New Arm-based gaming PC set to take on Intel and AMD rigs

We’ve been expecting a PC based on the little-known quad-core Arm processor from the time it was launched in July this year. But surprisingly, instead of utilizing the low-power CPU for an entry-level desktop PC, its designers have rolled it inside a gaming PC. 

The Phytium FT-2000/4 from the Chinese state-owned China Electronics Corporation (CEC) isn’t well-known outside the mainland, but the processor caught our attention earlier this year thanks to its considerably lower TDP of around 10 W. 

We expected the company to leverage the CPUs low power consumption to compete with inexpensive processors from AMD and Intel inside small form-factor desktops. It’s taking on the American processing behemoths all right, but with a well-stocked gaming rig.

Game on

Our sister publication Tom’s Hardware caught wind of the gaming PC from photographs posted on Chinese microblogging website, Weibo. 

It reports the PKS gaming PC pairs the FT-2000/4 processor with

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Apple’s first Arm-based computers include new MacBooks and the Mac Mini

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  • Apple has unveiled the first Macs using its Arm-based silicon, the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini.
  • They run on Apple’s brand new M1 chip.
  • The new computers arrive next week starting at $699 for the Mac Mini.

Apple is making good on its promise to introduce the first Macs using its Arm-based silicon. The company has introduced new versions of the MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro that reportedly deliver speed and battery life advantages over x86-based systems.

The new computers revolve around a brand-new M1 processor that builds on the technology used in iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch. The 5-nanometer chip includes four high-performance cores, four high-efficiency cores and an eight-core GPU. Apple claims the new Arm MacBooks offer higher performance per watt than a comparable Intel processor, and the fastest integrated graphics in any laptop. Apple boasts that Macs are overall

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