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Analyzing Z370 for Intel‘s 8th Generation Coffee Lake: A Quick Look at 50+ Motherboards

The launch of Intel‘s new 8th Generation ‘Coffee Lake‘ processors for desktops is going to be an interesting one. On one side it redefines Intel‘s main product stack and its terminology (in a good way), but the motherboard side is going to get somewhat confusing. The new CPUs are using the LGA1151 socket, as found on the previous generation, but it uses the socket differently, making the motherboards and CPUs incompatible

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Evening Reading: Kaspersky Lab, Spying, & the Risks of Telemetry

In a little bit of cross-site synergy for the evening, Paul Wagenseil from our sister site Tom‘s Guide has put together an interesting report discussing the recent developments surrounding Kaspersky Lab and the company‘s antivirus software, which in recent days has been accused of spying on behalf of Russia‘s intelligence services. Software services is not really in AnandTech‘s editorial purview, but I thought this was a

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GIGABYTE Launches the AORUS X9 Gaming Laptop: GTX 1070 SLI and i7-7820HK

GIGABYTE has announced a powerful all-new extreme gaming laptop in the AORUS X9. The X9 comes with a 7th generation Intel i7-7820HK overclockable processor, two GTX 1070s in SLI, four DDR4 slots supporting up to 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory, and an option of either a 17.3‘ 4K UHD IPS monitor or QHD (2560 x 1440) 120 Hz WVA panel. Additionally, the X9 offers an ESS Sabre HiFi audio DAC, ‘quad‘ audio setup with two speakers and two w

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ASRock‘s X299E-ITX/ac Motherboard Now Available: Up to 18 Cores in Mini-ITX

ASRock formally introduced its X299E-ITX/ac motherboard at Computex earlier this year and attracted a lot of attention to the product that was (and still is) the only Mini-ITX mainboard for Intel‘s Core i7 and Core i9 processors in LGA2066 packaging. ASRock had said that this week it has started shipments ofthemotherboard and it is now available from multiple retailers. Buy ASRock X299E-ITX/ac on Newegg It is noteworthy that since Compu

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Samsung‘s 8LPP Process Technology Qualified, Ready for Production

Samsung this week announced that its 8LPP fabrication process, which it formally introduced earlier this year, had passed qualification tests. The manufacturing technology will be used to produce advanced SoCs next year and will be Samsung‘s final leading edge process based solely on DUV lithography before the company adopts EUV for select layers with its 7LPP process node. The 8LPP fabrication technology is an evolution of Samsung‘

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HighPoint RocketStor RS6114V 4-Bay USB-C RAID Enclosure Review

Storage enclosures come in many varieties to target different market segments. They usually have one or more downstream SATA ports, with USB being a popular interface in the low-end and mid-range markets. Within the USB storage enclosure market, device vendors have multiple opportunities to tune their product design for specific use-cases. Todays review will take a look at HighPoints RocketStor RS6114V, a 4-bay direct-attached storage enclosure

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Intel Documents Point to AVX-512 Support for Cannon Lake Consumer CPUs

A new update to the Intel document for software developers indicates that the company will begin to introduce various AVX-512 instruction set extensions to its consumer CPUs soon. This willstartfrom the codenamed Cannon Lake (CNL) and Ice Lake (ICL) processors, made using 10 nm process technologies. The new extensions will enable future chips to improve performance in certain applications. One of the main questions on AVX-512 iswhich consumer pr

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Razer Hints at Smartphone Launch on November 1st: "Watch, Listen, Play"

Just months after Razer made a filing for IPO in Hong Kong, the company has hinted on plans to enter the smartphone market. In the recent weeks, the company implied on such intentions for at least three times and there are indicators that the company is prepping at least one handset. In the recent years, Razer has made several acquisitions, including Ouya, THX, Nextbit and others, to expand its IP portfolio. As it appears, the company had parti

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GTC Europe 2017: Hands-On with NVIDIA‘s Holodeck, Early Access Announced

In addition the Drive PX Pegasus, NVIDIA announcedHolodeck Early Access at GTC Europe 2017 in Germany. First announced at the primary GTC 2017 as Project Holodeck with early access slated for September, NVIDIA elaborated on the name change that Holodeck had moved from an exploratory project to a real product. To recap, Holodeck is essentially a photorealistic VR environment for collaborative design and virtual prototyping, where high-resolution

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Eurocom Launches Sky X4C, X7C and X9C Laptops with Core i7-8700K CPUs

Eurocom has introduced its new Sky X4C, X7C and X9C desktop replacement notebooks featuring Intel‘s latest six-core Coffee Lake processors (up to Core i7-8700K) and upgradeable NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics. Like other Eurocom systems, the machines are manufactured by Clevo, but they will have configurations that are specific to Eurocom. The systems will be available for sale in the coming weeks. Eurocom‘s Sky X-series DTR laptops are

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Silicon Power Launches Bolt B80 External SSD: 500 MB/s, IP68, USB-C Interface

Silicon Power has announced its new lineup of stylish external SSDs. The SP Bolt B80 family of drives comes in a rugged UFO-shaped chassis, which is IP68 dust and waterproof. When it comes to performance, the Bolt B80 resembles other external SSDs that offer read speeds of up to 500 MB/s. The new unit also uses a USB Type-C input to make it easier to connect to the latest laptops. The Silicon Power Bolt B80 family of external SSDs includes mode

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Biostar Announces Z370GT7 and Z370GT6 Motherboards for Coffee Lake CPUs

Not willing to be left behind at the starting line, Biostar has announced its entries into the rapidly growing Z370 motherboard market. At the time of publication, Biostar is bringing two boards to the table from their Racing line with the Z370GT7 and Z370GT6. The GT7 is the companys flagship board and, accordingly, will be the more expensive of the two. While both are full-featured motherboards, the GT7 offers an additional M.2 heatsink over th

