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I've said this a million times before, but let us make it a million and one—there are no mulligans on the Internet. None. Zip. Zilch. If you post something that you did not mean to post and it has any kind of importance, it does not matter how quickly you delete it, someone on the web saw it, screen captured it, and shared it with the world. I bring this up because Intel for a brief period published a list of its upcoming processors that belong to its unreleased Skylake Xeon SKUs. That list is no longer available to view on Intel's website, but a snapshot via Google cache remains.The processors... Read more...
Whenever Intel releases a new processor architecture, it typically focuses first on consumers and then rolls out Xeon counterparts that are suitable for entry-level workstations. So it goes with Kaby Lake. Having launched its first batch of desktop Kaby Lake chips for consumers just two months ago, Intel today announced its new Xeon E3-1200 V6 family based on the same architecture. To kick things off, it's launching eight Xeon E3-1200 V6 processors ranging in base clockspeed from 3GHz to 3.9GHz, all of which are quad-core processors. Six of them support Hyper Threading. Perhaps more importantly,... Read more...
AMD has ascended back into the performance category with its Ryzen processor lineup, though anyone who thinks the company is finished climbing is in for a surprise. Rumor has it (from multiple sources) that AMD is readying a new Ryzen chip with 16 cores and 32 threads of processing resources. This monster processor will sit in a new platform that competes with Intel's X99 chipset for Broadwell-E and Haswell-E, and will serve as an in-between for AMD's regular Ryzen lineup and its server-based Naples platform. The 16-core/32-thread Ryzen part will be based on an X399 socket that is designed to go... Read more...
After a prolonged development cycle and strategic build-up that got many enthusiasts worked into a frenzy, AMD launched its Ryzen 7 family of processors based on the company’s Zen microarchitecture a couple of short weeks ago. We’ve got the full scoop on Ryzen 7 available for you right here if you missed the news as it broke. A couple of details regarding the mainstream Ryzen 5 family were also revealed during the Ryzen 7 launch, but today we’ve got lots of additional details to share and can tell you about AMD's entire Ryzen 5 processor line-up. Unlike the Ryzen 7 series, which consists entirely... Read more...
Separating fact from fiction prior to a product's release is no easy task. We bring that disclaimer up because there is yet another Ryzen leak making the rounds, one that details an extensive lineup of 17 processors. It is really a continuation of a previous leak supposedly outing AMD's top-to-bottom retail launch lineup, only now with individual part numbers and TDP ratings for every SKU.The source of the leak, WCCFTech, doesn't exactly have a reputation for vetting its information and erring on the side of accuracy. Its approach is more akin to throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks.... Read more...
AMD boss Dr. Lisa Su recently confirmed that Ryzen, the company's highly anticipated next generation CPU architecture, will launch to retail in early March. Up to this point AMD has been tight lipped about the processor lineup that will comprise Ryzen, though a Chinese-language website is posting what it says is a leaked list of AMD's full Ryzen launch featuring no less than 17 CPUs. Take this with a slab of salt, but if the leaked list is accurate, AMD will have quad-core, six-core, and eight-core Ryzen processors ready next month. These are broken down into three categories: R3, R5, and R7. Oddly... Read more...
Moore's Law, as revised in 1975, states the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit will double around every two years. The observation is named after Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, and it's driven processor design for several decades. But what happens when Moore's Law is no longer feasible? Researchers from North Carolina State University believe the solution lies in reconfigurable chaos-based microchips. The smartypants researchers at NC State have gone and developed new, nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits that enable computer processors to... Read more...
Intel officially disrupted its "tick-tock" release cadence when it introduced Kaby Lake at the end of August, a new processor architecture that's intended to fill the gap between Skylake and Intel's long awaited transition to a 10nm manufacturing process. That will take place when Cannonlake arrives, which newly leaked roadmaps have pegged for around the fourth quarter of 2017. Kaby Lake's debut was in mobile form. Like Skylake, it's built on a 14nm manufacturing process and in fact it borrows heavily from its predecessor—its CPU cores, cache structure, and graphics engine are all similar to Skylake.... Read more...
In a world where multi-core processors are now the norm, not the exception, the focus has largely (though not entirely) shifted from raw clockspeeds to architectural enhancements in order to continue delivering performance boosts with each new generation CPU. With that in mind, researchers from North Carolina State University and Intel have come up with a solution that could have a significant impact on the speed at which cores communicate with one another. Today's multi-core processors coordinate workflow by sending and receiving software commands between cores. The individual cores have to read... Read more...
There has been quite a bit of noise and plenty of confusion online lately, since news broke that Microsoft would only be fully supporting Intel’s and AMD’s next-generation processor microarchitectures – codenamed Kaby Lake and Zen, respectively – with Windows 10. Some publications and scores of readers pegged the decision as a pure marketing move by Microsoft and derided the company for forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10.On the surface, we understand why such a statement would make some people cringe. Not supporting Windows 7, which remains the second most popular desktop OS with enthusiasts,... Read more...
Researchers at Princeton University recently showed off a 25-core processor they designed specifically for data centers. It's called "Piton," named after the metal spikes rock climbers hammer into cracks or seams of mountainsides to anchor their position, and it's built after a scalable architecture that could boost processing speed while cutting back energy use. Piton represents several years of research and development by David Wentzlaff, a Princeton assistant professor of electrical engineering and associated faculty in the Department of Computer Science, and his students. It's also a rare thing—Wentzlaff... Read more...
We're getting so close to AMD's release of Zen that it almost feels like you can reach out and grab it, though obviously that's not the case, at least not yet. During a recent earnings call with investors, AMD boss Dr. Lisa Su stated that Zen would trickle out by the end of the year before shipping in any kind of real volume in the first quarter of 2017. "We have been very focused on the [Zen] server launch for first half of 2017. Desktop should launch before that," Dr. Su stated. "I believe it will be in the first quarter of 2017. We may ship some limited volume towards the end of the fourth quarter,... Read more...
Intel shook things up when it announced that Kaby Lake would sit in between Skylake and Cannonlake, thus disrupting its tick-tock release cadence with a third generation processor family based on a 14nm manufacturing process. Now it appears that a fourth generation family of 14nm CPUs is on the roadmap, that being Coffee Lake, which will be behind Intel's first six-core processor for mainstream users. If you want to own a six-core CPU from Intel right now, your best bet is to save up your funds and build a system around Broadwell-E or Haswell-E, both of which are aimed at enthusiasts. Intel hasn't... Read more...
Apparently this is the season of leaked slides, at least for Intel, which seems to having trouble keeping inside information under wraps. Earlier today we told you about some upcoming NUC models based on Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake, and now a new batch of internal slides reveals some interesting things about Intel's forthcoming Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors, both slated for release in the third quarter of 2017.This isn't the first we've heard of Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, which are aimed at enthusiasts but no longer bearing the "E" extension. What's new and interesting about these high-end... Read more...
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