AMD-based ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) systems are slowly gaining market acceptance, with the Zen architecture slowly catching up with Intel on both the performance as well as power consumption front. AMD's latest and greatest has been reserved for the high-end desktop market, with the parts meant for low-power / compact systems appearing a few quarters later. Zen 3-based desktop CPUs were introduced recently. However, it is only now that Zen 2-based parts with 12-25W TDP (Renoir APUs) h
In the past month, three SSD controller designers have announced new enterprise NVMe SSD controllers, bringing a wave of new competition to the high-end enterprise/datacenter SSD market. FADU is a relative newcomer to the market, having only released one previous SSD controller. Silicon Motion and Phison are both very familiar competitors, but they have been most successful with their client/consumer SSD controllers; they have been stepping up their enterprise controller efforts in recent years,
Along with our quarterly laptop guide , near the end of every year we also like to take a look at the state of the gaming laptop market. With a much more cyclical upgrade cycle, gaming laptops tend to evolve in lockstep with the major components inside them. For the gaming laptop market, this includes not only more powerful CPUs, but also more unique (for a laptop) components like discrete video cards, mechanical keyboards, and perhaps an IPS panel or high-refresh TN display. All of which come t
1080p and 1440p gaming will be the sweet spot for most gamers moving forward, and HP OMEN desktops outfitted with AMDs hardware deliver excellent performance in that context for a great price. Heres a look at why.
The programmability of a processor is a scale is all about flexibility and performance something highly programmable and customizable is adaptable to all sort of situations, but often isnt as fast. However, something that has a very specified compute pathway can go very fast, but cant do much beyond that pathway. On the flexible side, we have FPGAs, that can be configured to do almost anything. On the fixed side, we have ASICs, such as fixed function hardware for AI. Somewhere in the middle is
A solid state drive is often the most important component for making a PC feel fast and responsive; any PC still using a mechanical hard drive as its primary storage is long overdue for an upgrade. The SSD market is broader than ever, with a wide range prices, performance and form factors. During the holiday season, the best sales tend to temporarily disrupt the usual market positioning of some drives; it's not unusual to see a mainstream or high-end drive end up going for the same or lower
One of the key tenets of having good security is reducing how attackable your system is. This is what we call an attack surface a system needs as few attack surfaces as possible, and as small as possible, to minimize any potential unwarranted intrusion. Beyond that, any additional security to detect and protect is vital. Both hardware and software can be used for that layer of additional security, and it becomes particularly important when dealing with virtualization, especially when it comes t
One of the ways that enthusiasts tinker with their processors is through overclocking: the attempt to get more performance by changing frequencies and voltages, up to the limits of the system. Another way is through undervolting removing voltage from the processor to help lower temperatures and offer higher thermal headroom (or lower power consumption). It all depends on the silicon, and if it can support it: AMD (and Intel) have to set hard limits for production to enable sufficient yield and
As winter is approaching and were a few days away from Thanksgiving, we havent seen too much news in the smartphone space in these latter months of the year. What has changed however, are pricings of several popular models weve been recommending lately, with some notable price drops that do change the competitive landscape in terms of the value of your purchases.
One of the key questions when AMD launched its latest Ryzen Mobile processor family, Renoir, was when the chip would be available in the Mini-PC space. At the time, AMD made motions saying that the key market they were focusing on was for laptops, but they wouldnt preclude partners that were interested in building miniature systems. Were starting to see a few of them trickle through into the market now, and GIGABYTE is also going down this route with its BRIX series. The new BRIX S Mini-PCs will
It's time for our holiday look at the laptop market, and what a year 2020 has been in the laptop space. After starting out with a large number of Intel Ice Lake designs early in the year, AMD then countered with their best laptop chip to date - Renoir - solving many of the power issues of previous designs, and providing more cores than the competition. Not to be outdone, Intel countered with their 11th gen Tiger Lake SoC, building on the successes of Ice Lake, and adding in a brand new GPU.
One of the big unknowns for the newest AMD Ryzen 5000 processors is whether or not there will be support on all 400 series chipset-based motherboards. After initially saying that these motherboards would not be supported, AMD reversed course and said it would work with motherboard vendors to enable support. At the point when the processors were launched, AMD confirmed that the schedule for the first beta BIOSes for 400-series motherboards to support Ryzen 5000 would be in the January timeframe.
In today's review, we are taking a look at the successor of the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum, the K100 RGB. The new flagship of Corsairs gaming keyboards is visually similar to the older K95, but the K100 RGB actually marks a significant improvement to Corsair's keyboard designs. With new optical-mechanical switches replacing traditional mechanical switches, a second rotary wheel, and more, Corsair has done a lot to not only stand apart in the crowded market for gaming keyboards, but has del
Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue to be the storage media of choice in areas dealing with large amount of relatively cold data. Hard drives are also suitable for workloads that are largely sequential and not performance sensitive. The $/GB metric for SSDs (particularly with QLC in the picture) is showing a downward trend, but it is still not low enoug
Today an agreement between MediaTek subsidiary Richtek and Intel has been made for Richtek to acquire Intels power management solutions and controller product line known as Enpirion. The agreement will enable the sale of the division, subject to regulatory approval, for $85 million, and is expected to close in Q4. Intels Enpirion business has been part of the company under the Programmable Solutions Group, formerly known as Altera, which was acquired by Intel in December 2015 for $16.7 billion.
This week at the annual Supercomputing HPC show, were going to see a number of high-profile enterprise announcements across a wide array of industries that support server and high-performance computing environments. One such announcement is from BittWare, which is announcing its new IA-840F add-in card built upon Intels latest FPGA product line. The IA-840F add-in card is a PCIe 4.0 x16 enabled device for next-generation datacenter, networking, and edge compute workloads, supporting hardened dua
Today Samsung LSI announced the new Exynos 1080 SoC, a successor to last years Exynos 980 . This years 1080 is seemingly positioned a little above the 980 in terms of performance as were seeing some quite notable gains in features compared to the 980. Its to be remembered that this is a premium SoC, meaning its not a flagship SoC, but its also not quite a mid-range SoC, fitting itself in-between those two categories, a niche which has become quite popular over the last 1-2 years. The new SoC is
Two years ago we reported on IBM's FlashCore Module , their custom U.2 NVMe SSD for use in their FlashSystem enterprise storage appliances. Earlier this year IBM released the FlashCore Module 2 and this week they detailed it in a keynote presentation at Flash Memory Summit. Like its predecessor, the FCM 2 is a very high-end enterprise SSD with some unusual and surprising design choices. The most unusual feature of the first IBM FlashCore Module was the fact that it did not use any supercapac