The Supermicro C7Z370-CG-IW Motherboard Review: SM’s First Mini-ITX Gaming Board

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Today we get an opportunity to look at a board from Supermicro’s consumer segment, SuperO, in the exquisitely named C7Z370-CG-IW. This is their first gaming Mini-ITX motherboard, and having spoken to the team in charge of it, they are very hopeful in entering this market. This small board includes Wi-Fi capabilities, USB 3.1 ports, dual M.2 slots, as well as RGB LED features. These are all features we are used to seeing in a board designed for gaming, so it will be interesting to see if Supermicro has executed them well.

The ASRock X299 Extreme4 Motherboard Review: $200 Entry To HEDT

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The ASRock X299 Extreme4 is an entry-level motherboard from ASRock designed to give users an inexpensive step into the premium land of the high-end desktop. At $200, it is the least expensive X299 motherboard we have tested, but still has a plethora of features including USB 3.1 ports, dual M.2 slots, premium audio, as well as SLI and Crossfire support. The mid-range feature set on an entry-level board makes for an intriguing selection. 

Improving The Exynos 9810 Galaxy S9: Part 2 – Catching Up With The Snapdragon

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Following our review of the Galaxy S9 there’s been a lot of discussion about both the performance and battery life of Exynos 9810 variants of the Galaxy S9. In the original review I had identified a few key issues with the platform for which I had deemed to be the most negatively attributing to the bad characteristics of the phone. In a first piece following the review I did a few minor changes to the kernel which already seemed to have benefited battery life in our web browsing test, and slightly changing the performance characteristics of the phone for the positive. In this piece we’re going further and investigate the performance and battery life impacts.

 

The ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Review

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With high performance desktop ITX options appearing more frequently with each new generation of chipset, ASRock released a pairing of AM4 offerings to satisfy small form factor enthusiasts. Although the ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac is one of the most expensive AMD Ryzen compatible motherboards on the market, it tries to offer more than the standard mini-sized motherboard.

The Emperor of Efficiency: Corsair’s AX1600i PSU Rules Alone (Review)

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In today’s review we are taking a look at Corsairs AX1600i, the company’s new flagship PSU. Although it is physically smaller than its predecessor, the AX1600i brings higher-than 80Plus Titanium efficiency levels and a maximum output of 1600 Watts. Its retail price of $500 is forbidding for most users, but the Gallium-Nitride MOSFETs and other innovations at the heart of Corsair’s new bruiser paint an incredible picture of what we can expect for the future of PSUs.

Overclocking The AMD Ryzen APUs: Guide and Results

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With AMD’s new launch of Raven Ridge APUs, the Ryzen 3 2200G ($99) and Ryzen 5 2400G ($169), AMD holds the current integrated graphics apex when directly compared against Intel’s current SKU list. One of the most intriguing aspects of AMDs new Ryzen 2000 series desktop APU solutions is the fact that they are unlocked, offering a potential performance boost to both the core, the graphics, and the memory. In this article, we examine overclocking both our launch CPUs, a pair of retail CPUs, as well as going through each of the methods to overclock from each motherboard vendor.

The Dell Latitude 13 7390 2-in-1 Review

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Dell’s XPS lineup of consumer laptops are some of the best in the business, and Dell started the thin-bezel trend that has now taken over the industry. But if you’re in the market for a business laptop and the practicality that implies, their Latitude lineup is likely more suited for your needs. To that end, today we’re taking a look at the latest Dell Latitude 13 2-in-1 model, the 7390. This latest business model from Dell features all of the latest features, including 8th generation quad-core CPUs, and the business features you’d expect like vPro, and optional Smart Card support. It even offers cellular connectivity for those that need to work on the go.

The ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 Motherboard Review: Dual M.2 at $90

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A low-cost alternative for Ryzen systems to the high-calibre but higher-cost motherboards is the B350 range. Today we are testing the ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 motherboard, coming in under the radar just below $100. It offers almost everything its bigger cousins provide such as SLI, but single GPU users can find a home with a motherboard like this one. Our aim today is to ascertain whether the ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 can be a top value proposition with the B350 chipset in play.

ASUS ROG Spring System Updates: Gaming Big and Small

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With this week’s major launch of the rest of the 8th Generation Core lineup, virtually every last major OEM is issuing significant updates to large parts of their product lines to incorporate the new CPUs and chipsets. To that end we’re on day 3 of our recap of OEM spring product refreshes, this time taking a look at all of the updated gaming desktops and laptops due this quarter from ASUS under their Republic of Gamers Brand.

