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CPU Coolers - A

A little cost savings on a SilentiumPC LCS
These two coolers from SilentiumPC run a little cheaper than many kits of similar size on the market, which might indicate they are not quite up to snuff or that they are a great bargain. The Guru of 3D is here to help, by offering you their results and removing that mystery.
March 1, 2019
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Alpenföhn Intros Matterhorn Threadripper CPU Cooler
Alpenföhn today introduced the Matterhorn Threadripper, a variant of its popular Matterhorn series tower-type CPU air coolers, which supports AMD socket TR4 (SP3r2). The cooler comes with an enlarged copper base, which offers full coverage of the Ryzen Threadripper IHS. Six 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes convey heat from this base through the aluminium fin-stack.
October 22, 2018
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Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme 280 mm AIO on Display at CES 2019
While we covered the Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme at Computex earlier this year, it was once again on display at CES 2019. This sleek and fully encased 280 mm all-in-one liquid cooler comes ready-to-go out of the box and features an expandable all copper design. Rather than use ordinary fans, Alphacool has partnered with be quiet! to deliver high-quality, low noise cooling with two 140 mm Silent Wing 3 fans taking center stage.
January 7, 2019
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Alphacool Introduces RX5700 Aurora Waterblock, Aurora Plexi X4 DRAM Water Cooler
Alphacool today introduced two new products to their Aurora lineup. The first is a waterblock that has been especially designed for the RX5700 graphics card. The waterblock features a nickel-plated base and a Radeon RX illuminated logo. It has been designed with a thinner 1 mm heat conduction pads for better performance, and the full copper cooling block has also had a 1 mm shave in materials for better performance.
September 5, 2019
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Alphacool Shows Off Eisblock Flatboy 1U CPU Block and Updated NexXxoS V2 Radiators
To meet demands of the 1U server market and extreme enthusiasts Alphacool had on display their Eisblock Flatboy CPU block. While this latest solution is predominately targeted at servers with support for Intel's LGA3647 and LGA 2066 and AMD's TR4. That said, enthusiasts running a Threadripper system can also easily make use of the block as well. The only detailed specifications we have currently is that It measures in at 79 mm x 63.8 mm x 25.5 mm and offers multiple G1/4" connection options including 3x in and 5x out.
January 7, 2019
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Alphacool Unveils Eisbaer Solo Chrome DIY CPU Pump+Block
Alphacool today unveiled the Eisbaer Solo Chrome DIY pump+block, a variant of Eisbaer Solo that features a chrome mirror-finish body along three out of four sides, and the top, with a clear acrylic window covering one of the sides. You plumb your own coolant tubes and radiator to the contraption, which combines the functionality of a CPU water-block, a 70 l/h pump, and reservoir into one.
February 26, 2019
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Alphacool Unveils Latest Iterations of Eiswolf and Eisbaer Aurora AIO CPU and VGA Coolers
Alphacool showed off the latest versions of its Eiswolf and Eisbaer all-in-one liquid-coolers, under the Aurora brand extension. While technically closed-loop, the coolant tubes of these coolers are detachable by valved quick-release fasteners, which let you top-up coolant over time, or replace with one of your choice.
May 30, 2019
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Alphacool Unveils the Eisbaer Refill Kit
Alphacool today unveiled the Eisbaer Refill Kit. The refill kit contains all of the important tools you need to fill your Eisbaer CPU water cooling system with a few simple steps. This includes a funnel with G1/4" thread, a high-quality thermal paste in a syringe, an adapter cable for the pump and an ATX jumper plug.
April 2, 2019
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Amazon Adds RISC-V Support To FreeRTOS
Amazon AWS has added support for the RISC-V open-source processor architecture to their FreeRTOS kernel.
February 26, 2019
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AMD Zen 2 EDAC Support Being Readied, Preps For Up To 8 Memory Controllers Per Die
AMD developers continue working out the open-source enablement bits for Linux to handle the upcoming Zen 2 processors.
February 28, 2019
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AMD-hired Agency in South Korea Teases AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, Ryzen 5 3600X
Anyone looking for an update to their CPU that didn't quite jump on the Coffee Lake/Zen/Zen+ bandwagon is likely paying close attention to AMD's upcoming Zen 2 CPUs.
December 7, 2018
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Analyzing Core i9-9900K Performance with Spectre and Meltdown Hardware Mitigations
One of the key aspects of the most recent Intel processor launch, its Core 9th Generation processors, is that the new design affords some hardware-based protection for a couple of the Spectre and Meltdown family of security vulnerabilities. When these vulnerabilities were first discovered, they were patched using a combination of software and firmware, which unfortunately led to some performance regressions over an unpatched processor.
December 3, 2018
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Aquacomputer Cuplex Kryos Next CPU Water Block Review
Aquacomputer's Cuplex Kryos Next water block is aptly named, in that it is the next evolution of their award winning Cuplex Kryos block. The biggest functional redesign was with the internal flow dynamics of the block, changing from a pin grid design to a micro-channel design on the base plate.
February 18, 2019
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Arctic Teases Massive Freezer 50 TR Semi-Passive Air Cooler
Arctic (ARCTIC) is reportedly working on a new air cooler for the AMD Threadripper / TR4 platform according to AnandTech who spotted a prototype on display during a gaming convention in Germany. The currently named "Freezer 50 TR" is a massive dual tower air cooler wrapped in a black shroud (with integrated addressable RGB lighting) and outfitted with two 140mm fans.
February 21, 2019
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Arctic Teases Semi-Passive, Near-Silent Threadripper Cooler
In Leipzig, Germany, Arctic presented a prototype for its upcoming Freezer 50 TR heatsink designed for Threadripper CPUs. Being billed as a semi-passive, low-noise cooler with addressable RGB lighting, the all-aluminum construction is absolutely massive and wields a total of eight heatpipes and two radiators.
February 25, 2019
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Asetek Delivers SFF AIO CPU Cooler: 92mm Radiator, 6th Gen Pump
Asetek, the creator of the all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler, has announced the 645LT, an AIO liquid cooler specifically targeting small form factor (SFF) PC cases. In order to fit within some of these small chassis, including the diminutive Dan Case A4-SFX which it was designed for, the cooler uses a 92 mm radiator, along with 90-degree swivel connectors where the tubing meets the radiator.
April 9, 2019
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Asus Gets Back to Basics With New ROG Strix LC Series AIO CPU Coolers
Today Asus unveiled the ROG Strix LC Series AIO, a closed loop cooler (CLC) designed to be a lower cost alternative to Asus' ROG Ryuo and Ryujin AIO CPU coolers. The new ROG Strix LC series is available in two SKUs, the LC 120 using a 120mm radiator and the LC 240 sporting the larger 240mm radiator. It skips the fancy block and OLED screens found on the aforementioned higher end series for a simpler circular pump/block combo that should help bring the costs down for the entry-level coolers.
May 9, 2019
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August Steam hardware survey shows AMD increasing its CPU share as Intel falters, Turing cards keep growing
Team Red still has a long way to go
September 5, 2019
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AURAFLOW X 240 Announced by ID-Cooling
Without question, one of the more important components to our computers, if we want the best performance, is the CPU cooler. Now if you are looking to upgrade or build a new machine, you have another option to consider in the AURAFLOW X 240 AIO cooler from ID-Cooling.
November 19, 2018
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CPU Coolers - B

Be Quiet! Announces Dark Rock Slim CPU Cooler
Be quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany since 2007, announces Dark Rock Slim, a compact high-end CPU cooler that offers high physical clearance for any memory module.
April 30, 2019
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be quiet! Announces New Shadow Wings 2 and Pure Wings 2 Fans
Fans are one component to our computers some of us might forget to consider when building a new machine, at least until we hit the power button and hear them spinning. If your desire is for a silent but still cool PC, be quiet! has announced two new fans that might be what you are looking for.
January 22, 2019
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Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 review: Insane CPU cooling performance
Shhh. Be quiet! is a company that's all about keeping the level of noise generated by a PC at a minimum.
August 15, 2019
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be quiet! Dark Rock Slim CPU Cooler, Shadow Wings 2 and Dark Wings 2 Fans
The Dark Rock 4 from be quiet! is their highest-end air cooler, with a large footprint and distinctive sleek all-black aesthetic that has been a welcome alternative to more ostentatious designs on the market. But be quiet! is aware that this large heatsink, like many of this type on the market, can present clearance issues for taller RAM.
January 9, 2019
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be quiet! Teases Skinny and Quiet 180W Capacity CPU Cooler
be quiet! has shared more info about its upcoming CPU cooler, the Dark Rock Slim. Hailing from the Dark Rock 4 line, be quiet! describes the cooler as "exceptionally high cooling performance of 180W TDP and virtually inaudible operation" for premium builds lacking physical space.
April 30, 2019
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Best Computer Fans in 2019
With a wide variety of PC fans out there, how can you know which ones will keep your system nice and cool? Are you fed up with the inside of your desktop PC being so hot it may as well have opened a summoning portal to the very depths of fiery hell itself?
September 5, 2019
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Best CPU Coolers 2019: Air and Liquid
Whether you're aiming for the ultimate competitive overclocks or just a PC that doesn't get noisy under load, choosing the right CPU cooler is an important decision in any PC build or upgrade that can make a big difference in temperatures, noise and performance. If your existing cooler can't keep your chip's heat under control, that could mean slower performance and / or a shorter lifespan for your precious processor, and no one wants that.
June 20, 2019
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Best Liquid CPU Coolers 2019: Silent and Reliable AIO Liquid Coolers
Upgrading from air cooling is easier than you think.
July 29, 2019
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BitDefender researchers discover terrifying security vulnerability in Intel CPUs
Researchers from Romanian security firm BitDefender have uncovered a troubling security vulnerability in Intel processors that could allow an attacker to access privileged kernel-mode information typically considered "off limits" for most applications.
May 14, 2019
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Bitspower Introduces New Mono Block for ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero
Bitspower informed us earlier today that they have a new mono block out for the ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard based on AMD's X570 chipset. Titled the BP-MBASX570CVIIIH, it features an acrylic top to allow the end user to see through into the cooling engine and the coolant flow in use and a nickel-plated copper coldplate.
September 6, 2019
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Bitspower Launches New CPU Block- Summit MS OLED- For Intel Platform
Bitspower, a leading supplier of water-cooling equipment for performance computers, has announced the release of their latest Intel CPU block, the Bitspower Touchaqua CPU Block Summit MS OLED for Intel Platform. This product combines the best of both performance and aesthetics to give you an ideal cooling solution for LGA 115x and LGA 2066 socket CPUs.
April 26, 2019
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Bitspower Shares New RGB Monoblock for CPU, VRM Cooling
Bitspower has released a new monoblock for their Sobek Z390 range. This SKU is designed exclusively for the Asus ROG Maximus XI Apex motherboard. The monoblock is configured to cool both the CPU and VRM simultaneously, along with a unique look that includes RGB LEDs.
May 6, 2019
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Bykski Brings a Constellation of New Liquid Cooling Components to Computex 2019
Chinese DIY and AIO liquid cooling components vendor Bykski brought its largest ever collection of new products to Computex, this year. These include nine new CPU water blocks, ten new radiators of various sizes, five new full-coverage VGA water blocks, monoblocks, pumps, reservoirs, pump+reservoir combi-units, and two new AIO CLC CPU coolers. B
June 3, 2019
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CPU Coolers - C

Cooler Master Highlights 2019 Thermal Products
Cooler Master, a global leader in manufacturing CPU coolers, computer components and peripherals, today provides an overview of the company's upcoming thermal solutions including a new All-in-One (AIO) CPU cooler, three new air coolers and a new fan series. Cooler Master will expand on the MasterAir series, with three new air coolers in varying form factors.
January 7, 2019
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition Air Cooler Review
It is not hyperbole to call Cooler Master's Hyper 212 family some of the most important CPU air coolers in the industry, with the 212 EVO dominating sales in the DIY segment for years now based on Amazon rankings. In the last five years I have reviewed a number of coolers here at PC Perspective, and feedback from readers almost always includes mention of, and requests for comparison to, that Hyper 212 EVO.
February 26, 2019
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Cooler Master Introduces New Square Fan Series
Cooler Master, a global leader in PC component manufacturing, today, announces the launch of their new Square Fan (SF) series of PC fans. Introduced as part of the MasterFan family, the new SF series of fans are equipped not only with RGB lighting, but features designed to enhance user experience in installation and performance.
April 16, 2019
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Cooler Master Intros TUF Gaming Alliance ML120L and MA410P Variants
Cooler Master today rolled out ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance co-branded variants of its MasterLiquid ML120L and MasterAir MA410P CPU coolers.
April 8, 2019
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Cooler Master Launching Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU Coolers
Originally released back in 2007, Cooler Master has announced two new versions of the popular Hyper 212 CPU cooler. These new coolers are the Black Edition and RGB Black Edition and offer a better installation process from previous versions, while still providing the cost-effective performance the coolers are so popular for.
October 25, 2018
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Cooler Master Releases the ATX 24 Pin 90° Adapter
Cooler Master today announced the release of their new ATX 24 Pin 90° Adapter. Building a PC is about more than just getting all the parts to work. Each custom designed, home built system is a personal experience that expresses the needs and desires of the builder in terms of both performance and aesthetics. T
October 25, 2018
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Cooler Master: Square RGB Fans Announced
Back in January at the CES 2019 trade show, Cooler Master lifted the lid on its plans to release a new range 120 mm fans and they're here; the new Square Fan (SF) series SF120R RGB, the SF120R ARGB, and SF360R ARGB cooling fans.
April 18, 2019
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Cooler Master's MasterMeal Maker reviewed
That's not a heat sink
April 1, 2019
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Corsair H115i Platinum and H100i Platinum coolers rock all of the lights
Corsair's H100i Pro, H115i Pro, and H150i Pro liquid coolers have impressed us in the TR labs with consistently award-winning performance, but their one-color LED pump heads and non-illuminated fans might leave some thinking there's not enough RGB LEDs to go around.
November 1, 2018
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Corsair Hydro H100i RGB Platinum CPU Cooler Review
Earlier this year our friends over at Corsair released three new all-in-one liquid CPU coolers with the "Pro" series and today they are introducing two brand new models in the "Platinum" series.
November 1, 2018
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Corsair Hydro X Series Arrives -- Corsair Fully Embraces Custom Cooling
We've been talking about the CORSAIR Hydro X Series coming out for over a year and it finally launched at Computex 2019. This new series of custom cooling parts is aimed at PC enthusiasts that are looking to build a custom water cooling loop.
May 31, 2019
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Corsair Hydro Series H115i RGB Platinum
We review the new Corsair Hydro Series H115i, this round the RGB Platinum edition dual-fan 280mm model of the AIO Liquid cooler series that Corsair releases. Corsair has paired the kit with their very best ML PRO Series RGB magnetic levitation PWM fans and a new Multi-zone RGB Backlit pump.
November 1, 2018
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Corsair Launches Hydro X Series for Custom Liquid Cooling and Elgato Stream Deck XL and Mobile
There is a new contender in the custom liquid cooling space as Corsair has launched its Hydro X series. The series covers all of the necessary parts: CPU blocks; GPU blocks; pump-reservoir combo; fittings; soft and hard tubing; radiators; and coolant. The water blocks even come with pre-applied thermal paste, and the GPU blocks also have thermal pads on them already, making for quick installation.
May 28, 2019
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Corsair Launches New Hydro Series H100i and H115i RGB PLATINUM Liquid CPU Coolers
CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today launched the latest in its line of best-selling Hydro Series all-in-one liquid CPU coolers, the CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i RGB PLATINUM and CORSAIR Hydro Series H115i RGB PLATINUM. The new pair of coolers take the Hydro Series to new heights in both cooling performance and dazzling RGB lighting across both the fans and pump head.
November 1, 2018
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Corsair Recalls Some H100i RGB Platinum SE Coolers Over Faulty Plumbing
Corsair issued a product recall notice to customers and retailers to return their Hydro Series H100i RGB Platinum SE all-in-one liquid closed-loop liquid CPU coolers, because the coolers aren't all that "closed loop."
April 1, 2019
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Corsair's H100i RGB Platinum closed-loop liquid cooler reviewed
Spiffy lighting meets high performance
November 1, 2018
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Corsair's H100i RGB Platinum; pump up the RGBs
Corsair have updated their all in one watercooler lineup with two new models, the 240mm version of which is the H110i RGB Platinum which The Tech Report recently reviewed. As with all components recently, this release focuses on adding RGBs to an existing product lineup.
November 6, 2018
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Corsair's Hydro X: Making Custom Loop Water Cooling More Mainstream
During Computex 2019, jack-of-all-trades manufacturer Corsair unveiled its brand new range of liquid cooling products to the world with its new Hydro X series. As the demands on current generation components increases in terms of power and heat, the Hydro X looks to offer users a more accessible way into the world of custom water cooling where traditional air cooling and closed loop liquid coolers aren't quite enough.
June 7, 2019
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Cryorig Launches C7 CPU Cooler in RGB and Graphene Flavors
Cooling specialist Cryorig has expanded its C7 lineup with two new iterations. The C7 RGB features a RGB-lit fan while the C7 G arrives with a graphene coating.
August 6, 2019
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Cryorig Not Dead, But the US-China Trade-War Hurt It
There have been spectacular rumors flying around on Reddit that PC cooling components major Cryorig has shut down, with telltale signs being their telephone-support number going dead, their Newegg store being out-of-stock for months, and their Twitter account falling silent.
August 5, 2019
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CPU Coolers - D

DeepCool Gamer Storm Fryzen TR4 Cooler Review: Better for Budget Builds
AMD's current flagship processor, the beastly 32-core, 64-thread Ryzen Threadripper 2900WX, is a powerhouse of a CPU that devours workload threads and gobs of electricity to produce high-end computational results and enough thermal energy to keep a small apartment cozy in even the coldest of winters.
March 28, 2019
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DeepCool Intros Castle 240 RGB V2 Cooler with Anti-leak Tech Inside
DeepCool today introduced the Gamer Storm Castle 240 RGB V2 all-in-one closed-loop liquid CPU cooler with an innovation that minimizes the risk of coolant leakages caused due to environmental air-pressure fluctuations. Called DeepCool Anti-leak Tech Inside, the innovation is an elastic pressure-relief bag inside the radiator's reservoir, which has an opening on one end to the air outside.
April 15, 2019
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DeepCool Intros the GAMMAXX GT TUF Gaming Alliance Variant
DeepCool today introduced an ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance co-branded variant of the GAMMAXX GT tower-type CPU air cooler. All that's changed are the TUF yellow foam embellishments along the fan-frame mounts, a TUF Gaming Alliance sticker along the impeller hub, and a new die-cast fin-stack top-plate that features the urban camo print that's part of the TUF branding.
October 19, 2018
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Deepcool Shows Off New Coolers And Cases
DEEPCOOL invited us by their suite at CES to check out what new products they had coming out this year. Being a big fan of big air coolers they did not disappoint. They did deliver on AIO cooling as well and actually surprised us with a budget focused chassis that I think may be even better than their big boy. Scroll on through for the highlights from their showing this year.
January 11, 2019
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Deepcool Unveils 280W Capacity Assassin III Air Cooler
In a world where closed-loop liquid cooling systems have become a default choice for enthusiast-class PCs, the evolution of air coolers has inevitably slowed down. Nonetheless, there are manufacturers that keep introducing rather interesting air coolers that can cool down even high-end desktop processors.
January 18, 2019
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CPU Coolers - E

EK Announces New Classic Line of Liquid Cooling Products
EK Water Blocks has announced a new line of products for those looking for the older design used by the company for its parts, without compromising performance. The Classic Product Line has versions of the company's Supremacy CPU blocks for both Intel and AMD CPUs, a pump-reservoir combo unit, and a GPU block for covering both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti.
January 18, 2019
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EK Launches Leaker Tester for Custom Liquid Cooling
There is a certain allure of custom liquid cooling for computers, but it is definitely worth doing some investigating before deciding that is how you want to handle the heat of your next system.
August 2, 2019
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EK Releases Annihilator Pro Water Blocks for LGA 3647 Systems
EK Water Blocks wasn't messing around when it came to naming its latest product. The new water block line is dubbed the EK-Annihilator Pro series, which actually sounds a bit frightening.
March 1, 2019
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EK Releases Momentum Aorus Z390 Master D-RGB Monoblock
EK Water Blocks, premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer from Europe, is releasing an Intel LGA1151 socket based monoblock belonging to the Quantum Line. The EK-Momentum Aorus Z390 Master is engineered specifically for the Aorus Z390 Master and Aorus Z390 Ultra motherboards.
July 22, 2019
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EK Upgrades Fans in Various Water Cooling Kits
Keeping your computer's components cool is necessary to get the best performance out of them, especially when overclocking them, which is why there are so many options to choose from, from air coolers, to all-in-one liquid coolers, to custom liquid coolers.
March 21, 2019
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EK-Velocity Strike CPU Block for Intel and AMD CPUs - The Right Angle of Aesthetics
EK Water Blocks, the leading premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is introducing the new members of EK-Velocity lineup off high-performance water blocks for popular AMD and Intel CPU sockets. It features a newly developed aesthetical top with a diagonal strike-through design mixing matte black and silver or black nickel and black for an elegant and striking look. The 45-degree line across the center of the block perfectly matches with some of the high-end motherboards that are on the market today.
July 16, 2019
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EKWB Adds Addressable RGB to Velocity CPU Water Block
EK Water Blocks (EKWB) is taking its RGB game to the next level. The company is now offering addressable RGB LEDs in the new EK-Velocity CPU water block, named EK-Velocity D-RGB.
December 13, 2018
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EKWB EK-Velocity sTR4: EK's 3rd Gen Water Block for AMD's Threadripper
EKWB has introduced its third-generation water block for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper processors. The new EK-Velocity sTR4 uses EKWB's latest advances in cold-plate design and therefore promises somewhat better performance when compared to predecessors. Following the latest trends, some of the new water blocks for AMD's Socket TR4 CPUs feature controllable RGB lighting.
April 8, 2019
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EKWB Launches EK-Annihilator Pro Water Blocks for Intel's Xeon W-3175X
EKWB has introduced its EK-Annihilator Pro water block, a new, high-end water block that's designed for use with Intel's Xeon W-3175X extreme workstation processor. As the company is intending to cover a range of scanrios with their new water block, it's available for both square and narrow ILM (Independent Loading Mechanism) socket mountings, which are typically used by workstations and servers respectively.
March 5, 2019
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EKWB Reveals Velocity: A Water Block for Custom LCS with RGB Lighting
Custom liquid cooling systems are built by hardcore enthusiasts who want to get absolutely no-compromise style and performance. Meanwhile, one of the trendiest features for enthusiasts introduced in the recent years, addressable and customizable RGB lighting, has so far only been supported by factory-built all-in-one liquid coolers. This week EKWB changed this by introducing its EK-Velocity, its first CPU water blocks with RGB LEDs.
December 13, 2018
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EKWB Water Blocks (CPU and VRM) for the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme
EKWB has introduced CPU and VRM water blocks for the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme motherboard, the motherboard designed to take on board Intel's overclockable 28-core Xeon W-3175X. The products enable enthusiasts and PC makers to build full-custom liquid cooling solutions for these machines.
March 29, 2019
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EKWB: The past can be the future with EK Classic
EK , the leading premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, announces the global launch of their new Classic Product Line. It includes an NVIDIA RTX 2000 series GPU block, CPU blocks for both the most popular AMD and Intel platforms, and a pump-reservoir combo unit. Whether you only care about cooling performance, or just prefer the clean and timeless design of EK, the Classic Line will fulfill all your needs.
January 18, 2019
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Enermax Computex 2019 Extravaganza Part 1: Fans and Coolers
Enermax launched over a dozen new product lines and dozens more individual SKUs this Computex. This article part of a 3-part series that covers their exhaustive booth, beginning with fans, and CPU coolers. At the heart of the company's cooling portfolio this year is the new SquaRGB, a new line of case/radiator fans introduced this February, characterized with an RGB LED diffuser design that supposedly looks like a square with two curved sides.
June 4, 2019
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ENERMAX Expands AQUAFUSION ARGB Liquid Cooler Series with White Version
ENERMAX, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance PC hardware products, is expanding the widely-acclaimed ARGB liquid cooler series, AQUAFUSION, with the addition of white 120 and 240 mm AIO coolers. Inherited from AQUAFUSION lineup, the white version is characterized by a white water block with splendid step shaped lighting effects, ENERMAX SquA RGB white fan and radiator to accent your rig's style.
September 10, 2019
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Enermax Introduces a New ETS-T50 AXE ARGB CPU Cooler Variant
ENERMAX, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance PC hardware products, adds an addressable RGB version into ETS-T50 AXE lineup. The extended product series is called ETS-T50 AXE ARGB, which can support the cooling performance of 230 W+ TDP and is designed to display fascinating addressable RGB lighting effects by synchronizing with ASUS Aura, ASRock Polychrome, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light Sync.
September 3, 2019
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Enermax Unveils Liqmax III AIO CPU Cooler: Entry-Level, RGB LEDs
Enermax has recently announced a new addition to its LiqMax lineup in the Liqmax III 120, set to debut at the end of this month. According to Enermax, the Liqmax III is an entry-level all-in-one (AIO) cooler compatible with both AMD and Intel platforms. The radiator itself is 120 mm and connects to a water block that features RGB LED lighting and is able to sync with motherboards that use 4-pin RGB headers.
March 22, 2019
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European Processor Initiative Delivers First Designs
Six months after starting up, the European Processor Initiative (EPI) has delivered its first architectural designs to the European Commission, completing the first phase of the project.
June 7, 2019
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CPU Coolers - F

Fish Tales: I watercooled my Vive
It's all fun and games until your face is too hot
June 21, 2019
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CPU Coolers - G

Gigabyte Launches Aorus Liquid Coolers With Programmable Pump Cover Display
Gigabyte launched its new Aorus Liquid Cooler 240, the first in a new series of closed-loop CPU cooling. Featuring two 120mm RGB fans with a maximum 2500 RPM at 39.5 decibels (each), the 272 x 121 x 27mm radiator is fed by a 80 x 80 x 60mm pump with integrated cold plate and RGB top-cover display.
September 9, 2019
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Gigabyte Launches Their High End AIO -- Aorus ATC800 Cooler
Gigabyte, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, launched the new AORUS Liquid Cooler Series for superior cooling of the fastest high-end CPUs. Following the success of the ATC800 Cooler, AORUS has upped its cooling game by introducing the first AIO cooling solution to the ever-expanding AORUS lineup. Presented in 3 radiator sizes, 240/280/360 and with full support for Intel 2066, 2011,1366,115x and AMD TR4, AM4 socket CPUs, AORUS Liquid Coolers are compatible for a multitude of builds.
September 9, 2019
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Gigabyte to Launch Aorus ATC800 CPU Cooler: A Beefy Tower
An element of GIGABTYE's CES booth this year was the way the company is pushing the Aorus brand into many different segments that it hasn't historically played in. We've seen Aorus memory, Aorus storage, and now we are getting Aorus CPU cooling. The ATC800 is the next step in GIGABYTE's world domination -- a massive tower cooler with plenty of heatpipes and RGB.
April 16, 2019
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Glued Die on ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Affects Some Aftermarket Cooling Solutions
Update April 4th: This post has been corrected based on new information provided by ASUS, EKWB, as well as other parties. The original story mentioned a silent change to the glue used on the PCB which, as we now believe, is no longer the case in that ASUS is not to blame.
April 2, 2019
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CPU Coolers - H

Hydro Copper, Hybrid, and Blower
At launch, only XC and FTW3 series were revealed. We had to wait a little bit longer for Hydro Copper and Hybrid, EVGA's water-cooled series to be shown publicly.
September 4, 2018
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CPU Coolers - I

ID-Cooling Announces IS-50X: 130W, Low Profile CPU Cooler
ID-Cooling recently released a new low profile CPU cooler designed for both AMD and Intel systems in the IS-50X. The all black heatsink uses five direct touch heat pipes and a 120mm fan for a listed 130W TDP capacity - all of this while fitting within a 120 x 120 x 55mm footprint made for small form factor PCs.
July 15, 2019
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ID-Cooling Reveals IS-30 Low-Profile Air Cooler for up to 100 W CPUs
ID-cooling today revealed another entry into their air-cooling line-up, specifically geared for space.-constrained environments that still require adequate cooling capabilities for low operating noise. The IS-30 is a low-profile cooler (30 mm along the Z plane, unsurprisingly) that supports up to 100 W CPU cooling - this means that even 8-core AMD Ryzen 2000 series can be cooled by this baby.
February 15, 2019
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ID-Cooling Rolls Out the IS-50X Low-profile CPU Cooler Capable of Handling 130W TDP
ID-Cooling rolled out the IS-50X, a low-profile CPU cooler capable of handling thermal loads of up to 130 Watts, with a height of just 75 mm. The cooler features a "C-type" heatsink design. Five 6 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes make direct contact with the CPU at the base, and guide heat through an aluminium fin-stack that's arranged along the plane of the motherboard.
July 15, 2019
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ID Cooling Unveils IS-30 Low-Profile 30-mm Cooler for 100 Watt CPUs
ID Cooling has introduced its new CPU cooling system for ultra-thin computers, such as those that come in thin mini-ITX or mini-STX form-factors. The IS-30 cooler is only 30-mm tall and is designed to cool processors with TDPs up to 100 Watts. Formally, this means the IS-30 is rated ot handle even eight-core unlocked processors, such as Intel's Core i9-9900K or AMD's Ryzen 2700X.
February 15, 2019
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ID-Cooling Zoomflow 240 Liquid Cooler Review: RGB Style on a Budget
ID-Cooling is no stranger to the AIO liquid cooling scene with several models currently roaming the digital marketplace shelves, offering RGB panache and cooling potential to keep up with the Joneses.
October 25, 2018
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INNO3D Announces New iCHILL 3X Cooling Solution - User-Swappable Dual or Triple Fan Cooling Solution
INNO3D, a leading manufacturer of awesome high-end graphics hardware components and various innovations enriching your life, introduces its new iCHILL cooling solution. Designed around NVIDIA's GeForce RTX series factoring in the sheer power and performance of the RTX 20 series, with the first beneficiary's being the INNO3D GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080.
October 25, 2018
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Intel's Core i5-9400F Hits Amazon
Amazon has started to list Intel's six-core Core i5-9400F desktop processor that lacks integrated graphics, belongs to the Coffee Lake Refresh family, and is produced using the company's 14 nm process technology. The CPU is aimed at mainstream PCs and generally expands availability of Intel's six-core processors.
January 10, 2019
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CPU Coolers - L

Lian Li PC-O11 WGX ROG V2 Case, Prototype Liquid Cooler, and More at CES 2019
At CES 2019 we had the opportunity to look at Lian Li's revised PC-O11 Dynamic ROG V2 case which sees numerous improvements compared to previous iterations. It offers a tool-less quick release for all side panels along with improved radiator installation thanks to changed made to the bottom fan mount. I
January 9, 2019
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CPU Coolers - M

Manli Announces GeForce RTX 2070 Gallardo & RTX 2070 with Twin Cooler
Manli Technology Group Limited, the major Graphics Cards and other components manufacturer, today unveiled the new GeForce RTX 2070 graphics solution - Manli GeForce RTX 2070 with Twin Cooler and overclocking version.
October 18, 2018
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More Intel 9th Gen Desktop CPUs: Core i7-9700, Core i3-9100, Pentium Gold G5420, and a new Core i3-8100F
After yesterday when Intel casually mentioned that it was announcing six new processors in its 9th Generation desktop line, without providing any specifications through the usual channels, it turns out that there are several more on the way beyond the six mentioned.
January 8, 2019
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Noctua Announces NH-U12A CPU Cooler with NF-12x25 PWM Fans
Noctua has launched a new cooler today for those looking for a high performance CPU air cooler. The NH-U12A is the newest entry in the company's U12 series and features several optimizations to improve performance and compatibility.
March 19, 2019
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Noctua Concept Fanless CPU Cooler: Up to 120W Of Cooling Performance
Noctua might have had a small booth showing off its products at Computex, but it had plenty to show for itself. On the booth was a new and conceptual design with a large aluminum tower heat sink weighing around 1.5 kg. This means processors drawing up to 120 W can be used while eliminating noise levels to zero.
June 6, 2019
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Noctua Expands Chromax Lineup To Cover Even More Coolers
Noctua presented new fan and heatsink accessories as part of its chromax line that allows colour-configuring Noctua products in order to coordinate them with individual build color schemes. Complementing the existing NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads in black, blue, green, red, white and yellow, the new NA-SAVP1 chromax.grey anti-vibration pads are a perfect fit for the light and dark grey color scheme of Noctua's 140 and 120mm redux line fans.
June 20, 2019
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Noctua Presents New Chromax Line Fan and Heatsink Accessories
Noctua today presented new fan and heatsink accessories as part of its chromax line that allows colour-configuring Noctua products in order to coordinate them with individual build colour schemes. Complementing the existing NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads in black, blue, green, red, white and yellow, the new NA-SAVP1 chromax.grey anti-vibration pads are a perfect fit for the light and dark grey colour scheme of Noctua's 140 and 120mm redux line fans.
June 18, 2019
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Noctua Presents NH-U12A Premium Class 120mm CPU Cooler
Noctua today presented its new NH-U12A premium-quality quiet CPU cooler. The NH-U12A is the latest, 5th generation of Noctua's award-winning U12 series of 120mm size coolers. Conceived to push the envelope of the 120mm form factor, it combines two of Noctua's flagship model NF-A12x25 PWM 120mm fans with a completely redesigned heatsink featuring 7 heatpipes and an increased fin surface area for superior heat dissipation.
March 19, 2019
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Noctua shows off 1.5kg fanless cooler that can handle high-end processors
Cool your Core i9-9900K passively
May 30, 2019
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Noctua Shows Off Updated 'D Series' 140mm CPU Coolers: NH-D15 Gets A Successor
During Computex 2019, Noctua announced its plans to update its fabled D series of CPU coolers with a new design. The new, currently-unnamed coolers incorporate an extra heat pipe as compared to the current NH-D15 and NH-D15S, as well as increase performance and utilize an asymmetrical design for improved PCIe slot clearance.
June 25, 2019
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Overclockers UK Launch £33,000 Custom Liquid-Cooled Twin System PC
Today Overclocker's UK has announced the launch of its latest update to the Orion X hyper-premium custom PC. Complete with bespoke milled acrylic flow plates, two separate systems, and a spec list longer than your arm.
February 21, 2019
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CPU Coolers - P

