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This week's new PC hardware: Nvidia Turing GPU, AMD Threadripper 2990WX, and big power in tiny laptops

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Fresh gear comes fast and furious in the wide-open world of PC hardware—so quickly that even computing faithful like us can’t possibly cover it all. But nobody wants to miss out on an interesting launch! So welcome to “This week’s new PC hardware,” our weekly roundup dedicated to keeping you informed of the most intriguing, important PCs, PC components, and peripherals announced over the past seven days.

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This week in games: Battlefield V teases its battle royale mode, Deep Silver acquires TimeSplitters

There are about a million games releasing, Gamescom is next week, PAX in two weeks—it’s starting to get pretty damn busy around here again. Both Brad Chacos and I will be in Germany for Gamescom next week, so keep an eye out for previews, announcements, and maybe even a video or two.

But for now, a recap. It's mostly QuakeCon news this week, including 25 minutes of Doom talk, but you'll also find a smattering of early Gamescom trailers below, a tease for Vermintide II's first DLC, and a surprise TimeSplitters acquisition by Deep Silver. Remaster on the way? Let's hope.

This is gaming news for August 13 to 17.

Almost paradise

As I said, Gamescom is still four or five days away—but not for everyone, evidently. Tropico 6 got out ahead of the competition and dropped this so-called “Gamescom Trailer” this week. Get ready to dance a bit in your seat while watching.

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The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

Today’s best laptops bask in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “and you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”

There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13, sports a quad-core 8th-gen chip while maintaining its diminutive size. It’s really the total package. 

But let’s be honest: You probably don’t need a quad-core powerhouse, especially if the hottest application you run is Microsoft Excel. Check out our budget favorites, like the Acer Aspire E 15 and Asus ZenBook Flip, whose dual-core CPUs do just fine with mainstream fare. Or read about the Asus Chromebook Flip, a well-priced and versatile laptop for living on the web—or delving into the wide, wide world of Android apps. 

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