Upcoming AMD UEFI Update Will Improve Ryzen Boost Clocks

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. One ongoing question reviewers have been digging into for the past few weeks is the expected behavior of AMD 7nm Ryzen CPUs at high boost clock versus the actual, measured behavior. AMD promised to update the user community today, September […]

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Razer’s Upcoming Intel-Powered Switch 13 Will Offer 25W Switchable TDP

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When Intel took the lid off of Ice Lake, we noted that the performance data for the CPU was complex. On the GPU side of things, Ice Lake is a huge leap forward, with substantially higher performance than anything we’ve […]

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Intel Is Suddenly Very Concerned With ‘Real-World’ Benchmarking

Since at least Computex, Intel has been raising concerns with reviewers about the types of tests we run, which applications reviewers tend to use, and whether those tests are capturing ‘real-world’ performance. Specifically, Intel feels that far too much emphasis is put on tests like Cinebench, while the applications that people actually use are practically […]

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AMD Sales Are Booming, but High-End Ryzen 3000 CPUs Still in Short Supply

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. After the Ryzen 3000 family debuted on 7nm, German retailer Mindfactory.de released data from its own CPU sales showing that demand for the smaller CPU manufacturer’s products had skyrocketed. That demand continued straight through August, but product shortages may be […]

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Leak Points to Intel Comet Lake Desktops Arriving in 2020: 10 Cores, New Socket

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We’ve heard for a while that Intel might respond to AMD’s 7nm onslaught with higher core counts on desktop processors. A new leak suggests that’s exactly what the company will do, with a new chipset supporting up to 10-core CPUs […]

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Intel Unveils 6-Core 10th Gen Mobile CPUs, but Power Limits May Throttle Chips

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Intel has announced yet another tranche of 10th Generation mobile chips, this time based on 14nm. This is the third Intel 10th Generation announcement that the company has made recently and the first to show us how 10nm and 14nm […]

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Chinese Foundry SMIC Begins 14nm Production

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. One of the longstanding trends in semiconductor manufacturing has been a steady decrease in major foundry players. Twenty years ago, when 180nm manufacturing was cutting-edge technology, there were no fewer than 28 firms deploying the node. Today, there are three […]

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Welcome to the Second Golden Age of AMD

On Wednesday, August 7, AMD launched the 7nm refresh of its Epyc CPU family. These new cores don’t just one-up Intel in a particular category, they deliver enormous improvements in every category. AMD has cut its per-core pricing, increased IPC, and promises to deliver far more CPU cores than an equivalent Intel socket. There’s only […]

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Intel Announces Cooper Lake Will Be Socketed, Compatible With Future Ice Lake CPUs

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Intel may have launched Cascade Lake relatively recently, but there’s another 14nm server refresh already on the horizon. Intel lifted the lid on Cooper Lake today, giving some new details on how the CPU fits into its product lineup with […]

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How Are Process Nodes Defined?

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We talk a lot about process nodes at ExtremeTech, but we don’t often refer back to what a process node technically is. With Intel’s 10nm node moving towards production, I’ve noticed an uptick in conversations around this issue and confusion […]

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