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February 13, 2017

Razer Updates 14-inch Razer Blade: Adds Kaby Lake, UHD Screen Option

If you’ve been eyeing a new Razer Blade 14-inch gaming laptop, you’ll be glad to know that Razer just refreshed the components onboard, now featuring Intel’s recently released Kaby Lake 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor and an option for a 4K UHD touchscreen, which will be available for the first time on the 14-inch model.

Updates aside, the rest of the 14-inch Razer Blade remains the same, featuring 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, Killer Wireless AC, Thunderbolt 3, and up to 1TB PCIe SSD storage all in a form factor just 0.70-inches thin.

Starting price on the Blade 14-inch remains unchanged at $1,899. Those [...]

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February 13, 2017

Verizon Admits Defeat, Announces $80 Unlimited Talk, Text, Data Plan

You know those people who think they’re too cool to show up to your party because they think their party is going to be better, but then everybody shows up at your party instead and they kind of show up too?

Yeah, that just happened to Verizon. After spending years trying to convince everyone that unlimited data plans were stupid, recently going so far as to even make a commercial about how stupid limited data plans are, Verizon is finally coming to their senses.

Starting today, Verizon will begin offering unlimited talk, text, and data for $80 per line or $45 per line for four lines, but you must also subscribe to paperless billing and autopay, just like [...]

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February 12, 2017

Rumor: New AMD Ryzen Price List Emerges, 8-Core Ryzen CPU for $350?

More rumors flowing out of the rumor-mill today as pricing as well as specifications for the full AMD Ryzen lineup have been leaked. This leak itself isn’t verified, but it’s purported to come from an internal product listing of a Chinese retailer for the entire AMD Ryzen product line.

Before we dive in, we’ll be using the prices converted directly from Chinese Yuan (CNY) to USD. If historical trends are to continue, expect actual street prices to be lower due to the Chinese market being roughly 20% more expensive than the US market due to import taxes. For example the Intel Core i7 7700K is priced at 2799 CNY which comes to $406 USD, which is far [...]

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February 12, 2017

CES 2017: Phison Demos E8 Entry Level PCIe NVMe SSD Controller

With the NAND shortage in full effect at CES this year, SSDs didn’t really make much of an appearance at the show. However, we did get a chance to stop by controller vendor, Phison, who had a new entry level PCIe NVMe controller to show.

The new controller is the Phison E8 which is going to be the low cost brother to the Phison E7. The new controller will come in two variants: the PS5008-E8 or PS5008-E8T.

The Phison PS5008-E8 will be a PCIe Gen 3 x2 controller featuring performance up to 1.6GB/s sequential reads and 1.3GB/s sequential writes. Random read/write performance will top out at 240K/220K IOPS respectively. It’ll also feature support [...]

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February 12, 2017

Rumor: Leaked AMD Ryzen Spec Sheet Details 17 SKUs Including 8, 6, and 4 Core Variants

A new post from AnandTech forums appears to contain a full list of the upcoming Ryzen CPU SKU sheet which seemingly details all the upcoming Ryzen SKUs, their core count, TDP, the thermal infrastructure group each belongs to and the OPN (Ordering Part Number).

According to the chart, it appears that all the Ryzen 7 series CPUs will feature 8 cores and 16 threads. This will be followed by the Ryzen 5 series CPUs which will be split between 6 cores and 12 threads for the Ryzen 5 PRO 1500 and up, and 4 cores and 8 threads for the Ryzen 5 1400X and below. Finally, there will be the Ryzen 3 series CPUs which will feature 4 cores and 4 threads.

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February 12, 2017

Best Custom Gaming PC Build Under $1,200 [February 2017]

Mid-Range Gaming PC Build

Late last year, we put together a $1,200 custom gaming PC build which was very popular among the readers, but with new hardware releases over the past few months, we decided to once again put together a new build with the latest components. Our goal for this month’s build is once again put together a system with the greatest amount of performance for running all the latest games at mid to high settings at 1080P, 1440P, or 1600P without compromising style or going overbudget.

Let’s take a look at how we did!

 

Best Gaming Computer Build Component Summary – Budget: $1,200CPU Intel Core [...]
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February 11, 2017

8 Best Tools to Stress Test Your PC (CPU, RAM, GPU, and more)

So you just spent days on days researching, purchasing, and building your perfect new PC. You’ve gone the whole nine yards making sure the entire system is cable managed to a tee, your bright RGB LEDs are installed in just the right spots, and there’s plenty of airflow flowing through the entire system.

You power on your new PC and it seems to be working fine, but you want to make sure it’ll also be perfectly fine when the system has Battlefield loaded at the highest settings while streaming to Twitch for hours on hours.

In order to ensure that there’s no hidden defects, the most important thing to do after building a new PC is to stress [...]

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February 11, 2017

Verizon and T-Mobile Tied for Best Wireless Networks, According to OpenSignal Report

Network performance testing service OpenSignal recently published data on the US telecom carriers from the period of October 1st – December 31st, 2016.

Based on 4,599,231,167 data points from 169,683 users, it looks like T-Mobile and Verizon are tied for the best networks. In the report, T-Mobile took top spots in 4G download speeds, 3G download speeds, overall download speeds, and 3G latency. Verizon took top spots in 4G download speeds, overall download speeds, 4G latency and 4G availability.

Taking a closer look at the download speeds here, T-Mobile and Verizon were neck and neck for the top spots with overall download speeds showing somewhere [...]

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February 11, 2017

First AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Benchmarks Leaked, Competitive Against Intel Core i7-7700K and i7-6800K

Once again thanks to benchmark databases, some of the first Ryzen 7 1700X Passmark benchmarks were leaked showing competitive performance against the Intel Core i7-7700K and Core i7-6600K.

According to the search results in the Passmark database, the processor that was tested is the AMD ZD3406BAM88F4_38/34_Y processor.

Decoding the codename “ZD3406BAM88F4_38/34_Y”, Z stands for Qualification Sample, D stands for desktop chip, 340 stands for base frequency, 6 stands for revision, BA stands for 95W TDP, M stands for AM4 socket, 8 stands for number of cores, 8 stands for 4MB L2 + 16MB L3, F4 stands for B-stepping, 38 stands for boost clocks and [...]

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February 11, 2017

Intel Optane DC P4800X 3D XPoint SSD Spec Sheet Leaked

Intel’s collaboration with Micron to develop 3D XPoint storage has been a long time in the works and for the first time, we’re getting a concrete idea of how Intel’s upcoming Optane 3D XPoint-based enterprise SSDs will perform.

According to a recently leaked spec sheet by Chinese technology website, Techbang, the upcoming Intel Optane DC P4800X a very admirable drive. Coming in the HHHL form factor, the Optane DC P4800X features up to 375TB of storage and features the PCIe NVMe interface which allows for sequential read/write speed of up to 2,400/2,000MB/s, and 4K random performance up to 550,000/550,000 IOPS respectively.

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