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MSI’s new gaming motherboard has a killer feature on the Wi-Fi front

By Darren Allan MSI has just revealed a new top-of-the-range enthusiast-targeted motherboard which isn’t just good – apparently it’s godlike, and comes with some interesting extras including the ability to act as a Wi-Fi extender. The Z270 Godlike Gaming motherboard is the ‘one board to rule them all’ according to MSI’s press spiel, and it…


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Razer will make customized gaming peripherals for Destiny 2

By Darren Allan Razer has announced a partnership with Bungie in order to provide gaming peripherals which will be specially themed and branded for the massively multiplayer shooter Destiny 2. Razer will sell special versions of a mouse, mouse mat, keyboard and gaming headset to celebrate the launch of Destiny 2, with the peripherals coming…


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AMD aims to outgun Nvidia’s Pascal GPU with new Vega chip

By Darren Allan AMD has revealed its first graphics card which is based on next-gen Vega technology (a step on from Polaris), aimed at professional usage – and it will be available to buy as soon as next month. The card in question is the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, and as the name hints, it’s…


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AMD Ryzen 9 Threadripper release date, news and rumors: everything you need to know

By Matt Hanson Earlier this year AMD launched its highly successful Ryzen line of processors, and it’s not stopping there, with news that it’s preparing to launch a 16-core (32-thread) processor named ‘Threadripper’, aimed at enthusiasts and high-end desktop PCs. This news comes after rumors emerged that AMD’s competitor, Intel, was lining up a series…


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AMD reveals 16-core monster Ryzen processor destined for ‘world’s fastest’ PCs

By Darren Allan AMD has confirmed that it is bringing out a ‘Threadripper’ 16-core (32-thread) processor aimed at enthusiasts and high-end desktop PCs, promising blistering performance from the chip. Jim Anderson, Senior VP and General Manager, Computing and Graphics at AMD, trumpeted the arrival of the monster processor at the firm’s financial analyst day. Anderson…


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AMD Ryzen 9 leak hints at CPUs that could outperform Intel’s Core i9

By Darren Allan Following recently leaked details of Intel’s Core i9 enthusiast-targeted CPUs, spillage has occurred on the AMD front, revealing the alleged specs of the incoming high-end Ryzen 9 series processors. Going toe-to-toe with Core i9, Ryzen 9 – also known as ‘Threadripper’ – will have a flagship model with 16-cores (32-threads, all ripe…


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Intel turns up the dial to Core i9 with new processors

By Darren Allan Word from the CPU grapevine is that Intel is turning up the dial another notch on its processors, with the introduction of Core i9 models as a new high-end option. Previously, as you’re most likely aware, Intel has offered its Core family in increasingly powerful i3, i5 or i7 flavors. Core i9…


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AMD’s Ryzen CPUs are getting cheaper as retailers jostle for sales

By Darren Allan AMD pitched its Ryzen processors to be highly competitive against rival Intel offerings, and these CPUs are increasingly looking better value for money, as something of a price-cutting battle is going on between online retailers. Some of the biggest discounts (percentage-wise) have been applied to the Ryzen 7 1700X, the second-best processor…


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Nvidia reveals its shockingly powerful next-gen Volta graphics tech

By Darren Allan Nvidia has revealed its new Volta technology, which follows on from the current-gen Pascal graphics cards, along with the first ever GPU to use the tech: the Tesla V100. As those familiar with Nvidia’s naming conventions will realize, this is a heavyweight GPU targeted at data center usage and high-performance computing (as…


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Intel’s new behemoth Xeon processors have the Midas touch

By Darren Allan Intel has revealed its new Xeon processor family, with refreshed branding and of course much improved performance, with the chips sampling now and expected to become available around the middle of the year. The Xeon Processor Scalable range ditches the old E3/E5/E7 naming convention, instead going for a scheme based on precious…


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Google Assistant sweetens Raspberry Pi with AI voice control

By Darren Allan Support for voice commands with the Raspberry Pi is here. The Windows 10 Creators Update brought forth an IoT Core with Cortana support to the Pi 3, and now the diminutive computer boards have been hooked up with Google Assistant. This is thanks to a partnership between Google and the makers of…


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Future Microsoft Surface stylus could also act as a password replacement

By Darren Allan Microsoft may support a different type of secure login for Windows Hello in the future, allowing users to verify their identity by using a stylus, according to a recent patent. The patent application from Microsoft, which describes a ‘method for authentication with a computer stylus’ (spotted by V3.co.uk), involves the stylus having…


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How Logitech brings sophistication to PC gaming accessories

By Kevin Lee Gaming hardware these days seems to be louder than ever, with exaggerated designs and enough RGB lighting to make the Vegas strip look dull. Thankfully, that doesn’t apply to all gaming hardware, with Logitech being one of the few companies pushing hard against the tide. The Logitech G413 is perhaps one of…


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Surface Arc Mouse aims to be the perfect peripheral for Surface Laptop

By Darren Allan Alongside all the big announcements Microsoft had to make at its education-related press event yesterday – including the Surface Laptop – the company also launched a (quite literally) lower-profile piece of hardware which is nonetheless an interesting addition to its peripheral line-up: a new Surface Arc Mouse. This is essentially a Surface-branded…


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Intel just patched a critical flaw in its CPUs

By Darren Allan Intel has just patched a critical vulnerability in its vPro processors, and worryingly this flaw has existed for no less than seven years. To be precise, the problem is an escalation of privilege vulnerability in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel Standard Manageability (ISM), and Intel Small Business Technology firmware – a…


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