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Just over two years ago, Intel scored a major win in the talent department by hiring Jim Keller, a former AMD Ryzen chip engineer (among other accomplishments), to "accelerate [the] transformation" to "fundamentally change the way" silicon is built. It was an exciting announcement for Intel, but it will have to forge ahead without Keller, who is leaving the company for "personal reasons." "Intel appreciates Mr. Keller’s work over the past two years helping them continue advancing Intel’s product leadership and they wish him and his family all the best for the future. Intel is pleased to announce, however, that Mr. Keller has agreed to serve as a consultant for six months to assist... Read more...
Today is the official launch date of a rather special Intel processor: Lakefield. We heard the first rumblings about Lakefield back at CES 2019, and Intel would go on to detail its Foveros 3D chip packaging, Sunny Cove high performance core along with four Tremont efficiency cores (all built on 10nm process tech), and Gen11 graphics. With the official launch today comes concrete details on the two chips that will be available to OEMs for ultra mobile devices: Intel's Core i3-L13G4 and the Core i5-L16G7. Both of the SoCs feature a total of 5 cores, which is perhaps an odd arrangement for an Intel processor, with another notable being that there isn't HyperThreading support. Both... Read more...
Is it finally happening? After years and year of speculation and rumors, it looks as though we'll finally hear about Apple's official plans to make the transition to Arm CPU architecture for its Mac desktops and laptops later this month at WWDC 2020. This comes after we heard earlier this year that Apple's first Arm-powered Macs would arrive in 2021. The latest news comes from reliable leaker Mark Gurman, writing for Bloomberg. If Apple is indeed going to launch its first Arm Macs next year, the company's developers need ample time to get their apps ready for the architectural shift. This major shift has only occurred twice in Apple's history, with the Motorola to PowerPC switchover... Read more...
If you're currently running a PC with a Kaby Lake-G processor onboard, we've got some bad news for you. It appears that both Intel and AMD have missed the mark when it comes to graphics driver support. If you recall, Kaby Lake-G was a rather breakthrough (and unexpected) product developed together by two fierce rivals -- AMD and Intel -- which paired a Kaby Lake processor with a Radeon RX Vega GPU on a single multi-chip module package (MCM). Back in October 2019, Intel announced that it was discontinuing these 8th generation "hybrid" processors, stating, "Intel is refocusing its product portfolio. Our 10th gen Intel Core processors with Iris Plus graphics are built on... Read more...
We still have some waiting to do until we find out if the hype surrounding Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake stack—and particularly its accompanying Xe graphics—is justified. Until then, we are left to the usual sources, which entail rumors and leaked benchmarks. Falling into the latter category, a new 3DMark benchmark entry seemingly bodes well for Intel's Core i7-1165G7. The Core i7-1165G7 is a part we have seen in past leaks. It falls within Intel's Tiger Lake-U series (not yet released) and will be labeled as an 11th generation Core part, with Xe graphics. It is the Xe graphics that arguably of most interest, because it is the same underlying architecture that will power Intel's eventual... Read more...
We have some good news for Intel Optane Memory owners who have run into issues after applying the May 2020 Update for Windows 10. There is a fix for the error messages affected users have been seeing. There are several steps involved, as the fix does not come in the form of a subsequent software update, but nothing too crazy. This relates a "memory pinning" error message users reported seeing after applying the May 2020 Update. On affected machines, an error message would randomly appear and alert the user that the system was unable to load a DLL related to the Optane Memory module, and even more worrisome, it said "the specified module could not be found. Here's what it looks like... This was... Read more...
To say that Intel's 14nm process tech is long in the tooth is quite the understatement. The company first adopted that node for its Broadwell-based processors way back in September 2014, and has soldiered on with a number of refinements since then for its mainstream desktop processors and server products. While Intel has adopted 10nm for some of its Ice Lake-based laptop processors, the company still relies on 14nm for its desktop lineup. That will continue with the company's 11th generation Rocket Lake-S processors, which may be the last hurrah for 14nm on the desktop side. RocketLake S UDIMM 6L RVP8C/16T3.2/4.3 GHz pic.twitter.com/Hw8p1P6vaa— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) June 4, 2020... Read more...
It would not be a Thursday without another Tiger Lake benchmark leak (or a Wednesday or a Tuesday, or any day that ends in "Y"). We have seen a lot of leaked Tiger Lake data over the past several weeks, and this latest one pits an upcoming Core i7-1165G7 processor with Gen12 graphics against AMD's already-launched Ryzen 7 4800U with Vega graphics. Tiger Lake has yet to materialize in finalized form, though Intel must be close to doing so. It sure seems that test systems are already in the hands of OEMs, developers, and possibly reviewers (for the record, we don't have any Tiger Lake rigs on hand). Hence why these kinds of leaks keep appearing, particularly over at 3DMark's database. Part of the... Read more...
