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How to test how much Spectre and Meltdown hurt your PC’s performance

With manufacturers again shipping Meltdown and Spectre updates to fix security exploits in CPUs, you may be wondering just how much of a hit your PC has taken. After testing how much the updates affected older PCs and my own Surface Book performance laptop, and studying the benchmarks run by colleagues at Techspot and PCMag as well, we believe we’ve found a simple way for the average consumer to gauge the slowdown. IDG Make sure you have all of the latest updates for Windows installed.…

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How to create a multiple monitor setup with three, four, or more displays

By now, a dual-monitor setup has become commonplace. Multitasking on a single screen is just way too confining. But why stop at two displays?  I can speak from experience: Having multiple monitors (and I’m talking three, four, five, or even six) is just…awesome, and something you totally need in your life. Right now, my main PC has a triple-monitor setup: my main 27-inch central monitor, with a 24-inch monitor on either side. I use my extra monitors for a number…

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The Full Nerd episode 41: Nvidia rumors, Spectre updates, and will Ryzen APUs stay relevant?

In this episode of the Full Nerd, the crew mulls whether Ryzen APUs even matter, pick apart the Nvidia Volta / Ampere / Turing / Kardassian rumors, and update you on Meltdown and Spectre. Mentioned in this article AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray kick things off by talking about AMD’s hot new Ryzen APUs and whether they’ll even be relevant if graphics card prices settle down. If you’re a PC gamer without a graphics card,…

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The 500GB Samsung 960 Evo is at its cheapest price yet

The 500GB Samsung 960 Evo is at its cheapest price yet | PCWorld The 500GB Samsung 960 Evo is available for $200 today at Amazon, B&H Photo Video, and Newegg. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. By Ian Paul Contributor, PCWorld | Feb 20, 2018 1:22 PM PT Samsung “);});try{$(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false,timeout:1500,debug:false,xray:false});}catch(exception){console.log(“error loading lazyload_ad “+exception);}}); Today’s a great day for a deal on some crazy fast SSD storage. Amazon, B&H Photo, and Newegg…

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Intel says it’s been hit with 32 separate lawsuits over Spectre, Meltdown

Intel customers and shareholders are angry about Meltdown and Spectre—angry enough that a total of 32 suits have been filed against the company regarding the two vulnerabilities. In its annual report, filed Friday, Intel disclosed that 30 customer class-action suits have been filed against the company, plus two additional class-action suits by shareholders. Those suits have been filed both within the United States and abroad. Given a host of uncertainties—how the cases are proceeding, whether damages have been claimed, and…

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HP Omen X Compact Desktop and VR Backpack Review & Rating

PC-tethered virtual reality systems offer the most compelling VR experience and the best control options. The tether is always inconvenient, and wandering around a virtual space is hazardous if you’re dragging a cable that’s connected to a PC on a desk. HP offers a wearable solution: the Omen X Compact Desktop. This $2,499.99 system is a small form factor gaming PC designed to be worn on your back with the optional $499.99 VR Backpack. It’s a capable PC in its…

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Who should buy a Ryzen APU, and who shouldn’t

If you’re asking yourself, “should I buy a Ryzen APU?” for a new budget gaming PC, the short answer is yes, probably. That’s because for building a ground-up, entry-level gaming machine, the Ryzen APU is the best game in town, and possibly the only game for DIY builders, in the face of wallet-busting GPU prices. But for everyone? Well, no. There is no one-size fits all answer, so read on to learn who should buy the Ryzen APU—and who shouldn’t.…

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How to watch international coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing, but watching online via NBC can be more pain than its worth. Fortunately, there are other ways of watching your favorite sports: You can use a VPN to view streams from Canada, Australia, and (for some), the United Kingdom, as long as you don’t mind coverage not focused on American competitors. Many VPNs will likely work with the Australian and Canadian streams, but if you don’t already have a provider, here’s a…

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How to find your motherboard’s Spectre CPU fix

Operating system patches alone can protect against the nasty Meltdown flaw affecting Intel processors, but fixing Spectre—Meltdown’s nasty sibling, which affects all CPUs—requires firmware updates for your hardware. Those firmware fixes are finally starting to appear after Intel’s first round of Spectre patches were yanked for causing system instability and potential data loss. Stable patches for 6th-gen Intel Skylake CPUs are now available, and both Intel and AMD are working on CPU microcode updates for other chips. Installing Spectre fixes aren’t so…

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