Here’s the best RAM for the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is a capable processor, packing the same performance as the older entry-level Threadripper. A significant difference here is the 3900X is supported by non-Threadripper chipsets, allowing you to install it on consumer-grade motherboards.

Ryzen RAM

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit

Editor’s pick

The Ryzen 3900X works well with RAM clocked at 3200MHz, and this kit from Corsair houses two 8GB modules. It’s also rather affordable, making it an ideal addition to your PC build.

$70 at Amazon

Stunning Design

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Gold 16GB Kit

This G.SKILL kit looks like something you’d purchase from a jewelry store. The company decided RAM modules are rather dull and slapped onto this kit gold heat spreaders and RGB lighting. They’re also clocked at 3200MHz, ideal for the Ryzen 9 3900X.

$120 at Amazon

Extended Capacity

Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB Kit

What would make the 18GB kit of Corsair 3200MHz even better, you ask? Double the capacity at 32GB, letting you crack on with intense gaming and video editing.

$160 at Amazon

If we were to make a suggestion…

The choice of RAM is fairly easy. Go with the highest speed your processor and system will allow, choose the capacity you require, and pick a kit from a brand you trust. There are other options out there, but your choice should only come down to these three.

We continue to recommend Corsair’s Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit because it works well with the Ryzen 3900X at 3200MHz. It’s also just affordable. After spending so much on the high-end CPU here, you’ll save some money, and who doesn’t love that?

Should you want your RAM to look fancy, the G.SKILL TridentZ kits are genuinely unique with colorful designs and plenty of RGB lighting. The one listed here also clocks in at 3200MHz.

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NordVPN fesses up to data center breach, insists network is ‘still safe’

The breach occurred in March 2018.

What you need to know

  • NordVPN is one of the most popular virtual private network service providers.
  • One of its data centers was breached back in March of 2018, the company recently admitted.
  • It claims no user activity logs or credentials were compromised.

A Finnish data center hosting NordVPN servers was breached early last year, the company admitted in a blog post earlier today.

It fingered a remote management system used by the data center provider as being responsible for the breach, a system that NordVPN claims it was entirely unaware of. Though it did not name the vendor, the VPN company has terminated its contract with the data center provider and has also shredded all the servers it was renting at the facility.

With regard to activity logs and user credentials, the company insisted that “none of [its] applications send user-created credentials for authentication,” so these are secure. The company also makes a big point of its “no logging policy,” meaning the former should not exist in the first place.

Alongside this, the company stated that upon its discovery of the breach last year, it immediately commended an extensive audit of its entire network to ensure any other parts of its network were not similarly exposed. That, it explains, was the reason behind the delay in disclosing the breach till now.

However, as researchers cautioned users of the service this week, a (now expired) private security key was also exposed due to the breach, which could allow anyone to set up their own servers disguised as NordVPN.

“However, the key couldn’t possibly have been used to decrypt the VPN traffic of any other server. On the same note, the only possible way to abuse website traffic was by performing a personalized and complicated MiTM attack to intercept a single connection that tried to access,” said the company’s Daniel Markuson.

To keep its network secure in the future, the company is purportedly moving all of its servers to RAM, something that it says will be completed by next year. It’s also launching an application security audit and a no-logs audit, and is preparing a bug bounty program to ensure the continued safety of its network.

Best VPN Services in 2019

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Facebook says its taking steps to protect the U.S 2020 elections

Facebook has released information on a new set of initiatives it plans to adopt to protect the US 2020 elections. After being sued as a tool for election interference in both the US and other countries, the firm has taken steps to mitigate the possibility of being used in such a manner going forward. The […]

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Health insurance company Humana announces multiyear strategic partnership with Microsoft

Humana is one of the largest health insurance provider in the US. Humana today announced a seven-year partnership with Microsoft to build predictive solutions and intelligent automation. As part of this partnership, Azure will become the preferred cloud provider for Humana. Humana will also take advantage of the power of Azure AI, Microsoft 365 and […]

