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AMD’s 32-Core Threadripper Processor will be available later this year

Today at Computex, AMD teased it upcoming 32-Core Threadripper Processor. The second generation of AMD’s Threadripper processors straps four 8-core Ryzen APUs together to form a unified, humongous 32-core part. The new processor can handle 64 processing threads at a time.

Yesterday, Intel announced it’s 28-core/56-thread high-end desktop processor. The CPU will run at 2.70 GHz as a base clock and turbo frequency up to 5.00 GHz. In Cinebench, it achieved a score of 7,334 on stage, something that’s only bested by multi-processor systems.

AMD's 32-Core Threadripper Processor
AMD’s 32-Core Threadripper Processor

The second-gen AMD Threadripper processor will be built using a 12nm process and will be available to buy in the third quarter of this year.

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ASUS announced ZenBook Pro 15 with ScreenPad and Intel Core i9

ASUS today announced ZenBook Pro 15 featuring a 15-inch 4K UHD display, up to an Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, 16GB of high-performance 2400Hz DDR4 RAM, up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD and Windows 10. You can enjoy immersive multimedia on its 15.6-inch 4K UHD NanoEdge PANTONE validated display with 100% Adobe RGB color gamut, ∆E (Delta-E) < 2.0 color accuracy and powerful Harmon Kardon certified audio system.

However, the main feature of the new ZenBook Pro 15 is ScreenPad. It is a Windows Precision Touchpad (PTP) combined with an interactive 5.5-inch FHD touchscreen that can intelligently adapt to what you’re doing, making it easier and quicker to multitask and get things done. A simple press of the F6 function key toggles ScreenPad between touchscreen mode and touchpad mode or you can use Screen Extender mode to use ScreenPad as an extension to the main display. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint offer even closer integration with ScreenPad, with adaptive menus and editing controls on ScreenPad that change automatically according to the app and what task is being performed.

ASUS announced ZenBook Pro 15 with ScreenPad

ZenBook Pro 15 top features:

  • Comprehensive connectivity includes up to gigabit-class 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, and standard HDMI output.
  • Up to the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i9 hexa-core processor, with up to 16GB of high-performance 2400Hz DDR4 RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
  • Up to gaming-grade NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU for graphics performance
  • Fingerprint sensor support for signing in effortlessly with Windows Hello
  • 15.6-inch NanoEdge 4K UHD ultraslim-bezel touchscreen with PANTONE validation for professional color accuracy

The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 will be available globally starting July 2018.

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New Intel 28-Core Desktop Processor is coming later this Year

Intel has announced it’s new 28-core/56-thread high-end desktop processor. The new processor has a 700 mm die on a client-segment package. The CPU will run at 2.70 GHz as a base clock. Intel did not specify any turbo frequency but did manage to overclock to 5.00 GHz. In Cinebench, it achieved a score of 7,334 on stage, something that’s only bested by multi-processor systems.

Earlier today, the company also announced it’s limited edition processor – Core i7-8086K (only 50,000 will be made). This processor is an homage to both Intel’s 50 year company anniversary and the 40 year anniversary of the eponymous 8086 processor.

How to fix 'Meltdown' - Intel Processors Security flaw
How to fix ‘Meltdown’ – Intel Processors Security flaw

This new processor is a boost over its current Core i7-8700K offering. Intel has said that the processor has a base frequency of 4.0 GHz and a single core turbo of 5.0 GHz.

The official pricing is now available yet, however, the processor might cost you $425.

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New HP Pavilion Notebooks and HP Pavilion x360s Convertibles Announced

Today, HP introduced its next-generation HP Pavilion Notebooks and HP Pavilion x360s convertibles. The new HP Pavilion x360s comes with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with NVIDIA MX130 Graphics option on select 14-inch models and an AMD Radeon 530 Graphics option on select 15-inch models. Whereas, HP Pavilion Notebooks features up to 11.75 hours of battery life with 8th Gen Intel Core processors or the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics on select models. Check out more details below.

HP Pavilion x360s convertibles Specs and features

  • Windows Hello with a fingerprint reader on select models for a safe, secure, and quick logon experience.
  • Chrome-plated hinge allows you to switch your device into four different modes, while simultaneous pen and touch functionality with Windows Ink allow you to turn the convertible into a canvas for drawing on photos or marking up webpages in Microsoft Edge.
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 dual and quad processors with discrete graphics options
  • A NVIDIA MX130 Graphics option on select 14-inch models and an AMD Radeon 530 Graphics option on select 15-inch models.
  • Narrow bezel design allows a 14 and 15-inch diagonal HD or FHD IPS display to fit in 13-inch and 14-inch chassis, respectively.
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HP Pavilion x360s with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 Sihmar

HP Pavilion x360 14-inch starting price is $499 and HP Pavilion x360 15-inch starting price is $579. These new convertibles will be available on May 9, 2018.

