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The NVMe PCI-e Gen3X4 SSD is one of the special features of the GV62 7RC gaming notebook. (Source: MSI)

MSI introduces the GV62 7RC budget gaming notebook with MX150 GPU

The GV62 7RC will have several variants powered by Intel's I7-7700HQ / i5-7300HQ / i3-711 CPUs and Nvidia's MX150 GPU. The i7-7700HQ variant with 4 GB RAM costs US$749.
Is AMD slowly returning to its glory days from the early 2000s? (Source: AMD)

AMD's Q2 2017 revenue results unveiled - Ryzen steals the show

AMD is well on its way back to profitability, thanks to the Ryzen CPUs, the Vega GPUs and the EPYC datacenter products. Q2 2017 revenue increased 19% over Q2 2016.
Apple’s MacBook family

Buyer's Guide: Which MacBook is right for me?

Touch choice. Apple’s MacBooks scored pretty well in our test. However, they are far from cheap and affordable. Which means that a deliberate decision is required prior to purchasing one. This article is intended to make it easier for you by pitching all available models against each other.
SK Hynix is the second largest DRAM chip manufacturer, with a quarter of the worldwide market. (Source: SK Hynix)

DRAM chip manufacturer SK Hynix reports record profit

After recording a record profit in the first quarter of 2017, SK Hynix has broken that record by reporting a second consecutive record profit. Operating profit increased by 24% and net profit by 30% between the first and second quarters.
The MXene nanomaterial combines with the hydrogel to produce a "Swiss cheese" macroporous structure. (Source: Drexler University)

Improved nanomaterials could bring batteries that fully charge in a few seconds

Researchers from Drexler University claim that their MXene nanomaterial combined with a special hydrogel can improve the ionic flow and reduce battery charge times to mere seconds.
With the start-up and memory use improvement that "quantum flow" brings we could soon have a more agile fox. (Source: Mozilla)

Firefox 55 reduces startup time by 90 percent and memory usage by 75 percent

A Mozilla developer has tested multiple versions of the browser and found that the current beta version improves startup times by over 90% and reduces memory usage by 75% when compared to the latest stable version. While these results are specific to the extreme test profile and operating system used, they show that we can expect a positive performance impro...
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The 17.3" display is ideal for immersive gaming and movie watching. (Source: Amazon)

MSI GP72 Leopard Pro-402 is the most affordable 17-inch gaming laptop yet

The new GP72 Leopard Pro-402 is powered by Intel's i7-7700HQ CPU and the GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and it is priced at US$1,126.99, making it the most affordable 17-inch gaming laptop currently on the market.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Gigabyte Sabre 15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

79% Gigabyte Sabre 15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Great gaming for under $1000. Gigabyte has introduced one of its best entry-level gaming laptops that start at less than a grand. Still, there are plenty of cut corners on this brand new Sabre series that potential buyers should be aware of.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.5 kg
HP Omen 15 (7700HQ, GTX 1060 Max-Q, Full-HD) Laptop Review

85% HP Omen 15 (7700HQ, GTX 1060 Max-Q, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Changeling. The Omen series from HP is not only known for its relatively good price-performance ratio, but also for its unique appearance. Thanks to a redesign in mid-2017, the gaming notebooks appear in a completely new light. In our test, you can find out what else has changed.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Laptop sales in EMEA up 3.1 percent YoY as of Q2 2017

Laptop sales in EMEA up 3.1 percent YoY as of Q2 2017

Weak numbers from both Asus and the desktop sector drag down an otherwise healthy PC market.
The Yoga 920 is physically similar to its predecessor, pictured here, but with some slight changes. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo's upcoming Yoga 920 laptop has its specs leaked before IFA debut

Lenovo is expected to announce the Yoga 920 at IFA in a few weeks, but an FCC filing has divulged details about the notebook's design and specifications. The main takeaways from the leak are a move to Coffee Lake processors and small yet welcome changes to the keyboard and webcam.
The HP Pavilion Power comes only in Shadow Black, but the keyboard can have acid green or ghost white accents. (Source: HP)

