ExtremeTech Explains: What is a Neural Net?

Photo: Mike MacKenzie, Flickr As Moore’s Law approaches its endgame, the technosphere has looked to different and more diverse approaches to computing. In order to continue to increase the computational power of our systems, we can’t just depend on driving clock speeds higher and higher, nor can we continue making…

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Windows 11 Security Features Hit Game Performance

Microsoft has officially released Windows 11, not that you probably have it on your system yet. Unlike past years, Microsoft isn’t giving everyone the option of installing Windows 11 right away, but anyone buying prebuilt from this point forward is likely to encounter it. If you’re going to use that…

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How to Choose the Best Mechanical Keyboard in 2021

Good luck buying a new GPU right now, but there are other ways to improve your computing experience. There’s an oft-forgotten upgrade that can change the experience drastically for the better: a mechanical keyboard. I make no secret of my obsession with mechanical keyboards as both a hobby and a…

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How to Upgrade From a Smaller SSD to a Larger One

It’s been more than a decade since the first SSDs started to hit the consumer market, and about eight years since they began arriving at price points that could broadly be called “consumer-friendly.” It’s only been in the past few years that SSDs have gotten inexpensive enough that buying a…

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4K vs. UHD: What’s the Difference?

Now that 4K displays are mainstream, let’s look at two terms that have become conflated with one another: 4K and UHD, or Ultra HD. TV makers, broadcasters, and tech blogs are using them interchangeably, but they didn’t start as the same thing, and technically still aren’t. From a viewer standpoint,…

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Why You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Root Your Android Device

Modern smartphones are marvels of technology. With more processing power than the desktop PCs of yesteryear, you can find any piece of information in the world, watch the latest episode of Ted Lasso, and snap photos that are worthy of framing. But that’s just the start — there’s a lot…

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