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Cryptocurrency mining is a phenomenon that many gamers and even some cities are having issues with. Gamers aren't happy because the miners are buying up all the graphics cards out there and making them hard to find and driving prices up. Some cities aren't happy because the miners are slurping up vast amounts of electricity and raising the rates for everyone in the town, this is exactly what happened in a small New York town recently. That said, for those that are willing to make an effort, even if on part time basis, re-purposing your gaming system can be a worthwhile and profitable effort, so long as cryptocurrency values hold up to recent volatility.  Perhaps another answer... Read more...
Competition tends to bring out the best in people, and for the engineers at Intel, that means responding to AMD's 8-core Ryzen processors with 8-core variants of its own chips for mainstream consumers. And make no mistake, they are coming. Further evidence of this can be seen in Futuremark's 3DMark database, where one of Intel's 8-core Coffee Lake-S processors made an appearance. The database is only partially filled in, so there are certain details we do not have yet. For example, the listing does not mention the boost clock, amount of cache, or TDP. However, it does indicate that Hyper Threading is supported, as it shows there is 1 physical processor, 8 cores, and 16 logical processors. That... Read more...
Intel is brewing a brand new batch of Coffee Lake processors. While nothing has been officially announced just yet, some online retailers have jumped the gun with product listings that reveal the model names of these upcoming chips, along with a few pertinent specs, such as core and thread counts, and clockspeeds. Pricing information is attached as well, though in our experience, pre-release listings tend to have inflated price tags. That may or may not be the case here, but if you want to play it safe, we recommend waiting until Intel makes these new parts official. Either way, there are seven new SKUs in all, including two Celeron chips, two Pentium Gold CPUs, a lone Core i3 processor, and... Read more...
Intel continues to plug along with microcode updates for its vast stable of processors. Two weeks ago, the company released revised microcode updates with Spectre mitigations that were limited to mainstream Skylake mobile and desktop platforms. This week, the company has expanded the microcode updates to cover Skylake-X and Skylake-SP processors architectures including Core-X, Xeon Scalable and Xeon D. In addition, the new microcode release covers Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake processors that were previously left out. Intel was forced to pull its original microcode updates after it was found that some systems were randomly rebooting. That is definitely not something that consumers will tolerate and... Read more...
When it comes to upcoming hot hardware, we love leaks. Thankfully for us, one of Intel's upcoming mobile gaming chips -- the Core i7-8850H -- is making its presence known early via the SiSoft SANDRA benchmarking suite. The Core i7-8850H is based on Intel's 8th generation 14nm++ Coffee Lake architecture, has a base clock of 2.6GHz, and contains 9MB of L3 cache. The chip has six physical cores and is HyperThreading-enabled, meaning that it can execute a total of 12 threads. On the SANDRA processor arithmetic benchmark, the Core i7-8850H was able to spit out a score of 159.21GOPS, while the processor multimedia score was pegged at 373.98Mpix/s. For comparison, the 4-core/8-thread Core i7-7820HQ... Read more...
There is a game of leapfrog playing out at Mindfactory, the largest online retailer in Germany that deals with processors and other computer hardware. Looking at the e-tailer's latest market share figures, Intel has skipped ahead of AMD in processor sales, regaining pole position after AMD's Ryzen family had propelled the Sunnyvale chip designer to the top spot back in September of last year. Intel was dominating the scene when Ryzen arrive. It had a 64.4 percent in monthly revenue, nearly double AMD's 35.6 percent. But things started to change around the middle of 2017 when AMD for the first time jumped ahead of Intel with regards to CPU sales and revenue at Mindfactory. Clearly buyers were... Read more...
Origin PC has been making the case for buying a premium PC from a boutique builder, ever since its founders set up shop in Florida nearly a decade ago. A little more recently, Origin PC started quite literally making the case, designing a custom chassis for its Genesis (full-tower) and Millennium (mid-tower) desktops that were first introduced in 2014. We are now in 2018 (barely) and to drive home the pun, Origin PC is still making the case (get it?) for these desktop lines. With a new year came an opportunity for Origin PC to refresh these desktops, and that is exactly what it did, both inside and out. As you might expect, the Millennium setup the company sent us is running the latest hardware,... Read more...
