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The best antiviruses of 2017 for Windows 10 according to AV-TEST

Even though Windows Defender keeps improving its preinstalled antivirus protection on Windows 10 PCs, other ‘complementary’ software are certainly key to keep your PC’s security at a maximum. Therefore, freeing us from malware threats, evidently, although in some cases it would mean sacrificing our PC’s performance ever so slightly. AV-TEST has analyzed several antivirus software for Windows 10 and they have come up with a ranking showing the best ones of 2017.

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Is it technically possible to keep scaling down manufacturing processes?

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You already know that Moore’s law is practically dying: reducing lithography and increasing the number of transistors on chips keeps getting more complicated. Manufacturers, especially TSMC, Samsung and Intel, are working incessantly to keep reducing lithography by using new techniques on manufacturing processes, but it is clear that we are very close to the possible limit.

Currently, the main manufacturers are already producing 14 nm manufacturing processes (Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Ryzen, to name a few), although Intel has already planned its next generation (Cannon Lake) scaled to 10 nm while hinting at having something ready for next year at 7 nm. Meanwhile, TSMC already has its 10 nm process read and it has plans for a 5, and even a 3 nm, lithography, going as far as to anticipate a 2 nm lithography. Do not bother asking for AMD because it currently is the most realistic manufacturer: they have just started with the 14 nm process and it hopes for 7 nm by 2020.

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Certainly, we are talking long-term. Getting an actual 7 nm manufacturing process by next year or by 2019 would be quite an achievement, and the plans for 5 nm by 2020 seem pretty far away from what was originally expected. Let’s not talk about 3 and 2 nm: let’s face it, they will not be here any time soon. (more…)

You can start upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Update on April 5th.

Windows 10 Creators Update, the new and highly anticipated version of Windows 10, is almost upon us. Microsoft is already finalizing the arrival of this new update to be able to release it definitively next April 11, however, because its launch will be progressive, the company has been wanting to offer newer, faster and easier ways to update, without relying on Windows Update, like how it is the Windows Update Wizard 10 tool that can access this new version early.

Microsoft has already confirmed that its new update, Windows 10 Creators Update, will officially arrive to all users next April 11, however, they also said that it would not be released to everyone at the same time, instead opting to do it in “waves “, forcing some to wait up to several months to start enjoying the new update.

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AMD Ryzen 7 1800X vs Intel Core i7-6900K under Sniper Elite 4

We have here the first reliable performance test of an AMD Ryzen CPU, specifically the Ryzen 7 1800X, with 8 Zen cores and 16 threads at a Base/Turbo frequency of 3.60/4.00 GHz with a TDP of 95W and a price of 499 dollars, which was faced with the Intel Core i7-6900K, consisting of 8 Broadwell cores with 16 threads at Base/Turbo frequencies of 3.20/4.00 GHz with a TDP of 140W and a price close to 1021 dollars.

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To fight this duel, the game Sniper Elite 4 was used accompanied by a CrossFire configuration of two Radeon RX 480. For the test to reflect the most reliable performance possible, the character was positioned exactly at the same point on the map with the camera focusing on the same point, revealing how, with both PCs running the game at 4K resolution, the Ryzen 7 1800X is a 6.6% faster, while the average running game translates to be a 6.7% more powerful average, not bad having 45W less TDP and costing practically half.

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First RYZEN 7 1700X performance tests beat the Core i7 6850K

The VideoCardz guys have made a complete round of performance tests of the RYZEN 7 1700X, a processor that will make place just under the AMD series, that as we know will be the RYZEN 7 1800X.

Such processor counts with eight cores and sixteen threads at a base frequency of 3,4 GHz and 3,8 GHz in turbo mode, which can be increase if combined with a motherboard with a B350, X370 o X300 chipset. Its price has been leaked and it will be $389.

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Apple suspends the LG UltraFine 5K, “the best monitor” for MacBook Pro

Apple began to sell last October the LG UltraFine 5K, which itself proclaimed as “the best monitor” for users that want to work with external displays from the MacBook Pro 2016.

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Is extremely weird for Apple to recommend and sell a product that isn’t part of its brand, but it has an explanation. In the last hardware conference, there was only room for the MacBook Pro 2016. Apple didn’t introduce any updates for the Mac Mini, Mac Pro or MacBook Air and neither a monitor of their own to reopen its Cinema Display series as it was rumored.

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ASUS ROG Strix GL553VD, Power Gaming laptop at a affordable price

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has introduced a new high-performance laptop designed for gaming enthusiasts. The new ASUS ROG Strix GL553VD can boast some impressive technical specifications, careful design and great value for money.

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This laptop proposed by ASUS presents a sober design with some gaming touches, such as the backlit keyboard in red, differentiated WASD key set, a larger space key and differentiated cursor keys.

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Biostar unveils its new gaming mouse Racing GM5

Biostar is proud to present its latest model of peripheral for gamers with the most advanced mouse that Biostar has released to date : the Racing GM5, which has been designed and inspired completely in the spirit of high performance car racing. To this end it has been equipped with a cover made with carbon fiber that gives a unique and ultra precise feeling in the user’s hand when you are using it.

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For a while now, Biostar has been releasing a series of peripherals that, while we cannot really say are orientated towards the more seasoned gamers, there’s no denying that they are quite interesting, especially for the price at which they usually sell, which makes them a really interesting alternative for those users who are entering into the shifting sands of the gaming world and don’t have too much money to invest in their peripherals. Or for users who are sporadic gamers and are not willing to spend the small fortune that higher end devices usually cost, however much they promise that with them you will become the king of frags at midnight.

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Do you want Swarovski crystals on your monitor? AOC is your company

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The company AOC has just introduced two new computer monitors named Q27810PQ and Q2781PS, belonging to its Style Line equipped with AH-IPS panels and with 2K screen resolution. The main difference between the two is that the model Q2781PS will have crystals from the well-known manufacturer of Swarovski jewellery embedded in its back along with authentic leather, as well as the base and the contour of the external frame painted to appear as rose gold.

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The Sapphire Radeon RX 460 Nitro OC arrives with 1024 SP unlocked

The Radeon RX 460 graphics cards are the humblest model of the new family of graphics based on AMD’s Polaris architecture. In principle, they integrate a Polaris 11 GPU with 896 Stream Processors, but in recent months we could already see some vBIOS that allowed the activation of the remaining 128 SP that the GPU has and that are deactivated as standard.

What Sapphire has done is launch a new model, the Radeon RX 460 Nitro OC, which comes directly with the Polaris 11 GPU unlocked with its 1024 Stream Processors at a speed of 1.250 MHz and 7 GHz for its 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.

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It feeds from a single 6-pin PCIe connector, something that the original model went without, but that will allow a greater margin of overlock.

Its price has not yet been revealed, but should be a little more expensive than the model currently for sale.