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PNY XLR8 MAKO DDR5-6200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review

PNY XLR8 MAKO DDR5-6200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review

PNY's XLR8 MAKO DDR5-6200 32GB dual-channel RAM kit may not have the best timings, but performance still impresses. Let's take a close look.

GIVEAWAY: TEAMGROUP T-Force VULCAN Z SATA III SLC 2TB SSD, two up for grabs!

Cameron Wilmot | Contests & Giveaways | Dec 4, 2022 8:47 PM CST

Global entry! We have teamed up with TEAMGROUP to give away two of its awesome T-Force VULCAN Z SATA III SLC 2TB SSDs to two lucky winners.

Additionally: For your chance to win SSDs, DRAM, GoPro Packages and more cool prizes from TEAMGROUP, please visit TEAMGROUP: UNITE FOR CHRISTMAS Special Giveaway! Grab your chances to be the next lucky winner until December 31st!

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FEATURES

  • 3D NAND best upgrade option for gaming
  • Enhanced performance for seamless cutscenes
  • Smart optimization to ensure reliable performance
  • Shock-resistant, vibration-resistant, and reduced noise interference
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3D NAND best upgrade option for gaming

Equipped with a 3D flash memory chip for a fast and seamless gaming experience superior to traditional HDDs, making it the best entry-level SSD for new gamers venturing into the world of gaming.

How to Win

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GEEKOM MiniAir 11 Christmas sale - a mini PC for just $179 with $50 off code

Sponsored Content | Deals | Dec 4, 2022 8:10 PM CST

GEEKOM is celebrating Christmas this year early by offering up its MiniAir 11 small form factor computer for just an incredible $179. Normally, it sells for $229, but when applying the $50 off coupon code XMAIR11A, you will only pay $179. There's also a MiniAir 11 Special Edition kit available, which we will discuss below.

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GEEKOM's MiniAir 11 is a tiny little system weighing just 500 grams and measuring just 117 x 112 x 34.2mm. It is powered by Intel's 11th Gen Celeron N5095 (4M Cache, up to 2.90 GHz) TDP 15W processor and Intel's UHD 605 graphics. It comes installed with 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 SO-DIMM memory modules in dual-channel mode, with upgradability up to 32GB if required. Also included is a 256GB 2280 M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD, which is upgradable to a 1TB drive.

As far as connectivity goes, you get the following assortment of ports which is impressive for such a tiny system.

  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port
  • 2 x USB-C ports (data only)
  • 1 x SD card reader (USB 2.0)
  • 1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 1 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4 port
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x DC jack
  • 1 x Power button

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Cyberpunk 2077 sequel 'Orion' won't enter pre-production until 2024

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 5, 2022 1:33 AM CST

CD Projekt RED says that the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 sequel will not enter pre-production phases of development until 2024.

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CD Projekt has a lot on its plate right now. The company is currently working on five Witcher projects, including a new Witcher trilogy, and is also making Cyberpunk 2077's big new Phantom Liberty expansion. And once that's done, the teams will target Project Orion, a new sequel set in the Cyberpunk universe. It might be some time before Orion is ready, though.

In a recent investor's Q&A session, CD Projekt president Adam Kicinski confirms that Project Orion's development won't start in 2023. Instead, pre-production will not begin until 2024 at the earliest. After Phantom Liberty releases, teams will shift over to Orion and start the concepting phase which begins before pre-production. This will see various aspects of the game being planned and plotted out.

Continue reading: Cyberpunk 2077 sequel 'Orion' won't enter pre-production until 2024 (full post)

Witcher 1 remake will release after next main Witcher game in Polaris trilogy

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 5, 2022 12:27 AM CST

CD Projekt clarifies the planned release timings for its new upcoming Witcher projects and games.

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There's a lot of new Witcher games in development right now. CD Projekt is currently working on and/or planning at least five separate Witcher projects, including the Witcher 3 next-gen update planned for release on December 14, a brand new mainline Witcher trilogy that's codenamed Polaris, a new separate game codenamed Sirius from The Molasses Flood that will have multiplayer elements, and Canis Majoris, which is the new Witcher 1 remake built from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5.

