Items tagged with core i7

Intel recently launched a Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor, based on the company’s Coffee Lake architecture, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the venerable 8086. Although it wasn’t the first microprocessor employed in personal computers, the Intel 8086 laid the foundation for the x86 architecture, which has been at the core of virtually all “IBM compatible” or “Win-Tel” PCs released since. Before we talk about where Intel is going with Core i7-8086K, however, we need to discuss where it has been. Intel put together this infographic highlighting the major advancements made in processor design and manufacturing over the last 40 years. As you... Read more...
Intel apparently has some additional Coffee Lake processors incoming that are destined for laptop machines and mobile workstations, at least according to a recent leak on the interwebs. Intel's Coffee Lake-H processors range from the quad-core Core i5-8300H on up to the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK on the consumer side, and include some tasty Xeon treats for business workstation users. The Core i5-8300H and Core i5-8400H are both quad-core processors built on Intel's 14nm manufacturing process (14++ actually). Each processor is capable of executing 8 threads, and you'll find 8MB of L3 cache onboard. The processors are mainly differentiated by clock speeds, with the Core i5-8300H featuring a... Read more...
Today is Intel's coming out part for the new 8th generation Core processors with on-package AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics. It's the first [modern] collaboration between AMD and Intel for a high-performance processing package, and it looks like it will deliver some pretty stellar CPU and GPU performance for thin-and-light notebooks. However, Intel isn't just targeting the mobile sector with these 8th generation processors; it also has its eyes set on the desktop market. And to that end, the company has just pulled wraps of its next generation NUC. Developed under the codename Hades Canyon, Intel promises that this will be the most powerful NUC that it has ever delivered to customers, and occupies... Read more...
The next piece in Intel's 8th generation Core family puzzle has just been revealed, and we're quite certain that you've already heard quite a bit about it from us. Following the launch of its 8th generation Kaby Lake Refresh mobile processors in late August, Intel is following up with the official reveal of its 14nm Coffee Lake-based desktop processors. These are considered "Premium Consumer Processors" built for gamers, overclockers and content creators encompassing SKUs in the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 product families.  Backing up these 8th generation Core desktop processors is Intel's new Z370 chipset, which has improved power delivery to aid in overclocking, support for DDR-2666... Read more...
Earlier this morning, Intel announced the first processors in its 8th generation Core family. These mobile processors include Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs with a TDP of 15 watts, and all are quad-core designs capable of executing eight threads. As we expected, the first products based around the processors are coming to light, with Acer taking the plunge with the Nitro 5 Spin. Acer describes the Nitro 5 Spin as a convertible notebook that is “designed for light gaming”, and we don’t disagree with that assessment. At the heart of the convertible is an Intel Core i7-i7-8550U processor, which has a core clock of 1.8GHz and a maximum Turbo clock of 4GHz. Like Intel, Acer is claiming a 40 percent performance... Read more...
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is a small form factor (SFF) PC aimed at hardcore gamers on the go. The toolbox-size computer packs solid desktop hardware, including an Intel Core i7-6700 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, giving it the horsepower necessary to handle most modern games. And, like a toolbox, the Y710 Cube has a handle so you can grab it and go. Compact PCs have become increasingly more popular with gamers who want the power of a desktop system, but don’t want to lug a large PC when the need arises. They’re also popular at LAN events, for the same reasons. Gaming laptops solve the portability problem for many users, but there are plenty of gamers that want... Read more...
We have covered Intel’s Kaby Lake microarchitecture on a few occasions already. We outlined the architectural details in this piece, and have evaluated a handful of mobile devices powered by Kaby Lake at this point, including the gorgeous Asus ZenBook 3 and updated Dell XPS 13. Today, however, Kaby Lake makes its official debut on the desktop, with a brand-new flagship quad-core processor – the Core i7-7700K – and newly refreshed 200 series motherboard chipsets.The Core i7-7700K has hardly been a secret. The processors actually went on sale at a couple of major on-line retailers recently and benchmark numbers have been trickling out for weeks now. We’ve got one in house for testing, along with... Read more...
