin layout”.
Beastly ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 (2022) priced the lowest in 120 days on BestBuy after a massive 26% discount
The 2022 ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 is jam packed with powerful components like a Core i9-12900H and an RTX 3070 Ti. Coupled with a crafty design and a beautiful display, the notebook is a stellar gaming machine. However, the laptop carries a price tag of more than US$2000 at full retail. Best Buy has now put the 2022 ROG Zephyrus M16 on sale for a significant 26% discount.
Black edition Intel Core i5-13490F and Core i7-13790F released with more cache and tweaked boost clocks
Intel Raptor Lake-F chips lack integrated GPUs. The company has now released two new 13th gen F-series CPUs, the Core i5-13490F and the Core i7-13790F, exclusively in the Chinese market. Both processors come in black boxes and pack marginally different specs than the Core i5-13400F and the Core i7-13700F chips.
Leaked Intel Meteor Lake efficiency target signals substantially better performance/watt vs Raptor Lake
Intel announced in early 2022 that 14th gen Meteor Lake CPUs will debut in 2023. Based on the 7 nm Intel 4 process, the CPU tiles on Meteor Lake chips are reported to prioritize efficiency alongside delivering 15-28% IPC uplift for “Redwood Cove” P-cores and >15% IPC gain for “Crestmont” E-cores. The latest rumor now alleges that Meteor Lake will soundly beat Raptor Lake in terms of performance/watt.
Highly-rated ASUS Zenbook Pro 15 OLED price slashed 20% to hit 120-day low on Amazon
The ASUS Zenbook Pro 15 OLED is a 15.6-inch notebook with a speedy Ryzen 9 5900HX at the core. The laptop which normally retails for US$1,499 has now been discounted by 20% on Amazon with free shipping. At the discounted rate, the ASUS Zenbook Pro 15 OLED is an easy recommendation since it is highly-regarded by independent reviews.
Preliminary Ryzen 9 7940HS performance figure fails to impress as AMD's flagship "Phoenix" APU trails behind Core i9-12900H
The Ryzen 9 7940HS is AMD’s next-generation Phoenix-HS APU featuring the company’s latest Zen 4 CPU cores and an RDNA 3 iGPU in the form of a Radeon 780M. Rumors had it that the Radeon 780M would be slightly faster, if not equal, than the Radeon 680M. The latest performance showcase from Bilibili makes the Radeon 780M appear measurably ahead of its predecessor.
AMD RX 7800 XT specs and performance leak alongside hardware details for RX 7700 XT and RX 7600/XT
RedGamingTech has revealed hardware specifications and performance estimates of the upcoming mid-range RX 7800 XT, RX 7700 XT, and RX7600/XT. The purported specifications of the RX 7800 XT and the RX 7600/XT appear to have been scaled down as compared to the leaker's estimations from last year.
Double-digit Intel Alder Lake CPU price cut could make the Core i3-12100F a sub-US$90 bargain
Intel is reportedly decreasing prices for the 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs if a recent report from DigiTimes is any indication. The rumor comes at a time when the company is grappling with disappointing earnings. Should the proposed price cut materialize, it will see CPU rates come down by as much as US$70-80 for the Core i9-12900K.
ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED price drops a massive 30% on Amazon
The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED with 8 GB of LPDDR4X memory, 512 GB of NVMe storage, and a Ryzen 7 5825U is currently retailing for US$283 off on Amazon. Aside from the lack of user-upgradable memory, the notebook checks almost all the boxes, making it a worthy machine for office/productivity tasks.
Massively-increased RTX 4070 clock speeds could see the card boost 43% more than the RTX 3070
The rumor mill has it that the RTX 4070 will match or slightly exceed the RTX 3080 in rasterization performance. One of the primary contributors to the performance bump is likely the significantly increased base and boost clock speeds which have now leaked.
Slowing RTX 4090 sales and smash hit RX 7900 XTX could cause Nvidia some concern as report claims last-gen GPUs dominate sales
Serial hardware leaker Tom of Moore’s Law is Dead (MLID) has published a video claiming that although the RTX 4090 continues to sell well, the sales are losing momentum. The leaker also alleges that the RX 7900 XTX cards are moving quickly. However, the real MVPs are last-gen RTX 30 and RX 6000 boards which are priced equal to or less than MSRP.
PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT drops to the lowest price in 120 days after a cool 6% discount on Amazon
Amazon is selling the PowerColor Red Dragon AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT for US$35 off the normal US$555 retail price. In the absence of any next-gen mid-range cards from AMD and Nvidia, the RX 6800 XT with the slashed rate is a tempting buy as it performs quite well at 1440p.
AMD Radeon cards with 3D V-Cache may become a reality as Navi 31 GPU found to integrate possible connection site for 3D cache
Back in August 2022, rumors were swirling that AMD was developing RDNA 3 GPUs with 3D V-Cache. However, the RX 7900 XT/XTX launched without a stacked cache. As it now turns out, it looks like Navi 31 GPU featured inside the RX 7900 cards does appear to have a site for 3D V-Cache on board according to Tom Wassick’s findings.
Highly-rated 75-inch TCL Class 5-Series 4K TV with QLED technology and AMD FreeSync going for a massive 36% off on Best Buy
Best Buy has the 75-inch TCL Class 5-Series 4K TV for US$400 off against the normal retail price of US$1,100. The TCL 75S555 is quite well rated with an average rating of 4.5 stars on Best Buy and a mixed usage rating of 8 out of 10 from RTINGs.
Underwhelming AMD RDNA 3 Navi 33 performance leak suggests a mediocre generation for midrange GPUs might be on the cards
AMD is expected to reveal midrange RDNA 3 cards, possibly the RX 7600/XT, with the Navi 33 GPU sometime in the coming months. Now, the latest rumor claims that the chip will only present measurable yet ultimately unexciting performance gains over the RDNA 2 boards.
Apple Reality Pro AR/VR headset information dump reveals an iOS-like interface, advanced eye tracking, and close to US$3000 price
Apple’s first mixed reality headset is rumored to release this year. According to the latest report by Bloomberg, the device will feature an interface that is practically identical to iOS/iPadOS, advanced hand and eye tracking, a breath of video calling features, and up to 2 hours of runtime on a single charge.
Powerful Lenovo Slim 7i 16IAH7 with Core i7-12700H and Arc A370M GPU priced down by a whopping 31% on B&H Photo
The Lenovo Slim 7i 16IAH7 is currently going for 31% off on B&H Photo. Initially retailing at US$1,299, the Slim 7i 16IAH7 on offer is a capable machine with an expansive 16-inch multi-touch panel, a speedy 12th gen Core i7-12700H, and a dedicated Intel Arc A370M GPU.
Dismal AMD RDNA 3 refresh rumor suggests all RDNA 3+ RX 7000 SKUs have been canned
Launch reviews of the RX 7900 XT/XTX found that the GPUs weren’t performing as well as AMD had advertised. This disparity between the marketed and the measured performance sparked speculation that the Navi 31 GPU might be suffering from bugs. Later rumors suggested that a revised Navi 31 could be in the works. Also called RDNA 3+, reports now claim that the possible RDNA 3 refresh has been canceled.
Uninspiring GeForce RTX 4060 Ti performance and sub-US$500 price targets leak
The RTX 4060 Ti is rumored to pack an AD106 Lovelace GPU, 4352 CUDA cores, 8 GB of GDDR6, and a TDP of 160 W. Latest reports from leaker kopite7kimi and MyDrivers suggest that the board will only bring a conservative performance uplift over the RTX 3060 Ti while costing less than US$500.
RTX 3060-equipped Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop now going for an amazing US$350 off
Acer now has the Predator Helios 300 PH317-55-59J9 on sale for 28% off. The config on offer rocks a Core i5-11400H, an RTX 3060 laptop GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and 1 TB SSD. Both the RAM and the storage are user-replaceable as the Predator Helios 300 has two SO-DIMM and two M.2 slots. There is also a slot for a 2.5-inch SATA SSD for which Acer provides the required hardware in the box.
Excellent 27-inch LG UltraGear 27GL83A-B QHD gaming monitor with 144 Hz refresh rate discounted by 17% on Amazon
The LG UltraGear 27GL83A-B 1440p 27-inch monitor is now available on Amazon with a US$50 discount. Among other niceties, the display boasts a 144 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms Gray-to-Gray response time, and support for VRR. The monitor is extremely well-reviewed on Amazon with more than 9,900 reviews resulting in an average rating of 4.7/5 stars.
Divisive RTX 4070 Ti reportedly leads the GPU sales race on Mindfactory
The GeForce RTX 4070 Ti is allegedly dominating the GPU sales at the German retail outlet Mindfactory during the ongoing week. Additionally, midrange boards like the RTX 3060, the RX 6700 XT, and the RX 6600 are also moving quite well. When it comes to sales of current-gen flagships, the RX 7900 XTX has so far stayed ahead of the pack this week.
Surprisingly-low RTX 4060 Ti TDP figure could see the GPU consume much less power than the RTX 3060 Ti
After reporting RTX 4060 Ti’s hardware specifications last month, kopite7kimi is back with a revised power target for the card. The leaker now maintains that the midrange RTX 4060 Ti will have a much lower TDP than previously assumed. The new TDP figure is even lower than the RTX 3060 Ti which may come as a surprise to some.
Incredible Galaxy S23 Ultra camera performance likely as Samsung announces 200 MP HP2 sensor with Super QPD autofocus and enhanced color reproduction
Samsung is set to reveal the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra next month. The biggest and the most expensive of these, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, will allegedly rock the 200 MP ISOCELL HP2 camera sensor. Following countless rumors, the company has officially announced the sensor and, at least on paper, the HP2 looks quite capable.
AMD Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 entry cost may soon become cheap thanks to seemingly imminent budget A620 AM5 motherboards
Affordable AM5 motherboards could be imminent as several GIGABYTE and ASUS A620 motherboards have visited the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Additionally, some of these boards have also been listed for sale on the Chinese e-commerce site Goofish. The appearance of wallet-friendly AM5 boards is welcome since there is no true budget option among the currently available products.
Powerful AMD Strix Point APUs with 9 TFLOP RDNA 3+ iGPU and hybrid Zen 5 CPU could make low-end discreet GPUs "irrelevant"
AMD Strix Point APUs are slated to release in 2024. The chips reportedly sport a hybrid architecture through a combination of big and small CPU cores. Serial leaker Paul from RedGamingTech now alleges that the Strix Point’s iGPU has the potential to challenge discreet lower-end graphics cards.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700X price falls below U$200 with a 20% discount on eBay
The Ryzen 7 5700X is currently going for US$189.99 on eBay with free shipping and returns. The processor packs 8 cores, 16 threads, and 36 MB of total cache. Like other Zen 3 CPUs, the chip can be slotted into any AM4 board that supports Zen 3 CPUs.
Third-party Twitter apps like Twitterrific and Tweetbot reportedly down for many
Many third-party Twitter clients, both mobile and desktop, are reportedly experiencing outages. The affected apps have seemingly been unable to connect to the platform using Twitter APIs. Speculation is high that the issues may be an indication that Twitter is trying to kill third-party replacements.
Insanely fast Core i9-13900KS launched with a 6 GHz maximum boost frequency and US$699 price tag
Intel has unveiled the Core i9-13900KS. Calling it the “world’s fastest desktop processor”, the company claims the Core i9-13900KS will be able to hit an absurd 6 GHz max boost clock without overclocking. The processor will be up for sale from today at a starting price of US$699.
Popular tech site CNET reportedly employing AI to write full-fledged articles
Amidst the fears of AI-written articles taking over the internet, CNET has started publishing completely auto-generated articles without an official announcement. The tech site has allegedly been publishing such pieces since November 2022. While CNET doesn’t mention which AI technology it is using, it is reasonable to assume the site could be using ChatGPT.
Budget-friendly AMD Ryzen 5 5500 price drops a massive 38% to below US$100 on Amazon
AMD released the Ryzen 5 5500 in 2021 for US$159. The processor is a cut-down Ryzen 5 5600G with the iGPU disabled and clock speeds reduced. The result is a chip that often performs on par with the Ryzen 5 5600G but losses out to the less expensive Core i3-12100 in gaming, making the processor a bad deal at its retail price.
Stellar Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) going for an enticing 24% off on BestBuy
BestBuy currently has the brand new 64 GB Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) on sale for US$80 off in both Space Gray and Silver colors. The device is extremely well-reviewed with an average rating of 4.9 stars out of 5 from more than 10,500 reviews on the site.
GeForce RTX 4070 performance and box images leak: The card could rock a two-slot design and perform comparably to the RTX 3080
The RTX 4070 is expected to launch in Q2 of this year. The rumor mill claims that the card will use the AD104-250/251 Lovelace GPU with 5,888 CUDA cores and 12 GB of GDDR6X VRAM. Hardware leaker RedGamingTech has now confirmed previously leaked specs and has revealed apparently real images of the RTX 4070 Founders Edition box.
Dual-CCD Ryzen 5 7600X performance reportedly suffers a potential hit after the newest AGESA firmware update
Some versions of the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X have been plagued with the low performance following the recent AGESA 22.214.171.124 firmware update. Reports claim that the latest AGESA firmware has disabled Core0 on Ryzen 5 7600X processors which carry two CCDs significantly reducing the performance of the chip.
RTX 4080-rivaling Intel Arc Battlemage to launch in Q1 2024 while Arc Alchemist to be refreshed in Q3 2023 per leaked internal roadmap
Intel may be preparing to do a refresh of the Arc Alchemist later this year according to a leaked Intel GPU roadmap posted by serial hardware leaker RedGamingTech. Additionally, Intel is apparently readying Arc Battlemage for release in Q1/Q2 next year.
ASUS VivoBook 16X price drops 18% to no-brainer category on Newegg
The ASUS VivoBook 16X is going for US$100 off on Newegg, resulting in the lowest price for the laptop compared to other competing retailers. In addition to standard specs like a speedy processor, the VivoBook 16X offers other nifty features like a keyboard that reportedly stops bacterial growth and a webcam that has a privacy shutter.
Lenovo unveils the Legion Tower 5 and Tower 5i with next-gen AMD/Intel CPUs and up to an RTX 4070 Ti
Lenovo has announced the Legion Tower 5/5i desktop computers with AMD Zen 4 and Intel Raptor Lake processors. When they come to the market in March, the PCs will feature up to an RTX 4070 Ti, the latest desktop GPU from Nvidia which is a re-badged RTX 4080 12 GB.
Powerful Lenovo Legion Tower 7i speeds onto the scene with up to a Core i9-13900K, an RTX 4090, and 64 GB of DDR5 memory
Lenovo has unveiled the Legion Tower 7i (34L, 8) with a new case, updated internals, and plenty of ports. The mid-tower ATX casing of the PC measures 211 x 464 x 492 mm with a total volume of 34 L. Per Lenovo, the Tower 7i can be configured with either air or water cooling.
Office-friendly Lenovo Legion Pro 7i and Legion Pro 5i gaming laptops land with up to a Core i9-13900HX and an RTX 4090
Lenovo has refreshed the Legion Pro 5i and the Legion Pro 7i with the 13th gen Core i9 and Core i7 processors and Nvidia’s latest crop of GeForce GPUs. The Legion Pro 7i and the Pro 5i measure 363.4 x 262.15 x 21.95 – 25.9mm and 363.4 x 260.35 x 21.9-26.75mm respectively, while staying under 2.8 kg (6.1 lbs).
Factory-calibrated Lenovo Legion Y27f-30 and Y27qf-30 gaming monitors announced with up to QHD resolution, a 280 Hz refresh rate, and thin bezels
Lenovo has revealed two new gaming monitors at CES 2023, the Legion Y27f-30 and the Legion Y27qf-30. The monitors have 27-inch 16:9 panels with ultra-thin bezels around three sides, up to 280/250 Hz refresh rates, and 0.5 ms MPRT response times.
Elegant ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED officially announced with a 2.8K display, a Core i9-13900H, and a next-gen Nvidia GPU
ASUS has unveiled the Zenbook Pro 14 OLED with a Raptor Lake Core i9 processor and an Nvidia RTX 40 GPU. Other notable features include a 2.8K OLED display, 16 GB of DDR5 memory, and a fairly large 76 Wh battery.
Sleek MSI Stealth 14 Studio and Stealth 16 Studio debut with the latest Core i7/Core i9 CPUs, RTX 40 graphics, and modern looks
The MSI Stealth 14 Studio and Stealth 16 Studio are now official. The laptops are equipped with Core i7 and Core i9 Raptor Lake CPUs in addition to the RTX 40 laptop GPUs. Measuring 355.8 x 259.7 x 19.95-21.55 mm and weighing 1.99 kg (4.3 lbs), the Stealth 16 Studio is larger and heavier than the Stealth 14 Studio which clocks in at 315 x 246 x 19 mm and weighs 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs).
