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In this episode of the HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks livestream, Dave, Marco and Chris will be running down our review of NVIDIA's newest GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, we'll dig deeper into the odd behavior of Apple M1 Macs seemingly eating their soldered SSDs alive, and we'll hit some of the recent big headlines in too... Show Notes: 07:14 - Legendary 3dfx Voodoo 5 6000 Gets Modern Revamp In Amazing Reverse Engineering Effort 09:32 - Surge In Carjackings Has A Chicago Politician Calling For A Grand Theft Auto Game Ban 13:31 - AMD Investigates USB Flakiness With PCIe 4 And 500 Series Chipsets, Here Are Possible Fixes 15:00 - AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 Phoenix Rumors Run Wild... Read more...
If there is one thing I learned from cartoons in the 1980s, it is that knowing is the half the battle. Thank you G.I. Joe for that tidbit. Fast forward several decades later and that lesson is playing out right before our very eyes, in relation to another malware strain that is able to run natively on Apple's fancy new custom M1 processor. Apple knows about it and has taken steps to stop it from spreading (more on that in a bit). Apple is embarking on a two-year transition phase, in which it is moving completely away from using Intel's CPUs in its Mac systems, in favor of in-house designs based on Arm. The first of those is the M1 chip. We have already spent some hands-on time with the M1 as... Read more...
Apple made quite the splash with its first homegrown processor for Macs: the M1. This Apple Silicon SoC is based on the 5nm process node and includes an 8-core CPU, 7-core or 8-Core GPU, and up to 16GB of on-package LPDDR4x memory. While the M1 is perfectly fine for the three Macs that it launched in -- MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini -- it's not nearly enough to handle the needs of power users currently rocking the 16-inch MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, or Mac Pro. To that end, the engineers in Cupertino are working on even more powerful Apple Silicon, with the next chip in the pipeline reportedly being called the M1X. According to specifications being reported by CPU Monkey,... Read more...
Apple is embarking on a two-year plan to transition away from using Intel processors across its laptop and desktop families, in favor of its own Arm-based silicon. The venture begins with the M1, an impressive piece of hardware that is generally garnering favorable reviews (including our own Mac mini 2020 review with an M1 chip inside). However, it's not all peaches and cream—a security researcher has discovered the first bit of malware in the wild that is native to the M1 chip. Patrick Wardle, a former researcher for the US National Security Agency (NSA) and currently an independent macOS security researcher, came upon a malicious Safari browser extension called GoSearch22. It was originally... Read more...
If you're the proud owner of a new Apple M1-based Mac and have taken a shine to Microsoft's Edge browser, we've got some good news for you today. An official public channel release of the native M1 version of the browser will soon be upon us, as it just arrived via the beta channel. Microsoft first launched an M1-specific version of Edge via its Insider Canary Channel back in mid-December. Then, on January 7th, support was added via the Dev Channel. With support now being extended to the Beta Channel, an official Stable Channel release can't be too far down the road. For those that are not familiar with Microsoft's software channels, Canary builds are the most unstable, and are released... Read more...
Devices running Apple's new M1 Arm processors were just released last month, but software developers are already quickly embracing them. In fact, it could be said that developers have been more eager to create native Arm64 compatible versions of their apps for M1 MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs and Mac minis than they have for Windows 10 on Arm devices running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx SoC. With that being said, Microsoft is rolling out the first public release of Office apps that are native to the M1. This means that all of your favorites like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote should gain all performance benefits inherent with the M1. Microsoft is delivering the updated Office... Read more...
When Apple announced its new Mac lineup -- consisting of a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac mini -- with its new M1 processor, the company was met with a mixture of enthusiasm and skepticism. Apple's performance claims were incredible. For instance, the company said that its new Apple Silicon offers upwards of 3.4 times the performance as the last-generation Mac mini with a quad-core Intel Core i3 processor. That's the sort of thing that could make a Mac lover's eyes pop. However, proclaiming things like "more than three times the performance," without substantiating those claims, will also spur its share of detractors.  So, we did what any curious spectator would do; we bought... Read more...