So when will these projects come out? In a recent Q&A session with investors, CD Projekt Group management confirms that the first chapter of Polaris will release before The Witcher 1 remake. The two games--Polaris part 1 and Canis Majoris--will enter parallel development and CD Projekt will work on both games at the same time. Once Polaris is released, Canis Majoris will be able to borrow assets, content, and tools from the episodic game.

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Read Also: With Witcher 3, CD Projekt shows games industry how to do a real next-gen update

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Fortnite gets its own Runescape 3D moment via radical Unreal Engine 5.1 makeover

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 4, 2022 11:35 PM CST

Epic Games overhauls Fortnite with a big visual makeover thanks to the power of Unreal Engine 5.

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Fortnite Chapter 4 is here and it's been completely reborn in Unreal Engine 5.1 with new high-end effects and visual tweaks. The game looks absolutely incredible for Fortnite, and is a kind of proof-of-concept design of what live service F2P shooters could look like utilizing the new engine toolset.

The new radical update was made possible thanks to Unreal Engine 5.1's optimized tech, including Nanite, which allows tons of extra detail thanks to its virtualized polygons, and Lumen, which adds ray-traced reflections and real-time global lighting effects to create a whole new sense of realism for the cartoony shooter.

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FTC's Lina Khan could greenlight Activision merger to avoid split vote fallout

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 4, 2022 10:32 PM CST

The FTC could greenlight the $68.7 billion Microsoft-Activision merger in order to avoid a tie vote, sources tell The New York Post.

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FTC Chairperson Lina Khan could give her blessing to the Microsoft-Activision merger in order to avoid potential fallout from a split vote. The FTC currently has four members of its panel that are scrutinizing the merger including three Democrats (Lena Khan, Rebecca Slaughter, and Alvaro Bedoya) and one Republican (Christine Wilson).

Sources say that Wilson and Slaughter may vote to approve the merger, with Khan and Bedoya moving to block it, leading to a split tie vote. Sources say this could undermine Lina Khan's authority over the regulator and she would instead proceed to approve the merger.

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ICY DOCK teases PCIe 5.0 M.2 SSD add-in card with active cooling tech: 32GB/sec

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Dec 4, 2022 9:26 PM CST

ICY DOCK has teased not one, but two new add-in cards for your PC that support both PCIe Gen5 M.2 + E1.S SSDs, with both add-in cards rocking active cooling to keep those super-fast PCIe 5.0 SSDs nice and cool.

ICY DOCK's new CP073-1 PCIe Gen5 add-in card

ICY DOCK's new CP073-1 PCIe Gen5 add-in card

The first one we're looking at today is the ICY DOCK CP073-1 which supports two regular PCIe Gen5 M.2 SSDs that get mounted through the sides of the shroud, with a fully tool-less design that makes them easy to get up and running.

ICY DOCK supports up to 2280/2580 form factor M.2 SSDs, with the design of the ICY DOCK CP073-1 including an active fan -- a 50mm blower fan -- with exhaust vents on the front and an aluminum heatsink on the shroud. There are some LED indicators on the front of the PCIe 5.0 SSD add-in card, too.

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Intel targets 1 trillion transistors on a single package by 2030

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Dec 4, 2022 8:21 PM CST

Intel has come out swinging in a big way celebrating the 75th anniversary of the transistor, where at IEDM 2022 (the International Electron Devices Meeting) that the company is aiming for 10x density improvements in packaging technology, using a novel material that is just 3 atoms thick in order to advance transistor scaling.

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Intel has unveiled its latest research breakthroughs that are fueling the innovation pipeline in order to keep Moore's Law on track towards 1 trillion transistors by the year 2030, where at the IEDM 2022 conference, Intel researchers showed off the latest advancements in 3D packaging technology.

The researchers showcased a huge 10x improvement in density, using novel materials for 2D transistor scaling beyond RibbonFET, including a super-thin material that is just 3 atoms thick. This will pave the way for massive improvements in energy efficiency and memory for higher-performing computing, as well as more advancements in the world of quantum computing.