HP Pavilion Notebooks Specs and features

  • A rainbow of rich, new colors and options for HD and FHD IPS displays with micro-edge bezels.
  • The lift hinge supports a more comfortable typing experience and improves airflow to keep the device running cool.
  • Up to 11.75 hours of battery life depending on the model, and 8th Gen Intel Core processors or the latest AMD Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics on select models.
  • Up to 512 GB of SSD or up to 2 TB HDDs on the 15-inch device. Dual storage options are available providing plenty of hard drive capacity with the added speed and responsiveness of an SSD. In addition, Intel Optane memory for storage acceleration is offered on select models.
  • Dual speakers custom tuned by B&O Play with HP Audio Boost for rich, authentic audio
  • Fingerprint reader option on the 14-inch Pavilion model facilitates safe, secure, and quick login with Windows Hello.
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HP’s new line-up of Pavilion 14 and 15-inch notebooks sihmar

HP Pavilion Notebook 14-inch starting price is $369 and HP Pavilion Notebook 15-inch will start at $629. Both notebooks will be available on May 30, 2018.

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New Intel Core i9, i7 and i5 Processors announced for Laptops

Today Intel unveiled the first ever Intel Core i9 processor for laptops at a global event in Beijing. The new 8th Gen Intel Core i9 processor is the highest-performance laptop processor Intel. According to the company, the new CPU is built to deliver the best gaming and content creation experience on the go.

The company also announced a new core i7 and i5 processors for laptops with 14nm process technology enabling them to deliver up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay or edit 4K video up to 59 percent faster than the 7th generation with same discrete graphics.

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Intel Core i9 CPU

The new Intel Core i9-8950HK processor features six cores and 12 threads. It comes fully unlocked and features the new Intel Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB), which opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency up to 200 MHz if the processor temperature is low enough and turbo power budget is available. This translates to a turbo frequency of up to 4.8 GHz.

Intel has also released a new Data Drive Acceleration feature that delivers a boost to a large secondary HDD data drive. This powerful combination provides up to 4.7 times the game loading and 1.7 times faster media loading.

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Intel Core i9+ CPU with Optane

Consumers will also begin to see a new platform extension with Intel Core i5+, i7+ and i9+ badges on select systems, starting with today’s high-performance 8th Gen Intel Core mobile processors and desktop processors. This indicates they are purchasing a device that has the combination of Intel Core performance with the acceleration of Intel Optane memory.

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Windows 10 PCs with 5G Connectivity Coming Next Year

Intel today announced that Windows 10 PCs with 5G Connectivity is coming in 2019. Intel is partnering with Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, and HP to bring 5G connectivity to Windows 10 PCs.

The new PCs and tablets will be powered by the company’s XMM 8000 series of commercial 5G modems. The chip maker says the 5G modems it’s building will also support 2G, 3G, and LTE.

Intel is showing off a prototype 2-in-1 detachable device powered by an early version of its 5G modem and its 8th gen Core i5 processors at MWC. The company is betting big on these 5G-connected PCs, though details are arguably scarce at the moment.

According to the company – “5G is not just another generation of wireless connectivity. It promises new opportunities for technology innovation across the computing and connectivity landscape from the cloud, to the network and the client”.

It will be interesting to see the battery life of these upcoming PCs. The upcoming Qualcomm’s ARM processors powered PCs are capable of providing up to 20 hours of battery life.

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VAIO S Laptops announced with VAIO TruePerformance and 8th Gen Core

VAIO Corporation has launched its new VAIO S laptops with the Intel 8th Generation Core Processor. The new laptop will also feature VAIO TruePerformance, a technology designed to maintain higher performance for a longer period of time by increasing CPU power limits and more efficiently eliminating processor heat.

By applying VAIO TruePerformance, the 8th Generation Intel Core Processor demonstrates higher performance for both the CPU and graphics over the usual 8th Generation Core i7 Processor. In addition, the Core i5 Processor with VAIO TruePerformance has the effect of achieving higher performance than the usual 8th Generation Core i7 Processor.

VAIO S Laptops
VAIO S Laptops

VAIO S Laptops Specs

OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor 1.80GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.00GHz, 8MB Cache (1)
GRAPHICS Intel® UHD Graphics 620
MAIN MEMORY 16GB LPDDR3 1866 MHz
DISPLAY 13.3″ Full HD (1920×1080)
STORAGE 1TB PCIe SSD
INPUTS & OUTPUTS
1 X Network(LAN) : 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T
1 x SuperSpeed USB (3.0) w/charge
2 x SuperSpeed USB (3.0)
1 x HDMI
1 x VGA
1 x Headphone + Microphone (2)
WIRELESS LAN IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
BLUETOOTH Bluetooth® 4.1
CARD SLOT 1 x Secure Digital (SD)
SECURITY Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TCG Ver. 2.0
AUDIO
Intel® HD Audio
Integrated Stereo Mic
FRONT SIDE CAMERA CMOS Sensor HD Web Camera approx. 1MP
REAR SIDE CAMERA N/A
KEYBOARD
Stroke: approx. 1.2mm
Pitch: approx. 19mm
Backlit
SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES
AC Adapter
Cleaning Cloth
BATTERY Lithium Polymer
BATTERY LIFE Up to 8 hours and 15 minutes (4)
DIMENSIONS Approx. 12.61″(W) x 0.59-0.70″(H) x 8.53″(D)
WEIGHT 2.34 lbs
ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION ENERGY STAR® 6.1

You can preorder Vaio S laptops from here.