PC water cooling beginner's guide
Be cool and look awesome in the process.
February 25, 2019
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CPU Coolers - R

Raijintek at Computex 2019: EOS, NYX, SAMOS All-in-one Liquid Coolers, RGB Radiators, and Pump
During our visit with Raijintek at Computex 2019, it was apparent the company had gone all in when it comes to ARGB lighting. The first liquid cooler on display was the EOS I 240 RBW.
May 30, 2019
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RGB Bling and OLED Screen: Bitspower Launches Summit MS OLED CPU Block
Designed specifically for the Intel platform, Bitspower has released a new CPU water block in the Summit MS OLED. The new unit features a top plate with a brushed aluminum appearance and digital RGB LEDs hidden below. The top plate also has a small OLED display used to monitor water temperatures inside your loop.
April 26, 2019
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CPU Coolers - S

Scythe Kotetsu Mark II TUF Gaming Alliance Cooler Review
Designed to suit the needs of budget gaming and entry-level overclocking markets, bright color accents align Scythe's Kotetsu Mark II to Asus' TUF Gaming Alliance. Relying solely on the lower heat outputs of mainstream processors and the integrated RGB control of Tuf Gaming series motherboards, the Kotetsu MkII TUF Gaming Alliance cooler adds a bright RGB splash to your armor-themed build, at a reasonable price.
February 25, 2019
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Scythe Mugen Rev.B Review: Impressive Addition To Scythe'S Already Great Line-Up
It certainly is not in vogue to talk about air-based CPU cooling solutions these days. For a variety of reasons the closed loop, sealed 'All In One' CPU cooling solutions of the market hog the limelight.
February 21, 2019
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Scythe presents Kotetsu Mark II & Choten TUF Gaming Alliance Coolers
Japanese cooling expert Scythe presents two special editions of its CPU Cooler models Kotetsu Mark II and Choten as part of the ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance series. Both products bundle their unique advantages with the fancy design of the TUF Gaming Alliance series and gorgeous RGB illumination.
March 21, 2019
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Scythe Releases Fuma 2 CPU Cooler: Big Air for Medium PC Cases
The sequel to its renowned Fuma CPU cooler, Scythe's Fuma 2 is designed to provide big air cooling with far fewer space conflicts. This new model announced today uses slanted heatpipes to provide rearward offset, which, along with its slim front fan, fits behind the memory of most motherboards.
May 16, 2019
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SilentiumPC Announces Spartan 3 PRO RGB HE1024 CPU Cooler
The European brand SilentiumPC presents the new Spartan 3 PRO RGB HE1024 as a cost-effective alternative to stock CPU coolers, which is intended for professional system builders and DIY projects on a budget. This extremely compact and lightweight cooler utilizes four 6 mm Heatpipes and aluminum heatsink for excellent cooling performance and oversized Sigma PRO RGB 100 PWM-controlled fan for quiet operation.
October 9, 2018
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SilentiumPC Launches the Navis EVO ARGB AIO Cooler with Threadripper Support
The European cooling brand SilentiumPC, presents its newest line-up of enthusiast-level all-in-one CPU liquid cooling solutions with major improvements and addressable RGB illumination! The Navis EVO ARGB series distinguishes itself from the Navis RGB series by providing an all new ceramic bearing, sleeved tubes and superb lighting effects thanks to addressable RGB LEDs.
July 25, 2019
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Silverstone Argon AR12-RGB Cooler Smiles for the Camera
Silverstone shows us the Argon AR12-RGB, a modernization of its Argon 12-series tower-type cooler to keep up with the times. Its fan carries with it most of the design chops with a translucent white making up the impeller, the inner bore of the frame, and cushioned fan-mounts. The fan features a refreshed fan-blade design that increases air-flow which you can trade in for lower noise.
January 9, 2019
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Silverstone Unveils Compact Krypton KR02 CPU Cooler
It's been a busy week for Silverstone releasing new products. Just yesterday it announced additional Strider Plus Bronze modular PSUs to their lineup. Today, it added a new heatsink to their Krypton Series of CPU coolers in the KR02. The KR02 is a compact, single bank tower cooler that stands only 125 mm high and uses three copper heat pipes to send heat from the copper base into the fin stack. Like the KR01 before it, the Silverstone says Krypton series coolers are designed to perform well while still being affordable.
March 29, 2019
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SolidRun ClearFog: A 16-Core ARM ITX Workstation Board Aiming For $500~750 USD
Edge computing solutions vendor SolidRun is working on "ClearFog" as an ITX-based ARM64 workstation platform. They hope for an early bird launch price later this year of around $500~500 USD for this board that has 16 ARMv8 cores, multiple 10 GbE SFP+ connections, Gigabit Ethernet, multiple USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, 2 x mPCIe, four SATA ports, and can handle up to 64GB of laptop DDR4 memory.
April 1, 2019
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Swiftech Apogee SKF Heirloom Series CPU Water block Review
Swiftech took a major leap forward with the introduction of their Apogee SKF Heirloom Series bock which is the flagship of the Apogee SKF series. They worked to refine their existing designs with smaller micro-channels in the base plate, an RGB illuminated view port in the center of the block, and an all-metal construction.
March 4, 2019
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CPU Coolers - T

The cool new Cooler Master G100M Masters Air cooling
The MasterAir G100M is quite the cooler, with a look we haven't seen from CM in recent memory and is a mere 143x143x74.5mm in size with the fan attached. This lets it fit into SFF systems, though as Modders-Inc discovered, the round shape means you should install your RAM before the cooler and avoid modules with larger heatsinks.
January 17, 2019
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The Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler Review: Big Performance in a Small Space
While a stock cooler is supplied with most retail CPUs, enthusiasts often want something better; be it a more powerful cooler, a quieter cooler, a liquid cooler, etc. As a result the market for third-party coolers remains strong, providing variety against the backdrop of more limited stock coolers. And with that, there's no shortage of designs, with coolers for pretty much ever need, want, budget, and size limitation.
July 11, 2019
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The Quiz on CPU 0: Playing Scheduler Wars with AMD's Threadripper 2990WX
One of the telling conclusions from our original 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX review was that because of the arrangement of cores and memory, performance in most applications did not scale from the 16-core, and in some cases regressed. Due to a series of discussions, one potential culprit could be the fact that Windows scheduler seems to prioritize CPU 0 over everything else.
October 25, 2018
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Thermaltake Announces Pacific C240/C360 DDC Water Cooling Kits
Thermaltake, a world renowned PC DIY components manufacturer announced the release of four high-quality water cooling kits today at the Venetian Hotel Veronese 2402 Suite from January 8th (Tue) to 11th (Fri), including Pacific C240 DDC Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit, Pacific C360 DDC Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit, Pacific C360 DDC Soft Tube Water Cooling Kit and Pacific C240 DDC Soft Tube Water Cooling Kit.
January 8, 2019
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Thermaltake Cooling Solutions are AMD Ryzen 3000 Ready
Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear and Enthusiast Memory solutions announced that their liquid and air cooling solutions are able to help gaming enthusiasts, streamers, overclockers, and content creators break their processing limits by achieving maximum heat transfer and thermal dissipation with the all-new Ryzen 3000 series processors.
July 15, 2019
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Thermaltake Intros UX100 ARGB Low-profile Top-flow CPU Cooler
Thermaltake today rolled out one of the first few low-profile top-flow air CPU coolers that feature addressable-RGB lighting, the UX100 ARGB. The cooler features a classic "fin bunch" design, in which radially-projecting aluminium fins bunch up at the center to form the base. A 120 mm fan is suspended along a shroud over this fin-bunch, which features a silicone LED diffuser along the bore of the shroud.
June 14, 2019
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Thermaltake Intros UX200 ARGB Lighting CPU Cooler
Thermaltake is on a drive to rehash many of its older CPU cooler designs with touches of modernity, such as addressable-RGB LED lighting and newer fans with improved bearings. The latest such effort is the UX200 ARGB Lighting.
June 18, 2019
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Thermaltake Launches Pacific CL360 Max D5 Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit
The Pacific CL360 Max D5 Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit features a premium-quality combo kit which is ready to be controlled by the TT RGB PLUS software; it also supports the Razer Chroma and Amazon Alexa Voice Service.
May 30, 2019
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Thermaltake Rolls Out Floe Riing RGB 360 TR4 Edition CPU Cooler
Thermaltake today rolled out the Floe Riing RGB 360 TR4 Edition, a variant of this closed-loop liquid CPU cooler for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. Although its pump-block has the same dimensions as the original Floe Riing series, the TR4 Edition features an enlarged, rectangular copper base for more coverage of the Ryzen Threadripper integrated heatspreader (IHS).
April 18, 2019
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Thermaltake Unveils Pacific CL360 Max D5 Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit
Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear and Enthusiast Memory solutions, announces that the premium water cooling kit - Pacific CL360 Max D5 Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit is now available on the market.
July 30, 2019
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Thermaltake's New Case is a Giant Liquid Cooler
Lots of PC enthusiasts put open-loop coolers in their chassis, but what if the chassis itself is the reservoir? Thermaltake's upcoming P200 chassis is a giant clear slab that holds liquid coolant inside while you attach all your components to the outside with no additional casing around them.
May 30, 2019
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Thinking outside the box: watercooling an air cooler
What happens when you watercool an air cooler?
March 22, 2019
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X2 Announces the ABKONCORE Spider Spectrum Fan Kit
The ABKONCORE Spider Spectrum Fans 3 in 1 remote kit are a perfect addition to any PC setup because the flashy LEDs illuminate and therefore showoff the beaming powerful engine that is the chassis. Not only do the fans improve the chassis aesthetically, but improves its functionality as well.
August 8, 2019
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CPU Coolers - Z

Zalman CNPS20X Air Cooler & Reserator 5 Liquid Cooler on Display at Computex 2019
Zalman had their Reserator 5 all-in-one liquid coolers on display during our visit at Computex 2019. This latest liquid cooler design is definitely unique in the looks department but also features a few design elements that set it apart from competing products.
May 28, 2019
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2cpu.com
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3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 MALAYSIA Price List + Analysis!
AMD just announced the Malaysia price list for the new 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 family of processors!
July 8, 2019
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4GHz CPU Battle: Ryzen 3900X versus 3700X versus Core i9-9900K
Instructions Per Cycle
July 15, 2019
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5nm: A Catalyst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and What It Means for Semiconductor Innovations
This week, Samsung Electronics announced that its 5-nanometer(nm) FinFET process technology based on EUV lithography is now ready for production. This is a remarkable accomplishment and testament to the capability of our colleagues at the S3 wafer fab in Hwaseong, Korea and their supply chain partners.
April 16, 2019
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5.7 GHz on 28 Cores: Overclocking the Intel Xeon W-3175
Intel's Xeon W-3175X is the chipmaker's first unlocked workstation-class processor and, with the right tools, this 28-core, 56-thread monster can blow right past its rated 3.8-GHz turbo speed. By using an Asus ROG Dominus Extreme motherboard and LN2, I was able to crank the W-3175X all the way up to 5.7-GHz and set a world record in the process.
April 25, 2019
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9 Cheap CPUs (Under $130) Tested and Ranked
There's never been a better time to buy a cheap CPU. AMD's latest processors have shaken up the low-cost landscape, so now you can find quad-core models with gaming-capable integrated graphics for a mere $100. Intel's response has brought Hyper-threading to its low-end Pentium processors and two additional cores to the Core i3 line, which greatly improves performance for its budget chips even though they're still limited in terms of their graphics.
December 11, 2018
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10nm Ice Lake CPU Meets M.2: The 'Spring Hill' Nervana NNP-I Deep Dive
Intel revealed the broad outlines of its new Nervana Neural Network Processor for Inference, of NNP-I for short, that comes as a modified 10nm Ice Lake processor that will ride on a PCB that slots into an M.2 port (yes, an M.2 port that is normally used for storage), at an event in Haifa, Israel two months ago.
August 20, 2019
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10nm Intel CPUs not coming to desktops until at least 2022, amid manufacturing issues
Intel's difficulties with manufacturing and shipping 10nm CPUs appear to be continuing, as product roadmaps allegedly presented to Dell and leaked to the Dutch technology website Tweakers indicates a lack of high-power 10nm CPUs from Intel through the end of 2021. The roadmaps position 10nm Ice Lake CPUs, in 5W (Y-series) and 15-28W (U-series) mobile processors for limited availability in Q2 2019, with Tiger Lake U and Y for Q2 2020.
April 26, 2019
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10nm is great, but so is $19.2 billion
Intel's earnings do not seem to have been hurt by their lack of 10nm processors nor the departure of Brian Krzanich, their revenue is up 19% from this time last year and represents the best quarter they have ever had.
October 26, 2018
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10th Gen Intel Comet Lake: 1 Step Forward, 1 Step Back!
Intel just introduced the Comet Lake mobile processors, taking a step forward with its performance, but a step back on its features.
August 22, 2019
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10th Gen Intel Core Processors: Everything you need to know
Intel's next generation of CPUs is now official and headed to a slew of new PCs. Here's everything you need to know.
August 8, 2019
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10th Gen Intel Ice Lake Mobile CPU Features + Specifications!
Intel Ice Lake is finally here! Intel just officially launched eleven new 10th Gen Intel Core U-series and Y-series mobile processors!
August 2, 2019
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12 CPUs Tested on Geekbench 5 and Geekbench 4
Geekbench 5 was officially released by Primate Labs today and Legit Reviews has been taking a look at this benchmark in the lab. The release of Geekbench 5 brings new machine learning, augmented reality, and computational photography workloads to the CPU test.
September 3, 2019
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12 Desktop Processors Tested on Blender 2.80 versus Blender 2.79b
Legit Reviews has been using Blender in our benchmarks for years and hopefully you've found the results worthwhile and interesting. Blender, for those that might not know, is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline--modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
September 13, 2019
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26-Core Intel CPU Leak Might Be a New Xeon W for C621 Motherboards
Intel might be planning on launching a cut-down version of the Xeon W-3175X, the 28-core HEDT flagship that it launched almost a year ago. It's the only CPU available for the C621 chipset that uses the LGA 3647 socket, and currently, there are only two motherboards available for the C621 chipset. A SiSoftware benchmark result shows a 26-core Intel CPU operating on one of those two C621 boards, the ROG Dominus Extreme.
September 9, 2019
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27 CPUs Benchmarked With AOM AV1, Intel SVT VP9/AV1/HEVC Video Encoders
With there being a lot of interest from when Intel recently open-sourced their SVT-AV1 video encoder and more recently their VP9 video encoder also under the "Scalable Video Technologies" umbrella, here are benchmarks from 27 different systems showing off their performance. Plus for kicks there are also some other CPU-based video encode benchmarks including AOM-AV1 and others.
March 4, 2019
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64-Core Epyc 7742 First To Encode 8K HEVC In Real-Time
Real-Time 8K Hdr Hevc Encoding From A Single $7,000 Processor
September 16, 2019
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896 Xeon Cores in One PC: Microsoft's New x86 DataCenter Class Machines Running Windows
This week Microsoft released a new blog dedicated to the Windows Kernel internals. The purpose of the blog is to dive into the Kernel across a variety of architectures and delve into the elements, such as the evolution of the kernel, the components, the organization, and in this post, the focus was on the scheduler.
October 26, 2018
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2019 Intel Data-Centric Xeon, Optane-DC + SSD D5 Solutions!
Intel just unveiled their new data-centric solutions -- the 2019 Intel Xeon Scalable processors, the Intel Xeon D-1600 processors, as well as the Intel Optane DC and Intel SSD D5 storage solutions.
April 4, 2019
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A 12-core, 24-thread third-generation Ryzen CPU has been spotted in UserBenchmark
AMD announced some third-generation Ryzen processors for both laptops and desktops at CES. To date, the highest-end model announced is an eight-core, 16-thread CPU with PCIe 4.0 support, codenamed 'Matisse'. Now Twitter user TUM_APISAK has discovered a 12-core, 24-thread variant on UserBenchmark.
January 24, 2019
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A detailed look at AMD's new Epyc "Rome" 7nm server CPUs
Epyc "Rome" continues its little sibling the Ryzen 3000's mad dash forward.
August 9, 2019
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A Look At The AMD EPYC Performance On The Amazon EC2 Cloud
Of the announcements from yesterday's AMD Next Horizon event, one that came as a surprise was the rolling out of current-generation EPYC processors to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Available so far are the AMD-powered M5a and R5a instance types to offer Amazon cloud customers more choice as well as being priced 10% lower than comparable instances. Here are some initial benchmarks of the AMD performance in the Amazon cloud.
November 7, 2018
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A Look At The MDS Cost On Xeon, EPYC & Xeon Total Impact Of Affected CPU Vulnerabilities
This weekend I posted a number of benchmarks looking at the performance impact of the new MDS/Zombieload vulnerabilities that also included a look at the overall cost of Spectre/Meltdown/L1TF/MDS on Intel desktop CPUs and AMD CPUs (Spectre). In this article are similar benchmarks but turning the attention now to Intel Xeon hardware and also comparing those total mitigation costs against AMD EPYC with its Spectre mitigations.
May 20, 2019
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A Modern Supermicro Kabylake Xeon Motherboard Now Supports Coreboot
While the tide may be eventually turning, as it stands today for those wanting to run Coreboot on x86 desktop/server hardware you are largely limited to generations-old platforms. But now there is a new option and that is a Coreboot port having been completed to a modern Supermicro motherboard for use with Intel Xeon "Kabylake" processors.
August 9, 2019
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AI chip startup releases training accelerator to challenge GPUs
Habana Labs has unveiled the Gaudi HL-2000, a custom-built AI processor that the company claims can outrun Nvidia's best and brightest GPUs at training neural networks. In conjunction with the release of the new chip, the Tel Aviv-based startup is introducing a series of Gaudi-based PCIe cards, as well as an eight-processor server that can be used as the foundation for building super-sized training clusters.
June 17, 2019
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AIDA64 Readied for AMD Ryzen 3000, Next-Gen Theadripper and EPYC CPUs
FinalWire, the developer behind the system information and diagnostics tool AIDA64, released the latest beta version (V5.99.4983) over the weekend. It comes with preliminary support for AMD's upcoming trio of processor lines based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. This could be a hint that we're closer to the next-gen CPUs' launch than we think.
April 8, 2019
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Alleged AMD Ryzen 3000 Series CPU Lineup Leaked by Russian E-Tailer
As we're coming up on CES, cameos and details (but mostly speculation) on AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 series are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Not the least of which is the recent listing of what seems to be AMD's line-up for that same processor series.
January 2, 2019
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Amazon Graviton CPUs to Displace Intel Xeon in EC2 Cloud
Amazon today dealt another blow to Intel's stranglehold on the server CPU market. Leveraging their acquisition several years ago of Annapurna Labs, Amazon has been quietly working away on making its own ARM based CPU (dubbed "Graviton") for its cloud environment.
November 27, 2018
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Amazon's homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPU
A little bit of history and a little more info on customized SoC
November 27, 2018
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AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Matisse CPU Benchmark Surfaces on 12-Core Processor
Twitter user TUM_APISAK recently discovered an AMD Engineering processor on UserBenchmark that might just be an AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen processor. The detailed performance results from this user run show an AMD Myrtle board running a single 12-core, 24-thread processor with a 3.4 GHz base clock and a 3.6 GHz average clock.
January 24, 2019
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AMD 7nm Epyc CPU Offers Core Enhancements, Huge Performance Gains
At its Next Horizon event today, AMD unveiled substantial new details about its 7nm server CPU, codenamed Rome. The new chip debuts at a significant time for AMD. Its first server CPU, Epyc, has won accolades and adoption, including a new announcement of support from Amazon. Epyc 2 is, in some ways, even more important
November 6, 2018
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AMD 7nm Navi 14 GPU Leaked, Features 24 CUs & 1900MHz Clock Speed
Just a little over two weeks back we reported on the plethora of AMD Radeon RX 5000 series graphics cards that were leaked by AMD's leading Add-In-Board partner Sapphire. Which included the Radeon RX 5900 series, 5800 series, 5700 series and 5600 series.
July 12, 2019
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AMD 16-Core Ryzen 9 3950X: Up to 4.7 GHz, 105W
One of the questions that was left over from AMD's Computex reveal of the new Ryzen 3000 family was why a 16-core version of the dual-chiplet Matisse design was not announced. Today, AMD is announcing its first 16 core CPU into the Ryzen 9 family. AMD stated that they're not interested in the back and forth with its competition about slowly moving the leading edge in consumer computing -- they want to launch the best they have to offer as soon as possible, and the 16-core is part of that strategy.
June 10, 2019
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AMD 50th Anniversary: Ryzen 7 2700X and Radeon VII Gold Edition Products
Set to celebrate its 50th anniversary on May 1, AMD is rolling out two limited edition products to memorialize the date. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Edition CPU and the AMD Radeon VII Gold Edition will come in a special package and will be bundled with free PC versions of the World War Z as well as The Division 2 Gold Edition games, stickers of CEO Lisa Su's signature, and a code to redeem a limited edition T-shirt.
April 29, 2019
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AMD AGESA 1.0.0.3ABBA Detailed, Fixes Zen2 Boost Issues
Version ComboAM4 1.0.0.3ABBA is being pushed to motherboard manufacturers to integrate with their UEFI firmware, and one such dispatch to MSI got leaked to the web on ChipHell. Tom's Hardware grabbed the BIOS as it was compatible with the MEG X570 Creator motherboard they have, and tested the Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X with it.
September 10, 2019
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AMD agrees to cough up $35-a-chip payout over eight-core Bulldozer advertising fiasco
A great deal or were consumers Bulldozed by the chip giant?
August 27, 2019
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AMD Amends Wafer Supply Agreement with GlobalFoundries: 7nm Freed, 12nm+ Targets Set Through 2021
AMD on Tuesday said it had amended its wafer supply agreement with GlobalFoundries. Under the terms of the new deal, the two companies agreed about prices and volumes of wafers that AMD will purchase from the U.S.-based foundry through at least 2021. The seventh such wafer amendment between the two parties, it marks the latest shift in how the two companies do business with each other amidst changing business strategies on both sides.
January 29, 2019
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AMD Announces 16-Core Ryzen 9 3950X 7nm Desktop CPU
When AMD announced 7nm Ryzen was coming at CES 2019, sharp-eyed readers immediately noticed that there was room on the die for two 7nm chiplets, not just one. The possibility of a 16-core Ryzen 7 built on 7nm instantly became the worst-kept secret of the product family.
June 11, 2019
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AMD Announces 64-Core 7nm Rome CPUs, 7nm MI60 GPUs, And Zen 4
We're here at AMD's Next Horizon Event to bring you up to the minute news on the company's 7nm products. This is breaking news, so check back frequently or refresh the page for updates.
November 6, 2018
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AMD Announces EPYC Processors Now Available on Amazon Web Services
Three New Deployments on Amazon EC2 Instances Mark Next Significant Milestone for AMD EPYC in the Datacenter
November 6, 2018
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AMD Announces High-Frequency EPYC 7371 Processor
AMD made several announcements here at Supercomputing 2018, including a new EPYC 7371 processor designed for workloads that prize high frequencies, like the aptly-named high-frequency trading.
November 13, 2018
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AMD Announces New Ryzen R1000 Embedded Processors, Atari VCS Design Win
AMD announced its new Ryzen Embedded R100 SoCs to tackle the growing number of applications for embedded processors, which includes low-power game consoles and handheld gaming devices. For instance, Atari recently announced that it had revamped its Atari VCS with a new processor, but didn't divulge what type of new AMD processor was lurking inside.
April 16, 2019
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AMD announces Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, a dual Vega 20 graphics card
At Computex, AMD introduced RDNA architecture, which would begin with Navi GPUs. It was said that Vega is here to stay, and yes, they meant it.
June 4, 2019
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AMD Announces Ryzen 3: 8 CPU Cores, Zen 2 Architecture
AMD announced that its third-generation Ryzen CPU core and accompanying Epyc will both be available from mid-2019 forward. AMD showed off an eight-core version of its Ryzen CPU and confirmed that it will use a chiplet design, with a 14nm GlobalFoundries I/O die and a 7nm CPU chiplet.
January 10, 2019
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AMD Announces Their Fastest Clocked EPYC CPU Yet -- The EPYC 7371 With Up To 3.8 GHz Clocks Across 16 Cores
AMD has introduced a new EPYC server chip to their EPYC 7000 series lineup which is also their highest clocked part to date. The chip which will be known as the EPYC 7371 is designed to meet the requirements applications that can take advantage of the higher clock speeds and AMD has offered a good boost in CPU clocks with their latest part.
November 16, 2018
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AMD Announces Threadripper 2970WX, 2920X Availability, New Dynamic Local Mode Feature
The more surprising announcement comes in the form of a new software feature for the Threadripper WX-series processors called "Dynamic Local Mode" which aims to address some of the performance issues caused by the non-traditional memory structure of these processors, where not all CPU cores have direct access to a memory controller.
October 5, 2018
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AMD Athlon 200GE
Athlon is back in the house?
December 21, 2018
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AMD Athlon 200GE Review: Zen and Vega Get Cheap
AMD is breathing life back into an almost 20-year-old brand with the Athlon 200GE processor armed with Radeon Vega 3 graphics. Unlike the company's mainstream Ryzen chips, its $55 dual-core, four-thread Athlon 200GE addresses the sub-$100 market, where Intel's Pentium and Celeron brands previously reigned uncontested.
December 11, 2018
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AMD Athlon 220GE and 240GE
Looking for an affordable processor that will cover all your browsing or media center needs including an integrated graphics unit? Hey, AMD might just have the perfect value proc available. The Athlon series is ongoing, and we review the Athlon 220GE and 240GE.
May 3, 2019
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AMD Athlon 220GE and 240GE break cover and aim for budget boxes
The TR staff and crowd in general tend to love high-performance, high-priced gear with all the cowbell and a few whistles. Not every build needs pricey equipment, though, whether due to budgetary constraints or simply because its duties are modest in nature. For this situation, AMD's recently-announced Athlon 220GE and 240GE processors could fit the bill just fine.
December 21, 2018
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AMD Athlon versus Intel Pentium: Which Cheap Chips Are Best?
It's an age-old processor battle: AMD Athlon vs Intel Pentium. Twenty years ago--in the early days of Tom's Hardware--those processor brands represented high-performance parts. Today, the Pentium and Athlon names are relegated to both companies' entry-level options, but the battle rages anew.
March 4, 2019
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AMD Believes SPOILER Vulnerability Does Not Impact Its Processors
AMD thinks that its processors are not impacted by the new SPOILER vulnerability that uses speculative execution to improve the efficiency of memory and cache attacks such as Rowhammer.
March 18, 2019
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AMD blows minds with a 16-core 7nm gaming CPU that works like any other Ryzen
"I don't think there's any reason people would buy an Intel processor after we do this," says AMD's Travis Kirsch.
June 10, 2019
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AMD Brings Radeon Image Sharpening to Polaris-based GPUs
When AMD announced its Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 Series GPUs, it also announced a technology that they would support called Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS). Based on the FidelityFX open source tool kit AMD has also released, RIS will apply post-processing to sharpen images with only a minimal reduction in performance.
September 13, 2019
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AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su to Deliver Computex 2019 Lead Keynote
With CES 2019 barely in the mirror behind us, the consumer electronics industry is already barreling towards its next major trade show, Computex 2019 in Taiwan. And, as it turns out, leading that charge will be none other than AMD's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su.
April 2, 2019
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AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will be giving the Computex 2019 keynote
3rd Gen Ryzen, 7nm Epyc, and Navi GPU details inbound
April 2, 2019
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AMD Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Launch of 'Gold Edition' AMD Ryzen Processor and AMD Radeon VII Graphics Card, AMD50 Game Bundle and More
Gold Editions of AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X processor and AMD Radeon™ VII graphics card include coupon code for free copies of Tom Clancy's The Division® 2 Gold Edition and World War Z
April 29, 2019
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AMD Comments on Apparent Performance Bug with Windows Scheduler
Last year AMD released new, second generation Threadripper CPUs, with one having a core count of 32 that should be very effective in some tasks. Unfortunately, as some discovered after release, there are times this performance potential is not realized, which led many to speculate it was a memory bandwidth issue.
January 14, 2019
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AMD Comments on Threadripper 2 Performance and Windows Scheduler
Users may have been following Wendell from Level1Tech's battle with researching the reasons behind why some benchmarks have regressed performance on quad-die Threadripper 2 compared to dual-die configurations. Through his research, he found that this problem was limited to Windows, as cross-platform software on Linux did not have this issue, and that the problem was not limited just to Threadripper 2, but quad-die EPYCs were also affected.
January 14, 2019
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AMD Comments on Threadripper 2990WX Scheduling Issues
Ever since AMD launched its Threadripper 2990WX, there have been questions about how effectively it could scale in multi-threaded workloads.
January 14, 2019
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AMD Confirms Its Processors Aren't Impacted by Spoiler Vulnerability
Last year the discovery of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities shook the tech world and caused a flurry of security-related anxieties. Earlier this month, researchers discovered another vulnerability similar to Spectre, named "Spoiler," in Intel CPUs.
March 18, 2019
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AMD could be giving finishing touches to its new generation of embedded SoCs codenamed "Cato." The chips surfaced on screenshots of UL Benchmarks (Futuremark) SystemInfo, across three models: the RX-8125, the RX-8120, and the A9-9820. For the uninitiated, the RX series embedded processors are part of the company's Ryzen Embedded family.