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Former Microsoft Office and Cortana executive to head Google G Suite

Javier Soltero today announced that he has joined Google as a Vice President to lead the G Suite team. Javier Soltero previously held various positions at Microsoft over the years. Javier Soltero first came to Microsoft when Microsoft acquired his startup Acompli, which later became Outlook Mobile. After leading the Outlook Mobile team for several […]

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Google explains Pixel 4’s weak 4K video support

Google’s Pixel 4 was released today, with users receiving their devices in the mail. At the same time, Google’s newest flagship has been reviewed and found wanting in one aspect — support of 4K 60fps video. “Pixel 4 supports 4k video recording on the rear camera at 30fps. We find that the majority of users […]

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Razer announces the Razer Raptor gaming monitor with 144Hz display

Razer has branched out into providing yet another gaming product: the Razer Raptor gaming monitor. Essentially appearing like a 27-inch Razer Blade screen hoisted onto a sleek stand, the new gaming monitor has a striking look. Available to purchase today at the price of $700, Razer’s gaming monitor has some tasty specifications. The 2560×1440 IPS […]

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Microsoft acquires Mover, a leading cloud storage migrator

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Mover, one of the fastest and most recognized cloud storage migrators in the world. Microsoft believes that Mover acquisition will help even more customers migrate easily to the cloud. Microsoft already supports several ways for cloud file migration, Moover will improve them with proven tools, and it will […]

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Anyone can buy the Intel-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 for Business

You don’t have to work in business to get the Intel-powered Surface Laptop 3 for Business.

What you need to know

  • The Surface Laptop 3 for Business runs on an Intel chip, including the 15-inch version.
  • Anyone can purchase the Intel-powered version of the Surface Laptop 3 for Business.
  • The Intel version could have better battery life, better standby battery life, and improved performance.

A new member was added to the Surface Laptop family at the October Surface event, the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. This larger Surface Laptop 3 shares many design elements with its smaller sibling, but comes in a larger form factor that’s preferred by people who prioritize screen size over portability. One main difference between the 15-inch model and the 13-inch model is that the 15-inch model is powered by an AMD chip. This chip came with high expectations but disappointed in our review. Luckily, for people looking for another option, an Intel-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 for Business exists, and you don’t have to work for a business to purchase it.

In our testing period with the AMD-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, there was a persistent battery drain. Leaving the lid closed overnight led to a 20 percent drop in battery. Geekbench tests for the device also came out lower than last year’s Intel Core i5 13-inch Surface Laptop 2 and this year’s Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 7.

The AMD-powered Surface Laptop 3 also lacks some driver support and optimization that appears in Intel devices. Additionally, it lacks WiFi- 6 and DDR4 RAM.

Without having a 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 for Business to test, we can’t guarantee that performance would be better. But it’s likely that an Intel-powered Surface Laptop 3 would at least have similar performance to a Surface Pro 7, which beat the AMD version of the Surface Laptop 3 in multiple ways. It’s worth pointing out that there may be warranty differences between the Surface Laptop 3 for Business and the consumer-aimed Surface Laptop 3.

Surface Laptop 3 for Business

From $1,599 at Microosft

This larger Surface Laptop 3 is powered by an Intel chip, rather than the AMD chip that powers the consumer 15-inch Surface Laptop 3.

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How to get Renown fast in Rainbow Six Siege

Mo’ Renown, no problems.

In Rainbow Six Siege, Renown makes the world go round. Renown is an in-game currency awarded through play and a few other methods. You can buy pretty much everything with the currency, except some premium items locked behind the paid-for Rainbow Credits.

Changes to the game since launch have changed the gaming, so Renown is no longer needed to buy the base operators or slap attachments on weapons. However, you’ll still need it for the DLC operators and the game’s extensive collection of cosmetics if you don’t want to get out your real-life wallet.

