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Maximum PC May 2018

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Maximum PC is the magazine that every computer geek, PC gamer, or content creator should read every month. Get Maximum PC digital magazine subscription today for punishing product reviews, thorough how-to articles, and the illuminating technical news and information that PC power users crave. Maximum PC covers every single topic that requires a lightning-fast PC, from video editing and music creation to PC gaming; we write about it all with unbounded enthusiasm for our collective hobby.

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United States
Future Publishing Limited US
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
you, me, and maximum pc

BACK IN 1996, I picked up a magazine that would forever change my life. It started me on a journey of love—the love for hardware and the PC industry. Many years later, I would write for this magazine, and it would be one of my most memorable experiences. All of that culminated in realizing my dream of being part of the Maximum PC staff. The hardware industry changes regularly, and it changes fast. This is one of the primary reasons why I love it so much. Things keep evolving and moving at such an incredible pace that oftentimes it even becomes difficult to keep up. But that’s the excitement that energizes the industry so profoundly. In the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of being part of a wonderful team here…

3 min.
real-time ray tracing this year

THE AVERAGE API isn’t that exciting, but Microsoft’s new DirectX Ray tracing (DXR) will change everything. We’ve been looking forward to this for years, and now hardware has reached the point where ray tracing is feasible, and practical to do in real time, in a game. Microsoft has added what the process needs to take root: detailed standardized support embedded into Windows. It’s going to look fantastic, too, as long as you have a top-end rig. The industry has known for months, of course, and has been hard at work behind the scenes. Nvidia announced its RTX Technology for its Volta cards, basically DXR support, as well as tools for the GameWorks library. Futuremark has also been busy experimenting with a ray tracing section for its widely used 3DMark benchmark software—a…

2 min.
amd rebuffs ryzen flaws

ON MARCH 12, a little-known research company called CTS-Labs issued a security warning about AMD Ryzen and EPYC chips. It claimed to have found 13 flaws, which could let attackers install malware into protected parts of the processor, exposing passwords and encryption keys. This was hard on the heels of Meltdown and Spectre, and people were understandably twitchy. It received a good deal of coverage, and sounded scary. Things were odd from the start, though. It is best practice for a security company to give at least 90 days’ notice before going public. This gives enough time for patches and fixes to be put in place before alarming the public. Typically, the vulnerability and the patch become public on the same day. CTS-Labs only gave AMD 24 hours before going public. It…

1 min.
facebook loses face

FACEBOOK’S RELAXED attitude to sharing data is coming under increasing pressure from all sides. It is about to lose its chief security officer over a row about how the Cambridge Analytica data breach was handled. Now it looks as though the law is getting increasingly interested. The Senate Commerce Committee and the Judiciary Committee have started sending letters and considering hearings. Meanwhile ex-Facebook employees keep popping up, and describing the company’s data security as “lax.” One high-level insider in charge of policy violations by third parties claims to have warned it of major data breaches back in 2012. A class action has also been launched by a disgruntled shareholder. Mr. Zuckerberg has recently put on a suit and tie, and given interviews where he has been apologetic, admitting the company had…

1 min.
city bans crypto mining

THE CITY OF PLATTSBURGH, NY, sits next to a hydroelectric power station, which means it has—or had—some of the world’s cheapest electricity. The national average is 10 cents per kWh, the city charges 4.5 cents, and to promote business, it offered a commercial rate of 2 cents. This soon attracted cryptocurrency miners in some numbers. The trouble is, the power plant only has so much to give: 104MWh a month, to be exact. Anything over this has to drawn from elsewhere at a cost. The rates have proved so attractive to miners that they’ve exhausted the local supply, and city residents are getting hit by $100 or more extra on their bills. To slow things down, the city council has imposed an 18-month moratorium on new cryptocurrency mining operations. A major…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS WORLD’S SMALLEST PC IBM has developed a SoC the size of a grain of salt, designed for blockchain and IoT. APPLE DEVELOPING OWN MICRO-LEDS Smaller, brighter, and more efficient, the next screen technology may be out this year on the Apple Watch. HTC VIVE GOES PRO New lighter $799 headset offers 2880x1600 display, noise canceling, and wireless adapter. TRAGEDIES AI CLAIMS FIRST VICTIM? For reasons that are unclear, an autonomous Uber vehicle has killed a pedestrian in Arizona. RIP STEPHEN HAWKING The visionary physicist who popularized something so complicated the population couldn’t understand it. Genius. TITAN V GETS SUM WRONG Nvidia’s Titan V has a hardware glitch that sometimes gives the wrong math answer. OK for games, not scientific uses.…