Intel admits reboot issues in Spectre patch affects newer Skylake and Kaby Lake processors

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Following Intel’s release of patches to combat the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its chips, the processor producer has confirmed that reports of PCs rebooting are not limited to just older chip generations, with newer releases also confirmed to be susceptible to rebooting when using the updated firmware.
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Intel’s new 8th generation Core processors launch today with revised Kaby Lake chips

Intel announced its latest 8th generation Core processors today, and is promising that the new chips will offer up to a 40 percent speed boost over the previous 7th generation Kaby Lake chips.

The 8th generation chips will be doing things a little differently from other generations. In the past, Intel has either used generational steps for introducing new chip architectures (say, the jump from 22nm to 14nm between Haswell and Broadwell) or to offer an improved version of the previous generation’s architecture (like Skylake, which was an upgraded version of the 14nm node).

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Intel 8th-generation processor die

The 8th generation chips, for the first time in the Core line will be doing a mixture of…

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15″ Apple MacBook Pro Review (2017, Kaby Lake)


Lisa Gade reviews the 2017 15” MacBook Pro, Apple’s mid-2017 refresh with Intel 7th generation quad core i7 Kaby Lake CPUs and AMD Radeon Pro 5xx series graphics. The casing and core features are the same as the 2016 15” MacBook Pro we reviewed, and Apple has simply refreshed the CPU/GPU and tweaked the Butterfly keyboard. This is Apple’s largest and highest end laptop, with a price tag starting at ,399 US.

The Mac has a 2880 x 1800 IPS wide gamut Retina display that’s still among the best on the market, and it has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, a super-sized trackpad and a classy aluminum unibody design. It ships with Mac OS Sierra and Apple’s iWork and iLife suite of programs. As ever, it weighs 4 lb. / 1.83 kg, making it one of the lightest 15” notebook computers on the market and it’s remarkably thin at 15.5mm. We benchmark the Mac in macOS Sierra and Windows 10 to see how much performance has improved from the 2016 Skylake model.

Watch: Apple’s 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K display gets dedicated graphics, Kaby Lake

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All of Apple’s 21.5-inch 4K iMac models now have the necessary pixel pushing power of dedicated graphics cards, thanks to the latest refresh. Take a closer look at the updated all-in-one desktop in AppleInsider’s video review.
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Watch: 2017 12″ MacBook with Intel Kaby Lake vs. 2015 version

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As part of last week’s MacBook refresh, Apple released an upgraded version of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, incorporating Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors, faster SSDs and minor aesthetic improvements. AppleInsider pits the new version against its 2015 predecessor in this video.
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