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Coil whine, backlight bleed, and keyboard flex were some of the issues found. (Source: hpthetallguy)

Don't expect too much from the ZenBook Pro UX550

Many are eagerly awaiting Asus's new ZenBook Pro UX550 as a powerful but portable multimedia workhorse, but initial reports suggest the same kind of issues that have caused users to look to the UX550 may cause them to again have to look elsewhere for their dream machine.
The new Nintendo 2DS XL comes in the same form factor and with the same hardware as the 3DS XL but at a 25% lower price. (Source: Nintendo)

Will the Nintento 2DS XL be the most appealing portable games console of 2017?

Nintendo's 2017 update to the 2DS and 3DS portable gaming console line-up, the new 2DS XL, is arriving in North America and Europe on the 28th of July. The console will retail for US$150 and features the same internals as the 3DS XL with the 3D functionality removed.
The GTX 1060 Max-Q is actually almost as fast as the regular GTX 1060.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q: almost as fast as a real GTX 1060

The new Omen 15 features the Max-Q version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. After performing several benchmarks we can already say one thing for sure: unlike the Max-Q version of the GTX 1080 and despite a lower clock speed, the GTX 1060 Max-Q offers performance almost identical to a regular GTX 1060.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Even though the new models are part of the Asus ultrabook family, they come equipped with the desktop version of Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPU. (Source: Asus)

Asus releases the VivoBook Pro 15 ultrabooks with GeForce GTX 1050

Three new Asus ultrabook models come equipped with Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPU. Prices range from US$799 for the Intel's i5-7300HQ CPU version up to US$999 for the i7-7700HQ version.
The GTX 1060 Max-Q is actually almost as fast as the regular GTX 1060.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q: Gaming-Performance almost on par with GTX 1060

The new Omen 15 features the Max-Q version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. After performing several benchmarks we can already say one thing for sure: unlike the M...
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
RuneScape MMORPG coming to Android devices in early 2018

RuneScape for mobile coming in 2018

One of the oldest and most popular MMORPGs still around will finally become available for mobile users, but not as a whole new game, but as a client for Android devices that is expected to go live in early 2018.
The PL62 combines the power of the high-end 4-core i7-7700HQ CPU with the brand new Nvidia MX150 GPU. (Source: Amazon)

MSI launches $799 gaming laptop with Core i7-7700HQ and GeForce MX150

The MSI PL62 packs the high-end 4-core i7-7700HQ CPU together with Nvidia's latest MX150 GPU, making it the most affordable gaming laptop currently available.
Lenovo confirms the lightsaber is not a prop. It has working mechanical buttons and it's tracked by the headset. (Source: Disney)

Lenovo's augmented reality headset comes bundled with a lightsaber

Disney teased the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges game bundled with a Lenovo augmented reality headset and a lightsaber peripheral at the D23 convention. Lenovo's headset is similar to Microsoift's HoloLens.
Source: Atari

More features of the Ataribox surface

The console will focus on both old and new titles, possibly positioning Atari to capitalize on the retro-fueled success of the NES Classic Edition. New press renders show off some connectivity, but very little is known about the console at this point.
Opinion: Nvidia's Max-Q — Maximum efficiency, minimum performance?

Opinion: Nvidia's Max-Q — Maximum efficiency, minimum performance?

With the launch of Max-Q, Nvidia has started selling mobile GPUs marketed on power-efficiency rather than parity with their desktop namesakes, but do the Max-Q GPUs deserve to share the same model numbers as the other Pascal chips?
The Acer Swift 3's standout features are Nvidia's new efficiency-focused MX150 GPU and the 15W quad-core 8th generation CPU. (Source: Rue Du Commerce)

First Coffee Lake notebook leaked: a 15W quad-core?

The first laptop to use Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake platform has appeared on a French e-commerce site. The Acer Swift 3 appears to use a 15W i5-8250U CPU billed as "Quad-Core". If the i7's will be hyper-threaded as Intel's HQ-series are, this will be a major step forward for ultraportable computing power.
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Laptop Mag crowns Alienware as the best gaming laptop brand (Source: Dell)

Laptop Mag crowns Alienware as the best gaming laptop brand

Alienware leads MSI by five points on a 100-point scale based on a report card system covering everything from the feel of the keyboard to end-user warranty options.
(Source: Microsoft)

Opinion: It's time we talked about throttling in reviews

Due to the prevalence of thermal throttling and new passive-cooling technologies, it is no longer enough to run a few short benchmarks and declare a machine's performance is satisfactory.
Gigabyte P56XT (7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full-HD) Laptop

78% Gigabyte P56XT (7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full-HD) Laptop

A wild ride. After the successful Aero 15, Gigabyte has now provided us with another 15-inch notebook aimed at the gaming and multimedia sector. The P56XT is equipped with a Core i7-7700HQ and a GeForce GTX 1070. Will this configuration be enough for pole position? We shall find out in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.7 kg
Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

85% Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 Laptop Review

Slim with a powerful GPU. Asus has once again managed to have the slimmest device. For now. This time it is the ROG Zephyrus GX501 gaming laptop. Despite its height of just 17.9 millimeters (~0.7 in), the 15-inch notebook is shipped with an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU and the Nvidia GTX 1080 with the brand-new "Max-Q" design. We have already had the chance to review the ultra-slim gamer. Update: Higher rating thanks to second test model.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
A screenshot showing Game Live's streaming platform options. (Source: Sam Mobile)

Samsung's new app makes it more convenient to stream live gameplay

Showing off your sweet gaming skills on a Samsung smartphone has become a lot easier with Game Live. The app can share live video and audio across a trio of social media sites, and has options to control the quality of your streaming experience.
AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs will be available in early August. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is 50% faster than Intel's direct competitor – the i9-7900X

Information on pricing and availability for two enthusiast Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, as well as for two of the entry-level Ryzen 3 CPUs was presented in AMD's latest product update video, along with some Cinebench R15 benchmark results that depict the Threadripper models as clear winners against Intel's direct competitors.
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Schenker Technologies XMG A517 (Clevo N850HP6) Laptop Review

81% Schenker Technologies XMG A517 (Clevo N850HP6) Laptop Review

A breath of fresh air. About a year and half ago, we tested the XMG A516 - a powerful high-end notebook from Schenker Technologies that was quite compact for gaming devices in those days, with a height of 2.9 cm (~1.14 in) and a weight of 2.5 kg (~5.5 lb). Now its successor, the XMG A517, shows what it can do in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
The ASTRO A10 gaming audio headset is intended for both console and PC gamers (Source: ASTRO)

Logitech buys ASTRO Gaming for $85 million

Logitech continues its acquisitions and with the latest ASTRO buyout, the company seeks to consolidate its position on the gaming headset market.
The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

July 2017 update. Whether you are looking for a notebook that will not break the bank, a high-performance all-rounder, or a luxury laptop, here you will find relevant notebook recommendations from Notebookcheck for school-aged kids and university students.
Source: Steam

Valve releases a bug fix - for the original Half-Life

The update fixes some crashes and patches a possible security hole in the original Half-Life title. But the question must be asked: does this update confirm Half Life 3? No.
Spurred by AMD's Ryzen, Intel released a plethora of new CPUs at Computex 2017. (Source: Intel)

Are six cores better than four for gaming?

Techspot pits the i7-7700K against the slightly more expensive hexa-core i7-7800X, and the results are conclusive: the 7800X might give you more cores, but it's less (game) performance for more money.
Too fast but not furious: sofos1990's overclocking setup. (Source: HWBOT)

Beat this! Intel Core i9 7900X overclocked to 6.01GHz under LN2 cooling, breaks HWBOT benchmark

What do you get when you have a combination of Intel's latest HEDT processor, a specially crafted enthusiast Gigabyte motherboard and a can of liquid nitrogen? An overclock that shatters all records imaginable.
The 36-core Jenga system that’s running four applications. Jenga gives each application a custom virtual cache hierarchy. (Source: MIT)

On the fly hierarchical caches could speed up CPUs

MIT is currently running simulations of their improved cache memory system called Jenga that can reallocate cache access on the fly in order to create “cache hierarchies” specifically tailored for any program. Jenga can lead to performance increases of up to 30% and up to 86% reduced power consumption.
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Source: Steam

Steam Link now available as an app for Samsung Smart TVs (in beta)

Valve has just released a beta Steam Link App for Samsung's Smart Hub app store. The app is compatible with Samsung UHD TVs from 2016 and 2017.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Thin & Light Gaming Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Thin & Light Gaming Laptops

July 2017 update. Here you will find the latest best slim and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

July 2017 update. Here you will find the best current multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
The difference between a monolithic GPU and an MCM GPU. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia intends to make the leap to multi-GPU design

The multi-GPU design from Nvidia bunches together multiple GPU dies and many DRAM dies interconnected with very fast I/O direct paths on a single chip.
Image source: Sony

PS4 on PC: Sony brings PlayStation 4 games to PC via PlayStation Now

Sony has released 20 PlayStation 4 titles as a part of their PlayStation Now game streaming service. By using PS Now, these games can be played on either a PlayStation 4 or PC.
Nvidia GTX 1060 is now the most popular DirectX 12 GPU amongst Steam users

The GTX 1060 is finally more popular than the GTX 750 Ti on Steam

The GTX 1060 has just jumped ahead of the GTX 750 Ti on Steam's latest hardware survey with a very high 1.1 percent month-to-month growth rate.
HP Omen 15t 2017 (7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti, Full HD) Laptop Review

82% HP Omen 15t 2017 (7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti, Full HD) Laptop Review

An update, anyone? It has taken some time, but now HP has treated its 15-inch model of the Omen series to a performance upgrade. A Kaby Lake CPU and Pascal-generation Nvidia graphics card have put fresh wind in its sails - but has it been worth the wait?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
The GTX 1080Ti is the current king of consumer gaming cards. (Source: NewEgg)

