PCWorld’s October Digital Magazine: Acer’s Predator X27 gaming monitor

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers. In the October issue The October issue features a review of the Acer Predator X27: 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR is the…

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Gear Envy: My Collection of 500+ Pieces of Computer and Gaming Hardware

With the help of a supportive family, I have amassed nearly 300 computers, 150 game consoles, and tons of accessories over the past quarter century. Come take a look at 25 years of computing and gaming history. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. *Record Scratch* *Freeze Frame* Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation. I often wonder that myself. Born in 1981,…

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PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition review: Okay but overpriced

If the hulking Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 showed how Nvidia’s graphics card partners can still shine in an era where Nvidia’s rejiggered Founders Edition models strike stronger than ever, the PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition ($850 on Amazon and NeweggRemove non-product link) demonstrates just how hard it is to stand out. The ROG Strix ($870 on NeweggRemove non-product link) countered the Founders Edition threat with a monstrous cooler and features galore that justified its price premium.…

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Intel 9th-gen CPU reactions with Intel, Alienware, GamersNexus, Paul’s Hardware, and Bitwit

We’re hip-deep in chips at Intel’s 9th-gen Core processor launch in New York. Intel revealed not one, not two, but three new releases on Monday, with gaming ready K-series Core i5, i7, and i9 chips, a new massively multicore Core X-series lineup, and the ludicrously multicore 28-core, 56-thread Xeon W-3175X processor, along with an arsenal of motherboards based around the fresh Z390 chipset. You can catch up on all the hard details in our 9th-gen processor coverage, and our breakdown…

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Intel’s 9th-gen Core i7-9700K abandons Hyper-Threading: What it could mean for performance

Core i7, the boss wants to talk to you. The good news: you got a promotion and a bump from six cores up to eight cores in Intel’s 9th generation CPU lineup. Woo-hoo! The bad news: Turn in your Hyper-Threading, because the cool feature that gave you virtualized CPU cores and about 30 percent more performance is gone. Yup. If you’re freaked out about the Core i7 losing a premier performance-boosting feature that it’s offered since, well, there was a…

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The Full Nerd special episode: Diving deep into Core i9-9900K and Core X with Intel’s desktop chief

In this special episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung is joined by Anand Srivatsa, Intel’s desktop VP, to talk about all the new 9th-gen Core and Core-X processors announced in New York this week, including “the world’s best gaming CPU,” the Core i9-9900K. Srivatsa explains why the ultra-fast, 8-core, 16-thread Core i9 9900K ($530 preorder on Amazon) lays claim to that title. He also talks about the wild 28-core Xeon W-3175X barreling down the pipeline, and what creators can…

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Never preorder: Why jumping on new technology before it’s tested is a bad idea

One of the grossest aspects of PC gaming has wormed its way into PC components, promising nothing but pain for consumers. Preorders now exist for CPUs and graphics cards. AMD kicked off the trend with its Ryzen processors, Nvidia picked up the torch with the GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs, and now Intel’s selling its newly revealed 9th-gen K-series chips—including the flagship Core i9-9900K—long before you can lay hands on it or read independent reviews. Ick. I have two words for…

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Intel debuts 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists

Intel unveiled its 9th-generation Core desktop chips on Monday with the notable omission of a key feature: Hyper-Threading, at least on all but the most exclusive Core i9-9900K for mainstream PCs. Hyper-threading has also been reserved for a new iteration of Intel’s X-series processors, which includes up to 18 cores and 36 threads.  In a livestream Monday morning from its Fall Launch Event in New York, the company announced just a single Core i9 chip, the $488 Core i9-9900K, Later,…

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Upgrade to killer 1080p gaming with this $180 Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 and three free games

Newegg keeps on rolling out the bargains with another great deal on an AMD graphics cards. Right now, a Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 costs just $180Remove non-product link after a $20 mail-in rebate, which means you’re paying $200 up front. The price without the rebate is still a better deal than the best deal you’ll find on Amazon right now, which is an Asus RX 580 for about $217.  The Radeon RX 580 excels at 1080p gaming, blowing past the golden 60…

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Omen Mindframe headset review: HP nails the cooling, but the basics need work

HP’s Omen Mindframe arrives as the war for your ears is heating up—or maybe cooling down. I never would’ve pegged “sweaty ears” as the next battleground for gaming headsets, but it’s the one more and more companies are choosing. Last month we looked at Razer’s Nari Ultimate, which (among other features) packed cooling gel into the earcups. Now HP’s Omen Mindframe arrives with an even more high-tech solution: Active cooling, to keep your lobes frosty for hours at a time.…

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AMD’s Dynamic Local Mode for Threadripper promises almost 50 percent more performance

If you’re lucky enough to have one of AMD’s high-end Ryzen Threadripper CPUs 2990WX (or the soon-to-come 2790WX) , AMD has just given you a cherry for the top of your sundae. A new piece of software called Dynamic Local Mode will boost performance on some tasks by rerouting loads in Windows. Robert Hallock of AMD introduced Dynamic Local Mode in a blog post on Friday. Dynamic Local Mode was created to address a specific performance characteristic of Ryzen Threadripper.…

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