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Chipworks takes the lid off Apple's A9X SoC
— 4:40 PM on November 30, 2015

We've heard some pretty impressive performance claims about the A9X SoC in Apple's iPad Pro ever since the mega-slate made its public debut, and...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics Mobile computing

Abu Dhabi government fund may be shopping GlobalFoundries
— 10:08 AM on November 27, 2015

The investors from Abu Dhabi who funded GlobalFoundries' expansion may be ready to tap out. A Bloomberg report citing "people familiar with the matter"...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics Mobile computing

Phanteks' Power Splitter lets two systems run on one PSU
— 9:46 AM on November 25, 2015

Here's one for the extreme system builders out there. Putting two systems inside one PC case would normally require two power supplies, but Phanteks'...

Type: News story Tags: Power

Dell gets Superfishy by shipping PCs with self-signed root certificates
— 4:31 PM on November 23, 2015

Remember the Superfish debacle, when Lenovo shipped computers with a preinstalled rogue root certification authority (CA)? Dell seems to think that was a good...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Internet

Mozilla axes heavyweight Firefox themes and tab groups
— 1:04 PM on November 23, 2015

Back in August, Mozilla announced plans to adopt a Chrome-like extension framework for Firefox called WebExtensions. In turn, the company plans to deprecate its...

Type: News story Tags: Internet

Rumor: Upcoming Core i7-6950X could have 10 cores, 20 threads
— 11:39 AM on November 16, 2015

Intel's Haswell-E processors already pack as many as eight cores and 16 threads, but the next generation of the company's extreme desktop CPUs could offer...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

Exynos 8 Octa 8890 SoC puts custom cores and LTE on one chip
— 9:24 AM on November 12, 2015

This fall is proving to be the season of SoCs. Samsung's Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is just the latest high-end mobile processor to hit...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Mobile computing

Cortex-A35 is ARM's smallest, most efficient 64-bit CPU core yet
— 11:30 AM on November 10, 2015

ARM is bringing 64-bit computing to its smallest, most efficient Cortex A-series CPU core yet with the introduction today of the Cortex-A35. The A35 is...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Mobile computing

EVGA's GQ-series PSUs offer Gold efficiency and semi-silent running
— 8:36 AM on November 10, 2015

What's this? Another line of EVGA PSUs? No, you're not dreaming. The company's GQ series is the latest addition to its existing B2, G2,...

Type: News story Tags: Power

Nvidia will fix excessive GPU idle power use at high refresh rates
— 4:09 PM on November 6, 2015

A couple weeks ago, PC Perspective came across an intriguing behavior when testing Asus' PG279Q monitor. While driving that monitor with a GeForce...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Power

Lawsuit alleges AMD misled buyers on Bulldozer core count
— 7:57 AM on November 6, 2015

AMD's Bulldozer CPU architecture has had a troubled history. Thanks to its unusual design, the company's top-end CPUs had difficulty competing with Intel's latest and...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

GloFo successfully builds AMD chips on 14-nm FinFET LPP process
— 4:51 PM on November 5, 2015

GlobalFoundries has announced successful production of the first AMD products using its 14-nm FinFET Low Power Plus (14-nm LPP) process tech. As a...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics

Friday night topic: Should we all be paranoid now?
— 4:36 PM on October 30, 2015

I just finished reading Walter Kirn's article in The Atlantic about mass surveillance and privacy issues, entitled If you're not paranoid, you're crazy. Kirn...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous Internet

Google Fiber apologizes for World Series outage, credits service to KC market
— 9:34 AM on October 30, 2015

I've written about how Google Fiber has slowly been rolling out here across the Kansas City metro area, including here at my place. The...

Type: News story Tags: Internet Networking

Intel powers up entry-level workstations with Skylake Xeons
— 12:53 PM on October 19, 2015

The Intel CPUs that we recommend in our System Guides may be fine for the average builder, but workstations are a different beast. Those systems...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

Adobe plugs critical vulnerability in Flash with emergency update
— 12:36 PM on October 16, 2015

Flash users, it's time to update the plugin ASAP. Adobe has today issued an emergency security update to patch a critical vulnerability, just three...

Type: News story Tags: Internet

AMD spins off assembly and test operations into joint venture
— 4:01 PM on October 15, 2015

As part of its financial results disclosure this afternoon, AMD has just announced that it is spinning off a portion of its operations...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics

Yahoo's Account Key service does away with passwords
— 12:30 PM on October 15, 2015

Passwords can be a tricky thing, and even password management services are susceptible to hacks. Two-factor authentication helps, but you still need to remember...

Type: News story Tags: Internet