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Intel Core i7-9700K Desktop CPU Review

Intel Core i7-9700K Desktop CPU Review

The perfect gaming CPU! The Intel Core i7-9700K now must prove itself in our tests, with the Core i9-9900K having shown its worth last month. The Core i7-9700K lacks Hyper-Threading support, which makes it directly comparable to its predecessor, the Core i7-8700K. Read on to find whether the Core i7-9700K has the edge over its older sibling and how the CPU fares against the AMD competition.
Intel Core i7-9700K | AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 | 32"
Intel's 'Foveros' is a 3D packaging technique that combines chiplets into a much more denser package than EMIB. (Source: Intel)

Intel talks about upcoming 10nm 'Sunny Cove' microarchitecture and 3D-stacked 'Foveros' chips

During Intel's Architecture Day earlier this week, SVP Core and Visual Computing Raja Koduri and other key Intel executives gave an overview of upcoming Intel technologies including Foveros, a new 3D packaging system and Sunny Cov...
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, Optane Memory, FHD) Laptop Review

83% HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, Optane Memory, FHD) Laptop Review

Mid-range gamer. The Coffee Lake hexa-core processor and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card can display all current games smoothly on the matte Full HD IPS display. On top of that, the device offers 8 GB of RAM in dual-channel mode, Intel Optane Memory and a decent keyboard. However, it also has some weaknesses.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
The next-generation Samsung Notebook 9 (2019) is coming early next year. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's all-new Notebook 9 picks up a yellow S-Pen and Ocean Blue color scheme

Want a Samsung laptop that perfectly matches your Samsung smartphone? Samsung has got you covered with its second-gen Notebook 9 that comes in the same contrasting color scheme as the Galaxy Note 9 that matches a bright yellow col...
LG's latest Gram notebooks are among the lightest devices in their respective classes. (Source: LG)

LG will showcase the new Gram 17 and Gram 2-in-1 notebooks at CES

The Gram 17 notebook is probably one of the lightest notebooks in its class thanks to the lightweight aluminum chassis and the 15.6-inch frame, while the Gram 2-in-1 is LG's first take at a convertible notebook. Both models come e...
Alienware m15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

87% Alienware m15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Alien on a diet. Alienware's first ultra-thin laptop maintains the spirit of the original Alienware 15 R4 while propelling the series forward into the super-light gaming category. Of course, some sacrifices had to be made when moving to a smaller design, but it's mostly a success especially in terms of Turbo Boost performance and chassis rigidity.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
HP Omen 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

86% HP Omen 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Compact gaming racer. The Omen 15 brings all the current computer games smoothly to the matte Full HD display. Hewlett-Packard uses a very responsive 144-Hz IPS panel here, and the rest of the equipment is also all right: NVMe SSD, 32 GB of working memory, Thunderbolt 3.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
Notebookcheck Gaming PC

Notebookcheck Gaming PC

Fit for the future. We regularly update our fleet of desktops and laptops to keep up with the latest gaming benchmarks and now is time for us to update the former. This article is dedicated to our latest main testing platform that will serve as the foundation on which we will conduct future benchmark articles of the most recent games.
Intel Core i9-9900K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) |
One year later, the Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G platform looks dead in the water (Image source: Intel)

One year later, the Intel-AMD Kaby Lake-G platform looks dead in the water

The future of Kaby Lake-G seems grim. Just as many have feared, the platform is looking more and more like a one-off design with no direct successor or long-lasting commitment from either Intel or AMD if the current product landsc...
QNAP TVS-x72XT NAS with Thunderbolt 3 and 8th generation Intel processors (Source: QNAP Systems)

QNAP unleashes the TVS-x72XT NAS, 8th gen Intel Core processors and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity in tow

In addition to the 8th generation Intel Core processor options and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, the new TVS-x72XT NAS by QNAP also features HDMI 2.0, M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD slots, and 10 GbE connectivity. The lineup includes models with...
Eurocom Tornado F7W (i9-9900K, Quadro P5200) Workstation Review

