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October 24, 2016

Battlefield 1 PC Performance Analysis

At long last the latest and heavily anticipated Battlefield game has been released. Showcasing the grim atmosphere of World War 1 the game takes us from the trenches in France, to the Ottoman Empire in modern day Turkey.

The Battlefield series has always been one of the quintessential PC titles since the original Battlefield 1942 way back in 2002 and its developer DICE has been known for going the extra mile for PC gamers, with fantastic hardware optimization and being at the forefront of AMD’s mantle back in Battlefield 4, though Battlefield games have always been plagued with glitches and bugs at launch the worst of which was Battlefield 4 and while having [...]

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October 21, 2016

How to Disable Chrome Notifications in Windows 10

As a part of the Google Chrome 42 update, Google enabled its notifications API which allows apps, websites, etc. to push notifications to users. While many users such as myself find these very helpful when it comes to staying on top of my news, emails, and reminders, some find these notifications very annoying and simply want to turn it all off.

Here’s how to do it.


Turn off notifications for select websites

Say you have some notifications you enjoy having such as your favorite mail or online news service, but given you already have the Facebook app which already does notifications, having more notifications on your PC is just way too much. [...]

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October 21, 2016

Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake Benchmarks Leaked – 9% Performance Improvement vs Intel Core i5-6600K

A couple days ago, we reported that several Chinese tech sites got hold of early units of Intel 7th Generation Kaby Lake based Intel Core i5-7600K. At the time only specs and overclocks were leaked, but performance benchmarks were not available. However, EXPreview recently released an extensive set of benchmarks on the yet to be released chips which reveals some decent performance improvements.

As a refresher or if you’ve missed the previous leaks, here’s some of the specs on the upcoming Intel Core i5-7600K.


Intel Core i5-7600K vs Intel Core i5-6600K

Starting off with a comparison between the Intel Core i7-7600K vs [...]

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October 21, 2016

Internet Down? Massive DDOS Cyber Attack Takes Down Major DNS Provider

Is your internet down today? You’re not alone. A massive DDOS attack against DNS provider, Dyn, has taken down a number of the world’s largest websites including Reddit, Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, PayPal and more.


What is a DNS?

How did this happen? Well in order to understand how this happened, one must first understand how a DNS works. When any device is hooked onto the internet, it gets an IP address which is a number such as This number identifies your computer to the world, but if you’re say Netflix and you want people to find you as rather than, you need someone to translate [...]

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October 21, 2016

AMD Announces Q3 Earnings – Revenues up 27% Driven by Semi-Custom Sales, GPUs, APUs

AMD recently announced a successful 3Q2015 with revenue up 27% over previous quarter and 23% year over year. According to AMD, the increased revenue is in large part thanks to high demand for its graphics products and record sales from their semi-custom unit.

AMD’s Graphics and Computing segment saw good revenue growth as revenue is up 9% from last quarter and 11% year over year. This is thanks to increased sales of graphics cards and mobile APUs. Enterprise, embedded and semi-custom on the other hand saw much bigger increases in revenue as AMD reported an increase of 41% from last quarter and 31% year over year. This is largely thanks to the new Xbox One S, [...]

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October 21, 2016

Review: Samsung 960 PRO 2TB SSD – Breaking All Barriers

Holy Smokes

With SATA SSDs now at their limit, last year Samsung introduced the Samsung 950 PRO which marked the first time Samsung had introduced a NVMe PCIe SSD for the consumer market. Although Samsung already had OEM PCIe SSDs for quite some time and given that the technology was ready to go, it was only a matter of time until the Samsung 950 PRO was brought into the retail market. Given that the Samsung 950 PRO is a Samsung SSD and not a Samsung smartphone (too soon?) the Samsung 950 PRO did very well in the market quickly establishing itself as the defacto performance NVMe PCIe SSD to buy since it was launched last year.

Of course if you’re Samsung SSD, [...]

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October 20, 2016

Razer Launches 17″ Blade Pro Gaming Laptop, Revives the Desktop Replacement

Several years ago, Razer launched their 17″ Razer Blade gaming laptop which was wildly successful as it was the first to to integrate high performance components into a relatively thin and light design. Since then, Razer has introduced several new models of the Blade including the popular 14″ Razer Blade along with the 12.5″ Razer Blade Stealth Ultrabook.

With all the new product introductions, the 17″ Razer Blade hasn’t seen much love lately, until now. According to a recent announcement, Razer announced a complete redesign of the 17″ Razer Blade which will now be called the 17″ Razer Blade Pro. Although the exterior of the [...]

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October 20, 2016

Intel Kaby Lake Core i5-7600K Pictures, Specs Leaked – Overclocked to 5.1GHz

It looks like some stores in Shenzhen, China didn’t get the message that Kaby Lake desktop chips aren’t for sale yet as they’ve accidentally begun selling the yet to be released Intel Core i5-7600K. Noticing the opportunity, Chinese website EXPreview picked up one of the CPUs, which was priced at 1599 Yuan (~$237.36 USD). It was noted that the Intel Core i7-7700K was also listed for pre-order as it was not yet in stock and that it would be available for 2999 Yuan (~$445.19 USD).

Of course, CPU-Z screenshots were provided. Here we can see that we have an Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake CPU running at 3.8GHz with a voltage of just 0.704v. The Core [...]

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October 19, 2016

Samsung Rolls Out 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM Packages

According to a recent announcement, Samsung recently introduced the industry’s first 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM package designed for mobile applications.

In order to achieve this feat, Samsung’s 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM package packs four 10nm class 16Gb LPDDR4 dies into a single package. Samsung claims that this new 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM package is capable of up to 4,266Mbps per pin which provides up to 34GB/s throughput over a 64-bit memory bus. This is twice as fast as typical PC DRAM which operates at 2,133MHz per pin. It’s also power efficient as well with 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM consuming the same amount of power as a 4GB package of Samsung LPDDR3.

Further, the Samsung [...]

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October 19, 2016

Apple Holding Mac Event October 27, Signals New MacBook Pros May be Incoming

After being rumored for quite some time, Apple has recently sent out invites for an upcoming special event set to go down on October 27 at 10AM PST. As usual for Apple, the invite itself is cryptically titled “hello again” which appears to be a reference to the original Mac which launched with the word “hello” on its screen.

Apple is expected to reveal an entire host of new Mac products as a lack of innovation in the area has caused Apple PC shipment declines of over 13% in 3Q2016. Chief among the expected new products is a complete redesign of the 13.3″ and 15.3″ MacBook Pro which hasn’t seen changes in over 4 years. [...]

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