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Intel held a virtual Architecture Day 2020 event this week, and similar to its late 2018 event, the company disclosed a number of details regarding its Six Pillars of technology innovation -- Process, Architecture, Memory, Interconnect, Security and Software. During the event, Intel’s execs and architects discussed new transistor and packaging technologies, software and security innovations, and disclosed new information about upcoming CPU, GPU, memory, and hybrid architectures that are designed to advance products across Intel’s entire portfolio. Additional details were revealed regarding Intel’s upcoming Tiger Lake, Willow Cove, Xe Graphics, and hybrid Alder Lake architectures,... Read more...
AMD has offered “PRO” branded Ryzen processors for a number of years. Although the base processor architecture and platform is unchanged versus their standard counterparts, Pro series Ryzen processors enable a number of security, reliability, and manageability features targeted at the enterprise market, where Intel’s competitive vPro-enabled products play. Today, however, AMD is pushing its Pro branding and feature set way up its product stack, with a new line-up of powerful Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors, designed for high-end workstations and creative professionals. Unlike AMD Ryzen Pro desktop processors, which use the same socket and platform as their non-Pro counterparts,... Read more...
Last month, AMD made the 3rd Generation Ryzen 3000XT series processors official after weeks of leaks and speculation. In case you missed the original announcement, Ryzen 3000XT series processors are tweaked versions of the original 3000X series products, but with higher clocks and the ability to maintain turbo frequencies longer, to boost overall performance. The “XT” branding, which is being used for the first time on a Ryzen processor, is a call-back to AMD’s top-end GPU components. The 3000XT line-up consists of three processors – the Ryzen 5 3600XT, the Ryzen 7 3800XT, and the Ryzen 9 3900XT. At their core, these three processors are nearly identical to their respective... Read more...
AMD announced its Zen 2-based Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors a couple of months back at CES 2020. The information disseminated at AMD’s press conference, however, was relatively high-level, and as it turns out, wasn’t quite complete. Since the show, we’ve been made privy to much more information regarding the Ryzen 4000 series mobile line-up, including a couple of new processor models that haven’t been officially disclosed just yet. Though the Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors won’t be widely available for a few more weeks, some of AMD’s partners are going to begin taking pre-orders for notebooks powered by these new processors. As such, AMD is... Read more...
Barring something unforeseen and catastrophic, Zen 3 is definitely making a debut this year. We know this because AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has indicated as much on numerous occasions, including in a recent interview in which she also promised "Big Navi" (Navi 20) would make a 2020 debut as well. If anyone requires even more proof on the matter, just direct their attention to the underlying code being added to the Linux kernel. Interestingly enough, patches to the Linux kernel have historically been great at references new hardware before they are officially launched. And more recently, updates to the Linux kernel have served up references to things like Navi 22 and Navi 23, which are two unreleased... Read more...
Intel officially took the wraps off of its upcoming Cascade Lake-X based HEDT processors back in early October, revealed its updated pricing strategy, and the new features coming to its flagship desktop processor line-up. If you missed the original announcement and array of leaked performance data since then, Cascade Lake-X is a essentially a refresh of Skylake-X (the processor cores are mostly unchanged), but with official support for faster memory, more aggressive clocking and boost algorithms, and DL Boost integration, to help accelerate and array of AI workloads. Cascade Lake-X will work in existing X299-based motherboards (with the proper BIOS support), its peak core count is unchanged (18),... Read more...
When Dr. Lisu Su took to the stage at an event back in June and officially announced the Ryzen 9 3950X, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to be honest. Considering the fact that Zen 2 CPU chiplets feature 8-cores each, and the Ryzen 9 3900X with dual CPU chiplets launched with only 12-cores enabled, there was immediate speculation that a 16-core Ryzen 3000 series variant was in the works and that AMD was perhaps holding it back for strategic reasons. Of course, there were a multitude of leaks leading up to the announcement that continued to fuel the flames, but needless to say a 16-core CPU like the Ryzen 9 3950X seemed to be inevitable. AMD didn’t hit the initial September release... Read more...
Intel has been talking about its Core i9-9900KS processor for months now. It was all the way back in May that the company first revealed what would become the new flagship processor in its mainstream computing platform. The Core i9-9900KS is not something totally new, however. As the “S” in its name implies, the Core i9-9900KS is something akin to a special edition of the existing Core i9-9900K. The processors are built from the same slab of silicon – an 8-core, Coffee Lake-refresh based die, packaged up for Intel’s LGA1151 socket. What makes the Core i9-9900KS different from its predecessor are its base and turbo boost clocks, in addition to its TDP. Whereas the Core... Read more...
