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MediaTek debuts Dimensity 700 for mid-range 5G phones, premium chips for Chromebooks

MediaTek debuts Dimensity 700 for mid-range 5G phones, premium chips for Chromebooks

Like it or not, and some definitely don't, Qualcomm's Snapdragons are pretty much the king of smartphone processors, especially more premium ones. MediaTek has traditionally been the choice for mid-tier to entry-level devices but Qualcomm has started to invade its turf, especially with mid-range 5G chips. MediaTek's strategy to fight back has been to flood the market with a confusing number of choices, including its latest MediaTek 700 aimed at giving mass-market phones some 5G capabilities.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 desktop CPU release round-up

AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 desktop CPU release round-up

Today we're taking a look at the full AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop CPU collection with Zen 3 core architecture. This includes the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, and the monstrous AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. These units work with 6 core, 8 core, 12 core, and 16 core configurations respectively, and they'll cost anywhere from around $300 all the way up to approximately $800 USD (for the CPU alone).

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Arm Cortex-A78C CPU aims for always-on laptops

Arm Cortex-A78C CPU aims for always-on laptops

Arm's CPU designs and technologies practically power a large chunk of the computers in the world, from the ones we put in our pockets to those that drive our cars' brains. The one segment that Arm-based chips haven't yet truly taken over is the desktop and laptop market. That might be changing quickly, especially with Apple Silicon close to launching, and Arm itself is launching a new Cortex-A78C CPU that it envisions will power on-the-go devices, a.k.a. Arm-powered laptops like those pushed by Microsoft.

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Samsung Exynos 1080 gets an unveil date – What we know

Samsung Exynos 1080 gets an unveil date – What we know

Samsung plans to show off its next homegrown smartphone chipset on November 12, promising new Exynos details for a fresh high-end processor. Although Samsung's flagship Galaxy phones typically use Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets in North America, versions of the handsets sold in Europe and Asia typically use Samsung's own chips.

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Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S coming in Q1 2021: what to expect

Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S coming in Q1 2021: what to expect

The next few weeks will most likely be filled with news about new gaming consoles but that doesn't mean PC gamers are being left out. In addition to new graphics hardware from NVIDIA and AMD, Intel also laid out its gaming-centric push around its upcoming 11th-gen processors. These Intel Rocket Lake-S processors might not be coming until early next year but that means you'll have plenty of time to save up for what Intel is practically positioning as the next level in gaming on the desktop.

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AMD Big Navi released: RX 6900 XT, RX 6800, 6800 XT in full presentation

AMD Big Navi released: RX 6900 XT, RX 6800, 6800 XT in full presentation

Today the AMD Big Navi line of AMD graphics cards were revealed in three sizes, all under the name AMD RX 6000. There's the AMD RX 6800, AMD RX 6800 XT, and AMD RX 6900 XT, all with AMD RDNA 2 architecture. The more tantalizing of these is the 6800 XT, a card that'll do battle directly against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. AMD's Radeon RX 6800 XT will compete with the RTX 3080 with availability in stores AND a starting price for $659 USD right out the gate.

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro Geekbench sighting reveals Kirin 9000 performance

Huawei Mate 40 Pro Geekbench sighting reveals Kirin 9000 performance

Huawei already revealed the date for what may be its last big event this year and the mobile tech industry will be all eyes on what may also be its last big phone if things don't improve for it. The Huawei Mate 40 will arrive next week with what could be the next level in mobile photography. Judging by these benchmark numbers, it could also come with a powerful processor which only makes Huawei's semiconductor predicament all the more poignant.

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NVIDIA Arm acquisition might be blocked by UK government

NVIDIA Arm acquisition might be blocked by UK government

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank has been looking for someone to acquire its semiconductor designer Arm and although it finally settled on NVIDIA, that deal may still fall through at least in one country. The UK government is reportedly preparing to intervene and block the acquisition if necessary on the grounds that NVIDIA buying up Arm could not only endanger its citizens' jobs but also threaten the country's sovereignty over one of its very few technology champions.

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AMD Ryzen 5900X claimed “world’s best gaming CPU”

AMD Ryzen 5900X claimed “world’s best gaming CPU”

Today AMD revealed ZEN 3 CPU Ryzen 5000 processors for desktop computers. These processors feature ZEN 3 architecture, rolling with 7nm process tech and a 19 percent IPC boost over the most recent generation hardware. Four new CPUs will be available soon, each with ZEN 3 architecture, including 2x Ryzen 9 models, one Ryzen 7, and a single Ryzen 5.

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AMD ZEN 3 revealed with fully re-arranged layout

AMD ZEN 3 revealed with fully re-arranged layout

Today AMD introduced ZEN 3, 7nm processing power ready to roll in Q4 2020. ZEN 3 delivers higher max boost than ever before, significant IPC uplift, and a whole new core layout and new cache topology. AMD confirmed that ZEN 4 was on-track with a 5nm design as well - it would appear that, as one would expect, AMD will "not let up" going into the future.

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Intel 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake” to give gamers a Q1 2021 treat

Intel 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake” to give gamers a Q1 2021 treat

Intel's next-generation desktop CPU, "Rocket Lake," is arriving in Q1 2021 the company has confirmed today, giving PC gamers in particular something to look forward to in the new year. The news comes amid growing excitement for Sony and Microsoft's next-generation consoles, with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X threatening to overshadow what PC gamers are up to.

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NVIDIA to officially buy Arm, focus on AI, promises neutrality

NVIDIA to officially buy Arm, focus on AI, promises neutrality

Putting all speculation to rest, NVIDIA has finally announced that it is making an official bid to acquire Arm Limited from SoftBank. While the final say will be with regulators, this would mean that NVIDIA could soon be the owner of the intellectual property that pretty much powers the world's smartphones, cars, and many embedded devices. That does raise concerns about NVIDIA's hold on such IP and the computer graphics tech giant promises it will be business as usual as far as that licensing business goes.

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