We're halfway through the year, which means it's about time for some new CPUs to show up. Figures from Intel's next series have appeared online, and some of the CPUs are missing a familiar feature.
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There are few gambles in the tech world as big as spending billions to build a new computer processor from scratch. Former AMD board member Robert Palmer supposedly compared it to Russian roulette: "You put a gun to your head, pull the trigger, and find out four years later if you blew your brains out."
Six years ago AMD loaded the gun and pulled the trigger, dramatically restructuring itself internally in a mad bid to escape a disaster of its own making. Now we've seen the results and, instead of dying, AMD has a savvy new CPU microarchitecture, Zen, that's the foundation of the shockingly good new series of Ryzen processors. They're so good, in fact, that they could pose a real challenge to Intel's incumbent dominance and change what the computer market looks for the next few years.
It looks as though Intel has some issues with its next generation of CPUs. Yesterday during an earnings call, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich admitted that Intel would be delaying the highly anticipated Cannon Lake processor until 2019. The delay means Intel's CPUs won't see a very large jump in speed or power efficiency any time soon.
Instead, we'll be getting the just-announced Whiskey Lake, a new CPU architecture, as well as a body of booze I'm sure more than one CPU designer at Intel would like to leap into.
AMD has announced the desktop line-up of its 2nd generation Ryzen processors. Today, the company released details for four chips, ranging from the high-end 2700X (specs for which were leaked earlier this week), to the more budget-friendly 2600.
On Monday Bloomberg News dropped a bombshell report. By 2020, it claimed Apple will stop using Intel CPUs in its computers. Just picture it: The third-largest PC maker in the world might one day leave behind the biggest computer chip maker.
After Intel's very bad last few months and AMD's very good last few months, it seemed awfully confusing that the two rival CPU makers would team up for a new chip.
Sure it was all good for AMD - who is riding high on the success of its new Ryzen CPUs and Vega GPUs - but Intel has spent the last few months in the hot seat courtesy of the Meltdown and Spectre security fiasco. Every CPU the company makes, including the one reviewed here, is vulnerable without patch. Fortunately, the new Intel 8th-gen CPU with integrated AMD Vega graphics is so fast you can almost forgive the fact it had to be patched to be secure.
Intel would love just about anything to take the heat away from all that speculative execution stuff. I'm not sure if leaked specs for "Ice Lake", its next line of processors, is the sort of news it was looking for, but it'll do... for a few days, at least.
It's been nearly a month since The Register first revealed that every single major processor in devices is subject to a series of harrowing security vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown. And in light of news that Intel informed foreign interests of the vulnerabilities before the US government, and that Microsoft is pulling its latest patch from Intel due to some heinous bugs, we thought we'd revisit the saga and what you can (and cannot) do to protect your data.
Earlier this month Intel released a patch for Spectre and Meltdown, the devastating vulnerabilities affecting every modern Intel processor. The patch wound up causing another problem: it led some PCs to reboot unexpectedly. Now, Intel says it's identified a fix for its fix, according to Intel executive Navin Shenoy.
Intel and AMD might be fierce competitors for decades, but that hasn't stopped the two chip makers from teaming up to create a new mobile CPU with souped up integrated GPU that will soon be found in gaming and professional laptops from many major computer makers.
We've known about this plan since November, but now we have the details.
We've been waiting for more info on AMD's hardcore, 16-core CPU known as Threadripper since it was announced. Now we know exactly when we'll get it, and how much it'll cost.
Here's the Australian prices and release dates for AMD's new top-of-the-line, high-performance desktop CPUs.
When AMD came out guns blazing with its multi-core, heavily multi-threaded Ryzen CPUs, we knew that Intel wouldn't take long to respond. And it has, with a new line-up of Core i5, i7 and a new i9 with as many as 18 cores and 36 hyperthreading threads. They'll be phenomenally fast, of course, but will have a price tag that puts any other PC component you could think of to shame.
NVIDIA has pushed out the GTX 1080 Ti and lately we've seen the launch of the RX 500 series cards.
But it's really AMD's Vega GPUs that people have been holding out for. Earlier this morning the company confirmed it would start shipping the first Vega GPUs - although not the consumer cards people are expecting - from the end of next month - and as an added bonus, there's a new 16 core CPU to boot.