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Apple's MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has some massive battery life problems

Posted on 12/08 13:44 in Shows | 0

If you can live with the restrictions Apple puts on the MacBook Pro and don’t mind the price, most reviews have suggested these are solid follow-ups, with the Touch Bar offering some interesting capabilities and long-term potential.Now that laptops are shipping in volume, however, some readers are chiming in about massive battery life problems.

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Qualcomm begins sampling its 48-core 10nm processor, but is the market ready for ARM-based servers?

Posted on 12/09 13:54 in Shows | 0

The new chip family is the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 with up to 48 cores, all based on the Qualcomm Falkor CPU.“The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series processors will drive high performance, power efficient ARM-based servers from concept to reality,” said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc.

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AMD launches Radeon Instinct GPUs to tackle deep learning, artificial intelligence

Posted on 12/12 16:11 in Shows | 0

It’s still fairly early days for the AI and deep learning markets, and AMD could definitely use the cash — but what’s it going to bring to the table?(It’s not clear how much AI and deep learning workloads depend on RAM, but AMD presumably wouldn’t sell the chip into this market if it didn’t have a viable use-case for it.

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Some AMD RX 460s can be modded to unlock missing cores, additional performance

Posted on 12/12 21:32 in Shows | 0

From time to time, AMD and Nvidia release a GPU that can be modded to function like a different class of card.These modifications either set new clock rates and memory frequencies or unlock additional cores within the GPU itself.

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AMD's new Radeon Chill feature manages frame rate to cut power consumption, boost responsiveness

Posted on 12/13 13:44 in Shows | 0

The new release brings the usual assortment of bug fixes and performance improvements, but it also promises a new power-efficiency feature, dubbed Radeon Chill.It’s fully compatible with AMD’s FreeSync technology, and AMD claims it can improve frame rate responsiveness, not just improve power consumption.

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AMD Impresses With Newly-Branded Ryzen CPU Demonstrations And Product Details

Posted on 12/13 22:02 in Deals | 0

The latest Zen launch installment happened at a press and analyst event last week I attended where new demos were shown and more technical information disclosed as a preview to today’s AMD New Horizon event.Those demos included 4K gaming and video editing, which are GPU heavy, but still require quite a bit of performance from a CPU.

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AMD unveils Ryzen brand for Zen processors, base clocks, and additional performance details

Posted on 12/13 22:50 in Shows | 0

Last week in Sonoma, AMD unveiled new details on its upcoming CPU architecture, codenamed Zen.When AMD tested Zen against the Core i7-6900K back in August, it locked both chips to 3GHz.

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Newegg is offering a heck of a deal on AMD's Fury X

Posted on 12/16 23:11 in Shows | 0

Christmas is a great time for finding deals on various bits of equipment, and Newegg is offering an AMD Fury X at rock-bottom pricing.The Fury X is roughly 10% faster than the Fury, which means this is about as good a deal as you can get on a $300 GPU.

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New leaked benchmarks show AMD's Ryzen going toe-to-toe with Intel's Core i7

Posted on 12/27 20:49 in Shows | 0

4GHz base clock that AMD has promised for top-end Ryzen cores, so if we assume a modest boost clock of 3.6GHz it means final test results should be somewhat higher than what we see below.

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Intel Core i7-7700K review: Kaby Lake debuts for desktop

Posted on 01/03 15:43 in Shows | 0

Today, Intel is taking the lid off its 7th Generation Core microprocessor family, codenamed Kaby Lake.It’s also the first Intel processor to support new Optane SSDs, provided the appropriate chipset is used (more on that later).

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AMD unveils Radeon FreeSync 2 initiative with lower latency, HDR support

Posted on 01/04 16:58 in Shows | 0

Unlike that technology, which relied on a single feature, there are several facets to FreeSync 2 that we need to talk about.With FreeSync 2, AMD wants to change this.

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AMD reveals new Radeon GPU architecture, codenamed Vega

Posted on 01/05 16:21 in Shows | 0

These entry-level to midrange cards would be followed by a full high-end refresh based on a new GPU design, codenamed Vega.One of the most common misconceptions about GPU RAM allocation and the popular freeware utility GPU-Z is that GPU-Z is capable of telling you how much RAM the GPU is actually using.

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AMD declares Ryzen will be a four-year architecture, details overclocking plans, emphasizes hard launch

Posted on 01/06 23:49 in Shows | 0

As PCWorld details, Papermaster also confirmed the four-year target and emphasized that it didn’t mean AMD wouldn’t iterate the core.Tick-tock refers to Intel’s previous practice of introducing new CPU architectures in one product cycle and new manufacturing nodes in the other.

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With Kaby Lake, Intel finally brings Hyper-Threading to its Pentium-branded processors

Posted on 01/11 17:28 in Shows | 0

Last week, we reviewed Intel’s Core i7-7700K and discussed the details on the Kaby Lake refresh cycle, including Intel’s new Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.The CPU giant announced multiple new Pentium-class CPUs based on Kaby Lake, including the first Pentium SKUs to feature Hyper-Threading since Intel retired the Pentium 4.

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The PC market just fell for the fifth straight year as unit shipments continue to decline

Posted on 01/12 14:11 in Shows | 0

“The broad PC market has been static as technology improvements have not been sufficient to drive real market growth.This side of the market is much bigger than the PC enthusiast segment; thus, steep declines in the infrequent PC user market offset the fast growth of the PC enthusiast market.

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AMD's Ryzen CPU sort of gets a release date

Posted on 01/13 13:50 in Shows | 0

While AMD has edited their invitation to remove all reference to Ryzen, eagle-eyed folks managed to screencap the information first.It also makes sense in context of AMD’s previous statements about targeting a Q1 date.

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450mm silicon wafers aren't happening any time soon as major consortium collapses

Posted on 01/13 22:53 in Shows | 0

A few years ago, multiple high-end companies were backing the idea of moving from 300mm to 450mm silicon wafers.Historically, moving to larger wafers was a critical way that foundries and fabs cut prices and improved yields.

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Now we know what Microsoft's upcoming 'Game Mode' for Windows 10 will do

Posted on 01/18 14:08 in Shows | 0

A few weeks ago, sharp-eyed users spotted something new in a Windows 10 Insider Preview build — reference to a new “Game Mode.But a new investigation suggests the new feature won’t make much difference for the vast majority of Windows 10 gamers.

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Apple sues Qualcomm for a billion dollars in unpaid rebates, alleges company attempted perjury, extortion

Posted on 01/21 01:37 in Shows | 0

China has also fined Qualcomm for its alleged monopolistic abuses and the FTC filed a lawsuit against QC earlier this week.Among Apple’s complaints, are allegations that it is forced to effectively double-pay Qualcomm, since Qualcomm requires Apple’s manufacturing partners to take out a license to work with Snapdragon hardware, then charges Apple again for a separate license.

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PC gaming surges, while the rest of the PC market declines

Posted on 01/24 13:55 in Shows | 0

With the PC market now in its sixth straight year of decline, it’s obvious these efforts have met with minimal success.The total market for PC gaming hardware (including gaming accessories) broke $30 billion for the first time in 2016.

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