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Ever since Apple started designing their own silicon for iOS devices, people have wondered if they'd do the same with their notebooks and desktops. According to some researchers, there's evidence that the next iMac Pro, the company's flagship desktop until a new Mac Pro appears, will use an A10 power plant.

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IBM, Samsung and GLOBALFOUNDRIES have come together to create an all new processor that packs 30 million transistors into a wafer the size of a fingernail. The developers say the resulting increase in performance will help accelerate cognitive computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other data-intensive applications delivered in the cloud. And power savings could see batteries in smartphones and other mobile products could last two to three times longer than today.

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Sometimes it feels like computers have reached peak speed. Often times, when trolling YouTube or playing a quick round of Overwatch the limitations on performance seem tied to something else. Your internet is too slow, or you need a new graphics card. Computer processors have gotten faster - every year Intel unveils a microarchitecture with breathless claims of mighty performance improvements, but CPUs haven't had a real leap forward in a while. AMD's new Ryzen processors comes perilously close to changing the game.

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Shopping for an Intel processor is no joke. There are enough that it can be confusing to buy the right one for your needs, whether you're gaming, working, doing video editing, need something you can overclock, and so on. Luckily this video and spreadsheet -- from Linus of LinusTechTips fame -- breaks it all down nicely.

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Rolling out virtual machines is an easy way to set up new servers, but conventional wisdom holds that the overhead from running virtual machines means performance won't match native workloads. But that isn't always the case if you're doing highly complicated tasks like rendering movies.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm in the market for a new computer, but I keep reading that I should wait until Intel's Ivy Bridge processors get released. Are they really going to be that much better? Will I even notice a difference if I wait two months for the next big processor? Sincerely, Seeking CPUs