HP's new Pavilion Power notebooks get the GTX 1050 treatment

HP has released new Pavilion Power notebooks powered by Intel's Core i5-7300HQ or the i7-7700HQ, and all models come standard with the GTX 1050 GPU. Prices start at US$949.99.
The GTX 1060 Max-Q is actually almost as fast as the regular GTX 1060.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q: almost as fast as a real GTX 1060

The new Omen 15 features the Max-Q version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. After performing several benchmarks we can already say one thing for sure: unlike the Max-Q version of the GTX 1080 and despite a lower clock speed, the GTX 1060 Max-Q offers performance almost identical to a regular GTX 1060.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
 The i9-7920X features 16.5 MB of level 3 cache compared to i9-7900X’s 13.75 MB. (Source: Intel)

Intel quietly announces the i9-7920X CPU in response to AMD's Threadripper

Intel's latest CPU price list mentions the i9-7920X as a 12-core / 24-thread processor with a base clock of 2.9 GHz and an MSRP of US$1,189. The core count make it a direct competitor for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, even though the AMD CPU costs US$799.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Premium Office/Business Laptops

July 2017 update. Here you will find the best office/business notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
The GTX 1060 Max-Q is actually almost as fast as the regular GTX 1060.

Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q: Gaming-Performance almost on par with GTX 1060

The new Omen 15 features the Max-Q version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. After performing several benchmarks we can already say one thing for sure: unlike the M...
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
The PL62 combines the power of the high-end 4-core i7-7700HQ CPU with the brand new Nvidia MX150 GPU. (Source: Amazon)

MSI launches $799 gaming laptop with Core i7-7700HQ and GeForce MX150

The MSI PL62 packs the high-end 4-core i7-7700HQ CPU together with Nvidia's latest MX150 GPU, making it the most affordable gaming laptop currently available.
HP Pavilion 17z-ak000 (A9-9420, Radeon 530) Laptop Review

76% HP Pavilion 17z-ak000 (A9-9420, Radeon 530) Laptop Review

A snail's pace. Stoney Ridge is bottom of the barrel when it comes to overall performance. The AMD option may save a few bucks here and there, but the sluggish responsiveness is a very high price to pay.
AMD A9-9420 | AMD Radeon 530 | 17.3" | 2.6 kg
The device we're all waiting for just got a little further away. (Source: The Ledger Gazette)

Microsoft crushes hopes of current Windows Phone users — no full Windows 10 coming to existing handsets

A Microsoft exec has clarified that Windows 10 on ARM will not be coming to any existing Windows phones, as the OS is designed for a "desktop experience" rather than a phone one.
Fujitsu Celsius H970 (E3-1535M v6, P4000) Workstation Review

86% Fujitsu Celsius H970 (E3-1535M v6, P4000) Workstation Review

Strong CPU, weak cooling. The Celsius H970 might be Fujitsu's last 17.3-inch workstation. This should be reason enough for the manufacturer to do its best. But unfortunately, Fujitsu failed in two places. You can read in our detailed test review, where these places are.
Intel Xeon E3-1535M v6 | NVIDIA Quadro P4000 | 17.3" | 3 kg
Opinion: Nvidia's Max-Q — Maximum efficiency, minimum performance?

Opinion: Nvidia's Max-Q — Maximum efficiency, minimum performance?

With the launch of Max-Q, Nvidia has started selling mobile GPUs marketed on power-efficiency rather than parity with their desktop namesakes, but do the Max-Q GPUs deserve to share the same model numbers as the other Pascal chips?
HP 15-bw075ax (A12-9720P, Radeon R7) Laptop Review

71% HP 15-bw075ax (A12-9720P, Radeon R7) Laptop Review

Choppy waters. The HP 15-bw07ax brings AMD's newest high-end APU, the A12-9720P, to the market. However, the APU may be a bit too new - the system is remarkably unstable.
AMD A12-9720P | AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000 (i7-7700HQ, Radeon RX 550) Laptop Review

