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Tom’s Hardware Weekly News Recap: May 14, 2017

On your behalf, dear readers, we were spread out across not one, but two tradeshows this week. We had reporters at both GTC in San Jose and Microsoft Build in Seattle. The highlight of the week (for me) was when we were covering two simultaneous keynotes and coordinating coverage of both with our crew back at home. Talk about work ...

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Extreme Overclocking: 10 Ryzen CPUs Under LN2

AMD’s Ryzen processors offer a compelling price/performance ratio right out of the box. But despite their many overclocking-friendly knobs and dials, most enthusiasts struggle to take the CPUs beyond 4 GHz. Given that we know the ins and outs of extreme overclocking, though, we have a solution. It’s time to break out the liquid nitrogen! Allow us to take you ...

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A Cause For Concern: A First Look At ‘State Of Decay 2’

Undead Labs is currently working on State of Decay 2, and at the Xbox E3 press conference earlier this week, the studio revealed a new trailer for the game. Fans won’t be able to play it until Spring 2018, but we were able to see more of the game behind closed doors. What we saw might be a cause for concern, however, for ...

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HP Says Keylogger Was Just Non-Disabled Debugging Tool, Updates Driver

After it was revealed that an audio driver installed on several HP laptops contained a feature that secretly recorded every keystroke entered into the computer, we reached out to HP for comment and were informed by a member of the company’s crisis communications team that a new audio driver is now available with the keylogging feature removed. Although the release ...

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‘Ace Combat 7: Unknown Skies’ In VR, Hands On

It didn’t take long for a specific song to get in our head after we donned the PlayStation VR headset and started the demo for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. As our fighter jet rode the massive platform to the top of the carrier, we imagined someone strumming an electric guitar. Another jet was ready to go before us, and we watched it ...

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You Can Get The Oculus Rift With Touch Controllers For $399 (For Now)

Update, 7/14/17, 6:59am PT: Oculus announced in a blog post that it’s making the price of the Rift-plus-Touch bundle permanent at $499. That’s $100 cheaper than the shocking price drop from March, which saw the company knock $200 off of the price of the package. In other words, the Rift bundle is now $300 less expensive than in was just a few months ...

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PC Doldrums: Quarterly Shipments Hit Lowest Levels Since 2007

Industry soothsayer Gartner said PC shipments have declined by 4.3% in the second quarter. That isn’t surprising–the PC market has been in a slump for five years and the last quarter was the 11th straight quarter-on-quarter decline. However, it is surprising that quarterly shipments have dipped to the lowest point in a decade. To put that in perspective, AMD released the ...

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Best Virtual Reality Headsets

It’s hard to imagine a more difficult buying decision than one in a new product category like virtual reality, especially when innovation seems to be happening in the blink of an eye. We’ll witness many changes in VR platforms in the coming years, including significant enhancements to the VR ecosystem, like eye tracking inside HMDs, peripherals, and controllers that add ...

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Nintendo Of Europe Halts New Nintendo 3DS Production

Nintendo of Europe has stopped production on the New Nintendo 3DS. (Yes, that is the product’s official name: “New Nintendo 3DS.”) The company plans to continue making other members of the 3DS lineup, including the upcoming New Nintendo 2DS XL, but this could be a sign of a shifting focus to the Switch. Nintendo has effectively owned the handheld gaming market ...

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