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AMD divulges more Ryzen 7000 details, confirms more 3D V-Cache gaming CPUs

AMD divulges more Ryzen 7000 details, confirms more 3D V-Cache gaming...

Enlarge / AMD has revealed more high-level details about Zen 4, along with a few other announcements.AMD CPUs based on AMD's new Zen 4 architecture won't arrive until this fall, but the company is already dropping hints about what comes next. As reported by AnandTech, AMD is planning a new Zen 5 architecture, which is…
You Can Finally Use VRR on PlayStation 5

You Can Finally Use VRR on PlayStation 5

Photo: Mohsen Vaziri (Shutterstock)Following a recent system update, the PlayStation 5 finally supports VRR (variable refresh rate). VRR is a video setting that dynamically adjusts your TV or monitor’s refresh rate to match a game’s FPS (frames per second). This prevents annoying graphical issues like dropped frames, hitching, and screen tearing that occur when the…
Why Graphics Card Prices Are Dropping (and How Much They Cost Now)

Why Graphics Card Prices Are Dropping (and How Much They Cost...

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Photo: Aleksandr Grechanyuk (Shutterstock)After dealing with months of limited supplies and aggressive scalpers, buying a graphics card or gaming console is becoming easier. They’re not back to manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) yet, but prices have dropped and availability has increased for all in-demand Nvidia and AMD graphics cards, as well as PlayStation 5 and…
How to Prevent Your AMD Processor From Automatically Overclocking

How to Prevent Your AMD Processor From Automatically Overclocking

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Photo: Ackab Photography (Shutterstock)If you’re rocking AMD components in your desktop PC, take a moment to make sure your CPU isn’t unintentionally overclocking itself. A bug in a recent AMD graphics card driver update is automatically triggering the “Auto Overclocking” option on AMD CPUs, even if users don’t explicitly turn it on themselves. AMD confirmed…
Speedy new 5800X3D is AMD’s first non-overclockable Ryzen processor

Speedy new 5800X3D is AMD’s first non-overclockable Ryzen processor

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AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X3D promises to be one of the company's fastest gaming CPUs, and it's one of the last high-end chips that will grace the AM4 socket before Ryzen 7000 CPUs come out later this year. But the company's experimental new 3D V-Cache stacking technology comes with one negative side effect: This will be…
AMD announces FSR upscaling 2.0, promises big, hardware-agnostic gains

AMD announces FSR upscaling 2.0, promises big, hardware-agnostic gains

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AMD When the PC industry's two biggest graphics card manufacturers aren't battling over benchmarks or chip shortage woes, they've been fighting over a different sales pitch: boosting performance for older GPUs. And while Nvidia has largely won that war, that has come with an asterisk of a proprietary performance-boosting system, DLSS, that requires relatively recent…
Valve provides a deep dive into Steam Deck’s custom hardware design

Valve provides a deep dive into Steam Deck’s custom hardware design

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Valve's full, hours-long, developer-focused presentation. Valve's portable Steam Deck hardware may be delayed by a couple of months, but that didn't stop Valve from discussing plenty of interesting details about the system during a wide-ranging developer-focused livestream Friday. That included a lot of nitty-gritty talk about hardware specs and software interpolation, but also design decisions…
New drivers add performance-boosting memory-access feature to older AMD GPUs

New drivers add performance-boosting memory-access feature to older AMD GPUs

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Enlarge / The Radeon RX 5700 XT. GPU driver releases normally aren't very newsworthy; they usually fix bugs, boost performance in some games, and add support for new GPUs. But owners of last-generation AMD Radeon RX 5000-series graphics cards should take note of today's Adrenalin 21.9.1 release. This update adds support for AMD's "Smart Access…
How to Tell If a CPU Is Actually Worth the Upgrade

How to Tell If a CPU Is Actually Worth the Upgrade

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There’s a lot of hype around how many cores a device’s CPU (aka Central Processing Unit) has. It’s common to hear people say that more cores equals more processing power, and while that’s technically true, it’s not the whole picture. There are actually several factors that determine a processor’s power and speed...and even if a…
The Difference Between ‘Universal’ and ‘Intel’ Apps (and Why It Matters for Your M1 Mac)

The Difference Between ‘Universal’ and ‘Intel’ Apps (and Why It Matters...

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Photo: Farknot Architect (Shutterstock)Apple’s M1 Macs are known for speed, and for good reason: They wake up immediately and churn through tasks, often without breaking a sweat. You might think that your M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac mini maintains this level of performance no matter what you throw at it; as it…

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