Brad Chacos

Senior Editor

Brad Chacos spends his days digging through desktop PCs and tweeting too much. He covers gaming and graphics for PCWorld, and spends his mornings running the news desk for PCWorld, Macworld, Greenbot, and TechHive.

Adobe flips on GPU-accelerated encoding for Premiere Pro, and wow it's fast

Adobe flips on GPU-accelerated encoding for Premiere Pro, and wow it's fast

Adobe's Premiere Pro finally supports hardware encoding support for Nvidia and AMD GPUs, letting your render H.264 and HEVC videos much faster than on the CPU alone.

The best graphics cards for PC gaming: Nvidia's new Ampere GPUs aren't for gamers yet
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The best graphics cards for PC gaming: Nvidia's new Ampere GPUs aren't for gamers yet

These are the best graphics cards that PC gamers can buy today from Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon.

Nvidia releases 5 more free ray-traced Minecraft worlds

Nvidia releases 5 more free ray-traced Minecraft worlds

Minecraft is the surprising new standard-bearer for real-time ray tracing and Nvidia's DLSS 2.0 technology. Today Nvidia released 5 new worlds to showcase the luscious lighting effects.

Nvidia's bleeding-edge Ampere GPU architecture revealed: 5 things PC gamers need to know

Nvidia's bleeding-edge Ampere GPU architecture revealed: 5 things PC gamers need to know

Nvidia revealed its next-gen Ampere graphics architecture on Thursday in the form of the A100 data center GPU. PC gamers can glean a lot about future GeForce graphics cards from the announcement.

Ampere's coming: Nvidia CEO pulls 'world's largest graphics card' out of an oven before GTC keynote

Ampere's coming: Nvidia CEO pulls 'world's largest graphics card' out of an oven before GTC keynote

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang pulled 'the world's largest graphics card' out of an oven in a YouTube teaser, mere days before the next-gen Ampere GPU architecture is expected to be revealed during the GTC 2020 digital keynote.

Shop carefully: Some Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards are much faster than others
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Shop carefully: Some Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards are much faster than others

Thanks to a last-second VBIOS upgrade, some Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards are much faster than others. Here's what you need to know, and how to make sure yours is upgraded.

Want free games? You need to turn on the Epic Games Store's two-factor authentication

Want free games? You need to turn on the Epic Games Store's two-factor authentication

If you want to claim the Epic Games Store's weekly free games, you'll need to protect your account first.

XCOM meets SWAT: Chimera Squad's radical tweaks make for a refreshing spinoff

XCOM meets SWAT: Chimera Squad's radical tweaks make for a refreshing spinoff

XCOM: Chimera Squad tosses key XCOM design elements out the window to give the series a whole new, yet still familiar feel. It's great, especially for $20.

Tested: Minecraft showcases the beauty of ray tracing—and Nvidia's DLSS 2.0
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Tested: Minecraft showcases the beauty of ray tracing—and Nvidia's DLSS 2.0

Ray-traced Minecraft is a glorious feast for your eyes, and a grueling test for your graphics card. Our impressions:

RTX On: Minecraft's gorgeous real-time ray tracing is coming this week

RTX On: Minecraft's gorgeous real-time ray tracing is coming this week

Real-time ray tracing is coming to Minecraft for Windows 10 this week if you have an Nvidia GeForce graphics card, and it's stunning. Here's what you need to know.

Nvidia levels up GeForce gaming laptops: RTX Super GPUs, Max-Q advancements, and price drops

Nvidia levels up GeForce gaming laptops: RTX Super GPUs, Max-Q advancements, and price drops

Nvidia's celebrating the launch of new Intel and AMD processors by rolling out mobile GeForce RTX 2070 Super and 2080 Super GPUs, price drops, and mouth-watering enhancements to Max-Q low power tech.

These 25 deep, absorbing PC games will eat days of your life
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These 25 deep, absorbing PC games will eat days of your life

These long PC games demanded to be played for days, not hours—and your tenacity will be rewarded.

DirectX 12 Ultimate unifies ray tracing, speed-boosting graphics tricks across PCs and Xbox
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DirectX 12 Ultimate unifies ray tracing, speed-boosting graphics tricks across PCs and Xbox

Microsoft's DirectX 12 Ultimate standardizes many innovative technologies introduced in Nvidia's GeForce RTX graphics cards, including ray tracing, mesh shaders, variable rate shading, and more.

GOG is offering 27 free games to help you relax at home

GOG is offering 27 free games to help you relax at home

GOG's 'Stay at home and play some games' freebies are a blast from the past, and exactly what we need right now.

Sony PlayStation 5 taps AMD's radical SmartShift tech to push its GPU to ludicrous speeds

Sony PlayStation 5 taps AMD's radical SmartShift tech to push its GPU to ludicrous speeds

Sony revealed more technical details about its upcoming PlayStation 5 console. It takes tricks from Ryzen 4000 laptops to push its Radeon graphics cores to ludicrous speeds.

Microsoft's Xbox Series X probably puts your gaming PC to shame: Full specs revealed
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Microsoft's Xbox Series X probably puts your gaming PC to shame: Full specs revealed

Microsoft unveiled the full specs for its upcoming Xbox Series X console on Monday, and it's an absolute beast.

No PC, no problem: Shadow supercharges cloud gaming with lower prices, faster hardware, and VR

No PC, no problem: Shadow supercharges cloud gaming with lower prices, faster hardware, and VR

The Shadow cloud gaming service just unleashed a bevy of improvements, and at a much lower price.

E3 2020 is canceled, the latest event to be affected by COVID-19

E3 2020 is canceled, the latest event to be affected by COVID-19

The Entertainment Software Association has canceled E3 2020, this year's incarnation of the biggest video game trade show, due to COVID-19 concerns.

AMD's next-gen Radeon graphics cards will ditch blower coolers

AMD's next-gen Radeon graphics cards will ditch blower coolers

The reference coolers on AMD's next-gen Radeon graphics cards are switching away from their controversial blowers to dual-axial fans.

How AMD's new compute GPUs could alter Radeon's gamer DNA forever

How AMD's new compute GPUs could alter Radeon's gamer DNA forever

AMD's rolling out new CDNA graphics optimized for compute tasks, and these data center GPUs could portend big changes for Radeon graphics cards. Here's why.

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