AMD brings overclocking to the masses with its Ryzen B450 chipset

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It’s not much of a secret anymore but AMD, on Tuesday, officially unwrapped its B450 chipset. Aimed at mainstream Ryzen customers, it might seem unexciting but actually brings a couple of premium features to low-cost motherboards.  

The B450 chipset is a direct replacement for the B350 chipset introduced with the first-generation Ryzen. For the most part, it’s a small iteration over the previous B350 chipset. 

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AMD’s new B450 chipset is a small iteration over the previous chipset but now adds free support for SenseMI technology.

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New GeForce graphics cards inbound? Nvidia teases Gamescom event with ‘spectacular surprises’

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It’s been more than two years since Nvidia launched its dominant GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards, and that feels like an eternity in the world of technology. But the drought could be ending soon. On Monday, Nvidia announced that it’s holding a “Gaming Celebration” event in Germany that includes “spectacular surprises” on August 20 at 5:30 p.m. CET/12:30 p.m. Eastern.

The date’s significant for a couple of reasons. It’s the evening before Gamescom, Europe’s biggest gaming trade fair, kicks off on August 21. That alone makes the event a strong candidate for the reveal of Nvidia’s next-gen graphics cards, which numerous media reports (and our own sources) suggest will launch this summer.

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The best Windows backup software

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We need backup software for our PCs because the technology they utilize, especially for storage, isn’t foolproof, and won’t last forever. If your data isn’t backed up, when the inevitable accident or failure occurs, it’s gone.

It would be nice if Microsoft itself provided Windows users with something like Apple’s Time Machine: an effective, set-it-and-forget-it, total system recovery and backup solution that requires little interaction or thought on the part of the user. 

Instead, the company delivers a mishmash of restore points, recovery discs, file backup, and even the un-retired System Backup (Windows 7), which was probably originally put out to pasture for its propensity to choke on dissimilar hardware. Online backup services are another option, but desktop clients tend to offer far more flexibility. 

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Intel says it will finally have 10nm PC processors by holiday 2019

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Intel has finally committed to when it can deliver 10nm silicon to consumer PCs: by the 2019 holidays, leaving its 14nm products to establish what executives called “system leadership” until then.

Previously, Intel’s guidance had been that the company would deliver 10nm products in volume by 2019. On Thursday, during the company’s second-quarter conference call, Intel executives said that they would deliver 10nm during the second half, later clarifying that they would ship consumer PC systems in time for the holidays. Xeon chips manufactured on the 10nm process will soon follow, they said.

Intel reported net income of $5.0 billion, up 78 percent, for the quarter. Intel also reported record revenue of $17.0 billion, up 15 percent. The call felt much like an audition to replace former chief executive Brian Krzanich, who stepped down after acknowledging a relationship between himself and an employee: Interim CEO Bob Swan, Data Center Group chief Navin Shenoy and Venkata (Murthy) Renduchintala, who runs the Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group, also spoke.

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I’m Quantitative Futurist Amy Webb, and This Is How I Work

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Futurist Amy Webb has led the Future Today Institute since today…was the future. That sounds less profound than we hoped, but Webb’s work is profound. Since Webb founded it in 2006, Future Today has analyzed trends in culture and technology for clients including Microsoft, American Express, Univision (Lifehacker’s…

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