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Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics

Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics

Some early benchmarks of the new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 taken at CES 2018 show some impressive power from the new Intel Core i7-8705G CPU paired with on-board AMD Vega graphics. While these benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt, game performance hovers just below Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050.
HP 255 G6 (A6-9220, Radeon R4) Laptop Review

72% HP 255 G6 (A6-9220, Radeon R4) Laptop Review

Slow start. With the 255 G6, HP offers a very affordable entry-level notebook. Using an AMD processor and a replaceable battery, our test device could be given a buying recommendation. However the moderate system performance and cheap production leave much to be desired.
AMD A6-9220 | AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge) | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Spectre variant 2 got AMD involved in the double class action suit. (Source: Google)

AMD hit by double class action suit over Spectre vulnerabilites

Rosen and Pomerantz law firms representing AMDs investors claim that the processor maker had prior knowledge about the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. Investors are also claiming that the stock prices have dropped upon the release of BIOS updates for the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability.
Enmotus mainly provides storage software solutions for servers. (Source: Enmotus)

Enmotus FuzeDrive brings fast storage to AMD Ryzen users

The FuzeDrive software "melds" SSDs, HDDs, NVMe devices and even DDR4 system RAM into one large storage pool that remains bootable and does not require OS reinstallation.
The premium finish remains one of the hallmarks of Dell's Vostro family. (Source: Dell)

Dell Vostro 13 5370 business notebook alerady available online for Asia and Australia

The 13.3-inch business notebook gets upgraded with an Intel gen 8 i5-8250U CPU, up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM and a choice between Intel's UHD Graphics 620 or AMD's Radeon 530 GPUs. The model is now available online for Asia and Australia for as low as US$930.
Could we see an Intel dGPU take AMD's place in upcoming MCMs? (Source: Intel)

Updated | 'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works

Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
AMD chips are also vulnerable to Spectre. (Source: AMD)

AMD chips also vulnerable to Spectre exploit

AMD has revealed that its chips are also vulnerable to the Spectre exploit. Although not as vulnerable as Intel's chips, it is working with operating system vendors and developers to patch affected systems.

ThinkPad Roadmap Leak 2018: ThinkPad A285 & A485 with Ryzen, T580p & ThinkPad P1 with Coffeelake Hexa-Core CPUs?

Lenovo has announced a new ThinkPad generation a few days ago, but not all models were updated. Now an internal Lenovo document has been leaked, which mentions some new ThinkPad models for the remainder of 2018.
Acer Swift 3 SF315 (Ryzen 5 2500U, Vega 8, 256 GB, FHD) Laptop Review

82% Acer Swift 3 SF315 (Ryzen 5 2500U, Vega 8, 256 GB, FHD) Laptop Review

The Boys are back in town. The mobile version of the Ryzen is here. Is this the first time that AMD is eye to eye with Intel? Overall, the answer is a definite yes, although Acer should not have cut corners with the SSD.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 15.6" | 2 kg
The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 uses the same case design as the previous entries in the Inspiron Desktop 5000 series. (Source: Dell)

CES 2018 | Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 gets a refresh with Intel 8th Gen hexa-core processors

Dell has announced new CPU and GPU options for the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 line with the release of the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680.
The Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen on display at CES.

First benchmarks of the Acer Nitro 5 (2018): AMD Ryzen 7 2700U takes the Intel Core i7-7700HQ head on

Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD 'Raven Ridge' powered Acer Nitro 5 currently being showcased at CES 2018 show that the Ryzen 7 2700U can perform equivalently, if not better, than Intel's 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' Core i7-7700HQ. This is great news for multimedia enthusiasts as the Ryzen APUs offer a higher performance per dollar compared to the Intel equivalents.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) | 15.6"
The XG Station Pro's all-aluminum enclosure makes it much more professional-looking than Asus's previous eGPU offerings.