Intel apparently has some additional Coffee Lake processors incoming that are destined for laptop machines and mobile workstations, at least according to a recent leak on the interwebs. Intel's Coffee Lake-H processors range from the quad-core Core i5-8300H on up to the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK on the consumer side, and include some tasty Xeon treats for business workstation users. The Core i5-8300H and Core i5-8400H are both quad-core processors built on Intel's 14nm manufacturing process (14++ actually). Each processor is capable of executing 8 threads, and you'll find 8MB of L3 cache onboard. The processors are mainly differentiated by clock speeds, with the Core i5-8300H featuring a... Read more...
There has been a lot of talk in recent days about what kind of performance impact that security patches for Meltdown and Spectre would have on overall system performance, with some reports suggesting that some systems could face up to a 30 percent hit. When Intel made its first comments on the matter a week ago, it noted, "for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time." Yesterday, Intel followed up with the following statement: Based on our most recent PC benchmarking, we continue to expect that the performance impact should not be significant for average computer users. This means the typical home and business PC user should not see significant slowdowns... Read more...
A determined user has managed to get an Intel 8th Generation Core processor (Coffee Lake) running on a Z170 chipset motherboard, despite claims by Intel that such a feat is simply not possible. With a little BIOS wizardry, the user successfully booted into Windows with a Core i3-8350K processor nestled into an MSI Z170A XPower Titanium motherboard, and posted images of his feat on Baidu. The modded BIOS sidesteps a restriction that Intel has placed on its hardware partners preventing them from supporting Coffee Lake processors Z270 and Z170 motherboards. That has been a point of frustration for customers, as Coffee Lake CPUs use the same LGA 1151 socket as Kaby Lake chips. However, Intel maintains... Read more...
Anyone who is into street racing knows never to assume what the other driver is rocking underneath the hood. Sure, that family sedan may look like it would get throttled by a Mustang or Camaro, but if it's sporting a souped up engine inside and maybe even a shot of NOS, it will burn rubber with the best of them. Likewise, Dell's updated XPS Tower Special Edition desktop system rolls to the line with a subdued style that seemingly belies what lays inside its compact chassis. Make no mistake, the XPS Tower SE is not a run-of-the-mill OEM system. It has some unique features that we will get to shortly, but more importantly, it is able to keep pace with sportier looking desktops. To what extent depends... Read more...
Intel launched its 8th generation Core desktop processors based on Coffee Lake architecture last week, and the hardware community quickly embrace the new Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. We already seen what MSI has to offer on the motherboard front for these Coffee Lake processors, and now the enthusiast hardware company has announced its latest small form factor machine: the Vortex G25. The Vortex G25 is available in two configurations, with the entry-level system feature a Core i5-8400 processor (six cores, six threads) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 memory. The upgraded model comes equipped with a Core i7-8700 processor (six cores, twelve threads) and a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics... Read more...
G.SKILL has trotted out another hopped up memory kit for latest hot processor launch to go along with the memory kits that it had already revealed for the AMD Ryzen and the Intel Kaby Lake-X platforms. G.SKILL's latest is specifically designed for 8th generation Intel Core "Coffee Lake" processors and includes the Trident Z and Trident Z RGB kits for Z370 motherboards. The RAM kits are made using ultra-high performance Samsung B-die DDR4 ICs. G.SKILL's Trident Z RGB memory kit is DDR-4000MHz with timings of CL18-19-19-39 and is 32GB with a quartet of 8GB modules. The image of the charts shows some stress tests running on the memory kit that were performance with the RAM plugged into... Read more...
We can now add EVGA to the list of companies that support Intel's 8th generation Core processors, dubbed Coffee Lake, with the help of three Z370 motherboards. Three boards is pretty standard fare for EVGA, with this launch following the theme of other recent ones. Those wanting an mATX motherboard have an option in the form of Z370 Micro, while hardcore enthusiasts have the Z370 Classified K. For everyone in between, there's the Z370 FTW. Figuring out the minute differences between motherboards can be a massive hassle, but EVGA's made things pretty simple by including a side-by-side features list on the series' landing page. Unfortunately, at the current time, pricing is unknown, as the boards... Read more...
The upheaval of the high-end desktop processor segment continues today with the official release of Intel’s latest Coffee Lake-based 8th Generation Core processors. 2017 easily been one of the most exciting years in a decade for desktop processors, thanks in no small part to AMD’s entire line-up of Ryzen products, including the monstrous Threadripper, which propelled the company back into contention at virtually every price point.Intel was at the ready with a host of ultra-high-end processors – namely the Core X series – that allow the company to lay claim to the fastest desktop processor on the market. And now it’s time for Intel to re-shape its mainstream CPU line-up and target the Ryzen 7/5/3... Read more...
There are some interesting things to be discovered when removing the integrated heatspreader (IHS) from a processor, a delicate and dangerous (to the CPU) process known as delidding. For example, you might uncover so called 'dummy dies' as famed overclocker der8auer did when delidding a Threadripper 1950X processor. More recently, someone delidded an Intel Core i7-8700K processor and found a slightly elongated die. HKEPC posted pics of the delidded chip on the site's Facebook page. In doing so, we can see that the die area is the same width as a Kaby Lake processor, such as the Core i7-7700K (a fan favorite), but noticeably longer. Here is a look at the delidded Core i7-8700K next to a naked... Read more...
Starting on Thursday, October 5, you will be able to purchase one of Intel's newfangled Coffee Lake CPUs. In the meantime, two things are happening—early benchmarks are leaking to the web showcasing the promise of 6-core/12-thread processing, and motherboard makers are launching new brand new printed circuit boards (PCBs) based on Intel's Z370 chipset for its 8th generation Core processor family. MSI is among them, with a flurry of new options aimed at gamers. MSI announced more than a dozen Z370 motherboards spread out across its Enthusiast Gaming, Performance Gaming, Arsenal Gaming, and Pro Series lines. Starting at the top, MSI unveiled its Z370 Gaming M5 and Z370 Godlike Gaming, the latter... Read more...
There's been a ton of talk (and leaks) surrounding Intel's upcoming 8th-gen Core processors, dubbed "Coffee Lake". Based on what we've seen so far, Intel is striking back hard at AMD, offering more cores at the top-end of its line-up (over its own previous generation), and higher frequencies overall. We've already seen the Core i7-8700K overclock to 4.8GHz on air, which is almost a surprise given Intel's typical use of less-than-ideal thermal interface material in its chip packages. While the embargo for Intel's 8th-gen chips isn't quite up yet, one Romanian website decided to publish early, and let the world gawk over its results. We're not thrilled by this mind you, but it's public information... Read more...
Intel has announced the Z370 chipset, which will power motherboards aimed specifically at the gamers out there planning to use the new 8th generation Intel Core "Coffee Lake" processors. These new processors have features that make them appealing to gamers and power users alike with more cores, big caches and higher clock speeds. ASUS figures that its new Z370 motherboards will be appealing to gamers, content makers and power users. Since there are all types of computer users who are going to be taking advantage of the new 8th generation Core processors, ASUS has mainboards aimed at all sorts of users. ASUS' Z370 line consists of Prime, ROG, and TUF offerings that are tailored for all... Read more...
It has been known for some time that Intel's 7th generation Core processor family (Kaby Lake) would not work in Z370 chipset motherboards designed for 8th generation Core processors (Coffee Lake) even though both use the same LGA 1151 socket. The assumption has been that the power requirements for Coffee Lake prevent Z370 motherboards from working with Kaby Lake CPUs, but behind the scenes, there is chatter that it is an arbitrary restriction that Intel is enforcing by way of the BIOS.The Z370 is a similar chipset to Z270. On the surface, it seems that Kaby Lake should be compatible with Z370 motherboards. And it probably is—the folks at Guru3D say that several motherboard manufacturers have... Read more...
The next piece in Intel's 8th generation Core family puzzle has just been revealed, and we're quite certain that you've already heard quite a bit about it from us. Following the launch of its 8th generation Kaby Lake Refresh mobile processors in late August, Intel is following up with the official reveal of its 14nm Coffee Lake-based desktop processors. These are considered "Premium Consumer Processors" built for gamers, overclockers and content creators encompassing SKUs in the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 product families.  Backing up these 8th generation Core desktop processors is Intel's new Z370 chipset, which has improved power delivery to aid in overclocking, support for DDR-2666... Read more...
For those looking for an upgrade to their gaming desktop, but don't want to pony up for one of Intel's Skylake-X processors (or go the AMD Ryzen 7 route), it's looking like the upcoming hexa-core Coffee Lake processors are going to be overclocker friendly. As we already know, the Core i7-8700K has six cores capable of executing 12 threads, a base clock of 3.7GHz and can turbo boost to 4.3GHz (all cores). The Core i7-8700K can also crank up its maximum clock to 4.7GHz on a single core. That "K" designation means that the processor is multiplier unlocked, allowing for better fine-tuning when it comes to unleashing the beast.  The fine folks over at Expreview were able to get an early sample... Read more...
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