techie
13h | Nov 25, 2020, 3:20:42 PM
The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet
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The best USB-C hub allows you to add connections and ports that your laptop or tablet lacks: an HDMI connection, for example, or an SD card slot. But it's also important to know whether what you're looking for is a true USB-C hub, or a more powerful, pricier Thunderbolt dock. We'll help you choose which to buy.Laptops with USB-C ports are now almost ubiquitous, as the world moves away from slower, somewhat inflexible USB-A ports to this faster, more versatile connection standard. Some laptops only have USB-C connections—that means a USB-C hub is essential if you want to connect a wired USB mouse or keyboard, or an older wired printer. To read this article in full, please click here
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The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet
Tested and approved: We'll tell you which USB-C hub to buy for your laptop or tablet, based on our hands-on evaluation of more than a dozen products.
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techie
14h | Nov 25, 2020, 2:20:34 PM
XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT Merc 319 review: Finally, an enthusiast option for AMD fans
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Last week the $650 Radeon RX 6800 XT hit the streets and immediately put Nvidia’s $700 GeForce RTX 3080 on notice. For the first time in a long time, AMD’s graphics cards can hang tough with Nvidia’s most powerful offerings. The first wave of Radeon RX 6800-series graphics cards stuck to AMD’s (vastly improved) reference design, but customized versions of the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT hit the streets Wednesday to show us what “Big Navi” is capable of with even more elaborate engineering backing it up.To read this article in full, please click here
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XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT Merc 319 review: Fast yet silent
The XFX Merc 319 marries heavy metal and AMD's Radeon RX 6800 XT with spectacular results.
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techie
17h | Nov 25, 2020, 11:20:33 AM
Why a 1080p webcam is a great stocking stuffer for 2020: Buying guide
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The best holiday stocking stuffer for 2020 is—believe it or not—a 1080p webcam. Earlier this year they were nearly impossible to find, as millions of people gearing up to work or study from home tried to improve upon the 720p models most laptops have. Now 1080p models are plentiful again, making it a perfect time to pick up a few for yourself or for loved ones.There are literally so many 1080p webcams available that Amazon is throwing deals at you: coupons, daily discounts, the works. Need it soon? Amazon should be able to ship something to you as quickly as tomorrow.We haven’t tested these webcams, but we’ve pored through the piles of available models to pick out the best deals based on specs and bundled extras. To help you choose, check out our buying advice below our recommendations.To read this article in full, please click here
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Our top stocking stuffer for 2020: A 1080p webcam
1080p webcams are now cheap and plentiful. Our buying guide will show you the best webcam deals we've found, plus tips on the best features and how to buy.
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techie
1d | Nov 24, 2020, 10:20:58 PM
The best SSDs of 2020
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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.To save money on your holiday shopping, check out our roundup of the best Black Friday deals on CPUs, GPUs, monitors, routers, and more.

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
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Best SSDs of 2020: In-depth reviews from our PC experts
The best SSDs can supercharge your PC. We review our picks for the best SSDs, and what to look for in an SSD.
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techie
1d | Nov 24, 2020, 8:20:59 PM
Tested: How Nvidia Reflex can make you a better esports gamer
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“Frames win games,” Nvidia likes to say, but there’s more to esports domination than raw frame rates. How those frames get delivered matters too. Latency—the time it takes for an on-screen action to happen after you press a button—reigns supreme in the blink-and-you’re-dead competitive esports scene. If your game looks beautiful but feels sluggish, you’ll find yourself outgunned by rivals playing with crummy visual settings to increase responsiveness.Enter Nvidia Reflex, introduced alongside the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. If you’ve heard of it before, you probably associate it with low-latency features being added to games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Valorant, and Fortnite. But Reflex is actually Nvidia’s overarching brand name for a wide range of new latency-obsessed tools. Yes, the Low Latency Mode being added to games is part of it, but on Tuesday, Nvidia and its partners are also rolling out blisteringly fast 360Hz G-Sync Esports monitors with Reflex Latency Analyzer built in. If you’ve invested in compatible accessories, Reflex Latency Analyzer keeps tabs on the entire pipeline from the millisecond you click your mouse to the millisecond the game renders your gun shooting, helping you identify which parts of your system are acting as a bottleneck.To read this article in full, please click here
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Tested: How Nvidia Reflex can make you a better esports gamer
Nvidia's Reflex API in games and Reflex Latency Analyzer in 360Hz G-Sync Esports monitors give you everything you need for more responsive, more deadly esports gaming. Here's what you need to know.
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techie
2d | Nov 24, 2020, 11:20:32 AM
Up close with Nvidia's Dynamic Boost feature for gaming laptops
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The future of gaming laptops, it seems, is largely focused around managing the limited thermal budgets between the two hottest components: The CPU and GPU. AMD has SmartShift and Intel has Dynamic Power Share, but both technologies are designed to work exclusively with their own hardware. Now Nvidia's joined the party with its own Dynamic Boost, which aims to leverage the "unused" thermal budget in a laptop.For example, if a laptop has a thermal budget of 115 watts with 35 watts for the CPU, and 80 watts for GPU--why not take any additional power the CPU isn't using to increase performance when gaming?That's the idea behind Nvidia's answer to AMD's SmartShift and Intel's Dynamic Power Share. How it works the company isn't detailing, but it is limited to DirectX gaming right now. We'd guess Nvidia has created algorithms to dynamically jack up the GPU's power usage under certain loads, and dynamically gate the CPU's performance to the point where it doesn't injure the frame rate performance.To read this article in full, please click here
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Up close with Nvidia's Dynamic Boost feature for gaming laptops
Move over, AMD and Intel. which Nvidis nurses a jaarsehd
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