CPUs and Processors

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AMD updates Ryzen drivers with a new power profile and the promise of better performance

AMD's Balanced Power Plan is packaged with driver 17.10 WHQL for PC users rocking Ryzen on Windows 10 64-bit.

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This is the closest thing Intel has built to a discrete GPU

Intel doesn't make its own discrete GPU but has built something that specializes in processing 4K graphics. But that product isn't powerful enough to run Crysis, if you were wondering.

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Cars will get superior digital vision with ARM's camera chip

ARM's Mali-C71 image signal processor will analyze every pixel from cameras on-board a car, and much like a human eye, read the image, and help make driving decisions.

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AMD's new Polaris-based Radeon Pro Duo is slower than its predecessor

AMD's new Radeon Pro Duo graphics packs two of the company's fastest GPUs, but surprisingly, is slower than its predecessor released last year.

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Researchers build a microprocessor from flexible materials

Researchers have built a primitive microprocessor out of a two-dimensional material similar to graphene, the flexible conductive wonder material that some believe will revolutionize the design and manufacture of batteries, sensors and...

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Qualcomm: First Windows 10 ARM PC coming in the fourth quarter

If you want a Windows 10 PC that doesn't have an x86 chip from Intel or AMD, your wish will be granted in the fourth quarter.

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User-created patch lets Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs receive Windows 7 updates

A new user-created patch lets Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs get updates on Windows 7 or 8—but it may be more trouble than it's worth.

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Microsoft plugs new power savings in Windows 10

Microsoft is touting operating system-wide power savings in a recent preview of Windows 10, claiming it can reduce notebook battery consumption by 11% on some newer laptops.

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Samsung ready to make chips faster than the ones in Galaxy S8

Samsung is now ready to produce faster and even more power-efficient chips than the ones used in the latest Galaxy S8 smartphones.

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How to overclock your PC's CPU

We'll show you how to tweak your PC's settings in order to wring extra performance from your CPU, and avoid a costly upgrade.

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It's time to dump Moore's Law to advance computing, researcher says

Dumping Moore's Law is perhaps the best thing that could happen to computers, as it'll hasten the move away from an aging architecture holding back hardware innovation.

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AMD's Ryzen Balanced power plan for Windows promises to boost CPU performance

AMD's answer to Ryzen performance problems is the Ryzen Balanced power plan for Windows 10, which promises to boost speed by up to 21 percent.

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Wish list: What I’d like to see in the new Mac Pro

There’s a new top-of-the-line Mac coming in 2018. When you buy one, hopefully it’ll be filled with the tech to make it the fastest Mac for years to come.

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It's not the end of SPARC chips yet

Chips based on the SPARC architecture have been saved from endangerment with Fujitsu taking on the mantle of continuing design and development.

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As computing changes, Intel takes a fresh approach to chip design

Intel is preparing for the future and making big changes in the way it designs chips

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Apple said to drop Imagination's IP in favor of own graphics chips

Apple will soon stop using intellectual property from Imagination Technologies Group for graphics processing units for its iPhone and other devices, as it is working on a separate, independent graphics design for its products, the...

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Intel's Cannonlake PC chip shipments may slip into next year

If you're expecting to buy laptops with Intel's next-generation Cannonlake chips by the end of this year, you may be disappointed.

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What's in Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones?

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones look beautiful, and are loaded with new features that could make an upgrade worthwhile.

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