AMD’s second generation of Ryzen CPUs are finally here. Also known as Ryzen+ or the 2000-series, these four new desktop chips are set to replace last year’s Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 families, offering more competitive performance compared to Intel’s 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs. There’s a fair amount to get your head round, though, especially when you start throwing AMD’s 2000-series (but not Ryzen+) Ryzen Vega APUs into the mix as well, so I’ve put together this hopefully helpful guide that sets out all things Ryzen-related, including the price and specs of all the chips you can buy right now, as well as the proposed release dates for the rest of AMD’s upcoming Ryzen roll-out plan. AMD Ryzen Vega: what is it? AMD started its 2nd Gen Ryzen launch with the release of two 14nm APUs with built-in Vega graphics: the quad-core 3.5GHz Ryzen 3 2200G and the quad-core 3.6GHz Ryzen 5 2400G. These came out on … [Read more...] about AMD Ryzen+: Everything you need to know about AMD’s 2nd Gen CPUs and more
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Despite no official confirmation, it's more than likely that we'll see new eight-core CPUs from Intel in the next month or so, delivering the ability to comprehensively outperform the already stunning Core i7 8700K - our pick as the fastest gaming CPU money can buy right now. The additional benefits for gaming in the short-term may be limited but once the new wave of Ryzen-powered consoles arrive, the need for faster, wider processors in the PC space should become abundantly clear. First up, let's round-up the various rumours - which actually begins with a cold, hard fact. Motherboard supplier Asrock has attached stickers to its latest H310 motherboards, citing eight-core CPU support. Not only does this confirm that octo-core chips are coming, but that the existing range of Coffee Lake motherboards will support them. Beyond that, we are moving into rumour territory. Chinese site Coolaler has delivered leaked specifications for the three top-end ninth-gen Core processors, citing a new … [Read more...] about Why we need the power of Intel’s next-gen eight-core CPUs
2018 Apple MacBook Pro refresh is finally here and it seems that Apple has been listening to the users, at least partly. The new 2018 Apple MacBook Pro refresh features the most powerful laptops that Apple has brought to the table so far. Here we are going to look into the good, the bad and the ugly of the new 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Refresh and what these laptops have to offer. 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Refresh Worth It? It has been a while since the Apple MacBook Pro got a refresh but we finally have an announcement and updates regarding what we are going to get. It is a good thing that people are getting a 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Refresh, but everything is not as good as it seems. Let’s look into what the 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Refresh has to offer and whether or not we can recommend these products to you. Intel 8th Gen CPUs With Up To 6 Cores A major highlight of the 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Refresh is that the new laptops now come with the latest Intel 8th … [Read more...] about 2018 Apple MacBook Pro Refresh: Most Powerful Specs To Date, But Is It Worth It?
I've been hearing complaints about Core i5 'only' having four CPU cores ever since Ryzen 5 came to market, and for good reason. If you're just playing games, the chips are good and have arguably been the best value Intel processors, but do something more complex than gaming (like livestreaming or CPU-based video encoding) and a 4-core/4-thread (4C4T) chip can really start to bog down. With AMD offering 6C12T Ryzen 5 parts for around $200, Core i5 has become increasingly difficult to recommend. Intel's solution to this problem is now here, thanks to its 8th Gen Core i5 processors (aka, Coffee Lake or CFL). I covered more of the details of the Coffee Lake launch in the Core i7-8700K review, but this is the biggest generational improvement in Intel's mainstream CPU line since the mainstream/enthusiast split that occurred with the 1st Gen Core i7 in 2010. Core i7 and Core i5 both get 50 percent more cores/threads, without a drop in clockspeeds, and Core i3 basically takes the previous … [Read more...] about Intel i5-8400 review