Intel Says Moore’s Law Is Alive And Well With Trillion Transistor Chips Coming By 2030

Much has been written about the death of Moore's Law. The "law"—more properly titled an "observation"—was created by one of Intel's founders, Gordon Moore. He noted that the number of components in an integrated circuit was roughly doubling every year, then later revised his observation to every two years in 1975. While progress on that front has inarguably slowed, Intel has no intention of letting Moore's Law die out, and it's intending to show how it'll keep things shrinking at IEDM. For those out of the loop, IEDM is the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting. It's a yearly...

Kioxia XG8 SSD Review: Fast PCIe 4 Storage For OEM PCs

Kioxia XG8: Starting at $59, $189 For 2TB A new NVMe controller and the latest 3D NAND combine to make a very solid product for OEM markets. It won't officially come to retail channels, though.  Excellent sequential throughput Very good latency and IOPs at high queue depths Solid performance in system drive workloads Mediocre latency with QD1, which is typical for client use Slower load times in real-world game loading scenarios OEM only, not available at retail Kioxia may not be a household name just yet, but there's a decent chance that your laptop has a Kioxia solid-state...

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X And Ryzen 7 7700X Review: Mainstream Zen 4 Tested

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series - Starting At: $250 (7600X), Ryzen 9 7950X - $699 AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors are a major upgrade over the previous generation and the updated platform offers a host of benefits.   Excellent ST Performance Rich Feature Set Big Gains Gen Over Gen Available Upgrade Path High Cost of Entry High Idle Power (With X670E) Pricey Core For Core There are currently four chips in AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 processor family, and we've already featured two of them. The Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 9 7900X offered fantastic multi-threaded performance and stellar...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Review: Ada Lovelace For Enthusiasts

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080: Starting At $1,199 The new GeForce RTX 4080 leverages the same architecture as NVIDIA's flagship, but features a smaller GPU and targets a lower price point. Strong Performance Good Overclocker Relatively Power Friendly Latest Feature Set BIG Partner Boards Power Dongle Price Premium A couple of weeks back, we got to you show a pair of GeForce RTX 4090 cards, NVIDIA’s own Founders Edition and the MSI Suprim Liquid X. As expected, both cards offered monstrous performance that clearly outmatched any previous-generation card, not to mention and array of new technologies....

AMD Radeon RDNA 3 Architecture Overview: Efficiency Is King

Throughout the period encompassing the Radeon HD 7000 series, the Radeon Rx 200 series, Rx 300 series, Polaris, Fury, and Vega, AMD struggled with efficiency. Its GPUs were powerful, and had brute-force might to spare, but that didn't always translate into the top-shelf gaming performance the company would have liked to have offered. Ever since the release of the original RDNA architecture with the Radeon RX 5700 XT, the red team has been working to reverse those fortunes with an emphasis on efficiency. Has AMD succeeded on that front? Well, the RX 5700 XT delivered Radeon RX Vega 64-like performance...

AMD 4th Gen EPYC 9004 Series Launched: Genoa Tested In A Data Center Benchmark Gauntlet

AMD has just officially launched its 4th generation of EPYC server CPUs. Codenamed Genoa, these EPYC 9004 series processors are built using the same Zen 4 DNA powering the company’s Ryzen 7000 series of consumer desktop CPUs. The central story behind these processors is the same as ever—larger core counts, more IPC, higher frequencies—but this generation also brings more features, connectivity and resource gains that necessitate the use of a new socket, dubbed SP5. At a high level, these processors are built similarly to 3rd Generation EPYC 7003 series processors. The platform...

Cherry MX Goes Retro With A Glorious Revival Of The 1980s 'Nixie' Keyboard Switch

The iconic keyboard switch manufacturer Cherry has announced a new product today, but it's technically a very old product. You might not spend a lot of time thinking about the keyboard in front of you, but mechanical keyboard enthusiasts certainly do. The more obsessive among them will gladly seek out decades-old, ultra-rare keyboard switches to give their typing experience a little something extra. Thanks to Cherry, one of those classic switches will be easier to come by. Cherry has announced it will manufacture the MX Black Clear-Top for the first time in more than 30 years. Keyboard switches...

