XPG Defender Review

The XPG Defender uses the same body as the Pro variant, but ships with a metal mesh front and non-ARGB fans. More affordable thus, pricing aligns with what you get in regards to the I/O and 2.5″ hard-drive mounting methods. You actually end up with a l…

The XPG Defender uses the same body as the Pro variant, but ships with a metal mesh front and non-ARGB fans. More affordable thus, pricing aligns with what you get in regards to the I/O and 2.5" hard-drive mounting methods. You actually end up with a lot of case for the money, especially as an E-ATX user.

EVGA X15 Review

The X15 completes EVGA’s X series of mice. Being an MMO mouse, the X15 has no less than 20 fully programmable buttons. On top of that, it comes with true 8000 Hz polling, PixArt’s PMW3389 sensor, and LK optical main button switches rated for 70 million…

The X15 completes EVGA's X series of mice. Being an MMO mouse, the X15 has no less than 20 fully programmable buttons. On top of that, it comes with true 8000 Hz polling, PixArt's PMW3389 sensor, and LK optical main button switches rated for 70 million clicks.

Nvidia’s latest AI technology transforms words into realistic images

Nvidia showed its GauGAN technology for the first time in 2019, but only recently we saw it being featured in a product available for the general public. Named Canvas, this piece of software can be very fun to use, allowing users to create amazing phot…


Nvidia showed its GauGAN technology for the first time in 2019, but only recently we saw it being featured in a product available for the general public. Named Canvas, this piece of software can be very fun to use, allowing users to create amazing photo-like images with basic sketches.

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Steam’s Autumn sale has started: discounts, award nominations, and free badges galore

Although the Autumn sale, which was previously called the Steam Black Friday Sale, isn’t as significant as Valve’s Winter and Summer events, there are still plenty of bargains to be found.


Although the Autumn sale, which was previously called the Steam Black Friday Sale, isn’t as significant as Valve’s Winter and Summer events, there are still plenty of bargains to be found.

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Check out this $3.5 million non-lethal recreation of Squid Game on YouTube

MrBeast’s 76.6 million subscribers make his channel one of the most popular on YouTube. He’s known for creating competitions in which people can win huge sums of money, including half a million dollars for Last to leave the circle and Extreme tag, as w…


MrBeast’s 76.6 million subscribers make his channel one of the most popular on YouTube. He’s known for creating competitions in which people can win huge sums of money, including half a million dollars for Last to leave the circle and Extreme tag, as well as Last To Leave $800,000 Island...

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Chip shortage sees smartphone sales fall 6.8%

The data comes from Gartner’s latest market intelligence report. The research company notes that the depressingly familiar problem of the chip shortage has seen smartphone sales to end-users fall 6.8% year-on-year.


The data comes from Gartner’s latest market intelligence report. The research company notes that the depressingly familiar problem of the chip shortage has seen smartphone sales to end-users fall 6.8% year-on-year.

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Amazon is ‘nearing a deal’ with EA to produce a Mass Effect show

This information comes courtesy of a report from Deadline, published yesterday. According to the outlet, Amazon Studios is “nearing a deal” with Electronic Arts to create such a series, though details like episode count or length are obviously unknowns…


This information comes courtesy of a report from Deadline, published yesterday. According to the outlet, Amazon Studios is "nearing a deal" with Electronic Arts to create such a series, though details like episode count or length are obviously unknowns at such an early stage.

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Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB Review

The Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro is based on the magical combination of Phison E18 controller and Micron 176-layer 3D TLC flash. In our review the drive achieves performance levels that are among the best we’ve ever seen. Team Group has also incl…

The Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro is based on the magical combination of Phison E18 controller and Micron 176-layer 3D TLC flash. In our review the drive achieves performance levels that are among the best we've ever seen. Team Group has also included a large heatsink that avoids thermal throttling completely.

Clippy is back… as a Windows 11 emoji

The update introduces emojis that are supposed to be more in line with the “Fluent” design style of Windows 11. As such, they’re exclusive to Windows 11. You can activate them by selecting Windows Update under Settings > Update & Security.


The update introduces emojis that are supposed to be more in line with the "Fluent" design style of Windows 11. As such, they're exclusive to Windows 11. You can activate them by selecting Windows Update under Settings > Update & Security.

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Replace Windows’ built-in registry editor with a full-featured tool called RegCool

RegCool is an advanced registry editor and manager. It allows you to cut, copy, paste, move, delete, and rename keys and values. The latest version includes an offline registry and dark mode.


RegCool is an advanced registry editor and manager. It allows you to cut, copy, paste, move, delete, and rename keys and values. The latest version includes an offline registry and dark mode.

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Microsoft is emailing ‘valued customers’ links to buy Xbox Series X bundles directly

Microsoft is brushing of scalpers by offering Xbox Series X bundles to “valued customers.” Over the last week or so, it has been emailing customers links to purchase console packages directly.


Microsoft is brushing of scalpers by offering Xbox Series X bundles to "valued customers." Over the last week or so, it has been emailing customers links to purchase console packages directly.

