Hardware

Samsung’s 2022 TV lineup has big software changes, smaller hardware upgrades

Samsung introduced its first TVs with Mini LED technology at CES 2021, and they wound up being perhaps the best sets that the company has produced yet — not counting the exorbitantly priced The Wall, that is. So this year, Samsung is opting for a different approach: it’s taking smaller strides in hardware and focusing more of its efforts on software refinement and new features.

Samsung’s 2022 TVs will continue to run the company’s Tizen OS, but they’ll now come with a totally revamped home screen that’s described as “a testament to our vision for the future of TVs.” The

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New ThinkPad X1 Carbon Has 20-Watt CPU, Computer Vision

Lenovo’s flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon series turns 10 in 2022, so the new 10th-gen edition features some significant improvements to performance and conferencing experiences. Due out later this spring, the revamped Carbon offers a new 1080p webcam, optional higher-wattage CPU and computer vision, providing enhanced security and power management.

The other members of the X1 family — the X1 Nano and X1 Yoga — are also getting these new features as part of their Gen 2 and Gen 7 models, which are due out at around the same time. We had a chance to see all three laptops at a

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CyberpowerPC’s Wild Kinetic Series Case Features 18 Motorized Vents

Outlandish, eye-catching PC cases–especially motorized ones–are typically the kind of thing we’d expect from InWin at CES, or maybe from a Razer concept. But Cyberpower has stepped into that role this year with its Kinetic Series, a case that features 18 motorized triangular vents that react to internal temperatures, opening up to allow more airflow to your cool air-loving components.

(Image credit: CyberPowerPC)

Cyperpower tells us that the vents are controlled by 18 servos connected to a post and collar inside the chassis, similar to (but obviously more complicated than) how umbrellas work. The general idea is that the vents

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Investors gear up for ‘gold rush’ in metaverse hardware

Sony late last year announced it had joined forces with the Manchester City football club to develop a digital recreation of the team’s Etihad home stadium for fans around the world to visit virtually. It was a quiet announcement, investors said, but the sound of football being sucked into the metaverse was deafening.

Companies participating in the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week will be hoping for a similarly epic interpretation of their offerings. The aspirants include Samsung, which will give consumers the chance to decorate imaginary homes with digital versions of its household appliances.

“It’s no longer

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InWin’s Lego-Style PC Cases Set an Exciting DIY Precedent

As much as we PC enthusiasts pride ourselves on building our own PCs, what we often end up doing in the end is closer to “assembling” than “building.” Unless you’re doing liquid cooling or some other advanced setup, parts usually come complete in-box and we simply slot and screw them together. InWin’s newest PC cases, the Airforce (ATX) and Explorer (Mini-ITX), are trying to add a bit more DIY spirit to the PC case, which is one of the traditionally less interactive parts of building a PC. But they’re not without drawbacks.

Coming with both color and pure black (for

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2021 was such a bad year for budget hardware, even the LowSpec Gamer gave up on it

Six years ago, a YouTube channel called LowSpec Gamer debuted with a video on how to run Batman: Arkham Origins on a low-end PC. Its host Alex had been born in Venezuela, where top-shelf gaming hardware was unaffordable, and his subsequent videos on how to downgrade games with tweaks to configuration files, mods, and other hacks proved just as useful to a global audience of impoverished students, broke kids, and anyone who couldn’t afford a high-end gaming rig. Even cashed-up players could enjoy seeing what happens to, say, Red Dead Redemption 2 when faces become an optional extra.

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Intel releases lots of hardware at CES

Intel is announcing a lot of goodies at CES ranging from CPUs to anti-competitive marketing plans. On the whole SemiAccurate thinks there is a lot to like from the Intel offerings this time around.

Lets start out with the shiny things, hardware, and to the surprise of absolutely no one we have the release of the 6-core Alder Lake-H mobile parts. When Intel launched the 8-core desktop Alder Lake/12xxx line a few weeks ago, they pretty much stated that the mobile parts would be coming out at CES. True to their word we have the following list of parts that

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Dual Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX CPU Benchmark Appears

A day after Ryzen 5000 Threadripper dual-socket capabilities were leaked online, a new PassMark benchmark appeared that showcases the full power of two Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995WX 64 core CPUs working in tandem — for a total of 128 cores. According to PassMark, the dual CPU config outperforms a single Threadripper Pro 3995WX in the same benchmark by 44% when comparing the overall score.

The fact that we’re seeing a dual Threadripper Pro 3995WX result is surprising. AMD never officially mentioned or hinted at support for two Threadrippers running on a single motherboard. It makes us wonder how the original

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Complete List of Gigabyte & Aorus B660 Motherboards Leaked

Twitter user @hw_reveal has reportedly shared Gigabyte’s full lineup of B660 motherboards. The list showcases three sub-brands, including the Ultra Durable series, Gaming series, and of course, the flagship Aorus lineup of B660 motherboards. There are 29 motherboards in total, ranging from DDR4 and DDDR5 variants, micro-ATX and ATX form factors, and more.

B660 is a new chipset option from Intel for the latest Alder Lake platform. Motherboards paired to the B660 chipset will be significantly cheaper than most Z690 motherboards, with cut-back features and a lack of CPU overclocking support (but memory overclocking is still present). In particular, PCIe

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AMD Ensures Growth for CPU Sales: Inks New Wafer Contract with GF

Hampered by undersupply, AMD has just shown how it can increase sales of its CPUs by at least 33% in the coming years. 

AMD, late on Thursday, published details of another amendment to its wafer supply agreement (WSA) with GlobalFoundries. The document primarily emphasizes AMD’s confidence in the growth of its CPU business as orders to GlobalFoundries are essentially multiplex orders to TSMC. However, the new WSA may contain some interesting details too. 

Overall, AMD increases its committed purchases from GlobalFoundries (made using 12 nm and 14 nm-class nodes) from $1.6 billion to $2.1 billion through 2025, an about 30%

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