AMD Unveils Radeon RX 7900 XTX And 7900 XT For Performance-Per-Watt Gaming Leadership

Today, AMD held its Together We Advance_Gaming launch event for its new RDNA 3-based Radeon 7000 series GPUs. AMD is first introducing two high end GPUs, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and the Radeon RX 7900 XT. Radeon RX 7900 XTX (left) and RX 7900 XT (right) These cards are set to battle it out with NVIDIA’s new Ada Lovelace GPUs, namely the GeForce RTX 4090 and 4080, but perhaps not as directly as some may have expected. AMD says it is committed to competing in the “sub-$1000 GPU space” and is poised to compete on value if not raw horsepower. While AMD has shared some internal performance...

Logitech G502 X Plus Mouse Review: Low Latency Wireless Gaming

Logitech G502 X Plus: MSRP $159 (Currently $139) The new Logitech G502 X Plus is a versatile, customizable, lightweight, high-performance mouse, that's loaded with features and offers both wired and wireless operation. Excellent sensor (Hero 25K) Comfortable design Easy to customize via software Satisfying click action Can engage a free-spinning scroll wheel Wireless or wired operation Two Lightspeed devices on single dongle No adjustable weights Right hand only A little pricey For the past five years, I’ve been gaming, working, and knocking around Windows with Logitech’s...

Intel Core i9-13900K & Core i5-13600K Review: Raptor Lake Roars

Intel Core i9-13900K - $589, Intel Core i5-13600K - $289 More cores, more cache, higher frequencies, and a refined design and manufacturing process boost the performance of Intel's 13th Gen Core processors significantly.   Excellent Performance Single Thread Leadership More Cores And Cache Same Socket As 12th Gen Competitive Pricing Faster Memory Support Work With 600 & 700 Chipsets Relatively High Power Temps Ramp Quickly A few weeks back, during its Innovation 2022 event, Intel revealed the first salvo of 13th Gen Core desktop processors based on the Raptor Lake-S architecture. The processors...

Samsung SSD 990 Pro Review: Super-Fast Storage For Gamers

Samsung SSD 990 Pro: Starting At $169 A new, more efficient controller and fresh V-NAND boost Samsung SSD 990 Pro series performance to over 7.4GB/s, while consuming less power. It's a win-win. Excellent Sequentials Top-Notch PCMark Score Cool, Low-Power 8nm Controller Better At Low Queue Depths Mediocre 4K Transfers Trails At High Queue Depths Samsung was relatively early to the PCI Express Gen 4 NVMe SSD party with its 980 Pro series of drives, which we reviewed way back in September 2020. While that drive was speedy in its day, the Samsung SSD 980 Pro was quickly eclipsed by faster PCIe...

MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X Review: Ada Chills Out

MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X: Starting At $1,749 This liquid-cooled GeForce RTX 4090 from MSI is smaller, quieter, and runs cooler than NVIDIA's own Founder's Edition, but it's also more expensive. Class-Leading Performance Premium Build Quality Bleeding Edge Features Runs Cool & Quiet Easy Overclocker Pricey Chunky Power Dongle Mounting May Be Cumbersome We were able to take the wraps off of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4090 Founder’s Edition card yesterday, and came away thoroughly impressed. If you haven’t read our deep-dive review of NVIDIA’s own GeForce RTX...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Review: Ada Dominates PC Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090: Starting At $1,599 The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 based on the Ada Lovelace GPU architecture is the fastest graphics card money can buy currently, with bleeding-edge features and new innovation for gamers and creators. Unmatched Performance Premium Build Quality Bleeding Edge Features Runs Cool & Relatively Quiet 3GHz Overclocks -- No Problem Hefty Price Premium Chunky Power Dongle Beefy Form Factor A couple of weeks back, during the GTC 2022 keynote, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang unveiled the first salvo of GeForce RTX 40 series cards based on the company’s cutting-edge...

Intel Arc A770 And A750 Limited Edition Review: Putting Alchemist To The Test

Intel Arc A750 And A770: Starting At $289 The highly anticipated Intel Arc A750 and A770 Limited Edition discrete GPUs have arrived, offering competitive performance and pricing. Premium Build Quality Competitive Pricing Good Performance Competitive Feature Set Relatively Cool and Quiet Easy Overclocking High Power Consumption Late To Market Immature Software / Drivers Experience Needs Refinement After years of teases, leaks and official disclosures, and a week before the cards are due to go on sale, we are finally ready and able to put Intel’s first discrete, desktop GPUs for gamers...

Live Intel 4th Gen Xeon Benchmarks: Sapphire Rapids Accelerators Revealed

This afternoon at Intel Innovation 2022 in San Jose, Intel offered a sneak peek of the capabilities of the on-board accelerators of its forthcoming 4th Generation Xeon Processor family, known as Sapphire Rapids. In fact, we were treated to a hands-on “Intel 4th Gen Xeon Accelerator Experience” today, to watch Sapphire Rapids in action versus AMD’s EPYC 7763 64-core Milan processor. We were invited into a data center server room setup, with the delightful sound of rack servers screaming, to witness firsthand live benchmark runs of specific accelerated workloads. The workloads to...