CES 2018 | The Asus XG Station Pro is the grown-up brother to the ROG XG Station 2 eGPU

Asus has put forward another eGPU offering this CES. With an external 330W power supply and all-aluminum chassis, the XG Station Pro aims to be quieter and sleeker than competitors.
AMD Introduces Ryzen 3 Mobile for Laptops as Entry-level APUs

CES 2018 | AMD Introduces Ryzen 3 Mobile for Laptops as Entry-level APUs

Both models, Ryzen 3 2300U and 2200U, are significantly cut-down versions of the new AMD CPUs that are meant to be used as an alternative solution to Intel’s Core i3 processors in entry-level notebooks.
Ryzen PRO Mobile brings Ryzen to business laptops

CES 2018 | Ryzen PRO Mobile brings Ryzen to business laptops

AMD equips mobile Ryzen Pro CPUs with additional security features while keeping performance and technical specifications identical to the consumer class CPUs.
AMD shows off a notebook graphics card based on the current Vega chip with HBM

CES 2018 | AMD shows off a notebook graphics card based on the current Vega chip with HBM

The Radeon Vega Mobile GPU is supposed to impress with its low Z-height and its compact build. However, the similarities to the Kaby Lake G graphics solution are quite apparent.
Ryzen APUs announced for the AM4 desktop plattform

CES 2018 | Ryzen APUs announced for the AM4 desktop plattform

One day before CES, AMD has announced two Raven Ridge APUs for the well-known AM4 desktop platform. The Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are entry-level offerings, however we still expect them to deliver great performance.
The Intel-AMD MCM is now official. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
AMD Ryzen and Polaris will power the Acer Nitro 5 for just $800 USD

CES 2018 | AMD Ryzen and Polaris will power the Acer Nitro 5 for just $800 USD

Strangely enough, the notebook will be sticking with the older Polaris architecture instead of utilizing AMD's newer and more efficient integrated Vega solutions.
Intel purportedly knew of architecture vulnerabilities six months ahead of Coffee Lake launch (Image source: Intel)

Intel purportedly knew of architecture vulnerabilities months ahead of Coffee Lake launch

The PR blunders will likely haunt Intel for the rest of the year as fans ponder if the chipmaker could have delayed Coffee Lake even further to address the critical concerns at the silicon level.
It is rumored that an embargo on the details of the flaw are due to be lifted later this month, after patches have been issued. (Source: Intel)

UPDATE | Intel hardware flaw will cause a drop in performance for kernel heavy processes once fixed

Updated with response from Intel. A security flaw has been found in the way that Intel processors from the last ten years handle kernel memory. The solution being implemented in the Windows and Linux kernels can vary from virtually no impact up to 20% or 30% for processes that involve a high number of kernel calls, such as writing to databases.
Spectre is more difficult to pull off, but it is harder to mitigate, as well. (Source: Google)

Microsoft releases emergency patches to address Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affecting most current processors

Windows promptly released security updates for all the Windows 10 builds in ordered to fix the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities discovered by the Google Project Zero team earlier this week. Although there have not been reports of exploited systems, Windows 10 users had better install the patch.
3DMark entries for new laptops with the Intel-AMD MCM. (Source: TUM_APISAK/Imgur)

HP Spectre x360 spotted with new Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G, Asus and Dell could join in as well

A new HP Spectre x360 model has surfaced on 3DMark that features the Intel-AMD MCM. Specifically, the notebook seems to use a Core i7-8705G with Vega M GL graphics.
The Intel-AMD multi-chip module. (Source: Intel)

The Intel-AMD Core i7-8809G will be overclockable with a 100W target TDP

Intel's India website leaked some information about the 'Kaby Lake-G' Core i7-8809G MCM. The listing sheds some light on the specifications of the new package and gives us hints on what to expect from Intel's official announcement at CES 2018.
Users reporting DirectX 9 issues with Radeon Adrenaline software, AMD doesn't seem to care (Image source: AMD)

Update | Users reporting DirectX 9 issues with Radeon Adrenaline, AMD doesn't seem to care

AMD's latest graphics driver software has introduced fatal conflicts with a number of classic DX9 titles. The games have been deemed "too old" for AMD to address.
Lenovo ThinkPad A275 (A12-9800B, 256GB) Laptop Review

82% Lenovo ThinkPad A275 (A12-9800B, 256GB) Laptop Review

Uncertain Prospect. Lenovo has created an AMD version of the X270. It excels in terms of input devices, security and portability. However, the stability and build quality are subpar, and the display somehow does not quite seem to fit the bill.
AMD PRO A12-9800B | AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) | 12.5" | 1.6 kg
The AMD 400-series chipset gets a listing on the PCI-SIG. (Source: Videocardz)

AMD Promontory 400-series chipset with support for next gen Ryzen coming soon

We could soon see AMD launch its 400-series chipset close to Ryzen 2000's launch early next year. Existing 300-series boards will, however, continue to be compatible with the next generation Ryzen CPUs.
Logos via Acer and AMD

Ryzen mobile CPUs coming soon to Acer Swift laptops (benchmarks vs. Intel CPUs included)