Super expensive MSI Titan GT77 HX arrives with a Core i9-13980HX, up to an RTX 4090 graphics, and a 4K Mini LED display
MSI has announced the Titan GT77 HX at CES 2023. Measuring 397 x 330 x23 mm with a weight of 3.3 kg (7.2 lbs), the laptop is legitimately bulky. But this added size is justified, as the Titan GT77 HX will undoubtedly be in the run for the most powerful gaming notebook on the market with a Core i9-13980HX and up to an RTX 4090.
Ultrapowerful ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 announced with up to Core i9-13980HX CPUs, RTX 4090 mobile graphics, and 240 Hz QHD+ displays
ASUS has taken the wraps off the 2023 ROG Strix SCAR 16 and SCAR 18 gaming laptops. The laptops pack incredible displays, Nvidia’s latest RTX 40 GPUs, and Intel Raptor Lake chips. To tame the powerful components, both notebooks have upgraded cooling systems that employ full-width heat sinks featuring ASUS’s Tri-Fan technology and liquid metal from Thermal Grizzly.
Beastly ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 lands with a Zen 4 Ryzen 9 mobile CPU and up to a GeForce RTX 4090
ASUS has refreshed its ROG Strix lineup of gaming notebooks with next-gen Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 GPUs and Intel’s 13th-gen/ AMD Zen 4 CPUs. Among the new devices is the ROG Strix SCAR 17 (2023) which has now been upgraded with a high-end Ryzen 9 7000 Zen 4 CPU and up to a GeForce RTX 4090 mobile GPU.
Alienware m16 officially revealed with up to a Core i9-13900HX, next-gen Nvidia GeForce/AMD Radeon graphics, and plenty of ports
The Alienware m16 has officially broken cover with 16-inch QHD+/FHD+ displays with a 16:10 aspect ratio, up to a Core i9-13900HX, and next-gen GeForce RTX 40 /AMD Radeon graphics. The notebook measures 289.9 x 368.9 x 25.4 mm. Furthermore, the laptop features an 86 Whr battery that can be charged with a bundled 330 W adapter.
Alienware x14 R2 is official with up to a Core i7-13620H and a GeForce RTX 4060
Alienware x14 R2 has landed on the gaming notebook scene with the 13th gen Raptor Lake mobile CPUs and up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 graphics. The laptop retains the aesthetic Alienware’s x-series notebooks are known for while packing an improved display. Additionally, the machine features the Alienware X series 1-Zone keyboard with AlienFX per-key RGB.
Dell UltraSharp U3224KB 32-inch 6K monitor is official with a built-in 4K webcam and Thunderbolt 4 port
Dell has revealed the UltraSharp U3224KB 32-inch IPS monitor with a 6K resolution. With an integrated webcam and two speakers, Dell is marketing the display to professionals who need a quality screen for work and video conferencing. The monitor also has plenty of ports in both the front and the back providing robust connectivity options.
Intel officially announces 65 W and 35 W Raptor Lake Core i9, Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 CPUs for budget-focused gamers
Intel has officially unveiled the 65 and 35 W Raptor Lake desktop SKUs. The lineup includes the Core i9, Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 processors with and without integrated GPUs. Among the announced chips, the Core i9-13900 is the most expensive at US$549, while the Core i3-13100F is the cheapest at US$109.
2022 MacBook Air with Apple M2 chip price slashed by a cool 13% at Costco
Apple increased the price of the entry-level M2 MacBook Air by US$200 over the M1 MacBook Air. To justify the price bump, Apple redesigned the laptop with the second iteration of Cupertino’s in-house silicon at the notebook’s core. The 2022 MacBook Air also has an improved IPS display with a divisive notch.
Boiling hot RX 7900 XTX denied RMA as AMD calls 110 °C junction temperature "normal"
AMD reportedly denied an RMA request for an RX 7900 XTX card that was hitting a junction temperature of 110 °C with thermal throttling. More importantly, the company called the 110 °C hot-spot temperature “normal” before acknowledging the problem as a genuine issue.
13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro with M1 chip gets a massive 28% discount on B&H Photo
Apple released the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 in late 2020 at a starting price of US$1,299. Although relatively old, the notebook is still sufficiently powerful for most users. Now, B&H Photo has discounted the machine by more than US$500, making the MacBook Pro with M1 worth considering.
Blazing fast Core i9-13980HX speeds ahead of Core i9-12900K and Core i9-12900HX in valid Geekbench appearance
Courtesy of numerous leaks and rumors, the Intel Raptor Lake mobile CPUs are shaping up to be beastly performers. The upcoming Core i9-13980HX has now stopped by Geekbench resulting in valid single and multi-core benchmark entries. As expected, the numbers posted by the chip are seriously impressive, to say the least.
Stellar Sony WH-1000XM5 noise canceling headphones going for 13% less than MSRP on Amazon
Sony’s flagship Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones, the WH-1000XM5, can now be had at a cool 13% discount from Amazon. Out of a total of 3,485 reviews on the site, the headphones have an average rating of 4.5/5 with more than 75% five-star reviews. In other words, the WH-1000XM5 appear to be an excellent choice when it comes to high-end ANC cans.
70-inch LG UP7070 4K LED TV gets a sizeable 23% discount on Best Buy
Christmas day may have come and passed but tech deals are still aplenty. Currently, Best Buy has the well-rated LG UP7070 4K LED TV on sale for a significant discount of US$150. The LG UP7070 is a 70-inch Smart TV with support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit built in.
Ryzen 9 7950X price experiences a massive 19% drop on Amazon
The Ryzen 9 7950X is a 16-core/32-thread CPU built on AMD’s latest Zen 4 architecture. With a base and boost clock of 4.5 GHz and 5.7 GHz respectively, the chip is a beast performer no matter the workload. Amazon is now selling the Ryzen 9 7950X for US$131 off its MSRP.
Flagship Meteor Lake 22-core CPU apparently canceled as Intel could market MTL-S towards prospective Core i5/i7 gamers
Intel announced earlier that the 14th gen “Meteor Lake” CPUs will succeed the 13th gen “Raptor Lake” chips in 2023. The architecture will be built using the Intel 4 process with separate CPU, GPU, I/O, and SoC tiles. Now, new information from hardware leaker Moore’s Law is Dead suggests that Team Blue may be having trouble developing flagship MTL-S desktop parts.
Initial RDNA 4 details reveal Navi 41 to be 2x faster than Navi 31 as RDNA 4 could have 50-60% better performance/watt vs RDNA 3
AMD released the company’s first RDNA 3 GPUs, the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT, on December 13. But this hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out information concerning RDNA 4, a GPU architecture that is still more than a year. This time, Paul from RedGamingTech has shared details regarding the RDNA 4 architecture including performance estimates for Navi 41, 42, and 43 SKUs.
Ultrafast MSI Delta 15 is discounted by a massive US$620 on Walmart
MSI Delta 15 with a Ryzen 7 5800H and a Radeon RX 6700M is going for 38% off on Walmart. With the Delta 15, MSI has crafted a well-rounded machine that is lighter and thinner than most competing gaming laptops. In addition to superb gaming performance, the Delta 15 also enjoys a good battery life.
Jaw-droppingly priced RTX 4080 is selling like hot cakes on Newegg
Nvidia announced the RTX 4090 and the RTX 4080 on September 20. While both cards have been commended for their stellar performance increases over RTX 30 Ampere GPUs, many have bemoaned Nvidia’s lackluster pricing, especially for the RTX 4080. But it appears RTX 4080’s sky-high price tag hasn’t dissuaded customers from buying the board as the card has become the best-selling GPU on Newegg.
Spacious PNY CS1030 1TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD is a whopping 51% off on Amazon
Although PCIe NVMe SSDs have become increasingly economical over the years, drives >500 GB in capacity are still relatively expensive. Thankfully, the PCIe Gen 3 PNY CS1030 SSD is now on sale on Amazon for a worthy US$56 off for the larger 1 TB capacity.
Leaked PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti GPUs suggest RTX 4070 Ti is just a rebadged RTX 4080 12 GB
Rumors regarding Nvidia allegedly renaming the RTX 4080 12 GB as the RTX 4070 Ti are piling up. This time, VideoCardz has leaked two PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti GPUs that pack exactly the same internal hardware as the cancelled RTX 4080 12 GB.
Core i9-13900KS multi-core performance appears 10.5% and 13% faster vs Core i9-13900K and Ryzen 9 7950X in valid Geekbench listing
Reportedly coming in Q3 2023, the Core i9-13900KS is a refresh of the Core i9-13900K. Now, according to valid Geekbench 5 single and multi-core results for the Core i9-13900KS, the CPU almost matches the Core i9-13900K in single-core while being 10.5% faster in multi-threaded benchmarks.
Oppo Find N2 is official with a 67% reduced display crease, 120 Hz screens, and a much-improved triple camera system
Oppo has officially taken the wraps off its newest foldable smartphone, the Find N2. The phone will come in Green, White, and a vegan leather Black colorway. The company claims the device packs a stellar triple-camera system, better screens, and an improved hinge.
RTX 4060 Ti specifications surface revealing fewer CUDA cores and 20 W higher TGP vs RTX 3060 Ti
Nvidia is gearing up to release the RTX 4060 Ti with 4,352 CUDA cores and a 220 W TGP if the newest leak from kopite7kimi is anything to go by. Moreover, the board is reportedly based on an AD106 Lovelace GPU.
Overclocked ASUS RX 7900 XTX TUF OC matches RTX 4090 in Cyberpunk 2077 while being 23% faster vs RTX 4080
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX is now up for sale at US$999. Just as AMD claimed, the card performs better than the RTX 4080 in rasterized games. According to TechPowerUp’s review of the ASUS RX 7900 XTX TUF OC, the GPU can even perform on par with the RTX 4090 in Cyberpunk 2077 at 4K when overclocked to 3.2 GHz.
RX 7900 XT performs 42% better vs RX 6900 XT with Vulkan while putting up unexciting OpenCL figures in valid Geekbench entries
AMD is set to release the RX 7900 XT/XTX for sale on December 13. Although reviews of the cards are still not out, following the RX 7900 XTX’s lead, OpenCL and Vulkan Geekbench runs for the RX 7900 XT have emerged online. While the OpenCL score of the RX 7900 XT is less-than-expected, the Vulkan result looks quite good.
RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT launch supply reportedly paltry due to software issues and shipment delays
AMD is scheduled to release the RX 7900 XT and the RX 7900 XTX on December 13. But consumers in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) may have a hard time buying one as the latest reports claim that the supply of the initial RDNA 3 cards is extremely constricted.
Apple Car Full Self-Driving capabilities could see a significant cutback as Cupertino is reportedly planning a 2026 launch
Apple Car could have limited Full Self-Driving if the latest report from Bloomberg is accurate. Cupertino’s first EV, which was previously expected to debut in 2025, was thought of as being a completely autonomous vehicle. Moreover, Apple could also delay the car to 2026.
Seemingly final RTX 4070 Ti release date leaks: Nvidia could launch the supposedly rebranded RTX 4080 12 GB on January 5
Following the cancelation of the RTX 4080 12 GB, many speculated that Nvidia could launch the card as an RTX 4070-class GPU soon. It looks like Nvidia is going to do exactly that as a countdown timer appeared and then disappeared on an Italian retailer’s site showing that an ASUS TUF RTX 4070 Ti is expected to launch early next month.
SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB is 28% off on Amazon
Wireless mechanical keyboards with per-key RGB and fast response times can be quite expensive. At its normal retail price of >US$200, the SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless is one such keyboard. Fortunately, Amazon currently has the device for a cool US$68 off, making the compact keyboard considerably cheaper.
AMD Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700, and Ryzen 5 7600 Zen 4 CPUs could go on sale starting January 10
AMD is reportedly revealing the next batch of Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 processors at CES 2023. According to the latest rumors, the Ryzen 7000 non-X CPUs will be available for purchase on January 10 next year. The chips which supposedly include the Ryzen 5 7600, the Ryzen 7 7700, and the Ryzen 9 7900 are expected to retail for US$229, US$329, and US$429 respectively.
Intel Core i9-13900H appears to perform poorly in valid Geekbench 5 entry
We are closing in on the launch of the Raptor Lake mobile CPUs. Adding to the growing list of Intel’s 13th gen mobile chips that have paid Geekbench 5 a visit, a Core i9-13900H has now been spotted making the rounds on the benchmarking site. Based on the single-threaded and multi-threaded scores, this initial run of the Core i9-13900H is quite underwhelming.
Revised Navi 31-based RX 7990 XTX, RX 7950 XTX, and RX 7950 XT with up to 3.6 GHz clock speeds and 3D V-Cache could be in the works
Before AMD revealed the RDNA 3 architecture, there were widespread rumors of RDNA 3 GPUs reaching >3 GHz clock speeds. But the actual boost frequencies of the RX 7900 XT and the RX 7900 XTX are considerably below 3 GHz. The latest rumors from RedGamingTech claim that AMD may launch a revised Navi 31 GPU inside new RX 7900 series cards that could breach the 3 GHz clock speed barrier.
Intel Core i9-13900KS specifications and price appear in early listings alongside locked Raptor Lake SKUs
Assuming Intel follows the pattern established by previous CPU launches, the company could launch locked Raptor Lake SKUs early next year. PC-Canada has now published product listings for locked Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 Raptor Lake chips. Interestingly, there is also a listing for the Core i9-13900KS that is supposed to boost up to 6 GHz.
RTX 4080 review roundup suggests 33% faster 4K performance, 39% better perf/W, and 31% worse perf/price for the GPU vs RTX 3080
The RTX 4080 is one-half of the Lovelace duo that Nvidia unveiled on September 20. The GPU comes with 9,728 CUDA cores, 16 GB of VRAM with a base clock of 2.21 GHz and a boost clock of 2.51 GHz. 3DCenter has now compiled launch review results of the GPU to provide a holistic view of the performance and price value offered by the board.
Scalped RTX 4080 GPUs are apparently selling 3x worse than RTX 4090 cards on eBay
Although the RTX 4080 brings a big performance bump over the RTX 3080, it costs US$500 more for the Founders Edition SKU. Owing to this price bump, reports have suggested that the card isn’t selling as well as the RTX 4090. The latest story comes from Tom’s Hardware which looked at eBay sales for the RTX 4080 since launch and found out that the board is underselling by a factor of 3.4 vs the RTX 4090.
AMD and Nvidia reportedly lose market share in Q3 2022 as GPU shipments suffer massive 25% year-over-year decline
According to the latest report from Jon Peddie Research, GPU shipments in Q3’22 vs Q2’22 have fallen to an extent not seen since the 2009 economic downturn. The total shipments for graphics boards are also down 25.1% compared to Q3 2021. The same is the case for the CPU segment which have experienced a double-digit year-over-year decrease in Q3’22.
Powerful MSI Creator 15 laptop with RTX 3080 and Core i7-11800H going for US$700 off on Amazon
The MSI Creator 15 is a notebook focused on productivity workloads. Due to a powerful GPU, the machine can also comfortably drive most modern games at relatively high settings. Amazon has now slashed US$700 off the retail price for the RTX 3080 SKU of the laptop.
Twitter looks far from dead as usage apparently skyrockets post Elon Musk buyout
Twitter is reportedly experiencing a significant surge in usage. Per the latest figures posted by Elon Musk, the platform has recorded an additional 1.6 million Daily Active Users (DAU) over the past week. The recent spike comes amidst widespread uncertainty regarding the site’s future as employees have allegedly resigned en masse over the previous days.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is up to US$300 off on Amazon
Amazon has slashed the price of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4. The device, which carries an MSRP of US$999 for the 128 GB version and US$1,059 for the 256 GB SKU, can now be had for as low as US$759. The phone was released in August 2022 with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and a 3700 mAh battery.
Abysmal RTX 4080 sales supposedly leave retailers with lots of cards in stock as buyers appear to want RTX 4090 instead
GeForce RTX 4080 went on sale on November 16 with an MSRP of US$1,199. As it turns out, the high price tag may be putting consumers off as the newest report from hardware leaker Tom of the Moore’s Law Is Dead YouTube channel alleges that, unlike previous GPU launches, many retailers have the RTX 4080 sitting in stock.