Intel's diminutive Next Unit of Computing (NUC) platform has evolved from an interesting miniature PC concept to a potentially transformative PC form factor, because the company has found ways to punch up the performance meter. The best is yet to come. Looking ahead, a leaked roadmap reveals Intel might launch a potent version of its NUC based on its upcoming Tiger Lake-U stack. Tiger Lake-U will assume the rank as Intel's 11th generation Core processor line, built on a 10-nanometer manufacturing process. It will success Ice Lake and presumably bring with it faster clocks, better power efficiency, and overall better performance. It will also feature Gen12 graphics based on Intel's Xe graphics... Read more...
As far as we know, Intel is still planning to launch 10th generation 10-nanometer Ice Lake-SP Xeon processors for the server market this year, and perhaps even sometime this month, if it sticks with a previously rumored 1H20 time frame. Ahead of the launch, we have another set of Ice Lake-SP leaks to digest. This latest round of leaks focuses on an Ice Lake-SP model with 24 cores and 48 threads. As we have written about before, Ice Lake-SP is rumored to ship with up to 38 cores and 72 threads (per socket), with support for 64 PCI Express 4.0 lanes. 8-channel DDR4-3200 memory (16 DIMMs per socket), and Intel's second generation Optane DC Persistent memory. These upcoming chips will be part of... Read more...
3DMark's database is the place to be if you are in search of 'leaked' benchmarks for unreleased parts, as preliminary testing on future products often leads to scores being uploaded to the site. That is seemingly the case again with a familiar face—Intel's upcoming DG1 discrete graphics card based on its Xe graphics architecture. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that early samples of DG1 are almost definitely the pre-release cards Intel provided to developers earlier this year. These are Software Development Vehicle (SDV) cards for testing and getting acquainted with the Xe architecture. Intel has said all along that the hardware and performance of these parts are not indicative of... Read more...
When Samsung first debuted its Galaxy Book S laptop last year, it arrived with a power efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx system-on-chip (SoC) rather than a x86 processor. That sort of thing is good for battery life, as we note in our review, but if you were hoping for a version with a x86 chip inside, good news—it now exists, and it still offers excellent battery life to boot. Of course, we knew this was coming. In October of last year, Samsung teased a version of the Galaxy Book S with an Intel "Lakefield" processor inside, then finally outed the refreshed laptop a little over a week ago. Now it has officially arrived with a full (mostly) list of specifications and a price tag. Display:... Read more...
3DMark is the never ending spigot of leaks, and more recently, we have seen a bunch of them pertaining to Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake-U series. That is what we have again here today. The latest leak is said to highlight an unspecified Tiger Lake-U processor with onboard Gen2 "Xe" graphics, in the Fire Strike benchmark. Tiger Lake-U is will be labeled as 11th generation Intel Core processors, and will succeed the company's 10th generation Ice Lake-U stack. They will be manufactured on an enhanced 10-nanometer node. As designated by the "U," these chips will find their way into low power laptops, and perhaps some mini PCs as well. The latest leak comes by way of @_rogame (no surprise there). Here's... Read more...
I've always been interested in mini PC form factors, especially now that it is possible to pack desktop-class performance into a comparatively small enclosure about the size of a router. In keeping with that theme, Intel's NUC 9 Extreme proved to be a pint-sized powerhouse. What's next? Well, various leaks point to Intel prepping a NUC lineup built around its 11th generation Tiger Lake-U processors. Tiger Lake is next coming of Intel's 10-nanometer node. The enhanced process (10nm++) should deliver faster clockspeeds and better power efficiency, though we'll have to wait and see. Tiger Lake will supplant Intel's 10th generation Ice Lake stack when it arrives in the second half of this year (barring... Read more...
Intel's Core i9-10900K is a beastly processor that flexes 10 physical CPU cores and 20 threads clocked at 3.7GHz to 5.3GHz, along with 20MB of Smart Cache, all wrapped in a package with a 125W TDP. Our review of the Core i9-10900K covered usage temps and overclocking performance when paired with an ASUS Maximus XII Hero WiFi motherboard and Corsair H80i v2 all-in-one liquid cooler. That's not exactly a pedestrian setup. Nevertheless, there is always a push in the enthusiast community to take things further, and one way to do that is by delidding. Delidding is the process of ripping off the integrated heatspreader (IHS), which is the large hunk of metal that sets on top of the CPU. It's there... Read more...
