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An Ultra-Slim Gaming Notebook for $1,800 or Less
What does an $1,800 budget buy you in the gaming notebook world? Forum member @vIkInG_w0w posed the question in our What Notebook Should I Buy forum. The top pick suggested by our forum regulars was the MSI GE73 Raider, a 17.3-inch notebook that fit within budget. The GS73 Stealth was suggested as a slimmer alternative, but it ended up being too far above budget. One notebook that wasn’t recommended was the Clevo P950/P955 chassis.
Intel Core i7-8086K 40th Anniversary CPU Rumored
Intel is allegedly working on a version of its 8th generation Core i7 processor to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its 8086 processor from 1978. According to the leaked specifications, the Core i7-8086K is very similar to the existing Core i7-8700K. Still a 6-core/12-thread part, it has a higher base clockspeed (4.0GHz versus 3.7GHz).
We’re not sure if it’s real yet, as nothing has been announced by Intel. The information we’ve seen looks rather convincing, though. We’ve been waiting four decades for it, so what’s another month or two?
(Special thanks to forum member @BeastsForever.TheDragon for starting the discussion thread.)
Which Notebooks Support More Than 64GB of Memory?
Commercially speaking, no notebook sold in mid-2018 supports more than 64GB of memory. A four-16GB DIMM configuration would be required to reach that capacity. (Take a look at our guide: How to Replace or Upgrade Laptop Memory) And that was the question posed by UK-based forum member @Quicklite: When will we see memory sticks larger than 16GB? The best guess from our experts is not until the next memory standard is released, DDR5. That should be sometime around 2020. And even then, it might take some time before the new standard is adopted. That has historically been the case going from DDR to DDR2, DDR3 to DDR3, and DDR3 to DDR4, the current standard.
How to Properly Install Windows on a Multi-Drive System
If your notebook or desktop has multiple storage drives, there is actually a right and a wrong way to go about installing Windows. Forum member @Phoenix has written a thorough guide to doing this on your own. Here are some key points addressed in the guide:
- It’s best to install Windows with only one drive connected. Windows will try to place boot files on the second drive (or partition) it finds.
- If you partition your drives, add 565MB (0.1GB) to the size you want. That amount will account for the reserved system files Windows will create. Doing this will allow your drives to show even capacities in Windows e.g. 200GB instead of 199.9GB.
You can find a link to the guide below.
Google’s New Android P Operating System
Although it exists in preview form only right now, Google’s new operating system is already showing some exciting features. Unlike previous versions of the OS, it’s not named after a dessert. KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, and Oreo ought to ring a bell. (Maybe the “P” stands for Pie?)
Here are some reported highlights from the development version of Android P:
- No major structural changes to the OS. The upgrade is focused on the look and feel.
- For security, the OS will block out access to sensors, such as the microphone, for apps running in the background.
- Support for a “screen notch”, much like the Apple iPhone X. (You can discuss the iPhone X here.)
In case you’re wondering, yes, we do Smartphones and Tablets discussion, too.
(Special thanks to Earth-based forum member Dr. AMK for starting this discussion.)