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Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC554KL

83% Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC554KL Smartphone Review

Marathon runner. The ZenFone 4 Max is supposed to combine maximum battery life with awesome photo quality. Accordingly, it is equipped not just with a dual-camera, but even a wide-angle lens. That said, all that glitters is not (rose) gold, as we found out during our camera tests.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.5" | 181 g
CTS Labs classified the 13 vulnerabilities in 4 greater classes. (Source: CTS Labs)

AMD acknowledges CTS Labs exploits, will fix them in the next weeks

It took AMD more than one week to fully assess the CTS Labs report regarding 13 vulnerabilities found in all Ryzen and EPYC processors, but at least AMD's official position dismisses any claims that these vulnerabilities are criti...
AMD Ryzen 2 shows significant performance gains over last year's Ryzen. (Source: Expert Reviews)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600 get detailed in leaked review, available from April 19

AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen CPUs, the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Ryzen 5 2600, got a full evaluation by SiSoftware and the numbers show overall performance improvements over the previous generation Ryzens. The benchmarks page and the results have been taken down but we now have concrete information about the TDP, clock speeds, and how much of a performance gain can be expected. Additionally, we also have information on the launch date and pricing of the new Ryzen 2 SKUs.
The Ryzen 2 iterations are most than just incremental. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X benchmarks leak on Geekbench, show up to 18% higher performance than the previous generation

AMD's new Zen+ CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600X and the Ryzen 7 2700X, have made their way to Geekbench and seem to have posted some impressive scores in comparison with their previous generation counterparts. The increased single-core an...
The latest innovations in mobile communication were once again shown off in Barcelona.

The Best Smartphones of MWC 2018

The pick of the crop. The Mobile World Congress is the biggest world fair for mobile technology and communication. This is why many manufacturers choose this event to introduce their latest and greatest smartphones. We picked out the best of the MWC for you.
AMD has decided to put up an impressive Threadripper lineup for the coming years. (Source: Informatica Cero / Wccftech)

Leaked slides reveal that AMD Ryzen Threadripper 4000 will greet us in 2020

Leaked slides pertaining to AMD's Next-Gen High-End Desktop (NG HEDT) platform reveal that AMD is bullish with regards to continuing and refining its Threadripper lineage. The slides reveal three Ryzen Threadripper families starti...
Zen 2 will introduce a new architecture in early 2019, while this year's Zen+ only slightly enhances the original Zen technology. (Source: AMD)

7 nm "Castle Peak" Threadripper desktop CPU coming next year as reavealed in leaked AMD roadmap

"Castle Peak" will be based on the upcoming Zen 2 core, while this year's Threadripper gen 2 will feature a slightly improved 12 nm Zen+ core. The first Zen 3 cores are expected to arrive with the 2020 APUs.
Official release for the Ryzen 2000-series CPUs has been pushed to April 20. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 2000-series CPU prices and full specs leak out

There are two new mid-range and two high-end CPUs. The Ryzen 5 2600/2600X models are set to compete with Intel's i5-8600/8600K processors for a slightly lower price, while the Ryzen 7 2700/2700K CPUs should offer similar performan...
The unnamed Ryzen 7 12 nm Zen+ CPU was tested on an ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac motherboard. (Source: HWBattle)

AMD Ryzen 7 2000-series 8-core/16 thread CPU perfomance gets leaked

The unnamed 8-core/16-thread CPU is part of the Zen+ 12nm wave of new processors that should launch this April. Boost clocks can reach up to an impressive 4.35 GHz, but the performance is marginally better when compared to last ye...
The HP Elitebook 755 G4

New AMD Ryzen and Vega powered Elitebooks leak on HP's Support Website

HP has reportedly has plans for a slew of Ryzen and Vega powered Elitebooks going by a listing on its Care Pack Central support page. References to the new Elitebooks appear to have since been removed but we can expect the officia...
AMD Ryzen 2 will be based on the 12nm Zen+ architecture. (Source: AMD)

Details of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X leak — 8C/16T at up to 4.2 GHz turbo clock

A second generation Ryzen chip has leaked in the wild and it looks like it will continue the Zen architecture's success story. The new Ryzen chip is seen listed as Ryzen 7 2700X and sports the same 8C/16T configuration as the Ryze...
Ryzen 5 2600 is more than 30% faster in multi-core tests compared to the Ryzen 5 1600. (Source: GamerRevolution)

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 "Pinnacle Ridge" CPU perfomance gets leaked

