Brad ChacosSenior Editor, PCWorld

Brad Chacos spends his days digging through desktop PCs and tweeting too much. He covers gaming and graphics for PCWorld, and spends his mornings running the news desk for PCWorld, Macworld, Greenbot, and TechHive.

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Microsoft permanently closes all of its retail stores

Microsoft's shutting down all of its retail stores to focus on the digital Xbox and Microsoft stores.

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Cyberpunk 2077 goes all-in on ray tracing and Nvidia's DLSS 2.0

Cyberpunk 2077 will have four different real-time ray tracing effects at launch, as well as Nvidia's impressive performane-boosting DLSS 2.0 technology.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards are now the first DirectX 12 Ultimate GPUs

Nvidia's Game Ready 451.48 drivers make GeForce RTX GPUs fully DirectX 12 Ultimate compliant, and unlock a new Windows GPU scheduling feature.

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Acer Predator Triton 500 review: A truly portable gaming powerhouse with 300Hz G-Sync

Portability, sleek design, overwhelming gaming power, a 300Hz G-Sync screen—you name it, and the Acer Predator Triton 500's got it. This laptop is something special.

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Acer overhauls Predator gaming laptops with 10th-gen CPUs, RTX Super GPUs, and ultra-fast displays

Acer's bringing new Intel 10th-gen processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX Super GPUs to its Helios, Triton, and Nitro gaming laptops, pairing the faster parts with blisteringly fast screens.

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Acer woos desktop gamers with 360Hz G-Sync and a gaming chair that rubs your neck

Acer unveiled several new G-Sync monitors and Orion gaming desktops under the Predator flag during its Next@Acer event—and a gaming chair with massage functions built in.

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For Pac-Man's 40th birthday, Nvidia uses AI to make new levels

Nvidia's GameGAN technology created fully functional Pac-Man levels after watching 50,000 matches. Nvidia hopes the tech will eventually help developers make games faster.

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The Origin PC EON17-X crams Intel's 10-core desktop CPU into a laptop

The Origin PC EON17-X laptop comes loaded with Intel's newest desktop processors and Nvidia's best graphics gear.

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Adobe flips on GPU-accelerated encoding for Premiere Pro, and wow it's fast

Adobe's Premiere Pro finally supports hardware encoding support for Nvidia and AMD GPUs, letting your render H.264 and HEVC videos much faster than on the CPU alone.

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AMD pivots: B450, X470 motherboards will support Ryzen 4000 after all

AMD is changing its mind about cutting off B450 and X470 motherboards from future 'Zen 3' Ryzen chips after the Internet raised a ruckus.

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Don't panic: Microsoft's phaseout of 32-bit Windows won't kill 32-bit software

Microsoft's Windows 10 May 2020 Update won't be available in 32-bit form for new computers, but the change shouldn't affect you or your software.

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Chrome will block ads that drain your resources: How to turn it on now

Some nasty ads hammer your CPU, battery life, and data cap. Chrome will start blocking them in August, but you can swing the banhammer today.

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Nvidia releases 5 more free ray-traced Minecraft worlds

Minecraft is the surprising new standard-bearer for real-time ray tracing and Nvidia's DLSS 2.0 technology. Today Nvidia released 5 new worlds to showcase the luscious lighting effects.

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Nvidia's bleeding-edge Ampere GPU architecture revealed: 5 things PC gamers need to know

Nvidia revealed its next-gen Ampere graphics architecture on Thursday in the form of the A100 data center GPU. PC gamers can glean a lot about future GeForce graphics cards from the announcement.

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Ampere's coming: Nvidia CEO pulls 'world's largest graphics card' out of an oven before GTC keynote

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang pulled 'the world's largest graphics card' out of an oven in a YouTube teaser, mere days before the next-gen Ampere GPU architecture is expected to be revealed during the GTC 2020 digital keynote.