Deal: GTX 1080 Ti with 11 GB RAM now available for US$634 with free shipping

Usually priced around US$800, Dell is currently offering a stellar deal on an 11GB PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti: the card is available now for US$633.99 with free shipping.
EVGA SC15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

85% EVGA SC15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

The best GTX 1060 laptop.. almost. "Thin-and-light" without the "light". The SC15 is hefty but not bulky and fast but not noisy. It's close to being everything we're looking for in a premium gaming laptop under $2000 USD.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.9 kg
HP Omen 17 (7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti, Full-HD) Laptop Review

81% HP Omen 17 (7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti, FHD) Laptop Review

Wasted opportunities. This year’s Omen 17 update brings us a Pascal GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a powerful Kaby Lake CPU. Our review is going to reveal whether or not we can recommend the Omen 17 despite some drawbacks.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
The AMD Vega FE aims to satisfy both pros and gamers alike - but only succeeds at one. (Source: AnandTech)

The AMD Vega FE is a prosumer powerhouse that falls short of gaming excellence

Although the AMD Vega Frontier Edition is slower than the average GTX 1080, its performance in professional applications is still the one to beat.
KFA² GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB EX OC Review

KFA² GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB EX OC Review

Upper mid-range Pascal GPU. Nvidia's Pascal generation brought many changes to the GPU segment last year. We now have an upper mid-range model with a specifically developed cooling unit from KFA². Our test sample is also equipped with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM. Continue reading to find out how effective the cooling unit is and whether it is worth buying this graphics card.
Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) | 32"
The Snail Mobile i7, on display at MWC Shanghai. (Source: Engadget)

A new gaming smartphone may be coming to the West soon

Once again attempting to capitalize on the popularity of Android and mobile gaming in the Far East, Snail Games has introduced a new gaming-oriented smartphone. The i7 features capable if not exceptional specifications, but it does include the whole range of controller buttons, all for a reasonable price.
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HP Pavilion 15 Power (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

82% HP Pavilion 15 Power (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Power play. HP is pushing the limits on how powerful a Pavilion system can be without calling it a gaming notebook. The Pavilion 15 Power is the best and potentially most expensive in the series yet.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

July 2017 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 500 Euros

July 2017 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 500 Euros (~$554) reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

The Best Notebook Displays As Reviewed By Notebookcheck

July 2017 update. Is the display the most important part of a notebook, tablet, or convertible for you and does it play a leading role in your purchasing decision? Our overview of the best displays in current notebooks as reviewed by Notebookcheck might be helpful for you.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Laptops under 300 Euros

July 2017 update. Here you will find the best notebooks under 300 Euros (~$326) as reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-593G (7700HQ, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

86% Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-593G (7700HQ, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Difficult heritage. The new Nitro has to connect to the success of its Skylake predecessor. Although it has more gaming power for this, it is not enough for a Very Good rating. Where is the shortcoming? Update 06-29-2017: 4K display
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
The G.Skill Quad-Channel DDR4-4200 RAM Kits come in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. (Source: G.Skill)

G.Skill readies Quad-Channel DDR4-4200 RAM Kit for Intel's latest Skylake-X CPUs

Latest Trident Z memory modules from G.Skill run at 4200 MHz, but latency specs are as high as CL19.
The Panzer Evo stands out with its sturdy metal handles and tempered glass side panel. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Cougar presents the Panzer Evo PC case

Presented as a successor to the Panzer Max, the Panzer Evo PC case features a sturdy metal frame and a tempered glass side panel that are reminiscent of the Panzer tanks from WWII.
MSI GL72 7RD-028 Laptop (Core i7, Full HD) Review

82% MSI GL72 7RD-028 Laptop (Core i7, Full HD) Review

Nothing new. MSI has given its entry-level 17-inch GL72 a hardware update. The new service package is enough to enjoy Full HD resolution adapted to the current gaming world. However, the device cannot offer any other improvements or innovations.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 17.3" | 3 kg
Snapdragon 450 is the first 14nm mainstream SoC from Qualcomm. (Source: Anandtech)

The Snapdragon 450 is Qualcomm's newest 14nm midrange SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 is the first mainstream SoC to use 14nm FinFET process and is designed to deliver considerable improvements in battery life, graphics processing, compute performance, imaging and LTE connectivity over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 435.
Asus' thin and light ROG Zephyrus gaming notebook is now available

Asus' thin and light ROG Zephyrus gaming notebook is now available

Featuring a slim profile and relatively low weight, the ROG Zephyrus is Asus' first Max-Q gaming laptop. It comes with a GTX 1080 and a Kaby Lake processor and is available for purchase now, although finding one in stock may prove to be a challenge. A second model with a GTX 1070 is due to arrive in August.
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HP publishes then removes 2017 Omen 15t product page

HP publishes then removes 2017 Omen 15t product page

The redesigned Omen 15t will include Thunderbolt 3, RX 550 and GTX 1060 graphics options, and a 120 Hz IPS display.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)