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Maximum PC September 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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Future Publishing Limited US
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the new dream machine

Dream Machine i s b ack, a nd t his y ear it’s literally gargantuan outside, as it is on the inside. Never before has Dream Machine been this big at the micro level. Of course, I’m talking about cores—10 of them, in fact. Powered by Intel’s behemoth Core i9-7900X, Dream Machine 2017 is mammoth by pretty much all measurements. And so is everything else about this tower of ludicrous power. The premise behind Dream Machine is a simple one: Put together the purest, most audacious computer we can, with no limits in mind. This means all components are up for consideration, regardless of their price. Think a highend system costs $5,000? Think again. $10,000? Weak. Every issue we put out is a celebration of the PC in every aspect. From the…

3 min.
where are all our graphics cards?

Have you tried buying a h ighend graphics card recently? Almost everything above budget is in short supply. Manufacturing hasn’t been interrupted, but there has been a massive spike in sales, and the culprits are cryptocurrency miners. It is economically viable to use consumer hardware to mine coins again, and speculators have snapped up stocks of the best cards to do it. Mining cryptocurrencies involves a huge amount of convoluted math, and GPUs are well suited to the task, the Radeon Polaris GPU in particular. Supplies of these were soon exhausted, so the miners turned to Nvidia Pascalbased cards—not as effective, but efficient enough. Some high-end Pascal cards aren’t compatible with the mining software and are still to be had, but otherwise you’re out of luck. Meanwhile, there’s been a boom…

2 min.
digital detectives

A Connecticut man’s claim that his wife was murdered by an intruder has been challenged by detectives due to his wife’s Fitbit. It recorded her moving about the house an hour after her supposed death. An Arkansas man’s murder of a friend was caught out by his Amazon Echo, which captured accidental recordings, and by his water meter, which recorded his attempts to wash away blood in the early hours. And an Ohio man’s attempted insurance fraud was uncovered by data on his pacemaker, which showed he wasn’t asleep when he claimed his house “accidentally” caught fire. All recent examples of how technology can catch us out. As the IoT expands, we are being monitored and recorded on an unprecedented scale, our cells, watches, and cars all track and record. A…

1 min.
win 10 creators fall update

Microsoft ’s second Win 10 update of the year promises to “ further power your creativity.” Whatever. But it does have some nice features, many aimed at cross-platform synchronization. Microsoft has finally accepted that we have Android and Apple phones. A new cloud-based clipboard makes shifting things between devices easier. Pick Up Where You Left Off makes sharing files across devices much easier, too, while Timeline enables you to go back to what you were doing, showing the apps and files you were using. OneDrive Files On-Demand is better at using cloud files, as you can see them in Explorer, but nothing is downloaded until you need it. And Story Remix—a fancy slideshow that includes mixed reality—could be fun. Under all this will be a raft of tweaks and changes, plus an…

1 min.
apple and qualcomm fight gets serious

The spat between Apple and Qualcomm just gets worse and worse. Both parties have reached for the legal sticks to beat each other. Apple claims that Qualcomm was using illegal business models in demanding royalty payments and a percentage of iPhone revenue in return for use of its patented technology. It’s suing for $1 billion in the US. It claims that some patents are invalid, and that Qualcomm has failed to charge fair and reasonable rates. Qualcomm alleges that Apple has infringed its patents, and is seeking a ban on certain iPhone models being imported in the country. It claims that Apple has deliberately checked the performance of its chips so as not to outshine Intel’s chips. None of this is very edifying. Lawyers will earn some hefty fees, while we…

1 min.
tech triumphs and tragedies

TRIUMPHS IBM Model F returns The lovely buckling spring mechanical keyboard of the ’80s is to be built again. Yours from $325. New Twitter art star A stag beetle called Spike has created doodles with colored markers that now sell for $300 or more. Google to stop reading your emails Your Gmails will no longer be used to target you with adverts, although Google still scans them. TRAGEDIES Icewind Dale II goes missing Beamdog’s update of the classic game has been foiled; nobody can find the source code. Harassment now an online feature A new report claims that one in five of us will experience severe harassment online. Ouch. Windows Mobile is dead Not officially, but development team lets slip that we shouldn’t expect to see any new features.…