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Meltdown/Spectre: Intel plans changes to protect future chips

Intel has finished patching five years' worth of chips against Spectre and Meltdown. But the chip giant will still need to redesign its upcoming chips to protect against possible exploits.

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Intel issues Meltdown/Spectre fixes for Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge as patch effort winds down

Intel has issued patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities to PCs using its Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge families of Core microprocessors, leaving just a few niche chips left to patch.

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Microsoft will host Intel's Spectre and Meltdown patches on its own site

If you've built a PC using a motherboard from a smaller vendor who doesn't patch regularly, you may not have received a Spectre or Meltdown patch. Microsoft's here to help.

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Walmart has the Intel Core i7-8700K for just over $300 today

Walmart's selling Intel's new CPU for $26 cheaper than Amazon right now.

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Intel ships new Spectre patches: Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake now, Sandy Bridge next

Intel has shipped revised patches for Spectre and Meltdown for its most recent CPU families, including Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake, with a roadmap for what's next.

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Intel says it's been hit with 32 separate lawsuits over Spectre, Meltdown

Intel's annual report claims that both customers and shareholders have filed numerous suits claiming they've been harmed by what Intel has or hasn't done regarding Spectre and Meltdown.

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Who should buy a Ryzen APU, and who shouldn't

PC gamers are wondering: Should I buy an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G or Ryzen 5 2400G? Here are 5 good reasons to buy it, and 5 reasons why you may want to hold off.

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Don't panic about the new 'Prime' Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits

Researchers discovered new ways to trigger Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits, but existing software patches offer protection.

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Intel's latest graphics drivers can automatically optimize your games to play their best

Intel's new drivers add a game optimization feature to take some of the headache out of playing on integrated graphics.

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Intel's first Core i3 with Turbo Boost elevates Intel's budget chip into premium territory

Intel has launched the Core i3-8130U for laptops and two-in-one PCs, the first time it's shipped a Core i3 chip with the ability to "turbo boost" to a faster clock speed if a game needs it.

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Ryzen CPUs explained: Everything you need to know about AMD's disruptive multicore chips

Here's everything you need to know about AMD Ryzen CPU prices, speeds, motherboards, and more, including Ryzen APUs and new X400-series motherboards.

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How to check your PC's CPU temperature

Is your PC's processor too hot? Here's how to monitor your computer's CPU temperature, and lower it if needed.

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Intel releases stable Spectre patches for Skylake PCs, recovering from a bad bout of bugs

After halting Spectre and Meltdown mitigation patches because of instability, Intel feels it's solved the problem, at least for Skylake PCs.

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AMD will Spectre-proof the Zen 2 architecture, and 4 other nuggets from its earnings call

AMD's earnings call revealed plans to bake a Spectre fix into its Zen 2 architecture and other interesting nuggets for end users, along with strong profits and revenue for the fourth quarter.

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Intel's plan to fix Meltdown in silicon raises more questions than answers

Intel told investors it will ship silicon that patches Spectre and Meltdown in hardware, while reporting record revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017. But Intel's statements leave us with more questions than answers.