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PCWorld’s January Digital Magazine: Snapdragon rising

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the January issue

On the cover of the January issue is our hands-on of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop, a fresh attempt to be faster. Our lab tests will tell you how Snapdragon stacks up against Intel. We also examine two of the top DNA testing services, explaining their differences and we help determine which one might be better for your situation. Plus, you’ll find an exclusive first look at Creative Labs’ high-end SoundBlasterX AE-9; you have to hear it to believe it.

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Nvidia disses the Radeon VII, vowing the RTX 2080 will crush AMD’s ‘underwhelming’ GPU

Oh snap. Not known for mincing words, Nvidia’s outspoken CEO Jensen Huang described AMD’s return to high-end PC gaming graphics as “underwhelming.”

“It’s underwhelming,” Huang said when asked by PCWorld what he thought of AMD’s new Radeon VII, which features 16GB of HBM2 memory, 1TB of bandwidth, 60 graphics cores and is built on a new 7nm process. (See our full report on the Radeon VII, as well as AMD’s 3rd-gen Ryzen.)

Why ‘underwhelming’?

“The performance is lousy and there’s nothing new,” Huang said. “[There’s] no ray tracing, no AI. It’s 7nm with HBM memory that barely keeps up with a 2080. And if we turn on DLSS we’ll crush it. And if we turn on ray tracing we’ll crush it.”

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AMD’s CEO Lisa Su confirms ray tracing GPU development, hints at more 3rd-gen Ryzen cores

While rival Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang took a few potshots at AMD’s new Radeon VII GPU, AMD chief executive Lisa Su dropped some bombshells of her own: yes, AMD has its own raytracing GPUs in development, and she hinted strongly that AMD’s 3rd-generation Ryzen chips will launch with more than eight cores.

Su sat down with PCWorld and a few other reporters following her CES keynote address on Wednesday, where she formally launched the 3rd-generation Ryzen and the 7nm “Vega” GPU, known now as the Radeon VII.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 finally tops Windows 7 in user share

Microsoft’s Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7, according to an analyst firm that tracks real-world usage.

In December, Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 for the first time, according to NetAnalytics. Windows 10’s market share for desktop and notebook PCs combined hit 39.22 percent, versus 36.90 percent for Windows 7. That’s a shift from November, when Windows 7 held a 38.89 percent market share, and Windows 10’s share was 38.14 percent. For all of 2018, Windows 10’s market share rose by about 7 percentage points, while Windows 7’s share fell by about the same amount.

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Get your backups in order for 2019 with 25% off the 2TB WD My Passport drive

It’s a new year, and you know what that means—new projects, new memories, and the possibility that you could lose them all. So start the new year right with a great deal on our favorite backup drive: Amazon is selling the 2TB WD My Passport external drive for $60, down from a list price of $80 and its lowest price since last summer.

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