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September 20, 2016

Global GPU Market Expected to Surpass 67.71 Million Units by 2020

According to a recent report from Infiniti Research, the global GPU market is expected to surpass 67.71 million units by 2020.

Although hardly surprising, driving growth of the GPU market will be due in large part to the increasing adoption of integrated GPUs especially in notebooks which has accounted for more than 63% of total marketshare in 2015. Intel has been bundling their integrated GPUs with their mainstream processors for years in both desktop and notebook parts while AMD’s APUs have become one of their best selling products in both the desktop and notebook space which offers excellent value proposition for budget and midrange systems.

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September 7, 2016

New CPU Features May Explain Microsoft’s Decision to End Support for New CPUs on Windows 7, 8.1

The tech community has recently gone up in arms against Microsoft after their reaffirmation that they will not be supporting CPUs newer than Intel Haswell on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. While many has seen this as a power play by Microsoft to force users to upgrade to Windows 10, HotHardware recently presented a possible alternate explanation with much less malicious intent.

According to HotHardware, the decision not to support newer CPUs on older operating systems boils down to additional features that were added to the new CPUs. This largely includes the newest power saving features from both Intel and AMD as well as SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) from [...]

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August 31, 2016

Acer Unleashes Predator 21 X Gaming Notebook with Curved G-Sync Display

Today, Acer has unveiled an all-new gaming notebook which features a curved display, which is the first of its kind to hit the market. This gaming baest also supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync variable refresh rate technology and is powered by NVIDIA’s latest GTX 10 series graphics chips, and Intel’s newly announced 7th generation (Kaby Lake) mobile processors.

Acer Predator 21 X Gaming Notebook with Curved G-Sync Display

Taking the flagship spot in its gaming notebook lineup, the Predator 21 X features the bleeding-edge in today’s gaming focused hardware, with up to dual GTX 1080 graphics cards in SLI and Intel’s latest Core i7 mobile [...]

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August 30, 2016

Intel Announces “Kaby Lake” 7th Generation Core Processors

Well, we’ve been waiting for a long time and it’s finally here. Intel recently launched their new 7th Generation Core Processors, codename Kaby Lake, which packs better performance, better media functionality and better power efficiency.

The new 7th Generation Core Processors, will be based on the 14nm process node which is the same as Skylake and Broadwell before it. Intel announced previously that they’ll be moving from their traditional tick tock release strategy to a tock, tick, tick release strategy due to difficulties in continuing to shrink their manufacturing process past 14nm.

Despite staying at the same [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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