Late last year, at its Architecture Day event, Intel revealed a new, low-power microarchitecture, codenamed Tremont, that would power and array of processors and SoCs targeting products across the client, data center, 5G networking, and Internet of Things markets. While Intel did disclose the codename and show-off a Foveros-based SoC featuring Tremont -- codenamed Lakefield -- it did not dive deep on the microarchitecture or discuss its inner-workings. Today, however, at the Linley Fall Processor Conference that’s currently underway, Intel discussed Tremont in-depth and revealed its main features, microarchitectural enhancements, new instructions, and expected performance levels. Intel's... Read more...
Samsung Electronics recently held its Tech Day 2019, and at the event, it rolled out a pair of new silicon products. The smartphone maker says that both are tailored for future mobile devices that will make intensive use of video and AI along with supporting 5G communications. One of the products is the Exynos 990, and the other is 5G Exynos Modem 5123. Both products are built using an advanced 7-nanometer EUV process technology. They promise performance and accelerated product development for mobile device manufacturers. Samsung notes that the Exynos 990 uses an embedded Arm Mali-G77 GPU, which is the fist premium GPU on the new Valhall architecture. The new architecture for the GPU promises... Read more...
Back in May, Intel disclosed a number of details regarding its next-generation 10nm Ice Lake architecture and Project Athena. The latter is an innovation program Intel kicked-off in collaboration with key industry partners that’s meant to usher in a new breed of advanced laptop designs and mobile devices. Today, Intel inches closer to broad availability of its first-wave of Ice Lake-based products, with the release of 11 10th Generation Core mobile SKUs, ranging from a dual-core Core i3 with a nominal 9W TDP all the way on up to a quad-core / eight-thread Core i7, with Gen 11 Iris Plus graphics, and a 28W TDP. Over the last few months, Intel has shown some competitive data to set expectations... Read more...
The Zen 2-based AMD Ryzen 3000 series is easily one of the most anticipated product launches in the PC space in recent memory. AMD has essentially promised to address virtually all of the perceived shortcomings of the original Zen-based Ryzen processors, with the Ryzen 3000 series, while continuing to aggressively challenge Intel on multiple fronts – performance, power, price, you name it. AMD has been extolling the virtues of Zen 2 for quite some time, but in the last few weeks the company has really turned up the heat and revealed some exciting details, like single-thread performance on-par with Intel’s best, enhanced multi-threaded performance, and huge amounts of cache to keep... Read more...
Over the last few months, Intel has disclosed a number of details regarding its next-generation 10nm processors, codenamed Ice Lake. At an Architecture Day held in December ’18, we learned about the company's Sunny Cove microarchitecture that will be employed in Ice Lake and future-generation processors, in addition to some details regarding Intel’s Gen11 graphics engine. Today, we are able to disclose even more information regarding Ice Lake, its overarching platform and new features, and about Project Athena, the innovation program Intel has started in collaboration key industry partners, that’s meant to usher in a new breed of advanced laptop designs and... Read more...
It is no secret that Intel is dealing with a CPU shortage. Robert Swan, the company's recently appointed CEO, said earlier this year that he anticipates Intel will overcome its "supply constraints" by the end of the second quarter. Whether that proves true or not remains to be seen, but things could get worse before they get better. "I think inventory levels, relative to the beginning of the year, were a little bit higher. Maybe a week and a half, two weeks higher as we enter the year. Our expectation is, working with our customers, that we will be through the supply constraints as we exit the second quarter of the year," Swan said during a fourth quarter call with investors. While Swan did not... Read more...
It has always been a safe assumption that AMD would continue developing its Threadripper processor family for high-end desktop (HEDT) systems that need that kind of multi-core grunt. In case there was any doubt, however, AMD came out and confirmed plans to launch a third-generation Threadripper line sometime before the end of the year. AMD made the revelation in a slide deck that was part of a presentation it gave to investors yesterday evening. The investor presentation is mostly standard stuff, with AMD pointing out the different market opportunities that are out there (edge computing, security, data analytics, PCs, Internet of Things, and so forth). But there was one particular slide that... Read more...