Apple's M1-based (Apple Silicon) Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air spelled the end of Boot Camp, the company's solution for booting into Windows natively on its Intel-based hardware. At the same time, the big names in commercial virtualization options, VMWare and Parallels, are still scrambling to get an Arm64-native version of their apps out the door. However, one very innovative developer worked up a new feature to use QEMU to boot the Hyper-V image of Windows 10's Insider Preview build straight from Microsoft. Now that those changes have made their way into the wild, we can see just how Apple's new hardware handles while running Windows 10. We got our mitts on an M1-based Mac mini, and... Read more...
The latest generation MacBook Pro and MacBook Air represent a major departure from past models—they are the first ones to incorporate Apple's own custom M1 silicon, in place of the Intel x86 CPUs the company had been sourcing for the past 15 years. It is the beginning of a new era. You would not know it at first glance, though, because these new systems look the same, even if you tear into them. Of course, we all know that looks can be deceiving. Despite how these new laptops might appear from a passing glance, these are very different machines than their predecessors. Apple is embarking on a two-year transition to completely move away from Intel CPUs, and design custom processors based... Read more...
Apple is gambling on itself and its ability to design custom silicon for its entire range of Mac devices, as part of a two-year plan to transition away from x86 Intel CPUs. To get things started, Apple recently introduced a new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, all powered by an M1 system-on-chip based on Arm. Early looks at the MacBook Air have left many people impressed. Equally intriguing, however, is an unofficial demonstration of an M1-powered MacBook Air running running Team Fortress 2 via CrossOver. If you have not heard of it before, CrossOver is based on Wine, a free and open source compatibility layer designed to allow Windows programs to run on Linux. There are versions... Read more...
Arm64 processors are making a big play for the laptop market thanks to Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs running Windows 10 on Arm and new Macs with the Apple M1 SoC. One of the best-known software applications on the planet is Photoshop, and it must run using emulation with Windows 10 on Arm or with Rosetta 2 on macOS Big Sur. However, running Photoshop through emulation results in a performance hit which isn't exactly ideal. Luckily, Adobe has issued a new beta of Photoshop that can run natively on Arm processors found in Windows 10 and macOS Big Sur machines. For Windows 10, you'll need to have a Surface Pro X with at least 8GB of RAM. You'll also want to have Windows 10 Build... Read more...
When Apple announced its M1 processor for its future Macs earlier this month, the company made some pretty bold claims. Apple threw out numbers left and right, in one breath saying that the Apple M1 was up to 3.5x faster than the processor found in the best-selling laptop in one instance, while in another saying that the integrate GPU was 5x faster in another. Yet the company never once gave us any concrete performance metrics or any details on what benchmark it was using. Fortunately, some people are starting to receive their Apple M1 powered Macs a bit earlier than expected, which means that we're starting to see the first round of official benchmarks for the M1. And we must say, the results... Read more...
Earlier this week, Apple dropped a bombshell on the computing world with its new M1 SoC, which is the first in a [likely] long line of custom, in-house Arm chips that will power the company's Macs. The M1 in its current form(s) is available in the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. When announcing the M1, Apple confirmed that the M1 features an 8-core processor, which consists of 4 high-performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. Apple also explained that there was [up to] an 8-core GPU onboard capable of delivering 2.6 TFLOPs compute for graphics-intensive content creation apps and games. Despite this, Apple didn't really provide us with any concrete performance... Read more...
Apple is hitting the ground running today with the announcement of its very first custom Apple Silicon designed specifically for its MacBook line of laptops and Mac Mini desktops. Meet Apple M1, which is a new Arm-based SoC that Apple says delivers a significant boost in performance over the Intel processors that it uses to power its current line of Macs, while offering claimed unrivaled power efficiency. To achieve this, M1 is built on a 5-nanometer process node and is comprised of some 16 billion transistors. At its heart is an 8-core CPU with 4 high-performance cores coupled with 4 efficiency cores. The high-performance cores feature 192KB instruction cache, 128KB data cache and shared 12MB... Read more...
NVIDIA's Tegra is sure doing a good job at gaining respect in the industry. The company's HD Mobile Processor enables portable media devices to handle HD video and 3D graphics, feats that were deemed impossible for small gadgets just a few years back. Now, however, Tegra has already found a home in the high-profile Zune HD, and just in case you've got some beef with Microsoft, you'll also find it within Samsung's new M1. The M1 is a pretty darn sleek player, equipped with an AMOLED display, wireless technology, 3D graphics and a Flash-based user interface. Reportedly, the device can handle 720p HD video playback, and it's equipped with a dedicated audio processor, a GPU and two ARM cores. The... Read more...
