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With Apple's WWDC set to take place next week in San Francisco, speculation surrounding what will be unveiled is high. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the MacBook line could see a lot of attention. With Intel's Haswell processors announced just yesterday, it seems certain that some MacBooks will soon feature the chips. Exactly which models is uncertain, but we'd hope the final answer would be "all". The Retina MacBook Pro's design would be slimmed down in the 13-inch model, while the line's camera would be upgraded to 1080p, which we'd hope would also reflect itself with Facetime use. Improvements are also expected for the MacBook Air, although the main improvement mentioned... Read more...
CyberPowerPC, like the other custom PC builders, is revamping its product offerings with Intel’s new 4th-generation Core (Haswell) processors and Z87-based motherboards. On the desktop side, the company’s FANG III and Gamer Xtreme lines (among others) will get the upgrades, as well as its Zeus EVO Thunder series. The FANGbook EVO gaming notebook will also be packing Haswell mobile processors, in addition to NVIDIA GTX 700 series mobile graphics. CyberPowerPC seems to be especially focused on its Zeus EVO Thunder line, which will offer Core i5 and Core i7 K-series offerings and NVIDIA GTX 700 series graphics. The Zeus machines will have a new armor “befitting the God of gaming... Read more...
It’s Haswell time in a major way, and the latest custom PC builder to update its entire line with 4th-generation Intel Core (Haswell) processors is MAINGEAR. The company announced that its SHIFT, F131, Potenza, and Vybe desktops in addition to its Nomad 15 and Nomad 17 gaming notebooks will all sport the new Intel chips. MAINGEAR also pushed the latest SHIFT’s selling points by comparing it to previous generations of custom SHIFT rigs. Unsurprisingly, the 2013 version obliterates the 2009 and 2010 version, but MAINGEAR is trying to make a point, which is that for as substantial as the performance increase is with the new Haswell system, it actually costs less than the other two systems.... Read more...
Every so often, Intel releases a refreshed processor range -- and then every major OEM on the planet tries to shove those CPUs into their machines as fast as humanly possible. Origin PC is already on the bandwagon, and now, so is Velocity Micro. The PC builder has just announced that Haswell chips, Intel's 4th generation Core line, are being planted in its lineup. Custom built, made-in-the-USA 4th Generation Intel Core processor systems from Velocity Micro start at just $1524. “Because we make some of the most reliable, well-built desktops in the world, our customers expect nothing but the very latest hardware,” said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. “Intel... Read more...
It'll soon be known as the summer of Haswell, and if you haven't heard all about Intel's latest platform, be sure to dive into our review here. Once you've convinced yourself that you've got to get one of your own, have a look at Origin PC. The company has just announced that it's shipping machines with Intel's 4th-gen CPUs in its GENESIS, MILLENNIUM, and CHRONOS desktops and EON laptops. The company is promising around 15% better performance from the refreshed rigs, and it'll also toss in a free copy of GRID 2 with any Haswell-equipped machine. There's also support for 4K video, improved battery life, more overclocking and bragging rights. So, are you in?... Read more...
If you've been hanging around these parts and are like most self-respecting geeks, you've likely been feeling the build-up of Haswell for quite some time.  Intel has disclosed lots of information on their latest processor technologies, from its 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors, to its beefed-up integrated graphics core.  Sure, there's marketing hype and press releases but at some point you've got to have execution -- and today is all about execution for Intel. Intel is officially launching Haswell today, their 4th Generation Core processor technology for the desktop market, with a follow-on release of dual core and mobile Haswell offerings coming up quickly on June 3rd.  Haswell marks... Read more...
We’ve already mentioned a little something about ASUS’ upcoming Z87-based motherboards, but ASUS has plenty of other products geared for 4th-generation Intel Core processors (Haswell), as well, including a new consumer desktop and a pair of all-in-ones. In addition to a 4th-generation Intel Core processor, the ASUS M51 desktop features NVIDIA or AMD graphics and the ASUS Smart Cooling System equipped with automatic fan speed control and a front-mounted hot-swap drive bay called the ASUS Universal Storage Module (USM). There’s also a removable UPS (uninterrupted power supply) called the ASUS Power Pack, which is great feature on its own, but it can also double as a portable battery... Read more...