‘Tis the season to stomp on your enemies with the help of new gaming hardware, so we jumped at the chance to fire up a couple of Lenovo’s top gaming machines, a burly 17-inch gaming laptop and a gaming desktop PC designed in conjunction with Razer. Just a small side note: we're actually giving away these machines in the days ahead to a couple of lucky individuals participating in our Lenovo HOT Holiday Giveaway. We thought it might be interesting to preview these to beasts before we gave them away, though.  Regardless, the maker of the ThinkPad line has been fighting its way into the gaming market with the Y900 series, and as bold and powerful as these systems are, they have Lenovo’s... Read more...
Asus is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand this year. The manufacturer launched its ROG line in 2006 and has since developed a wide range of gaming products under the brand, including some monstrous gaming notebooks like the one we'll be showing you here. With the arrival of NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture this summer, the hulking systems are getting a shot in the arm, so we brought Asus’ flagship mobile gaming machine, the ROG G752VS XB78K, in house to see what you get when you go big. The efficiency of the Pascal architecture has made for mobile GPUs that are very similar to their desktop counterparts. In fact, NVIDIA has dropped the “M” from the product names... Read more...
In addition to being lots of fun, LAN parties also afford hardcore gamers and enthusiasts a forum to show off their rigs. Dusty, ho-hum home systems are the norm, of course, but there are also some modded systems, decked out with custom cooling, lighting and paint jobs. And, of course, there are the high-end, boutique-built gaming systems as well.Sporting slick cases and the latest hardware, custom gaming PCs always stand out, but they are usually huge beasts that aren’t meant to be carried around regularly. That’s where iBuypower’s Revolt 2 comes in. Designed to deliver head-turning looks and performance, it’s also meant to make your next LAN party trip less of a back-breaker. iBuypower Revolt... Read more...
It was all the way back in August of 2014 that Intel officially launched its Haswell-E based Core i7 series processors and its companion X99 chipset. At the time of its release, Haswell-E’s top of the line, 8-core Core i7-5960X was easily the most powerful processor for multi-threaded workloads on desktop systems, though its somewhat lower frequencies allowed higher-clocked mainstream Core i7 series processors to pull ahead in single or lightly-threaded tasks.For roughly 21 months, the Core i7-5960X has remained Intel’s flagship Extreme Edition processor. Of course, we had more than a hunch a successor was in the works, and got to show you some enterprise-class Broadwell-E based processors in... Read more...
Although Intel is holding many of the architectural details regarding its latest Skylake-based, 6th generation Core processors back until the Intel Developers Forum goes down in San Francisco in a couple of weeks, the company is announcing a pair of new processors and a companion chipset today. Skylake is a “tock” in Intel’s release cadence, which signifies a new microarchitecture, built using a mature process—in this case the same 14nm process that brought us Broadwell. The new Skylake-based Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K squarely target performance enthusiasts, and pack all of the goodness we’ve come to expect from Intel’s unlocked K-SKUs, in addition to some things that are sure to please... Read more...
MSI claims that it is now shipping the “World’s Most Powerful Gaming All-In-One PC” and we must admit, it does pack quite a punch. MSI’s Gaming 27T, as it names implies, features a 27-inch display. But unlike some all-in-ones released in the past few months, the 27T doesn’t feature a 4K display. Instead, the all-in-one ships with a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution anti-glare display. Powering the machine is a Skylake-based Intel Core i7-6700 processor which has a base clock of 3.4GHz and Turbo Boosts up to 4GHz. You’ll find a healthy 16GB of RAM standard along with an incredibly potent NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics processor (8GB GDDR5 memory). That processor and GPU combination should be more... Read more...
What does your desktop PC say about you? Is your system hiding by your feet and used only for serious business? Is it sitting on the corner of your desk with its window facing the wall because it’s just easier to reach its inputs that way? Or is taking up a third of your workspace with LEDs blazing, screaming “Fire me up!"? If your system falls into the latter category, or better yet, you'd like to have a system in the latter group, you’re the target audience for CyberPower’s new Trinity. Many system builders give lip service to balancing style and performance, but the Trinity’s chassis demands it. The Deepcool Tristellar case used for this system separates the PC’s guts into three distinct “blades.”... Read more...
Although working at a publication like HotHardware often involves tight deadlines and countless hours of benchmarking, product photography, and writing, plenty of fun activities get thrown into the mix as well. Case in point--I came home from the Intel Developers Forum this past week to a pair of boxes that were begging to be torn open in an unboxing video. So, I that’s what I did. And what I found inside the boxes is the kind of stuff tech-enthusiasts drool over. Not only was there some killer hardware to ogle, but it was presented in a very unique way...check this out... If you stay on top of the tech scene, Intel’s Skylake microarchitecture and the Core i7-6700K should need no introduction.... Read more...