86% Eurocom Tornado F7W (i9-9900K, Quadro P5200) Workstation Review

Core i9-9900K and Quadro P5200 in one laptop. For about $5000+ USD, professional users can get what is essentially a high-end desktop wrapped in a 17.3-inch chassis. Performance is indubitably fast, but not as fast as it could have been in regards to the CPU.
Intel Core i9-9900K | NVIDIA Quadro P5200 | 17.3" | 4.2 kg
MSI Aegis 3 8RD

89% MSI Aegis 3 8RD (Core i7-8700, GTX 1070, 16 GB) Desktop PC Review

Compact gaming PC! The MSI Aegis 3 8RD is a compact gaming PC that is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8700 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. Hence, the Aegis 3 is powerful enough on paper to handle all modern games. The whole thing is packed in a stylish case with RGB lighting. Find out in our review whether MSI’s latest compact gaming PC impresses in our tests and whether it is a worthwhile purchase.
Intel Core i7-8700 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) |
Intel is to roll out a new system to update integrated graphics drivers. (Source: LaptopMedia)

Intel to change the way integrated graphics drivers can be updated in Windows

Intel has announced that it will introduce a new medium called Universal Windows Drivers (UWD) to update the integrated graphics the company supplies to current Microsoft OS-running hardware. The institution of UWD will mean that ...
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

85% Lenovo Legion Y7000 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Grown-up gamer. A Lenovo Legion laptop with no hint of red? The Y7000 is a more mature step forward that drops the gaudy glossy look of older Lenovo gaming laptops for a smoother and more uniform narrow-bezel design. The end result is a notebook without all the bright or eccentric colors often associated with powerful gaming machines.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
AMD's Rome CPU. (Image via Anandtech)

AMD's Zen 2 "Rome" EPYC CPUs may double L3 cache per CCX for a total of 256 MB

A recent entry in SiSoftware's SANDRA database lists AMD's upcoming "Rome" EPYC CPU with double the L3 cache as prior Zen CPUs. Detailed as "16 x 16 MB L3," this would put total L3 cache for Rome at 256 MB across its 64 cores, utt...
HP Cyber Monday sale now live with deals on the Spectre, Pavilion, Envy, Omen, and more (Source: HP)

HP Cyber Monday sale now live with deals on the Spectre, Pavilion, Envy, EliteBook, Omen, and more

Get the Spectre x360 13t for just $850 USD while it lasts. The convertible has apparently become HP's "#1 selling Spectre" while the "top seller" is the last generation budget AMD-powered HP 15z for only $320 USD.
Intel's Core i9-9900K is currently the top-tier consumer CPU, but it may be supplanted with a 10-core Comet Lake-S CPU. (Image: Amazon)

Intel may be working on a 10-core Comet Lake-S desktop CPU

According to a Taiwanese forum thread that claims to have information from an inside partner meeting, Intel may be developing a 10-core consumer-grade CPU in the Comet Lake-S family. The CPU would be built on the 14 nm process and...
HP ZBook Studio G5 (i7, P1000, 4K) Workstation Review

87% HP ZBook Studio G5 (i7, P1000, 4K) Workstation Review

Metal Gear Solid. The ZBook Studio is now available in its third iteration – though it may seem a bit odd that this model is named "G5". Apart from the weird naming, the ZBook Studio G5 seems to be a promising piece of hardware with a combination of many desirable features: A large battery, a 4K display and a Unibody chassis – what could go wrong?
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA Quadro P1000 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Newegg Cyber Monday ad now live with 8 pages worth of deals (Source: Newegg)

Newegg Cyber Monday ad now live with 8 pages worth of deals

The GeForce RTX 2070 will be in stock for $499 with more savings on PC components, budget laptops, monitors, and televisions.
Select Intel and AMD CPUs are getting some sweet discounts for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (Source: Technology X)

Deal | Select Intel and AMD CPUs get huge discounts for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

