first_img Origin PC Eon-17X 60.22 Price as reviewed (USD) 30,271 We’ve seen a handful of these ambitious experiments over the years, and right now two of the latest models have just been tested in the CNET Labs. The Alienware Area-51m and Origin PC Eon-17X both feature the desktop-class Intel Core i9-9900K and the new Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU. This combination made these our two top-performing laptops so far from all of 2018-2019. What’s the difference between these two? Here’s where they diverge. Cost The Alienware is a hefty $4,499 as configured, which is pretty far up the laptop scale. The very similar Origin we tested (note it has 16GB of RAM versus 32GB in the Alienware) rings up at about $3,800. Component prices can shift quickly, so build-to-order systems like this may cost more or less depending on exactly when you order. Design Both of these are huge, desk-hogging monsters. For the Area-51m, Alienware says it spent years working on a top-to-bottom redesign. In my opinion, it doesn’t go far enough, but it’s still a carefully designed, aesthetically pleasing laptop that makes the most of its bulk. The Eon-17X, as in the case of most boutique gaming laptops, is built into a generic-looking off-the-shelf chassis that has hardly changed over the past few years. Many custom lid color and illustration options are available, but let’s just say that you’re really going for inner beauty here. Upgradability User-accessible parts have really been a major selling point of the Area-51m. Its desktop CPU can be replaced, and so can its semicustom GPU. But, it’s not easy to get to those parts without doing some midlevel surgery on your system, and the GPU can only be replaced by hypothetical future compatible parts, which don’t yet exist. Origin PC doesn’t promise CPU or GPU upgrades, but the company does offer free labor on RAM and storage upgrades if you send the system to them. Origin PC, in addition to its stellar reputation for hands-on support, offers a much wider array of configuration options in its system-building tool, so you should be able to hit your dream specs pretty closely from the start.  01-gaming-comparison-laptops Sarah Tew/CNET These are both great gaming laptops, aimed at slightly different slices of the same high-end market. If you’re looking for a laptop with the beating heart of a desktop, here’s our head-to-head guide to these two leading choices. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Note: Longer bars indicate better performance. Origin PC Eon-17X Tags (2) 512GB SSD RAID 0 + 1TB HDD 121 $4,499 Review • Alienware Area-51m review: a gaming laptop that goes the bigger-is-better school of design. Operating system Note: Longer bars indicate better performance. $1,999 See it Comment 5,735 Metro Exodus RTX benchmark (fps) 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz $3,750 5,769 Sarah Tew/CNET Years ago, one could make a legitimate argument that real high-end PC gaming required an actual desktop PC, because so-called gaming laptops just weren’t up to the task. Back then, you often paid a significant premium for much slower performance, and your laptop graphics hardware wouldn’t age well at all. Over time, however, the difference has narrowed significantly. So much so that starting with the GeForce GTX 10 series in 2016 and continuing with the new RTX 20 series, GPU leader Nvidia no longer splits mobile graphics off into a separate product line. The desktop and laptop versions share the same names and very close to the same capabilities. But while gaming laptops are better than ever, thanks in part to those Nvidia’s GTX and RTX GPUs, there’s yet another level serious laptop gamers can aspire to. A very few laptops go that extra mile and include actual desktop components inside oversize laptop frames. 17.3-inch, 1,920×1,080 display 1:53 Alienware Area-51m See the Area-51m at AlienwareSee the Eon-17X at Origin PC Note: Longer bars indicate better performance. Origin PC Eon-17X 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3GHz Windows 10 Home (64-bit) Alienware Area-51m 17.3-inch, 1,920×1,080 display Intel Nvidia Mentioned Above Alienware Area-51m Gaming Laptop Laptop -WNSER7CR5101H Origin PC Eon-17Xcenter_img 29,598 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Alienware Area-51m 3.6GHz Intel Core i9-9900K 3.6GHz Intel Core i9-9900K System: Note: Longer bars indicate better performance. Alienware Area-51m Geekbench 4 (multicore) Networking 41 Photos Origin PC Eon-17X Graphics 62.24 500GB SSD + 2TB HDD Share your voice Alienware Area-51m promises power and upgrades 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1 Display size/resolution 3DMark Port Royal (RTX) 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 The best new gaming laptops, ranked Shadow of the Tomb Raider (fps) CPU 114 Windows 10 Home (64-bit) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Storage Alienware Area-51m 1 Laptops Gaming Now playing: Watch this: Alienware Area-51m Memory Two laptops with desktop CPUs comparedlast_img