The Western Digital WD Black 3D NAND SSD Review: EVO Meets Its Match

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The all-new WD Black NVMe SSD and its alter ego SanDisk Extreme PRO finally bring a true high-end NVMe SSD to Western Digital’s consumer product lines. Western Digital has developed their own NVMe SSD controller to pair with their 64-layer 3D NAND, and the new vertical integration strategy is off to a great start with a highly competitive SSD.

Dell’s Spring Range: New 8th Gen Alienware, Laptops, and Monitors

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On the back of Intel’s announcement today for the next stage of its 8th Generation Core processor roll-out, covering both desktop and notebook processors, all of its major OEM partners are set with their products to hit the prime-time. Dell is one of those – the only thing is that when a big company like Dell has so many business units, the slow trickle of news turns into a torrent. Today Dell is announcing a wide range of products from its various business units, such as new Alienware desktops and devices, new Inspiron laptops, new All-in-One units, and just for good measure, a few new monitors as well.

Intel Expands 8th Gen Core: Core i9 on Mobile, Iris Plus, Desktop, Chipsets, and vPro

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The march from Intel for everything to be under the ‘8th Gen Intel Core’ branding is now at its climax: today is the official launch of several new 8th Gen products spread across four of five new categories. The headline is that Intel’s mobile platform will now get Core i9 and Core i7 products with six cores at 45W, along with some 28W U-series mobile chips with Iris Plus graphics. Desktop also gets some extra chips, filling out the Coffee Lake stack for desktop users, and vPro is littered around both mobile and desktop. Also on the plate is new branding for 8th Gen Core products being used with Intel’s Optane drives, new mobile and desktop chipsets which include wireless capabilities and USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, and Intel’s new ‘Thermal Velocity Boost’ which promises more frequency in devices that can handle the thermal stress.

The Intel NUC8i7HVK (Hades Canyon) Review: Kaby Lake-G Benchmarked

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Intel has enjoyed great success with its NUC line of ultra-compact and small form-factor (UCFF & SFF) PCs. While the UCFF form-factor managed to provide enough horsepower for office tasks and other similar use-cases, the gaming market was not addressed. With the emergence of PC gaming as a growth driver, Intel took steps to expand the capabilities of the NUC lineup by creating the NUC6i7KYK (Skull Canyon) with a slightly larger form factor. It came with a high-end integrated GPU that provided consumers with a bit more gaming leeway compared to other NUCs. Back at the 2018 CES, Intel launched its successors – the NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK (Hades Canyon). They are the the first desktop PCs to make use of Kaby Lake-G with a Radeon GPU and HBM2 memory in the same package as the processor. Intel provided us with a sample of the high-end Hades Canyon NUC to put through our rigorous benchmarking and evaluation routines. Read on to get an idea of the performance of the PC and the market segments that it can fit in.

Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EK71080 Compact Gaming PC Review

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Gaming systems and small form-factor (SFF) PCs have turned out to be growth segments in a desktop PC market that has been subject to severe challenges recently. Many vendors have tried to combine the two, but space constraints and power concerns have ended up as performance-limiting factors. Zotac, in particular, has been very active in this space with their ZBOX MAGNUS series. Starting with the EN980 (Intel Core i5-6400 / GTX 980), they have been on a regular release cadence – the EN1080 with an updated Pascal GPU came in mid-2016, while the CPU upgrade to Kaby Lake in the EN1080K came to the market in Q3 2017. All these systems carried a premium due to the integrated liquid cooling system. In order to hit a lower price point, Zotac has now started experimenting with fully air-cooled systems in the same form-factor. Today’s review takes a look at the Zotac ZBOX MAGNUX EK71080 with a Core i7-7700HQ and a NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU add-in card. Read on to find out how the unit performs in our rigorous benchmarking and evaluation process.

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro Hands-On: Embrace the Notch

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It’s time to have a serious discussion about the Notch. Love it or hate it, the Notch is going to be a defining element of major smartphones this year. The latest adherent to the Notch philosophy is the Huawei P20 family, being announced in Paris today. Using the Notch allows the handset to maximise the front-facing screen size compared to the size of the phone, and if used in the right way is designed not to be a distraction. We had some hands on time with the device, the P20 Pro triple camera setup, the new color schemes, and the new 960 fps mode.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Review: Exynos and Snapdragon at 960fps

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With much anticipation we dwell deep into the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. In this review we look at the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Samsung Exynos 9810 SoCs, and the architectures therein, where we’ll find a stark contrast in real-world performance and battery life between the two variants. In an extensive comparison, we evaluate the new Galaxy S9’s camera against its predecessors as well as the nearest flagship competition from Apple, Google, LG and Huawei. The goal here is to see what makes the Galaxy S9 tick, and if it’s a worthy upgrade to currents devices in play.

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