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Intel’s 14-Core Alder Lake-P CPU Falls to 8-Core AMD Ryzen 7 5800H in Early Benchmarks

(Image credit: Shutterstock)It looks like the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H doesn’t have much to worry about yet. Based on early benchmarks spotted by hardware leaker Tum_Apisak, Intel’s upcoming 12th Generation Alder Lake processors will have a strong rival in AMD’s current mobile Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne) chips. The benchmarks come from UserBenchmark and Geekbench 5. We recommend you take the results with a grain of salt as they haven’t been confirmed by Intel. In addition, the users performed the tests on Windows 10 that probably affected Alder Lake’s performance. Windows 11 is rumored to arrived with an improved scheduler to properly support…

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Get $320 off the 1TB SanDisk Extreme Pro Internal SSD — the Best Storage Deal of the Day

When it comes to picking the best SSD, you’ll need a mix of fast speeds, long-lasting endurance and good thermal performance. But when it comes to deals, none are quite as good as this. SanDisk’s Extreme Pro 1TB Internal SSD has now seen its price chopped by over $320 — down to just $129.99 at Best Buy. Best SSD DealsBest deals on tech and PC hardware SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB Internal SSD: was $449.99, now $129.99 at Best Buy The 1TB version of this PCIe Gen 3 NVMe drive sports 3D NAND technology, data transfer rates up to 3,400MB/s, and…

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Raspberry Pi Pico Expansion Board Connects Your Projects to the World

SBC Components Ltd, makers of Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi Pico accessories has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a 2G GPS and GPRS expansion board for the Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller. The campaign was fully funded within 30 minutes! (Image credit: SB Components)We’ve recently seen a Pi in a phone, so to see a phone in a Pi is a nice inversion. Known as the Raspberry Pi Pico 2G Expansion, the board comes from Raspberry Pi approved design partner SB Components Ltd. It aims to expand the tiny board in a comprehensively wireless way, adding Bluetooth 3.0 alongside GPS/GLONASS/BDS…

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AMD’s Ryzen 5000G Cezanne APUs Could Land With A Small Premium

AMD’s Ryzen 5000G (Cezanne) chips won’t hit the retail market until August 5, but many foreign retailers have already started listing the two Zen 3-powered APUs, and some even have them up for backorder. The Ryzen 7 5700G and Ryzen 5 5600G are far from being the best CPUs on the planet. However, the Zen 3 APUs are more than capable to provide a decent entry-level gaming, especially when paired with the best RAM. AMD tailored the Ryzen 7 5700G and Ryzen 5 5600G towards gamers with very tight budgets, and the corresponding GE counterparts for HTPC and SFF aficionados….

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Elon Musk Primes the Pump on Bitcoin Again With Tesla, SpaceX Comments

Elon Musk is at it again. TechSpot reported that Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and a menagerie of other companies helped raise the price of Bitcoin simply by making a few comments at the B Word conference devoted to the cryptocurrency. Musk had an impact on the crypto market earlier this year when he announced that Tesla had purchased $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin and planned to start accepting the cryptocurrency as payment for its electronic vehicles sometime in the near future. Tesla suspended its plans for Bitcoin payments in May, however, due to concerns about the environmental…

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Raspberry Pi Converts Cryptocurrency Trading Data Into Music

In what must be one of the stranger build projects we’ve covered, this collaboration between Texas-based explain-o-genius Estefannie and British synth-pop anarchist Look Mum No Computer plays music, or at least generates sounds, based on the fluctuations of the cryptocurrency market. Originally featured on the Raspberry Pi Blog, it deserves to go global. Look Mum No Computer, AKA Sam, approached Esteffanie to do the encoding for his project. Her solution was to use a Raspberry Pi, set to track cryptocurrency markets, and output the data to a breadboard full of LEDs. Sam then built a series of analog circuits that…

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100-Qubit Quantum Computing System Unveiled

