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Maximum PC October 2019

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19 Números

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3 min.
get that new pc feeling, without losing a byte

a thing or two about a thing or two YOUR FEELINGS on reinstalling Windows will largely be dictated by how long you’ve been using it, and by how the process has worked out for you before. Windows has a sordid history of filling up with dross, eventually slowing down to the point of being unusable, and hiding data and settings in the obscurest of places to make sorting it all out an unappetizing proposition. Reinstalling Windows can be frustrating, time-consuming, and flawed. It can leave you in driver hell, and may not even fix the very thing that forced you to reinstall. Such experiences are rare now, though. Things have changed. A lot. And mostly for the better. Still, if you’ve been using your PC for a long time, there’s a good…

3 min.
welcome to sunny cove

the beginning of the magazine, where the articles are small INTEL HAS MOVED to 10th generation chips with the imminent release of 11 Ice Lake CPUs. There are six low-power U-Series, and five even lower power Y-Series, ranging from a Core i7-1068G7 down to a Core i3-1000G1, all aimed at mobile devices. The U-Series have a 28W range-topper, but otherwise burn at a TDP of 15W, while the Y-Series make do with 9W. They carry either two or four cores, and base clocks run from just 0.7GHz to 2.3GHz, with boosts topping out at 4.1GHz. We get a new naming convention, too: The processor numbers all start with a “10” to indicate the generation, and end in a two digit identifier to indicate the on-board graphics used. All are systems on…

2 min.
server war gets hot

AMD’S ZEN 2 architecture has reached its server chips with Rome, the second generation of Epyc processors. As well as the expected increase in instructions per cycle, and a hike in clock speeds, it is the core count that has really pushed performance—it has effectively doubled. The top model, the Epyc 7742, packs 64 cores across eight chiplets, and clocks in at 3.4GHz. At its launch, AMD made some bold statements, including claiming 80 world records running industry-standard benchmarking software, and the title of the world’s most powerful x86 chip. Pricing is competitive and impressive. The Epyc 7742 sells for just under $7,000; its rival, the 28-core Xeon Platinum 8280, is $10,000, and nowhere near as fast. The Rome chips undercut the older Naples chips, too: An Epyc 7502 bests the…

1 min.
twitter overwrites privacy settings

TWITTER HAS ADMITTED that its privacy settings haven’t been working properly, which has lead to people’s data being shared with advertising partners, even though users had set their privacy settings to block this. The revelation came from a post in its Help Center, which said that two advertising privacy settings “may not have been working as intended.” One bug would share information when you clicked an ad, whether or not you’d allowed this. A second bug would serve users with targeted ads based on their online activity. These ads are selected using “inferences,” and draw on data collected outside of Twitter, including other devices. The privacy settings offer the option not to “personalize” your experience, but apparently often the user settings were simply overwritten. As Twitter’s admission says, “You trust…

1 min.
dram prices set to drop further

WE’VE BEEN TOLD for a while that there is an over-production of DRAM, and prices are low. However, it appears there may well be a lot more to come. A report by Gartner (world-class research, advisory company, and developer of the Hype Cycle) claims that prices have a lot further to fall. It gives the figure of a 42.1 percent fall before the end of the year. This is a strangely specific figure, which must have been generated by some statistical method—nobody estimates in tenths of a percent. The report says there is so much excess stock in the supply chain that it will take months to clear, and prices won’t stiffen until the middle of next year. Reasons include a slowing of smartphone sales, a “weaker pricing environment,” and…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS ✓ DIABLO FOR FREE Two levels of the classic 1996 game are now available to play in your browser for nothing. ✓ OLD-SCHOOL MACHINE Fujitsu employs an engineer to keep its 1959 FACOM128B in working order. It uses electromechanical relays, rather than more advanced vacuum tubes. ✓ SMART SWITCH An unofficial port runs Android on a Nintendo Switch, but it occasionally bricks. TRAGEDIES ✗ CRYPTOTAX The IRS has warned owners of cryptocurrencies that it will chase any tax due. ✗ CISCO’S LAX SECURITY Knowingly selling surveillance gear that was open to hacking cost Cisco a $8.6 million fine. ✗ NO-SO-SMARTSPEAKERS A researcher has warned that many IoT speakers have little protection to stop malware from turning them into low-grade sonic weapons.…