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By Abhay V
Possible Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 8 benchmarks spotted
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft is expected to launch the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop 4 sometime in January sporting minor spec bumps. Images of the devices were spotted passing through certification recently, corroborating reports of a minor update. The Pro 8 and Laptop 4 are expected to be powered by Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors, with the Laptop 4 also said to offer AMD versions, just like it’s predecessors.
Now, possible benchmarks of the devices have been spotted, hinting at the processor SKUs expected to make it to the Redmond firm’s offerings. The two benchmark listings refer to “OEMWY” and “OEMGR” product names, codenames that are similar to what Microsoft has used in the past for other Surface PCs. One of the listings sports a system with an Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor with Iris Xe graphics, while the other features an AMD Ryzen 7 3780U Microsoft Surface Edition processor.
It is possible that the device with the Intel part – which is a top-of-the-line Tiger Lake SKU – could be the 13.5-inch Laptop 4, the 15-inch business version, or even the Surface Pro 8. However, the more interesting of the two is the one sporting the same AMD processor as the Surface Laptop 3.
The “Renoir” codename and the much higher overall scores hint that the chip is possibly not the 3000-series offering, and could be a Zen 2-based processor, coming from the Ryzen 4000-series laptop CPUs. Interestingly, the numbers beat the generic Ryzen 7 4700U benchmarks. This could be due to the optimizations done by the company.
The Ryzen 5000-series laptop chips are expected to be launched early next year, so it seems less likely that those chips will make it to the Surface line. However, it will be interesting to see if the firm has any surprises in store for the Surface line.
The Surface Pro 8 and the Laptop 4 are expected to be launched without much fanfare sometime in January. There are murmurs of a possible black version of the Go 2 as well, accompanied by the expansion of the availability of the Surface Duo.
Source: Geekbench 5(1)(2) via WindowsLatest
By Steven P.
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AMD reveals high-end 16-core 'Threadripper' CPUs in response to Intel's rumoured Core i9
by Muhammad Jarir Kanji
Following up on the critical and technical success of its revamped CPU line under the Ryzen brand, AMD is looking to double down with a new series of processors aimed at the very high-end of the CPU market.
Dubbed 'Threadripper' this new line of CPUs is aimed at "targeting the world’s fastest ultra-premium desktop systems." With 16 cores and 32 threads, these processors will be AMD's offering in the high-end desktop market and are likely to compete with the Core i9 series that Intel is rumoured to launch later this year. By comparison, the leaked details regarding the Core i9 series suggest 12 cores and 24 threads, though the disparity may not necessarily mean better performance from AMD as Intel has for quite a while held the upper hand in performance per core.
While not much is known about the architecture of this upcoming lineup beyond the number of cores, they are expected to be released sometime in the summer this year, which means more details should soon follow at Computex 2017 later this month. It is also believed that the Threadripper series may launch under the Ryzen R9 branding, a step above the Ryzen R7, which is currently at the head of AMD's desktop offerings for consumers. As can be expected from a line of processors aimed at enthusiasts, pricing is likely to be rather high.
With both AMD and Intel gearing up for a showdown in the high-end of the CPU market, the battle between Team Red and Team Blue should be more exciting than ever before, with AMD putting in a strong showing for not just being the price leader but possibly also one-upping Intel in the performance department.