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Intel NUC 8 Kaby Lake-G with AMD RX M graphics

Driver support for NUC 8 with Kaby Lake-G CPU and RX Vega M Graphics is nowhere to be seen

AMD and Intel collaborated and made its first creation a year ago, codenamed NUC 8 ‘Hades Canyon’. Intel used its Kaby Lake-G CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics in the same package. The end results really an abomination, even though both competed against eachother actively. The CPU used in NUC 8 was impressive two years ago. However, the problem was with its driver support shortly after its availability in 2018. The respective chipmakers assured support for drivers for up to 5 years. You’d reckon they’d keep up with their word.
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ASUS Rate your Gear User Review contest

Asus incentivising ‘Rate your Gear’ user review submissions on Amazon, Flipkart and MD Computers

Asus launched a marketing campaign to encourage its users to post user reviews, calling it “Rate your Gear”. The company’s page requires submissions to be posted in some of the leading Indian PC component and peripheral sellers. This is limited to Amazon, Flipkart and MD Computers. Encouraging users to put up user reviews is nothing new, rather welcomed. But when it is incentivised, the nature changes. It is promotional material. But it uses its uses to do the job for them.
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Kaby Lake based ECS LIVA Z Plus NUC Opened up!

Conveniently leaked Intel NUCs Roadmap reveals launch plans up to 2021

A slide shows a family of Intel NUCs ready to be made available till the end of 2021. The one that will catch your eye is the Phantom Canyon NUCs (NUC 11 Extreme). These NUCs will be using the Tiger Lake-U processors. The main function of this NUC is the support for discrete graphics. With power enough CPUs in a NUC, it probably made sense to give a much better gaming capability.
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Corsair SFX Platinum Series

Corsair recalls SFX Platinum series PSUs worldwide

The defect on the SFX Platinum series triggered when operated at high temperature and humidity. The problem with these affected units can be apparent either when it’s brand new or something that manifests in time eventually. Therefore even if you didn’t experience this issue, you should replace it. The specific problem occurs on the primary side of the PSU. Corsair said that since it is entirely isolated from the DC side, it will not affect any components.
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WD Red 4TB which uises SMR. EFAX uses SMR

US Law firm working on class-action lawsuit against WD over SMR issues

US-based class-action lawsuit experts ‘Hattis & Lukacs’ are inviting those who are affected by reliability issues consistent with SMR-based HDDs. This started with the problem affecting SMR-based Red series. Many NAS users with this HDD found unfixable problems with one of the two models of the WD Red series HDD. The earlier one used CMR, while the latter used SMR drives. WD did not disclose the recording method until the fallout of this problem.
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AMD Renoir Ryzen 4000 series APU with VEGA Graphics

Ryzen 4000 Pro Series Renoir APUs benchmark results are mighty impressive

The prolific leaked information hunter _rogame was able to find UL Benchmark’s 3DMark tests on the upcoming Renoir-based Ryzen 4000 series APUs. Based on the benchmarks, the upcoming APUs have strong CPU performance over its predecessor. The screenshots show the existence of three APUs- the Ryzen 7 Pro 4700G, Ryzen 5 Pro 440G and the Ryzen 3 Pro 4200G. The Renoir APUs are based on the 7nm process Zen 2 architecture manufactured by the TSMC.
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AMD B550 A520 Chipset

AMD A520 motherboards ready to be sold by September

AMD has three motherboard chipset nomenclature- X, B and A series. As you’d expect, the release of AMD A520 motherboards is inevitable. An industry source suggests the all-new low-budget tier chipset will be available in September. It is not surprising news, to be honest. But it looks like the A-series will be pushed harder towards low-budget gaming PCs and general/ HTPC segment.
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