Gigabyte to Bundle Overclocked, Cherry-picked Intel Core i9-9900K With $900 Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce
Gigabyte has been stretching its product portfolio for a while now, and it seems the company really wants to be the one to distribute everything on your PC if it can. Of course, no company does this based on its good heart - Gigabyte is putting up a margin on all products, as the whole spirit of business and capitalism requires.
April 4, 2019
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April 8, 2019
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AMD Could Release Next Generation EPYC CPUs with Four-Way SMT
AMD has completed design phase of its "Zen 3" architecture and rumors are already appearing about its details. This time, Hardwareluxx has reported that AMD could bake a four-way simultaneous multithreading technology in its Zen 3 core to enable more performance and boost parallel processing power of its data center CPUs.
September 24, 2019
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AMD CTO on Zen 3, 7nm+ CPU Architecture: Will Primarily Leverage Efficiency With Some Modest Performance Opportunities
AMD will be introducing their next-generation Zen 2 based processors next year which will first be featured on the EPYC Rome processors. These will be the first high-performance CPUs to feature a 7nm process node and while they are expected to deliver great improvements in performance and efficiency, AMD themselves have already started giving us hints about what the CPU architecture that comes after Zen 2 may look like.
November 27, 2018
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AMD EPYC 7002 Series Price + Specifications Compared!
AMD just introduced nineteen EPYC 7002 series processors, with 8 to 64 cores and up to 256 MB of L3 cache!
August 13, 2019
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AMD EPYC Rome 32-Core CPU Specs Leaked: 1.7 GHz Base, 2.4 GHz Boost
AMD's core-heavy EPYC Rome processors are scheduled to be released in the middle of this year, so naturally, the chipmaker samples the chips to its partners before the launch. Now the 32-core, 64-thread EPYC chip has been spotted in the SiSoftware Official Live Ranker database with a 1.7 GHz base clock speed and a 2.4 GHz boost, which is significantly lower than the previous-gen model.
May 20, 2019
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AMD EPYC Rome Benched: 64 Cores, 128 Threads Boosting to 2.2 GHz (for now)
Several benchmarks of AMD's 64-core, 128-thread EPYC Rome processors have popped up in an online database, indicating that the early chips run at a 1.4 GHz base clock and boost to 2.2 GHz.
March 29, 2019
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AMD EPYC Rome Prices and Specs Leak Out -- Flagship EPYC 7742 With 64 Cores, 128 Threads, 3.40 GHz Boost Clock '225W' To Cost Under $10,000 US
The final specifications and prices for AMD's next-generation EPYC Rome processor lineup that is based on the new 7nm, Zen 2 core architecture, have leaked out.
June 21, 2019
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AMD Epyc Rome server CPU spied in leaked SiSoft Sandra benchmarks
64 cores and 128 threads of processing goodness
March 29, 2019
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AMD Expresses its Displeasure Over Intel's PT Benchmarks for 9th Gen Core
AMD gave its first major reaction to the Principled Technologies (PT) controversy, in which it came out strongly against the questionable methods PT employed, in its performance comparison between the Core i9-9900K and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, in addition to certain other Ryzen Threadripper series products. In its response, AMD made its official position on controversy clear - it is not happy with PT.
October 19, 2018
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AMD Firmware Update To Bring Boost Performance Optimizations
There has been a lot of talk recently of AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors reportedly not hitting their boost clock frequencies, whether stock coolers are adequate for hitting the boost frequencies, and other concerns around the boost behavior on these new Zen 2 processors.
September 3, 2019
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AMD garners academic credentials with new supercomputer wins
AMD's second-generation Epyc processor, code-named "Rome," has yet to be released into the wild, but it is already racking up some impressive wins in academic supercomputing.
June 10, 2019
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AMD Halts Further x86 Technology Licensing to China
AMD Lisa Su at Computex 2019 confirmed to Tom's hardware that the company wasn't licensing anymore of its x86 IP portfolio to China-based companies. AMD entered a technology license agreement with China's Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd. (THATIC) in 2016.
June 4, 2019
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AMD has a loaner program for third-gen Ryzen PCs that won't boot
If you're switching from Intel's Core platform to AMD's Ryzen, you may run into this problem.
July 16, 2019
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AMD Immune to Crippling MDS Vulnerabilities
Perhaps unsurprisingly at this point, new security vulnerabilities have been found in Intel's CPUs dating all the way back to 2008. Known as Zombieload, RIDL, Fallout, and MDS (Intel's official naming), these holes in Intel's architecture are the latest in a string of vulnerabilities that have been revealed one after the other since the early 2018 debut of Meltdown.
May 17, 2019
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AMD introduces 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X CPU, two Navi Radeon RX 5700 GPUs at E3 2019
What just happened? AMD during its E3 2019 keynote rounded out its Ryzen 3000 family with the introduction of what it's calling the world's first 16-core gaming CPU. We also gleaned details about two Navi-based GPUs, the Radeon RX 5700 XT and the Radeon RX 5700, as well as more information about Zen 2 and RDNA graphics.
June 10, 2019
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AMD Introduces Dynamic Local Mode for Threadripper: up to 47% Performance Gain
AMD has made a blog post describing an upcoming feature for their Threadripper processors called "Dynamic Local Mode", which should help a lot with gaming performance on AMD's latest flagship CPUs.
October 8, 2018
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AMD Is Working On A Powerful Milan CPU Variant With 15 Tiles
It would appear that AMD is working on something very interesting. According to sources familiar with the matter they are actively working on a 15 tile design for AMD Milan. Considering 1 of these tiles need to be an IO die, this implies that there will be at least one Milan variant with 14 dies/tiles compared to Rome's 8.
September 5, 2019
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AMD Issues Statement on Low Ryzen 3000 Boost Clocks, BIOS Update Soon
After AMD's Ryzen 3rd generation launch many users have reported that they are not seeing the advertised boost clocks that AMD promises in their specifications. This has been an ongoing issue, with various tweaks tried, with limited success. This lead to serious allegations about "false advertising", and all AMD had to say up to this point was that these clocks are "up to".
September 3, 2019
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AMD issues updated BIOS to fix Ryzen boost bug, promising up to 50MHz more boost
A new monitoring SDK will also make an appearance, providing fine-grained insights into what's going on under the hood of your Ryzen 3000 processor.
September 10, 2019
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AMD Launches 2nd Gen Ryzen Pro & Athlon Pro APUs
AMD on Monday introduced four new processors aimed at commercial laptops. The new AMD Ryzen Pro 3000-series as well as AMD Athlon Pro 300-series processors pack up to four x86 cores as well as AMD's Radeon Vega integrated graphics. Because of improved power efficiency, AMD says that laptops powered by its latest Ryzen Pro APUs will work for up to 12 hours when used for general office workloads.
April 9, 2019
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AMD Launches 2nd Generation EPYC Processers for Servers and Datacenters
Yesterday AMD launched its 2nd Generation EPYC family of CPUs targeting servers and datacenters. These are using the new 7 nm Zen2 cores and chiplets present in the Ryzen 3000 series of processors, and thanks to the smaller process technology the lineup includes a 64 core/128 thread part.
August 8, 2019
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AMD Launches High-Frequency EPYC 7371 Processor
AMD has announced its new high-frequency EPYC 7371 processor designed for applications that benefit from high clocks. The CPU has 16 cores and is aimed at tasks like electronic design automation, high-frequency trading, and other. The EPYC 7371 can work in dual-socket configuration, thus offering up to 32 cores and 64 threads per box.
November 13, 2018
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AMD may have a 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen processor in the works
A new leak, if true, points to a beastly Ryzen 3000-series processor.
May 10, 2019
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AMD May Have Doubled Per-Core L3 Cache on 7nm Epyc CPUs
AMD may have revealed its upcoming 7nm Epyc CPUs at its New Horizons event, but it only touched on many of the architectural enhancements and improvements for the core. We know that the chip pairs a series of 7nm chiplets (each containing eight CPU cores),
November 27, 2018
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AMD now previewing Zen 2 based on the 7nm process, EPYC comes to AWS
At a dedicated event in San Francisco today under the 'Next Horizon' tagline, AMD announced that it is collaborating with TSMC to make the jump to the 7nm process node with its next-generation Zen 2 architecture.
November 6, 2018
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AMD Officially Talks Zen 2 CPU Architecture: Significant Performance Uplift With 2X Throughput, Doubled Core Density With Up To 64 Cores, PCIe Gen 4.0 Support, Aiming Server EPYC Rome 7nm CPUs First
AMD has officially revealed the first details of their next-generation Zen 2 CPU architecture which will be used to power the upcoming EPYC Rome and Ryzen processors. Featured first on the EPYC Rome lineup, the new chips would be the first 7nm Datacenter processors, aiming for higher than expected IPC gains and overall improvement in total CPU performance.
November 6, 2018
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AMD Optimizing C/C++ Compiler 2.0 Released With Zen 2 Support
Coinciding with yesterday's glorious AMD EPYC "Rome" 7002 series CPU launch, AMD's software folks released AOCC 2.0 as their LLVM/Clang-based compiler optimized for Zen processors. AOCC 2.0 brings optimized compiler support now for Zen 2 processors not just only the EPYC 7002 line-up but also the Ryzen 3000 series consumer processors.
August 8, 2019
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AMD outlines its future: 7nm GPUs with PCIe 4, Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 4
AMD is making the most of TSMC's 7nm process advantage over Intel.
November 6, 2018
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AMD Overclocking Tool Adds Support for Ryzen CCX Overclocking
Overclock.net user and renowned overclocker shamino1978 released a new version of his AMD CPU overclocking tool, adding the ability to overclock and individual Core Complex (CCX) rather than a single core or the entire CPU. Though you can overclock your Ryzen CPUs via the motherboard BIOS or AMD's own Ryzen Master software, neither can overclock an individual CCX.
July 25, 2019
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AMD Prepares BIOS Update to Fix Ryzen 3000 Boost Frequency Issue
Since AMD released the Ryzen 3000 series of CPUs, they have been getting a great deal of attention. There are plenty of reasons for this attention, being the consumer CPUs first to use a chiplet design, a 7 nm manufacturing process, and offer up to 12 cores on the platform, but also because of some curious boosting behavior.
September 3, 2019
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AMD Previews EPYC 'Rome' Processor: Up to 64 Zen 2 Cores
AMD on Tuesday formally announced its next-generation EPYC processor code-named Rome. The new server CPU will feature up to 64 cores featuring the Zen 2 microarchitecture, thus providing at least two times higher performance per socket than existing EPYC chips.
November 6, 2018
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AMD Pushing the AMD+AMD Strategy with Executive Promotions
Today AMD is announcing some realignment of its executive team along with some promotions. The idea behind the changes boils down to AMD wanting to focus its efforts on bringing the CPU and GPU strategy together, for future AMD+AMD combinations. The goal is that users should want to pair Ryzen with Radeon, or EPYC with Instinct, and by aligning the hierarchy behind that goal, it should be easier to manage and achieve.
January 25, 2019
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AMD quietly removes third-gen Threadripper from 2019 roadmap
Looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer for the next Threadripper
May 6, 2019
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AMD Radeon RX 5300 XT With 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM Shows Up -- Navi For OEM Desktop PCs
The AMD Radeon RX 5300 XT graphics card has just appeared for HP (OEM) desktop PCs at retailer alternate.de (via Computerbase). The Radeon RX 5300 XT which will be part of the Navi based AMD Radeon RX 5000 series will be the latest entry to the 7nm rDNA series.
September 23, 2019
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AMD Radeon RX 5500 Gets Benchmarked
AMD is preparing lower-end variants of its NAVI GPUs based on new RDNA graphics card architecture, which will replace all the existing cards based on aging GCN architecture. Today, AMD's upcoming Radeon RX 5500, as it is called, got benchmarked in GFXBench - a cross-platform benchmark which features various kinds of test for Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android.
September 23, 2019
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AMD Readies 50th Anniversary Special Edition Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a new commemorative special edition package of the Ryzen 7 2700X eight-core desktop processor. This package carries the PIB SKU number "YD270XBGAFA50." American online retailer ShopBLT had it listed for USD $340.95 before pulling the listing down and marking it "out of stock."
April 16, 2019
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AMD Readies AGESA ComboAM4 1.0.0.3ABB, Addresses Several Issues Affecting 3rd Gen Ryzen
AMD today addressed multiple issues with its 3rd generation Ryzen processors through a highly-recommended update to its Chipset Driver software. To begin with, it stated that several users noticed anomalous behavior with 3rd generation Ryzen chips where the voltages and clock-speeds would be raised as the processor would misinterpret low-scale performance requests from certain software as a request to unlock higher performance states.
July 30, 2019
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AMD Readies Navi 23 High-End 'NVIDIA Killer' GPU For Radeon RX Flagship, Alleges Rumor -- Arrives Next Year With Ray Tracing Support
It has been a month since AMD introduced their RDNA architecture based Navi GPUs and there are already rumors about the second generation RDNA which would be powering AMD's high-end GPU products (Radeon RX Series) in the coming years.
August 9, 2019
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AMD Readies Larger 7nm "Navi 12" Silicon to Power Radeon RX 5800 Series?
AMD is developing a larger GPU based on its new "Navi" architecture to power a new high-end graphics card family, likely the Radeon RX 5800 series. The codename "Navi 12" is doing rounds on social media through familiar accounts that have high credibility with pre-launch news and rumors.
July 29, 2019
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AMD Reiterates 7nm Roadmap: Navi, Matisse, & Rome to Launch in Q3
AMD this week held its Annual Shareholder Meeting where it reiterated its current technology roadmap and once again confirmed that that its major products set to be released this year based on 7nm will be formally introduced in Q3.
May 17, 2019
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AMD releasing 7nm Ryzen 3 in 2019, while Intel struggles to ship 10nm CPUs
Benchmarks performed live at CES show that AMD's Ryzen 3 hardware can compete with the Intel Core i9-9900K, while using 30% less power.
January 9, 2019
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AMD Responds to Intel Commissioned i9-9900K Benchmark Results
A couple weeks ago, a commissioned report on the performance of Intel's i9-9900K was put out more than a week before independent reviews, like our own, and this led to some interesting analysis of the numbers and practices used for the testing.
October 22, 2018
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AMD Rome Army: Finland Unveils 200,000-Core Supercomputer
Folks have made a habit of calling AMD "the red team." In this case, it seems more appropriate to call it an army: the Finnish IT Center for Science (CSC) announced that an upcoming supercomputer would utilize 3,125 of AMD's 64-core EPYC "Rome" processors for a combined 200,000 cores. The resulting supercomputer should offer peak performance of 6.4 petaflops, which is significantly higher than the CSC's current capabilities.
December 17, 2018
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AMD Ryzen 2 versus Intel 9th Gen Core: Which CPU Deserves Your Money?
Earlier this year, AMD seriously upped its CPU game and gave Intel some tough competition when it launched the second-generation Ryzen processors and its flagship Ryzen 7 2700X.
November 1, 2018
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AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Pictured and De-lidded
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G is an upcoming processor featuring integrated graphics, forming the tail-end of the company's 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processor family. A Chinese PC enthusiast with access to an early sample pictured and de-lidded the processor.
April 22, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 2600 versus AMD Ryzen 5 2600x: Which CPU is best for you?
We've been putting systems together for many years and know what parts offer better value, depending on the needs of the PC owner. Here's our recommendation for choosing between the Ryzen 5 2600 and 2600X.
January 4, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 2600 versus Ryzen 7 1700: Which CPU is best for you?
We've been testing processors for decades and know how to interpret specifications and read through results to tell apart better value options from the countless choices available.
January 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3400G Is Working Well On Linux
AMD Raven Ridge APUs were a rough launch particularly on Linux where even with the latest motherboard BIOS updates and Linux kernel I am still hitting occasional stability issues, so when the opportunity arose recently to try out the Ryzen 5 3400G as the successor in the Picasso family, I was interested.
August 23, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3400G review: A perfect place to start in PC gaming
AMD's flagship APU is an incredible little thing, proving you don't need a graphics card to game.
August 22, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3400G, Ryzen 3 3200G Specs And B550 Chipset Leaked
Specifications for the AMD Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G along with the unannounced AMD B550 chipset have surfaced in the SiSoftware Official Live Ranker database.
May 17, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3500 a 6-core Processor
AMD is giving final touches to a second wave of 3rd generation Ryzen processor family, which includes the new Ryzen 5 3500 processor, and "Pro" variants of various already-launched SKUs, such as the 3600X, 3700X, and 3900X. These chips were spotted in an import registry of the Eurasian Economic Union.
July 29, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6 Core, 12 Thread CPU Tested on X470 Platform -- Single-Core Performance On Par With The Core i9-9900K
The first review of the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor has been published by Elchapuzasinformatico. The review takes a look at various performance aspects of AMD's 7nm based Ryzen 5 3600 which is the entry-level chip that will hit retail at $199 US, making it one of the best options for mainstream gaming PCs.
June 24, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor
Six cores / Twelve threads at 199 USD with the power of ZEN 2
July 22, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review: Best All-Round Value CPU
Ryzen 5 3600 versus Core i5-9600K
July 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Review: the New Mid-Range CPU Leader
AMD's new Ryzen 3000 series processors set a new pricing and performance bar for halo parts, but most enthusiasts and gamers buy processors in the $200 to $300 price range.
July 27, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X versus AMD Ryzen 5 2600X: Which CPU should you buy?
We've been wrapped up in technology for years and have built many Ryzen-powered PCs, as well as testing the latest processors, so we know a few things when it comes to choosing the right CPU.
July 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X versus AMD Ryzen 5 3600: Which CPU should you buy?
We've been wrapped up in technology for years and have built many Ryzen-powered PCs, as well as testing the latest processors, so we know a few things when it comes to choosing the right CPU.
July 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Edition: Should you buy the new CPU?
Best answer: If you haven't bought a Ryzen 7 2700X yet, then the gold edition will get you some freebies with it, but even then it's probably only best for dedicated AMD fans. As the processor is exactly the same, you can probably find a deal on the regular version and save some money if you just want the processor.
April 30, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X versus Intel Core i7-9700K: Which CPU Is Better?
Both AMD and Intel have compelling consumer CPU platforms. In a previous article, we compared AMD's second-generation Ryzen against Intel's new 9th generation Core processors to see which platform deserves to capture your hard-earned money. Looking at the company lineups as a whole, we concluded that the Intel Core i9-9900K is the fastest consumer-class CPU available for almost anything.
April 1, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 7 2700X versus Intel Core i7-9700K: Which CPU Is Better?
AMD's second-generation Ryzen against Intel's new 9th generation Core processors to see which platform deserves to capture your hard-earned money.
November 9, 2018
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AMD Ryzen 7 3700U Shows Up With Lots of Maybes, Could Feature Zen 2
AMD's low-power Ryzen 3700U APU has been leaked. Codenamed ZM370SC4T4MFG_38/22_Y, this latest AMD processor features 4 cores and 8 threads with a base clock of 2.2 GHz and a boost clock of 3.8 GHz, making it very similar to the current generation 2700U.
November 16, 2018
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AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X CPU Review
Last week AMD Ryzen 3000 series desktop processors based on the Zen 2 architecture finally came to market. AMD launched six new desktop processors of which five are available today. Of the processors that are out today they range in price between $199 to $499.
July 15, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
August 16, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 9 3000 is a 16-core Socket AM4 Beast
AMD is giving finishing touches to its 3rd generation Ryzen socket AM4 processor family which is slated for a Computex 2019 unveiling, followed by a possible E3 market availability. Based on the "Matisse" multi-chip module that combines up to two 8-core "Zen 2" chiplets with a 14 nm I/O controller die, these processors see a 50-100 percent increase in core-counts over the current generation. The Ryzen 5 series now includes 8-core/16-thread parts, the Ryzen 7 series chips are 12-core/24-thread, while the newly created Ryzen 9 series (designed to rival Intel Core i9 LGA115x), will include 16-core/32-thread chips.
May 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12 Core and Ryzen 7 3700X 8 Core CPU Review Leaks Out -- Gaming Performance On Par With Intel's 9th Gen, Ryzen 9 3900X Consumes Less Power Than i9-9900K
Another AMD Ryzen 3000 series review has leaked online and this time we are looking at the CPU performance numbers of the 12 core Ryzen 9 3900X and the 8 core Ryzen 7 3700X. The review was published by PCGamesHardware.de but was removed, however, a copy of the Ryzen performance numbers was saved by users who were able to view the review.
July 5, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core CPU Undervolted to 1.00V
I noticed a number of sites and channels are reporting that the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-thread processor can be run at full clock speeds with just 1.00V on the CPU VCore. That sounds pretty damn impressive and I just had to give it a try here to see if that is possible and what that means for performance.
July 15, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 9 3900X review: Amazing multi-core CPU performance at an unbelievable price
AMD has Ryzen from the ashes and now it's time to take the fight to Intel's door. The company has done a stellar job with the new Ryzen 9 CPU.
July 26, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 9 3900X versus Intel Core i9-9900K: Which CPU Is Better?
With AMD's recent release of the new Zen 2 architecture and Ryzen 3000 series processors, the CPU landscape has seen a paradigm shift. In the past, Intel took the performance crown with a higher price point, while AMD was typically the value proposition and behind in overall performance.
July 12, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X + 3rd Gen Threadripper Delayed To Nov!
We reported back in August that AMD was having trouble meeting the high demand for their Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics cards.
September 23, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 2000 Series Processors See Big Price Drops
If you haven't looked at AMD Ryzen processor listings over the weekend you might be surprised to see prices reduces across the board on Amazon specifically, with some pretty significant discounts including a Ryzen 7 2700 for only $219.99 (list price is $299). While we could debate whether these price changes signal the coming of 3000-series Ryzen CPUs sooner rather than later, the price drops are great for consumers regardless.
March 25, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 3000 Dominates Intel on Amazon Best-Selling CPUs List
Amazon's Best Sellers list might not hold the same stature as a Fortune 500 list, but it's a good indication of what products are in high demand at Amazon. When it comes to desktop CPUs in general, AMD is absolutely killing it right now, as seven of the top 10 best sellers in the PC CPUs category hail from camp AMD.
July 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 3000 Post-Review BIOS Update Recap: Larger ST Gains, Some Gains, Some Losses
It's been a long two weeks following our AMD-review-athon weekend, culminating 7/7 with our extensive coverage of the new Ryzen 3000 series CPUs, the new Radeon RX 5700 series Navi GPUs, as well as our complete overview of X570 chipset based motherboards.
July 11, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 3000 review roundup: a worthy alternative to Intel
Intel still has the slight edge in gaming performance
July 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 3000 Series 16-Core CPU Specifications Leaked
TUM_APISAK, a very well respected leaker in the hardware scene, has tweeted the alleged specifications for AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000-series 16-core processor, which is based on the Zen 2 processor microarchitecture and 7nm process node. The chip purportedly sports a 3.3 GHz base clock and 4.2 GHz boost clock.
May 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Boost Clocks Investigated
The desktop CPU war between Intel and AMD is the most exciting it's been in years. AMD has been rapidly catching up thanks to their new Zen core microarchitecture that was first introduced in 2017 in Ryzen 1000 series processors. AMD has since rolled out the Ryzen 2000 and Ryzen 3000 series and everything was going pretty smoothly for AMD. Then in recent weeks it has come to light that many of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs are not reaching their advertised boost speeds.
September 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Matisse CPUs Listed With Specs
Russian price tracking website e-Katalog has listed AMD's complete upcoming Ryzen 3000-series processor lineup. It's notable that E-Katalog doesn't sell products. Instead, it lists pricing for a range of items, like household and computer equipment, electronics, home, and office products, much like PCPartPicker.
January 2, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Price, Availability + Specifications!
AMD just topped the Ryzen 3000 processor family with the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor that boasts a massive 72 MB GameCache!
June 11, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Processors Might Steal CES 2019
AMD has already made it clear that they are going to announce next-generation products at CES 2019 and enthusiasts are hardly able to contain themselves. Many believe that AMD will be releasing Ryzen 3000 series processors at CES 2019 and they might be right!
January 3, 2019
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AMD Ryzen 3000 "Zen 2" BIOS Analysis Reveals New Options for Overclocking & Tweaking
AMD will launch its 3rd generation Ryzen 3000 Socket AM4 desktop processors in 2019, with a product unveiling expected mid-year, likely on the sidelines of Computex 2019. AMD is keeping its promise of making these chips backwards compatible with existing Socket AM4 motherboards. To that effect, motherboard vendors such as ASUS and MSI began rolling out BIOS updates with AGESA-Combo 0.0.7.x microcode, which adds initial support for the platform to run and validate engineering samples of the upcoming "Zen 2" chips.
March 22, 2019
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AMD Ryzen CPU Gain A Mammoth Market Share Versus Intel's Core Lineup -- Ryzen 3000 Outselling Intel 4 to 1, Ryzen 7 3700X Sales Eat Up Intel's Entire Lineup
The latest market share and revenue report for AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors are in from Mindfactory (via Ingebor) and it looks like the red team has got a major win on their hands. Based on the figures from Germany's biggest retail outlet, the report shows that AMD while consistently topping Intel for an entire year has now surpassed them with an unimaginable and record share.
August 1, 2019
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AMD Ryzen Gen 3 Desktop Processor Announced
No exact release date yet.
January 9, 2019
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AMD Ryzen Holds Nearly 50% of Japanese Desktop CPU Market
AMD has been surging in popularity in the last few years since it debuted the first Ryzen parts. Intel is getting a run for its money in the CPU market that hasn't been seen in many years. A new report indicates that AMD is doing very well in Japan with its Ryzen processors.
July 30, 2019
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AMD Ryzen Overtakes Intel Core CPUs Market Share In Major Asian Pacific Markets, Highest CPU Share in 5 Years
It looks like Germany isn't the only market where AMD is doing well as reports from major Asian based retailers show the same trend for Ryzen processors which are now gaining more popularity than Intel's Core processors lineup.
July 15, 2019
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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X
You've probably recovered from reading the 24 and 32-core reviews, right? Well, we need to move on as we take a significant step back in cores. Meet the Threadripper 2920X - a 12 core processor with 24 threads dialing in at a price of 649 USD. Yeah, it might be a mighty compelling product.
October 29, 2018
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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX & 2920X
 
October 29, 2018
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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX (24c/48t)
Are you still a little in shock and awe from that 32-core review two months while ago? Well, we need to move on as we take a notch back, the 2970WX is only *coughs* 24 core processor with 48 threads sound at a price of 1387 USD. Yeah, it might be a compelling product to developers and video crunchers. AMD is back at it again in their Core wars as they release the Threadripper Gen2 based 2970WX with a base clock of 3.0 GHz and Turbo to 4.2 GHz, this is a seriously threading processor.
October 29, 2018
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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Preview -- 24 Core Power!
AMD announced the Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX on 13 August 2018, but it was only officially launched today. So let's take a look at this 24-core 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processor!
October 29, 2018
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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Zen 2 Powered HEDT CPUs To Come In TRX4 Quad-Channel & WRX8 Octa-Channel Flavors
A bunch of new information regarding the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 platform powering the next-gen Zen 2 based HEDT processors has been posted by GamersNexus. While we have seen a range of leaks for the upcoming Threadripper processors, it looks like we will definitely be looking at separate platforms aimed at enthusiasts and workstations with the coming generation.
September 9, 2019
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AMD says its Ryzen 3000 isn't just cheaper--it's better
AMD's Travis Kirsch says there's no reason to buy an Intel CPU anymore.
June 17, 2019
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AMD Says Not to Count on Exotic Materials for CPUs in the Next Ten Years, Silicon Is Still Computing's Best Friend
AMD's senior VP of AMD's datacentre group Forrest Norrod, at the Rice Oil and Gas HPC conference, said that while graphene does have incredible promise for the world of computing, it likely will take some ten years before such exotic material are actually taken advantage off.
March 19, 2019
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AMD Second-Generation EPYC CPUs Are Getting 64-Cores
AMD looks to continue the momentum it has with its current-generation of EPYC processors. AMD introduced first-generation EPYC processors based on the Zen architecture in June 2017. The flagship model, EPYC 7601, topped out at 32 cores and 64 threads.
November 6, 2018
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AMD Secure Technology PSP Firmware Now Explorable, Thanks to Researcher's Tool
A security researcher this week released the PSPtool, a software tool that "aims to lower the entry barrier for looking into the code running" on the AMD Platform Security Processor (PSP), officially known as AMD Secure Technology, and other AMD subsystems. The PSP serves similar functions to those of Intel's Management Engine (ME) processor. However, just like the Intel ME, the secretive and undocumented nature of the chip worries security and privacy advocates.
June 6, 2019
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AMD Set to Be Added to NASDAQ 100 Index
AMD on Thursday announced that it would be added to the NASDAQ 100 index of non-financial companies next week. The chip company will be added to the list due to its increased market capitalization, which is a result of successful launches of its Ryzen and EPYC processors as well as a regular product roadmap and cadence.
December 20, 2018
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AMD Share Details of Upcoming Zen 2 Chips
Today AMD is holding its Next Horizon event, where it has revealed details of some of the upcoming parts the company will be producing for the datacenter, including the Zen 2-based Rome CPU. We can expect Zen 2 to come to consumer parts as well, after the EPYC processors, so some of the information shared here may still be relevant.
November 6, 2018
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AMD States Its CPUs Are Not Susceptible to SPOILER
AMD has issued a support article stating that its CPUs are not susceptible to the recently disclosed SPOILER vulnerability. Support Article PA-240 confirms initial beliefs that AMD processors were immune from this specific issue due to the different ways that AMD and Intel processors store and access data:
March 18, 2019
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AMD starts 2019 with a range of new 12nm mobile PC processors, here are the specs
AMD has introduced its second generation mobile Ryzen series processors, which it says are "well above the competition."
January 7, 2019
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AMD Stock Jumps With Price Target Upgrade After Positive Ryzen And Radeon Reviews
AMD has been making headlines with its latest round of third generation Ryzen CPUs and Radeon graphics cards powered by Navi chips. Thanks to this refreshed product lineup, one analyst believes AMD shares are going to climb even further.
July 9, 2019
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AMD Stock Soars After Amazon Announced As Major Partner Using EPYC Chips
Advanced Micro Devices shares spiked up after its CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, announced during AMD's Next Horizons event, that Amazon would begin using its EPYC datacenter CPUs in a major way moving forward for its cloud Amazon Web Services business.
November 6, 2018
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AMD Takes High-Performance Datacenter Computing to the Next Horizon
Launches World's first 7nm High-performance GPU for Machine Learning and AI; Demonstrates World's First High-performance 7nm x86 CPU Powered by "Zen 2" Processor Core and Breakthrough Chiplet Design
November 6, 2018
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AMD teases Zen 2 Epyc CPUs with up to 64 cores and 128 threads
At its Next Horizon event today, AMD gave us our first look at the Zen 2 microarchitecture. As one of AMD's first 7-nm products, Zen 2 will be making its debut on board the company's next-generation Epyc CPUs, code-named Rome.
November 6, 2018
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AMD THATIC Hit With U.S. Blacklist, No More Zen Cores For China
Today the United States added five additional Chinese companies to the list of banned entities, these will join companies like Huawei that are cut off from access to American technology. In 2016 AMD joined together with the Chinese to form Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd. in a deal that saw its first generation Zen cores getting licensed for chip development.
June 21, 2019
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AMD to Launch 7nm Navi GPU and EPYC Rome CPU in Third Quarter, Stock Rises
AMD held its Q1 2019 earnings call on the eve of its 50th anniversary, reporting mixed, yet stronger-than-anticipated results. AMD CEO Lisa Su began the earnings call with news that the company will introduce its 7nm Navi graphics cards in the third quarter.
April 30, 2019
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AMD Tosses Best Benchmarking Practices Slides Out the Same Day Intel 9900K Launches
There has been a lot of drama going on when it comes to benchmarking the Intel Core i9 9900k processor against rival AMD parts. AMD and its own Robert Hallock, Senior Technical Marketing Manager at AMD, have put together a two-page PDF document that covers best benchmarking practices for consumers and reviewers.
October 19, 2018
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AMD Unveils 'Chiplet' Design Approach: 7nm Zen 2 Cores Meet 14 nm I/O Die
AMD on Tuesday disclosed some additional details about its upcoming codenamed Rome processor based on its Zen 2 microarchitecture. As it turns out, the company will use a new design approach with its next-generation EPYC CPUs that will involve CPU 'chiplets' made using TSMC's 7 nm manufacturing technology as well as an I/O die made using a 14 nm fabrication process.
November 6, 2018
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AMD Unveils Epyc 7H12: A 280W 7nm Server Core to Rule the Roost
When AMD launched Epyc in August, it unveiled a top-to-bottom product stack that was set to challenge the best Intel had to offer on the Xeon side of its product family. The highest-end CPU previously announced, the Epyc 7742, is a 64-core chip with a 2.25GHz base clock, 3.4GHz max, and 225W TDP for $6950.
September 17, 2019
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AMD unveils its 2nd-gen Epyc CPUs, "the world's fastest x86 processors"
64 Cores, 128 Threads, $6,950
August 8, 2019
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AMD Unveils "Zen 2" CPU Architecture and 7 nm Vega Radeon Instinct MI60 at New Horizon
AMD today held its "New Horizon" event for investors, offering guidance and "color" on what the company's near-future could look like. At the event, the company formally launched its Radeon Instinct MI60 GPU-based compute accelerator; and disclosed a few interesting tidbits on its next-generation "Zen 2" mircroarchitecture.
November 6, 2018
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AMD Will Provide a Free Temporary UEFI Upgrade Kit for Ryzen 3000 Motherboard Updates
AMD has once again refreshed its backward compatibility program and will offer customers who buy a Ryzen 3000 CPU without a compatible motherboard an APU they can use to update their systems. This program, which has been in place for several years now, is a solution to the perennial issue of CPU/APU upgrades not being backward compatible with older motherboards.
July 16, 2019
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AMD X570 Chipset to Feature 40 PCIe 4.0 Lanes
As we gear up for launch of AMD-s Ryzen 3000 series, details are bound to come up with increasing frequency. One of the latest, regarding AMD's in-house developed X570 chipset, which brings a renewed feature set to the AM4 platform, pertains to its PCIe lanes.
April 29, 2019
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AMD X570 Unofficial Platform Diagram Revealed, Chipset Puts out PCIe Gen 4
AMD X570 is the company's first in-house design socket AM4 motherboard chipset, with the X370 and X470 chipsets being originally designed by ASMedia. With the X570, AMD hopes to leverage new PCI-Express gen 4.0 connectivity of its Ryzen 3000 Zen2 "Matisse" processors. The desktop platform that combines a Ryzen 3000 series processor with X570 chipset is codenamed "Valhalla."
May 20, 2019
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AMD Zen 2 12-Core, 24-Thread Matisse CPU Spotted in UserBenchmark
A new development could shake up our expectations on AMD's new Ryzen 2 CPUs, which if true, could mean that previous rumors of much increased core-counts at the top of AMD's offerings were true. User TUM Apisak, who has been involved in multiple information leaks and scouting for the hardware world, has digged enough to find a submitted UserBenchmark that screams of a 12-core, 24-thread AMD Matisse part.
January 24, 2019
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AMD Zen 2 Based Ryzen 3000 Series Desktop CPUs Listed Online -- Ryzen 9 3800X Flagship With 16 Cores, 32 Threads, Up To 4.7 GHz Boost With 125W TDP
The first listing of AMD's next-generation Ryzen 3000 series processors based on the Zen 2 core architecture has been spotted online. Listed by a Russian retailer, the site lists AMD's new Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors along with their key specifications.
January 2, 2019
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AMD Zen 2 "Znver2" Compiler Optimizations Back-Ported For GCC 9.2 Compiler
Last week I wrote about the GCC 10 compiler picking up a new scheduler model and cost tables for AMD Zen 2 CPUs to build off the initial "znver2" microarchitecture target from last year. Fortunately, those Znver2-specific improvements have now been back-ported to the GCC 9 compiler branch so it will see user systems with not as long of a wait until GCC 10 stable.
July 30, 2019
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AMD Zen 3 Based 3rd Generation EPYC 'Milan' CPUs To Offer Higher Performance Per Watt Than Intel's 10nm Ice Lake-SP CPUs
During a presentation at HPE Cast 2019, AMD revealed that their 3rd Generation Zen 3 based EPYC CPUs codenamed 'Milan', would offer better performance per watt than Intel's 10nm Xeon chips. It has just been a month since AMD unveiled their 2nd Generation Zen 2 based EPYC 'Rome' chips & now we are already getting some details for Milan.
September 16, 2019
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AMD Zen 3 to Leverage 7nm+ EUV For 20% Transistor Density Increase
AMD "Zen 3" microarchitecture could be designed for the enhanced 7 nm+ EUV (extreme ultraviolet) silicon fabrication node at TSMC, which promises a significant 20 percent increase in transistor densities compared to the 7 nm DUV (deep ultraviolet) node on which its "Zen 2" processors are being built. In addition, the node will also reduce power consumption by up to 10 percent at the same operational load. I
April 16, 2019
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AMD: 7nm 'Navi' GPU & 'Rome' CPU to Launch in Q3
Offering a brief update on the state of future products as part of its post-earnings conference call this afternoon, AMD has confirmed that both their upcoming Rome (Zen 2) CPU and their first Navi architecture GPU will launch in the 3rd quarter of this year.
April 30, 2019
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AMD: "No Chiplet APU Variant on Matisse, CPU TDP Range same as Ryzen-2000"
One of the big questions coming out of AMD's CES announcements was if its new CPU design, codenamed Matisse and which enables two chiplets and an IO die on a single package, would support one of those chiplets being graphics based in order to make an APU. In our discussions with AMD, we received confirmation that this will not be the case.
January 11, 2019
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AMD: Ryzen 3000-Series CPUs Lack Manual Overclocking Headroom
Robert Hallock, Senior Technical Marketing Manager at AMD, has explained on Reddit (and copied below) that AMD pretty much squeezes all the performance out of every single Ryzen 3000-series processor, leaving little headroom for manual overclocking.
July 11, 2019
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AMD's 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X hits 4.7 GHz in turbo at only 105W TDP
The advantages of AMD and TSMC's 7nm production process are on full display with the newly-announced CPU.
June 11, 2019
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AMD's 24-core and 12-core 2nd-gen Threadripper CPU are set to hit the streets soon
AMD's latest Ryzen Threadrippers will land just while Intel is in the midst of a CPU shortage.
October 5, 2018
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AMD's Athlon Rises: Athlon 220GE, 240GE Released
AMD's Athlon branding is probably the company's longest running one when it comes to its commercial CPU solutions. These join AMD's already-released Athlon 200GE, but offering higher clockspeeds for better overall performance, whilst keeping within the same 35W TDP of their slower, lower-tier sibling.
December 21, 2018
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AMD's Chiplet Design Is The New Ryzen Star
Amd Is Back In The Saddle Again
July 12, 2019
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AMD's CPU sales move ahead of Intel in Japan
The Ryzen 3000 series certainly helped
July 30, 2019
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AMD's EPYC CPUs Now Available on Amazon Web Services
AMD EPYC-based systems will be used as web and application servers, backend servers for enterprise applications, as well as for test/development environments. The announcement is very important for AMD because Amazon Web Services is one of the world's top adopters of servers.
November 6, 2018
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AMD's Epyc Potential Win: Google May Ditch Intel
Google, once an exclusive partner for some of Intel's early server chip launches, is now rumored to be considering a swich to AMD's Epyc server platform, according to Lynx Equity Research.
July 30, 2019
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AMD's long road from Naples to Milan centers on Rome
AMD president and chief executive officer Lisa Su is fond of saying that the road to Rome goes through Naples as a way of reminding everyone that they can't sit on the sidelines and wait for the second generation "Rome" Epyc processors to come to market in 2019.
November 6, 2018
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AMD's Epyc Rome CPU performs real-time 8K HEVC encoding
A world first
September 16, 2019
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AMD's Next-Gen Zen 5 Core Shows Up In Chief Architect's Profile, Post-2020 Chip Architecture For Future Ryzen, Threadripper & EPYC CPUs
AMD has just released their 7nm based Zen 2 core architecture but it looks like the development of their post-2020 cores is already underway. While we know about Zen 3 and Zen 4, it looks like their far-future Zen 5 architecture has once again shown up online which more or less confirms it for future generations of Ryzen, Threadripper and EPYC processors.
July 15, 2019
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AMD's Secure Processor Firmware Is Now Explorable Thanks to New Tool
A security researcher named Christian Werling has released a new tool, called PSPTool, that researchers can use to analyze the firmware used by AMD's Secure Platform Processor (PSP).
June 7, 2019
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AMD's Upcoming 12-Core Ryzen CPU Pops Up in Online Database
When AMD's Lisa Su demonstrated the company's upcoming 7nm Ryzen CPUs at CES, sharp-eyed viewers quickly realized that there was room for a second chiplet on the processor she was holding. This implies the potential existence of a 7nm Ryzen desktop CPU with up to 16 CPU cores -- double the amount AM4 supported when Ryzen debuted.
January 29, 2019
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AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 3500X processor gets benchmarked against Intel's Core i5-9400F
A Chinese media outlet has published some benchmark numbers for the soon-to-be-released AMD Ryzen 5 3500X 6-core 6-thread CPU. Expected to be priced around $150, it is being aimed at budget-conscious shoppers as an alternative to Intel's Core i5-9400F processor for mid-range gaming builds.
September 23, 2019
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AMD's X570 chipset won't support first-generation Ryzen
The A320 chipset also loses third-gen Ryzen support
May 30, 2019
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AMD's Zen 2 7nm CPU Core to Feature Double the L3 Cache Size
AMD's next generation "Zen 2" core, which is slated for release some time next year, was a largely a mystery up until earlier in the month when the company took the covers off what its CPU engineering team has been cooking in its labs and it's quite the tasty recipe!
November 26, 2018
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AMDGPU To Allow Memory Re-Clocking Soon For Multi-Monitor Setups
Currently the AMDGPU Linux kernel driver doesn't automatically adjust the video memory clock speeds when running a multi-monitor setup since it's more complicated to gracefully handle when scanning out to two or more displays. But a set of currently experimental patches will allow memory clock switching support on multi-monitor setups with the AMDGPU DC code.
August 23, 2019
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An Initial Look At The IBM POWER9 4-Core / 16-Thread CPU Performance On The Blackbird
A few weeks ago we received a POWER9 Raptor Blackbird for testing that features an IBM POWER9 4-core (16 thread) processor clocked at 3.80GHz. For those curious about the performance potential for low-end POWER9 parts compared to the more common high-core/thread count POWER processors we have benchmarked before like in the Talos II server, here are some initial tests of that petite POWER9 processor.
July 1, 2019
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Apple A13 Chip to Be Manufactured Exclusively by TSMC - Report
A DigiTimes report today re-affirmed that Apple has no plans to use a new third-party foundry for its iPhone chips this year and that TSMC will be the sole manufacturer of the upcoming A13 processor.
February 11, 2019
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Apple chipmaker TSMC still believes chip innovation is coming
It's none more evident than with Apple's powerful A-series chips.
August 16, 2019
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Apple Licenses PMIC Technologies & Hires Engineers from Dialog Semiconductor
Apple and Dialog Semiconductor on Wednesday signed an agreement that will see Apple buy part of their long-term power management IC supplier, while continuing to do regular business with the remaining parts. Under the terms of the deal,
October 11, 2018
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Apple Licensing Dialog Semiconductor's Power Management Tech, Aquihires 300 Engineers To Develop Custom Chips
Apple is heavily interested in the development of its custom chips for its products. The company is now buying a portion of the European chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in an attempt to bring more development in-house.
October 11, 2018
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Apple stays away and one step ahead of Samsung with A13 chip production for 2019 iPhones
Apple's 2019 iPhones are undoubtedly still many months away, but that can't stop the rumor mill from already churning at full speed in regards to names, differences between models, camera specifications, possible camera layouts, ports and various other details.
February 11, 2019
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Apple's A13 and Huawei's Kirin 985 are almost ready for mass production
The last six months have proven pretty important for the smartphone industry -- Apple, Qualcomm, and Huawei have all switched over to the newer 7-nanometer chipset manufacturing process -- and according to a new report by Commercial Times, the next six months will also bring some big improvements to mobile devices.
April 15, 2019
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Apple's A13 SoC will be the first chip manufactured using new 7nm 'N7 Pro' process
The processors will soon go into mass production
April 15, 2019
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Apple, Qualcomm Reduce TSMC 7nm Node Orders - Report
TSMC's 7nm process technology will not be fully utilized in the first half of 2019 due to order cutbacks from several customers, according to an article from Chinese-language publication Commercial Times and reported by DigiTimes reported this week. This could leave some room for AMD and other chip makers to further increase their chip production and shipments in early 2019.
December 6, 2018
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ARM Announces New Cortex-A77 CPU Architecture
Computex buried us in a flurry of announcements from Intel and AMD earlier this week, but the two x86 manufacturers weren't the only companies showing off new hardware improvements. ARM also announced new designs for its own products, including the Cortex-A77 and Mali-G77.
May 31, 2019
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Arm challenges Intel with Neoverse chips for heavy-duty computing
The chip technology powering your phone could next power the net services it's connecting to.
October 16, 2018
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ARM Plans Big Investments in Taiwan
ARM plans to double-down on Taiwan, investing more in the country particularly in Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, according to its chairman and Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son.
June 24, 2019
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Arm will be extending it's reach in the next few years
Today ARM will reveal what it has up it's sleeves, with an announcement about their updated Armv8.1-M. This will add M-Profile Vector Extension to the current model, which will give a boost to it's ability to process input locally, without needing to connect to the cloud for back up. It will also include Low Overhead Branch Extensions which will optimize the performance of onboard memory.
February 15, 2019
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Arm's new licensing option lets its partners experiment and test for free before they pay
Arm today launched Flexible Access, a new licensing scheme in addition to its existing model that will make it easier for startups to gain access to a wide range of Arm's intellectual property (IP) without any upfront licensing costs.
July 16, 2019
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Asmedia Still Likely Building AMD Chipsets
Earlier this month, a rather confused rumor popped up claiming that AMD would be moving away from its partnership with Asmedia and would begin building its own chipsets once again. Some sites have suggested that AMD was moving away from Asmedia altogether, while others have implied AMD would design its own X570 chipset, but that lower-end boards would continue to rely on Asmedia parts.
January 31, 2019
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ASMedia Will Likely Keep Making AMD Chipsets
According to the Taiwanese publication, the integrated-circuit design company owned by Asus is "expected to land contract design orders for all mainstream PCIe chips from AMD even after the U.S. chipmaker rolls out X570 motherboard chipsets that support PCIe 4.0". Our own motherboard sources have told us that AMD could continue to incorporate ASMedia elements into parts of the chipset, such as USB 3.1 support.
January 28, 2019
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ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero Wi-Fi review
ROG Z390 with a new eight-core Coffee Lake-S processor
October 19, 2018
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Attar o' Ryzen, AMD's new embedded R1000 series coming to a revived console near you
You might not be immediately excited by a new embedded processor, after all you can't upgrade something soldered permanently onto the motherboard, but if the AtariVCS interests you in the least you should pay attention.
April 16, 2019
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Battling Benchmark Leaks; Now It's Intel's Turn
AMD and Intel both have upcoming releases and the internet is rife with rumours about the performance we will see. The previous leak of desktop processor performance showed the Ryzen 9 3950X outperforming Intel's Core i9-9980XE by a fair margin. Today it is benchmarks of mobile processors that have leaked out, with Intel taking the lead with their Core i7-1065G7 against a Ryzen 5 3500U.
June 21, 2019
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Benchmarks: Intel Core i7-8750H vs Core i7-8559U
Intel's Core i7-8559U processor, meanwhile, is a 28 watt, quad-core chip based on the same "Coffee Lake" architecture. Despite the lower TDP and CPU core count, this processor has higher performance graphics and performs almost as well, if not better, in most benchmarks.
November 27, 2018
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Best 3D Printing Filament for Under $25
This list is to give you an overview of each material and the best product you can pick up for under $25 in its class. For my money Inland PLA is the very best you can buy for the cheapest price possible. It won't let you down.
November 12, 2018
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Best AMD Ryzen 5 2600 compatible RAM
When looking at RAM for the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, you'll want to pay attention to the speeds of each module and the capacity. The sweet spot right now for the processor is at least a kit of 16GB RAM clocked at 3000MHz. I've rounded up a few examples to get you started.
January 18, 2019
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Best CPU Air Coolers in 2019
There are several different ways to keep your PC cool, but one of the most basic and affordable is using air. With a decent air cooler like the Cryorig R1 Ultimate on your CPU, you'll still get great performance and, in the right circumstances, room for overclocking.
January 24, 2019
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Best Power Supplies
Depending on its overall performance, your PSU plays a big part in determining your system's reliability. So you have to be careful when it comes to picking the right one for your needs. A good PSU should also have the protection features that are able to save your components, including the power supply itself, should something go wrong.
November 29, 2018
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Best Processor (CPU) for Your Custom PC in 2019
The central processing unit (CPU), usually called the processor, is the main brain of your computer. When looking for a new CPU, it's easy to automatically go for the more expensive options expecting a return in performance, and you'd be correct in that assumption.
February 22, 2019
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Beyond Rome: AMD's EPYC and Radeon to Power World's Fastest Exascale Supercomputer
AMD announced today that it had been selected to power Frontier, which is set to be the world's fastest exascale-class supercomputer when it comes online in 2021. The new supercomputer, which will be built with Cray's Shasta supercomputer blades, is being developed by Cray under a $600 million contract for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
May 7, 2019
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Big Blue Open Sources Power Chip Instruction Set
It has been a long time coming, and it might have been better if this had been done a decade ago. But with a big injection of open source spirit from its acquisition of Red Hat, IBM is finally taking the next step and open sourcing the instruction set architecture of its Power family of processors.
August 20, 2019
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Brains scale better than CPUs. So Intel is building brains
The new Pohoiki Beach builds on the 2017 success of Intel's Loihi NPU.
July 16, 2019
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Misc. - C