79% HP Pavilion Power 15t-cb2000 (i7-7700HQ, Radeon RX 550) Laptop Review

With great power… comes great affordability? The HP Pavilion Power 15t is back, this time with an AMD RX 550 GPU and an even lower price tag than before. Unfortunately, we ran into some unexpected challenges with our review unit.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | AMD Radeon RX 550 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Laptop Mag crowns Alienware as the best gaming laptop brand (Source: Dell)

Laptop Mag crowns Alienware as the best gaming laptop brand

Alienware leads MSI by five points on a 100-point scale based on a report card system covering everything from the feel of the keyboard to end-user warranty options.
Cube Thinker Laptop (Core m3-7Y30, 8 GB, 256 GB) Review

80% Cube Thinker Laptop (Core m3-7Y30, 8 GB, 256 GB) Review

Surface Laptop on a tight budget. Laptops from the Far East are becoming better and better, at least in regard to their looks and features. One representative of the Chinese premium class is the Cube Thinker, which comes with an elegant-looking aluminum case and a Surface-Book screen. However, can the performance keep up with the shop-window presentation?
Intel Core m3-7Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 13.5" | 1.7 kg
HP EliteBook 755 G4 (AMD PRO A12-9800B) Laptop Review

85% HP EliteBook 755 G4 (AMD PRO A12-9800B) Laptop Review

Appropriate performance? The EliteBook series from HP stands for business devices for the demanding customer. You will find out in this detailed review of the EliteBook 755 G4, whether this endeavor succeeds and the performance can do it justice.
AMD PRO A12-9800B | AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
(Source: Microsoft)

Opinion: It's time we talked about throttling in reviews

Due to the prevalence of thermal throttling and new passive-cooling technologies, it is no longer enough to run a few short benchmarks and declare a machine's performance is satisfactory.
Gigabyte P56XT (7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full HD) Laptop

78% Gigabyte P56XT (7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full HD) Laptop

A wild ride. After the successful Aero 15, Gigabyte has now provided us with another 15-inch notebook aimed at the gaming and multimedia sector. The P56XT is equipped with a Core i7-7700HQ and a GeForce GTX 1070. Will this configuration be enough for pole position? We shall find out in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.7 kg
Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

85% Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 Laptop Review

Slim with a powerful GPU. Asus has once again managed to have the slimmest device. For now. This time it is the ROG Zephyrus GX501 gaming laptop. Despite its height of just 17.9 millimeters (~0.7 in), the 15-inch notebook is shipped with an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU and the Nvidia GTX 1080 with the brand-new "Max-Q" design. We have already had the chance to review the ultra-slim gamer. Update: Higher rating thanks to second test model.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, without Touch Bar) Review

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, without Touch Bar) Review

Annoying fan. The MacBook Pro 13 without Touch Bar gets the Kaby Lake update as well. Thanks to the lower price, longer battery runtimes, and function keys, the entry-level model could potentially be the better choice for many users. However, you also get a slightly less powerful processor as well as an annoying fan.
Intel Core i5-7360U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
HP remains ahead of Lenovo in worldwide PC sales

HP remains ahead of Lenovo in worldwide PC sales

Global shipments of desktop and notebook PCs have shrunk from 62.607 million units in Q2 2016 to 60.543 million as of Q2 2017.
AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs will be available in early August. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is 50% faster than Intel's direct competitor – the i9-7900X

Information on pricing and availability for two enthusiast Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, as well as for two of the entry-level Ryzen 3 CPUs was presented in AMD's latest product update video, along with some Cinebench R15 benchmark results that depict the Threadripper models as clear winners against Intel's direct competitors.
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HP Pavilion 17z (A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340) Laptop Review

76% HP Pavilion 17z (A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340) Laptop Review

Super slow for super cheap. If first impressions are everything, then AMD is in a lot of trouble. Our latest Bristol Ridge notebook pairs a fairly respectable GPU with a CPU that is far below average for a very imbalanced system.
AMD A12-9720P | AMD Radeon R7 M340 | 17.3" | 2.7 kg
Schenker Technologies XMG A517 (Clevo N850HP6) Laptop Review

