CES 2019 Highlights, Part Three

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This year’s Consumer Electronics Show is upon us! Join us as we continue our coverage of latest in PC-related consumer tech with, of course, a focus on notebooks.

Look at our CES 2019 Part One and Part Two articles too!

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AMD Announces Radeon VII 7nm Gaming GPU

In an exciting move, AMD unveiled its new Radeon VII graphics card at CES 2019. Its flagship GPU, the Radeon VII is designed for 4K gaming and virtual reality. AMD says it’s up to 29 percent faster in gaming applications than its previous flagship, the Radeon RX Vega 64.AMD Radeon VII

The Radeon VII’s 7nm fabrication process is smaller than the 12nm FinFET (arguably a tweaked 14nm process) used by the competing Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series.

AMD’s performance claims should put the Radeon VII on par with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. It had better, as the Radeon VII will occupy the same $699 price point when it becomes available in February.

AMD Press Release

AMD Radeon VII Product Page

AMD to Ship 7nm Ryzen Processors Mid-2019

As Intel struggles with its 10nm process, AMD’s announcement of its 7nm processors comes as a shot across the bow. AMD says its flagship 7nm Ryzen CPU will offer similar or better performance than Intel’s flagship Core i9-9900K desktop processor. The catch is AMD says the new Ryzen chip should consume about 30 percent less power while doing so. Other details were scant, so now it’s a test of patience. Let’s hope for a release by Computex Taipei in June.

Gigabyte Updates Aero 15 Laptop with AI Capabilities

The Gigabyte Aero 15 has been an impressive offering in the gaming notebook market for some time. Now it’s even better than to its available eighth-generation Intel Core i9 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series graphics.Gigabyte Aero 15 with Microsoft Azure AI

What’s more interesting is that Gigabyte is billing the revised Aero 15 as the world’s first laptop to use Microsoft Azure AI. The details aren’t super clear, but the Aero 15 can apparently determine the optimal power (wattage) settings for its processor and graphics card on the fly by communicating with the Microsoft Azure platform.

The Aero 15 maintains its hallmark features, like a nearly bezel-less display with an available 144Hz refresh rate.

The refreshed Aero 15 models (AERO-15-Y9 and AERO-15-X9) will have the following specifications:

  • 15.6-inch FHD (144Hz) or UHD display, IPS panel
  • Windows 10
  • Intel Core i7-8750H or Core i9-8950HK six-core processors
  • Up to 64GB DDR4-2666 memory (2 slots)
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 graphics w/ 8GB video memory
  • 2x M.2 Type-2280 slots for SSD storage
  • 94.24Wh li-polymer battery
  • Dimensions (WDH): 14.03 x 9.84 x 0.74 inches
  • Weight: 4.41 pounds

Pricing or availability hasn’t been announced, but it should be around in Q1 with a starting price of (likely) around $2,000.

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