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Pascal Rides Again, Nvidia Launches the GeForce GT 1010

In a strange turn of events, Nvidia quietly launched a new GPU, the GT 1010, a card which is based on five-year-old Pascal architecture. This news was discovered by YouTuber Dapz who also confirmed the existence of the GT 1010 via a live chat with an Nvidia representative. The GT 1010 is aimed towards very basic graphical workloads like 2D / 3D acceleration and Home Theaters so don’t expect this card to be in our Best Graphics Cards of 2021 lineup. But the GT 1010 should be replacing the much older Kepler-based GT 710 with a healthy boost to performance. Luckily…

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Intel Rocket Lake Price, Benchmarks, Specs and Release Date, All We Know

(Image credit: Shutterstock)Intel’s 11th-Gen Rocket Lake is purportedly headed to the launch pad for blast off in late March, promising to upset our list of Best CPUs for Gaming and CPU Benchmark Hierarchy. Rocket Lake certainly couldn’t come at a better time for Intel, either – AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors have thundered into the desktop PC market, upsetting Intel’s Comet Lake chips and taking the lead in every metric that matters, including gaming.  Intel’s response comes in the form of Rocket Lake, and the company says the chips come with a 19% improvement in instruction per cycle (IPC) throughput and…

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Alienware AW2521H 360Hz Monitor Review: Motion Blur Be Gone

Today’s best Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor AW2521H dealsAmazon UK View SimilarAmazonNo price informationWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricesIs the best gaming monitor about resolution, color saturation, contrast or speed? If you picked speed, then a 360 Hz monitor is for you. The 360 Hz refresh rate is the current pinnacle of smooth response and the lowest available input lag. LCD technology has spent its entire life working to overcome one major flaw, motion blur. Because each frame remains on the screen while the next one is drawn, it has been termed “sample and hold.”…

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Retailer Reveals Rocket Lake-S, Comet Lake Refresh Pricing

2Compute, a retailer over in Belgium, recently added Intel’s approaching 11th Generation Rocket Lake-S processors to its product catalog. The store has reportedly revealed the basic specifications and pricing for the 14nm chips. As is customary, we recommend approaching listings about unreleased hardware with caution, even if the listings come from a trusted retailer. It’s also important to highlight that computer hardware is typically more expensive outside the U.S. As evidenced by the F-series, Intel will continue to offer iGPU-less models for this generation. In the case of Rocket Lake-S, the processors arrive without the 12th-generation Xe LP graphics engine….

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Intel Kills Off All Optane-Only SSDs for Consumers, No Replacements Planned

In a surprising move with little fanfare, Intel announced that it is discontinuing all of its Optane-only SSDs for the consumer market. Surprisingly, the company says those drives aren’t going to see Optane-only replacements, apparently marking the end of its enthusiast-geared Optane SSDs for desktop PCs. Intel discontinued the Optane Memory M10, 800P, 900P, and 905P SSDs, representing the entirety of its Optane-only family for desktop PCs. Intel’s 900P and 905P discontinuation notice states: “Intel will not provide a new large capacity Optane Memory SSD as a transition product for the client market segment. Intel will focus on the new…

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AMD Threadripper Pro 3995WX Review: Ripping With 8 Memory Channels

AMD’s Threadripper 3000 processors are best known for wreaking complete devastation on Intel’s HEDT lineup, easily outclassing the incumbent Cascade Lake-X processors in key areas, and upsetting our CPU Benchmark Hierarchy and Best CPUs for Workstations rankings in one fell swoop. While we certainly weren’t accustomed to seeing Intel so utterly trounced in a segment it has traditionally ruled with pricing impunity, the Threadripper 3000 processors did fall short in one area – they didn’t enable all eight memory channels or the full complement of PCIe lanes. AMD’s Threadripper Pro fixes that, and the chips are coming to retail outlets…

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Sapphire Launches Fanless Radeon RX 5700 XT Compute GPU

