Hardware

It can be challenging keeping up to date with hardware and PC specs, as they change daily as new components become available. Not only will we share what’s new on the market, but we’ll keep you abreast of how to improve performance and resources.

Intel Graphics Drivers for Windows 10 1909 info

Intel unlocks GPU drivers so that users may bypass OEM driver locks

Drivers may be locked on some OEM devices that use Intel hardware; the effect is that administrators may not install vanilla Intel GPU drivers on these devices but need to rely on […]

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NV Updater (Nvidia Driver Updater) 0.4.0.1 released to customize Nvidia driver installations

We reviewed NV Updater, a tool to customize installations of Nvidia drivers by blocking certain unwanted components from being installed with the driver, in February 2020. The developer of the application released […]

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USB Condoms are a thing now

If you connect your devices to anything public, be it wireless or wired Internet, or USB power charging stations, it is best to assume that these are not safe. While you can […]

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Intel started to remove old downloads from its Download Center

If you are using devices with Intel hardware, you may want to head over to the company's download center website right now to download drivers and other files for that hardware before […]

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Quick overview of the 2019 Microsoft Surface event

Microsoft revealed seven new products on today's Surface event; five of which will come out this year, two next year. The coverage of the event is overwhelming and many sites post five, […]

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Raspberry Pi 4 is out in all its glory

The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, a new version of the popular tiny computer featuring major hardware upgrades, is available now starting at $35. The first version 4 release of the Raspberry […]

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PCI Express 5.0 specs: double bandwidth

PCI Express 4.0 motherboards, Solid State Drives. and other devices are not widely available yet, but that has not stopped the Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) from releasing PCI Express […]

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Nvidia GeForce Driver 430.64 fixes high load issue and security issues

Nvidia released a new GeForce Game Ready Driver on May 9, 2019. The new GeForce 430.64 driver fixes a performance issue in the previous driver version caused by the process nvdisplay.container.exe, and […]

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nvdisplay.container.exe causing high CPU load

The most recent Nvidia graphics driver, version 430.39, may cause high CPU usage on some systems it is installed on. Nvidia released the graphics driver 430.39 last week; the new WHQL driver […]

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Nvidia drops 3D Vision support in GeForce Game Ready Drivers

Nvidia revealed in March 2019 that future GeForce Game Ready drivers will drop support for 3D Vision, a technology that enables stereoscopic vision for Direct3D video games. Nvidia plans to release the […]

Thunderbolt-based USB4: backward compatible, speed gains and more

The USB Promoter Group revealed information about the upcoming USB4 specification today in a press release. In short: USB4 is based on Thunderbolt, backwards compatible with USB 3.2, 2.0, and Thunderbolt 3, […]

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microSD Express format and 1TB microSD cards incoming

Today was a big day for the future of microSD cards. The SD Association unveiled the new microSD Express format, and the companies Micron and SanDisk the first 1 Terabyte microSD cards. […]

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Project Alias hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home devices for privacy

More and more households around the world make use of voice controlled devices for all kinds of purposes. Once set up in a location, these devices may provide answers to questions, control […]

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Amazon Partfinder checks PC component compatibility

One of the things that PC users have to make sure when they shop for new hardware for their devices is that the new hardware components are compatible with the device. It […]

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Intel Windows Modern Drivers for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019

Intel switched the type of driver package that it provides for Intel hardware running on Windows 10 or Windows Server 2019 in November 2018. The new driver package, called Modern Windows Drivers […]

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AMD announces end of 32-bit video driver support

Japanese gaming website 4Gamer reports that AMD has discontinued support for 32-bit drivers for the company's graphics cards. The company put 32-bit support for AMD drivers on Windows into legacy support. AMD […]

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Latest GPU-Z detects some fake NVIDIA cards

The latest version of the popular video card tool GPU-Z includes a new option to detect and highlight fake NVIDIA cards. Fake video cards appear as more powerful video cards on cursory […]

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Nvidia GeForce 416.16 with Windows 10 version 1809 support

Nvidia released a new driver for its GeForce video cards today that introduces official support for Windows 10 version 1809 which Microsoft released on October 2, 2018. Some users who upgraded earlier […]

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How to disable the touchpad of the Surface Pro

I bought a Surface Pro 4 shortly after Microsoft released the device and talked about my experience with the device here on this site. I like a lot of things when it […]

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Nvidia GeForce Driver 397.31: RTX Support, file cleanup

Nvidia released the NVIDIA GeForce Driver 397.31 WHQL to the public today. The new driver includes support for a new feature called Nvidia RTX Technology, updates to components, a new file cleanup […]

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Latest Intel Graphics driver supports automatic game optimization

Intel's latest graphics driver for Windows supports the automatic configuration of game settings to improve the gaming experience on machines with integrated Intel graphics adapters. The new feature is available as a […]

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Should you get a Cat6 or Cat7 Ethernet cable for your network?

