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We investigate the storage performance and options of the Alienware 15 R3 Kaby Lake laptop as it becomes the base of our Thunderbolt 3 testing.

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Acer's new Predator Z35P: 35-inch 3440x1440 100Hz G-Sync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 29 mins ago

If you've been waiting for Acer's new Predator Z35P, the company is now taking pre-orders of its latest and greatest, and biggest gaming monitor. Acer's upcoming Predator Z35P sports a native 3440x1440 resolution at up to 100Hz, and is backed up by NVIDIA's G-Sync technology for a smooth 21:9 gaming experience.




Acer Predator Z35P Specs


  • 35-inch QHD Curved 1800R UltraWide Screen with 3440 x 1440 resolution
  • Refresh Rate: 100Hz but using the DisplayPort
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.34mm
  • 2 x 9W speakers
  • Signal inputs: 1 x HDMI (V1.4) & 1 x Display port (V1.2)
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC technology


Acer's new Predator Z35P costs $1099, but does offer the slightly larger 35-inch size against the current roster of 34-inch panels.

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Crackdown 3 coming to PC, is an Xbox Play Anywhere title

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 22 mins ago

Crackdown 3 has been officially confirmed for the PC, after being teased for the PC - but not confirmed, the news was delivered directly from the official Crackdown Twitter page.



They tweeted "Crackdown 3 will indeed be a Play Anywhere title," meaning you'll be able to play on your Xbox and PC systems, with Crackdown 3 to surely be made available through the Windows Store for Windows 10 gamers. Reagent Games has previously confirmed Crackdown 3 for 2017, and I'm now hoping for new information on the game, and hopefully a tease of it on the PC, at E3 next month.

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Samsung unveils bendable/stretchable OLED display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 58 mins ago

If there's a mobile display company that's always pushing the edge of display technology, it would be Samsung. The company has recently shown off its prototype 1.96-inch 4K LCD for future VR headsets, and its 3.5-inch 120Hz OLED display.




Samsung had another mobile display prototype, something that was different to the others as its a stretchable, foldable display - in something that sounds like borderline magic. Samsung said that the new technology is similar to other flexible display prototypes, and they're not sure on when this could hit the market at a consumer level.


The company showed off a massive 9.1-inch display that could be bend on either side oef the screen. A Samsung spokesperson explained: "While current flexible OLED is able to be transformed in only one side, this stretchable OLED can be transformed -- whether curved, bended or rolled -- in both sides, above and below".


What markets could we see Samsung use a flexible display in? Smartphones would be a nice deployment as we could get bendable screens that would be like the current dual-edge display on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ but imagine if you could fold the bend out straight again. The use cases for this would be huge, as you could use the dual-edge display when you're out and about but when viewing video content, or email, Facebook, or the trillions of other apps, in 'full screen', bending the edged displays out.

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MSI scoops 5 awards for Computex Best Choice Award 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: 2 hours, 22 mins ago

Computex 2017 kicks off next week, but ahead of the show the organizers unveil awards for some of the best/hottest products of the show, with MSI winning 5 different awards in the Computex Best Awards 2017.


Golden Award: MSI GT83VR TITAN SLI gaming laptop




MSI took out the Golden Award for its impressive GT83VR TITAN SLI gaming laptop, that comes in configurations with either GeForce GTX 1080 SLI or GTX 1070 SLI, it is one of the beastiest gaming laptops on the market. MSI's awesome GT83VR TITAN SLI gaming laptop is also the world's first Nahimic VR with 7.1 sound, providing some of the best audio you can get in VR - all on-the-go.

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Surface Pro continues to evolve, now packs Kaby Lake

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 3 hours, 32 mins ago

Microsoft is launching a new Surface Pro today, with the introduction of the Surface Pro. Yeah, Microsoft has dropped the numbering scheme from its line up, with the Surface Pro 4 being the last of the numbered Surface Pro products, from now on they'll just be 'Surface Pro'.




The next-gen hybrid laptop/tablet has some pretty significant internal changes, with "about 800 new custom parts in the new Pro" says Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay. Microsoft taps Intel's latest Kaby Lake family of processors for the new Surface Pro units, with fanless versions of the Core m3 and Core i5 processors.



Up To 13.5 Hours Battery Life


Because Microsoft makes not just the Surface Pro, but the operating system in Windows 10, it can do hardware and software level tweaks for Surface Pro. This gives Microsoft a very Apple-like future as they continue evolving Surface into something that has not only caught up, but far exceeded what Apple has in the laptop/tablet markets. Because of these tweaks, Microsoft is claiming the new Surface Pro has up to 50% longer battery life than the Surface Pro 4.