The Ryzen 5 2600 desktop CPU performs considerably faster than the Ryzen 5 1600 predecessor, but the Geekbench leaked specs and results might not even be final ones, as AMD could further improve base and boost clocks before the Ap...
The Dell EMC R7425 server is based on AMD EPYC. (Source: Dell)

Dell EMC PowerEdge servers powered by AMD EPYC CPUs now on sale

Dell has listed new PowerEdge servers powered by AMD EPYC CPUs for order. The EPYC-based servers are available in 1U and 2U rack sizes and can be extensively customized based on the requirements of the enterprise while still offer...
The upcoming Ryzen 2 CPUs will use the 7 nm fabrication process. (Source: AMD)

AMD's 7 nm Zen 2 and EPYC Rome CPUs coming in late 2018

AMD claims in its latest financial report that the design of the Zen 2 platform has been finalized and the sampling for the Ryzen 2 desktop/mobility CPUs, as well as the EPYC Rome server cores will begin in late 2018, with worldwi...
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 5 1600, Radeon RX 580, FHD) Laptop Review

83% Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC (Ryzen 5 1600, Radeon RX 580, FHD) Laptop Review

Very power-hungry. The Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC can run all the latest games smoothly on its matte screen. The laptop comes equipped with a Ryzen 5 1600 hexa-core processor, a Radeon RX 580 GPU and a hybrid drive. This entry-level model forgoes an SSD.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 | AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018: Our impressions of the biggest show of the year

CES 2018 has come and gone, and we have witnessed OEMs showcasing the best of their innovations. While we had some noteworthy announcements that will shape the tech industry for years to come, there were also a lot of me-too products on display as well. We recap the event to look at some of the products that were show-stoppers and discuss what they may indicate for the overall tech landscape this year.
The Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen on display at CES.

First benchmarks of the Acer Nitro 5 (2018): AMD Ryzen 7 2700U takes the Intel Core i7-7700HQ head on

Preliminary benchmarks of the AMD 'Raven Ridge' powered Acer Nitro 5 currently being showcased at CES 2018 show that the Ryzen 7 2700U can perform equivalently, if not better, than Intel's 7th generation 'Kaby Lake' Core i7-7700HQ. This is great news for multimedia enthusiasts as the Ryzen APUs offer a higher performance per dollar compared to the Intel equivalents.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop) | 15.6"
AMD Introduces Ryzen 3 Mobile for Laptops as Entry-level APUs

CES 2018 | AMD Introduces Ryzen 3 Mobile for Laptops as Entry-level APUs

Both models, Ryzen 3 2300U and 2200U, are significantly cut-down versions of the new AMD CPUs that are meant to be used as an alternative solution to Intel’s Core i3 processors in entry-level notebooks.
Ryzen PRO Mobile brings Ryzen to business laptops

CES 2018 | Ryzen PRO Mobile brings Ryzen to business laptops

AMD equips mobile Ryzen Pro CPUs with additional security features while keeping performance and technical specifications identical to the consumer class CPUs.
Ryzen APUs announced for the AM4 desktop plattform

CES 2018 | Ryzen APUs announced for the AM4 desktop plattform

One day before CES, AMD has announced two Raven Ridge APUs for the well-known AM4 desktop platform. The Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are entry-level offerings, however we still expect them to deliver great performance.
The Intel-AMD MCM is now official. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
ASRock X399M Taichi for AMD Threadripper CPUs. (Source: ASRock)

CES 2018 | ASRock shows off new HEDT motherboards in micro-ATX form factors

ASRock is debuting micro-ATX motherboards for HEDT CPUs like AMD Threadripper and Intel Skylake-X based on the X399 and X299 chipsets respectively. Alongside the new boards, the company is also announcing an upgrade to the DeskMin...
The AMD 400-series chipset gets a listing on the PCI-SIG. (Source: Videocardz)

AMD Promontory 400-series chipset with support for next gen Ryzen coming soon

We could soon see AMD launch its 400-series chipset close to Ryzen 2000's launch early next year. Existing 300-series boards will, however, continue to be compatible with the next generation Ryzen CPUs.
Logos via Acer and AMD

Ryzen mobile CPUs coming soon to Acer Swift laptops (benchmarks vs. Intel CPUs included)

A few new listings on Acer's website detail two new models of the Swift 3, both equipped with Ryzen mobile CPUs. One laptop sports the Ryzen 5 2500U and the other, the Ryzen 7 2700U. These are among the first notebooks to use AMD'...
Alleged leaked slide showing the core count, clock speed, and pricing of three upcoming 2nd generation Ryzen processors. (Source: Tech Spot)

