Items tagged with Skylake

It’s been quite some time since we last looked at an all-in-one PC. Although there is clearly a niche market for AiOs, the product segment has always kept a consistent rythm in all facets of computing - consumer, enterprise and SMB. These types of systems appeal to style-conscious users and businesses that need computing utility with good looks, that blends in and stays out of the way. And though many are not powerhouses, a few do catch our enthusiast eye, and one of those few is the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC, which Asus is billing as “The pinnacle of Windows all-in-one PCs.”That may be a stretch and certainly a bold claim, but the Zen AiO Pro also looks pretty strong on its rap sheet, with a 4K... Read more...
What a difference a year can make. Now that Intel's Skylake processors are widely available, desktop, tablets, and hybrid convertibles are all being refreshed with the latest hardware. Lenovo, for example, recently introduced its Yoga 900. Though the nomenclature has changed a bit, this machine  is effectively a revised Yoga 3 Pro. The unique watchband hinge should all but give it away; it's the token feature on a potent, high-powered machine that acts first and foremost as a laptop, and secondarily as a slate. That's something we've also seen recently from Microsoft with its Surface Book and a few other machines. Rather than crafting a tablet and hoping that it could take the... 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...
If you’re a business looking to give your mobile warriors a truckload of power in a portable package, Hewlett-Packard is delivering in spades with the new ZBook Studio mobile workstation. The company says that this is the world’s first quad-core workstation available in an ultrabook form-factor. The ZBook Studio features a sleek machined aluminum and die-cast magnesium body that weighs 4.4 pounds and measures just 18mm thin. Inside, you’ll find plenty of high-end hardware including your choice of Skylake-based Intel Core i7 or Xeon processors and support for up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 ECC RAM. A variety of storage options are available ranging in size from 128GB SATA SSD all the way up to 2TB courtesy... Read more...
Intel's 6th Generation Skylake family of Core processors has been available for some time now. We previously gave you a look at the desktop variant that Intel initially rolled out. However, the mobile variant of Skylake is perhaps Intel's most potent incarnation of the new architecture that's power-optimized on 14nm technology and with a beefier graphics engine, for more capable thin and light notebooks. In late Q3, Intel started rolling out Skylake-U versions of the chip in a 15 Watt TDP flavor. This is the power envelope that most "ultrabooks" are built with and it's likely to be Intel's highest volume SKU of the processor series, which will ship in many OEM configurations this holiday shopping... Read more...
We got our first look at Dell’s brand new XPS 12 nearly a month ago when renders and a few specs of the device leaked to the Internet. But today, Dell is officially spilling the beans on its impressive mobile device that is sure to turn quite a few heads. The XPS 12 is Dell’s latest take on on the 2-in-1 form-factor, and it appears to be the company’s best effort to date. When docked with its keyboard, the XPS 12 looks like any other Windows 10 notebook out there. However, rather than using mechanical springs and latches, the XPS 12 tablet attaches to its keyboard dock using simple magnets. That makes insertion and extraction of the tablet to and from into its keyboard dock a simple affair that... Read more...
There’s no doubt that we at HotHardware were rather impressed with the 2015 XPS 13 when it debuted earlier this year, enough so to give it our Editor’s Choice award. Dell managed to cram a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 QHD+ display with edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass -- or in Dell parlance, an InfinityEdge display – into a 12-inch frame.  If you've seen this display in the flesh, you'll note that the top and side edge bezels of the display are near non-existant. Dell has now brought that same beautiful InfinityEdge display technology to its larger XPS 15, which the company boasts has the same footprint as a 14-inch notebook. But Dell didn’t just stay the course by using the QHD+ resolution from the smaller... Read more...