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Razer‘s Blade Stealth 13.3‘ Laptop Updated With Quad-Core Intel Core i7-8550U CPU

Razer this week has announced that the company is upgrading its 13.3‘ Blade Stealth laptop with Intel‘s new quad-core Core i7-8550U microprocessor, along with faster LPDDR3 memory. This marks the latest of several laptop vendors to capitalize on the launch of Intels 8th Gen Core series of CPUs, integrating the new chips into their existing ultrabook designs. Besides shipping with Intels Core i7-8550U, the updated Razer Blade Stealth

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G.Skill Launches Lineup of Trident Z Kits for Coffee Lake: DDR4 at 3733 - 4600 MT/s

G.Skill has launched a new series of memory module kits optimized for Intel‘s new 8th Generation Core processors. The new DIMMs belong to G.Skill‘s Trident Z and Trident Z RGB families and are guaranteed to operate at 3733 4600 MT/s data transfer rates when paired with Intels Coffee Lake processors. Some of the modules need significantly increased voltages and thus require higher-end motherboards that can deliver ‘clean‘

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Intel Shipping Nervana Neural Network Processor First Silicon Before Year End

This week at the Wall Street Journal‘s D.Live 2017, Intel unveiled their Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP), formerly known as Lake Crest, and announced plans to ship first silicon before the end of 2017. As a high-performance ASIC custom-designed and optimized for deep learning workloads, the NNP is the first generation of a new Intel product family, oriented for neural network training. From the beginning, the NNP and its Nervana Eng

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HP Announces ZBook x2: HP‘s First Detachable Workstation

Today at the Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas, HP will showcase their new HP ZBook x2. The ZBook x2 will be HPs first detachable PC workstation, and, HP claims, the most powerful. The new ZBook x2 is the latest of several detachable PC releases from HP that started earlier this year. The HP Spectre x2 and HP Elite were introduced earlier with an updated appearance and hardware specifications. HP‘s goal with the ZBook x2 was to maintain cr

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NVIDIA Brings Back Destiny 2 Bundle Again for GTX 1080 & 1080 Ti Cards

For what is the 3rd time this year, NVIDIA is offering the ‘New Legends Will Rise‘ Destiny 2 bundle for GeForce GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti graphics cards, systems, and laptops. From today until November 29th (or while supplies last), qualified purchases will come with a digital copy of Destiny 2 via Blizzard Desktop App, officially launching on October 24th for PC. As a reminder, eligible systems may include NVIDIA‘s own GeForce GTX

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HP Halts Development of Windows 10 Mobile Smartphones, to Discontinue X3 in 2019

An HP executive said be quoted on record at an industry event stating that the company has axed development of future devices based on Microsoft‘s Windows 10 Mobile operating system, and that the Elite X3 will be the final smartphone featuring the OS. HP indicated that Microsoft has shifted its priorities when it comes to mobile platforms and HP no longer sees Windows 10 Mobile as a competitive offering for its clients. Meanwhile, sales of

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Oculus Announces Oculus Go: Untethered VR For 199 USD

Today, Facebook owned Oculus announced their follow up to the Oculus Rift VR headset, and they‘ve decided to make the entry point to Oculus VR much easier to access. At 199, the new Oculus Go is significantly undercutting the 599 launch price of the Rift, which has seen its own price cut to 399 since it launched about a year and a half ago. But the Go is not just a less expensive version of the Rift. It‘s a self-contained VR system,

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Western Digital Stuns Storage Industry with MAMR Breakthrough for Next-Gen HDDs

Western Digital sprang a big surprise yesterday with the announcement of microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) as the foundation for the next generation of high-capacity hard drives. Hard drives may be on the way out for client computing systems, butthey are still the storagemedia of choice for data centers. As recently as last year, heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) was expected to be the next major technology update in the hard dr

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Taiwan Fines Qualcomm 773 Million for Antitrust Violations

Qualcomm‘s global legal issues continue, as the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) fined the company roughly 773 million (NT23.4 billion) for illegal licensing and chip pricing practices. This development is yet another antitrust filing levied onto Qualcomm, which has recently seen fines from South Korea (December 2016) and China (February 2015), a lawsuit from the US Federal Trade Commission (January 2017), and investigation and poten

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Intel Rebrands Kaby Lake Pentiums to Pentium Gold

Intel has announced plans to rebrand its current generation Pentium processors, and future generations, to Pentium Gold chips. The rebranding reflects Intel‘s intention to position the latest Pentium CPUs above the previous generation parts. Starting from November 2nd, Intel‘s boxed Pentium G4560, G4600, and G4620 processors will carry the Pentium Gold brand. These parts were launched in Q1 2017, and are dual-core CPUs withHyper-Thr

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Microsoft Introduces Surface Book 2: 7th/8th Generation i5/i7 CPUS, NVIDIA Discrete Graphics

In what some would call a surprise announcement, Microsoft has unveiled the much anticipated Surface Book 2, 2 in 1 laptop. With content creators, designers, and PC gamers requiring more and more horsepower for demanding tasks, the two-year-old Surface book could be perceived as a bit long in the tooth. And while the Surface Book is a solid 2 in 1, people still wanted more out of their device. Microsoft says the Surface Book 2, ‘removes th

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AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1

Today, less than 2 weeks since 17.9.3, AMD has released Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1, bringing support for Middle-earth: Shadow of War (launching today) and The Evil Within 2 (launching this Friday). 17.10.1 is also adding Radeon Chill profiles for both games. As a relatively minor update, 17.10.1 includes only two documented bug fixes. The first bug fix resolves issues where bezel compensation in mixed mode Eyefinity could no

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