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Razer Preps Portable 5G Android Gaming Console

Verizon announced (opens in new tab) on Wednesday that it had teamed up with Razer and Qualcomm for an always-connected portable game console that uses Google’s Android operating system and allows to play Android games and games streamed from the cloud or a stationary game console.The Razer Edge 5G game console leverages Qualcomm’s Snapdragon G3X Gen 1 (opens in new tab) system-on-chip explicitly designed for portable gaming devices. Qualcomm introduced the SoC a little less than a year ago but still has not disclosed its specifications, so the only thing we do know for sure is that the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform…

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GeForce RTX 4090 Arrives at Best Buy Site at MSRP

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4090, which may soon become one of the best graphics cards, goes on sale on October 12. As a result, retailers from around the country have started to list the next-generation GeForce RTX 40-series flagship in preparation for its looming launch.Unlike Ampere, which launched at insane prices in dark times, the GeForce RTX 4090 appears to maintain the $1,599 MSRP. The GeForce RTX 4090 still costs a small fortune, but it’s encouraging to finally see a modern graphics card debut at MSRP since we’ve grown accustomed to seeing Ampere at scalper prices. Best Buy (via momomo_us (opens…

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Intel Arc A310 Graphics Card Quietly Goes Official

Intel has undercut its entry-level Arc A380 with the official reveal of the previously leaked Arc A310. The Arc A380 wasn’t a powerhouse by any means and the new A310, based on the same “6nm” TSMC fabbed ACM-G11 GPU, offers only six Xe cores (versus A380’s eight), and 50% less VRAM (4GB versus 6GB) on a narrower 64-bit bus. From what we have seen in the leaks and spills leading up to today, the Intel Arc A310 will be mostly sold to folks who only have the need for basic GPU acceleration, and perhaps only have room for a low…

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How To Install Python on Windows 10 and 11

Originally created by Guido van Rossum in 1991, Python is a versatile programming language used by makers on the Raspberry Pi, system administrators in the data center, and even by Industrial Light and Magic to bring our movies to life.Python is a great language to learn, and thanks to the Raspberry Pi for the past decade there have been countless tutorials covering the gamut of programming projects.Whether you are a Python veteran, a “pythonista” or a complete newcomer to the language, installing Python on Windows is an easy task. In this how to we will walk you through installing Python…

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Intel’s Unannounced 34-Core Raptor Lake CPUs Displayed on Wafer

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Intel has a wafer full of Raptor Lake dies on display here at Innovation 2022 in San Jose, but after closer examination, it is apparent that the wafer contains 34-core Raptor Lake processors that haven’t been announced. It also appears that the wafer was displayed unintentionally. That’s exciting because Intel had already announced its Raptor Lake chips earlier today with a peak of 24 cores, but there wasn’t any mention of a 34-core model. Image 1 of 3(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)(Image credit: Intel)(Image credit: Intel)We first discovered the wafer in the booth, and it was…

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Intel’s Unannounced 34-Core Raptor Lake CPUs Accidentally Displayed at Innovation 2022

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)Intel has a wafer full of Raptor Lake dies on display here at Innovation 2022 in San Jose, but after closer examination, it is apparent that the wafer contains 34-core Raptor Lake processors that haven’t been announced. It also appears that the wafer was displayed unintentionally. That’s exciting because Intel had already announced its Raptor Lake chips earlier today with a peak of 24 cores, but there wasn’t any mention of a 34-core model. Image 1 of 4(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)(Image credit: Intel)(Image credit: Intel)(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)We first discovered the wafer in the booth, and it was…

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First AMD Drivers for Ryzen 7000’s Super Slow iGPU

AMD has released its Adrenalin 22.9.2 drivers (opens in new tab), the first to support AMD’s RDNA2 graphics engine built into its Ryzen 7000-series processors. AMD’s Zen 4 iGPU is far from being a gaming monster, but it should be enough for basic use cases like video playback and web browsing.With the introduction of the Ryzen 7950X and Ryzen 5 7600X and other Zen 4 CPUs, AMD will offer Radeon integrated graphics in every member of the Ryzen 7000 family — assuming they don’t later offer an equivalent of Intel’s F-series SKUs. These new GPUs feature the RDNA 2 architecture…