Affordable Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700, and Ryzen 5 7600 could release in Q1 2023 with reduced boost clocks and 65 W TDPs
AMD is allegedly preparing non-X variants of its Zen 4 Ryzen 9 7900X, Ryzen 7 7700X, and Ryzen 5 7600X CPUs. The SKUs which include the Ryzen 9 7900, the Ryzen 7 7700, and the Ryzen 5 7600 are rumored to debut next year, at considerably cheaper prices than their X-series counterparts.
GeForce RTX 4090 power connector meltdown analysis paints improper insertion and debris inside the connector as chief culprits
After extensively analyzing and testing the 12VHPWR connectors, Gamers Nexus has now published a detailed video expounding on the potential causes of the RTX 4090 cable meltdowns. The findings conclude that the 12VHPWR cables can melt due to foreign debris inside the cable, faulty insertion by the end users, or both.
GeForce RTX 4060 could be 20% faster than the RTX 3060 with a bigger price tag and lower power consumption
After the launch of flagship RTX 40 models from Nvidia, the wait has begun for affordable RTX 4060 SKUs that are expected to start showing up next year. The latest report about the GeForce RTX 4060 claims that the card will have 20% better performance than the RTX 3060 accompanied by a price bump.
"Laughable" RTX 4080 stock levels hinted at launch while the RX 7900 XT and XTX supply could be much better vs the RTX 4090
The RTX 4080 will be up for sale starting today. Compared to the RTX 4090, the latest rumors suggest the GPU is in short supply at major retailers. On the other hand, the RDNA 3-based RX 7900 XT and the RX 7900 XTX are expected to have much better stock compared to the RTX 4090 and the RTX 4080.
Intel Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake leak suggests the 14th gen CPUs focus on better efficiency while the 15th gen chips could bring an up to 34% IPC uplift
According to the latest report from Moore’s Law Is Dead, the company is preparing the 14th gen Meteor Lake to improve upon the performance of the Raptor Lake CPUs while also being more power efficient. Furthermore, the 15th gen Arrow Lake could come with an even bigger leap in horsepower compared to Meteor Lake.
Doomed EVGA RTX 4090 FTW3 surfaces with a capable cooling solution
A scrapped EVGA RTX 4090 FTW3 has broken cover. According to hands-on footage from tech YouTubers Gamers Nexus and JayzTwoCents, the design of the board is an evolution of the RTX 3090 Ti FTW3 with three 100 mm fans responsible for cooling the AD102 chip powering the GPU.
Elon Musk warns new Twitter account suspension policy will permanently ban accounts engaging in impersonation
With Elon Musk at the helm, Twitter is making some sweeping changes to the account suspension policy. Under the updated rules, any account that imitates another without specifying it is for parody/satire will be terminated indefinitely without any prior notice.
GeForce RTX 4080 supply could be 20-40% less than the RTX 4090 on launch day followed by fewer restocks throughout Q4 2022
Nvidia has kicked off its next generation of GPU hardware with the launch of the RTX 4090 and the RTX 4080 boards. Following the availability of the RTX 4090 in October, the RTX 4080 16 GB will be up for sale this month. Now, the latest report from Moore’s Law Is Dead claims that, compared to the RTX 4090 supply, the initial stock of the RTX 4080 cards will be much less.
Galaxy S23 release date: Samsung allegedly unleashing the new phones in the first week of February
Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy S23, the Galaxy S23 Plus, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra later than previously rumored. According to the latest report, the company will hold an event in the first week of February next year followed by purchasable stock in mid-February.
Ryzen 7 5800X3D price slashed to US$329 as AMD discounts Zen 3 CPUs in the US
AMD has cut prices on its Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series CPUs on its US store. The new rates have made the processors even better deals than before. For instance, after a US$120 reduction, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is now going for US$329.
Unexpectedly lousy Zen 4 sales could hit AMD hard as the company is projected to lose millions in Q4 2022
According to Q3 2022 financial figures released by AMD, the company’s Data Center, Gaming, and Embedded Systems segments performed well. But the Client segment which includes consumer CPUs like the Ryzen 6000 series took a significant hit due to a weak PC market. Furthermore, the company is also expecting a less-than-ideal Q4 2022, possibly due to bad Zen 4 sales.
Raptor Lake review roundup: Core i9-13900K vs Ryzen 9 7950X productivity battle results in a tie while the Core i5-13600K emerges as a budget gaming beast
Intel launched the 13th gen Raptor Lake processors on September 27 with availability on October 20. The CPUs have been widely praised to offer great performance while costing less than the competition. 3DCenter has aggregated launch review results of Raptor Lake CPUs from several different publications to offer a holistic view of Intel’s new processors.
Unreleased Radeon RX 7900 GPU poses for the camera with a three-fan design and without a 12VHPWR power connector
Images of a prototype RX 7900 RDNA 3 GPU have leaked depicting a card with a three-fan design, an understated black colorway, and no 12VHPWR power connector. Compared to the current gen RDNA 2 flagship, the RDNA 3 board is perceivably longer but not by much.
Raptor Lake mobile Core i9-13900HK benchmark results put the chip comfortably ahead of the Ryzen 9 6900HX
Intel’s yet unannounced Raptor Lake-H Core i9-13900HK chip has stopped by Geekbench for valid single-threaded and multi-threaded benchmarks. The CPU has appeared on the testing site once before in a similar setup. The latest Geekbench 5.4 results of the Core i9-13900HK paint the processor as significantly more powerful than the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX and a minor refresh with a noticeable single-core performance bump over the Core i9-12900HK.
Apple Mac Pro with 48-core "M2 Extreme" chip could be coming in 2023 with up to four times faster performance than the M2 Max
Apple may be preparing the company’s first Mac Pro with Apple silicon if the latest report from Mark Gurman is true. According to the insider, Cupertino is currently testing the unannounced Mac Pro with two new M2 chips that are up to four times more performant than the M2 Max.
iPad with a bundled keyboard for under US$500: Apple supposedly canceled a cheap iPad with a plastic back
Lamenting Apple’s convoluted iPad ecosystem, industry insider Mark Gurman has suggested in the latest edition of his newsletter that the company was considering launching an affordable iPad model with a plastic back. Gurman believes the ill-fated iPad was Cupertino’s “only real hope” against Chromebooks in schools.
Raptor Lake mobile CPUs: Intel is allegedly preparing four new 13th gen chips including two previously unknown models
Intel is planning to release the first batch of Raptor Lake mobile CPUs before 2023 rolls around. Leaker @momomo_us believes that the company is working on at least four Raptor Lake-H mobile SKUs, including two processors that are making their maiden appearance.
AMD set to unleash the RX 7000 GPUs next month as the company confirms the RDNA 3 launch event time and date
After months of leaks and rumors, AMD RX 7000 GPUs based on the RDNA 3 architecture are less than two weeks away. The company previously revealed the launch event date for the upcoming RDNA 3 boards. Now, in a press release, Team Red has confirmed the time at which the “together we advance_gaming” event is set to take place.
iPhone 14 troubles continue as users are reportedly experiencing "Sim Not Supported" messages followed by device freezes
According to an internal memo at Apple, some iPhone 14 users are experiencing “Sim Not Supported” messages on their smartphones, and, in certain cases, device freezes afterward. Apple has allegedly acknowledged the issue and has offered suggestions to mitigate the problem.
RTX Titan Ada gone forever as Nvidia allegedly scraps the GPU but we may get an RTX 4090 Ti in the future
We have been hearing rumors about an RTX Titan based on the Ada Lovelace architecture for a while now. But, if recent leaks are to be trusted, Nvidia might have shelved the card. Famed leaker kopite7kimi has now revealed that Team Green has indeed scrapped the RTX Titan Ada.
RTX 4090 review roundup reveals class-leading performance/W for the GPU as it is up to 70% faster than the RTX 3090 at 4K
Based on launch reviews, the RTX 4090 is an extremely high-performance GPU. Tech publication 3DCenter has now gathered review results from a variety of outlets to see how much better, on average, the RTX 4090 is compared to the previous gen. It turns out, the board leads the charts when it comes to efficiency.
Pixel 7 Pro battery life could be terrible outdoors as the display allegedly consumes 50% more power at 1000 nits brightness than the Galaxy S22 Plus
Google has promised battery life improvements with the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro compared to the Pixel 6 series. However, a new report from XDA Developers claims that the Pixel 7 Pro’s display uses much more power than other flagship phones, resulting in elevated battery drain at increased brightness levels.
RTX 4090 performs surprisingly well at 8K with DLSS 3 enabled
Nvidia released the RTX 4090 on September 20. Aside from the absurdly high price, the GPU has gotten stellar reviews across the board. Not only does the card produce incredible fps numbers at 4K, but it can also do 8K/60 fps in some titles as shown recently by The Tech Chap on YouTube.
AMD Zen 4 vs Intel Raptor Lake Blender benchmark results paint the Core i5-13600K as the real value champion
New Blender benchmark results of the Intel Raptor Lake and AMD Zen 4 processors have surfaced, allowing us to pit Team Blue and Team Red against each other. The comparison proves quite well for the Intel Raptor Lake chips as they cost less than their AMD counterparts.
Google Pixel Watch to receive software updates "until at least October 2025"
After revealing the Pixel Watch alongside the Pixel 7/7 Pro and the Pixel Tablet, Google is sharing more details about its maiden smartwatch. The company has now revealed the software update timeline for the Pixel Watch as it is promising at least three years of software support.
Galaxy S23 battery life could be better than the Galaxy S22 as the device is reportedly coming with a bigger power pack and an FHD+ display
As we move closer to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S23, the hardware profile of the device is becoming ever clearer. Famed Chinese leaker Digital Chat Station has now revealed on Weibo that the Galaxy S23 battery would be bigger than the Galaxy S22 while remaining largely the same size.
iPhone 15 could feature a USB-C port but it may not be long before Apple moves to fully wireless iPhones and iPads
After countless rumors, Apple may finally be ready to ditch the aging Lightning port on its mobile devices starting with the 2023 iPhone 15. Thanks in no small part to the latest legislation by the EU that requires device manufacturers to adopt USB-C as the standard form of charging, Apple could move its entire product stack with the Lightning port to USB-C by 2024.
RTX 4090 performs astoundingly in Overwatch 2 in official Nvidia benchmarks
While the RTX 40 series cards are still under embargo resulting in a distinct lack of third-party tests, we have been getting nuggets of information about their estimated performance. This time, Nvidia has released frame rate numbers for the RTX 4090 and the RTX 4080 SKUs alongside some RTX 30 GPUs. The results, if accurate, are quite stunning.
Elon Musk vs Twitter lawsuit may not be going well for the billionaire as he offers to buy Twitter once again
Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter, once again, for US$44 billion. The Space X CEO’s offer may be a sign that the billionaire sees himself losing the lawsuit if the case goes to trial. Both parties are reportedly in talks to reach an agreement and end the litigation process.
GeForce RTX 4090 performs up to 67% better than the RTX 3090 Ti in Geekbench 5's CUDA and OpenCL benchmarks
The RTX 4090 is Nvidia’s next-generation flagship GPU. The card is set to appear on store shelves starting October 12 at an MSRP of US$1,599. For that price, Nvidia promises up to 4x better performance than the RTX 3090 Ti. A set of valid Geekbench 5 entries for the RTX 4090 have now surfaced, giving us a good look at the Lovelace board’s performance in synthetic workloads.
Raptor Lake vs Zen 4 price war supposedly results in thinner retailer profit margins for Intel chips and horrible sales for AMD Zen 4 CPUs
Intel launched the 13th gen Raptor Lake chips recently at prices that compete very favorably with the AMD Zen 4 CPUs. Serial leaker Tom from the Moore’s Law is Dead YouTube channel alleges that the Raptor Lake CPUs have significantly reduced profit margins for the retailers than the Zen 4 chips, allowing Intel to price the processors as it did.
Disappointing iPhone 14/14 Plus sales allegedly prompt Foxconn to cut production in favor of the iPhone 14 Pro/14 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 14 series starts at US$799 for the non-Pro iPhone 14. Even though the phone costs a lot less than the iPhone 14 Pro (US$999) it reportedly isn’t selling as well as its more expensive sibling in China. Per a report by the South China Morning Post, iPhone 14’s demand has nosedived by 71% in the 11 days from the start of the pre-orders compared to the iPhone 13 in the same timeframe.
New MacBook Pros with M2 Pro/Max, Mac Minis with M2/M2 Pro, and iPad Pro with an Apple M2 chip could launch before 2023
Earlier in the year, Apple introduced a redesigned MacBook Air and a minor refresh of the MacBook Pro with the latest M2 chip. As is custom, speculation was high that we’ll see more devices featuring the new chip before 2023. Mark Gurman explains in his latest newsletter the possible Mac and iPad devices that Cupertino might release before the end of the year.
Apple Watch Ultra durability test sees the smartwatch survive an absolute hammering before dying
Apple Watch Ultra starts at US$799. For the price, you get a smartwatch that is designed for and can, supposedly, survive the harsh outdoors. Tech reviewer TechRax decided to test whether it is actually so and put the Watch Ultra through a series of brutal durability tests, including hammering Apple’s premier smartwatch to death.
RTX 4090 performance testing reveals stunning results as the card produces up to 4x more frames with DLSS 3 vs native 4K in Cyberpunk 2077
Nvidia claimed the AD102-based GeForce RTX 4090 is up to 4 times faster than the RTX 3090 Ti during its GDC presentation. Digital Foundry has now put the ADA Lovelace frontrunner to test and the results line up nicely with Team Green's estimates. The new GPU outpaces the RTX 3090 Ti by a wide margin, especially with DLSS 3 enabled.
Radeon RX 7000 vs RTX 40 price battle could see AMD wipe the floor with Nvidia as RDNA 3 boards are allegedly much cheaper to make
With Nvidia releasing the RTX 40 series GPUs and AMD announcing that it will unveil the RX 7000 boards in November, the competition in the enthusiast graphics space is heating up. Hardware leaker Tom from the Moore’s Law is Dead YouTube channel has now revealed some interesting details about the upcoming AMD RDNA 3 GPUs while also giving his opinion about the prices of the RTX 40 boards.
Apple iPhone 14 durability test leaves its mark on the Sapphire crystal camera lens cover as the device proves incredibly sturdy
DIY smartphone aficionado JerryRigEverything has performed some durability tests on the base iPhone 14. The device, which is the cheapest in the iPhone 14 lineup, proved to be as tough as they come and survived every scenario including the infamous bend test . Unfortunately, the Sapphire crystal rear lens covers didn’t perform quite as well as expected.
iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max camera issues: Both Pro phones experiencing egregious camera shakes and mechanical noises in third-party apps
Apple’s new iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max have gotten stellar reviews across the board with many praising the new rear camera systems on offer. Unfortunately, many iPhone 14 Pro users are now reporting camera shaking/rattling issues that are plaguing their phones when using third-party apps.
Compact Google Pixel 7 variant with flagship specs could be in the works
With the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, Google moved away from the compact form factor of the Pixel 5. While many welcomed the bigger screens of the new flagships, some bemoaned the considerable size increase. Now, a new report from Digital Chat Station over on Weibo alleges that Google might be working on a small flagship again.
Intel Core i5-13600KF multi-core performance fails to impress in maiden Geekbench appearance
Information regarding the Intel Raptor Lake processors has been steadily leaking out over the past months. We have now seen the Core i9-13900K, the Core i7-13700KF, and the Core i5-13600K visit Geekbench for valid single-core and multi-core tests. This time a Core i5-13600KF has appeared on Geekbench giving us our first look at the chip’s alleged performance profile.
Insane RTX 4090 pre-order price emerges: A Vietnamese retailer is allegedly charging more than US$2,000 for the RTX 4090
While we have had a lot of leaks dissecting the hardware specifications and the performance of the RTX 40 series GPUs, the information regarding the price of the upcoming Nvidia Lovelace boards is scarce. We now have our first look at the alleged pre-order prices for the RTX 4090 being charged by a Vietnamese retailer.
Entire Raptor Lake CPU lineup leaks as Intel accidently confirms key specifications of the upcoming processors
Intel has accidentally confirmed a couple of key details regarding the Raptor Lake processors. Adding to this, an official SKU chart for the 13th gen processors has surfaced that details almost everything about the upcoming CPUs. Per the chart, Intel is planning to release six Raptor Lake chips.
Nvidia RTX 40 launch schedule: RTX 4090 is allegedly releasing in October while the RTX 4080 and the RTX 4070 are presumably coming out in November
Nvidia is scheduled to hold a “GeForce Beyond” broadcast at GTC on September 20. The company will most probably announce the RTX 40 series GPUs at the event. Paul from RedGamingTech has now put out a video discussing the launch schedule of upcoming Nvidia Lovelace graphics cards.
