Heroes & Zeroes of 2017 The good, the bad and the ugly of this year’s tech prod­ucts

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Just as Kaby Lake had us giv­ing up on pro­ces­sor up­grades, along came AMD with Ryzen, a new CPU series with lots of cores and great performance lev­els. Desk­top PCS with th­ese chips weren’t clocked quite as fast as In­tel’s, but when we threw heav­ier work at them they beat i7 performance but cost the same as i5 pro­ces­sors. In­tel fi­nally got its act to­gether with Cof­fee Lake chips that de­liv­ered the speed boost we’d been wait­ing for. As lap­tops catch up too, 2018 looks like a great time to buy a com­puter.

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