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July 27, 2017

AMD Ryzen Threadripper De-Lidded, Reveals Four Dies in Epyc Fashion

Our favorite overclocker, der8auer is back again with a new video, this time de-lidding AMD’s new Ryzen Threadripper CPU.

According to the video, we can see that AMD is once again using proper solder to interface the CPU dies and the integrated heatspreader rather than the cheap thermal interface material Intel has been using on their mainstream and HEDT CPUs. This should be exciting for overclockers as they won’t need to remove the IHS on Ryzen Threadripper for overclocking.

Interestingly enough, the video also reveals another surprise. Underneath the massive headspreader is actually a four die configuration, similar to the die configuration of [...]

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July 27, 2017

Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Hierarchy

If you’re just starting your research on a new graphics card, you probably have no idea where to start. This is why we’ve decided to put together a graphics card comparison chart ranking each of the latest graphics cards based on its performance capabilities.

The comparison chart below is based on research from multiple review sites as well as performance numbers gathered from own reviews and testing. Keep in mind that each of the graphics card vendors have their own preferred game development partners, so in some rare instances in specific games, a graphics card from one vendor may outperform a higher ranked graphics cards from another vendor.

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July 27, 2017

AMD Launches Ryzen 3 Processors Starting at $110

Wrapping up the launch of the mainstream Ryzen lineup, AMD rolled out the Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300X CPUs this morning.

At the entry level is the Ryzen 3 1200 which will be a quad core Zen-architecture based CPU sporting a clock speed of 3.1GHz and a boost clock of 3.4GHz. For those with appropriate cooling, XFR will further bring it up an additional 50MHz. A step above is the Ryzen 3 1300X which will also be a quad core Zen-architecture based CPU, but will sport a slightly higher clock speed at 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 3.7GHz. XFR will further add an additional 200MHz for those with appropriate cooling. Both CPUs are rated at 65W TDP and will come with Wraith [...]

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July 27, 2017

How to Upload Pictures to Snapchat from Gallery

Although this may be the first time you’re using it, Snapchat is one of the most popular social networking platforms on mobile devices. Snapchat’s major differentiating factor is that photos or videos are sent out as what they call “Snaps” to either users you select or you can post them as stories so others can see what you’ve been up to.

However, one thing about the Snapchat is that if you’ve been a user of Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, Snapchat’s interface isn’t the easiest to figure out. There are very few instructions in the app on how to use it, which makes it difficult to do simple things like upload a picture or [...]

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July 27, 2017

How to Increase FPS in Games

We’ve all been there. The moment when the new Call of Duty is released and we wait eagerly to download and install it only to find out that it runs at 10 FPS our old gaming system. Or after setting up a brand new “school” PC to find that it performance on CS:GO, TF2, LoL, and Overwatch isn’t exactly what you expected.  It happens.

While the ideal thing to do at this point is to buy a completely new gaming PC with the best gaming graphics card and the best CPU, that’s unfortunately not feasible for most people. As such, here’s a list of the best ways to increase the FPS in your games before going out and spending $2,000 for a new gaming [...]

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July 26, 2017

Download Firefox Standalone Offline Installer for Easy Deployment

Like Google Chrome, if you just go directly to the Mozilla Firefox website, you’re directed to download the Firefox Stub Installer, which is essentially a file that detects your operating system then downloads the most appropriate version of Firefox from the web then installs it. While this works fine if you’re planning to just use Firefox on one computer that has internet access, if you’re trying to deploy Firefox on multiple machines that may or may not have internet access, using a stub installer is a massive waste of time and bandwidth.

Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is available as standalone offline installers, but finding them is a bit [...]

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July 26, 2017

EagleTree Capital Buys Majority Stake in CORSAIR for $525 Million

In a recent press release, CORSAIR announced that EagleTree Capital has reached an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the company for $525 Million.

EagleTree Capital will be purchasing the majority stake from CORSAIR shareholders Francisco Partners and several other minority shareholders. Current CORSAIR Founder and CEO Andy Paul will continue to hold a large equity stake in his company and continue his role as CEO.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with EagleTree and leverage the team’s consumer products expertise to further accelerate our progress,” said Andy Paul, Founder and CEO of CORSAIR. “We are very fortunate to have attracted such [...]

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July 25, 2017

Review: NordVPN VPN Service

Welcome back to the second installment in our new series of VPN reviews. Last week we reviewed KeepSolid’s VPN Unlimited and this week we’ll be reviewing NordVPN.

NordVPN is a Panama-based VPN service founded back in 2012. The service is extremely well reviewed, has one of the largest selections of servers around the world and is reasonably priced, but should you sign up for the service? Let’s find out!

 

The BasicsVPN Service NordVPNServers 1085Locations 61Protocols L2TP, PPTP, OpenVPN TCP, OpenVPN UDPMaximum Devices 6Auto-Connect YesKill-Switch YesDNS Leak Protection YesLogging Policy No [...]
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July 25, 2017

AMD RX Vega 3D Mark Fire Strike Benchmarks Leaked

AMD’s highly anticipated Radeon RX Vega isn’t expected to launch until AMD’s SIGGRAPH event at the end of this month, but it appears that at least one crafty individual has already gotten his hands on one of these cards an decided to leak some more 3D Mark scores to the world.

The leaker shared three runs of 3D Mark Fire Strike where the RX Vega card was able to achieve 20,949, 22,291, and 22,330. This puts the performance of the RX Vega somewhere on par with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. This is consistent with previous leaks from the 3D Mark 11 database.

According to the leaked screenshots, the AMD RX [...]

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July 25, 2017

How to Edit the Hosts File in Windows 10 to Block Malware

One of the easiest yet least known ways to drastically improve any PC’s ability to defend itself against malware such as adware or spyware is to simply redirect malicious websites using the hosts file.

What is a hosts file and how does editing it block malware?

Before we begin, let’s first talk about what a host file is. When a PC accesses the internet, it uses a DNS server to resolve domain names to IP addresses. Your PC then follows the IP addresses to the servers that will serve you a webpage or provide you with another service.

For example, when you type in Google.com, your PC will ask a DNS server what the IP address of Google.com is. The DNS [...]

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