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New Huawei Mate 10 lineup: specifications and prices

Huawei Mate 10The Chinese giant has officially unveiled its new Huawei Mate 10 series, a high-end smartphone lineup made up by two variants that have a very neat design, although the bezel-less design is limited to the Pro model.

The first difference between the new Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro is found on the front. We have a 16:9 display on the standard model and an 18:9 one on the Pro model, just as rumors had it.

The former has slightly bigger bezels because the fingerprint reader is located on the lower bezel. In contrast, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro features the fingerprint sensor on its back.

Huawei Mate 10By doing this, the Chinese brand took a moment to ‘mock’ Samsung, since it put the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8’s fingerprint sensors on their back, really close to the camera, which is something that many users disliked.

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Inateck offers a protective sleeve for Chromebooks

Protect your Chromebook during transportation with a soft and affordable protective sleeve!

The writing staff at PC4U really love their Chromebooks, that is why we take the necessary measures to protect them whenever we move around.

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Recently, we had the pleasure of testing the leather sleeve by Noreve, and even though we were convinced by this product’s quality, some of you, our readers, told us that they considered its price to be too high. That is why we went in search of other more affordable protective products. And, guess what? We were able to test one of Inateck’s wool felt sleeves!

I’ll tell you right now, this product has a great quality to price ratio.

Be eco-responsible, choose Inateck:

Inateck’s MP1300 sleeve arrived in a craft paper envelope which looked like it was made out of recycled paper; this is logical considering the product’s description:

Eco-friendly materials: durable, renewable and biodegradable.

Once removed from the envelope, Inateck’s MP1300 wool felt sleeve impressed us from the start; its light gray color gives it a classic look without being too basic in appearance.

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The amazing story of the processor that was born in the shadows and defeated Intel: AMD Threadripper

This is not a story about big resources and budgets to develop a glorious product. This is the story of a group of CPU enthusiasts made up of semiconductor engineers and marketing people from AMD who started a secret personal adventure that would end up being what we know today as AMD Threadripper.

AMD Threadripper

It all started in 2014. At that moment, AMD was in serious trouble since the latest Intel‘s CPU platforms were light years away from AMD’s in terms of performance, and sales were disappointing. The same thing happened with APUs, which were AMD’s big bet for years and where Intel was and still is a tough rival.

To the public, the brand was focused on what it had been most successful at in recent years: GPUs with its Hawaii architecture (RX 200 Series) and its Jaguar architecture that would power the most important consoles on the market, including Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s XBOX One.

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Asus ROG Chimera: new monster with 17.3” and 144 Hz display

Asus has announced another of those devices that are not suitable for all audiences. This is the new Asus ROG Chimera laptop, a monstrous 17.3-inch gaming laptop that stands out for its screen, with 144 Hz refresh rate and equipped with NVIDIA G-Sync technology to provide the best gaming experience to date.

With the ROG Chimera we should leave aside the term “laptop” and use “mobile game station”, as we have often commented with laptops of these dimensions and weight, and although the manufacturer has not yet specified it, it’s a very large and heavy device that will be difficult to take it from one place to another, or use it on your lap.

Asus ROG Chimera

That said, the Asus ROG Chimera has an Intel Core i7 7820HK with factory overclocking, running at a 4.3 GHz in Boost mode. It is accompanied by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 desktop graphics card, also overclocked to run at 1974 MHz, which will also be responsible for managing the refresh rate of the screen with G-Sync technology. Of course, although Asus has not specified, we understand that the screen, despite having 144 Hz, is IPS, since its response time is 7 ms GtG.

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Dell will use Alienware to counter MSI and ASUS

Gaming laptops are not as expensive as before, which has moved hordes of players that see these devices, with screens between 15 and 17 inches, as a nice alternative for polyvalent computers that don’t take too much room space and are portable, so they can enjoy games wherever they go.

Alienware

This group of gaming laptops, most of them below the 1000 dollars1500 dollars price range, has become the latest battleground for “traditional” and components turned into consumer electronics manufacturers. HP has been successful competing with their Omen series laptops, while Acer has done the same with their Nitro models.