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Elsonic’s ultra-tall display is designed specifically for social media scrolling

Appearing to have been designed specifically for the endless scrolling of modern social media sites, the EK-MD088 has a native resolution of 420 x 1,920 pixels — ridiculously thin but almost as tall as a 4K display when in vertical mode. Screenshots s…


Appearing to have been designed specifically for the endless scrolling of modern social media sites, the EK-MD088 has a native resolution of 420 x 1,920 pixels -- ridiculously thin but almost as tall as a 4K display when in vertical mode. Screenshots specifically show it displaying Discord and Twitter feeds.

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Texas To Get Multiple New Fabs as Samsung and TI to Spend $47 Billion on New Facilities

After a year of searching for the right place of its new U.S. fab, Samsung this week announced that it would build a fab near Taylor, Texas. The company will invest $17 billion in the new semiconductor fabrication plant and will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives from local and state authorities. Separately, Texas authorities have announced that Texas Instruments intend to spend $30 billion on new fabs in the state, as well.

Samsung to Spend $17 Billion on New Texas Fab

Samsung yet has to disclose all the details about its fab near Taylor, Texas, but for now the company says that the new fab site will occupy an area of over 5 million square meters and will employ 2,000 workers directly and another 7,000 indirectly. To put the number into context, Samsung’s fab near Austin, Texas currently employs about 10,000 of workers. 

Samsung will start construction of the new fab in the first half of 2022 and expects it to be operational in the second half of 2024. It usually takes about a year to construct a building for a semiconductor manufacturing facility and then about a year to install and set up all the necessary equipment.

Samsung has not announced which process technologies will be used at its fab near Taylor, Texas, but says it will produce chips for 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing (HPC), and mobile applications, which implies that the fab will gain fairly advanced technologies. In fact, keeping in mind that all of Samsung’s nodes thinner than 7 nm rely on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, it is reasonable to expect the new fab to be EUV capable. As a result, Samsung’s customers from the U.S. (such as IBM, Nvidia, and Qualcomm) will be able to produce their chips in the U.S. rather than in South Korea, which might allow their developers to address systems used by the U.S. government. 

“With greater manufacturing capacity, we will be able to better serve the needs of our customers and contribute to the stability of the global semiconductor supply chain,” said Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics Device Solutions Division. “In addition to our partners in Texas, we are grateful to the Biden Administration for creating an environment that supports companies like Samsung as we work to expand leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S. We also thank the administration and Congress for their bipartisan support to swiftly enact federal incentives for domestic chip production and innovation.”

Samsung’s new semiconductor production plant will be located 25 kilometers away from the company’s fab near Austin, Texas, so the facilities will be able to share infrastructure and resources (such as materials and supplies).

Samsung says that it will spend about $6 billion on construction on the building as well as improvements of the local infrastructure. Tools that will be used by the fab will cost another $11 billion. Meanwhile, to build the new plant Samsung will receive hundreds of millions in incentives from the state, the county, and the city, according to media reports. Some of the packages have not been approved yet. 

Texas Instruments to Invest $30 Billion on New U.S. Fabs

Samsung is not the only company to build new fabs in Texas. The Governor of Texas recently announced the Texas Instruments was planning to build several new 300-mm fabs near Sherman. In total, TI intends to build as many as four wafer fabrication facilities in the region over coming decades and the cumulative investments are expected to total $30 billion as fabs will be eventually upgraded.

Texas Instruments itself yet have to formally announce its investments plans, but the announcement by the governor Greg Abbot indicates that the principal decisions have been made and now TI needs to finalize the details. 

Sources: SamsungAustin American-StatesmanTexas.gov

After a year of searching for the right place of its new U.S. fab, Samsung this week announced that it would build a fab near Taylor, Texas. The company will invest $17 billion in the new semiconductor fabrication plant and will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives from local and state authorities. Separately, Texas authorities have announced that Texas Instruments intend to spend $30 billion on new fabs in the state, as well.

Samsung to Spend $17 Billion on New Texas Fab

Samsung yet has to disclose all the details about its fab near Taylor, Texas, but for now the company says that the new fab site will occupy an area of over 5 million square meters and will employ 2,000 workers directly and another 7,000 indirectly. To put the number into context, Samsung's fab near Austin, Texas currently employs about 10,000 of workers. 

Samsung will start construction of the new fab in the first half of 2022 and expects it to be operational in the second half of 2024. It usually takes about a year to construct a building for a semiconductor manufacturing facility and then about a year to install and set up all the necessary equipment.

Samsung has not announced which process technologies will be used at its fab near Taylor, Texas, but says it will produce chips for 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing (HPC), and mobile applications, which implies that the fab will gain fairly advanced technologies. In fact, keeping in mind that all of Samsung's nodes thinner than 7 nm rely on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, it is reasonable to expect the new fab to be EUV capable. As a result, Samsung's customers from the U.S. (such as IBM, Nvidia, and Qualcomm) will be able to produce their chips in the U.S. rather than in South Korea, which might allow their developers to address systems used by the U.S. government. 

