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The latest happenings in PC hardware and enthusiast computing.

With the 9700-series, Intel lays the Itanium family to rest

Itanium, the 64-bit family of high-end server processors from Intel, will soon be a distant memory in the minds of many (if it isn’t already). The company has started volume shipping four new Itanium CPUs which, barring any unforeseen circumstances,…

Nvidia unveils its first Volta GPU, the Tesla V100

At the start of Nvidia’s annual GPU Technology Conference, one of CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's announcements during his keynote, which lasted over two hours, was the company’s first GPU based on its seventh-generation Volta architecture, the Tesla V100. …

Turn your Galaxy S8 into a desktop PC replacement with the Samsung DeX dock

Samsung's DeX dock promises to turn your Galaxy S8 and S8+ into a desktop PC replacement for $150 (it is now available). It features HDMI output to connect to an external display, two USB 2.0 ports, one ethernet port and a USB-C port for power. Once connected to a monitor, DeX casts a 1920x1080 desktop with resizable windows. The whole interface looks like Chrome OS, but it's Android, so expect to use just Android apps. Reviews are mixed -- it's not without its faults, but ahead of Microsoft's Continuum.

New Nvidia drivers for Prey, Battlezone, and Gears of War 4

If you're playing Prey, Battlezone, or Gears of War 4, this is for you. Nvidia's driver team, which works up until the last minute to ensure every performance tweak and bug fix is included for the best gameplay on day one, has released this new set of drivers for the previously mentioned titles. Like all major Nvidia drivers, these have a WHQL certification and are available for Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Gaming PC sales growing fast in the US

We often hear about the declining PC market, but it seems that gaming PCs are on the rise in North America. According to the vice president of computer and electronics store Micro Center, overall sales increased 25 – 30 percent…

Asus ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC Review

The Asus ROG GR8 II is designed for those who want a compact gaming system for a desk or living room, but would rather something more powerful than an Xbox One or PS4. This system is similar in size to current-generation consoles, however its use of high-end Intel Kaby Lake processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics leads to a much faster experience.

Nintendo's $150 New 2DS XL arrives this July

With Nintendo’s Switch console proving so successful that people are talking about it eventually outselling the Wii, you would imagine the company’s handheld ambitions are now focused solely on the hybrid device. But it seems the firm isn’t abandoning its…

New AMD hotfix improves RX 580 performance by 7%

It's that time of the month again and just as one would expect AMD has a new hotfix ready. This one adds support for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III and there is a performance improvement of up to 7% on Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.4.3.(RS-131).

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