Raptor Lake boost clock confirmed to go up to 6 GHz at stock settings as Intel promises a 15% single-core uplift over Alder Lake
Intel’s 13th gen Raptor Lake processors are closer than ever. The company is now revealing details about the upcoming CPU architecture at its Technology Tour 2022 event. For instance, Intel has confirmed that Raptor Lake boosts up to 6 GHz at stock settings and can be overclocked to 8 GHz.
New Nvidia RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti models could launch after the RTX 40 release
Nvidia is planning to release a minor refresh of some RTX 30 series GPUs. The updated boards can potentially include the RTX 3060, the RTX 3060 Ti, and the RTX 3070 Ti. All three cards are reportedly in the works with small hardware changes. Now VideoCardz confirms that the new RTX 3060 and the RTX 3060 Ti will launch sometime after the release of the RTX 40 series.
Intel Core i5-13600K multi-core performance tramples the Ryzen 5 7600X in valid Geekbench entry
Thanks to frequent leaks, we don’t have to wait for an official announcement from Intel to get an idea about the performance of the Raptor Lake chips. Following the lead of the Core i9-13900K and the Core i7-13700KF, the Core i5-13600K has stopped by Geekbench for a set of valid single and multi-threaded tests.
Second-generation Apple AirPods Pro are official with the latest H2 chip, longer battery life, enhanced ANC, and an advanced case
Apple has announced a bunch of new devices at its "Far Out" event today. The devices include new Apple Watch models, the iPhone 14 series of smartphones, and the 2nd-gen AirPods Pro. The second-generation AirPods Pro promise longer battery life with a case that you can now locate with Apple Find My.
Google Pixel 6 battery drain and overheating issues: Latest monthly update promises to resolve endurance woes
Google Pixel phones are known to be buggier than the average smartphone. Unfortunately, the release of Android 13 on Pixel phones also contributed to this problem. Google is now pushing out a software update for Pixel devices running the latest version of Android that promises to address a handful of issues including abnormal battery drain.
Alleged Nvidia RTX 4090 Ti image surfaces: The card supposedly features a custom AD102 implementation and a 600 W TDP
Nvidia is reportedly launching the RTX 40 series this fall. Per numerous leaks, the RTX 40 boards will be based on the AD102 (RTX 4090), the AD103 (RTX 4080), the AD104 (RTX 4070), the AD106 (RTX 4060), and the AD107 (RTX 4050) GPUs. Hardware leaker Greymon55 has now revealed an image showing how an AD102-based RTX GPU might look like.
Early Core i9-13900K performance review displays incredible multi-core prowess, lower power draw, and cooler temps vs the Core i9-12900K
The Intel Raptor Lake CPUs are expected to bring good single-core and incredible multi-core boosts over the Alder Lake chips. A Chinese reviewer by the name of EJ Hardware has now tested an Intel Core i9-13900K ES against the Core i9-12900K to showcase the performance profile of the 13th gen chip.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X multi-core Cinebench R23 performance seemingly much better than previously rumored without needing 360 mm AIO cooling
The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X is rumored to have already traded blows with the Core i9-13900K in single-core as well as multi-core workloads. However, a recent Cinbench R23 showing of the Ryzen 9 7950X puts the chip behind the Intel Core i9-13900K in multi-threaded tasks. Now a couple of Tweets from reliable leaker Greymon55 aim to rectify the thermal and performance concerns of the Ryzen 9 7950X.
Intel Raptor Lake price target was reportedly 5-30% more than Alder Lake but Ryzen 7000's pricing allegedly threw a wrench in the works
Intel’s 13th gen Raptor Lake processors are rumored to pack some impressive improvements over the 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs. But the performance gains would likely lose most of their impact if Intel can’t price the Raptor Lake chips right. The latest report from Moore’s Law is Dead claims Intel initially wanted to price the 13th gen processors higher than the 12th gen parts.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 5 7600X thermals are reportedly out of control at 95 C and 90 C respectively as the Core i9-13900K runs comparatively cooler
AMD Zen 4 processors are slated to bring incredible performance gains over the Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 parts. But, if a series of recent leaks are accurate, the Ryzen 7000 CPUs become meltingly hot when pushed. On the other hand, Raptor Lake chips are allegedly free from thermal troubles compared to their Zen 4 rivals.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and Ryzen 7 7800X3D gaming performance could eclipse the vanilla Zen 4 parts by up to 30%
Ryzen 7000 CPUs with 3D cache are on their way. Rumors have it the processors will launch early next year with gaming performance that eclipses the Ryzen 7000 non-3D chips. So how much difference will the Ryzen 7000X3D SKUs make? Per RedGamingTech, the Zen 4 X3D SKUs can be up to 30% quicker than their non-3D counterparts.
GeForce RTX 40 launch date could be pushed back as Nvidia is reportedly preparing the RTX 4090 Ti with an "exaggerated" cooler design
Nvidia may be planning to delay the launch of the GeForce RTX 40 GPUs if a new rumor from the prominent leaker @harukaze5719 is to be trusted. If the delay happens, it can possibly be due to deteriorating market conditions for GPU makers that have seen the prices of boards fall off a cliff and the inventory pile up.
Nokia X30 5G and G60 5G land with Snapdragon 695, bigger batteries, and 3 three years of OS updates
HMD Global is taking its strategy of releasing affordable, midrange/low-end smartphones that promise good battery life and build quality a bit further with the launch of the Nokia X30 5G and Nokia G60 5G phones. Both phones pack Snapdragon 695 SoCs, bigger power packs than their predecessors, and 3 years of OS updates.
Intel Core i7-13700KF showcases beastly performance against the Ryzen 7 5800X and the Core i7-12700K in valid Geekbench entry
After AMD revealed the Zen 4 processors and their estimated performance against the Intel Alder Lake chips, all eyes are now on Intel Raptor Lake CPUs. If recent Geekbench listings of the Core i9-13900K and now the Core i7-13700KF are accurate, Team Blue looks set to meet the Zen 4 challenge head-on.
Zen 4 with 3D Cache: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D, Ryzen 9 7900X3D, and Ryzen 7 7800X3D reportedly breaking cover at CES 2023
During its Zen 4 reveal event, AMD announced that the 3D V-Cache variants of the new CPUs are on their way. In line with our previous report about the Zen 4X3D SKUs releasing within six months of the Zen 4 launch, leaker Greymon55 suggests that AMD might take the wraps off the Zen 4 CPUs with 3D cache at CES 2023.
Intel Raptor Lake release date leaks: The Core i9-13900K, the Core i7-13700K, and the Core i5-13600K announcement to coincide with the AMD Zen 4 sale
AMD’s Zen 4 announcement was jam-packed with the talk of performance gains of AMD CPUs over competing Intel Alder Lake chips. Intel is allegedly returning the favor on the same day as the AMD Zen 4 sale is set to go live by announcing the Core i9-13900K, the Core i7-13700K, and the Core i5-13600K.
Apple iPhone 14 OLED display: Samsung dominates the screen supply as Apple reportedly readies more than 34 million units for the launch
A report from display market research firm DSCC has revealed that Apple is procuring most of the iPhone 14 series’ panels from Samsung with LG Display and BOE following in second and third places respectively. The company is reportedly preparing more than 34 million units for the first three months after launch.
GeForce RTX 4070 hardware specification confusion continues as Nvidia is reportedly considering two different boards
Nvidia is likely evaluating two versions of the RTX 4070 if the newest report from hardware leaker kopite7kimi is accurate. The two SKUs, the PG141-SKU340/341 and the PG141-SKU336/337, differ in CUDA core count, memory size, bus width, and total card power.
Samsung confirms Galaxy S22 cameras to see tons of improvements in upcoming software update
Samsung has confirmed today that a bunch of new camera upgrades are arriving on the Galaxy S22 devices with a new software update. The update brings with it enhanced QR code scanning as well as image quality improvements, including better night mode photos.
Valid Intel Core i9-13900 Geekbench 5 showcase thrashes the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and the Ryzen 9 5950X
On the eve of the announcement of the AMD Ryzen 7000 series processors, Intel’s 13th gen “Raptor Lake” Core i9-13900 has made a stop at Geekbench, resulting in valid single and multi-threaded benchmarks. As expected, the chip comfortably beats the Core i9-12900K in both workloads and tramples the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X and the Ryzen 7 5800X in the multi-core test.
AMD Zen 4 X3D SKUs possibly the Ryzen 7 7800X3D and Ryzen 9 7950X3D reportedly launching early next year to take the gaming crown from Intel
AMD is reportedly launching Zen 4 X3D early next year if the latest report from Moore’s Law is Dead is accurate. The chips which might include the Ryzen 9 7950X3D and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D are reportedly Zen 4 desktop parts with 3D stacked cache. Aside from desktop SKUs, the leaker has also shared some details regarding AMD’s Dragon Range APUs.
More Exynos SoCs with AMD RDNA GPUs possibly in the works as Samsung confirms continued collaboration with AMD
Samsung partnered with AMD to revolutionize mobile graphics with the launch of the Exynos 2200 and its Xclipse 920 GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. However, things didn’t go as planned with the Xclipse 920 failing to compete favorably with Qualcomm and Apple’s solutions. But, even with this setback, Samsung is not done with RDNA-based GPUs as the company is continuing its collaboration with AMD.
Updated RTX 4080 specs surface with allegedly faster 23 Gbps memory and more power consumption than previously rumored
Hardware leaker kopite7kimi is not done updating his RTX 40 hardware estimates. This time, the leaker reports on a few changes to the memory and power spec of the RTX 4080. The card, which is reportedly more powerful than the RTX 3090 Ti, is now slated to consume close to RTX 3090-levels of energy.
Intel Core i9-13900K Geekbench performance destroys the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and the Ryzen 9 5950X
Intel Core i9-13900K is shaping up to be a multi-core beast thanks to a total of 24 cores (8 P-cores and 16 E-cores). The chip has now paid another visit to Geekbench, resulting in valid single-core and multi-core runs. The results are in line with our previous reports with the Core i9-13900K absolutely destroying the current-gen AMD front runners.
"Flagship mobile with the smallest appearance change": Galaxy S23 Ultra's design may disappoint fans
From the 200 MP camera to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, reports about the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra are plenty. This time we have a leak regarding the design of the next Ultra device. The information, if true, will disappoint fans who were hoping for a radical redesign.
Elon Musk keeps chasing Twitter's bot accounts as he now goes after ad tech companies
Twitter and Elon Musk will come face to face in court on October 17. Twitter brought the lawsuit against Musk for walking away from the US$44 billion deal because the social site allegedly underreported the number of spam accounts. In his search for answers, the Tesla CEO is now going after two New York-based ad tech companies.
Pixel owners can't seem to catch a break: Android 13 breaks Google's iMessage-competitor for a number of users
On Monday, Google surprised fans by releasing Android 13 early. But even though a stable version of Android 13 is rolling out, Google still has issues to iron out from the release. The latest one is the inability of some Pixel users to send RCS messages while on mobile data.
Nothing aims to improve the Phone (1)'s weakest part with the newest Nothing OS 1.1.3
Nothing OS 1.1.3, the Nothing’s second update this month, is now making its way to devices. The update brings with it a plethora of imaging improvements and bug fixes. Among other things, Google’s optional Adaptive Battery, a feature that aims to improve battery life, will also be available post update.
First live image of the Ryzen 7 7700X breaks cover less than two weeks before the official unveiling
AMD’s upcoming Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 chips are almost upon us. All SKUs including the Ryzen 5 7600X, the Ryzen 7 7700X, and the Ryzen 9 7900X are rumored to offer respectable performance improvements over their predecessors. Now, thanks to a user on AnandTech forums, we have our first real image of the Ryzen 7 7700X.
Reportedly finalized specs for RDNA 3 GPUs emerge online: AMD is allegedly pushing the boards hard as "Nvidia is going crazy with power"
Hardware leaker SkyJuice has summarized the specs of AMD’s RDNA 3 GPUs. Per the leaker, AMD’s key focus with the RX 7000 series cards is to get maximum performance from the smallest die size possible, making the boards highly competitive in terms of performance while being cheaper to make than the competition.
Apple hopes consumers will buy the iPhone 14 in troves as it reportedly orders 90 million units despite a slumping market
Apple is confident that the new iPhone 14 series will sell as well as the iPhone 13 if a new report from Bloomberg is accurate. The report indicates that Apple’s confidence in its consumer base remains high, as the general smartphone market is expected to contract.
GeForce GTX 2080 emerges on eBay for US$360 with performance rivaling the RTX 2080
Engineering samples of Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080 are up for sale on eBay for US$360 each. The board looks like a prototype with identical hardware specs and reference design to the RTX 2080. Interestingly, the GPU also supports raytracing.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 has competition: Motor Razr 2022 debuts in China with flagship internals and an excellent price
Motorola has taken the wraps off its new Razr 2022. The phone packs flagship-grade internals, an upgraded design with thinner bezels, and a bigger, faster display than its predecessor. The phone also costs less than the competing clamshell from Samsung, the Z Flip4.
Intel Arc A750 beats Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 by up to 5% on average in first-party gaming benchmarks
Intel Arc A750 has once again starred in a bunch of first-party benchmarks. This time the company has tested the card against the RTX 3060 on 1080p Ultra and 1440p High in DirectX12 and Vulkan titles. Per Intel’s findings, the Arc A750 managed to beat the RTX 3060 by 3 to 5% on average.
Nvidia allegedly directly helping AIBs get rid of Ampere stock in exchange for "big pre-purchases" of RTX 40 series boards
Nvidia may be directly helping out AIB partners to move excess Ampere stock if the newest report from Moore’s Law is Dead is accurate. GPU prices have been going down since the start of the crypto mining crash. Due to falling prices and ample availability, AIBs have been left with a lot of boards to sell.
Elon Musk sells US$6.9 billion worth of Tesla stock to prepare if "Twitter forces this deal"
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sold Tesla stock worth almost US$6.9 billion. The reason for the sale is to finance the Twitter deal if Musk losses the lawsuit. Following the announcement of the sale, Musk asserted that he is done selling Tesla stock for now.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 announced: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, IPX8 waterproofing, and a 3700 mAh battery
Samsung has taken the wraps off its new Galaxy Z Flip4. The phone has a similar design to the Z Flip3 with a smaller outer display and a big inner foldable screen. Powered by the newest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the Galaxy Z Flip4 has IPX8 waterproofing for protection against water damage.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is official: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 12 GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB of UFS 3.1 storage
After months of relentless leaks, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is official with a design that has remained largely unchanged. The device is IPX8 certified, boasts the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, and comes with 12 GB LPDDR5 memory with up to 1 TB of UFS 3.1 storage.
New packaging and a bigger price tag: AMD Ryzen 9 7950X and the Ryzen 9 7900X to cost more than US$799 and US$549 respectively
Thanks to a flood of leaks, we know almost everything there is to know about the Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” CPUs. This time, we get to look at the alleged retail box for the Ryzen 9 7000 SKUs. Furthermore, we also get some pricing details about AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 processors.
Intel Core i9-13900K demolishes the Ryzen 9 5950X with an up to 67% lead in multi-core Cinebench test but there is a huge power cost
According to a slew of leaked benchmarks, Intel’s 13th gen “Raptor Lake” processors are shaping up to be worthy upgrades over their predecessors. Now, we have a new set of Cinebench R23 test runs showing the performance of the Core i9-13900K in the absence of any power constraints.
Unannounced AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 CPUs surface with up to 12 cores and 24 threads
AMD Ryzen 5000 Embedded processors have made an appearance online in a specifications sheet published by IT solutions provider Advantech. The Ryzen 5000 Embedded CPUs feature AMD’s Zen 3 architecture and offer up to 12 cores and 24 threads. The key differences between the Ryzen 5000 Embedded and desktop parts are spec reductions like lower clock speeds, fewer cores, etc, for the embedded chips.
Twitter slams Elon Musk for using a "generic" bot detection tool that labeled his own account a "likely bot"
Twitter claps back at Elon Musk over his use of a publicly listed web bot detection tool to measure the number of spam accounts on the platform. For the uninitiated, Musk signed an agreement to acquire Twitter for US$44 billion before backing out of the deal citing concerns that at least 10% of the daily active users are bots.
