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Warranty Void Stickers Are Illegal in the US
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently come out with a statement that warranty void stickers are illegal. The FTC is requesting companies review their promotional and warranty materials to ensure that they don’t state anything to the effect that warranty coverage is conditional on using specific parts or services.
It’s not infrequent we receive a product to review that have “warranty void if removed” stickers, and that never looks good in our product photos. Furthermore, we dislike having to state in a review that end-user upgrades aren’t the best idea because of stickers like these. We’re not complaining now that we know they officially mean nothing.
(Thanks to Notebook Diety @Vistar Shook for making this post.)
How to Upgrade a Laptop Screen
Is it possible to upgrade the screen on a notebook? And if so, what panels are compatible? That was the question asked by forum member @Shark00n, who was upset with the quality of the display on his HP Omen X gaming notebook.
Unlike desktop monitors, laptops screens aren’t plug-and-play. You’ll need to know how many pins the display cable connector has, in addition to the number of lanes the panel needs. Largely thanks to NBR Forum Moderator @t456, our poster was able to get the information he needed to find a suitable upgrade.
Intel 8th Generation Core i7 Chips Now In Notebooks
We’re specifically talking about the 45-watt parts, as the 15-watt Intel 8th generation chips have been available since late 2017. Expect to see these new 8th generation chips eclipse the 7th generation Intel chips as stock of the latter starts to run out. The Core i7-7700HQ quad-core CPU, for example, has been a mainstay in the gaming and desktop replacement notebook market for some time. It’s still plenty powerful enough for just about anything, so now might be a good time to go shopping for a notebook with one and hope for a slight discount.
The new Intel chips include the following:
Core i5-8300H: 4 cores/8 threads; 2.3-4.0GHz
Core i5-8400H: 4 cores/8 threads; 2.5-4.2GHz
Core i7-8750H: 6 cores/12 threads; 2.2-4.1GHz
Core i7-8850H: 6 cores/12 threads; 2.6-4.3GHz
Core i9-8950HK: 6 cores/12 threads; 2.9-4.8GHz
These “Coffee Lake” chips break new ground for Intel. The Core i7 and Core i9 parts listed here are the first 45-watt chips Intel has released for notebooks with six processing cores. With 50 percent more cores than the 45-watt chips of the previous generation, the multi-threaded CPU performance should be significantly better. This is especially true of the Core i9-8950HK, which can be overclocked thanks to its unlocked multipliers. Naturally it’ll only be found in very expensive machines.
In our notebook testing, we didn’t exactly feel a need for more CPU power when we had the 7th generation chips with regards to gaming. Don’t take that as a complaint from us, though; more CPU performance in the same form factor is always welcome.
(Thanks to forum member @sicily428 for creating the discussion thread.)
Windows 10 Redstone 4 Still Buggy?
That’s what forum member @Phoenix found after he installed it.
The release notes from Microsoft can be found here. Some key features of the new build include:
- A power scheme called Ultimate Performance – only for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. This is a tweaked version of the current High Performance power plan.
- Windows 10 Pro for Workstations also gets a re-tiled Start menu, with productivity-based rather than consumer-based choices by default.
- Various tweaks to the user interface.
- Many fixes.
The feedback from our member base hasn’t exactly been positive. The good news is, however, this build does say it fixes a lot of outstanding problems.
Latest Aorus Gaming Notebooks Available in June 2018
Aorus, the elite gaming sub-brand of Taiwan-based Gigabyte, has announced their new gaming notebooks. They’re slated to be available in the U.S. starting in June 2018. Aorus is known for making some of the slimmest and most cutting-edge gaming notebooks on the market. The new notebooks all feature the latest-generation Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors, plus Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 series GPUs.
The new models for the U.S. market include:
- $2,599 Aorus X5 v8-CL4D: 15.6-inch display (1080p/144Hz), Intel Core i7-8850H processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD
- $2,999 Aorus X7 DT v8-CL4D: 17.3-inch display (1080p/144Hz), Intel Core i7-8850H processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD
- $3,899 Aorus X9 DT-CL5M: 17.3-inch display (1080p/144Hz), Intel Core i9-8950K overclockable processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 1TB HDD
The 1080p resolution displays are an interesting choice, but ultimately better than 4K for playing with the latest games. Even a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card isn’t quite powerful enough for 4K gaming without lowering the settings a bit. With a 144Hz refresh rate, the displays on these Aorus notebooks ought to have no problem showing as many frames as the GPU can render. We personally have our sights set on the Aorus X9, but even the X5 ought to deliver a stellar gaming experience.
(Thanks to forum member @laserbullet for creating the discussion.)