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The Full Nerd ep. 63: Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 appears, AMD’s 32-core Threadripper reviewed

In  this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray geek out over a monstrous new class of desktop processor and the future of graphics cards…which could arrive in less than a week! Yes, Nvidia formally unveiled its Turing GPU and Quadro RTX hardware this week, and they provide a glimpse of what PC gamers can expect in the next generation of GeForce graphics cards. We won’t need to wait long, it seems. Not-so-cryptic secrets in a recent Nvidia…

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Walmart’s selling an all-aluminum Chromebook with a comfy keyboard for just $220

If you’re not considering a Chromebook when you’re shopping for a notebook, you’re doing it wrong. Google’s low-cost laptops are typically light, fast, secure, and have almost everything you need for remote work a.k.a. the Internet. Today, you can get in on the action for a great price. Walmart is selling the Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C6ZB) for $220Remove non-product link. That’s about $30 to $40 cheaper than you’d usually pay for this laptop. Some Chromebooks skimp out on specs to…

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Dell Precision 5820 Tower Review & Rating

The Precision 5820 Tower is Dell’s second-most powerful desktop workstation—which, judging by the $5,567 test model we received, is akin to saying the Boeing 747-8 is only the second-biggest airliner in the world. (Precision 5820 models start at $1,249.) It’s an evolution of the Precision 5810 Tower, which we reviewed to high praise back in 2015. Dell’s pricier Precision 7820 looks similar but offers dual processors, whereas the Precision 5820 offers “just” one: In our test unit, a monster 10-core…

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Intel’s Core i7 Bean Canyon NUC Costs $499

Intel’s next NUCs are getting a big boost in performance, but that won’t come at a high price. Expect to pay no more than $499 for the Core i7 model, with the Core i5 model priced at $399 meaning the Core i3 model could be below $300. Last month, Intel revealed plans for its next generation of NUC, the tiny desktop computer that can sit on the back of your monitor. This time, Intel is putting more of a focus…

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Foreshadow or L1TF is an exploit targeting SGX on Intel’s Core chips

Move over, Meltdown and Spectre. A new “Foreshadow” attack, alternatively called L1 Terminal Fault or L1TF, targets Intel’s Security Guard Extensions (SGX) within its Core chips. You should be safe, though, if you’ve already patched your PC as part of the earlier Spectre and Meltdown mitigations that rolled out over the course of the year, according to a blog post from Intel, which disclosed the flaw today. (Wired has more of the technical backstory on the bug itself, and Intel…

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Nvidia teaser suggests GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week

If there was smoke before, there’s an outright fire now. Shortly after Nvidia revealed its radical Turing GPU and new Quadro RTX hardware at Siggraph Monday night, the GeForce Twitter account posted a teaser video full of cryptic hints that the long-awaited GeForce RTX 2080 will launch during Gamescom next week. Nvidia’s “Gaming celebration” with “spectacular surprises” takes place in Cologne, Germany on August 20. The hardware-heavy video below hypes it up, but if you pay close attention, you’ll find…

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Nvidia’s Turing GPU, Quadro RTX and GeForce RTX: 6 things PC gamers need to know

It looks like the fearsome GPU inside Nvidia’s Titan V will never make it to gamers after all. Poor Volta. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed the Quadro RTX 8000, 6000, and 5000 graphics processors at Siggraph 2018 late Monday, powered by an all-new and long-rumored “Turing” graphics architecture. Friends, Turing looks ferocious—and it’s brimming with portent about Nvidia’s next-gen GeForce graphics cards. The Quadro RTX GPUs are overflowing with CUDA cores, AI-boosting tensor cores, and an all-new technology dubbed “RT…

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Nvidia’s Turing GPU and Quadro RTX: 6 things PC gamers need to know

It looks like the fearsome GPU inside Nvidia’s Titan V will never make it to gamers after all. Poor Volta. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed the Quadro RTX 8000, 6000, and 5000 graphics processors at Siggraph 2018 late Monday, powered by an all-new and long-rumored “Turing” graphics architecture. Friends, Turing looks ferocious—and it’s brimming with portent about Nvidia’s next-gen GeForce graphics cards. The Quadro RTX GPUs are overflowing with CUDA cores, AI-boosting tensor cores, and an all-new technology dubbed “RT…

