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February 21, 2017

PSA: How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

Apple MacBook Pro (Touchbar, Late 2016)

As the designated IT person at the office, one of the most common things that happens to me is someone handing me their Mac and asking me to do stuff with it. Despite the fact that I’ve only used Windows for pretty much all my life. Case in point.

The other day, one of my colleagues needed to take a screenshot on his Mac and had no idea how to do it. As I scoffed at his pathetic computer skills telling him repeatedly to hit the Print Screen button to him not understanding a word I said, he handed me the laptop. To my realization that there was no Print Screen button on the computer… Crud. [...]

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February 21, 2017

Best Gaming Workstation PC Build Under $1,500 [February 2017]

Fast, Quiet, Powerful

Earlier this month, we put together a $1,200 mid-range custom gaming PC build which is an excellent gaming PC at a reasonable budget that will play games at 1080p or 1440p resolutions at medium to high quality.

As we were quite impressed with what could be built with the budget, we decided to put together a sister build as well focusing more on a build for workstation activities such as photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling, video encoding, etc., but also with the capability of playing games at 1080p and 1440p on the side as well. For this build we decided to set ourselves at a $1,500 budget to create the best gaming workstation that’s not only [...]

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February 20, 2017

Graphics Shipments Increase Amidst Slumping Desktop PC Sales

More consumers are opting to keep their current systems as newer generation CPUs and their platforms are no longer offering enough performance gains to justify a new purchase. Consumers looking for high-performance computing are instead turning to upgrading other components such as graphics or storage for a speed boost.

In graphics, a report by JPR has revealed that total AIB graphics shipments in 4Q2016 increased by 5.6% quarter-to-quarter and 21.1% year-to-year. In contrast, overall desktop PC shipments fell by 10.9% over the year.

Over the course of 2016, graphics has seen some major performance improvements as both Nvidia and AMD released their next [...]

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February 20, 2017

AMD Ryzen Wraith Stock Cooler Pictured, Specifications Revealed in Latest Rumor

Following up on the leaked image of trays of AMD Ryzen CPUs as well as an up close shot of the CPU, a new image of a chart with SKUs and specifications of the stock Ryzen Wraith Cooler have also popped up around the web.

Currently, there seem to be two coolers available. The Wraith Max cooler is designed for up to 140W TDP CPUs while the Wrath Spire is designed for 95W TDP CPUs. The Wraith Max looks to have at least two heat pipes that extend out from the base and into the heatsink. The Wraith Spire simply has a fan seated on top of a circular cooler. Despite being rated for up to 140W and 95W TDP, both coolers are quite compact. Horizontal footprint is rated at 105mm [...]

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February 20, 2017

Trays of AMD Ryzen CPUs Pictured and It’s Beautiful

Luckily, today’s a national holiday in the US as the guys over at Videocardz just leaked some dirty, dirty, almost NSFW hardware porn to start you off on your day.

The recently leaked images include pictures of upcoming AMD Ryzen CPUs on their shipping trays ready to be packaged and sent out to a retail store near you.

While not too much is going on in the images, one thing we can see that the CPUs will feature massive RYZEN logos in the middle. In smaller text at the top of the chips, it is also additional confirmation of AMD Ryzen’s X XXXX naming convention.

Additionally, an up close and personal image of the [...]

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February 19, 2017

Create a Bootable Windows USB Drive the Easy Way Using Rufus

Several days ago, we covered where to download a Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 ISO image file, but a common question is what do you do once the image is downloaded? The answer is make a bootable USB drive out of it!

Creating a Windows installation bootable USB drive is incredibly easy thanks to an application called Rufus. Assuming you have your Windows ISO (or Linux/other bootable ISO) ready, the whole process should take no more than 5 minutes.

Here’s how it’s done.

 

Rufus

1. Download Rufus.

2. Plug in a USB drive that’s at least larger than the Windows ISO (or other ISO) file you’re trying make bootable. Keep in mind [...]

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February 19, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG)

Enterprise Class Router at a Consumer Class Pricepoint

Several days ago, we got our first glimpse into Ubiquiti’s enterprise networking gear lineup when we reviewed the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO, an impressive Wi-Fi access point which delivered enterprise class performance and enterprise class features at a reasonable price.

Today we’ll be reviewing a significantly different product in the Ubiquiti UniFi lineup, the Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG), which despite its name implying that it’s purely a firewall appliance, is actually a combination of an enterprise class router along with firewall [...]

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February 18, 2017

ASUS Crosshair VI Hero AM4 Motherboard Unboxed Before Launch

As expected, more leaks are springing as AMD gets closer to the Ryzen CPU launch.

Recently, Sean from YouTube channel KWASTEK got his hands on an early sample of the new ASUS Crosshair VI Hero AM4 motherboard designed for the upcoming Ryzen CPU and has released the first unboxing and first look of the board.

The Crosshair VI Hero is expected to be ASUS’s most premium motherboard for the AMD X370 platform and has been a long time coming. Aesthetically, it’s a very beautiful motherboard. Featuring a fully blacked out PCB, the board also includes some beautiful new heatsinks with a new interlacing stripe design along with the massive cover bearing the [...]

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February 17, 2017

Blizzard Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista Later This Year

Looks like Microsoft isn’t the only company no longer supporting older versions of Windows. Blizzard has officially announced the final end of support for Windows XP and Vista. Affected games include Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Heartstone, Diablo, and Heroes of the Storm.

According to a post on Blizzard’s Battle.net community forums,

Starting later this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our [...]

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February 17, 2017

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X, 5 1600X, 3 1300X 3DMark Physics Benchmarks Leaked

Another day closer to the launch of AMD’s Ryzen CPU and another leak. This time around, we get our first sneak preview of how the AMD Ryzen will perform as well as the first preview of the mid/entry-level Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 3 1300X.

The 3D Mark Phsyics benchmark scores, which were pulled from the official Futuremark benchmark database were recently compiled by WCCFTech. Sitting at the top is the 8-core Ryzen 7 1700X overclocked to 4.0 GHz, besting the 10 core Intel Core i7-6950X. The 6-core Ryzen 5 1600X at 3.3 GHz managed to beat out Intel’s i7-6850K despite a clock disadvantage. Lastly, we have the 4-core Ryzen 5 1300, which [...]

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