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Maximum PC Spring 2018

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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electricity is the new blood

THIS YEAR, I attended my seventeenth CES. That’s many trips to Las Vegas— every year since 2001—to gawk at the latest trends in technology. Each time, there’s something new, and CES continues to evolve. When the show first started, it was mainly about computers, but these days it encompasses any kind of tech that touches people’s lives. This includes cars, medical devices, home automation, TVs, cell phones, and, of course, computers—lots of computers. But then something astonishing happened during the show: On day two of CES, the Las Vegas convention center lost power for nearly two hours. The show floor literally blacked out while I was traversing the endless aisles of booths. After a brief cheer by attendees, everyone then pondered what to do next. There wasn’t anything anyone could do.…

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the meltdown and spectre legacy

Just after the holidays, Google’s security people, the Project Zero Group, along with a handful of other security research groups, let slip that they had found a potentially nasty security hole in just about every modern processor. News spread quickly, and such was the potential scale of the flaw that the mainstream press took up the story, and did the socially responsible thing of frightening everybody by telling them that their sensitive data was at risk. The breaches quickly earned themselves names—Meltdown and Spectre—and logos. Both exploit loopholes in a chip’s speculative execution procedure, a performance boosting system where the processor makes an educated prediction about imminent procedures, and puts any unused cycles to work on them. To make this efficient, speculative execution functions can be granted a full backstage pass;…

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second generation ryzen this spring

AMD’S RYZEN gave the processor market a jolt, it gave Intel something to think about, and accelerated roadmaps everywhere. And it has no plans to ease off just yet. This April, we should see the second generation Ryzen, the 2000-series or Zen+, code named Pinnacle Ridge. The die shrink from a 14nm process to a 12nm node generally means faster clock speeds, and rumor has it we can expect around 200MHz across the board. AMD also reckons on a 10 percent performance bump from the shrink alone. Internal changes include Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range. The headline is that boost will now kick in on all cores. Previously, if a game hit multiple cores, however lightly, it jinxed the boost. This stops that. The new chips will use the…

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new mobo player in town

BEST KNOWN as a supplier of cases, power supplies, cooling kits, and such, NZXT has made the jump to motherboards, with the release of its N7 Z370. And a good-looking thing it is, too. The all-metal shroud comes in black or white, and gives it a cool, sleek look. The chipset and VRM heatsink covers can be had in blue, red, or purple for $15 more. The workings are based around a Z370 chipset and an LGA 1151 socket. It has an integrated RGB lighting controller, and is studded with headers to connect your own light show. It’s not massively cheap, though; it started out at $299, but dropped to $249 after reviews praised its looks but thought it too expensive. It’s an impressive first offering—we hope to see more…

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cryptocurrency hack costs $534m

COINCHECK, Japan’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has lost over half a billion dollars in the 8.5 hours it took to detect a security breach. The theft was of 523 million NEM coins—these were launched in 2015, and are currently the tenth largest cryptocurrency. Coincheck has promised to reimburse the 260,000 affected customers a total of $423m, about 90 percent of the loss. The exchange has received an order from the Japanese Financial Services Agency to review and strengthen its security. More official sanctions may follow. Thefts were all from hot wallets, Internet-connected ones. Coincheck stated that the huge majority of it assets were stored offline. What is surprising is that this hack hasn’t dented cryptocurrency markets, despite being the largest theft ever reported. The market remains stubbornly optimistic; 24 hours after the…

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tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS NETFLIX REACHES 117.6M The streaming service is now worth over $100 billion, despite taking a $39m hit with Spacey. 8K SCREENS THIS YEAR The big TV manufacturers are all ready to launch 8K screens, though you may have to wait a while for content—years, in fact. MUSK FLAMETHROWERS Elon Musk’s Boring Company is advertising $500 flamethrowers for sale—he has $5 million in pre-orders so far. TRAGEDIES BALLISTIC MISSILE AHOY The Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency sent out worrying missile alert after a user pressed the wrong button. AI REACHES PORN An AI system that puts faces on “actors” has had its servers shut down. CHINA CUTS POWER The two largest crypto-mining companies have opened abroad as government restrictions on power consumption start to bite.…

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