Can you fit the power of the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti into your system?
They had a bit more success with overclocking, hitting a GPU Boost of +120, or 1770MHz and a memory speed of 15.5GHz, with the memory being the limitation as it would raise the temperatures enough to cause the core to downclock when pushed further. More exotic cooling solutions than ASUS' proprietary triple cooler might mitigate that, as well as slimming it down from it's current 2.7 slot design.
November 1, 2018
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Can you game on the Ryzen 5 3400G?
Best answer: The Ryzen 5 3400G is capable of gaming with even some newer, more intensive titles with compromises on resolution and details. Overall, it makes for a good entry-level product or the heart of a super low-budget build.
September 5, 2019
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Capital Expenditure on Silicon Chip Manufacturing to Rise to $67.5 billion in 2019
The race for smaller fabrication processes has become more and more expensive, and the expenses in R&D and factory retooling only look to increase. This - alongside the expected increase in demand from silicon-embedded products, which are almost all of them - means that additional funding will be poured into chip manufacturing capabilities. A report from SEMI indicates that the 14% increased investment in 2018 to $62.8 billion will increase a further 7.5% next year, reaching capital expenditure of $67.5 billion in 2019.
October 1, 2018
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Cascade Lake-AP Xeon CPUs embrace the multi-chip module
After taking a little over a year to think on it, Intel appears to have decided that glue can be pretty Epyc after all. The company teased plans for a new Xeon platform called Cascade Lake Advanced Performance, or Cascade Lake-AP, this morning ahead of the Supercomputing 2018 conference. This next-gen platform doubles the cores per socket from an Intel system by joining a number of Cascade Lake Xeon dies together on a single package with the blue team's Ultra Path Interconnect, or UPI.
November 5, 2018
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Caseking Adds Binned Ryzen 3000 CPUs to Its Offerings
Users that don't want to play the silicon lottery game have been using services that offer pre-binned and pre-overclocked chips for a while now. Silicon Lottery is one of the most well known players in this game, but German retailer Caseking is now offering the same for AMD's latest Ryzen 3000 processors.
August 13, 2019
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Cerebras Systems' new deep-learning chip is as big as your keyboard, and the largest ever
No, you won't see this in your PC. But it's an eye-popping example of what CPU designers are thinking about as they design deep-learning chips for speeding up server workloads.
August 19, 2019
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Cerebras Systems Unveils 1.2 Trillion Transistor Wafer-Scale Processor for AI
Modern CPU transistor counts are enormous -- AMD announced earlier this month that a full implementation of its 7nm Epyc "Rome" CPU weighs in at 32 billion transistors. To this, Cerebras Technology says: "Hold my beer." The AI-focused company has designed what it calls a Wafer Scale Engine.
August 20, 2019
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Cerebras Systems' Wafer Scale Engine is a Trillion Transistor Processor in a 12" Wafer
This news isn't properly today's, but it's relevant and interesting enough that I think warrants a news piece on our page. My reasoning is this: in an era where Multi-Chip Modules (MCM) and a chiplet approach to processor fabrication has become a de-facto standard for improving performance and yields, a trillion-transistor processor that eschews those modular design philosophies is interesting enough to give pause.
August 27, 2019
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Cerebras unveils first trillion transistor chip - the world's largest
Bigger than an iPad
August 20, 2019
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CES 2019 AMD introduces second-gen mobile CPUs based on Zen microarchitecture
AMD's second-generation Zen mobile CPUs paired with Vega GPUs offer faster graphics performance than Intel's competing CPUs, which are in short supply.
January 7, 2019
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CES 2019 Quick Bytes: Consumer 10nm is Coming with Intel's Ice Lake
We've been on Intel's case for years to tell us when its 10nm parts are coming to the mass market. Technically Intel already shipped its first 10nm processor, Cannon Lake, but this was low volume and limited to specific geographic markets. This time Intel is promising that its first volume consumer processor on 10nm will be Ice Lake.
January 7, 2019
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CES 2019 Quick Bytes: Intel's 10nm Hybrid x86 Foveros Chip is Called Lakefield
At Intel's Architecture Day, the company showed off a new stacking technology called 'Foveros', which is designed to allows the company to make smaller chips. The idea behind Foveros is to have a base 'interposer' that also integrates common I/O functionality, while using connections through the chip to another piece of silicon on top that has the CPU cores and the graphics subsystem. We saw chips that were working and processing data, and it all looked really cool.
January 7, 2019
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CEVA Announces NeuPro-S Second-Generation NN IP
It's been a few years since machine learning and neural networks first started to be the hot new news topic. Ever since then, the market has transformed a lot and a lot of companies and the industry as a whole has shifted from a notion of "what can we do with this" to rather a narrative of "this is useful, we should really have it".
September 17, 2019
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Checking in on Intel's Core i7-5775C for gaming in 2018
The chip, the myth, the legend
October 25, 2018
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Chinese Foundry SMIC Begins 14nm Production
One of the longstanding trends in semiconductor manufacturing has been a steady decrease in major foundry players. Twenty years ago, when 180nm manufacturing was cutting-edge technology, there were no fewer than 28 firms deploying the node. Today, there are three companies building 7nm technology -- Samsung, TSMC, and Intel. A fourth, GlobalFoundries, has since quit the cutting-edge business to focus on specialty foundry technologies like its 22nm and 12nm FDX technology.
August 19, 2019
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Chinese-Produced Zhaoxin KX-6000 CPUs Purportedly Match Intel's Core i5-7400
Late last year, the China-based processor designer Zhaoxin Semiconductor (jointly owned by the Shangai government and VIA Technologies, another semiconductor corporation) promised its upcoming octa-core CPUs based on the 16nm node from TSMC would be able to match Intel's quad-core i5 processors, and today is that day: the newly-announced KX-6000 CPUs are said to deliver performance on par with the Core i5-7400, yet supposedly pull off the feat at a mere 3 GHz. And they support Windows. While this level of performance may not seem very impressive, it is actually a very significant development for a few reasons.
June 20, 2019
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Cisco Documents Shed Light on Cascade Lake, Cooper Lake, and Ice Lake for Servers
In a publicly available document, found by an eagle-eyed user on Twitter, Cisco has revealed some details about the future Whitley Platform and Barlow Pass: the set of technologies on which Cooper Lake and Ice Lake Xeon Scalable will be based.
February 5, 2019
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Comet Lake CPUs add a longer tail to model names
One of our favourite Twitter users has possibly spilled the beans on Intel's upcoming Comet Lake release, and The Inquirer was quick to catch it. We knew that these would be 14nm parts, but up until now no model names nor specs had leaked out.
April 30, 2019
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Compal Using AMD CPUs More Amid Intel Shortage
Intel's processor shortage is poised to claim another victim. DigiTimes reported today that Compal, the world's largest laptop original design manufacturer (ODM), is expected to see a supply gap between 10 and 20 percent in the first quarter of 2019. due to the current shortage of Intel's 14nm CPUs.
March 25, 2019
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Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide
Chip giant can't shake off US class-action lawsuit over Bulldozer advertising
January 22, 2019
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Core Combat: Intel Xeon W-3175X versus AMD Threadripper 2990WX
AMD's Threadripper 2990WX redefined the high end desktop when it burst onto the scene with 32-cores and 64-threads, setting a new high watermark for sheer multi-threaded performance. Threadripper's copious core counts, low pricing and a healthy slathering of 64 PCIe lanes made the platform a hit with the prosumer and workstation crowd, threatening Intel's dominance in the high-end workstation market.
February 8, 2019
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Core i9-9900K takes eight cores, 16 threads, and solder to 300-series mobos
At its Performance Unleashed event this morning, Intel announced three new product families. For most PC builders and enthusiasts, the trio of ninth-generation CPUs for Intel's 300-series LGA 1151 platforms will likely be of the greatest interest.
October 8, 2018
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Core i9-9900K versus Ryzen 9 3900X: Which should you buy?
Confused by information overload? Here's what you need to know before you buy AMD or Intel's high-end CPUs
July 22, 2019
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Court filing seems to show that the DOJ favors Qualcomm
Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opposed Qualcomm in a 10-day nonjury trial that was heard by Judge Lucy Koh. You might recall that she was the judge who heard the original Apple v. Samsung patent infringement case back in 2012. FTC v. Qualcomm was all about the chip maker's sales tactics and whether they violated antitrust laws and regulations.
May 3, 2019
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CPU Drive Strength from The Tech ARP BIOS Guide
The CPU Drive Strength BIOS feature allows you to manually set the drive strength of the CPU bus. The higher the value, the stronger the drive strength.
May 20, 2019
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CPUID Maximum Value Limit from The Tech ARP BIOS Guide!
When the computer is booted up, the operating system executes the CPUID instruction to identify the processor and its capabilities.
September 9, 2019
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Crack a PB 2 with AMD
Now that you've had some time to digest Ken's look at the 2920X and 2970WX, take a look at how AMD's new silicon performed on other test beds. Over at The Tech Report they ran the 2920X paired with DDR4-3200 and spent a fair amount of time testing workstation tasks including DAWBench VI tests.
October 30, 2018
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Cut Off From ARM, x86, What CPU Architectures Can Huawei Use?
This week, the trade war between China and the United States took a major turn. Multiple US companies, as well as ARM, have pledged to cut off Huawei's access to critical semiconductor components, including SoCs and CPUs. My colleague, Ryan Whitwam, has written more on this topic, and I'll refer you over to him for additional details.
May 23, 2019
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D-Wave announces next generation platform with 5000 qubits, due mid-2020
The firm, D-Wave Systems Inc., has announced a preview of its next-gen quantum computing platform that includes a new processor with 5000 qubits (up from 2000), improved qubit coherence, and hybrid software and tools that "further commercial quantum application development."
February 27, 2019
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Data-driven modeling and AI-based image processing to improve production
At Hannover Messe 2019, Fraunhofer FIT will present data-driven modeling supporting production planning and optimizing resource utilization. The models help to understand and optimize complex processes, and can be used as predictive tools.
March 7, 2019
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Day of the Dead: AMD Releases new Carrizo FM2+ APU, the A8-7680
Reports of a new Carrizo APU have been floating around for the past couple of weeks as several ASRock FM2+ recently had BIOS updates stating 'now supporting new Carrizo APU'. Of course, this sounds preposterous: why would a new Carrizo APU, on an old platform, on an old 28nm process, be launched?
October 29, 2018
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Dear chip designers: It will no longer cost you an Arm and a leg to use these CPU cores (well, not at first, anyway...)
Take a RISC, not a RISC-V, with us, says Softbank's processor design house
July 16, 2019
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Deep Compression: Optimization Techniques for Inference and Efficiency
This article looks at deep compression as well as optimization techniques for inference and efficiency.
March 1, 2019
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Deepcool Upgrades AIO CPU Cooler With 'Anti-Leak' Pressure Bag
Deepcool this week announced an updated version of the popular Castle 240 RGB AIO CPU cooler and added a new anti-leak feature said to minimize the chances of leaking caused by internal pressure changes created by the liquid's temperature. The Deepcool Castle 240 RGB V2 uses an internal bladder that expands and contracts, thus reducing pressure buildup.
April 15, 2019
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Dell Lists Specifications for Three Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake-U CPUs
Dell has listed the specifications for what appear to be the first Intel 10th-generation Ice Lake-U processors on a spec sheet for the company's latest XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) convertible Ultrabook.
May 28, 2019
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Dell U4919DW Curved Display Unveiled: 49 Inches, 5120x1440

Benchmarks for Intel Core i5-9600K Leak, Can Be Overclocked to 5.2 GHz On Air
The first official data we have received about the performance of the new Intel processors are not exactly spectacular. The Core i9-9900K has aroused considerable controversy due to the unfair Principled Technologies test bench. The results have been reviewed and confirm that the performance gain is debatable, but independent analyses have yet to appear for Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K processors.
October 15, 2018
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October 15, 2018
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der8auer Looks Into Intel Core i9 9900K Temperatures and Delidding
After all of the criticisms of Intel for using a paste for the thermal interface material (TIM) between the die and integrated heat spreader (IHS) for previous generations of CPUs, the companies move to a solder TIM seemed like good news, so why is this? Extreme overclocker der8auer decided to investigate and shared the results on his YouTube channel, where he not only delids the CPU but even removes part of the silicon carbide layer though lapping to improve performance.
October 19, 2018
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Details on future Threadripper processors are 'coming soon' according to AMD chief
Details about AMD's powerhouse processors will be revealed by the end of 2019.
August 20, 2019
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Did you flip your lid over the i9-9900K's thermals?
TechSpot were somewhat disappointed with the temperatures they were seeing on the new i9-9900k and so decided to do what many have been trying lately; delidding and replacing the TIM between the CPU and heatspreader.
October 23, 2018
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DigiTimes: Intel to Slash Desktop Processor Pricing up to 15 Percent as Ryzen 3000 Nears
DigiTimes reported today, citing sources at motherboard makers, that Intel plans to cut the pricing of its eighth- and ninth-gen processors by 10-15% and has already notified its partners of the change. If true, that could mean that pricing for some Intel processors could drop anywhere from $25 to a whopping $75 for pricier SKUs.
June 21, 2019
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Dive into the life and legacy of Alan Turing: 5 books and more
Turing's theories had a huge impact on the development of the field of computer science.
August 23, 2019
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Do you need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you're not overclocking?
Best answer: If you're not overclocking, the stock CPU cooler will be fine, but if you do want to push your machine a little further, then getting an all-in-one liquid cooler is the place to start.
February 19, 2019
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Early Benchmarks Show AMD Ryzen 5 3500X Beating Intel Core i5-9400F
A short Ryzen 5 3500X video review has surfaced on Chinese video sharing platform Bilibili. The Chinese reviewers benchmarked AMD's six-core, SMT-less chip and compared it to the Intel Core i5-9400F.
September 23, 2019
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ECS Launches H310CH5-TI: A Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard for Coffee Lake-S
ECS has released its new Thin Mini-ITX motherboard designed for Intel's Coffee Lake-S processors. The H310CH5-TI mainboard is aimed at miniature systems as well as upgradeable all-in-one desktops compatible with the said form-factor.
December 4, 2018
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Enthusiast Reveals How to Overclock AMD EPYC CPUs
Overclocking a modern server processor isn't something that you hear on a daily basis. However, ServeTheHome forum user nero243 has detailed a unique method to overclock AMD's EPYC enterprise chips.
May 20, 2019
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Et Tu, Pentiums? GPU-Disabled Pentium Gold G5600F Appears
Intel's new practice of offering F-Series processors without integrated graphics seems to have worked its way down to the Pentium series, at least according to a new Pentium G5600F listing at Kiakatek.com.
February 19, 2019
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Evolution of Advanced Foundry Technology to Push Boundaries for the Industrial Revolution 4.0
Dr. ES Jung, Head of Samsung Foundry, speaks at IEDM on the increasing role of foundries in the future initiatives for next-generation technologies
December 3, 2018
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Examining Intel's Ice Lake Processors: Taking a Bite of the Sunny Cove Microarchitecture
With the new CPU core, Sunny Cove, Intel is promoting a clock-for-clock 18% performance improvement over the original Skylake design, and its Gen11 graphics is the first 1 teraFLOP single SoC graphics design. Intel spent some time with us to talk about what's new in Ice Lake, as well as the product's direction.
July 30, 2019
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Extravagant Intel Core i9-9900K Packaging Pictured
Thought AMD is the only chipmaker that can go over the top with packaging its processors? Intel wants to play this game, too. The company is going all out with differentiating its 8-core/16-thread Core i9-9900K socket LGA1151 processor from the rest of the pack.
October 1, 2018
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Misc. - F

Facebook Is Working On Its Own Semiconductor Design - Report
Facebook's chief artificial intelligence researcher told Bloomberg the company is working on a new semiconductor design made specifically to handle the mass amounts of data used by AI.
February 19, 2019
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Farewell, Godspeed, Itanic: Intel to Discontinue the Itanium Family
Intel has announced that it will discontinue the Itanium series of CPUs in 2021. The Itanium 9700 family, codenamed Kittson, is the last generation of Itanium to ship, with quad-core and eight-core models at clocks ranging from 1.73GHz to 2.66GHz and a TDP of 170W.
February 4, 2019
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Fireside Chat with Ian and Wendell: Ryzen 3000, Zen 2, Navi, Xeon W
The last couple of weeks have been a blitz, with the Computex trade show in Taipei almost immediately followed by E3 in Los Angeles. In both instances, AMD was coming to the fore with news about its next generation products, including detailed microarchitecture as well as product pricing, speeds, feeds, and all the good stuff.
June 14, 2019
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First Ryzen 3000-Series Matisse CPU and X570 Motherboards Spotted In The Wild
AMD's next-gen Ryzen 3000-series processors are coming closer to launch "mid-year," so it isn't entirely surprising that the first benchmarks are beginning to surface. An eagle-eye Reddit user has spotted a mysterious quad-core Ryzen 3000-series processor in the SiSoftware Official Live Ranker database. The chip was tested with MSI's unreleased MEG X570 Creation motherboard.
April 1, 2019
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Flaws in Popular SSD Drives Bypass Hardware Disk Encryption
Researchers have found flaws that can be exploited to bypass hardware decryption without a password in well known and popular SSD drives.
November 5, 2018
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Future Windows 10 PCs to Get Treated to Qualcomm's 5G Modem Thanks to Its Snapdragon 8CX Silicon
The emerging class of always-on, always-connected PCs is modernizing how we use computers by emphasizing portability and longer battery life. Qualcomm and Microsoft are on the forefront, as they have partnered with various manufacturers to increase the adoption of Windows 10 laptops and hybrids.
February 25, 2019
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Misc. - G

Game Mode Might Boost Performance On AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Processors
Most of our readers know that the vast majority of PC games are designed for your mainstream 4-8 core processors. As the processor manufacturers have been rapidly increasing core counts that hasn't directly translated into better performance. When AMD first introduced their Ryzen Threadripper series of processors in 2017 with up to 16-cores and 32-threads on the Threadripper 1950X processor they quickly found out that poor thread scheduling can hurt game performance.
July 16, 2019
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Gaming on the AMD Athlon 200GE: It Can Play, Even at 4K
At just $55 (47£), the Athlon 200GE is the cheapest CPU using AMD's Zen architecture. When Tom's Hardware recently reviewed the AMD Athlon 200GE, we were impressed with its amazing value and surprisingly-strong performance for the money. But just what is it like to actually play games on this two-core, four-thread processor and its integrated Radeon Vega 3 graphics?
December 14, 2018
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Gaming Performance Only Faintly Touched By MDS / Zombie Load Mitigations
Yesterday I published some initial MDS/Zombieload mitigation impact benchmarks while coming out still later today is much more data looking at the CPU/system performance impact... But is the gaming performance impaired by this latest set of CPU side-channel vulnerabilities?
May 17, 2019
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GCC Eyeing -O2 Vectorization For Boosting Intel Core / AMD Zen Performance
Longtime GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) developer Jan Hubicka of SUSE is looking at enabling vectorization as part of the -O2 optimization level for Intel Core, AMD Zen, and generic x86_64 CPU targets.
January 7, 2019
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Geekbench Results for 10nm Intel Ice Lake CPU Shows Larger Cache Sizes
Ice Lake is Intel's codename for the 10nm CPU microarchitecture that is expected to arrive in 2020 to replace the Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Amber Lake and Cannon Lake microarchitectures.
October 23, 2018
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German Retailer Mindfactory.de Shows AMD Outselling Intel 2 to 1 in November
AMD seems to be picking up steam over Intel's previous sky-high dominance of the desktop CPU market (Intel still dominates aplenty, really; but AMD has been clawing back market percentage monthly). The latest figures from the German retailer show shoppers taking advantage of AMD's newfound competitiveness in the CPU space, with increasing sales momentum starting on June 2018 up to a staggering 69% total AMD units sold against Intel's 31% during the month of November.
December 3, 2018
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Getting the most out of the i5-9600K
For just under $300 and offering decent performance at it's stock clocks of 3.7GHz and 4.6GHz Turbo, the i5-9600K is an attractive chip for many looking to build a new system. However, by overclocking it you can get even more bang for your buck, which is exactly what [H]ard|OCP has been looking into. They attached a RX480 V3 Radiator, and D5 Photon Reservoir/Pump Combo V2 to cool the chip which let them hit 5.25GHz perfectly stable with some noticeable results.
November 30, 2018
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GIGABYTE Gives AMD X570 the Full Aorus Treatment: ITX to Xtreme
Motherboard vendors are betting big on the success of AMD's "Valhalla" desktop platform that combines a Ryzen 3000-series Zen 2 processor with an AMD X570 chipset motherboard, and have responded with some mighty premium board designs.
May 31, 2019
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GIGABYTE Unveils Aorus Liquid Cooler 240
GIGABYTE today unveiled its first all-in-one closed-loop liquid CPU cooler, with the Aorus Liquid Cooler 240. A star attraction with this cooler is its cylindrical pump-block which has a circular LCD display on top, much like ASUS ROG Ryujin. Unlike the Ryujin, the display is white and takes up color from a circular RGB LED ring surrounding the display, giving it the appearance of a color display.
September 9, 2019
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Globalfoundries and Chengdu Realign Joint Venture Strategy
GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the Chengdu municipality signed an amendment to their investment and cooperation agreement today. Based on market condition changes, GF's recently announced renewed focus on differentiated offerings, and discussions with potential clients, the partners have decided to bypass the original phase one investment in mainstream process technology (180/130nm).
October 29, 2018
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GlobalFoundries and Synopsys Develop Automotive-Grade IP for 22FDX Process Tech
GloalFoundries and Synopsys announced this week that they have jointly developed a portfolio of automotive-gade IP solutions for GF's 22FDX process technology. The various IP blocks are designed for automotive AEC-Q100 Grade 1 temperatures and can meet 15-year automotive operation requirements. The IP blocks will enable developers of SoCs for automotive applications to design, validate, and qualify automotive-grade chips faster.
February 22, 2019
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Globalfoundries Introduces 12LP+ FinFET Solution for Cloud and Edge AI Applications
GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF), the world's leading specialty foundry, announced today at its Global Technology Conference the availability of 12LP+, an innovative new solution for AI training and inference applications.
September 24, 2019
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GNOME Is Also Getting Fixed Up For Lower CPU Usage With NVIDIA Graphics
Last week I wrote about NVIDIA contributing a fix to KDE/KWin for avoiding high CPU usage when using the proprietary GeForce graphics driver. That fix ended up being due to the KWin compositor making incorrect assumptions about GLX swap buffers behavior. It turns out GNOME also needs a similar fix.
April 1, 2019
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Google Reportedly Increasing in-House Chip Development Called 'gChips' to Provide a More Integrated Experience
The ambition of making your own hardware should be appreciated as it is a costly move to undertake, and Google aims to take development into overdrive. According to the latest report, the tech giant will be aiming to reduce its dependency on traditional chip manufacturers, and offer a more integrated experience to customers thanks to the development of in-house silicon. This new report details how Google is hiring aggressively in India to aid with the development process, with the new recruits assigned to the 'gChips' team.
February 11, 2019
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Google's Edge TPU Machine Learning Chip Debuts in Raspberry Pi-Like Dev Board
Google has officially released its Edge TPU (TPU stands for tensor processing unit) processors in its new Coral development board and USB accelerator. The Edge TPU is Google's inference-focused application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that targets low-power "edge" devices and complements the company's "Cloud TPU," which targets data centers.
March 5, 2019
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Misc. - H

