My 13-year-old daughter is showing a real interest in, and talent for, video editing. We got her a student subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud so she could learn and use After Effects and Premiere Pro. Our three-year-old laptop is just about coping with the demands of the software, but as she becomes more proficient, I know it will struggle or give up entirely. What would be the best solution – either laptop or desktop – that will also last a good few years? Our budget is around £1,000.
Intel has announced a new range of high-performance 9th-generation Core mobile CPUs aimed at gamers and graphics creators who use larger laptops. The new H-series mobile lineup is led by the unlocked Core i9-9980HK, which has a base clock speed of 2.4GHz and can be boosted to 5GHz. It also features eight cores, 16 threads and a 16MB cache. The H-Series Core mobile processors are for larger laptops, compared with the Y and U series for slimmer devices. The 9th-gen H-series includes locked i9, i7 and i5 processors.
This past April, when all the high-performance Windows laptops transitioned to Intel's new 8th-generation "Coffee Lake" processors, Apple fans were left scratching their heads. If it offers such a huge boost in performance...why isn't Apple upgrading the MacBook Pro? Well better late than never, as they say. Apple's bumping up the specs of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) to the 8th-generation Intel chips, plus adding a few other goodies that should help make them tear through your Final Cut and Photoshop tasks. We will test, benchmark, and thoroughly review the new MacBook Pros just as soon as possible, of course. While you wait, let's dive into the specs, compare them with what we know from Windows laptops, and paint a picture of just how much better these new MacBook Pros may be.
When AMD launched the Zen processors last year, the company also pulled out a surprise among the standard desktop and server product lines. That surprise was Ryzen Threadripper-a 16 core CPU that was part EPYC server processor and part Ryzen desktop CPU. The processor's package was derived from the quad-die EPYC server processor, but the motherboard and system design was much closer to the desktop Ryzen processor. The 16-core Threadripper was a desktop CPU that could best Intel's eight-core Core i7 on multithreaded benchmarks and workloads. Threadripper found an audience with PC enthusiasts who wanted more CPU threads for multitasking and some scalable applications like video transcoding.
Intel then announced something completely unexpected: a new, 9th-generation family of X-series chips for gaming PCs. Last year, Intel announced its 14-, 16-, and 18-core Intel's X-series chips as a part for high-end gamers. This year, Intel positioned the X-series parts for creators, of which Intel said there are 100 million in the U.S., the U.K. and China combined. But while Srivatsa dropped in a mention of an upcoming refresh of the X-series parts, the company waited until a more private "deep dive" to unveil the full specifications, as seen below.