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HIS quietly releases single-slot RX 550 GPU

The single-slot GPU packs an RX 550 with a small core clock boost in a small footprint.
The GeForce GT 1030 reference card. (Image: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA GeForce Gt 1030 now available

The low-cost GPU seems positioned for eSports titles and multimedia-oriented PCs. The card is now available for purchase from several stores. Prices range from $70-80.
Intel Skylake-X could launch as the Core i9 series

Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X could launch as the Core i9 series

A rumored 12-core Kaby Lake-X CPU may come to market as the "Core i9-7920X" under the new naming convention instead of the "Core i7-7920X" to better differentiate the super high-end X-series from the high-end i7 series.
Image: Microsoft

Ubuntu available in the Windows Store; SUSE and Fedora to come soon

The Linux "apps" will essentially run the distro through a compatibility layer. Users will have access to Bash and the Linux command line.
Image: AMD

Supposed leak reveals AMD Vega GPU specs

A recent Linux Direct Rendering Manager, supposedly from AMD, contains the specifications of an unnamed Vega GPU. The card in question has 8 GB of HBM2 and posted 12.5 TFLOPS of performance.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
ECS PB01CF mini PC with Apollo Lake is just 0.15 L

ECS PB01CF mini PC with Apollo Lake is just 0.15 L

The system is so small that it doesn't even include a standard 3.5 mm audio jack. The current configuration is equipped with a Celeron N3350 CPU with support for up to 4K video out via HDMI.
Prey Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Prey Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Successful reboot. The "pre-Prey" from 2006 proved to be a genuine first-person shooter with its gravity components, which players long remembered. After discontinuing the originally planned Prey 2, the publisher Bethesda has announced a reorientation of the franchise in 2017. We checked the PC version's performance.
The core of Intel’s unveiling today revolves around the different processor levels they will be offering, and where the new integrated options will fit in the new stack. (Source: Anandtech)

Intel announces new Xeon processors and naming scheme

Some of the names of the upcoming Intel Xeon processors, based on the Skylake microarchitecture, were accidentally ‘leaked’ through official sources.
Intel profits surge as of Q1 2017

Intel profits surge as of Q1 2017

The chipmaker is benefiting from a stable consumer PC market with profits up 45 percent compared to Q1 2016 with 14.8 billion USD in revenue.
Nvidia GeForce 1030 may be coming soon (Source: Exprereview)

Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 may be coming soon

The GeForce Pascal series currently consists of only GTX options with no low-end to mainstream GT solutions. This may change soon according to rumors of a GT 1030 with 512 shader processors and a 30 W TDP.
The Predator X27 features Quantum Dot enhancement film technology, 178-degree viewing angles, and Nvidia's Ultra Low Motion Blur technology. (Source: PCGamer)

Acer introduces its flagship gaming display, the Predator X27 monitor

Acer's Predator X27 display combines G-Sync HDR, a 4K resolution, and a 144Hz rate to make what in theory will be one of the best gaming displays on the market, though it probably won't be cheap.
Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. (Source: Ars Technica)

Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

To celebrate a new partnership, Ars Technica and GOG are giving away free codes for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for PC or Mac for the next two days.
Zotac unveils ZBox CI327 mini PC with passively cooled Celeron N3450

Zotac unveils ZBox CI327 mini PC with passively cooled Celeron N3450

The CI327 is destined to be a silent low-power media center for streaming and browsing with its wide range of video outputs and USB ports.
The Radeon Pro Duo features two professional-grade GPUs on a single card. (Source: AMD)

AMD announces Radeon Pro Duo dual GPU for professionals

The upcoming Radeon Pro Duo will feature two GPUs on a single card. The professional grade graphics card will have a whopping 32 GB of VRAM and is able to hit 11.45 TFLOPS.
EMEA PC market sees slight growth in Q1 2017

EMEA PC market sees slight growth in Q1 2017

The PC market appears to be recovering somewhat with overall sales up 1.6 percent. Sales are particular high in Western Europe for both the desktop and portable PC segments.
Razer Core external GPU and Razer Blade Laptop

Razer Core Benchmarks, Analysis, and Compatibility: Is it Worth it?


