Brad ChacosSenior Editor, PCWorld

Brad Chacos spends his days digging through desktop PCs and tweeting too much. He covers gaming and graphics for PCWorld, and spends his mornings running the news desk for PCWorld, Macworld, Greenbot, and TechHive.

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Google retires the affordable Pixel 3a as Pixel 4a rumors swirl

Google's Pixel 3a, our favorite bang-for-buck Android phone, is now discontinued, but a Pixel 4a successor may be imminent.

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'Significant and fundamental' Windows tweak sets the stage for GPU innovation

Windows 10's new hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling feature is "a significant and fundamental change to the driver model," Microsoft says, letting graphics chips control their memory more directly.

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Microsoft permanently closes all of its retail stores

Microsoft's shutting down all of its retail stores to focus on the digital Xbox and Microsoft stores.

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Cyberpunk 2077 goes all-in on ray tracing and Nvidia's DLSS 2.0

Cyberpunk 2077 will have four different real-time ray tracing effects at launch, as well as Nvidia's impressive performane-boosting DLSS 2.0 technology.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards are now the first DirectX 12 Ultimate GPUs

Nvidia's Game Ready 451.48 drivers make GeForce RTX GPUs fully DirectX 12 Ultimate compliant, and unlock a new Windows GPU scheduling feature.

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Acer Predator Triton 500 review: A truly portable gaming powerhouse with 300Hz G-Sync

Portability, sleek design, overwhelming gaming power, a 300Hz G-Sync screen—you name it, and the Acer Predator Triton 500's got it. This laptop is something special.

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Acer overhauls Predator gaming laptops with 10th-gen CPUs, RTX Super GPUs, and ultra-fast displays

Acer's bringing new Intel 10th-gen processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX Super GPUs to its Helios, Triton, and Nitro gaming laptops, pairing the faster parts with blisteringly fast screens.

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Acer woos desktop gamers with 360Hz G-Sync and a gaming chair that rubs your neck

Acer unveiled several new G-Sync monitors and Orion gaming desktops under the Predator flag during its Next@Acer event—and a gaming chair with massage functions built in.

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For Pac-Man's 40th birthday, Nvidia uses AI to make new levels

Nvidia's GameGAN technology created fully functional Pac-Man levels after watching 50,000 matches. Nvidia hopes the tech will eventually help developers make games faster.

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The Origin PC EON17-X crams Intel's 10-core desktop CPU into a laptop

The Origin PC EON17-X laptop comes loaded with Intel's newest desktop processors and Nvidia's best graphics gear.

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Adobe flips on GPU-accelerated encoding for Premiere Pro, and wow it's fast

Adobe's Premiere Pro finally supports hardware encoding support for Nvidia and AMD GPUs, letting your render H.264 and HEVC videos much faster than on the CPU alone.

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AMD pivots: B450, X470 motherboards will support Ryzen 4000 after all

AMD is changing its mind about cutting off B450 and X470 motherboards from future 'Zen 3' Ryzen chips after the Internet raised a ruckus.

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Don't panic: Microsoft's phaseout of 32-bit Windows won't kill 32-bit software

Microsoft's Windows 10 May 2020 Update won't be available in 32-bit form for new computers, but the change shouldn't affect you or your software.

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Chrome will block ads that drain your resources: How to turn it on now

Some nasty ads hammer your CPU, battery life, and data cap. Chrome will start blocking them in August, but you can swing the banhammer today.

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Nvidia releases 5 more free ray-traced Minecraft worlds

Minecraft is the surprising new standard-bearer for real-time ray tracing and Nvidia's DLSS 2.0 technology. Today Nvidia released 5 new worlds to showcase the luscious lighting effects.