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TeamGroup Unveils DDR5-7200 Memory Modules

TeamGroup has introduced the industry’s first DDR5 memory modules boasting a data transfer rate of 7200 MT/s. T-Force Delta RGB modules are among best memory modules, and the new DDR5-7200 memory modules are designed primarily for Intel’s 13th Generation Core ‘Raptor Lake’ processors and are currently the fastest memory sticks in the world.TeamGroup’s new T-Force Delta RGB family adds three speed bins: DDR5-6800, DDR5-7000, and DDR5-7200 CL34 at 1.4 Volts. Like other modules aimed at high-end Intel-based systems, the new T-Force Delta RGB memory sticks feature XMP 3.0 profiles for one-click settings adjustments — no mention is made of EXPO support for the new AMD Ryzen…

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Thermalright Peerless Assassin 120 SE Review: Incredible, Affordable Air Cooling Performance

Thermalright was founded in Taiwan in 2001, and established itself as a cooling contender in decades past with options like its all-copper SP94 cooler, and unique products like the HR-07 memory cooler, which provided a full heatsink with two heatpipes for DDR2 RAM. The company’s current lineup includes air & liquid coolers, fans, thermal pastes, and a variety of accessories. After posting the previous review of DeepCool’s AK500, some of our readers asked us to test Thermalright’s Peerless Assassin 120 SE. We reached out to Thermalright, and the company sent us a sample for testing. It features a dual-tower radiator and…

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Gaming Peripheral Apps, Ranked From Worst to Worst

Imagine this: You build a solid gaming PC, with a Corsair CPU cooler and a GPU that (hopefully) cost less than your rent. You pick up a feature-packed keyboard from SteelSeries and the most comfortable mouse  Razer has ever made. You want to program a couple of macros on the keyboard, check the battery life on the mouse, and see if you can adjust the  lighting on the cooler. Does this seem like a task that requires a program that constantly runs 20+ background processes, uses 72% of your GPU, and secretly hoards 10GB of space on your hard drive? No?…

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Banana Pi PicoW Takes On Raspberry Pi Pico

The Raspberry Pi Pico (opens in new tab) form factor is one that’s just begging to be copied, but Banana Pi has gone one better and borrowed the name, too. The BPI-PicoW-S3, brought to our attention by CNX Software (opens in new tab), is a new microcontroller board that features an ESP32-S3 dual-core chip, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.(Image credit: Banana Pi)Acting as a direct competitor to the new (Raspberry Pi) Pico W (opens in new tab), the (Banana Pi) PicoW runs faster than its namesake, with a 240MHz dual-core Tensilica LX7 microcontroller with vector instructions (important for AI and signal…

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Third-Party Profile Claims To Turn RX 6800 XT Into RTX 3090 Ti

Modern graphics processors have so many features and capabilities that even hardcore gamers and tweakers sometimes have difficulties finding the proper settings to achieve desirable performance. It is where professionally tuned performance profiles come in. For example, Radeon Monster Profile (RMP), an upcoming third-party utility, claims to boost the performance of AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT up to a level that Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti offers.AMD’s Adrenaline software for Radeon graphics processors already offers plenty of performance features, which even overvolt the GPU for overclocking. Furthermore, AMD’s pack of FidelityFX features like FSR 2.0 also boost the performance of Radeon graphics cards. Yet the Radeon…

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PlayStation 5 Refresh Boasts New 6nm AMD Oberon Plus SoC

Sony refreshed its PlayStation 5 console about a month ago. Gaming tech enthusiasts have revealed little by little, the underlying changes delivered with the CFI-1202 consoles on the web and social media. The critical difference that precipitated the new compact cooling system and lighter build is Sony’s shiny new Oberon Plus processor inside the refreshed consoles.The first two revisions of the Sony PlayStation 5 used the same AMD semi-custom processor. Then, what we in the PC world would describe as the ‘APU’ in the PS5, was dubbed Oberon and was fabricated on TSMC’s N7 process. According to Angstronomics’ report, backed…

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Montech Sky One Lite Review: Novice-Friendly, but Noisy

