The starring cast of Intel Kaby Lake processors that were introduce last week included the Core i5 7600 and Core i7 7700 series, and logically these were the main focus. However, many new processor of the Pentium family were launch and an interesting fact is that some of these possess Hyper Threading technology that as you know provides two processing threads for each physical core.
Taking advantage of the launch of the new Intel Kaby Lake processors, memory chip manufacturer G.SKILL has announced two new DDR4 TridentZ RAM kits specifically designed for the Z270 platform along with these seventh generation processors.
The fastest kit will consist of two 8 GB modules to achieve a total of 16 GB with speeds of 4.266 MHz and latancies of CL19-19-19-39 to 1,4 volts, while the other kit will arrive with double the capacity, 32 GB, distributed in four 8 GB modules with speeds of 4.133 MHz and latancies of CL19-21-21-41 to 1,35v.
In all cases the modules will have a G.SKILL TridentZ heatsink with a RGB lighting system on the top, something that could not be missing considering the trend that exists in the sector for everything that has to do with multicolor lighting.
The arrival of the seventh generation Intel Core processors for the high performance ranges has also come to laptops and MSI has updated its entire range of Gaming laptops with these new processors to accompany the GTX 1080, GTX 1070, GTX 1060 graphics and the new GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050.
In fact the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 will be released in laptops like the Apache Pro GE62VR offering a graphics performance far superior to past generations but keeping a very reasonable price. According to MSI itself, the GTX 1050 offers superior performance to the GTX 965M and the GTX 1050 Ti surpasses even the GTX 970M, one of the most powerful graphics of the past generation.
During CES 2017, NVIDIA introduced -among other things- their new entertainment platform Shield TV, announced as a “media streamer”. This is an Android TV capable of 4K resolution with HDR that offers a great experience in the streaming of multimedia content, games and even artificial intelligence thanks to the integration of the Google TV assistant, SmartThings Hub and the NVIDIA Spot AI microphone.
As simple and elegant in its design as silent in its presentation, this ASUS laptop encloses many more interesting things than others that have made a lot more noise at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Many of us like Laptops like this, discreet and light, without forgetting the minimum power to be able to perform everyday activities without problems.
No, it is not fair to compare it directly with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, since this is a less demanding laptop than Lenovo’s, which introduced new technology and can be configured with very high specifications. But if we look for the lightest, thinnest 14-inch laptop, ASUS new laptop has a lot to say.
Even though the graphics cards market has been moving quite a lot in the recent year 2016, especially since September until now, with the launch of the new Polaris 10 and 11 graphic cores by AMD Radeon, and the Pascal cores by NVIDIA, the market continues to exploit basically a similar architecture. This is something Radeon Group plans to change with the upcoming Vega graphics cards, which will implement new components within the core that will make them the most powerful and efficient models that AMD has manufactured to date.
The first thing I want to say is that in this article I am only going to talk about the new architecture, given that the graphics cards themselves are scheduled to launch in the first HALF of 2017, So do not expect photos of the graphics cards, given that there are still 3 to 5 months left for these kinds of photos to be released. Anyway, while Polaris 10 and 11 were the last efforts by the AMD to regain ground in the mid-range, I assure you that Vega is 100% designed to be a high-end graphics card.
The powerful and slim Dell laptop XPS 15 will receive an update to renew processors and graphic cards. The new model will be called the Dell XPS 15 9560.
The current GPU, which in the current model is a GTX 960M, will move to a new GeForce GTX 1050 with a power that should be much higher.. As it goes for processors, although it has not yet been officially announced, it seems as though it will be updated with the new seventh generation Kaby Lake, from a Core i3-7100HQ to a Core i7-7700HQ going through the Core i5-7300HQ.
The new ASUS BRT-AC828 router is a high-end model with a maximum bandwidth through WiFi of 2.534 Mbps thanks to the use of dual band 2.4/5Ghz WiFi 802.11ac
It includes four antennas for transmission and another 4 for reception (4×4) and ASUS AiRadar technology to optimize the data transmission in a directional way where it is necessary.
We also have two Gigabit WAN ports with added mode for 2 Gbps total bandwidth and fail-safe operation (if one of the internet links fails, it will automatically use the remainder). In addition, it integrates an M.2 port to add an SSD and provide the BRT-AC828 with internal storage to provide functions of a NAS.
The next generation of AMD high-end graphics cards based on the Vega architecture has already been presented at an event that took place in Sonoma, California, earlier this week. The architecture will debut with the Radeon Instinct MI25 geared towards deep learning as a GPU accelerator, but they also showed a prototype of the Vega commercial GPU running the Doom 2016 at Ultra HD resolution with the graphic settings to the maximum while maintaining more than 60 FPS stable.
68 Average FPS and no drops is the result of the benchmark made by AMD in the demonstration, not bad considering it is a prototype, with unpolished drivers, and was running a relatively new game at Ultra HD resolution and graphics maxed out. Of course, it should be noted that the demonstration was performed using the Vulkan graphical API on which AMD collaborates.
Lately, some of Asus decisions, especially on its marketing and sales departments are being questioned, specifically the prices they have put some of their products. But it seems that there is something else that is not working well in the brand as they have just announced the launch of their new UltraBook Asus ZenBook UX310UQ which, again, uses a past generation graphics card.
This may come as a surprise to you but it’s not the first time Asus does it, because in September we were criticizing the launch of the ROG Strix GL553VW, a gaming laptop using a GTX 960M. Now, three months later, Asus repeats the move and although both NVIDIA and AMD already have two new generations of graphics cards, in which Asus actively participates for the desktop models, the manufacturer seems stuck in the year 2015 as far as portable hardware is concerned.
The Asus ZenBook UX310UQ is presented as the most powerful ultrabook of the brand. It has a screen size of 13.3 inches with Full HD resolution, and it is notable for its thinness (measuring 18.35mm thick) and its weight (weighs 1.4kg). This slim and lightweight ultrabook is powered by an Intel Core i5-6260U dual-core processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and boasts of incorporating “spectacular graphics” (literal words from its website) thanks to its NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory.