When Intel’s next Core i9 CPU appears in a month or so, it may face some stiff competition in a battle people long thought was over: the Megahertz Wars. Although Intel hasn’t formally declared the clock speed of its upcoming 12-core Core i9-7920X, the company appears to have inadvertently disclosed it. A price list by the company on July 14 shows the $1,200 Core i9-7920X with 16.5MB of cache, 12 cores, 24 threads, and a clock speed of 2.9GHz. Intel officials declined to comment to PCWorld on the apparent slip.
Editor’s note: This article was updated repeatedly since the Windows 10 Creators Update’s launch, most recently to mention the “Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC” error plaguing some Intel Atom laptops.
More than five months after its grand unveiling last October, the Windows 10 Creators Update is finally here—and the wait was worth it. Following in the footsteps of last August’s , the Creators Update tweaks and tunes the core Windows 10 experience while heaping on a pile of handy all-new features. While PCWorld’s contains detailed impressions of Microsoft’s refreshed operating system, here’s a higher-level look at what you need to know about the Creators Update.
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Watch: Gigabyte is one of the biggest motherboard makers in the world, and we visited the company's factory in Taiwan to find out how they're manufactured. Humans and machines often work together. Machines that attach teeny transistors have humans managing their supply. Small, wheeled robots deliver components to people on the assembly line.
Killing Cortana isn’t as easy as it used to be. When Windows 10 first released, turning off Cortana was as simple as flipping a switch in the digital assistant’s settings, but Microsoft removed the option in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Now there’s no obvious way to disable Cortana—but it is possible using not-so-obvious methods. Completely eradicating Cortana requires a quick and easy registry edit, which we’ll detail here. If you don’t want Cortana spying on you but also detest the idea of mucking with your PC’s deepest software innards, PCWorld’s guide to can show you how to limit the personal information it sends Microsoft. Cortana will still run in the background with limited functionality if you don’t perform the registry edit, though.
Amazon Prime members save a generous 35% ($70) on the highly rated . This is a Prime Day deal, so good for today only until they run out of stock. The SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker II delivers full sound with dramatically deeper lows than you’d expect from a speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. And because it’s wireless and ultra-compact, it’s easy to take anywhere. The built-in speakerphone lets you take calls out loud with clear sound. And voice prompts make Bluetooth pairing easy. Plays unplugged for hours and can be charged from most USB power sources. and take advantage of this Prime Day deal. If you're not a Prime member, you can sign up for a to unlock the deals. To see our picks for today's best Prime Day deals, read our guide (on our sister site PCWorld.com) to the best deals: ""
Amazon’s is just hours away, and the online retailer wants to keep anticipation high. To that end, the company has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the deals you can expect throughout the 30-hour extravaganza. As is typical for Amazon, the company’s preview includes some generic promises, such as up to 40 percent off gaming laptops—but a handful are truly excellent deals. We’ve picked the top three that jumped out to us. Keep these on your radar, and when Prime Day sales truly kick off at 6 P.M Pacific / 9 P.M. Eastern on Monday evening, we’ll be tracking the on PCWorld.com.
Updated July 5, 2017: PCWorld's CPU hounds debate on our "Full Nerd" show. Will the 18-max cores in Core i9 prevail over the 16-max cores in AMD Ryzen (specifically, Threadripper)? Watch them dish it out! With Core i9, the Intel vs. AMD battle rages anew. Announced Tuesday at Computex in Taipei, Intel’s answer to is an 18-core, 36-thread monster microprocessor of its own, tailor-made for elite PC enthusiasts.
Nonprofit charity has been helping gamers with disabilities get the technology they need to play since 2004. Now, the organization’s new initiative wants to help games become even more accessible—from the inside. AbleGamers and the University of York created Player Panels to connect developers and researchers who want to tap into the expertise of gamers with disabilities. The idea stemmed from frequent calls from game companies looking for testers with disabilities, and from conversations with Xbox and PlayStation officials about how to advance more accessible gaming, AbleGamers COO Steve Spohn told PCWorld in a Skype interview.
Editor's note: This article was updated to reflect AMD's official pricing for Radeon Vega Frontier Edition at launch, as early preorder prices were much more expensive. We've also included details from PCWorld's Vega Frontier Edition hands-on preview.
After months of trickles and teases, the full hardware details about the first Radeon Vega graphics card are finally here as AMD formally launched on Tuesday. Don’t get too excited though. This hardware is intended for “data scientists, immersion engineers, and product designers” rather than gamers. That professional focus reflects in the pricing: The costs $1,000 and the goes for a cool $1,500 on Newegg. (That's cheaper than initially expected, however, as online retailers like SabrePC, Newegg, and Exxact originally listed earlier preorders at $1,200 and $1,800, respectively.)
AMD’s first graphics card based on the Vega graphics architecture launches this week, and we’ve gotten our grubby hands on it. The $1,200 Radeon Vega Frontier Edition goes toe-to-toe against Nvidia’s Titan Xp in prosumer applications, with the gamer-focused slated to launch at the end of July. In time for the Vega Frontier Edition’s June 27 launch AMD brought a vanload of hardware by PCWorld’s offices to see how it handles. Check out our for the full details, but we thought you might want a glimpse behind the curtain, too. The video above shows our extended interview and testing session with AMD’s Nick Pandher and Omar Faiz.