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Aspire GX-281 leads Acer’s line of Ryzen-powered hardware

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Acer Philippines, in partnership with AMD, officially launched three Ryzen-powered devices.

In an event held at Chaos Manila inside City of Dreams, Acer introduced existing models from their lineup that now sport Ryzen processors instead of the usual Intel chipsets inside.

Acer Aspire GX-281

Headlining the launch was the Acer Aspire GX-281 desktop PC.

The Acer Aspire GX-281 lead the charge for Acer’s Ryzen-powered devices

The highest configuration available is powered by a Ryzen 7 processor (Ryzen 1700X) along with a Radeon RX 500 graphics card, 16GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, plus 1TB HDD for extra storage.

The other GX-281 configuration has a Ryzen 5 processor (Ryzen 1600), Radeon RX 500, 8GB DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD. Both come with an Acer KG271 24.5-inch 144Hz FreeSync gaming monitor.

The Ryzen 7 GX-281 will retail for PhP 96,499 while the Ryzen 5 GX-281 will retail for PhP 74,999.

AMD Director of Consumer Sales for APJ Peter Chambers discussed the capabilities of Ryzen 7 saying gamers previously needed two devices to game and stream, but with Ryzen, it’s possible to do both at the same time.

AMD’s Peter Chambers talking about how Ryzen empowers gamers and streamers

Ryzen 7 is equipped with Sense MI, which allows the processor to accurately and expertly monitor itself within a milliamp, millivolt, milliwatt, or even a single-degree Celsius which is used by Precision Boost to pinpoint its ideal clock frequency. Simply put, it’s efficient overclocking.

Veriton M desktop

Also on display during the event was the Veriton M desktop. Initially only available for enterprise, the Ryzen-powered version will be available commercially.

This unassuming Veriton M destkop has a Ryzen chip inside

Nitro 5

AMD’s Chambers also noted how the company will slowly bring Ryzen processors to more mobile machines like laptops — one of which is the Nitro 5, Acer’s entry-level gaming laptop. Acer also noted that a version of the Swift 5 equipped with a Ryzen processor will soon hit the market.

Ryzen-powered Nitro 5 running DOTA 2

Ryzen is a new brand of processors created by AMD and was first introduced in December 2016. They have since been aggressive in positioning themselves as the processor of choice for gaming enthusiasts.

However, they’re not stopping there, as they also have their eyes on offering the processors to machines used by content creators.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator Orion 9000 First Look

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Microsoft’s new patches may be harming your PC

The Meltdown and Spectre patches are duds!

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The Meltdown drama continues. Days after researchers confirmed the existence of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, big firms like Microsoft and Apple started issuing patches against the bug. Microsoft’s fixes, however, might be doing more harm than good.

Microsoft’s series of patches have been causing issues among those who installed it already. Users are reporting that the patches have caused their PCs to run slower than usual.

Surprisingly, Microsoft themselves have confirmed the reports. A wide range of devices are indeed slowing down because of the patches. The firm has also listed down the affected PCs, as described below.

First, PCs that run Windows 10 on newer processors like Skylake and Kaby Lake show “single-digit” but hardly noticeable slowdowns. Meanwhile, PCs that run Windows 10 on fourth generation or earlier chips will suffer from noticeable slowdown. Finally, those that run Windows 8 or 7 on older chips will be most hit by the performance issues.

The chaos doesn’t even stop there. Some users have even reported that their PCs have stopped booting entirely. In an open thread on Microsoft’s support forums, a user suffering from a bricked PC has been joined by a torrent of users who are suffering from the same issue.

As with the performance issues, Microsoft has issued a statement regarding the unbootable state. This time, they have pinpointed that AMD processors are to blame for the issue, citing a lack of documentation on AMD’s part.

Microsoft has since halted distribution of the erring security patch to AMD processors. Their support team is working to resolve the issue among those already affected by the issue. Meanwhile, Microsoft and AMD developers are working to put out a more stable fix for the Spectre flaw.

Despite the lack of workable fixes for the issue, Microsoft is assuring its users that harmful exploits have not been discovered out in the wild. Not yet, that is.

SEE ALSO: Newly discovered bugs leave two decades of devices vulnerable

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All Apple devices are at risk of Meltdown, Apple says

Patch your devices now!

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“Macs never get viruses.” It’s an adage that Apple fans often use to defend their beloved devices against PC users. With the Meltdown and Spectre reveals, that may soon change.

As we reported earlier, researchers recently uncovered hardware flaws that left affected devices open to hidden attacks that leaked sensitive info. Meltdown and Spectre affect nearly every device working today.

Tech firms, including Apple, are rushing to release their own patches to ease consumer fears. Apple users have been waiting with bated breath for a statement, especially since the company usually lives in its own world outside of the PC.

Now, Apple has finally released a statement for the issue. And it’s a resounding yes: Apple devices are affected.

Not surprisingly, every single Apple device, from the small iPhone to the towering iMac, are vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre attacks. The firm remains one of the biggest chip makers in the tech world.

Despite the flaw, Apple says that there is nothing to fear; they haven’t discovered any exploits that take advantage of the two flaws.

Even then, the firm has already released patches for Meltdown in its latest OS updates — iOS11.2 and macOS 10.13.2. The updates have been available for download even before the reveals for Meltdown and Spectre.

Meanwhile, Apple shares in the difficulty of patching the Spectre flaw. The flaw itself is hard to exploit, but equally as hard to patch. Other companies are still developing their patches to the bug. Likewise, Apple is also only promising an update through Safari in the coming days to ease the risk.

Further, Apple says that the Apple Watch is safe from Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

SEE ALSO: Newly discovered bugs leave two decades of devices vulnerable

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Lenovo outs ultra-thin 4K ThinkVision monitors

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Aside from new business laptops, Lenovo also introduced a couple of desktop monitors which are designed to bring new visual technology to offices.

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