NBR Forum Spotlight: AMD Flaws, Clevo GPU Upgrades, SSD Wear

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Welcome to the NotebookReview Forum Spotlight, a biweekly series where we highlight the hottest and most important topics in our forum. The NotebookReview forum is the largest Internet forum dedicated to the discussion of notebook computers, including Macs and tablets. You can sign up for free by clicking here.

Upgrading the Clevo P870DM-G with a GeForce GTX 1080 GPU

Notebooks that use Nvidia’s modular MXM-format graphics cards should be easy to upgrade, right? That’s not necessarily true, as forum member @Mr. Fox found out when trying to upgrade his desktop replacement Clevo P870DM-G notebook.

Clevo P870DM-G MXM Upgrades

Per the thread, this upgrade is not for the faint of heart. A variety of mods are required to make the flagship Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU work with the Clevo P870DM-G. These include:

 

  • Trimming the front frame of the chassis.
  • Building a new power cable for the GPU.
  • Modifying the MXM socket on the notebook’s motherboard.
  • Customizing the GPU heatsink.

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Are CTS Labs’ Claims Over AMD Processor Vulnerabilities Unfounded?

CTS Labs demonstrating flaws in AMD hardware

The previously unknown cyber security firm CTS Labs made claims of vulnerabilities within AMD hardware on March 13, 2018. Despite giving just one day notice, AMD has responded and says they will be providing fixes over the next couple of weeks.

Based on the latest video posted by CTS Labs, it looks as if administrator access is required to exploit the flaws. That alone makes us a little leery – if you already have administrative privileges, what else do you need? But that’s not our place to decide. The credit goes to forum member @don_svetlio for starting the discussion thread.

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Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 is a Good-Looking Game

Far Cry 5 Screenshot

Ubisoft has posted the official launch trailer for Far Cry 5. The game comes out March 27, 2018. Forum member @JRE84 started a discussion thread on the game. Some members have already pre-ordered, while others are waiting to see what kind of role microtransactions will play in the game. Regardless of what happens, the game looks graphically dazzling.

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How Does a Samsung 960 Pro SSD Perform Over Time?

One of the concerns with modern solid-state drive (SSD) storage is degradation of performance over time. At a high level, there’s a theory that the performance of the flash memory can degrade as more and more data is writtenSamsung 960 Pro performance.

Forum member @Phoenix tested that theory with one of the latest-generation SSDs, the Samsung 960 Pro. The performance was analyzed when the drive was brand new, and then after 31TB of data writes. The results? It’s hard to tell the difference between the benchmarks. The Samsung drive appears to perform just as well even after all that data was written. Maybe there’s not so much to worry about after all.

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USB-C Hub Suggestions

USB-C or USB Type-C is a new connector. It’s now common to find it on mid-level PCs and especially smartphones. Take a look at our overview article: USB Type-C: Do You Need It Now?

Chargenpro USB-C Hub

Forum member @veyronworld was looking for a USB-C hub with very particular characteristics. It needed to have multiple USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and one USB-C port. One of the suggestions was for the Chargenpro Premium USB-C Hub ($119.99 retail/$72.99 on sale as we were typing this article). The other was for the Aukey CB-C58. It was going for just $34.99 on Amazon.

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Upgrade Your Samsung Notebook to Windows 10

Samsung Recovery Solution 6Forum member @Gulfmaster has written a thorough guide to using Samsung’s Recovery Solution 6 to upgrade a Samsung notebook to Windows 10. The guide mostly applies to older Samsung notebooks running Windows 7 or Windows 8 and 8.1. It’s possible to upgrade a Samsung notebook from those operating systems to Windows 10. However, should you ever want to do a “clean install”, this guide should make it easier. Instead of starting with Windows 7 or 8/8.1 and then upgrading to Windows 10, you can start with Windows 10 right away.

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