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When AMD announced its 7nm Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 processors at Computex, the enthusiast community stood up and took notice. Later, when AMD capped off the new processor family with the bodacious and powerful 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X, it absolutely rocked the desktop PC community. However, it appears computing enthusiasts weren’t the only ones that were impressed with AMD’s third-generation Ryzen and EPYC Zen 2-based products. Wall Street also took notice, and AMD's progress definitely got the attention of its primary rival competitor, Intel. Nowhere is Intel's renewed keen focus more evident than in an internal Intel memo that just leaked out to public... Read more...
AMD made some waves at Computex where it delivered its first keynote for the event. To kick things off, the company talked about its second-generation EPYC servers processors, codenamed Rome, and promptly demonstrated a pair of 64-core EPYC chips thrashing two 28-core Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 (Cascade Lake) CPUs in a benchmark that showed AMD's hardware performing 2X better. That demonstration did not sit well with Intel, which has fired back with a more thorough comparison. How things actually shake out between AMD and Intel, both on consumer desktops and in the server space, will be made more clear once reviewers have had a chance to properly test and benchmark AMD's new stuff. Make no mistake,... Read more...
Intel on Tuesday announced a new line of 8th generation Core vPro mobile processors for business laptops and, to an extent, portable workstations. The launch comes just one week after rival AMD rolled out new Ryzen Pro and Athlon Pro mobile processors for the same segments, underscoring the competitive landscape that exists between the two companies. The new chips from Intel are based on the company's Whiskey Lake architecture. Whiskey Lake is built on the same 14-nanometer++ manufacturing process as Coffee Lake and is the third 14nm Skylake process refinement, after Kaby Lake Refresh and Coffee Lake. We already saw Intel launch a batch of 8th generation Core processors based on Whiskey Lake... Read more...
Intel is launching its latest salvo of data-centric products today, targeting a wide range of workloads and applications. You may think that means a fresh batch of powerful Xeons are on the way – and you’d be correct but there's more. Today marks the official arrival of Intel’s Cascade Lake, many-core 2nd Generation Xeon Scalable Series Processors, but the company is also announcing or launching a plethora of adjacent products including new FPGAs, innovative network controllers, a new server chassis platform, and Optane DC Persistent memory. And along with those powerful Xeon Scalable Series Processors, more specialized Xeon-D series products, which are designed for all sorts... Read more...
In October of last year, when Intel officially unveiled its 9th Generation Core series processors, the company also took the opportunity to announce a semi-new breed of workstation processor, namely the Xeon W-3175X. Technically speaking, the architecture at the heart of the Xeon W-3175X isn’t new – the monstrous 28-core / 56-thread processor is based on Skylake-SP, just like the first wave of Xeon Scalable processors that were released in 2017. What Intel has done with the Xeon W-3175X, however, is selectivity bin the die and tweak and tune the power and turbo boost profiles to increase frequencies, and ultimately performance, versus earlier Skylake-SP parts. The Xeon W-3175X is... Read more...
Intel has released a dizzying array of solid state storage products over the last few weeks. We recently took a look at a pair of Intel Optane SSD 800P series drives for enthusiast desktop and mobile systems, and also tinkered with the impressive Intel SSD DC P4600 series enterprise-class NVMe drive. Today, we’ll stay in the enterprise space and inspect a pair of Intel’s recently-announced SSD DC P4510 series drives, which target cloud storage applications with impressive throughput and latency characteristics. The Intel SSD DC P4510 series is an evolution of the existing SSD DC P4500, but feature some newer technologies and highly-optimized and re-tooled firmware to boost performance... Read more...
Last year, Intel updated its line-up of NVMe, PCI Express-based solid state drives, for cloud and data center applications, with a couple of different models tuned for different workloads. The Intel SSD DC P4600 we will be showing you here was among those drives. It features a fourth-generation Intel controller and performance-optimized firmware, along with 3D TLC NAND flash memory (384Gb per die). If you remember, the DC P3700 we looked at a few years back had an 18-channel controller and MLC NAND, so the P4600 may sound like a downgrade in some respects, but as you’ll see a little later, performance is still strong with this newer drive relative to its predecessor. We’ve got the... Read more...
Companies the world over give IT admins access to some of their most sensitive information. This is the kind of information that if lost, damaged, or stolen would lead to lost money and business for the company. An Arizona man name Tavis Tso has entered into a plea deal resulting from his actions where he took the domain name of a company and redirected it to a teen porn site. The incident went something like this. Tso was a contract IT admin for an unnamed company and had done some work for the company at some point. The client company asked Tso for their GoDaddy login information so that it could make some updates to the contact details. Apparently, Tso wasn't too thrilled with the request... Read more...
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. Entry-level processors in the family (W-2123 and W-2125) feature 4 cores that are capable of... 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. Intel also says that Ruler SSDs will be available with traditional 3D NAND or its new Optane Memory... Read more...
In an era where high profile data breaches are becoming far too common, IBM has a solution that could help. The company on Monday unveiled IBM Z, a next generation mainframe that is is billing as the world's most powerful transaction system. Just as importantly, it offers pervasive encryption so that all data is encrypted all of the time, whether it is part of an application, cloud service, or chunks of bits in a database. "The vast majority of stolen or leaked data today is in the open and easy to use because encryption has been very difficult and expensive to do at scale," said Ross Mauri, General Manager, IBM Z. "We created a data protection engine for the cloud era to have a significant and... Read more...
Intel announced its Xeon Scalable processor family based Skylake-SP a few weeks back, but today marks the official launch of the platform. These new processors feature a new microarchitecture versus previous-generation Xeons and Intel has revamped the naming convention and arrangement of the product stack as well. Whereas previous-generation Xeon processors carried version, class, and model number designations – for example, Xeon E5-2697 v4 – the Xeon Scalable processor family is now designated by Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories, with a single model number.The new naming convention will take some getting used to if you’re already familiar with Intel’s previous-generation Xeons,... Read more...
Intel announced its family of Xeon Scalable Processors in early May, featuring the Skylake-SP microarchitecture. Those processors haven’t officially launched just yet, but today the chip giant is revealing one of the key technologies being leveraged in the Xeon Scalable Processor family. A new mesh interconnect architecture has been designed to increase bandwidth between on-chip elements, while simultaneously decreasing latency, and improving power efficiency and scalability.In a blog post on the company’s website, Akhilesh Kimar, Skylake-SP CPU Architect explains, “The task of adding more cores and interconnecting them to create a multi-core data center processor may sound simple, but the interconnects... Read more...
We wrote last month about Intel's plans to overhaul its Xeon lineup, in effect forcing us to forget everything we ever knew about its current model naming convention. When the new Skylake-SP Xeons are released, they'll be separated by a simple medal-based ranking system: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and the baller-sounding "Platinum" edition. Today, we learn about what some of those chips are going to bring to the table. It looks like the "Intel Xeon Platinum 8176" chip is going to be one to drool over in the server space, as it delivers an impressive 28 cores (56 threads with Intel HyperThreading), which is 4 more cores than the current top-end Xeon offers (E7-8894 v4), though still a few shy from... Read more...
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