When you search on Amazon, Newegg or any other shopping site for ethernet cables, you will soon encounter terms you may not be familiar with. The shops carry Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a […]

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How to find and install BIOS updates on your computer

The recently discovered Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities can only be patched fully with BIOS updates. Depending on your system, you may have installed the operating system, web browser and other software updates […]

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Nvidia GeForce driver 390.65 WHQL security update

Nvidia released the Nvidia GeForce Game Reader 390.65 WHQL driver for GeForce graphics cards on January 8th, 2018. The update improves support for specific games, includes fixes, and patches The Spectre variant […]

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Nvidia ends support for 32-bit operating system drivers

Nvidia announced yesterday plans to end Nvidia graphics driver support for 32-bit operating systems on the official Nvidia Support website. Current Nvidia graphic cards drivers install on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of […]

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Nvidia Graphics Driver 388.71: PUBG Game Ready support

Nvidia released the graphics driver 388.71 WHQL for Microsoft's Windows operating system today. The graphics driver comes with Game Ready support for the smash hit Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, support for CUDA 9.1, and […]

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Nvidia Driver 388.43 WHQL restores NV Tray

Nvidia released a new WHQL graphics driver 388.43 for Windows earlier today which brings back NV Tray and Game Ready support for Doom VFR. The new driver is already available on the […]

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Nvidia Geforce driver 388.31 WHQL: new profiles, fixes, issues

Nvidia released a new version of the company's driver for graphics card; the new Nvidia Geforce driver 388.31 WHQL brings Game Ready profiles for Star Wars Battlefront 2, some fixes, but it […]

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New Intel Graphics Driver adds 4K HDR streaming support

A new Intel graphics driver adds support for streaming 4K HDR media on Windows PCs and laptops provided the right hardware available. Microsoft's Fall Creators Update -- the company launched the operating […]

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Nvidia Graphics Driver 388.00: new features and issues

Nvidia released the new Nvidia Graphics Driver 388.00 WHQL to the public with game ready profiles for Destiny 2 and Assassin's Creed Origins. The new graphics driver is available on Nvidia's driver […]

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HP pushes third-party ink blocking printer firmware update (again)

Hewlett Packard (HP) released a new firmware for the company's Officejet printers that appears to block third-party ink from functioning correctly. The company caused quite the uproar a year ago when it […]

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USB 3.2 promises twice the performance of USB 3.1

USB 3.0 was a big step up from USB 2.0 in terms of performance, which in turn was a big improvement over USB 1.0. It then got a bit confusing when USB […]

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How to turn off the Surface keyboard backlight

When it comes to saving battery, one of the things that you can do that is effective is to turn off the keyboard backlight of your Surface device. Note that other mobile […]

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Nvidia GeForce Drivers for Windows 378.49 released

Nvidia has just released new GeForce Drivers for supported Windows operating systems that introduces game ready support for Resident Evil 7 among other things. Nvidia GeForce Drivers 378.49 is a WHQL (Windows […]

Of Apple and Windows: Gartner's OS forecast is useless

You have probably read about Gartner's latest forecast already which sees Apple shipping more combined devices than Microsoft / Windows in the year 2017 and the following years. If you have not, […]

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Nvidia 375.86 driver issues

The last couple of weeks have not been good to Nvidia. The company released a new driver with the version 375.57 in late October that caused major issues especially on Windows 10 […]

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Microsoft's Surface Dial

Microsoft did showcase several new pieces of hardware on yesterday's event including the company's first desktop PC Surface Studio and an accompanying Surface Dial. Surface Dial, which looks like a Hockey puck, […]

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HP releases printer firmware to undo non-HP ink cartridge blocking

HP angered many of its customers in September 2016 when a previously released firmware update for company printers would block non-HP ink cartridges from working. HP designed the update to come into […]

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Western Digital launches SSD products

Western Digital launched two new Solid State Drives (SSD) product lines under the WD brand yesterday of which one is already available for purchase. WD Blue and WD Green Solid State Drives […]

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HP firmware update blocks non-HP ink cartridges

HP released a firmware update on March 12, 2016 for several of the company's Officejet printers that renders non-HP ink cartridges useless. HP customers began to complain about the issue on September […]


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