CPUs

Over the last two weeks, AMD officially launched their 7th Generation Bristol Ridge processors as well as the new AM4 socket and related chipsets. The launch was somewhat muted, as the target for the initial launch is purely to the big system OEMs and system integrators, such as Lenovo, HP, Dell and others – for users wanting to build their own systems, ‘Product-in-Box’ units (called PIBs) for self-build systems will come at the end of the year. We held off on the announcement because the launch and briefings left a number of questions unanswered as to the potential matrix of configurations, specifications of the hardware and how it all connects together. We got a number of answers, so let’s delve in.

Intel's Changing Future: Smartphone SoCs Broxton & SoFIA Officially Cancelled

The past two weeks have been a busy – if not tumultuous – period for Intel. After announcing a new company strategy focusing on high growth markets, and company-wide...

156 by Ryan Smith & Ian Cutress on 4/29/2016

AMD Reports Q1 FY 2016 Results: Lower Revenue But New IP Licensing Agreement Reached

AMD announced their first quarter results from fiscal year 2016. AMD has certainly been struggling of late, but CEO Lisa Su made the announcement that AMD had made a...

21 by Brett Howse on 4/21/2016

China Calling: AMD Forms Joint Venture for x86 Server SoCs in China

As part of the release of AMD’s Q1 2016 financial results (more on that later today) the company is announcing that they are forming a new joint venture to...

32 by Ryan Smith on 4/21/2016

Intel Announces Q1 Fiscal Year 2016 Results: Lower Margins Prompt Workforce Adjustments

It was only last quarter that Intel reported record revenues for a Q4 in the company’s history, and only three months later the company is making dramatic cuts to...

40 by Brett Howse on 4/19/2016

Intel Announces Major Workforce Restructuring: 11% of Workforce to Be Cut Over Next Year

Ahead of today’s Q1 2016 earnings release and call, Intel has announced that they are going to be cutting a significant number of jobs over the next year. The...

49 by Ryan Smith on 4/19/2016

Intel Unveils New Low-Cost PC Platform: Apollo Lake with 14nm Goldmont Cores

This week, at IDF Shenzhen, Intel has formally introduced its Apollo Lake platform for the next generation of Atom-based notebook SoCs. The platform will feature a new x86 microarchitecture...

96 by Anton Shilov on 4/15/2016

AMD Pre-Announces Bristol Ridge in Notebooks: The 7th Generation APU

For anyone tracking AMD’s family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), the last generation Carrizo was launched back in the middle of 2015. This was based on the fourth iteration...

38 by Ian Cutress on 4/5/2016

The Intel Xeon E5 v4 Review: Testing Broadwell-EP With Demanding Server Workloads

Fifteen months after first reaching consumers, Broadwell has finally arrived in the server space with Broadwell-EP. Premiering with the Xeon E5 v4 family, Intel is now offering server processors...

112 by Johan De Gelas on 3/31/2016

Intel Cloud Day 2016 Live Blog, 9AM PT

I'm here at Intel's Cloud Day at the Nasdaq Center in San Francisco, ready for a live blog of the keynote talk from Diane Bryant, SVP and GM of...

3 by Ian Cutress on 3/31/2016

Price Check: Prices of Unlocked Intel Core i7-6700K, i5-6600K Continue to Drop

When Intel first introduced its high-end Skylake-S CPUs with unlocked multiplier about half a year ago, it was not easy to get them and for a long time the...

49 by Anton Shilov on 3/29/2016

Intel’s ‘Tick-Tock’ Seemingly Dead, Becomes ‘Process-Architecture-Optimization’

As reported at The Motley Fool, Intel’s latest 10-K / annual report filing would seem to suggest that the ‘Tick-Tock’ strategy of introducing a new lithographic process note in...

98 by Ian Cutress on 3/22/2016

Why an Overclockable Core i3 Might Not Exist: The Supermicro C7H170-M and Intel Core i3-6100TE Review

When a new Intel platform hits the market, there are two primary product chains - processors and chipsets. For the most part, at least in the consumer space within...

62 by Ian Cutress on 3/17/2016

AMD Launches the A10-7890K and Athlon X4 880K

In what seems to be a common theme every month, AMD’s recent APU release schedule has been to introduce one or two models each news cycle. For the most...

63 by Ian Cutress on 3/1/2016

AMD Expands G-Series Embedded SoCs with Excavator Microarchitecture

Back in October 2015, AMD’s embedded business unit announced the first SoCs from AMD using DDR4, combining AMD’s Excavator cores found in the Carrizo notebook platform but fully...

6 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2016

Price Check: Intel’s Unlocked Skylake Processors for Desktops Are Getting More Affordable

Due to unprecedented demand, Intel’s latest Skylake processors with unlocked multiplier were significantly overpriced late last year. However, it would seem that more units are coming into retail as...

54 by Anton Shilov on 2/16/2016

Examining Soft Machines' Architecture: An Element of VISC to Improving IPC

Last week, Soft Machines announced that their 'VISC' architecture was available for licensing, following the announcement of the original concepts over a year ago. The concepts behind their VISC...

89 by Ian Cutress on 2/12/2016

Skylake Overclocking: Regular CPU BCLK Overclocking is Being Removed

If you follow PC technology news, you would have seen our news on how Supermicro had enabled overclocking for Skylake (Intel’s 6th Generation) processors on non Z170 motherboards. This...

73 by Ian Cutress on 2/9/2016

CEO of Imagination Technologies Steps Down

Sir Hossein Yassaie, chief executive officer of Imagination Technologies, has stepped down as of Monday, Feburary 8th. Mr. Yassaie served as Imagination’s CEO since 1998 and joined the company...

23 by Anton Shilov on 2/9/2016

Who Controls the User Experience? AMD’s Carrizo Thoroughly Tested

In Q2 of 2015, AMD officially launched Carrizo, their new APU aimed at mobile devices such as laptops and portable all-in-ones that normally accommodate 15W-35W processors. Quoted in the...

173 by Ian Cutress on 2/4/2016

AMD Launches Excavator on Desktop: The 65W Athlon X4 845 for $70

As part of today’s launch AMD released two new Kaveri based APUs as part of the FM2+ platform, the A10-7860K and the A6-7470K, as well as clarifying the way...

43 by Ian Cutress on 2/2/2016

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