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The Intel NUC roadmap for 2018-19 offers an assortment of 'Gemini Lake' and 'Coffee Lake' configurations. (Source: CNXSoft)

Roadmap reveals new Intel NUCs with Gemini Lake and Coffee Lake offerings

The roadmap for Intel NUCs in the coming years seems to be a rather interesting one with a host of NUCs in different configuration options starting from the 10W 'Gemini Lake' Celerons all the way till the 100W Kaby Lake-H Core i7-xxxxK. NUCs based on the Coffee Lake and Kaby Lake-H CPUs also come with support for Thunderbolt 3 and Intel Optane memory.
The Core i9 7980XE CPU will be released on September 25 with an MSRP of US$1999. (Source: Intel)

Intel Core i9 7980XE CPU annihilates AMD's Threadripper in latest leaked benchmarks

The i9 7980XE CPU manages to keep a 30% lead against AMD’s Threadripper 1950X throughout synthetic and gaming benchmarks. The Intel CPU has 2 more cores that yield 4 more threads, so it's not really that surprising it performs better, but is the US1000 price difference really worth it?
The "photonic chip" uses sound waves to slow down photons and transform them into data streams. (Source: Nature)

Scientists envision the optical computer - light and sound waves transformed into data

A group of researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have developed a "photonic microchip" that converts light pulses into data, via sound waves. The chip does not produce any heat, it is immune to electromagnetic interference, and it's supposed to be 20 times faster than current CPUs.
Zotac's gaming mini PCs now integrate the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPUs. (Source: Zotac)

Zotac adds GTX 1060/1070 GPUs and Ryzen CPUs to its Magnus gaming mini PC lineup

The Magnus EK51060 and EK51070 are both powered by Intel’s quad-core i5-7300HQ CPU and integrate the GTX 1060/1070 GPUs, respectively. The ER51060 and ER51070 variants are powered by the 4-core/8-thread AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU and integrate the same GPUs. All new variants can integrate up to 32 GB RAM.
MSI claims the new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro models are the world's slimmest and lightest VR-ready laptops. (Source: MSI)

MSI's new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro are the slimmest VR-ready gaming notebooks around

The new GS63VR/73VR Stealth Pro VR-ready gaming laptops are powered by the latest Intel gen 7 Core i7 CPUs and the GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 (Max-Q) GPU. MSI claims these are the slimmest and lightest VR-ready gaming laptops out there, with the 17.3-inch model weighing 5.3 lbs, and the 15.6-inch one weighing 3.96 lbs.
Asus ASUSPRO P541 (i3 6006U, HD 520) Laptop Review

74% Asus ASUSPRO P541 (i3 6006U, HD 520) Laptop Review

Linux office. Asus' 15.6-inch laptop will cost approximately 400 Euros (~$482). In return, the buyer will get a Core i3 processor as well as 8 GB of working memory and a solid-state drive. A Windows operating system is not included - Asus relies on Linux.
Intel Core i3-6006U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake-R vs 7th gen Kaby Lake performance comparison

Intel 8th gen Kaby Lake-R vs 7th gen Kaby Lake performance comparison

The new Intel 8th generation processors have started showing up in notebooks, and it has piqued our interest to see how well they fare in comparison to their contemporaries from the previous generation. With Kaby Lake-R, Intel has upped the number of cores to 4 while retaining the same TDP values — albeit at reduced base clocks. Where does this place the new chips with respect to the existing 15W and 45W variants? Should you be considering laptops based on the 8th generation Kaby Lake-R processors? We give the early verdict.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3"
The i9-7980XE CPU can reach 4.4 GHz with stock boost frequencies. (Source: Intel)

Intel i9-7980XE 18-core CPU benchmark results and temps get leaked

The leaked results show the i9-7980XE 18-core CPU (overclocked to 4.8 GHz) scoring 37,485 points in the FutureMark FirstStrike benchmark, around 3 times faster than the i9-7900X 10-core CPU.
The DeskMini GTX/RX measures 8.3 x 6 x 3.2 inches. (Source: ASRock)

ASRock releases the small form-factor DeskMini GTX/RX PC with GTX 1080

The new small form-factor GTX/RX models can be customized to include Intel’s 6th or 7th generation CPUs with a maximum TDP of 65 W, Nvidia GPUs up to GeForce GTX 1080, as much as three M.2 NVMe SSDs and up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM.
Acer forgoes 'gaming red' LEDs in favour of a sleek blue look. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2017 | Acer Predator Orion 9000: Up to 18 cores, 4 GPUs, and 128 GB RAM

