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Final day: Win a signed limited edition Core i7-8086K CPU

As philosophiser Peter LaFleur said: “Money won, is a lot sweeter than money earned.” So yes, winning this Intel Core i7-8086K would indeed be the sweetest prize for a nerd looking to build his or her next gaming rig.  Even better—this limited edition CPU with its anniversary name of 8086K (get it?) is made even more collectible as it has been signed by none other than Intel’s Senior VP Gregory M. Bryant. Need we say more than: 5GHz. Overclockable. Signed…

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MSI confirms 9th-gen Core processors that Intel hasn’t announced yet

MSI confirmed in a news post on Wednesday that several of its Z370 motherboards are receiving updates to support Intel’s 9000-series processors. But here’s the thing: Intel hasn’t announced any 9000-series processors. Awkward. The MSI Z370 Tomahawk will support Intel’s 9th-gen MSI Z370 Tomahawk Rumors of a 6-core Core i5-9600K, an 8-core Core i7-9700K, and an 8-core Core i9-9900K chip with hyperthreading enabled have run rampant over the past month, and MSI’s slip-up substantiates that something is on the way,…

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Best Antivirus for Windows PCs 2018: Reviews and guidance

Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC’s operating system. Even if you’re well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can’t be prevented without the extra help of an AV program—or a full antivirus suite. You could, for example, visit a website that unintentionally displays malicious ads. Or accidentally click on a phishing email (it happens!). Or get stung by a zero-day threat, where an undisclosed bug in Windows, your browser, or an installed program…

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AMD brings overclocking to the masses with its Ryzen B450 chipset

It’s not much of a secret anymore but AMD, on Tuesday, officially unwrapped its B450 chipset. Aimed at mainstream Ryzen customers, it might seem unexciting but actually brings a couple of premium features to low-cost motherboards.   The B450 chipset is a direct replacement for the B350 chipset introduced with the first-generation Ryzen. For the most part, it’s a small iteration over the previous B350 chipset.  AMD AMD’s new B450 chipset is a small iteration over the previous chipset but now…

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Grab an Acer 2-in-1 laptop with an SSD and a modern Core i3 for $460 at Staples

Today’s a good day to freshen up that travel companion laptop. Staples is selling the Acer Spin 3 2-in-1 for $460Remove non-product link. The list price for this convertible is $650 on Staples’ site, and you can find an underpowered version on Amazon for $484. The Staples laptop comes with a dual-core Intel Core i3-8130U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, which should make it a speedy and responsive modern system. The version on Amazon, by comparison, has just…

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Back-to-school laptop buying guide | PCWorld

Laptop deals don’t just rain from the sky for the holidays. These days, we’re flooded with short bursts of sales all year round. Case in point: the many back-to-school and “Black Friday in July” discounts. Retailers offer up a lot more chaff than wheat during these big blowouts, though, so we’ve put together this buyer’s guide. It’ll help you sift through configuration options and find the true deals (if there are any) in the sub-$500 and sub-$750 price ranges. We’ve even…

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Ludicrous! This 120GB Kingston A400 SSD is on sale for just $28

No more excuses. If you’ve been waiting for prices to drop before upgrading to the luxurious SSD life, now’s the time. Amazon is selling a 120GB Kingston A400 SSD for just $28. Yes, you read that correctly—$28 for an SSD. This particular model usually costs over $40. Don’t expect such a humble drive to crack our list of the best SSDs, but make no mistake: The performance of even the pokiest solid-state drives leaves the fastest mechanical in the dust.…

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Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK (Hades Canyon) Review & Rating

If the glowing skull isn’t clue enough, know this: The NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK we’re looking at here is the most powerful Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini PC that Intel has produced to date. What makes this particular NUC model—better known by its codename during development, “Hades Canyon”—unique is its special Intel Core i7-8809G quad-core processor. This chip is the fruit of a first-ever partnership between AMD and Intel that binds a Core CPU with on-chip AMD graphics silicon, in…

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Lenovo Revamps ThinkStation PCs With Slimmer Profile | News & Opinion

The new models have been upgraded with Intel’s eighth-generation Xeon E and Core processors. Lenovo is marketing the products to appeal to engineers, architects, and designers who need processing power for their CAD applications. Lenovo is updating its ThinkStation workstations with slimmer models. The P330 series is made of up three workstations: a full PC tower, a mid-level unit, and a mini-desktop called the P330 Tiny that can fit in your hands. The full tower and the mid-level unit are…

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Intel’s Bean Canyon NUCs Focus on Performance

If you need a desktop PC that can just disappear behind a monitor then there’s few better options than one of Intel’s NUCs, assuming of course you don’t mind a bit of work adding your own storage, memory, and operating system. They’ve never really been focused on performance, unless you are willing to spen a lot on the Hades Canyon edition. However, the new Bean Canyon NUCs promise a serious performance boost over what has come before. As Liliputing reports,…

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The ultra-fast 1TB Samsung 960 EVO SSD drops by $100 on Amazon

If you’re hoping to speed up your PC with a zippy SSD, today’s your lucky day—as long as your motherboard accepts “gumstick” M.2 SSDs. Amazon is selling the 1TB Samsung 960 EVO for $300. Just a few days ago, this drive was $400, so you’re saving $100 off the most recent price. It’s not clear when this price drop will end. The Samsung 960 EVO uses the speedy NVM Express (NVMe) interface, which is fantastic since some M.2 SSDs still…

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This XFX Radeon RX 580 is on sale for $230, significantly cheaper than rival graphics cards

Another Radeon deal is teasing us as we wait for the final thaw of the great graphics card crisis. The XFX GTS XXX Edition of the 4GB Radeon RX 580 is $230 on Amazon right now. The price dropped on Tuesday, and there’s no clear end date for the deal. Prior to the price drop this card was sitting around $270, and checking Newegg, other RX 580 cards start at $260. Nvidia’s rival 6GB GeForce GTX 1060 cards start around $290.…

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Giveaway: Win a signed limited edition Core i7-8086K CPU

As philosophiser Peter LaFleur said: “Money won, is a lot sweeter than money earned.” So yes, winning this Intel Core i7-8086K would indeed be the sweetest prize for a nerd looking to build his or her next gaming rig. Even better—this limited edition CPU with its anniversary name of 8086K (get it?) is made even more collectible as it has been signed by none other than Intel’s Senior VP Gregory M. Bryant. Need we say more than: 5GHz. Overclockable. Signed…

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Intel says it will finally have 10nm PC processors by holiday 2019

Intel has finally committed to when it can deliver 10nm silicon to consumer PCs: by the 2019 holidays, leaving its 14nm products to establish what executives called “system leadership” until then. Previously, Intel’s guidance had been that the company would deliver 10nm products in volume by 2019. On Thursday, during the company’s second-quarter conference call, Intel executives said that they would deliver 10nm during the second half, later clarifying that they would ship consumer PC systems in time for the…

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G Data Total Security review: The best antivirus app you’ve never heard of

Nothing says security and trust like German quality. At least that’s the pitch for Germany-based G Data. The company’s tag line is “Trust in German Sicherheit (safety).” The idea being that modern Germany is known for “solid German quality” and its strict privacy laws, which G Data must adhere to, thereby shielding its customers from breach. Besides that, G Data has also been doing antivirus protection for a long time, and its current AV product relies on not one, but…

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