Intel Kills Off All Optane-Only SSDs for Consumers, No Replacements Planned

In a surprising move with little fanfare, Intel announced that it is discontinuing all of its Optane-only SSDs for the consumer market. Surprisingly, the company says those drives aren’t going to see Optane-only replacements, apparently marking the end of its enthusiast-geared Optane SSDs for desktop PCs. Intel discontinued the Optane Memory M10, 800P, 900P, and 905P SSDs, representing the entirety of its Optane-only family for desktop PCs. Intel’s 900P and 905P discontinuation notice states: “Intel will not provide a new large capacity Optane Memory SSD as a transition product for the client market segment.…

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Where Are the DisplayPort 2.0 Monitors and Graphics Cards?

Currently, many of the best gaming monitors on offer feature DisplayPort 1.4a, but this tech has been available for three years now, and the market’s itching for an upgrade.  The DisplayPort 2.0 spec was announced in June, so when can gamers expect to see monitors and graphics cards supporting it? It’s true that HDMI 2.1 is only just catching up to DisplayPort 1.4 with 4K and high refresh rates. But at CES 2021 this week, we saw numerous HDMI 2.1 monitors announced and nothing in the way of the next-generation of DisplayPort products. DisplayPort 2.0 promises gains…

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Best Webcams To Buy Now

Our new telecommuting culture means that popular webcam mainstays, like the Logitech c920 series, have been selling out everywhere from Best Buy to Amazon for the past few months. As we enter the end of the year, there’s now more listings for these popular choices, but they’re still not always available at your favorite stores. Also, their absence from the market has given rise to plenty of enticing alternatives, some with unique features of their own. So if you’re willing to expand your horizons, there are plenty of other choices,…

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Asus ROG Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial and XIII Hero Make An Appearance

A couple of new unannounced Asus ROG Maximus motherboards have been spotted on Twitter, leaked by user @harukaze5719. The leaked images feature the Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero and the ROG Maximus VIII Extreme Glacial, a motherboard equipped with an EK monoblock. Given the proximity to CES 2021, we expect Asus to officially announce these boards during the event. The Extreme Glacial appears to be Asus’ liquid-cooled variant of the Maximus Extreme. The Glacial features an EK monoblock that cools both the power delivery system and CPU, plus there’s liquid cooling…

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