Continue reading: Intel targets 1 trillion transistors on a single package by 2030 (full post)

SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 7900 series reference GPUs turn up on Amazon

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Dec 4, 2022 7:27 PM CST

AMD's new Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT graphics cards are only a week or so from release -- December 13 to be precise -- but now SAPPHIRE's own Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT reference graphics cards have been spotted on Amazon.

SAPPHIRE's new Radeon RX 7900 XTX reference card (source: Amazon)

SAPPHIRE's new Radeon RX 7900 XTX reference card (source: Amazon)

SAPPHIRE's official Amazon US store has both of the cards listed in reference form, which are no different to AMD's in-house Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT reference graphics cards.

The two cards spotted on Amazon are: the Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX (21322-01-20G) Gaming Graphics Card with 24GB GDDR6, AMD RDNA 3, as well as the cut-down Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT (21323-01-20G) Gaming Graphics Card with 20GB GDDR6, AMD RDNA 3.

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PowerColor releases the hounds: intros Radeon RX 7900 XTX, RX 7900 XT Hellhound

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Dec 4, 2022 6:24 PM CST

PowerColor has shown off a bit more of its upcoming Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT Hellhound graphics cards, ahead of the big Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT launch on December 13.

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The new PowerColor Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT Hellhound graphics cards will both sport a 14-layer PCB, with a 20-phase VRM which matches the just-teased SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 7900 series NITRO graphic cards. However, PowerColor will require dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors which brings the Radeon RX 7900 series Hellhound cards in line with AMD's own in-house reference RX 7900 series design.

PowerColor is using a huge GPU direct-contact copper plate area that measures in at 91 x 89 x 2.6mm, which will cover both the GPU and the GDDR6 memory: both the 24GB GDDR6 on the flagship Radeon RX 7900 XTX Hellhound and the 20GB of GDDR6 on the Radeon RX 7900 XT Hellhound graphics cards.

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Chinese woman fakes pregnancy, tries smuggling 200+ Intel Alder Lake CPUs

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Dec 4, 2022 5:25 PM CST

I don't know why people try to do this, but I don't think it'll ever stop either... but a Chinese woman who pretended to be pregnant tried to smuggle over 200 full Intel 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPUs through customs with a prosthetic belly. Yeah, a fake pregnancy.

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Chinese customs authorities report that a woman named "Zhao" from Zhuhai, Guangdong, recently entered Macau and was on her way back to China mainland through the Gongbei Port in Zhuhai, but walking through, Chinese customs authorities noticed something wasn't right... and that's when the inspection began.

Zhao said that she was around 5-6 months pregnant, but once the Chinese customs authorities had a closer look, they discovered she had a fake prosthetic belly attached. The size of the belly made the woman look like she was 5-6 months pregnant, but she was still walking comfortably. Underneath her top once the fake prosthetic belly was taken away, the authorities discovered 202 Intel "Alder Lake" CPUs and even 9 smartphones... all held together with scotch tape, and more.

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Kojima drops weird cryptic symbols to hype Death Stranding 2 or new horror game

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 3, 2022 10:18 PM CST

Hideo Kojima has released three new cryptic symbols to build intrigue for his next project.

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Right now Hideo Kojima is working on as many as two projects, including Death Stranding 2 and a new interactive horror game for Xbox's cloud streaming platform (codenamed OVERDOSE). Kojima has continued his penchant for secretive and often bizarre game teasers with a series of mysterious promo images that previously confirmed that both Elle Fanning and Deadpool 2 actress Shiola Kutsuna will star in the project. Symbols and logos accompanied these reveals.

Kojima is back with a new symbol depicting the Automated Public Assistance Company. No one knows exactly what these symbols are referring to, but the major guess is that Kojima is teasing Death Stranding 2 and the PAC will be a faction in the game. The other logos, a strange-looking art deco gate or perhaps a bridge, and a kraken that has been stuck with multiple spears, may also indicate other factions to be featured in Death Stranding 2.

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