GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
v2.36.0 (November 27th, 2020)
Added support for CPU temperature monitoring on Zen 3
Improved support for AMD Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT
Added BIOS reading on Navi 2x
Fixed ROP count on Navi 21
Fixed bluescreen when Windows Code Integrity enabled
Fixed reported memory size on some NVIDIA cards
Fixed default clock reading on NVIDIA Ampere when no driver installed
Fixed IGP detection for Renoir and Intel Xe
Added support for XFX new vendor ID
Added support for iCX on EVGA GeForce 30
Added support for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, MX450, Quadro RTX 6000 Mobile
Added support for AMD Radeon Pro VII, HD 8550D (A8-6500T APU), Barco MXRT 5600
Added support for Intel Xe MAX Graphics, Xe Graphics, Xe Pod, Xe SG-18M Server GPU, Intel Comet Lake iGPU (Xeon W-1250, Xeon W-10855M)
I'm afraid there are very few experts outside Intel due to the nature of this software.
Here is a comprehensive article from the author of IDA: Secret of Intel Management Engine by Igor Skochinsky
Today i try the last (?) build from major version 14: DriverVer = 05/19/2020,2021.14.0.1615
Nope, stalls after 2 hours
Next candidate: DriverVer = 03/24/2020,2013.14.0.1529
Nope, trying DriverVer = 12/25/2019,1922.214.171.1240
Yeah. Better stick to the old drivers as the newest addresses security vulnerabilities: CVE-2020-8705, CVE-2020-8750, CVE-2020-8747, CVE-2020-8753, CVE-2020-8754, CVE-2020-8746, CVE-2020-8760, CVE-2020-8756, CVE-2020-8745, CVE-2020-8744, CVE -2020-8757, CVE-2020-8761, CVE-2020-8755, CVE-2020-8751, CVE-2020-8752,CVE-2020-8749, CVE-2020-12297, CVE-2020-12303, CVE-2020-12304, CVE-2020-12354, CVE-2020-12355, CVE-2020-12356
I tried new drivers just to try them and my system was way slower a day before your first post.
I think that the newest driver enables some protections layers that are present in ME FW. And the older drivers are just non aware of the different mitigations so those are not working and thanks to that the system feels faster.
Or it also requiers updating me fw to work as it should but than it is hard to revert to previous me fw.
I am not an expert in me fw and drivers and those are just my toughts.
Faster than expected: WU offered MEI 2040.100.0.1029
Lets see how it works.
I guess they nuked too many systems to ignore the issue 🙄
Edit: an hour later laptop goes nuts again.
Back to driver from 2016...