PC Sales Continue Surging — And That’s Good News for Intel, AMD and Others

PC sales remain on the upswing thanks to purchases made to support remote workers and learners. And it looks as if there’s still a lot of pent-up demand going into the holiday season.

Research firm IDC estimates PC shipments rose 14.6% annually in Q3 to 81.3 million. That compares with 11.2% shipment growth in Q2, and just 2.7% growth in 2019.

Officially, Gartner estimates PC shipments rose just 3.6% to 71.4 million. However, when including Chromebook sales (counted in IDC’s official estimate), Gartner’s estimate for shipment growth rises to 9%.

Along with Chromebooks, Q3 was a strong quarter for gaming PCs and (in certain cases) notebooks with cellular modems, according to IDC. On the flip side, desktop demand was said to be weak in the U.S. and EMEA. Desktop PC sales depend heavily on purchases made to support corporate offices, many of which are of course empty right now.

Demand

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Intel Confirms Rocket Lake Processors Coming Q1 2021 With PCIe 4.0 Support

Intel has confirmed its next-gen Rocket Lake desktop processors will launch in Q1 2021 and include PCIe 4.0 support.

Intel’s John Bonini, VP and GM of Client Computing Group Desktop, Workstations and Gaming, posted in a blog today, detailing the company’s commitment to gaming. The successors to the current Comet Lake 10th Gen processors are expected, amongst other things to bring PCIe 4.0 support – currently lacking from its mainstream CPUs, which have meant they’ve lagged behind AMD’s current 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs that brought the new standard to its AM4 platform last year. Not only this, but Nvidia’s recent RTX 3000 series graphics cards also support PCIe 4.0.

The launch of Intel’s Z490 chipset and 10th Gen CPUs several months ago saw several motherboard manufacturers reveal that their new products

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Don’t waste money chasing RAM speed for gaming on AMD or Intel

The relevance of RAM speed to PC gaming is one of the most enduring of component discussions. If you’re putting together a gaming PC build how much attention and money should you pay towards dropping a chunk of high speed RAM into your rig? 

We’re taking a look at a mix of games, some brand new, and one oldies but goodies, to see just how RAM speed affects both Intel and AMD systems in 2020. On paper, faster memory is desirable, but is it really necessary and worth the expense? We all know that a faster GPU will lead to a higher frame rate, and a faster CPU will lessen a potential bottleneck, but RAM speed seems to be one of those things that doesn’t have as clear an answer. 

Let’s begin with a look at the system architectures.

AMD and Intel architectures and topology are fundamentally different. The topology

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ET Weekend Deals: $100 off New Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Smartphone, Dell Vostro 15 5501 Intel Core i5 Aluminum Laptop for $629

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G smartphone is now officially available, and today you can get it with a $100 discount. This phone carries with it many of the same features present on Samsung’s current flagship smartphone, but it’s priced considerably lower at just $699.99, and it drops to just $599.99 during the current sale.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G 128GB Smartphone ($599.99)

Almost all the features of Samsung’s current flagship smartphone and a lower price to boot: What’s not to love? The Galaxy S20 FE  comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC that gives it performance identical to the Galaxy Note 20. A few features have been scaled back and the S20 FE has slightly worse cameras, a lower resolution screen, and less RAM. But it remains a relatively high-performance phone with lots of

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Intel wins second phase of contract to help Pentagon develop chips

CHANDLER, Arizona – (Reuters) – Intel Corp on Friday said it has won a second-phase contract in a project aimed at helping the U.S. military make more advanced semiconductors within the United States.

Under the project, Intel will help the military develop prototypes of chips using its semiconductor packaging technology at factories in Arizona and Oregon. The packaging technology allows pieces of chips called “chiplets” from different providers to be combined into one package, helping cram more features into a smaller finished product while lowering its power consumption.

