If you’re on cable internet, chances are you probably pay a monthly fee to your service provider to rent one of their modems. However, this fee can be eliminated by simply bringing your own modem and installing it yourself.
While cable companies would much rather you pay a fee to rent their equipment, FCC rules dictate that cable companies must allow customers to bring their own equipment if they choose. As such, today we’ll be sharing several of what we think are the best cable modems on the market today.
Best Cable Modem Overall ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183
For most people, the ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183 will be the best cable [...]
A few weeks ago, AMD launched the Radeon RX 500 series, which is mostly a refresh of the previous-generation RX 400 series they launched less than a year ago. Mostly because the Radeon RX 500 series is based on the very same Polaris architecture as its predecessor, albeit on a slightly more mature process. Whatever your stance on rebadges, it’s clear that AMD has decided to double-down on its Polaris architecture in 2017, at least for the midrange and entry-level segments until its RX Vega GPUs appear later on to cover the high-end market. So like it are not, Polaris is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Today, we’re going to take a [...]
Gaming hardware has traditionally held a reputation for being bulky and intimidating. Gaming PCs are often visualized as huge towers decked out with flashy lights and sports car inspired paint jobs. While that would’ve been accurate just a few years ago, performance PCs are no longer confined to just “big”. Thanks to ever increasing tiny hardware that pack a serious punch, SFF, or Small Form-Factor, gaming systems are significantly growing in popularity.
Today we’ll be reviewing one tiny, budget-focused graphics card that can fit almost anywhere yet provide decent gaming performance for the casual gamer, the [...]
As we live in a more and more connected world, being able to conduct an internet speed test and subsequently interpret the results is one of the most important computer skills to have.
This is important for many reasons as it’s not only the first thing to do when troubleshooting a connection issue, it’s also necessary to determine if you’re getting the correct internet speeds you’ve paid for from your ISP.
What is Internet Speed, Ping, and Jitter
Before we begin, let’s first discuss bandwidth and latency, which are the two components that make up “internet speed”.
Bandwidth, which is most [...]
In a recent announcement, ARRIS took the wraps off the fastest cable modem they’ve ever built, the SurfBoard SB8200.
According to the release, the ARRIS SurfBoard SB8200 is a DOCSIS 3.1 ready modem featuring 32 download and 8 upload SC-QAM channels along with 2 download OFDM and 2 Upload OFDMA channels. It’s capable of theoretical speeds up to 10Gbps, a whopping 10x faster than DOCSIS 3.0 however, as the device only features two Gigabit Ethernet ports, maximum bandwidth is actually capped at a paltry 2Gbps. For those who need it, the SB8200 also supports both IPv4 as well as IPv6 technologies.
Carrying a MSRP of $199.99, the ARRIS SurfBoard [...]
When AMD released the Radeon RX 470 in August of last year, high demand coupled with low supply meant that it almost didn’t make much sense thanks to its inflated pricing at the time. However, in the months since, pricing has dropped quite a bit and with recent driver updates, the performance of the Radeon RX 470 has significantly improved in performance as well. Is the RX 470 worth considering for someone looking for a sub-$200 1080p gaming graphics card?
Today, we’re going to see about answering that question as we look at the PowerColor Radeon RX 470 Red Devil 4GB, which is one of the more premium and fully-loaded RX 470 [...]
Charter Communications has been sued by the state of New York. The reason? Slow internet speeds.
The lawsuit, which simply seeks full restitution, was filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who told customers that “The allegations in today’s lawsuits confirm what many of you have long suspected… Spectrum-Time Warner has been ripping you off.”
According to the lawsuit, Charter’s recent acquisition, Time Warner Cable, had been ripping off customers since 2012 by selling them higher speed internet services than it could actually deliver. As a result, more than 640,000 customers received slower internet services than [...]
The WSJ recently reported that Verizon may be looking into a merger with Charter, a move that would merge the two of the largest ISPs in the US. According to the report, “Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has made a preliminary approach to officials close to Charter,” and are “working with advisers to study a potential transaction”.
Verizon is reported to be interested in purchasing additional telecom companies in order to increase their ability to bundle wireless communications services alongside landline services to drive demand. Demand for Verizon’s wireless products have slowed over the past few years as subscriber and revenue growth have [...]
When NVIDIA first announced the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards back in May, it was very clear that they had a pair of winners on their hands. Fast forward four months to today, and it seems that the company is still commanding the high-end GPU market with no competition expected from rival AMD until early-2017. With that in mind, anyone in the market for a high-end graphics card really only has two options – the GeForce GTX 1080 or the GeForce GTX 1070.
Today, we’re taking a look at the latter or more specifically, the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! ZOTAC is a company who’ve been producing GeForce graphics cards [...]
Several years ago, we reviewed the Patriot Viper 3 which was a great memory kit with aggressive styling, good performance, and a reasonable cost. Since then, we’ve seen the launch of DDR4 alongside several new platforms which support the new memory including Intel’s Skylake and Broadwell-E platforms.
The switch to DDR4 brings on several new features, the most notable benefit is that DDR4 dies are expected to be significantly higher density than DDR3, allowing manufacturer to achieve higher capacities per DIMM. DDR4 also operates at higher frequencies yet requires lower operating voltages paving way for higher performance [...]