Habana Labs launches its Gaudi AI training processor
Habana Labs, a Tel Aviv-based AI processor startup, today announced its Gaudi AI training processor, which promises to easily beat GPU-based systems by a factor of four. While the individual Gaudi chips beat GPUs in raw performance, it's the company's networking technology that gives it the extra boost to reach its full potential.
June 17, 2019
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Handling Core Dumps Across Clusters
Keep all your core dumping processes in one place with the help of GCP.
August 23, 2019
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Hands on with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx Windows 10 reference design
Today, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8cx, a new Compute Platform that's built from the ground up for PCs and is meant to go head-to-head with an Intel Core i5. Naturally, I ran into the demo room and picked up the first one that I could get my hands on.
December 6, 2018
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Hands on with the 56-core Xeon Platinum 9200 CPU: Intel's Biggest CPU Package Ever
When Intel announced the new Cascade Lake family as officially launched last week, it added a new product segment to its portfolio -- the 'Advanced Performance' or AP. These come in the form of the Xeon Platinum 9200 family, and feature two of Intel's high-end processors within a single package, offering double the cores and double the memory in a much denser environment.
April 8, 2019
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How Can AMD EPYC "Rome" 7002 Series Be Even Better? Open-Source BIOS / Coreboot
By now you've likely seen the fantastic performance out of AMD's new "Rome" 7002 series processors. The performance is phenomenal and generally blowing well past Intel's Xeon Cascade Lake processors.
August 8, 2019
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How China became a hero in open source
China's 10th five-year plan made software a priority, but Android made open source software a reality.
August 23, 2019
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How CPUs are Designed and Built Part 1
Part 1: Fundamentals of Computer Architecture
May 13, 2019
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How CPUs are Designed and Built Part 2: CPU Design Process
Designing and Engineering the Internal Components
May 13, 2019
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How CPUs are Designed and Built Part 3: Building the Chip
Laying Out and Physically Building the Chip
May 13, 2019
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How CPUs are Designed and Built Part 4: Where is Computer Architecture and Design Headed?
Despite continuous improvements and incremental upgrades taking place with each new generation, processors haven't had any industry shifting advancements for a long time. The switch from vacuum tubes to transistors was huge. The switch from individual components to integrated circuits was huge. After that though, there haven't been other similar paradigm shifts on that scale.
June 17, 2019
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How else would you get a Comet in your lake, if not from the Sky
Intel's new Comet Lake families of chips will be a update to the existing Skylake architecture and will share the same 14nm process node according to what The Inquirer have discovered from leaked documents.
March 18, 2019
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How Makimoto's Wave Explains the Tsunami of Specialized AI Processors Headed for Market
There are certain terms of art in semiconductor technology that have become common touchstones. Moore's law, Dennard scaling, and concepts like the "memory wall" refer to long-established trends in technology that often resurface across many different areas of expertise
March 7, 2019
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How memory bandwidth is killing AMD's 32-core Threadripper performance
Here's just how much memory bandwidth constraints might be hurting the performance.
September 4, 2018
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How to Buy the Right CPU
Whether you're upgrading or building a new PC, the CPU matters a lot. Increased clock speeds and core counts can make a huge difference in overall performance, providing a more responsive system, smoother game play and faster turnaround on intensive tasks such as video transcoding.
December 14, 2018
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How to Buy the Right CPU: A Guide for 2019
Whether you're upgrading your existing system or building a new PC, the CPU matters a lot. Higher clock speeds and core counts can make a major difference in overall performance, providing a snappier system, smoother gameplay and faster completion of intensive tasks such as video editing and transcoding.
June 25, 2019
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How to Delid Your Processor and Why it's Worth It
Ah delidding, that old terrifying procedure usually only recommended for the elite. For the uninitiated, delidding is the act of separating the integrated heat spreader (IHS) from the top of your processor, and then replacing the stock thermal paste the manufacturer has used, with something a little more premium, usually liquid metal or a better thermal paste.
March 4, 2019
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How to Jump-Start Your Career in Open Source [Slides]
Below are the slides from a talk on how to jump-start your career in open source. Check it out!
August 23, 2019
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How to pick the right AMD Ryzen CPU for your PC
AMD has a number of product families in the desktop processor market, including the popular Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 9, and Threadripper. But which one is best for you and your PC?
July 8, 2019
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Huawei Kunpeng 920 Targets 'Big Data' Computing
Huawei unveiled a new chip, called Kunpeng 920, aimed at the data center market. The chip is expected to help reduce China's reliance on exports of chips from American companies amidst the ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States.
April 29, 2019
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Huawei unveils Kunpeng 920 CPU and TaiShan servers for Arm datacenter use at CES 2019
Arm's future in the datacenter is being solidified with Huawei introducing Arm powered server-class products, competing with Cavium, Qualcomm, and Amazon.
January 7, 2019
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Huawei's Kirin 990 chipset to support 4K video at 60 fps
There is no doubt recent Huawei high-end devices come with impressive camera specs and performance. However, they lack slightly behind the competition in terms of video frame rate. Both Apple and Samsung devices have been offering a 60 fps frame rate at 4K resolution for quite some time now.
August 20, 2019
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Misc. - I

iBase Announces MI995 Mini-ITX Motherboard with 8th Gen Intel Core and Xeon E Processors
IBASE Technology, a leader in the manufacture of industrial motherboards and embedded systems, announces the new MI995 in mini ITX form factor (170×170 mm) based on the latest 8th Gen Intel Core / Xeon E family processors and Intel CM246/QM370 mobile chipset.
October 26, 2018
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IBM Adds New "Arch13" Processor Support To GCC 9
GCC 9 is just weeks away from being officially released while today IBM engineers added support for new "arch13" processors to this next compiler update.
April 2, 2019
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IBM Begins Plumbing "Future" Processor Into GCC Compiler - POWER10?
IBM engineers have landed initial support for "-mcpu=future" into the GCC compiler... As they say in the commit message, "a future architecture level, as yet unnamed."
May 23, 2019
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IBM hears the RISC-V kids partying next door, decides it will make its Power CPU ISA free, too
Big Blue says it will open OpenPower, power next-gen chips in China, er, anywhere
August 20, 2019
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Ice Lake Tested: We Benchmark Intel's New 10nm Processor
After fits, starts and numerous refreshes to its 14nm process, Intel is finally onto Ice Lake, its first 10nm CPUs that will be found in laptops this year. Intel has unveiled some details of its Ice Lake chips earlier this year but didn't release an actual list of the new processors.
August 1, 2019
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Ice Lake-SP and Cooper Lake CPUs Will Slot Into LGA4189-4 and LGA4189-5 Sockets
TE Connectivity, a company that designs and produces connectivity and sensor products, has launched the LGA4189 socket for the upcoming Intel Ice Lake-SP (ICL-SP) and Cooper Laker (CPL) processors.
September 3, 2019
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IDT
Silicon design company involved in MIPS technologies.
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Imagination Announces PowerVR Series9XTP, Series9XMP, and Series9XEP GPU Cores
When Imagination first announced their PowerVR Furian architecture, it was only a month before they announced Apple was to phase out their use of Imagination's GPU IP. The state of matters was one where Imagination would end up selling off their MIPS CPU and Ensigma communications businesses, doubling down on GPUs, and finally being acquired by Canyon Bridge after putting itself up for sale.
December 4, 2018
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In case you're not already sick of Spectre... Boffins demo Speculator tool for sniffing out data-leaking CPU holes
First proof-of-concept, SplitSpectre, requires fewer instructions in victim
December 7, 2018
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India's First CPUs Are Ready for App Development
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has released the software development kit (SDK) for its open-source Shakti processor. Shakti is based on the open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture and was funded by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The institute promised that a development board will also be released soon.
July 1, 2019
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Initial Snapdragon 8150 Alleged Benchmarks Show Significant Performance Improvements -- Octa-Core Processor Seemingly Confirmed
Now that Apple's A12 Bionic and Huawei's Kirin 980 SoC have been released, all eyes are on Qualcomm to see if the company's latest chip will be able to deliver faster performance than these two and Samsung's next-generation Exynos 9820 chipset. The first phone that the unannounced Snapdragon 8150 chips will power, the FlexPai, has already been unveiled.
November 1, 2018
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Inside the World of Samsung Exynos Processors
Let's say you want to share funny moments in your life with your friends. You open a live streaming app and start broadcasting what you see via the smartphone camera. But have you ever wondered what happens in the backstage of your phone?
October 30, 2018
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Intel 9th Gen Core "F" iGPU-Devoid Processor Family Launched, Confirmed to Lack iGPU
Intel finally disclosed specifications of its entire 9th generation Core "F" extension desktop processor SKUs. The ARK pages confirm the lack of integrated graphics solutions, although they won't mention if the iGPU is merely disabled or physically absent. Among these SKUs are the Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, and Core i5-9600KF, which have the same exact CPU clock speeds as the the i9-9900K, i7-9700K, and i5-9600K, respectively.
January 8, 2019
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Intel 9th gen Core i9-9900K Review: The 'best gaming CPU' is also the fastest
Intel says its 8-core, 9th-gen Core i9-9900K is the "world's best gaming CPU," but it's wrong. It's easily the world's fastest gaming CPU.
October 19, 2018
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Intel 9th Gen Core pricing
We have been trying to gather some 'intel' on 9th Gen Core series final pricing, but the company has not yet officially confirmed the final retail pricing for their new processors. Instead, we have a lot of online listings of the new SKUs: Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K.
October 5, 2018
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Intel 9th Gen Core Processors: All the Desktop and Mobile 45W CPUs Announced
How Intel has launched its range of ninth generation processors has been an odd and awkward one. Despite the launch of the 8-core 9900K last year, we still haven't had all of the lower end processors in the family actually be announced, despite several leaks in the meantime. That all changes today as the company is giving out a full list of processors, with availability soon to follow.
April 23, 2019
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Intel 9th Gen CPUs Are Great...if You Can Find Them
The new 9th generation Intel Core processors have been plagued by high prices and a lack of stock at major computer hardware retailers around the U.S. Consumers who want to pick up a new Core i9-9900K or Core i7-9700K today have no alternative but to pay a hefty premium over Intel's recommended customer pricing.
October 23, 2018
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Intel 9th gen CPU reactions with Intel, Alienware, GamersNexus, Paul's Hardware, and Bitwit
Watch Gordon ask smart people what they think about Intel's launch.
October 9, 2018
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Intel 9th Gen LGA1151 Processors Support Up to 128GB of Memory
Intel's 6-core "Coffee Lake" die was essentially a "Kaby Lake" die with two extra cores, and no physical changes to other components, such as iGPU or uncore. With its new 8-core "Coffee Lake" Refresh silicon, Intel has turned its attention to not just increasing the core-count, but also improving the processor's integrated memory controller, in addition to hardware fixes to certain security vulnerabilities.
October 15, 2018
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Intel 9th Generation Coffee Lake-Refresh 'Up To 8 Core, Core i9-9900K' CPUs For Z390, Basin Falls Refresh 'Up To 18 Core, Core i9-9980XE' CPUs For X299 & Xeon W-3175X 28 Core CPUs Officially Announced
Intel has just announced their latest 9th Generation Core and Core-X processors which will be aiming for the mainstream and high-end desktop PC market. The new processors are designed to become the most advanced gaming and enthusiast grade products for their respective market.
October 8, 2018
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Intel 9th Generation Core CPUs To Support 128 GB on Desktop
Memory is an interesting component for a computer as there can be a right amount of it, depending on how you use your computer, and going above that amount is not necessarily worth it. For some people, just 8 GB will be enough, but for others 32 GB is more appropriate, but then there are still others that need more. A
October 15, 2018
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Intel 9th-gen desktop lineup is here, finally fleshes out the Coffee Lake Refresh
The core wars will see Intel offer 8 cores and 16 threads to the mainstream
April 23, 2019
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Intel 10-Core Cascade Lake-X CPU Spotted in SiSoftware Database
A nameless Cascade Lake-X 10-core, 20-thread processor has mysteriously popped up in SiSoftware's Official Live Ranker database. Judging by the configuration, this processor could be the potential candidate that will replace Intel's Core i9-9900X processor.
April 26, 2019
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Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake CPU Branding And Specs Leaked
A couple of days ago, a juicy rumor emerged from the deep depths of the Chinese PTTWeb forums that Intel could possibly use the 10000-series branding for its upcoming Comet Lake products. A 3DMark leak from leaker TUM_APISAK seemingly lends credence to the rumor.
April 29, 2019
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Intel 10th gen Ice Lake Performance pre-review: Come for the new cores, stay for the graphics
Should you wait to buy a 10th-gen Ice Lake laptop? The answer is, probably.
August 1, 2019
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Intel 10th Generation Comet Lake-S Desktop CPUs To Feature Support on LGA 1200 Socket -- Arriving in 2020 With Up To 10 Cores, 125W TDP
New information regarding the Intel Comet Lake-S line of desktop processors has leaked out over at XFastest. Compared to yesterday's leak which was dodgy at best, the data posted by the source looks to be more reliable and reveals a few new details about the 400-series platform itself which will be supporting Intel's 10th Generation processors.
July 11, 2019
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Intel 10th Generation Core Case-badges Revealed
Intel laid rest to speculation that post 9th generation, it could replace its Core brand with something else. The 10th generation Core processors, built around the 10 nm "Ice Lake" microachitecture, will feature the first noteworthy IPC increments since "Skylake" thanks to their new "Sunny Cove" CPU cores. These will also feature DLBoost, a fixed-function maxtrix-multiplication hardware that speed
May 28, 2019
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Intel 10nm Ice Lake Benchmarks on the Core i7-1065G7 Processor
Intel recently invited a small number of hardware reviewers out to Santa Clara to be the very first to get a chance to do some hands-on testing with 10th Gen Intel Core mobile processors. Legit Reviews just happened to be one of those sites and we eagerly jumped at the opportunity to benchmark whatever we wanted to on the 10nm Ice Lake development platform!
August 1, 2019
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Intel 10nm Ice Lake CPU Specs Leak Points to Double L2 Cache
Intel announced at CES 2019 that the chipmaker's 10nm Ice Lake processors will arrive sometime this year. So it's no wonder that the new chips have already started popping up, such as in SiSoftware's Sandra and Primate Labs' Geekbench databases.
January 15, 2019
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Intel 10nm Ice Lake Processors Are Finally Here
Intel Goes 10 for 10
August 1, 2019
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Intel 14nm CPU Shortage Will Intensify Next Quarter - DigiTimes
Intel continues to be plagued by its 14nm chip production shortage, a byproduct of record demand and a delayed 10nm manufacturing process, and today, industry soothsayer DigiTimes reports that the shortage will worsen in the second quarter of 2019.
March 11, 2019
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Intel 18-Core Cascade Lake-X CPU Enters Geekbench 4 Database
Intel might not be quite ready to take the lid off its Cascade Lake-X (CSL-X) processors, but test results of the upcoming 14nm core-heavy chips have already started to show up at different parts of the Internet.
August 16, 2019
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Intel Adds Hardware Shield to New 8th Gen Intel Core vPro Mobile CPUs
Intel on Tuesday announced its new 8th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile processors. In addition to improved performance, longer battery life, and support for the faster Wi-Fi 6, the CPUs bring new security features designed to protect devices against firmware attacks.
April 16, 2019
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Intel adds 'retro scaling' to Ice Lake CPUs to make pixel-art games look more crisp on modern displays
You asked, Intel answered.
September 3, 2019
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Intel Admits CPU Shortages Will Persist Until the Third Quarter of 2019
Intel said in a conference call that despite its $1.5 billion investment last year to boost production capacity for its 14nm process node, the CPU shortages would not be solved until the third quarter of the year.
April 26, 2019
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Intel Again Leader in Silicon Supply Race
Intel was the historic leader in silicon manufacturing and sales from 1993 through 2016, the year it lost its lead to Samsung. The issue wasn't so much to do with Intel, but more to do with market demands at the time - if you'll remember, it was the time of booming DRAM pricing alongside the smartphone demand increase that propagated stiff competition and manufacturers trying to outgun one another in the form of specs.
May 20, 2019
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Intel Agilex: 10nm FPGAs with PCIe 5.0, DDR5, and CXL
Ever since Intel purchased Altera for an enormous amount of money a few years ago (ed: $16.7B), the FPGA portfolio that has been coming out has largely been a product of the pre-Intel days. Today however that changes, as Intel is announcing its first fully Intel-designed FPGA, built upon its own internal 10nm process, with the Agilex brand name. This new range of products is set to roll out later this year for sampling, and offer a mix of analog, digital, memory, custom IO, and eASIC variations within a singular platform.
April 2, 2019
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Intel and AMD announce new CPUs: Whose won?
Intel and AMD presented new processors that will make their way into upcoming computers. Here's a look at the two announcements.
May 28, 2019
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Intel Announces 9th Gen Core CPUs: Core i9-9900K (8-Core), i7-9700K, & i5-9600K
Among many of Intel's announcements today, a key one for a lot of users will be the launch of Intel's 9th Generation Core desktop processors, offering up to 8-cores on Intel's mainstream consumer platform. These processors are drop-in compatible with current Coffee Lake and Z370 platforms, but are accompanied by a new Z390 chipset and associated motherboards as well.
October 8, 2018
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Intel Announces 9th Generation Core CPUs, Eight-Core Core i9-9900K
Intel finally unveiled its new 9th Generation Core processors at its Fall Desktop Launch Event here in New York today. The $488 Core i9-9900K serves as the flagship of the new lineup, offering eight cores and 16 threads.
October 8, 2018
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Intel announces 10nm Ice Lake CPUs
Set to arrive in laptops later this year
May 28, 2019
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Intel Announces 10nm Ice Lake for Mobile, Cascade Lake, Lakefield
The company also announced that it is shipping its next-gen Cascade Lake Xeon processors and introduced a new 10nm Snow Ridge SoC for 5G base stations.
January 7, 2019
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Intel Announces 48-Core Cascade Lake Xeon CPUs With 12 Memory Channels
Intel's server roadmap and product families have been pretty calm in recent years. The company reorganized its server chips into the Xeon Scalable family and away from the old E7/E5/E3 designations in 2017, and it overhauled the Core X series, but it hasn't made any dramatic changes to Xeon since AMD launched the Epyc family.
November 5, 2018
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Intel Announces 48-Core Cascade Lake-AP, Xeon E-2100 Processors
Intel made a few announcements ahead of the pending Supercomputer 2018 trade show, including its new family of Xeon Cascade Lake-AP (Advanced Performance) processors that come with up to 48 cores and support for 12 channels of DDR4 memory.
November 5, 2018
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Intel announces a 28-core Xeon processor and 18-core X-series CPUs
At an event in New York today, Intel announced its 9th-generation desktop processors. But if you thought that the new octa-core K-series chips are powerful, it's about to get beastly.
October 8, 2018
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Intel announces Cascade Lake and Xeon E-2100 processors
Intel has announced two new processors lineups; Cascade Lake for advanced performance, and the Intel Xeon E-2100 processor family for entry-level servers. Cascade Lake is due for release in the first half of next year, while the Intel Xeon E-2100 is being made available from today.
November 5, 2018
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Intel announces Cooper Lake processor with up to 56 cores, due in 2020
Intel has today unveiled its upcoming Intel Xeon Scalable processor family, dubbed Cooper Lake, which it plans to make available in the first half of 2020. It includes up to 56 cores per socket and has built-in AI training acceleration.
August 6, 2019
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Intel Announces Cooper Lake Will Be Socketed, Compatible With Future Ice Lake CPUs
Intel may have launched Cascade Lake relatively recently, but there's another 14nm server refresh already on the horizon. Intel lifted the lid on Cooper Lake today, giving some new details on how the CPU fits into its product lineup with Ice Lake 10nm server chips already supposedly queuing up for 2020 deployment.
August 6, 2019
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Intel Announces Core i9-9900KS: 8 Cores, 5GHz All-Core Boost
Intel didn't just detail its new Ice Lake architecture at Computex this week, it also announced an upcoming CPU -- the Core i9-9900KS. This chip is an eight-core spin on the 9900K, but with an even higher all-core base clock of 5GHz under load. That's a 300MHz boost over the standard Core i9-9900K, with a 400MHz higher base-clock.
May 28, 2019
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Intel announces its latest 9th Gen chips, including its 'best gaming processor' Core i9
Along with updated Core X chips and a new 28 Core Xeon processor
October 8, 2018
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Intel announces its ninth-generation desktop processors, including the Core i9-9900K
Intel held an event in New York City today, where it announced its ninth-generation desktop processors, going all the way up to the Core i9-9900K. As with all chips in the K-series, it's unlocked for overclocking, with eight cores and 16 threads, and the company says that it's the best gaming CPU in the world.
October 8, 2018
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Intel announces its Whiskey Lake vPro CPUs
Today, Intel announced its latest eighth-generation vPro U-series processors. The previous ones were from the Kaby Lake R family, which was pretty much like the seventh-generation CPUs but with four cores instead of two.
April 16, 2019
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Intel Announces New Core i9 Family, 9th Generation CPUs
After months of leaks, Intel is finally taking the lid off its 9th Generation CPU family. The new series of CPUs makes some significant changes to Intel's overall product line, with a new line-up of Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 CPUs, with different capabilities and clocks to previous iterations of these chips. And, as expected, Hyper-Threading is going away from all but the Core i9.
October 8, 2018
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Intel Announces Socketed 56-Core Cooper Lake Processors
Intel also announced the processors would support bfloat16 instructions as part of its DL Boost suite of AI enhancements. Intel also claims a lower power envelope than the 9200-series.
August 6, 2019
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Intel Announces X-Series Basin Falls Refresh Processors, Up to 18 Cores
Intel announced its Basin Falls Refresh here at its Fall Desktop Launch Event in New York. The new processors drop into the Intel's High End Desktop (HEDT) platform for enthusiasts, content creators, and prosumers. The new processors slot into existing X299 motherboards.
October 8, 2018
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Intel Announces Xeon W-3175X: 28-Core Processor for Extreme Workstations
Intel on Monday officially introduced its 28-core processor for extreme workstations that it teased first back in June. The new chip comes with unlocked multiplier and can run at up to 4.3 GHz in burst mode.
October 8, 2018
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Intel Architecture Manual Updates: bfloat16 for Cooper Lake Xeon Scalable Only?
Intel recently released a new version of its document for software developers revealing some additional details about its upcoming Xeon Scalable 'Cooper Lake-SP' processors. As it appears, the new CPUs will support AVX512_BF16 instructions and therefore the bfloat16 format.
April 5, 2019
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Intel at CES 2019: Ice Lake, 10nm Parts, New Network SoCs
Intel gave its keynote at CES last night, outlining a comprehensive vision for its product launches throughout 2019. From upcoming 10nm Xeon parts based on Ice Lake to its plans for new networking SoCs and a Nervana launch, the company has a busy schedule for itself.
January 8, 2019
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Intel Begins Commercial Shipments of 10nm Ice Lake CPUs to OEMs
Intel has begun shipments of its 10th generation Core "Ice Lake" processors as of the second quarter, according to the company in an earnings call this week. Made using Intel's 10nm process technology, these laptop CPUs were qualified by OEMs earlier in 2019 and are on track to reach the market inside mobile PCs by the holiday season.
July 26, 2019
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Intel brings 10-nm Ice Lake CPUs, Lakefield SoCs, and more to CES
Intel may have announced six new Core CPUs at its CES keynote in Las Vegas last night, but that's not really the company's most interesting announcement at the show. That title probably rests on the shoulders of four upcoming Intel products based on the company's beleaguered 10-nm fabrication process: the Lakefield low-power client processors, the Snow Ridge network SoC, and Ice Lake chips for every market segment.
January 8, 2019
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Intel Brings Its Own Benchmark to Refute AMD's '2X' EPYC Claim
Intel is firing back at AMD CEO Lisa Su's Computex claims that the company's upcoming 7nm EPYC Rome data center processors are twice as fast as Intel's Xeon Scalable 8280 processors in a popular benchmark. But Intel says that AMD didn't configure its Intel test system correctly, and also didn't use the most relevant processors for comparison testing. Now Team Blue has released benchmarks to back its claims.
May 31, 2019
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Intel Cascade Lake Target Added To LLVM / Clang Compiler
Similar to the GCC patch for Intel Cascade lake CPU support that was posted last week, the LLVM Clang compiler stack now supports these forthcoming Intel server CPUs.
November 27, 2018
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Intel Cascade Lake Xeon W-3200 Launched: Server Socket, 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes
One of the quiet announcements that came out of Apple's new Mac Pro announcement was the launch of Intel's next generation Xeon W processors. Aside from being completely under the radar from a formal announcement, the new line of workstation focused CPUs heralds a few quirks: they are Cascade Lake based, they are only in the LGA3647 socket, and they have 64 available PCIe 3.0 lanes.
June 10, 2019
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Intel Caught Commissioning Apparently Bias Benchmark Data for Core i9 9900K
Yesterday Intel officially announced many new CPUs, including the Core i9 9900K, an 8-core/16-thread CPU with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and a single-core boost of 5.0 GHz.
October 9, 2018
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Intel challenges AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs to take the Core i9-9900K's real-world gaming crown
AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs aren't here yet, but Intel feels confident Core i9 can beat it in "real world performance"
June 10, 2019
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Intel Chipsets' Undocumented Feature Can Help Hackers Steal Data
Positive Technologies, a vulnerability assessment, compliance management and threat analysis solutions company, announced this week that it's discovered yet another undocumented feature in Intel's chipsets, after previously stumbling upon an undocumented mode developed by Intel specifically for the NSA. The feature, Intel Visualization of Internal Signals Architecture (VISA), could allow attackers to gain the lowest-levels of access to Intel CPUs and any data being processed by those CPUs.
March 29, 2019
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Intel Client Desktop CPU Roadmap Leaked, Comet Lake and Glacier Falls Coming This Year
Tweakers.net reported last week on a leaked Intel roadmap purportedly from a Dell presentation, leading to somewhat panicked headlines that Intel would not have 10nm desktop processors until 2022.
April 26, 2019
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Intel Coffee Lake Refresh T-Series CPUs Detailed
A little over two weeks ago, Gigabyte accidentally and briefly listed Intel's Coffee Lake Refresh (CFL-R) T-series processors on its website. Nevertheless, the motherboard manufacturer left out the boost clock rates, but respected leaker momomo_us helped us fill in the missing blanks. Biostar also accidentally slipped out some new details on the Pentium Gold and Celeron SKUs, giving us a complete view of the new landscape.
April 15, 2019
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Intel "Comet Lake" Not Before 2020, "Ice Lake-S" Not Before Q3-2020, Roadmap Suggests
Earlier this week, news of Intel's 10th generation Core "Comet Lake" processors did rounds as the company's short-term response to AMD's 3rd generation Ryzen processors. According to slides leaked to the web by Hong Kong-based tech publication XFastest, "Comet Lake" isn't Intel's short-term reaction to "Zen 2," but rather all it has left to launch.
July 11, 2019
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Intel Comet Lake processors may have up to 10 cores
Low power CPUs get 8 cores, quadcores at just 5W
March 14, 2019
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Intel Confirms Apple Macs Will Switch to Arm CPUs by 2020, Says Report
Intel officials and developers have reportedly told Axios that Apple is preparing to launch Arm-based Macbooks next year. The report follows a story from Bloomberg Wednesday saying that Apple plans on combining iOS and macOS applications by 2021.
February 22, 2019
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Intel connects 64 Loihi 'brain chips' together and hands them off to researchers
Intel's current brain network isn't quite as smart as a frog. Next up: mole rats.
July 15, 2019
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Intel Core i5-9400F CPU Review: Cutting On-Die Graphics For A Slightly Lower Price
Intel announced its Core i5-9400 processors in January, but the chips only recently become available in significant quantities. The company also rolled out the rest of its Coffee Lake refresh models, six months after its initial salvo, a delay likely attributable to its ongoing 14nm production shortage.
May 10, 2019
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Intel Core i5-9400F versus AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
Hexacore Sans-Graphics
April 16, 2019
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Intel Core i5-9600K Review: A Mid-Range Gamer's CPU
It used to be that Core i5 processors represented the best choice for mainstream users looking for value-oriented pricing, high performance, and modest power consumption.
December 4, 2018
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Intel Core i7-9750H versus i7-8750H Review
CPUs for Laptops
May 21, 2019
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Intel Core i9 @ 816.21 MHz
 
