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September 24, 2017

Intel Core i7-8700K Rumored to Use TIM Again Limiting Overclocking Potential

Chinese tech site Expreview reports that the six core Intel Core i7-8700K CPU has its overclocking potentials gimped once again as the company has decided to use lower quality TIM rather than solder.

The article states that while the chip itself is excellent and can overclock beyond 4.8GHz without dramatic increases in voltage, heat will be the greatest barrier to achieving this. While Expreview hasn’t posted pictures of the CPU de-lidded, the author attributes the thermal compound as the culprit, stating that the thermal compound applied under the lid is poor quality TIM rather than solder. As a result, those who want overclocks beyond 4.8 GHz or 5 GHz will [...]

 
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September 24, 2017

WeChat Confirms Sharing of Private Data with Chinese Government

Popular messaging app WeChat recently updated its privacy policy to let users know that it logs and shares private user information with the Chinese Government. While the latest update to WeChat’s privacy policy is no surprise, it does explicitly confirm what we’ve all assumed to be true all along.

The scope of data collection covers anything WeChat collects including identity information, credit card information, chat history, phone numbers, biometric information (voice, fingerprint, etc) and more. It would be safe to assume that all versions of WeChat is subjected to the same level of scrutiny.

WeChat’s new privacy policy complies with [...]

 
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September 17, 2017

AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Mobile APU GeekBench Scores Leak

Geekbench scores for AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500U APU has surfaced, showing almost double the performance of AMD’s current flagship consumer APU, the A12-9800B.

Manufacturer AMD IntelModel Ryzen 5 2500U A12-9800B Core i7-7600USingle-Core Performance 3,561 2,315 4,736Multi-Core Performance 9,421 5,115 9,314Core Count 4 Cores/8 Threads 4 Cores/4 Threads 2 Cores/4 ThreadsTested Clocks 2GHz/??? 2.69GHz Base / 3.6GHz Turbo 2.89GHz Base / 3.9GHz TurboTDP TBD 15W 15W

According to the leaked benchmark, the Ryzen 5 2500U scores 3,561 single core and 9,421 in multi-core, beating AMD’s current flagship APU, the A12-9800B, by 54% in single-core [...]

 
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September 17, 2017

AMD Threadripper 1950X De-lidded, Dies Removed

Der8auer, the German overclocker who’s become quite famous for delidding CPUs, has recently published a video not only de-lidding the AMD Threadripper 1950X, but he also removed the dies to learn more about what lies inside.

As the AMD Threadripper 1950X has 16 cores/32 threads, it was originally assumed to only have two 8-core Ryzen dies. Interestingly, Der8auer discovered that there are not two, but four dies under the heatspreader in a previous video. Further, each of the four dies are confirmed to be 8-core Ryzen dies by removing all the dies. This means that half the dies are disabled and are essentially just there as placeholders. Currently, it’s [...]

 
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September 13, 2017

RTG Chief Raja Koduri Takes Sabbatical, AMD CEO Lisa Su to Take Helm

Raja Koduri, head of AMD’s Radeon Technology Group (RTG), has recently revealed that he will be going on a sabbatical starting September 25 until December.

According to a recent article at PC Perspective, employees of RTG received the following email:

RTG Team,

You haven’t heard from me collectively in a while – a symptom not only of the whirlwind of launching Vega, but simply of the huge number of demands on my time since the formation of RTG. Looking back over this short period, it is an impressive view. We have delivered 6 straight quarters of double-digit growth in graphics, culminating in the launch of Vega and being back in [...]

 
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September 13, 2017

Apple Releases iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus

The 8th gen iPhones are the most speculated iPhones the past 7 years. Today, Apple has officially ended the rumor mill with the official release of the iPhone 8 family consisting of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the peculiar iPhone 8X.

Hate it or love it. All iPhone 8 models feature a glass back construction. It’s sleek as hell and allows for wireless charging, but also slippery in sweaty hands and prone to cracking. Definitely use case if you’re a klutzy. All iPhone 8 models

The key upgrade to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is the new 6-core A11 Bionic SoC. This new chip uses two performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. During its [...]

 
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September 8, 2017

Get Spotify and Hulu for $5 (If You’re a Student)

Spotify and Hulu has teamed up to bring students affordable entertainment. Their new student bundle nets students both Hulu and Netflix in a single $5 package.

The package includes Spotify Premium and Hulu’s Limited Commercials plan. If you’re subscribed to Spotify Premium Student already, you can tack on the Hulu for free. The vice versa is true if you have an active Hulu Limited Commercials plan subscription.

While the current deal is only available to students, Spotify and Hulu are looking into some sort of plan for all users as well. Spotify’s own ventures in a video platform hasn’t done well, so a tight partnership with one of [...]

 
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September 8, 2017

Intel Discontinues Skylake Processors

With Coffee Lake on the horizon and Kaby Lake released last year, a new article from Computerbase.de reveals that Intel is discontinuing its 6th Generation Core processor family, codename Skylake.

According to the article, Skylake production has ceased however, processors will continue to be available to be ordered until March 2018 with the final shipments available until September 2018. Next up is likely to be Kaby Lake although no information is available as to when it will be discontinued. That said, once Coffee Lake is released and the six-core performance CPUs hit the market, there will be little incentive for consumers to continue investing in older [...]

 
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August 28, 2017

Intel Core i7-8700K, i7-8700, i5-8400 Geekbench Benchmarks Leaked

Geekbench scores of to Intel’s upcoming 6-core Coffee Lake family (i7-8700K, i7-8700, i5-8400) has recently been revealed in the Geekbench database.

Unlike the previous Geekbench leak, which was clearly a very early sample with not even a concrete processor name attached, the new leak now provides a clear image of the new processors complete with the processor names, codenames, etc.

Manufacturer Intel AMDModel i7-8700K i7-8700 i5-8400 i7-7700K R7 1700X R7 1700Single-Core Score 5,541 5,539 4,991 5,733 4,071 3,891Multi-Core Score 23,996 22,249 19,799 18,800 20,988 19,883Core Count 6 Cores / 12 Threads 6 [...]
 
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August 27, 2017

AIB Graphics Card Market Increases 30.9% in Q2 2017

The AIB (Add-In Board) graphics card market is currently experiencing one of the largest booms ever, according to a recent report by Jon Peddie Research.

Unlike the PC Market, which recently experienced an 18.2% decrease, the AIB graphics card market spiked a phenomenal 30.9% sequentially, and 34.9% year over year. This is the first time the AIB market has grown significantly in nine years, and the biggest jump ever recorded.

This massive jump in numbers were driven by the healthy gaming PC market and new ASIC resitant cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, which has depleted stocks of both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

Nvidia now [...]

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