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Do you think Intel is perhaps feeling the heat from AMD and its latest generation of Ryzen processors? Intel may not be willing to admit it publicly (not in so many words, anyway), but an admission of sorts could come in the form of another price cut, as is rumored to be the case. If true, the price cuts will come in the second half of the year. Price cuts in reaction to the competition have been relatively rare on Intel's part, especially ones of any significance. However, there is a changing of the tide, and Intel finds itself reacting to the market. Take for example its recent roll out of high-end desktop (HEDT) Cascade Lake-X processors. Those chips debuted at significantly lower MSRPs than... Read more...
Intel stated at CES 2020 that laptops sporting 10th generation Comet Lake-H processors would be shipping soon, including models with speeds hitting (and surpassing) 5GHz. What kind of performance might those laptops bring? Rather than wonder, some leaked benchmark listings on Geekbench provide us some clues. As spotted by Twitter user APISAK, there are three Geekbench listings claiming to represent Intel's Core i9-10980HK processor. Intel has not yet spilled the beans on its entire Comet Lake-H lineup, in terms of models names and specifications. However, the company has said they will ship with up to 8 cores and 16 threads of computing muscle, with 5GHz being achieved on Core i7 and "even higher... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) has issued a dire warning for its customers looking to order new server systems this year. We already know that Intel has been battling ongoing CPU shortages, and it has attempted several remedies to free up supplies. However, HPE is indicating that things aren't looking too good for the full calendar year 2020 with respect to Xeon server CPU availability. According to a statement provided to The Register, supplies are especially tight for Intel's Xeon (Cascade Lake) processors, which launched in 2019. The statement reads: Based on demand, we are expecting supply will remain constrained through 2020. Server platforms which use these processors are affected.... Read more...
It was just back in November when Intel officially launched its Frost Canyon NUC 10 family powered by 10th generation Comet Lake-U processors. But today we're already getting a look at their successors, and as you might imagine, they're powered by Intel's next-generation Core architecture. According to a fresh leak from FanlessTech, Intel will be releasing Panther Canyon and Phantom Canyon NUC 11 machines during the second half of 2020. Both will be powered by 11th generation Tiger Lake-U processors complete with Intel's much ballyhooed Xe graphics architecture. Panther Canyon is the more "mainstream" NUC 11 and will be spec’d accordingly: Processors:... Read more...
AMD has been making some serious inroads on Intel's market share in the lucrative server market for the past two years. It all started with the company's first-generation Zen-based EPYC 7001 processors, with the second assault coming in 2019 with the Zen 2-based EPYC 7002 processors. AMD wants to keep that momentum going, so it reached deep into the heart of Intel to snatch out a top exec with a strong background in enterprise computing and engineering execution: Dan McNamara. McNamara previously served as senior vice president and general manager for Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group. Before that, he was the senior vice president of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group.... Read more...
Are we finally seeing a turning of the tides for PC sales? Well according to new analysis from both Gartner and IDC, it appears so given the promising sales numbers tallied for 2019.  According to IDC, global PC shipments grew by 2.7 percent for 2019, taking the total tally to 266.7 million. Gartner didn't show as much growth year-over-year, but still marked down a 0.6 percent increase for 2019 for a total of 261.2 million units shipped for the year. Although the percentage increase and total shipment numbers differ, the consensus from both firms is that the global PC market witnessed its first year-over-year sales gain since 2011. So, what exactly is the reason for this uptick in sales... Read more...
It appears Intel is getting ready to introduce a new processor for the high-end desktop (HEDT) space, one that would sit at the top of the stack above the Core i9-10980XE. While that is a beastly CPU with 18 cores and 36 threads to throw at workloads, a new Core i9-109980XE with 22 threads and 44 cores has made a supposed cameo. If the CPU is real, this would be another push on the X299 platform. Of course, it's less interesting these days with AMD cranking out meaty Threadripper processors with up to 64 cores and 128 threads, but for those who are into the HEDT scene, the Core i9-109980XE would be yet another option, and the best available in Intel's camp. According to ComputerBase, the 22-core/44-thread... Read more...
