Macs are notoriously limited when it comes to hardware upgrades, but you can still significantly improve the graphics capabilities of your recent Mac by adding a Thunderbolt 3 external GPU. Here’s a look at one high-end eGPU option and some benchmarks to see how it compares to built-in GPUs in the MacBook Pro.
Quantum Dot technology is currently powering some visually stunning TVs, and now Samsung is set to bring the high color feature to desktop monitors. Three new Quantum Dot monitors will soon hit the market, and they look to be great choices for gaming and up-close movie watching.
With the release of USB-C this year, the new tiny and versatile connector seemed destined to take over the I/O market for the next generation of devices. But don’t count Thunderbolt out just yet, as specs for the new Thunderbolt 3 reveal that the technology is aiming to offer the best of USB-C paired with improvements in bandwidth, power, and device compatibility.
With the announcement of the new 12-inch MacBook and the introduction of USB-C, many Apple fans are wondering about the versatility and cost of using the new computer’s single USB-C port. Apple has listed a few adapters, but prices remain in flux. Today, Belkin added some clarity to the forthcoming USB-C market with the announcement of several USB-C cables and adapters.
A few years ago, we looked at how to create and benchmark a RAM Disk on your Mac. But hardware has advanced quite a bit since then, and so we wanted to see how Apple’s latest Macs — the 2013 Mac Pro and 2014 MacBook Pro — performed when configured with a RAM Disk. Read on to find out how we got our Mac to transfer data at 5.8 gigabytes per second.
We’ve recently discussed the terrible 2014 Mac mini update, and while many factors contribute to the system’s sorry state, a big one is soldered RAM. Apple has been moving away from user repairable and upgradeable components for some time now, and soldered Apple RAM has been the norm on the company’s MacBook line for the past several years. While it’s disappointing to have soldered Apple RAM on the MacBooks, most Apple customers accept the limitation as a fair trade for slimmer…
We reviewed the CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt array earlier this year and found it to be a solid and attractive device. Now CalDigit is back with an updated T3 that supports Thunderbolt 2. Check out our review with benchmarks and thoughts on the new price points.
Purchasers of the new Mac mini are in for an unpleasant surprise. Taking a page from its MacBook line, Apple is now soldering RAM to the logic board in the Mac mini. That means that users cannot upgrade RAM after purchase; they’re stuck with what they buy from Apple, and forced to accept Apple’s inflated prices.
Are you planning to pick up a new iMac with Retina 5K Display? With only 8GB of RAM standard, that’s one area you’ll almost certainly want to upgrade. But don’t waste money on Apple’s memory upgrades; third party options are now available for much less.
With Thursday’s unveiling of the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, Apple now offers “Retina” quality displays in all product categories: phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop. While the benefit of a Retina display varies greatly depending on the overall size of the panel and distance from the average user’s eyes during use, we were curious about how the new Retina iMac’s display compared to other Retina displays in terms of pixel density.