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There will be no GeForce RTX 3060 Founders Edition, Nvidia confirms
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:48:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Nvidia won’t release its own Founders Edition model of the $329 GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card scheduled to launch at the end of February, the company confirmed to PCWorld today.“From time to time we decide not to design a Founder’s Edition card for cards targeted at the mainstream part of the market,” a spokesperson said in response to a PCWorld query. “So it’s all [partner cards] for this one.”While Nvidia crafted Founders Edition models for the GeForce RTX 2060 and GTX 1060, it did not create a reference version of the older GeForce GTX 960. This decision indeed is not unprecedented.To read this article in full, please click here
The Full Nerd ep. 164: GeForce RTX 3060 and Intel 11th-gen CPUs dissected
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deeper into some of CES 2021’s biggest PC hardware announcements, then dive deep into your questions.Brad kicks things off by dissecting the specs for Nvidia’s affordable $329 GeForce RTX 3060—though he worries it won’t actually be anywhere near that price when it launches in late February. And why did Nvidia equip this card with 12GB of memory when the pricier RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 only have 8GB? It’s all explained. After that, Gordon wades into what we can expect from Rocket Lake S, the codename for Intel’s newly revealed 11th-gen Core desktop processors.To read this article in full, please click here
Netflix's long-awaited shuffle button will arrive this year
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 07:25:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
After months of testing a “shuffle play” button, Netflix will roll out the feature in the first half of 2021.
RIP old-school Internet: Chrome 88 lays Flash and FTP to rest
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 07:24:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Google started rolling out Chrome 88 this week, and while browser releases usually herald what’s new, the most noteworthy change in this update is what’s not included. Chrome 88 lays Adobe Flash and the FTP protocol to rest. RIP circa-2000 Internet.Neither comes as a surprise, though it’s poetic that they’re being buried together. Adobe halted Flash Player downloads at the end of 2020, making good on a promise made years before, and began blocking Flash content altogether a couple weeks later. Removing Flash from Chrome 88 is just Google’s way of flushing the toilet.On the other hand, FTP isn’t dead, but it is now for Chrome users. The File Transport Protocol has helped users send files across the Internet for decades, but in an era of prolific cloud storage services and other sharing methods, its use has waned. Google started slowly disabling FTP support in Chrome 86, per ZDNet, and now you’ll no longer be able to access FTP links in the browser. Look for standalone FTP software instead if you need it, such as FileZilla.To read this article in full, please click here
What are the best pre-built PCs for basic tasks? | Ask an expert
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Q: What are the best options for a pre-built desktop PC? My parents need a new computer, but building them one isn’t an option, as I don’t live in the same state. All they do is surf the web and play an ancient card game, so I don’t need to buy them much.A: Since this question can be interpreted as either one about best form factors or best vendors, I’ll tackle both topics. In regards to the best types of pre-built PCs, the easiest option is an all-in-one computer. Having the system components housed within the monitor simplifies setup and thus any potential technical woes that come up when trying to help troubleshoot from afar. (“What do you mean by an input? What’s an input? No, I don’t have an HDMI.”) Some now come with built-in webcams, too, which means your parents would only need to plug in the keyboard and mouse.To read this article in full, please click here
Samsung Galaxy S21 vs iPhone 12: Which should you spend your $800 on?
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
January has barely begun and we already have our first heavyweight smartphone battle of 2021. Samsung has released its lineup of Galaxy S21 phones a little earlier than usual this year, and it’s clear they have Apple’s newest phone in its sights. Samsung hasn’t reinvented the S21 as much as it’s retooled it to take on the iPhone 12, with a lower price point, sharper design, and some new camera tricks. Here’s how the two $800 phones stack up.To read this article in full, please click here
Rocksteady Stadium 2-Pack review: You could fill an arena with these portable Bluetooth speakers
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
They sound great, but “AI-powered” audio smells like hype to us.
How to buy the right-sized TV (the only problem is that it might not exist)
Wed, 20 Jan 2021 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Quality over size is our usual mantra, but vendors don't generally offer their best technology in TVs smaller than 55-inch class.
