Coffee Lake Dual- & Quad-Core CPU’s getting U0-Stepping via BIOS update

Asus and ASRock releasing new BIOS updates (including Spectre fix) which including a new U0-stepping for Coffee Lake CPU’s. Until now Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake CPU’s were identical, they both had the B0 stepping – this is going to change now. In fact until the stepping change the Coffee Lake CPU’s are only re-labeled Kaby Lake CPU’s because everything else is identical.


BitCoin Hardware

Hardware prices, especially graphic cards getting even more expensive this year

Massdrop reports that the prices exploding, the problem is still crypt-mining and the memory shortage. The bad news here is that there is no end in sight.

Expensive Hardware

AMD Hardware

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G Reviews

Gaming in 1080p with an APU – not possible you say? – it is! AMD’s new Raven Ridge CPU is launching today in the form of the 2200G and 2400G CPUs. Raven Ridge is based on the Zen CPU and Vega GPU architectures. The new change in the GPU and CPU architecture allows delivering a very good 1080p gaming experience. The price for the 2400G is in stock for $170 right now and the 2200G street seems to be $100 which is totally okay in my opinion.

Official Box pictures: Picture: AMD

TP-Link repeater firmware sends 715 MB/month

By design TP-Link firmware sends six DNS requests and one NTP query every 5 seconds, for a total of 715,4 MB per month – which affects the repeater products – not the routers. NTP is the network time protocol used to synchronize clocks across the web. To put this number in context: an always-on Windows device will use around 1,6 KB per month on NTP. TP-Link’s firmware doesn’t have any sort of DNS caching, and they query DNS about 6 NTP server pool addresses every 5 seconds followed by an NTP request to one of them. An always-on Windows client sends 1 DNS and 1 NTP request once a week.

Only one example: TL-WA850RE

In case you power cycle or suspend your device, it will send one additional request. This means your TP-Link product is using about 1,38 KB every 5 seconds – or 23,85 MBs per day – on timekeeping.