AMD announced that its second-gen Ryzen 3000 mobile processors are ready to take on Intel in 2019. These new processors build on the success of the company's first-generation Ryzen Mobile CPUs by extending the product stack and pushing the performance envelope a little further. The bulk of AMD's mobile Ryzen 3000 processors use AMD's Zen+ core. This is significant because it utilizes an improved 12nm manufacturing process, which has higher efficiency and generally is able to hit slightly higher clock speeds than the original Zen core. This transition is likely responsible for the improvements that AMD was able to bring to its second-gen mobile Ryzen processors. At the high-end of the product... Read more...
Computer users looking to build some high-powered gaming rigs will soon have some new Intel processors to choose from which has recently shown up in online listings. These new processors slot into the Coffee Lake Refresh family, and there are four new SKUs to look forward to. The parts include eight-core Core i9-9900KF and a Core i7-9700KF processors along with six-core Core i5-9600KF and Core i5-9400F processors. Listings for these parts have turned up on Newegg and Synnex (among others), although some of the listing have been removed at the time of writing (likely at the behest of Intel). Note that all four of the new CPUs end with an F designator, something that Intel traditionally... Read more...
Since the launch of AMD's Ryzen processors last spring, the processor market has been an interesting, and even exciting one to follow. It seemed like overnight, we went from quad-cores being the norm to six and eight-core processors taking over on the desktop. As AMD became even more aggressive after its Zen launch, we wound up seeing 16-core and higher CPUs come out from both it and Intel before the year ended. 2018 has been good to CPUs so far as well. We saw the launch of the second-gen Ryzen (not to be confused with Zen 2), impressive follow-ups to AMD's EPYC series, and Intel launched its refined 14nm 9th-gen Coffee Lake-S processors, including a new eight-core flagship model. So, what's... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco, Chris and Dave chat about  our upcoming Intel GPU news, beastly 18-core Intel Core i9 CPUs, lots of AMD news including our Radeon RX 590 review, Lenovo's swank and powerful ThinkPad X1 Extreme, HP's Always-Connected Envy X2 convertible, and a whole lot more! Show Notes: 03:15 - Intel Core i9-9980XE CPU Review: Supercharged, Many-Core Skylake-X 20:26 - Round Table: Intel Ready To Talk GPUs 35:52 - AMD Radeon RX 590 Review: Benchmarks And Overclocking 12nm Polaris 44:44 - AMD Unveils Zen 2 EPYC 7nm CPU With 2X Performance Per Socket, Zen 3 Set For 2020 53:08 - AMD Announces Radeon Instinct MI60: World's First... Read more...
When Intel officially announced its 9th Generation Core processors at an event in NYC a few weeks back, it used the opportunity to also unveil a beastly, unlocked 28-core Xeon processor that’ll be arriving at a later date, and a refreshed line-up of 9th Gen-branded Core-X series processors as well. Unlike the 9th Gen Core i products, however, which leverage an updated Coffee Lake microarchitecture, the “new” Core X series remains based on Skylake-X – just like the 7th Gen Core X series processors we evaluated here. Some folks are likely to shout “re-brand” from the mountaintops in reference to the 9th Gen Core X series, but rest assured Intel has performed... Read more...
When AMD launched its initial salvo of 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processors back in August, it consisted of the beastly 32-core / 64-thread Threadripper 2990WX and powerful, but more svelte, 16-core / 32-thread Threadripper 2950X. Those processors represent the pinnacle of their respective line-ups; the 2990WX is AMD’s flagship workstation processor and the 2950X is the top HEDT CPU. Although they were all announced at the same time, the processors we’ll be showing you here today, the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX and Threadripper 2920X, are just now being made available. As their model numbers suggest, the 2970WX is a step down from the flagship 2990WX workstation processor... Read more...
After what seemed like months of leaks and speculation, Intel officially announced its 9th Generation Core desktop CPU line-up a couple of weeks back, at a lavish event in New York City. Though the upcoming Core X series processors, the beastly 28-core Xeon W-3175X, and the 9th Gen Core i family don’t feature new architectures, all of the parts bring something fresh to the table, whether it be soldered thermal interface material, unlocked multipliers in the case of the Xeon, or updated silicon designs that incorporate more core resources, among other things. One of the most anticipated and talked about of the new processors is the Core i9-9900K we’ll be showing you here today. Intel... Read more...
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