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AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop chips based on Zen 4 architecture coming September 27th for $299 and up

The first AMD chips based on the company’s new Zen 4 CPU architecture are set to hit the streets starting September 27th, 2022. The chip maker says its new Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors deliver up to 29% better single-core performance and even bigger gains in multi-core performance, while also offering better performance per-watt than […]

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Qualcomm’s next smartwatch processor could be 2X faster while using half the power (Snapdragon W5+)

It’s been more than two years since Qualcomm has released a new chip designed for smartwatches, and that chip (the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+) is starting to show its age. Now Qualcomm has unveiled a new Snapdragon W5 and W5+ processors that the company says should be up to twice as fast, while consuming half […]

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Intel’s Alder Lake Mobile chips bring hybrid architecture to laptops, promise up to 40-percent performance boost

A few months after launching the first 12th-gen Intel Core desktop processors based on Alder Lake architecture, Intel is introducing its first Alder Lake mobile chips. And there are an awful lot of them. Intel is launching 28 new mobile processors as part of the 12th-gen Intel Core mobile lineup. They range from 9-watt chips […]

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RK3588 is Rockchip’s highest-performance processor to date, likely coming in 2022

Chinese chip maker Rockchip started talking about the RK3588 octa-core processor more than two years ago, but due to a series of delays it has yet to actually ship. That could change soon. The company shared detailed specs and benchmark results for its highest-performance processor to date during the 2021 Rockchip Developer Conference. And at […]

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Smartphones with MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chips coming in Q1, 2022

The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is a 4nm octa-core processor based on ARMv9 architecture. First unveiled about a month ago, it’s a chip that marks MediaTek’s return to the flagship smartphone processor space – for the past few years the company has been focusing more on the mid-range market. Now MediaTek has announced that the first phones […]

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SiFive Performance P650 RISC-V processor revealed as a challenger to ARM Cortex-A77

At the RISC-V Summit in California today, chip designer SiFive revealed its new Performance P650 processor. According to SiFive its latest offering is 50% more powerful than the Performance P550, which was just launched in June. The 64-bit Performance P650 utilizes the same “thirteen-stage, triple-issue, out-of-order pipeline” as the P550. Instruction-issue width has been increased […]

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Qualcomm launches 3rd-gen Snapdragon 8cx and Snapdragon 7c+ chips for laptops & tablets

Qualcomm has been making chips for Windows laptops and PCs for a few years, but up until now they’ve only been used in a handful of devices and they’ve been relatively uncompetitive with the latest Intel and AMD processors in terms of price and performance. That could be set to change next year, because Qualcomm […]

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Intel launches 12th-gen Alder Lake chips for desktops (up to 16-cores, 24-threads)

Intel’s first 12th-gen processors based on Alder Lake architecture are available starting today and, as expected, the biggest difference between the new chips and most of Intel’s previous-gen processors is the ability to combine two different types of CPU cores to provide a mix of high-performance and energy-efficient cores. For example, the new top-of-the-line Intel […]

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AMD 4700S Desktop Kit is a mini PC with an Xbox Series X-like processor

The AMD 4700S 8-Core Processor Desktop Kit is a compact desktop computer motherboard paired with a previously unannounced processor called the AMD 4700S. It’s a processor with 8-core, 16-thread processor with CPU cores based on AMD’s Zen 2 architecture and no integrated graphics. Signs point to the chip being a version of the custom processor AMD […]

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Open source XiangShan RISC-V processor could eventually challenge ARM Cotex-A76

At this year’s RISC-V World Conference China, a team of more than two dozen students and professors from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) have unveiled the XiangShan processor that promises big performance gains over current RISC-V options. XiangShan has been developed as an open source project with a BSD-like Mulan PSL v2 license. Since […]