Compared to most in-game currencies, Rainbow Six Siege’s is reasonably generous. You’ll get a bit for playing a match, and as a bonus if you take the victory. But, there are a few other ways you can get Renown fast, and we’re here to tell you about them.

Educate yourself

An easy way to get Renown relatively fast is by watching in-game tutorials. Viewing the in-game tutorial videos will give you 200 Renown each. However, if you watch them all, the game will provide you with an additional 200 Renown on top of that. That’s a good chunk of change just for going through instructions.

These videos are worth watching anyway, as they give you the skinny on a few different mechanics that are essential for success in the game. While you can only do this for a one-time payout, it’s something that a lot of players tend to overlook.

Play the Situations

Continuing in the tutorial vibe, the game’s Situations are short single-player Situations designed to get you combat-ready for playing the game online. These hand-holding sessions lead you gently through several different parts of the game and will pay out a whopping 600 Renown if you “three-star” the event by completing its trio of objectives.

They aren’t super challenging and require you to do a few different, thematically appropriate objectives shown on screen. One even requires you to take a minimal amount of damage. Smash these objectives for every situation, and you’ll net yourself a cool 6,000 Renown. It’s the fastest way to earn that much in-game currency.

Here’s the kicker; like the tutorial videos above, this is a one-time thing. It’s perfect for getting you the last stretch towards an Operator you really want.

Beat the challenges

Each week there are a host of Ubisoft Club Challenges that can be completed for sweet, sweet Renown. They’re usually pretty simple: win three rounds as an attacker, or get four multiplayer kills with a shotgun. These objectives refresh every Tuesday, and you have the entire week to plow through them.

It’s important to note that the Club Challenges can’t be achieved until you decide to attempt them. If you’re playing on PC, you should start every session by hitting Alt+F2 to get into the Uplay overlay and see which challenges you’ll be working towards that day. You’ll be able to tackle these challenges as soon as your profile hits Level 3.

Play Ranked playlists for higher rewards

The Ranked Multiplayer Mode is a high-stakes mode that puts you in a competitive setting for the game. You play only on the most balanced maps in shorter rounds on the Disarm Bomb game mode.

It’s the most balanced way to play, but it’s also the most high-pressure. It’s not for everyone. If you can tough it out, it’ll pay out more experience and Renown than other modes. However, there are severe penalties for leaving games early, including penalties to your Renown. So, if you step up to play one of these, try to make sure your next 30 minutes are free and clear.

Realistic terrorist hunt can be great for farming Renown

Playing Rainbow Six Seige’s player versus enemy (PvE) Terrorist Hunt mode is an excellent way to get Renown fast, as long as you can survive until the end. This is tricky, but it will help you get Renown fast. You can also use matchmaking preferences to specifically put yourself into a situation where it’s harder to fail.

If you want to do this solo, you can set yourself to play only Protect Hostage when you’re playing Terrorist Hunt. From there, you can just set up in a defensive position and blast the enemies as they come into view. This could, perhaps, be the only place in Rainbow Six Siege where Tachanka is genuinely useful.

While I’m not much of a Renown grinder, with Operator Kaid and a corridor of barbed wire, it’s easy to set up a situation where the enemies all die by damaging barbed wire before they get to you. It’s not a lot of fun, but you can do it with your brain turned off. This is easier to do than the other Terrorist Hunt modes, but again it’s a little boring.

Money talks

Throw in a few of these methods next time you play, and you should get a nice little nest egg to buy the operators and cosmetics you’ve got your eye on. Plus, you can do it without resorting to the paid currency as a shortcut.

If you’ve got your own favorite way of making Renown, let us know in the comments below. Let’s grind cosmetics out together.

Eyes on target

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Addictive, challenging shooter action

Ubisoft’s hit shooter is hotter than ever, touting tense tactical gameplay, and regular free updates. With millions of players in 2019, Rainbow Six isn’t slowing down.

$25 at Amazon

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