Tech & Gaming

APC January 2020

For people who love technology, APC is unique: it's the world's longest-published monthly tech magazine. Launched in May 1980, we were there when Apple's Macintosh and IBM's PC were born, and have been at the forefront of tech ever since. With a combination of insights, testing and tutorials APC lets you stay up-to-date with tech as it changes the world.

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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
big trouble in bluetown

When they launched on November 26th, Intel’s 10th-gen HEDT CPUs reigned supreme… for half a day. Six hours, actually. I can’t recall ever seeing AMD and Intel launch new CPUs on the same day, but that’s what happened. Intel first announced the embargo-lift time and date for 10th-gen Cascade Lake X – AMD then matched it exactly for Threadripper 3rd-gen. Same day. Same time. Shennigans were at play, the game was afoot. After AMD’s launch date announcement, Intel, in a widely derided decision, then shifted its launch to six hours earlier in the day in a poorly judged decision to try get some nice quotes from sites and Youtubers who wouldn’t be permitted to compare CLx to TR3 in the initial reviews. It backfired badly, with all the big name…

2 min.
exclusive software

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2 min.
inside apc

APC is Australia’s oldest consumer technology magazine – having been consistently in print for over 35 years, since our first issue way back in May 1980 – and we take that heritage and responsibility very seriously. While our focus is obviously on the personal computer – it’s in our name, after all – the very definition of the PC has changed and shifted markedly since the early 1980s. As such, we touch on many other areas of tech, too, from smartphones and apps to peripherals, accessories, online services and beyond. We have two main goals: to track down the best of modern tech and also to help our readers make the most of it. We’re also an open church in terms of platforms. We know most people aren’t wed to a…

1 min.
amd announces 64-core/128-thread threadripper 3990x

In an expected but much-anticipated announcement, AMD revealed that it has a 64-core 128-thread processor coming to market in 2020. The chip’s beastly 280W TDP helps explain why AMD moved forward to the new sTRX4 socket, though, as the hefty processor will surely need a beefier power delivery subsystem. The new Threadripper 3990X will likely drop into the newly-minted TRX40 platforms, but like the new Threadripper 3970X and 3960X, it won’t be backward compatible with existing X399 motherboards. Aside from noting that the chip will have an unbelievable 288MB of total cache, AMD didn’t reveal any further details. However, given what we know about the Threadripper 3000 architecture, we know the chip will support PCIe 4.0, though the number of lanes it will expose to the user remains unknown. The Threadripper 3000 series…

1 min.
apple is buying intel’s modem chip business

In a recent blog post, executive vice president and general counsel at Intel, Steven R. Rodgers explained that the chipmaker sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple at a “multi-billion dollar loss”, and was forced out of the market due to Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices. He argued that the decision against the company should stand, saying: “We invested billions, hired thousands, acquired two companies and built innovative world-class products that eventually made their way into Apple’s industry-leading iPhones, including the most recently released iPhone 11. But when all was said and done, Intel could not overcome the artificial and insurmountable barriers to fair competition created by Qualcomm’s scheme and was forced to exit the market this year.” Back in May, US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose wrote…

1 min.
amd begins assault on nuc market

Intel’s NUCs are small ‘mini PCs’ themselves, with fully-contained systems that often dip down to smaller than a litre. Intel designs and sells the motherboards for the barebone systems, and you can also order NUCs with components already installed, like memory and storage, from third-party retailers. However, the term ‘NUC,’ which is short for Next Unit of Computing, is an Intel branding for those small systems, so AMD has officially embraced ‘Mini PC’ branding, although a few of its partners are using NUC naming conventions for their products. Unlike Intel’s approach with NUCs, which involves creating the motherboards and selling them to third-party vendors that add their own differentiating features, AMD’s Mini PC efforts consist of enabling an ecosystem of partners to use its Ryzen Embedded V1000 and R1000 processors as…