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You Can Use Windows 11 on Unsupported Hardware, But You May Not Want to

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Windows 11 is going to be a major upgrade. But before you can get there, Microsoft wants you to have the necessary hardware. The company published a blog post officially detailing the system requirements for Windows 11. It lays out the processors and systems that will be compatible with the new operating system, while also helping clear out some of the confusion caused by the company’s initial guidance on the necessary hardware.

Microsoft’s list of system requirements includes at least a 1GHz or faster CPU, 4GB

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Microsoft relaxes Windows 11 hardware requirements

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China Supreme Court Sides With Mining Operator in Battle Over 485,000 GPUs

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Anyone looking for a five-year-old GPU might be in luck soon. The Block reported that China’s Supreme Court has ordered the return of 485,681 AMD Radeon RX  470 8GB graphics cards to Genesis Mining, which calls itself the “largest cloud Bitcoin mining company,” following a legal dispute with its former hosting provider.

Genesis Mining filed its lawsuit in 2019 after the hosting provider, Chuangshiji Technology Limited, allegedly refused to return the graphics cards, as well as 60,580 AntMiner S9 mining rigs, after the companies had a payment-related spat in 2018.

Now the conflict has finally been resolved…

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PC Sales Hurt by Chip Deficit: Dell Enjoys Gains, HP Suffers

As demand for PCs remains strong, leading PC makers Dell and HP post strong financial results and report growing PC sales. But persistent shortages of components hurt HP badly in the second quarter: it admitted this week that it could not meet all PC orders in Q2 due to supply constraints. Interestingly,  HP says that while AMD and Intel supplied enough CPUs, makers of cheap components cannot supply enough units. Meanwhile, Dell, which makes some of the best gaming laptops and best gaming PCs thanks to its popular Alienware brand, increased PC shipments and gained some share in Q2 2021. 

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Windows 11: Microsoft stands firm on hardware requirements

Weeks ahead of the official release of Windows 11, Microsoft today announced minor changes to the minimum system requirements for its new operating system. Owners of relatively recent PCs running 7th Gen Intel Core CPUs or first-generation AMD Zen CPUs who were hoping for a partial reprieve should prepare to be disappointed. 

In an unsigned post on the Windows Insider blog, the company announced that it will make “a small number of additions to the compatible processor list … but otherwise will maintain the minimum system requirements as originally set.” 

Also: Microsoft leaves a loophole for those wanting to

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Gigabyte Leak Reveals Zen 3 Threadripper CPUs Codenamed ‘Chagall’

Its been almost two years since the release of AMD’s current Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, giving AMD plenty of time to prepare a successor. Now, it appears that a successor is on the way, at least according to leaked details from a Gigabyte hack about new Zen 3 ‘Chagall’ Ryzen Threadripper 5000 series chips. As noted from  ComputerBase, these CPUs will max out at the same 64 Cores and 280W as Ryzen 3000 Threadripper, but feature the significantly quicker Zen 3 architecture, a recipe that is known to make the best CPUs on the market.

According to the Gigabyte leak,

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Windows 11 FAQ: Here’s everything you need to know

Microsoft took the wraps off of Windows 11 in a 45-minute online event, titled “What’s next for Windows,” held on June 24, 2021. A few days later, the company released the first preview of the new operating system for members of the Windows Insider Preview Program.

If you use a Windows PC at home or at work, how will this upgrade affect you? I’ve been collecting your questions and have assembled the answers here.

Also: The best parts of Windows 11 are already in Windows 10. Here’s how to enable them

What is Windows 11?

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At the risk of stating

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Valve Sells Software, So What’s With All The Hardware?

Steam branding is strong. Valve Corporation has turned their third-party marketplace into the first place millions choose to buy their PC games. The service has seen record-breaking numbers earlier this year with over 25 million concurrent users, so whatever they are doing is clearly working. Yet with all those software sales, last month Valve announced a new piece of hardware they call the Steam Deck.

Use the colloquialism you’d like, “not resting on your laurels” or “Mamba Mentality”, it’s not as if competitors in the handheld PC space are boasting ludicrous sales numbers. At their core, Valve is in the

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Tesla Hardware 4 computer to be introduced with the Cybertruck next year

The Tesla Cybertruck will not only debut a revolutionary manufacturing process, it will also be the first vehicle in the company’s lineup to be equipped with Tesla’s Hardware 4 computer.

Hardware 4 is the successor to the custom HW 3.0 computer that’s currently being deployed to the company’s vehicles today. Comments about the Hardware 4 computer were made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk during AI Day, which featured an in-depth discussion on the company’s AI-driven initiatives.

While answering some questions from attendees at the event, Musk remarked that a HW 4.0 or FSD Computer 2 would be introduced in the

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Asus Launches New GeForce GT 730 Like It’s 2014 All Over Again

As the global semiconductor shortage continues on, manufacturers are taking this opportunity to offload some of their older stuff. Now Asus has (via momomo_us) recently and quietly launched a new model of the GeForce GT 730, a graphics card that dates back to 2014 and was far from being one of the best graphics cards even back then.

Still, the new Asus GeForce GT 730 caters towards professionals that are looking for a graphics card to enable multi-monitor productivity, which does give it at least an excuse of relevance even today. The graphics card comes equipped with four native

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