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.
CPU Vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, and More
The start of 2018 was greeted with a host of PC security problems, one of which we detailed in our last forum spotlight. More information has come to light since then, namely the extent of the damage. Forum member @hmscott has kept an updated thread of all you need to know about the latest electronic gremlins that might be hiding in your PC.
The two CPU-based vulnerabilities are called Spectre and Meltdown (the latter not to be taken literally). Some PC makers have released patches to address the issues, usually in the form of a BIOS update for your PC. Take a look at Intel’s website for a good run-down of the issues.
How Far Off are Intel “Coffee Lake” 8th Gen Chips for Gaming Notebooks?
That’s the question posted by forum member @Muyfa666. Note the question specifically refers to gaming notebooks. Intel’s 15-watt 8th generation CPUs have already hit the market. They’ve actually be in consumer hands for a while. The desktop replacement 45-watt parts, however, remain to be seen. The fastest mobile CPUs that you’ll currently find in notebook computers are the 7th generation “Kaby Lake” Core i7-7700HQ and Core i7-7820HK quad-core parts. Their “Coffee Lake” successors may very well have six processing cores. Intel has made no mention as to when they’ll be available. Our forum members have speculated it’ll be several months before we see anything. Think end of Q2 at the earliest, possibly into Q3.
If you want a desktop-level “Coffee Lake” chip in a notebook right now, take a look at the Clevo P870TM. (it’s quite popular amongst the forum enthusiasts who have a real need for speed.)
Desktop Overclocker’s Lounge
Although it might seem odd, there are plenty of folks out there who use both a notebook and a desktop. (We’re kidding about that being odd, of course.) Our Desktop Hardware forum is a place to discuss anything desktop-related, from cases to components.
Forum member @Mr. Fox has started an “official” desktop overclocker’s lounge thread. It’s the place to go if you’re trying to max out your desktop’s performance. Overclocking newbies are always welcome, too.
The Best Gaming Mouse for Small Hands
This was the question asked by forum member @Henris. It’s a valid point, as gamers come in all shapes and sizes. One of the most popular answers was the Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum. It’s a high-end corded gaming mouse with programmable RGB lighting. Logitech’s store has it on sale for $59 (from $79) as we’re tapping this out. Other contenders included the Razer Orochi and the EVGA TORQ X10.
How to Properly Update an Nvidia Graphics Card Driver
Forum guru @Phoenix took the time to put together a step-by-step video. His guide shows how to cleanly install a driver update for your notebook’s (or desktop’s) Nvidia-based GPU.
Updating your drivers can improve system stability and performance, especially in games. Give it a shot: