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APC Xmas 2020

For people who love technology, APC is unique: it's the world's longest-published monthly tech magazine. Launched in May 1980, we were there when Apple's Macintosh and IBM's PC were born, and have been at the forefront of tech ever since. With a combination of insights, testing and tutorials APC lets you stay up-to-date with tech as it changes the world.

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in this issue

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It’s all go in the usual places. AMD finally takes the absolute lead in CPU performance over Intel, after its boffins worked to find a 20 percent uplift in single-core performance with the new Zen-3-based 5000 Series CPUs, and we have Chris on the case in this issue with his Ryzen 5800X and 5950X reviews. Single-core was the only remaining area of performance where Intel still held on to a slim lead, so now we look to sometime in early 2021 for Blue’s response in the form of its new-architecture Rocket Lake CPUs. Fun times! Also interesting to see was just how impressive Intel’s first showing of its new Xe graphics processing architecture was, which we were able to test in the new Dell XPS, reviewed this issue – and it’s…

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inside apc

APC is Australia’s oldest consumer technology magazine – having been consistently in print for forty years, since our first issue way back in May 1980 – and we take that heritage and responsibility very seriously. While our focus is obviously on the personal computer the very definition of the PC has changed and shifted markedly since the early 1980s. As such, we touch on many other areas of tech, too, from smartphones and apps to peripherals, accessories, and beyond. We have two goals: to find the best modern tech and to help you make the most of it. We’re also an open church in terms of platforms. We know most people aren’t wed to a single brand’s products and use a variety of devices. And, like you, APC’s journalists want to…

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amd in us$35 billion all-stock acquisition of xilinx

As we speculated last month in APC, AMD has gone feet first into a full acquisition of FPGA manufacturer Xilinx. The deal involves an all-stock transaction, leveraging AMD’s sizeable share price in order to enable an equivalent US$143 per Xilinx share – current AMD stockholders will still own 74% of the combined company, while Xilinx stockholders will own 26 percent. The combined US$135 billion entity will total 13,000 engineers, and expand AMD’s total addressable market to US$110 Billion. It is believed that the key reasons for the acquisition lie in Xilinx’s adaptive computing solutions for the data centre market. As part of the acquisition, Victor Peng will join AMD as president responsible for the Xilinx business, and at least two Xilinx directors will join the AMD Board of Directors upon closing.…

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sk hynix to buy intel’s nand memory business

In a joint press release, SK Hynix and Intel have announced that Intel will be selling the entirety of its NAND memory business to SK Hynix. The deal, which values Intel’s NAND holdings at US$9 billion, will see the company transfer over the NAND business in two parts, with SK Hynix eventually acquiring all IP, facilities, and personnel related to Intel’s NAND efforts. Notably, however, Intel is not selling its overarching Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group; instead the company will be holding on to its Optane memory technology as it continue to develop and sell that technology. This will see Intel’s consumer and enterprise SSD businesses transferred to SK Hynix, along with the relevant IP and employees for the SSD business, but not any NAND IP or employees.…

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intel’s discrete gpu era begins

Almost a year after showing off its alpha silicon, Intel’s first discrete GPU in over two decades has been released and is now shipping in OEM laptops. The first of several planned products using the DG1 GPU, Intel’s initial outing in its new era of discrete graphics is in the laptop space, where it is launching its Iris Xe MAX graphics solution. Designed to complement Intel’s Xe-LP integrated graphics in the new Tiger Lake CPUs, Xe Max will be showing up in thin-and-light laptops as an upgraded graphics option, and with a focus on mobile creation. “The company has continuously been coy about the product, but at a high level it’s been clear for some time that this was going to be an entry-level graphics solution suitable for use in smaller…