In Brief: New Enterprise Hardware Roundup

In hardware news over the past week, we saw Intel answer AMD's Ryzen architecture strides with its new Coffee Lake line of desktop CPU cores, while Lenovo is paying homage to the past with its special anniversary edition ThinkPad 25 laptop. Meanwhile, Google has unveiled a high-performance Chromebook known as the Pixelbook [shown above], and Western Digital is setting records with a 14TB hard drive for enterprises and data centers. Let's take a closer look.

Intel's New Core Desktop Processors

Intel is reshaping its mainstream CPU lineup and taking aim at AMD's Ryzen architecture. Unveiled this week, the 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors were created with premium performance in mind to please content creators, as well as gamers and overclockers. Intel says content creators can expect 65 percent faster editing compared with a 3-year-old machine.

Both the Coffee Lake-based Core i7-8700K and the Core i5-8400 boast six physical cores, support for faster memory speeds, and take advantage of a tweaked platform that promises robust power delivery and, ultimately, more performance.

Lenovo ThinkPad 25

Happy birthday ThinkPad! In honor of 25 years of laptop computing, Lenovo has gifted us with the ThinkPad 25, a limited-edition retro-affectionate ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25, retailing for $1,899. With an emphasis on classic design, the anniversary edition takes the best elements of the business favorite ThinkPad T470, including classic design features such as a backlit 7-row ThinkPad classic keyboard, dedicated volume buttons, multiple status LEDs, and a multicolor logo.

Its goal, Lenovo says, is to be a "stylish productivity powerhouse." But the ThinkPad 25 isn't just about nostalgia: It comes with high-end components such as a Core i7 CPU, discrete graphics, and a 512GB SSD. CIOs will appreciate its built-in vPro remote management and dTPM encryption.

Google's Pixelbook

Google has been busy this week announcing artificial intelligence advances and a...

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