MediaTek's powerful Dimensity 1200 smartphone CPU will challenge Qualcomm
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:20:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
On Tuesday night, MediaTek launched the Dimensity 1100 and 1200, a pair of smartphone chipsets that aim to challenge the best that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon smartphone chipsets have to offer.MediaTek released just two performance benchmarks to support its claims. But the specs of both the Dimensity 1100 and 1200 CPUs match up well against the Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm’s recent smartphone launch, with even higher clock speeds. There’s a good chance that you’ll have either one or the other in your next phone.While Qualcomm tends to dominate the market for smartphone chipsets that cover premium phones, MediaTek is actually the largest smartphone chipset vendor in the world, with 31 percent market share, according to CounterPoint Research. MediaTek passed Qualcomm during the third quarter of 2020, thanks especially to the rise of midrange phones and MediaTek’s success in India and parts of Asia. MediaTek’s presence was helped by aggressive pricing moves to help the lower the cost of 5G phones, as well as support by phone makers like Xiaomi.To read this article in full, please click here
The best SSDs of 2021: Intel says goodbye to Optane in desktops
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 13:03:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.Many SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor and communicate with PCs via the same SATA ports used by traditional hard drives. But out on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you’ll find tiny “gumstick” SSDs that fit in M.2 connections on modern motherboards, SSDs that sit on a PCIe adapter and slot into your motherboard like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D Xpoint drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD isn’t as simple as it used to be.To read this article in full, please click here
Intel quietly kills its face-melting Optane desktop SSDs
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 07:12:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Surprise! Out of nowhere, Intel killed its entire lineup of Optane SSDs for desktops over the weekend, signaling the end for the Optane 800P, 900P, and 905P, as well as the Optane Memory M10, as spotted by Tom’s Hardware. The radical Optane drives were so durable and ultra-fast that we maintained a discrete section for them in our guide to the best SSDs, but the brand doesn’t have the same staying power as the hardware itself, it seems.Don’t expect replacements either. “Intel will not provide a new large capacity Optane Memory SSD as a transition product for the client market segment,” the discontinuation notice states. “Intel will focus on the new Optane Memory H20 with Solid State Storage for the client market segment.”To read this article in full, please click here
Samsung 870 EVO SATA SSD review: The speed you need, at sane prices
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 07:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Samsung’s been at the top of the SSD storage food chain since the day the company entered the market, and the 870 EVO honors that tradition. It’s the fastest SATA SSD we’ve tested, it’s available in up to 4TB of capacity, and it’s exceedingly affordable given its speed. Specs and pricing The 870 EVO is a 2.5-inch, SATA 6Gbps SSD employing Samsung’s own TLC (Triple-Level Cell/3-bit) V-NAND. The company is typically coy as to on the actual controller technology or the number of layers, but it’s likely an in-house Samsung-designed controller with, judging from the capacities, 92 or 96 layers.The drive will ship in 250GB/$40, 500GB/$70, 1TB/$130, 2TB/$250, and 4TB/$480 flavors (see note at end). There’s 512MB of primary DRAM cache for every 250GB of capacity, and the drives are rated for 150TBW (TeraBytes that may be Written) or five years of service—whichever comes first. That is, the five-year warranty is invalid once you exceed the TBW rating. Most end users won’t come close to writing that much data, so consider it five years.To read this article in full, please click here
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 870 is a faster 865, but without WiFi 6E
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 06:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Roughly a month after launching the Snapdragon 888 for next-gen smartphones, Qualcomm decided to go back to its earlier Snapdragon 865 to tweak it once again, resulting in the upgraded Snapdragon 870. The only gotcha? A lack of Wi-Fi 6E.In a nutshell, the new Snapdragon 870 is a faster version of the original Snapdragon 865. Qualcomm corralled a number of its partners to endorse the new 870 chip, including OnePlus. Devices based on the Snapdragon 870 will be released this quarter, Qualcomm said.To read this article in full, please click here
HDFury 4K Arcana review: This magic box fixes a crucial shortcoming of pre-2019 TVs
Tue, 19 Jan 2021 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The HDFury Arcana unlocks the Sonos Arc's full potential on non-eARC TVs for $199.
Wyze Sprinkler Controller review: 8 zones, 50 bucks
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 04:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
A dirt-cheap way to take care of what’s in your dirt.
