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There is a change of leadership at Intel, and it is coming rather abruptly, spurred by a completely unexpected situation at the company. Intel announced that Brian Krzanich has resigned as chief executive officer effective immediately. Robert Swan will take over in the interim. Intel has been under a lot of pressure over the past year, as it has witnessed a resurgent AMD with its Zen-based family of processors and the company has failed to execute [in a timely fashion] on its transition from 14nm process technology to new 10nm technology. However, it wasn’t the company’s... Read more...
Earlier this month at Computex, Intel announced its Core i7-8086K processor to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the famed 8086 debut. The flagship mainstream processor offers 6 physical cores (12 threads) and has a single-core boost of 5GHz. To coincide with the launch, Intel kicked off a contest to giveaway 8,086 of the processors worldwide, with 2,086 confirmed for the U.S. market. For those that didn't score a free Core i7-8086 in the contest, you can purchase one from Amazon for $425. For those that did win a processor, AMD is offering up a tantalizing... Read more...
A visit to Intel's website reveals that the company is prepping an 8-core Xeon-E processor for the mainstream server market. While nothing has been announced yet, the entry for the upcoming part is burrowed in Intel's Resource & Design Center and can be found by doing a search for Coffee Lake-S, then hitting the Technical Library tab. This brings up a listing for a "Xeon-E Coffee Lake-S 8C Processor E Family ES - QQM5, QQM6, DCL" that was last updated earlier this month. Coffee Lake-S is the name for Intel's 8th generation Core, Pentium, and Celeron processor families, and it was the first... Read more...
A newly discovered security vulnerability in modern Intel X86 processors has been revealed that affects the processor's speculative execution technology – like Spectre and Meltdown – and can be used to access sensitive information, including encryption related data. Over the last day or two, patches have quietly rolled out for some operation systems, but Red Hat just revealed all of the underlying details. The vulnerability, which is being called "Lazy FPU Save/Restore," was assigned a moderate rating and an ID of CVE-2018-3665 in the company's solutions database. As its name suggests,... Read more...
We have known for quite some time that Intel is working on its own discrete GPU. Back in November, the company announced the hiring of Raja Koduri -- formerly of AMD -- and stated that he would "expand Intel’s leading position in integrated graphics for the PC market with high-end discrete graphics solutions for a broad range of computing segments." Intel today provided one additional tidbit of information regarding its discrete “Arctic Sound” GPU aspirations: a launch date. According to a rather brief tweet, Intel says that its GPU family will be available in 2020,... Read more...
The core wars are heating up, and right now AMD has the upper hand, as it pertains to providing more cores for mainstream consumers to play with. Conventional wisdom says it is only a matter of time before Intel releases an 8-core chip that is not part of its high-end desktop (HEDT) or Xeon product lines. The question is, when will that happen? Well, rumor has it that Intel is prepping an 8-core Coffee Lake processor for a September launch. There was no such announcement at Computex earlier this month, so take all this with a pinch of salt. Word of the upcoming launch comes by way of an author... Read more...
Intel caused a bit of a scene earlier his week when it unveiled a 5GHz 28-core processor at Computex, after which it then said that it would be shipping later this year. However, Intel is now saying that it "forgot" to explain to audiences that the 28-core/56-thread processor was overclocked to reach those speeds and that 5GHz SKUs will not be shipping this year. While that whole Computex debacle might have been a black eye for Intel, the company does have a "5GHz" processor that you can buy right now. That's right, we're talking about the Coffee Lake-based Core i7-8086K Limited... Read more...
It's only a matter of time before we see dual-screen laptops emerge in force. We already caught a glimpse of one this week, ASUS's Project Precog, a dual-screen AI notebook concept that can be used in four different modes, including Book, Tablet, Flat, and Tent for a variety of interesting use-case scenarios. However, ASUS is not alone here. Intel is laying the groundwork for dual-display laptops with Tiger Rapids, a two-screen PC that could serve as a blueprint of sorts for the company's hardware partners. Image Source: PCWorld via Mark Hachman / IDG This is not a concept that is being shown off... Read more...
Intel made waves at Computex this week when it trotted out a single-socket, 28-core processor and demonstrated the beastly chip running through Cinebench R15 and posting a score north of 7,300 points. It was quite the impressive demo, and of course the prospect of a consumer chip with 28 cores and 56 threads is certainly exciting, bolstered by Intel pointing out it was running at a lofty 5GHz. Pretty amazing, right? Well sure, but we've since learned some interesting tidbits about the mystery consumer chip that has tempered (though not completely dissipated) our enthusiasm. For the demo, Intel... Read more...
Maybe one day laptops and other electronics devices will run on an endless supply of hopes and dreams. In the meantime, good old fashioned electricity is still required, and that means balancing performance with battery life. To help with that, Intel says it has come with a display technology that could extend the battery life of some laptops to a whopping 28 hours, a bold claim to be sure. But is it actually feasible? That depends on how well Intel's new 'Low Power Display' technology actually works, and how it's implemented by hardware makers. As Intel briefly explained at Computex, one of the... Read more...
Computex 2018 is currently underway and Intel has announced that Sprint is now a partner in its 5G PC rollout plans. Intel and Sprint will work together on 5G-connected PCs that will be offered from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft. Both laptops and 2-in-1 machines will be offered packing 5G starting in 2019. With 5G on the horizon, Intel is still going to be working on 4G-equipped computers as well. Intel plans to help deliver ten more 4G-connected PCs from Dell, Asus, Acer, and HP before the 5G machines roll out, which presumably will mean these other PCs are coming this year. This... Read more...
Back in the day, Intel and AMD were entrenched in a clockspeed race, with both companies pushing increasingly higher frequencies with each new processor generation. It was never more exciting than the race to 1GHz. As time went on, things stalled out in that regard, and the focus shifted to core counts. Well, Intel is throwing down the gauntlet later this year with a monstrous 28-core processor that it claims will ship to customers by the end of the year. Intel demonstrated the processor at Computex, running it through a few benchmarks. To be clear, this is a single-socket chip with 28 cores and... Read more...
We've been talking about the Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor for the past week, which as its name implies, is a homage to the famed 8086 processor which was released in 1978 and thus kicked off the x86 revolution.  The Core i7-8086K Limited Edition is a Coffee Lake-based processor with six physical cores capable of executing 12 threads. It's is the highest-clocked SKU in Intel's mainstream processor family with a base clock of 4GHz and a single-core turbo frequency for 5GHz. For comparison, the current Core i7-8700K has base and single-core turbo frequencies of 3.7GHz and... Read more...
It seems increasingly likely that Intel's rumored Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition processor is real, and will be shipping soon. How soon? Recently leaked product listings on retailer websites suggested it would start shipping on August 20, though it might actually be available before then. If the latest information is correct, the Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition CPU will be available to pre-order starting June 8. Andrew "Gibbo" Gibson from OverclockersUK addressed the leaked listings, saying in a forum post (before it was edited) that vendors currently advertising the chip are in breach of... Read more...
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