We've been talking about Intel's 4th Generation Core processor technology, codenamed Haswell, for over two years now.  If you've been hanging around these parts and are like most self-respecting geeks, you've likely been feeling the build-up of Haswell for quite some time.  Intel has disclosed lots of information on their latest processor technologies, from its 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors, to its beefed-up integrated graphics core.  Sure, there's marketing hype and press releases but at some point you've got to have execution -- and today is all about execution for Intel. Intel is officially launching Haswell today, their 4th Generation Core processor technology for... Read more...
Typically, one of the caveats of a gaming notebook with incredibly powerful components inside is that the chassis is large and the whole system is quite heavy. Razer is trying to break out of that mold with its new Razer Blade and Razer Blade Pro gaming notebooks. (So that's what they were teasing.) The bigger brother of the two is the Razer Blade Pro, which boasts a 17.3-inch full HD LED backlight display and runs an Intel 4th-generation (Haswell) Intel Core processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M GPU (with Intel HD4600 graphics), 8GB of DDR3L-1600MHz RAM, and a 128GB SSD. (256GB and 512GB mSATA SSDs are available options.) For connectivity, the Blade Pro has a Killer NIC N1202 chip (802.11a/b/g/n... Read more...
With its soon-to-be-released Haswell microarchitecture, coming to us in the form of the 4th generation Core CPUs, Intel hopes to reaffirm our belief that it's the leader in processor technology. Haswell's launch comes at a time when the company is trying its hardest to make a major impact in the non-notebook mobile markets, and as this microarchitecture is designed to be extremely scalable, we'll assuredly be seeing some Haswell-equipped tablets later this year. As we learned at Intel's Developer Forum last fall, the company's aiming to "Reinvent Mobility" with Haswell. As with any major microarchitecture launch, we'd expect the usual 10~15% performance gains, but here, Intel has put its... Read more...
For the past decade, AMD and Intel have been racing each other to incorporate more components into the CPU die. Memory controllers, integrated GPUs, northbridges, and southbridges have all moved closer to a single package, known as SoCs (system-on-a-chip). Now, with Haswell, Intel is set to integrate another important piece of circuitry. When it launches next month, Haswell will be the first x86 CPU to include an on-die voltage regulator module, or VRM. If the idea rings a dim bell, it should. This is an approach Intel first discussed back in 2005 during IDF. At the time, the company showed off a Pentium M 738 with a CMOS voltage regulator on-package and claimed that this allowed the company... Read more...
HP announced a new lineup of inexpensive devices aimed at the SMB market, including 6 new HP ProBook 400 Series and HP 200 Series notebooks. The laptops are designed to offer solid performance at a low price point with business-friendly features such as reliable print solutions and physical durability. There aren’t yet detailed specifications available, but the notebooks will feature Intel and AMD chips, most likely of the Haswell and APU variety, respectively. The HP ProBook 400 Series will run Windows 8 and come in 13.3-, 14-, 15.6-, and 17.3-inch display sizes with a hybrid hard drive option, 4G LTE and WWAN, HP Client Security. They’re also Skype-ready with a webcam and DTS Sound+... 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, respectively. Iris graphics are primarily designed for mobile devices, and we’ll be seeing them... Read more...
In remarks on an earnings call a couple of weeks ago, outgoing Intel CEO Paul Otellini mentioned briefly that Intel would likely be putting out touch-enabled notebooks running for as little as $200. Presumably those devices would be running Windows 8, but now it appears as though Intel may use Android on those devices. Intel’s executive vice president and chief product officer Dadi Perlmutter told CNET that those PCs will more likely be based on Android and run on Intel Atom processors. The reasoning is simple: Android is free. Windows 8 is not. Thus, as Perlmutter also said, reaching that low $200 price point is largely dependent on how far Microsoft is willing to bend on Windows 8 licensing... Read more...
