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Install Windows 11 on any computer with any processor and no TPM? It’s easy to do with the official Microsoft utility

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Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 11 tonight and released an ISO image for everyone to download. However, there are different ways to move from Windows 10 to Windows 11. For example, you can wait for the corresponding update to appear in Windows Update. Or you can use the official Windows 11 Installation Assistant app. And it was in it that an interesting undocumented feature was discovered.

The Windows 7 compatibility mode of the Windows 11 Installation Assistant works wonders: a laptop with an officially unsupported Core i7-6500U suddenly becomes fully compatible with the new OS

It turns out that if you run Windows 11 Installation Assistant in compatibility mode with Windows 7, the computer will not be tested for compliance with the official system requirements! For example, do you have an old processor or don’t have a TPM hardware encryption module? This is not a problem if Windows 11 Installation Assistant is running in compatibility mode with Windows 7. For example, the screenshot above was taken on a laptop with an officially unsupported Core i7-6500U processor. The same laptop does not pass the Windows 11 compatibility test using the official PC Health Check Tool, but … a little trick with Windows 11 Installation Assistant allows you to install the official version of the latest Microsoft OS on it. Yes, the issue with the release of updates for “incompatible PCs” with Windows 11 is still open, but at least installing the OS is as easy as shelling pears.

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The most powerful Nvidia graphics card for mining turned out to be significantly more expensive than the GeForce RTX 3090. Nvidia CMP 170HX with a performance of 164 MH / s went on sale

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We have already written today about the most efficient Nvidia video card for mining, and now we are talking about the most powerful Nvidia video card for mining cryptocurrencies – CMP 170HX. Rumors about this model have been around for a long time, the characteristics are known, but now it is on sale and, finally, the price has become known.

The Nvidia CMP 170HX has appeared in the Vipera online store catalog and is being offered for an impressive $ 4,300. And we are not talking about single sales – there are about 230 video cards in stock.

The most powerful Nvidia graphics card for mining turned out to be significantly more expensive than the GeForce RTX 3090. Nvidia CMP 170HX with a performance of 164 MH / s went on sale

Despite the high cost, the CMP 170HX definitely makes sense. Firstly, the video card provides a large hash rate – 164 MH / s. Even the GeForce RTX 3090 is not capable of this. This is due to the fact that the CMP 170HX has 8 GB of HBM2e memory at 1458 MHz with a 4096-bit bus. The memory bandwidth is 1.493 TB / s. Secondly, power consumption is lower than that of the same GeForce RTX 3090 – TDP is 250 W (additional power is supplied through one eight-pin connector). So the CMP 170HX is more efficient at mining than the RTX 3090, but it also costs about $ 1,000 more.

The most powerful Nvidia graphics card for mining turned out to be significantly more expensive than the GeForce RTX 3090. Nvidia CMP 170HX with a performance of 164 MH / s went on sale

The CMP 170HX does not have video outputs and is not intended for gaming, but miners are not interested in the game. But the fact that the video card is accompanied by a 1 year warranty is interesting. It was previously stated that Nvidia CMP 3D cards have a limited warranty of only three months. But here either an exception was made for the CMP 170HX, or Nvidia revised its warranty policy, or the seller assumes an additional 9 months of warranty. In any case, a year of warranty for a purely mining video card, which will definitely overclock and work at the same time in 24/7 mode, is strong.

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The top discrete Intel Arc graphics card will cost about $ 800, the cost of the model is simpler – about $ 650

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The premiere of discrete Intel Arc graphics cards based on the Xe-HPG architecture is expected in the first quarter of next year. There are no comprehensive official details yet, but the company has already given a good price guideline by publishing the conditions of a certain competition, in which two models of Intel Arc 3D cards – Premium and Performance – are the prizes.

A total of 100 prizes will be awarded with Premium graphics cards equivalent to $ 900 each and 200 prizes with Performance graphics cards worth $ 700 each. The price is for a set, which, in addition to the video card itself, includes a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass service for three or six months, as well as branded merchandise.

The top discrete Intel Arc graphics card will cost about $ 800, the cost of the model is simpler - about $ 650

Subtracting the subscription and merchandise costs from the prize, the Arc Premium 3D card will cost around $ 825 and the Performance 3D card around $ 650. A lot, considering that we are talking, in fact, about the cost price. Given the current deficit, the price can be safely multiplied by one and a half, if we talk about retail. And it turns out that on the store shelf there will not be much difference in price between the same Arc Premium, GeForce RTX 3070 (Ti) and Radeon RX 6700 XT – it is with these models from Nvidia and AMD that the novelty will compete. So what will make users buy an Intel device instead of Nvidia or AMD at roughly the same cost and performance? While this is a big question.

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New MacBook Air due next year with Mini-LED display like new MacBook Pro, M2 processor and MagSafe

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Several sources have shared details about the next generation MacBook Air. The well-known resource DigiTimes claims that the laptop will receive a Mini-LED screen like the recently debuted MacBook Pro. The new model will allow Apple to increase shipments of these notebooks by 2 million units per year. The report indicates that the 11-inch iPad Pro will also launch next year and will also receive a Mini LED screen.

iOS developer and Apple analyst, known on Twitter by nickname Dylan, has more details on the upcoming MacBook Air. According to him, the new product will be released in mid-2022, will receive support for MagSafe, a webcam that allows you to broadcast Full HD video, USB-C ports, a 30-watt charger. The device will be built on the M2 platform and will receive a completely passive cooling system. The bezels of the screen and keyboard will be reduced, and the top row of keys will become full-size. But there will be no FaceID system, SD card slot and HDMI video output.

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