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AMD Ryzen 3 3200G APU ‘Picasso’ Pictures Leaked

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A recent post over at the Chiphell forums may have given us a first glimpse of the upcoming AMD Ryzen 3 3200G APU, codename Picasso. The upcoming processor, which is expected officially launch at Computex 2019 was pictured de-lidded by user “独月” who commented that they were in the process of running performance testing.

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From the leaked images, we can see that the processor utilizes thermal paste rather than solder as interface material between the IHS and the chip itself. This isn’t much of a surprise considering the Ryzen 3 3200G falls in the entry level of AMD’s processor lineup.

The Ryzen 3 3200G is a part of AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3000-series APUs which is expected to be built on AMD’s older Zen+ architecture used in the current generation Raven Ridge series of APUs. However, AMD will be shrinking the process node from its current 14nm to 12nm, and improve it somewhat with higher core, GPU, and memory clockspeeds, improved on die caches, and an improved Precision Boost.

 

Source: Chiphell

Intel CPU Shortage to Worsen in 2H2019

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According to a recent report by Digitimes, Intel’s CPU supply shortage will continue to worsen through the 2H2019 as demand for entry level and mainstream notebooks such as Chromebooks and Core i3-based notebooks continue to increase without the proper increase in supply to sustain the growth.

Supply shortages in 3Q2018 began impacting major notebook vendors such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc. with as much as a 5% shortfall in supply. The shortages continued into Q42018 and 1H2019 with the worst shortages reported in the Core i5 series as well as Atom, Pentium, and Celeron, which allowed AMD processors to claim as much as 15.8% marketshare in 1Q2019. AMD’s marketshare is expected to continue its climb to 18% in 2Q2019. In response to the shortages, Intel is expected to bring additional 14nm production capacity online however, the capacity increases are not expected to happen until 2H2019.

 

Source: Digitimes

The Best CPUs of 2019

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The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, along with the motherboard is generally considered the most important core component of any PC. The reason for this is that the combination of the CPU and the motherboard determines what other components can be used with the system. As a result, this makes the decision of which CPU to buy one of the most important decisions you can make. Unfortunately, there are far too many CPU choices out there, so today we’ll be sharing what we think are the best CPUs you can buy at various price-ranges.

 

Best Overall CPU Under $100

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is a 4-core, 4-thread CPU which in today’s market is about the minimum you would want in a general purpose PC. The Ryzen 3 2200G is clocked from the factory at 3.5GHz and boosts up to 3.7GHz. This makes it a perfectly capable processor for handling general internet browsing, office applications, video streaming, and other day to day tasks. it packs 8 Radeon Vega graphics cores built in which depending on the application can be leveraged for some productivity tasks, or for e-sports gaming which we’ll go into a bit more later on.

Gamers will also find that the Ryzen 3 2200G is perfectly capable of pairing with most and mid-range GPUs (like the RX 580/GTX 1060) without causing a severe bottleneck. Those looking to do some content creation will find that with enough RAM, the Ryzen 3 2200G is good enough to run most of the Adobe suite, though heavy video editing or more complicated workstation duties will require a more powerful CPU. Those looking to do a basic upgrade on a family computer, school work, or an entry level gaming PC however, will find the Ryzen 3 2200G a perfect CPU.

Alternatively, for those on a very tight budget looking to build a gaming PC, the higher end Ryzen 2400G APU may also be a good option as it has better integrated graphics when compared to the Ryzen 3 2200G. However, by going the APU route, there is a significant sacrifice when it comes to CPU performance which limits the upgrade potential while keeping the CPU, though the trade-off is that on AMD’s AM4 platform you can keep your system and simply swap out the CPU without much work with the exception of possibly having to upgrade your BIOS.

This allows a situation where you can start off with a cheap budget system and upgrade it over time into a serious gaming rig.That being said the GPU on APUs are typically fast enough to handle e-sports games like CS:GO, DOTA 2, LoL, Rocket League at 1080P and new triple A titles at low to medium quality settings.

Buy the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

 

Best Overall CPU Under $200

AMD Ryzen 5 2600

AMD Ryzen 5 2600

For those with a little more budget to spare and need a little more processing power, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is an absolutely fantastic value, and it’s been in the range of $140 – $175 since the middle of last year. The CPU brings fantastic value, strong multi-thread, and strong single-threaded performance to make it the best value CPU at under $200.