OnePlus launches another, unremarkable new phone without a peep
OnePlus is not done launching phones and has now put out a cheaper version of the Nord N20 on AliExpress. Dubbed the OnePlus Nord N20 SE, the smartphone packs an almost two-year-old MediaTek processor and a few other compromises to come in cheaper than the Nord N20.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 reportedly launching in October but it may not be the only RTX 40 GPU to come out in 2022
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 may not be the only RTX 40 GPU launching this year if the latest leaks from Moore’s Law is Dead are true. The leaker also suspects that Nvidia has managed to clear some of the GeForce RTX 30 series’ oversupply problems affecting AIB partners.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 looks set to beat the RTX 3090 Ti as updated hardware specifications of the GPU surface
In an interesting turn of events, hardware leaker kopite7kimi has updated the rumored specs of the RTX 4070. The new configuration makes the GPU more powerful with a significantly better memory profile. The leaker has also mentioned the improved 3DMark Time Spy Extreme score of the board.
Hackers drain over US$4 million from thousands of Solana wallets in yet another widespread crypto hack
Thousands of Solana wallets have been drained thanks to a widespread attack on Slope mobile wallets. According to initial investigations, the attack is only limited to software wallets as hardware wallets haven’t been breached.
AMD officially confirms the release window for the Ryzen 7000 CPUs and reaffirms the 2022 launch for high-end RX 7000 RDNA 3 boards
AMD Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” CPUs presumably comprise Ryzen 5 7600/7600X, Ryzen 7 7700X/7800X, and Ryzen 9 7900X/7950X. The chips are rumored to be launching on September 15. AMD has now officially given a definite time frame for the release of the next-gen Zen 4-based processors.
GPU price crash continues as the Radeon RX 6000 series goes for 14% while the RTX 30 boards go for 9% below MSRP in Germany
Current gen AMD and Nvidia GPUs have experienced another round of price cuts in Germany and Austria according to 3DCenter. The RTX 3090, for instance, is going for up to 26% below MSRP. AMD’s competing product, the RX 6900 XT, also enjoys a similar price cut and is retailing for around 24% less than the suggested retail price.
Overclocked Intel Core i7-13700K reportedly edges out the Core i9-13900K in single-core performance
The Intel Core i7-13700K is rumored to be a 16-core chip that is bringing a meaningful performance boost over 12th gen parts. Thanks to an anonymous tip made to VideoCardz, we now have a hint about the overclocking potential and the resulting performance uplift of the 13th gen Core i7.
Scathing report claims Intel may cancel Arc GPUs for gaming altogether as Alchemist rumored to have a "fundamental hardware flaw"
Intel may cancel Arc for gaming if the newest report from Moore’s Law is Dead is true. The leaker claims to have gotten access to internal slides as well as inside information that paint a picture of consistently missed deadlines due to issues related to the hardware design of Alchemist.
AMD Radeon RX 580 astonishingly pushes over 500 FPS in Minecraft after the Adrenaline 22.7.1 update
AMD’s latest Adrenaline 22.7.1 driver update has improved the OpenGL performance of Radeon GPUs. For instance, the RX 6800 XT enjoyed an up to 92% improvement in Minecraft after the update. As it turns out, old GPUs like the RX 580 also show an incredible boost in OpenGL applications on Adrenaline 22.7.1.
Massive AMD Radeon RX 7000 series information dump reveals potential SKUs, hardware specifications, and launch date
Serial leaker Paul from RedGamingTech is at it again with a plethora of information regarding the upcoming AMD RDNA 3 graphics cards. The information includes the complete SKU list including alleged hardware specifications. The leaker has also revealed the launch date of different RDNA 3 GPUs.
Up to 92% improvement in OpenGL titles: AMD's newest Adrenaline update brings a massive performance increase to Radeon GPUs
AMD has released the Adrenaline 22.7.1 driver update for eligible systems. The update is a big one, bringing with it AMD Noise Suppression, Radeon Super Resolution to more notebook GPUs, Radeon Boost to more titles, and an incredible bump in OpenGL performance.
Leak claims Samsung may furnish the Galaxy S23 Ultra with a familiar periscope camera unit
If the rumors are true, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will come equipped with a new 200 MP main camera. While information regarding the auxiliary shooters has been scarce, Galaxy Club has now shed some light on the telephoto unit on the Galaxy S23 Ultra and it may be disappointing to some fans.
Sapphire tries to solve the RX 6500 XT's VRAM problem with the introduction of the PULSE AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT 8 GB
The AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT was meant to be a budget 1080p board for cash-strapped gamers. But in making the GPU cheaper and unattractive to miners, AMD cut too many corners, leaving consumers with a card that barely had enough VRAM for 1080p. Sapphire is looking to change that with the new Sapphire PULSE AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT 8 GB.
Apple Watch Pro reportedly offers massively improved battery life and a contentious design
Apple is supposedly working on an Apple Watch Pro. The new Watch Pro is rumored to be larger and considerably more expensive than the regular lineup. Famed Apple insider Mark Gurman has now revealed more information about the new Watch Pro including battery life and design.
AMD Zen 4 "Raphael" CPUs reportedly launching well ahead of Intel's 13th gen "Raptor Lake" chips and taking the efficiency crown
As we move closer to the launch of Intel’s 13th gen “Raptor Lake” and AMD Zen 4 “Raphael” CPUs, new leaks keep on surfacing. This time leaker Tom of Moore’s Law is Dead has divulged some important details about the release date of Intel Raptor Lake and AMD Zen 4.
Intel Arc Alchemist refresh reportedly in the works as next-gen Arc Battlemage supposedly gets delayed
Arc Alchemist is Intel’s first foray into dedicated gaming hardware meant to compete directly with Nvidia and AMD. Rumor has it that Intel might be planning a refresh of the Arc Alchemist GPU lineup for notebooks. The refresh, if true, will be surprising since notebooks with Arc Alchemist dGPUs haven't been on the market for too long.
Intel demos the Arc A770 and promises to "kill everyone in price to performance" with class-leading execution in some titles
The Arc A770 has made a stop on Linus Tech Tips, a popular tech YouTube channel. The board was shown running Cyberpunk 2077, Tomb Raider, and F1 2021. Although we don’t get any official specs, the video tries to answer performance and pricing concerns, including Intel’s strategy of classifying games according to their level of optimization for Arc.
2023 Galaxy A24, A34, and A54 set to pack exceptional cameras as Samsung reportedly decides to cut down on rear shooters
Samsung Galaxy A smartphones have improved a lot in the photography department thanks to the company bringing better camera hardware like OIS to midrange phones. Samsung is now planning to focus more on the core camera experience by removing depth sensors from some future Galaxy A devices.
Intel accused of failing to "compete with the 3070 Ti or 3070" as it denies Arc Alchemist A780 ever existed
After a plethora of rumors about Intel’s RTX 3070-killer Arc A780, the company has finally broken its silence on the GPU. However, the news is not a good one for Intel fans as it has now denied ever working on an Arc A780 board. Admittedly, this isn’t sitting well with leaker Moore’s Law is Dead who has repeatedly confirmed the existence of the Arc A780.
Intel Core i9-13900K produces up to 80% more minimum FPS than the Core i9-12900KF in early gaming review
After reviewing the 13th gen Intel Core i9-13900K in synthetic benchmarks, Extreme Player has now put the chip through its paces in games. When compared against the Core i9-12900K, the Raptor Lake CPU outclassed the Alder Lake part in minimum FPS with an up to 80% lead in some games.
Alleged Zen 4 AMD Ryzen 5 7600X proves to be up to 11% faster than the ultra-powerful Zen 3 Ryzen 9 5950X in Basemark
AMD is reportedly going to launch the Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” CPUs in September. Per the company, Zen 4 will bring a substantial performance increase over Zen 3. An AMD Raphael engineering sample, possibly the Ryzen 5 7600X, has been spotted on Basemark and it is speedy enough to beat the Ryzen 9 5950X.
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT could have a total of 384 MB of Infinity Cache thanks to 3D V-Cache on some models
As we move closer to the launch of AMD’s RDNA 3 graphics boards, information regarding the GPUs keeps on surfacing. The latest report comes from Kepler_L2 who has previously revealed the presence of six, 64-bit wide MCDs in the Navi 31 GPU.
Intel Core i9-13900K pummels the Core i9-12900K with an up to 46% lead in multi-core tests in early review
Intel’s 13th gen “Raptor Lake” processors are set to break cover in the coming months. The chips are reportedly bringing impressive performance uplifts. A user by the name of Extreme Player has now put the top-of-the-line Core i9-13900K through its paces and the results are as expected. The CPU posted an outstanding average multi-core performance uplift of 40% when compared to the Core i9-12900K.
Intel NUC Extreme with 13th gen Intel "Raptor Lake" CPUs reportedly launching this year alongside a new NUC Extreme Compute Element
Intel’s 13th gen “Raptor Lake” processors are scheduled to launch later this year. Now a leaked roadmap suggests that Intel is planning to outfit the next-generation NUC Extreme desktop kits with the 13th gen chips. Codenamed “Raptor Canyon”, the NUC 13 Extreme will pack up to a 13th gen Core i9 CPU.
New, high-resolution AMD EPYC Genoa and SP5 platform pictures showcase the CPU's massive size in detail
One of AMD’s EPYC “Genoa” CPUs based on the new Zen 4 architecture has been pictured, alongside the new SP5 platform. The next-gen data center processors will have up to 96 cores, 360 W TDP, PCIe 5.0, and support for DDR5-5200 memory.
AMD Linux patches reveal no Infinity Cache for the Phoenix Point APU and only four displays at a time for the RDNA3 GPUs
Information about AMD’s next-generation RDNA3 architecture keeps trickling down. This time around we have a report about AMD’s DCN display controllers for the upcoming RX 7000 series GPUs and the Phoenix Point APU thanks to Coelacanth’s Dream. The report also contains some interesting data regarding AMD’s Infinity Cache on RDNA3.
Apple's "Lockdown Mode" aims to take privacy to the "extreme" level
Apple is further strengthening the security of its devices against state-sponsored spyware programs with the introduction of the new “Lockdown Mode”. The company is marketing the feature as an “extreme, optional protection” for people that fear targeted cyberattacks. The feature seems like a direct response to the fiasco caused by the infamous Pegasus spyware.
Newest software update enables Tesla EVs to scan potholes and adjust vehicle height to reduce damage
Tesla has released the newest software update for its EVs. The update (2022.20) brings with it a new feature that allows eligible cars to scan the road for potholes and adjust the height of the car automatically. The feature will only work for vehicles with adjustable suspensions.
Nvidia RTX 4090 may push 3 GHz and RTX 4090 Ti to debut later than expected as new details about Nvidia's "Lovelace" GPUs surface
Paul from the YouTube channel RedGamingTech is at it again with another round of leaks regarding Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 40 “Lovelace” GPUs. The leaker has divulged the possible clock speed for the RTX 4090 as well as some release date information about the RTX 4090 Ti.
Leaker speculates AMD's next-gen RDNA3 cards may not feature multiple GPU chiplets as a new AMD GPU patent surfaces
As we move closer and closer to the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 7000 series boards, new information regarding the cards keeps on surfacing. Paul from RedGamingTech has now gotten his hands on an AMD patent that describes how a graphics card with multiple GPU chiplets might work.
"The headwinds are fierce": Meta alerts employees about tough times ahead in leaked internal memo
Meta has warned its employees to brace for slow growth in the second half of 2022. Along with slimming down budget increases, Meta is also freezing the hiring of new engineers to cope with the anticipated downturn. Per Reuters, the company is looking to hire 30% less talent than before.
AMD's best gaming CPU gets even better: MSI releases a BIOS utility to get more performance out of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D
MSI has released a beta BIOS update that aims to get extra performance out of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. The BIOS update brings two new features, a "Kombo Strike" utility and a "Core Offset Voltage" option, on supported motherboards. The update hopes to make AMD's already-great gaming CPU even better.
Intel 'Raptor Lake' Core i9-13900K allegedly sells for US$429 on the Chinese black market
An engineering sample of the yet-unreleased Intel Core i9-13900K 'Raptor Lake' has been sold on the Chinese black market. This is not the first time that engineering samples have found their way into the hands of the general public. The Core i9-13900K sample in question had a price tag of 2850 RMB or US$429.
Valve promises to ship "more than double the number of Steam Decks" as it finishes sending Q2 reservation emails
Valve's first handheld console, the Steam Deck, has proved to be a runaway success. But amidst the supply crunch of the past two years, there are still a lot of people that wanted to get their hands on one but couldn't. The situation may be changing soon as Valve has now promised to significantly up the production of the Steam Deck.
AMD Phoenix and Dragon Range leak: Up to 16 Zen 4 cores for Dragon Range and RTX 3060 mobile-like performance for Phoenix
AMD Dragon Range and Phoenix APUs are Team Red's next-gen processors that will feature a Zen 4 CPU and an RDNA3 GPU. Courtesy of RedGamingTech, we now have a lot of details about the upcoming APUs, including possible SKUs with core counts, clock speeds, and iGPU specs.
AMD appears to mock DLSS and XeSS while open-sourcing FSR 2.0
AMD has made the source code of FSR 2.0 available to everyone. Anyone can now download and use FSR 2.0 to implement Team Red’s state-of-the-art temporal upscaling solution in their games. In an article published on GPUOpen, AMD has also elaborated on why FSR 2.0 doesn’t use Machine Learning.
Facebook denies its algorithms helped advertisers carry out housing discrimination but settles with the US govt regardless
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the US government. The lawsuit accused the social media giant of operating an ad servicing algorithm that helped housing advertisers discriminate against certain groups.
Apple set to re-evaluate iPhone 14 OLED panels produced by BOE but the order might be considerably small
Apple is re-evaluating iPhone 14 displays produced by BOE if a report from The Elec is to be believed. Following a controversy where Apple caught BOE changing the panel circuitry of the iPhone 13 without its approval, Cupertino had suspended BOE as a display provider. The display row also put BOE's contract to manufacture iPhone 14 panels in jeopardy.
16 cores, 32 threads, and 77 MB of combined cache: Intel Sapphire Rapids “Fishhawk Falls” HEDT CPU leaks
Intel might be close to refreshing its Xeon line of workstation CPUs if a new Intel Xeon chip entry into the SiSoftware Sandra database proves to be legit. The Intel Xeon W5-3433 mentioned in the database looks like it belongs to the upcoming Intel Sapphire Rapids "Fishhawk Falls" family of consumer workstation processors.
Report finds AMD GPUs going for 8% below MSRP in Europe while Nvidia boards manage to hold above by 2%
3DCenter has published another of its 3-week analysis reports of the GPU market in Europe. According to the latest entry, the average price of an AMD GPU has dropped 8% below MSRP for the first time. Nvidia boards, while not under MSRP yet, have also witnessed a sharp price decline.
Apple "misled people" and slowed devices "by up to 58%": Activist files £750 million lawsuit against Apple over throttling
Apple has found itself at the other end of a £750 million lawsuit over the company throttling older iPhones in 2017. The lawsuit filed by Justin Gutmann, a consumer rights activist, alleges that Cupertino intended to hide the subpar performance of older iPhone batteries by not warning users about the throttling beforehand.
Zen 4, Zen 5, RDNA 3, and RDNA 4: AMD reveals key details about upcoming CPU and GPU architectures
AMD has shared a lot of details about its upcoming CPUs and GPUs at the Financial Analyst Day 2022. The company revealed that the next-generation Zen 4 architecture will bring more than 25% improvement in performance-per-watt. Similarly, the Radeon RX 7000 "Raphael" cards is also set to offer a double-digit increase in efficiency.
Qualcomm hopes to beat Apple and establish "performance leadership in PC" with its upcoming Nuvia chips
Qualcomm is hopeful that its upcoming PC processors designed by Nuvia will be enough to dethrone Apple M2 and help it claim the CPU performance crown. In an interview with CNET, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon elaborated on the company's plan to dominate the CPU, GPU, and AI performance tasks with Nuvia chips that are planned to launch late next year.
Confusion surrounds Windows 11's minimum hardware requirements as Microsoft pushes the OS to unsupported PCs
Microsoft pushed a preview of Windows 11 22H2 to Windows Insiders with unsupported hardware on Tuesday. Following the sudden availability of the update, users took to Reddit to share their experiences and speculate about the reason behind the update showing up for PCs that don't meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11. Microsoft later confirmed that it was bug.
Intel's upcoming Raptor Lake, Meteor Lake, and Arrow Lake architectures leak in all their glory: Q4 2022 launch for Raptor Lake, up to 21% IPC improvement for Meteor Lake, and more
Serial leaker Tom from the Moore's Law is Dead YouTube channel has posted a ton of new information relating to Intel's 13th gen Raptor Lake as well the 14th gen Meteor Lake and 15h gen Arrow Lake. According to the leaker, we can expect Raptor Lake desktop CPUs to drop sometime in Q4 2022 with mobile chips releasing earlier than desktop SKUs.