It's that time of the year that sees significant discounts in PC hardware. We've chanced upon a few Intel and AMD CPUs that are being discounted heavily for Black Friday through Cyber Monday so this is probably a good time if you'...
Eurocom will let customers choose the discount they want for Black Friday (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom will let customers choose the discount they want for Black Friday

Configure the laptop exactly the way you want it, request a quote, and then name your discount. The promotion will be for this weekend only and it will apply to all Eurocom laptops including gaming, workstations, Enterprise-class ...
It's unclear if these prices will continue to remain at MSRP levels, as the shortages are expected to last until Q2 2019. (Source: Intel)

Intel CPU prices down to MSRP thanks to Black Friday deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday usually bring some of the best PC component bargains of the year, but, in Intel's case, these are not really bargains, especially in the case of all the CPUs affected by the 14 nm shortages. Prices fo...
Lenovo gets serious about gaming, launches new online store for PC games (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo gets serious about gaming, launches new Legion online store for PC games

Not satisfied with just offering hardware, Lenovo will now have a dedicated online storefront for PC games and closed betas. The store will be limited to gamers in the U.S. for now, but the manufacturer is promising exclusive deal...
HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 (i7, P1000, FHD) Workstation Review

86% HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 (i7, P1000, FHD) Workstation Review

Special combination. HP has added another new model to its ZBook Studio series, which are expensive premium-workstations. The special thing about this new ZBook Studio is that it is a convertible. Can the combination of a workstation and a convertible work out in reality? Learn more by reading this comprehensive review!
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA Quadro P1000 | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
Intel Core i5-8500T (6 cores, 6 Threads, 2.1 GHz, 35 W) Desktop CPU Review

Intel Core i5-8500T (6 cores, 6 Threads, 2.1 GHz, 35 W) Desktop CPU Review

A frugal all-rounder - AMD has already refreshed its economical APUs that are designed for multimedia use. Intel has followed suit with new frugal processors based on its Coffee Lake architecture. Our focus for this review is the Core i5-8500T, a 35-W TDP chip that has six cores and an integrated GPU. We will be investigating how well the new CPU performs in this review and whether it can handle the latest triple-A games.
Intel Core i5-8500T | AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 | 32"
Razer cutting $500 off its premier Blade Pro laptop series for this week only (Source: Razer)

Razer cutting $500 off its premier Blade Pro laptop series for this week only

The "early sale" is for Razer newsletter subscribers via special promo codes only. Nonetheless, it's a sneak peek at the kinds of deals Razer likely has in store for the rest of the year.
Lenovo Black Friday now live with deals on ThinkPads, Yogas, Legions, ThinkCentres, and more (Source: PR Newswire)

Lenovo Black Friday now live with deals on ThinkPads, Yogas, Legions, ThinkCentres, and more

The cycling deals will run throughout the week with savings between 10 percent and 35 percent across Lenovo's popular product lines. Newer models like the Legion Y530, however, have much smaller discounts compared to older models.
Lenovo Legion C530 Cube (i5-8300, GTX 1050 Ti) Mini PC Review

Lenovo Legion C530 Cube (i5-8300, GTX 1050 Ti) Mini PC Review

Ready to go. Lenovo is making it real easy for mainstream gamers who just want an affordable pick-up-and-play gaming PC without the hassle. Beginner builders will find a lot to like about the Legion C530 even if it's missing a few common features.
Intel Core i5-8400 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) | | 8.9 kg
Intel's 14 nm CPU shortage has affected Asus's desktop PC builder business (especially the motherboard sales). (Source: Asus)

Intel's CPU shortages have affected Asus's business

Asus claims its PC builder business (mainly the motherboard sales) has suffered due to Intel's 14 nm CPU shortages. Overall profits have seen a 39% year-over-year decline and the next few quarters will continue to hit Asus's profi...
MSI P65 8RF - Creator

87% MSI P65 Creator 8RF (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, 512 GB SSD, 144 Hz) Laptop Review

Well-dressed high performer! MSI's Prestige series promises desktop-level performance while maintaining maximum mobility at the same time. We have decided to take a closer look at whether MSI managed to keep its promises. At first glance, the device seems to keep its word, and a hexa-core CPU and GTX 1070 are great for much more than just working.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
We compare the XPS 15 9570 Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9. Which is the better buy?

