Hardware

We do not do that many hardware reviews here on Ghacks, mostly because we do not get any samples from companies that manufacter or sell hardware. Most reviews are limited to hardware that we buy on our own and use for our daily activities. That’s great as it improves the quality of the review, but also very limiting as we usually do not have options to compare hardware or review a lot of devices in first place.

We also cover interesting technologies and devices that we do not own yet but discovered on the Internet. This can be a new tablet device that introduces an interesting new feature, or a future tech that will make our life easier in the near future.

Below are all our hardware and device reviews and news. Keep in mind that mobile devices are not reviewed here but on the Mobile Computing category instead.

Western Digital My Book Live drives are getting wiped on their own

Western Digital My Book Live drives are getting wiped on their own; company advises users to unplug it from the internet

Losing all your precious files is a data hoarder's nightmare. Unfortunately, many Western Digital My Book Live and My Book Live Duo users have been experiencing that for the past couple of […]

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AMD ends graphics driver support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

AMD released a new version of its Radeon Software Adrenalin driver this week. Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.6.1 is the first driver of the series that supports Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system only, […]

How good is Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3070 Ti video card?

Late last month, NVIDIA announced two additions to its graphic cards portfolio. The new "gaming flagship" GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. The flagship model launched on June […]

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keyboardPrivacy is a device that protects you against typing-based profiling

Remember keyboardPrivacy? We reviewed the proof-of-concept Chrome extension back in 2015 when it was first released to protect its users against one from of behavioral targeting: the analysis of typing patterns. All […]

Reminder: support for root certificates with kernel mode signing capabilities ends next year

Microsoft will remove support for root certificates with kernel mode signing capabilities in the Microsoft Trusted Root Program in the first half of 2021. The change affects devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 […]

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Surface Laptop Go or Surface Go 2: a comparison

Microsoft has expanded its line of Surface devices in October 2020 adding the Surface Laptop Go to the mix. It is a cheaper, smaller, lighter, and less powerful device than the Surface […]

DirectStorage API for PCs promises faster game loading times

When Microsoft announced the next Xbox console some time ago, it highlighted some features of the console's underlying architecture to demonstrate its power. Next to DirectX 12 Ultimate, which Microsoft confirmed would […]

Nvidia driver trimmer NVSlimmer updated to version 0.9

It has been a while since we wrote about the excellent NVSlimmer tool here on Ghacks. NVSlimmer is a handy program for owners of NVIDIA graphics cards as it gives more control […]

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Thunderbolt 4 is ready: here is what is new and changed

Intel unveiled Thunderbolt 4, the next-generation of the hardware interface designed to connect hardware devices to computer systems, on July 8, 2020. The company revealed that Thunderbolt 4 comes with expanded capabilities […]

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Why you may want to enable Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling in Windows 10

Microsoft introduced a new graphics feature in Windows 10 version 2004; called Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling, it is designed to improve GPU scheduling and thus performance when running applications and games that […]

Nvidia GeForce 451.48 driver introduces full DirectX 12 Ultimate support

Nvidia released a new GeForce graphics driver today that introduces full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate and features other improvements. The new driver can be downloaded from Nvidia's official driver's downloads site; […]

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Dell and Lenovo publish list of tested devices compatible with Windows 10 version 2004

How do you find out if a particular device is compatible with Microsoft's latest version of Windows 10, Windows 10 version 2004 or the May 2020 update? While you could give it […]

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Surface Go 2 announced: you need to have the right expectation

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Go 2 device yesterday. The ultra-portable Windows 10 device is the successor of the Surface Go, a laptop that I bought some time ago. Since I own and […]

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 […]

nvidia graphics driver 397.31

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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