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Millions of PCs Left Vulnerable Due to Flaws in Intel Processors
Research groups have discovered critical vulnerabilities in Intel’s Management Engine, a remote administration feature with flaws that could allow a hacker to take over control of a PC.
How do you know if your PC is vulnerable? Intel has made a detection tool available for Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems that will scan your computer for vulnerabilities. Direct Link to Intel’s Download Center
The affected processors include Intel’s 6th, 7th, and 8th generation Core-series processors, which are very popular in PCs. Certain Intel Atom, Celeron, and Pentium-brand processors are also affected; they are typically found in low-cost PCs. We ran the tool on one of our test platforms, and it came back with a negative for results.
What did your PC get? Chime in on the forum if you’d like some help!
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Stop Your PC from Unnecessarily Throttling Its Performance!
NotebookReview forum member @UncleWebb is author of ThrottleStop, a performance monitoring and modification tool that is designed to help your PC’s Intel processor run with its best performance foot forward. Page 1 of The ThrottleStop Guide takes you through the basics of getting it set up.
Note this tool can do more than just enhance performance; it can also improve power savings, and control overclocking features on supported PCs. Naturally, this is all done at your own risk, so don’t blame the author!
This post in The ThrottleStop Guide explains how to make ThrottleStop automatically start with Windows 10. This guide continues to be one of the most active threads in our forum, with nearly 7,500 replies and 2.3 million reads since it was started in 2010.
Intel 9260/9560 Wireless Card Finally Getting Into Consumer Hands
The Intel 9260/9265 WLAN card
Although they were spotted way back in spring 2017, it’s only been within this month that Intel’s newest wireless cards, the Dual Band Wirless-AC 9260 and 9560, have started to appear in consumer hands. NotebookReview forum member @Ogg had the card shipped from Taiwan, and has reported good success after installing it in his Clevo gaming notebook. You can find preliminary benchmark results in this post.
Interested in upgrading your notebook? Start by finding out if your notebook is compatible with this card. Visit the discussion thread and ask.
Should You Buy a Mac or a PC for Family Members?
That’s the question NotebookReview forum member @Phoenix asked himself before deciding to buy his wife a Mac. Windows 10 was apparently the tipping point in favor of the Mac; the amount of updates that have been released for Windows 10 this year have apparently made it prohibitive for seldom-used computers, as whenever they’re turned on, they’re busying trying to update. In the three-plus pages of discussion generated thus far, our forum members have generally agreed that the number of updates for Windows 10 is high and disruptive as of late. If you’re looking to buy a computer for a friend or family member, the argument has merit.
Is Low Resolution Gaming Worthwhile on Lower-Powered and Older PCs?
The majority of notebook computers sold today have some form of an integrated graphics processor (IGP) for 3D work and visuals. It’s essentially the part of the computer that renders a picture on your screen. The problem with IGPs, such as Intel HD 630 graphics, is that they’re relatively low-powered, and rarely capable of tackling today’s latest and greatest games. Entry-level dedicated graphics cards from chip makers Nvidia and AMD potentially suffer from the same issue; they just don’t have the requisite power for AAA-level game titles, such as Call of Duty: World War II.
The last statement assumes you want to run games at high visual quality settings and resolution. If you’re willing to exchange some eye candy for playable performance, which you’ll probably have to do with low-powered IGPs and entry-level dedicated cards, gaming at a lower screen resolution might be the answer to your dilemma.
NotebookReview forum member @franzerich posed the question of whether gaming at 960×540 – or half the resolution of 1080p (1,920×1,080 pixels) is worthwhile. The consensus so far is that if it comes down to choosing whether to play the game at reduced visual quality settings or not play it at all, it is, of course, it’s better to play! Take a look at some examples of what the effects are of reduced screen resolutions in this post.
Get Help Buying Your Next Computer!
PC, Mac, Chromebook, notebook, tablet – you name it, you can get help picking the right one. You can get help in the What Notebook Should I Buy section of the NotebookReview forum.
Just register and create a thread in that forum, using our FAQ as a template to help us help you find the right product. We don’t allow vendors in that section of the forum. That means the people you’ll be getting advice from there are just that, real people who have real experience to share.