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The weekly roundup - top news from August 12 through August 18

The weekly roundup - top news from August 12 through August 18 (Image source: Nvidia)
The weekly roundup - top news from August 12 through August 18 (Image source: Nvidia)
All eyes will continue to be on Nvidia as the inevitable announcement looms. AMD launches its 32-core Threadripper 2990WX CPU to both excellent and mixed results and Asus unveils its thinnest second generation Zephyrus GX laptop just in time for Gamescom 2018. New workstation from MSI and Lenovo add even more power to increasingly thin chassis designs.

With so many topics and pages published everyday, it's easy to miss some of the more important details related to the industry. We gather some key announcements and rumors from the past week that we think shouldn't be overlooked for smartphone and laptop enthusiasts.

Nvidia is poised to announce its next generation of GeForce graphics within the next 24 hours

The leaks have been ramping up and Nvidia itself is counting down the hours until its GeForce-focused press event in Cologne, Germany. If rumors are true - and they probably are this point - then we can expect significant performance advantages over Pascal GPUs.

Asus shows off the thinnest 15-inch gaming laptop in the world alongside the world's first 17-inch narrow-bezel laptop

The Zephyrus S GX531 will launch in a matter of months to directly supplant last year's Zephyrus GX501. Meanwhile, the Strix GL704 will beat all other major OEMs by being the first laptop of its size class to have narrow bezels and a 144 Hz 1080p display. Prices are still unknown for now.

AMD Threadripper 2990WX is world's fastest CPU with an important catch

With almost double the physical cores of the 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE, the 32-core AMD Threadripper 2990WX is yet another very strong showing from the red chipmaker. While it performs extremely well in some types of benchmarks, it may perform poorly on others depending on the operating system and task at hand. Press reviews are generally mixed because of its wider-than-expected performance deltas.

Zotac, MSI, and Lenovo announce new products with Gemini Lake, Core i9, and Quadro P4200 graphics

Zotac will soon offer BI329 mini PCs with Gemini Lake CPUs while MSI introduces a brand new WS65 mobile workstation based on the popular GS65 chassis. Lenovo also unveiled its own upcoming high-performance mobile workstations ahead of IFA 2018 with the super-thin ThinkPad P1 and newly designed ThinkPad P72.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08-19 (Update: 2018-08-19)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.