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March 12, 2019

Intel CPU Shortage to Worsen in 2H2019

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 [...]

 
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February 28, 2019

Micron Announces Massive 1TB c200 microSD Card

Micron is once again returning to the microSD card market with the introduction of the new Micron c200. The Micron c200 will be the world’s first microSD card to sport capacities up to 1TB thanks to Micron’s use of their new 96-layer 3D QLC NAND.

The new microSD card will be rated at up to 100MB/s reads and 95MB/s writes with a class rating of UHS-I Speed Class 3 and A2 (Application Class 2). This will make the c200 an excellent microSD card for 4K content, game consoles, and burst mode photography.

The Micron c200 is currently sampling and will be available in capacities of 128GB to 1TB in Q2 2019. Pricing information is currently unavailable at [...]

 
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February 28, 2019

The Best Workstation PC Builds of 2019

Welcome to Custom PC Review’s Best Workstation PC Computer Builds section! Here’s where you’ll find that new build to power your work to the next level! These builds are designed to help give you an idea of what kind of PC hardware you’ll need for building a great workhouse for powering you through intense applications such as photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling and more! If that’s what you intend to do with this machine, keep reading. If you’re looking for another computer build such as a gaming PC build, please jump over to our Computer Builds section for more builds!

Workstations are among the best builds you should put together [...]

 
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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 used in [...]

 
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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 able [...]

 
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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 of the [...]

 
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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:

At @TMobile [...]

 
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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 generating [...]

 
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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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