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Under The Hood: This Week In PC, Component And Software News

Thinking of building a new gaming PC? Struggling with whatever random error your desktop is throwing up this week? Under The Hood gives you a quick and concise run-down of the most important things that happened to the PC master race in the last seven days.


Microsoft: Windows 10 To Be The Only Supported OS On Modern CPUs

It’s been a long time since we’ve had to worry about CPU / OS incompatibilities. In fact, the last time it was an issue was the shift from x86 to x64, but that was largely transparent to consumers thanks to AMD and its x86-64 specification, which was later adopted by Intel. Now, with Windows 7 having just entered its extended support phase, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to drop the news that only Windows 10 will be supported on upcoming CPUs.


Intel Is Putting Its Promising Skylake CPUs Inside Smartphones

Intel’s new Skylake processors fit inside practically any computer. Soon, you’ll be able to get one inside a PC-on-a-stick. But it turns out that Core M computers can get even smaller still. Intel says it’s already testing the new processors inside smartphones too.


Intel's New Skylake Processors: What You Need To Know

Stop. Don’t buy that new Windows laptop or tablet. Don’t pull the trigger unless you’re getting a truly amazing deal. Because today, Intel’s launching its latest processor — Skylake — and you’re may want one in your next PC.


If You Buy A New Intel K-Series CPU, You'll Need A New Heatsink Too

Intel’s new hardcore overclocking CPUs can hit some amazing core speeds with a cheap air or water-cooling system. They’re built for speed, and unlocked to achieve those figures easily if you have the interest and technical know-how. One point of order, though — if you’re buying a new top of the line Core i5 or Core i7, you won’t get a cooler in the box.


Intel's New Sixth Generation Core CPUs Are Made For Overclocking And Serious Gaming

Have you been putting off building a new hardcore gaming PC? Well, wait no more. Intel has two new processors, aimed at hardcore overclockers and the gaming super-elite, for you to drool over, and they’re out right now.


Expect Big Performance Boosts From Intel's Skylake Chips

Intel’s integrated GPUs have never been fast performers, but in the last few years they’ve gone from being utterly terrible to kind-of competitive with NVIDIA and AMD’s low-end mobile stuff. The trend looks to continue with Intel’s Skylake architecture which, according to leaked slides, could have up to 40 per cent better 3D performance than Broadwell.


AMD's New Laptop CPUs And GPUs Are For Gaming On The Go

If you’re buying a new laptop any time soon, the usual wisdom just got a shake-up. AMD has just launched a bunch of new low-power CPUs and discrete graphics chips that will be appearing in plenty of mainstream laptops, and they’re a genuine contender for Intel’s Core i3 and Core i5 — especially if you’re thinking about playing any games.


AMD Has New, Low-Power APUs For You To Tinker With

AMD has a couple of new accelerated processing units (APUs, natch) for your consumption. They’re interesting mainly because they have some of the most powerful integrated graphics chipsets you’ll find in a CPU, and they can be tweaked for lower power consumption and heat output.


AMD's New APU Lets You Configure Its Heat Output

AMD announced a few new Accelerated Processing Units a few days ago, which isn’t in and of itself particularly interesting. What is, though, is the fact that AMD is letting users configure the overall thermal output of one of the chips, catering to both enthusiasts and those that want low-power computing.


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