Intel is facing an uphill battle in the mobile space from a marketshare perspective, but there's an additional challenge: the bulk of mobile apps are compiled targeting ARM based CPU cores, not x86. With the launch of Medfield on Android, Intel introduced a binary translation software layer to enable running existing ARM based Android apps on x86. Binary translation is a useful fix for enabling compatibility but it does come with a performance and power penalty. Enabling native x86 applications is ultimately the goal here, BT is just used as a transitional tool. As far as I can tell, none of the big game engines (Unity, Unreal Engine) were ported to x86 on Android. As a result, any game that leveraged these engines would...

MSI Z97 Guard-Pro Review: Entry Level Z97 at $110

Next in our recent run of lower cost motherboards is the MSI Z97 Guard-Pro, a motherboard that MSI billed to me as one suited for the overclockable Pentium G3258...

29 by Ian Cutress 16 hours ago

State of the Part: SoC Manufacturers

Introduction A few years ago, it seemed a new System-On-Chip (SoC) design using an ARM-based architecture would pop up every other week. While competition can be great, with so many...

77 by Jarred Walton yesterday

ASRock Shows X99 Micro-ATX: The X99M Killer

One of the problems of Intel’s high end desktop platforms is size: the sockets are large, and all the DRAM slots take up a fair amount of space. ...

23 by Ian Cutress 5 days ago

Intel Demonstrates Direct3D 12 Performance and Power Improvements

Since the introduction of Direct3D 12 and other low-level graphics APIs, the bulk of our focus has been on the high end. One of the most immediate benefits to...

41 by Stephen Barrett & Ryan Smith 5 days ago

ASUS ROG Z97 Maximus VII Impact Officially Launched

One of the highlights of ASUS’ ROG Computex Press Event was the announcement of the Maximus VII Impact, the successor to the popular mini-ITX ROG Impact range of motherboards...

26 by Ian Cutress 6 days ago

Intel Disables TSX Instructions: Erratum Found in Haswell, Haswell-E/EP, Broadwell-Y

One of the main features Intel was promoting at the launch of Haswell was TSX – Transactional Synchronization eXtensions. In our analysis, Johan explains that TSX enables the CPU...

60 by Ian Cutress on 8/12/2014

Short Bytes: Intel's Core M and Broadwell-Y SoC

Intel has slowly been feeding us information about their upcoming Broadwell processors for a couple years now, with the first real details kicking off almost a year ago at...

30 by Jarred Walton on 8/12/2014

Lenovo Announces New ThinkStation P Series Desktop Workstations

As much as I would like to be at SIGGRAPH, one of the reasons to visit would be to see Lenovo’s latest launch of their Haswell-E Desktop Workstation series...

13 by Ian Cutress on 8/12/2014

Intel’s 14nm Technology in Detail

Much has been made about Intel’s 14nm process over the past year, and admittedly that is as much as Intel’s doing as it is the public’s. As one of...

35 by Ryan Smith on 8/11/2014

Intel Broadwell Architecture Preview: A Glimpse into Core M

Typically we would see Intel unveil the bulk of the technical details of their forthcoming products at their annual Intel Developer Forum, and with the next IDF scheduled for...

152 by Ryan Smith on 8/11/2014

Short Bytes: Intel's Devil's Canyon

In early July, Intel released two new processors that go by the codename "Devil's Canyon" (DC). You can read our full review, but if you just want the executive...

30 by Jarred Walton on 8/4/2014

ZBOX Sphere OI520 Plus: Zotac's Take on the NUC

The Intel NUC has created a very successful niche for itself in the SFF PC market. While Gigabyte has released the BRIX lineup (with more options compared to the...

40 by Ganesh T S on 8/1/2014

Intel SSD Pro 2500 (240GB) Review

Last year Intel introduced the SSD Pro 1500, the company's first SSD for the business segment. The Pro 1500 brought support for hardware accelerated encryption in the form of...

43 by Kristian Vättö on 7/30/2014

QNAP TS-451 Bay Trail NAS Performance Review

The launch of the QNAP TS-x51 series was covered in detail last month. Its introduction has revitalized the premium NAS market for SOHO and power users by providing a...

55 by Ganesh T S on 7/28/2014

Z97 Mini-ITX Review at $140: ASRock, MSI and GIGABYTE

With every new chipset release, a large part of the community is always interested in the smaller form factor builds. Building a small yet powerful system seems to be...

36 by Ian Cutress on 7/23/2014

ECS LIVA Review: The Nettop Rises Again

Nettops and netbooks, as a class of products, have been on the decline over the last few years. However, the introduction of SoCs based on the new Silvermont Atom...

54 by Ganesh T S on 7/18/2014

MSI GE60 Review: Mainstream Mobile Maxwell

When NVIDIA launched their first Maxwell GPU, the GM107, back in February, they ushered in a new level of performance efficiency for desktop PCs. Given these improvements in efficiency...

63 by Jarred Walton on 7/17/2014

Intel Q2 2014 Quarterly Earnings Analysis

On July 15, Intel released their Q2 2014 Earnings report for the period ending June 28, 2014. GAAP revenues for the quarter came in at $13.8B which is up almost...

33 by Brett Howse on 7/15/2014

Overclockable Pentium Anniversary Edition Review: The Intel Pentium G3258

Many industries, both inside and outside of technology, are versed in the terminology ‘cheap and cheerful’. When enthusiasts were overclocking their CPUs at the turn of the century, this...

92 by Ian Cutress on 7/14/2014

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