Category Archives: CPUs & Components

Aitken Supercomputer Will Simulate NASA Moon Landings | News & Opinion

NASA is planning to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. But in order to get there it needs to simulate the mission. Now the agency has the supercomputer to do just that. Last week, NASA opened its new Modular Supercomputing Facility (MSF) at the Ames Research Center in California. […]

Intel’s 10th-Gen Mobile Processors to Include 14nm ‘Comet Lake’ Chips

Intel’s 10th Generation Core processors will not all be 10-nanometer (10nm) “Ice Lake” chips. On Wednesday, the chipmaker launched a second batch of 10th Generation Core processors that will be fabricated under a further-refined version of its venerable 14nm manufacturing process. The processors, code-named “Comet Lake,” will be used in a wide variety of new […]

US’s Next Exascale Supercomputer to Focus on Nuclear Arms Testing

The US is spending another $600 million to build its third “exascale” supercomputer, which will be focused on simulating nuclear explosions. On Tuesday, the Department of Energy announced “El Capitan,” a machine designed to achieve 1.5 exaflops, or 1.5 quintillion calculations per second. The processing power will dwarf the capabilities of the top 100 supercomputers […]

Samsung Galaxy Book S Arrives This Fall With Snapdragon 8cx Chip | News & Opinion

The big change is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx processor, which should offer 40 percent faster CPU performance than the older Galaxy Book2 model. It also promises to offer 23 hours in battery life. August 7, 2019 6:31PM EST August 7, 2019 Samsung is refreshing its Galaxy Book laptop line with a new Galaxy Book S model, […]

Many Used Hard Drives Sold on eBay Still Contain Leftover Data | News & Opinion

If you plan on reselling a PC hard drive, make sure you thoroughly delete everything inside. A new study from data removal company Blannco reveals that many secondhand storage drives sold on eBay still contain data from the previous owner, including personally identifiable information (PII). Blannco purchased 159 SSD and HDD storage drives on eBay, […]

US to Spend $600 Million on Frontier Exascale Supercomputer | News & Opinion

The US has budgeted $600 million to build its second “exascale” supercomputer, which is slated to go online in 2021. The Frontier supercomputer will be capable of completing more than 1.5 quintillion calculations per second, according to the US Department of Energy, which announced more details about the upcoming system on Tuesday. In March, the […]

How Trump’s Tariff Hike May Affect Prices for PC Parts

President Donald Trump on Friday raised the tariff rate on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent. So how might this affect your next PC purchase? The tariff list covers a lot of computer parts, including motherboards, graphics cards, CPU coolers, and even desktop cases. TVs, digital cameras, and internet […]

Corsair Buys Origin PC to Tap Demand for High-End Gaming | News & Opinion

PC component vendor Corsair has acquired custom gaming desktop maker Origin PC to help it expand across the US. Corsair made the deal to tap the growing high-end gaming desktop business at a time when more consumers are jumping from traditional consoles to PCs, the company said in today’s announcement. Although Corsair is a well-known […]

Microsoft Invests $1 Billion to Create a World-Saving AI | News & Opinion

Microsoft’s latest goal is the stuff of sci-fi novels: To build an AI that’s smart enough to run society, and solve our most pressing problems. On Monday, the company said it wants to lay the foundation for its creation by investing $1 billion into OpenAI, a San Francisco-based company co-founded by Elon Musk. The investment’s […]