'First Intel CPU + GPU Gaming laptop': Clevo X270 notebook with Intel Arc A770M GPU breaks cover
Clevo has taken the wraps off its newest barebones gaming laptop. Called the X270, the notebook packs an Intel Alder Lake H CPU and an Intel Arc GPU. Since Clevo designs laptops for OEMs like MSI, we can expect to see the machine hit store shelves under a different name relatively soon.
Sapphire announces the AMD Radeon 6700: The newest RDNA 2 GPU looks like a slightly paired back RX 6700 XT
Sapphire has made the Sapphire Pulse AMD Radeon 6700 official. Based on the midrange Navi 22 GPU, the Sapphire AMD Radeon 6700 is a cut-down version of the RX 6700 XT with reduced base and boost frequencies, fewer Stream Processors, and less VRAM. The card is also less power-hungry than its bigger sibling.
Ransomware attack affects production at a Foxconn factory in Mexico
For the second time in two years, Foxconn's facilities operating in Mexico have been breached. A ransomware group known as LockBit has taken the responsibility. The group is demanding that Foxconn fulfill certain conditions by June 11 if the company wants to save its data from being leaked.
20 - 30% higher single-threaded performance and 5.5 GHz on all cores: Leak claims AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs are much more powerful than AMD revealed at Computex 2022
AMD Ryzen 7000 "Raphael" chips will have a much higher performance delta compared to Zen 3 than the company revealed at Computex 2022, if a recent leak from Moore's Law is Dead is to be believed. According to the leak, AMD significantly downplayed the single-threaded capabilities of its next gen CPUs. The same goes for clock speeds where the leaker claims that Raphael chips can easily push 5.5 GHz on all cores.
Startup looking to mine asteroids books a ride on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
AstroForge, a California-based asteroid-mining startup, has secured seats aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the company's maiden space mission. The mission is meant to be a demonstration and is scheduled for next year.
Nvidia's latest Game Ready 512.95 driver restores LHR crypto mining limiter on Ampere cards but it is not foolproof
Nvidia has released its latest Game Ready drivers. The 512.95 drivers enable Light Hash Rate (LHR) fully once again on the RTX 3000 series cards. The drivers also bring DLSS and raytracing support for Hitman 3.
AMD promises more than 10 hours of battery life for low-end notebooks with the new "Mendocino" APU
After bringing Ryzen 6000-based APUs to the market earlier this year, AMD is readying another APU based on the aging Zen 2 architecture. Codenamed "Mendocino", the APU is meant for low-end laptops and Chromebooks. It will launch sometime in Q4 2022.
iFixit accidentally outs pricey Steam Deck replacement parts
iFixit accidentally puts up spare parts for Steam Deck up for sale on the company's UK store. While the company did take down the webpage later, it did confirm that iFixit is collaborating with Valve to facilitate DIY repairs.
AMD Radeon RX 6300M performs poorly in leaked Geekbench 5 Vulcan and OpenCL benchmarks
If recent Geekbench 5 benchmark results for the AMD Radeon RX 6300M are true, the entry level GPU looks quite weak. According to BenchLeaks, the RX 6300M is almost 77% less powerful than the RTX 3070 when using the Vulcan API in Geekbench 5.
Robinhood plans to launch a non-custodial crypto wallet for web3 before 2023
After launching a custodial crypto wallet in April, Robinhood has announced that it is developing a non-custodial crypto wallet, calling it a "web3 wallet that will allow customers to have total control of their crypto." Robinhood will be launching the beta this summer.
AMD's Chief of Marketing claims AMD RX 6000 series GPUs provide up to 89% more performance/US$ than competing Nvidia GPUs
AMD's Chief of Marketing, Frank Azor, has posted a chart on Twitter illustrating the performance per dollar advantage that AMD's RX 6000 series GPUs enjoy over Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3000 series. Per the chart, the RX 6700 XT offers 30% more performance/US$ and 10% more performance/watt than the RTX 3060 Ti.
"Quieter than any other card in its class": Asus and Noctua launch the GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition
Asus and Noctua have joined forces yet again to launch the Asus GeForce RTX 3080 Noctua Edition with the promise of considerably quieter and cooler operation. The board features two Noctua NF-A12x25 fans and a new heat sink design. The companies claim that their new card runs "quieter than any other card in its class."
PUBG: Battlegrounds going free-to-play proves to be a goldmine for Krafton as quarterly profits soar by more than 600%
Krafton has posted Q1 2022 financial numbers for PUBG in its latest earning report. Per the developer, PUBG: Battlegrounds enjoyed 17.8% growth in quarterly revenue, resulting in the best quarter for the game. PUBG going free-to-play in January 2022 was the primary contributing factor to the growth.
Leak points to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 allegedly coming with 24 GB of ultra-fast GDDR6X memory
Nvidia RTX 4090 is allegedly coming with the same memory configuration as the RTX 3090 Ti. According to prominent leaker kopite7kimi, the RTX 4090 will be based on the AD102 GPU, featuring GDDR6X memory. The leaker has also fleshed out his previous leak about the RTX 4070's memory spec.
Asus Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED is official with a Core i7-1260p and 2.8K OLED display
Asus has launched the Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED notebook powered by 12th gen Intel Core processors and up to 32 GB of LPDDR5 memory. The laptop will come in four colors and be ready to buy in Q3 2022.
Asus launches the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED: Powerful creator notebook with an Intel Core i9-12900H and an RTX 3050 Ti
Asus has taken the wraps off the Vivobook Pro 14X OLED notebook. The laptop is powered by up to a 12th gen Intel Core i9-12900H, 32 GB of LPDDR5 memory, up to 1 TB of PCIe Gen 4 storage, and can be configured with a discreet RTX 3050 Ti. It will be available in Q3 2022.
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED debuts: Slim notebook with a Ryzen 7 6800U and 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED is official and can be configured with up to a powerful Ryzen 7 6800U, 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory running at 6400 MHz, and 1 TB of PCIe Gen 4 SSD. The notebook will hit store shelves in Q3 2022.
AMD Radeon RX 6400 suffers a double digit performance decrease on PCIe 3.0
TechPowerUp has benchmarked the AMD Radeon RX 6400 on PCIe 3.0 and has found out that the card experiences meaningful performance degradation. For instance, in Doom Eternal, the RX 6400's performance drops as much as 43% compared to the performance registered on PCIe 4.0.
AMD launches the Ryzen 5000 C-series for Chromebooks, promising double the performance of its previous-gen Chromebook chips
AMD has taken the wraps off its newest Ryzen 5000 C-series chips for Chromebooks. With the new CPUs, the company is promising almost double the performance of the Ryzen 3000 C-series processors and significantly battery life than Intel's 11th gen notebook processors.
4K/60 fps gaming at $20 per month: Nvidia GeForce Now apps on Windows and macOS can now stream games at 4K resolution at a silky 60 fps
Nvidia has published a blog post detailing changes and new games coming to the GeForce Now game streaming service. GeForce Now native apps on Windows and macOS are now able to stream games at 4K resolution, at up to 60 fps. The high-resolution game streaming option will only be available to users of RTX 3080 subscription tier.
AMD Phoenix APU to pack an RDNA 3 GPU for performance that allegedly rivals desktop GPUs
Rumors have it that AMD is preparing a Zen 4-based "Phoenix" APU with an integrated GPU powered by the upcoming RDNA 3 architecture. Leaks suggest that the Phoenix APU can pack as many as 16 RDNA 3 CUs, resulting in a massive performance increase compared to the current generation AMD APUs.
AMD Ryzen 7000 series chips to support impressive DDR5 memory speeds out of the box
AMD's Ryzen 7000 series desktop process and EPYC Genoa server chips based on the Zen 4 architecture will support DDR5 from the get-go. Zen 4's DDR5 capabilities are reportedly so good that DDR5 memory overclocking on Ryzen 7000 CPUs will achieve speeds never seen before.
Samsung Galaxy S10 devices in the US set to receive their last big software update in the coming days
Samsung is finally updating the Galaxy S10 devices in the U.S. to Android 12 through One UI 4.1. Built on top of Android, One UI is Samsung's proprietary software experience that powers Galaxy smartphones. One UI 4.1 brings several feature improvements the majority of which focus on the camera.
Eight AMD Radeon RX 6600 GPUs in one computer: Biostar unveils the iMiner 660MX8D2
Biostar has launched the iMiner 660MX8D2, a cryptominer with eight RX 6600 GPUs. Per Biostar, the miner will deliver 248 MH/s of ETH mining performance. Biostar is advertising the rig as a "plug & play mining solution."
"1000 W+ PSUs will just be the standard soon": Nvidia allegedly pushing Lovelace to its limits to beat AMD RDNA 3
Serial leaker Tom of Moore's Law Is Dead YouTube channel suggests that Nvidia will give the RTX 4090 an insane TBP. Per one of Tom's sources, Nvidia is going to drive Lovelace as hard as it can to make sure that AMD doesn't take the performance crown from Team Green.
Leak suggests AMD Zen 5 CPUs to pack impressive IPC performance gains and hugely increased core counts
RedGamingTech has leaked some early AMD Zen 5 info. The leak suggests Zen 5 chips will come with a hybrid design similar to Intel Alder Lake CPUs and will pack impressive gen-on-gen IPC performance gains.
AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs become increasingly cheaper as the Ryzen 9 5950X drops to its lowest price in Europe
AMD Ryzen 5000 processors are continuously dropping in price. At Micro Center, the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X is going for US$520 which is US$280 cheaper than the launch MSRP of US$800. Although still discounted, prices on other retailers are above the ones offered by Micro Center.
Leak suggests Dell may launch a successor to the Precision 7760 workstation with an Intel Arc Pro GPU
A leaked spec sheet of an unannounced Dell Precision workstation suggests that the laptop may come with 12th gen Intel Alder Lake-HX processors and Intel Arc Pro GPUs. The machine looks to be a successor to the Dell Precision 7760 workstation.
Tencent soon to make it extremely hard to play foreign games in China
Chinese gaming giant Tencent will be updating its games speed booster apps to restrict Chinese players from accessing unapproved foreign games. Tencent's move to block access to foreign titles may be the result of tightening regulations by the Chinese authorities.
Pay more for less: Custom AMD Radeon RX 6400 on sale in Singapore at a higher retail price than the RX 6500 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6400 will go on sale on April 20. This hasn't stopped NVX System Integrators from selling the card in Singapore. What's more interesting however is the price that the MSI RX 6400 AERO ITX is going for.
"RDNA 3 will decimate Nvidia in efficiency": AMD's Navi 33 GPU supposedly arriving with huge performance improvements and an enticing price
Leaker Moore's Law Is Dead has revealed everything he knows about AMD's next-gen entry/low-midrange Navi 33 GPU. The leak suggests that Navi 33 will have better performance and less power consumption than the RX 6900 XT. Navi 33 is reportedly featured in the RX 7700 XT.
Google set to limit the discoverability of outdated apps on the Play Store
Google will limit the ability of some users to search and install older apps with outdated API versions from the Google Play Store. The change will take effect after November 1st. Current users of the targeted apps won't be affected by the change.
Scathing report claims that "miners, speculators, and gougers" are responsible for the ongoing GPU shortage
A new report from Jon Peddie claims that the current GPU shortage is the result of rampant buying of cards by scalpers and miners, along with severe price gouging by retailers. The report also correlates the insane price hike with the rise of ETH mining.
AMD confirms that the Adrenaline GPU drivers are overlocking Ryzen CPUs without user consent
AMD has confirmed that some users of the AMD Adrenaline GPU drivers are experiencing automatic CPU overclocking of their Ryzen processors. Talking to Tom's Hardware, the company remarked, "We are investigating the issue and we’ll share more information as soon as we’re able."
Sterling out Blockchain in: Royal Mint set to mint an NFT to signal UK's positive attitude towards crypto
The Finance Minister of the UK has instructed the Royal Mint, the entity that produces Britain's coins, to mint an NFT by this summer. The NFT is meant to signify the "forward-looking approach" that the UK is taking towards cryptocurrencies and blockchain.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500 and Ryzen 5 5600 fail to beat Intel rivals like the i5-12400 in gaming benchmarks
A review by Tom's Hardware of the Ryzen 5 5500 and the Ryzen 5 5600 has shown that the chips fail to dominate their Intel rivals in gaming performance. Both CPUs try to go toe-to-toe with the Intel Core i5-12400 and the Intel Core i3-12100 but come up short, in most scenarios.
A global laptop shortage looks highly likely after new COVID prevention measures in China target a major notebook manufacturing hub
A new wave of anti-COVID measures in Kunshan may soon result in a laptop shortage per Commercial Times. Kunshan is a region in China that is home to several major contract notebook makers manufacturing laptops for the likes of Apple, Dell, Lenovo, etc. So any restrictions in Kunshan that can affect manufacturing will have global consequences.
Buying eBooks on Android just became a lot harder as Barnes & Noble stops selling eBooks in its Android app
Due to a policy shift from Google, Barnes & Noble will stop offering users the ability to purchase digital books from inside the company's NOOK app from next week. Google first announced the in-app purchase policy under question in September 2020.
Defective PS5 chips allegedly find their way into AsRock's cryptomining rig
A cryptomining computer allegedly running twelve repurposed PS5 chips has been spotted by Twitter user Komachi. The rig looks like it is from ASRock, costs a whopping US$14,800, and has reportedly been designed in collaboration with AMD.
Kaspersky joins Huawei and ZTE as a national security threat on the FCC's entity list
The FCC has added Kaspersky, a Russian cybersecurity firm, to its entity list, a collection of companies that the regulator deems as threats to the country's security. Kaspersky is the first Russian firm on the regulator's list.
Dell's upcoming Precision 5470 mobile workstation may feature an unannounced Intel Arc Pro GPU
An alleged spec sheet of Dell's unannounced Dell Precision 5470 mobile workstation has leaked, offering us a glimpse into the device's formidable hardware. Aside from the obvious powerhouse chips like the Intel Core i9-12900HK, the datasheet mentions a surprise Intel Arc GPU.
Telegram back in Brazil after it was shut down by the Brazilian Supreme Court over misinformation charges
Brazilian Supreme has unbanned popular messaging app Telegram. Previously, the app was banned in Brazil for its failure to curb the spread of misinformation. The suspension was lifted after Telegram tweaked the way it deals with false information.
AMD reveals surprising reason why the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is not overclockable
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is not overclockable, the company's director of technical marketing confirmed in a recent interview. AMD recently revealed the price, US$449, and availability, April 20, of the chip. The company is positioning the chip as a competitor to Intel Core i9-12900K in gaming performance.
GPU prices continue to crash as average board price on eBay falls dramatically in the first two weeks of March
GPU prices on eBay have dropped almost 9% in the first two weeks of March 2022 according to Tom's Hardware. Compared to December 2021, the prices have come down by an average of 25%. Both the current-gen and the last-gen GPUs experienced this price reduction.
Spectre-v2 mitigation wreaks havoc on the performance of some Intel CPUs as AMD chips come out largely unscathed
Testing performed by Phoronix on some AMD and Intel CPUs has revealed that Intel CPUs suffer as much as a 35% performance drop due to the Spectre-v2 mitigation on Linux, whereas almost all AMD processors post a drop of less than 10%.
Ukrainian government plans to potentially transport sensitive data and servers to a different country
The Ukrainian government is planning to transport data and servers to a European country if the threat of Russian forces getting access to sensitive government documents is unavoidable. However, the question of how the country will do that remains unanswered.
Massive RTX 4000 info dump from prominent YouTuber reinforces incredible performance claims for Nvidia's next-gen GPUs
YouTuber Moore's Law is Dead has leaked a trove of new information about the Nvidia AD102 GPU that will reportedly be featured in the RTX 4090/RTX 4080. The information includes alleged TDP numbers and GDDR memory spec for the upcoming chip. The YouTuber also confirmed incredible performance numbers for Nvidia's next-gen lineup.
Apple M1 Ultra appears to be a multi-core beast as it rivals the 64-core AMD Threadripper 3990X in leaked benchmarks
Alleged Geekbench 5 scores of Apple M1 Ultra SoC have leaked. The score indicates that M1 Ultra's multi-core performance is in touching distance of the numbers posted by AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. For reference, Apple M1 Ultra has 20 CPU cores while AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X has 64 cores.
