January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

D-Link is showing two new whole-home Wi-Fi systems at CES, the dual-band COVR-C103 and the tri-band COVR-2202. Both are aimed at bridging the gap between mesh network early adopters and consumers who just want to plug things in and get seamless Wi-Fi a few minutes later.Both routers support MU-MIMO technology, to provide high throughput to multiple wireless clients simultaneously; smart roaming, to keep client devices connected to the strongest network signal in the home; and smart steering, which directs client devices to the optimum frequency band to reduce buffering and lag.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

HP’s Spectre x360 15 is here to help with one of the most vexing questions faced by high-performance laptop buyers: GeForce or Radeon discrete graphics? The super-thin flagship 15-inch laptop gives you both answers: You can pick up an updated Spectre x360 15 with either Nvidia or AMD graphics, along with Intel’s 8th-gen Core i7.Announced at CES early Monday, the Spectre x360 is slated to ship March 18 and will has a starting price of $1,370.The Nvidia-based Spectre x360 15 is the more conventional of the two. It features an 8th-gen quad-core Core i7-8550U low-power CPU. It pairs with Nvidia’s…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

In the legendary Doom series of games, the “BFG” was the ultimate weapon—the room-clearing, awe-inspiring Big F****** Gun. Late Sunday night at CES 2018, Nvidia revealed BFGDs: Big Format Gaming Displays, created in conjuction with Asus, Acer, and HP. BFGDs may not slay demons, but like their wink-wink namesake, Nvidia’s new monitors are massive, loaded with cutting-edge technologies, and might well be the ultimate weapon in a high-end gaming arsenal.“Big” doesn’t do these displays justice. At 65 inches’ diagonal width, BFGDs outsize the televisions in many households. They still honor the “gaming display” part of their name, though.To read this…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

AMD dropped a blockbuster at CES on Sunday, unveiling its plans for a 2nd-gen Threadripper, Zen 2, Zen 3, and its next-next-generation 7nm GPUs. The company even broke out a new mobile Vega chip. And that’s not even the company’s full list of upcoming products, which includes two new Ryzen APUs with integrated Vega graphics.The executive summary is that AMD’s serious about regaining its reputation for fast chips. “For us, it is all about high-performance computing,” said AMD CEO Lisa Su. “High-performance computing is absolutely the most exciting part of the semiconductor industry today.”Ryzen APUS with Vega graphics For all…

January 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Those crazy-good prices you saw on AMD’s stellar Ryzen CPUs aren’t going away.At CES Sunday night the company announced permanent price cuts to some Threadripper, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 5 chips:Ryzen Threadripper 1900X takes a permanent haircut from $549 to $449. Ryzen 7 1800X goes from $499 to $349. Ryzen 7 1700X drops from $399 to $309. From there the price reductions get a little less impressive:Ryzen 5 1600X goes from $249 to $219. Ryzen 5 1600 drops from $219 to $189. Ryzen 5 1500X goes from $189 to $174. Here are all the details, in the chart below: AMD…

January 7, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Intel’s startling marriage with AMD’s graphics chips has finally borne fruit, as Intel announced five new Core H-series chips that use two variants of the AMD “Vega M” GPU. The combination of Intel and AMD technology should outperform a last-gen system with a discrete Nvidia chip, Intel says.You can jump straight to our performance section to learn more about Intel’s claims.The new 8th-generation, quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 chips, together with what AMD calls the Radeon RX Vega M GPU, will power laptops from Dell and HP. They’ll also appear in new Intel-branded “Hades Canyon” NUCs, with prices beginning at $799 and…

January 7, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Intel’s tiny NUC PC initiative finally gets the gaming chips it deserves with the roll out of two new models that feature one of the company’s new Kaby Lake G chips, pairing a Core i7 with AMD Radeon Vega M graphics.The NUC8i7HVK features an unlocked Core i7-8809G CPU, which includes an unlocked quad-core CPU with Hyper-Threading and the faster Radeon RX Vega M GH GPU.  The NUC8i7HNK features a Core i7-8705G, which contains a quad-core CPU with Hyper-Threading and the lower-end Radeon RX Vega M GL. The fastest previous Intel NUC machine was the “Skull Canyon” model that featured a quad-core…