Acer have announced their new Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop, with the top end configuration including an Intel Core i9 CPU, two GTX 1080 Ti or four RX Vega, and 128 GB of quad-channel RAM.
The Xeon-W CPUs bridge the gap between server and consumer models. (Source: Intel)

Intel presents the new Xeon-W workstation CPUs

The workstation-oriented Xeon-W CPU family includes models packing between 4 and 18 cores and up to 36 threads, with Turbo frequencies going as high as 4.5 GHz. Prices range between US$294 and more than US$2000.
Expect more benchmark results to start leaking on the other Coffee Lake chips as we get closer to their official launch. (Source: PixaBay)

DEBUNKED | Leaked benchmark shows lower clocked i3-8350K has slightly better single core performance than i7-7700K

*Update in main text* Screenshots leaked from a i3-8350K benchmark using CPU-Z show it has slightly better single-thread performance than the i7-7700K despite having a slower clock speed. The multi-thread performance is good for the quad-core CPU, which shows as in line with the i7-4770K or mobile i7-7700HQ.
The i9-7960X sits in the new i9 X-series of processors. (Source: Intel)

Overclocked 16-core i7-7960X at 5.4 GHz scores three times higher than i7-7700K on Geekbench

A Geekbench v3 multi-core score of 78323 has been achieved by a i9-7960X overclocked to 5.4 GHz on all 16 cores using liquid nitrogen (LN2) as the coolant, which is three times higher than an i7-7700K. While LN2 results are always at the top end of the scale, it shows that this CPU could have a sizeable headroom for overclocking. The only official results wh...
Intel Gemini Lake block diagram surfaces. (Source: CNXSoft)

Possible block diagram for Intel Gemini Lake leaks out

An authentic-looking block diagram revealing the key architectural features of Intel’s next-gen Gemini Lake chip has hit the Internet. As previously rumored the SoC, which is destined to carry the Celeron and Pentium brands, will offer native support for single-channel LPDDR4 RAM and HDMI 2.0.
Acer Chromebook 11 C771 now available starting at US$280

Acer Chromebook 11 C771 hits the market

This new Chromebook comes with an 11.6-inch IPS display and has the Intel Celeron 3855U processor under the hood, carrying a price tag of US$280. The touchscreen variant retails for US$50 more, and more powerful variants are expected to arrive soon.
The top of the line i9 CPUs sure look powerful, but their prices might not prove too appealing, especially when AMD has considerably cheaper alternatives. (Source: Intel)

Intel unveils the rest of the Core i9 X-series family

The top of the line 18-core / 36 thread i9-7980XE is priced at US$1,999, then follows the 16-core / 32-thread i9-7960X, priced at US$1,699. The 14-core / 28 threads i9-7940X is priced at US$1,399. These 3 CPUs will be launched on September 25, while the 12-core / 24-thread i9-7920X priced at US$1,199 will be released on August 28.
Pre-binned CPUs offer guaranteed overclock performance while delidding can greatly lower temperatures. (Source: Intel)

Pre-binned and delidded X299 CPUs up to 5.3 GHz now available from OverclockersUK

If you're willing to spend extra then you can now avoid the silicon lottery on X299 CPUs thanks to OverclockersUK. They announced earlier today that there is now a range of i7-7740X, i7-7800X, and i9-7900X available in their store that have been delidded and pre-binned to run at certain speeds.
The non-X versions of the Threadripper CPUs would feature reduced boost clocks, but can still be easily overclocked. (Source: AMD)

Motherboard manufacturers list unannounced 1920 Threadripper CPU, other non-X versions could follow

The non-X 1920 Threadripper CPU could be considerably cheaper than the X variant, and even though it could end up with reduced boosts clocks, the multipliers are most likely remaining unlocked to further provide excellent overclocking potential.
ASRock confirms that Coffee Lake isn't compatible with 100-series and 200-series motherboards. (Source: Pixabay)

'Coffee Lake' isn't compatible with your current motherboard says ASRock

ASRock has inadvertently confirmed via Twitter that Coffee Lake CPUs will require a new motherboard when replying to a users question regarding whether they will support the new CPUs on one of their existing Z270 motherboards.
The recent driver update has stopped Windows Hello from activating facial recognition. (Source: Own)

