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Battlefield 5 Release Date Delayed
EA has confirmed that its upcoming shooter, Battlefield 5, will now be released on November 20 for Xbox One, PS5, and PC. That’s about a month after its original October release date. EA says it’s delaying the game to make tweaks to the gameplay.
The open beta is still planned for September 6 release, though.
Nvidia RTX for Mobile Speculation Continues
Since our last forum spotlight, we’ve seen a lot of speculation as to when Nvidia’s newly-announced RTX series ray-tracing graphics card will be available in gaming notebooks. Nvidia has posted some benchmarks of the desktop cards, but no third-party reviews have surfaced yet. (The pre-ordered cards are scheduled to ship in late September.) My best guess: you’ll see new gaming notebooks featuring the RTX cards arrive at CES 2019 in January, and you’ll hopefully be able to get your hands on one by Spring 2019.
What is the Best Thermal Compound?
Thermal compound is what sits between a computer chip and its heatsink, sealing the gap to improve heat transfer. Naturally, there are a lot of different thermal compounds out there, so which one provides the best performance?
That’s the question that has sparked a lot of discussion in our forum. The members reported using the following with varying degrees of success:
- Cooler Master High Performance
- Arctic MX-4
- GELIC GC-Extreme
- Thermal Grizzly Kyronaut
- IC Diamond 7 Carat
- CoolLaboratory Liquid Ultra
- Phobya NanoGrease Extreme
What do you use?
Toshiba Doesn’t Make PCs Anymore
If you’re shopping for a back-to-school PC and want a new Toshiba, you’ll probably find only old stock. That’s because Toshiba sold its PC division to Sharp for $36 million. Although this happened in June 2018, I had to repost it after I ran across a forum discussion.
Toshiba had been an staple in the notebook world. I remember reviewing the crazy-looking Qosmio X305 back in 2008, which I still think had the best speakers ever put in a notebook. I reviewed the slightly less-crazy Qosmio X775 in 2011. Sadly, the last PC I reviewed from them for NotebookReview was the Satellite Fusion 15 in 2015. All in all, I don’t recall having a bad experience reviewing their products. Here’s to hoping Sharp can make the most of their purchase.
Replace Your iPhone with a Cheap Smartphone?
The thought did occur to member @kojack, who had to replace phones for two people. An LG Q Stylo and an LG Q7 worked as viable replacements for about 24 hours, if I read the timestamps on kojack’s posts correctly, before both phones were returned in exchange for iPhone 8s and two Apple Watches. So much for that experiment.
What’s your experience – have you been an iPhone user for years and jumped to Android, or the opposite? Share your story here.