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Intel loyalists looking to build a new system are stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment. The options are to build a high-end rig around Intel's aging X99 platform, or forego the benefits of X99 and piece together a Kaby Lake system that does not have as much oomph. Those who can afford to wait have a third option—hang tight for Computex, which is when Intel will announce its X299 platform (Basin Falls) for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X.Image Source: Flickr (Aaron Fulkerson) Hopping onto X299 will give users the best of both worlds, as it's an enthusiast chipset supporting Intel's latest... Read more...
Intel Optane Memory is designed to accelerate the storage subsystem on compatible machines, to improve transfer speeds and reduce latency. It is among the first products to leverage 3D XPoint memory technology that was co-developed by Intel and Micron. 3D XPoint offers many of the same properties as NAND flash memory, but with much higher endurance and certain performance characteristics that are similar to DRAM. We revealed many details regarding Intel Optane Memory a couple of weeks ago. To quickly reiterate, Intel Optane Memory products and their associated software are designed to... Read more...
If Intel thought that it could coast along when it comes to processor development and its release schedules, AMD’s Ryzen processors have been a rather jolting wakeup call. While not able to topple Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake Core processors in every single benchmark, the Ryzen 7 family in particular provides blistering multi-core performance at extremely attractive price points. Intel has been able to charge premium prices for years because quite frankly, AMD didn’t put up much of a fight for the performance crown. The new Zen architecture changes all of that, so Intel is responding in... Read more...
Many long time Windows users have not been pleased with Microsoft’s decision to block updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 for systems running current and future generations of processors. Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Ryzen chips are among the first blacklisted casualties of this policy.Microsoft deemed this necessary to improve the deployment cycle of Windows and ease the workload on hardware partners validating their products across multiple generations of Windows. Whether you buy that reasoning or not isn’t for us to decide. The fact of the matter is, Microsoft wants every one of its customers locked... Read more...
  If you look forward to visiting San Francisco for the yearly Intel Developer Forum (IDF), or instead anticipate the coverage from your favorite hardware websites (like HotHardware), we have some sad news for you today. Intel announce that it is ending the upcoming and all future IDF gatherings. This move comes after Intel announced earlier this year that it would cancel its IDF China expo. Intel broke the news on its official website for IDF 2017, writing: Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward. Thank you for nearly 20 great years with... Read more...
With so much attention in the CPU space focused on AMD's Ryzen lineup, it would make sense for Intel to push forward the release of its Skylake-X series, and apparently that is exactly what it is doing. Whether or not Ryzen is actually the motivating factor is not known, but not only is Skylake-X coming to town sooner than expected, Intel is also planning to launch Kaby Lake-X processors at the same time.A Chinese-language report at Benchlife claims that both processor families will be introduced at Computex, which runs from May 30-June 3, 2017. Previously the plan was to announce one (or both)... Read more...
Intel has sold more than half of its stake in McAfee, the security outfit it acquired in 2010 for $7.68 billion, and will not support the brand as a standalone company. The deal makes McAfee one of the largest pure-play cybersecurity firms in the world. Upon closing the transaction, McAfee CEO Christopher D. Young wrote an open letter to Intel Security's stakeholders expressing optimism for the company's future. "Today, a new McAfee is born," Young wrote. "One that promises customers cybersecurity outcomes, not fragmented products. One that vows to move this industry forward by working with competitors,... Read more...
Intel’s Kaby Lake family is set to expand again, with the Kaby Lake-G series making an appearance via leaked documentation. Kaby Lake-G will retain a 14nm manufacturing process and will reportedly have a package size of 58.5mm x 31mm. Right off the bat, we can see that this is a marked increase in size compared to the desktop oriented Kaby Lake-S (37.5mm2) and the mobile Kaby Lake-H (42mm x 28mm). According to leaked slides, there will reportedly be 65W and 100W SKUs, each with a quad-core configuration and a separate dedicated GPU on the package that connects via PCI x8. The TDP for both of the... Read more...
Intel is readying its 10 nanometer (nm) Cannonlake processor architecture for release later this year and has begun extolling the virtues of its advanced manufacturing process technology as well. Intel will be battling it out with major competitors like Samsung at 10nm. Qualcomm, for example, is already shipping Snapdragon 835 processors using Samsung’s 10nm FinFET process tech and is encroaching on Intel’s turf with its 48-Core Centriq 2400 ARM server chip. But Intel believes it has the superior process technology and wants to set the record straight.However, if you ask Intel about how it... Read more...
Lenovo is pitching the emerging interest in virtual reality as a reason for developers to consider its new ThinkStation P320 workstations. The world's top PC maker (in terms of market share) used Develop3D Live as the launchpad for its new systems, which featured Intel Xeon and 7th generation Core i3/i5/i7 (Kaby Lake) processor options paired with NVIDIA Quadro graphics. Buyers can opt for a full-tower enclosure supporting up to a Quadro P4000 (Pascal) graphics card, or a small form factor (SFF) setup with up to two Quadro P1000 GPUs. Either setup can be configured with an Intel Xeon E3-1200 v6... Read more...
The rumor mill doesn't seem to rest for a single day lately. We learned yesterday that AMD will be releasing both 4GB and 8GB versions of its RX Vega graphics cards, and that it will also be releasing Vega for notebooks. Today we learn a little bit about Intel's next big thing: Kaby Lake X. Kaby Lake-X is going to represent the first chips available for Intel's upcoming X299 chipset for motherboard platforms, with Skylake-X chips with beefier specs to come later and ultimately supersede the current Broadwell-E chips. Thanks to SANDRA, the popular benchmarking tool from the folks at SiSoftware,... Read more...
If you had any previous concerns about the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) for the future advancement of technology, look at how the major players are jockeying for position. Earlier this month, Intel purchased machine vision company Mobileye to get its hands on 70 percent of the market for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in self-driving vehicles. Today, Intel announced that it is consolidating its AI efforts into a single group that reports directly to CEO Brian Krzanich. Leading the new Artificial Intelligence Products Group (AIPG) is Naveen Rao, who served as CEO of Nervana,... Read more...
When Intel and Micron jointly announced 3D Xpoint memory technology a couple of years back, the two companies made some bold claims. 3D Xpoint is being positioned as a revolutionary non-volatile memory tier that can offer orders of magnitude better performance and endurance than traditional NAND flash memory, with much higher density than DRAM. Our original coverage of the 3D Xpoint announcement is available here if you’d like a quick refresher.Today we have some news regarding the first product that Intel will ship leveraging 3D Xpoint memory technology, the brand new Intel Optane SSD DC... Read more...
When it comes to supporting legacy operating systems on new hardware, Microsoft has just unleashed the mother of all nuclear options. We already knew that Microsoft and its hardware partners — namely Intel and AMD — will not provide official support for the newest generation of PC processors on operating systems released prior to Windows 10. “To achieve the highest confidence in the performance of our AMD Ryzen desktop processors, AMD validated them across two different OS generations, Windows 7 and 10,” said AMD with respect to Ryzen support. “However, only support and drivers for Windows 10 will... Read more...
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