Dell is rolling out a new new lineup of Precision Mobile Workstations, and the company is taking full advantage of all latest technology that Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA has to offer including Skylake-based Core and Xeon processors and high end FirePro and Quadro graphics options. The company has also constructed the devices out of aluminum and carbon fiber to make them both lightweight and thin, while reaming robust enough to take a beating when out in the field. Starting off at the bottom, we have the Precision 15 3000 Series, which is available with a Core i5-6300HQ at the low-end and tops out at a Xeon E3-1505M v5 with the option to install up to 32GB of ECC memory. Customers can choose from two... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard today announced a top-to-bottom revamp of its Elite product family, and no stone has been left unturned. The company has refreshed its notebooks, desktops, and all-in-one machines with sleek exteriors, potent AMD APUs and Intel Skylake power under the hood, and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Starting off with the notebooks, it’s hard not to be impressed by the EliteBook 705 G3 series, which is available in 12.5-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch form-factors. Given the wide range of screen sizes available, you shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that available screen resolutions include HD, FHD and QHD options. HP EliteBook 725 G3 The machines are powered by up to a powerful... Read more...
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Microsoft should be “elated” that the competition is coming to market with tablet design that look surprisingly similar to its Surface Pro 3. The iPad Pro was introduced earlier this week with a 12.9-inch display, a fold-out Smart Keyboard cover and a much ballyhooed Apple Pencil (which is just Apple speak for an expensive stylus). Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft exec that had a hand in developing the original line of Surface tablets, took to Twitter to lay on the sarcasm following the Apple keynote: iPad Pro has a magnetic keyboard fold-out keyboard (with seamless key covers). What an awesome idea!! pic.twitter.com/ldspeuAysv— Steven... Read more...
The last time we looked at Dell's Alienware X51 series of console-sized gaming PCs was back in mid-2013. Back then we were working with Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core Series processors and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs based on their Kepler graphics core. Our man Paul, frankly, was spouting off a bit wildly about aliens serving humans for dinner and, well, let's just say it made for interesting reading. But that was so 2013, and like anything in life, seasons change and architectures evolve. Paul is still nuttier than a fruit cake but that's a different story all together, so we'll just stay on task. The Alienware team has been relatively quiet for the past 18 - 24 months or so with... Read more...
It was just last month that we raved about the Asus ROG G751, which hammered our gaming benchmarks. Now, Asus is taking the wraps off its latest gaming laptop series, the ROG G752. Sporting Skylake processors and Nvidia graphics up to a GTX 980M, the three new ROG models look like they’ll be bringing even more muscle to your game. The systems should arrive in time for the holidays and start at $1,499. Asus showed off the ROG G752VL, G752VT and G752VY at IFA Berlin 2015. As it turns out, the hardware is generally the same in all three models, with the exception of the graphics. The systems have Intel Core i7-6700HQ processors and up to 64GB of DDR4-2133 memory. And they have 17.3-inch LED-backlit,... Read more...
When it comes to Intel’s Skylake processors, we’ve already got you covered things on the desktop side with a review of the Intel Core i7-6700K and the Z170 chipset. We followed that up with an in-depth look at Skylake’s Gen9 graphics architecture. Now Intel is following up on its Skylake bonanza by opening the floodgates on at least two dozen SKUs mostly covering the mobile sector. You’ll find detailed specs for all, and even lot pricing for some. When it comes to Skylake, Intel is divvying up the range into four distinct series. There’s the Y-Series, which is dedicated to 2-in-1 convertibles, tablets, and Intel’s new Compute Stick venture. Then there’s the U-Series, which is aimed at thin... Read more...
Lenovo is beefing up its reliable ThinkPad E Series notebooks with a late summer/early fall refresh. The ThinkPad E Series is aimed at the bread and butter of the business notebook sector and is available in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch form-factors. This time around, Lenovo has four base configurations for the E-Series, with the E460 (14-inch) and E560 (15.6-inch) models both featuring Intel power. Base configurations start with a Celeron 3855U processor, but businesses that have enough coin can spring for a speedy Core i7 6500U processor. There are also numerous graphics options to appease every budget from Intel HD Graphics to an AMD Radeon R5 M330 with 2GB of memory to a Radeon R7 M370 with... 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...
