Skylake

It has been over a year since Intel launched its Skylake-X processors and Basin Falls platform, with a handful of processors from six-core up to eighteen-core. In that time, Intel’s competition has gone through the roof in core count, PCIe lanes, and power consumption. In order to compete, Intel has gone down a different route, with its refresh product stack focusing on frequency, cache updates, and an updated thermal interface. Today we are testing the top processor on that list, the Core i9-9980XE.

Price Check May 2016: The Intel Core i7-6700K Is Finally Available at Its MSRP

Nine months. This is how long it has taken the retail price of Intel’s Core i7-6700K processor to drop to the level recommended by Intel. Despite slow sales of...

37 by Anton Shilov on 5/20/2016

Intel Releases BIOS Version 0044 for Skylake NUCs

BIOS updates for motherboards and mini-PCs aren't usually important enough to warrant explicit coverage. However, Intel's latest release for the Skylake NUCs (the Core i3 and Core i5 versions...

30 by Ganesh T S on 5/17/2016

MSI Announces New Krait and C232 WS Motherboards for Xeon E3 v5 CPUs

In the past week MSI has introduced two new motherboards that are compatible with Intel’s latest Xeon E3 v5 processors and based on the Intel C232 chipset - the...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/6/2016

The ASRock E3V5 Performance Gaming (C232) Motherboard Review

If you want to run a Skylake E3 Xeon, it needs to be placed in a motherboard with either the C232 or C236 chipsets. This is a change from...

22 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2016

HP Unveils Premium Chromebook: 3K Display, Intel Core M, 16 GB of RAM and USB-C

HP has announced a new family of Chromebooks, which are powered by Intel’s high-performance processors and feature stylish design, aluminum body, high-resolution display and even Bang & Olufsen...

145 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2016

Intel Adds Crystal Well-based Skylake-R Processors: 65W with 128MB eDRAM

Intel has added three new microprocessors for embedded and highly-integrated applications into its lineup. The new CPUs are based on the Skylake microarchitecture and feature high-performance integrated graphics cores...

66 by Anton Shilov on 5/2/2016

MSI Cubi 2 Plus vPro Skylake mini-STX PC Review

The desktop PC market has been subject to many challenges over the last few years. However, the miniaturization trend (including the introduction of the ultra-compact form factor - UCFF...

24 by Ganesh T S on 4/27/2016

HP Unveils Third-Gen All-In-One Z1 Workstation: 4K Display, Intel Xeon, Professional Graphics

HP last week introduced its third-generation HP Z1 all-in-one workstation. The new system offers higher performance than its predecessor as well as a 4K resolution display. The new Z1...

27 by Anton Shilov on 4/25/2016

Apple Refreshes MacBook with Skylake-based Core M and New Rose Gold Color

Today Apple has introduced its new generation of its MacBook laptops. On the specification sheets, this generation introduces Intel Skylake based Core m processors, updated integrated graphics, a faster...

106 by Ian Cutress & Anton Shilov on 4/19/2016

The MSI Z170A SLI PLUS Review: Redefining the Base Line at $130

MSI’s motherboard range seems to expand every generation. Alongside the channel range, there’s the MSI Gaming, micro-ATX gaming, OC Certified, Krait, ECO, SLI PLUS, PC Mate and some I...

62 by Ian Cutress on 4/13/2016

The ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Review: The Other $500 Option

On the back of our last $500 motherboard review, it was clear that a number of readers were surprised that a mainstream motherboard could cost so much. We took...

70 by Ian Cutress on 4/7/2016

HP Unveils Spectre: The World’s Thinnest Laptop

HP has announced its new Spectre laptop - the world’s thinnest 13.3” notebook. Despite its miniature size, the Spectre uses Intel’s Core i5/i7 microprocessor, a PCIe-based SSD, a full-size...

75 by Anton Shilov on 4/5/2016

EVGA Rolls Out SC17: High-End Gaming Laptop Designed for Overclocking

EVGA this week officially introduced its SC17 laptop designed for demanding gamers, which combines rather high performance with UHD display. The system features an Intel Core i7 microprocessor with...

29 by Anton Shilov 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

The Razer Blade Stealth Review: Razer Takes On The Ultrabook

Razer has traditionally been a company focused on gaming. In fact, their tagline is “For Gamers. By Gamers.” So when Razer announced at CES that they were building an...

66 by Brett Howse on 3/29/2016

Intel Quietly Speeds Up Skylake-U: i7-6660U now in Price List

Intel has quietly added a new Skylake-U processor into its price list. The new Intel Core i7-6660U system-on-chip is designed for low-power notebook systems and provides higher performance than...

27 by Anton Shilov on 3/24/2016

Microsoft Extends Skylake Support On Windows 7 And Windows 8.1

Back in January, Microsoft made a rather surprising announcement that it was changing the support model for older operating systems running on the latest Skylake hardware. As part of...

50 by Brett Howse on 3/18/2016

MSI Releases Vortex: A Mac Pro-Like SLI PC for Gamers and VR, from $2199

We originally laid eyes on the final design back at CES, but now MSI has begun to sell its Vortex gaming desktops in the US. The 6.5-liter systems resembles...

31 by Anton Shilov on 3/17/2016

ASUS Unveils the VivoMini VM65N: a NUC-Like mini-PC with GT 930M

Intel’s NUC and Mini-STX form-factors are designed to build tiny PCs with decent performance with more or less standard components. However, these form-factors have traditionally not supported discrete graphics...

19 by Anton Shilov on 3/17/2016

Intel's Skull Canyon NUC is Official: $650, Shipping In May

Back in January, Intel had provided us with information about the Skull Canyon NUC based on a Skylake H-Series CPU(with Iris Pro Graphics). Today, at GDC 2016, Intel made...

103 by Ganesh T S on 3/16/2016

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