It comes with a quick SSD

On Thursday last week Apple announced their updated and upgraded 2018 MacBook Pro line. Meanwhile the guys over at Laptop Mag had a closer look at it comparing it to a few other 13-inch models. The $2499 US MacBook Pro 2018 ships with an 8th gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 and a 512GB SSD.


The most promising in six years

It feels like an eternity we’ve last read the lines that PC sales are facing an upwards trend. In fact, year over year growth in Q2 2018 has been the strongest since Q1 2012. IDC claims a 2.7 percent growth rate over the period mentioned, which might be proof that the PC market is not yielding to phones and tablets. Market research firm Gartner is actually a little more cautious mentioning year-over-year growth of 1.4 percent.


Finally we are moving again

Good news folks, good news indeed; different motherboard vendors have released new Beta BIOS versions almost simultaneously. The updated microcode contains support for possibly upcoming octa-core processors, which Intel might soon introduce to the desktop market.


Compatible with LGA 3647 socket

EKWB announced the Annihilator EX/EP water block for the Intel LGA 3647 socket. Since the block is designed for server rigs, it features top and side inlets in order to be compatible with regular and 1U-blade chassis.


We are not kidding!

It’s not a particularly hardware related piece of news nonetheless we deem it notable, not so say memorable, that Microsoft have assigned resources to revamp their humble notepad. We're rather confident that every single one of our readers has its fair share of experience with this rather dull yet effective piece of software.


That took quite some time to happen

Most notebook vendors have announced their updated notebooks, which are based around Intels 8th generation Core processors quite a while ago, yet Apple, as always, decided to take its time. To a certain extent this makes/made sense since the availability of the new platform was sparse - to say the least.


Such a good feature

The first thing that actually came to my mind when reading the headline from Corsair actually was whether “Zero RPM” is going to be the new “RGB”. Maybe not entirely but it does have a catchy ring to it and Corsair is not the first company market a product with this term.


Yes, it is July - already

AMD has yet released the next iteration of their Adrenalin software package aka drivers. Meanwhile the versioning is at 18.7.1 and some rather beefy - 28 percent - performance improvement for “Earthfall” has been realized in combination with Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards.


GPU sales going down significantly

Based on financial data from Gigabyte, Tul PowerColor as well as rumors that NVIDIA might be sitting on a rather large pile of GPUs, Computerbase.de have put together an interesting theory. It appears likely that the GPU vendors shiny financial reports from the past months were the result of the mining boom.


$100k US paid for finding another bug

A few months ago the Spectre security vulnerability was all over the news of all the different tech websites out there. In a nutshell, spectre is the result of branch mispredictions from which a hacker can benefit by gaining access to private data. In the meantime Intel has been working under high pressure to fix as many bugs and issues related to Spectre and one way of doing that was with a bonus to their community in the shape of their Bug Bounty Program.


45 Watts only at lower clock speeds

The official support lists from motherboard vendors are always a good source for some sneak peak information on upcoming products. This time Taiwanese manufacturer ASRock started listing some not yet released chips from AMD and the company has also added some specs.


Higher capacity and lower power draw

According to the latest communication from Samsung, they’ve just launched the fifth iteration of their V-NAND based memory chips for SSDs. By now these chips boast 96 layers and the storage density per chip is 256Gb.


Entry-level ATX motherboard

The B450 Tomahawk from MSI is an entry-level motherboard that comes with a few interesting features. At a first glance the B450 Tomahawk offers everything you need for your daily gaming system and it should come with a rather reasonable price.


With quad core CPU

When it comes to single-board computers, the Raspberry Pi is the most famous one however almost one year ago even Gigabyte has unveiled its own solution. The first model was called GA-SBCAP3350 and now, one year later, the company is back with the GA-SBCAP3450 which features a quad core CPU.


MK2 revision is just around the corner

A few weeks ago, ASRock introduce its new Phantom Gaming X Radeon Vega graphics cards. During an event in Taipei, ASRock has revealed that they are going to release more products during upcoming months. ASRock will introduce the second generation of Phantom Gaming X GPUs in August.


FreeSync 2 HDR support in latest update

Far Cry 5 has offered HDR support already after the first updates, however Ubisoft has updated the game and they made it compatible with FreeSync 2 HDR as well. In order to make things work, you have to use a Radeon graphics card and a compatible monitor or TV.


Compatible with 32 core HEDT CPU

Gigabyte has finally revealed the first motherboard compatible with Threadripper 2 processors. This particular board comes with a whole bunch of features as well as an exceptionally good looking color scheme. Due this announcement, Gigabyte confirms that there are no plans for X499 motherboards in a near future.


Featuring a black and yellow color scheme

The TUF B360M-Plus Gaming S from ASUS is a mid-range motherboard that comes with a few interesting features. Compared to the Prime B360M-Plus, which ASUS unveiled a few months ago, the new model belongs to a higher-end series and packs a few more goodies. Like the name suggests, this new model is based on a micro-ATX form factor.


With 1800R curvature

BenQ has added another monitor with a 31.5-inch panel, 2560 x 1440 resolution and 1800R curvature to its lineup. The display comes with an VA panel from AU Optronics and it's supposed to be HDR compatible.


By the end of 2018

With AMD Polaris, we have seen fast graphics cards at a rather reasonable price, but miners soon began snapping them up and driving prices higher. Since the situation is bit better now, AMD is apparently looking to improve Polaris lineup with a new series of graphics cards.

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