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August 2018 update. Top 10 Workstation laptops with professional graphics cards reviewed by Notebookcheck
Dell Precision 3530 (Xeon E-2176M, Quadro P600) Workstation Review

84% Dell Precision 3530 (Xeon E-2176M, Quadro P600) Workstation Review

Can't take the heat. The Precision 3530 is the latest entry-level workstation from Dell. Powered by an Nvidia Quadro P600 and a new Xeon CPU from Intel, the Precision 3530 is a capable machine. Heat management and fan noise leave quite a bit to be desired, however.
Intel Xeon E-2176M | NVIDIA Quadro P600 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 (i7, P1000, FHD) Workstation Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad P52 (i7, P1000, FHD) Workstation Review

Traditional powerhouse. Despite the media attention stylish ultrabook workstations such as Dell's XPS 15 receive, traditional portable workstations like the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 are still the backbone of the workstation market. How well does the latest release of Lenovo's conventional ThinkPad powerhouse do? Find out in our extensive review!
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA Quadro P1000 | 15.6" | 2.6 kg
Linux seems to do a better job of scaling up to the Threadripper 2990WX's 32 cores. (Source: Engadget)

The AMD Threadripper 2990WX shows even higher numbers when benchmarked on Linux

Phoronix has done a performance comparison of the AMD Threadripper 2990WX in Windows 10 Pro and Linux and the results show Threadripper numbers significantly lower under Windows 10 Pro than in Linux. In some tests such as 7-Zip Co...
Turing is the next step for Nvidia and will excel at ray tracing using its Tensor cores and RT core. (Source: Anandtech)

Nvidia officially announces Turing architecture, launches new RTX Quadro series

On August 13 at Siggraph Nvidia announced its new Turing based RTX Quadro GPUs, designed to process real time ray tracing. The full Turing GPU is the second biggest in the world (the first being Volta) and it is the world's first ...
The 2990WX was launched on August 13 and received both praise and criticism. (Source: TechGage)

AMD's new 2990WX is now the world's fastest CPU, with some caveats

AMD's Threadripper 2990WX has finally launched, and it is officially the fastest CPU in the world. With 32 cores, 64 threads, and an all core frequency of 3.4 GHz, it's a monstrous CPU. However, the path to 32 cores on the desktop...
Samsung's 16 Gb GDDR6 memory has made its way into the NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs. (Source: Samsung)

The NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs feature Samsung's 16 Gigabit GDDR6 memory

The NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs implement Samsung's latest 16 Gigabit GDDR6 memory. The enhanced bandwidth of GDDR6 helps in improved performance and memory efficiency while consuming 35% less power. The Quadro RTX is the first product...
A team of researchers has found that it is possible to compromise a Mac during its initial boot. (Source: CGTrader)

Black Hat USA briefing indicates possible set-up exploits in enterprise-level Macs

Macs are more or less impervious to hacking, right? Not any more, according to two cybersecurity researchers during a briefing at the Black Hat USA Conference 2018. However, the attacks involved are difficult to achieve and need t...
The MSI WS65 packs quite a punch in a thin chassis. (Source: MSI)

MSI announces the WS65 mobile workstation powered by Intel Core i9-8950HK and NVIDIA Quadro P4200 graphics

MSI has announced a new mobile workstation for creatives. The WS65 is a professional makeover for the GS65 Stealth Thin and comes with processor options up to the Intel Core i9-8950HK and GPU options up to the NVIDIA Quadro P4200....
Lenovo ThinkPad P72: Thinner design & Nvidia Quadro P5200 for Lenovo's most powerful ThinkPad laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad P72: Thinner design & Nvidia Quadro P5200 for Lenovo's most powerful ThinkPad laptop

Apart from introducing their thinnest mobile workstation ThinkPad yet, Lenovo updated their most powerful ThinkPad laptop today as well. The new ThinkPad P72 ditches the DVD drive and opts for a thinner chassis, while also offerin...
Intel preparing for "Data-Centric" era (Source: Intel Newsroom)