PC case and cooling company Montech isn’t the most well-known component brand in the US. But the company has been churning out products since 2016, frequently using the tagline “With good value!” And at $99 with a hinged glass side panel, mesh front and RGB, the Skye One Lite case looks to live up to that slogan. But as we’ll see in our testing and features walkthrough below, there are better options out there, making it hard to recommend for a spot on our Best PC Cases list. That said, if you live near a Micro Center, where the Sky…

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Nvidia Issues Fix for Windows 11 22H2 Lag and Stuttering Bugs

Nvidia has responded swiftly to a cacophony of complaints regarding PC gaming performance in the wake of the big Windows 11 22H2 feature update earlier this week. Nvidia emailed Tom’s Hardware to say that the issue(s) behind the various lagging and stuttering problems discussed across the internet recently has been fixed by a newly available Beta update. Without getting into underlying technicalities, the Nvidia GeForce Experience software was the culprit of the widespread woe.In a support article dubbed ‘Lower performance after upgrading to Microsoft Windows 11 2022 Update,’ Nvidia describes the Windows 11 22H2 issues and puts forward a solution…

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Intel Raptor Lake Non-K CPUs Show Up In New Benchmarks

A trio of Intel 13th Generation Raptor Lake (RPL) processors appears to have recently checked into SiSoft’s sysinfo and benchmarking tools. Prolific Twitter tech data detective Tum Apisak spotted (opens in new tab) and highlighted (opens in new tab) SiSoft database entries for the purported Core i3-13100, i5-13400, and i9-13900 desktop CPUs. Of course, we have seen a lot of leaks and spills regarding Raptor Lake’s top-end and upcoming flagship CPUs, so it is interesting in this instance to see some light shone on the more mainstream offerings by Intel.Tum_Apisak neatly collected the respective CPUs’ essential specs from the online…

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TeamGroup’s Speedy DDR5-7200 C34 RAM Hits Retail For $350

As VideoCardz (opens in new tab) spotted recently, TeamGroup is readying a new high-end DDR5 memory kit to compete with the best RAM on the market. The company’s T-Force Delta RGB gaming memory has hit a whopping DDR5-7200 with reasonably tight timings.Many vendors already offer DDR5-6600 memory kits, but none have broken the DDR5-7000 mark. Therefore, the T-Force Delta RGB DDR5-7200 is the fastest retail memory kit for now. Newegg has listed the memory kit for $349.99 (opens in new tab), but it’s not available for purchase yet. However, it isn’t a bad price since some brands charge up to…

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Best Thermal Paste for CPUs 2022: 90 Pastes Tested and Ranked

Choosing the best thermal paste may sound simple, but a dizzying array of options can turn this seemingly easy choice into a time-consuming task. Thermal paste is designed to minimize microscopic air gaps and irregularities between the surface of the cooler and the CPU’s IHS (integrated heat spreader), the piece of metal which is built into the top of the processor.Good thermal paste can have a profound impact on your performance, because it will allow your processor to transfer more of its waste heat to your cooler, keeping your processor running cool. Choosing the best thermal paste is also important…

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Intel’s Core i9-13900K Leads Single-Thread Performance Rankings

Intel has yet to formally announce and start shipments of its unlocked Core i9-13900K ‘Raptor Lake’ processor, but some of its synthetic benchmark results have already been published. The flagship CPU already tops PassMark’s single-thread rankings, beating predecessors and processors from AMD and Apple (as noticed by @Tum_Apisak). Intel’s Core i9-13900K processor has eight high-performance cores operating at 3.0 GHz base clock and 16 energy-efficient working at 2.20 GHz base frequency. However, when maximum single-thread performance is needed, it turns on Thermal Velocity Boost and skyrockets high-performance cores to an impressive 5.80 GHz (at 241W). The CPU scores 4,883 points in PassMark’s single-thread…

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Video Allegedly Shows Crypto Miners Jet Washing Nvidia RTX GPUs

The Ethereum blockchain changeover from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake, commonly referred to as the Merge, effectively meant crypto coin mining with consumer graphics cards was no longer profitable. While gamers looked forward to cheaper new and used GPUs becoming the norm, according to a series of videos posted to Twitter by I_Leak_VN, GPU crypto miners in Vietnam appear to be jet washing gear their old mining kit before putting the components up for sale on eBay or local equivalents.Some Vietnamese miners have cleaned up their old graphics cards after ETH merge by bathing them with extremely high…