We'll find out soon enough if Intel's upcoming Haswell architecture has what it takes to give the PC market a much needed jolt. Haswell, which is the codename for Intel's fourth generation Core processor line, is about 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds away from launch, and we know this because the giddy folks at Intel flat out said so. "In approximately 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds, Intel will reveal all there is to know about the highly anticipated 4th generation Intel Core processor family," Intel said in a statement. "The new family of processors will surpass old technology expectations and usher in a host of striking new designs with incredible performance and extraordinarily long battery... 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 Bridge-E scores (click to enlarge) Toppc used Cinebench, CPUmark, Futuremark’s 3DMark Vantage... Read more...
Good new for Intel fans, the wait for Haswell is almost over. While Intel has yet to officially announce a specific launch date for its fourth generation Core processor line, it's widely expected Haswell will peek its head into retail in June after the Computex convention in Taipei, which runs from June 4 to 8, 2013. Even better news, it doesn't look like Haswell will carry a hefty pricing premium over Ivy Bridge. VR-Zone's portal in China listed what it claims are retail box pricing for Haswell chips for dealers. What that means is you can expect to pay a little more at retail. In any event, here's what they have listed. Model Cores Clocks Boost L3 Cache iGPU TDP MSRP i7 4770K 4c/8t  3.50GHz... Read more...
It's been obvious for weeks that Intel's earnings call this afternoon wasn't going to have much good news in it. With total PC shipments falling 13% quarter-on-quarter -- the worst decline in nearly 20 years -- there was no way Intel would escape being hit by that drop. Today, Santa Clara reported that its Q1 profits fell 25%, to $2B, down from $2.7B in the first quarter of 2012. Gross margins took a hammering, as well, falling to 56.2% from 64% in Q1 2012. Despite these problems, Otellini was upbeat. "“Amidst market softness, Intel performed well in the first quarter and I’m excited about what lies ahead for the company,” said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. “We... Read more...
At the Intel Developers Forum currently underway in Beijing, Intel revealed a number of details regarding future Atom and Xeon processors and proposed server and rack-level enhancements to improve efficiency and ease upgrades moving forward. As Diane Bryant (senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group) revealed, the company will soon refresh its Xeon and Atom processor lines with new products manufactured using Intel’s advanced 22nm process node, which offer improved performance per watt characteristics and expanded feature sets that target specific applications. In total, Intel revealed details of three new low-power, Atom-branded... Read more...
Intel used the backdrop of the Game Developer’s Conference to announce some new developer tools, graphics drivers, and features available in the graphics engine of upcoming, Haswell-based 4th Gen Core processors, which are due to launch later sometime this year. Over and above the DirectX 11.1 support present in the Intel HD Graphics engines integrated into 4th Gen Core processors, Intel has incorporated two additional rendering features, dubbed InstantAccess and PixelSync. InstantAccess allows the CPU and GPU to access the same shared memory, which reportedly will reduce stutter and API interaction times and ultimately improve performance in low framerate situations. PixelSync allows... Read more...
We have received news directly from Intel that the company will stop developing new desktop motherboards once the launch of its next-gen Haswell architecture is completed, sometime later this year. This move does not impact Intel’s desktop chipset plans and Intel will support and warranty all of the current products it sells, through the full stated warranty period included with the specific product. Intel also plans on launching and shipping its Haswell-based products for 2013 under its normal sales terms, and will expect deliveries to continue through the normal life of those products (usually 18 months from launch). But post-Haswell, Intel will cease production of standard... Read more...
We spent some time with representatives from Intel at the Consumer Electronics show and saw a couple of interesting demos in action. In addition to announcing that 7W Ivy Bridge-based processors are coming down the pipeline, Intel was touting the low power characteristics and efficiency of its current Clover Trail Atom processors, which are featured in a number of Windows 8 tablets. Intel is on a mission to rebut the notion that ARM-based processors are more power efficient than Intel’s. In one demo, Intel had wired up a number of sensors to the batteries on a quartet of tablets to monitor power consumption in real-time. Two of the tablets (a Samsung ATIV and Dell XPS 10) were built... Read more...
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