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All posts tagged "Intel"

  • Watch: Ryzen 5 1600 vs Core i7 7800X in 30 game battle

    AMD's Ryzen range of processors might be the computing and general tech story of the year. Coming after years of a virtual monopoly by Intel, AMD's new chips manage to pack great performance in a cost-effective package. Now, YouTube channel Hardware Unboxed as decided to conduct a 30 game comparison of the Ryzen 5 1600 against the Intel Core i7 7800X. It seems like a somewhat unfair comparison at first glance, because surely it should be Ryzen 7 vs Core i7, right? But AMD's Ryzen 5 1600 sports six cores and 12 threads, much like the 7800X. The kicker is in...

  • AMD Threadripper priced – it beats Intel Core i9

    AMD has been on a tear this year, revealing its Ryzen series of chips and confirming that its monster Threadripper enthusiast range was in the works. So when Intel launched its Core i9 family earlier this year, most experts were calling on enthusiasts to wait for more Threadripper details. Now, we have them. In a blog post issued today, AMD has confirmed that its 16-core, 32 thread Threadripper processor (1950X) will have a recommended price of US$999. By comparison, Intel's 10-core/20 thread i9 (7900X) has a US$999 price tag, while its 16-core/32 thread variant has a price tag of US$1699. The...

  • Intel Core i9: should you get Ryzen 7 or wait for Threadripper instead?

    Earlier this year, we saw Intel take the wraps off its Core i9 series of processor, being meant for enthusiasts and content creators. At the time of the reveal, many pointed to AMD's Ryzen 7 family, saying that these would be a more cost-effective solution than Intel's newly announced range. Recently, reviewers have given their thoughts on the 10-core Core i9 7900X. For starters, Ars Technica, PC World and Tweaktown all note that the 7900X is hundreds of dollars cheaper than Intel's previous enthusiast-level 10-core chip. All three add that it's the most powerful consumer CPU you can get right now....

  • Intel Core i9: six things worth knowing

    Intel made a huge splash this week when it announced the Core i9 processor. Of course, 9 is higher than 7 (duh), so you'd expect it to be powerful (bigger duh). But what are the key things to know about the new chip? A lot of cores and threads The Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition has a monster 18 cores and 36 threads, clearly being designed for the one-percenter wanting to one-up their middle class friends. Otherwise, the company says the new chips are made with "advanced gaming, VR and content creation in mind". It's part of Intel's new X-Series family Yep, the Core i9...

  • Intel steps into VR arena with Project Alloy open hardware platform

    Mobile chip manufacturing isn't the only thing Intel had to announce this week, as the tech firm announced a virtual reality (VR) platform, dubbed Project Alloy. The new project essentially serves as an open design/platform, merging a VR headset with Intel's RealSense technology. The headset itself stands out thanks to its untethered nature, Intel explained. "Operate without pesky cords dangling from your VR headset connecting to the computer. The computing power is located in the Alloy Head-Mounted Device (HMD), which allows the user to experience VR untethered," the company said in a press statement. We're not sure how powerful the processing box is, but...

  • In the ARMy now: Intel to make mobile chips for manufacturers

    Intel may be the king of desktops and laptops, but it hasn't had the best of luck in the mobile arena. Its attempts to bring x86 architecture to mobile didn't pay off, as the company promptly cancelled most of its mobile efforts in this sector. Now, Intel has announced it's back in the mobile game, albeit in a different role. The company will be putting its foundries to good use as it makes ARM chips for customers instead. Chips based on the ARM architecture/instruction set power the vast majority of smartphones these days, including devices from Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony, Huawei,...

  • AMD Zen initial benchmarks crush FX-8300, embarrass Core i5 4670K

    Good news, everyone: the first real-world benchmarks of AMD's upcoming Zen CPU range have made an appearance online. The benches appeared on Ashes of the Singularity's benchmark database this week, and seem to originate from the engineering sample. While not indicative of AMD Zen's final form, they give a good indication of where the company is headed prior to the platform's reported 2017 launch. According to WCCFTech (who snagged a few screens of the benches before they were taken down), there are two engineering samples being tested here. One is a hyper-threaded octa-core, with 16 total threads and a base clock...

  • Intel issues immediate fitness watch recall due to ‘burns’

    Intel has issued an immediate safety recall of its Basis Peak fitness tracker due to heating issues. The chipmaker said the fitness watch gets so hot it could cause burns or blistering. Back in June, the company told users to stop wearing the device while they explored software-based solutions. Now, Intel has revealed that software updates won't fix the issue, resulting in a more drastic solution. "We had hoped to update the software on your watch to address the problem. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we aren't able to develop such a solution without completely compromising the user experience. As a result, we are asking that you return your Basis...

  • Intel Core i7 6950X boasts 10 hyper-threaded cores, huge $1700 price tag

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. Day one of Computex 2016 is officially upon us (and nearly over, frankly), but it has ended with a bang, especially if you've been longing for more than eight cores in your gaming PC. Silicon giant Intel has announced and revealed its first Broadwell-E Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor, the Intel Core i7 6950X. It sounds like tame marketing babble on paper, but it's Intel's first desktop-class chip to arrive with ten cores with multi-threading. That's 20 possible processing threads running at one time. The base clock speed...

  • Intel’s Apollo Lake platform wants to beef-up, slim down entry PCs

    Intel wants to make sure that your next entry-level PC can hold its own with its newly announced Apollo Lake platform. Unveiled at IDF Shenzen in China this weekend, Intel's looking primarily at the low-cost market, micro PCs, ultra-thin devices and tablets. Apollo Lake is based on a 14nm fabrication process, akin to Intel's flagship Skylake platform. Apollo Lake though wants to makes more USB ports available, improve power usage to performance, and bolt on a new graphics core, taken from Skylake. The platform will use Goldmont CPU cores, and will support up to four cores. Additionally, DDR4 or DDR3 RAM modules...