AMD Powers World’s First ATI CrossFireX High Performance Notebook by Alienware- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series graphics and ATI CrossFireX technology pack an unprecedented 640 stream processors into a single notebook - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 4, 2008 - High-performance gaming notebook manufacturer Alienware is putting two powerful ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series graphics processors from AMD (NYSE:AMD) in the Alienware M17 notebook PC. The Alienware M17 is the world’s first notebook from a major manufacturer to include the raw horsepower of AMD’s award-winning ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology with Microsoft Direct X 10.1 support.“The M17, loaded with all the capabilities of ATI... Read more...
Today on HotHardware we’ve got a quick-take spotlight video for you on Dell’s hot XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook... Synopsis: Dell's XPS M1730 is a powerful Desktop Replacement notebook designed with the performance enthusiast in mind. Sleek styling and custom lighting adorn this beastly, semi-portable machine that weighs in at well over 10lbs. Gaming and multimedia performance with the M1730 is top notch, with frame rates across its beautiful 17" 1920X1200 LCD holding strong in even the most demanding games and HD content. Though it's not cheap, the Dell XPS M1730 offers great performance, fantastic build quality and eye-catching good looks. Stop by our new video channel and have a look:Video Spotlight:... Read more...
Synopsis:  Dell's XPS M1730 is a powerful Desktop Replacement notebook designed with the performance enthusiast in mind.  Sleek styling and custom lighting adorn this beastly, semi-portable machine that weighs in at well over 10lbs.  Gaming and multimedia performance with the M1730 is top notch, with frame rates across its beautiful 17" 1920X1200 LCD holding strong in even the most demanding games and HD content.  Though it's not cheap, the Dell XPS M1730 offers great performance, fantastic build quality and eye-catching good looks.  A more detailed review can be found here at HotHardware:https://hothardware.com/Articles/Dell_XPS_M1730_Mobile_Gaming_Notebook/ *Note system... Read more...
Intel continues to drive their 45nm process technology down through a larger cross-section of their Core 2 lineup, not only on the desktop side of their offering but also with their mobile CPUs.   If you recall, recently we put Dell's XPS M1730 gaming notebook through its paces and came away impressed.  At the time, the new Dell gaming dream machine came equipped with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900 CPU, built on a 65nm fab process, that clocked in at 2.8GHz with 4MB of L2 cache.  So, what would you call a Core 2 mobile processor at 2.8GHz, with a larger 6MB of L2 cache and built on a smaller, cooler 45nm process?  We're actually not sure what you'd call it but Intel... Read more...
Dell XPS M1730 Laptop Continues To Rule Mobile Gaming ArenaAddition Of NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX With Dual SLI Technology Delivers 49 Percent Increase In Benchmark Performance Over Previous Generation Video Graphics  Award-winning  XPS M1730 and XPS M1730 World of Warcraft edition gaming laptops now support dual NVIDIA® GeForce®  8800M GTX graphics(2x512MB) with NVIDIA SLI™ Technology Delivers cinematic video experience with DX10 games like Crysis, and BioShock playing at high details and high resolution. XPS M1730 laptop configured with GeForce 8800M GTX with SLI technology are capable of posting up to a 13,500 3DMark 2006 score,[i] a 49 percent benchmark performance... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we’re writing to let you know that we’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the brand new Dell XPS M1730 high-end gaming notebook.  This machine is the first of its type to include an AGEIA PhysX processor along with its pair of GeForce 8700 GTs running in SLI mode, multiple hard drives, and top notch LCD.  We have plenty of information regarding the slick WoW edition of this notbook as well, in addition to some exclusive pics of the ‘Figureprints’ available to owners of the golden ticket.  What golden ticket you ask?  Read the review and find out...Dell... Read more...
Dell's XPS brand is instantly recognizable in computer hardware and gaming circles. Whether you've owned one or not, there is no debate that XPS branded machines, desktops and notebooks alike, are serious competitors in the high-end and ultra high-end performance markets. While the XPS brand is over fourteen years old, it didn't receive acceptance from enthusiasts until rather recently. It wasn't too long ago that the thought of a machine from Dell that could compete with the best boutique builders both in terms of style and performance would evoke blank stares.While the XPS brand has always stood for performance, it hasn't always been easy to tell. With early XPS systems, there was often... Read more...
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