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  • A lot is being made of the massive bandwidth available to Apple's new M1 Max CPU - 400GB per second, using 8 channels of LPDDR5 RAM.

    But while that's massive for a laptop processor, it's not particularly special for a laptop. My Dell Inspiron 16 Plus has 387GB per second - it's just split across separate CPU and GPU chips. A gaming laptop with a the mobile version of the RTX 3070 has around 500GB per second.

    The new chips are good, no question, but they're not as groundbreaking as the news suggests.


  • Neither is Google's new Pixel 6. (AnandTech)

    Okay, it runs Google's own mobile chip with two Arm X1 cores instead of the one that Qualcomm provides. But it also downgrades the secondary cores from A78 to A76. The AnandTech article suggests that Google's explanation for this makes no sense, and I tend to agree.

    Plus, being Google's own design, it lacks a microSD slot.


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