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February 2, 2017

PC Gaming Hardware Market Surpasses $30 Billion with Projected 6% CAGR

Remember all those guys spewing all that non-sense on how smartphones and tablets are going to replace gaming PCs? Well, it looks like it hasn’t gone to plan. The PC gaming market is exploding, now reaching a massive $30 Billion with a projected 6% CAGR through 2019, according to market intelligence firm Jon Peddle Research. Previously, the PC gaming hardware market wasn’t expected to reach $30 Billion until 2018. PC Gamers FTW.

According to the research numbers, the $30 Billion market is split into three categories – Entry Level, Mid-Range, and High-End. The High-End portion of the market, which is led by North American and Western Europe, [...]

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February 2, 2017

AMD Promises Windows 7 Support for Ryzen

As Intel is expected to provide full support only Windows 10, AMD has a different idea.

The company promises to provide drivers for Windows 7 for its upcoming Ryzen CPUs. This means that it’s likely that Windows 7 will be able to take advantage of all the new features integrated into Ryzen. With that said, full support for Windows 7 isn’t guaranteed. When developing a driver, companies must rely on the cooperation of the operating system vendor as well and Microsoft appears un-interested in supporting Windows 7. Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. It isn’t clear how AMD is going to deal with graphics-equipped Ryzen [...]

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February 2, 2017

T-Mobile Rated Best in Customer Satisfaction, Net Promoters, Likelihood to Recommend in 2016

T-Mobile is looking pretty smug these days as Nielsen recently released their Mobile Insights for 2016 ranking T-Mobile #1 in Overall Satisfaction. This comes at no surprise as T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, made customer service and customer satisfaction a top priority for the company when he joined T-Mobile as CEO in 2012. In addition to an aggressive social media customer service campaign, T-Mobile has also initiated numerous Un-carrier moves which eliminated wireless service pain points such as contracts, overages, fees, and more.

According to the stats which are based on surveys of more than 30,000 participants a month, T-Mobile was able to beat out its [...]

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February 1, 2017

Here We Go Again: OnePlus, Meizu Caught Cheating on Benchmarks

Looks like benchmark cheating we’ve seen in the past isn’t over just yet. XDA has just reported that both OnePlus and Meizu have been rigging its software for favorable performance results in benchmarks.

In the case of OnePlus, the Snapdragon 821 SoC in the OnePlus 3T would stay way above the idle clock speeds when engaged in certain apps. Instead of dropping down to 0.31GHz for both the performance and power CPU clusters, the performance clusters would stay consistently at 1.29 GHz while the power clusters sat at 0.98GHz.

XDA suspected that the software was ramping up the clock speed based on the name of the software package by loosening the thermal [...]

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February 1, 2017

T-Mobile Will Pay Your Taxes, New Smartphone Taxes That Is

Tax season is coming up which always sucks, but look at the bright side. T-Mobile recently announced that they’ll cover your sales tax on a new smartphone!

According to the T-Mobile website, those on either T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited plans who buy a new smartphone on EIP (Equipment Installment Plan) will get 11.2% (11.5% in Puerto Rico) back on a prepaid MasterCard. If you’ve been eyeing a new smartphone lately and aren’t interested in waiting for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G7, this could be an excellent time to buy a new phone.

In order to take advantage of this promotion, simply purchase a new smartphone, ensure [...]

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February 1, 2017

HGST HDDs Most Reliable Once Again as Backblaze Releases 2016 Hard Drive Failure Stats

Popular low cost cloud storage company Backblaze recently shared their hard drive failure rates for 2016 and to no surprise, HGST is once again the most reliable HDD maker.

According to the stats, Backblaze has a total of 71,939 HDDs in their datacenter and 1,225 of them failed in 2016. Most of the failures came from Seagate’s 4TB ST4000DM000 drives which saw 938 of the 34,738 drives fail over the year with an average age of 21.73 months.

Aggregating all the hard drive failures by manufacturer, the hard drive maker with the least failure rates once again was HGST which only experienced a failure rate of 0.60%. The drivemaker with the [...]

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January 31, 2017

AMD Ryzen CPU Confirmed for March, Vega and Naples in 2Q, 7nm, Zen 2 and Zen 3 on the Way

AMD’s latest earnings call was a mixed bag as revenues declined over 3Q2016 and are expected to continue to decline heading into 1Q2017. However, despite the quarterly setbacks, AMD had a positive 2016 overall with increased revenues and lower debt over the previous year.

What’s even more exciting for AMD however, is the amount of high profile product launches coming this year. During AMD’s earnings call, AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su confirmed that Ryzen will launch with “…widespread system and channel availability expected on day one” in early March. This confirms a previous leak that AMD will launch Ryzen during or before GDC. This is no [...]

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January 31, 2017

SK Hynix Readies 4GB 2nd Gen HBM2 for 1Q 2017 Launch

According to SK Hynix 1Q2017 Databook for graphics, it’s confirmed that SK Hynix’s 4GB HBM2 memory modules are getting ready for production in 1Q2017.

One of the hottest consumer products that is expected to take advantage of HBM2 is AMD’s highly anticipated Vega graphics cards. Among the memory lineup, the 5mKGSD SKU is the most likely candidate to be featured on the Vega GPU. The 5mKGSD configuration is 4 stacks tall and features a memory density of 4GB/ stack. At CES 2017, we saw a glimpse of an engineering sample of Vega carrying 2 stacks of HBM2 on its interposer. It was rumored to have 8GB of VRAM, which helps confirm our [...]

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January 31, 2017

LG UltraFine 5K Display Discovered to Have Issues When Used Near Routers

After Apple decided to drop out of the monitor market after years of selling their beautiful Cinema Displays, the position of its beloved Thunderbolt Display is now being filled by the LG with their new UltraFine 5K display. Sporting a modern design, the LG UltraFine 5K features a IPS panel with a resolution of 5120 x 2880, packing a whopping 14.7 million pixels into the 27-inch display.

While the display is unquestionably one of the most beautiful ever made, it has recently been discovered that there’s a pretty big problem – the display stops working when it’s in close proximity of a router. According to 9to5 Mac, the screen would flicker when [...]

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January 30, 2017

Ubisoft Reveals Ghost Recon: Wildlands Closed Beta PC System Requirements

Ubisoft has finally revealed the system requirements for their upcoming closed beta of Ghost Recon: Wildlands, which will take place on February 3rd and continue until February 6th.  It is worth highlighting that these system requirements are only for the closed beta, and are subject to change for the full release of the title on March 7th. Still, this should give us some indication of what fans of the series are to expect going forward.

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OS: MS Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) CPU: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-4320 @ 4 GHz RAM: 6GB GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 [...]
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