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Intel announced Worlds Smallest VR-capable Computer

Today, Intel announced its new NUC with eighth-generation H-series processors, which also includes dedicated AMD Radeon graphics. There are two options, NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK.

The Intel NUC8i7HNK features the Core i7-8705G, which is a 65W chip with the 931MHz AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU. On the other hand, Intel NUC8i7HVK comes with the Core i7-8809G, a 100W unlocked processor with the 1,063MHz Radeon RX Vega M GH.

This is also the first NUC that’s VR-ready, so you can use it with your Windows Mixed Reality headset as well as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. In addition, the device features HDMI 2.0a ports on both the front and rear of the device, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a total of five USB 3.0 Type-A ports. There’s also a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, which supports data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports.

According to the company, you can power up to nine monitors. The new NUC will be available this spring, with the lower end model starting at $799, and the unlocked variant starting at $999.

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HP Spectre x360 15 with Intel 8th-Gen CPU and AMD Graphics announced

Today HP announced its new HP Spectre x360 15 laptop with Intel 8th generation processor. The new laptop comes with Core i7 Processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphic card which can handle the most intensive tasks. In addition, the new laptop comes with up to 4K UHD 15.6-inch diagonal touch Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display and HP Tilt Pen.

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HP Spectre x360 15

HP Spectre x360 15 features

  • Responsive performance and graphics capabilities with the choice of:
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i7 8705G processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics offering up to 12 hours of battery life with Fast Charge Technology – 50 percent in 30 minutes
  • 8th generation Intel Core quad-core processors with NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics with up to 13.5 hours of battery life with Fast Charge Technology – 90 percent in 90 minutes.
  • Built from an aluminum CNC machined chassis with a new angular profile at 19.5 mm enable 2.5 times faster performance and weighs 4.72 lbs.
  • Speakers now sit above the keyboard for an improved audio experience in any mode while allowing the keyboard to offer numeric keypad ideal for Adobe short-cut keys.
  • The 4K UHDX 15.6-inch diagonal touch display and optional HP Tilt Pen set ideas in motion on the digital canvas. The durable and brilliant Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display is strong and scratch-resistant for when creating on the go and using a touch display.
  • Packed into this powerful PC includes an IR camera supporting Windows Hello and a fingerprint reader to log in safely and seamlessly.
  • Available in Dark Ash Silver with Copper Luxe accents

Pricing and availability: HP Spectre x360 15-inch starting pricing is $1,369.99 and will be available at HP.com and Best Buy on March 18.

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Intel 8th-Gen Processors with AMD Vega graphics announced

Intel has announced its 8th-Generation Core i7 and Core i5 H-series processors with AMD Vega graphics. The new processors include both the CPU and GPU on the same die. According to the Intel, this reduced the silicon footprint by 50%. Intel’s integrated graphics memory is shared with the system memory, so with dedicated graphics and eight lanes of high-speed PCI Express Gen 3 between the two, performance is greatly increased.

However, it still includes HD Graphics 630. Intel HD Graphics can be used for tasks that don’t need as much power. In addition, the machine can now power up to nine monitors – six off of the AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPU, and three off of the HD Graphics 630.

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Intel 8th-gen H-series Processors with AMD Vega graphics

The new 65W chips come in Core i5 and i7 flavors, and the i5 can be clocked at up to 3.8GHz (2.8GHz base), while the i7 can be clocked at up to 4.1GHz (3.1GHz base). The 100W processors are Core i7 only and they can be clocked at up to 4.2GHz with overclocking option.

Now let’s talk about onboard dedicated AMD Vega Graphics. There are two different models of AMD RX Vega M graphics: GL and GH. Radeon RX Vega M GL has a base GPU clock of 931MHz and 20 compute units, with a peak performance of 2.6 teraflops. GH has a base clock of 1,063MHz and 24 compute units with a peak performance of up to 3.7 teraflops.

According to the Intel’s official slides, the new dedicated AMD RX Vega M graphics: GL and GH can beat Nvidia 1050 and Nvidia 1060 graphics cards in performance.

Intel 8th-Generation Core i7 and Core i5 H-series processors will feature in gaming as well as ultrabooks laptops.