(Update: likely fake) | Leaked slide shows Ryzen 7 2800X coming in February 2018 with +82% performance over 1800X

Leaked slides, which are claimed to be genuine AMD material, show core and thread count for the upcoming 2700, 2800, and 2800X, as well as the frequencies that they run at. You can expect these new Ryzen processors to start shippi...
AMD will soon launch Ryzen SoCs with integrated LTE modems. (Source: Qualcomm)

Always-on LTE connectivity coming soon to a Ryzen-powered laptop near you

AMD announced its partnership with Qualcomm to integrate the latter's X16 LTE modem on Ryzen APUs, thereby, bringing always-on LTE connectivity to high-performance notebooks.
The upcoming AMD Raven Ridge APUs will include the Vega 11 GPU cores. (Source: AMD)

Upcoming AMD Raven Ridge APUs to feature Vega 11 graphics core

The Vega 11 GPU core will only be featured in upcoming Raven Ridge APUs and will not be released as budget versions of the Vega 56/64 GPUs. These should bring a notable performance boost over the Ryzen 5 2500U chips that integrate...
The 'Raven Ridge' powered Dell Latitude 5495 is seen in SiSoft Sandra's listings. (Source: SiSoft Sandra)

AMD 'Raven Ridge'-powered Dell Latitude 5495 surfaces online

Dell could be joining the list of OEMs looking to offer AMD 'Raven Ridge' aka Ryzen Mobile CPUs in upcoming notebooks, if the listing on benchmarking site SiSoft Sandra is any indication. The listing reports scores of a Dell Latit...
The Intel-AMD MCM seen on an NUC-style motherboard. (Source: Bits and Chips)

First photos of the new Intel-AMD multi-chip module surface

The first images of the new Intel-AMD multi-chip module (MCM) in the wild have surfaced and going by the looks of it, appears to be exactly what ultrabooks and mini-PCs have been longing for all this while.
AMD Ryzen Mobile (Raven Ridge) - Back to the Top?

AMD Ryzen Mobile (Raven Ridge) - Back to the Top?

After the successful launch of the Ryzen desktop processors, AMD now launches the new architecture for notebooks. Thanks to the new Vega GPUs, AMD wants to beat the competition from Intel. The integrated GPU part was already super...
2017 has been a great year for AMD, and Q3 revenue results prove that the company is back in business. (Source: AMD)

AMD announces Q3 2017 revenues, first positive net income in years

After years of financial struggles, AMD rises above and makes a comeback in 2017. Q3 2017 was the best in years, bringing US$1.64 billion in total revenues, of which US$71 million was the net income. This is very good news for AMD...
The Raven Ridge mobile APUs are expected to hit the market in late 2017. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U mobile Raven Ridge APUs get leaked benckmarks

PCPerspective revealed that the two Raven Ridge APUs perform almost as well as an Intel Core i7-8550U + Nvidia MX150 GPU combo when it comes to graphics tests.
Custom Core i7-8700K with der8auer and Caseking logos. (Source:

Chips with silver linings — Caseking and der8auer stock up on custom Core i7-8700K CPUs

Famed overclocked 'der8auer' and his employer, seem to have a lot of Intel's latest 'Coffee Lake-S' Core i7-8700K chips in stock at a time when most e-retailers are facing a drought of these new monsters. These chips h...
A 2016 product slide showing the planned Zen+ microarchitecture. (Source: AMD)

Motherboard manufacturers claim the new 12nm Ryzen will arrive in February 2018

AMD motherboard partners have revealed that the planned launch for the new 12nm version of Ryzen is in February 2018, with 400-series motherboards to follow. AMD has seen large increases in revenue in 2017 and expects to account f...
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD (i7, GTX 1050, Full HD) Laptop Review

87% Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD (i7, GTX 1050, Full HD) Laptop Review

Elegant multimedia Laptop. The new Asus ZenBook Pro UX550 is a high-end multimedia notebook. You get powerful components in a great chassis, but the cooling solution struggles with the heat development of the components. Update: Second test sample, BIOS 302, SATA-3 SSD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
Zen 2 cores are set to arrive in 2019. (Source: Informatica Cero)

Rumor | Leaked slides reveal AMD's 2-year roadmap, 'Raven Ridge' delayed till 2018

Leaked slides reveal AMD's plans for client CPU and GPU offerings in 2018 and 2019. Towards the end of 2018, we will likely see more information regarding Zen 2 and Vega 20. The slides also reveal an increased performance of Ryzen...
AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announcing the 12 nm transition at the Global Foundries Technology Conference. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Ryzen and Vega will get 12 nm versions in 2018

AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announced that the Vega GPUs and the Ryzen CPUs will get 12 nm version in early 2018. The 12 nm Vega chips should compete with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 2000 series that are expected to be released in early 2...
Tesla plans to release self-driving cars by 2019. (Source: Tesla)

Next self-driving Tesla cars to use AMD AI chips

Tesla intends to release autonomous cars by 2019, and these cars will be equipped with semi-custom AI chips manufactured by AMD. Sample chips are currently tested by 50 Tesla engineers who are lead by ex-AMD legendary microarchite...
The saga of Threadripper and the "dummy dies." (Source: AMD)

The 16 extra cores found on Threadripper are "basically rocks"

A couple of days ago, de8auer posted a video showing the four dies in the Threadripper 1950X sanded down to reveal the silicon printing. This proved that the two "dummy dies" did contain proper Zen cores. Over the weekend a senior...
Asus Zenfone V coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless in the US (Source: Asus)

Asus Zenfone V coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless in the US

The previously-rumored Zenfone 4V may simply be launching as the mainstream Zenfone V complete with USB Type-C and fast-charging features.
The Ryzen 5 2500U APU puts forth a good show in the Geekbench benchmark. (Source: PC Perspective)

AMD Ryzen 5 'Raven Ridge' APU benchmark shows major performance benefits over last gen 'Excavator'

Benchmark scores of the Zen-based AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU are out on Geekbench and they seem promising. While the results seem to somewhat corroborate AMD's claims of a close to 50% performance increase over Bristol Ridge APUs, deta...
The 35 W Bristol Ridge APUs only have their CPU / GPU clocks reduced compared to the 65 W models. (Source: AMD)

AMD 35 W Bristol Ridge A-Series APUs now available

The 35 W APUs from AMD are available now, after more than a month of shortage. These low TDP APUs still retain the core count, stream processors and integrated GPUs from the 65 W models, but the CPU / GPU clocks were reduced. Pric...
AMD intends to keep the pressure on Intel with the Ryzen 2 CPUs coming in 2018. (Source: AMD)

AMD says Ryzen was "a worst case scenario," reveals details on Ryzen 2

Regarding the arguably low CPU frequencies, AMD states that Ryzen was a brand new architecture on a brand new node, making it a worst case scenario. But it still turned out well, since the Ryzen Threadrippers can go above 4 GHz. A...
AMD Threadripper packaging. (Source: AMD)

Threadripper 1950X benchmarked at 5.2 GHz on all cores using liquid nitrogen

The AMD Threadripper 1950X has been successfully overclocked to 5.2 GHz on all 16-cores using LN2. This represents a 40.5 percent increase over the base turbo clock speed and gives a Cinebench R15 multi-core score of 4122.
AMD's Ryzen Threadripper is the largest consumer CPU ever made. (Source: PCWorld)

Early reviews show Threadripper tearing up the competition

Initial benchmarks show AMD's Ryzen Threadripper performing head and shoulders above consumer-class processors in CPU performance, competing with dual-CPU servers.
Confirmed: Lenovo's AMD ThinkPads A275 and A475 are based on the X270 and T470

Confirmed: Lenovo's AMD ThinkPads A275 and A475 are based on the X270 and T470

When the model-names A275 and A475 surfaced a few weeks ago, it was mere speculation. Now we have the confirmation: These two models are based on the enterprise ThinkPads of the T-Series and X-Series.
AMD's new Ryzen 3 processors have hit the budget segment with two appealing quad-core options at a price point filled with dual-core CPUs. (Source: AMD)

Reviews claim Ryzen 3 is a hit

Ryzen 3 was released a few hours ago, and reviews of the two new CPUs have appeared online. Reviewers have found the 4-core processors offer great value when compared to the 2-core i3 CPUs at the same price point. This value becom...
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.
Lenovo may be planning an AMD-powered ThinkPad with Raven Ridge APUs

Lenovo may be planning an AMD ThinkPad lineup with Raven Ridge APUs

The rumored ThinkPad A275 and A475 could succeed or supplement the current ThinkPad E series by giving users more AMD processor options.
As the name suggests, the Zenbook 3 Deluxe looks to refine the overall Zenbook package with the same sharp design. (Source: ASUS)

Zenbook 3 Deluxe now available from ASUS

Appearing at CES and again at Computex earlier this year, ASUS has begun the sale of the aptly named Zenbook 3 Deluxe. The core i7 version of this ultra-portable device is available for $1,699 direct from ASUS and other online ret...

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