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Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

Windows 11 CPU specs tweaked, with new minimum explanation

The latest version of PC Health Check changes the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. For some users, this will be good news. Microsoft expanded the number of processors that they've tested and confirmed will fit the basic requirements of an approved Windows 11 device. Technically you'll be able to install Windows 11 on an older device, but Microsoft isn't going to be there to fix what doesn't work if said device doesn't meet Microsoft's basic requirements.

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NVIDIA ARM acquisition deemed a national security risk in the UK

NVIDIA ARM acquisition deemed a national security risk in the UK

NVIDIA is already making big plans on its investments in the Arm ecosystem, most of which hinges on its acquisition of the UK-based company currently owned by Japan's SoftBank. We haven't heard much about the status of that process recently, but the latest news that has just surfaced isn't that encouraging, at least for NVIDIA. The acquisition has already been uncertain as far as the UK is concerned, and insiders are now saying that the country is inclined to reject the bid over national security concerns.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 successor leak reveals key spec

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 successor leak reveals key spec

Qualcomm's branding for Snapdragon chips doesn't always make sense. The Snapdragon 810 was succeeded by the 820/821, but that was followed by the 835, in turn. After the Snapdragon 865, however, came the 888, with the 870 following not far behind. In that light, there's still some debate whether the next Qualcomm premium chip will be the Snapdragon 895 or 898, but regardless of its name, it will have one upgrade that could set the tone for next year's smartphones.

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Intel CEO makes dire prediction about chip shortage turnaround

Intel CEO makes dire prediction about chip shortage turnaround

The current semiconductor shortage has undoubtedly frustrated a lot of people. Not only have shortages made some in-demand hardware exceedingly difficult to find, but it's even prompted manufacturers to raise prices in some cases. We've seen that happen in the GPU segment, where new NVIDIA and AMD cards are routinely priced above MSRP as manufacturers contend with supply constraints.

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Chromebooks with ARM CPU and NVIDIA RTX graphics might be in the works

Chromebooks with ARM CPU and NVIDIA RTX graphics might be in the works

Chromebooks have the stigma of being low-cost, low-power computers designed to cater to the limited needs of offices and schools. That's despite the existence of some models that rival high-end Windows laptops in specs and even in prices. One computing segment that Chromebooks still don't sufficiently address is gaming, but that could be changing soon, at least on the hardware side, thanks to NVIDIA's efforts to push its RTX technology to Arm processors.

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Intel just pulled the plug on the hybrid chip for Microsoft’s Surface Neo

Intel just pulled the plug on the hybrid chip for Microsoft’s Surface Neo

Intel is discontinuing its innovative Lakefield processors, with the chip that Microsoft had planned to use in the Surface Neo dual-screen tablet unexpectedly getting its end-of-life notice instead. Lakefield, announced in 2010, was Intel's attempt at a so-called hybrid chip, promising smaller and lower-power CPUs ideal for ultraportables, folding devices, and other new form-factors.

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Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU announcement could happen next month

Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU announcement could happen next month

The ARM processor market has definitely gotten more interesting lately after Apple jumped in with guns blazing with its M1 Silicon. Unsurprisingly, rumors point to Google preparing its own "Whitechapel" processor, for one, and Arm itself has just announced its next-gen CPU and GPU cores. However, one of this year's highlights in that space could be Samsung's processor, showing the first visible fruits of its partnership with AMD. That could finally be revealed in a few weeks with the first Exynos with AMD RDNA2 officially debuts.

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Intel reveals flagship 11th Gen thin-and-light CPUs and a 5G laptop modem

Intel reveals flagship 11th Gen thin-and-light CPUs and a 5G laptop modem

Intel has added two new 11th Gen Core processors for thin and light Windows notebooks, along with is first 5G modem for PCs as high-speed embedded cellular connectivity gains traction. The Intel Core i7-1195G7 and Core i5-1155G7 will both offer Iris Xe graphics along with up to 5 GHz clock speeds.

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Pixel 6 Google Whitechapel processor leak sounds encouraging

Pixel 6 Google Whitechapel processor leak sounds encouraging

The past two years may have been disappointing for fans and believers of Google's Pixel phones. The Pixel 4 came with high-end specs but the Project Soli-based sonar features weren't worth the costs and compromises that needed to be made to make room for it. Last year's Pixel 5, on the other hand, was anything but premium and it almost seemed like Google was heading down that path. Fortunately, that might not be the case as the "Whitechapel" Google Silicon is sounding very premium based on new leaks, which means the Pixel 6 will be as well.

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Arm v9 CPUs and new Mali GPUs try to steer computing away from Intel

Arm v9 CPUs and new Mali GPUs try to steer computing away from Intel

Apple's launch of its M1 Silicon and the following M1 Macs and iPad Pros has definitely raised questions about Intel's future in the personal computing space. Arm-based computers, not just phones, have suddenly become more interesting but their numbers and performance, especially on the Windows side, haven't exactly been that impressive. Some might say that Arm processors still have a long way to go but Arm's latest v9 generation of Cortex processors and Mali GPUs might be heading in that direction.

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Intel reveals 11th Gen Core H-series laptop CPUs to unseat AMD

Intel reveals 11th Gen Core H-series laptop CPUs to unseat AMD

Earlier this year, we saw Intel launch its new 11th Gen Core desktop processors, and today the company followed those up by officially revealing its 11th Gen Core H-Series mobile processors for notebooks. Like the desktop processors, these were first confirmed at CES 2021 at the beginning of the year, but now we're getting the first real details about these CPU. In addition, Intel also revealed its 11th Gen Core vPro and Xeon CPUs for mobile workstations.

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Newegg Shuffle returns today with RTX 30-series cards and Ryzen 9 5900X, but there’s a catch

Newegg Shuffle returns today with RTX 30-series cards and Ryzen 9 5900X, but there’s a catch

If you're looking for an RTX 30-series card, then you'll definitely want to have a peek over at Newegg today. The company has launched another Newegg Shuffle, and this time around, there are quite a few RTX 30-series cards to pick from. There are also a couple of AMD products in this shuffle as well, including the hard-to-find Ryzen 9 5900X.

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