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Pengo USB-C Dock Review
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:42P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Pricing gets in the way of the Pengo USB-C Dock."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019 Review: Lenovo's 7th Gen Flagship Impresses
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:42P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
New year, new ThinkPad X1 Carbon—it's easy to think that yearly laptop iterations would be mundane. However, we're here talking about one of our most heavily-awarded line of laptops here at HotHardware, so expectations run high. Last year's Lenovo flagship really impressed us, with power under the hood combined with its well-designed and lightweight body, impressive 2560x1440 Dolby HDR IPS display, and great battery life.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard – any good?
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:41P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I’ve always wanted to try building and customising my own mechanical keyboard but I don’t feel ready to pick up a soldering iron and mess around with a PCB. However, in the form of the Glorious PC Gaming Race GMMK I may have found a decent place to start. You select your preferred barebones keyboard layout and then have the option to purchase keycap sets to install in your selected layout. In this video I unbox a selection of parts and begin my path down the custom keyboard road…
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

Toshiba BG4 SSD Review: Mini But Mighty NVMe Storage
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:41P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Toshiba announced its next-generation BG4 solid state drive all the way back at CES in early January of this year. The diminutive, little Toshiba BG4 isn’t about the latest and greatest in bleeding-edge SSD storage performance or pushing the envelope in terms of throughput. However, it does still represent a significant step forward in regard to power and performance in the smallest of form factors – you’ll see exactly what we mean in a couple of the photos below...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Cooler Master SK621 Compact 60% Wireless Keyboard Review
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:40P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cooler Master SK621 is a compact mechanical keyboard with an incredible feature set at an even better price point."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

PCB makers see conservative orders for upcoming iPhone
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:37P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Apple is expected to launch its new iPhones soon, but it seems few would expect strong sales or major spec upgrades for the new phones. News from the supply chain has claimed that PCB order momentum ahead of the new iPhone launch has been weaker than that seen in previous years. But others in the 3D sensing components segment reportedly are receiving a boost from shipments for the upcoming iPhone.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil Review: Custom Navi Arrives
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:36P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The general consensus at launch was that the Radeon RX 5700 series propelled AMD back into a competitive position at the upper-end of the enthusiast GPU market, but that third-party, custom cards would likely address the shortcomings of AMD’s reference design and make the Navi proposition all that much sweeter. Well, we’ve gotten our hands on one of the more sought after third-party Radeons of the last few generations – one of PowerColor’s Red Devil cards – and think that many of you are going to be pleased with what this custom Radeon RX 5700 XT can do. Take a look...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

 
PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:35P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil is overclocked out of the box and uses a massive triple-slot, triple-fan cooler that delivers outstanding noise levels. It's actually the quietest Radeon card we ever tested, and quieter than all NVIDIA RTX cards, except for just one custom-design.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD Review
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:35P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One of the biggest features of AMD’s expensive X570 motherboards is PCI-Express 4.0, especially when it comes to storage. Typically the fastest PCI-Express 3.0 NVMe drives averaged around 3500 MB/s, but with PCI-Express 4.0 you are going to get around 5000 MB/s or 5GB/s! That is a massive increase in speed and in a world where time is money and no one wants to wait for that transfer or game to load the extra cost for that speed is worth it. Today we are going to be taking a look at one of the first PCI-Express 4.0 NVMe drives and it comes from AORUS. The drive makes use of the Phison PS5016-E16 PCI-Express 4.0 x4 controller, Toshiba BiCS4 96-layer 3D TLC NAND, and a DDR4 cache chip from SK Hynix."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Intel CPU shortages remain
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:34P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The US is delaying imposing 10% tariffs on some consumer electronics products from China, including notebooks and handsets, but the cloud of uncertainty created by the US-China trade war is still hovering over the IT industry. Taiwan-based notebook ODMs remain conservative about their shipments in the second half of 2019. Worse still, Compal Electronics has even warned that Intel CPU shortages will not fully ease until first-quarter 2020. At any rate, notebook ODMs are moving some of their production out of China to avoid any possible impact on their shipments to the US. Manufacturers of Apple's wearable devices, such as AirPods, are also mulling leaving China.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G Graphics Card Review
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:21P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The mid-range graphics card market is full of cards now, from both AMD and NVIDIA. We recently took a look at Sapphire’s Pulse RX 5700, which matches up well against NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2060 Super cards. Today we are actually taking a look at our first GeForce RTX 2060 Super, which comes from Gigabyte. It is their RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G, which as you can guess is a factory-overclocked card. Gigabyte has outfitted this card with their triple-fan WindForce 3X cooling solution, a pretty hefty overclock up to 1815 MHz (vs 1650 MHz reference), a full-cover metal backplate, and even RGB lighting. This card is only $20 more than reference cards so with the nice overclock and better cooling solution it should easily be worth the extra money. Read on as we find out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: GPU Scaling Benchmark
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:20P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Having tested 3rd-gen Ryzen processors with the RTX 2080 Ti extensively, our idea behind this new feature is to add mainstream and budget GPUs to the mix in a benchmark run that reflects more settings and resolutions gamers will likely use when tuning their PCs for gaming: we've picked the RTX 2070 Super, RX 5700 and Radeon RX 580.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

HiFiMAN Sundara Planar Magnetic Headphones
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:20P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HiFiMAN Sundara is the name of the wildly successful HE-400i which set the bar in terms of sound quality for entry-level planar magnetic headphones. The Sundara is roughly the same form factor, but a lot has happened on the design front. The Sundara features a new headband, new cup, and new pads, which are more in line with their higher-end offerings.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

ASUS ProArt PA34VC Review: Professional-Grade UltraWide Perfection
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:16P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS aims at graphic designers, video producers and content creators with its ProArt PA34VC monitor."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Antec HCG 750W Gold Power Supply Unit Review
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:16P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It may not feature the best price/performance ratio on the other side of the Atlantic currently but for EU based consumers things can’t get much better than the High Current Gamer 750W Gold by Antec.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke OC Review
     Tue, Aug 20 2019 | 5:15P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We got our first look at a custom Navi graphics card last week, courtesy of Sapphire’s RX 5700 Pulse, and today we are following that up with a review of MSI’s RX 5700 XT Evoke OC. The first thing you will notice about the card is its eye-catching ‘champagne gold’ shroud, but the Evoke OC also ships factory overclocked with a dual axial fan cooler.Priced at £439.99, is this the Navi card to get?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

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