Intel has sold AI chips worth over US$1 billion last year

The Xeon processors employed by data centers in various artificial intelligence applications provided Intel with over US$1 billion in revenue in 2017, and the future looks even better. According to the company's officials, the dat...
The 2nd generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are now available for pre-order. (Source: AMD)

AMD takes wraps off the 2nd generation Threadrippers, pre-orders start today

AMD has announced that its latest HEDT CPUs, the Ryzen Threadripper 2, are available for pre-order starting today for a retail launch on August 13. The second generation Ryzen Threadrippers come in multiple SKUs targeting differen...
The Coolermaster-designed AMD Wraith Ripper cooler for Threadripper 2 CPUs. (Source: Wccftech / Tom's Hardware)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X shown to hit 4 GHz on all 32 cores...on air!

AMD will be supplying new Wraith Ripper coolers designed by Coolermaster that will allow the Threadripper 2990X to hit 4 GHz on all 32 cores on air. This was demonstrated during an AMD event recently held in Maranello, Italy. Gett...
Lenovo ThinkPad P1: Additional pictures of the upcoming workstation have surfaced

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: Additional pictures of the upcoming workstation have surfaced

Its still not clear when Lenovo will announce the upcoming ThinkPad P1 – but an official release might be in sight, as two new official renders of the ThinkPad P1, a thinner 15-inch workstation laptop, have appeared on the interne...
The Intel Core i9-9900K might debut only in Q1 2019. (Source: HotHardware)

Leaked slides point to arrival of Intel Core i9-9900K in Q1 2019, Basin Falls Refresh 'Cascade Lake X' to debut in Q4 2018

Leaked slides have revealed that Intel's 9th generation 'Coffee Lake-S Refresh' CPUs such as the Core i9-9900K will be available from Q1 2019. This comes as a surprise as we've been expecting a September 2018 launch so far. The sl...
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X gets listed on CanadaComputers. (Source: Videocardz)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X gets listed online for US$1835

The 32-core 64-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X gets a listing on CanadaComputers for CA$2,399 or around US$1,835. This is in line with the Cyberport listing last month that showed the price at €1,509. The listing also shows th...
BridgeOS in the Apple T2 chip is causing some instances of kernel panics in the iMac Pro and MacBook Pro. (Source: Digital Trends)

Apple T2 chip causing kernel panics in few 2018 MacBook Pros and iMac Pros

Owners of the iMac Pro and the new 2018 MacBook Pro have turned to Apple forums to report several instances of kernel panics, which trace back to BridgeOS found in the Apple T2 chip. The T2 chip provides support for secure boot, e...
Intel plans to release the Copper Lake family a few months before the Ice Lake models. (Source: SegmentNext)

Intel's Scalable Xeon CPUs to arrive by 2020

According to a leak roadmap presented by Intel at the Chinese University of Changsha City, The Ice Lake scalable processors were pushed to 2020 due to some 10 nm fabrication process issues. Meanwhile, Intel will launch the Copper ...
Details of the upcoming 8-core Intel 9000-series CPUs. (Source: Coolaler)

Details of the Intel Core i9-9900K leak — 8C/16T with 5 GHz boost clock

Details of new 8-core 16-thread Intel Coffee Lake CPUs have leaked online. The top-end Core i9-9900K can boost up to 5 GHz out of the box and has a TDP of 95W. The other SKUs in the lineup include the 8-core Core i7-9700K and the ...
HP's Z2 Mini series has some of the most compact workstations on the market right now. (Source: Anandtech)

HP launches Z2 Mini G4 small form-factor workstations

The fourth generation Z2 Mini workstation series from HP is bringing refreshed specs like the Intel 8000-series desktop CPUs and the more advanced Xeon E 2100-series for professional designers. The new SFF systems support up to 32...
Intel's new entry-level Xeon E-2100 CPUs are now official. (Source: Intel)

Intel's Xeon E-2100 CPUs aim to offer a compelling choice for the entry-level workstation market