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first_imgIn order to increase agricultural information to local farmers for improvement of food security in Liberia, the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) has entered into a partnership with four community radio stations.The community radio stations are Super Bongese in Bong, Radio Kergheamahn in Nimba, Radio Tamba Taylor in Lofa and Lacsa Radio in Grand Bassa Counties respectively.The occasion organized by the extension and communication department of USAID FED was held on Friday, May 23 at a local hotel in Monrovia. It was attended by stakeholders in the Agricultural sector, members of the media and local farmers.Several presentations were made at the program which include, MoA’s role in strengthening agriculture, with emphasis on the Liberian media, reporting on agricultural issues, farmers access to credit and among others.Speaking at the ceremony, the extension specialist of USAID FED, Doe Adovor, explained that his institution’s partnership with the four community radio stations is intended to enhance food security in Liberia, through the dissemination of information to farmers.He said that USAID FED has provided four laptops, finances and other items to the four stations to enhance their works.According to him, the partnership was important because it will strengthen relationship with local farmers where USAIDFED program is being implemented.He named Bong, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Lofa and Montserrado counties as places that his institution is supporting farmers in rice, cassava, and vegetable and livestock productions.In a power-point presentation, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Charles McClain explained that the mandate of his Ministry is to ensure that farmers in the country are given all necessary opportunities to engage in agriculture in order to boost the country’s economy.He said that it was important for the Liberian media to exert more effort in reporting on the sector to erase the notion by some Liberians that nothing is done by government and partners to improve the level of agricultural production in the country.“There is a whole lot happening in the sector but the information is not getting to the public. We want to encourage the press to reach out for information about the sector,” he said.He emphasized that this was important to help improve the level of food production in the country.“Food security is paramount to the Agenda for Transformation and as such the media plays a very important role in informing Liberians to get involved by investing in agriculture,” he stated.According to Dr. McClain, though the government lacks all the funding for revamping the sector, it is, however, indicated that the contributions of international partners like USAID FED and others are greatly helping to restore the sector.He said that the MoA has created its communication strategy to reach information to local farmers through radio programs.The MoA’s Deputy Minister disclosed plan to work with many community radio stations across the country to promote the massages to rural people.Speaking earlier, USAID FED communication specialist, Nicolas Parkinson urged the press to report on Agriculture in order to improve the lives of Liberian farmers.“There are so many opportunities unfolding in the country that could help change the lives of farmers positively. Therefore, journalists must communicate these opportunities to help the farmers,” he said.He mentioned that policies such as the lifting of tariff on agriculture products and the purchasing of produce locally by government are needed information that would help farmers, if they were informed.Meanwhile, Liberian journalists attending the program have vowed to exert every effort in reaching information about Agriculture to local farmers.They called on the government and its partners to build their capacities to reach farmers in the country.The Liberian journalists, who disclosed plans to form a network of agricultural reporters, said that the lack of logistics to travel from one place to another in the rural areas greatly limits their functions.They made the disclosure to the Daily Observer right after the end of the one-day stakeholders’ meeting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

first_imgFollowing two days of go-slow action, workers of the steel giant ArcelorMittal have resumed work at the mining site in Yekepa, Nimba County.An aggrieved worker told this paper via mobile phone that the company has committed itself to address their demands by March 31.“After several hours of discussions, we finally agreed to return to work, while the negotiation continues,” said another worker.“Our demands,” the workers said, “are already in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), so they told us to wait until it is finalized by March ending.” On Monday, January 9, the ArcelorMittal workforce stopped operations at the concession site demanding better wages, benefits and improved living conditions.The aggrieved workers said the company decreased their salaries and benefits during the fall in the price of iron ore last year, but since the improvement in the prices on the world market, the company is yet to reinstate what was subtracted from their wages and benefits.They also complained that since 2014, all their benefits, including school benefits for five children, overtime bonus, job site feeding, have been streamlined.“The same job we are doing in Liberia is the same mining going on in Australia and everywhere Mittal has their company operating; those workers in other countries receive their just benefits,” the workers had said.The company’s Communications Manager, Ms. Hesta Baker Pearson, confirmed the resumption of work by the offended workers and also added that most of what the workers had requested was already in the CBA and negotiation is ongoing to finalize the matter.She said every single year, the company and workers’ union discuss issues regarding benefits, salary increments and other matters that would improve the working condition, but added that it appeared that many of the workers were not informed of this development.The Daily Observer contacted the workers’ union president Cooper Zogbay, but he refused to comment, saying the management does not allow any worker to speak to the press.ArcelorMittal is yet to bring sanity to the entire Yekepa Community, since its management took over the Mount Nimba concession in 2005, leaving most of the area in ruins, including the lack of safe drinking water and limited healthcare, they claim.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

first_imgPresident Connie Greyeyes says the Society did worry that the change in format might feel different, but in the end she couldn’t have asked for a better event. “All of the countless hours that the volunteers and the community puts in prior to the powwow is all worth it when you come there and you see that the arena is full of spectators and champion dancers,” she argues. Greyeyes was happy that as hosts they were still able to do the little things for their guests, and the vibe stayed the same. That means important things like taking care of elders and dancers with food and drinks. – Advertisement -“We really do our best to make sure that everybody there feels welcome, to stop and tell every dancer, ‘Thank you very much for coming. We hope you come again’,” she says, adding that every dancer she spoke to said they would come back. The Society must now decide whether it wants to hold another competition powwow next year, or return to the traditional style. Greyeyes argues holding a competitive powwow brings in dancers from further away, who are at the top of their field. Instead of a traditional powwow, where all dancers receive an honourarium, there are prizes for first, second and third place in each category. Advertisement “The competition powwow brings a lot of dancers, and we just are really glad to be able to come down and be there and try to learn something,” says Greyeyes. “You better bring your A game because there’s some real tough competitors. They take that risk coming down.” Everybody that dances know that they’re taking that risk coming down here, and that’s why it’s usually the good dancers that go those long distances, because they know they’re good. Overall, Greyeyes says the change was well received, but that better clarity would be needed in the future over who is allowed to compete. As part of being “good hosts”, dancers from the Fort St. John area, not including surrounding First Nations communities, could dance, but could not compete for prizes. “It’s about supporting our dancers; that’s what we do. It isn’t all about money.”Photos from the Powwow are below:Advertisementlast_img

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