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Dynamic refresh rate technologies like AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-Sync have become de-facto standards for gaming PCs and displays. Last year the HDMI Forum introduced a more industry-standard approach to variable refresh rate as a part of the HDMI 2.1 package, and recently makers of consumer electronics started to add VRR support to their products. At Computex the consortium demonstrated VRR operation using a Samsung QLED TV and a Microsoft Xbox One X, but the demonstration was somewhat inconclusive. Select Samsung QLED TVs to be launched this year are set to support a 120 Hz maximum refresh rate, HDMI 2.1’s VRR, as well as AMD’s FreeSync technologies, the company announced earlier this year. The technologies do essentially the same thing, but they are not the...

The Windows 10 April Update (1803): The Littlest Big Update

We’re about three years into Windows 10, and we’ve seen a lot of changes to the OS, as well as the servicing model, in those three years. The move...

163 by Brett Howse on 5/25/2018

Microsoft Announces The Surface Hub 2

Three years ago Microsoft announced the Surface Hub, which was their new device for reinventing the conference room. It was a beast of a machine, at up to 280...

3 by Brett Howse on 5/15/2018

Latest Windows 10 Version Incompatible With Intel SSD 600p

Microsoft has advised that the most recent version of Windows 10—version 1803, codenamed Redstone 4—is currently incompatible with the Intel SSD 600p and the related Intel SSD Pro 6000p...

31 by Billy Tallis on 5/11/2018

Microsoft Build 2018: Developing Around Windows

This morning is the kickoff for Microsoft’s annual developer conference, with keynotes highlighting the next year in Microsoft. In the last several years we’ve seen the Redmond based company...

47 by Brett Howse on 5/7/2018

Windows 10 April Update Set For May Rollout

Microsoft has officially made available the Windows 10 April Update today, with a broader rollout to start on May 8th. Originally set to launch a couple of weeks ago...

12 by Brett Howse on 4/30/2018

Microsoft Rolls Out Xbox April Update: FreeSync And More

Although we’ve not yet gotten an official launch date for the latest version of Windows 10, Microsoft’s Xbox team has once again beat them to the punch with a...

14 by Brett Howse on 4/25/2018

Expanding DirectX 12: Microsoft Announces DirectX Raytracing

To many out there it may seem like DirectX 12 is still a brand-new technology – and in some ways it still is – but in fact we’ve now...

34 by Ryan Smith on 3/19/2018

Microsoft Details Windows Machine Learning for Gaming

In a day filled with all sorts of game development-related API and framework news, Microsoft also has an AI-related announcement for the day. Parallel to today’s DirectX Raytracing announcement...

4 by Ryan Smith on 3/19/2018

Best Laptops: Q1 2018

It's time for another look at the notebook market. We are well into the 8th gen rollout for Intel, and AMD is shipping several systems with Ryzen Mobile now...

41 by Brett Howse on 3/16/2018

Microsoft and AMD to Bring FreeSync 2 Support to Xbox One S and Xbox One X This Spring

Over the weekend, Microsoft and AMD made a somewhat unexpected announcement on the debut of their new Inside Xbox show: AMD FreeSync 2 support will be coming to the...

27 by Nate Oh on 3/12/2018

Microsoft Announces AI Platform for Windows Developers: Machine Learning On The Edge

Today Microsoft is hosting a developer day, and one of the highlights they are showcasing is a new API called WinML. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are two of...

10 by Brett Howse on 3/7/2018

Microsoft Announces Q2 FY 2018 Earnings

This afternoon, Microsoft announced their earnings for the second quarter of their 2018 fiscal year. The company had revenues of $28.9 billion for the quarter, which is up 12%...

6 by Brett Howse on 1/31/2018

The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 44: Gaming in 2017, Gaming in 2018

In this podcast we talk about PUBG and the other gaming highlights of 2017, as well as a look towards what is in store for gaming in 2018, from...

13 by Ian Cutress on 1/27/2018

The ASUS NovaGo: Two Minutes with Snapdragon 835 and Windows

LAS VEGAS, NV – Late last year, at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Event in Hawaii, we had the formal introduction of the first devices that were using the new Windows...

76 by Ian Cutress on 1/17/2018

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-Inch) Review: Second Time's The Charm

We finally have the successor. After a troubled launch in late 2015 of the original Surface Book, Microsoft seemed to drag their feet when it came to updating what...

114 by Brett Howse on 12/21/2017

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 On ARM: Always Connected PCs

This morning at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, Microsoft’s EVP of Windows and Devices, Terry Myerson, is announcing the introduction of the first Windows 10 PCs to be...

59 by Brett Howse on 12/5/2017

Microsoft Announces Azure VMs with Dual 32-core AMD EPYC CPUs

Microsoft is the first cloud container provider to formally announce a new range of VMs based on the AMD EPYC platform. These VMs will be called the Lv2 Series...

12 by Ian Cutress on 12/5/2017

HEVC and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU) came with a host of welcome changes. One of the aspects that didn't get much coverage in the tech press was the...

37 by Ganesh T S on 11/30/2017

Windows Mixed Reality Headsets Gain SteamVR Support, a Library of VR Games

When Microsoft introduced its Windows Mixed Reality platform for productivity and gaming earlier this year, it was clear that in order to make it competitive, the software giant would...

7 by Anton Shilov on 11/17/2017

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