81% Schenker Technologies XMG A517 (Clevo N850HP6) Laptop Review

A breath of fresh air. About a year and half ago, we tested the XMG A516 - a powerful high-end notebook from Schenker Technologies that was quite compact for gaming devices in those days, with a height of 2.9 cm (~1.14 in) and a weight of 2.5 kg (~5.5 lb). Now its successor, the XMG A517, shows what it can do in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.4 kg
The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

The Best Notebooks for Teenagers and University Students

July 2017 update. Whether you are looking for a notebook that will not break the bank, a high-performance all-rounder, or a luxury laptop, here you will find relevant notebook recommendations from Notebookcheck for school-aged kids and university students.
HP 15-BW077AX (A9-9420, Radeon R5) Notebook Review

70% HP 15-BW077AX (A9-9420, Radeon R5) Notebook Review

Slow and Steady. The HP 15-BW077AX is an entry-level laptop from HP with AMD's newest A9 APU. Despite its young age, the CPU feels years behind the competition and the notebook as a whole offers very little for prospective consumers.
AMD A9-9420 | AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge) | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
With these 4 new models, Intel consolidates its leading position on the mobile SoCs market. (Source: Intel)

Intel reveales 4 new mobile SoCs in their latest Kaby Lake spec update

The Core i3-7007U, the i3-7110U, the i5-7210U, and the i7-7510U have a low TDP of 15W and only include 2 cores and 4 threads.
The ultra-dense nanotube lanes of communication between the memory and logic layers. (Source: Nature)

MIT and Stanford present a 3-D chip that integrates CPU and RAM

MIT and Stanford have developed a 3-D chip that integrates both CPU and RAM using carbon nanotubes to interconnect stacked-up logic layers and RAM layers. The design has great implications for overcoming communication bottlenecks.
Linux Fedora 26 launching today for all platforms

Fedora 26 launches today

After three delays faced by the alpha release and two for the beta, Fedora 26 is now on track, and the torrent downloads are already available, although the official website has not been updated with the news yet.
The 36-core Jenga system that’s running four applications. Jenga gives each application a custom virtual cache hierarchy. (Source: MIT)

On the fly hierarchical caches could speed up CPUs

MIT is currently running simulations of their improved cache memory system called Jenga that can reallocate cache access on the fly in order to create “cache hierarchies” specifically tailored for any program. Jenga can lead to performance increases of up to 30% and up to 86% reduced power consumption.
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Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ (7500U, 940MX, 512 GB) Laptop Review

89% Asus Zenbook UX3430UQ (7500U, 940MX, 512 GB) Laptop Review

Blue Chip? Asus' latest 14-inch hybrid is not only highly portable, but it comes with a dedicated GPU as well as security features such as TPM. Business or multimedia? The Zenbook's attempt to perform the splits did not turn out as expected, but at least it is very consistent in regard to mobility.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 14" | 1.3 kg
Lenovo confirms IFA 2017 keynote on August 31st (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo confirms IFA 2017 keynote set for August 31st

The keynote is scheduled for 23:00 local time the day before the official start of IFA 2017 where new product announcements are expected to be announced.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Thin & Light Gaming Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Thin & Light Gaming Laptops

July 2017 update. Here you will find the latest best slim and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Microsoft Surface Pro series facing heavy throttling issues

Microsoft Surface Pro series facing heavy throttling issues

Microsoft is promising up to 50 percent more performance with its latest generation of passively-cooled and actively-cooled Surface Pro tablets. Our own tests, however, show something far more disappointing.
Chrome OS might be getting a new touch-friendly launcher soon. (Source: Pocketnow)

Touch-friendly interface coming soon to a Chromebook near you

Canary builds of Chrome OS feature a touch launcher suggesting that Chrome OS could soon power touch-enabled displays in the near future
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Budget Office/Business Laptops

July 2017 update. Here you will find the current 10 best office/business notebooks for under 800 Euros (~$896) reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Subnotebooks

July 2017 update. Here you will find the current best subnotebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Multimedia Laptops

July 2017 update. Here you will find the best current multimedia notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

July 2017 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.

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