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Zak Killian

Ever since playing Joust on his family's Atari 800XL 8-bit computer as a youth, Zak has been hooked on PC and console games. His passion for gaming as a kid led to an interest in PCs as a teenager, which ended up with him founding his own PC repair shop in the year 2000. Decades later, he's still building, still gaming, and still arguing on the internet with any opinion anyone has. As a former writer of news and reviews for The Tech Report, Zak is a modern-day Renaissance man who knows a little bit about nearly everything.
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Despite CES being a consumer-oriented show—it's right in the name, after all—HP's taking the chance to announce that its "Elite" lineup of business laptops is getting an AMD-powered adjunct. Its extant EliteBook 8xx series and ProBook 4xx series laptops will be refreshed with the latest Ryzen hardware, while the... Read more...
AMD's CES show kicked off the conference this morning, and it's easy to see why it wanted to be in the lead. The company's keynote was bursting with news and new product announcements. We're going to focus on the Ryzen side of things in this post, but stay tuned for coverage of the company's new Radeon announcements... Read more...
In case you faithful HotHardware readers weren't aware, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is the group that puts on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) every year. CES 2022 officially starts on Wednesday, but the presentations from the biggest tech companies are almost all taking place tomorrow, and so tonight... Read more...
The saga of AVX-512 on Alder Lake has been an interesting one. Originally, folks reasonably assumed that the 12th-Gen Core processors would support AVX-512 extensions. After all, it was supported on the last-generation Rocket Lake chips, to say nothing of Ice Lake before that. Then we found out about Alder Lake's... Read more...
When you think "the world's fastest gaming PC," you don't have any reason whatsoever for your mind to wander to Sega. It's not as if the venerable videogame company sells gaming PCs, or PC components, even. Well, in a clever bit of wordplay, Sega does indeed lay claim to "the world's fastest gaming PC" title—with an... Read more...
It's a good idea for big organizations to hire security researchers for help securing their systems. No matter how much effort you put into something (like securing your network), it can sometimes require a person looking at it from a different angle to point out a problem you couldn't see. Given that lede and... Read more...
You may not be aware of this, faithful HotHardware reader, but ransomware attacks are rarely random. More commonly, it's an operator within a group who targets a specific organization or network looking for a hefty payout. One such group is the organization AvosLocker, who uses a tool by the same name to encrypt... Read more...
Gather around kiddies for a tale of the bad old days. You see, once upon a time, PC gaming wasn't as unified as it is now. Graphics card vendors (and even individual graphics cards) had their own proprietary APIs, and sometimes games shipped as special versions for a given graphics card, complete with custom assets... Read more...
Do you let your browser store logins for websites like Twitter, Facebook, or HotHardware? Well, you probably shouldn't. Not only does it let anyone who gets on your PC access your personal information, but it also opens you up to easy attacks from "info-stealer" malware. South Korean cyber-security firm Ahnlab just... Read more...
It used to be the case that when you started a PC game, it ran in a fixed render resolution, often decided before you actually entered the game. That's becoming less and less the case these days, as games move to various types of dynamic resolution upscaling methods. NVIDIA has its AI-powered Deep Learning Super... Read more...
They may not be as glamorous as the high-end Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs that we enthusiasts love, but Intel's Core i3 and mainstream Core i5 models certainly make up a much bigger portion of the market, at least by volume if not by dollar value. We haven't officially seen hide nor hair of the 12th-Generation (Alder... Read more...
Microsoft's list of known issues in Windows 11 is shockingly short, but among the myriad problems enumerated for the latest version of Windows is a new entry called "Applications using Win32 APIs to render colors might not work as expected." It sounds monumentally disruptive—after all, virtually all of the... Read more...
A solid move for folks who just want to play some PC games in this GPU-starved market hellscape has been to pick up a CPU with a fast integrated GPU. Sure, integrated graphics aren't going to blow anyone's socks off, but game performance can be eminently playable with the right settings. In a laptop, you have your... Read more...
If you're a long-time Mac or Linux user, you've almost certainly benefited from the work of CodeWeavers even if you've never heard of them. Founded in 1996, the company has been working for a long time now on making Windows applications run on first Linux, then Mac, and most recently, ChromeOS. CodeWeavers is the... Read more...
GamePad Digital should be a fairly familiar name to hardware enthusiasts these days, although you've more likely heard the name in short form: GPD. Starting with the original GPD Win in 2016, the company has continued releasing its curious little palmtop PCs that, while not perfectly suited for any particular use... Read more...
CES 2022 is still nearly two weeks away, but plenty of companies and organizations are already teasing their upcoming announcements. The list of such groups includes the HDMI Licensing Administrator (LA). Apparently, HDMI.org is set to launch HDMI 2.1a soon, and one of the new features for the format will be... Read more...
If you're reading this, you probably don't need to be told that a "bug bounty" is a cash prize paid to security researchers that find a software exploit. Non-USians might need to be told that "DHS" refers to the United States Department of Homeland Security. "Hack DHS" is the bug bounty program run by the agency, and... Read more...
Intel's 12th Generation CPUs, code-named "Alder Lake," represent a major break from the traditional PC processor paradigm by including CPU cores from two different microarchitectures on the same chip. While those of us who are willing to strap 14-cm tower coolers to our CPUs have had the ability to build PCs around... Read more...
It won't be long before we'll be a whole lot more interested in Intel graphics drivers. After all, Intel's ability to design and fabricate big GPU chips isn't really in question (although it's leaving the actual manufacturing to TSMC, for now). The real question surrounding the company's forthcoming Arc discrete GPUs... Read more...
When was the last time you tried using Linux as a desktop OS? Sure, some high-profile YouTubers have been having a lot of trouble recently, but they're trying to make a point out of love. For enthusiasts, the transition from Windows is surprisingly smooth these days, and on the vast majority of consumer PC hardware... Read more...
The Log4shell exploit in the widely-used Apache Log4j package has had just about every single sysadmin in the world working nights and weekends to desperately get their internet-facing servers updated. The problem isn't simply patching and updating Log4j itself—that was done before the problem even hit the mainstream... Read more...
It's Monday, and you know what that means, kids: well, absolutely nothing, actually. There's a new GeForce driver update that just dropped, though. GeForce WHQL driver version 497.29 is Game Ready for Horizon: Zero Dawn—which just got a patch adding DLSS support—and GTFO, a cooperative horror FPS game that's finally... Read more...
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