CPU

Internet Insecurity

Researchers Say AMD Processors Have Serious Vulnerabilities and Backdoors

Security researchers announced a series of 13 vulnerabilities within AMD’s RYZEN and EPYC processors that could make some data breaches even worse.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.13.18
Intel

Relax, the Meltdown and Spectre CPU Patches Aren't Messing With Your Frame Rates

Your ability to crush noobs won’t be impeded.
Matthew Gault
1.8.18
Magenta

Why the IBM PC’s Early Graphics Used Such Ugly Colors

Somehow CGA graphics, the IBM PC’s first take on color, haven’t completely faded into history. Why’s that? Well, those four colors inspire a whole lot of nostalgia.
Ernie Smith
7.27.17
structural variants

Researchers Made an Electrical Circuit Etch-A-Sketch in Crystals

The breakthrough paves the way for an “etch-a-sketch of nanoscale electrical connections.”
Daniel Oberhaus
6.14.17
try again later

Cryptocurrency Mining Is Fueling a GPU Shortage

Looking for a new graphics card online? Good luck.
Daniel Oberhaus
6.7.17
Carbon +

Why Future Microprocessors May Ditch Silicon for Carbon

For the first time a carbon nanotube transistor significantly outperformed a silicon transistor, paving the way for faster phones and computers.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.3.16
You'll Sleep When You're Dead

Why Computers Must Sleep

Sleep modes should be an easy way to save energy, but they have a long way to go.
Emanuel Maiberg
1.23.16
microsoft

Your Next CPU Upgrade Might Force You to Get Windows 10

Microsoft claims older systems simply don't work well with Intel's new processors.
Leif Johnson
1.17.16
Gaming

Fall in Love With Japan's Overclocking Romance Manga

I love (CP)U.
Clinton Nguyen
11.23.15
machines

What High-Bandwidth Memory Is and Why You Should Care

The world demands massive parallel computation, but technology is just barely keeping up.
Michael Byrne
5.23.15
Motherboard Blog

A Guide to Bitcoin Mining: Why Someone Bought a $1,500 Bitcoin Miner on eBay for $20,600

There are bitcoin-savvy folks betting that paying 13 times the price of a machine will actually pay off.
ALEC LIU
3.22.13