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Maximum PC Spring 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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editorial

WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME fussing about with hardware. Tinkering, tweaking, and otherwise trying to squeeze out every last drop of GPU and CPU performance. You can find endless amounts of resources that tell you what you should and shouldn’t do with your hardware. But very little attention is given to the operating system side of the computer, which is unfortunate, because that’s ultimately where the results matter the most. So we’ve gone and done just that. Windows 10 is, without doubt, one of Microsoft’s best releases of Windows. It’s well made, stable, and chock-full of features—some of which you may not actually want or use. Take, for example, Cortana, the smart assistant not unlike Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Echo, or Google Assistant. Sure, it can tell jokes, look up information…

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the news

THE LAUNCH of an M.2 SSD memory module is not normally of much interest, but Intel’s new 8000p is based on the company’s new Optane technology, which has been several years in the making, and responsible for quite a few promises along the way. The modules come in 16GB and 32GB sizes, and you’ll need a specific set of hardware to run them: a Kaby Lake chip, a 200-series chipset, a compatible M.2 slot, and a compatible BIOS. They have been designed to boost Intel’s Rapid Cache Technology performance, and a small number of machines have been announced that are Optaneready, among them Lenovo’s ThinkPad T570 and HP’s Envy Curved 34. Optane is Intel’s brand name for the 3D XPoint technology, a 3D memory system jointly developed by Intel and Micron.…

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chinese ban on vpns

THE CHINESE MINISTRY of Industry and Information has announced the start of a 14-month campaign to target the use of VPNs in China to “clean up” the Internet, and encourage the “healthy” development of the industry. Running a VPN business inside China will now require a state license, and presumably close co-operation with the authorities. President Xi Jinping recently delivered a speech to the World Economic Forum on the benefits of opening up world trade and world borders. The irony is palpable. Details on the new rules are a little vague, but the clear targets are businesses inside China who provide VPNs for its citizens. The firewall that surrounds China has also started blocking VPN sites. Large corporations are unaffected so far. VPNs are popular in China to access otherwise blocked…

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3d tv is dead

THE LAST TW O BIG PLAYERS making 3D TVs— LG and Sony—are to drop their support with this year’s models. The format is dead, for the mass market at least. Lack of content was obvious; there was very little broadcast 3D, and even that has now stopped. Enthusiasm from consumers dropped off sharply, and the TV people’s attention has shifted to HDR and 4K. 3D content will live on, but only through VR. 3D TVs came on the back of 3D movies, which appeared in sporadic waves since the 1950s, each powered by new technology. The first wave lasted just three years, and the revivals fared little better. The current dalliance with 3D movies has at least attracted some big budget titles, but there are signs that this is fading, too.…

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game mode goes beta

PRESS WINDOWS AND G in the latest Windows Creator Update, and you enter the much anticipated Game Mode. As expected, it’s mostly about resource allocation, specifically CPU and GPU resources to the game, getting all processor cores running effectively, and keeping the GPU focused on the game graphics. The emphasis is not so much on performance increases—these are marginal, at 2–5 percent—but to get Win 10 rigs, Xbox One, and the forthcoming Scorpio console to offer a consistent experience. The target standard is 900p to 1080p for Xbox One, and 4K at 60fps for Scorpio. The “Games” section in “Settings” sports the Xbox logo, and here you can configure each game. Win32 support has been confirmed, too, which is welcome. You also have game streaming via Beam, and a new…

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the current state of integrated graphics

THE WORLD OF INTEGRATED GRAPHICS has a long and storied history, most of which can be summed up as: they’re too slow and lacking in functionality. For years, the most “popular” graphics chips have been Intel’s, not because they were fast but because they were ubiquitous. The good news is that Intel started putting more effort into improving graphics when it created HD Graphics, in 2010. The latest iteration is its 600 series, in the new Kaby Lake CPUs, which is largely the same as the 500 series. A huge chunk of the processor is devoted to graphics—roughly one third of the die. But even so, performance isn’t stellar. I ran tests on 15 modern games, and even at low quality settings and 1280x720, less than half were playable. But there is…

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