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The HP Omen 15 gaming laptop offers AMD and Intel flavors for $1,000 and up

The HP Omen 15 offers both AMD Ryzen and Intel Core CPU choices, and it claims to be the world's smallest gaming laptop for $1,000.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is Epic's latest free game giveaway

Farewell, Civilization VI. We hardly knew you. This week, it's remasters of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel up for grabs.

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Microsoft Xbox Series X to apply 4K, HDR, and faster frame rates to older games

Microsoft said Thursday that its upcoming Xbox Series X console will automatically apply some visual improvements to Xbox 360 and even original Xbox games. Others, such as frame-rate doubling, will require developer assistance.

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For Pac-Man's 40th birthday, Nvidia uses AI to make new levels

Nvidia's GameGAN technology created fully functional Pac-Man levels after watching 50,000 matches. Nvidia hopes the tech will eventually help developers make games faster.

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Civilization VI is free on the Epic Games Store

You won't get the full experience unless you buy the expansions, but Civilization VI is perfectly enjoyable for thousands of hours on its own—and it's free until next Thursday.

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Updated: Intel buys Rivet Networks and its Killer Networking brand to beef up its Wi-Fi tech

Intel has bought Rivet Networks and its Killer Networking brand to supplement its own Wi-Fi capabilities and build a stronger platform to support its gaming CPUs.

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The Origin PC EON17-X crams Intel's 10-core desktop CPU into a laptop

The Origin PC EON17-X laptop comes loaded with Intel's newest desktop processors and Nvidia's best graphics gear.

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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.

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Take a trip through Ancient Greece and Egypt with Assassin's Creed's free Discovery Tours

They won't replace a real history class, but the Discovery Tours for Assassin's Creed Origins and Odyssey are a great crash course in Greek and Egyptian history. This week, they're free.

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PCWorld's May Digital Magazine: Ryzen 4000 vs. Comet Lake H

Enjoy the best of PCWorld.com in a curated Digital Magazine for Android, iOS, and your web browser.

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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.

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Grand Theft Auto V is free on the Epic Games Store this week

Sure, you probably own a copy (or multiple copies) of Grand Theft Auto V by now. It's one of the best-selling games of all time. If you don't, though? Today's your lucky day.

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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.

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Alienware Area-51m upgradability: How the Holy Grail of laptop features eluded us

The sad tale of the Alienware Area-51m tells us why we'll never, ever see upgradeable graphics in a laptop.

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Epic's Unreal Engine 5 demo looks stunning, and how the new graphics work is just as important

Sure, Epic's Unreal Engine 5 demo looks pretty, but more importantly, UE5 might make it easier for developers to create games with next-gen graphics, a process that's become more and more onerous over this console generation.

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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.

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Square Enix’s 'Stay Home and Play' bundle gives you 54 games for under $40

Deus Ex, Thief, Tomb Raider, Legacy of Kain, and more are available in Square's anthology bundle, with 100 percent of revenue going to charity.

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Microsoft reveals the first Xbox Series X games: Watch every trailer

Microsoft's Xbox 20/20 event gave us our first glimpse of games running on the Xbox Series X, and most will probably land on PC, too. Watch every trailer here.

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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.

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Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds

The Intel Comet Lake S desktop chips push clock speeds up to 5.3GHz. Intel claims its Core i9-10900K is the world's fastest gaming processor, relying on a basket of gaming benchmarks to prove the point.

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