For gamers, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is more than powerful enough to keep up with most graphics cards on the market. Using a combination with something like the AMD Radeon RX580 or a GeForce RTX 2060, the CPU will easily be capable of running most modern titles at high settings. Upgrade the graphics card further and the Ryzen 5 2600 should be able to hit 1440P to 4k resolutions at high settings when paired with a Radeon Vega 64 or GeForce RTX 2080.

For those who also use their systems for workstation activities, the Ryzen 5 2600 is also capable of workstation duties thanks to its 6-cores and 12-threads. It lacks integrated graphics like the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G, but makes up for it with the extra cores and threads, making it a good option for those looking to do moderate to heavy amounts of work in Adobe suite, 3D rendering or work in virtual machines. Those looking for a budget workstation should definitely strongly consider this CPU.

The only recommendation I have with the Ryzen 5 2600 is that you should purchase an aftermarket cooler if you plan on overclocking. From the factory, it only comes with the Wraith Stealth CPU cooler, which leaves a lot of overclocking potential on the table. If you want the maximum performance out of this CPU, I would recommend a entry level aftermarket CPU cooler like a Cryorig H7.

Buy the AMD Ryzen 5 2600

 

Best Gaming CPU Under $300

Intel Core i5-9600K

Intel i5 9600K

The Intel Core i5-9600K is a refresh of the previous generation Intel Core i5-8600K. The Intel Core i5-8600K was another 6-core 6-thread CPU, which offered great single core performance and incredibly high clock speeds with many overclockers easily reaching 5.2GHz. While this is demonstrably quick on single threaded workloads, the lack of hyper-threading compared to the similarly priced AMD Ryzen 5 2600/X means it didn’t fare quite as well on heavily multi-threaded workloads. As such, this makes the processor quite good for applications that are mostly single threaded such as gaming for example, where most games aren’t able to fully saturate more than a few threads. This then leaves processors with faster single threaded performance at an advantage for most games with the exception of some well coded games that can take advantage of heavily multi-threading such as Assassins Creed Odyssey which is heavily CPU dependent and is capable of utilizing many cores and threads.

For streaming purposes, the Intel Core i5-9600K does leave a bit to be desired, and in some more modern titles, it may not perform as fast as some of the higher end Intel processors which offer similar clockspeeds, but the addition of hyper-threading for improved multi-threaded performance. It’s highly recommended that you also pickup a CPU cooler such as the Cryorig H7, or even an AIO water based cooler such as the Corsair H100i Pro if you really want to get the highest clock speeds possible.

Buy the Intel Core i5-9600K

 

Best Workstation CPU Under $300

AMD Ryzen 7 2700

AMD Ryzen 7 2700

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700 comes equipped with 8-cores and 16-threads and has IPC comparable albeit slightly lower than Intel’s latest CPUs. However, with a higher core-count and SMT, it’s a fantastic value for those looking to get some actual work done on their PC. Those interested in doing tasks such as video editing, 3D modeling, audio production, streaming, etc. will perform well despite the relatively low cost. That said, those who utilize applications that are either mostly single threaded or aren’t able to saturate all of the threads of the Ryzen 7 2700 will find that Intel CPUs with their slight IPC lead and higher clock speeds win out. Luckily in most productivity apps, app developers have made applications better at taking advantage of multi-threaded processors and in today’s world, single threaded applications are the exception rather than the norm.

For those looking to build a gaming workstation, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 still has solid gaming performance though it does cost a bit more than the Intel Core i5-9600K, which is a better pure gaming CPU at this pricepoint. Those with a few more bucks to spare and want the best of both worlds can also step up to the AMD Ryzen 2700X, which has higher clockspeeds than the Ryzen 7 2700, but this unfortunately does come at a higher pricetag.

Buy the Ryzen 2700

 

Best Gaming CPU Under $500

Intel Core i7-9700K

Intel i7 9700K

With an MSRP of around $400, the Intel Core i7-9700K won’t be put in any budget builds, but with 8-cores that can overclock over 5GHz reliably makes this just about the best pure gaming CPU on the market. Some modern games like Assassins Creed, Battlefield 5 and Watch Dogs 2 can use up to 16 threads, but with the speed of this CPU you really won’t need it, at least for now. This Core i7 trades blows with last years Intel Core i7-8700K with the addition of two extra CPU cores but sans hyper-threading, so if you already have last year’s CPU, there really isn’t much reason to pick this one up. Interestingly enough though this is the first desktop i7 to ever lack hyper-threading.