To close out Intel’s CES 2020 press conference, Gregory Bryant, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group showed off an upcoming Tiger Lake-based mobile platform with discrete DG1 GPU running a game live on-screen. We were on-hand to capture video of the short demo and have it posted for you here. The demonstration at the press conference used a discrete DG1, but not a standalone graphics card. That’s an important distinction; although Intel didn’t disclose the exact configuration of the Tiger Lake-based mobile platform used for the demo, it obviously wasn’t packing a desktop-class graphics card. The discrete GPU was likely linked... Read more...
We're coming close to the end of the line for Intel's 14nm process technology, which has been underpinning its mainstream, enthusiast, and server processors for years. Perhaps one of the final hurrahs for 14nm++ on the consumer desktop side will be Comet Lake-S, which will use Z490 motherboards along with the new LGA-1200 socket. However, according to a new report from ComputerBase, while manufacturers of Z490 motherboards are ready to go with a full-scale launch, Intel isn't quite ready to sign off on its Comet Lake-S processors. If the report is to be believed, Intel is running into problems with power consumption. The Core i9-10900K is the rumored flagship of the Comet Lake-S... Read more...
We had a chance to chat with the folks at CyberPowerPC at CES 2020, and the gaming company was touting its Nox Mini PC, which is rocking a Cooler Master NUC chassis. In addition to its tie-in with Cooler Master, CyberPowerPC also worked closely with chip giant Intel to bring this pint-sized gaming monster to market. The first thing you'll notice about the Nox Mini is its small dimensions: it measures 14.75 x 8.1 x 5 inches and weighs just 13 pounds. Despite its shrunken stature, the Nox Mini is packing a highly capable Intel Core i9-9980HK 8-core/16-thread processor with a 5GHz boost clock. The processor of course has integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630, but anyone purchasing this rig is going... Read more...
Right on cue, ASUS has announced a couple of miniaturized graphics cards for Intel's recently unveiled NUC 9 Extreme (or Ghost Canyon NUC). They include the Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini, and Dual GeForce RTX 2070 Mini OC Edition, the latter of which is essentially the same card but with a more aggressive factory overclock. "We are proud that Intel came to us for a GPU solution for their innovative new design and are very satisfied with the performance we are able to squeeze into such a small footprint," said Kent Chien, corporate vice president and general manager of the multimedia business unit at ASUS. In case you missed it, Intel previewed its Ghost Canyon NUC earlier this week at CES. it is... Read more...
Earlier this week at CES, Intel announced its OEM partners would soon be shipping laptop systems powered by 10th generation Comet Lake-H processors, including Core i7 models with speeds hitting (and surpassing) 5GHz. We do not know precisely when they will arrive, though Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's client computing group, offered up a general time frame on Twitter "Hearing lots of interest and questions about the launch timing of our 10th gen Intel Core H-series here at CES 2020. I'm happy to announce we will ship later this quarter," Bryant stated on Twitter. In other words, these laptops will arrive sometime within the next 11 weeks. Incidentally,... Read more...
Early yesterday morning at CES, Intel gave us a sneak peek at its upcoming Comet Lake-H mobile processors, which will boast up to 8 cores/16 threads and hit boost clocks of 5GHz+. But Intel saved perhaps the most interesting (and important) processor news for last night, when it gave a demo of working Tiger Lake silicon on stage during its keynote address. Tiger Lake is the successor to Ice Lake, and is built on a refinement of Intel's 10nm microarchitecture (10nm+). Intel hasn't given any specific timetables for the launch of Tiger Lake, but previous roadmaps have indicated that it will launch during 2020, and slides from last night's presentation stated that is "coming soon". Intel's... Read more...
Acer has just announced a new family of ultra-thin Swift 3 laptops, and they are aimed at professionals that want a powerful and lightweight platform for on-the-go travel. Thankfully, Acer is providing plenty of muscle for customers with the choice of either AMD’s new Zen 2-based Ryzen 7 4700U processors or Intel’s 10th generation Core (Ice Lake) processors. The Intel model is the Swift 3 (SF313-52/G) and features a 13.5-inch display (2256x1504). It is available with a Core i3-1005G1 on base systems, but can be configured with up to a Core i7-1065G7. Up to 16GB of LPDDR4x memory can be installed along with up to a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. Swift 3 (SF313-52/G) Acer provides the machine... Read more...
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