Intel has taken wraps off its new Xeon E-2100 entry-level workstation processor family. The 6C/12T Xeon E-2100 is a derivative of the 14nm++ 'Coffee Lake' architecture and is tailored for creative professionals looking at a low-co...
Dell deals kick off today in honor of Amazon Prime Day (Image Source: Own)

Dell deals kick off today in honor of Amazon Prime Day

"Doorbuster" style deals will be in effect until the end of this month for select Latitude, Inspiron, Alienware, XPS, and G series laptops. The timings of these sales are confusingly staggered and we recommend checking out our sho...
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8650U, Quadro P500, 4K) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8650U, Quadro P500, 4K) Laptop Review

Pushed to the limit. The P52s is back, this time with an improved screen and a slight bump in processing power. Is the 4K display an improvement for the P52s, or is the display too much for the weak GPU?
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA Quadro P500 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Coffee Lake Refresh: Octa Core Laptop CPUs will likely be released in early 2019 (Picture-Source: wccftech.com)

Coffee Lake Refresh: Octa Core Laptop CPUs will likely be released in early 2019

While the 10 nm process continues to be delayed, Intel prepares more new CPUs that are still produced in an optimized 14 nm process. This means that Intel will continue to increase the number of CPU cores increase the performance....
Apple iMac Pro (Xeon W-2140B, Radeon Pro Vega 56) Review

87% Apple iMac Pro (Xeon W-2140B, Radeon Pro Vega 56) Review

iMac for professionals!? Apple's iMac is a popular all-in-one system in two different sizes, but it is primarily designed for private users. Professionals only got the Mac Pro so far, but Apple now sells a pro version of the iMac with Intel Xeon CPU and AMD Radeon Pro GPU. We review the entry-level model for almost 5,500 Euros (~$6359).
Intel Xeon W-2145 | AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 | 27" | 9.8 kg
Tachyum's Universal Processing Platform has the scalability to take the human brain. (Source: HPCWire)

Tachyum's Prodigy Universal Processor Platform aims to rewrite everything we know about CPUs and GPUs

Startup firm Tachyum's Prodigy is being billed as a Universal Processor Platform that claims to deliver over 10x performance over conventional CPUs in the Hyperscale Data Center market. The company claims that it can outperform th...
Lenovo ThinkPad P1: First picture of the potential Dell XPS 15 competitor

Lenovo ThinkPad P1: First picture of the potential Dell XPS 15 competitor

Since a few months, the name "ThinkPad P1" has been a mystery. Today, a first picture emerged, which shows a ThinkPad with a 15.6-inch screen without a numpad. Potentially, this could be Lenovo's competitor to the Dell XPS 15 and ...
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X gets a listing in the 3DMark database. (Source: TUM_APISAK)

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X shows up on 3DMark, supposed insane pricing could give Intel the chills

AMD's upcoming HEDT processor, the 32C/64T Ryzen Threadripper 2990X has been spotted in the 3DMark database. While the entry does not show any performance score, it does show lower boost clocks owning to probably a non-XFR2 mother...
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8550U, Full HD) Workstation Review

83% Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8550U, Full HD) Workstation Review

Weak Quadro. You might get the feeling of experiencing déjà vu when first looking at the ThinkPad P52s. The mobile workstation looks exactly like the ThinkPad T580. Is combining the case of an office laptop with a Quadro GPU a good idea? Find out in our detailed review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA Quadro P500 | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
The AMD Radeon Pro V340 will be based on a dual Vega 10 setup. (Source: HardwareLuxx.de)

AMD Radeon PRO V340 spotted — dual Vega 10 multi-GPU with 32 GB HBM2 memory

AMD has discretely revealed the Radeon PRO V340 — a dual Vega 10 multi-GPU card with 32 GB HBM2 memory. The Radeon PRO V340 is being targeted for virtualization applications with support for up to 32 concurrent users and hardware...
These popular Lenovo ThinkPad laptops suffer from pulse-width modulation (Source: Own)

Sensitive to onscreen flickering? Take caution when purchasing these Lenovo ThinkPad SKUs