AMD Ryzen 7 1800X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
Is the Core the ultimate performance accessory, or is there a worm in it? The first product to offer a complete external GPU solution over Thunderbolt 3 (TB3), Razer's "Core" is still one of the most popular graphics docks available. It uses a TB3 interface attached to an older, more compatible TI82 controller, and so should be compatible with nearly any laptop with a TB3 port (not just Razer's). We benchmark the Core and Nvidia's latest Pascal line of GPUs with the Core and the Blade to see if the juice is worth the squeeze.
Introductory guide to setting up and using ThrottleStop

How to Lower Temperatures, Stop Throttling, and Increase Battery Life: The ThrottleStop Guide (2017)

ThrottleStop is one of the most useful programs for any PC user, but it can be intimidating to use at first glance. This primer walks readers through installing ThrottleStop, explains its basic features such as undervolting and temperature profiles, and guides them through some basic optimizations that any user could benefit from.
Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" is now available for download. (Source: Ubuntu)

Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus now available

The new version brings improved printer support and the option to run the Unity 8 desktop environment, as well as some other small changes.
There are four Ryzen 5 processors, the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 are 6-core/12-thread parts and the Ryzen 5 1500X and Ryzen 5 1400 are 4-core/8-thread parts. (Source: PCGamer)

AMD's Ryzen 5 desktop processors release around the world today

AMD launched all four models of its new high-performance AMD Ryzen 5 desktop processor today. They say it can deliver up to 87% more performance when comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X to the Intel Core i5 7600K.
Windows Vista's new display driver stack enabled 3D acceleration of the Windows desktop, but for many users this meant taking a hit to performance. (Source: Ars Technica)

Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista

Microsoft is officially ending Windows Vista extended support as of April 11, 2017. Only 10 years ago, Microsoft first released Windows Vista to widespread disapproval, resulting in the operating system's unpopularity with users.
The PX7 Pro SE is a notebook capable of server workloads. (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server

The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.
Ubuntu will use the GNOME desktop environment for future versions. (Source: Canonical)

Ubuntu kills Unity desktop, shifts focus to GNOME

Canonical is stopping all development on the Unity desktop and shifting focus to the GNOME desktop.
The new TITAN Xp has 12 GB GDDR5X VRAM, 3840 CUDA cores, and 12 TFLOPS of performance. (Source: Nvidia)

Titan Xp now official, will also support Mac OS X

The new GPU is equipped with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 11.4 Gbps, 3840 CUDA cores clocked at ~1.6 GHz, and boasts 12 TFLOPs of performance. Nvidia will also begin developing drivers for Mac OS X.
The current Mac Pro hasn't been updated since 2013. (Source: Apple)

Apple is planning to redesign the Mac Pro

In a press interview, senior staff at Apple said that the company is "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." Plans for a redesign are in motion, but a new Mac Pro likely won't arrive until next year at the earliest.
AMD Ryzen 7 1700, 1700X & 1800X Review

AMD Ryzen 7 1700, 1700X & 1800X Review

We reviewed three new Ryzen CPUs and will talk about some rather controversial reviews as well as basics of the new Zen architecture.
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
JEDEC is the global leader in setting memory standards. (Source: JEDEC)

DDR5 memory is coming, and it is fast

The new standard promises to bring twice the bandwidth and density over current DDR4 memory. Publication is expected to be finalized in 2018.
The original Starcraft is now available for free as a public beta. (Source: Blizzard)

Blizzard releases original Starcraft for free

The title is currently available for free on Battle.net. Technically a public beta test of version 1.18, the single player campaign is available in its entirety, and multiplayer is available through PTR.
A side view of the new Samsung DeX. (Source: 9-to-5 Google)

Samsung DeX turns the Galaxy S8 into a (sort of) desktop PC

Samsung's new Desktop Experience dock, or DeX, turns the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus into capable, if not exceptional, impromptu desktop PCs. The DeX allows Android apps to be used on a large display, although not without some minor issues.
Mass Effect Andromeda Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Mass Effect Andromeda Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Wooden effect. About five years after the last part of the Mass Effect trilogy, EA risks restarting its jam-packed narrative and extremely successful role-playing game series. As beautiful as the largest part of the graphics may be, the game unfortunately fails in one of the most important atmosphere-giving elements, namely body and face animations. Our benchmark-check primarily focuses on the performance with laptop and desktop GPUs.
MSI announces Trident 3 Arctic with GeForce GTX 1070

MSI announces Trident 3 Arctic with GeForce GTX 1070

The console-size gaming PC will launch next month for a starting price of $1500 USD.
Phoenix OS 2.0 Alpha brings Android Nougat to desktop PCs

