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Why an AMD 5000 CPU Might Beat Intel’s CPUs for Gaming

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Here we go again! AMD Zen CPUs already have a reputation as the best performers in multi-threaded and productivity application performance. Now, the chip manufacturer has its eye on Intel’s longtime dominance in PC gaming.

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Intel confirms 11th-gen ‘Rocket Lake’ desktop CPUs for early 2021

2e12d880-08b2-11eb-9567-39c3d39e274bIf you’re looking to upgrade your rig or pick up a new desktop, it may be worth waiting until next year. In a Medium post, Intel has confirmed that its 11th generation “Rocket Lake” CPUs will be arriving in the first quarter of 2021. They’ll also fin…

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HP’s first Intel 11th-gen laptops use recycled ocean-bound plastics

073fb9a0-fcad-11ea-97d4-47c4837d0715HP has unveiled its latest 13-, 14- and 15-inch Pavilion laptops that are its first to use 11th-generation Intel Core processors and Iris XE graphics that should deliver a huge GPU boost over last-gen Intel chips. They’re also among the company’s fir…

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Lenovo’s New Yoga 6 and Yoga 7i Laptops Come in AMD and Intel Flavors

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Lenovo’s mainstream line of laptops is now dominated by the “Yoga” brand on the high end, and today it gets a refresh. The successors to the Yoga C640 and C740 are, respectively, the Yoga 6 and Yoga 7i. The Yoga 6 is a 13″ model powered by AMD’s popular Ryzen platform, while the 7i gets Intel hardware in 14″ and 15″ variants.

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Let’s start at the bottom. The Yoga 6 comes in a fetching blue finish that reminds me of the “denim” pencils I had in elementary school—and it should, since the lid is covered in fabric. Underneath is an AMD Ryzen 4700U processor available on the top end. Lenovo says it’ll be offered with “up to” 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage, but with prices starting at $700, I’d expect a typical 8GB/256GB setup at the entry level.

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Lenovo claims up to 18 hours of battery life from this 2.9-pound laptop, which seems pretty optimistic. Other charms include a “full HD” touchscreen, front-facing speakers, a built-in fingerprint reader, but the digital pen is optional. It features two USB-C and two USB-A ports, one of each side, plus a headphone jack. It will include support for Amazon’d Alexa voice assistant pre-loaded. The Yoga 6 will be available starting in October.

The Yoga 7i comes in two flavors, at 14 and 15.6 inches. Though it doesn’t have that swanky fabric-covered lid, its screen is VESA400 certified at up to 500 nits—some seriously impressive brightness. Both versions get “next-gen Intel Core processors” (presumably the as-yet-unannounced Tiger Lake series) and Rapid Charge Boost, which allows for two hours of use on just 15 minutes of charge. As far as total life is concerned, Lenovo says the 14″model can go 16 hours and the 15.6″ can go 13—again, pretty optimistic.

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Physically, they get two USB-C ports on the left (supporting Thunderbolt 4, no less) and two USB-A ports on the right, with a headphone jack for good measure. Note the “bump” up top for the front-facing camera, which Lenovo is particularly proud of. Both models get a built-in fingerprint reader, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, and the larger model gets a full tenkey area on the backlit keyboard. It comes in slate grey and a fetching “moss” green, with Alexa pre-loaded.

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Like the Yoga 6, the 7i tops out at 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, though entry models will obviously be cheaper. The 14″ model starts at $850 with the 15″ version starting at just $800, both landing in November.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/50930/lenovos-new-yoga-6-and-yoga-7i-laptops-come-in-amd-and-intel-flavors/
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Someone Leaked a Bunch of Confidential Intel Documents

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Earlier today, a Twitter user leaked 20GB worth of confidential Intel documents stored on a file-sharing service—documents that the Twitter user claims they received from an anonymous hacker. According to the leaker, the folder contains classified information under NDA, and the hacker who provided the documents to…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/someone-leaked-a-bunch-of-confidential-intel-documents-1844639482
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Intel’s 7nm CPUs are delayed, won’t arrive until at least 2022

ad6fb810-cd4c-11ea-9f19-fec0fa3f9f72Intel delivered bad news to its investors today, announcing that its plans for 7nm chips have slipped another six months, and yields are now running a year behind original projections. This comes after Apple announced plans to rely on its own CPUs fo…

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Apple to switch Mac lineup to its own chips

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Apple is to phase out Intel CPUs in favor of its own ARM-based chips, it announced yesterday at the WWDC trade show in California.

ARM designs are more energy-efficient and Apple has shown they can deliver performance with recent models of the iPad Pro, which already uses the company’s silicon.

The big challenge will be software, reports the BBC. Apple demonstrated popular apps and a new version of its MacOS operating system at the event, but apps made for current hardware will not run natively.

Apple said it had already developed native versions of several of its own apps, including Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro. iPhone and iPad apps will also be able to be run on the computers.

Apple said that Microsoft was working on an optimised version of Office, and Adobe was developing a version of Photoshop.

Other developers should be able to recompile their apps to get a version running “in just a matter of days,” said the company’s software chief Craig Federighi. He added that old apps would automatically be translated at point of installation to run, although they would not work as well.

I’m eager to see one of these new models. I love how fast, responsive and straightforward my iPad Pro feels, but iPadOS’s sandboxed apps make it so difficult to establish a functional file management workflow that I’ve never been able to use it as a workhorse.

On the other hand, MacOS on new hardware will still be MacOS, won’t it? Will I even notice the difference?

Source: https://boingboing.net/2020/06/23/apple-to-switch-mac-lineup-to.html
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Intel’s Tiger Lake processors will feature on-chip malware protections

054a1e10-6eb9-11ea-98fe-cf196ed4fc72Intel is getting ready to launch a new security product that could dramatically reduce opportunities for hijacking. Called Intel Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (Intel CET), the product is designed to protect against the misuse of legitimate code…

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Intel’s High-End 10th-Gen Desktop Processors Have Hit the 14nm Limit

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How much can Intel squeeze out of its 14nm architecture? A lot, surprisingly, especially since things didn’t go as planned for its 10nm process. After six years on the same process, and five on the same architecture, this latest round of desktop processors still manages to make a few changes, most notably a thinner…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/intel-core-i9-10900k-and-core-i5-10600k-review-the-14n-1843540636
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