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It’s time for Lenovo’s spring refresh of its gaming laptops and desktops, and the company is going all out with its Legion family. The devices are available in a wide mix of configurations and CPU options (from both AMD and Intel), so let’s get started. Legion 7 Gaming Laptop At the head of the family is the Legion 7 laptop, which comes equipped with a 15.6-inch Full HD display. Gamers will have their choice of either a 144Hz or 240Hz display, each of which have a 500-nit brightness rating and HDR 400 compatibility. The display is backed by NVIDIA GeForce GTX and RTX discrete GPUs, topping out with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super. On the computing front, the 4.62-pound Legion... Read more...
We got our first taste of Intel's new NUC 9 Extreme, codenamed Ghost Canyon, back at CES 2020 earlier this year. Like previous Intel NUCs, the NUC 9 is a small form factor system that will be sold in a variety of flavors. The NUC 9 extreme will be offered in barebones configurations, where customers must purchase memory, storage, and an OS on their own, or as fully configured systems, with a mix of CPU options. This time around, though, Intel is leveraging its innovative Compute Element to enable future CPU and IO upgrades, and is also empowering ecosystem partners to offer customized versions of the Compute Element platform as well. The Intel NUC 9 Extreme Ghost Canyon is somewhat larger than... Read more...
April showers might bring May flowers, but what do April lakes bring? Lots of early looks at upcoming processors, that's what. There have been plenty of leaks this month already, and adding to the growing pool is a 3DMark database entry pointing to an Intel Core i7-1165G7 mobile processor based on the chip maker's Tiger Lake-U series. Tiger Lake-U has not been released just yet, though Intel did sort of introduce the upcoming series at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. "Tiger Lake is designed to bring Intel’s bold, people-led vision for mobile computing to life, with groundbreaking advances in every vector and experience that matters. With optimizations spanning the CPU, AI... Read more...
Prices on a small handful of Intel's upcoming Comet Lake-S desktop processors have seemingly come into view, and if they are accurate, then a chip with 10 cores and 20 threads could find its way into PCs for less than $500. Realistically, that's probably where such a CPU would need to end up, in order to be a compelling alternative to AMD's third-generation Ryzen products. To quickly recap, Comet Lake is already in mobile form, with Intel having released low power Comet Lake-Y and Comet Lake-U CPUs for thin and light laptops. The desktop is the next stop for Comet Lake. Leaks and rumors abound in the lead up to the eventual launch, though for the most part, they have been focused on model names,... Read more...
Based on all the leaks and rumors, we are presumably getting close to the launch of Intel's 10th generation Comet Lake-S desktop processors. Intel already launched mobile versions (Comet Lake-Y and Comet Lake-Y), and now we are just waiting for the desktop versions, which will be offered with up to 10 cores and 20 threads, and in excess of 5GHz. They're poised to be fast, but might also require a beefy cooler at the top end. Before we get to the latest leak, let us set the stage with a couple of reference points. Intel's 9th generation Core i9-9900KS Coffee Lake processor is an 8-core/16-thread processor with a 4GHz base clock and 5GHz boost clock, 16MB of L3 cache, and a 127-watt thermal design... Read more...
Trying to keep your head above water when navigating Intel's many 'lake' product names is no easy task, especially as we brace for more of them to show up. Intel 10th generation Comet Lake-S (14nm) desktop CPUs are right around the corner, and so are 11th generation Tiger Lake (10nm) mobile processors. Those tend to dominate the headlines, but today's leaked benchmark news focuses on Lakefield. What exactly is Lakefield and where does it fit into the land of lakes? Lakefield is a mobile client platform leveraging Intel's Foveros 3D stacking technology. About the size of a fingernail, Lake is an entirely new class of chip with a package area measuring 12mm x 12mm x 1mm. It's also a hybrid CPU... Read more...
Intel is ramping up its efforts to help healthcare workers and other key segments deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the $10 million in donations already pledged by Intel, the Santa Clara chip maker today announced an additional $50 million in aid as part of a pandemic response technology initiative to combat COVID-19. Technology companies like Intel are in unique position to assist with the global pandemic. Just a few weeks ago, Intel announced plans to source and donate more than 1 million items of personal protective equipment to healthcare workers on the front lines, including masks, gloves, face shields, and various other much needed gear. In addition, Intel is following... Read more...