Atom Computing, a quantum computing startup, has announced a quantum computing system with unparalleled capabilities. The company’s first-generation Phoenix system can pack as many as 100 qubits that are said to be ‘exceptionally’ stable with long coherence times, thus providing extreme performance potential. Separately, the company announced that it had secured over $15 million in Series A funding and hired a new CEO. Atom Computing’s Phoenix can trap 100 atomic qubits (of an alkaline earth element) in a vacuum chamber with optical tweezers. Then, the quantum states of atomic qubits are manipulated with lasers. The company claims that its qubits…

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Dell Cuts $110 off a 27-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor

The best Dell gaming deals are usually reserved for its own website, but it looks like Dell’s discounts are branching out to other retailers — starting with this awesome special offer for a curved monitor. The Dell S2721HGF curved gaming monitor just got a deep $110 price cut at Best Buy, which takes its price down to just $230. More: Best gaming monitorsBest 4K gaming monitorsBest monitor deals  Dell S2721HGF 27-inch curved gaming monitor: was $339.99, now $229.99 at Best Buy This practical bezel-free 27-inch FHD monitor from Dell rocks a 1500R curve, a buttery smooth 144Hz refresh rate and…

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Valve: Steam Deck UI Will Replace Big Picture Mode

Steam’s Big Picture mode hasn’t had an update since 2015, and it’s not going to get any more, as it’s facing the axe. A question in the Steam forums, as noticed by PC Gamer, about whether the Steam Deck UI would replace Big Picture, was answered with a ‘yes’. (Image credit: Valve)There’s slightly more to it, but not much: “Yes, we are replacing Big Picture with the new UI from Deck,” reads the reply from a Valve moderator. “We don’t have an ETA to share yet though.” Big Picture is the default interface for using Steam via your television, Raspberry…

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Best Gaming Monitors 2021: Budget, Curved, G-Sync and More

Gaming monitor options keep growing with new brands, features and ever-growing capabilities. It’s an exciting time to be a PC gamer, but that also means that picking the best gaming monitor for your rig is more complicated than ever. The selection can be overwhelming, from screen-smoothing technologies (Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync), to visually stunning refresh rates that can reach a mind-blowing 360 Hz. For pixel addicts, there are 4K screens that are as hard on the bank account as they are on graphics cards. Anyone else feeling like a kid in a toy store told to only “pick one?” Choosing the Best Gaming Monitor…

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Ether’s Declining Price Could Be Good News for Enthusiasts Seeking New GPUs

The value of Ether has fallen alongside the rest of the crypto market, according to CoinDesk. That could be good news for anyone hoping to buy a new GPU without having to compete with Ethereum miners for the best graphics cards. Ether is the native token of the Ethereum blockchain. It’s valued at roughly $1,795 at the time of writing, which means its price fell by approximately 1.1% in the last 24 hours, but it’s also down over 10% during the past week. Ether has suffered from similar drops over the last three months—the coin is now worth less than…

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WD easystore 8TB External Hard Drive Falls to Its Lowest Price of the Summer

At Best Buy, WD’s Easystore 8TB external hard drive has been given a $40 price cut — taking it down to just $179.99. If you’ve been on the lookout for a reliable external storage solution, this is one of the best deals you’ll find right now. More: Best external hard drives and SSDsBest deals on SSDs and hard drives WD Easystore 8TB external hard drive: was $220, now $180 at Best Buy Right now at Best Buy, you can grab a fast 8TB of 7,200-RPM HDD storage for a mere $179.99. That’s far less than what you would pay for…

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Aaeon Stuffed Intel’s 11th Gen CPUs Into a Single-Board Computer

How powerful can a single-board computer (SBC) be? ZDNet reported that Aaeon tried to find out by cramming Intel’s 11th Gen Core G processors, support for up to 32GB of LPDDR4 memory, and an abundance of ports into the PICO-TGU4 product line. But it might also have discovered this category’s price ceiling in the process. The most well-known SBCs, including the ever-popular Raspberry Pi lineup, feature Arm chips that compete on price and power efficiency rather than raw performance. Many of the boards that do feature x86-based processors typically emphasize their support for a far broader software ecosystem and their…

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Windows 10 Will Support Game-Boosting DirectStorage Tech After All

