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Maximum PC April 2017

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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the silent revolution

THERE’S SOMETHING EXCITING coming this year that I’ve been eagerly awaiting: faster storage. Those who know me know I archive everything. I love all things storage, including its speed. Which is why Intel’s XPoint, which is now referred to as Optane, is so exciting. When Intel initially announced Optane, it said that the new storage technology would deliver performance greater than 1,000 times that of today’s fastest NVMe SSDs. This isn’t just fast, it’s a humiliation of what we have today. Based on a manufacturing process that employs phase-change memory designs, drives that utilize XPoint technology are poised to deliver a gargantuan increase in both storage capacity and performance. If that’s possible, it would be a real challenge to spinning-disk hard drives. Today, if you want large capacity, you still have…

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ryzen rules

IT’S HERE FOR REAL. AMD’s new processor architecture is available, and it’s just as fast and as competitive as we’d hoped. AMD has started at the top, by releasing three eightcore chips: the $329 3.0/3.7GHz (base clock and boost) 1700, the $399 3.4/3.8GHz 1700X, and the $499 3.6/4.0GHz 1800X. The “X” stands for eXtreme. Performance is very strong, and at those prices, Intel’s Core i7s are starting to look woefully poor value. Initial benchmarks put Ryzen on a par with or better than Intel’s finest (see our review of the 1800X on page 76). The overclockers have already been at play, and one bright spark has produced a world-record Cinebench R15 score of 2,449, achieved at 5.2GHz, with the help of some judicious cooling. Pre-orders have been huge; currently, the best-selling processor…

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windows churns ever-faster

IF YOU ARE RUNNING VISTA, you won’t need to be told that support from Microsoft is ending on April 11—you’ve had an annoying pop-up telling you that for weeks. All updates and security patches will stop, and you’ll be on your own. Vista was never very popular; it took some serious patching and Service Packs before it stabilized, installation was cumbersome, and driver support erratic. Sales were poor—according to NetMarketShare, it currently accounts for under 1 percent of the world’s PCs. Windows 7 is still the most popular, at over 47 percent—those people have until 2020 before support is pulled. The end of Vista isn’t going to be the shock that the death of Windows XP caused. This was so unpopular that Microsoft had to extend support and add XP…

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atom goes 16-core

INTEL’S BABY PROCESSOR, the Atom, has had fresh life breathed into it with the release of the C3000, armed with 16 low-power x86 cores, and clock speeds up to 2.2GHz. It’s aimed at NAS and IoT devices, where data throughput is more important than processing power. The previous Atom C2000 has an unenviable reputation for frying itself after a year or two. Details as to why are scarce, but it was a headache for manufacturers. This also highlights the repositioning of the Atom. It was originally designed with phones and netbooks in mind, but poor performance and even poorer sales caused Intel to drop any attempt at the market last year. It canceled all development of new mobile versions, and wrote off considerable investments. The Atom is now all about network…

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google sues uber

DRIVERLESS CARS are coming; Uber has started a trial of its new vehicles in Arizona. You might wonder how the company managed to create such complex technological hardware with no previous history, but Uber spent $680 million buying Otto last year, which was developing the tech, including LiDAR, Light Detection And Ranging, the hardware that tracks the car’s position. Otto was founded by ex-Google employees, half of whom were working in Google’s driverless car division. Google claims they stole data before they left. It says it has “significant” evidence, including download logs totaling 14,000 files of blueprints and technical data. Uber has issued a denial, but the situation could be very painful for the company, which has been very ambitious to get driverless cars to the streets before anyone else. This…

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tech tragedies and triumphs

A monthly snapshot of what’s up and down in tech TRIUMPHS SUPER-SLOW MO Sony has a new image sensor for phones that can shoot at 960 frames per second. STEAM AUDIO The new royalty-free audio SDK adds more realistic physicsbased sound to games. GEFORCE 1080 TI LAUNCHES The latest Pascal-based graphics card offers up impressive 4K gaming, with Titan X-beating performance. TRAGEDIES MAC MALWARE Sophisticated malware and spyware is increasingly targetting the Mac OS, including an all new XAgent. PC PRICES RISE Shortages of key components have been blamed for four months of price rises. GETTING MESSIANIC Zuckerberg has released a rambling essay on how Facebook is going to make the world better.…

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