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August 29, 2016

Intel Core i7-7700K “Kaby Lake” Benchmarks Leak, Shows Big Performance Improvement Over Skylake

Oops! An anonymous user recently uploaded some benchmarks for Intel’s upcoming 7th Generation Core Processors, codename Kaby Lake, to the SiSoft benchmark database.

The benchmarks that were uploaded come from an Intel Core i7-7700K processor running on an ASRock Z270 Extreme 4 motherboard. Interestingly enough, it also reports that the CPU was paired with “2x 4GB Fujitsu TEAMGROUP-D4-3866 DIMM DDR3 PC3-34100” which is plausible as Kaby Lake, just like Skylake will support both DDR3 and DDR4 memory.

The two benchmarks that were uploaded include SiSoft Sandra’s Processor Arithmetic Benchmark and Processor Multi-Media Benchmark. In [...]

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August 22, 2016

AMD GPU Market Share Increases First Time in 4 Years Despite Lower GPU Shipments in 2Q2016

Mercury Research recently released their analysis of 2Q2016 market report for the GPU market and it contains quite possibly the best news we’ve heard for AMD in a very long time.

According to the report, AMD’s average total market share increased for the first time in 4 years for both desktop and mobile segments. The last time an uptick in AMD’s GPU market share happened was during the GPU cryptocurrency mining craze back in 2012. As discrete desktop GPUs drove most of this growth in market share, this is likely due in large part to AMD’s strategic launch of mainstream Polaris GPUs which has seen unwavering demand since its launch [...]

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August 11, 2016

AMD Summit Ridge Zen ES CPU Benchmarks Leaked, Faster Than Intel Core i5-4670K in AotS

Up until this point, AMD has been all talk about their upcoming “Summit Ridge” Zen architecture based CPUs, but a recently leaked benchmark of two AMD Zen Engineering Sample CPUs in the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database may have just confirmed some of AMD’s claims.

In the database, two Zen ES CPU unique identifiers popped up – 1D2801A2M88E4_32/28_N and 2D2801A2M88E4_32/28_N. Based on the unique identifiers it appears that the CPUs are both clocked at 2.8GHz base and 3.2GHz turbo, but the 1D variant significantly outperformed the 2D variant.

Although the full results of the leaked benchmarks have been pulled from the database at [...]

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July 21, 2016

Intel Confirms 7th Generation Kaby Lake CPUs Now Shipping

Intel recently released their 2Q2016 earnings and one of the big things Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed for investors is that Intel’s upcoming 7th Generation Intel Core processors, codename Kaby Lake, was already shipping.

“I’ll start with the Client Computing Group, where we saw a 3% decline in revenue year over year this quarter, while operating margin was up 19%. These results were a little better than we expected, as the PC supply chain reduced inventories at a slightly slower rate, while the 2-in-1 and enthusiast product lines continued to grow. We also started shipping our seventh generation Core microprocessor, formerly known as Kaby Lake, [...]

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July 18, 2016

Intel Basin Falls-X, Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X to Debut 3Q2017

Broadwell-E launched just last month, but rumors of its successor is already swirling around on the interwebs.

According to a recent article by Chinese technology publication, BenchLife, Intel will be launching three different product ranges on their upcoming Basin Falls-X platform.

This will include Skylake-X, Skylake-W and Kaby Lake-X. Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X will feature the new LGA2066 Socket AKA Socket R4 and use the Kaby Lake-X PCH. Skylake-W is targeted towards workstations and won’t have much impact on the consumer market.

The successor to Broadwell-E will be Skylake-X, which is fairly similar to what we see from [...]

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May 17, 2016

AMD Zen Will Compete Favorably with Intel

“Zen will compete favorably with Intel on performance, power and specifications – not just price”.

John Taylor, the Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at AMD, addressed a group of journalists in Australia yesterday. In his address, he remarked that AMD’s upcoming 14nm CPUs, based on their all-new Zen microarchitecture, would compete favorably with Intel on “performance, power and specifications – not just price”.

He also stated that, for the first time since he’d joined AMD in 2006 that he “…can say with absolute confidence that AMD has the products and strategies to change any negative perceptions [...]

