In­tel ver­sus AMD... kinda

AMD dou­bles down on desk­top, In­tel goes mo­bile, and Dell? Well, read on...

PCPOWERPLAY - - Tech - David Holling­worth

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got to en­joy some qual­ity jet-set­ting, this month. Both group edi­tor Ben Man­sill and our own se­nior jour­nal­ist Chris Szewczyk were guests of the two big­gest play­ers in con­sumer CPUs - In­tel and AMD re­spec­tively. And while they got flown far afield to get a taste of the next sil­i­con gen­er­a­tion, what this means for you are some cut­ting edge re­views and round-ups of the new­est in gam­ing tech. But there’s an­other funny story, though. While Ben was in China for the 8th gen Core i launch, he spied Dell’s big dog and pony show about its new 8th gen lap­tops, and the way Dell was spruik­ing its hard­ware was... in­ter­est­ing. Dell was claim­ing that - es­sen­tially - if you want to cheat at Play­erUn­known’s Bat­tle­grounds, only 8th gen Dell ma­chines could of­fer you enough power to run the lat­est and great­est ‘plug-ins’. Ben couldn’t be­lieve his ears, and when I later wrote about this on PC Pow­er­Play’s web site, it caused quite a stir.

So much so that Dell was in con­tact the next day to com­pletely re­pu­di­ate Dell China’s as­ser­tion that cheat­ing was A-OK.

Record-scratch - be­cause hoo-boy is it not. Es­pe­cially not when it’s backed by one of the big­gest hard­ware ven­dors in the world.

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