UPDATE | Newest driver update makes the Surface Pro 4 blind

The latest driver update from Microsoft has stopped Windows Hello from activating the IR camera needed for facial recognition on some Surface Pro 4's. However, the problem with the screen vibration bug might also have been fixed.
The N23 and N24 convertibles integrate a 1366 x 768 pixel IPS touchscreen display with 360-degree hinge. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo's low-cost Windows 10 S convertible notebooks available now

Prices range from US$229 for the N23 and go up to $349 for the N24. The two convertible models are designed for schools and business environments.
AMD revealed the unique Threadripper packaging last week. (Source: AMD)

AMD has announced the US$549 Ryzen Threadripper 1900X octa-core CPU

The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X is US$50 more expensive than the Ryzen 7 1800X, and even though they have similar specs, the Threadripper CPU is worth the extra cost considering the benefits of the new X399 chipset.
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.
The Power-Mode slider allows users to select from four preset power modes for battery life or performance. (Source: Own)

UPDATE: Surface Pro 4 firmware update brings a Power-Mode slider

The latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 4 has enabled the Power-Mode slider, which was previously only available on the new Surface Pro 2017 and the Surface Book. The slider provides users with a quick and effortless way to adjust power settings on the fly.
The i7-7740X is one of two quad-core processors on X299. Ivybridge-E was the last time we had a quad core on the enthusiast platform, and it wasn't designated as an 'X' SKU. (Source: NotebookCheck)

Kaby Lake X i7-7740X overclockable to 5 Ghz on air

The i7-7740X has top of the line single core performance, but lags behind six and eight core processors in multi-threaded workloads. Anandtech have managed to push their CPU to 5.0 GHz stable on all cores. This could indicate better binning than the i7-7700K, but a quad core is still on odd choice on the enthusiast X-series platform.
 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.
Even though the new models are part of the Asus ultrabook family, they come equipped with the desktop version of Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPU. (Source: Asus)

Asus releases the VivoBook Pro 15 ultrabooks with GeForce GTX 1050

Three new Asus ultrabook models come equipped with Nvidia's GTX 1050 GPU. Prices range from US$799 for the Intel's i5-7300HQ CPU version up to US$999 for the i7-7700HQ version.
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.
More notebooks sporting Intel 8th generation CPUs spotted through benchmark listings

More notebooks sporting Intel 8th generation CPUs spotted through benchmark listings

In addition to the Acer Swift 3, we can now expect Lenovo, HP, and Asus to soon announce new Coffee Lake SKUs in their respective Yoga, Spectre, and Zenbook families of Ultrabooks.
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.
The Platinum 8180 CPU is part of the server-grade Xeon Processor Scalable Family. (Source: Intel)

Intel's latest server grade Xeon Platinum 8180 CPU has a ridiculous price tag

The Xeon Platinum 8180 is no doubt the most expensive CPU ever manufactured by Intel with its re-seller price tag of $13,000, but it's also the fastest mass-produced CPU to date.
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.
Spurred by AMD's Ryzen, Intel released a plethora of new CPUs at Computex 2017. (Source: Intel)

Are six cores better than four for gaming?

Techspot pits the i7-7700K against the slightly more expensive hexa-core i7-7800X, and the results are conclusive: the 7800X might give you more cores, but it's less (game) performance for more money.
Too fast but not furious: sofos1990's overclocking setup. (Source: HWBOT)

Beat this! Intel Core i9 7900X overclocked to 6.01GHz under LN2 cooling, breaks HWBOT benchmark

What do you get when you have a combination of Intel's latest HEDT processor, a specially crafted enthusiast Gigabyte motherboard and a can of liquid nitrogen? An overclock that shatters all records imaginable.
Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (i5 6200U, 8 GB) Review

83% Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (i5 6200U, 8 GB) Review

The Chrome Notebook. In the Acer Chromebook 14 for Work slumbers the hardware of a notebook. As an office companion it is a successful product. However, the components do not use their full potential.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 1.4 kg
The Orwl is quite small but includes a plethora of security features. (Source: Crowd Supply)

"Self-destructing" PC will keep hackers at bay

The Orwl mini PC includes a plethora of security features including the protection against physical tempering, which triggers a "self-destruct" mechanism even if the device is unplugged.
The new microarchitecture is supposed to power the next-gen client and mobile platforms. (Source: Intel)

Intel intends to completely change their CPU microarchitecture, but not too soon

Intel is actively seeking to employ micro-architects and design experts "to build a revolutionary microprocessor core to power the next decade of computing and create experiences we have yet to dream up."
The G.Skill Quad-Channel DDR4-4200 RAM Kits come in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. (Source: G.Skill)

