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Intel Xeon W processor could end up in the new iMac Pro

Intel Xeon W processor could end up in the new iMac Pro

We take a short breather before the IFA 2017 storm starts with Intel’s almost unexpected announcement of new Xeon processors. Targeting “expert” workstations, the new Xeon Scalable promises to deliver performance to meet the number-crunching requirements of the entertainment industry, particularly in, you guessed it, virtual reality. But Intel also announced a Xeon W processor for “mainstream” workstations, which is now the crowd favorite speculation to power the late 2017 iMac Pro.

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Intel i7, i9 Core X-Series release dates and specs

Intel i7, i9 Core X-Series release dates and specs

The Intel Core X-Series processors were been revealed by Intel this morning in one big bunch. Included is the entire unlocked Intel Core X-Series i-family. This includes i5, i7, and i9, the most impressive of which is the Extreme Edition Intel Core i9-7980XE. These processors were announced first this week at Computex 2017 as "the most powerful, scalable and accessible high-end desktop platform offered by Intel."

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Intel Coffee Lake CPU may be a bitter upgrade to swallow

Intel Coffee Lake CPU may be a bitter upgrade to swallow

Intel CPU fans eager to upgrade to the chip maker's upcoming Coffee Lake silicon may find themselves with a bigger than expected hit on their wallet. The new processors are set to succeed Intel's Kaby Lake models, using 14nm Tri-Gate processes and offering up to 30-percent performance gains over current seventh-generation 15W mobile CPUs. However, in doing so it's looking like they'll break backward compatibility.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega GPUs, Threadripper CPUs launched

AMD Radeon RX Vega GPUs, Threadripper CPUs launched

AMD has made its comeback in the CPU market with the launch of its Zen-based Ryzen processors to take on Intel’s Core line with more affordable digits. But the consumer PC war isn’t won with CPUs alone. Graphics cards play an equal role, sometimes even greater for both gamers as well as multimedia workers. That is why AMD is now launching a new “Vega” GPU architecture, this time to strike at NVIDA’s long-held monopoly in the discrete graphics card market.

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AMD Ryzen 3 launch completes mainstream desktop push

AMD Ryzen 3 launch completes mainstream desktop push

Ever since it came out with its new Zen core architecture late last year, AMD has been aggressively pushing its Ryzen line of processors to almost every computing market its eternal rival Intel has a foothold. It even suspiciously named some of its processors, particularly those for desktops, to match Intel’s Core i scheme. So after the high-end Ryzen 7 and the Ryzen 5, it’s really no surprise that AMD has finally come out with the Ryzen 3 to target even more budget-constrained PC gamers.

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Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

It looks like Samsung is about to be inside your favorite smartphone once again. While the company's chip-making devision lost their contract deal with Apple several years ago, they plan on picking up the pace once again the very near future. They began their series of big moves toward the future they envision earlier this year by splitting off their chip-making business arm within their semiconductor division as "Samsung Foundry" - and it would appear that their next goal is the iPhone.

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AMD Ryzen PRO butts heads with Intel vPro in the enterprise

AMD Ryzen PRO butts heads with Intel vPro in the enterprise

AMD is clearly out for blood. Intel's blood, of course. In the almost distant past, AMD nearly overthrew Intel from its throne with its aggressive pricing and marketing. Now it seems to have gotten that aggression back and is hitting every market where Intel has a foothold, using its new Zen platform as its weapon. From high-end gaming rigs to entry-level desktops to datacenters, AMD is now taking the battle to the enterprise, where it is taking on the Intel vPro with its similarly named Ryzen PRO.

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Upcoming Snapdragon 450 could give mid-range phones a big boost

Upcoming Snapdragon 450 could give mid-range phones a big boost

Qualcomm's mobile processors usually follow clear lines. The 200 series on the very low end, followed by 400, 600, and then the 800 flagship platform. Things might get a bit hazy if and when the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 comes around. Although part of the lower mid-range line, the still unannounced processor supposedly shares more in common with the higher, though now somewhat outdated, Snapdragon 625, potentially giving birth to a new line of wallet-friendly smartphones that not only perform well but also last longer.

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AMD Epyc datacenter processors unveiled: the start of ‘a new era’

AMD Epyc datacenter processors unveiled: the start of ‘a new era’

AMD has introduced its new AMD Epic 7000 series of datacenter processors, saying they come with up to 32 high-performance Zen cores alongside a bunch of other notable features and bragging points, not the least of which is setting multiple new performance records. The new lineup features AMD Epyc processors ranging from the 8-core / 16-thread 7251 to the 32-core / 64-thread 7601.

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Intel just put Qualcomm’s Windows 10 plans on notice

Intel just put Qualcomm’s Windows 10 plans on notice

Intel was never going to be pleased at Microsoft and Qualcomm's plans to run Windows 10 on Snapdragon processors, and now it's dropping heavy hints that it could all end up in court. The latest attempt to squeeze Windows on ARM into the mainstream, the announcement between the software giant and the mobile chipmaker will eventually see processors like the Snapdragon 835 running Windows 10 on models from ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and more. For consumers, that's only going to be a good thing. For Intel, not so much.

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IBM’s 5nm nanosheet chips could revolutionize the IoT market

IBM’s 5nm nanosheet chips could revolutionize the IoT market

Not too long ago, Samsung and Qualcomm boasted their Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 processors, respectively. Both of these chips were manufactured using a 10 nm FinFET process, currently the smallest chip size in the consumer market. IBM’s Research Alliance, however, is proving that it has done one better. By halving the size but increasing performance and energy efficiency, IBM’s 5 nm chips has the potential to push the consumer electronics market forward, especially the IoT and even the smartphone markets, at an accelerated pace.

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Intel Core i9 leads new X-series CPUs for the most demanding users

Intel Core i9 leads new X-series CPUs for the most demanding users

Intel knows you're obsessed with speed, so please feel free to add the Intel Core i9 and the Core X-series processors to your List of Gadgetry to Covet. Unveiled at Computex 2017 this week, the new chips are part of what Intel says is recognition that no, not all PC users are created equal. Indeed, when it comes to gamers, content creators, and people dealing in compute-intense segments like virtual reality, the needs are higher than the current Core i3, i5, and i7 range can deliver.

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