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Computers

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 coming in August: here’s what you should know

    Nvidia's 2015 graphics card onslaught is not done by any stretch of the imagination. If anything, it seems that the company is just about to strike its primary rival AMD where it hurts -- the budget GPU segment. While AMD has largely owned this edge of the market in recent years, Nvidia also wants a piece of the action, and it's forthcoming Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 is its answer. Why is this significant? Well, it now forces AMD to either step up or drop prices of its comparative cards, which is pretty damn wonderful for the consumer. Additionally, the new 900...

  • No fruit allowed: 8 powerful and versatile alternatives to the MacBook

    Apple MacBooks are great machines. Arguably, they are singlehandedly reviving the laptop genre after the early decade's tablet onslaught. They're light, built with usability in mind and dripping with style. And what's even more appealing is that you know exactly what you're going to get when you purchase one. But we can't really say that the MacBook is always the best laptop money can buy. Other manufacturers, including Lenovo, Acer, Dell and the like have been crafting some business-friendly beasts for a while now, and thanks to the leap in cool, quick hardware including SSDs and fanless processors, these little machines have...

  • New Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake benchmarks appear, Haswell not dead yet

    The PC gaming fraternity has been waiting quite a while for Intel's next processing chapter, and finally the world can get a glimpse of some synthetic benchmarks of the company's new flagship CPU. Chinese site TechBang published a benchmark head to head pitting the upcoming Skylake Intel Core i7-6700K against a Haswell-based Core i7-4790K -- Intel's current flagship. The Intel Core i7-6700K boasts a native clockspeed of 4.0GHz but can boost to 4.2GHz under taxing loads and also boasts a rather large 8MB of cache and eight processing threads. For reference, the i7-4790K also boasts a 4.0GHz clockspeed but can turbo...

  • IBM-led consortium develops 7nm chip ahead of its time

    In the intricate world of silicon, smaller is always better. That's probably why an IBM-led consortium is making a big fuss about it's latest line of prototype processing chips. Moore's Law, a statement delivered by then-Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, suggested that the number of transistors per square inch on processing circuits was due to double every year after they were invented. This has largely been fact since the mid Sixties, but recently manufacturers have struggled to increase the transistors available on processors due to a number of factors. Essentially, this requires companies to shrink transistor sizes, but current material limitations...

  • Computex 2015 roundup: 7 products that left us very impressed

    The annual Computex show held in Taipei, Taiwan is one of the most impressive computer and technology expos in the world, and the 2015 edition was no different. We've seen some impressive products at the show. Here are seven products that left us impressed the most, for some reason or the other. Nvidia GTX 980 Ti Nvidia knocked the ball out of the park when it revealed Maxwell 2-based GTX Titan X, the most powerful consumer class GPU in the world. It didn’t become a massive hit just because its raw power. It is one of the most power-efficient high-end GPU....

  • Look out Raspberry Pi: CHIP is the world’s first $9 hackable computer

    We here at Gearburn are avid Raspberry Pi and cheap, hackable, small computer stuff fans, so no wonder that the CHIP (or awkwardly dubbed the C.H.I.P) quickly popped up on our radars. Currently running a Kickstarter campaign, the little device claims to be the world's first US$9 computer, and yes, it can do a bit more than your age-old pocket calculator. According to the product page, you can use it to play games, tap away at documents, and so on. But that's all the boring stuff. We all know that where the real fun lies is when it comes down to hacking...

  • COUGAR Archon gaming case launches in South Africa

    COUGAR, the German PC gaming peripheral brand, has continued its onslaught on the budget market with its latest gaming chassis, the Archon. The attractive midi-tower features some spiffy orange and black accents with an emphasis on cooling. The front of the case supports up to two 120mm fans up front, one at the rear and another on the case's side panel, which also features a hardware window, a nice touch for a budget case. There are also a number of dust filters surrounding the case -- a welcome added extra. The interior is perhaps the most interesting with some bring orange splashes shrouding...

  • Meet PiKasa: the Cape Town-based all-in-one Raspberry Pi computer [update]

    Update: The PiKasa Indiegogo campaign is officially up and running. The company is looking for US$25 000 to fund the project. Have a look at the campaign here. We've sung the Raspberry Pi's praises many times. It's a wonderfully reliable, practical, and cheap computer with just enough power for a broad range of applications. They double up as great media players too, or consoles for those old emulated games. But what about more practical uses? What if you want to use the Raspberry Pi as a full-blown all-in-one computer? Cape Town-based firm, The Content Company, has crafted a Raspberry Pi housing...

  • Google Chromebook Pixel updates with two USB Type-C ports, beefy Intel chipsets

    We all knew the new Google Chomebook Pixel was coming this year, but we didn't quite know what Google was preparing in terms of hardware, exterior panache and price. Now, the company has finally outed the Pixel, which will be the flagship Chromebook of the fleet. At first glance with the Chromebook's face shut, it's clear that there's a touch of Google in the mix. The strip that runs along the top centre of the screen lid screens ChromeOS, with its now-customary multi-colour scheme. The unit itself is a gun-metal silver, very similar to what you'd find on a new...

  • Original Apple Mac gets modern design refresh, power boost

    Apple's Macintosh wasn't exactly dropped from an unidentified spacecraft late at night over the skies of Cupertino. If anything, the machine that now boasts hardware that pushes the limits of style and design has been some 30 years in the making. It has evolved since then, but the original 1984 can still take a geek's breath away. A German design company (and an enormous Apple fan) CURVED/labs has made a loving hat-tip to Apple's original living-room conquering machine, creating an Apple Mac in the same stylistic vein as its forefather. The subtle curve of the body props up a touchscreen...