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Maximum PC July 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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in this issue

3 min.
trading punches

IF I HAD TO PICK A GOOD TIME to build a computer system, today is likely better than any day in the past 10 years. That’s not to say that things haven’t been exciting in the last decade—sure, we’ve gotten lots of products. But what makes today special is the fact that I believe AMD and Intel are on a path to collide Intel has had many missteps over the last few years. It may not seem that way if you’re only looking at the desktop space, but in other tech areas, Intel has lost to other companies. Qualcomm sits comfortably on its mobile chip throne, and Nvidia is making great strides in AI and big computing. For such a giant company as Intel, it’s a painful reminder that staying at…

3 min.
windows s takes on chrome os

the beginning of the magazine, where the articles are small BE HONEST NOW, did you think Google’s Chrome OS would be a success when it arrived in 2011? A Linux-based OS designed around a browser, a bit too taxing for phones, and too limited on laptops. Even so, second–gen Chromebooks achieved decent sales, and now it’s a success in one large and important sector of the market: education. Students have flocked to cheap and cheerful $200 Chromebooks. Microsoft has cooked up a response with Windows S. What is the “S” for? Well, officially it doesn’t stand for anything, but the blurb repeatedly states that Windows S is streamlined for security and superior performance. Student and store are more apt. “Streamlined” is, of course, another word for simplified. It’s designed to be simple…

2 min.
new top-end processors this summer

SINCE THE LAUNCH of Ryzen, we’ve seen a hectic round of new processors, and it shows no sign of slowing this year. Both Intel and AMD have new top-end silicon on the way, and both have turned things up to 9. As expected, Intel has brought forward its release schedule. A leaked internal slide is revealing (if you are serious about security, guys, you need to confiscate phones). There is a pair of four-core Kaby Lake-X chips, branded i7-7740K and i7-7640K, running at 4.3 and 4.0GHz. And four new Skylake-X chips move to the new Core i9 moniker: There’s a six-core i9-7800X, eight-core i9- 7820X, 10-core i9-7900X, and, at the top of the tree, a 12-core i9-7920X. Base clock speeds start at 3.3GHz and run to 3.6GHz. Boost speeds on all…

1 min.
daydream 2.0 goes wire-free

GOOGLE’S FORTHCOMING DAYDREAM 2.0 will include a full stand-alone headset—no phone, no wires, nothing else required. The WorldSense tracking system uses motion detectors working with two wide-angle cameras, which use your physical surroundings as reference points. Google promises “robust low-latency tracking for games.” The headset runs Android O. You can take snapshots and videos as you go, as well as Chromecast to a compatible screen, so friends can see what made you squeal. Chrome VR adds 3D browsing, and YouTube VR brings shared “rooms” for your real virtual friends. A reference design that uses a Snapdragon 835 chip is being developed with Qualcomm. HTC, Vive, and Lenovo are working on retail headsets, which should be here “within months.” It all sounds rather neat. VR is struggling to get beyond the curious and…

1 min.
huge worldwide ransomeware attack

ON MAY 12, WannaCry infected around 200,000 machines in the largest ransomware attack to date. Through a vulnerability in the Server Message Block, WannaCry sent a worm through infected systems, scrambling files, before demanding $300 in Bitcoins. It used two vulnerabilities, EternalBlue and DoublePulsar, which had been stolen from the National Security Agency. Win 7 PCs without the latest patch (issued on March 14) took 98 percent of the hits. Once the panic died down, the end results proved mundane. Under $100,000 in Bitcoin was paid out. A nebulous group of hackers, the Lazarus Group, with probable links to North Korea, had been cited as a possible culprit, although only through similarities in the code. What did we learn? Well, as Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, points out, the NSA needs to…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS BITCOIN HITS $2,000 The digital currency has doubled in value in under a year, a long way from 2010’s value of 0.003 cents. BLACKBERRY IS BACK Miss those little buttons? The new BlackBerry KEYone is a full Android smartphone with mini keyboard—excellent, but $549. FLYING CARS Design sketches for a flying car to be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony look like giant drones you can sit in. TRAGEDIES LAPTOPS WITH KEYLOGGER HP has accidentally sold laptops with keylogger software embedded in the audio drivers, which could be used maliciously. APPLE VS. REPAIRMEN Apple is busy lobbying against any legislation concerning the right to repair hardware, especially New York’s Fair Repair Act. NO NEUTRALS The FFC is dismantling net neutrality, despite the efforts of its head to frustrate the process.…