Leaks surrounding Intel’s upcoming Tiger Lake architecture have ramped up in recent weeks, culminating with some promising benchmarks surrounding the integrated Xe graphics that will be included. Today, a flood of alleged internal slides have leaked that detail much of the architecture and features that underpin Tiger Lake. For starters, there will be both Tiger Lake-Y and Tiger Lake-U processors available, in a 4+2 (CPU+GPU) configuration. Tiger Lake-Y processor have a nominal TDP of 9 watts, but that can be adjust – per the OEM – from as low as 5 watts to as high as 15 watts. Tiger Lake-U, on the other hand, will have a nominal TDP of 28 watts, with lower setting of 10W and... Read more...
The ink is barely dry on our review of Intel's brand new 10th generation Comet Lake-S based Core i9-10900K and Core i5-10600K processors, but we're already discovering evidence of their successors popping up in online benchmarks. We're talking of course about Intel's upcoming 11th generation Rocket Lake-S family. Rocket Lake-S processors are said to one of the final hurrah's for Intel's 14nm process tech for its mainstream desktop processors, and like its Comet Lake-S predecessors, will be available in up to 10-core configurations. The benchmark leak coming to us today is of a 6-core, 12-thread processor, which should put it squarely in Core i5 territory. This particular processor,... Read more...
One of the ways Intel is going to make its upcoming Tiger Lake processors purr is with an upgrade in graphics performance. Tiger Lake will debut with Intel's Xe graphics architecture in tow, which Intel promises will deliver a "huge leap" in performance, while perhaps giving us a taste of bigger things to come in the discrete space. While we wait for Tiger Lake, some leaked benchmarks have emerged. More accurately, more leaked benchmarks have found their way to the web. There have been a bunch of Tiger Lake and Xe graphics leaks already, some more promising than others. These latest unofficial benchmarks fall decidedly into the "promising" category, as they seemingly show Tiger Lake trouncing... Read more...
Intel has just made a big announcement that it hopes will help expand its PC platform and improve Wi-Fi performance for devices using its hardware. The company has acquired Rivet Networks, which produces the popular “Killer” family of networking products and software solutions that complement them. However, Intel and Rivet Networks are not complete strangers, as the two companies have previously collaborated on products like the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 module. “Intel has been investing and contributing to the evolution of Wi-Fi for more than 20 years, and today we’re excited to announce another leap forward,” the company wrote in its announcement. The Killer family... Read more...
Intel’s Core i9-10900K is no doubt an impressive chip, made even more impressive by the fact that the company has been able to achieve 5GHz+ turbo clocks in a 10-core design using 14nm process tech well past its “freshness” date. We posted our review of the chip earlier today and we were able to get the chip to 5.3GHz across all 10 cores with a Corsair H80i AIO liquid cooler. But a 5.3GHz all-core overclock is small potatoes compared to famed overclocker Elmor, who was able to hit 7.7GHz (7707.62MHz to be exact) across all 10 cores. For reference, the base clock of the Comet Lake-S based Core i9-10900K is 3.7GHz, so this represented a whopping 4GHz overclock.... Read more...
Back in August 2019, Samsung announced its thin and light Galaxy Book S laptop, which ditched traditional Intel x86-64 processors in favor of a more power efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx SoC. The octa-core SoC allowed the device to run Windows 10 respectably and given its Snapdragon architecture, it came with standard 4G LTE connectivity.  A few months later in October 2019, Samsung confirmed that it was working on an Intel Lakefield version of the Galaxy Book S. At the time, Samsung said that this would be the first Lakefield device to hit the market. Well, according to the company’s Canadian web store, that statement was apparently correct. A Galaxy Book S featuring... Read more...
A few weeks back, Intel officially announced its 10th Generation Core series processors based on the Comet Lake-S architecture, and its companion Z490 chipset. 10th Gen Core series processors are not all-new, HEDT (High-End Desktop) products that target extreme enthusiasts, but rather tweaked, tuned, and enhanced mainstream parts, meant to supplants 9th Gen Socket 1151-based processors at the heart of Intel’s mainstream CPU line-up. Intel’s 10th Gen Core series desktop processors are still based on the same architecture and leverage the same 14nm++ manufacturing process as their 9th Gen predecessors, but Intel has made numerous changes in an attempt to inject even more performance,... Read more...
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