Gordon Mah UngExecutive Editor, PCWorld

One of founding fathers of hardcore tech reporting, Gordon has been covering PCs and components since 1998.

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How to test how much Spectre and Meltdown hurt your PC's performance

Six steps to find out how much performance you lost from the Meltdown and Spectre patches

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Confirmed: AMD will loan chips to help with motherboard updates for Ryzen APUs

No, AMD won't give you a free CPU, but it it will loan you one to help update your BIOS to support its new Ryzen APU.

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Who should buy a Ryzen APU, and who shouldn't

PC gamers are wondering: Should I buy an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G or Ryzen 5 2400G? Here are 5 good reasons to buy it, and 5 reasons why you may want to hold off.

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Ryzen APU review: Ryzen plus Vega saves budget gamers during a GPU drought

AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G APUs are everything budget gamers have been praying for: surprisingly decent gaming performance at a shockingly low price.

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Best external drives for backup, storage, and portability

Whether you're looking for speed, capacity, portability, or all of the above, a USB external hard disk or SSD is a necessary complement to your desktop PC setup.

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Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre patches drag down older hardware

We tested the Meltdown and Spectre fix on an older Intel Broadwell laptop, and the results are ugly.

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The best laptops: Ultrabooks, budget PCs, 2-in-1s, and more

Our top picks feature the best tech advances in portable PCs, from new CPUs and GPUs to new materials, and include laptops from HP, Dell, and Apple.

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Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

I just patched the Surface Book with the Meltdown and Spectre patches. Here's how much it hurt.

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MSI's GE73VR gaming laptop brings RGB lights to new places

The GE73VR brings the RGB bling to laptop lids, but MSI also wants to have the first notebook with an HDR display.

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Intel announces Optane 800P SSD for the rest of us

Intel's first laptop-focused Optane SSD, the 800P, will ship in 58GB and 118GB capacities, and will be bootable.

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Dell's XPS 15 2-in-1 battles Apple with Radeon Vega graphics and a maglev keyboard

Dell's new XPS 15 2-in-1 features a new maglev keyboard and ditches USB Type-A.

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Digital Storm's Project Spark crams a liquid-cooled GTX 1080 into a ridiculously small rig

Project Spark is literally a miniature, liquid-cooled gaming rig that packs GeForce GTX 1080-level graphics.

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HP's updated Spectre x360 15 lets you pick your poison: Radeon or GeForce

HP's flagship Spectre x360 15 laptop offers a luxurious choice: The latest Intel Kaby Lake G with Radeon Vega, or a GeForce option.

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AMD reveals Ryzen 2, Threadripper 2, 7nm Navi, and more in CES blockbuster

Ryzen 2. Threadripper 2. Navi at 7nm. And that's just the beginning. AMD lays out plans for the next two years of CPUs and GPUs, and rolls out APUs and a mobile discrete GPU.

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AMD drops prices on Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Threadripper, upping the value war with Intel

Some of those Black Friday prices on Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Threadripper just got permanent