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As dialogue of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws continues to dominate the tech information cycle, there has been repeated connection with a specific function of prime-finish CPUs: speculative execution. It’s a key capability of upper-end ARM merchandise, Apple’s custom ARM cores, IBM’s ENERGY circle of relatives, and the overwhelming majority of the x86 processors produced by means of Intel and AMD. Right Here’s what speculative execution is and how it relates to different key functions of contemporary microprocessors, and the way the recent Meltdown computer virus goals Intel CPUs in particular. What

Sony is also lowering the choice of playstation 5s that it intends to promote this yr, way to a mixture of price concerns and COVID-19. The ps 5 is broadly anticipated to price more than its predecessor, with estimates of $499 to $549 now not being uncommon. It’s value noting that the ps FOUR’s $400 launch worth in 2013 is ~$442 in 2020 whilst accounting for inflation. A $500 PS5 wouldn’t in fact be all that much more pricey than the launch worth of the PS4. For comparability, the playstation

Just while you concept the “Can it Run Crysis” meme could be in any case, mercifully consigned to the dustbin of historical past, Crytek has announced it’ll be remastering the original sport for modern hardware. The original Crysis, launched in 2007, used to be lauded for fantastic visuals. It was once one in every of the first AAA games to make use of DirectX 10 and it was once the tremendous difficulty of operating it at top element and high solution in that mode that gave rise to the “Can

Sponsored Links Engadget As another week comes to a close, we’re recapping the deals you can still grab now. A major highlight is Sonos’ sale on a trio of speakers — the Beam, the One, and the One SL — that brings prices down to Black-Friday lows. Gamers can grab a 6-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription for $40 at Newegg as well. We also found a number of new deals to round out the week, including a Target video game sale and a discount on Roku TV wireless speakers.

Speeding up a slow PC can be a challenge, particularly when dealing with older hardware that may be on the cusp of needing an upgrade or replacement anyway. Sometimes, a system simply needs a fresh OS install or driver update to perform significantly better. In other cases, upgrade or wholesale replacement are necessary. This article is designed to help you troubleshoot a slow machine. Specifically, it walks through the process of determining whether your problem is more likely to be caused by software, hardware, or simply the age of the

Companies the world over are scrambling to figure out how to deal with coronavirus and its associated impacts, and Apple is no exception. According to one insider, the company still plans to launch the iPhone SE 2 (rumored to be called the iPhone 9) in upcoming weeks, but that the iPhone 12 debut will be delayed. Analyst Jon Prosser has published a series of tweets in which he predicts that the iPhone SE 2/iPhone 9 has entered production, that there will be a 5.5-inch version(!) of the phone, and that

Note: While the ExtremeTech publishing system only allows us to list one author per story, sometime-ET author Jessica Hall also spent significant time with the Surface Laptop 3 and contributed her own experiences, thoughts, and evaluation of the laptop to this review. The Surface Laptop 3 is the third iteration of Microsoft’s “standard” laptop and one of the all-around nicest systems I’ve ever used. I’ve hammered on the Surface Laptop family in the past because I didn’t think the hardware deserved the price premium. I was curious, however, to see

Normally, this isn’t the kind of software update that we’d dedicate an entire post to, but with millions of people attempting to work from home for the first time, fixing this kind of problem is of outsized importance. The ability to connect to remote resources using VPNs or proxy servers has become much more important for a lot of homebound folks trying to access remote corporate resources. Microsoft has published the following update: An out-of-band optional update is now available on the Microsoft Update Catalog to address a known issue

It’s been a few years since Microsoft introduced DirectX 12, and there’s a new set of console introductions coming this fall, so the time is ripe for the unveiling of a new DirectX version. Microsoft has just launched DirectX 12 Ultimate, an extension and unification of various DX12 features that should serve as a common capability reference for new products and consoles. GPUs labeled as supporting DirectX 12 Ultimate will offer the following capabilities: DirectX RaytracingVariable Rate ShadingMesh ShadersSampler Feedback GPUs that can’t provide all of these capabilities will continue

Sony is in a tricky position with the PlayStation 5. While it heads into the next console generation as the unquestioned winner of the current cycle, it looks as though the PS5 will be markedly less powerful than the Xbox Series X. When Sony unveiled the PS5 last week, Mark Cerny told viewers that the PS5 wouldn’t be at a disadvantage against the XSX because a higher-clocked smaller GPU like the PS5’s could still outperform the wider, slower GPU on the Xbox Series X: About the only downside is that

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