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HP Elite 700 series: desktops and laptops for SMBs

HP Elite 700 series: desktops and laptops for SMBs

In addition to the new Pro x2 612 for business users, HP has introduced an expansion to its Elite product lineup, the Elite 700 series. This particular device series is targeted at small and medium businesses, and includes both laptops and desktops that promise a mixture of affordability and performance.

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AMD: NVIDIA GameWorks threat to gamers

AMD: NVIDIA GameWorks threat to gamers

NVIDIA's GameWorks has been used with several game titles, the most notable of which being Watch Dogs. While NVIDIA boasts GameWorks as offering many advantages, rival AMD has a far different opinion of it, with the company's Robert Hallock recently calling it a "clear and present threat to gamers."

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AMD chip guru Jim Keller: ARM left team “a little daunted”

AMD chip guru Jim Keller: ARM left team “a little daunted”

AMD's Jim Keller, chief cores architect poached from Apple in 2012, has detailed the development process of Project SkyBridge, the company's new hybridization approach for x86 and ARM cores. "A lot of people try to do completely new things - try to boil the ocean - and they mess that up," Keller suggested, contrasting AMD's gradual approach as it builds up to developing its own ARM chips for 2016 and beyond.

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AMD Project Skybridge due 2015 as Seattle gives first demo

AMD Project Skybridge due 2015 as Seattle gives first demo

AMD has demonstrated its Seattle ARM-based 64-bit server chips for the first time, insisting that the days of x86 dominating the data center are numbered as it outlined "Project Skybridge" on the 2015 roadmap and beyond. Seattle, announced last year and shipping from earlier in 2014, eschews the usual x86 architecture for 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores, capable of delivering streaming video, crunching big data, and hosting cloud services despite using a fraction of the usual power.

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AMD 2014 notebook & tablet APUs add secure ARM brain

AMD 2014 notebook & tablet APUs add secure ARM brain

AMD has outed its latest 2014 Mainstream and Low-Power mobile APUs, its combination processor and graphics chipsets for notebooks and ultraportables, and for the first time baking in an ARM chip to handle dedicated security duties. The new SoCs - formerly known as Beema and Mullins - promise not only the usual cut in power consumption as well as a bump in both graphics and processing power, but Android app support on Windows using BlueStacks.

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Toshiba L and C series notebooks feature Skullcandy sound

Toshiba L and C series notebooks feature Skullcandy sound

Toshiba has announced two new lines of notebook computers that are aimed at the everyday users out there who want performance tempered with a lower price. The new notebook series includes the Satellite L55, L75, C44, and C75 machines. Both L series machines focus on entertainment features with the L55 offering a 15.6-inch screen and the L75 features a 17.3-inch screen.

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AMD Radeon R9 295X2 aims for enthusiast GPU glory

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 aims for enthusiast GPU glory

This week AMD plays their biggest GPU hand to date with the Radeon R9 295X2. This is a highest-end Dual GPU running with 28nm process technology and 12.4 billion transistors. You’ll be rolling with a highest-tier number of stream processors in this beast with a whopping 5,632, while compute power rings in at 11.5 TFLOPS.

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DirectX 12 detailed for Xbox One, Desktop, and Mobile devices

DirectX 12 detailed for Xbox One, Desktop, and Mobile devices

Today Microsoft announced that DirectX 12 is officially headed to all of its platforms for futuristic gaming finesse. Both NVIDIA and AMD are pushing their claim for the collaboration gold on this release, with details on the Xbox One side of things coming mostly from the AMD camp, while NVIDIA appears to be firmly planting itself in the PC gaming side of the map.

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Titanfall: Xbox One vs PC

Titanfall: Xbox One vs PC

After having played the Titanfall Beta on both the Xbox One and PC (via Origin on Windows 8), we’ve come to one conclusion. If you want to play Titanfall on your Xbox One, we’d recommend simply skipping the demo of the PC side of things. When you’ve got a ramped-up beast of a gaming PC pitted against the Xbox One, gameplay is comparable - but the graphics delivery difference is immense.

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MSI GX70 and GX60 Destroyer gaming notebooks updated with AMD R9-M290X graphics

MSI GX70 and GX60 Destroyer gaming notebooks updated with AMD R9-M290X graphics

MSI has announced a refresh of two of its powerful gaming notebooks. The machines include the MSI GX70 Destroyer and the GX60 Destroyer. The updated gaming notebooks get new graphics and a new backlit keyboard.

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Titanfall Beta imminent: minimum specs for PC ushered in

Titanfall Beta imminent: minimum specs for PC ushered in

Just this afternoon Vince Zampella from the developer group Respawn let it be known what the minimum specifications would be for the PC version of the mech-driving game Titanfall. This is a widely-anticipated title made for both the PC and the Xbox One, with a beta coming up for both platforms some time this month. While the final game is set to be released in March, users are already testing the Alpha (and near-Beta) right this minute.

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ARM attempts to create a standard platform for servers

ARM attempts to create a standard platform for servers

Trying to kill a potential problem at the roots even before it grows, ARM Holdings has released a new Server Base System Architecture standard. This document will server as the basis of a standardized platform that will hopefully help the chip architecture finally get a foothold in the server space.

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