Gordon Mah UngExecutive Editor, PCWorld

One of founding fathers of hardcore tech reporting, Gordon has been covering PCs and components since 1998.

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Why do upgradeable laptops fail? Because we fail them

Upgradeable laptops have never worked out before, because even people who love the concept won't buy the product.

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The best processors for laptops 2021: Intel vs. AMD

What's the best processor for your next laptop? Good question. We discuss the pros and cons of Intel's 11th-gen and 10th-gen Core CPUs, plus AMD Ryzen 4000 and Ryzen 5000.


Amazon defends New World as safe while EVGA ships replacement cards

Amazon Games has patched its New World beta following reports that the game caused some GPUs to malfunction. EVGA has already shipped replacement RTX 3090 cards to affected customers.

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Framework laptop review: This DIY laptop wants you to take it apart and repair it

You can finally buy a laptop that's easy to repair and upgrade

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Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest

Which gaming laptop should you buy? From size, to performance, to budget, to features, this buyer's guide will help you find the right gaming laptop for your needs.

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Someone left this gaming PC in the gutter and all it needed was some love

One gamer's waste is another's treasure: How I found a GeForce GTX 1080, 9th-gen Core i7, and more tossed out like garbage.


Are USB-C cables all the same? We compare $9 and $19 Amazon Basics cables

Why are USB-C cables so expensive? When shopping on Amazon, should you buy a cheap USB-C cable, or a more expensive model? Let's dig in.

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Mandatory Microsoft accounts for Windows 11 Home might be a good thing

Windows 11 Home will require a Microsoft account to install, a move that rankles users who prefer to use a local account. But maybe it's actually a good idea.

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Best external drives for backup, storage, and portability

Whether you're looking for speed, capacity, portability, or all of the above, a USB external hard disk or SSD is a necessary complement to your desktop PC setup.

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Ryzen 5000 vs. 4000 vs. 3000: Which CPU is better for your laptop?

If you can't find a Ryzen 5000 laptop, could you settle for one with Ryzen 4000 or even Ryzen 3000 instead? We've tested all three and can tell you their pros and cons, and who should buy one.

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Watch us build a $2,000 AMD-based gaming PC

Join PCWorld live on July 7 as we build a high-end all-AMD-based gaming PC that can take advantage of features like SAM, Radeon Boost, and FSR.

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Why Windows 11 is leaving so many PCs behind (it's not just TPM)

Security features only in the newest CPUs may be responsible for why your Ryzen 7 or Core i7 get abandoned by Windows 7, not just TPM requirements.

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What is a TPM and why isn't mine working?

Everything you need to know about the Trusted Platform Module (TPM): What it is, what to expect on your PC, and how to turn it on.

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The HP Pavilion Aero 13 packs Ryzen 5000 into a 2.2-pound laptop

HP's Paviliion Aero 13 weighs just 2.2 pounds, yet it will offer up to Ryzen 7 5800U and a 16:10 screen

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How to buy a USB-C cable on Amazon without losing your mind

How do you pick a USB-C cable on Amazon with so many brands available? We sifted through a pile so you wouldn't have to. Here's what we learned.