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AMD's original Ryzen CPUs get deep price cuts before 2nd-gen Ryzen's launch

Here's a look at the best deal prices right now on AMD's Ryzen processors.

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Intel offloads virus scanning to the GPU for better battery life and performance

Intel announced a new capability of its Core chips, called Accelerated Memory Scanning, that will offload the CPU requirements of virus threat detection to an Intel GPU. Microsoft is the first to take advantage.

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Intel technical documents fuel rumors of an 8-core Coffee Lake chip

Could an 8-core Intel Coffee Lake S chip be waiting to challenge AMD's 2nd-gen Ryzen chips?

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AMD's 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs are faster, cheaper, and all come with Wraith coolers

AMD's second-generation Ryzen CPUs will launch at significantly cheaper prices than the first-generation chips, and run at higher clock speeds.

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AMD rolls out CPU firmware and Windows 10 patches to protect against Spectre exploits

AMD's CPU microcode updates join forces with a new Windows 10 patch to protect against Spectre variant 2—if you can get them.

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Intel finishes Spectre patching, some older CPUs won't receive planned updates

Intel’s marathon of Spectre CPU microcode patches is ending, but some older chips that were promised updates won’t be receiving them.

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Intel's new 'Coffee Lake' Core desktop CPUs and chipsets swipe a trick from smart speakers

Intel reveals new desktop "Coffee Lake" Core processors, along with four new chipsets that add quick-wake 'modern standby' capabilities.

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Intel's debut 6-core Core i9 CPUs could push gaming laptops past 5GHz speeds

Intel's first Core i9 laptop chip is a 6-core, 12-thread powerhouse that spearheads a new line of H-series Core CPUs. New U-series chips for longer battery life were also announced.

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Intel Core i9 for laptops, Hades Canyon NUC, and more | The Full Nerd Ep. 45

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show, we cover Intel's new Core i9 CPUs for laptops, as well as Intel's Hades Canyon NUC.

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AMD Ryzen 5 processors get killer Amazon deals with Zen+ CPUs looming

Amazon rebates are making already great AMD Ryzen deals even better.

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Amazon's one-day PC gaming sale offers huge deals on CPUs, full PCs, and other hardware

Amazon's one-day PC gaming sale has some great deals on gear, including a Ryzen 5 1600 for $58 off.

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AMD confirms Ryzenfall vulnerabilities, but says they'll be fixed soon via routine BIOS updates

AMD has issued its response to the Ryzenfall vulnerabilities discovered by CTS-Labs, and it sounds like they can be patched rather routinely.

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AMD's Ryzen, Epyc security co-processor and chipset have major flaws, researchers claim

A little-known security firm claims that AMD's Ryzen and Epyc architectures are subject to major exploitable flaws. While AMD said it hasn't had time to confirm or deny the claims, two independent firms have confirmed at least some of the vulnerabilities.

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Meltdown/Spectre: Intel plans changes to protect future chips

Intel has finished patching five years' worth of chips against Spectre and Meltdown. But the chip giant will still need to redesign its upcoming chips to protect against possible exploits.

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Intel issues Meltdown/Spectre fixes for Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge as patch effort winds down

Intel has issued patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities to PCs using its Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge families of Core microprocessors, leaving just a few niche chips left to patch.

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Microsoft will host Intel's Spectre and Meltdown patches on its own site

If you've built a PC using a motherboard from a smaller vendor who doesn't patch regularly, you may not have received a Spectre or Meltdown patch. Microsoft's here to help.