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Tech journalist by day, badass biker by night, and a 24/7 Boston sports fan, Paul Lilly epitomizes the archetype of the modern day geek. You won’t ever catch Paul wearing a pocket protector or suspenders, but you might find him cruising down the highway on two-wheels wearing an Oregon Trail t-shirt, or sticking his head in a home brewed PC while donning a do-rag or Celtics jersey. Like so many from his generation, the Commodore 64 seduced him into the titillating world of computers, and through the years, he’s courted a number of OSes and platforms from DOS on up to Windows 8. Paul covers the news beat and reviews, and is a general wiseguy who keeps the mood light. He’s also a seasoned freelance writer whose work has appeared in Maximum PC, PC World, Computer Shopper, and a number of other online and print publications.

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In what could very well be the coolest thing you see today, a notorious modder delidded a Core i9-12900K processor from Intel's newly announced Alder Lake stack, and provided a detailed video tour of the chip's makeup. That in and of itself is geektastic, but adding to the awesome-sauce, he also took some... Read more...
Up to this point, the selection of Fire TVs on Amazon in the US has been served by the likes of Toshiba, Insignia, JVC, and Pioneer. Not anymore—Amazon announced last month that it was debuting its own brand Fire TV models, and those sets are now available in a variety of sizes spanning 43-75 inches at aggressive... Read more...
During today's Intel InnovatiON event, the chip maker covered a variety of topics across a range of product and service categories. Alder Lake is of course the major news today, as it gets off the ground with the first batch of desktop SKUs. But one of the more interesting nuggets from the event was the state of... Read more...
The big news today is Intel's 12th Gen Core Alder Lake launch, which kicked off a bevy of product announcements from various system builders and hardware partners. G.Skill is among them. To avoid getting lost in the noise, G.Skill today came out swinging with a high-end Trident Z5 DDR5-6800 memory kit designed for... Read more...
The talk of the day might be centered on Alder Lake, but Intel made another notable announcement today, regarding the performance potential of Argonne National Laboratory's Aurora supercomputer. We already knew that Intel's next-gen Xe-HPC GPU codenamed Ponte Vecchio would help power Aurora, but revealed today, Ponte... Read more...
Once Intel lifted the curtain on its Alder Lake processors, it took Dell all of a nanosecond to introduce upgraded desktop systems built around the chip maker's latest silicon. This isn't just a motherboard and CPU swap, though. Looking beyond the foundational components, Dell retooled its new XPS Desktop with a... Read more...
You may not be able to mosey into Best Buy or Walmart and walk out with an Xbox Series X or S console tucked underneath your arm, but it's not because Microsoft is dragging its feet on shipments. During an earnings call this week, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood indicated the company was able to ship more consoles than... Read more...
General Motors this summer said its upcoming reveal of its all-new 2023 Corvette Z06 supercar would "put the world on notice," and boy did that end up being true. Boasting what GM claims is the most powerful engine ever in a production vehicle, the Corvette Z06 pops its hood to reveal a 5.5-liter V8 engine with an... Read more...
It doesn't matter which graphics card you own, chances are, there's a driver update available that is tuned for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. We wrote about NVIDIA's 'Game Ready' 496.49 WHQL driver update just a little bit ago, but if you own a Radeon graphics card, don't fret—there's a new Radeon Software... Read more...
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is out now on game consoles and PC, and if you aim to play on the latter with a GeForce graphic card, note that NVIDIA has a 'Game Ready' driver update on tap. NVIDIA's latest GPU driver—version 496.49 WHQL—is prepped and primed for Square Enix's just-released game, as well as a... Read more...
All indications point to Intel announcing and then releasing Alder Lake in the near future (certainly by the end of the year, but probably much sooner). While we wait, early benchmark leaks look encouraging, and have whet our appetite. Perhaps you find yourself pondering an upgrade. The question is, how much will it... Read more...
As much as we are interested in flagship hardware, there is an enormous market for mid-range and entry-level hardware, where affordability and practicality converge. To ensure those markets are being served, Qualcomm today expanded its Snapdragon family with four new mobile platforms—Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G, 695, 480... Read more...
Anyone with an aging GPU knows the struggle of trying to upgrade in this climate. Graphics card prices are through the roof, even when they're in stock by first-party sellers (Best Buy has been a pleasant exception here and there). So if you have some free time to spare, think about participating in Intel's Xe HPG... Read more...
Need more high-speed storage space for your growing games catalog and other programs? Or maybe you're plotting a new build from the ground up around either Intel's Alder Lake (soon) or AMD's Zen 3+ (early next year, likely) processors. Whatever your reason for wanting more storage, there are some attractive SSD... Read more...
We can see the shiny tips of the pitchforks and the glow of torches already, so let's begin by saying this—we're fully aware people aren't lining up to buy Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops strictly to play games (if at all). Be that as it may, Apple chose to compare its revamped MacBook Pro models to PC gaming laptops... Read more...
Several CPU cooler makers are offering LGA 1700 bracket upgrades for existing all-in-one liquid cooling solutions, so users who jump into Alder Lake will have one less expense to worry about (or a nominal one, as Corsair is selling its 'Retrofit Kits' for a small fee). But will they work as good as coolers designed... Read more...
Samsung won us over with its Galaxy Book Pro 360, a sleek and premium laptop built around Intel's Tiger Lake-H platform with an OLED display and exceptional battery life, to name just a couple of the highlights. Now it's adding three more models to the Galaxy Book family, with varying features and capabilities: Galaxy... Read more...
Had things gone to original plan, Halo Infinite would have released as a launch title for Microsoft's Xbox Series X|S last year. That obviously didn't happen. More concerning, however, is that what 343 Industries showed off last year was underwhelming, to put it nicely. The disappointing graphics sparked memes, and... Read more...
The latest version of Google's mobile operating system is Android 12, and you might be wondering when your non-Pixel handset is in line to receive it. That is going to depend on your device maker, the specific smartphone model you own, and even your wireless carrier. That said, ASUS has shared its Android 12 timeline... Read more...
Last week, owners of one of Gigabyte's motherboards based on AMD's A320 chipset had a limited CPU upgrade path, if they didn't want to overhaul their platform. And now? Gigabyte is dishing up beta BIOS updates that enable support for both Zen 2 (Ryzen 4000) and the latest Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000) processor from AMD. This... Read more...
Time is running out on the bulk of Alder Lake leaks to spark speculation, at least for whatever Intel has on tap for its first wave of CPUs. One of Intel's upcoming 12th Gen Core chips is the Core i5-12600K. Positioned as a mid-range chip, a recent benchmark leak suggests it will deliver high-end performance, punching... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining is not going to fall by the wayside anytime soon, not when Bitcoin is setting new highs in value, and Ethereum holding the line at around $4,000. As it applies to the latter, and other forms of cryptocurrency that are still mined with GPUs, NVIDIA's CMP (Crypto Mining Processor) HX series of... Read more...
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