The battle over thin and light notebooks flared back to life at IFA 2017 on Wednesday. Mere hours after Acer revealed the , a 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable keyboard and dedicated graphics chips, Asus unleashed an army of svelte new ZenBook laptops equipped with Intel’s new and discrete Nvidia GPUs of their own. We loved the last that crossed PCWorld’s test bench, so let’s dig in!
The true star of AMD’s high-end Vega graphics card lineup is finally here. Today, Radeon RX Vega 56 hits the streets. While the (theoretically) $499 Vega 64 didn’t fare well against Nvidia’s similarly priced GeForce GTX 1080 in PCWorld’s , the $399 Vega 56 delivers a far better value proposition. It slightly outpunches the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition in most games we tested, especially if you move up to 1440p or 4K resolution. Sure, it draws more power to do so, but not an outrageous amount—unlike Vega 64.
As you prepare to start a new school year, make sure your PC gets the attention it deserves (if you’re in the market for a new PC, be sure to check out PCWorld’s and picks). The hardware is important, but loading your PC with the right educational software can give you a big leg up. Sure, you’ve probably grabbed your favorite browser and installed Office, but there are plenty of other tools you’ll need at the ready to be productive and successful.
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We test the fastest consumer CPU ever: the Intel Core i9. Find out all about 5 killer new Google Assistant features you should be using right now. Plus, the catalog of Edge extensions isn’t huge yet, but we have the 10 best so far. Other highlights:
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Watch: Virtual reality could get less awkward with Intel’s WiGig technology, which lets you shed the wires that tether you to a PC (or tangle up around your legs). We checked out a prototype at E3 2017, and you could start seeing it in retail products within a year.
It looks like AMD’s high-end desktop lineup won’t be limited to chips after all. While the initial salvo of Threadripper CPUs—the 16-core Threadripper 1950X, 12-core Threadripper 1920X, and 8-core Threadripper 1900X—all sport the telling “X” designation, CPU support pages from several motherboard vendors have tipped off a non-X Threadripper 1920 that AMD hasn’t announced yet. discovered the Threadripper 1920 listed on websites for , , and . PCWorld was able to confirm the listing on Gigabyte and ASRock’s sites, though Asus has since scrubbed its support page for the $550 ROG Zenith Extreme entirely.
Get ready to facepalm, Intel fans. The company's upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs apparently won't work with existing stocks of motherboards, a manufacturer confirmed on Wednesday. In a Twitter post by Asrock last Saturday, the company flat-out said the new CPU won't work with today's motherboards. When asked by Evan Jensen "...will the Z270 Supercarrier get support for the upcoming @intel Coffee Lake CPU's?" Asrock's official twitter account, @ASRockInfo replied: "No, Coffee Lake CPU is not compatible with 200-series motherboards."
According to at least one reliable source outside of Intel, the new Coffee Lake CPU will indeed not be compatible with Z270 boards, even though the chipsets with the upcoming Z370 appear to be the same, PCWorld was told.
When Intel’s next Core i9 CPU appears in a month or so, it may face some stiff competition in a battle people long thought was over: the Megahertz Wars. Although Intel hasn’t formally declared the clock speed of its upcoming 12-core Core i9-7920X, the company appears to have inadvertently disclosed it. A price list by the company on July 14 shows the $1,200 Core i9-7920X with 16.5MB of cache, 12 cores, 24 threads, and a clock speed of 2.9GHz. Intel officials declined to comment to PCWorld on the apparent slip.
Editor’s note: This article was updated repeatedly since the Windows 10 Creators Update’s launch, most recently to mention the “Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC” error plaguing some Intel Atom laptops.
More than five months after its grand unveiling last October, the Windows 10 Creators Update is finally here—and the wait was worth it. Following in the footsteps of last August’s , the Creators Update tweaks and tunes the core Windows 10 experience while heaping on a pile of handy all-new features. While PCWorld’s contains detailed impressions of Microsoft’s refreshed operating system, here’s a higher-level look at what you need to know about the Creators Update.
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More power for more money: in July we have a hands-on review of the Microsoft Surface Pro. Find out all about The Essential Phone and why it’s an example of everything that is wrong with Android. Other highlights:
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Watch: Gigabyte is one of the biggest motherboard makers in the world, and we visited the company's factory in Taiwan to find out how they're manufactured. Humans and machines often work together. Machines that attach teeny transistors have humans managing their supply. Small, wheeled robots deliver components to people on the assembly line.
Killing Cortana isn’t as easy as it used to be. When Windows 10 first released, turning off Cortana was as simple as flipping a switch in the digital assistant’s settings, but Microsoft removed the option in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Now there’s no obvious way to disable Cortana—but it is possible using not-so-obvious methods. Completely eradicating Cortana requires a quick and easy registry edit, which we’ll detail here. If you don’t want Cortana spying on you but also detest the idea of mucking with your PC’s deepest software innards, PCWorld’s guide to can show you how to limit the personal information it sends Microsoft. Cortana will still run in the background with limited functionality if you don’t perform the registry edit, though.