Russian and Belarusian hackers launch large scale phishing attacks against Ukrainian and European entities, reveals Google
Google's Threat Analysis Group has pointed out in a blog post that Russian and Belarusian hackers are targeting Ukrainian and Polish military and governmental entities with phishing attempts. Hacking groups FancyBear and Ghostwriter are believed to be the major threat actors behind the attacks.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 and the S22 Ultra get a mediocre score in iFixit's teardown
According to a teardown done by iFixit, Samsung's newest Galaxy S-series flagships are not repair-friendly. For instance, Samsung uses a lot of adhesive to hold down components. Unfortunately, the adhesive is strong and ends up making the repair process a lot difficult.
AMD's ultra-powerful EPYC Milan-X CPUs with 3D V-Cache are less than a month away
AMD previously announced that its EPYC Milan-X chips with 3D V-Cache will be released in Q1 2022 but didn't give a set release month or date. At the SIG Annual Tech Conference 2022, Dan McNamara, AMD's senior vice president of the Business Unit, has now revealed when we can finally expect the new chips to hit the market.
Valve issues a speedy update as reports of Steam Deck consoles suffering from stick drift start to come in
Some users have experienced stick drift issues with the Steam Deck. Posting videos on the subreddit r/SteamDeck, three users reported cursors moving on their own, both in-game and in the OS. Valve has now acknowledged the issue and deployed a fix.
An Android app blows Apple out of the water when it comes to AirTag detection, study claims
A group of researchers has published a study claiming that their “AirGuard” Android app is better at detecting nearby AirTags than Apple’s tracker detection service on iOS. Incidents of AirTags being used to track and steal things like cars have been reported from the get-go. To prevent this, several apps have popped up, aiming to alert users about nearby trackers.
A new money-stealing malware makes rounds on Google Play Store posing as an innocent app with over 50,000 downloads
A new type of malware has been discovered making rounds on the Google Play store. Posing as a run-of-the-mill device speeding app "Fast Cleaner", the malware attempts to steal financial information from users of more than 50 European banks.
Unsettling study claims that humans can no longer differentiate between AI-generated and real faces with certainty
A new study has claimed that photos of human faces created using AI technology are shockingly close to real images. Upon asking people to point out the fake pictures from a pool of fake and real photos, researchers found that, in more than half of the instances, participants failed to identify forged ones.
Moore's Law Is Dead leaks massive double-digit performance bump for Intel's 13th gen Raptor Lake chips
Intel previously revealed that its 13th gen Raptor Lake processors will launch in late 2022. YouTuber Moore's Law Is Dead has now reported the alleged performance numbers for the 13th gen CPUs as well as the possible release dates for both mobile and desktop SKUs.
Android apps are out of the picture for AMD Ryzen 2000-based PCs as Microsoft publishes frustrating Amazon Appstore requirements
Microsoft has listed the Amazon Appstore requirements for running Android apps on Windows 11 and AMD Ryzen 2000 CPUs didn't make the cut. Minimum CPU requirements for Amazon Appstore include an 8th gen Intel Core i3 or above and AMD Ryzen 3000 chips or above.
Tesla Model 3 fails to come out on top as Ford Mustang Mach-E becomes the Consumer Reports' top pick for 2022
Ford Mustang Mach-E now occupies the top spot in Consumer Reports' electric car rankings for 2022. Ford's premier EV beat the Tesla Model 3 to come out on top. Compared to Mach-E, Model 3 faltered in self-driving safety and the steering wheel, among other factors.
AMD promises up to a whopping 24% performance increase in some games with the latest Adrenaline driver update
AMD has released the Adrenaline 22.22.2 driver update, promising up to a 24% performance increase in select games on some of the company's mobile CPUs and GPUs. The company achieved the gains by optimizing its Smart Access Memory (SAM) feature.
OnePlus presumably abandons plans to ditch OxygenOS as it announces OxygenOS 13
OnePlus has announced a new Open Ears Forums event for OxygenOS 13. The online event will take place on February 28, 2022, and will run between 7:30 - 9:30 EST. Only 15 people will be allowed to attend. OnePlus's move to continue the development of OxygenOS may be a sign that company may not ditch its Android skin after all.
Radeon RX 6000 and GeForce RTX 3000 board prices sink to promising new levels
GPU prices are falling drastically and availability is the best it has ever been since January 2021 according to a report by 3DCenter. The current fall in the prices can be attributed to the recent cryptocurrency crash that has seen the price of ETH go down as low as US$2,242.
CIA mass surveillance: the agency spied on and collected unknown data from U.S. citizens
CIA spied on some American citizens, a letter from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee has disclosed. The agency hid the surveillance program from the committee and didn't disclose the exact details of the kind of data collection and surveillance carried out until March 2021. Details of the program haven’t been made public yet.
"They're not crediting us or giving us 20 percent": composers of Halo trilogy sue Microsoft for royalties
Composers of the original Halo trilogy have sued Microsoft for unpaid royalties. According to Marty O'Donnell, the music he and his partner created for Halo was licensed and not sold to Bungie. After Microsoft acquired Bungie, the music rights were transferred to Microsoft for 20% of the royalties made from using the music in non-gaming scenarios.
RTX 3090 Ti may be launching soon as the card allegedly shows up in the EEC database
An EEC listing for an unknown Nvidia GPU has shown up with the model number PG136C. The entry is rumored to be for the upcoming RTX 3090 Ti. The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti was previously reported to have been delayed indefinitely.
No more a Google Pixel exclusive: Android 12's Material You dynamic theming is finally making its way to non-Pixel phones
One of the best features of the Google Pixel 6 series, the Material You dynamic themes, is making its way to non-Pixel smartphones. Smartphones like the Galaxy S22, the OnePlus 9 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi 11 will be the first to get the feature.
Intel Arc Alchemist GPU that allegedly rivals the RTX 3070 Ti makes an appearance in a short video
A short video showcasing an Intel Arc Alchemist GPU has appeared on Twitter. The video depicts someone picking up an Intel-branded GPU from the box. The card on display has a dual-fan, dual-slot design and is identical to the one that was leaked a few days ago by VideoCardz.
Scathing report finds people profited immensely by selling themselves their NFT collections to artificially increase the value
A report published by Chainalysis has detailed the prolific wash trading going on in the NFT marketplace. The 262 sellers that were selling their NFT collections to themselves engaged in the practice a minimum of 25 times. After artificially increasing the value of the collections, the sellers profited more than US$8 million by later selling the NFTs to unsuspecting buyers.
Japanese retailer lists MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Suprim with an eye-watering price tag
A Japanese retailer has listed the MSI RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X 24G for backorder on its website with an absurd price tag. RTX 3090 Ti, which NVIDIA announced at CES 2022, has yet to hit the market. Till today, NVIDIA has given no official release date or the MSRP of the GPU.
Mobile gaming proves to be a gold mine as it racked in more money in 2021 than PC and console gaming combined
According to a report published by Newzoo, mobile gaming racked in a revenue of US$93.2 billion (€81.5 billion) in 2021. The revenue figure represents 52% of the total gaming revenue for last year. Consoles and PCs, on the other hand, brought in US$50.4 billion (€44.07 billion) and US$36.7 billion (€32.07 billion) respectively.
Moscow Arbitration Court refuses to enforce a ruling that banned the sale of 61 Samsung smartphone models in Russia
An arbitration court in Moscow has refused to enforce a ruling that banned Samsung from importing and selling 61 smartphone models due to an alleged patent infringement. Back in October 2021, a Swiss company SQWIN SA filed a lawsuit against Samsung claiming that Samsung Pay infringed on the company’s patents registered in Russia.
Intel Core i7-12700H smashes the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H in leaked benchmarks: close to 25% better single-core and almost 35% better multi-core performance on display
A graphic showing benchmark results of the Core i7-12700H has been posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The results show that the Core i7-12700H is almost 25% faster in single-threaded and almost 35% better in multi-threaded Cinebench R20, R23, and CPU-Z benchmarks than the Ryzen 7 5800H.
Dark Souls' PC servers go temporarily offline after a severe vulnerability was discovered in Dark Souls 3's online mode
PC servers for Dark Souls games have temporarily gone offline after a vulnerability was discovered that could allow hackers to execute code remotely on affected computers. Reportedly, the exploit can also plague Elden Ring. Only the PC PvP servers have been taken down, console servers are still up.
AMD's technical staff member tries to explain Radeon RX 6500 XT's poor performance by claiming that the GPU was designed for laptops
By popular consensus, the Radeon RX 6500 XT is a mediocre GPU with gaming performance on par with the last-gen Radeon RX 5500 XT 4 GB. A member of AMD's technical staff has now tried to explain the situation by positing that the Navi 24 chip featured inside the RX 6500 XT was initially meant to power discrete notebook GPUs.
NVIDIA unlocks GPU System Processor with a driver update, a feature that can boost performance of Max-Q laptops coming in 2022
NVIDIA has unlocked the GPU System Processor (GSP) on its enterprise cards with a driver update. The GSP allows some CPU-intensive tasks to be offloaded to the GPU for improved efficiency and performance. GSP is expected to make an appearance on 2022 Max-Q laptops.
Apple drastically reduces the trade-in value of Android smartphones
Apple has significantly reduced the amount of discount users get when they trade in their Android smartphones for an Apple device. For instance, where Apple used to give US$325 for the Galaxy S21 5G, the company now gives US$260. The reduction in value is reflected throughout Samsung’s flagship phone lineup.
Apple to allow independent payment options for dating apps in Netherlands, complying with a ruling from a Dutch market regulator
Complying with an order by the Netherlands' Authority for Consumers and Markets, Apple is now allowing developers of dating apps to offer non-Apple payment options. By allowing developers to use payment options outside of Apple's system, the company is forgoing the 15-30% cut that it takes on app sales and in-app purchases.
Intel Core i5-12400 posts astounding performance numbers after YouTuber "der8auer" successfully overclocks the locked Alder Lake CPU
YouTuber "der8auer" has successfully managed to overclock some non-K Alder Lake chips and the results speak for themselves. After overclocking to 5.2 GHz, Intel Core i5-12400 even beat the stock Core i9-12900K in some titles. However, not all motherboards support base clock overclocking for non-K Alder Lake CPUs.
AMD gets ready to announce the Radeon Pro W6400 but the card won't be beating NVIDIA's high-end workstation powerhouses
AMD's Radeon Pro Twitter account has revealed the release date of a new Radeon Pro workstation GPU. The card is set to be announced on January 19, 2022. Unfortunately, we don't know the exact specifications of the GPU except that it has a Navi 24 chip inside.
Germany's federal cybersecurity body fails to find any proof of built-in censorship inside Xiaomi phones
The Federal Cyber Security Authority, Germany's cybersecurity watchdog, has failed to find any evidence that Xiaomi is censoring certain words from its smartphones. In September 2021, Lithuania alleged that Xiaomi smartphones automatically censor words such as "Free Tibet" and "democracy movement".
A US$42 Alder Lake Celeron CPU packs enough grunt to match Intel Core i9-10900K's single-core performance
A Geekbench 5 entry for Intel's cheapest Alder Lake processor, the Celeron G6900, has shown that despite the chip's meager specifications, it matches or slightly beats the Intel Core i9-10900K in single-core performance. The results are surprising since the Celeron G6900 only has an MSRP of US$42.
Apple finally able to meet iPhone 13's demand while the supply for MacBook Pro models still lags behind
An analysis from Goldman Sachs has revealed that Apple has largely met demand for the iPhone 13 series of smartphones. On the other hand, the supply for the 14-inch and the 16-inch MacBook Pros still lags behind the demand. Unlike the iPhone 13, the MacBook Pro supply situation has worsened.
Apple's AR glasses may come with adjustable lenses to deliver image correction similar to prescription lenses
Apple Glass, AR glasses that the company is rumored to be working on, may come with lenses that adjust to correct users' visual defects. According to a patent granted to Apple, multiple electrodes are used to adjust the physical properties of liquid crystal lenses, allowing the lenses to mimic prescription lenses.
Tesla pleads with its userbase to help the company get approval for direct sales in New York
Tesla has asked its fanbase to contact the Governor, Senate, and Assembly of the state of New York and ask them to allow direct sales of electric vehicles. In some U.S. states, car manufacturers can't sell directly to buyers.
Intel Core i5-12490F soundly beats Core i5-12400F and AMD Ryzen 7 5800X in Geekbench but it's a China-only chip
Intel Core i5-12490F has appeared on Geekbench. The CPU packs 6 cores and 12 threads with a base clock of 2.99 GHz and a boost clock of 4.58 GHz. The CPU scored 1806 in Geekbench's single-core benchmark and 8872 in the multi-core test.
Leak indicates Intel's 13th gen Core i9-13900K to pack 24 cores and 32 threads
A recent leak seemingly confirms that Intel’s upcoming Core i9-13900K will rock 24 cores and 32 threads. Intel is reportedly preparing the Bootlog for its 13th gen Raptor Lake CPUs, which means that the development of the CPUs hasn’t slowed down.
CES 2022 | Razer announces new Razer Blade 14 with a Ryzen 9 6900HX and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Razer took the wraps off a new Blade 14 with an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX. The machine will come equipped with either an RTX 3060, an RTX 3070 Ti, or an ultra-powerful RTX 3080 Ti. All configurations of the Blade 14 have 16GB of 4800 MHz DDR5 memory.
CES 2022 | Razer Blade 17: Razer's desktop replacement comes with up to a 12th gen Intel Core i9-12900HK, 64GB of DDR5 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Razer has announced the Blade 17, a 17 inch laptop meant to replace your desktop. The Blade 17 can be configured with up to a 12th gen Intel Core i9-12900HK and an RTX 3080 Ti. The entry-level models are also no slouch either with the Intel Core i7-12800H and an RTX 3060.
CES 2022 | Lenovo announces the ThinkCentre neo 70t, neo 50s, and neo 30a 24 AIO desktop computers for medium to small businesses, powered by 12th gen Intel Core processors
Lenovo has unveiled a brand new series of desktop computers for medium to small businesses. The ThinkCentre neo 70t, neo 50s, and neo 30a 24 all-in-one computers are powered by 12th gen Intel Core processors. The neo 70t can also be equipped with an RTX 3060 Ti.
CES 2022 | Acer reveals the Predator Orion 5000 and the Predator Orion 3000 gaming desktops with 12th gen Intel Core i7 processors and RTX 30 series GPUs
Acer has revealed the Predator Orion 5000 and the Orion 3000 gaming desktops for high-end and mid-range gaming markets. Orion 5000 desktop is the more expensive of the two with a 12th gen Intel Core i7 processor and an RTX 3080 GPU, while the cheaper Orion 3000 packs an RTX 3070.
CES 2022 | HP adds to its portfolio of business laptops with the Elitebook 605 G9 series of notebooks powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 family of mobile CPUs
HP has taken the wraps off its Elitebook 605 G9 series of business laptops. The Elitebook 645 G9 and the Elitebook 655 G9 come with AMD Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors, up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to 1 TB of PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs.
CES 2022 | HP announces the Elitebook 805 G9 series of business laptops with the latest AMD Ryzen processors and 16:10 screens
HP has announced the HP Elitebook 805 G9 series of business laptops. The notebooks come with AMD's latest Ryzen mobile chips, 16:10 aspect ratio screens, and fast charging. While the smaller Elitebook 835 G9 has fixed memory, the Elitebook 845 G9 and the Elitebook 865 G9 has user-replaceable RAM.
Intel tweets a screenshot showcasing an Alder Lake CPU with a 5.5 GHz boost clock
Before its CES 2022 press conference, Intel has teased the fans about an upcoming Alder Lake processor. Intel's tweet showcases a 12th gen Alder Lake chip hitting a 5.5 GHz boost clock. The tweet didn't give out the name of the product but it looks like the upcoming Intel Core i9-12900KS.
Tesla smokes analyst predictions as it ships a record number of vehicles for the sixth consecutive quarter
Tesla has shipped a record number of vehicles for the sixth consecutive quarter, handily beating analyst predictions. Wall Street analysts had predicted that due to the ongoing chip shortages and supply chain constraints, Tesla would only be able to deliver 263,026 cars. The company beat the predictions by delivering 308,600.
NFT hype train makes it way to Samsung TVs, allowing you to see and purchase artwork from your living room
Samsung has announced that its upcoming TVs will support NFTs. The company is building a whole ecosystem to support creators and buyers to showcase and buy NFTs respectively. The first TVs with NFT support will start rolling out in the coming months.
