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Are you ready for today's 'Aw shucks' moment? Intel is working with its hardware partners to roll out BIOS updates that will effectively prevent users from being able to overclock non-K Skylake processors. Of course, that's how it was always meant to be, but motherboard makers discovered a way to allow making BCLK adjustments to cheaper Skylake CPUs and quickly began flaunting that ability. Perhaps that was their collective mistake. If you want to overclock, Intel charges a premium for unlocked processors labeled with a "K" (Intel Core i7-6700K, for example) that allow users to make BCLK adjustments... Read more...
To look at the Dell Precision 15 5510, you wouldn’t know that it sits in the middle of Dell’s workstation lineup. The laptop is thinner and sleeker than you might expect a workstation-class laptop to be and the premium carbon fiber palm rest gives the system a decidedly high-end vibe. But the Precision 15 5510 is actually Dell’s mid-range mobile workstation, and its price tag comes in as low as $1,399. It's essentially the workstation cousin to Dell's new and rather fantastic XPS 15 that we evaluated here not long ago. Putting the power of a true workstation into a laptop is a tall order to... Read more...
Intel's latest generation of processors built on the Skylake architecture are seriously efficient as well as seriously fast. The flagship, Core i7-6700K, is an interesting chip as it's clocked at a base 4GHz, and can peak at 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost. Overall, it's a really solid chip, as we discovered back in November after some in-depth testing. Of course, as fast as the 6700K is, overclocking can always help take things to the next level, or at least temporarily explore future potential. In Chi-Kui Lam's case, he did just that, and managed to break a world record in the process. Chi-Kui Lam's... Read more...
To expand on our coverage of Intel’s Z170-chipset, we now turn our focus to another Gigabyte motherboard for Intel Skylake CPUs. The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Ultra Durable motherboard is up at the plate and has the budget-builder firmly in its sights. Conversely, the company’s pricey Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard, which we previously reviewed, is loaded with premium features that enthusiast gamers crave. Features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, 4-way CrossFire and SLI support, baked-in liquid cooling accommodations, and the like, are all absent on this more svelte GB product. With much of the fat trimmed, Gigabyte... Read more...
Join us for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast where Marco, Paul and Dave discuss cool stuff in tech like Netgear's Nighthawk X8 AC WiFi router, Intel's new Compute Sticks with Windows 10, a gaggle of great mechanical keyboards, the Core m-based ASUS ZenBook UX305CA and some interesting new smartphones coming down the pipe – the Huawei Mate 8 and the Asus ZenFone Zoom... Show Notes: 01:19 - Intel Compute Stick Cherry Trail Review: Pocket-Sized Windows 10 PC 12:09 - Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 AC5300 WiFi Router Review: Amplified AC 23:10 - Keys To Success: Four Mechanical... Read more...
Intel’s leadership in chip manufacturing technology has put the company on a steady tick-tock cadence when it comes to major processor releases. The company usually releases a new fabrication process with a “tick” and follows that up with “tock” microarchitecture improvements. The first major hiccup in this strategy will rear its head this year with the introduction of Kaby Lake, a second “semi-tock” so to speak. Kaby Lake will soldier on on a 14nm process, making it the third major Intel processor architecture to do so (following Broadwell and Skylake). We’d also like to point out that Kaby Lake... Read more...
We dug the original Intel Compute Stick that launched last year. If you recall, the original Compute Stick was a tiny, Atom-powered device that could turn any HDMI-equipped display into a basic PC. The low-power nature of the Compute Stick meant it was ideally suited for every-day, less-demanding computing tasks, and wasn’t a replacement for a full-on PC or notebook, but it was a relatively capable device given its ultra-small form factor.The original Compute Stick wasn’t without its issues, though. Last year’s model featured dated 802.11n wireless connectivity built in and had only a single USB... Read more...
Remember HP's weird looking Sprout PC introduced several months ago? Now there's a new version, the Sprout Pro, and this time around HP is focusing on education and enterprise customers who are in better position to utilize the PC's unique setup and capabilities. And by unique, we mean emphasizing its built-in projector and touch mat over the standard keyboard and mouse combo.If you strip away its special features, the Sprout Pro is a capable all-in-one PC with a 23-inch display featuring a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution and 10-point touch support. It also boasts a 6th generation Intel Core... Read more...
At an event held in San Francisco earlier today, Intel's Tom Garrison heralded the benefits of his company's sixth-generation Skylake vPro processors for business users. While these CPUs are not brand-new (they came out at the same time as the rest of Intel's Skylake lineup this past fall), the company has waited until now to roll out a couple of feature enhancements, as well as discuss the general benefits enterprises could enjoy by upgrading. The overtone of Intel's event focused on a singular fact: upgrading a 5-year-old machine can introduce dramatic and immediate benefits. Versus that... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two And A Half Geeks, Dave, Paul and Marco talk about some of the best technology we saw at CES, including OLED-equipped notebooks from Lenovo, HP, and Alienware, the latest VR experiences, Self-Driving Cars, Killer PCs and more... Show Notes: 02:35 – VR Experience With NVIDIA and HTC Vive 13:05 – NVIDIA Announced Drive PX 2 Autonomous Driving Computer 16:54 – Intel’s Next-Gen Compute Stick Bulks Up With Core m3 and Core m5 Processors 22:00 – Hands On With Intel’s Skylake Powered NUC Mini-PCs 27:50 – AMD Reveals... Read more...
GIGABYTE is a big fan of giving its customers choice on the motherboard front, which sometimes involves releases that support brand-new architectures on older hardware, or hardware you might not even expect. This past spring, for example, the company released EFI updates to allow its FM2+ boards to run AMD's Godavari chips, and it did the same thing for Intel's Broadwell-based chips. Now, the company is releasing a full series of motherboards that targets a different niche: workstation. Its X170 and X150 series of motherboards are based on Intel's C236 and C232 chipsets and are designed for use... Read more...
Well here's some fantastic news, many of you reading this need not bother with paying a premium for discrete graphics in your next build!  Do you believe it? That's the exaggerated takeaway from Intel's claim that its integrated Iris and Iris Pro graphics can hang with and overpower 80 percent of the graphics chips on the market."We have improved graphics 30 times what they were five years ago," Gregory Bryant, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Desktop Clients Platform, said during a speech at a J.P. Morgan forum at the Consumer Electronics Show.As far as Bryant is concerned, it's... Read more...
We covered a lot of miles at CES 2016 this year, our fitness trackers often chirping "success" rather early in the day, but we saw a lot of people and a lot of tech gear in our travels. Some of it was hot - damn hot - some of it, not so much. There were some recurring themes this year, as with every year at CES it seems. The hot topics and trends this year were autonomous cars, virtual reality, more thin and light computing and of course more powerful gaming gear. Every Tech Web publication has its own short list of the best products showcased at CES 2016. We're going to run down our top 10 products... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Intel’s NUC series of mini PCs, the chip giant is back at it again with a refresh built on its Skylake processor platform. The big news of course comes under the hood in the form of two ultrabook-class processors: the dual-core U-Series Core i3-6100U and Core i5-6260U. The Core i3-6100U comes with Intel’s HD 520 graphics, while the Core i5-6260U brings a bit more to the table with Iris Graphics 540 (complete with 4K support). The NUC refresh includes support for DDR4 memory (up from DDR3) via two SO-DIMM slots. The Skylake architecture also means that you’ll... Read more...
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