As a K-series SKU, this CPU does lack a cooler so we would recommend at minimum a Cryorig H7, but you’re simply not doing it justice without using something power powerful such as the Corsair H100i Pro. Of all the mainstream CPUs, a properly overclocked (or even stock) Core i7-9700K will get the highest frame rates possible (especially if you plan on buying a monitor that is above the 160Hz range) but it should be paired with a strong motherboard with a quality power delivery system and a third party cooler such as those recommended above.

Buy the Intel Core i7-9700K

 

Best Workstation CPU Under $500

AMD Ryzen 2700X

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For the user who does a lot more than pure gaming, the AMD Ryzen 2700X is the best option at the under $500 pricepoint and it’s priced at just a hair over $300. When compared to the AMD Ryzen 2700, the Ryzen 2700X has an upgraded cooler, higher clock speeds and AMD XFR 2.0 which should push just about every CPU to 4.2/4.3GHz though you would need to pair this with an X470 motherboard to get the full potential of the CPU.

The only caveat with the Ryzen 7 2700X however is that if you get lucky and know how to overclock well, you could get similar performance from the cheaper Ryzen 7 2700 although you’d be gambling on the silicon lottery.

Buy the AMD Ryzen 2700X

 

Best CPU Under $1500

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

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For most people, $1,500 is a lot to spend on a CPU especially since most total system budgets sit around that price. However, for those who truly need the computing horsepower, we wanted to find something that is worth the money. This is where the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX shines. As a chip designed for workstation use, those looking to build a heavy duty rig capable of rendering video, 3D models, encoding/decoding, or whatever your purpose will likely not find anything better than the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX.

If you plan on gaming and or streaming on your workstation you may want to consider the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X since the WX chips are designed for workstation and can have some latency in high end gaming scenarios, which isn’t terrible if you only game every once in a while but would be an issue if you’re a serious gamer.

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX packs 24 cores and 48 threads at 3GHz, and uses AMD’s X399 platform featuring 64 PCIe lanes, quad-channel memory with support for up to 128GB of memory, and depending on the motherboard just about all the USB, SATA and fan headers you could ever ask for. This and its more expensive brother the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX is the CPU for content creators, artists and just about anyone who needs as many cores as possible in a single system.

Buy the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX

 

CPU Buying Guide

CPUs for Gaming

When looking for a gaming CPU, you have to ask yourself a few questions.

 

What resolution and refresh rate you plan on gaming on

The higher the resolution you plan on gaming on, the more a powerful GPU will be needed and less strain will be put on the CPU. This is due to the fact that more of a bottleneck will be placed on the GPU to render the intense graphics load, adversely the higher refresh rate you got the more necessary a more powerful CPU becomes.

Generally speaking, if your CPU can get to 200FPS at a lower resolution it can do the same at a higher one, as the CPU is fast enough to get to that frame rate, this is because the CPU is doing the same amount of work at a higher resolution so its output should be the same. TLDR: 1080P 240Hz requires a very fast CPU with a high-end GPU or a mid-range one at lower settings, while 4k 60Hz requires a very powerful GPU and a relatively modern CPU.

 

What type of GPU do you plan on buying or upgrading to?

If you plan on buying a mid-range GPU and plan on playing games at 1080P 60Hz most of our options past $100 should be sufficient, though if you plan on playing games at a high refresh rate and buying a very high-end GPU like the RTX 2080 TI you should aim at a higher end CPU.

 

How long do you plan on keeping the system?

As time goes on, more and more applications and games support more cores, a lot of this is due to single core performance remaining stagnant over the past few years and in the case of gaming the new consoles are rumored to have between 8 and 12 cores with double the threads, which in the last generation pushed developers toward newer engines that used up to 16 threads even though the consoles only went up to 8.

We should expect more of the same as time goes on and in general I would advise against dual cores which are struggling now in many modern titles (some don’t even run) and would advise 6 cores and up especially if you run anything in the background while gaming like Skype, Discord, record videos, stream video and anything more strenuous as quad cores can run into some trouble while gaming especially if they lack Intel’s Hyperthreading or AMD’s implementation SMT.