G.Skill readies Quad-Channel DDR4-4200 RAM Kit for Intel's latest Skylake-X CPUs

Latest Trident Z memory modules from G.Skill run at 4200 MHz, but latency specs are as high as CL19.
The bug affects all Kaby Lake and Skylake chips with Hyperthreading. (Source: Intel)

Serious Hyperthreading bug affects Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures

A serious bug in the microcode for Intel's Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs has been found. The bug can cause misbehavior of software and loss of data. It affects all 6th and 7th-gen CPUs with Hyperthreading enabled.
Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition with Ubuntu Linux

Dell now has 7 Ubuntu-driven premium laptops in its portfolio

Next to the seven different laptops with Ubuntu Linux on board, Dell also has a 27-inch all-in-one desktop PC that runs this well-known distro. The Kaby Lake-powered models come with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, while their Skylake-driven siblings run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
Intel confirms Core i9 series with SKUs up to 18 cores for $2000 USD

COMPUTEX 2017 | Intel confirms enthusiast Core i9 series with SKUs up to 18 cores for $2000 USD

The unlocked X-series will consist of processors spanning from the Core i5-7640X for $242 USD all the way up to the $2000 Core i9-7980XE.
Fujitsu Lifebook S936 (6600U, 512 GB) PalmSecure Laptop Review

86% Fujitsu Lifebook S936 (6600U, 512 GB) PalmSecure Laptop Review

Master of Mobility. With its new flagship, Fujitsu turns towards the traveling business user for whom a mobile all-around worry-free package is worth a lot of money. It does not change anything about its core competencies that the manufacturer messes up in some details and will not keep the target audience from buying this laptop.
Intel Core i7-6600U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Samsung Chromebook Pro Chromebook with pen support

Samsung Chromebook Pro now available for pre-order on Amazon

This Intel Core m3-6Y30-powered Chromebook with pen support and a 360-degree rotating touchscreen can be finally pre-ordered for $549.99 USD, about $100 USD more than its ARM-driven sibling known as Samsung Chromebook Plus.
Intel Skylake-X could launch as the Core i9 series

Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X could launch as the Core i9 series

A rumored 12-core Kaby Lake-X CPU may come to market as the "Core i9-7920X" under the new naming convention instead of the "Core i7-7920X" to better differentiate the super high-end X-series from the high-end i7 series.
Quad-core Core i7-8650U CPU spotted on GFXBench

Quad-core Core i7-8650U CPU spotted on GFXBench

Intel may be bringing quad-core ULV CPUs to notebooks for the first time. The source has since taken down the listing on the unconfirmed processor page to add more fuel to the fire.
Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base (GTX 965M) Convertible Review

87% Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base (GTX 965M) Convertible Review

Pumped up. Is premium getting even better? Nvidia’s current Pascal GPU didn’t make it into the new Surface Book but Microsoft managed to fit a Maxwell chip under the hood that should offer plenty of performance. Or does it?
Intel Core i7-6600U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M | 13.5" | 1.7 kg
Dell Latitude 14 7414 Rugged Extreme (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

87% Dell Latitude 14 7414 Rugged Extreme (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

Solid as a rock. Dell´s robust 14-inch withstands dust, liquids, drops and heat. Not only does this laptop offer tough looks, but also potent hardware, lots of ports and a laudable stamina.
Intel Core i5-6300U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 3.7 kg
Lenovo E31-80 (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

80% Lenovo E31-80 (6200U, HD) Laptop Review

Mobile companion. Lenovo's 13.3-inch laptop delivers good battery runtimes, a solid-state disk and a quiet system noise. It uses Windows 10 Pro as the operating system. The incorporated display is not convincing.
Intel Core i5-6200U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
Intel axes IDF 2017 as a sign of the changing times

Intel axes IDF 2017 as a sign of the changing times

The yearly IDF keynotes and talks will come to a full stop in favor of smaller events and a shifting focus to automotive, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cloud storage, and others.
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C (6006U, HD) Laptop Review

78% Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C (6006U, HD) Laptop Review

Office worker. With its Satellite Pro R50-C-16V, Toshiba presents a quiet, 15.6-inch office device that hardly heats up. A Core i3 processor from the Skylake generation provides the necessary computing power. The Windows 10 Pro operating system boosts the laptop's price to almost 500 Euros (~$534).
Intel Core i3-6006U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2.1 kg

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