Google Chrome for Windows adds antivirus features

Nowadays, websites with malicious codes or malicious extensions are dangerous, threatening the security of the people using any browser. In order to solve these problems and allow us to browse the web safely, Google Chrome has added antivirus features that protect Windows PCs.

One of the reasons why users prefer Google’s browser over the competition is due to the wide range and usefulness of its extensions. However, this also has a downside: there are some extensions that are not highly recommended, such as the 7 extensions mentioned below that you should uninstall right now so as not to compromise your PC’s security.

Google wants to avoid having these issues in its web browser as much as possible, so it has made three changes that will help to protect your PC from malicious extensions and other harmful software that you can find when browsing the web.

The first one is able to detect if an extension modifies Chrome’s settings without the victim’s permission. In case that happens, the browser will display a notification so the user can restore the original settings with a single click. According to Google’s post, this feature has already been used by millions of people to revert unwanted changes.

For the second change, Google has redesigned Chrome Cleanup, making its interface simpler and easier to use. In case you did not know this tool, it shows a notification once it detects that a malicious software is trying to install itself without the user’s permission, providing a quick way to remove the program and go back to the browser’s original settings.

The third change also has to do with Chrome Cleanup, although this one is related to an upgrade of the tool’s technology to identify and remove unwanted software. Thanks to this upgrade, the system is able to detect and remove more programs in order to keep your PC safe.

Monitors guide: everything you need to know, models and prices (October 2017)

Monitors guide

The display is the most important element of our PC setup. It could work as our desktop PC’s main display, as a secondary display to connect our laptop in order to increase our productivity or as a display for our video game console.

We should both pay attention to what monitor we choose and think ahead, as it is going to be part of our single or multi-display setups, and we are certainly not replacing it in a few years.

That is why we will dedicate a whole guide to the best monitors out on the consumer market. We have a selection of all kinds of models, all of them with their links and sale prices. But first, we will review the main aspects to take into account in order to choose the model that best fits our needs and budgets, as well as the most attractive current formats like 4K or ultrawide. Continue reading “Monitors guide: everything you need to know, models and prices (October 2017)”

Radeon RX Vega 64: 23% more powerful than the GTX 1080 Ti in Forza 7

It seems that AMD’s new flagship, the Radeon RX Vega 64, is starting to catch a break after all the harsh criticism it received because of its gaming performance in comparison to the competition. After some graphics performance tests were run on the new Forza Motorsport 7, AMD’s graphics card has outpaced the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 23%, and by 32% when compared to the GTX 1080.

The test has been done by the people at Computerbase.de with a test system including a six-core Intel Core i7-6850K with 12 threads at 4.3 GHz and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM running at 3,000 MHz in quad-channel mode. The drivers that they used were Crimson ReLive 17.9.3 for AMD and GeForce 385.69 WHQL for NVIDIA. Continue reading “Radeon RX Vega 64: 23% more powerful than the GTX 1080 Ti in Forza 7”

Philips is preparing two new 32" professional monitors.

Philips is giving the finishing touches on a pair of professional monitors that are to be released soon. The Philips 328P6AU and 328P6VU models that will be launched shortly are aimed at graphic design professionals, by making use of different matrices, instead of the more common ones seen within the monitor market.

Professional monitors have always been a different species within the market. One does not usually look for fast matrices here, nor if they have an excessive vertical refresh rate, or adaptive imaging systems (such as Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync). The main reason being that the type of work for which they are usually bought does not require these types of specifications.

What they do require are matrices that are easy to calibrate using a colorimeter (an essential tool within the industry). And that the color spectrum that they are able to display is much wider than that of an ordinary, run-of-the-mill screen. Continue reading “Philips is preparing two new 32" professional monitors.”

Asus: Are you paying for quality, design, performance or just the brand?

It’s no secret that Asus is going through a rough financial time. The revenues and sales of the company are in a rather bad moment, and yet, they do not seem to have any intention of changing their pricing policies, in which their products at launch are priced at far more than their competitors, relying mainly on the prestige of their brand. Is this a successful marketing strategy or should they change the modus operandi in which they “attack” the market with their products? Continue reading “Asus: Are you paying for quality, design, performance or just the brand?”

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Review

Introduction

I think everybody knows by now what this AMD graphics card has to offer. It is a mid-end solution that competes against, while also being an improvement over, the performance provided by NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070, prompting a new edition of the GTX 1070 wearing the Ti suffix to be launched onto the market sooner rather than later in order to compensate for the performance deficiencies of NVIDIA’s mid-range graphics card, putting the brand ahead of AMD’s solution once again.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

This graphics card features most of its bigger sibling’s specifications as well as the same architecture, but it has gone through some changes that decreased both its performance and price. Just like it happens with its sibling, finding this graphics card is incredibly complicated due to its good mining performance, and as of now, besides being a very elusive graphics card, it has not really been adjusted to its official launch price. Continue reading “AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Review”

AMD finally enables multi-GPU support for the Radeon RX Vega

AMD has just announced that its new Radeon Software 17.9.2 drivers enable multi-GPU support for its new Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. These drivers meet the demand that some users have had since this new series of graphics cards was launched onto the market.

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega graphics cards are powerful, very powerful, not as much as it was thought to be at first, but it does not mean that they stopped being powerful. Even so, there still are users who want more, as they do not think that these graphics cards are good enough, so multi-GPU configurations were created for them. However, this support was lacking on the Radeon Software drivers until now. It is also true that AMD has already stated that it was not prioritizing CrossFire support on the RX Vega cards. Nevertheless, it seems to me that launching a new graphics card without multi-GPU support after all the hype created is a screw-up on AMD’s part.

In any case and to some users’ delight, these errors are about to be rectified thanks to the new Radeon Software 17.9.2 drivers.

Radeon RX Vega

The new drivers provide 80% scaling when using the RX Vega’s multi-GPU configuration

With the new Radeon Software 17.9.2 drivers, AMD claims that users will experience an increase in performance with their CrossFire configurations: about 80% more performance. This will depend to a large extent both on the games’ capability of supporting multi-GPU configurations (which not all of them do) and on the drivers’ capability of supporting that specific game. Too many issues that do not justify having to pay an extra €500-650.

Even so, this is better than not having such support enabled. I still do not know at what resolution gamers intend to play as to require such a rendering power. It will certainly be over 4K, although I really doubt that these cards can run games seamlessly at an 8K resolution, as there are no graphics cards on the market capable of running these humongous resolutions yet. Maybe a couple of GTX 1080 Ti can pull it off, but I would love to see how easily they can do it.

By the way, the Radeon Software 17.9.2 drivers are not available on AMD’s webpage yet, although the brand has confirmed that they will be in the next couple of hours.

Guide for next-gen graphics cards’ equivalents

Around a year and a half ago, we published a guide dedicated to the equivalents to those NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards that we can consider outdated, and where we also got to know the current equivalents to some of the oldest, but highly popular and widely used, graphics cards at that moment.

Said guide was met with great interest and we know that our readers liked it, so we wanted to improve it with a version dedicated to the equivalents to some of the most current graphics cards that are also known as ‘next-gen’.

This adjective is applied to those graphics cards that feature DirectX 12 and are based at least on the GCN 1.0 architecture used on AMD solutions and the Kepler architecture used on NVIDIA solutions, meaning that we begin with the Radeon HD 7700 and the GeForce GTX 600.

You will know what current generation is your current graphics card equivalent to by using this guide. It will also help you to know if you meet satisfactorily the requirements for any game, as they usually list new models, causing confusion for that reason. Continue reading “Guide for next-gen graphics cards’ equivalents”