Intel underestimated the AMD Zen Ryzen threat
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Sources close to the matter

Ryzen 7 and now Ryzen 5 have launched and they are putting enormous pressure on Intel in the top-level market segment. After a whole decade, price/performance is definitely on AMD's side and even the upcoming Naples 32 core server part will put enormous pressure on  Intel’s cash cow in the server market. 

Samsung's high-end ArtPC cylindrical desktop PC spotted
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Sporting Core i5/i7 CPU, NVMe SSD and 360-degree audio

While Samsung's smartphone division is probably in scrambles now that Galaxy Note 7 had its nemesis, Samsung's PC division is working on a high-end desktop PC system with a cylindrical design that has been spotted for pre-order on Amazon. It's the Samsung ArtPC.

AMD Zen desktop might slip to Q1 2017
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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:38

AMD Zen desktop might slip to Q1 2017


December / CES showcase possible

AMD has never really said that it will ship the Zen this year, the company was always cautious about giving  the exact date of the launch. We still believe that the desktop version of Zen will get shown late this year, December or at CES, in the first days of next year. Bench-life thinks that the actual shipping will happen in February. 

Zen gets analysts and Fudzilla excited
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Friday, 19 August 2016 11:22

Zen gets analysts and Fudzilla excited


Server and notebook deeper in 2017

AMD has showed off some clock and performance details about upcoming desktop Zen and some of you might remember that back in June at Computex, Fudzilla said that if the Zen boots windows it will boost AMD’s share too

Zen comes to desktops first
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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 05:32

Zen comes to desktops first


Server follows, then notebook


At the Q and A session after AMD's press conference, company CEO Lisa Su just confirmed that desktop Zen x86 chips are the first products to arrive for consumers. These will be followed by a server lineup, then a notebook lineup.

Desktop use declining
Published in Notebooks
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 11:16

Desktop use declining


Another reason for fewer PC sales

While many have pointed to PC sales slumping because they are lasting longer, there are some numbers which suggest that people are not using their desktops so much.

Linux will eventually be desktop king
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Friday, 08 April 2016 09:52

Linux will eventually be desktop king


Even if it takes another 25 years

Linux inventor Linus Torvalds has told the world that he has not given up on replacing Windows on the desktop with his glorious creation.

Intel’s Skylake is creating a mess in the channel
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A lot of controversial messaging

There is no doubt that Skylake is rather impressive architecture with a huge focus on mobile. At the same time, the Skylake Core i7 6700K desktop part seems to be the most disconnected product launch Intel did in the last few years.

AMD has three new desktop 14nm parts in 2016
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After 28/32nm comes 14nm Zen line

AMD has an update for investors and this information was supposed to get to them at the financial conference call scheduled for May. It got out a bit earlier than that and gave us some insight into AMD's plans for 2016.

AMD x86 16-core ZEN APU to fight Core i7
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:05

AMD x86 16-core ZEN APU to fight Core i7


Greenland APU gives it the necessary firepower

AMD mini cores and modular designs backed by HBM graphics and the upcoming Greenland GPU core might be a winning combination for AMD.