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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.... Read more...
Over the last few months, Intel slowly divulged a number of details regarding the two processors we’ll be covering today, its flagship 18-core, behemoth Core i9-7980XE and its slightly smaller sibling, the 16-core Core i9-7960X. The fact that these two processors were in the works was officially disclosed all the way back in May, no doubt in an attempt to quell the impending AMD Threadripper firestorm, but specifics like frequencies, cache, and TDP were initially held back.Those specifications were eventually revealed, and some benchmarks leaked as well, but today we’ve got the full, official scoop.... 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... 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... Read more...
If you were one of the Intel fans looking forward to the Project Alloy VR headset that was to be an open reference design from Intel, the project has been officially cancelled. The reason cited by Intel for not pursuing the project any further was lack of partner interest. If you missed the hubbub about Project Alloy, it was first announced back in August of 2016. Project Alloy was to be an untethered, merged reality headset with its own compute power, graphics, and RealSense modules integrated. The entire headset would have been self-contained needing no smartphone or computer to operate. Think... Read more...
Even though Intel just finished showing off a Cannon Lake wafer for the first time, the more immediate release on the desktop is Coffee Lake, a sort of stop-gap solution to satiate users who are pining for something new. Having already launched in mobile form, Coffee Lake will arrive on the desktop very soon. In the meantime, a new set of benchmarks for Intel's top-end Coffee Lake processor, the Core i7-8700K, has found its way to the web.One thing to look forward to with Coffee Lake is a bump in core count on several of the SKUs. Starting with the Core i5-8400 and going on up to the Core i7-8700K,... Read more...
We are getting closer to the launch of Cannon Lake, the highly anticipated processor architecture that Intel has been working on for what feels like an eternity. There is still no exact release date for Cannon Lake, though Intel did whip out a wafer of the forthcoming architecture at its Technology and Manufacturing Day held in Beijing, China. The message? Moore's Law is alive and well. Cannon Lake represents a major feat in engineering, as it will be the first processor architecture from Intel to be built on a 10-nanometer manufacturing process. Current generation Kaby Lake and even Coffee Lake,... Read more...
The Core i9-7980XE sits atop Intel's new line of high end desktop processors (HEDT) and is a monster chip with beastly specs. It is also the most expensive CPU in Intel's Core X-series, which consists of both Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X SKUs. Priced at $2,000 (MSRP), the Core i9-7980XE is not for the faint of wallet or purse. It is a tough sell when AMD's Threadripper CPUs seemingly offer a better bang-for-buck, though if someone is looking to justify splurging on Intel's flagship offering, a new set of benchmarks might do the trick. We will get to those benchmarks in a moment, but first let us recap... Read more...
We've been talking a lot about Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake architecture for the past few months, and are eagerly awaiting its arrival. However, it appears that Intel has even more potent chips in the pipeline that will go beyond the hexa-core chips that will highlight Coffee Lake. Heads (and eyes) are probably rolling at Intel HQ, because a representative for Eurocom confirmed that Intel's Z390 chipset will be launching during the second half of 2018. That much was known thanks to leaked roadmaps that have made their way to the internet. An interesting tidbit of information that was also revealed,... Read more...
Automotive manufacturers and technology firms all around the world are working hard towards an autonomous future for a number of reasons. One of the biggest is that an autonomous car with an infrastructure to allow it to communicate with other cars is safer; which means fewer accidents, less traffic, and a faster daily commute for everyone. Before we can get to that future world where we aren't stuck in traffic or at risk from the distracted person driving beside us on the highway, we need the technology to make these autonomous vehicles a reality. Intel and Waymo have announced that they will... Read more...
Move over, G.Skill, it looks as though another hardware manufacturer is looking to vie for the crown of world's fastest DDR4 memory. The new challenger is from Corsair, which has just unveiled its newest Vengeance LPX 16GB kit, which includes two 8GB DDR4 DIMM modules. Corsair says that its range-topping Vengeance LPX DIMMs clock in at 4.6GHz, which is equal to that of the G.Skill Trident Z modules. And like its competitor, the Vengeance LPX modules feature hand-picked, high-grade Samsung B-die ICs to ensure stable performance in your gaming rig. The Vengeance LPX modules having timings of CL19-26-26-46,... Read more...
Today we are going to take a look at three popular Intel Z270-based motherboards targeted at power users and gamers, produced by enthusiast favorites Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI. The three boards we've rounded-up here cover a wide range of price points. The Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming K5 and ASUS ROG STRIX Z270F Gaming boards represent more mainstream segments, while the MSI Z270 XPOWER Gaming Titanium targets the ultra high-end. Although AMD's powerful Threadripper processors and Intel's upcoming 18-Core Skylake-X behemoth have gotten the lion's share of attention lately, more mainstream processors... Read more...
When Intel first unveiled its super-small NUC family of PCs, the company touted it as being the best thing to hit our desktops in quite a while, and in many ways, it's succeeded. NUCs pack an enormous amount of power under their hood given their size, and they can pretty much fit anywhere, provided there's ample room to breathe. Speaking of room to breathe, one of the few complaints NUC customers seem to ever mention is noise, and that's to be expected given the amount of power crammed into a small enclosure. That's unless you use a NUC that's built to be 100% fanless, such as the one that's just... Read more...
For those Intel fans out there who are waiting in anticipation for Intel Coffee Lake to arrive, some new information has leaked today. Word is that the 8th gen Intel Core parts, Coffee Lake, will be available starting in early October. That fits right in with the rumor we heard in early August that Coffee Lake would be launching in Q3. It's curious though that the fancy MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming mainboard that leaked recently, and is design specifically for the Coffee Lake platform, is tipped to not launch until Q4. It would be odd for MSI to hold off on launching that board until that long... Read more...
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