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June 25, 2017

Review: APC Smart-UPS 1500VA Battery Backup (SMT1500)

Business Class Power Protection

For mission critical business systems, UPSes are a critical necessity as a single brown out, power surge or power outage could easily cost thousands of dollars worth of lost time, lost data and damaged equipment. Despite the fact that UPSes are an obvious necessity, it’s always a surprise to find many businesses that rely on nothing more than a simple surge protector or PDU to power their servers and workstations.

Today we’ll be reviewing a business class UPS, the APC Smart-UPS 1500 (SMT1500). Unlike typical consumer grade UPSes, business class UPSes offer longer run-times and typically also offer pure sine-wave power output to [...]

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June 24, 2017

Guide: How to Download YouTube Videos on PC, Mac, Android, iOS Free

YouTube is amazing. There’s no question about it. In fact, according to YouTube’s metrics as of 2016, we watch as much as 1 billion hours of YouTube per day. However, there’s just one really annoying thing about YouTube. You can’t watch YouTube without an internet connection, which really sucks if you’re stuck on a 12 hour flight, have a really restrictive data plan, or simply want to make sure your professionally made wedding video doesn’t buffer when you’re showing it to your in-laws.

However, there is a solution. Today, we’ll be showing you how to download and save YouTube videos so you can watch them offline on your [...]

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June 24, 2017

Review: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X – 3 Months Later

The AMD Ryzen Flagships

AMD launched their newest Ryzen CPUs to great fanfare back in March and while we found performance to be good in our launch review of the Ryzen 1700, we noted that there were quite a few growing pains that needed to be fixed before Ryzen could really shine against Intel. As such, rather than publishing another review of Ryzen on motherboards using incomplete BIOS firmware and badly optimized Windows, we decided to wait it out until AMD and its motherboard partners roll out the badly needed updates to allow Ryzen to really shine in all its glory.

As such, today we’ll be finally reviewing the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X and 1800X, the flagship AMD [...]

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June 23, 2017

Review: TP-Link Deco M5 Mesh Wi-Fi Router System

TP-Link Enters the Mesh Wi-Fi Game

With the explosion of mobile and IoT, Wi-Fi demands in the home have increased exponentially in the past few years causing many people to realize just how bad home Wi-Fi is. As a solution to home Wi-Fi issues, mesh Wi-Fi has exploded in popularity over the past year prompting almost every networking company to scramble to release some sort of mesh Wi-Fi offering.

Coming a bit late into the game is TP-Link, which recently launched the Deco M5 that we’ll be reviewing today. Like many of the mesh Wi-Fi systems on the market, the TP-Link Deco M5 is designed with performance, range and ease of use in mind however, what TP-Link has also done [...]

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June 23, 2017

Bloody Unveils New Infrared Light Strike Switch Gaming Peripherals, Carbon Fiber Mycelium Headphones at E3 2017

Gaming peripherals maker, Bloody Gaming, had a fairly sizable presence at E3 2017, so we stopped by to take a quick look at a few of their upcoming products.

 

Bloody B975 Gaming Keyboard

Arriving at the booth, I was quickly directed to the Bloody B975 gaming keyboard, the newest Bloody gaming keyboard using LK (Light Strike) Libra optical infrared switches. For those unfamiliar, Light Strike switches are new infrared laser based switches which are superior in performance and durability over traditional mechanical switches. This is due to its lack of metal contact leaves and instead when the key is depressed, a plate blocks [...]

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June 22, 2017

Intel Six-Core Coffee Lake CPU Appears in SiSoft Sandra

A mysterious “Genuine Intel CPU 0000” has appeared in SiSoft Sandra benchmark database, said to be likely an engineering sample of Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake CPU.

The chip in question has six cores featuring a base clock of 3.1GHz and a turbo clock of 4.2GHz. It carries 256KB of L2 cache per core and 9MB of shared L3 cache. The chip reportedly has a die size of 149mm².

What tier this chip sits at is unknown, but considering the competitive pressure from AMD, it could very well slot into the consumer Intel Core i7-8700K. A quad-core variant will also be available but will be manufactured under a smaller, 126mm² die.

Coffee Lake will be [...]

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June 22, 2017

Qualcomm Strikes 7nm Chip Deal with TSMC

According to DigiTimes, TSMC has won the bid to manufacture Qualcomm’s baseband chips on the 7nm node. The chip order is for the baseband processors only and not for application processors. Qualcomm is still making a decision between Samsung and TSMC for the production of its next-generation APs, and is waiting to see the second generation 7nm products from both companies before it makes a decision.

Both Samsung and TSMC will be switching from HKMG to EUV process technology at the 7nm node. Samsung announced that its 7nm Low Power Plus transistors made using EUV will be available in 2018, while TSMC said its 7nm EUV node will be ready by 2019.

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June 22, 2017

Cougar Displays New Gaming Keyboards at E3 2017

We had the pleasure of hanging out with gaming peripherals maker Cougar recently at E3 2017 to check out some of their latest and greatest gaming keyboards.

 

Cougar Puri TKL

The latest and what I think is the greatest is the Cougar Puri TKL. The Cougar Puri TKL is a compact, Tenkeyless keyboard for eSports gamers who want a smaller, more portable gaming keyboard to take on the go. The Cougar Puri TKL looked and felt high quality and Cougar displayed the keyboard with even more durable metal keycaps installed on the arrow keys and the gaming zone (WASD keys).

Cougar was also happy to report that they’re only using the highest [...]

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June 22, 2017

Windows 10 Task Manager to Show GPU Usage

Windows Insiders will be happy to see that GPU utilization is now being tracked in the task manager in the latest version of Windows 10 Preview Build (16226).

The GPU utilization graph is located under the “Performance” tab under task manager. It shows core utilization of different GPU workloads (3D, encoding, etc), GPU memory utilization, and driver version. The resource monitor includes a more detailed breakdown of individual GPU processes.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to be signed up with Windows Insider to get this update now or you’ll have to wait until Microsoft releases the next Windows update.

Read the full patch notes at [...]

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June 22, 2017

Mionix Launches New Peripherals with One Helluva Strange Marketing Campaign

PC gaming peripherals maker Mionix is spicing up its product catalog with brand new peripherals, super colorful accessories, and one of the strangest marketing campaigns we’ve seen in a very, very long time. Let me explain.

If you’re wondering what a lobster, donuts, stacks of cash, and a drink with an umbrella on it have to do with peripherals, don’t worry. I have no idea either.

The Minoix Wei, launched under the new “Get a Fresh Desk” marketing campaign, is Mionix’s newest mechanical keyboard. Despite what looks like a gaming keyboard, the Mionix Wei seems to be marketed towards a hip web developer or an insane [...]

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