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Here’s how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

As a performance junkie, I’m less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—after all, there are no known exploits in use today—than I am about a performance hit from the fixes. And from what I’m seeing, my concerns are warranted. My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsoft’s original Surface Book. It’s based on an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe…

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Avira Antivirus Pro review: Great performance, but the free version is probably sufficient

Avira is a great choice for people who want a no-nonsense antivirus security suite with very few extras. The company certainly has a whole roster of services and features including a software updater, password manager, VPN, and system analyzer. However, Avira focuses on its antivirus offerings first. Antivirus Pro—the subject of this review—is its main product for home users. Like its competitors, Avira has an “ultimate” package called Prime that offers all its products for a single price. It’s quite…

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The Full Nerd episode 38: Kaby Lake G, Zen+, and the best of CES

Consumer Electronics Show? Maybe call it the “PC Show” instead. This week Gordon, Melissa, Adam, and Brad go full nerd on the big reveals at CES 2018 and pick our favorites. So yeah, if you want to hear what the crew thinks of Intel’s Vega-infused Kaby Lake G, AMD’s Zen+, and the BFG of Displays, tune into the the Full Nerd here or on YouTube. If you prefer the audio version, you can get that right here: Speaking of audio,…

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AMD processors will get a firmware update for the Spectre CPU exploit, but it’s optional

AMD will release firmware updates for its processors to protect against the devastating Spectre CPU exploits that affect every modern computer, phone, and tablet. Unlike Intel’s flurry of CPU firmware updates, however, they aren’t being treated as critical must-install patches. Mentioned in this article AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler When Meltdown and Spectre were uncovered, AMD said that its CPUs aren’t vulnerable to Meltdown, the first Spectre flaw would be resolved via operating system and…

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ESET Internet Security review: A highly rated security suite with an eye on the connected home

Slovakia-based ESET is a security company that wants to do it all. Its Internet Security suite aims to monitor and destroy malware through its entire life cycle (before and after execution), the company has AV suites for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it offers protection for smart home devices. ESET has some pretty big aims. Here’s how it all shakes out in the 2018 version of ESET Internet Security. When you first start up ESET you’re presented with a basic…

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10 big CES reveals that PC enthusiasts need to know about

An ominous Spectre hung over CES 2018’s PC announcements, as the industry grapples with how to protect against devastating CPU exploits that melt down security on damned near every computer on the planet. But put all that aside for now: 2017 was one of the best years for PC hardware ever, and at CES 2018, the PC kept the pedal firmly planted to the metal. Intel and AMD joined forces on a powerful chip. Nvidia pushed gaming displays way past…

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A Rosewill ATX case is $31 today

A Rosewill ATX case is $31 today | PCWorld Newegg is selling the Rosewill Nautilus 200G ATX gaming mid-tower for 44% less than the competition right now. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. By Ian Paul Contributor, PCWorld | Jan 11, 2018 9:40 AM PT Rosewill “);});try{$(“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);}}); If building a new PC is part of your New Year’s Resolutions, and you haven’t bought a case yet, Newegg has…

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NZXT’s debut motherboard is one of the most breathtaking motherboards ever

NZXT makes motherboards now. That’s the news—but saying “NZXT makes motherboards now” is perhaps the greatest understatement of 2018. (Hey, we’re only ten days in so far.) At CES this week, NZXT announced it’s done what’s almost impossible: Made a motherboard that looks good. It’s the NZXT N7 Z730, and as I alluded to earlier it’s NZXT’s debut motherboard. It’s also stunning—so much so that I immediately tried to justify buying one after seeing it for the first time, and…

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