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Man Finishes Building His Own $73,200 CPU, Weighs Half A Tonne

The weekend is a great time to tackle that project you’ve been putting off for a while. Say, building a shelf, painting the bedroom or constructing your own CPU. Allotting time for these… wait, did I just write CPU? Yes, yes I did. And a fellow by the name of James Newman has shown it’s very possible… though it might take longer than a single Sunday.


This Is AMD's High-Power Zen CPU

As one last thing at its Computex 2016 press conference, after introducing the Radeon RX 480 graphics card, AMD wanted to remind the world that its next-generation Zen CPU core isn’t that far away. And we’ve now seen a desktop Zen chip for the first time, held by AMD boss Lisa Su — the same chip that will be competing with Intel’s top processors in the months to come.


Intel's New 10-Core Extreme Edition Broadwell-E CPUs Are The Most Powerful Ever

Today is the opening day of Computex 2016, and to mark the occasion Intel has a brand new processor family. Designed for the hardest of hardcore enthusiasts, Intel’s new 14-nanometre Broadwell-E chips, the Core i7-69XX and i7-68XX, are its most powerful ever. Forget your garden-variety quad-cores and dual-cores; the Intel Core i7-6950X is an entirely unlocked, overclocking-friendly 10-core monster with support for quad-channel RAM and four graphics cards. If you can’t afford the circa-$2200 price tag for the newest top-end silicon, though, new 8- and 6-core CPUs are also on the way.


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.


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