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October 5, 2016

Gigabyte Releases GeForce GTX 1080 Turbo OC Edition Graphics Card

Gigabyte has just popped the lid off of its newest creation, the GeForce GTX1080 Turbo OC Edition Graphics card (GV-N1080TTOC-8GD).

Unlike your typical AIB custom designed card, this hot new card comes with a custom built blower-style cooler that sucks air in from inside your case and pushes it out the back. Under the shroud sits a matrix of aluminum cooling fins and 3 direct touch heat pipes which Gigabyte claims will improve cooling performance by 8%. The new pattern design on the custom shroud also adds a splash of color to the typically boring looking blower cooler style shrouds as well.

Specifications align with what you’d expect from a [...]

 
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October 4, 2016

ASUS Releases BIOS Updates for Kaby Lake, 7th Gen Intel Core Processor Support

According to a recent announcement, ASUS is launching BIOS updates for their entire lineup of Socket 1151 based motherboards to support Intel’s upcoming 7th Generation Core processors, codename Kaby Lake. Owners of ASUS Z170, H170, B150, and H110 motherboards will be able to find BIOS updates for their respective motherboards directly through the ASUS Support website.

Intel’s upcoming 7th Generation Core Processors for desktop systems are expected to launch in January following Kaby Lake’s launch on notebooks by the end of this year. According to recent leaked performance figures, the Kaby Lake based Intel Core i7-7700K could offer at least 15% or [...]

 
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October 4, 2016

Google Announces Pixel, Pixel XL, Daydream, Chromecast Ultra, Wifi, Home at Made by Google Event

 

As expected, Google launched a whole host of new hardware today at their Made by Google event in San Francisco, California.

 

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

We’ve seen seeing quite a few leaks for the past couple days on Google’s new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. These phones will be replacing Google’s Nexus lineup of smartphones and will be Google’s first smartphone that will be fully Google branded although previous rumors have pegged HTC as the actual manufacturer. Whether HTC is just providing Google with manufacturing only or if they have anything to do with the design we’re not sure, but HTC [...]

 
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October 4, 2016

Best PC Monitors [October 2016]: Samsung, LG, Viewsonic, Acer, and More!

Several years ago, picking out a monitor was relatively easy. Those who needed high end monitors generally purchased an IPS, MVA, or PLS panel while those who didn’t need a high end monitor purchased a TN panel. That was it. There was no curved display, no FreeSync, and no affordable IPS panel either.

After my colleague Tom Li published his 6 Reasons Why Your Next Upgrade Should Be a Second Monitor article, I figured I’d do some research and present you with some of the best monitors available on the market today. In this buying guide, I tried to make recommendations for some of the most common segments, but as there’s so many different monitors [...]

 
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October 4, 2016

PC DRAM Prices Up 7.4% in September, Will Hit Two Year High in 4Q

If you’ve been thinking of building a new system this holiday season, it may be worthwhile to start picking up memory early as prices continue to rebound thanks to increasing demand and a constrained supply.

Back in September, we reported that PC DRAM prices are expected to increase 15% by the end of this year, but a new report from DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, is forecasting that DRAM prices will increase by 30%, which will put PC DRAM at its highest price in two years. During 3Q2016, memory makers scaled back PC DRAM production down to just 20% of the total production in order to expand mobile and server DRAM production. This in combination with [...]

 
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October 4, 2016

Lenovo Stockpiling Notebook Inventory, Could Signal Huge Promotions This Holiday Season

Lenovo seems to be feeling pretty good about this holiday season as a recent report from DigiTimes reports that they’re raising 5 months of inventory to prepare for the holiday season. While it’s not unusual for computer companies to begin increasing inventory to prepare for holiday sales, having this much inventory is a bit odd. If things don’t turn out according to plan, it may leave Lenovo sitting on three months of inventory.

As such, this may be a sign that Lenovo will be very aggressive with their sales strategy during the holidays. Last year, Lenovo had quite a successful second half with a similar strategy where they ran buy one get one [...]

 
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October 4, 2016

Google Daydream VR Headset Expected to be Priced at $79

Google is gearing up to launch a slew of products today including the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as well as the new Google Daydream VR headset.

Google first unveiled the Daydream VR headset back in May at their Google I/O developer conference. The headset is designed to work with Daydream optimized smartphones which slot into the headset to allow users to experience VR similar to Samsung’s Gear VR which works with Samsung’s flagship smartphones. According to a new article from Variety, the Daydream headset could be sold for as little as $79 which undercuts Samsung’s Gear VR headset which retails for $99.99.

As always, we’ll [...]

 
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October 3, 2016

EVGA Giving Away PowerLink with All GeForce 10-series Graphics Cards

EVGA unveiled their PowerLink at Computex earlier this year which is an adapter that allows you to relocate the PCIe power connector to the rear of the card, for neater cable management. Today, they’ve announced a plan to give away one of these devices to every owner of their current lineup of GeForce 10-series graphics cards.

 

EVGA PowerLink Features

The EVGA PowerLink is designed to “dramatically improve cable management” by allowing users to reroute cables to the rear of the graphics cards, which allows for improved case airflow, lower profile height, and a much cleaner wiring configuration.

The adapter features integrated [...]

 
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October 3, 2016

Analyst Predicts Apple Watch Sales to Decrease 15%-25% in 2016

According to a new report from Business Insider, Apple’s smartwatch may be starting to lose steam.

In an investor’s note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s smartwatch business may see a 15%-25% decline from 2015 as the introduction of the Series 2 Apple Watch and price cuts on the Series 1 Apple Watch does little to improve sales. Revised shipment numbers are down from an estimated 10-10.5 million units to 8.5-9 million units. In 2015, Apple shipped a total of 10.4 million units.

Kuo believes that there are 4 major reasons that the Apple Watch is tanking. These include a lack of killer applications, inadequate battery life, [...]

 
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October 3, 2016

Oakley’s Intel Powered Radar Pace Now Ready to Coach Your Workouts

Oakley, in partnership with Intel, recently announced that the Radar Pace smart glasses are now available.

First announced at CES in January, the Oakley Radar Pace smart glasses are powered by Intel’s Real Speech technology to provide wearers with a real time voice activated coaching system that creates a unique training program for the wearer, tracks performance and coaches in real time.

In order to achieve this, the Oakley Radar Pace includes a pair of headphones integrated into the frame and a microphone array to accept voice commands. It also includes a multitude of onboard sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, pressure sensor, humidity [...]

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