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How to find your motherboard's Spectre CPU fix

Finding and installing Spectre CPU firmware updates for DIY PCs is complicated and involves updating your motherboard BIOS. Here's how.

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Intel expects PCs with fast 5G wireless to ship in late 2019

Intel and PC partners including Dell, Lenovo, and Microsoft have begun talking up PCs with integrated 5G connectivity, scheduled to ship late next year.

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How to test how much Spectre and Meltdown hurt your PC's performance

Six steps to find out how much performance you lost from the Meltdown and Spectre patches

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How to create an insane multiple monitor setup with three, four, or more displays

The more displays your computer has, the better—but there are considerations to keep in mind as you move into extreme multi-monitor setups for enhanced productivity and gaming.

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The 500GB Samsung 960 Evo is at its cheapest price yet

The 500GB Samsung 960 Evo is available for $200 today at Amazon, B&H Photo Video, and Newegg.

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Confirmed: AMD will loan chips to help with motherboard updates for Ryzen APUs

No, AMD won't give you a free CPU, but it it will loan you one to help update your BIOS to support its new Ryzen APU.

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Intel says it's been hit with 32 separate lawsuits over Spectre, Meltdown

Intel's annual report claims that both customers and shareholders have filed numerous suits claiming they've been harmed by what Intel has or hasn't done regarding Spectre and Meltdown.

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Microsoft hints at early April release of Windows 10's next feature upgrade

Based on the current progress for Windows 10 version 1809, due out this fall, it now looks like the spring update for the OS will arrive on April 3 or 10.

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Who should buy a Ryzen APU, and who shouldn't

PC gamers are wondering: Should I buy an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G or Ryzen 5 2400G? Here are 5 good reasons to buy it, and 5 reasons why you may want to hold off.

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Microsoft's free analytics service sniffs out Meltdown, Spectre patch status

Windows Analytics can now scan enterprise PCs running Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and report on whether they're prepped to fend off attacks based on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin review: A solid 8th-gen 2-in-1 with plenty of battery life

The Samsung Notebook 7 Spin isn't the fastest 2-in-1 convertible on the block, but it combines solid quad-core performance and impressive battery life, all in a reasonably small and affordable package.

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How to watch international coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Whether you lack access to NBC or are just tired of its commentators, you can use one of these VPNs to sample another country's coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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Watch us build a tiny Ryzen APU gaming PC

AMD’s Ryzen APU with Radeon Vega graphics could be just what budget-minded gamers need to get through the great GPU crisis of 2018. We've never seen this level of graphical performance on an integrated chip, so we decided to build one...

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Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection can detect ongoing attacks on corporate networks, investigate the attack or breach, and provide response recommendations. It will be added to Windows 7 and 8.1 by this summer.

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Ryzen CPUs explained: Everything you need to know about AMD's disruptive multicore chips

Here's everything you need to know about AMD Ryzen CPU prices, speeds, motherboards, and more, including Ryzen APUs and new X400-series motherboards.

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AMD Ryzen motherboards explained: The crucial differences in every AM4 chipset

Don't buy an AM4 motherboard for your AMD Ryzen processor until you read this.

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Ryzen APU review: Ryzen plus Vega saves budget gamers during a GPU drought

AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G APUs are everything budget gamers have been praying for: surprisingly decent gaming performance at a shockingly low price.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro turns 5 amid rising competition and faltering sales

As Microsoft celebrates the five-year anniversary of the Surface Pro, data from IDC reveals that unit sales of Microsoft Surface detachable laptops and tablets have dropped nearly 19 percent in the last year.

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