The Full Nerd: What you need to know about Ryzen 5000 mobile
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
AMD announced its new Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 mobile chips January 12 at CES, and to hear the company tell it, last year's stunning Ryzen 4000 was just a warm-up.Although there's still much to be known about just how fast the new chip is, it's expected to increase single-threaded performance significantly and offer better battery life.But if you're wondering how many PCIe lanes it has and how AMD was able to get Zen 3 into laptops so quickly, who better to tell us than AMD's Director of Technical Marketing Robert Hallock, who joins us in this special CES edition of The Full Nerd.Hallock also tells us what to expect from performance and battery life, and which laptop CPU he thinks will be the predominant choice in high-end gaming laptops this year (the answer won't surprise you).To read this article in full, please click here
Wait, did Nvidia just say it could make graphics cards for cryptocurrency miners?
Mon, 18 Jan 2021 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
If you heard that Nvidia might make graphics cards just for cryptocurrency miners, hold your fire. As GPU supplies remain lean, Nvidia’s priorities appear to lie in other directions. Nvidia Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress acknowledged that the company could make cards for crypto miners, at least in theory. “If crypto demand begins or if we see a meaningful amount, we can also use that opportunity to restart the...product line to address ongoing mining demand,” Kress said in a conversation with analysts at the J.P. Morgan Tech/Auto Forum Conference on Tuesday, transcribed by read this article in full, please click here
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Unboxing and ears-on impressions
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 08:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Samsung just unleashed its first premium pair of earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Pro, and they come brimming with features such as improved water resistance, spatial 3D audio, adjustable active noise cancellation, a four-step ambient noise mode, and the ability to dial down the ANC and up the ambient sound when you start talking.We’ll have a full review of the Galaxy Buds Pro once our review takes them for a thorough test drive, but I couldn’t resist cracking the box and taking them for a quick spin. Read on for my first impressions.Design Inside the box you’ll find the Galaxy Buds Pro sitting in their charging case (roughly an inch thicks, and two ounces with the earbuds inside), along with a USB-C to USB-A charging cable and three eartips—small, medium, and large—in addition to the tips that are already on the buds.To read this article in full, please click here
Apple’s next MacBook Pros might dump the Touch Bar, revive MagSafe
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 07:07:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Two new reports from Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman claim that Apple is planning big changes for the next MacBook Pro: MagSafe and function keys.
Gigabyte unrolls GeForce 30-series with both Core and Ryzen CPUs
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 07:06:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Gigabyte will adopt Nvidia’s new 30-series GPUs across its powerhouse Aero and Aorus laptop lines—and finally offer Ryzen 5000 alongside its Intel-based laptops, too. Announced at CES, pricing and availability weren't immediately available, but we do know a fair amount about the features.We’ll start with Gigabyte’s Aorus family, which is aimed at gamers. The largest and likely the most powerful is the Aorus 17G. As its name implies, it’s a 17.3-inch laptop that will feature a mechanical keyboard using Omron switches, and up to a GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU and 8-core Core i7-10870H CPU.There are caveats wth the 17G. As a Max-Q variant of the 3080, the graphics memory is cut in half to 8GB. Also, the laptop’s fairly thick 26mm body and 6-pound weight strain the definition of portable. It'll get the last laugh in performance testing, though: We’d guess it’ll outrun other 17-inch laptops with thinner bodies and lighter weights. There is an option for an RTX 3070 version as well.To read this article in full, please click here
With the Galaxy S21, Samsung has finally figured out the iPhone's secret: Value
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 05:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
With the Galaxy S21, Samsung is delivering premium performance and design at a much cheaper price.
Best of CES 2021: The smart home and home entertainment products that captured our attention
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 04:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Attending a virtual tradeshow is a suboptimal experience, but these new offerings still made an impression.
