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New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

If you thought that Intel was done with its Kaby Lake generation of Core processors, then its CES 2017 announcement just proved you wrong. Then again, it’s not surprising either. The first batch of 7th gen “Kaby Lake” Intel Core CPUs it announced back in August were part of its Y-series, focused primarily on detachables and PCs on a stick. Now it is putting its 14 nm processors into full swing with U, H, and S series that aim for more powerful PCs, especially gaming ones.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: The lowdown on 2017’s flagship chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: The lowdown on 2017’s flagship chip

Smartphones may have taken a back-seat to TVs and car tech at CES, but Qualcomm is revealing the Snapdragon 835 that's likely to be at the heart of many 2017 flagships. The new chipset is Qualcomm's first 10nm silicon, but the company is using the milestone for more than just competitive crowing. Indeed, the physically smaller package has big implications for the overall size of phones and other devices, as well as what they can do.

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AMD details Zen-based Ryzen CPU line, boasts SenseMI tech

AMD details Zen-based Ryzen CPU line, boasts SenseMI tech

AMD is looking to take the fight to Intel, detailing its new Ryzen CPUs. AMD's Ryzen CPUs will be based on its "Zen" architecture, which was previously codenamed Summit Ridge. Even though we're finding out more about these processors today, they won't hit the scene until sometime in Q1 2017.

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Qualcomm sets hopes on IoT with new Snapdragon chips

Qualcomm sets hopes on IoT with new Snapdragon chips

Qualcomm today revealed a new pair of Snapdragon processors meant not for smartphones, but for use in internet of things (IoT) applications. The processors, which have been named the Snapdragon 600E and the Snapdragon 410E, are being introduced by subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, and the company is quick to point out that this is the first time stand-alone Snapdragon processors have been made available through Qualcomm's third-party distribution partners.

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Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon just got snappier

Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon just got snappier

The processor arms-race slows for nobody, and Qualcomm is already pitching its upgrade to the chip found in many of the flagship 2016 Android smartphones. The Snapdragon 821 is, as the name suggests, a freshened version of the Snapdragon 820, which Qualcomm says offers a 10-percent performance increase for device manufacturers who simply must have the speediest silicon.

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AMD reveals 7th gen A-series CPUs, VR-ready Radeon RX 480

AMD reveals 7th gen A-series CPUs, VR-ready Radeon RX 480

With Intel's discontinuation of the Atom line and its practical exit from the entry-level processor market, the time is ripe for AMD to reclaim a space that has been previously its domain. At Computex 2016, the famed chip maker revealed the 7th generation of its AMD FX, A, and E series CPUs that push the low-end a bit higher. At the same time, it is catering to the high end as well not with a new CPU but a new graphics card, the Radeon RX 480, which, like many of this week's products, are targeting the fledgling VR market.

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Intel Apollo Lake CPUs promised to bring cheaper, thinner hybrids

Intel Apollo Lake CPUs promised to bring cheaper, thinner hybrids

In same areas, the PC landscape hasn't changed one bit. But in a relatively smaller corner, a new breed of computing devices are growing in number. Sometimes called 2-in-1 laptops, tablet/laptop hybrids, convertibles, and even detachables, this sub-category is being poised by some analysts to help mitigate the decline of the PC market. And Intel naturally wants its processors to power that next wave. At its annual IDF, it announced Apollo Lake, the platform for its next gen Atom processors that it envisions will make such devices more powerful while also bringing down not just costs but also sizes.

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AnTuTu Top 10 phone CPUs put Snapdragon 820 above Apple A9

AnTuTu Top 10 phone CPUs put Snapdragon 820 above Apple A9

Some manufacturers, like Apple and, recently, Samsung, try to steer attention away from the hard, cold, and impersonal numbers of specs and stats, focusing instead on relative performance and concrete applications. However, there will always be interest in those numbers, particularly CPU and GPU benchmarks. AnTuTu is one of the more popular providers of such numbers and, just after the launch of new devices, it has released what its tests have revealed to be the top 10 mobile CPUs in the market. Interestingly, the #1 spot is occupied by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820.

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Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm has revamped its midrange with a trio of new Snapdragon processors, borrowing some 820 abilities for more affordable smartphones. The Snapdragon 625, 435, and 425 may be cheaper than the flagship Snapdragon 820 but they do offer a number of its headline features, including LTE carrier aggregation support, Qualcomm's Hexagon DSP audio processing, and WiFI 802.11ac MU-MIMO.

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What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is arguably the most hotly-anticipated Android phone of 2016, but the heart of the chip could well be the bigger story. Samsung's flagship is expected to offer the company's own version of a 3D Touch-style pressure sensitive display along with choice of 5.2- and 5.7-inch panels, but it's the processor keeping the phone running that has been prompting speculation.

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Intel confirms bug with Skylake CPUs

Intel confirms bug with Skylake CPUs

Intel has stepped up and confirmed that there is a bug in its sixth-gen Core products that have the codename Skylake. The bug in question can cause the system to hang under complex workloads. The only application that Intel has confirmed to cause the issue so far is Prime95.

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Aftermarket Skylake coolers are damaging Intel CPUs

Aftermarket Skylake coolers are damaging Intel CPUs

If you're assembling your own PC, there are a lot of decisions to make. One of which is whether you'll keep the stock CPU cooler, or opt for something a little beefier (and possibly quieter). Unfortunately, if you have an Intel Skylake processor, you're probably going to want to stick with the stock cooler, lest you risk damaging this primary component.

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