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Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK (Hades Canyon) Review & Rating

If the glowing skull isn’t clue enough, know this: The NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK we’re looking at here is the most powerful Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini PC that Intel has produced to date. What makes this particular NUC model—better known by its codename during development, “Hades Canyon”—unique is its special Intel Core i7-8809G quad-core processor. This chip is the fruit of a first-ever partnership between AMD and Intel that binds a Core CPU with on-chip AMD graphics silicon, in…

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Lenovo Revamps ThinkStation PCs With Slimmer Profile | News & Opinion

The new models have been upgraded with Intel’s eighth-generation Xeon E and Core processors. Lenovo is marketing the products to appeal to engineers, architects, and designers who need processing power for their CAD applications. Lenovo is updating its ThinkStation workstations with slimmer models. The P330 series is made of up three workstations: a full PC tower, a mid-level unit, and a mini-desktop called the P330 Tiny that can fit in your hands. The full tower and the mid-level unit are…

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HP EliteOne 1000 G1 (34-Inch) Review & Rating

In this era of affordable air travel and the itch to stay ever connected, a business desktop can claim few innate advantages over a laptop. Two big ones are more screen real estate and easier upgrades, and HP’s EliteOne 1000 G1 all-in-one desktop offers both in spades. Beyond the 27-inch version of the EliteOne 1000 that HP started selling last year is the model I’m reviewing here, with a gorgeous 34-inch curved display. It starts at a reasonable $1,699; this…

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Zotac Launches Honeycomb-Inspired Core i7 Fanless Mini PC | News & Opinion

Zotac is well-known for its tiny desktop PCs, with the smallest so far being the Zbox PI225. It’s smaller than an SSD, but performance is quite limited because of it. This week, however, Zotac is offering us a larger, yet still small fanless PC that manages to keep an 8th generation Core i7 cool. Zotac decided to refresh its Zbox C Series Mini PCs with a brand new design that offers much improved cooling allowing for up to 25W processors.…

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Dell OptiPlex 7060 SFF Review & Rating

The Dell OptiPlex 7060 Small Form Factor (SFF) ($799 starting price, $1,650 as tested) is a high-end desktop for business. The OptiPlex 7060 is also available in mid-tower and micro-PC form factors; this space-saving SFF variant fits in the middle. It’s designed for use (and equipped for this review) with Dell’s OSS17 stand and a Dell monitor, which together effectively turn it into an all-in-one (AIO) PC, with the PC mounted in the stand. This is an attractive combo for…

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Dell Precision 5820 Tower Review & Rating

The Precision 5820 Tower is Dell’s second-most powerful desktop workstation—which, judging by the $5,567 test model we received, is akin to saying the Boeing 747-8 is only the second-biggest airliner in the world. (Precision 5820 models start at $1,249.) It’s an evolution of the Precision 5810 Tower, which we reviewed to high praise back in 2015. Dell’s pricier Precision 7820 looks similar but offers dual processors, whereas the Precision 5820 offers “just” one: In our test unit, a monster 10-core…

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2nd Gen Threadripper 2990WX review: AMD’s 32-core CPU is insanely fast

Stop, AMD. You had us at 32-core, 64-thread Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX consumer CPU. Mentioned in this article AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX You didn’t have to make it better by saying this weapon of thread destruction could be ours for $1,799 (available on NeweggRemove non-product link or Amazon)—just $76 more than what Intel wanted us to pony up for its 10-core Core i7-6950X two years ago. In Millennialese: That. Is. Just. Freaking. Insane. But before you invest too much thought or cash into the…

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The 1TB Samsung 860 EVO, our favorite SSD for most people, is cheaper than ever

Our favorite SSD for most people is on sale right now. Upgrading to an SSD is one of the best ways to speed up an aging PC, and today the 1TB Samsung 860 EVO is just $200 at Amazon and B&H Photo VideoRemove non-product link. That’s only about $20 cheaper than where it’s been sitting lately, but this is the lowest price we’ve seen yet. This drive was selling for more than $270 at the start of the summer. Mentioned in…

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