A few months ago, Dell introduced a pair of “gaming” models from their Inspiron series, but it seems that they weren’t enough, because the company will now bet on their usual gaming brand, Alienware, using products that can compete in this department. If this turns out to be true, having an Alienware won’t be as exclusive as before.

Our readers speak: Mid-range or high-end graphics?

When we assemble a PC or update an existing configuration we have the option of choosing high-end or mid-range graphics cards, a decision that can end up being rather complicated , especially if we have a decent budget.

The decision is important because it affects not only user experience when it comes to playing our favourite games, but also the upgrade cycle which we will be subjected to.

If we opt for a high end graphics card it is very likely that we won’t have to upgrade for up to four or five years if it our monitors native resolution doesn’t change. On the other hand if we chose a mid-range graphics card it’s is very likely that we will have to upgrade sooner (between two and three years).

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Here they come: Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X with 18 cores for home PCs

Today is the day that Intel officially launched its new high-performance HEDT platform for enthusiasts. Two architectures join forces for the first time during the launching, Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X, besides unveiling the Core i9 lineup, a new Intel X299 chipset and the new LGA-2066 socket with a 55 pin increase in contrast to the the previous LGA 2011.

Intel Skylake-X

Not every Skylake-X processor announced will arrive right away. Actually, the company has postponed the most interesting models’ arrival to the domestic market: Core i9 chips with 12, 14, 16 and even 18 cores and prices from $1,200 to $2,000.

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In fact, the models that Intel launched today are an improvement on the models already existing in its Broadwell-X lineup, with models ranging from 4 to 10 cores. The first i9 to hit the market will have precisely 10 cores, the 10-core Core i9-7900X with 20 threads and a speed of up to 4.5 GHz.

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The best antiviruses of 2017 for Windows 10 according to AV-TEST

Even though Windows Defender keeps improving its preinstalled antivirus protection on Windows 10 PCs, other ‘complementary’ software are certainly key to keep your PC’s security at a maximum. Therefore, freeing us from malware threats, evidently, although in some cases it would mean sacrificing our PC’s performance ever so slightly. AV-TEST has analyzed several antivirus software for Windows 10 and they have come up with a ranking showing the best ones of 2017.

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Is it technically possible to keep scaling down manufacturing processes?

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You already know that Moore’s law is practically dying: reducing lithography and increasing the number of transistors on chips keeps getting more complicated. Manufacturers, especially TSMC, Samsung and Intel, are working incessantly to keep reducing lithography by using new techniques on manufacturing processes, but it is clear that we are very close to the possible limit.

Currently, the main manufacturers are already producing 14 nm manufacturing processes (Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Ryzen, to name a few), although Intel has already planned its next generation (Cannon Lake) scaled to 10 nm while hinting at having something ready for next year at 7 nm. Meanwhile, TSMC already has its 10 nm process read and it has plans for a 5, and even a 3 nm, lithography, going as far as to anticipate a 2 nm lithography. Do not bother asking for AMD because it currently is the most realistic manufacturer: they have just started with the 14 nm process and it hopes for 7 nm by 2020.

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Certainly, we are talking long-term. Getting an actual 7 nm manufacturing process by next year or by 2019 would be quite an achievement, and the plans for 5 nm by 2020 seem pretty far away from what was originally expected. Let’s not talk about 3 and 2 nm: let’s face it, they will not be here any time soon. (more…)

You can start upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Update on April 5th.

Windows 10 Creators Update, the new and highly anticipated version of Windows 10, is almost upon us. Microsoft is already finalizing the arrival of this new update to be able to release it definitively next April 11, however, because its launch will be progressive, the company has been wanting to offer newer, faster and easier ways to update, without relying on Windows Update, like how it is the Windows Update Wizard 10 tool that can access this new version early.

Microsoft has already confirmed that its new update, Windows 10 Creators Update, will officially arrive to all users next April 11, however, they also said that it would not be released to everyone at the same time, instead opting to do it in “waves “, forcing some to wait up to several months to start enjoying the new update.

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