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Intel will eventually bake security fixes into its next-generation of silicon. (Source: Intel)

Intel plans to offload CPU malware scanning to iGPUs in new Spectre / Meltdown fix

Intel has responded to concerns that its software-based fixes for Spectre and Meltdown are hampering CPU performance. A future patch coming through Microsoft's servers will offload memory scanning to the iGPU
Users will be able to choose either a 1080p 144 Hz bezel-less display or a 4K panel with AdobeRGB 100% color gamut. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte soon to launch refreshed thinner Aero 15/15X gaming laptops

This year's Aero 15/15X models will integrate thinner bases, bringing the overall thickness down to only 0.7 inches. Users will be able to choose between an FHD 144 Hz panel with thin bezels and a 4K screen with AdobeRGB 100% colo...
HP 250 G6 (i3-6006U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

78% HP 250 G6 (i3-6006U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Cheap office computer. The HP 250 G6 costs around €500 (~$615), for which you get a 15.6-inch notebook with a Core i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a Full HD display, an SSD, and a good battery life.
Intel Core i3-6006U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Intel seems optimistic about any financial losses that could occur with all the litigations queuing up. (Source: Tech Viral)

Meltdown / Spectre CPU vulnerabilities brought Intel 32 lawsuits in 1.5 months

Two of the class-action suits involve Intel's own shareholders and board members, essential pitting Intel against Intel in court.
The Airtop 2 Inferno is considerably thicker than the original version, as it integrates larger cooling fins on the sides. (Source: Compulab)

Compulab preps crowdfunding for compact fanless Airtop 2 gaming PC

The Airtop 2 models will be crowdfunded through a Kickstarter campaign starting on February 24. Inferno is the high-end Airtop 2 version that will feature an i7-7700K CPU, a GTX 1080, up to 64 GB DDR4-2400 RAM, NVMe SSDs + SATA 3 ...
The new variants might cause some problems for Intel's and AMD's already announced hardware fixes. (Source: Heise.de)

Two new Meltdown and Spectre variants discovered

The latest variants dubbed MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime were discovered by Nvidia and Princeton University researchers. In a nutshell, these variants force two CPU cores to react to each other in order to trick multi-core system...
How to check if your PC is protected from Meltdown and Spectre

How to check if your PC is protected from Meltdown and Spectre

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities exposed inherent flaws in hardware and software design, which we've been using for many years. Chip vendors and developers alike are scrambling to quickly release fixes to prevent any damag...
Intel Xeon D-2100 processor (Source: Intel Newsroom)

Intel Xeon D-2100 processors now official with up to 18 cores and 36 threads

The new Xeon D-2100 processor architecture allows for up to 18 "Skylake-server" generation cores and was designed to provide lower-power processing to multiple enterprise applications, focusing on the needs of data centers and net...
AMD overtook Intel several months in a row, but now the positions got reversed once again. (Source: Weborus)

German January report shows Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs outselling AMD's Ryzen models

Intel managed to steal the lead in CPU sales in the last few months. AMD's Ryzen and Threadripper sales lead the hostilities from August up until November last year, but the sudden interest for the i7-8700K CPUs combined with grea...
The Chinese knew of Meltdown and Spectre much before the US Government according to The WSJ. (Source: Reddit)

Intel alerted select corporations about Meltdown/Spectre, China speculated to have known about it before the US

The Wall Street Journal reports that Intel had informed select customers about the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities. What's news, however, is that somehow the Chinese Government could have gotten to know about the vulnerabilities ...
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich explained the company's position regarding the vulnerability probems at CES 2018.

Intel will release "in-silicon" fixes for Meltdown and Spectre this year

The Q4 2017 financial report mentions about decreased desktop CPU sales and the "in-silcon" fixes that could totally eradicate the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities in the upcoming 10 nm CPUs, and possibly in fresh batches for the ...
Users of Intel 'Broadwell' chips will get a more reliable microcode update in the coming weeks. (Source: Wccftech)

Intel readying a more reliable Meltdown/Spectre fix for 'Broadwell' and 'Haswell' platforms

Intel has identified the root cause of the recent reboot issues plaguing the company's 'Broadwell' and 'Haswell' chips that received a microcode update for the Meltdown and Spectre exploits. The company has issued an updated guida...
Could we see an Intel dGPU take AMD's place in upcoming MCMs? (Source: Intel)

Updated | 'Arctic Sound' and 'Jupiter Sound' Intel dGPUs could be in the works

Intel could be looking to develop its own discrete GPUs and package them into an MCM similar to the Intel-AMD MCM we've seen at CES. We could see this implementation starting from the upcoming 10th generation Core family.
The new AMT hack can bypass all known security measures. (Source: Anandtech)

Gone in 30 seconds: New Intel AMT exploit is scarier than you can ever fathom

F-Secure's security researchers discovered another flaw in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) that a hacker can potentially misuse to gain remote access to a system.
It is rumored that an embargo on the details of the flaw are due to be lifted later this month, after patches have been issued. (Source: Intel)

UPDATE | Intel hardware flaw will cause a drop in performance for kernel heavy processes once fixed

Updated with response from Intel. A security flaw has been found in the way that Intel processors from the last ten years handle kernel memory. The solution being implemented in the Windows and Linux kernels can vary from virtuall...
Spectre is more difficult to pull off, but it is harder to mitigate, as well. (Source: Google)

