November 24, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

The future of gaming laptops, it seems, is largely focused around managing the limited thermal budgets between the two hottest components: The CPU and GPU. AMD has SmartShift and Intel has Dynamic Power Share, but both technologies are designed to work exclusively with their own hardware. Now Nvidia’s joined the party with its own Dynamic Boost, which aims to leverage the “unused” thermal budget in a laptop.For example, if a laptop has a thermal budget of 115 watts with 35 watts for the CPU, and 80 watts for GPU–why not take any additional power the CPU isn’t using to increase performance…

November 23, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

“What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?”That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Battlefield and get right to playing.To save money on your holiday shopping, check out our roundup of the best Black Friday deals on CPUs, GPUs, monitors, routers, and more. Gaming GPU cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:To read this…

November 23, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

Intel called out its rival this morning, claiming that AMD’s Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs suffer major performance penalties when running on battery.The company said its testing found that multiple Ryzen laptops experienced as much as a 48 percent performance drop when running on battery as opposed to being plugged into the wall. Unsurprisingly, laptops using Intel’s own 11th-gen Tiger Lake showed far less of a hit, the company said.The Big Mac is better than the Whopper, really While you’re likely extremely skeptical of Intel’s claims—which are akin to McDonald’s dumping on Burger King or Ford dissing Chevrolet—Intel said it has…

November 23, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

If you still think of wireless mice as laggy, battery-sucking substitutes for a real mouse, we’ve got good news for you. Mouse manufacturers have largely solved the latency, connectivity, and power-efficiency problems that once blighted these devices. The best of today’s wireless mice rival their wired counterparts in performance, battery life, features, and design.There are two rather obvious benefits of a wireless mouse. It eliminates the tether to your computer, giving you greater range—essential if you are constrained by your work area or playing PC games on your TV—and removes a source of friction that often interferes with speed and…

November 23, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is mostly an evolutionary update to the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 we reviewed last year, but with one key change. Thanks to Intel’s 11th gen Core i7-1165G7 chip, gaming is actually conceivable on this sub-three-pound laptop.Most other things didn’t change, and we have our beefs about the design. But that game-ready performance boost alone makes the XPS 13 2-in-1 special.  This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

November 20, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

We’ve come a long way from Intel’s original Next Unit of Computing modular computer that brought tiny computing to the mainstream. So far, in fact, that we’re not sure what’s actually “NUCy” about Intel’s new NUC M15 laptop, which is intended as a “whitebook” design that other notebook makers can utilize for their own products.Intel unveiled its in-house-designed laptop yesterday with a list of specs that is simultaneously welcome and somewhat confusing. The NUC M15 and comes with either an 11th gen Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 processor, paired with either 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM. For ports, you…

November 20, 2020 CuttingEdgeTech

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by a very special guest. Radeon VP Scott Herkelman returns to answer questions and dive deep into the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT, two fantastic graphics cards that compete with Nvidia’s high-end offerings for the first time in a long time.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico