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Intel is ready to assault the workstation market with the release of new processors that are part of the Xeon W family. Intel claims that the Xeon W series processors up to 1.36x times faster than their previous generation counterparts, and are up to 1.87x faster than chips from four years ago. All of the new Xeon W processors are built on Intel’s 14nm+ processor technology, support Intel Mesh architecture, slot into LGA 2066 motherboards and come with 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes. You can also expect full support for Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, quad-channel DDR4-2666 ECC memory, and AVX-512 acceleration.... Read more...
Based on leaked results over the past few weeks, it appears Intel is on the right track with its 8th generation Core desktop processor lineup (Coffee Lake). We will not know for sure until we have had an opportunity to put finalized silicon through the ringer, but in the meantime, benchmark results continue to pop up on the web. The latest batch is from a SiSoftware SANDRA run in which Intel's Core i7-8700K and Core i5-8400K processors were put to the test. Staring with the Core i7-8700K, it is a unique chip in that it will be the first mainstream processor from the Santa Clara chip maker to feature... Read more...
After announcing its 8th generation Core i7 and Core i5 mobile lineup earlier this week, we are now waiting for Intel to roll out desktop processors based on the same Coffee Lake architecture. One of the chips we are most intrigued with is the upcoming Core i3-8350K, Intel's first Core i3 part to wield four physical cores. Interestingly enough, someone got their hands on one and ran some benchmarks.We will get to those in a moment, but first let us go over some more details. Not only is the Core i3-8350K a quad-core processor, it is clocked fast out of the gate at 4GHz. There is no boost clock... Read more...
Dell has gone and abducted Intel's Core-X series processors for its enthusiast Alienware division, affording gamers the opportunity to spec out a beastly system built around some of the fastest and best performing CPUs on the planet. Gamers also now face the choice of running with Intel and one of its Core-X processors based on Skylake-X, or AMD and its top-shelf Threadripper 1950X or 1920 CPUs, all of which are now configurable in an Alienware Area-51. We spent some hands on time with the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper Edition with a 1950X nestled inside and can attest that it is a blazing fast... Read more...
Microsoft was on hand at the Hot Chips 2017 show and rolled out a new deep learning acceleration platform dubbed Project Brainwave. Microsoft's Doug Burger says that the platform is a "major leap forward in both performance and flexibility for cloud-based serving of deep learning models." Microsoft says that it designed the system for real-time AI so the system is able to process requests as fast as they are received with ultra-low latency. Microsoft says that real-time AIs are becoming increasingly important to process live data streams in a cloud infrastructure. That sort of data includes things... Read more...
Earlier this morning, Intel announced the first processors in its 8th generation Core family. These mobile processors include Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs with a TDP of 15 watts, and all are quad-core designs capable of executing eight threads. As we expected, the first products based around the processors are coming to light, with Acer taking the plunge with the Nitro 5 Spin. Acer describes the Nitro 5 Spin as a convertible notebook that is “designed for light gaming”, and we don’t disagree with that assessment. At the heart of the convertible is an Intel Core i7-i7-8550U processor, which has a core... Read more...
The total solar eclipse is scheduled to sweep across the United States later today, but Intel is preempting that momentous event with a new product launch. What we’re witnessing today isn’t the expected release of Coffee Lake, which we have been talking about for months thanks to numerous leaks, but what Intel is calling a “Kaby Lake Refresh”. The new 8th generation mobile processors will cover the four following device classes: Y-Series: fanless, detachable always-connected PCs U-Series: thin and light convertibles and notebooks H-Series: gaming notebooks and mobile workstations S-Series: desktop... Read more...
There has been a lot of information leaking out regarding Intel's Coffee Lake processors over the past few months. Everything from cache levels to clock speeds to core counts have been making the rounds on the internet. Now, a new leak out of China gives us an early glimpse of Intel’s own guidance for Coffee Lake performance compared to the current generation Kaby Lake processors. As you can see in, Intel is promising some decent performance gains in single-threaded benchmarks, with the flagship Core i7-8700K offering an 11 percent gain over the current Core i7-7700K. Multi-threaded performance... Read more...
It looks as though Coffee Lake isn’t just going to bring us the first mainstream hexa-core processors from Intel, but also a shakeup in the lower-end Core i3 family. According to a new leak from a Chinese website, there will be at least two, quad-core, Core i3 offerings on the way from Intel. The first is the Core i3-8100. This will be a true quad-core part with a base frequency of 3.6GHz. It has 6MB of Intel Smart Cache, a GPU clock of 1.1GHz and a TDP of 65 watts. The more interesting chip, however, is the Core i3-8350K, which has a base clock of 4GHz, supports overclocking, features 8MB of Smart... Read more...
When it comes to the high-end desktop market (HEDT), the gloves are coming off. Both Intel and AMD are ready to duke it out, with the former offering processors with up to 18 cores and 36 threads, while the latter is countering with up to 16 cores and 32 threads. Up until this point, the most potent member of Intel’s Core X-Series that has been released to the public has been the Core i9-7900X, but the next chip on deck is the Core i9-7920X. Luckily for us, that exact chip has made its way over to Geekbench, giving us a preliminary look at what kind of performance is possible from this 12-core,... Read more...
Intel is teaming up with Facebook to unveil its 8th generation Core processor family, otherwise known as Coffee Lake. The unveiling will take place in about two weeks on Monday, August 21, 2017 through Facebook Live, a decision that underscores the power of social media and in particular that of Facebook. Not by accident, Intel chose that date because it coincides with a solar eclipse in the US. "Watch as two exciting moments align: the Great American Solar Eclipse and the unveiling of Intel’s most powerful family of processors for the next era of computing. Hear from those who are at the center... Read more...
There is a big push for solid state drive (SSDs) to transform the data center storage market, and Intel is banking on a new form-factor to help spur that transition. The company has announced its new “Ruler” SSD form-factor, which completely ditches legacy 2.5- and 3.5-inch formats. These “long and skinny” SSDs are optimized to maximize storage capacity in targeted servers, while outperforming legacy form-factors in both cooling and power requirements. Using the Ruler form-factor, Intel says that it can infuse 1U servers with up to 1PB of storage, which would be enough to hold 300,000 HD movies.... Read more...
A day after Intel revealed full specifications for its remaining Skylake-X lineup as part of its high-end desktop (HEDT) Core X-series of processors, hardware partner ASUS has gone and launched a couple of premium X299 chipset motherboards under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division. Both are part of the company's Rampage VI lineup and include the ROG Rampage VI Extreme and ROG Rampage VI Apex. These are not motherboards for the casual builder, they're intended for gamers and power users who are looking to build a burly desktop. That is something worth mentioning as even though Intel's Core X-series... Read more...
After the full Core-X lineup was leaked late last month, Intel has officially confirmed the details surrounding the remaining processors in the family. We should mention that there aren’t any new surprises here with regards to specs, but you will want to keep an eye on the availability dates. The three remaining pieces to the Skylake-X puzzle are the Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X and Core i9-7980XE, which are 14-, 16- and 18-core processors respectively. While Intel had revealed pricing for all three processors when the Core X-Series was officially announced in May, final specs weren’t available... Read more...
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