 

AMD Vs Intel

Previously AMD had a severe disadvantage compared to Intel in single threaded performance, that gap in recent years with the release of Ryzen has decreased significantly. For pure gaming builds that demand the highest clock speeds to get the fastest frame rates possible today, you should stick to Intel with the Core i5 and up. For everyone else generally you get more bang for your buck with AMD’s Ryzen CPUs, though in some workloads Intel CPUs are faster at roughly the same price, but when you combine things like motherboard costs, and stock coolers being included on all their CPUs the person with the more intense workload and tighter budget should look to the Ryzen.

 

Overclocking

Overclocking is something most enthusiasts should at least try. In some situations it can give a huge performance benefit, from 5-40% generally with most CPUs sitting in the 10-20% range, adding a new CPU cooler and higher end motherboard can be costly and isn’t always practical depending on the budget you decide on so exercise with some caution as PC builds can blow out of proportion very quickly. Those who don’t want to spend the time and energy troubleshooting and tinkering anymore than they have to should look to the AMD Ryzen X variant CPUs, as well as the Core i7 9700K and i9 9900K as they get very close to maximum performance out of the box, though the other two require coolers.

 

Balancing your build

If you plan on doing an entire build from scratch or revamp most of your system, make sure not to build a top-heavy PC, with the latest and greatest CPU while still using an old hard drive, slow RAM and a dated graphics card. Most of this will depend on your use case though, as you may opt for NVME SSDs over cheaper SATA drives, RAM speed as well capacity and design are all another factor and is covered more thoroughly in our How much RAM do I need article. Graphics will also depend on use case as gamers will want to try to allocate a large portion of their budget towards the graphics card while someone using an office PC will not need anywhere near as much.

AMD Announces Radeon VII Packing Vega II, 16GB HBM, $699 Pricepoint

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At CES 2019, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa SU spoke on several products at their keynote and while many users were disappointed that AMD did not announce a rumored $250 GPU that would give GTX 1080 class performance, AMD did surprise the world by announcing the world’s first 7nm GPU for the consumer market. Rather than being built on the Navi architecture, the new GPU is based on the second iteration of Vega, and will be named Radeon VII. The new GPU is expected to bring performance comparable to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and GTX 1080TI.

This year marks the first time that AMD has ever had a keynote at CES, and this product was definitely a shocker. The Radeon VII will heat up the GPU wars and give Nvidia’s previously uncontested GeForce RTX 2080 a run for its money. For gamers not interested in Nvidia’s DLSS and ray tracing features, which frankly has had a much slower rollout than most of us have expected, the Radeon VII is shaping up to be a strong competitor at a lower pricepoint.

As far as specs go, the Radeon VII’s most interesting feature is that it now packs 16GB of HBM2. Memory bus width has now been doubled to 4096-bit from 2048-bit. This provides a whopping 1TB/s of bandwidth. In case that sounds a bit high, it’s not. You read that correctly. 1 TERABYTE per second.  While high definition gamers could definitely utilize this new capability, this card will likely have huge implications in the prosumer market, especially for those who want to utilize the Radeon VII for gaming and creative applications. As far as the core GPU, the Radeon VII will utilize the Vega 20 GPU with 60 of the 64 CUs enabled, and will feature a boost clock of up to 1800 MHz. This is slightly faster compared to 1546 MHz of the previous Vega 64.  The card pushes 13.8 TFLOPS compared to the Vega 64’s 12.7 TFLOPS.

In the real world, this means the Radeon VII will perform roughly ~29 percent faster in Battlefield V, ~25 percent faster in esports titles and up to ~40 percent in games that support Vulcan. AMD also claims that users who use programs such as Adobe Premiere and Blender will get a noticeable jump in performance too.

The Radeon VII though it will be launching on February 7th at an MSRP of $699, and roughly £550.

Nvidia Announces Support for Adaptive Sync (FreeSync) Displays on GeForce Graphics Cards, What It Means For AMD

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In a stunning move from Nvidia earlier this week, the GPU company announced that they would finally begin supporting adaptive sync functionality on AMD FreeSync monitors. Previously, Nvidia graphics cards were only compatible with their proprietary G-Sync system, which is technically a slightly better implementation of adaptive sync monitor technology when compared to FreeSync however, monitors that support G-Sync require an additional piece of hardware from Nvidia to handle the variable refresh rate of the monitor which makes the monitors supporting G-Sync more expensive (usually in the range of $100-$250) than monitors of similar feature sets without the G-Sync hardware.

