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All posts tagged "Intel"

  • Intel CEO delivers open letter in wake of Meltdown, Spectre

    The Meltdown and Spectre exploits have rocked the computing world, as chipmakers scramble to patch the vulnerabilities. Intel was particularly hard hit by the exploits, forcing the firm to double down on security updates for them. Now, following his keynote address at CES 2018, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has issued an open letter, outlining a three-point pledge to consumers. The pledge starts with "customer-first urgency". "By 15 January, we will have issued updates for at least 90 percent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years, with updates for the remainder of these CPUs available by the end of January. We will...

  • Intel, AMD reveal new CPU wares ahead of CES 2018

    It's time for the biggest tech expo of the year in the form of CES, and Intel and AMD have already shown new processors for desktops, laptops and more. Intel shed more light on its eighth generation Core chips with AMD Radeon Vega graphics, marking a notable partnership between the CPU rivals. Intel, AMD's collaboration The new chips will feature a quad-core CPU (all packing eight threads) and Radeon Vega RX graphics, as well as 4GB of HBM2 (high bandwidth memory). And all of this will come in a size that makes the range suitable for two-in-one designs and other lightweight devices, Intel claims. "With...

  • Processor exploits: what are affected companies saying?

    The recent disclosure of exploits in several processors, chiefly Intel's x86 chips, has resulted in a firestorm of controversy as companies scramble to fix the issue or deflect blame. The exploits, discovered by Google researchers, involve the processor speculation feature in many chips, with Intel relying on this most aggressively. However, other companies are also affected by the news, so what are they saying? Apple The Cupertino company is also affected of course, using Intel chips in its Mac computers and the ARM instruction set in its iOS devices. "All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers...

  • Intel speaks after critical processor exploit found

    The tech world has been inundated with reports after it emerged that there was a major security flaw with Intel's range of processors. The flaw, which could be used to gain access to sensitive data on computers, affects Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. This has resulted in platform-holders scrambling to issue patches. Now, Intel has spoken out on the issue, claiming that it isn't specific to Intel and that AMD and others are affected as well. "Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. Based on the analysis to...

  • How do Intel’s new budget chips compare to Qualcomm laptops?

    Last week saw Qualcomm and partners finally peel the curtain back on Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptops at the Snapdragon Summit. We saw the Asus NovaGo and the HP Envy X2 devices, packing Snapdragon 835 processors, hybrid designs and touting lengthy battery life. This week has seen Intel strike back in a sense, revealing the Pentium Silver and new Celeron chips. But you have to wonder whether these are viable challengers to Qualcomm's laptops just yet. They'll probably be more powerful... To be fair, the Snapdragon laptops are still a largely unknown quantity at this point in the performance department. We spent a bit of...

  • 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...