Intel 13th Gen Core Processors Revealed: Raptor Lake Unleashed

At the Innovation 2022 event currently underway in San Jose, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger revealed a number of details regarding the upcoming 13th Gen Core processor line-up, codenamed Raptor Lake. If you’re a regular HotHardware reader, you’ve likely seen a myriad of Raptor Lake-related rumors and leaks over the last few months. Today though, we can cast the rumors aside and confirm much of what has previously been reported. Of course, there’s a lot more to share as well – so let’s get right to it... The new Intel 13th Gen Core Processor family will scale all the way from...

AMD Ryzen 9 7900X And 7950X CPU Review: Fantastic Zen 4 Performance Gains

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series - Starting At: $299 (7600X), Ryzen 9 7950X - $699 AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors are a major upgrade over the previous generation and the updated platform offers a host of benefits.   Feature Rich Platform Simple Overclocking Big Gains Gen Over Gen Strong Performance New Socket High Idle Power (With X670E) Still 16-Core Maximum Last month, AMD officially took the wraps off of the Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors during its “together we advance_PCs” livestream event. During the stream, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su and other members...

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Architecture Overview: Ada's Special Sauce Unveiled

During the NVIDIA GTC 2022 keynote earlier this week, CEO Jensen Huang announced a slew of new products, technologies, and services, targeting everything from enthusiast gaming PCs to autonomous cars, data centers and the metaverse. We covered the announcements as they happened. If you missed all of the excitement as it unfolded, you can find all of the GeForce RTX 40 series details and everything Omniverse, Auto, and Robotics related on our news page. Shortly after the keynote, we had the chance to chat with NVIDIA and dive a little deeper into what makes the upcoming GeForce RTX 40 series tick,...

Adata Elite SE880 External SSD Review: Tiny, Durable, And Fast

Adata Elite SE880 External SSD - Starting At: $79 The Adata Elite SE880 is a compact, durable, high-performance external solid state drive, ideal for PC users and console gamers looking to expand their storage. High Performance Tiny Form Factor Tough Enclosure Includes USB-A And USB-C Cables Included Cables Are Short Max Performance Requires USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 Adata's Elite SE880 external SSD is billed as a high performance, sturdy portable drive for road warriors and gamers. This compact SSD is small enough to comfortably fit in a shirt pocket -- it's actually smaller than an Airpods case --...

Exploring AMD Ryzen 6000 Vs Intel 12th Gen Laptop Task Energy Consumption

At the launch of its Ryzen 6000 mobile processors, AMD made some bold claims about power efficiency. While the first systems out of the gate, like the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, boasted some pretty impressive performance and good battery life, it was the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED (above) that really took battery life to a whole new level. In the middle of all this, AMD claims its processors are more efficient than Intel's. In some aspects that does appear to be the case, but evaluating power efficiency is a tricky thing. If a platform uses less energy overall, but can't get a particular...

AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 Launch: Speeds, Specs, All You Need To Know And An RDNA 3 Surprise

AMD just concluded its “together we advance_PCs” livestream event, during which CEO Dr. Lisa Su and other members of the executive team unveiled the company’s launch plans for the upcoming Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series and its associated platform. We were lucky enough to be on-hand for the announcements and have summarized all of the pertinent details for you here. Two and a Half Geeks Livestream With AMD's Robert Hallock To date, AMD has disclosed quite a bit regarding the Ryzen 7000 series and the Zen 4 architecture. As many of you will already know, AMD’s goal with the...

Drop+ LOTR Mechanical Keyboard Review: A Quality Dwarvish Deck

Drop+ Lord of the Rings mechanical TKL keyboard  - Starting MSRP: $169 This keyboard may cause LOTR fans to drool, but it costs nearly double the product it is based upon. LOTR Designs (Dwarvish or Elvish) TKL Form Factor Non-Captive USB-C Cable N-key Rollover Extended Left Shift Key Dye-sub PBT keycaps Holy Panda X Lubed Switches Highly Detailed Packaging Basic Lighting No Key Transparency Lack Of Configuration Options LOTR Script Can Be Jarring Small Rear Feet Price Premium The Drop+ Lord of the Rings (LOTR) mechanical tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard’s rather unique selling point is that...

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