"With greater manufacturing capacity, we will be able to better serve the needs of our customers and contribute to the stability of the global semiconductor supply chain," said Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics Device Solutions Division. "In addition to our partners in Texas, we are grateful to the Biden Administration for creating an environment that supports companies like Samsung as we work to expand leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S. We also thank the administration and Congress for their bipartisan support to swiftly enact federal incentives for domestic chip production and innovation."

Samsung's new semiconductor production plant will be located 25 kilometers away from the company's fab near Austin, Texas, so the facilities will be able to share infrastructure and resources (such as materials and supplies).

Samsung says that it will spend about $6 billion on construction on the building as well as improvements of the local infrastructure. Tools that will be used by the fab will cost another $11 billion. Meanwhile, to build the new plant Samsung will receive hundreds of millions in incentives from the state, the county, and the city, according to media reports. Some of the packages have not been approved yet. 

Texas Instruments to Invest $30 Billion on New U.S. Fabs

Samsung is not the only company to build new fabs in Texas. The Governor of Texas recently announced the Texas Instruments was planning to build several new 300-mm fabs near Sherman. In total, TI intends to build as many as four wafer fabrication facilities in the region over coming decades and the cumulative investments are expected to total $30 billion as fabs will be eventually upgraded.

Texas Instruments itself yet have to formally announce its investments plans, but the announcement by the governor Greg Abbot indicates that the principal decisions have been made and now TI needs to finalize the details. 

Sources: SamsungAustin American-StatesmanTexas.gov

Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice Enhanced: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison Review

Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice Enhanced has finally released on PC. It supports ray tracing and both NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). In this mini-review, we take a look at and compare the image qua…

Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice Enhanced has finally released on PC. It supports ray tracing and both NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). In this mini-review, we take a look at and compare the image quality and performance offered by both upscaling solutions.

Nvidia was the only major GPU maker to increase shipments in the third quarter

Looking at each of the three biggest manufacturers reveals that AMD’s shipments were down by 11.4 percent in the third quarter. Nvidia’s shipments, meanwhile, increased eight percent while Intel saw its shipments decline by 25.6 percent.


Looking at each of the three biggest manufacturers reveals that AMD’s shipments were down by 11.4 percent in the third quarter. Nvidia’s shipments, meanwhile, increased eight percent while Intel saw its shipments decline by 25.6 percent.

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Apple reportedly working on M1 Max Duo chip for next generation Mac Pro

As you are probably aware, Apple vowed to completely ween itself off of Intel components by the end of next year. So far, it is right on track. The MacBook Air, 13-inch Macbook Pro, Mac mini, and the 24-inch iMac are already sporting M1 silicon, and Ap…


As you are probably aware, Apple vowed to completely ween itself off of Intel components by the end of next year. So far, it is right on track. The MacBook Air, 13-inch Macbook Pro, Mac mini, and the 24-inch iMac are already sporting M1 silicon, and Apple just unveiled the...

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The Intel Z690 Motherboard Overview (DDR4): Over 30+ New Models

To support the launch of Intel’s latest 12th generation ‘Alder Lake’ processors, Intel has also pulled the trigger on its latest Z690 motherboard chipset. Using a new LGA1700 socket, some of the most significant advancements with Alder Lake and Z690 include PCIe 5.0 support from the processor, as well as a PCIe 4.0 x8 link from the processor to the chipset. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at over 30+ different DDR4 enabled motherboards designed to not only use the processing power of Alder Lake but offer users a myriad of high-class and premium features.

To support the launch of Intel's latest 12th generation 'Alder Lake' processors, Intel has also pulled the trigger on its latest Z690 motherboard chipset. Using a new LGA1700 socket, some of the most significant advancements with Alder Lake and Z690 include PCIe 5.0 support from the processor, as well as a PCIe 4.0 x8 link from the processor to the chipset. In this article, we're taking a closer look at over 30+ different DDR4 enabled motherboards designed to not only use the processing power of Alder Lake but offer users a myriad of high-class and premium features.

Apple commissions TSMC to build custom 5G modem for iPhone

Sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia that Apple aims to use TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process for its first in-house 5G modem. The people added that Apple is also working on its own radio frequency and millimeter wave components to compleme…


Sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia that Apple aims to use TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process for its first in-house 5G modem. The people added that Apple is also working on its own radio frequency and millimeter wave components to complement the 5G modem, with others noting that the...

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New zero-day vulnerability in Windows Installer affects all versions of Microsoft Windows

The discovery of this vulnerability led the Cisco Talos group to update its Snort rules, which consists of rules to detect attacks targeting a list of vulnerabilities. The updated list of rules includes the zero-day elevation of privilege vulnerability…


The discovery of this vulnerability led the Cisco Talos group to update its Snort rules, which consists of rules to detect attacks targeting a list of vulnerabilities. The updated list of rules includes the zero-day elevation of privilege vulnerability, as well as new and modified rules for emerging threats from...

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