Tech

Linus Tech Tips explains why you shouldn’t buy graphics cards from Wish

Published: 28/Feb/2020 17:54

by Eli Becht

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YouTuber Linus Tech Tips bought five graphic cards from Wish to show the dangers of buying anything from the website.

Building your own PC is always an exciting time, but it can also end up being a very expensive endeavor.

As a result, you may want to cut corners and save money where you can, but Linus warns you to not buying any GPU from Wish.com because there’s a good chance that it could end up being a fake.

Linus holds a GPU in his hand in office with two monitors behind him
YouTube: Linus Tech Tips
Linus is always handing out tech advice.

In his February 27 video, the YouTuber revealed he had purchased five different cards from the site that seemed too good to be true.

Confirming his suspicions, the very first GPU he fired up – a GTX 1050 Ti – ended up being a fake. Obviously, this didn’t bode well for the other purchases considering the very first one was a dud off the bat.

Linus Tech Tips: YouTube
The GPU was indeed a fake.

He noted that the regular 1050 Ti would read as “GP107,” but the fakes are all saying they are “GF116.”

Linus explains that he thinks these graphics cards were actually put together with a bunch of different parts and then sold off as an imposter.

“It seems to be an old GPU that was harvested,” he said. “Kind of like we saw with those x79 motherboards that are made using repurposed server chipsets.”

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Obviously, it’s hard to know if you’re going to always be getting a fake if you order from the website, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind if you are using Wish.

If you’re ever seeing a graphics card for a $100 off the market price and it seems too good to be true, then chances are that it might be. Linus’s advice would be to spend the extra money and get something you can trust instead trying to save a little bit of cash. Given his channel is built around handing out advice for builds, it’s no surprise this would be his recommendation.

With that said, it looks like the card will still work, but it definitely won’t be at the same level of performance that you’d expect it to be.

Pokemon

Viral TikTok art transforms MacBook into a Charizard Pokemon card

Published: 19/Jan/2021 10:47 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 11:19

by Daniel Megarry

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An incredibly creative TikTok artist has transformed his Macbook into a giant Charizard Pokemon Card, and it’s gone viral for all the right reasons.

Pokemon fans are some of the most dedicated in the world. Talented artists have dedicated countless hours to recreating their favorite ‘mons with their artwork, and one of the most popular subjects is Charizard.

The fire-type Pokemon, which first appeared in the original games Red and Blue on Gameboy back in the 1990s, is arguably the most beloved creature to come from the franchise – aside from Pikachu, of course.

While there have been plenty of jaw-dropping Charizard artworks created over the years, this one might be the most impressive we’ve seen so far.

Charizard Kanto Cup
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Charizard remains one of the most popular Pokemon of all time.

Macbook turned into Charizard trading card

Most people are hesitant to customize their expensive gadgets with decals, let alone take a DIY approach with their efforts, but artist Leo Mahalo has proven that one-of-a-kind custom designs can be magic when done with care and dedication.

In a TikTok video that has 7 million views and over 500,000 likes, Leo uses spray paint to get the ‘shiny’ effect of the now-legendary Charizard trading card, then uses markers to add details including HP, moves, and stats.

Leo revealed that the whole process took him 100 hours in total, and we think that was definitely time well spent. You can see the finished product in the video below.

@leomahalo

this took me 100 hours, craziest custom MacBook ever!! 🤯👀Charizardbook #foryou guys! 🔥

♬ I’m Legit – Nicki Minaj

The custom design has caused a storm among fans of both Pokemon and Apple products, with many taking to the comments section to share their praise for Leo’s incredible handiwork.

“Holy crap… these customs keep getting better and better,” wrote one follower, while another said what we’re all thinking: “Drawing straight on the MacBook gives me so much anxiety, but the end result is so freaking awesome!”

Fans of the Pokemon Trading Card Game will be excited to hear that The Pokemon Company recently announced a special set called First Partner, which celebrates beloved starter Pokemon from all generations.

The limited-edition set arrives to coincide with the franchise’s 25th anniversary, and will feature reprints of every starter from Charmander to Froakie and beyond.