September 10, 2019
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Intel Core i9-9900F Makes an Appearance in SiSoft Sandra: No iGPU, No Unlocked Multiplier
Intel has been playing with the release of multiple of their 14 nm ++ processors without any integrated graphics tech, such as the Intel Core i5-9400F, or the iGPU-less, unlocked Core i9-9900KF. However, as strange as it may seem, a quick look online still shows the i9-9900KF selling for more ($582.50) than its complete i9-9900 sibling.
March 18, 2019
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Intel Core i9-9900K 9th Gen CPU Review: Fastest Gaming Processor Ever
Although Intel added more cores to its previous-gen Coffee Lake processors in an effort to keep up with AMD's Ryzen CPUs, struggles with its 10nm node obviously delayed a more significant response. The company's ninth-generation Core processors, otherwise known as the Coffee Lake refresh, represent another step forward in a contentious battle for desktop supremacy.
October 19, 2018
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Intel Core i9-9900K CPU Review -- 9th Gen 8-Core, 16-Thread Benchmarks
The Intel Core i9-9900K 8-Core, 16-Thread LGA1151 95W desktop processor that was announced earlier this month is finally something you can walk into a store today and purchase! It's certainly been a long and weird road to get to this point, but here we are.
October 19, 2018
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Intel Core i9-9900K gets tested
Intel's new eight-core (16 threads) Coffee Lake-S processor
October 19, 2018
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Intel Core i9-9900K Preview 2.0 -- World's Best Gaming CPU?
Intel Core i9-9900K Preview - World's Best Gaming Processor?
October 19, 2018
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Intel Core i9-9900K/i7-9700K/i5-9600K and Z390 motherboard Review Roundup
Today Intel launches its 9000 series CPU based on Coffee Lake architecture.
October 19, 2018
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Intel Core i9-9900T 35W CPU Listing Appears Online
A mysterious Coffee Lake Refresh (CFL-R) processor claiming to be the Intel Core i9-9900T, was up for auction on Yahoo! Auctions two days ago. The "T" suffix suggests the chip is a low-power variant of the Intel Core i9-9900K octa-core processor.
January 25, 2019
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Intel Core i9-9980XE 18 Core CPU 3DMark Performance Benchmark Leaks Out -- Slightly Faster Than The Core i9-7980XE
The first performance benchmark of Intel's flagship Core-X series processor, the Core i9-9980XE, has leaked out. The performance benchmarks show that we are looking at slight gains over the current generation Core-X part which is due to higher clock speeds and improved thermal design which will help deliver stable operation under heavy workloads.
October 26, 2018
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Intel Core i9-9990XE : Up to 5.0 GHz, Auction Only
AnandTech has seen documents and supporting information from multiple sources that show that Intel is planning to release a new high-end desktop processor, the Core i9-9990XE. These documents show that the processors will not be sold at retail; rather they will only be sold to system integrators, and then only through a closed online auction.
January 14, 2019
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Intel Core i9-10000 HEDT "Core-X" Processors Confirmed By ASUS, Up To 48 PCIe Gen 3 Lanes -- ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore X299 Powerhouse Unveiled Too
Yesterday, ASUS announced their latest X299 refresh motherboards which are designed for the next-generation Intel Core i9-10000 X-series processors. The Intel Core i9-10000 series line is the successor to the Core i9-9000 series HEDT processors built for the LGA 2066 socket. The CPUs were already announced to get refreshed later this year and ASUS has pretty much confirmed this in their new product pages for the X299 refresh motherboards.
August 20, 2019
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Intel Core X 9000-series Skylake-X Refresh Processors Formally Launched
Intel today formally launched its Core X 9000-series socket LGA2066 high-end desktop (HEDT) processors. Based on the same "Skylake-X" LCC and HCC dies as the Core X 7000-series, these processors are a minor refresh, in that Intel has bumped either the clock-speeds, or core-count, or L3 cache amount at existing price-points.
November 13, 2018
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Intel Core i7-9700K 9th Gen CPU Review: Eight Cores And No Hyper-Threading
Intel's powerful Core i9 family recently displaced Core i7 as the company's mainstream desktop flagship. Mainstream is relative, though. The Core i9-9900K sells for more than $500, requires a high-end cooler, a beefy motherboard, and really needs to be paired with lots of fast memory.
November 6, 2018
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Intel Core versus AMD Ryzen: Which offers the best bang for buck
Does AMD's new Ryzen 3000 alter the best bang for the bang landscape?
June 18, 2019
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Intel CPU Shortage Could Worsen in Q2 2019, Opening Path for ARM, AMD
The CPU shortage that constrained Intel CPU sales and sent prices trending higher through the back of 2018 could continue to plague Intel through Q2 of this year. While the firm has taken steps to combat the problem, including launching new "KF" processors without integrated GPUs to improve yields, Intel may have been unable to fully address the issue.
March 12, 2019
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Intel CPU shortages to worsen in the second quarter
Intel could end up skipping over 10nm and diving right in to 7nm development
March 11, 2019
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Intel CPUs fall to new hyperthreading exploit that pilfers crypto keys
Side-channel leak in Skylake and Kaby Lake chips probably affects AMD CPUs, too.
November 2, 2018
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Intel CPUs Reportedly Vulnerable To New "SPOILER" Speculative Attack
SPOILER is the newest speculative attack affecting Intel's micro-architecture.
March 5, 2019
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Intel debuts 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists
Hyper-Threading suddenly becomes scarce, and the stunning 28-core chip is Xeon only.
October 8, 2018
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Intel Deep Dives on Nervana NNP-T: 27 Billion Transistors, 32GB of HBM2 Packed on 688mm-Squared Die
The Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training (NNP-T) comes with 24 processing cores and a new take on data movement that's powered by 32GB of HBM2 memory. The spacious 27 billion transistors are spread across a 688mm2 die. Oddly enough, the NNP-T also incorporates leading-edge technology from Intel-rival TSMC.
August 19, 2019
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Intel Details Plans for Its Oregon Fab Expansion: D1X Phase 3
Intel this week revealed the first details concerning its fab expansion plans in Oregon. As it turns out, the company intends to build the third phase of its D1X fab, and that the latest expansion (mod) will be similar in size to each of the first two phases of D1X. Intel plans to start construction later in 2019, so the new fab will be ready in the coming years.
February 5, 2019
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Intel Developing New CPU Idle Governor For Tickless Systems
Linux power management expert Rafael Wysocki, who is also the maintainer of the ACPI/PM subsystems, has been working on the "TEO" the past few months as the Timer Events Oriented governor for CPUIdle framework.
January 1, 2019
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Intel Documents Show Driver Support for Unannounced 400-Series Chipsets
Intel does not often disclose its own chipset names in advance, but from time to time we get glimpses into accidental publication. This week, driver documents from the company show software support for unannounced 400-series and 495 chipsets, which are led to believe will be for future generations of products, following on from the 300-series products.
September 6, 2019
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Intel Doubles Down on doubled up Xeons for HPC
These are challenging times for Intel. Long -- and still -- the dominant chip maker in the datacenter with its battle-tested Xeon processors, the company is now seeing challenges everywhere.
November 12, 2018
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Intel Drivers Reveal 400, 495 Series Chipsets for Comet Lake, Ice Lake - New Year, New Socket, Same 14 nm Process
Data extracted from Intel's latest Server Chipset Driver (10.1.18010.8141) mentions support for new chipsets, which will bring about compatibility for the company's upcoming Comet Lake chips. Comet Lake, if you remember, is Intel's latest gasp in the 14 nm process for CPUs, and should bring up to 10 cores to the consumer segment.
May 9, 2019
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Intel "Elkhart Lake" is a Low-power SoC that Embeds Gen11 Graphics
The latest patches to Intel's open-source *nix drivers drop hints of a new low-power SoC in the works, codenamed "Elkhart Lake" featuring the company's most advanced integrated graphics solution. "Elkhart Lake" is a 10 nm SoC that combines a CPU complex based on the "Tremont" microarchitecture, with an iGPU based on the company's Gen11 architecture.
March 14, 2019
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Intel Expands 9th Gen Desktop Lineup With 25 New SKUs Including Celeron & Pentium Gold
Alongside its 9th Gen Core Mobile launch, Intel today is also significantly expanding its range of 9th Gen Core Desktop processors, adding 25 new SKUs. The additions include refinements to the existing i3, i5, i7, and i9 lineups, as well as the introduction of new 9th Gen SKUs to the lower-end Celeron and Pentium Gold classes.
April 23, 2019
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Intel finally demos its 10nm Ice Lake chip, expands 9th Gen CPUs, and more
Intel initially planned to debut its 10nm Cannon Lake processors in 2016, but the company was repeatedly forced to cancel those plans last year after a previous delay. At CES 2019, the semiconductor company has finally demonstrated its first 10nm Ice Lake chip, which is based on the Sunny Cove architecture.
January 8, 2019
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Intel Fixes Spectre & Meltdown on New Desktop Processors, Core-X Will Have to Wait
The new 9th generation Intel Core processors arrived yesterday with a series of improvements made to entice gamers and content creators. These improvements, however, join others that go beyond pure performance. Intel has introduced several architectural changes to fix the infamous Spectre & Meltdown vulnerabilities, and the new processors mitigate most of the variants of these attacks through a combination of hardware, firmware and OS fixes.
October 9, 2018
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Intel Further Boosts CapEx to Meet Demand for 14nm Chips
Earlier this year Intel said that it had reaffirmed its plan to invest $1 billion in a bid to increase the number of chips made using its 14 nm process technology. Apparently, the processor giant did not stop there and is now further amplifiying its CapEx expenditures by $500 million for 2018.
December 6, 2018
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Intel Gen11 Architecture and GT2 "Ice Lake" iGPU Detailed
Intel "Ice Lake" will be the company's first major processor microarchitecture since the "Skylake" (2015), which promises CPU IPC improvements. Intel has been reusing both CPU cores and graphics architecture for four processor generations, since "Skylake". Gen9 got a mid-life update to Gen9.5 with "Kaby Lake", adding new display interfaces and faster drivers.
March 21, 2019
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Intel goes up to 8 cores for mainstream chips, with a 28 core overclockable Xeon
The new array of desktop processors will arrive over the next few months.
October 8, 2018
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Intel H310D: Third Time's a Charm
Intel Server Chipset Driver (10.1.18019.8144) adds support for a mysterious and unannounced H310D chipset. The name insinuates that the new chipset is most likely based on the original H310 chipset, which launched last year.
September 9, 2019
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Intel Has 8-Core Xeon-E at Engineering Sample Stage
One of the interesting omissions from the re-release of Xeon E a couple of weeks ago were the 8-core versions. Intel reiterated its 4-core and 6-core parts, and given the recent release of 8-core processors for consumers we were expecting to see 8-core parts hit the primetime for the commercial market as well. Intel doesn't officially comment on potential future parts, however one of Intel's partners has a pair of Xeon E 8-core processors listed in the QVL section of one of its new C242/C246 motherboards.
November 26, 2018
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Intel Increases L1D and L2 Cache Sizes with "Ice Lake"
Intel's next major CPU microarchitecture being designed for the 10 nm silicon fabrication process, codenamed "Ice Lake," could introduce the first major core redesign in over three years. Keen observers of Geekbench database submissions of dual-core "Ice Lake" processor engineering samples noticed something curious - Intel has increased its L1 and L2 cache sizes from previous generations.
October 23, 2018
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Intel Introduces 28-Core Unlocked Xeon W-3175X
Intel today announced a 28-core chip, the Intel Xeon W-3175X. That surpasses its old record of 18 cores with the i9-7980XE Extreme Edition processor.
October 8, 2018
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Intel Is Finally Shipping Ice Lake in Volume
During Intel's quarterly conference call last week, CEO Bob Swan confirmed that the company is, at long last, moving into volume production on 10nm. If you thought Intel had basically given up on scaling its process technology into the new node, that's not the case.
July 29, 2019
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Intel Is Suddenly Very Concerned With 'Real-World' Benchmarking
Since at least Computex, Intel has been raising concerns with reviewers about the types of tests we run, which applications reviewers tend to use, and whether those tests are capturing 'real-world' performance. Specifically, Intel feels that far too much emphasis is put on tests like Cinebench, while the applications that people actually use are practically ignored.
September 5, 2019
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Intel Kills Itanium, Last Chip Will Ship in 2021
On Thursday, Intel notified its partners that it's going to discontinue the Itanium 9700-series Kittson processors, which were the last processors on the market to use Intel's Itanium architecture. Intel plans to stop shipping the Itanium-based Kittson processors by mid-2021
February 1, 2019
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Intel Lakefield CPU using 3D Foveros possibly spotted in 3DMark database
Intel's new SoCs seem on track for a 2020 debut
September 3, 2019
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Intel Lakefield SOC With Foveros 3D Packaging Previewed -- 10nm Hybrid CPU Architecture Featuring Sunny Cover, Gen 11 Graphics and More
Intel has revealed some interesting details about their upcoming Lakefield SOC which utilizes the Foveros 3D packaging technology. The new SOC will be the first from Intel utilizing 3D integration that will allow for much smaller chip packages which will help create a range of new platforms and PC form factors.
February 27, 2019
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Intel Launches 10th Generation 10nm 'Ice Lake' Mobility Processors -- Led By Core i7 1068G7 Flagship With 3.6 GHZ All Core Boost
Intel today launched its 10nm Ice Lake processors consisting of 9W, 15W, and 28W parts. The launch, in traditional fashion, consists entirely of mobility parts right now and denotes the companies ability to (finally) ship 10nm in volume.
August 1, 2019
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Intel launches 10th-gen 'Ice Lake' chips, pushing hard on graphics for notebook PCs
Intel's eleven new Ice Lake chips are betting big on graphics. Intel claims that its new 10th-gen Core family, launched Thursday, will offer the best integrated graphics experience of any thin-and-light notebook PC--about equaling what some discrete chips offer in PCWorld tests.
August 1, 2019
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Intel Launches 11 New Icelake CPUs - Still Just Laptops/2-in-1s Up To 4 Cores
Intel today announced 11 new 10th Gen "Icelake" CPUs for 2-in-1s and laptops.
August 1, 2019
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Intel Launches B365 Chipset, Welcomes 22nm Back to Production
Intel is once again launching chipsets on its 22nm process node, freeing up 14nm production to be used with other parts. The B365 is part of the 300-series of chipsets, so it supports the latest Intel CPUs -- but it's also officially part of the Kaby Lake family since it's built on 22nm, not 14nm. The chart below from Anandtech highlights the differences.
December 17, 2018
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Intel Launches First 10th Gen Core Processors: Redefining the Next Era of Laptop Experiences
Today, Intel officially launched 11 new, highly integrated 10th Gen Intel Core processors designed for remarkably sleek 2 in 1s and laptops. The processors bring high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) to the PC at scale, feature new Intel Iris Plus graphics for stunning entertainment and enable the best connectivity with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt 3. Systems are expected from PC manufacturers for the holiday season.
August 1, 2019
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Intel launches first 10th Gen 'Ice Lake' CPUs for laptops, 11 chips in all
The 11 new chips include Wi-Fi 6, integrated Thunderbolt 3, dedicated AI power, and boosted graphics.
August 1, 2019
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Intel Launches New Nervana AI Neural Network Processor With 100 Watt+ Power, Arriving in 2019
Intel has just announced a brand new class of AI processor: the Intel Nervana NNP-1. This is one of the first truly powerful AI processors that Intel has promised to produce. All previous AI chips the company made were in the mWatt of power, this one is going to be in the "hundreds of watts" of power.
January 7, 2019
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Intel launches the first 11 Ice Lake chips (10th-gen Intel Core Y and U-series processors)
Intel announced that it was shipping the first 10th-gen Intel Core processors based on its 10th-gen "Ice Lake" architecture in May. Now the company says more than 35 laptops and 2-in-1 tablets powered by the chips are on the way, with the first models set to begin shipping soon.
August 1, 2019
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Intel Launches the Xeon D-1600 Family: Upgrades to Xeon D-1500
Even if you've been keeping track of Intel's Xeon family lines, the Xeon D family could probably give you cause for confusion. The same 'generation' of products spans a wide range of processors, from the dense ECC-enabled server all the way through to a big bustling cryptography and a network acceleration chip, when in actual fact each of these products is built on different internal microarchitectures.
April 2, 2019
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Intel Launching Updated 9th Gen CPUs With New Stepping, According to Asus
According to a statement from Asus, Intel will be launching refined variants of its 9th Gen Core processors for the 300 series platform very soon. The company stated that "Asus has released BIOS updates for all 300 series motherboards, adding support for the forthcoming 9th Generation Intel Core processors based on new stepping".
March 26, 2019
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Intel May Face More 14nm CPU Shortages in Q2 2019, AMD Notebook Market Share To Increase Significantly With Ryzen Mobile From 10% in Q1 To More Than 18% in Q2
It looks like things haven't gone any better for Intel and their 14nm supply as the most recent report by DigiTimes states that the company would be hit by a major shortage during Q2 2019. Intel's 14nm supply production has been constrained for a while since all of their major product lines utilize the process node and while Intel had ramped up additional supply in Q3 of 2018, it looks like those efforts were in vain.
March 12, 2019
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Intel Officially Confirms Cascade Lake Advanced Performance Processors, Utilizes MCP With Up To 48 Cores, 12 Channel Memory Support -- Shows First Performance Numbers Versus AMD EPYC
Intel has confirmed that they will be bringing their first multi-chip package design Xeon CPUs to the market in the form of Cascade Lake Advanced Performance or Cascade Lake-AP for short. We have been hearing reports about the new series for a while now, but Intel has now officially revealed the new Xeon lineup and also mentioned some early performance numbers.
November 5, 2018
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Intel Officially Sinks the Itanic, Future of IA-64 Architecture Uncertain
Intel has unceremoniously, through a product change notification (PCN), discontinued the Itanium family of microprocessors. The Itanium 9700 "Kittson," which was released in 2017, is the final generation of Itanium, and its sales to new customers have stopped according to the PCN.
January 31, 2019
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Intel Optimizes SVT-VP9 Encoder for AMD's EPYC
Tech companies rarely draw the line between competitor and collaborator. Intel demonstrated that duality on September 4 when it updated the open source SVT-VP9 encoder with optimizations for AMD's EPYC processors, along with other AVX2 CPUs, which debuted in 2011.
September 9, 2019
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Intel packs 8 million digital neurons onto its brain-like computer
Using 64 Loihi processors, the company takes a notable step toward a digital brain.
July 15, 2019
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Intel Partners With Baidu on Neural Network Processor for Training
Intel announced Tuesday at the Baidu Create AI developer conference that it's working with Baidu on the development of Intel's Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training, called NNP-T.
July 5, 2019
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Intel Possibly Readying Core i9-9990XE Processor -- Rocks 14 Cores, Up To 5.0 GHz Frequency at 255W TDP
Intel may possibly prepare a new flagship entrant in their Core-X HEDT lineup known as the Core i9-9990XE. The new processor details have been shared by Anandtech which states that this high-end premium offering may be the fastest clocked Core-X chip designed to date, featuring clocks as high as 5.0 GHz.
January 15, 2019
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Intel Posts Another Record Quarter, 14nm Shortage To Worsen In Q4
Intel posted the best quarter in its 50-year history even as it grapples with an ongoing shortage of 14nm manufacturing capacity that has led to rising prices and shortages on some low-end processors.
October 26, 2018
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Intel Prepares 15% CPU Price Cut in Response to AMD's Ryzen 3000 Series
It's been just under a month since AMD introduced its next generation family of Ryzen 3000 series processors built on TSMC's 7nm process technology, and already the newcomers appear to be making waves and ripples throughout the market.
June 21, 2019
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Intel Prepares To Graft Google'S Bfloat16 Onto Processors
Training deep neural networks is one of the more computationally intensive applications running in datacenters today. Arguably, training these models is even more compute-demanding than your average physics simulation using HPC. Nevertheless, deep learning has rather different hardware requirements than that of conventional high performance computing.
July 15, 2019
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Intel processors hit with another serious security flaw impacting millions of PCs
Researchers say the security flaw, which works similarly to the Meltdown and Spectre attacks discovered last year, affects Intel CPUs going back to 2008.
May 14, 2019
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Intel processors hit with another serious security flaw impacting millions of PCs
Researchers say the security flaw, which works similarly to the Meltdown and Spectre attacks discovered last year, affects Intel CPUs going back to 2008.
May 14, 2019
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Intel Publishes Plans to Wind Down Shipments of 7th Gen Core "Skylake-X" HEDT Processors
With Intel's announcement this week that they will be releasing a new generation of Core X-series high-end desktop (HEDT) processors this fall, the company has also begun working on their plans to phase out the previous generation of HEDT processors.
May 31, 2019
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Intel Qualifying 10nm Ice Lake CPUs, Expects First Full-Year Revenue Decrease In Three Years
Intel reported its first quarter 2019 results today and gave yet another update on the progress of its 10nm production. Intel CEO Bob Swan stated the company is on track with its 10nm production, saying its 10nm products are moving through the fab at twice the rate, and the company forecasts higher 10nm production in 2019 than previously planned.
April 25, 2019
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Intel Readies New Stepping of 9th Gen Core Processors
ASUS and GIGABYTE have issued BIOS updates for their Intel 300-series chipsets-based motherboards that enable the platforms to work with Intel's upcoming 9th Gen Core processors featuring a new stepping. The new CPUs will reportedly be available in the coming weeks.
March 26, 2019
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Intel Readies Performance Maximizer To Rival AMD Ryzen Master
Intel announced at its annual Computex keynote its soon-to-be-released Intel Performance Maximizer (IPM) overclocking software, which automatically overclocks your Intel 9th-generation unlocked processor.
May 28, 2019
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Intel Releases Compute Express Link (CXL) 1.0, New Interconnect Protocol that Enables PCIe gen 5.0
Intel has been working on CXL, short for Compute Express Link gen 1, for over four years new. This new interconnect protocol was donated to a new consortium of tech companies for release as a the CXL 1.0 standard.
March 12, 2019
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Intel Replies To 10nm Process Node Cancellation Rumors: "We Are Making Good Progress on 10nm"
Intel has officially posted a reply to the cancellation reports of their 10nm process, spread by certain media outlets. According to Intel, the reports are untrue and they are still making good progress when it comes to 10nm.
October 23, 2018
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Intel reported to have a new 5GHz chip that's literally priceless
The chip has to be bought by OEMs in an auction.
January 15, 2019
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Intel Retires 6th-Generation Skylake CPUs
Intel launched its 6th-generation Skylake processors back in August 2015. After a four-year run, the Santa Clara chipmaker is finally wheeling the 14nm chips into the retirement home.
March 5, 2019
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Intel Retires Skylake-X Processors, New Models Coming
According to its latest Product Change Notification (PCN) document, Intel has decided it's time to retire its Skylake-X (SKL-X) processors, which debuted just two years ago. The move comes as Intel gears up to deliver its next-gen Core X-Series processors that it announced during its Computex keynote.
May 30, 2019
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Intel Reveals Clock Speeds, GPU Specs for 10nm Ice Lake Mobile SoCs
Last week, Intel announced that it had begun shipping 10nm Ice Lake CPUs to its OEM customers to support a holidays 2019 launch. Today, the company is sharing more details about Ice Lake and the new chips it will launch on 10nm later this year. The company has been revealing details about Ice Lake and its architecture, Sunny Cove, since Architecture Day last winter. As "Holidays 2019" draws closer, we're starting to find out more information.
August 1, 2019
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Intel Reveals New Xeon CPUs, E-2100 and Cascade Lake Advanced Performance
These are probably not the processors you will be using in your next build, unless you are putting together a workstation or servers. Intel has shown off what it will be offering next from its Xeon line of CPUs, with the Xeon E-2100 targeting entry-level severs and the Cascade Lake Advance Performance platform aiming much higher.
November 5, 2018
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Intel says 10nm chips still on track, despite report they're canceled
Intel's new chips are supposed to launch in 2019
October 22, 2018
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Intel shows off Xeon Platinum CPU with up to 56 cores and 112 threads
Intel's latest datacenter chips are here
April 2, 2019
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Intel Shows PCI Express 4.0 Means Nothing For Gamers
PCI Express 4.0 is getting ready to debut when AMD releases Ryzen 3000 series 'Zen 2' processors alongside the new AM4 platform using the AMD X570 chipset. AMD's upcoming Radeon 5700 series of graphics cards powered by the Navi GPU will also be the first to support PCIe 4.0.
June 10, 2019
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Intel Shows That Their 9th Gen Core CPU Lineup Is Faster Than AMD Ryzen 3000 In Everything Except Cinebench -- Shows 'Real Usage' Performance Tests
Remember back at Computex 2019 when Intel mentioned that they would be using real-world performance benchmarks to test their processors against competitor products, well, the company has just released several slides showing how their 9th Gen lineup is faster and better in everything except Cinebench.
August 23, 2019
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Intel Stands Behind Controversial Tests That Favored Its CPU Over AMD's
It's a basic rule of benchmarking. When you're comparing two competing products, you need to make all the testing conditions -- especially the settings -- as similar as possible. Otherwise, you're just comparing apples to crab apples, which is what may have happened in a recent benchmark report that showed Intel's new Core i9-9900K outperforming AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X in several games.
October 9, 2018
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Intel Starts Qualification of Ice Lake CPUs, Raises 10nm Volume Expectation for 2019
During its Q1 earnings call, Intel provided an update regarding its 10 nm process technology as well as the ramp up of its Ice Lake-U processor for notebooks, which is the company's first 10 nm design that will be mass produced and broadly available. Qualification for the new processors has already started, so systems based on Ice Lake-U will be available by the holidays, as promised.
April 25, 2019
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Intel Steps Up The Marketing Game With Leaked 9th Generation Core i9 Packaging
The packaging of Intel's upcoming 9th generation processors has leaked out and it is, well, very bright. AMD upped the ante on the packaging game with their beautifully designed Threadripper (and even Ryzen) boxes and it looks like Intel took note because this particular design is a (positive) divergence from their usual box-y philosophy.
October 1, 2018
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Intel stockpiling 10nm chips, warns that 14nm shortages will continue
After years of problems, the company has finally had some good news about 10nm.
April 26, 2019
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Intel Submits Final Batch Of Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 5.4 - Growing Tiger Lake
After having been submitting various feature updates to DRM-Next the past few weeks of new graphics driver feature code to introduce in Linux 5.4, a final pull request was sent in today with the remaining feature work slated for this next version of the Linux kernel.
August 23, 2019
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Intel Switches to a "Data Center First" Strategy with 7nm
Intel traditionally released new CPU microarchitectures and new silicon fabrication nodes with the client segment, and upon observing some degree of maturity with both, graduated them to the enterprise segment. With its homebrew 7 nanometer silicon fabrication process that takes flight in 2021, Intel will flip its roadmap execution strategy, by going "Data Center First."
May 9, 2019
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Intel Talks Up Xeon Cascade Lake Performance - Up To 48 Cores, 12 DDR4 Channels
Intel has reaffirmed shipping their next-gen Xeon "Cascade Lake" processors in the first half of 2019 while revealing today some initial performance details.
November 5, 2018
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Intel "Tiger Lake" Architecture Combines Willow Cove CPU Cores and Xe iGPU
Even as Intel banks on 10 nm "Ice Lake" to pull it out of the 14 nm dark ages, the company is designing a fascinating new monolithic processor SoC die that succeeds it. Codenamed "Tiger Lake," and slated to debut in 2020, this die packs "Willow Cove" CPU cores and an iGPU based on Intel's Xe architecture, not Gen11.
May 9, 2019
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Intel Tiger Lake CPUs With Willow Cove Cores To Feature A Major Cache Size Boost -- 50% Bigger L3 Cache Than Its Predecessors
Intel's Tiger Lake processors which arrive in 2020 will be featuring a major cache size boost as shown in a CPU dump posted by InstLatX64. Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs will be featuring the Willow Cove core architecture which is built on a refined 10nm process node and scheduled for a 2020 launch.
September 17, 2019
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Intel Tiger Lake Leak: 10nm CPU Benched at UserBenchmark
What appears to be a quad-core Tiger Lake (TGL) 10nm processor has been discovered in the UserBenchmark database, marking the upcoming CPU's first big leak.
July 30, 2019
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Intel Tiger Lake-U 4 Core, 8 Thread Processors With Gen 12, Xe GPUs Spotted -- Faster Than Core i7-8700K In Single-Core Tests at Just 3.6 GHz Clock
Early samples of Intel's Tiger Lake processors which arrive next year have been spotted in the user benchmark database. Planned for launch in 2020, Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs would introduce a brand new CPU core architecture and a new GPU architecture, aiming mobility platforms first.
August 19, 2019
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Intel to Cut Prices of its Desktop Processors by 15% in Response to Ryzen 3000
Intel is embattled in the client-segment desktop processor business, with AMD's imminent launch of its 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processors. Intel's 9th generation Core processors may lose their competitiveness to AMD's offerings, and are expected to get relieved by the company's "Ice Lake" desktop processors only in 2020.
June 21, 2019
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Intel to Increase Cores-to-the-Dollar Across the Board with Cascade Lake-X?
Intel is preparing to increase core-counts across the board with its upcoming Core X "Cascade Lake-X" HEDT processor family, launching next month. The first indication of this comes from an Intel slide that claims a 1.74 to 2.09x increase in performance-per-Dollar over "Skylake-X."
September 5, 2019
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Intel to Refresh its LGA2066 HEDT Platform This Summer?
Intel is rumored to refresh its high-end desktop (HEDT) platforms this Summer with new products based on the "Cascade Lake" microarchitecture. Intel now has two HEDT platforms, LGA2066 and LGA3647. The new "Cascade Lake-X" silicon will target the LGA2066 platform, and could see the light of the day by June, on the sidelines of Computex 2019.
March 12, 2019
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Intel to retake 'world's largest chipmaker' title back from Samsung as memory market declines
Other big memory suppliers could also be affected
March 11, 2019
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Intel to Support 128GB of DDR4 on Core 9th Gen Desktop Processors
One of today's announcements threw up an interesting footnote worthy of further investigation. With its latest products, HP announced that their mainstream desktop platforms would be shipped with up to 32GB of memory, which was further expandable up to 128GB. Intel has confirmed to us, based on new memory entering the market, that there will be an adjustment to the memory support of the latest processors.
October 15, 2018
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Intel Turns to Samsung in Order to Resolve CPU Shortage on the 14 nm Process
Intel has seemingly partnered with Samsung, one of the largest manufacturers of Integrated Circuits, in order to help reduce the CPU shortage currently affecting the PC market. It is the first time ever that Intel turned to Samsung for it's CPU manufacturing given that, historically, Intel's Client Computing Group (CCG) has always relied on Intel's internal fab to manufacture all of its components.
June 17, 2019
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Intel Unleashes 9th Generation 8-Core Mobile CPUs
Intel is announcing its new, 9th generation laptop processors today, in a surprisingly competitive strike for a company not generally known for dramatic product shuffles.
April 23, 2019
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Intel Unleashes Cascade Lake 3000-Series Xeon W CPUs
Intel has revealed the full Cascade Lake 3000-series Xeon W lineup for workstations. The announcement comes as Apple plans to employ the new processors in the company's renewed Mac Pro.
June 4, 2019
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Intel Unveils Full Desktop Coffee Lake Refresh Lineup
Six months after the original unveiling of the first Coffee Lake Refresh models, Intel finally released its full 9th-Gen lineup today. The bulked-up line of desktop chips comes with 26 new models that span the Core i9, i7, i5, i3, Pentium, and Celeron families, with ten low-power models sprinkled in for good measure.
April 23, 2019
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Intel Unveils "Lakefield" Heterogenous SoC and "Project Athena"
Intel today unveiled a killer new product with which it hopes to bring about as big a change to mobile computing as Ultrabook did some eight years ago. This effort is a combination of a new mobile computing form-factor codenamed "Project Athena," and an SoC at its heart, codenamed "Lakefield." Put simply, "Lakefield" is a 10 nm SoC that's integrated much in the same way as today's ARM SoCs, which combine IP from various vendors onto a single PoP (package-over-package) Foveros die.
January 7, 2019
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Intel Unveils More Cascade Lake-AP 48 Core Xeon CPU Performance Numbers -- Up To 3.4X Faster Than AMD EPYC 32 Core CPU
Intel has unveiled more performance numbers of their upcoming Xeon class, Cascade Lake-AP or Advanced Performance processors. The new processors were announced by Intel last week when they promised to give out more details at Supercomputing 18. It looks like Intel is now presenting us with even more details, although most of it was actually announced last week.
November 12, 2018
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Intel unveils Pohoiki Beach: a chip cluster that mimics the human brain
The system has the capacity of a zebrafish brain
July 16, 2019
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Intel Unveils Specs for 9th-Gen H-Series CPUs
Intel today posted an official document online revealing the chipmaker's upcoming 9th-generation Intel Core H-series processors. The list of previously unannounced chips span from mid-range Core i5 models up to high-end Core i9 models.
February 15, 2019
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Intel Xeon Cascade Lake-W CPUs Specifications Leaked
Chinese forum user Sharkbay, who previously leaked Intel's Comet Lake processors, has posted the purported specifications for the chipmaker's forthcoming Xeon W 3000-series workstation processors.
May 7, 2019
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Intel Xeon Cooper Lake To Offer Up To 56 Cores Per Socket Next Year
Intel decided today to reveal a few new details about their Xeon "Cooper Lake" processors due out in H1'2020.
August 6, 2019
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Intel Xeon E Six-Core Review: E-2186G, E-2176G, E-2146G, and E-2136 Tested
Despite having officially launched back in July, Intel's Xeon E desktop platform has yet to see the light of day in systems casually available to users or small businesses. This should change today, with the official embargo lift for reviews on the parts, as well as the announcement today that SGX-enabled versions are coming for Server use.
November 5, 2018
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Intel Xeon Update: Ice Lake and Cooper Lake Sampling, Faster Future Updates
Emerging workloads will require considerably higher performance, and in order to solve upcoming challenges Intel has adjusted its product roadmaps quite significantly. One of the key things that Intel confirmed during its Investor Meeting event this week is shortening its Xeon introduction cadence from 18-24 months down to 12-15 months, thus accelerating its server CPU roadmap.
May 9, 2019
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Intel Xeon W-3175X to Lack STIM, Retain Thermal Paste for IHS
Soldered thermal interface material, or STIM, has been one of Intel's key feature-additions to its high-end 9th generation Core i7 and Core i9 processors. Besides higher clock-speeds, STIM is the only feature that sets its refreshed Core X 9000-series family apart from Core X 7000-series.
October 15, 2018
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Intel: Achieved 10nm HVM with Ice Lake Mobility SOC -- 2x AI Performance, Gen 11 Graphics and Thunderbolt 3
Intel has unveiled its Ice Lake mobility SOC which has achieved high volume manufacturing (or HVM) on the 10nm process -- which is great news for enthusiasts because it means you will finally be able to get their hands on an Intel 10nm powered product -- en masse. The Ice Lake SOC is based on the Sunny Cove architecture which already offers significant improvements over Skylake.
January 7, 2019
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Intel: EUV-Enabled 7nm Process Tech is on Track
Originally planned to enter mass production in the second half of 2016, Intel's 10 nm process technology is still barely used by the company today. Currently the process is used to produce just a handful of CPUs, ahead of an expected ramp to high-volume manufacturing (HVM) only later in 2019. Without a doubt, Intel suffered delays on its 10 nm process by several years, significantly impacting the company's product lineup and its business.
December 6, 2018
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Intel: CPU Shortage Will Extend Into Q3 2019
First, Intel doesn't expect its CPU shortage to end in Q2 as originally expected. Intel CEO Bob Swan had this to say:
April 26, 2019
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Intel: CPU Shortages Will Persist Throughout Q3 2019
Although Intel invested some additional $1.5 billion to boost its 14 nm fab output last year, it looks like its supply problems are not going to be solved until the second half of this year. The company admitted on Thursday during its earnings conference call that supply challenges will persist throughout the third quarter.
April 26, 2019
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Intel's 9th Gen Core Gaming Benchmarks Flawed and Misleading
At its 9th Generation Core processor launch extravaganza earlier this week, Intel posted benchmark numbers to show just how superior its processors are to AMD 2nd generation Ryzen "Pinnacle Ridge." PC enthusiasts worth their salt were quick to point out that Intel's numbers are both flawed and misleading as they misrepresent both test setups - by optimizing Intel processors beyond their out-of-the-box performance, and by running AMD processors with sub-optimal settings.
October 9, 2018
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Intel's 9th Gen CPUs Are Still Hard to Find at Retail
When Intel launched the Core i9-9900K last week, some readers argued that evaluating the CPU at a $480 price was a mistake, because it had turned out to be both difficult to find at that price and difficult to find in-stock, period.
October 26, 2018
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Intel's 9th Generation Low Power Mobility Processors Leaked By Lenovo -- Core i7-9550U Is The Flagship
Intel may soon be introducing new 9th Generation mobility processors aiming the low power segment. In a product datasheet posted by Lenovo, the company has revealed the three chips which are expected to arrive under the 9th Generation branding.
November 26, 2018
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Intel's 9th-gen Core i7-9700K abandons Hyper-Threading: What it could mean for performance
Intel's 9th-gen gives the Core i7 a demotion in threads, but a promotion in actual cores.
October 9, 2018
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Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake and Core i3-8121U Deep Dive Review
Anyone interested in leading edge semiconductors knows that Intel is late with its newest manufacturing process. The '10nm' node was first announced in 2014, to be released in 2016. While officially 'shipping for revenue' by 31 December 2017, the only way we knew to get hold of an Intel 10nm x86 CPU was if you happened to be a Chinese school and work with a specific distributor to buy a specific laptop.
January 25, 2019
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Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake Core i3-8121U Finally Gets a Review
One of the curious things about Intel's 10nm delays and product ramp announcements is that the company already has one 10nm part on the market. This isn't any secret -- we covered the news months ago -- but we typically stop talking about a manufacturer's process as upcoming once they're actually shipping hardware.
January 28, 2019
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Intel's 10nm Ice Lake CPUs, 5G solutions offer greater performance and security
After many production issues, Intel finally released another processor built on 10nm designs, and made moves in the 5G modem and base station market.
January 8, 2019
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Intel's 14-Core i9-9990XE Auctioned for $2,300, More Benchmarks Posted
Courtesy of Puget Systems, we're slowly learning more about Intel's 14-core Core i9-9990XE. This new processor is certainly a rare breed of the company's highest performing silicon, but it doesn't even have a publicly listed product sheet. That's because Intel has only made the processor available to key OEMs in a secret online auction, with the prize chips going to the highest bidder.
February 14, 2019
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Intel's 48-core Cascade Lake has arrived and here's why it matters
Intel has announced a 48-core CPU for data centers, but the most impressive feature brings enhanced performance to database applications.
November 5, 2018
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Intel's Cascade Lake With DL Boost Goes Head to Head with Nvidia's Titan RTX in AI Tests
For the past few years, Intel has talked up its Cascade Lake servers with DL Boost (also known as VNNI, Vector Neural Net Instructions). These new capabilities are a subset of AVX-512 and are intended to specifically accelerate CPU performance in AI applications. Historically, many AI applications have favored GPUs over CPUs.
August 5, 2019
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Intel's Cascade Lake-X CPUs Might Use 10000-Series Branding, Support More RAM and PCIe 3.0 Lanes
Asus might have just accidentally leaked Intel's upcoming Cascade Lake-X (CSL-X) processors' branding on one of the company's brand-new X299 motherbooard product pages.
August 20, 2019
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Intel's Comet Lake-S Rumored to Pack 10 Cores, Debut on 14nm
In the wake of Intel's latest Core i9-9900K launch, there have been questions about just where the CPU market would go from here. As things stand, both AMD and Intel have rolled out eight-core/16-thread chips at the top of the desktop market.
November 27, 2018
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Intel's Comet Lake U&Y 495 Chipset Datasheet: x8 Link, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Support
Intel has published datasheet of its upcoming Intel 495-series chipsets revealing their key features. As it turns out, the family will feature two chipsets aimed at different types of premium laptops, one for Y series and one for U series.
September 23, 2019
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Intel's Cooper Lake, 56 Core / 112 Thread Socketed Xeon CPUs, Arriving in 2020 -- LGA 4189 Socket, 8 Channel Memory & Support For 10nm Ice Lake-SP on Whitley Platform
In their latest press release, which surprisingly comes a day before their competitor releases 7nm server chips, Intel has announced that they will be bringing out 56 core socketed processors with their 14nm Cooper Lake family, in 2020. The new Xeon chips will be accompanied by a completely new platform known as Whitley which will enable better I/O support and also allow compatibility on their future generation of Ice Lake Xeon CPUs based on the 10nm process node.
August 6, 2019
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Intel's Core i9-9900K CPU reviewed
One ring to rule them all
October 19, 2018
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Intel's Enterprise Extravaganza 2019: Launching Cascade Lake, Optane DCPMM, Agilex FPGAs, 100G Ethernet, and Xeon D-1600
Today is the big day in 2019 for Intel's Enterprise product announcements, combining some products that should be available from today and a few others set to be available in the next few months. Rather than go for a staggered approach, we have it all in one: processors, accelerators, networking, and edge compute. Here's a quick run-down of what's happening today, along with links to all of our deeper dive articles, our reviews, and announcement analysis.
April 2, 2019
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Intel's First 4.0 GHz Pentium: Pentium Gold G5620 Listed At Retail
A number of European retailers have started listing new Celeron and the Pentium Gold-branded processors, which indicates that the world's largest CPU supplier is about to formally announce the products. Topping the list of new processors is the Pentium G5620, which happens to be Intel's first Pentium-branded CPU clocked at 4 GHz.
February 19, 2019
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Intel's first 10nm Ice Lake CPUs revealed: here's your decoder ring
Because "Core i7-1068G7" rolls right off the tongue
August 1, 2019
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Intel's Gen11 Integrated Graphics Outperforms AMD's Vega 10 in Ashes of the Singularity
An anonymous user has tested one of Intel's upcoming quad-core Ice Lake processors with Gen11 (Generation 11) graphics with the popular Ashes of the Singularity (AoTS) benchmark tool. These results come on the heels of Intel's recent disclosure of more details of the Gen11 graphics architecture.
March 21, 2019
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Intel's IGP-less i9-9900KF, i7-9700KF CPUs First Listings Appear Above MSRP Pricing
Intel will be relasing IPG-less versions of their most popular desktop processors soon, if some retailers' listings of the CPUs are anything to go by. The i9-9900KF and i7-9700KF CPUs will bring about Intel's best-performing architecture to date in an integrated GPU-less package, which will allow the company to bring prices down for the end user.
January 28, 2019
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Intel's iGPU-Disabled Core i5-9400F Lands on Amazon
The Intel Core i5-9400F is among one of the several new 9th-generation Coffee Lake processors that were announced by Intel yesterday. The new hexa-core chip has gone up on Amazon for $208.38.
January 9, 2019
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Intel's Ice Lake CPU Naming Needs a Manual
I've been hung up on Intel's mobile naming conventions for quite awhile now, and I have bad news: the lineup of 10th Generation "Ice Lake" CPUs makes things even more confusing. Hell, you may even consider them hostile to average consumers.
August 1, 2019
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Intel's Keynote at CES 2019: 10nm, Ice Lake, Lakefield, Snow Ridge, Cascade Lake
This year it seems that Intel is finally ready to talk about 10nm. After next-to-nothing on the subject at CES 2018, Intel is now talking about three new processor families: Ice Lake, Lakefield, and Snow Ridge. Despite the naming, it looks like Intel might be coming in out of the cold -- to finally let it go -- and roadmaps on upcoming products are being discussed.
January 7, 2019
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Intel's latest Xeon server processors are now generally available
Intel's Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, introduces the company's latest server processors in San Francisco. (GeekWire Photo)
April 2, 2019
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Intel's Mesa Driver Now Supports Icelake Performance Counters
The latest bit of Icelake "Gen 11" graphics enablement for the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is supporting the performance counters/queries for exposing them through the OpenGL driver for the debugging/analyzing of performance bottlenecks.
April 1, 2019
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Intel's Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 Cores
Intel has announced a significant advance for its neuromorphic research processor, codenamed Loihi. The company has now scaled up its Loihi implementation to the 64-processor level, allowing it to create a system with more than 8M neurons (8.3M).
July 16, 2019
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Intel's new assault on the data center: 56-core Xeons, 10nm FPGAs, 100gig Ethernet
Intel wants to sell you more than just some CPUs for your servers.
April 2, 2019
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Intel's New Spectre-Like Flaw Affects Chips Made Since 2008
Intel clarified that it's not recommending everyone to disable Hyper-Threading, but that some of its customers should consider the option depending on their security needs:
May 14, 2019
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Intel's Ultra-Rare, Auction-Only Core i9-9990XE Gets Benchmarked
Intel and AMD have both been exploring just what kind of high-end chips the consumer market will bear in recent years, with high-profile updates and improvements to products like Threadripper and the Core X family, respectively. Intel's latest ultra-high-end chip, the 14-core Core i9-9990XE, isn't even available to OEMs via the traditional purchasing paths.
February 14, 2019
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Intel's upcoming Comet Lake CPUs to use 10000-series branding
New specs have leaked
April 30, 2019
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Intel's Xeon Cascade Lake versus NVIDIA Turing: An Analysis in AI
It seems like the new motto for Silicon Valley for the last few years has been "Data is the new oil," and for good reason. The number of companies employing machine learning-based AI technologies has exploded, and even a few years after all of this has kicked off in earnest, those numbers continue to grow. This form of AI is no longer just an academic thesis or curious research project, but instead machine learning has become an important part of the enterprise market, and the impact on enterprise hardware -- both purchasing and development -- would be difficult to overstate.
July 29, 2019
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Is AMD Ryzen 5 2600 a good CPU for Fallout 76?
Best answer: Yes, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is more than enough to handle Fallout 76.
December 13, 2018
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Is Intel thinking of hooking up with TSMC again?
It has been a while since Intel last used TSMC to fab some of their chips apart from some FPGA lines but rumours that DigiTimes have heard suggest that could change.
October 30, 2018
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Is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X good for gaming?
Best answer: While AMD traditionally lagged behind Intel in gaming, the latest 3000 series CPUs are matching Intel's processors when it comes to playing modern titles. You'll have no issue playing games on the Ryzen 5 3600X, so long as you match it with a good GPU.
July 8, 2019
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It's beginning to look a lot like multi-threaded CPUs, everywhere you go... Arm teases SMT Cortex-A65AE car brains
Robo-ride processor core acts a lot like Intel Hyper-Threading
December 18, 2018
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Itanium's demise approaches: Intel to stop shipments in mid-2021
Intel's grand adventure with smart compilers and dumb processors comes to an end.
February 1, 2019
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Knights Mill Spotted at Supercomputing
All the way back at Hot Chips 2017, we saw Intel launch its upgraded Xeon Phi processors, Knights Mill. These were updated versions of Knights Landing, using the same upgraded Silvermont x86 cores paired with AVX-512 units and MCDRAM, but focusing on variable length instructions for machine learning. Despite the launch way back when, we had not heard much about anyone using them. Until this past week, that is.
November 19, 2018
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Leak Shows AMD Epyc 7742 Slugging it Out With Intel Xeon Platinum 8280
AMD has kept details about its upcoming Epyc product family remarkably close to its chest. A recent leak (now deleted) at the publicly available Open Benchmarking database shows a tough competition between AMD's upcoming 7nm Epyc CPUs and Intel's equivalent Xeon products. Intel CEO Bob Swan has referred to AMD as offering increased competition in the back half of 2019, particularly in data center, so these figures aren't automatically surprising -- unless, of course, you remember the era just a few years ago when AMD's market share in servers was basically zero.
August 6, 2019
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Leaked benchmarks show the Snapdragon 8cx can rival Intel's i5-8250U
Windows 10 on ARM is getting better
September 3, 2019
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Leaked Intel roadmap shows its 10nm desktop CPUs won't arrive until 2022
But "limited" 10nm mobile processor parts will be here this year
April 26, 2019
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Lenovo Launches ThinkSystem SR635 & SR655 Servers with AMD's EPYC 'Rome' CPUs
Lenovo on Wednesday introduced its first servers based on AMD's EPYC 7002-series 'Rome' processors, which offer up to 64 cores and 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes. The single-socket ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 machines are designed for a wide variety of applications, including analytics, HPC, virtualized environments and scale-out software-defined storage.
August 8, 2019
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Lenovo Lists Intel Cascade Lake Xeon CPU Lineup
Coincidence or not, Intel made two processor announcements one day ahead of AMD's Next Horizon event. The Santa Clara chipmaker disclosed its intentions to expand the Xeon family of processors with the upcoming Cascade Lake-AP (Advanced Performance) and Xeon E-2100 entry-level processors.
November 12, 2018
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LGA 4189 is the Latest Socket for Intel's Next Generation of Xeon CPUs
TE Connectivity, the maker of various kinds of connectivity solutions for computer systems, has released its latest iteration of the LGA socket for the next generation of Xeon Scalable CPUs. Being validated by Intel, the LGA 4189-4 and LGA 4189-5 are going to power the next generation of 10 nm Xeon CPUs, based on the Ice Lake architecture, and up to 56-core 2nd generation Xeon Scalable CPUs.
September 3, 2019
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Linux lobby org joins with RISC-V bods to promote open chip spec
Two foundations find common cause promoting in populist processor plan
November 27, 2018
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LLVM/Clang 9.0 Merges Support For Intel "Cooperlake" CPU Target
The LLVM 9.0 compiler code in development along with the Clang 9.0 C/C++ front-end now have support for the -march=cooperlake target for optimizing the generated code for next-generation Intel Cooper Lake processors.
June 7, 2019
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Locked AMD Athlon 200GE Overclocked to 3.9 GHz With New MSI BIOS (Updated)
AMD responded to our queries, stating:"AMD has not unlocked and does not officially support overclocking of the Athlon 200GE. It would be best to inquire with MSI regarding BIOS functionality on the company's motherboard products."
November 30, 2018
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Managing 8 Rome CPUs in 1U: Cray's Shasta Direct Liquid Cooling
*After posting this news, we have recieved additional information from Cray that states that the top plate is not being used for CPUs, but for the Slingshot interconnect. As a result, the system supports only 8 CPUs in 1U. The text below has been changed to reflect this new information.
November 19, 2018
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MDS: The Newest Speculative Execution Side-Channel Vulnerability
Intel just disclosed a new speculative execution side-channel vulnerability in its processors similar to the existing Spectre/L1TF vulnerabilities. This new disclosure is called the Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS).
May 14, 2019
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MediaTek announces its own gaming chipsets, the Helio G90 and G90T
Today, MediaTek announced its first G-series chipset; the G stands for gaming, as is noted in the image above. Today's announcement is the Helio G90 series, including the G90 and G90T. They're both octa-core CPUs, combining ARM Cortex-A76 and Cortex-A55, along with a Mali-G76 GPU.
July 30, 2019
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MediaTek Announces New Helio G90 Series SoCs: Gaming Focused Mid-Range
Today MediaTek announces a new series in its product line-up: The new G-series starting off with the G90 and higher binned G90T. The new chips seemingly are a marketing exercise for MediaTek as it tries to battle again Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 7xx devices. The new G90 on paper very much looks like an update to the P90 which was announced late last year -- updating the CPU and GPU IP whilst also slightly improving the camera capabilities of the chip.
July 30, 2019
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MediaTek sets its sights on gamers with the Helio G90 and G90T
The Helio G90 and G90T feature Cortex A76 cores and several optimizations to deliver smooth gameplay.
July 30, 2019
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MediaTek targets gamers with new Helio G Series chipsets
An octa-core SoC mated to 10GB of RAM
July 30, 2019
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Next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to Deliver Breakthrough Platform Performance with up to 56 Processor Cores
Intel today announced its future Intel Xeon Scalable processor family (codename Cooper Lake) will offer customers up to 56 processor cores per socket and built-in AI training acceleration in a standard, socketed CPU as part of its mainline Intel Xeon Scalable platforms, with availability in the first half of 2020. The breakthrough platform performance delivered within the high-core-count Cooper Lake processors will leverage the capabilities built into the Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series, which today is gaining momentum among the world's most demanding HPC customers, including HLRN, Advania, 4Paradigm, and others.
August 6, 2019
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Meet the i9-9980XE
The new ~$2000 i9-9980XE is a refreshed Skylake chip, using Intel's 14-nm++ process, with 18 multithreaded cores running at 3GHz with a Boost clock of 4.4GHz. If you were to lift up the lid, you would find the same Solder Thermal Interface Material we saw in the last few releases so expect some brave soul to run delidding tests at some point in the near future.
November 13, 2018
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Microsoft: Intel's CPU Shortage Isn't a Big Deal
Microsoft said in January that Intel's ongoing CPU shortage was affecting Windows sales. The company's tune changed on Wednesday: It reportedly said on a call about its third-quarter earnings report that it's no longer concerned about the processor shortage affecting its primary markets.
April 25, 2019
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MIPS Processor ISA To Be Open-Sourced In 2019
Months after MIPS Technologies was acquired by Wave Computing, the company announced it's working on open-sourcing the MIPS processor instruction set architecture.
December 17, 2018
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MIT Develops DAWG System for Protecting Cached Data
At the beginning of the year, the technology security world got a significant wake up as vulnerabilities in speculative execution were publicly revealed. These attacks were called Meltdown and Spectre and since then, more have been discovered. Speculative execution is a performance increasing solution found within many CPU architectures that allows the processor to work ahead of the commands or data given to it, so when the command is sent or the data is ready, the answer can be provided.
October 19, 2018
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MIT Researches Find a New Way to Fix Spectre and Meltdown, Isolation Is Key
The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities have been a real nightmare throughout this year. Those affected were quick (maybe too much) to mitigate the problems with different solutions, but months later even the most recent Intel chips aren't completely safe. Hardware fixes only work for certain Meltdown variants, while the rest are still mitigated with firmware and OS updates that have certain impact on performance.
October 18, 2018
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Mobile Coffee Lake Sssssss leak
Lenovo let a secret out today, the model numbers of mobile Coffee Lake S chips, of which we have only officially seen desktop parts so far. The i7-9550U, i5-9250U and i3-9130U will be available in their new IdeaPad family and while Lenovo may have labelled them 8th gen, they are very obviously 9th gen parts; this could imply they are also build on their 14nm++.
November 27, 2018
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Modern CPUs Likely Permanently Haunted by Spectre Security Flaws
Ever since the Spectre and Meltdown series of security flaws were disclosed, there have been questions about just how secure the modern CPUs we use can be. At the same time, the difference in which companies were exposed to which specific attacks created confusion about just how to weigh the evidence.
February 19, 2019
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More AMD Zen Microarchitecture Tuning For Mesa Is Likely Ahead
Published back in September was some Mesa RadeonSI tuning for AMD Zen CPUs. That tuning to pin the application thread and driver execution thread to the same L3 cache benefits the Zen micro-architecture with its multiple core complexes (CCX). That code was merged a short time later unconditionally but it looks like that behavior needs to be refined for delivering maximum performance.
November 8, 2018
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Morpheus Processor Claims to Be 'Unhackable'
Have you ever wondered if we're living in a bad action movie? We didn't used to, but the University of Michigan's recent announcement of an "unhackable" processor architecture has us second-guessing ourselves, especially since they decided to name it Morpheus. That seems like the kind of thing that leads to villainous plots only Keanu Reeves can solve.
May 6, 2019
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MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti VENTUS XS and TU116 GPU pictured
We have an exclusive first look at GeForce GTX 1660 Ti from MSI.
February 14, 2019
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MSI Releases BIOS Updates For New Intel 9th Gen 'KF' CPUs
Today, MSI launched BIOS updates for its Z390, Z370, H370, B360, B365, and H310 motherboards to house seven new 9th-generation Intel Core processors that were announced in Intel's post-keynote press release. The list of newly supported processors includes the Intel Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, Core i5-9600KF, Core i5-9400, Core i5-9400F, Core i3-9350KF, and Core i3-8100F.
January 8, 2019
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Naples, Rome, Milan, Zen 4: An Interview with AMD CTO, Mark Papermaster
At AMD's Next Horizon event this week, the company disclosed for the first time the layout of its next generation EPYC processor, the new Vega Radeon Instinct datacenter compute accelerators, as well as a strong confidence that its execution on 7nm will be a big win. If there's anyone at AMD prepared to talk about execution, it's the Chief Technology Officer and SVP of Technology and Engineering, Mark Papermaster.
November 12, 2018
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Nein, Zeneration 3 is best
If the rumours The Inquirer are helping spread are true then AMD really does believe the third time's the charm. The new series of Ryzen 3000 chips will use Zen 2 cores and will follow Intel's addition of a 9 series, though the quoted price of £400 for the Ryzen 9 3850X is a lot more attractive than Intel's pricing.
December 6, 2018
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Never mind the 7nm chips, let Intel show your their perfected 10nm
If physically imposing 7nm chips aren't your thing, Intel did present their keynote yesterday which partially focused on their upcoming 10nm chips but once again included a refresh of your Coffee. As far as actual products go, they announced a half dozen chips with a new suffix , i9-9900KF, i7-9700KF, i5-9600KF, i5-9400, i5-9400F and i3-9350KF.
January 9, 2019
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New AMD-Powered Supercomputers Unleash Discovery and Accelerate Innovation
At SC18, AMD is showcasing the impact of AMD EPYC™ Processors and AMD Radeon Instinct™ GPU accelerators in the supercomputing industry with new customers and new products.
November 13, 2018
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New details of Coffee Lake Refresh's low-power T-series CPUs arrive
All the chips have 35W TDPs
April 16, 2019
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New Google Patch Reduces Spectre Performance Impact to 'Noise'
When news of Spectre and Meltdown broke in January, end users were significantly concerned by the idea that patching these issues could come with a side dish of substantial performance penalties.
October 22, 2018
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New Intel (9th Gen?) Processors Leaked, Core i7-9550U Will Replace Core i7-8565U
The specsheet of a Lenovo IdeaPad S530-13IWL has allowed us to know the existence of the new Intel 9000 series mobile CPUs. These are the Core i7-9550U, i5-9250U and i3-9130U. The laptop datasheet, spotted on Twitter by @momomo_us, confirms new members of that family , with "IWL" at the end of the model name meaning "Intel Whiskey Lake", a family launched last October with the Core i7-8565U, Core i5-8265U and Core i3-8145U.
November 26, 2018
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New Intel Desktop Roadmap Leak Still Shows No 10nm CPUs Through 2020
Last week, we covered the leak of an Intel roadmap for both its mobile and commercial client parts. The headline event was the general lack of 10nm silicon for desktop, which didn't appear to pop up in non-mobile systems through the end of 2021.
April 30, 2019
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New Intel Core i9-9990XE Sheds Cores in Favor of High Clock Speeds, Benchmarked
Intel is giving final touches to a new socket LGA2066 high-end desktop processor with an interesting model number for its specifications. The new Core i9-9990XE is positioned above the current flagship i9-9980XE. Normally you'd expect it to be the same 18-core "Skylake-X" chip with a speed-bump, however, the i9-9990XE is a unique proposition. It sheds cores in favor of significantly higher clock-speeds than the i9-9980XE.
February 11, 2019
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New Intel CPU Flaw Exploits Hyper-Threading to Steal Encrypted Data
A team of security researchers has discovered another serious side-channel vulnerability in Intel CPUs that could allow an attacker to sniff out sensitive protected data, like passwords and cryptographic keys, from other processes running in the same CPU core with simultaneous multi-threading feature enabled.
November 5, 2018
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New RIDL and Fallout Attacks Impact All Modern Intel CPUs
Multiple security researchers have released details about a new class of speculative execution attacks against most modern Intel processors. Called data-sampling attacks, they are different from and more dangerous than Meltdown, Spectre and their variations because they can leak data from CPU buffers, which is not necessarily present in caches.
May 14, 2019
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New Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 Family
AMD's Ryzen 7 3000 family dropped earlier this week, delivering a body blow to Intel's entire high-end product stack. The Ryzen 9 3900X destroys the Core i9-9900K's performance at $500, while the $329 Ryzen 7 3700X is narrowly faster than the 9900K in most workloads, at 66 percent the price.
July 11, 2019
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New speculative execution bug leaks data from Intel chips' internal buffers
Intel-specific vulnerability was found by researchers both inside and outside the company.
May 14, 2019
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New SplitSpectre-Attack; Windows Retpoline Spectre Mitigation
Researchers discover an new Spectre-like CPU attack, called SplitSpectre. And Microsoft has published an article about Windows Retpoline Spectre Mitigation.
December 7, 2018
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New Utility Can Double AMD Threadripper 2990WX Performance
AMD's 32-core 2990WX Threadripper CPU has always been a bit of an uncertain proposition. While undeniably fast in certain scenarios, the chip has marked performance regressions in other tests, and doesn't always outperform the 16-core Threadripper 2950X. Now, there's a utility, CorePrio, that can be used to restore much of the 2990WX's missing performance under Windows 10.
January 3, 2019
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No, AMD Hasn't Quit Making Reference 5700 and 5700 XT GPUs
There's an odd rumor going around that AMD has killed off its reference RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT GPU designs, or that it intends to do so once AIB's custom cards are in-market. It started with French site Cowcatland, which ran the following headline:
August 13, 2019
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NTT DATA Deploys AMD EPYC Processors, Boosts Performance for its Financial Systems
AMD EPYC™ processors deliver price-performance advantage and high core density for NTT DATA customers and financial services
March 26, 2019
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Nvidia AGX Xavier puts the brains in autonomous robots
A lot of talk around here revolves around powerful parts suitable for your latest personal computer, phone, workstation, or server. That list doesn't cover all the use cases for a juicy, tasty chunk of processing power. Enter the latest member in the company's Jetson family of "system-on-modules," the Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier.
December 14, 2018
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Nvidia 'brings CUDA to Arm' -- Translation: We're still doing a thing we've already done but now doing more of it
Woulda, CUDA, shoulda
June 17, 2019
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Nvidia Brings CUDA To Arm For Energy-Efficient Exascale Supercomputers
Working With Arm To Provide An Open Architecture For Supercomputing
June 17, 2019
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Nvidia pushes ARM supercomputing
ARM CPUs? In my supercomputer? It's more likely than you think.
June 17, 2019
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Nvidia Supercharges ARM HPC Deployments
Nvidia has announced that it will bring full support for its High Performance Computing (HPC) stack to ARM CPUs, making them full peers relative to Power and x86 chips, both of which are already supported. This should be of tremendous benefit to any companies that want to break into HPC with an ARM-based architecture, given how important Nvidia has become to the high-end computing space.
June 18, 2019
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NVMM Is NetBSD's New Hypervisor For Intel / AMD CPUs
Not to be confused with NVMe or any other memory/storage tech, NetBSD's NVMM is a new hypervisor that has been in-development the past half-year for Intel/AMD x86-64 processors and will premiere with the NetBSD 9.0 release.
April 9, 2019
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Official Overclocking: Intel's Performance Maximizer reviewed
16 GB of overclocking tools?
June 24, 2019
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One-Click Overclocking With The Intel Performance Maximizer
A Simple, Easy, And Effective Tool For Automated Overclocking, But Only For A Select Few Processors
June 18, 2019
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OnePlus 7 launches with a Snapdragon 855, a 48MP camera, and stereo speakers
OnePlus held a launch event for its 7 series of products, and, depending on your region, it had a lot to show. The most widely available device is the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the company also announced a 5G variant of that smartphone for the UK. To round out the smartphone announcements, there's also the OnePlus 7, the cheapest of the 7 series family.
May 14, 2019
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OpenRISC Port Revised For GCC, Still Trying To Be Mainlined Soon
The GCC steering committee decided earlier this year they will accept the OpenRISC port for this processor ISA while the patches for it are still being prepped.
November 7, 2018
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Opinion: AMD's gamble now paying off
Aggressively going after leading-edge 7nm CPUs, GPUs and pursuing a chiplet strategy
June 11, 2019
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Optimizing Memory Access With CPU Cache
Learn more about how you can optimize memory access with CPU cache.
April 9, 2019
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Our picks for the best gaming CPUs of late 2018
Plus advice on choosing the best CPU for you
October 26, 2018
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Overclockers UK Launch £33,000 Custom Liquid-Cooled Twin System PC
Today Overclocker's UK has announced the launch of its latest update to the Orion X hyper-premium custom PC. Complete with bespoke milled acrylic flow plates, two separate systems, and a spec list longer than your arm. This true beast of a machine comes packed with some of the latest and greatest hardware out there, all of which is then hand built and custom overclocked, by Ian "8Pack" Parry, ex world record holding overclocker and system builder.
February 22, 2019
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Passive cooling with Intel's Core i9-9900K CPU
Can you passively cool a Core i9-9900K?
March 12, 2019
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PCPartPicker Reveals AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU Packaging
PCPartPicker, a price history and comparison website, has uploaded the box art for the upcoming AMD Ryzen 3000-series, codenamed Matisse, desktop CPUs.
July 1, 2019
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PCWorld's July Digital Magazine: AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X
Enjoy the best of PCWorld.com in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS.
July 2, 2019
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Pentium Sans Graphics: Intel's Pentium Gold G5600F Listed
Numerous retailers this week have started to list a rather odd microprocessor, the Intel Pentium Gold G5600F. The latest Pentium targets entry-level PCs, yet it does not feature an integrated graphics core. The CPU is projected to be available in the near future, but for the moment many details yet have to be revealed.
February 22, 2019
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PGI 18.10 Compiler Benchmarks Against GCC 8.2, LLVM Clang 7.0
Given the recently release of the PGI 18.10 Community Edition compiler by NVIDIA, I was curious to see how the performance on the CPU is looking for this proprietary compiler on Linux. For those curious as well, here are some benchmarks of the PGI 18.10 C/C++ compiler against the GCC 8.2.0 and LLVM Clang 7.0 open-source compilers.
December 20, 2018
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PiSMA
Parallel computer architecture, called PiSMA: Parallel vIrtually Shared Memory Architecture.
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Playing Chicken: Kentucky Fried Intel Core i9-9900KFC Processor Listed
If every letter has a special meaning for a feature in a product, and a product portfolio offers a mix and match of those features, then eventually a combination of letters will end up with a secondary meaning. Today we're seeing the beginning of the Kentucky Fried version of Intel: in the latest changelog to AIDA64, a well-known utility for system identification and testing, the company behind the software has added in the hooks and details for the Core i9-9900KFC.
February 15, 2019
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Possible 3rd-gen Ryzen Threadripper appears in Geekbench, beats 2990WX by 35%
Will the Zen 2-based HEDT chips arrive next month?
August 15, 2019
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Possible 12-Core Third-Gen Ryzen 'Matisse' CPU Pops up in UserBenchmark Database
There's been plenty of speculation that AMD's new 7nm third-gen Ryzen processors could come equipped with more than the eight cores the company showed off at its recent CES keynote, and prolific database-detective TUM_APISAK's discovery of a 12-core 24-thread AMD engineering sample in the UserBenchmark database will certainly further the theory.
January 24, 2019
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PowerVR Series3NX Neural Network Accelerator Announced
Imagination Technologies has just announced the Series3NX line of Neural Network Accelerator (NNA) architectures. These products are designs that can be licensed by system-on-a-chip (SoC) manufacturers to include in their designs. The previous design, Series2NX, has seen some design wins, which Imagination claims is "predominantly focused in the mobile and automotive markets".
December 4, 2018
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Pre-binned Ryzen 3000 CPU listings reveal the limits of AMD overclocking potential
Put down your liquid nitrogen.
August 15, 2019
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Prices Leak for Intel's Monster 28-Core Xeon W-3175X CPU
Last year at Computex, Intel debuted an overclocked 5GHz 28-core Xeon CPU. It was always obvious that the CPU was more of a demonstration model than an actual shipping product -- the 1.2kW cooler that Intel had to use to hit those kinds of clock speeds was a sign that 5GHz was a bit out of the conventional operating frequency range for this CPU.
December 18, 2018
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Production of AMD Vega-Powered SMACH Z Gaming Handheld to Begin in 2019
A crowdfunding campaign of lengthy duration (originally known as the SteamBoy in 2014 before the name first changed to the Smach Zero the following year) the handheld gaming device now known as the SMACH Z is finally slated for production early next year as reported by ComputerBase (German language), according to an update for crowdfunding backers posted by the company.
November 19, 2018
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Programming the ESP32 With an ARM Cortex-M USB CDC Gateway
The Espressif ESP32 devices are everywhere.
September 23, 2019
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Puget Systems Lists Intel Core i9-9990XE Specs, Explores Cooling
Custom system builder Puget Systems has acquired a sample of the still-not-announced, limited edition Intel Core i9-9990XE processor. Matt Bach, the company's Senior Labs Technician, praised the processor's performance but noted that the chip runs hotter than the other X-series offerings.
February 7, 2019
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Qualcomm 8cx SoC steps up for the next Always Connected PCs
You may remember the Always Connected PCs we talked up a while ago. Those lean notebooks promised competent computing performance paired with constant cellular connectivity and particularly long battery life. Those machines were based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835--in other words, a smartphone SoC for laptop work. Qualcomm has now decided to up the ante with its next designed-for-laptops chip, the Snapdragon 8cx.
December 6, 2018
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Qualcomm aims straight at Intel with 8cx chip, its first CPU for PCs
The 7nm processor is designed specifically for Windows 2-in-1s.
December 6, 2018
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Qualcomm Announces Inference Accelerator Cloud AI 100 for Data Center
In quite a major bit of news today, Qualcomm announced that it is entering the cloud AI inference processing market. As part of the company's AI Day, it announced the 7nm Cloud AI 100 chip aimed at bringing the company's power efficiency expertise in the mobile space to the data center. Qualcomm designed the new chip for Tier 1 and Tier 2 cloud players and claims a 10x improvement in inference performance compared to the best solutions available.
April 9, 2019
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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8cx 5G, including a Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G Windows 10 PCs
In December at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit, the company announced the Snapdragon 8cx, the first 7nm mobile PC chipset. Meant to compete with a 15W Intel Core i5, it's the first chipset that Qualcomm has made that's built from the ground up for Windows 10 PCs.
February 25, 2019
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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 665 & 730 Platforms: 11 & 8nm
Today at Qualcomm's AI Day in San Francisco we saw the reveal of the new Snapdragon 665 and Snapdragon 730 SoCs and platforms. The new chipsets represent updates to Qualcomm's mid-range and upper-mid-range line-up in the 600 and 700 series. In the last year we've seen Qualcomm be particularly active in these segments, pushing out new platforms in extremely quick fashion.
April 9, 2019
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Qualcomm Announces the Cloud AI 100: Dedicated Power-Efficient AI Processing for the Cloud
Last year, several models of Qualcomm's mobile chipsets gained AI acceleration capabilities. Now, Qualcomm is leveraging its custom hardware and networking expertise to introduce a new solution for dedicated cloud-based AI processing. The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 is a custom hardware solution for cloud AI inference workloads.
April 9, 2019
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Qualcomm exec confirms that it's working on a lower-end PC chipset
At Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in December, the firm announced the Snapdragon 8cx platform. Meant to compete with an Intel Core i5, the company also promised that Snapdragon 850 PCs would continue to ship, to hit lower price points.
June 4, 2019
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Qualcomm launches 9205 chipset for IoT, wearables, and smart cities
The new modem is intended for vendors creating IoT applications suitable for LPWAN networks.
December 17, 2018
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Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 655, 730, 730G Processors Focused on AI, Imaging, and Gaming
Alongside its new dedicated AI initiatives, Qualcomm today has announced an update to its mid-range mobile platforms. Representing a step down from its flagship 800-series parts, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, 730, and 730G platforms aim to offer improved gaming, AI processing, photo and video imaging, and networking.
April 9, 2019
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Qualcomm pits its Snapdragon 8cx against Intel's i5 8250U in benchmarks
And reveals Project Limitless, the first 5G-enabled always-on laptop
May 28, 2019
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Is the First 7nm Chip for Notebooks, 60% More Efficient Than Snapdragon 850, Support for 16GB LPDDR4X RAM
If you were clamoring to see Qualcomm's 'Snapdragon 1000', it is finally here but with a different name, the Snapdragon 8cx. Being the industry's first 7nm chip designed for notebook computers, the new SoC should deliver astounding levels of performance and command improved efficiency.
December 6, 2018
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: New CPU Cluster, 7TOPS Engine & 4K Bokeh!
At Day 2 of its Tech Summit in Hawaii, Qualcomm revealed important details for the Snapdragon 855. The SoC, when combined with the X50 modem and antennas will deliver 5G internet connectivity to devices utilizing the Snapdragon 855 platform in 2019.
December 6, 2018
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Qualcomm Snapdragon SM6150 gets benchmarked with octa-core setup
The mid-range Snapdragon 670 made its debut in early August and was quickly followed by the Snapdragon 675 in October. But if a recent benchmark appearance is anything to go by, Qualcomm could be preparing yet another mid-range chipset.
December 6, 2018
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Qualcomm Tech Summit, Day 3: Snapdragon 8cx, the New ACPC SoC
For the final day of Qualcomm's 3rd Annual Tech Summit, the focus is on its Always Connected PC (ACPC) platform. This is Qualcomm's attempt to bring mobile processors to standard laptops by enabling Windows on Snapdragon devices. So far we have seen two generations of processors, both based on the preceding mobile chip for flexibility. Now Qualcomm has announced that the ACPC market will get its own dedicated chip, called the Snapdragon 8cx. Here's what we know.
December 6, 2018
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Qualcomm unveils 7nm Snapdragon 8cx chip for Windows PCs
The first Windows 10 PCs to ship with ARM processors featured Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. It was one of the fastest smartphone chips when it hit the streets in 2017, but it was still pretty pokey by Windows PC standards.
December 6, 2018
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Qualcomm unveils new mid-tier chipsets, the 730, 730G and 665
Qualcomm has announced an array of new chipsets for mobile devices, aimed at the mid-tier segment of the market. The three new members of the Snapdragon family are part of the 6 and 7 series of chipsets, where the former is Qualcomm's traditional mid-range offering and the latter is the new premium mid-tier range that was introduced last year with the Snapdragon 710.
April 9, 2019
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Qualcomm wins Apple patent case, loses Apple patent case, wins Apple patent case, loses Apple patent case...
Time to revisit the idea of patent portfolio as nuclear deterrence?
March 18, 2019
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Qualcomm's 'extreme' Snapdragon 8cx processor for Windows 10 can handle dual 4K displays
The most 'extreme' Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm is coming, and it's only for Windows 10.
December 6, 2018
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Qualcomm's new mid-range Snapdragon 730G targets mobile gamers
Snapdragon 730G-equipped devices will arrive by mid-2019
April 9, 2019
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7cx Expected to Be Found in Cheaper Notebooks to Help Fuel the Windows 10 on ARM Platform
Qualcomm, which is mainly known for making chipsets and modems for smartphones, now wants a slice of the PC market. To ensure this, the chipmaker revealed a dedicated PC chip called the Snapdragon 8cx last year, which is aimed at premium, always-connected PCs with performance comparable to an eight-generation Intel Core i5 series processor designed for ultrabooks while providing significantly better battery life.
June 11, 2019
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 is official, coming to Android flagships in 2019
Qualcomm is promising a 45-percent faster CPU and a 20-percent faster GPU.
December 6, 2018
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 Plus aims to be the ultimate gaming processor
Devices will start shipping with the 855 Plus is the second half of 2019.
July 15, 2019
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Quantum scientists demonstrate world-first 3D atomic-scale quantum chip architecture
University of New South Wales researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) have shown for the first time that they can build atomic precision qubits in a 3D device - another major step towards a universal quantum computer.
January 7, 2019
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Rabbit Semiconductor
Fabless semiconductor firm. Focus: microprocessors and development tools for embedded controls.
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Raptor Talos II POWER9 Benchmarks Against AMD Threadripper & Intel Core i9
For those curious about the performance of IBM's POWER9 processors against the likes of today's AMD Threadripper and Intel Core i9 HEDT processors, here are some interesting benchmarks as we begin looking closer at the POWER9 performance on the fully open-source Raptor Talos II Secure Workstation.
November 8, 2018
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Raspberry Pi Foundation says its final farewells to 40nm with release of Compute Module 3+
Flash storage embiggened, CPU clock speed less so
January 28, 2019
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Ready for Intel's New R0 9th Generation 'Coffee Lake' CPUs? BIOS Updates Now Available From the Big Four
Back in March it turned out that Intel was prepping a new stepping of its Coffee Lake processors that was due to arrive in the second quarter. By now, all leading makers of desktop motherboards have issued BIOS updates for their platforms that enable support of Intel's 9th Gen Core CPUs featuring a new stepping ID.
April 5, 2019
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Refreshing Intel's Coffee was quite effective
With the advent of the 9th generation of Core processors from Intel, we see the market return to what we have been used to in the past. Intel's offering is now faster and more effective than AMD's Ryzen, but it is also significantly more expensive. Instead of getting an APU and heatsink for ~$300, you will be paying ~$530 for just the processor with no cooler.
October 19, 2018
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Reported Specifications on AMD B550 Chipset Surface
We've known for some time that AMD's mainstream-segment B550 chipset wouldn't bring all the bangs and whistles of its bigger, enthusiast-class cousin X570.
September 24, 2019
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Report: Intel is cancelling its 10nm process. Intel: No, we're not
Intel denies that its problems have made it give up on 10nm altogether.
October 22, 2018
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Report: Intel will cut desktop CPU prices by 10-15% as Ryzen 3000 draws near
Is Intel worried?
June 21, 2019
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Report: Microsoft picks new chip maker for AI co-processors on Azure, cutting Intel's business in half
Xilinx is reportedly the beneficiary of a decision by Microsoft Azure's infrastructure wizards to add another chip supplier to its ranks, as it looks to serve more customers interested in machine learning.
October 30, 2018
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Researchers discover multilayer band gap in atomic rhenium disulfide layers
Korean researchers at DGIST proved the existence of upper band gap of atomic rhenium disulfide (ReS2) layers in the conductive atomic structure of ionization energy, through the joint research with Professor Jong-hyun Ahn's research team at Yonsei University (Light: Science & Applications, "Probing the upper band gap of atomic rhenium disulfide layers").
January 7, 2019
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RISC-V Support Added To The GRUB Bootloader
The mainline GNU GRUB boot-loader now supports the RISC-V architecture as another important step for better mainline support for this new, royalty-free processor ISA.
February 25, 2019
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Rome in Detail: A Closer Look at AMD's 64-Core 7nm EPYC CPUs
AMD continues to step up its CPU core game. Today the company announced its new EPYC server line-up, codenamed Rome, that scales up to 64 cores and 128 threads. This opens the possibility for AMD's enterprise customers to equip a single dual-socket motherboard with up to 128 cores and 256 threads.
November 6, 2018
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Rumored Intel Core i3-9100F CPU Specs Surface
New SiSoftware entries seem to reveal specs regarding the expected 9th generation Intel Core i3-9100F, a processor Intel has yet to announce but is anticipated to lack integrated graphics (due to the "F" suffix) and be quad-core and entry-level.
February 8, 2019
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Running Intel MKL-DNN On 2 x Xeon Platinum 8280 CPUs With GCC 9 "Cascadelake" Tuning
For those wondering about Intel's MKL-DNN "Math Kernel Library for Deep Neural Networks" performance on Cascade Lake, here are some reference benchmarks using the dual Xeon Platinum 8280 setup including when using the GCC 9 compiler for building this Intel open-source library and employing the "cascadelake" compiler tuning.
April 18, 2019
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Ryzen 5 2600X versus 2600: Which should you buy?
Is the X Worth It?
March 25, 2019
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Ryzen 5 3600 versus 3600X: Which should you buy?
Is The X Worth It?
July 22, 2019
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Ryzen 5 3600 versus Ryzen 9 3900X versus Core i9-9900K: GPU Scaling Benchmark
Best Combo for Gaming
August 19, 2019
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Ryzen Threadripper 2920X Falls in Price Just One Day After Ryzen 9 3900X Release
AMD has just released it's all-new Ryzen 3000 CPUs and it's worth noting that this release has begun impacting the older Threadripper series of CPUs because the new 3000 series has added more cores to it's CPUs causing some interesting price drops. Well, it took just one day for the Threadripper 2920X with 12 cores to drop in price.
July 9, 2019
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Ryzen Up: AMD to 3D Stack DRAM and SRAM on Processors
AMD revealed at a recent high performance computing event that it is working on new designs that use 3D-stacked DRAM and SRAM on top of its processors to improve performance.
March 18, 2019
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Samsung 5nm FinFET Ready For Customers -- 10 Percent More Performance
Samsung announced overnight that its 5-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology is complete and is now ready for customers' samples. Compared to 7nm, Samsung's 5nm FinFET process technology provides up to a 25 percent increase in logic area efficiency with 20 percent lower power consumption or 10 percent higher performance! Like its predecessor, 5nm uses extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and that means all the 7nm intellectual property (IP) can be reused on 5nm.
April 16, 2019
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Samsung Believes Mobile GPUs Using AMD's RDNA Will Be Official In 2021
It's not a secret that Korean tech giant Samsung has dropped the ball with its in-house Exynos processors. Before the company's Note 7 fiasco, Samsung's Exynos chips using ARM's Cortex cores dominated San Diego chip giant Qualcomm's flagship SoCs in terms of computing performance. Qualcomm, however, always had the edge with graphics performance, courtesy of the company's excellent Adreno GPUs.
August 5, 2019
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Samsung Electronics Introduces A High-Speed, Low-Power NPU Solution for AI Deep Learning
Deep learning algorithms are a core element of artificial intelligence (AI) as they are the processes by which a computer is able to think and learn like a human being does. A Neural Processing Unit (NPU) is a processor that is optimized for deep learning algorithm computation, designed to efficiently process thousands of these computations simultaneously.
July 2, 2019
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Samsung Electronics' Leadership in Advanced Foundry Technology Showcased with Latest Silicon Innovations and Ecosystem Platform
New 3GAE PDK enables customers' early design work to enhance design competitiveness SAFE™-Cloud platform provides reliable turnkey design environment to accelerate design workflow for fabless companies and design houses
May 15, 2019
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Samsung Electronics Starts Production of EUV-based 7nm LPP Process
Samsung's new 7LPP allows up to 40% increase in area efficiency with 20% higher performance or 50% lower power consumption, resulting in better yields with significantly fewer layers
October 18, 2018
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Samsung Successfully Completes 5nm EUV Development to Allow Greater Area Scaling and Ultra-low Power Benefits
Samsung Electronics makes major strides in EUV-based advanced nodes, including 7nm mass production and 6nm customer tape-out
April 16, 2019
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Samsung unveils its first Exynos processor designed for cars
The Exynos Auto V9 will power Audi's next-gen infotainment system.
January 3, 2019
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Samsung-Backed Researchers Debut Ternary Semiconductor Design
One of the first things we learn about computers is that they perform operations using binary code to represent values. It's a fundamental trait of computing -- but it's not a requirement. It's possible to build a computer that uses three discrete values for computing rather than just two.
July 22, 2019
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Samsung's Exynos Auto 8890 Powers In-Vehicle Infotainment System in the New Audi A4 and Upcoming Models
The Audi A4's IVI system equipped with the Exynos Auto 8890 will be first introduced in Europe in the fall
May 30, 2019
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Save the date: Itanium will finally die at the end of 2025
The processor family often derisively called "Itanic" will reach end-of-life from HP Enterprise in 2025, as Intel announces last call for CPU orders.
February 1, 2019
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Scaleway's EPYC Powered Cloud Is Delivering Competitive Performance & Incredible Value
Scaleway, the European cloud company we previously have talked about on Phoronix for their usage of Coreboot on servers, this week announced new "general purpose" VMs powered by AMD EPYC processors. Curious about the performance, I fired up some benchmarks.
March 15, 2019
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Scythe Announces Katana 5 CPU Cooler
Japanese cooling expert Scythe presents the fifth generation of its popular all-round Katana CPU cooler. This new version comes with a revamped asymmetric heatsink design and total height of only 135 mm, offering unrestricted compatibility to mainboards and memory modules.
November 19, 2018
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Seeed Studio Grove AI HAT for Raspberry Pi: Artificial, But Not Intelligent
Each successive generation of Raspberry Pi has brought something new to the table. The latest release, the Raspberry Pi 4, is no exception, upgrading the low-cost single-board computer to include true gigabit Ethernet connectivity, a high-performance 64-bit central processor, more powerful graphics processor, and up to 4GB of RAM.
September 17, 2019
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Shopping for new CPU before the end of the year?
The question is more complicated than simply buying the most expensive AMD or Intel processor you can afford; not many of your games are CPU limited and even those that are will see more benefit if you switch the API being used.
October 26, 2018
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Should Sandy Bridge Users Upgrade? Evaluating the 2600K Against Modern CPUs
The funny thing about legendary chips is that it's not always clear at launch which CPUs will go on to power enthusiast systems for years to come. Intel's Sandy Bridge, like the Celeron 300A of old, has been an incredibly long-lived enthusiast part. SNB was the first major overhaul of the Nehalem architecture Intel debuted in 2008.
May 13, 2019
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Shuttle Supplies Mini-PC in a Cube Format for 9th Gen Intel Processors
The product family of XPC cubes has a new member: With the SH370R8, Shuttle presents a powerful model for the latest Intel Core processors of the 9th generation and graphics cards from the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series. T
May 9, 2019
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Silicon Lottery will speed bin and sell premium Ryzen 3000 CPUs
Cherry-picking the best possible CPUs
July 1, 2019
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SoftIron unleashes the Accepherator. Geddit? It's an erasure coding accelerator for Ceph
FPGAs bring sweet relief to overworked CPUs
May 20, 2019
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Some AMD CPUs Might Lose RdRand Randomness Following Suspend/Resume
Systemd developers are sounding the alarms that some AMD processors might lose randomness (yielding non-random data) via the RdRand instruction following a suspend/resume alarm. However, initial indications don't appear for this to be some glaring widespread issue and might be limited to the older AMD CPUs and/or BIOS/motherboard combination.
May 7, 2019
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Specs Leak on AMD's Upcoming 3rd Gen Ryzen 16-Core CPU
The worst-case secret of the upcoming 7nm Ryzen launch is that these chips will stop with just eight cores. AMD has never come right out and said that it would introduce a 16-core CPU for its Ryzen desktop platform, but it showed off a Ryzen chip with a distinct spot where a second eight-core chiplet could go, and winkingly told us we'd have to wait and see.
May 13, 2019
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Spectre and Meltdown in Hardware: Protection Added to Intel's 9th Gen CPUs
As part of today's Intel's Fall Desktop Launch event, new 9th generation CPUs were announced that include hardware protection for two of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability variants. This information was slipped into the fine print of a slide announcing the release of Intel's new 9th Gen CPUs as can be seen below.
October 8, 2018
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Spectre Patches Whack Intel Performance Hard With Linux 4.20 Kernel
Integrating fixes for Spectre and Meltdown has been a long, slow process throughout 2018. We've seen new vulnerabilities popping up on a fairly regular cadence, with Intel and other vendors rolling out solutions as quickly as they can be developed.
November 19, 2018
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Spectre/Meltdown/L1TF/MDS Mitigation Costs On An Intel Dual Core + HT Laptop
Following the recent desktop CPU benchmarks and server CPU benchmarks following the MDS/ZombieLoad mitigations coming to light and looking at the overall performance cost to mitigating these current CPU vulnerabilities, there was some speculation by some in the community that the older dual-core CPUs with Hyper Threading would be particularly hard hit.
May 21, 2019
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Spoiler Alert: New Security Vulnerability Found Affecting Intel CPUs
A new security vulnerability has been found that only affects Intel CPUs - AMD users need not concern regarding this issue. Dubbed Spoiler, the newfound security vulnerability was discovered by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in partnership with the University of Lübeck, and affects all Intel CPUs since the introduction of their Core architecture. This vulnerability too affects Intel's speculative execution design, and according to the researchers, works independent of OS, virtual machine, or sandboxed environments.
March 5, 2019
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Start the patching: New batch of side-channel vulnerabilities discovered in Intel processors
Intel announced Tuesday that it has discovered a new batch of vulnerabilities exploiting design flaws in its chips and released software patches that could impact storage-related workloads in data centers.
May 14, 2019
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Supergroup: Nvidia Announces Support for Arm Processors
Nvidia made a slew of supercomputer-related announcements today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany. They announced that Japan's fastest supercomputer adopted its Nvidia GPU Cloud offering, that it developed the world's 22nd-fastest supercomputer to help it make self-driving cars and plans to add support for Arm processors to its software by the end of the year.
June 17, 2019
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Supermicro Jumps Into Cascade Lake: Over 100 New and Updated Offerings
Intel's new Cascade Lake processors and Optane DC Persistent Memory have been hot topics in the press of late, as we've waited patiently for them to be announced. That day was today, and Intel's partners are in full force announcing their latest platform innovations around these products. Supermicro, one of Intel's largest OEM partners, put up a number worth taking note of: 100+. That's the number of new and updated systems the company has ready to fire out of the door to its customers.
April 2, 2019
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Supermicro To Offer Reduced Memory Xeon Scalable
With big chips come big responsibility. One of the key elements of a big chip is its capability and connectivity, and there is always a big expectation that all of those features have to be used in every deployment. Whenever we talk about the LGA2066 consumer products built on mini-ITX reduced size platforms with only one PCIe slot, comments always pour in about why a user should buy a system that doesn't use all the features.
November 19, 2018
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Tachyum's 'Industry's First Universal Processor' Gets $25 Million in Funding
Silicon start-up Tachyum has completed a Series-A funding round that has given it a $25 million war chest. The company unveiled its Prodigy Universal Processor family last year at Hot Chips and plans to tape out the chip this year with a launch in the second half of 2020. It claims the chips outperform CPUs, GPUs, and TPUs, all while still being programmable like a CPU and consuming 10x less power.
July 11, 2019
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Talking High Bandwidth With Ibm'S Power10 Architect
As the lead engineer on the Power10 processor, Bill Starke already knows what most of us have to guess about Big Blue's next iteration in a processor family that has been in the enterprise market in one form or another for nearly three decades. Starke knows the enterprise grade variants of the Power architecture designed by IBM about as well as anyone on Earth does, and is acutely aware of the broad and deep set of customer needs that IBM always has to address with each successive Power chip generation.
August 6, 2019
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Talking TDP, Turbo and Overclocking: An Interview with Intel Fellow Guy Therien
One of the most misunderstood basic technical points over the past decade is related to power consumption and how different CPUs react differently to load. The basic premise is that when there is extra power budget available, individual cores can raise their frequency and voltage to maximize performance on short time scales, scaling back when more cores are needed.
July 25, 2019
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Testing Ryzen 9 with SMT On versus SMT Off
Simultaneous Multithreading
July 29, 2019
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The AI Race Expands: Qualcomm Reveals "Cloud AI 100" Family of Datacenter AI Inference Accelerators for 2020
The impact that advances in convolutional neural networking and other artificial intelligence technologies have made to the processor landscape in the last decade is unescapable. AI has become the buzzword, the catalyst, the thing that all processor makers want a piece of, and that all software vendors are eager to invest in to develop new features and new functionality. A market that outright didn't exist at the start of this decade has over the last few years become a center of research and revenue, and already some processor vendors have built small empires out of it.
April 9, 2019
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The AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive Tech Briefing!
AMD just revealed the 3rd Gen Ryzen family of processors at Computex 2019 and E3, with six models built on the 7 nm process technology!
June 11, 2019
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The AMD Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X CPU Review
Despite AMDs resurgence to kick it with the high end of mainstream processors, the biggest volume sales occur more in the mid-range where the parts are often competitively priced. In the segment, AMD currently has the Ryzen 5 2600 and the 2400G at retail, but OEMs can use two others: the 2500X and the 2300X.
February 11, 2019
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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X and 2970WX Review
In general, the rollout of AMD's second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors has been a bit unconventional. While the full lineup was announced back in August, there has been a staggered release period.
October 29, 2018
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The AMD Threadripper 2 CPU Review: The 24-Core 2970WX and 12-Core 2920X Tested
This year AMD launched its second generation high-end desktop Ryzen Threadripper processors. The benefits of the new parts include better performance, better frequency, and parts up to 32 cores. We tested the first two processors back in August, the 32-core and the 16-core, and today AMD is launching the next two parts: the 24-core 2970WX and the 12-core 2920X. We have a full review ready for you to get your teeth in to.
October 29, 2018
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The Ballad of AM4: How AMD Stretched a CPU Socket From 28nm to 7nm
Up until now, our E3 coverage has focused on the two major announcements AMD made around its upcoming CPU and GPU products. But the company also gave a few other interesting presentations, including one on the evolution of Socket AM4.
June 14, 2019
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The Best CPUs Ever Made
We've already covered the worst CPUs ever built, so it seemed time to flip around and talk about the best ones. The question, of course, is how do we define "best?"
July 22, 2019
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The best CPUs for gaming
How many cores can you afford?
January 7, 2019
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The Core i5 9600K tested
Intel's new six-core Coffee Lake processor
October 19, 2018
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The Core i7-9700K tested
Intel's new eight-core (8 threads) Coffee Lake-S processor
October 19, 2018
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The future of high-speed computing may be larger CPUs with optics
Photonic crystals and good fabrication yields high speed optical transistor.
April 19, 2019
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The Ice Lake Benchmark Preview: Inside Intel's 10nm
Intel's new Ice Lake platform is the company's second attempt at producing a 10nm chip for the mass market, and follows on from the Cannon Lake platform. Using 'the same but different' 10nm process, Ice Lake holds inside a new 10th Gen Core microarchitecture called Sunny Cove, Gen11 graphics, and support for LPDDR4X-3733 as well as Thunderbolt and Wi-Fi 6. In advance of systems coming onto the market, Intel gave a small number of press a day of hands-on time with its Software Development Systems so we could get a taste of performance of Sunny Cove, Gen11, and Intel's newest 10nm product.
August 1, 2019
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The Intel 9th Gen Review: Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K Tested
Intel's newest line of desktop processors bring with them a number of changes designed to sway favor with performance enthusiasts. These new parts bring Intel's consumer processors up to eight cores, with higher frequencies, better thermal connectivity, and extra hardware security updates for Spectre and Meltdown.
October 19, 2018
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The Intel Core i9-9900K at 95W: Fixing The Power for SFF
There is a lot of discussion about processor power recently. A lot of the issues stem around what exactly that TDP rating means on the box, and if it relates to anything in the real world. A summary of Intel's official declaration boils down to TDP as the sustained processor power at long periods, however almost zero motherboards follow that guideline.
November 29, 2018
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The Intel Core i9-9980XE CPU Review: Refresh Until it Hertz
It has been over a year since Intel launched its Skylake-X processors and Basin Falls platform, with a handful of processors from six-core up to eighteen-core. In that time, Intel's competition has gone through the roof in core count, PCIe lanes, power consumption. In order to compete, Intel has gone down a different route, with its refresh product stack focusing on frequency, cache updates, and an updated thermal interface. Today we are testing the top processor on that list, the Core i9-9980XE.
November 13, 2018
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The Intel Core i9-9980XE Review: Slight Iteration
Shopping for a CPU in 2018 has been a bit of a moving target. Between the launch of AMD's Ryzen 2000 series processors in the beginning of the year, new AMD Threadripper X and WX-series products, and a consumer CPU refresh from Intel last month, it's been difficult to keep track of.
November 13, 2018
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The Intel Second Generation Xeon Scalable: Cascade Lake, Now with Up To 56-Cores and Optane!
The cadence of Intel's enterprise processor portfolio is designed to support customers that use the hardware with a guarantee of socket and platform support for at least three years. As a result, we typically get two lots of processors per socket: Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, Broadwell and Haswell, and now Cascade Lake joins Skylake
April 2, 2019
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The Intel SVT-VP9 Performance Boost Across 10 Intel/AMD Systems
As a follow-up from this weekend's article about Intel's SVT-VP9 video encoder running much faster on AVX2 CPUs from both Intel and AMD, here are the results now before/after for ten different systems with this open-source CPU-based VP9 video encoder.
September 10, 2019
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The Larrabee Chapter Closes: Intel's Final Xeon Phi Processors Now in EOL
Intel this week initiated its product discontinuance plan for its remaining Xeon Phi 7200-series processors codenamed Knights Mill (KML), bringing an end to the family of processors that have now been superceded by the likes of Intel's 56-core Xeon Platinum 9200 family. Xeon Phi parts have been used primarily by supercomputers during its lifetime.
May 7, 2019
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The New AMD Ryzen PRO 3000 + Athlon PRO 300 APUs!
AMD just announced three new Ryzen PRO 3000 and one new Athlon PRO 300 mobile processors with Radeon Vega Graphics! Here are the full details of these four new PRO-grade mobile APUs!
April 9, 2019
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The Snapdragon 8cx is the first 7nm PC chip, built to compete with Core i5 on Windows 10
For the third day of its Snapdragon Technology Summit, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8cx, its third chipset for Windows 10. Unlike the Snapdragon 835 and 850 before it, the 8cx isn't derivative of a mobile SoC; this is built from the ground up for PCs. The firm says that the performance is on par with an Intel Core i5.
December 6, 2018
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The Worst CPUs Ever Made
In June 2018, we rounded up the history of Intel's 8086 architecture, both before and after the industry-changing Pentium Pro. For this retrospective, we've decided to revisit some of the worst CPUs ever built, from multiple vendors.
February 6, 2019
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The Xeon Entry Quad-Core CPU Review: Xeon E-2174G, E-2134, and E-2104G Tested
A couple of months ago we reviewed a few of the newest six-core Intel commercial CPUs that are also used in low-end servers. Intel has also launched some quad-core models, which we are focusing on today. These Xeon E quad-core processors compete directly against AMD's Ryzen Pro product line, focusing on manageability, ECC memory support, and guaranteed product longevity.
March 11, 2019
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These three foundries aren't scared of a wee 7nm
DigiTimes today is sharing some information about just where AMD's 7nm chips will be processed and there seems to be a name missing. TSMC, SPIL and TFME will all be producing specific products but there is no mention of GLOBALFOUNDRIES in the news post.
January 11, 2019
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Thermaltake Announces New AIO CPU Cooler and PSU Series
The news from CES 2019 continues with Thermaltake showing off a new series of AIO liquid coolers, the Water 3.0 ARGB Sync Edition Series, and new power supplies. This new cooler, as the name suggests, sports addressable RGB lighting on the fans, which can be controlled via the 5 V ARGB header on motherboards so systems like ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync, and ASRock Polychrome can all control them.
January 9, 2019
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Time to Ryzen shine, Intel: AMD has started shipping 7nm desktop CPUs like it's no big deal
Alongside Navi GPUs, and a Ryzen 3 APU priced at just $99
July 8, 2019
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TSMC Unveils 6-nanometer Process
TSMC today announced its 6-nanometer (N6) process, which provides a significant enhancement of its industry-leading N7 technology and offers customers a highly competitive performance-to-cost advantage as well as fast time-to-market with direct migration from N7-based designs.
April 16, 2019
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TSMC Unveils 6-nanometer Process
7-nanometer Enhancement Combines Performance/Cost Advantage with Fast Time-to-Market
April 16, 2019
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TSMC's 7 nm Fabrication Becomes Biggest Share of Revenue in 4Q18
TSMC's introduction of its 7 nm fabrication technology has essentially propelled the company to silicon manufacturing heights. Every company - particularly in the mobile space - is after the most minute increase in transistor density and power consumption improvements the latest and greatest can bring.
January 18, 2019
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TSMC: First 7nm EUV Chips Taped Out, 5nm Risk Production in Q2 2019
Last week, TSMC made two important announcements concerning its progress with extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL). First up, the company has successfully taped out its first customer chip using its second-generation 7 nm process technology, which incorporates limited EUVL usage. Secondly, TSMC disclosed plans to start risk production of 5 nm devices in April.
October 9, 2018
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Two Years Later: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X versus Intel Core i7-7700K
With 3rd-gen Ryzen set to hit stores very soon, we're warming up to that launch by revisiting some heated CPU battles from the past couple of years that can bring further context to current owners of these processors.
June 21, 2019
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Two Years Later, Who Won? Ryzen 5 1600 versus Core i5-7600K
This is a comparison we've been wanting to put together for some time. With Computex 2019 out of the way and the full confirmation of 3rd-gen Ryzen, before that hits us here's an updated comparison between the Ryzen 5 1600 and Core i5-7600K.
June 10, 2019
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Misc. - U

