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NVIDIA Titan Xp is the new graphics card champ

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Don’t mind the silly emoticon in its name; NVIDIA’s latest graphics-processing behemoth truly is a titan.

The Titan Xp is the follow-up to last year’s regular Titan X, and as you’d hope for, it delivers noteworthy upgrades across the board.

For the specs nerds, it has 3,840 CUDA cores (up from 3,584 in last year’s model), 12 TFLOPs of “brute force,” and 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at a slightly faster 11.4Gbps compared to the 10Gbps from before.

With that, it’s officially more powerful than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which beat the previous Titan when it was launched last month. The only catch here is it’s priced like rare jewelry, tagged at $1,200. For comparison, the GTX 1080 Ti costs $699.

It’s clear the Titan series continues to exist merely as bragging rights for NVIDIA. But it’s not like the manufacturer has to even try; its sole competitor, AMD, hasn’t released any graphics cards that match NVIDIA’s current crop of high-end products.

While this launch was bound to happen sooner or later, the more important news that accompanied this was the announcement of macOS support. Yes, Apple-based computers will soon have compatible software drivers to run NVIDIA’s latest Pascal architecture-powered graphics cards.

One more thing: Each customer is limited to buying only two units at a time. Either NVIDIA is short on stock, or the company is trying to prevent people from overspending. Insert appropriate emoticon: ヽ(`Д´)ノ

Source: NVIDIA

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ASUSPRO D340MC is designed with budget-conscious workers in mind

Prioritizes security and endurance

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ASUSPRO is known for producing reliable laptops, but did you business-grade desktop computers are part of its portfolio, too?

The D340MC is an example of this, and it delivers on several fronts. It may seem like a standard boxy PC at first, but most of the features are on the inside.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; this is how it looks:

It definitely has a strong presence on any desk

Check out that port selection and DVD drive

The keyboard and mouse are part of the package

There’s lots of ventilation for cooling

Here’s a closer look at its ports

It’s easy to upgrade as needed

This is certainly a no-frills, get-the-job-done type of PC. Fortunately, it comes with good specs to show off: an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, up to 32GB of memory, 1TB of HDD storage, and a simple GeForce GT 720 graphics card to get you going.

But should really interest you are the reliability and endurance. The company claims the unit goes through rigorous quality tests in diverse environments, uses solid capacitors to lengthen lifespan, and produces little noise thanks to the thermal design.

The ASUSPRO D340MC starts at around US$ 600, but with its upgradability, it’s easy to give it more power when needed.

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Microsoft says you need a real computer, not an iPad

‘Don’t run out and buy an iPad’

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You’re probably familiar with Samsung teasing Apple and its iPhones through humorous commercials. But did you know Microsoft does the same against iPads?

Like Sammy, Microsoft loves to promote its products while humiliating those of close competitors. The latest attempt comes with this short holiday ad for the Surface Go.

Check it out:

The very first line — “Grandma, don’t run out and buy an iPad” — is already a clear dig at Apple. The little girl’s lyrics continue with, “It was fine when I was six, but now I’m 10. My dreams are big so I need a real computer to do all the amazing things I know I can.”

Yes, a real computer. If you’ve been following Apple’s promotions for the recently launched iPad Pro, you’d know that they tout it as a laptop replacement in a sense. Consumers and techies have since been debating whether the claims are true or not.

Well, Microsoft doesn’t think so, and instead believes that you need a Surface Go to cater to all computing needs. It runs desktop-class Windows 10 and is quite flexible productivity-wise when used together with the stylus and keyboard.

It seems like Microsoft’s goal here is to take away some of Apple’s strong younger market for iPads. Kids traditionally choose an iPad because of its portability, ease of use, and strong library of apps.

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Samsung 860 QVO SSD offers up to 4TB storage for your laptop

Available beginning January 2019

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Solid-state drives (SSD) have always been the faster storage option compared to hard disk drives (HDD), but it was only recently when SSDs caught up in terms of storage capacity. Samsung in particular is pushing for more digital space in its latest model, the 860 QVO.

Using a high-density 4-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash architecture, this SSD is able to go up to 4TB in capacity, which is great for a mainstream product.

Samsung claims 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds for the 860 QVO, thanks in part to the integrated Intelligent TurboWrite technology and MJX controller.

Because of its 2.5-inch form, it’ll fit perfectly inside any laptop or desktop setup.

The Samsung 860 QVO will go on sale beginning January 2019 with a starting price of SG$ 299 for the 1TB variant. You may also spend SG$ 659 for the 2TB model or SG$ 999 for the top-end 4TB model.

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