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Hardcore gamers are more interested in raw horsepower than incremental thermal wins, but Intel is still proud to announce that it will release at least one Haswell Core chip that has an SDP of just 4.5 watts. This surpasses the company’s previous mark of 6W SDP, and both are far below Intel’s stated goal a year ago of producing chips under 10W SDP. It’s important to note, however, that SDP (Scenario Design Point) is not the same as TDP (Thermal Design Power). The latter has been the standard metric for determining the cooling needs of a given processor for some time, and SDP is... Read more...
Intel’s Skylake processors won’t launch for some time (the company still needs to release Broadwell at some point, which won’t be out until sometime next year at the earliest), but according to a leaked roadmap slide, we can see some juicy details about Skylake. The chips will be built on Intel's 14nm process node (which we’ll see first on Haswell-E processors), and they’ll also feature AVX 3.2. DDR4 support will be included, as well as support for PCIe 4.0, and Intel’s HD graphics will hit version 9 with reportedly significantly more robust performance. DDR4... Read more...
There has been a gas leak at Intel’s plant in Chandler, Arizona, leaving at least 11 people hospitalized with nausea, breathing difficulties, and eye irritation, and a total of 43 that were ill enough to need on-scene treatment. Battalion Chief Tom Dwiggins of the local fire department identified the leak as nitrogen triflouride. Intel shut down the tool that caused the leak, and there is no further danger, according to Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy. Further, the area neighborhoods were not affected, and the plant has resumed operations as normal. "They monitored the air inside and outside... Read more...
AMD is stepping up its efforts on the CPU front by announcing two new FX-series chips, the FX-9590 and FX-9370. The company claims that the FX-9590 is the world’s first commercially available processor clocked at 5GHz (Max Turbo), and the FX-9370 isn’t far behind at 4.7GHz(Max Turbo). Based on the Piledriver architecture, the 8-core processors are unlocked so gamers can push the already-high CPU clock even further. They also feature AMD Turbo Core 3.0, which is designed to optimize performance across all of the CPU’s cores. MAINGEAR SHIFT with AMD's New 5GHz CPU AMD isn’t... Read more...
We’re still not exactly sure what that Android Batman had to do with ASUS’ “We Transform” teaser campaign and event, but the company did unveil the new ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity running Tegra 4, NVIDIA’s latest and greatest mobile processor. The Transformer Pad Infinity offers a 10.1-inch LED-backlit IPS+ display with an impressive resolution of 2560x1600, onboard SonicMaster audio, and a 254mm chiclet-style QWERTY keyboard dock. The dock has its own additional battery as well as a multitouch pad, USB 3.0 port and SDXC card reader. It also sports 2GB of RAM, 32GB... Read more...
We knew that Sony had a PlayStation 4 brewing, and we knew a little something about the upcoming gaming console’s specifications, but now we know when we’ll know all the juicy details. In a teaser trailer for the PS4, Sony indicated that the big reveal will take place on June 10th at 6pm PDT at E3. The trailer itself leaves something to be desired, to say the least. It’s a short spot, and we see a blurry black box in the background that we never get to see in focus, and there are spliced-in bits showing closeups of the PlayStation 4 that don’t really tell us anything. (It... Read more...
Today is outgoing Intel CEO Paul Otellini’s last day at the company, and although he’s left the company better off than when he found it, in an interview with The Atlantic he let slip one regret he had from his tenure--Intel could have made the chips for the iPhone. Apparently, Apple approached Intel about making chips for the then-unknown device, and Otellini said that although his gut was telling him to dive in, he couldn’t see how it would be profitable for Intel. “The thing you have to remember is that this was before the iPhone was introduced and no one knew what the... Read more...
Intel is finally offering up details on its Haswell integrated graphics offerings after teasing it at CES 2013, including branding and some performance metrics. With the release of the company’s 4th generation Core processors, Intel’s new integrated graphics will go by the “Iris” moniker. Meanwhile, Intel’s baseline HD Graphics will also see a bump in performance and capabilities. Now, we’ll see Intel HD 5000 graphics along with the higher-end Intel Iris Graphics 5100 and Iris Pro Graphics 5200; previously, these were codenamed GT3 (15W), GT3 (28W), and GT3e,... Read more...
AMD announced a pair of new FX-series processors, the AMD FX-4350 and AMD FX-6350, which will serve to add a couple of new SKUs to the Piledriver/Vishera mix. Previously, AMD’s latest crop of high-end desktop chips consisted of the 8-core FX-8350 and FX-8320, the 6-core FX-6300, and the 4-core FX-4300. The FX-4350 (four cores, 4.3GHz Max Turbo) purports to offer a 10% performance increase over the previous generation and features 12MB of L2 and L3 cache and a 125W thermal envelope. The FX-6350 (six cores, 4.2GHz Max Turbo) has 14MB of L2 and L3 cache. Both are unlocked to give overclockers... Read more...
We all love to see improvements in CPU performance generation to generation, and so we eagerly anticipate pitting the current top-of-the-line Intel Core offering, the Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E processor against an Ivy Bridge-E chip. Apparently, someone already has, and the results show up to an 11% performance increase. A poster to Chinese site Coolaler, named Toppc, claims to have benchmarked the aforementioned Sandy Bridge-E chip to the upcoming Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor.       Sandy Bridge-E scores (click to enlarge)       Ivy... Read more...
The divorce between Apple and Samsung was written on the wall when the former first attacked the latter with a lawsuit, but the actual split has been gradual. Apple has relied heavily on Samsung components for its displays and mobile processors, but as we’ve heard a few times before, Samsung is not participating in the development of Apple’s upcoming A6X and A7 chips. The latest news on that front is that Apple has tapped TSMC to replace Samsung in developing the A7 chip (images leaked here), reports the Korea Times. The outlet quoted a Samsung partner executive as saying, “TSMC... Read more...
Intel announced new drivers for its integrated HD 2500/4000 graphics (for 3rd generation Intel Core processors), and it did so in a somewhat refreshingly brief press release. The updates to the graphics drivers are for Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems (both 32-bit and 64-bit). Intel says that versions 15.31.3.3071 (32-bit) and 15.31.3.64.3071 (64-bit) bring a new driver architecture as well as optimzations designed to boost game performance by as much as 10% in some popular titles including Starcraft II, Batman: Arkham City, and WoW: Mists of Pandaria. Intel HD 2500/4000 graphics now have reduced... Read more...
After struggling as of late in the market, AMD is mounting an offensive against very stiff competition, and part of that effort is the next generation of the company’s APUs. Codenamed “Richland”, we knew that these chips will be built on Piledriver CPU cores just as the last generation Trinity APUs are, and that Richland APUs will have an updated graphics core. VR-Zone published a table of leaked specs that show more details. Assuming this information is correct, there will be at least six SKUs ranging from an A4 to an A10 with a mix of dual- and quad-core chips bearing 6000-series... Read more...
The luck o’ the Irish is going strong, apparently, as Intel is planning to build a plant in Ireland for the purpose of manufacturing 14nm chips which will reportedly create 800 permanent tech jobs and 3,500 construction jobs. According to Silicon Republic, the project should take two years to complete at a total cost of $4 billion. The new facility will be built at the existing Intel campus at Leixlip in Co Kildare. The total square footage (er, metre-age) will be 244,819 square metres and will include a three-story fab, a building for housing liquid chemicals and wastewater, a two-story... Read more...
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