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May 4, 2016

Review: EVGA X99 FTW LGA 2011-3 Motherboard

Almost… for the win

EVGA is a company known for selling top-notch enthusiast hardware such as graphics cards, power supplies, and motherboards. The subject of this review is centered around one of its top motherboard branded under the ‘FTW’ moniker. The ‘FTW’ branding stands for “For The Win”, which our young whipper-snappers would tell you symbolizes a nod of approval on the internet. More than just an internet slang, EVGA’s FTW branding is part of EVGA’s penultimate performance tier, of which the Classified brand reigns supreme.

Despite such a winner’s naming scheme, the EVGA X99 FTW actually represents the [...]

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April 16, 2016

Intel Announces Apollo Lake CPUs Based on 14nm FinFET

Intel has just announced its “Apollo Lake” architecture with “Goldmount” cores at IDF Shenzhen 2016.

Apollo Lake is planned to replace Braswell, the current 14nm low power SoC. It will mainly be used for entry level and embedded computing devices. According to Intel, Apollo Lake will bring more performance and battery life to even thinner devices.

As with Braswell, Apollo Lake will be manufactured on Intel’s 14nm FinFETs process. Intel states that the new architecture is optimized for general tasks, but has yet to release any solid performance figures on the improvements. One thing for certain is that users are expected [...]

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April 13, 2016

Intel Releases 540s Series SSDs, Targets Consumers

Got bills to pay but want to load things faster? You may want to check out Intel’s new 540s series SATA SSDs.

As a new series targeting consumers, the Intel 540s series SSDs is built using Micron’s TLC NAND flash memory. To speed things along, Intel states that it uses its SLC Caching technology. There’s no dedicated SLC section on the SSD. Instead, the controller emulates SLC using the TLC NAND by storing only one value into each TLC cell.

According to the product brief, the 540s is optimized specifically for a 70%/30% read/write scenario. In terms of performance, the top end 540s can score up to 560MB//125MB/s in sequential read/write and [...]

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January 27, 2016

Intel Launches Skylake based Celeron, i3, i5P CPUs

This week Intel launched the latest in their Celeron series of processors, based on their latest-generation 14nm Skylake microarchitecture. While these new CPUs won’t be landing in the enthusiast desktops that most of our readers will be using, they are meant for HTPCs, low-end desktops and basic office workstations.

The Celeron processors released include the Celeron G3900 which is a dual-core clocked at 2.8GHz with a TDP of 51w. The  G3920 is similar to the G9300 with the exception of a faster clock speed 2.9GHz. Finally, we have the G3900T clocked at 2.6GHz and a TDP of 35W. All of these CPUs include Intel HD 510 Graphics and 2MB of L3 cache and compatibility [...]

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November 27, 2015

Black Friday PC Hardware Buyers Guide 2015

Thanksgiving is one of our favourite holidays for many reasons. It’s the holiday that excuses our insatiable appetite for turkey and lets us express our gratitude towards our family and our dear readers! So to give something back to you guys, we’ve compiled a list of the best hardware deals from around the web so you can keep your system happy, too!

Okay, enough with the cheesy introductions and let’s get down to business, I’ll be curating some of the best deals from around the net, For GPU deals though check our GPU reviewers round up.


Black Friday PC Hardware Buyers Guide CPU Deals

Intel i7-4790K $299.99 @ [...]

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October 18, 2015

Rumor: Cannonlake Pushed Back to H2 2017, Kaby Lake on Track for Q3/Q4 2016

According to benchlife, Intel’s Cannonlake CPUs may be postponed (again) to H2 of 2017. We should, however, expect to see the Kaby Lake CPU before the year ends.

According to the article, we’ll most likely be seeing Kaby Lake-U and Kaby Lake-Y series before the desktop versions are released in the first quarter of 2017. Laby Lake will require a new LGA1151 socket, and therefore a new motherboard.

Intel’s Kaby Lake processor will break Intel’s tick-tock nomenclature by not using finFETs built on a new manufacturing process. It will be used as a filler product between the release of Cannonlake and Skylake CPUs. It will be built [...]

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