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Intel made waves at Computex this week when it trotted out a single-socket, 28-core processor and demonstrated the beastly chip running through Cinebench R15 and posting a score north of 7,300 points. It was quite the impressive demo, and of course the prospect of a consumer chip with 28 cores and 56 threads is certainly exciting, bolstered by Intel pointing out it was running at a lofty 5GHz. Pretty amazing, right? Well sure, but we've since learned some interesting tidbits about the mystery consumer chip that has tempered (though not completely dissipated) our enthusiasm. For the demo, Intel... Read more...
Maybe one day laptops and other electronics devices will run on an endless supply of hopes and dreams. In the meantime, good old fashioned electricity is still required, and that means balancing performance with battery life. To help with that, Intel says it has come with a display technology that could extend the battery life of some laptops to a whopping 28 hours, a bold claim to be sure. But is it actually feasible? That depends on how well Intel's new 'Low Power Display' technology actually works, and how it's implemented by hardware makers. As Intel briefly explained at Computex, one of the... Read more...
After the splash that AMD made with Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper in 2017, it should come as no surprise that AMD would follow-up with second generation variants. We've already seen the mainstream side of things with the Ryzen 2000 Series processors, and now at an event at Computex 2018, AMD has just announced its second-generation Ryzen Threadripper family. Like the Ryzen 2000 series, second-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors are based on 12nm Zen+ architecture. That means that the new High-End Desktop (HEDT) processors offer lower latencies, higher clock speeds, and Precision... Read more...
You never know what you will see at Computex, whether it's the demonstration of a beastly 28-core/56-thread processor by Intel, or an ASUS ROG Gaming Phone with a 90Hz display, 512GB of storage, and ultrasonic storage. ASUS has been especially active this year, not just with a new phone, but also in laptops. One of the new machines the company unveiled is Project Precog, a dual-screen laptop aimed at artificial intelligence and machine learning tasks. Project Precog is currently in concept form, meaning it's not a shipping product and might never be. ASUS is testing the waters with the concept... Read more...
ASUS' ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 laptop has debuted and it is packing what it calls the ScreenPad. This feature takes the spot that would normally be reserved for a standard touchpad and turns it into a secondary screen that can display its own data. The ScreenPad is a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with custom controls for apps like Office and YouTube. While it can act as a secondary screen for control of some programs, it still retains full support for Microsoft Precision Touchpad and gestures supporting up to four fingers. A configurable toolbar at the top of the ScreenPad can be dragged down to... Read more...
Back in the day, Intel and AMD were entrenched in a clockspeed race, with both companies pushing increasingly higher frequencies with each new processor generation. It was never more exciting than the race to 1GHz. As time went on, things stalled out in that regard, and the focus shifted to core counts. Well, Intel is throwing down the gauntlet later this year with a monstrous 28-core processor that it claims will ship to customers by the end of the year. Intel demonstrated the processor at Computex, running it through a few benchmarks. To be clear, this is a single-socket chip with 28 cores and... Read more...
Has Lenovo been trolling us all for the past month? Over the past few weeks Lenovo has peppered the internet with sketches and renders of the Lenovo Z5 that showed a "true" bezel-less design. In fact, Lenovo VP Chang Cheng promised a 95 percent screen-to-body ratio, which would far surpass anything else on the market. The actual end result is a bit more disappointing. Not only is the screen-to-body ratio lower at 90 percent, but the smartphone has both a display notch at the top and a chin at the bottom. Is Lenovo now dabbling in alternative facts? What we thought was going to be... Read more...
When Microsoft and Qualcomm announced "Always Connected" Windows 10 PCs back in late 2016, it was revealed that the first shipping systems would be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. The first generation of convertibles laptops have shipped from the likes of ASUS, HP and Lenovo with that processor platform on board, but a new generation will soon be upon us and today out at Computex, Qualcomm has unveiled new silicon technology to enable them. Powering this new breed of devices will be Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 850 Mobile Compute Platform. The Snapdragon 850 is a dedicated SKU that will only... Read more...
ASUS rolls out cool stuff at Computex each year and this year has been no exception. The company already unveiled the ROG Gaming Phone that has 512GB of storage and ultrasonic triggers among its slick specifications. ASUS also rolled out a pair of gaming laptops at the show with the Strix Hero II and SCAR II Coffee Lake machines, and is now reaching out to the ultraportable crowd looking for a notebook with performance in an easy to tote package with an updated version of the ZenBook S. One of the most notable features of the ZenBook S is the new ErgoLift hinge that is designed to increase typing... Read more...
We've been talking about the Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor for the past week, which as its name implies, is a homage to the famed 8086 processor which was released in 1978 and thus kicked off the x86 revolution.  The Core i7-8086K Limited Edition is a Coffee Lake-based processor with six physical cores capable of executing 12 threads. It's is the highest-clocked SKU in Intel's mainstream processor family with a base clock of 4GHz and a single-core turbo frequency for 5GHz. For comparison, the current Core i7-8700K has base and single-core turbo frequencies of 3.7GHz and... Read more...
Gigabyte is pulling the covers off some new gaming peripherals and other PC component hardware at Computex 2018. One of the products is the company's new AORUS RGB gaming RAM. The memory is a 16GB kit using a pair of DDR4 8GB DIMMs. It operates up to clock speeds of 3200 MHz with has timings of 16-18-18-38. Voltage is 1.2V standard and when XMP is enabled 1.35V is consumed. The DDR4 DRAM chips employed are Samsung B die parts and the sticks are fitted with a fancy looking symmetric high-efficiency heat spreader. The RGB LED lights on the RAM supports 5 DDR light effects. Gigabyte says that... Read more...
When it comes to extreme overclocking, we often look to people like Vince "KINGPIN" Lucido and Der8auer to see how far hardware can be pushed on liquid nitrogen (LN2). Today, EVGA is showcasing a new breakthrough in overclocking – the ROBOCLOCKER -- that simplifies the process for achieving insane overclocks without the hassle of constantly pouring in LN2 from a thermos. The ROBOCLOCKER was designed by KINGPIN and Illya "TiN" Tsemenko, and adopts some ideas from the liquid (water) cooling realm for LN2 cooling. The cooling process is automated through a closed loop system and requires... Read more...
ASUS unveiled a barrage of new products at Computex today, including a couple of gaming laptops under its enthusiast Republic of Games (ROG) brand. The new ROG Strix Hero II (GL504) and Strix SCAR II are built around a powerful combination of six-core Intel 8th generation Core i7 (Coffee Lake) processor options and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series (Pascal) graphics, with the former taking aim at MOBA players and latter targeting FPS players. Unlike their predecessors, these refreshed models aren't using twisted nematic (TN) panels, and instead have been upgraded with higher quality 15.6-inch in-plane... Read more...
Lenovo sure did talk a big game when with regards to its upcoming Z5 flagship smartphone. The company billed the smartphone as being a true bezel-less design, and the concept sketch for the smartphone confirmed those statements. Previously released renders of the smartphone that have also highlighted ultra-tiny bezels. However, we're now learning why Lenovo has been strategic in the renders/photos that it has shown of the smartphone. The latest leaked image of the Lenovo Z5 reveals that the smartphone has a prominent "chin" at the bottom. In that sense, the Lenovo Z5 is similar... Read more...
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