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The Tech Report: Discussion Topics

The Tech Report: Current developments in personal computing

Published: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0600


AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G processors reviewed

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0600

AMD's Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G bring Raven Ridge's marriage of Radeon Vega graphics processors and Zen CPU cores to the desktop. Join us as we see what a wealth of new technology in one chip means for the state of gaming and productivity performance from the same...

PSA: Old-stock AMD AM4 boards might not boot with Ryzen APUs

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:56:00 -0600

Update 2/14/2018, 9:45 AM: AMD has posted a support page with steps users can take to resolve this specific issue should they build an unbootable system with a Ryzen APU and an older motherboard. The company suggests updating motherboard firmware using a compatible CPU, requesting assistance from a retailer...

Revisiting the value proposition of AMD's Ryzen 5 2400G

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:23:00 -0600

The mornings before tight deadlines in the world of PC hardware reviews often follow a week or less of nonstop testing, retesting, and more testing. Sleep and nutrition tend to fall by the wayside in the days leading up to an article in favor of just one more test or...

Chrome 68 will mark all HTTP pages as insecure in July

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:09:00 -0600

If you use Google's Chrome browser—or any of its Chromium-based siblings—you're probably familiar with seeing "not secure" up in your address bar next to sites that use a standard HTTP connection instead of secure HTTPS for login prompts and other forms. Over the last year, Chrome's been tightening the...

DirectX 11 more than doubles the GT 1030's performance versus DX12 in Hitman

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:02:00 -0600

It's been an eventful week in the TR labs, to say the least, and today had one more surprise in store for us. Astute commenters on our review of the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G took notice of the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030's lagging performance in Hitman...

Intel faces 32 lawsuits over Spectre and Meltdown

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:03:00 -0600

The world and its dog are now familiar with the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that affect multiple types of processors but foremost those from Intel. You'd think that some lawsuits would be flying over the issue, and you'd be right. The company revealed in a recent SEC filing...

Intel hails the arrival of the Core i3-8130U with Turbo Boost

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:02:00 -0600

A couple of weeks ago we reported on a rumor that Intel's Turbo Boost technology could make its first-ever appearance in a Core i3 CPU in the Cannon Lake family. As it turns out, we were half right. Turbo Boost is coming to Core i3s, but much sooner than...