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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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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11 cheap or free ways to make your old PC run faster

If your old workhorse of a PC is starting to slow down in its old age, these low (or no-) cost tricks can help put some pep in its processing step.

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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.

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Software worth paying for: 10 programs you won't regret buying

Sure, you can stock your PC with some excellent freebies, but this software is worth paying for.

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AMD's B550 motherboards will bring PCIe 4.0 to the masses, but leave older Ryzen CPUs behind

AMD announced the long-awaited B550 motherboard chipset with PCIe 4.0 support on Tuesday, along with affordable 3rd-gen Ryzen 3 processors.

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Why Microsoft needs an Xbox gaming laptop

Xbox isn't just for consoles anymore. A dedicated Xbox gaming laptop would let Microsoft flex its muscles and showcase the PC gaming innovations it's helping to drive forward.

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Shop carefully: Some Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards are much faster than others

Thanks to a last-second VBIOS upgrade, some Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards are much faster than others. Here's what you need to know, and how to make sure yours is upgraded.

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$3K PC build challenge: The parts and peripherals we'd splurge on

The Full Nerd gang challenges each other to build the best $3,000 PC possible, with wonderfully varied results.