While Nvidia has resisted supporting FreeSync, or as VESA refer to as Adaptive Sync, up until now, Nvidia recently announced that it will be available on all “Pascal and Turing cards ending in X” which is all 10 series cards from the GTX 1050 and up, as well as all upcoming RTX cards. Nvidia has stated that all Adaptive Sync monitors will be able to enable the G-Sync functionality through the driver, though they will still be manually validating monitors that will work with G-Sync automatically. They have already validated 12 monitors and plan on doing many more, though they’re quite picky since there is currently over 400 FreeSync panels that exist in the market.

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This development is possibly spurred by Nvidia’s recent stock plunge as a result of reduced demand and could be yet another good reason to buy the new GeForce RTX 2060, especially for those who have already invested into the FreeSync ecosystem. This removes one of AMD’s greatest strengths as Nvidia customers are now able to select from not only G-Sync monitors, but also the same wide variety of FreeSync monitors previously only available to AMD graphics card customers.

Nvidia will begin rolling out a new driver update on the 15th which will include support for monitors utilizing Adaptive Sync.

Nvidia Unveils its RTX 2060 Priced at $349 Packing 6GB of GDDR6 at CES 2019

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With the launch of Nvidia’s 20-series GPUs seemingly an eternity ago, Nvidia has finally announced a January 15th release date for their Geforce RTX 2060. The new graphics card uses the same GPU core as the GTX 2070, the TU106, though is cut down featuring 1920 CUDA cores, 240 tensor cores, 30 RT cores, 120 TMUs and 48 ROPs. This allows the card to be capable of up to 6.5 TFLOPS, which is roughly equivalent to the performance of a GeForce GTX 1070 while still maintaining a 160w TDP compared to the 120w and 150w of the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 respectively. It comes equipped with 6GB of GDDR6 running on an 192-bit bus, providing a bandwidth of 336GB/s (the same as the older GTX 980TI).

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The card does sit at the high end of the mid-range market at $349. This is partly due to the fact that Nvidia doesn’t have much direct competition and the fact that the GPU die is slightly larger than the GTX 1070 which will likely increase cost. This card does include all of Nvidia’s latest RTX features, though this one is much like the GTX 2070, and will need to lean strongly on features like DLSS in order to be able to competently do ray tracing without significant performance drops.

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Reviews that have been published recently does show the RTX 2060 performing faster than the GTX 1070 and 1070TI which makes the high pricing seem a bit easier to swallow, as this likely is the best value in the entire RTX lineup. Nvidia went on to show slides of it getting average FPS’s of above 60FPS with high settings and medium quality at 1440P with DLSS enabled.

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Nvidia will be including a game bundle which includes Anthem or Battlefield 5 with the RTX 2060/70 cards and both titles with RTX 2080/TI models.  Nvidia also stated that the official launch will be on January 5th. Both of these titles will feature DLSS and Battlefield 5 currently supports ray tracing, so this seems like a good idea to push their new cards with games that can actually use the functionality.

Microsoft Adds Update Pausing Feature on Windows 10 Home

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Generally speaking, always being up to date on the latest Windows patches is a pretty good thing. Updating your system will not only fix bugs and add new features, it also includes security patches that prevent hackers from having their way with your system.

While there are plenty of benefits to having the latest updates, sometimes updates do cause issues. As Microsoft doesn’t have the capability of internally testing each update with billions of computers on the planet before they release it, updates sometimes causes issues which get fixed in a later update. For those who can’t afford to have any issues with their systems, it’s important to be able to hold off on these updates at least for a short period of time until the issues are ironed out.

While Windows 10 Enterprise users have had the option to pause automatic updates for up to 35 days, Windows 10 Home users do not have this option. However, it appears that Microsoft is making an effort to provide this highly requested feature to Windows 10 Home users.

In the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (19H1), it appears that a new option is available in Windows Update to “Pause Updates for 7 Days”. This setting can be accessed via Settings –> Update & Security –> Windows Update. This will allow users to wait up to seven days before automatically downloading any updates, ensuring that Microsoft is able to fix issues faced by early adopters or users can take steps to avoid a potential problem before an automatic update is rolled out to their systems.

