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Maximum PC December 2019

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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3 min.
build an efficient and solid foundation

FOCUS IS IMPORTANT. When it comes to building PCs, it enables you to spend your cash where it will have the most impact. Pump the lion’s share of your budget at the processor if you’re going to be doing a lot of number crunching, at the graphics card if you’re a gamer, or at the storage if you’ve got a lot of data to plow through or you’re building some kind of NAS. But what do you focus on when you’re building a more general-purpose system? Where should your hard-earned cash go? This issue, we show you how to build such a system, with the added benefit that the resultant machine won’t break the bank. It absolutely works as a fully functioning PC, and thanks to shifts in processor capabilities, it…

4 min.
intel’s new top dogs

INTEL HAS some new high-end processors: 12 chips aimed at the HEDT and workstation market. No, they don’t sport a new core architecture or a die shrink. They are all iterations of existing designs, but they are faster. And much cheaper. Of most interest to us are the four new Cascade Lake X-series chips, aimed at the high-end desktop market. The top model is the Core i9-10980XE, with 18 cores, a base clock speed of 3.0GHz, an all-core boost of 3.8GHz, and a maximum boost clock of 4.8GHz using Intel’s Turbo Boost Max 3.0. Below this is a i9-10940X, with 14 cores, a base clock of 3.3GHz, and a maximum boost of 4.8GHz. Then we have the 12-core i9-10920X, with a base of 3.5GHz, and the same maximum. At the bottom…

2 min.
navi goes mass market

AMD’S IMPRESSIVE 7nm GPU has reached the mainstream with the release of the RX 5500 and the RX 5500M (M for mobile), based around a new Navi 14 chip. These are aimed squarely at 1080p gaming. The RX 5500 has 22 compute units and 1,408 stream units—about two thirds of an RX 5700. The desktop version has a game frequency of 1,670MHz; the mobile version is clocked at 1,448MHz. Both have 4GB of GDDR6 main memory, with 8GB as an option for the desktop. The memory interface has been dropped from 256-bit to 128-bit; AMD says the RX 5500 has been “tuned” for 1080p. To be fair, the effective memory speed hasn’t suffered—it’s 14Gb/s, the same as the RX 5700. The RX 5500 has all the fancy features of its…

1 min.
microsoft hides account options

IT IS NO SECRET that Microsoft wants you to have a Microsoft account. It has become increasingly difficult to avoid one when setting up Win 10. Recent reports stated that the option for an local account has disappeared altogether. It hasn’t, but Microsoft has hidden it. The trick? To create an offline account on Win 10 Pro, you have to select “Domain join instead.” Pretty sneaky, hiding the option behind something else. The situation on Win 10 Home is worse. There is no offline account option since the May 2019 Update. Microsoft’s advice is to create a Microsoft account, complete the installation, then go back into Settings, and delete it. If you are more determined, you can disconnect from the Internet, skip through the “something went wrong” error message, then…

1 min.
paypal leaves libra

FACEBOOK’S LIBRA project plans to create a border-free electronic currency. The original 28 backers included some big names in finance, but one of these, PayPal, has dropped out—it was concerned about money laundering and the growing backlash. It doesn’t end here either; Mastercard and Visa are said to be having second thoughts. As Visa’s chief executive said, “No one has yet officially joined,” and its decision to join will determined by Libra’s ability to “satisfy all the requisite regulatory requirements.” This is the stumbling block. Despite doing nothing that isn’t already possible, Libra has come under heavy fire from regulatory bodies (it looks likely to be banned in the European Union, for example). Facebook could push through alone, but that would only fuel its detractors. Among these are such big…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS BRAIN-CONTROLLED SUIT A quadriplegic man has walked again using two brain implants and a powered exoskeleton. BLACK IS BLACK BMW has covered an SUV with Vantablack, a carbon nanotube material that absorbs 99 percent of light; it’s like looking at a hole. XCLOUD GOES BETA Microsoft has starting accepting sign-ups to use its game streaming service; slots are severely limited, however. TRAGEDIES BRICKED MACS Macs running Avid have mysteriously started crashing, and can brick if rebooted. Parts of Hollywood have been hit hard. BE SMART Tesla’s new Smart Summons feature has lead to a number of “incidents.” Tesla has warned that it requires the use of “common sense.” RIP GEAR VR Samsung won’t support Gear VR on its new phones; few used it.…