Sapphire (via Coelacanth Dream) has released the GPRO X070 8GB GDDR6. The specialized graphics card, based on the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, targets professional and graphics-intensive workloads. The GPRO X070 8GB GDDR6 features a passive cooling system consisting of a herculean heatsink with four heatpipes. Sapphire specifically designed the dual-slot graphics card for GPU compute system,s so it relies on the system’s active airflow to remain cool. Weighing in at 800g, the graphics card has dimensions of 281.94 x 133.75 x 34.5mm. The Navi 10 silicon resides inside the GPRO X070 8GB GDDR6 and provides the graphics card with…

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What Is Nvidia Max-Q Graphics? A Basic Definition

(Image credit: Nvidia)If you’re looking for a gaming laptop that’s able to handle demanding titles or high-resolution gaming but don’t want the thickness, weight and loud fans that often come with gaming laptops, a PC running an Nvidia Max-Q graphics card may be the answer. When shopping for a gaming laptop, you’ll probably run into models featuring some sort of Max-Q graphics card, such as an “RTX 2080 Max-Q.” Max-Q is a graphics card technology Nvidia first launched in 2017 that allows the rendering horsepower of the company’s higher-end graphics cards — previously reserved for desktop PCs or very bulky…

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What Is a Motherboard Chipset? A Basic Definition

AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs use the X570 chipset. Living on the motherboard, a PC’s chipset controls the communication between the CPU, RAM, storage and other peripherals. The chipset determines how many high-speed components or USB devices your best motherboard can support. Chipsets are usually comprised of one to four chips and feature controllers for commonly used peripherals, like the your keyboard, mouse or monitor. PC chipsets are designed by Intel and AMD but are found on motherboards from a variety of third-party vendors, such as MSI, Asus and ASRock. Different chipsets support different CPUs, so when you’re buying a CPU, you have to consider that your…

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Apple’s Next MacBook Pros Rumored to Regain MagSafe, Lose Touch Bar

Apple has already confirmed that its next-generation MacBook Pros will use its own system-on-chips (SoCs). In addition to new SoCs, the new notebooks will receive a complete architectural overhaul both inside and outside, two reports claim. The revamp will reportedly include an all-new design, the return of a magnetic charger and a possible removal of Touch Bar.  Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with a good track record who covers Apple at TF International Securities, said in a new note to clients that Apple is working on two all-new MacBook Pro models. One has a screen that’s “about” 14 inches and the…

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Noctua’s Getting Ready for Intel Rocket Lake CPUs

It’s no secret that Intel’s 11th Generation Rocket Lake-S CPUs are nearing. Intel has yet to announce exact specs, pricing or even as much as a launch date. However, the vendor did dish out a load of juicy technical details on the Core i9-11900K flagship earlier this week for CES. CES also brought an onslaught of Z590 and B560 motherboard announcements for the new chips, which indicates that a launch date is nearing.  With that in mind, Noctua has started prepping its compatibility list for which coolers work on which boards. And it’s already made good progress. Thus far, the…

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TSMC Preps for 3nm Risk Production

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said this week that it would significantly increase its capital expenditures this year as it needs to build and equip new fabs to ramp up its existing and next-generation leading-edge process technologies. Demand for advanced fabrication nodes is on the rise. In Q4 2020, revenue for N5 (5 nm) and N7 (7 nm) technologies accounted for nearly half of TSMC’s revenue, so it makes a great sense for the manufacturer to continue investing in leading-edge capacities. Furthermore, as Apple and Intel plan to increase orders to TSMC, the foundry will also need more capacity. TSMC to…

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Bitspower’s RTX 3080 Mobius Waterblock Has Founders Edition Looks

When the RTX 3080 Founders Edition landed, we were immediately curious what the waterblocks for that card were going to look like, given that the PCB has a huge bite taken out of it. Back in September, EKWB confirmed that the reference card wasn’t identical to the Founders Edition PCB, and later in November it came out with Special Edition waterblocks for the Founders Edition cards. But EKWB isn’t the only watercooling player on the market, and Bitspower also wants a piece of the pie — which resulted in the birth of the Premium Mobius Waterblock for Founders Edition RTX…