Microsoft says that the new Surface Pro will have up to 13.5 hours of battery life, which is impressive.

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Qualcomm Snapdagon 835 powers LTE-capable Surface Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 4 hours, 30 mins ago

Microsoft announced a range of new Surface Pro products recently, with Intel's latest Kaby Lake CPUs in the form of Core m3 and Core i5 fanless models, and the higher-end Core i7 model.




Microsoft revealed a new LTE-capable Surface Pro, but didn't state which CPU would be inside. I think Microsoft has been working with Qualcomm and getting their Snapdragon 835 processor inside of a new portable Surface Pro with LTE capabilities. It would be the big change Qualcomm and Microsoft are teasing for Computex 2017, that's for sure.




We broke the story of Qualcomm and Microsoft taking over the world at Computex, where they tease that they will celebrate the growing ecosystem that will "bring an out-of-this-world mobile PC experience to the masses".

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FSP will show off a watercooled PSU at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 4 hours, 40 mins ago

Bitspower is teaming with FSP to show off a watercooled modular PSU, something they're calling the Hydro PTM+, which is the world's first mass-produced liquid cooled PSU with 80 Plus Platinum certification.




The upcoming Hydro PTM+ is a 1200W unit when aircooled, but is capable of 1400W when the liquid cooling is set up. If the PSU load is less than 50% the fans will stop spinning, so unless you're pushing 1200W of continuous use, the watercooled side of things is kinda useless. In order to draw 1200W+ you're going to need to be doing some seriously hardcore... something... with your PC. Even multi-GPU rigs with GTX 1080 Ti or TITAN X in SLI would use much less than 1000W, let alone over 1200W to warrant the liquid cooling push to 1400W.




Still it's an impressive feat to see a watercooled PSU, even if it's just one of those 'just cos' things.

R.I.P. Sir Roger 'James Bond' Moore

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 51 mins ago

Today we say goodbye to one of the legends of cinema; Sir Roger Moore who has passed away after a brief battle with cancer aged 89.


Known for early high profile roles in TV shows such as 'The Saint' and 'Maverick', Moore went onto become famous for portraying the role of James Bond 007, in which he took up from Sean Connery. Moore played the role a total of seven times, from 1973's 'Live and Let Die' to 1985's 'A View to a Kill'.


Moore is survived by his wife Kristina Tholstrup, three children and the memories of cinemagoers around the world.

AMD delayed Radeon RX Vega until July?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 hours, 12 mins ago

AMD recently took the wraps off of its Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, a new professional graphics card based on the Vega GPU architecture, sporting 16GB of HBM2 technology. The consumer Radeon RX Vega (RX = consumer) is coming "very soon thereafter" the late-June launch of Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, according to Lisa Su, CEO of AMD.




During the 45th annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Su said: "We're very excited about Vega. Vega is a brand new architecture and actually has really the world's most advanced memory architecture for GPUs. What we did announce at our analyst day was that the first shipping Vega will be the Frontier Edition which will ship with 16GB of memory and will ship towards the latter half of June. You will see the enthusiast gaming platform, the machine learning platform, the professional graphics platform very soon thereafter. And so we will be launching Vega across all of the market segments over the next couple of months".


Now, let's dissect this statement. Su has said that Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will launch in the "latter half of June" while the "enthusiast gaming platform" will launch "very soon thereafter". Finishing up, Su said that AMD will be "launching Vega across all of the market segments over the next couple of months".


If you remember, I had an exclusive industry source tell me that AMD will only have 16,000 Radeon RX Vega graphics cards for the months proceeding the launch, and it looks like this is becoming more and more true everyday. If AMD had no HBM2 supply issues, we should expect a massive flood of cards - but it looks like we might see a trickle release of Vega SKUs.


So we could expect AMD to launch a GTX 1080 competitor, following it up with a GTX 1080 Ti competitor in RX Vega form. NVIDIA always reveal next-gen GPU architectures with the GTX xx80 SKU first, followed by the GTX xx80 Ti version months after.

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Huawei announces affordable Honor 6A smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 hours, 25 mins ago

Huawei has announced a new affordable smartphone - the Honor 6A.


The phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 processor and comes with 2GB or 3 GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.




The Honor 6A features a 5-inch 720p display. The device comes with a 13MP main camera and a 5MP front shooter. Other features include a 3,020 mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor. The phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

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