This is a good year for creative professionals that are constantly on the go. After watching the corporate world trot around with thin and light notebooks that sport bleeding-edge hardware and touchscreens, the content creation and workstation set is finally getting to enjoy features in their notebooks that many others take for granted. Lenovo in particular has pumped up its workstation line with a slick ultrabook that is loaded for bear. Lenovo even heeded the complaints of some critics and reviewers (including ours) about the workstation line’s touchpad and gave it a complete overhaul on both the W550s and beefier W541 model. The W550s is designed to be light and portable while featuring... Read more...
It seems odd for Microsoft to add a new SKU for its Surface Pro 3 so late after its initial release (the Surface Pro 3 was originally announced on May 20, 2014 and went on sale one month later). Yet here we are, one year later, and we’re seeing the introduction of a new $1299 SKU that bring the price of entry for Intel Core i7 power a bit lower. The new SKU will get you a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The same $1299 price will also buys you a Surface Pro 3 with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB. So customers looking at Surface Pro 3s at this price point will have to choose between processing power or storage capacity — choose wisely. With the addition of this new... Read more...
Lenovo has been dominating the PC sales chart for the past few years thanks to an aggressive pricing strategy and generally rock solid products. The Chinese OEM is hoping to extend its lead in the consumer space with the release of a few new notebooks aimed at the consumer market: The Z41, Z51, and IdeaPad 100. The 4.63-pound Lenovo Z41 and 5.07-pound Z51 are multimedia workstations cut from the same cloth, with the former bringing a 14-inch screen and the latter upping the ante slightly with a 15-inch display. Both displays are Full HD (1920x1080) with a brightness of 200 nits. In addition, both the Z41 and Z51 can be equipped with up to a fifth generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB... Read more...
In addition to ushering in a tidal wave of new notebooks and mobile devices, Intel’s Broadwell microarchitecture has also found its way into a plethora of recently introduced small form factor systems. We have already taken a look at a couple of them, like the excellent Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK and Gigabyte Brix S BXi7H-5500.The low-power characteristics of Broadwell simply make it well suited to the tight spaces and constrained thermal envelopes of small form factor systems. But another side benefit of Broadwell is that it also allows manufacturers to cram higher performing parts into the same (or smaller) spaces than previous-gen, Haswell-based parts.Take the Intel NUC5i7RYH we’re going to show... Read more...
CyberPower has been in overdrive this Spring, pumping out the Syber Vapor, which we reviewed earlier this month, and now the Trinity, a system that puts a new spin on the traditional gaming PC design. It’s one of the most eye-catching computers we’ve seen in a long time, and it’s loaded with high-end gaming hardware.The Trinity is made up of three blades, each of which contains components. One blade, dubbed the “CPU Blade,” houses a mini ITX motherboard and as much as 16GB of memory. The “Performance Blade” handles graphics (including full-size graphics cards) and has room for SSDs. The “Storage Blade” has additional room for hard drives and SSDs, as well as an optical drive and an ATX power... Read more...
The Digital Storm Bolt II is a midsize system that fits some powerful components into a very sleek, sophisticated case – one that looks as good standing upright as it does on its side, which is an important feature for a computer that might end up on your home theater setup. At $3,481 (as tested), the Bolt II’s price tag might raise some eyebrows, but the price strikes us as unsurprising for this rig, which is a luxury PC, after all. Given the prices we’ve seen in luxury gaming PCs of late, the Bolt II certainly commands a premium, but it's not out of line with expectations, especially considering the Devil's Canyon CPU, Liquid Cooling, and GeForce GTX 780 Ti inside... Digital... Read more...
Until such time as Valve gets its ducks in a row, those of us who want a console-like Steam experience are sticking with DIY PCs, Big Picture mode and a third-party controller. Digital Storm, however, thinks it has a killer system for your living room Big Picture setup (or for use as your main gaming rig if you’re a mouse and keyboard type) in the newly updated Bolt II. The Bolt II is a midsize system that fits some powerful components into a very sleek, sophisticated case – one that looks as good standing upright as it does on its side, which is an important feature for a computer that might end up on your home theater setup. At $3,481 (as tested), the Bolt II’s... Read more...
1 2 3 4 5 Next ... Last