We compare the Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9. Which is the better buy?

The Core i9-8950HK is faster than the Core i7-8750H configuration, but how much faster is it when compared to the Core i5-8300H? Our direct benchmark comparisons show the Core i7 configuration performing closer than we initially a...
Walmart Overpowered 15 gaming laptop now shipping, but we already reviewed it months ago (Image source: Walmart)

Walmart Overpowered 15 gaming laptop now shipping, but we already reviewed it months ago

Unbeknown to most users, other resellers have been offering the same Walmart design for months. Walmart, however, has the clear advantage in price and volume and is able to offer the same exact chassis and specifications for hundr...
The Intel Core i9-8950HK runs fastest on this laptop (Image source: Aorus)

The Intel Core i9-8950HK runs fastest on this laptop

Looking for a laptop with the Core i9-8950HK CPU? Then either Aorus or MSI would be your best bet if you want to get the most that the pricey Intel CPU can offer. We compare 9 different laptops equipped with the same Core i9 CPU t...
Dell XPS 15 9570 (i9-8950HK, 4K UHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

90% Dell XPS 15 9570 (i9-8950HK, 4K UHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

Too much power? After checking out the Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs, we're now finally ready to benchmark the Core i9 version of the XPS 15 9570. In short, users are better off investing in more storage, RAM, or faster graphics than to plop down an additional $250+ for the Core i9-8950HK.
Intel Core i9-8950HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q | 15.6" | 2 kg
As promised, Razer is now shipping the Blade 15 in Mercury White (Source: Razer)

As promised, Razer is now shipping the Blade 15 in Mercury White

Get the Blade 15 in light gray for the same price as the standard black at $2200 USD. Razer has been pushing its line of Blade laptops harder than ever these past two years with the refreshed Blade Pro and introduction of the Blad...
Asus partners with AU Optronics to ship world's first narrow bezel 17-inch gaming laptops (Image source: Own)

Asus partners with AU Optronics to ship world's first narrow bezel 17-inch gaming laptops

Asus and AUO are leading the charge when it comes to narrow bezel 17.3-inch laptops. With the ROG GL704 and TUF FX705 now shipping, we can expect competing OEMs to expand their respective lineup of 17-inch laptops by next year at ...
Alienware m15 gaming notebook coming with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics in early 2019 (Source: Dell)

The Alienware m15 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is coming in early 2019

Frank Azor has just confirmed that the new top end hardware configurations for the Alienware m15 gaming notebook will arrive in about 60 days if everything goes as expected. This means that both the high- and low-end configuration...
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531GS

84% Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531GS (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review

One step forward, two steps back. After the GX501 that was only mobile to a limited extent in favor of incorporating G-Sync, the brand-new GX531 is able to score with Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching. Find out in this extensive review why the overall evaluation is still worse than its predecessor's. Update: CPU and GPU Turbo mode benchmarks added.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
Intel Core i9-9900K (8 cores, 16 threads, 3.6 GHz) Desktop CPU Review

Intel Core i9-9900K (8 cores, 16 threads, 3.6 GHz) Desktop CPU Review

Fast and expensive! Intel shows what it is made of with its first octa-core mid-range CPU, hot on the heels of AMD’s new Ryzen APUs, which have shaken up the desktop processor market. Find out in our review whether the Core i9-9900K is worth buying and how well it performs in our tests.
Intel Core i9-9900K | AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 | 32"
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GM (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

86% Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GM (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Compact 17-inch gaming laptop? The GL704GM carries the same CPU and GPU as the last generation GL703GM. So, what makes this new iteration so special? For one, it carries the narrowest bezels for a 17-inch gaming laptop at just over 7 mm on all three sides. The design will become a standard that future laptops will want to beat.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
The Core i9-9900K is about 10 to 15 percent slower on laptops (Image source: Intel)