The ThinkPad T, X, and P families are home to Lenovo's more well-known models including the 14-inch T480, 15-inch T580, X380 convertible, and 15-inch P52 workstation. While their design, features, and performance are generally ver...
The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU is almost twice as fast as its predecessor

The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU is almost twice as fast as its predecessor

While Coffee Lake-H has been benchmarked and compared with Kaby Lake on this site before, the real-world performance of CPUs more than ever depends on the engineering and implementation of each system. In such a thin-and-light chassis as the XPS 15, thermal constants have traditionally left their mark in performance. The XPS 15 9570 with i7-8750H CPU, however, has performed surprisingly well in our initial tests.
ThinkPad Thunderbolt Workstation Dock: The new docking solution for the Lenovo ThinkPad P52

ThinkPad Thunderbolt Workstation Dock: The new docking solution for the Lenovo ThinkPad P52

With the announcement of the ThinkPad P52 a few days ago, Lenovo also announced a crucial accessory, a new dock. But the company didn't release too many details about this dock, besides is name. Thanks to the ThinkPad P52 manuals,...
The new Zbox Q series is essentially getting an upgraded 6-core CPU and a dual 10 GbE NIC. (Source: Anandtech)

Zotac announces i7-8700T six-core workstation mini PC

Apparently, the Zbox Q workstation mini PCs were quite the hit and Zotac now intends to release an updated version by the end of 2018. Zotac will only add a newer i7-8700T six-core CPU (plus a new motherboard) and a faster 10 GbE ...
ThinkPad P52: Lenovo unveils its new 15-inch workstation with the GeForce GTX 1060 based Quadro P3200

ThinkPad P52: Lenovo unveils its new 15-inch workstation with the GeForce GTX 1060 based Quadro P3200

Lenovo launches the first model of its well-known ThinkPad-line of laptops with the new Intel Coffee-Lake hexa-core processors. The new ThinkPad P52 is not only the first ThinkPad workstation with those new CPUs, its also Lenovo's...
It seems like Intel withheld some important information during the live presentation, and reviewers are now crying foul. (Source: Anandtech)

More details about the 28-core CPU reveal Intel's misleading presentation

Apparently, Intel's 28-core CPU presentation from Computex was not really accurate, as the company tried to pull a few tricks on the audience. Anandtech meanwhile got some answers from Intel, revealing that the demo CPU was pre-ov...
Lenovo ThinkPad P52: First pictures and specs of the new Lenovo workstation have been leaked

(Update) Lenovo ThinkPad P52: First pictures and specs of the new Lenovo workstation have been leaked

Dell and HP have already announced the 2018-generation of their mobile workstation laptops. The third of the "big three" PC manufacturers, Lenovo, has not announced any new models of the ThinkPad P series. Today, the first picture...
The 7nm Vega finds applications in High Performance Computing. (Source: AMD)

Computex 2018 | AMD demonstrates Radeon Instinct 7nm Vega GPU platform with 32 GB HBM2 memory

AMD demonstrated the world's first 7nm GPU architecture at Computex 2018. The Radeon Instinct series of accelerators are made for High Performance Compute (HPC) applications and feature 32 GB HBM2 memory on a 4096-bit bus. The 7nm...
HP ZBook 15u G5 (FHD, i7-8550U) Workstation Review

80% HP ZBook 15u G5 (FHD, i7-8550U) Workstation Review

Too much Office, not enough Workstation. The ZBook 1xu series is at the lower end of HP workstation devices. These models are based on the EliteBook to save costs. Find out in this review of the ZBook 15u G5 why this concept still doesn’t work.
Intel Core i7-8550U | AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Mobile | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
HP Inc. was formed in 2015 when the Hewlett-Packard Company split up its divisions. (Source: Fortune)

HP reports Q2 FY18 net revenue of US$14 billion

HP has released reports for the fiscal 2018 second quarter results, and it seems to have been a good financial quarter overall for the California-based company. Net revenue was US$14 billion and GAAP net earnings stood at US$1.1 b...
Apple severely damaged the stand to an iMac Pro during a repair. (Source: Snazzy Labs - YouTube)

