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Published: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:36:00 -0500


The TR BBQ XV is just two months away

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:36:00 -0500

Wait, there's really just two months to go before the TR BBQ XV? Man, I need to get my act together! Whose crazy idea was it to have the event so early in the summer?

Time really does fly when you're having fun, and the Westrate household has been positively chock-full of "fun" since the beginning of the year. I suppose that's only natural when 12 people are living under one roof, but that's ...


EchoGear's single-screen and dual-screen monitor arms reviewed

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:50:00 -0500

Some years ago, I bought a pair of monitor arms. I'd picked up one of those IKEA Jerker desks and wanted to suspend the monitors in mid-air, like something out of a 90s or early-2000s hacker movies where the person types way too fast to navigate a 3D file interface without a mouse. I used that configuration for years, but getting everything set up just right ended up being kind of a nightmare. The arms were heavy and tough to move around. Worse, if I had to take them off for some reason, getting them back in place was a nightmare. I eventually removed them and just used the monitors' built-in stands.

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Philips Momentum 43 pairs DisplayHDR 1000 certification with Ambilight

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:45:00 -0500

A 43" display stretches the definition of "computer monitor" a bit, but gamers and media consumers can certainly make a case for such a sizable screen. That's especially true if the monitor uses a 3840x2160 MVA panel with a typical contrast ratio of 4000:1 and a maximum brightness of 1000 cd/m², like Philips' upcoming Momentum 43 display, model number 436M6VBPAB (PDF).

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MSI gets into the case space with the MAG Pylon RGB and MAG Bunker

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:15:00 -0500

PC builders can be picky people. Some folks need matching RGB LEDs, while others need every part in their machine to be from the same brand. If you're part of the latter group, never fear—MSI is now offering computer cases. The MAG Pylon RGB and MAG Bunker cases look pretty familiar at a glance, but let's check them out in detail.

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Rumor: Crimson Canyon NUC could blend Cannon Lake and Radeon graphics

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:20:00 -0500

Intel seems to be bullish about its NUCs. We've recently taken a good look at Intel's Hades Canyon gaming NUC, and now website got a hold of pictures and specs of what appears to be a prototype "Crimson Canyon" NUC (model name NUC8I3CYSM2) packing an as-yet-unlisted Intel Core i3-8121U CPU. That chip is rumored to be a 10-nm unit based on the company's upcoming Cannon Lake architecture. Perhaps more surprisingly, though, that NUC apparently carries an as-yet-unannounced Radeon 550 graphics chip onboard.

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AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE and Ryzen 3 2200GE pop up with 35-W TDPs

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:16:00 -0500

AMD's Ryzen 2000-series CPUs with Vega graphics (popularly known as Ryzen APUs) offer both solid CPU performance and respectable GPU performance. It's hard to passively cool a 65-W chip in a small space, though. Builders who are extremely sensitive to fan noise should probably opt instead for one of the chips AMD just announced: the Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE, both spec'd with 35 W TDPs.

The table above compares the chips to their 65-W brothers, and the step down from 65 W to 35 W doesn't impact their clock rates as much as you might expect. In particular, the graphics clock rates ...


PSA: Satellite Reign is free today at the Humble Store

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:15:00 -0500

It's Friday, gerbils, and some of you probably have plans this weekend. Others might be looking for something to do, so why not play Satellite Reign? "But Zak," you cry, "I don't want to pay $30 for a game I've never heard of." Well you're in luck, because if you get it today, it's free at the Humble Store.

Satellite Reign


Cryorig C7 Cu puts a hunk of copper in small spaces

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:44:00 -0500

Copper is an excellent material for heatsinks, but its high cost when compared to aluminum means it's sparingly used in heatsinks and other cooling components. Cryorig's C7 Cu CPU cooler capitalizes on the material's higher thermal conductivity to deliver high cooling performance in compact spaces where tower coolers might otherwise not be feasible. The company says the exclusive use of copper in the C7 Cu provides 15% better thermal performance compared to its own standard copper-and-aluminum C7 model.

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EK Fluid Gaming line offers turn-key liquid-cooled PCs

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:31:00 -0500

Building a basic computer these days is as easy as it's ever been. Building a custom-cooled high-end gaming system is a bigger challenge than many folks want to tackle, and EK Water Blocks has stepped up with new options for buyers that want the bragging rights of an open-loop-cooled rig without the headaches and potential leaks of gathering parts and putting everything together. The company's new Fluid Gaming line of pre-assembled gaming PCs combines quality hardware from well-known manufacturers with the company's expertise in cooling system design and assembly.

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Thermaltake's Iris Optical gaming mouse polls at 2 KHz

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:50:00 -0500

Dragging windows around or even simply moving the mouse pointer feels smoother and clearer on a high-refresh display. However, refresh rate is only one piece of the puzzle. USB polling rates aren't matched up to screen refreshes, so a mouse with a high rate is important to get the most out of your fast monitor. All reputable gaming mice support a 1-KHz polling rate, but Thermaltake's Iris Optical mouse is only the second rodent we've ever seen that breaks that barrier to offer a 2-KHz polling rate.

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Acer Predator Orion 9000 locks and loads with GTX 1080 Tis

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:15:00 -0500

The last time we wrote about Acer's Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop line was when the company showed off prototype units in Berlin all the way back in August of last year. Back then, Acer said the Orion 9000s could be fitted with 18-core Intel Core i9 Extreme CPUs and quad-Crossfire Vega setups. In the intervening eight months, though, AMD's Radeon RX Vega cards haven't gotten any easier to find. The company adjusted its plans for the Orion 9000. Two of three now-shipping configurations sport eighth-generation Core i7 processors, and all models come with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards.

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der8auer and Asus took a Ryzen 7 2700X to 6 GHz

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:15:00 -0500

Champion overclocker der8auer has done it again. This time around, he's been using and abusing one of AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X CPUs, and his efforts have yielded him what is currently the highest-recorded clock speed on a Ryzen CPU yet: a whole 6 GHz. As you no doubt expect, that number was achieved using liquid nitrogen as the cooling medium and a scorching CPU core voltage of 1.85 V.

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Motorola unwraps its latest Moto G6 and E5 handsets

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:45:00 -0500

Flagship Android phones might get all the press these days, but not everyone has $800-and-more burning a hole in their pocket. That fact didn't escape the notice of Lenovo-subsidiary Motorola, who's chasing the lower-midrange and low-end markets with its Moto G and Moto E handsets. The company today took the wraps off of four new phones, the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, Moto E5 Plus, and Moto E5 Play.

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National Hanging Out Day Shortbread

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:45:00 -0500

Tuesday was epic. Hanging out seems pretty lame. Sorry, I'll stop now.
PC hardware and computing

Intel NUC7i7DNHE (Dawson Canyon) review @ PC Perspective
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Deepcool Gamer Storm New Ark 90 case review @ Hexus
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Asus ROG Gladius II Origin review @ TechPowerUp
Tesoro Gram XS mechanical keyboard review @ ThinkComputers
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Games, culture, and VR


Thursday deals: huge monitors at cheap prices and more

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:28:00 -0500

Hello, gerbils! Jeff's been hard at work on the review of AMD's latest Ryzen 2000-series processsors. It's safe to say that the company delivered and that we'll see quite a few of those CPUs in our future recommendations. However, deals can't stop just because some CPUs came out. Check out what we have for you today.

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