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Alienware’s Area 51 PC gets hardware tweaks and a new Command Center

Alienware’s Area 51 is already famous—or perhaps notorious—for shutting out other major PC vendors from AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper for all of 2017. That was then, this is now: It’s 2018, so Alienware has to find some new tricks. On Tuesday at CES the company announced a few hardware refreshes for this flagship gaming desktop, plus a deeply revamped Command Center that should be a handy one-stop shop for both casual and serious gamers alike. Preorders for the Threadripper version start…

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Staples is selling a 28-inch 4K monitor for $270

If you’ve been looking to upgrade to a higher resolution monitor, Staples has a nice deal on a 28-inch 4K model right now: The Dell S2817Q is $270 at the office supplies retailer. That’s one of the lowest prices we’ve seen yet—$12 under the all-time low on Amazon. The Dell S2817Q is a pretty good 4K monitor for everyday use. Though its design is fairly generic, its 3840×2160 resolution means you can cram a lot of information onto the screen…

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Dell’s Mobile Connect app offers a simple way to mirror your smartphone on your PC

The Dell Mobile Connect app doesn’t try to replace your PC with a phone, as Microsoft’s Continuum or Samsung’s DeX have tried to do. Instead, this nifty, free technology, unveiled Tuesday at CES, mirrors your Android or iOS phone on your PC, without any extra hardware. The premise is simple: By establishing a wireless connection between an Android phone or iPhone and your Windows PC, you can leave your phone in your pocket. The technology allows you to play Android…

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Digital Storm’s Project Spark crams a liquid-cooled GTX 1080 into a ridiculously small rig

What’s smaller than a tissue box but still packs a liquid-cooled Core i7-8700K and a GeForce GTX 1080? Digital Storm’s Project Spark, a concept PC that’s actually going to be built. It does what no other tiny gaming box has ever done before: It packs top-end performance into a 6 x 4 x 12-inch box.  Digital Storm pulls it off by first starting with a custom-built enclosure. Unlike the typical small PCs that use the industry-standard Mini ITX, Project Spark…

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Intel debuts 49-qubit quantum chip as it wrestles with Meltdown, Spectre fallout

Intel’s keynote at CES on Monday night contrasted the company’s slickly produced showcase of new initiatives—culminating in the introduction of a 49-qubit chip for quantum computing—with the hard realities brought on by the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Though Meltdown and Spectre are industry-wide problems affecting chip companies like ARM and Intel, plus operating-system vendors, browser makers, and cloud-computing companies, Intel has been the face of the issue. Chief executive Brian Krzanich reiterated that, to his knowledge, the company had not…

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Lenovo Miix 630 Hands-on | PCWorld

PCWorld | Jan 8, 2018 We check out Lenovo’s Miix 630, a tablet with detachable keyboard that has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 mobile chip inside. It may have modest performance, but it promises up to 20 hours of battery life. Similar Hardware & Accessories Source link

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An 8TB external hard drive is $160 right now

If you have a New Year’s resolution to organize your digital life, then this deal at Best Buy can help. The big-box retailer is selling a WD 8TB easystore desktop external hard drive for $160. That’s not quite as cheap as during Black Friday last November, but it’s still a good price for this amount of storage. The WD easystore desktop hard drive offers a USB 3.0 connection with a maximum data transfer rate of 5Gbps. It also comes with WD’s…

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AMD reveals Ryzen 2, Threadripper 2, 7nm Navi and more in CES blockbuster

AMD dropped a blockbuster at CES on Sunday, unveiling its plans for a 2nd-gen Threadripper, Zen 2, Zen 3, and its next-next-generation 7nm GPUs. The company even broke out a new mobile Vega chip. And that’s not even the company’s full list of upcoming products, which includes two new Ryzen APUs with integrated Vega graphics. The executive summary is that AMD’s serious about regaining its reputation for fast chips. “For us, it is all about high-performance computing,” said AMD CEO…

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HP’s updated Spectre x360 15 lets you pick your poison: Radeon or GeForce

HP’s Spectre x360 15 is here to help with one of the most vexing questions faced by high-performance laptop buyers: GeForce or Radeon discrete graphics? The super-thin flagship 15-inch laptop gives you both answers: You can pick up an updated Spectre x360 15 with either Nvidia or AMD graphics, along with Intel’s 8th-gen Core i7. Announced at CES early Monday, the Spectre x360 is slated to ship March 18 and will has a starting price of $1,370. The Nvidia-based Spectre…

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AMD drops prices on Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Threadripper, upping the value war with Intel

Those crazy-good prices you saw on AMD’s stellar Ryzen CPUs aren’t going away. At CES Sunday night the company announced permanent price cuts to some Threadripper, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 5 chips: Ryzen Threadripper 1900X takes a permanent haircut from $549 to $449. Ryzen 7 1800X goes from $499 to $349. Ryzen 7 1700X drops from $399 to $309. From there the price reductions get a little less impressive: Ryzen 5 1600X goes from $249 to $219. Ryzen 5 1600…

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‘Hades Canyon’ NUCs finally give Intel’s tiny PCs the gaming chops they deserve

Intel’s tiny NUC PC initiative finally gets the gaming chips it deserves with the roll out of two new models that feature one of the company’s new Kaby Lake G chips, pairing a Core i7 with AMD Radeon Vega M graphics. The NUC8i7HVK features an unlocked Core i7-8809G CPU, which includes an unlocked quad-core CPU with Hyper-Threading and the faster Radeon RX Vega M GH GPU.  The NUC8i7HNK features a Core i7-8705G, which contains a quad-core CPU with Hyper-Threading and…

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Acer’s Predator Orion 9000 gaming rig rolls into CES with nifty integrated wheels

Acer’s Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop blazed a bit of a trail at IFA 2017 with its high-end hardware and clever integrated wheels. At CES, it’s back again with a more solid release date. The Predator Orion 9000 will ship in February for a starting price of $1,999. But as you read through the kinds of features and specs to expect, don’t kid yourself: Acer already told us at IFA that the topmost configuration (with four Radeon Vega cards and…

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The Acer Nitro 5 embraces AMD Ryzen mobile APUs, making casual gaming a little serious

Acer’s Nitro 5 may be for casual gamers, but Acer’s not skimping on the parts. At CES on Saturday the company announced its refreshed Nitro 5 would add AMD’s latest Ryzen mobile APUs to its processor options. (This is actually something we wondered about when we covered the Nitro 5’s previous version last year.) After being an also-ran in mobile for many generations, AMD’s latest chips are gaining momentum in performance and battery efficiency. Bringing these chips to the 15-inch…

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