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Best external drives 2019: Reviews and buying advice

Anyone who uses a PC should have an external drive. It’s not only a useful means of data backup and storage, it also allows you to transport files from your desktop or laptop to another device. Xbox One X users, as well, would be wise to invest in an external drive as a way of augmenting the console’s measly 1TB hard drive (the external drive needs to be USB 3.0-compatible and will be formatted when you insert the drive).  The best…

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The Full Nerd ep. 111: Ryzen 7 3750X leak, Microsoft Elite Series 2, wait for Nvidia Ampere?

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dive into the future, digging deep into rumors while Brad’s away. Mentioned in this article Elite Series 2 Controller – Black They kick things off by discussing the recently leaked 8-core AMD Ryzen 3750X and whether it can take on the all-8-core-5GHz Intel Core i9-9900KS coming within the next month. After that, the gang dives off a viewer question about graphics card advice for a 1440p, 144Hz…

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 vs Mac Pro: Can a thin, light laptop take down Apple’s still-sold desktop?

We’ll be honest with you: We didn’t originally intend to see if an ultrabook convertible tablet could compete with a Mac Pro or not. No, our plan was to see if our monstrous American-made (from internationally sourced parts) Mac Pro clone could compete with the today’s Mac Pro. No, not the beastly new one that’s coming sometime this fall, but the only Mac Pro desktop currently available—the long-in-the-tooth “trash can.” Yes, they really still sell this thing. Anyway, we only…

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What makes the Ryzen 7 Surface Edition inside the Surface Laptop 3 so custom

Microsoft’s 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 running a “custom” AMD Ryzen CPU was one of the big surprises of Microsoft’s new Surface lineup, unveiled October 2. Although the chip is still under fairly tight wraps, PCWorld had a chance to chat with AMD officials about its big splash with the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, as well as the future of AMD in Microsoft products. And yes, it was a big splash for AMD, which has seen huge success on desktop with…

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Ask a PC expert: Is an Nvidia G-Sync monitor worth it vs. AMD FreeSync?

Nvidia’s G-Sync monitors cost a steep premium over AMD’s rival FreeSync Displays. But are they worth it, especially now that Nvidia lets you use FreeSync panels with GeForce graphics cards? It’s a complicated issue, but PCWorld graphics guru Brad Chacos unravels what you need to know in the video below. A fine, fast G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor Acer XFA240 24″ G-SYNC Compatible monitor Both G-Sync and FreeSync panels revolve around the same core variable refresh rate technology, also known as…

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Go big or go fast: Corsair shatters the 5GHz DDR4 barrier, G.Skill unveils a monster 256GB RAM kit

It’s a killer time for PC memory enthusiasts. A pair of recent RAM releases should bring a smile to your face regardless of whether you’re into ultra-fast memory speeds or kits with massive capacity. On Thursday, Corsair became the first memory vendor to commercially ship DDR4 RAM that can break the 5GHz barrier on Ryzen 3000-based systems. The company’s 16GB Vengeance LPX kit, a pair of 8GB modules, are based on Micron dies and can hit 5GHz with a CAS…

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PC market grows again in Q3, as Windows 7 nears end of life

The PC market grew in the third quarter of 2019 year over year, largely due to looming tariffs and the end of the road for Windows 7. According to IDC, the PC market grew 3 percent to 70.4 million units. Gartner, which measures growth slightly differently, said that the PC market grew 1.1 percent to 68.1 million units. Gartner excludes tablets like iPads and alternative OS devices like Chromebooks from its tally; IDC does not. Both firms said that Lenovo,…

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Sennheiser’s GSP 370 gaming headset touts a 100-hour battery life

Battery life remains one of the key shortcomings for most wireless headsets. Nothing is more frustrating than donning your device and realizing you forgot to charge it the night before, waiting for the low-battery beeps to kick in. Companies have taken various stabs at combating the dreaded dead headset these past few years. Astro built a little charging display stand for its 2016 A50 refresh. SteelSeries provides backup batteries for the Arctis Pro Wireless. But what if you just made…

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Intel shows off the ‘Element,’ another modular CPU design for servers or workstations

When we saw Intel’s NUC Compute Element this summer in Taipei, we thought that Intel’s spin on a modular laptop was interesting, though odd. It turns out that “odd” has an older sibling. Meet the “Element,” a larger take on the NUC Compute Element we saw earlier. While the NUC Compute Element was about as large as a business card, the Element looks about as big as a…NUC, but still with a slot-based design. (For now, you’ll have to visit…

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Ask a PC expert: AMD Radeon vs. Nvidia GeForce graphics cards

In this video, we attempt to answer the eternal question: AMD or Nvidia? The best 1440p graphics card You won’t find fanboy histrionics here. Instead, PCWorld graphics guru Brad Chacos tackles some of the key platform differences between AMD’s Radeon graphics cards and Nvidia’s GeForce GPUs. You’ll learn about driver quality (spoiler: They’re both great), adaptive sync monitor support, the exclusive allure of real-time ray tracing, bang-for-buck considerations, and more. You should read our guide to the best graphics cards…

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