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Come July, AMD gets to hoist the trophy in the race to the next-generation PCIe 4.0 interface for desktop PCs. By combining its upcoming Ryzen 3000 CPUs, Radeon RX 5700 graphics, X570 chipset, and a new spate of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, consumers will be able
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AMD’s Ryzen 9 3950X Is A 16-core CPU Aiming To Topple Intel’s Gaming Dominance
With the debut of AMD’s 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X, Intel’s slim lead in gaming CPUs could disappear. Announced recently by AMD CEO Lisa Su at her keynote at E3, the company also claims that its new stack of 7nm-based Ryzen 3000 chips are competitive with
PCWorld7 min read
How To Get Windows 10 Cheap (or Even For Free)
Windows 10 licenses are expensive—almost painfully so. Shelling out $139 for Windows 10 Home or $200 for Windows 10 Pro feels rough when Linux is free and Windows 7 still hasn’t been completely put down. That amount of cash can easily be a third of a
PCWorld3 min read
AMD’s New Ryzen 3000 APUs Give Budget Gamers An Affordable Taste Of Radeon Vega
If you’re on a Top Ramen diet, the last thing you’re probably jazzed for is AMD’s new $750 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X or its $450 Radeon 5700 XT graphics card. But AMD buried some good news for budget gamers among its massive CPU, GPU, and motherboard PCI
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Who Should Buy Intel’s 10th-gen CPU In A Laptop: Five Reasons For And Against
With Intel’s 10th-generation Ice Lake CPU finally here, you may be wondering whether to wait for laptops to come out with the new CPU, rather than buy an existing model with an 8th-gen CPU (Note: Intel’s 8th generation offers a full range of mobile C
PCWorld2 min read
Google’s Play-anywhere Stadia Game Service Gets A Founder’s Edition Bundle, Pricing, And More
Nearly a week before E3, Google, of all companies, kicked off festivities. On June 6, Google detailed its Stadia streaming service, or at least gave us more details after a relatively info-light reveal at March’s Game Developers Conference. It’s a bi
PCWorld7 min read
Windows Sandbox: How To Use Microsoft’s Virtual Windows PC To Secure Your Digital Life
Microsoft may have positioned its easy-peasy Windows Sandbox within the Windows 10 May 2019 Update as a safe zone for testing untrusted applications, but it’s much more than that. Windows Sandbox, and sandboxing PC apps in general, give you a solutio
PCWorld3 min read
Next-gen Xbox ‘Project Scarlett’ console packs Ryzen, Radeon Navi, SSDs, and ray-tracing
Six years after the infamously terrible reveal of the Xbox One, Microsoft has somewhat redeemed itself. At Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference, Phil Spencer detailed the plans for its upcoming next-gen Xbox console, “Project Scarlett,” a traditional
PCWorld4 min read
How To Type Kaomoji On Your PC In Windows 10
How can I type kaomoji on my PC? And what are kaomoji, anyway? Fortunately, the answers to both questions are simple, and easily accessible within Windows 10’s May 2019 Update. The familiar emoji keyboard within Windows has been expanded to include b
PCWorld2 min read
NSA Warns That ‘BlueKeep’ Vulnerability In Windows XP And 7 Is Especially Dangerous
The National Security Agency is warning users that a recent vulnerability affecting Windows 7 and Windows XP systems is potentially “wormable,” meaning that it could be exploited and weaponized by malware. Microsoft issued an alert in mid-May about a
PCWorld3 min read
We Ran Quake II RTX On A GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Card, And Here’s How Fast It Was
You are now finally able to get Nvidia’s remastered Quake II RTX version for free. And if you’re wondering just how fast the game runs, we just found out in the oldest-school way possible. First, to catch you up, Nvidia has taken iD’s classic 1997-vi
PCWorld4 min read
10 New Features Apple Borrowed, Copied, And Stole From Google, Samsung, Microsoft, And Fitbit
Apple’s WWDC keynote was jam-packed with an array of new features, apps, and tweaks designed to make our Apple device prettier and more powerful than ever before. Come September, Apple devices new and old will have an assortment of new tricks to try
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Lenovo ThinkPad X390: A Sharp Business Laptop With Caveats
The Lenovo ThinkPad X390 gets some things right. It’s thin and light—especially for a business laptop—and plenty powerful, while maintaining the hefty keyboard for which ThinkPads are known. Before long, though, the ThinkPad X390’s trade-offs become
PCWorld7 min read
The Monstrous, Momentous PC Hardware Of Computex 2019
CES is where the technology industry goes to dream. Computex, in Taipei, Taiwan, is where things get real ahead of the crucial back-to-school and holiday seasons. At this year’s show, some of the PC’s most ambitious dreams are finally becoming tangib
PCWorld6 min read
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin: This thin gaming laptop features 9th-gen Core and GTX 1660 Ti
The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 9SD has a tradition to uphold. Its predecessor, MSI’s GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE, was the laptop that changed our perception of just how much real gaming performance you could pack into a thin-and-light gaming laptop. With the ne
PCWorld8 min read
OnePlus 7 Pro: Not A Flagship Killer, A Flagship Contender
The OnePlus 7 Pro is everything a OnePlus phone isn’t supposed to be. It has a better screen than the Galaxy S10+. It has a nicer design than the iPhone XR. And its front camera puts the Pixel 3 XL’s notch to utter shame. You might notice that those
PCWorld6 min read
Raspberry Pi 3 B+: Better Than Ever, But Limits Remain
The Raspberry Pi mini computer just keeps getting better. It’s been three years since we reviewed a major upgrade to the Raspberry Pi line, and it was worth the wait. If you’ve been wondering if the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is a worthwhile upgrade let me an
PCWorld3 min read
Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD: Very Fast Almost All The Time
Seagate ran some pretty impressive performance numbers by me before I had an actual chance to test the company’s new FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD. I’m happy to report that the drive lived up to the hype and then some—except for one test that has us scratchi
PCWorld2 min read
Jackery Honda 290 Portable Power Station: Big, Powerful, And Oh So Expensive
Portable battery packs have become a common accessory for smartphone owners to carry and use on a regular basis. Power stations, like the Honda 290 made by Jackery, however, are starting to get more attention. The Honda 290 is big, measuring 9.0 x 7.