Intel has been discussing gaming and overclocking quite a bit at this year’s Intel Developers Forum, in large part because its latest 6th Generation Core processors, formerly codenamed Skylake, are such good overclockers.Oh, and apologies for the clickbait headline. We couldn’t resist. Hey, at least you're not looking at our coverage on "how to get ripped."Not only have the early Skylake-based processors currently in the wild hit relatively high frequencies already, but they are more flexible overclockers than previous-gen products as well. Unlike every Intel processor since Sandy Bridge was released, Skylake-based processors can be overclocked using both multiplier and BCLK frequency manipulation,... Read more...
Intel is still keeping a number of details regarding its complete Skylake microarchitecture and product line-up under wraps for a few more weeks, but at a public session at IDF, some of the key technologies and design updates introduced with Skylake were discussed.During the session, Julius Mandelblat, Senior Principal Engineer at Intel, talked about changes to the CPU core in Skylake, along with some improvements made to the interconnects and memory interface, power and thermal characteristics, and platform level enhancements. Performance wasn’t discussed in detail, however; we’ve already tested the Skylake-based Core i7-6700K processor for desktop systems, so some early real-world numbers are... Read more...
If you were planning a new PC build within the past several months, the phrase you might have heard over and over again was "wait for Skylake." Well, Skylake is here, and the new architecture comprises Intel's 6th generation Core line of CPUs. If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out our review of Intel's Core i7-6700K processor and Z170 chipset. Straight to the point, the Core i7-6700K is Intel's fastest quad-core desktop processor to date. However, one thing we didn't go too in-depth with is the integrated graphics, and that's because Intel kept a tight lid on the underlying technology. That is, until now. Lo and behold, there's a whitepaper on Intel's website detailing the... Read more...
In case you haven't been following the news surrounding Intel's Skylake launch, be advised that the chip maker is not bundling a cooling solution with its recently announced Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K processors, both of which are unlocked parts. However, Intel will sell a retail heatsink and fan combination separately, and it looks to be a rather decent one. We can sense your skepticism, and truth be told, we don't blame you. It's not as though Intel's previous stock cooling solutions have been anything to get excited over -- while sufficient, Intel's bundled coolers typically fall way behind third-party cooling solutions aimed at enthusiasts and overclockers. Will that be the same with... Read more...
Lenovo expanded its ThinkPad line this week with the ThinkPad P Series of mobile workstations. The new line will include Lenovo’s highest-performing ThinkPad mobile workstations, edging the ThinkPad W series out of that spot. We had good things to say about the ThinkPad W series in our recent review, so we’re looking forward to kicking the tires on the ThinkPad P line and seeing how it measures up. One new feature that’s bound to get some attention is the Intel Xeon E3-1500M v5 processor.“We’ve built features into these machines that were previously unachievable in a notebook, making them the most versatile and highest-performing mobile workstations ever,” said Lenovo vice president and general... Read more...
When you think about what constitutes a "mobile workstation," several things come to mind. Things like ISV certification, long battery life, professional graphics (NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro), and sometimes a rugged design. But what about the processor? Intel's Xeon chips have been powering workstations for a long time, and for the first time, Intel will offer Xeon processor options for laptops. These CPUs will be part of the Xeon E3-1500M v5 family based on Intel's recently launched 14nm Skylake architecture. They'll deliver high precision computing horsepower in notebook form factors and sport features such as error-correcting code (ECC) memory that automatically detects and repairs errors... Read more...
On account of the fact that Intel's 5th-gen Core processors still haven't hit the desktop, it's quite something to realize that Skylake, the 6th-gen, is right around the corner. Marco talked a bit about Broadwell's desktop counterpart early last month, and overall, it's worth looking forward to. Does that mean you'll want to upgrade from Haswell? Almost certainly not. While it's undoubtedly going to offer some nice benefits over Haswell, with good help from its shrink to 14nm, Skylake is really going to be the "big one". For enthusiasts, it's going to be Skylake-S that will garner the most attention. WCCFtech reports on some of what's coming, including the fact that Skylake as a whole could launch... Read more...
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