The Core i9-9900K is about 10 to 15 percent slower on laptops

Hotter temperatures and slower clock rates are expected, but how much of a performance dip can we really expect? Early benchmark tests show the i9-9900K trailing by about 10 percent or more when on a laptop compared to a full-size...
Alienware m15 gaming notebook to get new hardware configurations, including i5+GTX 1060, in January 2019 (Source: Dell)

Alienware m15 with i5 and GTX 1060 coming in about two months

Since some think that an Intel Core i5 processor would be enough for their new gaming notebook, it seems that Alienware's latest machine will soon get new hardware options. Frank Azor has just confirmed that an i5+ GeForce GTX 106...
Dell Precision 7530 (i9-8950HK, Quadro P3200) Workstation Review

89% Dell Precision 7530 (i9-8950HK, Quadro P3200) Workstation Review

Performance step-up. Dell crams in one of the fastest mobile Intel CPUs into a thinner chassis than the last generation Precision 7510. Can owners really get the full performance out of the processor? Or is it throttle city?
Intel Core i9-8950HK | NVIDIA Quadro P3200 | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Alienware m15 gaming notebook could get NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080-powered Alienware m15 coming soon, confirms Frank Azor (and Dell)

In a discussion about the latest Alienware laptop that unfolded on Twitter less than a day ago, Frank Azor highlighted the amazingly low weight of this portable — a detail that many forget about and focus on the notebook's thin de...
Walmart is selling its own line of Overpowered gaming laptops because it can (Source: Walmart)

Walmart is launching its own line of aggressively-priced Overpowered gaming laptops

The world's biggest name in retail wants a piece of the gaming pie. The 15-inch OP Laptop 15 will carry narrow bezels, an i7-8750U CPU, GTX 1060 GPU, 144 Hz 1080p display, 256 GB SSD, and 16 GB RAM for $1400 USD when it launches o...
Schenker XMG Ultra 17

88% Schenker XMG Ultra 17 (i9-9900K, GTX 1080, UHD) Clevo P775TM1-G Laptop Review

Too much of a good thing? Anybody looking for a powerful desktop replacement is at the right address with the XMG Ultra 17 from Schenker Technologies. We evaluate whether the cooling system offers sufficient reserves for its top equipment with the Core i9-9900K and GeForce GTX 1080. Update: The reason for the GPU throttling was found, and there is a higher score due to new software.
Intel Core i9-9900K | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 4.3 kg
Image via Apple

Apple overhauls the Mac Mini with 8th gen Intel CPUs, Thunderbolt 3, and more

Apple unveiled the new Mac Mini, the first Mac Mini we've seen since 2014. The new desktop boasts some impressive specs, including 8th gen 4- and 6-score CPUs, up to 2 TB of NVMe storage, and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. Thunderbolt 3...
The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is just as powerful as the Advanced Model for a whopping $600 less (Source: Razer)

The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is just as powerful as the Advanced Model for a whopping $600 less

Razer has managed to make its higher-end configurations look way overpriced by upping their baseline specifications. Users can get the entry-level Base Model Blade 15 and still have the same Core i7-8750H CPU and GTX 1060 Max-Q GP...
It looks like Intel was caught off-guard by outstanding market demand for its Coffee Lake CPUs, which lead to impressive revenues in Q3 2018 and also the CPU shortages.  (Source: Engadget)

Intel releases impressive Q3 financial report, 14 nm shortage expected to get worse

The Santa Clara giant reported the best quarter in its entire 50-year history, even though the company was not able to meet the outstanding market demand. The 14 nm shortages will continue throughout the rest of the year and Intel...
Razer Blade 15 Base Model (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review

87% Razer Blade 15 Base Model (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Bigger but just as sharp. Perhaps surprisingly, the new Blade 15 Base Model does a few things better than the original Advanced Model while retailing for hundreds of dollars less. Find out here how Razer managed to switch things up in all the right places to create the most affordable 15-inch Blade laptop yet.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2 kg

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