McAfee aced a Windows PC performance impact test, are you surprised?

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McAfee aced a Windows PC performance impact test, are you surprised?

In earlier days, I used to test and review internet security suites for Maximum PC, usually in the form of annual roundups. During that time, I witnessed firsthand a concerted effort by major AV makers to optimize their software to have less of a performance impact on PCs. It worked for Norton, but not quite as well for McAfee in my experience. I've been out of the loop for several years (in terms of hands on testing), and to my surprise, an independent testing lab found McAfee to be one of the least performance-robbing AV programs among a modest group evaluated.

Origin PC upgraded its 17-inch gaming laptop with a 240Hz display

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Origin PC upgraded its 17-inch gaming laptop with a 240Hz display

System builders are in the midst of upgrading their product lines with new CPUs from Intel and AMD. On the mobile side, Origin PC recently announced the return of its 15.6-inch EVO15-S with an Intel Comet Lake-H CPU inside, along with several display options, including a 1080p screen at 240Hz. The same CPU and display combo is now available on the boutique builder's 17.3-inch EVO17-S as well, but it's an expensive pairing. More on pricing in a moment.

AMD, Intel, and Nvidia could be calling it quits for Computex 2020

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AMD, Intel, and Nvidia could be calling it quits for Computex 2020

AMD, Intel, and Nvidia are unlikely to participate in Computex 2020, according to sources close to the matter. The Taiwanese tech show is usually one of the biggest events on the tech calendar, and is usually a hotbed of product announcements and launches. However, due to the ongoing global pandemic and related safety measures, the companies dearest to PC builders' hearts may halt their plans.

You won't see Intel Xe graphics in your desktop gaming PC in 2020

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You won't see Intel Xe graphics in your desktop gaming PC in 2020

We finally have some reliable information on Intel's aspirations for its discrete graphics card, DG1—and it doesn't look promising for desktop. A slide from a presentation given at the Argonne National Laboratory—the future recipient of an Intel Xe supercomputer—suggests Intel's first discrete GPU is destined solely for use in laptops.

This hardcore Stardew Valley mod creates a more realistic farming experience

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This hardcore Stardew Valley mod creates a more realistic farming experience

The breezy farming sim Stardew Valley is laid-back in its nature. Running a farm and earning a profit is relatively easy, and further fulfils the fantasy of leaving our responsibilities behind and escaping to a more relaxing life. However, modder Juanpa98ar wanted to create a "more difficult and realistic experience" of farming life, and so has created Hardew Valley—a mod that changes the cutesy farming sim to labour intensive grind.