When we evaluated the late 2019 model of Dell's XPS 13, we thought a few small things kept that ultraportable from achieving complete perfection. That machine shipped with Intel's Comet Lake-U family of processors, which are plenty fast on the CPU side of things. However, they lack the graphics "oomph" of Intel's latest Iris Plus graphics, available in Ice Lake-based 10th-Gen processors. This (very slightly) older model also had a 1920x1080 display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, while the Ice Lake-equipped 2-in-1 model had a slightly higher resolution 1920x1200, 16:10 display. We felt like adding those two features to the already excellent XPS 13 would make the perfect ultraportable, but apparently... Read more...
Little by little, we are seemingly getting glimpses of Intel's 11th generation Tiger Lake lineup, by way of various leaks and rumors. So it goes today—it has come to attention that over at 3DMark, there is a benchmark entry for what is likely either a low power Tiger Lake-Y processor for thin and light laptops, or perhaps a Tiger Lake-U CPU. The database entry only provides some basic information. Intel has not yet released or even announced specific Tiger Lake SKUs, so it is not unusual for software applications to leave identifying fields blank, or even misreport specifications. In this instance, the CPU in question is shown as being manufactured on a 0-nanometer node with a 0-watt TDP.... Read more...
ASUS has announced the latest addition to its Chromebook lineup with the Chromebook Flip C436. The machine promises premium features with high performance. The computer has a convertible form factor with a frameless NanoEdge touch display meant to put a 14-inch screen into the smallest possible form-factor. The screen measures 14-inches diagonally, and the machine weighs just 2.58 pounds overall. The Chromebook Flip C436 was verified by the Intel Project Athena program and engineered specifically for mobile performance. Along with the new 10th generation Intel Core processors is up to 16GB of RAM (8GB base) and up to 512GB of SSD storage. The machine features Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and a fingerprint... Read more...
Last week, Intel launched its new 10th generation Comet Lake-H mobile processors, which will find their way into new laptops from the likes of Lenovo, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASUS (among others). As you might expect, Dell will also be among the major OEMs to adopt Comet Lake-H processors, and today we’ve got leaked images of three such devices. The first is the XPS 15 9500, which is a complete redesign for the laptop. In the image above, the XPS 15 9500 is pictured at top, with its larger XPS 17 9700 sibling shown at the right -- the new Precision models are shown at the left and at the bottom. The most striking difference, however, is with the display, which is allegedly... Read more...
Here is a fun fact—there around 117 million lakes on the planet, covering nearly four percent of the world's land surface (thanks, National Geographic). Intel seems intent on naming a processor line after all them. Hot on the heels of Comet Lake-H making an official debut, a leaked benchmark highlights one of Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake-U processors. Before we dive into the leak, let's clear some things up. Intel's product lines typically contain Y, U, H, and S designations. Y and U parts are lower power mobile chips for thin and light laptops, and some lower power mini PCs, while H parts are higher power mobile chips for more potent laptops, like ones designed for gaming. The S parts are... Read more...
Intel first told us about the impending launch of Comet Lake-H mobile processors at CES, and it promised a lineup that would include 8-core/16-thread chips with turbo clocks in excess of 5GHz. Well, the time has come for the official launch of the 14nm Comet Lake-H family, and a number of Intel’s OEM partners are rolling out gaming laptops featuring the processors. Intel’s Comet Lake-H lineup is spread across Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 SKUs. Core i5 SKUs strictly come in 4-core/8-thread configurations with maximum turbo clocks up to 4.6GHz. Core i7 SKUs are available in 6-core/12-thread and 8-core/16-thread configurations with maximum turbo clocks hitting up to 5.1GHz. Finally,... Read more...
Maingear is known for its highly customized gaming PCs -- in both desktop and laptop form-factors -- and it is now pulling the wraps off its new RUSH gaming desktop series. The boutique PC maker has partnered with ASUS, which means that the RUSH series is ROG-certified and include ASUS-branded motherboards and Aura Sync RGB lighting throughout the chassis. At the heart of is your choice of either Intel or AMD HEDT processors. In the case of the former, you can opt for up to a Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition processor, which offers a total of 18 cores capable of executing 36 threads. The base clock for the processor is 3GHz, while the max turbo clock comes in a 4.6GHz. If you opt for... Read more...
When Intel first announced the impending arrival of its Comet Lake-H mobile processors, the company confirmed that there would be SKUs available with 5GHz+ turbo clocks. Those are quite impressive frequencies for mobile processors; especially ones that are built on Intel's venerable 14nm process node. Today, a fresh leak is giving us some insight into just how far these chips will be able to boost their clocks. According to a leaked slide that was posted by momomo_us (and apparently subsequently removed) the maximum turbo clock for these Comet Lake-H processors will be 5.3GHz. That 5.3GHz turbo clock will reportedly be reserved for the flagship Core i9-10980HK, which will feature 8... Read more...
