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 Tuesday, 31-August-2021  00:19:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have an older iPhone, you can apparently overclock it by moving to France, or at least changing the location settings. According to a recent report out of China, as long as you change the location to France, the performance of its phones will become faster and smoother. The reason for the smoothness is that Apple has been fined by France for the frequency reduction incident. This means that the company can not temper the performance of old iPhones in the country. Worth a try, anyway.

HotHardware looked at how to upgrade your PS5 with an SSD. Sony's PlayStation 5 launched in November of 2020 somewhat incomplete. While the hardware had an M.2 slot to expand the internal storage needed by PS5 games, the software didn't know what to do with it out of the box. Earlier this year though, Sony opened up a beta program with early access to firmware that can use that slot, and we managed to get in.

TechSpot meanwhile listed their best CPU coolers for 2021. Another reason to use water cooling is if you have a slim case that doesn't have the space for a larger air cooler, or even for a fan near the CPU. On the other hand, a pump is much harder to replace than a fan if it breaks, and while rare, the possibility of leaks within an electronic device can be scary. Regardless of which type of cooler you need, this guide will cover many great options at every size and price point.

TechSpot also considered what L3 cache config makes for a fast quad-core gaming CPU. Coming away from that testing, many of you wanted to know how much difference the L3 cache capacity makes with just 4 cores active, wondering if the margins would be even greater. So we’ve gone back and retested a 4-core, 8-thread configuration while adding three more games to the list along with a fourth processor, the 4C/8T Core i3-10105F.

There's been quite a bit of chatter recently about manufacturers silently changing SSD specs, with WD notably saying they will change their behaviour in future. Drive makers have gotten into the unfortunate habit of swapping out key components that can potentially affect the performance of any particular solid state drive model, which introduces a sort of luck-of-the-draw factor for the buyer. Western Digital recently did this with its value-oriented Blue SN550 NVMe SSD. After catching some heat, WD has promised to update the drive model whenever it does something similar in the future. Samsung seem to have changed a controller under similar cirumstances. For more info, check out this thread with some other examples. ExtremeTech refer back to the IBM DeathStar HDDs as an example of how easy it is to lose consumer trust.

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