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December 4, 2018

Asrock Launches Z390 DeskMini GTX Compact Gaming PC

ASRock, a brand that has been making motherboards since 2002, has recently announced the launch of their new Z390 DeskMini GTX series mini-PC.

The ASRock DeskMini PC crams up to an Intel 9th Gen Core i9-9900K and 32GB of DDR4 4,000MHz memory into a 2.7 liter case. The new DeskMini GTX series features USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C and Type-A interface, achieving up to 10Gbps transfer rate. As with nearly everything else released this year, its built-in addressable RGB header allows connecting the LED strips to create unique lighting effects.

The motherboard is equipped with Intel’s latest Z390 chipset and a 5+1 phase power design. While this might sound anemic to [...]

 
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September 30, 2018

Intel Addresses CPU Supply Issues in Open Letter

Thanks to a mix of greater than expected demand coupled with unexpected delays in transition to their 10nm manufacturing process, Intel is experiencing some shortages in its chip supply prompting frustration from both Intel partners and end users. In order to alleviate some of this frustration and provide a bit of transparency, Intel CFO and Interim CEO, Bob Swan, recently posted an open letter to the Intel Newsroom addressing the processor shortage.

According to the letter, Intel is aware that it has a processor shortage. As a result, it will be prioritizing Xeon and Core processors above those in the entry level. These are the highest revenue and profit [...]

 
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September 6, 2018

Samsung Announces 860 DCT, 883 DCT, 983 DCT, 983 ZET Datacenter SSDs

At a recent event in New York, Samsung recently updated their datacenter SSD lineup with four new models including the Samsung 860 DCT, Samsung 883 DCT, Samsung 983 DCT, and Samsung 983 ZET.

In their DCT based SSD lineup, Samsung will launch three SSDs, the 860 DCT, 883 DCT and 983 DCT.

At the entry level, the Samsung 860 DCT is Samsung’s offering for read-heavy applications. The drive features capacities up to 4TB, 0.2 DWPD (Drive Writes Per Day) endurance and utilizes Samsung’s 3-bit MLC V-NAND process. According to Samsung, the Samsung 860 DCT is well suited for applications such as streaming servers, content [...]

 
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August 29, 2018

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD Review

Ruggedized Portable SSD

If you need more storage capacity than a flash drive, but you also need more speed, portability and durability than an external hard drive, the easy solution is to pickup an external SSD. One of the top manufacturers of external SSDs is SanDisk, which recently launched their new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD which we have in for review today.

The new SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is designed for those who need fast, high capacity storage, yet also want something rugged to travel with. The Extreme Portable SSD features SanDisk’s latest 3D BiCS NAND technology which greatly increases capacity of the drive up to 2TB yet still allows it [...]

 
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August 24, 2018

How to Use Spotify’s Web Player

We all know that Spotify is easily one of the best music streaming services on the market today. It has one of the best music discovery capabilities for music streaming services and its unique social features such as song, album, and playlist sharing are unparalleled by others.

One not-so-heavily advertised features for Spotify is the existence of the Web Player. If you just go to Spotify’s website, it directs you to download the desktop application, which is awesome in its own right, but if you’re at school or at work and don’t have the ability to install additional software yet you still want access to your favorite playlist, Spotify still has [...]

 
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August 21, 2018

Gigabyte Announces GeForce RTX 2000 Series Graphics Cards

Gigabyte, one of the more familiar names in the PC Enthusiast hardware space has announced their newest GeForce RTX 2000 series cards powered by Nvidia’s brand new Turing architecture GPUs.

According to the announcement, Gigabyte will be launching five new graphics cards:

Geforce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING OC 11G Geforce RTX 2080 Ti WINDFORCE OC 11G Geforce RTX 2080 GAMING OC 8G Geforce RTX 2080 WINDFORCE OC 8G Geforce RTX 2070 GAMING OC 8G

All five graphics cards feature Gigabyte’s Windforce 3X cooling system with alternate spinning fans, RGB fusion, sleek metal back plate, Gigabyte certified ultra-durable materials and one-click overclocking so [...]

 
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August 24, 2018

The Pirate Bay Alternatives for Torrents

The Pirate Bay is one of the oldest and one of the most popular torrent websites out there with its roots dating back all the way to 2003. In its lifetime, the popular torrents site has experienced quite a bit of turmoil including its founders being arrested and thrown in jail, its servers confiscated and quite a bit more, but its incredible resiliency and the community’s ability to bring it back has really made it the most iconic torrent website in existence. However, given that The Pirate Bay does operate in a legal grey area, its services aren’t guaranteed and the site does go down from time to time. Further, some users aren’t pleased with some of [...]

 
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August 13, 2018

Intel to Launch 9th Gen 8-Core and 6-Core CPUs on October 1st, Core i9-9900K Flagship, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K to Follow

Intel Preparing to Drop 8 Core 16 Threaded Beast on Mainstream Platform

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we have heard numerous rumblings that the 9th gen CPUs hinted at since last year will be arriving soon and thanks to a recent report by Wccftech, we now have a pretty reliable rumor that Intel will launch the new 9th gen CPUs with the Z390 series at the start of October.

According to the article, the Intel Core i9-9900k will be an 8-core and 16-thread CPU while the Intel Core i7-9700K will be an 8 core part without hyper-threading, marking the first time ever on the desktop that Intel is releasing an i7 without hyper-threading. Following this, Intel will [...]

 
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August 21, 2018

Best Sites to Watch TV Shows Online Free

An estimated 19 million households will cut the cord by 2019 and despite saving quite a bit of money cutting out cable TV services, the fees will likely be turning into paying for streaming video websites such as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube Red/YouTube TV, Hulu, and more.

For those who simply can’t afford to pay for all the different streaming sites out there, luckily there are plenty of sites out there that will allow you to watch TV shows online for free thanks to advertising support. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best free TV show streaming sites.

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May 13, 2018

Astro Gaming Announces DreamHack Open 2018 Sponsorship

Astro Gaming has officially announced that they will once again be sponsoring DreamHack Open for the 2018 year. Starting in 2012, DreamHack Open is one of the largest gaming tournaments every year. For 2018, DreamHack Open will feature eight live events in Europe and North America with a total prize pool of $800,000. DreamHack Open will feature the popular FPS, CS: GO where eight teams will compete live for a $100,000 prize pool. The first of the eight events has already taken place in Leipzig, Germany in January.

“One of your primary goals at ASTRO Gaming is continuing to expand our support of the global esports, and DreamHack’s efforts and vision [...]

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