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What one company learned from testing Intel’s superfast Optane SSDs

Intel’s large-capacity Optane is like the Ferrari of storage: It’s super fast, it’s cool and it’s expensive. Also, it isn’t for everyone yet. That was reiterated by Intel when it introduced its first large capacity SSD, the Optane SSD DC P4800X, last month. The 375GB DC P4800X is aimed at high-end applications. Optane is also available as low-capacity cache storage ... Read More »

Nvidia quietly launches £1,160 Titan Xp graphics card with 3,840 CUDA to replace Titan X

Big Data IoT Excellence Awards Computing’s Big Data IoT Excellence Awards, brand new for 2017, celebrate the achievements of the IT industry’s best big data and IoT companies, solutions, products and personalities. Date: 17 May 2017 London Read More »

AMD’s Ryzen Balanced power plan for Windows promises to boost CPU performance

AMD’s new Ryzen Balanced power plan is offering an answer for early performance woes with its new CPU. The power profile tweaks how Windows 10 handles power states of the individual CPU cores and can bump performance from 3 percent all the way to 21 percent in many popular games, AMD said in a blog post on Thursday. To obtain and ... Read More »

Microsoft Surface Studio

Introduction, Design Features As stunning as the notion would have been more than a few years ago, Microsoft’s hardware division may have out-“Appled” Apple. For a decade or so (at least since the introduction of the first Apple MacBook Air, in 2008), the Cupertino giant has been pumping out impressively designed, increasingly slim slices of computer hardware, wrapped in silver ... Read More »

The HTC Vive is $100 cheaper today

Today is the one-year anniversary for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset, and right now you can get the basic system kit for $700—or $100 off the usual price of $800. You can find this deal many places online including Amazon, the Microsoft Store, and Newegg. The basic HTC Vive package includes the headset, two wireless controllers, and two base ... Read More »

HP Z2 Mini G3 Workstation

Introduction, Design Features So, how do you increase your available working space without actually increasing the size of the space where you’re working? Why, you downsize the things that are in your working space, of course. Take, for example, the classic space hog: the PC tower. If you live or work in a place where every cubic inch counts, a ... Read More »

UEFI BIOS flaws can be exploited to install highly persistent ransomware

Over the past few years, the world has seen ransomware threats advance from living inside browsers to operating systems, to the bootloader, and now to the low-level firmware that powers a computer’s hardware components. Earlier this year, a team of researchers from security vendor Cylance demonstrated a proof-of-concept ransomware program that ran inside a motherboard’s Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)—the ... Read More »

Intel’s Cannon Lake PC chip shipments may slip into next year

If you were expecting to buy laptops with Intel’s next-generation Core chips—code-named Cannon Lake—by the end of this year, you may be disappointed. There’s a chance that shipments of Cannon Lake—Intel’s first on the 10-nanometer production process—may slip into next year. Intel previously said Cannon Lake would ship by year’s end, but that’s now uncertain. Whether Cannon Lake shipments will ... Read More »

iBuypower Snowblind Pro

Introduction, Design Features High-end gaming desktop PCs are undergoing a crisis of fun. No, no: It’s not that they aren’t fun to play games on. Far from it; with the introduction of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 TiNvidia GeForce GTX 1080, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Playing games at any detail setting and any resolution on a single ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Studio will ship in more markets

Microsoft has been cautious about making its Surface product line available worldwide. It tests devices in specific markets, sees how they do, and if the response is good, ships them to those areas. The company appears to have have received a strong response, in particular, to its Surface Studio, Surface Book devices and Surface Dial, which will soon be available ... Read More »

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