Video: Intel answers our Rocket Lake S questions
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Perhaps outgoing Intel chief executive Bob Swan said it best: Everyone expected PC demand to drop off a cliff when the pandemic hit, and it soared instead. Why? In part because of PC gaming. At CES, Intel announced Rocket Lake S: a new 10nm (whoops! 14nm core) that carries on the five-year tradition of 14nm process technology at Intel. But there was a reason for that, and Brandt Guttridge, Intel’s senior director of the Desktop Products Group, spoke with Gordon Mah Ung and Mark Hachman on The Full Nerd to explain why. To read this article in full, please click here
5 innovations that pushed laptops forward at CES 2021
Fri, 15 Jan 2021 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
CES 2021 may be virtual, but the event still offered up a trove of PC innovations, and that goes doubly so in the mobile space. Intel, AMD, and Nvidia all announced new laptop CPUs or GPUs, which in turn unleashed new generation of cutting-edge notebooks from every major vendor. We’ve covered our favorite PC hardware announcements in our best of CES roundup.  To read this article in full, please click here
Windows 10X leaks: Hands-on with Microsoft's new, simplified OS
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 12:16:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft’s Windows 10X has leaked, and it’s boring.Well, it’s designed to be boring. Simple, really—uncomplicated, straightforward, without the fuss and clutter of “traditional” Windows. We wrote last year that Windows 10X now appears to be the new Windows 10 S (Windows 10 in S Mode); after spending some hands-on time with the leaked build, we believe those impressions have been confirmed.We’d like to say that Windows 10X has been graphically overhauled, with a variety of new features. However, the fact is that if you read our early Windows 10X coverage a year ago—when Microsoft was visualizing Windows 10X as the future of dual-screen devices—little has changed. (Here’s our original Windows 10X hands-on video for reference.) Well, there’s been one major tweak, of course: Windows 10X is now designed for single-screen PCs.To read this article in full, please click here
8 quirks to know about the Samsung Galaxy S21 before you preorder
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 07:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 is easily its best flagship bargain in years, with the latest flagship Snapdragon processor, a powerful triple-camera array, and a premium look and feel. But if you’re thinking it’s just an updated version of the S20 or even a smaller version of the new Galaxy S21+, there are a few things you need to know before you plunk down $800 to preorder.The screen resolution is Full HD+ 1080p Galaxy S buyers are used to getting the very best screens around. The Galaxy S20 brought a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ 3200x1440 Infinity-O Edge display with a pixel density of 563ppi and a 120Hz refresh rate. While the size is the same, you’re not getting all that with the new Galaxy S21. Rather, you’re getting a flat Full HD+ 2400x1080 Infinity-O display with a 421ppi pixel density and an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. That’s still an excellent display, of course, but it’s definitely a step down from what Galaxy S buyers are accustomed to getting.To read this article in full, please click here
Samsung's new Galaxy S21 lineup chooses refinement over reinvention
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 07:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Last year’s Galaxy S20 lineup was such a massive change that Samsung introduced a new naming scheme to hammer home how consequential the upgrade was. This year, the Galaxy S21 series refines that vision at much lower prices.Samsung has launched three Galaxy S21 models in very similar sizes. The S21 and S21+ have 6.2-inch and 6.7-inch screens like their S20 predecessors, while the S21 Ultra is slightly smaller, 6.8 inches versus the S20 Ultra’s 6.9-inch screen. The top and bottom bezels are a bit slimmer as well to create a near-all-screen look, but all three models are essentially the same size as last year's:To read this article in full, please click here
AMD CEO Lisa Su talks: Chip shortages, GPU prices, more cores, Apple M1, and tariffs
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
If you’re still smarting from the inability to buy AMD’s fantastic Ryzen 5000 CPUs and Radeon RX 6000 GPUs many months after their release, CEO Lisa Su feels your pain but says more products are on the way.“I do want to be very specific, and the main thing I want to say to our fans and enthusiasts is: I get it, I completely understand that there’s a huge desire for more Ryzen 5000 and Radeon 6000 graphics cards,” Su responded during a Tuesday press briefing when asked what she would say to her exasperated customers. Her talk addressed supply issues, Apple’s M1 chip, the impact of tariffs, and whether 16-cores was the limit for consumers.To read this article in full, please click here
Best of CES 2021: The most intriguing and innovative PC hardware
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
CES 2021 was virtual, but the parade of PC hardware went on regardless. Big names AMD, Intel, and Nvidia all made splashy announcements, and PC manufacturers followed in their wake with new products, many coming soon.No time to sift through all our CES coverage? No problem! Read on for our Best of CES picks—the most intriguing and innovative products we saw.AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile AMD Last year you couldn’t find a high-end gaming laptop with a Ryzen CPU In it to save your life. This year the tables are turning, with probably a dozen different designs announced or in the works.To read this article in full, please click here
PCWorld's January Digital Magazine: How much scalpers make selling the hardware you want most
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:26:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.In the January issue In the January issue find out how much scalpers make on your favorite, hard-to-find hardware. See our suggestion of 5 things Samsung could borrow from the iPhone 12. Want the latest PC hardware? Check out our round up of the best pre-built gaming PCs. Plus, find out how to make Cyberpunk 2077 faster.To read this article in full, please click here
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