A recent Microsoft blog post has corrected the company’s earlier statement that DirectStorage, a tech that boosts storage performance to improve gaming, would only be available in Windows 11. Now Microsoft has clarified that DirectStorage will indeed support both Windows 10 and Windows 11. DirectStorage is a new storage acceleration API, currently used in Xbox Series consoles, that improves game loading times by allowing game data to be transferred directly from an NVMe SSD to the GPU, thus bypassing the CPU. To further speed up performance, DirectStorage also includes a new GPU decompression technology that supports higher decompression I/O rates…

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A Slice of Genius: Sourdough Monitor Cooked Up With Raspberry Pi

The sourdough bread craze from the start of the pandemic lockdowns has led to a lot of delicious crusty loaves, but also this ingenious device: a peanut butter jar equipped with a Raspberry Pi and e-ink screen, that measures the CO2 levels of your sourdough starter – or indeed anything that ferments in a jar – to let you know when it’s just right for baking. (Image credit: Noah Feehan)The brainchild of artist and maker Noah Feehan, who blogs at hi-hi-hi.com, the e-Ink Starter Monitor displays the last three hours of CO2 production, and how much the sourdough has risen…

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Rock 3A Offers Faster M.2 Storage in Raspberry Pi Form Factor

The Raspberry Pi form factor is a popular one, compact enough to fit in some interesting places yet packed with power and IO. What the form factor lacks is fast and cheap storage possibilities. Step forward the Radxa Rock 3A, as spotted by CNX Software, which offers the familiar form factor and two M.2 slots for Wi-Fi and SSDs. Image 1 of 2(Image credit: Radxa)Image 2 of 2 (Image credit: Radxa)Closely following the Raspberry Pi 3B layout, the Rock 3A is powered by a Rockchip RK3568 SoC that manages to squeeze in a 2GHz quad core Arm Cortex A55 CPU,…

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Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake CPUs Go On Sale For Over $1,000 In China

According to hardware blogger YuuKi_AnS, who has previously posted pictures and insider info about Intel’s Sapphire Rapids, Chinese merchants are clandestinely selling qualification samples (QS) of Intel’s Core i9-12900K Alder Lake processor in China. The current asking price is between $1,064.95 and $1,157.55. While Intel hasn’t confirmed the exact date for Alder Lake’s launch, the heterogeneous processors are rumored to land in late 2021 or early 2022, barring any setbacks. Additionally, the latest news about qualification samples being sold in the Chinese market suggests that we could see retail availability by the end of the year. The Core i9-12900K wields…

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Steam Deck’s SSD May Be User Upgradeable

Valve’s Steam Deck has already caused quite a commotion in the gaming world. Right now scalpers are selling reservations far past the RRP and official delivery dates are reaching far into 2022. But there is one ray of hope via a Reddit thread that indicates that it may be possible to upgrade the M.2 2230 SSD.  Valve’s Steam Deck uses a socketed M.2 2230 SSD, which could potentially be upgraded to a higher-capacity version. The M.2 2230 socket is obviously present on the 256GB and 512GB models, and an update to the tech specs states that it will be present,…

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Scalpers Want $5,000 for the Steam Deck

That didn’t take long. Scalpers have pushed the price of Valve’s new Steam Deck gaming handheld to as high as $5,000 just one day after it went up for pre-order. Valve offers three different versions of the Steam Deck: A $399 base model that features 64GB of eMMC storage, a $529 model that includes a 256GB NVMe SSD, and a $649 model with a 512GB NVMe SSD as well as anti-glare glass for the display. Demand for the handheld appeared to be higher than Valve expected. Its servers were strained when pre-orders started, and at the time of writing, delivery…

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Steam Is Buckling Under Steam Deck Pre-Orders

Steam, Valve’s online gaming storefront, is buckling under the pressure of gamers rushing to reserve the Steam Deck, its upcoming handheld gaming device that will ship in December starting at $399. Social media is awash with reports of crashes, the site not accepting credit cards, and people being told they’re trying too many times and to come back hours later. In some cases, users with decade-plus old Steam accounts are told they’re not eligible to reserve a system, even though the requirement was purchasing something before June 2021. Here’s a very small snippet of issues users are seeing: Help, can’t…