Apple damaged an iMac Pro while trying to repair it

Quinn of YouTube channel Snazzy Labs recently posted a video of Apple's poor repair of his iMac Pro. While attempting to repair a damaged VESA mount, the repair technicians at an Apple Store severely damaged the original stand of ...
HP ZBook 14u G5 (i7-8550U, Pro WX 3100) Workstation Review

81% HP ZBook 14u G5 (i7-8550U, Pro WX 3100) Workstation Review

Based on the EliteBook. The HP ZBook series has been updated to Intel Kaby Lake Refresh processors. HP has also significantly changed the design and is one which we have already seen during our recent EliteBook 840 G5 review. The ZBook 14u G5 should be able to provide enough computing power thanks to its AMD Polaris GPU. Find out whether HP has achieved this in our HP ZBook 14u G5 review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Mobile | 14" | 1.6 kg
EliteBook 1050 G1 with GeForce GTX 1050: HP challenges the Dell XPS 15

EliteBook 1050 G1 with the GeForce GTX 1050 & Coffee Lake: HP challenges the Dell XPS 15

The market for premium laptops has been growing in recent years, with thin and powerful 15-inch laptops like the Dell XPS 15 or Apple MacBook Pro 15 as one of the growth-segments. Reason enough for HP to release the new EliteBook ...
Dell slashing prices off select business laptops from now until the end of May (Source: Dell)

Dell slashing prices off select business laptops from now until the end of May

The Vostro 15 5000 gets a 40 percent price cut with a free Western Digital HDD thrown in for good measure on some deals. The promotion includes systems with 8th gen Intel Core ix CPUs as well. The timing of the price cuts are in l...
Switching from 14nm to 10nm will increase the transistor density by 2.7x. (Source: Intel)

Intel delays the 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs until 2019

Initially planned for launch in 2016, Intel has delayed the launch of the 10nm based next-generation 'Cannon Lake' CPUs to 2019, which the company announced in their first-quarter earnings report of 2018. It is not the first time ...
AMD Threadripper retail package (Source: AMD)

Unannounced AMD processors spotted online, including the 12-core Threadripper 2920X and 16-core Threadripper 2950X

The AMD processors that will probably hit the market soon were recently spotted in the official product master list available on AMD.com. In addition to the dual-core and quad-core desktop and mobile Ryzen processors, there are al...
Precision 7530 & 7730: A redesign, 128 GB RAM and Coffee Lake for Dell's mobile workstations (Picture source: Dell)

Precision 7530 & 7730: A redesign, 128 GB RAM and Coffee Lake for Dell's mobile workstations

Today, Dell announced the newest generation of the Precision mobile workstation line. The core of that lineup are the two traditional workstation-models Precision 7530 and Precision 7730, which are being updated with the lastest G...
Dell Precision 5530 mobile workstation with Coffee Lake-H and NVIDIA Quadro options (Source: Dell)

Dell Precision 5530 business version of the XPS 9570 now official, Quadro P1000/P2000 graphics in tow

Available in Platinum Silver and Brushed Onyx, the 15.6-inch Dell Precision 5530 is the brand's smallest mobile workstation. Its comprehensive list of hardware options includes 8th generation Intel Core i5, i7, and i9 processors, ...
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 convertible with Cofee Lake and Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL (Source: Dell)

Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a business version of the XPS 9575, but with Radeon Pro WX graphics

The new Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a less powerful — but convertible — sibling of the 15.6-inch Precision 5530 mobile workstation. Its specs are similar to those of the Dell XPS 9575, but this mobile workstation features Radeon...
The 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600X are here. (Source: AMD)

Rise of the Zen: AMD 2nd generation Ryzens are here to challenge Intel's 'Coffee Lake' desktop offerings

AMD has finally taken wraps off its 2nd generation Ryzen chips. The 2700X and the 2600X are at the helm of the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series respectively and are made to offer great multi-core and gaming performance in comparison wit...

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