PCWorld4 min read
Samsung Galaxy A50 Vs. Google Pixel 3a
As premium smartphones regularly blast through the thousand-dollar threshold, there’s a new battle beginning among midrange handsets. In May, Google unveiled the Pixel 3a, which sacrificed speed for stellar photography at an affordable price. Now Sam
PCWorld2 min read
Microsoft Issues A Rare Windows XP Patch To Combat A Virulent WannaCry-like Exploit
Windows XP may be dead, but Microsoft refuses to leave it to the worms. Today, the company warned users to apply a critical patch for a remote code execution vulnerability that could open older versions of Windows to attack. Common-sense caution isn’
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Don’t Erase, Overwrite: How To Avoid Being That Person Who Resells A Drive With Data On It
A recent study of hard drives purchased on eBay found that 42 percent of them contained data, even though the sellers claimed that they’d been formatted to prevent that from happening. It’s a good reminder: You need to do more than format hard drives
PCWorld4 min read
Intel: You Don’t Need To Disable Hyper-Threading To Protect Against The ZombieLoad Exploit
If you’re in a panic to figure out how to turn off Intel’s Hyper-Threading feature to prevent ZombieLoad, the latest Spectre-like CPU security exploit, then take a deep breath: Intel’s official guidance does not actually recommend that. The bad news?
PCWorld3 min read
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 And GTX 1660 Ti Give Affordable Gaming Laptops More Firepower
The GTX 1060’s years-long reign over the mainstream gaming laptop market is ending. Nvidia recently announced that its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 GPUs are coming to gaming notebooks, where they’ll join the more powerful mobile GeForce RTX optio
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Windows 10 May 2019 Update: Sandbox And A Better Windows Update Improve Your PC
Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update offers some badly needed improvements to Windows Update, a much speedier search function, and troubleshooters that solve problems on their own. There’s even an updated emoji keyboard with symbols and the more so
PCWorld4 min read
Hands On With HP’s Omen X 2S 15: The World’s First Dual-screen Gaming Laptop
Amid a growing crowd of super-thin, super-light and super-fast gaming laptops, HP’s Omen X 2S 15 just jumped above the noise. Sure this sub-five-pound laptop features an 8-core, 9th-gen Core i9-9880H CPU and a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU—those specs a
PCWorld6 min read
Acer Predator Triton 500: This Thin And Light Laptop Even Has GeForce RTX
Acer’s Predator Triton 500 is a gaming laptop we’d actually want to carry around. Sure, we may look hungrily at a monster gaming laptop that’s nearly as fast as a desktop gaming PC. But if you have to take it with you, the era of thin, light and powe
PCWorld3 min read
Graphics Cards Ranked, From Fastest To Slowest
When it comes to gaming PCs, nothing matters more than your graphics card. To push as many pixels as possible, you’re going to want the fastest graphics card you can afford—but ever-shifting prices and product lineups make it difficult to keep track
PCWorld7 min read
LG G8 ThinQ: Gimmicks With A Capital ‘G’
It’s not enough for LG that the G8 ThinQ has the best processor, a great screen, an impressive battery, and a solid camera. Like nearly every G phone that came before, the G8 also has to be different, and that’s where it gets tripped up. Had LG focus
PCWorld7 min read
Logitech G502 Lightspeed: The Iconic Mouse Meets Logitech’s Wireless Powerplay Tech
For nearly two years, every meeting I had with Logitech ended the same way: “So uh, any news on a wireless G502?” and for nearly two years the answer to my question was no. It was only a matter of time though. After all, you don’t pivot your focus to
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