Unofficial CineBench R15 Extreme Edition Mod Launches
CineBench R15 has been one of the go to benchmarks, for any and all looking to see how well their processors compete on the world stage. Whether it's stress-testing your latest overclock, or cranking out some numbers to see how well your chip compares to the latest 16 core behemoth, it's an invaluable tool for everyone, from reviewers like ourselves, to the everyday consumer.
February 7, 2019
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'Unstoppable' Chinese NAND fabber YMTC to unleash 64-layer flash flood before skipping ahead to 128 -- analyst
You thought the memory glut was almost over? Think again
May 14, 2019
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Updated AMD Zen CPU Microcode Posted
Just posted to the kernel mailing list is the latest CPU microcode file for Family 17h. Unfortunately there is no change-log/notes and obviously with it being binary-only there isn't anything to glean by itself.
November 29, 2018
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Updated: Cascade Lake-AP Xeon CPUs embrace the multi-chip module
This next-gen platform doubles the cores per socket from an Intel system by joining a number of Cascade Lake Xeon dies together on a single package with the blue team's Ultra Path Interconnect, or UPI. Intel will allow Cascade Lake-AP servers to employ up to two-socket (2S) topologies, for as many as 96 cores per server.
November 5, 2018
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Upgrading from an Intel Core i7-2600K: Testing Sandy Bridge in 2019
One of the most popular processors of the last decade has been the Intel Core i7-2600K. The design was revolutionary, as it offered a significant jump in single core performance, efficiency, and the top line processor was very overclockable. With the next few generations of processors from Intel being less exciting, or not giving users reasons to upgrade, and the phrase 'I'll stay with my 2600K' became ubiquitous on forums, and is even used today.
May 10, 2019
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Vanilla Ice Lake Benchmarks, Plus Dr. Su Drops A New Hit
Intel finally cracked the last 10nm of ice hiding the performance of the Core i7-1065G7, the replacement for their previous generation of mobile processors, Whiskey Lake. At an event in Santa Clara, hosted by that strangely familiar fellow below, the press were invited to spend 8 hours with an Ice Lake powered laptop and were allowed to benchmark any software they desired.
August 1, 2019
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Misc. - W

