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What Is “Binning” for Computer Components?

HARDWARE December 30, 2020 0 Comments

Vania Zhukevych/Shutterstock You might not realize it, but every time you purchase a new desktop CPU, you also get a ticket for a giveaway called the “silicon lottery.” Two CPUs of the same model can perform differently when pushed to their limits thanks to something called “CPU binning.” What Is Binning? Binning is a sorting process in which top-performing chips…

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When Are Integrated Graphics Good Enough on a PC?

HARDWARE December 22, 2020 0 Comments

Pryimak Anastasiia/Shutterstock.com Anybody looking for serious graphics power needs to have a graphics card from AMD, NVIDIA, or (someday soon) Intel. Not everyone wants that kind of power, however, especially when it comes at a price tag of $150 to more than $1,000. How Good Are Integrated Graphics? So what do you do if you aren’t interested in shelling out…

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How “Unified Memory” Speeds Up Apple’s M1 ARM Macs

HARDWARE November 30, 2020 0 Comments

Apple Apple is rethinking how components should exist and operate inside a laptop. With M1 chips in new Macs, Apple has a new “Unified Memory Architecture” (UMA) that dramatically speeds up memory performance. Here’s how memory works on Apple Silicon. How Apple Silicon Handles RAM In case you haven’t already heard the news, Apple announced a new slate of Macs…

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