Sometimes it feels as though we are stuck in a perpetual holding pattern for Intel's upcoming Comet Lake-S desktop processors, but rest assured, they will get released. As to exactly when, you can circle April 30, 2020 on your calendar. Just do it in pencil or erasable ink, because this date has not been confirmed. It is at least feasible, though. Intel already launched its Comet Lake CPU architecture to mobile, with several Comet Lake-U and Comet Lake-Y processors sporting official product pages. What we are waiting for at this point is for Intel to launch its higher end Comet Lake-H CPUs for laptops, and Comet Lake-S chips for desktops. In regards to the latter, El Chapuzas Informatico (via... Read more...
Rumors have been swirling for a while now that Microsoft is planning to introduce a Surface Book 3, and the latest chatter pegs the unveiling for a Spring hardware event in New York City. It would not be a surprise if that ended up happening. What would be somewhat of a surprise, however, is if the Surface Book 3 came armed with an 11th generation Tiger Lake-U processor, as a fresh 3DMark leak seems to suggest. The prevailing assumption is that Microsoft would tap its 10th gen Ice Lake stack for the Surface Book 3. Back in January, a similar leak highlighted various possible configurations, including one that paired an Ice Lake-based 10th generation Core i7-1065G7 processor (4 cores, 8 threads)... Read more...
There is a shortage of medical supplies as healthcare workers around the country (and globe) take up the front lines against COVID-19. It is a challenging situation for sure, and fortunately, companies like Intel and Razer are stepping up to help. Both companies announced individual plans to donate certain supplies to medical workers in this time of need. Starting with Intel, the Santa Clara chip maker said it plans to source and donate more than 1 million items of personal protective equipment to healthcare workers. This includes masks, gloves, and various other gear. “We will donate masks, gloves, face shields, and other gear that we have sourced from our factory stock and emergency supplies,... Read more...
Intel has been promising that its next-generation Xe graphics cards would be impressive gaming beasts. Earlier this year at CES 2020, Intel claimed that Xe would offer a double-digit performance uplift over the Gen11 graphics found in Ice Lake. Today, we’re getting a good look at what kind of performance that Xe will deliver thanks to a leaked benchmark of a Tiger Lake processor. This unnamed Intel mobile processor is pitted against the Ryzen 9 4900HS, which is the flagship member in AMD’s new Renoir mobile chip family.  The Ryzen 9 4900HS is an 8-core/16-thread processor with base/boost clocks of 3GHz and 4.3GHz respectively. Also on deck is a Vega 8 GPU... Read more...
Ready, set...FIGHT! Well, not quite yet, actually—I'm jumping the gun a bit on the next-generation laptop wars that will pit Intel's upcoming Comet Lake-H processors against AMD's Ryzen 4000 series. It's going to be interesting to see how the dust settles. As we wait, the leaked benchmark scene is providing yet another glimpse of what is to come, this time in the form of a presumed ASUS gaming laptop with a Core i9-10880H processor inside. I say "presumed" because even though the laptop is not labeled in the leaked 3DMark entry (fist bump to @_rogame for spotting the entry), the GPU section lists the vendor as ASUS. There are three possibilities (listed here in order of likelihood)... This... Read more...
Intel's 10th generation Comet Lake-S desktop processors aren't even here yet, but there's already talk about its successor: Rocket Lake-S. Comet Lake is built on Intel's 14nm CPU architecture, and will reportedly be available in up to 10-core configurations. Rocket Lake-S will also be 14nm based. According to a new report reportedly based on information from internal Intel sources, Rocket Lake-S will launch late in 2020 alongside new 500-Series motherboards. According to a leaked slide, Rocket Lake-S will feature Willow Cove microarchitecture (also found in upcoming Tiger Lake processors), albeit while being built on the 14nm process node.  We don't know anything... Read more...
A fresh leak over at SiSoftware's SANDRA database gives us a potential glimpse of an upcoming Intel Tiger Lake-U processor, assuming the listing is legitimate. The model name is not shown, but the listing does provide some interesting specifications, including an ability for the mobile processor to hit a 4.3GHz boost clock. While not yet launched, Intel's plans to release a Tiger Lake lineup are not exactly secret. Just the opposite, Intel offered up a demo of working Tiger Lake silicon during its keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. According to Intel's Greg Bryant, Tiger Lake will deliver a "double digit" performance uplift over its predecessors. Click to... Read more...
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