 

Source: Thurrott

ASUS Announces Massive ROG Mothership GZ700 Gaming Laptop

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CES 2019 is chock-full of weird hardware, but the ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700 is definitely takes the cake as one of the craziest gaming laptops available.

Name ROG Mothership GZ700
Processor Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK
Operating system Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro (ASUS recommends Windows 10 Pro)
Display 17.3” FHD (1920×1080) IPS-level panel, 144Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB, Optimus, G-SYNC™
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
Memory DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM up to 64GB
Storage 3 x M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 512GB SSD
Wireless Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200, 2×2 802.11ax Wi-Fi
Bluetooth® 5.0 (Version may vary as the OS upgrades)
Connectivity 1 x USB3.1 Gen2 (Type-C) / Thunderbolt 3
1 x USB3.1 Gen2 (TypeC) / VirtualLink
3 x USB3.1 Gen2 (Type-A)
1 x USB3.1 Gen1 (Type A) / USB charger +
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack
1 x 3.5mm microphone jack
1 x RJ-45 jack
1 x SD card reader
1 x Kensington lock
Keyboard Detachable with wired or wireless modes
Per-key Aura Sync RGB backlighting (Aura Sync wired only)
2.5mm travel distance
N-key rollover
Audio 4 x 4W speakers with Smart Amp technology
Array microphone
AC adapter 2 x 280W power adapter
Dimensions 410 (W) x 320 (D) x 29.9 (H) mm
Weight 4.7kg (estimated)

The Mothership GZ 700 should be addressed as a convertible rather than a laptop. The secret ingredient is its magnetically attached keyboard. When detached, the top portion folds can be folded under the keys, freeing up precious desk space. The right-aligned touchpad also doubles as a touch-sensitive numpad, complete with a visible grid.

Removing the Mothership’s keyboard doesn’t render it a tablet. Sure its 17″ 144Hz 1,080p IPS display goads at your index finger, and the stepless kickstand adds to the illusion, but it actually lacks a touchscreen. That’s sure to draw some disappointed frowns.

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There’s little to frown over the hardware, however, as the Mothership touts the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and the Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU cooled by two 12V fans. It supports up to 64Gb of DDR4 RAM and triple 512GB NVMe SSDs.

To realize this beast, ASUS had to retool the internal components so that everything can actually fit. The motherboard, for example, is in a “U” shape rather than the traditional square.

Packing the Mothership could prove challenging as all the hot hardware come at the cost of bulk. The Mothership is 29.9mm thick and weighs 4.7 kg. With that said, it’s still commendable that a single-unit performance gaming PC can be squeezed into a form factor this small.

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ASUS hasn’t announced how much it’s going to be yet, only that it promises a Q2 delivery date. Considering its novelty and performance, don’t hold your breath for an affordable price tag. Those interested can check out the full press release here.

Razer Blade 15 Now Packing Nvidia GeForce RTX Graphics

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Following Nvidia’s announcement of the new mobile GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs, Razer wasted no time announcing updates to their Blade 15 gaming laptop.

Starting at $1,599, the Razer Blade 15 packs either an 15-inch Full HD (1920×1080) 144Hz display or a 4K (3840×2160) touch display with full 100% Adobe RGB color support. The laptop also features the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-core processor, 16GB of DDR4 memory, up to 512GB of ultrafast SSD storage, and a choice between the new GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070, or RTX 2080 with Max-Q design.

As for the design, the Razer Blade 15 maintains its sleek and stealth look. It’s still one of the most compact 15.6-inch gaming laptops on the market thanks to its use of individually CNC-milled aluminum blocks allowing the laptop to measure in at just 0.7-inches thick.

The updated Razer Blade 15 will be available beginning January 29. More information about the Razer Blade 15 is available at the Razer website here.

T-Mobile OnePlus 6T Receives New Software Update (Build: A6013_34_181228)

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If you’re a T-Mobile OnePlus 6T owner, good news! T-Mobile has recently released a new software update, Android 9.0 Build Number: A6013_34_181228. According to the software version details, the new update “Enables support for additional domestic roaming partners”.

In order to update, simply swipe up from the Home screen and tap Settings. From there, scroll down and select System > System Update > Check for Update. Then simply follow the onscreen directions to update to the latest software.

Has anybody installed the latest update? Leave your feedback below!