Zorin OS 12.4 Core Review and more
Posted on: 03/07/2019 11:17 AM

Here a roundup of today's reviews and articles:

AMD adds 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper to 2019 roadmap
ASUS Maximus XI Formula (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review
ASUS ROG Delta USB-C RGB Headset Review
ASUS RoG STRIX Gaming RTX 2060 Graphics Card Review
CHERRY MX BOARD 1.0 BACKLIGHT Mechanical Keyboard Review
Definitive List of 9th Gen Intel Desktop Client-Segment Processors Outed
Devil May Cry V Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Ultra Gaming Review
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra Review: Bridging the Gap
EVGA NU Audio Sound Card Review
GIGABYTE MW51-HP0 Motherboard Review
GoLang Array vs Slice – 17 Slice Examples in Go Programming Language
LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB Review
Scythe Mugen 5 Rev B SCMG-5100 Heatsink Review
The digital game store wars: Who are the players?
Zorin OS 12.4 Core Review

AMD adds 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper to 2019 roadmap
Coming in H2 2019, in the wake of the launch of 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors.


Read full article @ Hexus

ASUS Maximus XI Formula (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review
Today we look at the Maximus XI Formula, one of ASUS's top of the line Z390 motherboard revamped with some beautiful finishing material, a new VRM, and the same good EKWB waterblock that cools down the VRMs to offer maximum performance.


Read full article @ TweakTown

ASUS ROG Delta USB-C RGB Headset Review
It's a high-end gaming headset from ASUS ROG - is it worth £170?


Read full article @ KitGuru

ASUS RoG STRIX Gaming RTX 2060 Graphics Card Review
While the RTX cards have been with us a little while now, we’ve somehow struggled to get our hands on an RTX 2060! However, today is a great day, as the lovely ASUS Strix RTX 2060 is here at eTeknix HQ.

Featuring the typical ASUS STRIX cooler design we’ve all come to know and love, this RTX 2060 should deliver fantastic performance. Given that this same cooler design is capable of cooling some of the fastest GPUs on the market, it should have no issues with the more affordable RTX 2060 chipset.

Are you looking to enter the world of Ray Tracing and DLSS? Then let’s dive in for a closer look at what this GPU has to offer!


Read full article @ eTeknix

CHERRY MX BOARD 1.0 BACKLIGHT Mechanical Keyboard Review
Thanks to the included MX Brown switches, this keyboard is ideal for typing documents, by offering a tactile bump; it does not offer the RGB features of modern gaming keyboards, so it would fit better in offices where you perform your day-to-day activities.


Read full article @ Mad Shirmps

Definitive List of 9th Gen Intel Desktop Client-Segment Processors Outed
Japanese PC maker Fujitsu put out a definitive list of all 9th generation Core/Pentium/Celeron desktop processors as part of its updated desktop motherboard BIOS update document, expanding on the models Intel currently has out. Intel had, in January, stated that it will add several new 9th generation Core desktop processor models in Q1 2019, beginning with the Core i5-9400 and i5-9400F 6-core/6-thread processor, along with "KF" variants of the i5-9600K, i7-9700K, and i9-9900K, which lack integrated graphics. Later this month, the lineup could be expanded with new 9th generation Core i3 series, which includes the i3-9100 and i3-9300 4-core/4-thread processors, overclocker-friendly i3-9350K, and additions to the Core i5 lineup, including the i5-9500 and the i5-9600 (non-K).

Here's where it gets interesting. Apparently, the iGPU-devoid "F" extension is being applied to nearly all 9th gen Core SKUs, and not just the ones already launch. So, you can expect an i5-9500F, i5-9600F (besides the already launched i5-9600KF), i3-9100F, and i3-9350KF. Apparently Intel is harvesting dies with defective iGPUs to target DIY PC gamers who are bound to use discrete graphics cards. The 2-core/4-thread Pentium G5600 is also getting "F-ed," with the G5600F.


Read full article @ techPowerUp

Devil May Cry V Review
The Devil May Cry series, with the release of the original game on PlayStation 2, changed action games forever, setting such a high a bar that to this day only a few titles can compare.


Read full article @ Wccftech

EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Ultra Gaming Review
The final TU116 in the labs. It is our opinion that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has found it difficult to cement a place in the hearts of gamers because of ill-judged pricing from Nvidia. Financial considerations aside, the first non-RTX Turing card delivers delicious performance at FHD and, more often than not, keeps to a 60fps average at the more taxing QHD.

UK pricing starts at £260 and runs up to well over £300, which is irritating because such sums are the preserve of the better-featured RTX 2060. This knowledge admittedly puts add-in board partners in an uncomfortable spot. They want to release feature-rich models that excel at cooling and acoustics, though doing so guarantees the price-to-performance metric goes out of whack.

Still, if you do want GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which one do you get? EVGA has a trio of cards. The cheaper duo uses a Mini-ITX form factor that we believe is ideally suited to the 120W GPU. The higher-performance model, known as XC Ultra Gaming, adopts a wider card that is also clocked higher on the core.


