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Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

The latest version of PC Health Check changes the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. For some users, this will be good news. Microsoft expanded the number of processors that they've tested and confirmed will fit the basic requirements of an approved Windows 11 device. Technically you'll be able to install Windows 11 on an older device, but Microsoft isn't going to be there to fix what doesn't work if said device doesn't meet Microsoft's basic requirements.

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Snapdragon 895 GPU teased to get a major upgrade

Snapdragon 895 GPU teased to get a major upgrade

While mobile processors are still playing the numbers game when it comes to clock speeds, there is also an undercurrent that is putting some emphasis on the system-on-chip's graphical capabilities. Part of that may be driven by the still-growing mobile gaming market, and part of it is due to the increasing sophistication of mobile user interfaces. There is some excitement and curiosity around Samsung's use of AMD Radeon graphics technology for its upcoming Exynos 2200 chip, but Qualcomm naturally won't take matters sitting down and might be priming the Snapdragon 895 to face that head-on.

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Here’s how much Apple’s 3 new Mac Pro MPX GPU upgrades will cost you

Here’s how much Apple’s 3 new Mac Pro MPX GPU upgrades will cost you

Apple has put its three new Mac Pro MPX Modules up for sale, and if you were hoping to bring your current macOS machine up to date with the latest AMD GPUs, prepare to dig deep. Announced earlier today, the trio of Radeon Pro W6000-Series modules were initially listed for custom configurations of new Mac Pro orders, but now they've been added to the virtual shelves for upgrades too.

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New Mac Pro MPX modules add potent AMD Radeon W6000 GPUs

New Mac Pro MPX modules add potent AMD Radeon W6000 GPUs

Apple has released three new Mac Pro MPX graphics cards modules, bringing AMD's latest GPUs to the desktop powerhouse. The new MPX modules will be available both for new Mac Pro orders amid the computer's custom configurations, and as standalone kits for existing Mac Pro owners looking to add new GPU power to their machines.

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Chromebooks with ARM CPU and NVIDIA RTX graphics might be in the works

Chromebooks with ARM CPU and NVIDIA RTX graphics might be in the works

Chromebooks have the stigma of being low-cost, low-power computers designed to cater to the limited needs of offices and schools. That's despite the existence of some models that rival high-end Windows laptops in specs and even in prices. One computing segment that Chromebooks still don't sufficiently address is gaming, but that could be changing soon, at least on the hardware side, thanks to NVIDIA's efforts to push its RTX technology to Arm processors.

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Crypto crunch moves GPU sales: Beware the “used” card

Crypto crunch moves GPU sales: Beware the “used” card

This week in China you'll find a wide variety of graphics cards in auctions and direct "fire sale" type listings. It's due in a big way to recent legal crackdowns in the country by Chinese government officials on the mining and use of cryptocurrency. If you happen to be in a place where you can purchase graphics cards from newly-shuttered mining operations, you might find sales of GPU hardware for prices that seem too good to be true - because they are.

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AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution takes on NVIDIA DLSS from a different angle

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution takes on NVIDIA DLSS from a different angle

Computer hardware is getting more powerful but not everyone has access to the latest and greatest technologies. High-end graphics cards are, of course, expensive and are now even harder to find, thanks to a global chip shortage. Unlike consoles with fixed hardware, PC gamers have a variety of combinations to try out, both in hardware and game settings, to find the best compromise between quality and performance. AMD's new FidelityFX Super Resolution tech, thankfully abbreviated to FSR, claims you don't have to choose between performance and high resolutions. In fact, you don't even have to choose between AMD and NVIDIA cards if it comes down to it.

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Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU announcement could happen next month

Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU announcement could happen next month

The ARM processor market has definitely gotten more interesting lately after Apple jumped in with guns blazing with its M1 Silicon. Unsurprisingly, rumors point to Google preparing its own "Whitechapel" processor, for one, and Arm itself has just announced its next-gen CPU and GPU cores. However, one of this year's highlights in that space could be Samsung's processor, showing the first visible fruits of its partnership with AMD. That could finally be revealed in a few weeks with the first Exynos with AMD RDNA2 officially debuts.

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AMD Radeon RX 6000M GPUs target gaming laptops with RDNA2 tech

AMD Radeon RX 6000M GPUs target gaming laptops with RDNA2 tech

After what may be considered a hibernation period for AMD, Intel's eternal rival has returned kicking and brandishing an impressive arsenal of new chips under its new Zen CPU architecture and equally new Radeon RDNA2 graphics technology. Unsurprisingly, those took aim at the desktop PC market first but now AMD is bringing the same technologies to a more mobile form factor. At this year's Computex, it unveiled not only the newest Radeon RX 6000M series of graphics chips for laptops but also a new certification program for gaming laptops to rival Intel's Evo.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 G-Series APUs arrive, but there’s a catch

AMD Ryzen 5000 G-Series APUs arrive, but there’s a catch

AMD has announced its Ryzen 5000 G-Series desktop processors that feature built-in graphics, though you can't get ahold of one quite yet. Featuring 7nm processor core tech, the new hardware lineup is first being made available to OEMs with plans to open availability to the consumer level later this year.

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Chromebooks with NVIDIA RTX graphics, MediaTek CPU might be coming

Chromebooks with NVIDIA RTX graphics, MediaTek CPU might be coming

It hasn't been approved yet but NVIDIA has just made it known that it is very intent on investing in the Arm computing ecosystem. The company, which does use Arm technology for a few of its own products, just made a rather big announcement of new processors and partners geared towards expanding that ecosystem, from the usual culprits like the DRIVE Atlan for autonomous vehicles to game streaming utilizing AWS's own Arm-based Graviton2 processor. Also lurking in that announcement, however, is NVIDIA's first step into the Chromebook space that will attempt to match its powerful RTX GPUs with MediaTek's CPUs.

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NVIDIA Reflex enabled for Overwatch to score more critical hits

NVIDIA Reflex enabled for Overwatch to score more critical hits

Almost half a year ago, NVIDIA introduced a new technology that went beyond just displaying breathtaking graphics. Although it still had something to do with what you do see in the end, NVIDIA Reflex is more focused on reducing the gap between clicking a mouse button and seeing its effect on the screen. This latency-reducing technology, however, needs more than just NVIDIA hardware. It also needs games to actually support Reflex and Overwatch is just the latest to join that exclusive club.

Display technologies are naturally concerned about things like refresh rates, response rates, tearing, and the like but, in the world of competitive esports, there are other factors that could mean the difference between glorious victory and embarrassing defeat. NVIDIA Reflex tries to solve the problem of system latency, also called input lag, that sometimes makes enemies seem almost invincible just because your god-like bullet missed your opponent's head.

Unlike with other NVIDIA technologies like G-SYNC, it takes more than just hardware to see Reflex in action. Games have to actually integrate the tech and support it, which is why there were only 14 games that supported it. Now there are fifteen, with Overwatch jumping into the fray, guns a-blazing.

With NVIDIA Reflex enabled on Overwatch, the game is advertised to be 50% more responsive, a critical increase for a fast-paced, twitch-based competitive shooter. It's even better if you have a "Reflex Latency Analyzer-compatible Monitor", one that can raise the response rate up to 360 Hz. At that point, you might as well invest in a Reflex-compatible mouse while you're at it.

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NVIDIA Reflex is compatible with GPUs as old as the GeForce GTX 900. Users will need to get the latest Game Ready Driver and update Overwatch before they see the switch to toggle it in-game.

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