AMD's CES 2022 lineup leaks, enhanced Ryzen 9 6980HX, Ryzen 9 6900HX, and Ryzen 7 6800H on the cards, including a new Radeon RX 6850M XT laptop GPU
AMD's CES 2022 lineup has leaked thanks to WCCftech. The company will announce refreshes of its Zen3 Ryzen chips. The yet to be announced Zen3+ APUs, codenamed "Rembrandt", include Ryzen 9 6980HX, Ryzen 9 6900HX, and Ryzen 7 6800H all of which feature 8 cores and 16 threads. AMD will also announce the Radeon RX 6850M XT, an RDNA2 GPU for laptops.
Retail unit of the unannounced 12th gen Intel Core i5-12400 impresses with strong performance and manageable temps with the stock cooler
A YouTuber has already managed to buy a retail unit of the unannounced Intel Core i5-12400 CPU. Upon benchmarking, the Cinebench score of the retail Core i5-12400 came out slightly lower than the Core 15-12600K. As for temps, with only the stock cooler, the chip shot up to 81°C (177.8°F).
A Russian court slaps Google with a US$98 million fine for failing to delete illegal content
A Moscow court has slapped Google with a US$98 million fine over the company's failure to remove content that violates Russian law. Content that glamorizes drugs, weaponry, harmful behavior, and extremism is illegal in Russia. Reportedly, Google had failed to remove 2600 pieces of such illegal material.
Report claims that Apple will release its next-generation M2 silicon in the second-half of 2022 and will be built on TSMC's 4 nm process
Apple will reportedly target an 18-month product refresh cycle with its M2 processor. Allegedly, Apple's M2 silicon will be built using TSMC's 4 nm process. Furthermore, there will only be an M2 next year with more powerful Pro and Max chips falling to 2023.
Tesla gifts free supercharging to customers travelling before Christmas on certain routes
Tesla has announced that its customers can charge their EVs free of cost at 70 Superchargers located around the U.S. Users can take advantage of free charging from December 23 to 26, during off-peak hours. Most of the chargers are clustered around California.
Leaked GeForce RTX 2050 and MX550 3DMark scores showcase disappointing performance
3DMark Time Spy scores for the newly announced GeForce RTX 2050 and MX550 have leaked. The scores showcase mediocre performance. The numbers aren't unexpected since the GeForce RTX 2050 is a cut-down version of the RTX 3050. The same goes for the MX550 which is a castrated GTX 1650.
Parler, a controversial social media app, prepares to ride the NFT hype train
Parler, a social media platform that aims to serve as an alternative to platforms like Facebook, has announced its move into the NFT market. According to Parler's CEO George Farmer, the platform is looking to become an early-adopter of the Web 3.0 movement to break free from Big Tech's influence.
Microsoft moves one step closer to killing the classic Control Panel with new Windows 11 update
Microsoft has moved another batch of Windows 11 settings from the Control Panel to the Settings app. The change is part of the Windows 11 Insider build 22509. Among the settings that have moved, advanced sharing options like public folder sharing are the most prominent.
Anonymous financial market sources claim that the Russian central bank is preparing to ban all cryptocurrency investments
Financial market sources familiar with the Russian central bank have told Reuters that the bank is preparing to outlaw all investments in cryptocurrencies. Reportedly, the central bank is considering this due to cryptocurrencies posing a risk to financial stability. The Bank of Russia's hostile attitude towards cryptocurrencies is nothing new.
Google announces Android 12 (Go Edition), bringing new privacy features and better performance
Google has announced Android 12 (Go Edition). The new version of Android 12 will feature better performance, longer battery life, improved privacy features, and new sharing options. Devices with Android 12 (Go Edition) will make their way to market in 2022.
An AMD processor with DDR5 support leaks, appearing to be a Zen3+ chip with a 4 GHz clock speed
A processor from AMD's upcoming Ryzen chips has reportedly leaked thanks to a notebook making a stop at the BAPCO website. Going by the codename "AMD Eng Sample: 100-000000560-40_Y", the processor appears to have 8 cores and 16 threads. It was paired with a 4800 MHz memory, giving rise to speculation that the processor was DDR5 capable.
Tesla at the center of another controversy as it allows drivers to play video games while the car is moving
Tesla users can now play video games on their cars’ center screens even if the vehicle is in motion. The feature was pushed out through a software update last summer. The implementation of the feature has come under criticism since the driver can easily start playing games while driving.
Gigabyte prepares to release several different SKUs of GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 16 GB
Gigabyte has filed a listing with the EEC, confirming many different variants of its upcoming RTX 3080 12 GB and RTX 3070 Ti 16 GB GPUs. There are ten SKUs of the new RTX 3080 and six of the still unannounced RTX 3070 Ti.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) network is down, resulting in wide ranging internet outages
A major chunk of the Amazon Web Service (AWS) network is down, resulting in global internet issues. The issues are affecting Amazon’s in-house services like Alexa, as well as other sites like Facebook. Amazon says that it is working to get all the services back online.
AMD FX-6300, released in 2012, breaks an overclocking record as it hits 8 GHz
A serial overclocker going by the name of Yosarianilives has managed to overclock an AMD FX-6300 processor to 8 GHz. This is the first time that anyone has ever achieved such a high frequency on AMD’s six-core FX-6300 from 2012. Yosarianilives reportedly used a bus speed of 280.92 MHz and a multiplier of 28.5.
Google Pixel phones suffer privacy woes as phones sent for warranty repairs are getting hijacked
Some users are reporting that their Google Pixel phones, which they had mailed in for repairs, are getting stolen from the warehouses and their data compromised. A recent incident saw someone allegedly obtaining a Pixel 5a from a Google warehouse and using it to look at the victim’s private data.
eBay accidently deletes several user accounts
eBay accidentally deleted several user accounts on December 3. According to a tweet by eBay, the suspension was unintentional. After an outcry on Twitter and Reddit, the company resolved the issue the following day. eBay is now notifying banned users about recovering their accounts.
Sapphire introduces the GearBox 500 eGFX solution, a Thunderbolt 3 external GPU enclosure with a Radeon RX 6600 XT
Sapphire has released the GearBox 500 eGFX solution, a GPU enclosure with a built-in Pulse RX 6600 XT graphics card. The enclosure comes equipped with a 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port capable of 60 W Power Delivery (PD), two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and a gigabit ethernet port. A 500 W PSU powers the eGFX solution.
Macy's, the famous US retail chain, auctions off Thanksgiving Day Parade NFTs
Macy’s is auctioning off NFTs to commemorate its 95th Thanksgiving Day Parade. The art pieces in the collection represent parade balloons from previous decades, going back to the 1920s. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
AT&T and Verizon decide to lower energy emissions of their 5G base stations to ease FAA's concerns over mid-band 5G waves potentially interfering with aircraft equipment
AT&T and Verizon have decided to limit the energy emitted by their 5G cell towers in response to Federal Aviation Administration's concerns over mid-band 5G potentially interfering with aircraft radio altimeters. Earlier this month, AT&T and Verizon pushed back the launch of their mid-band 5G to January 5, 2022, over issues raised by the FAA.
Big performance gains incoming to Windows notebooks as Intel starts shipping Alder Lake-P CPUs to laptop manufacturers
Intel has begun shipping its 12th gen Alder Lake-P mobile chips to laptop makers. Gregory M Bryant, Executive Vice President and GM of Intel’s Client Computing Group, broke the news on Twitter. The Alder Lake-P chips are expected to come in two variants. The low-end Core i3 and Core i5 chips will have two Golden Cove performance cores, while the high-end Core i7 and i9 will rock up to six.
Oppo Reno7 SE specs leak before official launch
Oppo Reno7 SE specs have leaked before the phone's official launch. The phone will be rocking a MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, and a triple camera system on the back.
Gigabyte releases tool to disable E-cores on Alder Lake processors
Gigabyte has released a new tool to fix DRM issues on Intel Alder Lake processors. Due to the presence of E-cores on 12th gen Intel CPUs, some games were performing poorly. The tool disables E-cores without needing the user to go to the BIOS.
Tesla users lose access to their cars due to app outages, Musk blames network traffic congestion
Some Tesla users were locked out of their cars on Friday due to global app outages. The outages were the result of the mobile app's inability to connect to the servers. Responding to a Tesla user, Musk blamed network congestion caused by an unexpected increase in traffic.
Samsung Galaxy A13 5G runs an outdated Android version, leaked user manual reveals
Samsung's cheapest 2022 5G phone, the Galaxy A13 5G, will reportedly launch with an outdated version of Android. According to the recent user manual leak, the A13 5G will be running on One UI 3 based on Android 11. Other notable specs of the phone include a triple camera system and a 5000 mAh battery.
Fisker announces all-electric SUVs with Tesla-beating range
Fisker, a US EV startup, has announced three all-electric SUVs. The two high-end models, the Ocean Extreme and the Ocean Ultra have reported ranges that trump the Tesla Model Y. Fisker will start production of the announced models in November 2022.
Fortnite quits China as the Chinese government tightens regulations of the games industry
Chinese servers of the popular game Fortnite stopped working on November 15 after the game failed to get approval from the Chinese government. This marks the end of Fortnite's three-year limited trial run in the country. Fortnite's failure to get approval is a byproduct of the Chinese government's tightened regulations of the games industry.
OnePlus Nord N20 5G renders break cover showcasing a brand new, iPhone-like design
Renders of the OnePlus Nord N20 5G, the successor to the affordable Nord N10 5G, have appeared online. The phone is expected to adorn an iPhone-like design with flat sides, a flat AMOLED display with a punch-hole selfie camera. There are three cameras on the back that are integrated separately into the body of the phone.
European Union toughens its stance against anti-competitive US tech firms as the General Court dismisses Google's appeal against a US$2.8 billion fine
European Union’s General Court has rejected Google’s appeal against a US$2.8 billion fine that the company had received in 2017. The fine was the result of the European Commission’s verdict that Google had broken antitrust law by giving preference to its own shopping comparison product in search results over other, potentially better alternatives.
Apple backs away from controversial iPhone 13 screen replacement procedure that breaks Face ID
Apple has decided to issue an update that will make iPhone 13 screen replacements a lot easier. Currently, iPhone 13 screen replacements break Face ID if the microcontroller attached to the old screen isn’t transferred to the new screen. After the update, screen replacements won’t require transferring the microcontroller.
Pokemon GO creator, Niantic, envisions a "real-world metaverse" as it releases an AR Developer Kit
Niantic, famous for developing games like Pokemon GO, has released an Augmented Reality Developer Kit (ARDK) for people who want to build AR games. The ARDK is available for free and allows developers to build upon Niantic's core technologies.
Robinhood, the popular no-fee trading app, suffers a security breach exposing details of millions of customers
Robinhood, the no-fee stock and crypto trading platform, has suffered a security breach. The breach was the result of a third party getting access to some of the company's customer support systems. Infiltrators stole five million email addresses and two million full names of Robinhood's customers.
Say goodbye to Exynos as rumors point to Samsung using Snapdragon chips in all Galaxy S22 models
Ex-Samsung employee turned insider Super Roader alleged that Samsung may be ditching the Exynos 2200 in favor of the Snapdragon 898. Until now, Samsung has shipped its flagship phones with Exynos chips in all markets except the US and some other countries where it uses Snapdragon SoCs. Reportedly, the ongoing chip shortage is making it hard for Samsung to procure enough Exynos chips for the upcoming Galaxy S22 phones.
Apple hires ex-Tesla engineer to work on its upcoming self-driving car
Apple has hired Christopher Moore, an ex-Tesla engineer, to work on its self-driving car. Moore's work will revolve around the software that will power the fully autonomous vehicle from Apple. This is not the first time that Cupertino has hired former Tesla employees. Last year, Apple employed Stuart Bower who has previously led Tesla's Autopilot program.
Tesla recalls over 11,000 electric cars after issues caused by a faulty software update
Tesla has issued a recall for more than 11,700 cars. The recall follows a faulty software update that Tesla rolled out to its Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta program. After the update, users reported unexpected activation of the automatic emergency brakes and false forward-collision warnings.
Global chip shortage hits Apple hard as it reduces iPad production in favor of the iPhone 13
Apple has reduced iPad production by 50% to boost the iPhone 13 inventory. The move is Apple's attempt to mitigate the effects of global chip shortages that have resulted in fewer iPhone 13 shipments amid increasing demand. Consumers will now have to wait up to six weeks to get their hands on an iPad.
Apple plans to bring a life-saving Google Pixel feature to the iPhone and the Apple Watch
Apple is planning to bring a car crash detection feature to the iPhone and the Apple Watch in 2022. According to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the feature would work similarly to the Apple Watch's fall detection and would call the emergency services if there is a car crash. Pixels have had crash detection for years.
Apple's App Tracking Transparency (ATT) policy that requires apps to ask for users' permission before collecting their data has cost social media companies US$9.85 billion. Social media sites including Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube were all affected. Snapchat suffered the biggest blow to its business as it lost the most percentage revenue.
Samsung improves the Galaxy Watch4 to fight the Apple Watch Series 7 with a new update
Samsung is rolling out a new update to the Galaxy Watch4 to consumers in the US, the Netherlands, and a few other regions across the globe. The update brings new watch faces, support for backups, and an improved heart rate measurement algorithm. The update also carries the November security patch.
Apple loses the title of "the most valuable company in the world" to Microsoft after its Q4 revenue fails to meet expectations
Apple's Q4 revenue has fallen short of expectations, allowing Microsoft to become the most valuable company for the first time since July 2020. Apple earned US$83.36 billion with an annual growth of 29%. iPhone sales contributed US$38.87 billion, growing 47% year-over-year. Mac and iPad revenue also grew and came in at US$9.18 billion and US$8.25 billion respectively, representing a 1.6% and 21.4% annual growth.
Land Rover introduces a fully-electric Range Rover due to come out in 2024
Land Rover recently announced that its Range Rover SUV will have an all-electric drivetrain in 2024. The company also took the wraps off its new Range Rover model. The 2022 model will come with Amazon Alexa, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wiresless charging pad, along with two big touchscreens.
Ransomware group involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack hacked by the FBI
REvil, a Russian-led ransomware group that was involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack, has been hacked and its website was taken down by the FBI. The bureau, along with the Secret Service and partner countries, managed to infiltrate the group's infrastructure and compromise its backups. The anti-ransomware operation is part of a larger initiative by the US government to curb cyberattacks on the country's facilities.
US lawmakers threaten Amazon with a criminal probe over the company's alleged misuse of third-party seller data and search result manipulation
US lawmakers from the House of Representatives have written a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy demanding evidence in support of the company's 2020 congressional testimony. Recently, reports from Reuters and The Markup alleged that the company uses third-party seller data to copy popular products and manipulate search results to favor its private label products. These reports go against the congressional testimony that the company executives gave in 2020.
Hacking group based in Iran continues to target US citizens, Google reports
A hacking group named APT35 has been targeting important US citizens and institutions since 2017. The group was involved in targeting former US President Donald Trump's election campaign staff during the 2020 elections. Google's Threat Analysis Group continues to monitor APT35 and 270 other independent and government-backed hacking groups.
The cryptocurrency market is now worth more than Apple
Bitcoin's recent price surge has sent the cryptocurrency market to an all-time high. The crypto market is now worth more than Apple, thanks to Bitcoin's price hike. Since the start of October, Bitcoin has increased by more than 30% of its value. This has put the currency on track to break its previous price record by the end of 2021.
Samsung starts mass producing 14nm EUV DDR5 DRAM
Samsung has begun mass producing its 14nm DDR5 DRAM with cutting-edge EUV technology. Samsung's five-layer EUV process has allowed it to achieve the highest DDR5 DRAM bit density in the industry with 20% productivity enhancement. The DDR5 DRAM also draws up to 20% less power than the previous DRAM node.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra dummy unit makes an appearance
The design of Samsung's next big flagship phone, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, has been leaked thanks to a dummy unit. The unit shows a phone that looks like a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra successor. The phone will have a curved screen, p-shaped camera housing, power and volume keys on the right side, and the S-pen slot.
Samsung Galaxy A13 5G with MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC spotted on Geekbench, launch expected soon
Samsung is looking to bring more entry-level 5G handsets to the market. The company's yet unannounced Galaxy A13 5G appeared on Geekbench. This budget, 5G offering from Samsung will come with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC and 4 GB of RAM in the base model.
Samsung brings RAM Plus to more phones and tablets increasing RAM capacity by 4GB
Samsung is rolling out its RAM Plus feature to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. RAM Plus increases smartphone memory capacity by using 4GB of internal storage. Initially, the feature was only available to the Galaxy A52s 5G. Samsung is now rolling out RAM Plus to more smartphones and tablets.