A few new listings on Acer's website detail two new models of the Swift 3, both equipped with Ryzen mobile CPUs. One laptop sports the Ryzen 5 2500U and the other, the Ryzen 7 2700U. These are among the first notebooks to use AMD's new CPUs.
The Ataribox. (Source: Atari)

Ataribox pre-orders have been delayed

Atari has sent an email out to those who expressed interest in the upcoming Ataribox to say that the pre-order date is no longer the 14th of December. The additional time will be spent developing the platform and ecosystem, and we can expect an announcement of the new pre-order date over the next few weeks.
Apple iMac Pro (Source: Apple)

Apple releases the iMac Pro starting at US$4,999

Advertised as "the most powerful Mac ever," the iMac Pro provides an impressive set of hardware specs, packing Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, as well as a 27-inch Retina 5K display.
The allegedly leaked slide from the "Spring 2018 Cycle Playbook." Unable to confirm authenticity. (Source: Informatica Cero)

35-Watt and 65-Watt mobile Ryzen processors might be coming soon according to a product slide

An apparent product slide leak shows 35 W and 65 W mobile Ryzen processors coming in spring 2018 to compete against Intel's HQ and HK series. This leak is a rumor and details haven't been confirmed by AMD.
The iMac Pro is the most powerful Mac ever. (Source: Apple)

iMac Pro launches this week in 8- and 10-core configurations

Apple has announced that the successor to the ill-fated 2013 Mac Pro is scheduled to arrive this week. Based on the iMac AIO design, the new iMac Pro can sport up to 18-cores of custom Intel Xeon performance.
AMD's Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition is now available. (Source: AMD)

Time for some heart-pounding action with AMD's new Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition

The 2017 annual major release of AMD's Radeon Software has arrived, called the Adrenaline Edition. In addition to a refined UI, the main features it brings are an in-game overlay that allows performance monitoring and on-the-fly setting changes, as well as a mobile app that can be used to monitor performance or handle recording and streaming settings.
The first all-new Atari console in years is coming in 2018. (Source: Atari)

The Ataribox goes up for pre-order on Dec 14

Atari is set to release its first all-new gaming console in years. The Ataribox will be powered by a custom AMD chipset and is going up for pre-order this week.
Alleged leaked slide showing the core count, clock speed, and pricing of three upcoming 2nd generation Ryzen processors. (Source: Tech Spot)

(Update: likely fake) | Leaked slide shows Ryzen 7 2800X coming in February 2018 with +82% performance over 1800X

Leaked slides, which are claimed to be genuine AMD material, show core and thread count for the upcoming 2700, 2800, and 2800X, as well as the frequencies that they run at. You can expect these new Ryzen processors to start shipping from 1st February 2018.
The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017

The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017

Wisdom of the crowd? The Amazon Bestseller list is usually a good indication of which laptops capture buyers' attention and what users generally look forward to when buying a notebook. In this article, we take a look at some of the notebooks that have made it to the Amazon bestsellers list in the Laptop Computers category.
The Sony PlayStation 4 Pro. (Source: Sony)

Sony PlayStation 4 continues to dominate this generation's consoles sales with over 70 million units sold

Sony announced yesterday that the PlayStation 4 has now passed 70 million lifetime sales, along with almost 618 million games sold.
Rambus could launch the HBM3 modules as early as 2019. (Source: Rambus)

HBM3 memory expected to feature 4 Gbps transfer rates and GDDR6-like bandwidth

Rambus released some preliminary details about the HBM3 graphics memory modules that are expected to hit the market in 2019, at the earliest. With a transfer rate of around 4 Gbps, the HBM3 modules could double the memory bandwidth, making them faster than the GDDR6 modules included in Nvidia's GTX 2000 GPUs.
The two missing compute units might not have a big peromance impact, but AMD's stealthy move clearly indicates some transparancy issues. (Source: AMD)

AMD stealthily lowers count of compute units on second wave of RX 560 GPUs

Buyers should pay attention to what Radeon RX 560 cards they are purchasing, as AMD was discovered to allow OEMs like Sapphire, Asus and PowerColor market RX 560 versions with 14 compute units instead of 16. These downgraded versions are most likely to be found on Amazon and Newegg.
AMD will soon launch Ryzen SoCs with integrated LTE modems. (Source: Qualcomm)