Phoenix OS 2.0 Alpha brings Android 7.1 to desktops

While Android was not designed to work as a desktop operating system, those who would like to employ it in this manner can use Phoenix OS. The early 2.0 Alpha build is based on Android 7.1 and integrates a taskbar, a start menu, support for windowed apps, and more.
Lenovo launching VR-ready ThinkStation P320

Develop3D Live | Lenovo launching VR-ready ThinkStation P320

Interested in 3D CAD and VR work? Lenovo provides an easy, economical entry into the world of virtual reality with its new Workstation P320.
Intel's Optane Memory is coming to consumer markets in bite-size capacities. (Photo source: Intel)

Intel Optane storage coming to consumer markets

The fast storage solution will be available in 16 GB ($44) and 32 GB ($77) capacities. Their primary use seems to be as a fast cache drive for a larger SSD or HDD.
Starcraft is getting a 4K remaster this summer. (Source: Blizzard)

Original Starcraft is getting a 4K remaster

One of the most popular RTS games on the PC is getting a graphical and audio overhaul, including a bump to 4K resolutions and tweaks to the story and gameplay experience.
Asus launches Zen AiO ZN270 for 1500 Euros

Asus launches Zen AiO ZN270 for 1500 Euros

The 27-inch All-in-One will utilize an edge-to-edge glass touchscreen with four 3 W Harman Kardon speakers.
Corsair One gaming PC now available

Corsair One gaming PC now available

The manufacturer's first pre-built desktop PC starts at just under 2000 Euros and includes a GTX 1070, liquid-cooled i7-7700K CPU, and 16 GB of RAM.
Asus Strix GL702VS (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1070) Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review

84% Asus Strix GL702VS (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1070) Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review

Hot stuff! The Asus GL702VS is one of many options for gamers hunting power in a portable package. Equipped with high-end components in a relatively thin and light chassis, the notebook brings high details in modern titles without breaking backs. Can the device keep its cool, or will it melt under pressure?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
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Intel Core i7-7700 Desktop SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Kaby Lake x86 4 cores @ 3600 - 4200 MHz 14nm
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Intel Core i7-6950X Desktop CPU - Benchmarks and Specs

Broadwell-E x86 10 cores @ 3000 - 3500 MHz 14nm
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Intel Core i5-7600K SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Kaby Lake x86 4 cores @ 3800 - 4200 MHz 14nm
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AMD Ryzen 7 1800X SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Zen x86 8 cores @ 3600 - 4000 MHz 14nm
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AMD Ryzen 7 1700X SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Zen x86 8 cores @ 3400 - 3800 MHz 14nm
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AMD Ryzen 7 1700 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Zen x86 8 cores @ 3000 - 3700 MHz 14nm
The CI549 Nano is a passively cooled mini PC made for businesses. (Source: ZOTAC)

Zotac set to release business-centric mini PCs at CeBIT 2017

The small form factor PCs are meant for business professionals and sport features like Intel AMT and Intel UNITE.
Ghost Recon Wildlands Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Ghost Recon Wildlands Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

GTA meets Far Cry. Ubisoft launches the next action highlight right after For Honor. A group of special forces is fighting against a Bolivian drug cartel in Ghost Recon Wildlands. We test how different notebook GPUs can handle the open world title.
All sorts of PCs and tablets are on sale in honor of Pi Day (Source: Microsoft Store)

Microsoft celebrates Pi Day by slashing prices on select laptops and desktops

The limited-time deals extend across various laptop, desktop, and tablet models. There are also discounts on Xbox One consoles and select games and accessories.
Source: G.SKILL

Overclockers, start your engines! G.SKILL announces OC World Cup 2017

Overclockers can compete for a grand prize of $10,000. The first qualifying round opens from March 17 to April 18 on hwbot.org.
The PlayStation Now streaming service currently includes PSX, PS2, and PS3 titles. (Source: Sony)

Sony to start streaming PlayStation 4 games to PC later this year

Sony's PlayStation Now service will expand to include current generation PS4 titles later this year. The service currently allows subscribers to stream games from the original PlayStation through the PS3 to their PS4 or Windows PC.
Acer: All-in-One (AiO) PCs Aspire C24 und C22 im Handel verfügbar

Acer Aspire C24 and C22 AiOs now available

The super-slim PCs sport low-power Braswell and Skylake CPUs with aluminum alloy bezels and detachable webcams.

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