Most Popular Laptop CPUs Late 2014 / Early 2015 – Comparison

The most popular processors used in Windows-based laptop computers are mostly Intel parts. Almost all notebooks you can find in stores today incorporate either the low-end Intel Celeron N2830 and Pentium N3530, mid-range Intel Core i3-4030U, i5-4210U, i7-4510U, AMD A6-6310, or AMD A8-6410, or the high-end Intel Core i7-4710HQ.

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Mid-Range Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M, 960M Laptop GPUs Coming Soon

Nvidia GeForce 900M - Soon Including GTX 965M 960M

UPDATE: The GPUs are available now.

Laptops with the first mid-range Nvidia GeForce 900M series video cards will hit the market soon, judging from the supported GPU list of the latest Nvidia graphics drivers.

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Intel Atom Processors for Windows Tablets: 2014 Review

Intel Atom Bay Trail Tablet Processor

The vast majority of Windows-based tablets on the market today are powered by the Intel Atom processors from the “Bay Trail” family. That’s no wonder, since the chips provide satisfactory performance for the average user and a very low power consumption, while being quite affordable.

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AMD E1-6010 with Radeon R2 Graphics: Review with Benchmark, Game Tests

AMD E1 Series E1-6010 with Radeon R2 - Logo

The AMD E1-6010 is a very basic processor for inexpensive laptops. Featuring two cores, a clock speed of only 1.35GHz, and 1MB of cache, the E1-6010 “Beema” APU can’t offer anything but entry-level performance. In fact, it is one of the slowest notebook-use CPUs on the market today, as you can see in the PassMark benchmark comparison chart.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M & 970M Gaming Performance Test Round-Up

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M

With the release of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M and 970M mobile-class graphics processors, the chip maker has made the usual performance gap between the laptop- and corresponding desktop-use video cards smaller than ever.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M “Maxwell” Laptop Video Card Overview

Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M

If you’re in the market for a new gaming laptop you’ve probably heard of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M dedicated video card. Across the whole 800M lineup, it’s the most remarkable part, although it isn’t the top-of-the-shelf model. The 880M is. But, the 860M, or more precisely Maxwell architecture-based 860M, leads in terms of performance-per-watt ratio and represents a new breed of power efficient, yet powerful graphics. It is the most common gaming-class GPU used in the currently available laptops and can be found in the low- and mid-range gaming notebook models such as the Lenovo Y50 or select Asus ROG G750 configurations.

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Intel Celeron N2830 / N2840 / N2820 CPU Review with Benchmark, Gaming, and Specs

The Intel Celeron N2830 and N2840, alongside the less frequently used N2820, are among the lowest-end processors you can find in laptops these days. But, they are also among the widest adopted ones, since they’re included in numerous budget notebooks.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 CPUs Compared: Intel Core i7-4650U vs i5-4300U vs i3-4020Y

Surface Pro 3 with KeyboardAlthough I believed the Intel Core i3 and i7 processors inside the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet will be from the next generation Intel Broadwell chip family, it turned out that they’ll be actually the current Haswell chips. Namely the Intel Core i7-4650U and i3-4020Y. They will accompany the i5-4300U as the already known option.

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