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January 8, 2019

Ask CPCR: How Much RAM Do You Need?

For those new to buying or building PCs, one of the most common questions is “How much RAM do I need?“. While the best answer to this question really depends on what you plan on doing with your PC, there are some general guidelines you can follow in order to get a good estimate on how much RAM is optimal.

 

How is RAM Used in Computers

Before we decide how much RAM is needed for your new PC, it’s important to first understand how RAM is actually used in it. RAM, which is often also referred to as system memory, is an acronym for Random Access Memory. While it would take quite a long time to fully explain all the cases of how RAM is [...]

 
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January 7, 2019

Microsoft Adds Update Pausing Feature on Windows 10 Home

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 [...]

 
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January 7, 2019

Razer Blade 15 Now Packing Nvidia GeForce RTX Graphics

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 [...]

 
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January 6, 2019

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

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!

 
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January 5, 2019

T-Mobile Offering Flexible Payment Options for Federal Workers Affected by Shutdown

As the partial shutdown of the US Federal Government continues into its second week with no end in sight, over 800,000 US Government employees continue to be either furloughed for those deemed non-essential, or still on the job for those deemed essential, but not getting paid until congress and the President can agree to a budget. For many Federal Government employees who depend on their bi-weekly paychecks, this has caused significant financial burden especially when many don’t know how they will be able to pay their next rent, electric, or even cell phone bill.

T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, recently Tweeted the following:

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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 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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