Computers Reviews

Birth of a standard: The Intel 8086 microprocessor

The release of Intel’s 8086 microprocessor in 1978 was a watershed moment for personal computing. The DNA of that chip is likely at the center of whatever computer—Windows, Mac, or Linux—you’re using to read this, and it helped transform Intel from merely one of many chip companies to the world’s largest. Intel’s 8086 microprocessor spawned the x86 standard for personal computers. What’s most surprising about the tremendous success of the 8086, though, is how little people expected of it when…

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The massive 1TB Samsung 860 EVO, our favorite SSD, is on sale for $248—over $50 off

These deeply discounted SSD prices keep catching our eye. Today we’ve got a deal on a drive that won our highest accolades. Samsung’s 1TB 860 EVO is just $248 at Amazon right now. That’s the lowest price yet for this SSD, which retails for $300. (Prices hovered around $270 throughout May, however.) The Samsung 860 EVO is PCWorld’s current choice as the “best SSD for most people.” It’s simply the best mashup of price, performance, and capacity that we’ve seen so far.…

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Computex 2018: The best new PC hardware

MSI brought laptops for every budget to Computex. On the high-end, there’s the Prestige PS42, a sleek 2.5-pound ultraportable that isn’t expressly for gaming, but MSI’s still trying to cram Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics inside. That would be awfully impressive; we can’t wait to see if they manage to achieve the feat. On the affordable end, there’s the MSI GF63, a budget machine for gamers who can’t afford to drop thousands on a laptop. At $999, the price is certainly…

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Newegg’s got a 24-inch 1080p 144Hz FreeSync monitor for under $200

It’s gamer deal day here at PCWorld, and by that we mean we found a great bargain on a nice monitor—especially if you’re into 1080p gaming. Newegg has a 24-inch Nixeus 144Hz 1080p FreeSync gaming monitor for $190. The deal ends on Saturday. This monitor features a 1 millisecond response time, which in combination with the 144Hz, should tip off longtime gamers that this is a TN panel. The great thing about TN panels is they deliver blisteringly fast response…

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The Full Nerd ep. 55: Intel vs. AMD Core wars, no new GeForce GPUs, and more from Computex

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Mark Hachman, and Adam Patrick Murray call in from Taiwan to discuss all the glorious new PC hardware they’ve seen, fondled, and prodded at Computex 2018. Two episodes in one week! You’re going to get spoiled, friends. (In case you missed it yesterday, we aired a Full Nerd special edition interview with Jim Anderson, AMD’s senior VP of computing, with deeper details into Threadripper 2.) There’s a lot to talk about in this one.…

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VPNhub Premium review: Pornhub’s new VPN service needs to work out the kinks

+ P2P allowed: Yes+ Business location: Canada and the United States+ Number of servers: 826+ Number of country locations: 18+ Cost: $60 per year+ VPN protocol: OpenVPN+ Data encryption: AES-256/AES-128+ Data authentication: Unknown+ Handshake encryption: Unknown If ever there was a company meant to produce a virtual private network (VPN) service as a natural outgrowth of its business its Pornhub. That’s why it surprised no one, but possibly intrigued everyone, when the famous site introduced VPNhub in late May. VPNhub is focused…

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Hands on: The MSI GF63 is a gaming laptop with a pretty nice price

The MSI GF63 is the answer for budget gamers who’ve loved the company’s fancier products from afar. The GF63 will cost about $999 when it ships in June or July. That’s a good price for a gaming laptop, especially with MSI’s pedigree, and we got to try it out at Computex in Taipei.  GF63 features and specs The GF63’s specs include:  CPU: 6-core, 8th-gen Intel Core parts, probably Core i5 and Core i7 Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with…

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The Full Nerd special episode: AMD’s Jim Anderson goes deep on 32-core Threadripper 2

A mere day after Intel surprised the world by announcing a 28-core processor, AMD upped the ante with Threadripper 2, headed by a 32-core, 64-thread beast of a chip. In this special episode of The Full Nerd, AMD’s senior VP of computing, Jim Anderson, sat down with Gordon after the reveal to dive deeper into the specifics and design of the chip, like he did after 2nd-gen Ryzen’s launch. Anderson explains how AMD’s Infinity Fabric allows Threadripper 2 to run…

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AMD tops Intel with its 32-core Threadripper 2, which will ship this year

AMD just did Intel one better at Computex. Intel wowed the Taipei crowds on Tuesday with a 28-core Core chip, which the company promised by the end of the year. One day later, on Wednesday, AMD announced Threadripper 2—and at 32 cores and 64 threads, it will easily top what Intel promised. AMD’s Threadripper 2 announcement was the highlight of the company’s press conference, which didn’t have much to offer in the way of new announcements in graphics. AMD did…

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Pretend You Have More RAM With Aorus RGB Dummy Sticks | News & Opinion

The kit comes with two 8GB modules and two dummy modules, so all of your slots can be lit up even if you’re not using all of them for actual RAM. June 5, 2018 11:08AM EST June 5, 2018 TAIPEI—So you’ve just spent several hours and several thousand dollars on a high-end PC build with RGB lights galore to illuminate your intricate liquid cooling pipes and your SLI graphics cards. But perhaps you didn’t fill up all the memory DIMM…

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Cooler Master’s thermoelectric closed-loop cooler is like a mini-fridge for your CPU

Cooler Master’s new hybrid closed-loop coolers aims to fix the one weakness of CLCs—they can never drop below the ambient room temperature. That’s because closed-loop coolers rely on a series of pumps, radiators, and hoses to lower the temperature. Cooler Master’s new hybrid cooler helps break that barrier by integrating a thermoelectric cooler (or TEC cooler) into a standard CLC. Thermoelectric coolers rely on the Peltier effect to lower temperatures. TECs are commonly found in those little six-pack mini-fridges that…

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