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Intel Intros New 8th Gen Intel Core Processors

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Keeping up with dramatic advances in a wide range of technologies from 4K content to virtual reality requires faster, more powerful processors at the heart of its devices, according to Intel. That’s why the company today took the wraps off its next generation of chips: the 8th-generation Intel Core processors.

Intel said the new chips, rolling out first for mobile devices, will boost performance by up to 40 percent compared to their 7th-generation predecessors. That improvement is the result of a bump up from two cores to four, a more power-efficient microarchitecture, advances in factory processes, and “a huge range of silicon optimizations,” according to Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s client computing group.

The first notebooks and 2-in-1 devices featuring Intel’s 8th-generation Core chips are expected to hit the market starting next month. Bryant added that new processors for desktops will come out sometime this fall, followed by chips for enterprise users.

Intel’s 8th-generation Core processors “open the door to richer, more immersive entertainment, and an experience that is optimized for simplicity,” Bryant said in an editorial published today in the company’s newsroom. The chip improvements were also made with battery life in mind, he added, noting they’ll support up to 10 hours of 4K UHD local video playback on a single charge.

The new line of U-series processors for mobile devices features Intel Speed Shift technology for faster Web browsing and Turbo Boost technology for energy-efficient performance, according to the product brief released today. They’ll also support instant waking for devices equipped with Microsoft’s Windows Modern Standby.

In addition, gamers and mixed-reality users will notice other improvements arriving with the new chips, which are “Microsoft Mixed Reality-ready,” according to Intel. These include simple connections to external graphics via a Thunderbolt 3 connector and support for 360-degree photo and video viewing using Microsoft’s HoloLens technology.

Despite the enhancements Intel has made to its 8th-generation Core processors, the new chips aren’t dramatically different from the 7th-generation, Ars Technica technology editor Peter Bright noted in an analysis today.

“Although Intel is calling these parts ‘8th generation,’ their architecture, both for their CPU and their integrated GPU, is the same as ‘7th generation’ Kaby Lake,” Bright said. “In fact, Intel calls the architecture of these chips ‘Kaby Lake refresh.'”

The first wave of 8th-generation i5 and i7 processors for mobile devices will also continue to be based on Intel’s previous 14-nm manufacturing processes, although coming additions will include some of the company’s first 10-nm products, Bryant noted. He added that the improved scalability of the new generation of chips will help support a broad range of new devices, with more than 145 notebook and 2-in-1 designs currently in the pipeline.

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CORSAIR Intros 30mm Thick RS MAX Series PC Fans

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CORSAIR has announced the launch of its first 30mm-thick PC cooling fans, the RS MAX Series. By combining extremely durable Liquid Crystal Polymer material with a larger fan blade bolstered by AirGuide technology, CORSAIR’s expert engineers have created its best-performing fan with zero compromises.

The RS MAX Series connects with a simple 4-pin PWM header, enabling precise adjustment over fan speeds without the need for a separate controller.

With a 20% increase in thickness over standard fans, the RS MAX Series can spin at a lower speed to generate the same airflow as its thinner counterparts – translating into lower overall fan noise.

For enthusiasts who push their systems to the limit, the high static pressure created by the RS MAX’s larger fan blade helps power airflow through obstructions and dense radiators, making it an ideal choice for high-performance liquid cooling setups.

CORSAIR Magnetic Dome bearings – an evolution of the acclaimed magnetic levitation bearing – significantly reduce friction for both enhanced longevity and quieter operation. For PC builders looking to boost performance without boosting noise, the RS MAX Series will help push your system to the max.

The CORSAIR RS MAX Series is available in 120mm and 140mm sizes from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

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TEAMGROUP Launches the MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD

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Team Group has launched TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 Solid State Drive, featuring the latest 3D QLC NAND technology, combining cutting-edge technology with the trend of demanding high storage capacity to meet daily system and file storage needs. TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD utilises the latest 3D QLC NAND, offering capacities of up to 4TB. With the PCIe Gen4 x4 interface and SLC Caching technology, it achieves maximum sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,400 MB/s and 6,500 MB/s, respectively.

The MP44Q SSD operates with low power consumption, catering to all document processing and storage applications, significantly enhancing work efficiency. Paired with TEAMGROUP’s exclusively patented graphene heat dissipation sticker, whose thickness is less than 1 mm, eliminating the potential for mechanical interference in any assembly, coupled with the native heat sink of the motherboard, such an arrangement effectively addresses the heat generated by high performance, extending the SSD’s lifespan.

Additionally, it supports TEAMGROUP’s exclusively patented SSD intelligent monitoring software, S.M.A.R.T., allowing for quick and easy configuration and testing, effortlessly monitoring the quality and performance of the SSD. The product also provides the latest QLC high-speed Gen4 x4 SSD to cater to various storage needs for both life and work.

The packaging of TEAMGROUP MP44Q M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD adopts recyclable packaging materials and has passed RoHS, REACH, and other environmental protection certifications with the effort of contributing to sustainable living. The product comes with a comprehensive 5-year warranty, ensuring consumer confidence in product quality. It is expected to be available globally starting in early May 2024.

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Gigabyte Unveils Limited Edition “Ice” Themed Motherboard and GPU

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Gigabyte has officially launched its long-awaited XTREME Prestige Limited Edition lineup, featuring a visually stunning and overclocked RTX 4080 SUPER graphics card and a feature-packed Z790 motherboard. Both components boast a luxurious titanium and gold design, complete with unique engraved serial numbers, hinting at the limited production run – estimated between 300 and 500 units.

The centrepiece, the Aorus GeForce RTX 4080 Super Xtreme Ice 16G, boasts a factory overclock of 150 MHz and improved performance over the stock model. Gigabyte claims it delivers 885 AI TOPs compared to the stock card’s 836. Cooling this beast are three massive “bionic shark” fans and a large vapour chamber. For those seeking ultimate customization, the fans feature addressable RGB rings, and the card itself sports an LCD monitor displaying customizable GIFs.

The Z790 Aorus Xtreme X Ice motherboard complements the graphics card perfectly. It boasts a unique crystalized titanium finish, a golden CPU socket, and a removable M.2 heatsink. Feature-wise, it supports DDR5 memory with speeds exceeding XMP-8266 and offers AI-powered CPU overclocking, promising speeds exceeding 6.3 GHz on an i9-14900KS. An included external DAC further boosts audio quality.

While pricing remains a mystery (promised on the Gigabyte website but currently unavailable), expect a hefty price tag, likely exceeding $1,299 for the graphics card alone. Both products will be sold separately, but a future bundle with additional Xtreme Ice components is a possibility.

Gigabyte promises a luxurious “unboxing experience” for each component, complete with premium packaging, high-end tools, and even anti-static gloves. We’ll update this story with confirmed pricing when available.

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