Posts From Daniel Moran

Daniel Moran
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While my primary efforts are now PC hardware, I will continue to offer coverage on mobile and other technology relevant to our audience. My goal is to help share insight and news on topics often beyond the mobile device coverage XDA is world renowned for. It's all part of the ecosystem that developers use to bring that goodness to you!

NVIDIA SHIELD TV joining PC/Mac GeForce NOW Beta Program

If you are an NVIDIA SHIELD TV owner, NVIDIA's latest announcement should be music to your ears. Since the original release of the SHIELD TV, a service called GeForce NOW has been available—and it actually runs extremely well so long as the bandwidth is available. But it also had a drawback in that the game...

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Review: Improvements In All The Right Places

Last year AMD finally pulled off something that many had, even until the release, believed wasn't possible: They brought back real competition to the CPU marketplace. AMD's Ryzen didn't accomplish that feat by raw performance alone though. It did it by offering a very competitive product in comparison to Intel's CPU lineup. But then Ryzen...

XDA’s First Full PC Build: An All-AMD Linux Desktop Featuring Ryzen and Polaris

With GPU prices increasing exponentially over the past few months, it's been hard to price out a PC. This particular build took us nearly a year to assemble; getting all the parts together was a challenge. (TK, our video producer, delivered the last piece of the puzzle after the Consumer Electronics Show in January.) Our goal...

AMD Ryzen with Vega: The Ryzen We’ve Come to Like Gets Even Better

AMD launched both Ryzen and Vega last year, and we've been waiting a long time for a marriage of the two to come to fruition. While XDA's own TK was at the Consumer Electronics Show last year, we heard it would finally happen this year: A Ryzen CPU with integrated Radeon Vega graphics! AMD's only...

Ryzen 3 1300X Review: A Budget Friendly 4 Core CPU from AMD!

Given that we have tested almost the rest of the AMD Ryzen lineup, including now the Threadripper 1950X, we wanted to see what things look like in Ryzen 3. So for that we reached out to AMD and received a Ryzen 3 1300X for testing. Currently listed on Newegg at $124.99, the processor packs 4...

GPD WIN 2, a Handheld Console for PC Games, is now on Indiegogo

GamePad Digital, a hardware startup, previously released a handheld device and 7-inch pocket PC based on Intel's Atom mobile chipset. It was called the GPD WIN, and on Monday, the company announced the Indiegogo campaign for the second-generation version, the GPD WIN 2. The new device, which nearly sold out of the initial stock of 1,000...

Announcing the PC Hardware Forums on XDA-Developers

For those of you who have been following this PC Hardware journey from the beginning you've probably noticed that I post things in multiple locations, such as Medium. This was never intended to be a long term solution to the problem though. And so, after a lot of preparation work, we are happy to announce...

XDA PC Hardware Analysis : Intel Core X and AMD Threadripper Face Off in Our Linux and Android Test Suite

These new lineups looked like it would offer great processors for enthusiasts, team build machines and those who work on custom Android builds for daily work. You have been asking us to try and find out how well this will work for your own use cases -- and we've been working since then to make...

First Look: Team T-Force Night Hawk DDR4 & Cardea m.2 SSD

Editor's Note: The items featured in this article were provided to us by Team Group for review purposes. As the season for new PC processors starts winding down, it's a great time to take stock of the hardware components that make a difference -- especially those that can alleviate potential bottlenecks. In late October, we received a...

Intel Core i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review: Coffee Lake Goes With More Cores

A few days ago we gave a preview of what Intel shared with us and some ideas as to what the bigger picture may look like. We also took some flak for a recent review of a processor that had been out for quite some time. At the time I suggested that there was a...

Google Daydream View is a Refreshed VR Headset for 2017, Priced at $99

Announced as part of Google's Keynote today, Google will be releasing a version 2.0 of its Daydream platform. According to Google Blog the updated Daydream View will be compatible with the recently announced Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL as well as any other Daydream-ready device, and will be priced at $99. The refreshed View...

Google Assistant Gets a Male Voice, Live on Phones and Google Home

Google Assistant has been answering questions and assisting Android and Google Home users, but since its release last year that has been always in a female voice. Thankfully those looking for a male voice alternative now have the option to select one. The new male voice can be found in the preferences page of the...