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AMD Ryzen vs Intel Coffee Lake

The AMD Ryzen range has taken the world by storm – in some markets even overtaking Intel sales for the first time in a decade – spurred on by reviewer praise and benchmark results.

In particular, the Ryzen Threadripper CPUs have become the darling of the moment, with the monster 16-core Threadripper 1950X being crowned as the world’s fastest desktop processor. Read more…


Socket AM4 motherboards ready for Ryzen

MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium AMD Ryzen Socket AM4 ATX

By now you would have done the comparisons, read the reviews, checked the specs, and crunched the numbers. If you’ve finally decided that AMD Ryzen is the way forward for you, please allow us to suggest the appropriate AM4 motherboard.

If TL;DR is your favourite quote, quickly give us 60 beautiful blue notes and we’ll immediate send you the MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium mobo. Done. Read more…


HP Z8 – world’s most powerful workstation

HP Z8 workstation

HP Z8: Dual Intel Xeon CPUs with up to 56 processing cores, 24 x RAM slots take up to 3 terabytes of RAM, 3 x Nvidia Quadro P6000 graphics cards, dual 1GbE Ports, 9 x PCIe slots, 10 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C ports, and up to 48 terabytes of storage.

Built for simulation, 3D analysis, and 8K video editing and playback on the fly, you can open a complete project in separate tabs while editing at full speed. And, yes, the Z8 is VR Ready. Read more…


Sparkfox Madcatz FightPad Pro gamepad for PlayStation

Sparkfox, the game peripheral producer, was established in 2010 by a group of professional gamers. They thought that six action buttons on a gamepad are great, but sometimes a fast gamer needs a couple more and built two more buttons plus a utility switch into their Madcatz Streetfighter FightPad Pro.

With the utility switch you can create different configurations of trigger and shoulder button functionality. This frees you to focus on character control with your left hand, and easily access all eight action buttons with your right. Read more…


An excellent investment

Ransomware! It is a terrible virus that will cost you a LOT of money and, on top of that, destroy all your data, including pictures, music and videos.

Too often people bring their computer in to the Essential IT Solutions technical centre to request removal of ransomware. Here is the truth: often it cannot be removed unless you pay the hijacker thousands of Rands… and then the release of your data is not even guaranteed. Read more…


Helicute drones with Camera and WiFi

The moment you launch the drone the adrenaline starts pumping. Get the camera rolling and you’ll see you life from a new, different angle… literary.

It used to take a particular skill to fly a drone but a modern drone features a 6-axis gyro stabiliser and air pressure automatic hold function, making drone flying more fun than ever.

And they’re also more affordable than ever! Read more…


AMD RYZEN 5 RX550 Gaming PC Promotion

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X RX550 Comrade Gaming PC

In the gaming world, the number “5” used to match only the letter “i”, such was Intel’s dominance in the CPU marketplace. Basically, they ‘owned’ all the numbers.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day and didn’t fall in a day. AMD has always been knocking at the gate, sometimes penetrating it briefly with a ballista. With the new range of Ryzen CPUs, AMD didn’t build a Trojan Horse, they launched a legion of trebuchets! Read more…


AMD Ryzen 5

Introducing the new AMD Ryzen 5 CPU’s, which will launch on April 11, 2017. AMD said that it will ship the Ryzen 5 processors on April 11, the same day it will begin accepting its first orders for the chip.

Here are the four members of the Ryzen 5 family:

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Feb Fab Specials

January was interesting and challenging. The year started off with great cricket – the Proteas on a winning streak against Sri Lanka in the ODI series. There were interesting moments in politics: De Lille left the DA, Gordan vs Zupta saga, ANC infighting. The best news, however, is that a good spell of rain brought some relive to the Western Cape drought.

Thanks for the memories January, hello February. It’s still summer. Fewer working days. Valentine’s Day. February is a fabulous month. A good time to throw out the old and bring in the new.

We’re talking computers, of course. If you’ve been thinking about getting a new gadgets and computer for a while, right now is a good time. We have a few suggestions – Read more…


Gadgets and gaming goodies now on sale

Children are back at school, you’re back at work, there are new things to learn and new targets set. But, as the saying goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

We have gadgets and gaming goodies that should keep you entertained for as long as you like. The A88X Crossblade Ranger and A10-7700K make a good combination. The 1 terabyte Western Digital gives you ample storage space for only R799. And there’s more. But let’s start with a full HD car dash cam for a mere R499. Read more…


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