Always-on LTE connectivity coming soon to a Ryzen-powered laptop near you

AMD announced its partnership with Qualcomm to integrate the latter's X16 LTE modem on Ryzen APUs, thereby, bringing always-on LTE connectivity to high-performance notebooks.
The upcoming AMD Raven Ridge APUs will include the Vega 11 GPU cores. (Source: AMD)

Upcoming AMD Raven Ridge APUs to feature Vega 11 graphics core

The Vega 11 GPU core will only be featured in upcoming Raven Ridge APUs and will not be released as budget versions of the Vega 56/64 GPUs. These should bring a notable performance boost over the Ryzen 5 2500U chips that integrate Vega 8 cores.
HP Envy x360 15 (Ryzen 5 2500U, Radeon Vega 8) Laptop Review

77% HP Envy x360 15 (Ryzen 5 2500U, Radeon Vega 8) Laptop Review

A very rough gem. The performance-per-Dollar is easily the highlight of HP's first notebook centered around AMD's Raven Ridge platform. It's too bad that the software is still a buggy mess.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The 10 Best Multimedia Laptops for Late 2017

The 10 Best Multimedia Laptops for Late 2017

Creativity, unhindered. Holiday season is finally upon us, and thus begins one of the most lucrative periods for anyone mulling to purchase a new notebook excelling both in content creation and consumption. The choices can be daunting, but leave it to us to help you decide on the best multimedia notebook to perfectly complement your needs.
Our first Ryzen 5 2500U benchmarks are in and Intel has every reason to worry (Image source: AMD)

Our first Ryzen 5 2500U benchmarks are in and Intel has every reason to worry

As fast as a Core i5-8250U but with more than double the graphics performance, the Ryzen 5 2500U is launching with just the momentum AMD needs in the notebook space.
The 10 Best Gaming Laptops for Late 2017

The 10 Best Gaming Laptops for Late 2017

Defeat your opponents on the go. Is it time to upgrade to a new gaming laptop for the holiday season? Here are the top 10 gaming notebooks from our database and our picks for the top in each category.
AMD RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 (Source: OC3D)

AMD's RX Vega 64 is 20 percent faster than the GTX 1080 in DX12

Futuremark's brand-new VRMark Cyan Room benchmark arrived earlier today and the first set of interesting results is already available. According to AMD's own tests that were conducted using this DirectX 12 benchmarking tool, the RX Vega 64 is 20 percent faster than the GeForce GTX 1080.
The 'Raven Ridge' powered Dell Latitude 5495 is seen in SiSoft Sandra's listings. (Source: SiSoft Sandra)

AMD 'Raven Ridge'-powered Dell Latitude 5495 surfaces online

Dell could be joining the list of OEMs looking to offer AMD 'Raven Ridge' aka Ryzen Mobile CPUs in upcoming notebooks, if the listing on benchmarking site SiSoft Sandra is any indication. The listing reports scores of a Dell Latitude 5495 notebook powered by the Ryzen 7 APU with onboard Vega graphics.
Apart from the desktop-grade Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, the GL702ZC also features the Radeon RX580 4 GB GPU. (Source: Asus)

Asus starts shipping the ROG Strix GL702ZC gaming laptop with Ryzen 7 1700 dekstop CPU

The 17-inch ROG Strix GL702ZC can easily replace a desktop gaming rig, as it is powered by desktop versions of the Ryzen 7 1700 CPU and Radeon RX580 GPU. It also comes with a 1080p IPS Freesync display, 16 GB of DDR4-2400 and a storage combo made up of a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD and a 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper retail package

Upcoming AMD Ryzen processors spotted in BIOS updates for B350/X370 mainboards

The latest BIOS release for the Asus mainboards that use the AMD B350 and X370 chipsets comes with a description that mentions "new upcoming processors" without naming them. However, it is almost certain that the update comes to accommodate a new wave of AMD desktop processors with integrated Vega graphics.
The Intel-AMD MCM seen on an NUC-style motherboard. (Source: Bits and Chips)

First photos of the new Intel-AMD multi-chip module surface

The first images of the new Intel-AMD multi-chip module (MCM) in the wild have surfaced and going by the looks of it, appears to be exactly what ultrabooks and mini-PCs have been longing for all this while.
Ryzen 3 Review: 1200 and 1300X for Desktop PCs

Ryzen 3 Review: 1200 and 1300X for Desktop PCs

With AMD's Ryzen 3, the Zen architecture has trickled down into the entry-level market. Lacking SMT, the affordable CPUs did fairly well in our tests regardless, and are most certainly a viable alternative and worthy of a recommendation for entry-level systems.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |

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