Intel updates its 8th gen Core Coffee Lake desktop lineup
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New 300-series chipsets in tow

In addition to performance and ultra low-power mobile U-series parts, Intel has also released a couple of new 8th generation Core Coffee Lake desktop SKUs, mostly in the low-power segment.

Desktop sales continue to slide
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Now  below 100 million a year

Beancounters at IDC have added up some numbers and divided them by their shoe size and reached the conclusion that desktop PC sales in 2017 fell below 100 million for the first time.

Apple developing "Pro" display
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Details under wraps, will not be shipping this year


During a low-key Mac Pro refresh announcement among a handful of journalists in a white building near its Cupertino headquarters on Tuesday, Apple mentioned details on a new company-branded “Pro” display lineup to accompany its iMac and top-end workstations.

AMD 16/12-core Ryzen SKU is probably a multi-chip module
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Two 8/6-core Ryzen dies stitched together

According to recent rumors, AMD could be preparing its response to Intel's high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup by launching 16- and 12-core desktop processors based on the same Ryzen CPU architecture but on a much larger socket, and according to fresh reports, these could be based on a multi-chip module design with two dies stitched together.

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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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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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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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
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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.