Weakness in Intel chips lets researchers steal encrypted SSH keystrokes
DDIO makes servers faster. It can also allow rogue servers to covertly steal data.
September 10, 2019
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Western Digital Announces Plans for Its Own RISC-V Processor
RISC-V hasn't been a huge topic for us at ExtremeTech, but the fully open-source CPU instruction set architecture (ISA) has been building momentum in the industry over the past few years as more companies have signed on to build RISC V-compatible processors.
December 7, 2018
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What AMD's 64-core 'Rome' server CPU tells us about Ryzen 2
Rome features a 'chiplet' design with 7nm-based x86 cores surrounding a 14nm IO chip.
November 7, 2018
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What Comes after Moore's Law?
The literal meaning of Moore's Law is that CMOS transistor densities double every 18 to 24 months. While not a statement about processor performance per se, in practice performance and density have tracked each other fairly well. Historically, additional transistors were mostly put in service of running at higher clock speeds. More recently, microprocessors have mostly gotten more cores instead.
October 1, 2018
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What Is Binning? A Basic Definition
Binning is a term vendors use for categorizing components, including CPUs, GPUs (aka graphics cards) or RAM kits, by quality and performance. While components are designed to achieve a certain performance level, sometimes the final product fails to meet those standards, due to the complexities associated with manufacturing PC components.
November 1, 2018
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What does Arm's new N1 architecture mean for Windows servers?
Whether it's Windows Enterprise or a specialised IoT version of Windows Server, Windows on Arm is going to be an option for industrial and edge computing.
June 3, 2019
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What you need to know about AMD Ryzen
Here's what you need to know about AMD's Ryzen CPUs.
July 8, 2019
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Why Amazon Web Services' Graviton server chip could unleash a new era of cloud-native hardware
Anyone who has built a data center or cloud service provider over the last 15 years knows that there haven't been a lot of options when putting together state-of-the-art hardware. Amazon Web Services' Peter DeSantis thinks that is about to change.
November 29, 2018
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Why Intel Processors Draw More Power Than Expected: TDP and Turbo Explained
One of the recent topics permeating through the custom PC space recently has been about power draw. Intel's latest eight-core processors are still rated at a TDP of 95W, and yet users are seeing power consumption north of 150-180W, which doesn't make much sense. In this guide, we want to give you a proper understanding why this is the case, and why it gives us reviewers such a headache.
November 9, 2018
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Why Intel TDP Measurements Don't Reflect Real-World Power Draw
When Intel launched the Core i9-9900K, it established a new best-in-class performance record with a price tag to match it. One of the questions raised in the wake of the launch, however, was why Intel was calling the Core i9-9900K a 95W TDP CPU when it used far more power than that under full load.
November 12, 2018
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Why lower clock speeds on Intel 10th-gen Ice Lake CPUs aren't a disaster
Megahertz still matters, but there's more to the story.
August 16, 2019
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Windows 10 May 2019 Cumulative Updates Released With Fixes
Microsoft has just released new cumulative updates for Windows 10 version 1903, version 1809 and version 1803 as part of the monthly Patch Tuesday cycle. Like the previous Patch Tuesday releases, the May 2019 cumulative updates also include a long list of fixes and improvements for security and non-security problems.
May 14, 2019
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Windows on Arm keeps low profile at IFA as Intel takes swipe at platform's compatibility problems
Still, Chipzilla's almost everywhere when it comes to Microsoft devices
September 10, 2019
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WW Computer Architecture Home Page
The page for all the research in computer architecture and microprocessors.
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Xen Developers Continue Work On CPU Core Scheduling Support
Sent out earlier this month is the second version of the Xen core scheduling patches that allow for CPU core and socket-level scheduling by this virtualization hypervisor.
May 20, 2019
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Xeon W-3175X Roundup: Intel's 28-Core at CES 2019
Last year Intel unveiled a '28-core' processor aimed more towards enthusiasts and professionals rather than for servers. Despite the initial demo having a tenuous overclock and setup, we were given the specifications: 28 cores, running at a 3.1 GHz base frequency, a 4.3 GHz turbo frequency, a 255W official rated TDP, unlocked for overclocking, and ECC support for its six-channels of DDR4-2666.
January 22, 2019
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Yet Another Speculative Malfunction: Intel Reveals New Side-Channel Attack, Advises Disabling Hyper-Threading Below 8th, 9th Gen CPUs
Ouch doesn't even begin to describe how much that headline hurt. As far as speculative execution goes, it's been well covered by now, but here's a refresher. Speculative execution essentially means that your CPU tries to think ahead of time on what data may or may not be needed, and processes it before it knows it's needed.
May 14, 2019
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Your CPU wants to help with ray tracing as well?
[H]ard|OCP have been spending a lot of time with Battlefield V, determining the effect of enabling ray tracing on performance. In their latest look, they compare the effect of running the game on an i9-9700K running at 4.6GHz versus an i7-7700K at 5GHz.
January 9, 2019
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Zen 2-based Ryzen and Epyc processors are coming this summer
After the Radeon VII demo at its CES 2019 keynote, AMD CEO Lisa Su talked a bit more about gaming and then moved straight into the Zen 2 reveal. The new CPU core will naturally be finding its way into both datacenter and desktop processors, and AMD talked a bit about both. The company also demoed some early Socket AM4 silicon for us.
January 9, 2019
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ZombieLoad Mitigation Costs For Intel Haswell Xeon, Plus Overall Mitigation Impact
With tests over the past week following the disclosure of the Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) vulnerabilities also known as "Zombieload", we've looked at the MDS mitigation costs (and now the overall Spectre/Meltdown/L1TF/MDS impact) for desktop CPUs, servers, and some laptop hardware. I've also begun doing some tests on older hardware, such as some Phoronix readers curious how well aging Intel Haswell CPUs are affected.
May 23, 2019
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