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Intel Might Wait for New CEO to Make Outsourcing Decision: Report

(Image credit: VMware)According to a report from The Oregonian, current Intel CEO Bob Swan told Intel employees during an all-hands meeting that the company may delay its decision to outsource some of its core logic to outside firms until Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s CEO-elect that will join the company in mid-February, has time to weigh in on the decision. “We expect to make that decision very soon,” Swan told employees, “but we’re going to do it with Pat.” Intel has not confirmed the report. Intel had previously announced that it would unveil its plan, which will see Intel outsource the production of leading-edge…

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Reachy Robot Dumps Raspberry Pi for NUC, Upgrades Cameras

Reachy, the torso-shaped humanoid robot that made a splash at last year’s CES, has now been upgraded with new cameras and an x86 processor in place of Raspberry Pi. The brainchild of France’s Pollen Robotics, Reachy has two arms with hands that can lift up to 500g each and an expressive head with two camera eyes. The new version of Reachy, which is due out this spring, will use an Intel NUC x86 PC as its brains instead of the Raspberry Pi 4 B, which powered the original version. The eye cameras now provide stereoscopic vision with up to a…

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MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Sea Hawk With 240mm Radiator

There are a number of GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards with a hybrid all-in-one liquid cooling system on the market today (well, kind of). Many of these products use custom designs, but their cooling systems are mostly standard, tailored for a particular printed circuit board (PCB). MSI decided to team up with Asetek to design a custom cooling system for its GeForce RTX 30 Sea Hawk graphics cards that the company introduced at CES, and we spoke with MSI about the new cards on our Tom’s Hardware Live CES stream. (Image credit: MSI)MSI’s GeForce RTX 30-series Sea Hawk graphics cards based on…

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Best Motherboards 2021 for Gaming, by Socket and Chipset

Note: For AMD’s AM4 X570, B550, B450 and Threadripper motherboards, see page two or our Best AMD X570 Motherboards page. This first page focuses on Intel, after laying out some basics. Choosing the best gaming motherboard or best motherboard for another type of build is in many ways an integral part of your PC build, despite the fact that choosing the best CPU or the best graphics card often gets more attention. Nearly every part of your PC plugs into your motherboard. Its form factor dictates the size of your computer, and its chipset and socket limit what kind of…

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PiStation 2 Looks Like PS2, Tastes Like Raspberry Pi

Fans of the classic PlayStation 2 should enjoy this Raspberry Pi project created by a maker known online as Farizno. Affectionately dubbed the PiStation 2, this project is exactly what it sounds like — a PS2 Raspberry Pi crossover. Inside this PlayStation 2 (not the slimline edition) is a Raspberry Pi 4 with a 1TB SSD configured to emulate tons of retro gaming classics and more. Because a Pi is used as the main board, any USB or Bluetooth controller will work—this includes both PlayStation and Xbox controllers. The Pi is wired to the actual PS2 buttons so, for example,…

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Tom’s Hardware CES 2021 Awards: Hot New Hardware for the Year Ahead

Let’s be honest. This wasn’t the CES anyone wanted. We’ve been covering North America’s largest tech show for years, so we can definitively say that, without in-person booths and demos, it’s just not the same. The most interesting things at any show happen outside of the scripted press conferences where we get to see and touch products in person, talk to product managers off the record or wander the halls, looking for the unexpected.  However, even in a down year, there were some bright spots that give us hope for a tech-filled 2021. From a new generation of powerful AMD…

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EKWB’s AIO Basic Brings Slovenian Watercooling To Smaller Budgets

EKWB might be known for its high-end custom watercooling loop parts, but not long ago, the company figured that the AIO market might be suited to them too. It started with the EK-AIO D-RGB, then followed the EK-AIO Elite. Now, the company is following suit with the EK-AIO Basic, bringing Slovenian watercooling to systems designed on smaller budgets.  At launch, these AIOs are only coming in 240mm and 360mm variants, either with two or three all-black 120mm fans. These fans spin at speeds between 550 and 2200 RPM, which is a decent range with a lavish top end you’ll likely…