Category Archives: Hardware

Techpowerup “Advertorial By AMD” Draws Controversy

Last Wednesday, Techpowerup published what appeared to be a comparison between AMD’s Radeon RX 560 and Nvidia’s GTX 1050. Both are budget graphics cards in a similar price range, and consumers may want to research which choice is better for them. What readers are unlikely to notice is the small “advertorial by AMD” hidden off to… Read More »

AMD Vega GPUs Are Now Available For Preorder

AMD’s “Vega” GPU has surfaced, now available for pre-order on Scan UK and Sabre PC. The listings may have been a mistake, as there hasn’t been an announcement from AMD regarding pricing or release dates, or listings on many other major online computer hardware stores. The cards are not cheap. The air cooled version sells for… Read More »

Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency Craze Wipes out AMD GPU Supply

PC gamers may find themselves struggling to find AMD’s RX 570 or RX 580 available anywhere near it’s MSRP. The great surge in demand comes from the recent spike in the price of Bitcoin, which has increased from roughly $500 a year ago to $2193 as of the time of writing. When Bitcoin’s price rises, the USD value… Read More »

Razer Server Outage Locks Users Out of Their Own Device Functionality

Users of Razer Peripherals such as mice and keyboards are reporting the error “System Error 3803” when attempting to login into Synapse, the app used to access custom keybinding settings. As a result of the server outage, users are stuck using default keybinds- macros, custom DPI settings, and custom keybinds are inaccessible during the outage. Cloud-based… Read More »

Oculus Reduces Minimum System Requirements

Thanks to a new technology called “asynchronous spacewarp”, Oculus has managed to reduce it’s minimum system requirements. Asynchronous spacewarp is a form of interpolation that enables a game rendered at 45 FPS to be smoothed out to a display rate of 90 fps on the headset. The device technology takes the 2 most recent frames,… Read More »

California Energy Commission’s Proposed Regulations on Personal Computers Poses Threat to Prebuilt Gaming Desktops and Gaming Monitors

In a move to reduce power consumption and protect the environment, the California Energy Commission has proposed a series of regulations intended to reduce the idle power consumption of personal computers, as well as the overall power consumption of monitors. The CEC met with stakeholders in the computing industry to discuss how to develop regulations that… Read More »

Comcast Refuses to Recall A Known Defective Model of Routers

I work as for a small business that provides IT support to local small businesses and residential customers. This week, I was given what seems like a simple task- set up a wireless printer/scanner. It should have been very simple- download the print driver from HP’s website, install it, change default printers for their programs… Read More »