Alienware's Competitors Say Their Desktops Don't Face Energy Policy Sale Restrictions

Alienware’s Competitors Say Their Desktops Don’t Face Energy Policy Sale Restrictions

After Dell started marking certain configurations of the Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 and Aurora R12 gaming PCs unavailable in several configurations because of legislation regarding energy usage in six states, it seems that few competitors are having similar issues. Dell’s competitors, including Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo and MSI don’t, as of this writing, have…

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Microsoft to Offer New Windows 11 Mixed Reality SKU

Windows 11 Insider Build Hits the Beta Channel

Since the announcement of Windows 11, Microsoft has been releasing preview builds to the Windows 11 Insider program, in which users test the operating system and send feedback. Those have fallen in the “Dev” channel, until today, when the first release came to the more stable “Beta” channel. That release is  build 22000.100, a largely…

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Noctua Launches Lineup of LGA4189 Coolers for Xeon W-3300

Noctua Launches Lineup of LGA4189 Coolers for Xeon W-3300

Known primarily for its quiet air cooling systems, Noctua on Thursday introduced a lineup of coolers for Intel’s Xeon W-3300 ‘Ice Lake-64L’ processors in LGA4189 packaging. The family includes four coolers with 90-mm, 120-mm, and 140-mm fans and are designed both for workstations and servers. As always, Noctua promises that its coolers bring together high performance and…

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What Is a CPU Socket? A Basic Definition

What Is a CPU Socket? A Basic Definition

CPU socket (Image credit: Mastermilmar/Shutterstock) A CPU socket uses a series of pins to connect a CPU’s processor to the PC’s motherboard. If a CPU is connected via a CPU socket, it is not soldered and can therefore be replaced. CPU sockets are more common with desktop gaming PCs than they are on laptops.  When…

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