APC Xmas 2021

For people who love technology, APC is unique: it's the world's longest-published monthly tech magazine. Launched in May 1980, we were there when Apple's Macintosh and IBM's PC were born, and have been at the forefront of tech ever since. With a combination of insights, testing and tutorials APC lets you stay up-to-date with tech as it changes the world.

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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
it’s on

I am so incredibly happy Intel is properly competitive again, and taking it toe-to-toe with AMD. It’s the best news possible for driving innovation forward, and – as I expect we’ll see soon – prices down. Is Intel #1 again? Well… it depends. Arguably, yes it is – at least today with pricing as it is. At a bare minimum this all means Intel is a serious option for your first choice. And depending on your tasks, it could be the better option. The Big/Little hybrid design still needs time to prove its real world value, and further, if this is the new way forward for desktops and Windows laptops, is AMD compelled to follow suit? Remember, ARM-based designs – which now includes Apple’s M1 – have been kicking winning goals with…

2 min
exclusive downloads

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2 min
inside apc

“Championing technology doesn’t mean we’re unrelenting yes-men and -women, however, and APC aims to be as objective as possible in all our coverage.” APC is Australia’s oldest consumer technology magazine – having been consistently in print for forty years, since our first issue way back in May 1980 – and we take that heritage and responsibility very seriously. While our focus is obviously on the personal computer the very definition of the PC has changed and shifted markedly since the early 1980s. As such, we touch on many other areas of tech, too, from smartphones and apps to peripherals, accessories, and beyond. We have two goals: to find the best modern tech and to help you make the most of it. We’re also an open church in terms of platforms. We know…

1 min
nvidia’s 12-pin plug for pcie 5.0 gpus

It would appear that Nvidia’s 12-pin PCIe power connector may be here to stay. According to Asus’ marketing for the latest ROG Thor II power supplies, the Nvidia 12-pin connector complies with the PCIe 5.0 specification. During the brand’s Z690 motherboard livestream, Asus highlighted the importance of power supplies, as graphics cards are constantly drawing more and more power. Using the GeForce RTX 3090 as an example, Asus claimed that the Ampere-based flagship peaks up to 900W during gameplay, thus requiring power supplies with higher wattage. More importantly, Asus declared that Nvidia’s 12-pin connector is PCIe 5.0 ready and that the new ROG Thor II units will ship with “Gen 5 12-pin connectors.”…

1 min
quantum breakthrough allows full spin qubit control

A research team with Denmark’s University of Copenhagen has designed the world’s first quantum computing system that allows for simultaneous operation of all its qubits without threatening quantum coherence. The research is being hailed as a breakthrough, clearing one of the remaining key obstacles for quantum scaling and its eventual mainstream deployment. The Danish team achieved its breakthrough in one particular type of qubit, spin qubits. “To get more powerful quantum processors, we have to not only increase the number of qubits, but also the number of simultaneous operations, which is exactly what we did,” states Professor Kuemmeth, who directed the research. The team is now looking to AI control systems that could automatically keep the system tuned with no human intervention.…

2 min
amd unveils zen 4 cpu roadmap

AMD CEO Lisa Su shared the company’s Zen 4 CPU roadmap at its AMD Accelerated Data Center event in November, including a 96-core Genoa model and a 128-core Bergamo chip. This adds yet more excitement to the event after AMD unveiled the EPYC Milan-X chips with up to 768MB of L3 cache and the Instinct MI250X GPU. AMD also shared its first details of the 5nm TSMC process it will use for the new Genoa and Bergamo chips, claiming it provides twice the density and power efficiency along with 1.25X more performance than the 7nm process AMD uses for its current-gen CPUs. The new roadmap covers the fourth-gen EYPC processors. The 96-core Genoa will come on the 5nm process in 2022, while the 128-core Bergamo, also on 5nm, will come to…