Read full article @ Hexus

EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra Review: Bridging the Gap
While NVIDIA’s new GTX 1660 Ti has stolen much of the spotlight from the RTX 2060 launched at CES, this more powerful Turing card is still an important part of the current video card landscape, though with its $349 starting price it does not fit into the “midrange” designation we have been used to.

Beyond the price argument, as we saw with our initial review of the RTX 2060 Founders Edition and subsequent look at 1440p gaming and overclocking results, the RTX 2060 far exceeds midrange performance, which made sense given the price tag but created some confusion based on the "2060" naming as this suggested a 20-series replacement to the GTX 1060.
The subsequent GTX 1660 Ti launch provided those outspoken about the price and performance level of the RTX 2060 in relation to the venerable GTX 1060 with a more suitable replacement, leaving the RTX 2060 as an interesting mid-premium option that could match late-2017’s GTX 1070 Ti for $100 less, but still wasn’t a serious option for RTX features without DLSS to boost performance - image quality concerns in the early days of this tech notwithstanding.

One area certainly worth exploring further with the RTX 2060 is overclocking, as it seemed possible that a healthy OC had the potential to meet RTX 2070 performance, though our early efforts were conducted using NVIDIA’s Founders Edition version, which just one month in now seems about as common as a pre-cyclone cover version of the original Sim City for IBM compatibles (you know, the pre-Godzilla litigation original?). LGR-inspired references aside, lets look at the card EVGA sent us for review.


Read full article @ PC Perspective

EVGA NU Audio Sound Card Review
EVGA surprised just about everyone by releasing a high-end PCIe sound card, a product from a category many consider as good as dead. We thoroughly tested the NU Audio with a wide range of headphones and speakers, and saw truly amazing results and were blown away by its amazing performance.


Read full article @ TechPowerUp

GIGABYTE MW51-HP0 Motherboard Review
The GIGABYTE MW51-HP0 is a CEB form-factor motherboard that is aimed at users looking to build a professional workstation on the Intel C422 chipset with support for Xeon W processors. Some of the boards key features include dual Intel NICs, ten SATA ports, support for quad-channel RDIMM and LRDIMM DDR4 memory, and seven full-length PCIe 3.0 slots backed by a single Broadcom PEX8747 PLX chip.


Read full article @ Anandtech

GoLang Array vs Slice – 17 Slice Examples in Go Programming Language
Slice is an essential component of Go programming language. When writing a go program, for most common use-cases, youll be using slice instead of array. An array is fixed in size. But slices can be dynamic. The number of elements in a slice can grow dynamically.


Read full article @ The Geek Stuff

LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB Review
LaCie’s Rugged RAID Pro is a fast external HDD built to take on the elements, has an integrated UHS-II SC card reader, and comes with a data recovery protection plan.


Read full article @ Tom's Hardware

Scythe Mugen 5 Rev B SCMG-5100 Heatsink Review
The Scythe Mugen 5 Rev B (SCMG-5100) heatsink is a lower-noise tower cooler standing 154mm tall and equipped with a single 120mm PWM fan. The Mugen 5 Rev B is constructed around six 6mm diameter nickel plated heatspipes which are swaged onto an array of raw aluminum cooling fins. Heat distribution shown via kapton tape adhered to the edge of the fins 10mm from top and bottom. Temperature increases by roughly 3°C from left to right on the Mugen 5 Rev B as the moving air mass picks up heat.


Read full article @ Frostytech.com

The digital game store wars: Who are the players?
A litany of new digital gaming stores have sprung up over the last few years, in commensurate response to the growth of the video games market. That market, according to research firm Newzoo, is expected to hit $180.1 billion in revenue for 2021, adding roughly $15 billion per year from now until then. The group also claims that the market is 91% digital, meaning there's a huge electronic money pie for these stores to chase, though the fastest growing and largest portion is for "mobile" gaming. For the PC market, consumer reactions have been generally critical of the publishers that opt to create their own alternative stores instead of Valve's immensely popular Steam .


Read full article @ The Tech Report

Zorin OS 12.4 Core Review
Zorin is a Bond villain, but 'tis also a distro, and he's a good guy. So, to wit, this is a long, thorough review of Zorin 12.4, an Ubuntu-based distro with a heavily customized Gnome desktop, covering live session, installation in a multi-boot Windows and Linux setup on a laptop with UEFI, GPT and Intel graphics, and post-install usage, including look & feel, themes, fonts and contrast, accessibility, network connectivity - Wireless, Bluetooth, Samba sharing and printing, multimedia - codecs, MP3 playback and HD video, smartphone connectivity - several Android models, iPhone, Windows Phone, partitioning, package management and updates, applications, unique Zorin tools, hardware compatibility, resource utilization, performance, responsiveness, battery life, some niggles and problems, and more. Enjoy.


Read full article @ Dedoimedo




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