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The highlights of this forum spotlight include AMD’s RDNA graphics cards, the Steam Summer Sale, and advice on using Intel Optane memory.
What is Intel Optane Memory?
Intel Optane means different things if you’re a business or consumer user, as member @Ugender found out. On servers, Intel Optane is delivered as Optane DC Persistent Memory. For consumers, however, normal PCs only support the use of Intel Optane as a storage cache. It’s usually found in PCs that come with hard drives as primary storage to give them an extra boost. I’d always recommend upgrading to a solid-state drive (SSD) if possible – it will do more than anything to perk up performance. However, adding Intel Optane to the list can’t hurt. Check the link below to see what our members said.
AMD RDNA Graphics Cards Revealed
AMD announced its new Radeon-brand graphics cards at Computex 2019, but it was just a teaser for their E3 2019 announcement. The Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards will be available in July 2019 for desktops; there hasn’t been any word on notebook availability. The cards are mid- to performance-grade; so far, it doesn’t look like there’s a replacement for the Radeon VII launched earlier this year. The rumor mill is chock full of what might come, though, so hit the link below for speculative details.
Steam Summer Sale 2019 Is Now
It’s tough to get cheaper entertainment than games you pick up for a few bucks and play for dozens (if not hundreds) of hours. The Steam Summer Sale is on now, and our forum members have picked out some of the best deals in this thread.
In related news, you might want to check out the Microsoft Game Pass. It’s available for both PC and Xbox console; the former is $4.99 a month. To get it, you’ll need the latest version of Windows 10 (build 1903), which allows you to download the client from the Microsoft Store. (See our Windows 10 News and Announcements thread).
Backup Hard Drive Recommendations
Backups are like umbrellas; it’s best not to wait until you need one. Member @Aeyix had been backing up data to a flash drive, but decided to go with an external hard drive this time around for the extra storage space and asked for recommendations. I suggested the Western Digital MyPassport series portable external hard drives, which I’ve been using for almost a decade without issues. I recently switched to Cloud storage for the most important data, but nothing beats having a hard backup.
Testing the 2019 Razer Blade
The 2019 iteration of the Razer Blade (15) has the latest and greatest technology. Available in multiple configurations, the top-end Advanced model has an available 240Hz display and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics. The standard processor across all models is Intel’s Core i7-9750H six-core, 12-thread chip that can handle just about anything. Member @DevonRayG picked one up and posted impressions here. From the initial posts, it appears the cooling system is doing a nice job, especially with a mild processor undervolt.
The Blade 15 starts at $1,599. It’s available as a Base or Advanced model, and in black or white color schemes. Its most notable competitor is probably the MSI GS65 Stealth.