“As more and more semiconductor manufacturing has moved offshore, the (Department of Defense) is very interested in ensuring that they have advanced microelectronics for national security manufactured here in the U.S.,” Bob Swan, Intel’s chief executive, told Reuters in an interview as he toured a recently completed $7 billion factory expansion in Arizona, where Intel’s workforce totals 12,000.

“As a U.S.-based company,

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Intel and Sandia National Labs Collaborate on Neuromorphic Computing

What’s New: Today, Intel Federal LLC announced a three-year agreement with Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) to explore the value of neuromorphic computing for scaled-up computational problems. Sandia will kick off its research using a 50-million neuron Loihi-based system that was delivered to its facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This work with Loihi will lay the foundation for the later phase of the collaboration, which is expected to include continued large-scale neuromorphic research on Intel’s upcoming next-generation neuromorphic architecture and the delivery of Intel’s largest neuromorphic research system to date, which could exceed more than 1 billion neurons in computational capacity.

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A close-up shot of an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach

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For Years, Intel Sat On Its CPU Monopoly And Now The Tide Turns Against Them (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Tech reviewers have seen it for a while now that Intel (INTC) has been lacking in the consumer-focused market, and with AMD’s (NASDAQ:AMD) Epyc 7742, Intel started to lack in the server CPU market as well.

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Higher core count provides more computing power, and if the workload is distributed evenly across cores, power consumption can also be significantly reduced.

This, in part, shows that Intel lacks technologically, but also with AMD’s much lower “price per processing,” customers are dragged away from Intel and towards AMD.

Intel lost its drive

Intel is not looking forward anymore; they are just looking left and right at what their competitors are doing. In Intel’s Blueprint series, they mentioned

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Is an Intel Core i3 okay for gaming? | Ask an expert

Q: Will an Intel Core i3 processor work for playing games? If yes, will it work if the PC only has 4GB of RAM?

Compared to flagship processors with eight or more cores, contemporary quad-core Core i3 CPUs may seem too weak to handle games. If you have an older Core i3 chip with just two cores and four threads, it might seem even less capable.

But you don’t need to have mid-tier gear for PC gaming. (In fact, we built a $300 gaming PC using a processor that’s more budget than a Core i3 processor.) Your rig won’t be anywhere near as fast as if you had a Core i5 part, but you can still pair it with a graphics card. We suggest selecting a similarly affordable graphics card, with $150 to $200 as the maximum spent. Then tweak the settings until you find a good balance between visual

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U.S. intel agencies failing to counter threat from China, says House Intelligence Committee report

WASHINGTON — After two decades of prioritizing counterterrorism, U.S. intelligence agencies are failing to sufficiently understand and counter the national security threat posed by China, the House Intelligence Committee concludes in a new report issued Wednesday.

The report, based on hundreds of hours of interviews with intelligence officers and thousands of analytic assessments, finds that the intelligence community must change how it does business — not only to improve its insights into China, but also to better address “the growing importance of interlocking non-military transnational threats, such as global health, economic security, and climate change.”

The report recommends that spy agencies make better use of open source data, modernize hiring practices and re-orient spending priorities. Although the committee’s Democratic majority wrote the report, the full committee approved it Wednesday morning in a bipartisan voice vote.

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“The United States’ Intelligence Community has not sufficiently adapted

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Intel teams up with Lightbits Labs to maximize data center profitability

Intel and Lightbits Labs have entered into a strategic collaboration to improve the performance and profitability of data centers. 

On Tuesday, the chip giant said both parties will develop disaggregated storage solutions suitable for data centers; in particular, systems that will reduce total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) issues caused by stranded disk capacity and performance problems. 

TCO variables can include energy usage, cooling requirements, location, and the choice of equipment. Cost-reducing investments in the data center usually pursued relate to reducing waste, labor time, and reclaiming or recovering stranded disk capacity — allocated but unused storage that would otherwise not be available for use by applications. 

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Intel and Lightbits Labs will work together to co-engineer technical solutions designed to reduce stranded disk volumes as well as launch go-to-market initiatives. 

The companies will investigate how merged designs — utilizing Intel’s hardware

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