Microsoft releases emergency patches to address Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities affecting most current processors

Windows promptly released security updates for all the Windows 10 builds in ordered to fix the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities discovered by the Google Project Zero team earlier this week. Although there have not been reports...
35W 'Coffee Lake-S' chips are all set for production shortly. (Source: Mydrivers)

Leaked roadmap reveals Intel's 'Cascade Lake-X' HEDT along with new 35W 'Coffee Lake-S' offerings

We might soon see Intel's 35W 'Coffee Lake-S' hit production in Q1 2018 alongside quad-core and dual-core 'Gemini Lake' entry level CPUs. Interestingly, Q4 2018 will see the launch of HEDT 'Cascade Lake-X', the successor to 'Skyla...
The PrevailPRO features a slim profile, but still packs powerful specs. (Source: PNY)

PNY launches PrevailPRO Mobile Workstation with NVIDIA Quadro Max-Q and Core i7

The PrevailPRO is PNY's first incursion into mobile workstations. There are three available variants that integrate an i7-7700HQ CPU coupled with up to 32 GB DDR4-24400 RAM and up to 512 GB NVMe SSD + 2 TB HDD storage options. On ...
All the premium features on the GT83VR Titan add up to a total weight of 12 lbs. (Source: MSI)

Deal | Amazon offers 33% discount on the MSI GT83VR Titan gaming laptop with GTX 1070 SLI setup

The MSI GT83VR Titan is not your usual gaming laptop. It packs all sorts of premium features like the unlocked gen 6 i7-6820HK CPU coupled with 64 GB DRR4-2400 RAM, two 256 GB NVMe SSDs + 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD storage combo, 18.4-inch...
Eurocom Tornado F5W (Xeon E3-1280 v5, Quadro P5000) Workstation Review

87% Eurocom Tornado F5W (Xeon E3-1280 v5, Quadro P5000) Workstation Review

Zero compromises… Today we evaluate the Tornado F5W, a high-end workstation from Eurocom. Considering that it’s decked out with an Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5 desktop CPU and NVIDIA Quadro P5000 GPU along with an NVMe SSD and 64 GB of RAM, are there any weaknesses to speak of? If so, we’ll find them.
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5 | NVIDIA Quadro P5000 | 15.6" | 3.1 kg
The ROG G703 comes with an impressive 17-inch 144 Hz IPS-grade 1080p panel featuring G-Sync technology. (Source: Asus)

Asus launches the impressive 17-inch ROG G703 gaming laptop

The G703VI-XH74K is a US$3,500 beast that packs impressive features like the 17-inch IPS-grade 1080p display with 144 Hz refresh and G-Sync, the powerful quad-core i7-7820HK CPU clocked at max 3.9 GHz, the superclocked GTX 1080 GP...
The Strix Hero edition features a custom design on the outer display casing. (Source: Asus)

Asus expands the RoG Strix gaming laptop lineup with Hero and Scar editions

Three new gaming laptops were added to the ROG Strix lineup: a 15-inch Hero edition and two 17-inch Scar editions. All new models are powered by Intel's Core i7-7700HQ CPUs coupled with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and come with a 256 G...
Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 (7700HQ, GTX 1050, FHD) Laptop Review

83% Asus ROG Strix GL703VD-DB74 (7700HQ, GTX 1050, FHD) Laptop Review

Sleek & affordable gaming? The Asus ROG Strix GL703VD is a 17.3-inch entry-level to mid-range gaming notebook which tries to find the right balance between style, performance and price. Unfortunately, Asus' new notebook runs too hot and is too noisy given the comparatively modest performance of its graphics card.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 17.3" | 3 kg
The VOstro 7570 combines powerful business features with gaming capabilities. (Source: Dell)

Dell refreshes the Vostro laptop line with Intel gen 7 HQ CPUs and Nvidia GTX 1000 GPUs

The Vostro 7570 comes with two CPU options – the i5-7300HQ and the i7-7700HQ, coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM. Dell offers only HDD storage up to 1 TB, but Nvidia's GTX 1050/ 1050 Ti/ 1060 GPU options should provide enough po...
The Asus Zenbook Pro UX550 is only 0.74 inches thick and weighs 3.97 lbs. (Source: Asus)

Pre-orders for the Asus ZenBook Pro UX550 start at US$1,699

The ultraslim notebook can be pre-ordered at B&H and Newegg. It is powered by the Core i7-7700HQ quad-core CPU coupled with up to 16 GB DDR4-2400 RAM, and comes with a 512 GB NVMe SSD, on top of the 1 TB HDD. It also features the ...
Liquid nitrogen cooler being kept topped up. (Source: Der8auer)

Overclocker pushes i9-7980XE to 6.1 GHz, with the CPU alone using over 1000 watts of power

Well-known overclocker, der8auer, has achieved a CPU-Z validation run at 6.1 GHz on the i9-7980XE using LN2, but settled for a stable overclock of 5.7 GHz.
The Dell Latitude 13 7370 is now available at a heavily discounted price. (Source: eBay)

Deal | The Dell Latitude 13 7000 can be yours for just US$599

Dell's premium business offering, the Latitude 13 7370, is currently available on Dell's eBay store for just US$599 — more than 50% off its original price of US$1,300. The discounted price also includes a US$100 on-page discount....
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-...
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 bet...
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 int...
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 in...
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, ...
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 t...
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...
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 ...
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 expec...
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 ...
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...
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 overcloc...
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.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)