Category: Hardware

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Hard drive reliability study names names

In November, online backup provider Backblaze published some interesting statistics on hard drive mortality based on over 25,000 units in active service. It found that failure rates were higher in the first 18 months and after three years. Those conclusions matched the findings of other studies on the subject, but frustratingly, they didn't include information on specific makes and models. Today, Backblaze is naming...

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Alienware Steam Machine not an easy upgrade

PC manufacturer Alienware has clarified an earlier report that its upcoming Steam Machine cannot be upgraded by users. Owners will not be locked out of modding, the company has now explained, but making alterations to the hardware will not be "easy". "Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true...

DD4 memory not far off

DD4 memory not far off

It seems that DDR4 isn’t as far away as we thought . According to Crucial Memory’s promo page  it’s going to come out late 2013. There is  just one month left till the years end. So that being said, we are going to have DDR4 in our PC’s hopefully by next month. Of course DDR4 has a different architecture, meaning we are going to...

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Steam Controller

A new way to play your entire Steam library from the sofa. Join the Steam hardware beta and help us shape a new generation of gaming. A different kind of gamepad We set out with a singular goal: bring the Steam experience, in its entirety, into the living-room. We knew how to build the user interface, we knew how to build a machine, and...

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Steam Machines

A powerful new category of living-room hardware is on the horizon. Join the hardware beta now. Choose the model right for you in 2014. Finally, a multiple choice answer! Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming...

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Nvidia Prepares the “Most Amazing Thing” Ever Made

Nvidia Corp. is readying something brand-new, but this is not exactly a graphics processing unit, according to a vice president of Epic Games. In the recent years the company most known for its GeForce graphics introduced a number of products beyond simple graphics chips, but it obviously takes something to impress Mark Rein. “Earlier this week I saw the most amazing thing made by...

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Seagate to buy LaCie

Seagate and LaCie have gotten friendly before — the former company's drives are in the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt HDD, for instance — but the storage makers are about to get even cozier. Today, Seagate announced its plans to buy a 64.5-percent share in the French company, which is currently valued at $186 million. The acquisition will combine the two outlets' product portfolios and, according...

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AMD debuts FirePro V4900 for workstations

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched its latest professional graphics card in retail – the FirePro V4900 – which targets the entry level of professional graphics workstations. The price is said to be around $190.00. The specs are fairly impressive as well. AMD's FirePro V4900 has 1GB of 128-bit GDDR5 RAM that drives memory bandwidth of 64 GB/s. It's not the most powerful of...

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Mod changes Radeon HD 6950 to 6970

Hardware entusiasts have proposed an easy way to make your Radeon HD6950 graphics card perform like a Radeon HD6970 through a software Unlocking process, which could save you some $70. According to an article at the TechPowerUp web site, AMD’s new Radeon HD 6950 can be transformed to a Radeon HD 6970, unlocking 128 unified shaders in the process. Both the Radeon HD 6970...

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Toshiba HDDs with built in wipe tech

The 2.5-inch MK6461GSYG drives will be available in capacities ranging from 160GB to 640GB and are not only destined for enterprise notebooks and mini-PCs, but could also end up in copiers, printers, and point-of-sale systems. The inclusion of the latest version of Wipe Technology allows users to have hardware encryption keys invalidated, or all data automatically erased when the drive’s power supply is turned...