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Intel is set to give its mobile processors a major bump in L3 cache starting with its Tiger Lake-U lineup due out next year, according to newly leaked data. Assuming the information is accurate, Tiger Lake-U will see a 50 percent increase in L3 cache, going from 8MB to 12MB. That breaks down to 3MB of L3 cache per core on a quad-core CPU (up from 2MB currently). L3 cache is essentially a slower version of L2 cache, but is much faster than a system's main memory. It used to be built into the motherboard. These days L3 cache resides on the CPU itself and is shared across all physical cores—in this case, each core would get a 3MB chunk of the 12MB allotment. L3 cache can improve performance... Read more...
AMD has been firing on all cylinders with its Zen family of products, which first came to market in early 2017. Since that time, the processors have grown to cover mobile, desktop and server sectors, with the most recent microarchitecture iteration being 7nm Zen 2 (found currently in Ryzen 3000 desktop processors and EPYC 7002 server processors). But AMD isn't done yet; at the HPE Cast 2019 conference held last week, the company laid out its plans for the future of Zen -- specifically with regards to its EPYC server processors. We already knew that Milan, the successor to 7nm Rome, would be built on an enhanced 7nm+ node, but AMD is now giving us some early insight on performance-per-watt... Read more...
As we reported last month, Intel's next-generation Comet Lake-S desktop processors are scheduled to arrive sometime during the first half of 2020. Rather than being based on Intel's new 10nm process tech, Comet Lake-S will be yet another extension of the company's long-running 14nm lithography. Despite the 14nm ties, 10th generation Comet Lake-S desktop processors will reportedly require a new socket (LGA 1200), which means that all-new motherboards will be required. To that end, the folks over at VideoCardz have come across Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) listing for a number of upcoming 400-Series Gigabyte motherboards that seemed destined to accommodate Comet Lake-S.... Read more...
When it comes to single-board PCs, the Raspberry Pi is by far the most popular device on the market, and has found uses in a number of different market sectors. However, there are also plenty of competitors out there that try to compete with the Raspberry Pi on price, or outdo it with regards to outright performance. The latest challenger to the throne comes from Radxa, which is launching its new Rock Pi X single-board PC. Unlike the newly released Raspberry Pi 4, the Rock Pi X doesn't make use of a quad-core ARM SoC; instead, it uses one of Intel's legacy Atom x5-Z8300 processors (Cherry Trail). This quad-core SoC originally launched over four years ago and has base/boost frequencies... Read more...
The first Intel Tiger Lake processors to ship with Gen12 graphics (Xe) are scheduled to arrive in 2020/2021, and we’re now hearing a bit more about the architecture that will be underpinning them. Last week, Intel released a new set of Linux patches that describe a new Display State Buffer (DSB) engine, which is said to handle batch submit display register programming. According to the documentation provided with the patch, DSB is described as “[reducing] loading time and CPU activity, thereby making the context switch faster. DSB Support added from Gen12 Intel graphics based platform.” In other words, the CPU is going to be tasked less, leaving its precious resources... Read more...
Gigabyte is looking to take its cooling game to a new level. Having dabbled in air coolers, the company is launching a line of all-in-one liquid coolers with RGB lighting under the Aorus banner. These are the first Aorus AIO liquid coolers, and they will be available in three radiator sizes, including 360mm, 280mm, and 240mm. "The release of our ATC800 Cooler earlier this year was met with praise and we have followed through with a cooling solution for fans of AIO cooling," said Jackson Hsu, Director of the Gigabyte Channel Solutions Product Development Division. "The universal design for fan and pump RPM control allows for the new AIO coolers to work with motherboards from all brands." As you... Read more...
In case anyone thought Intel was oblivious to the recent rise of rival AMD in both the mainstream and enthusiast CPU sectors, recent comments by the Santa Clara chipmaker should put that notion to rest. Simply put, Intel is well aware of the situation. This came to light during a recent Citi Global Tech Conference, in which Intel acknowledged it has conceded "some channel desktop share" to AMD, while vowing to "aggressively compete in all segments." This is what any tech savvy person has suspected since the introduction of AMD's Zen architecture, and in particular the recent launch of third generation Ryzen processors based on Zen 2 (the third iteration of Zen, built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing... Read more...
Intel promised we would soon see a bunch of laptops touting its recently launched 10th generation "Ice Lake" processor family, and true to its word, they are starting to show up. The latest crop comes from Lenovo. The company is refreshing its premium Yoga laptops and convertibles with Intel's newest processors. The Yoga family falls under the Project Athena banner, which is an effort by Intel to foster advanced laptop designs that meet certain criteria. "Today, Lenovo is unveiling what’s possible through collaboration in a new class of industry-leading laptops, engineered with Intel as part of its innovation program codenamed Project Athena , to be amongst the thinnest, lightest, and most... Read more...
After a lengthy delay, the first systems powered by Intel's 10nm Ice Lake processors are finally shipping. The processors promise some significant boosts in performance along with a new Gen 11 graphics architecture that offers more features and much better performance than any of Intel's previous-gen integrated graphics solutions. Needless to say, Intel has been facing some significant pressure on the desktop side of things -- especially with the recent launch of Zen 2 Ryzen 3000 processors -- but the company is more than confident in its ability to dominate AMD in the mobile sector. And with Ice Lake, Intel hopes to widen its lead against the current crop of 12nm Ryzen 3000... Read more...
Intel first announced its Core i9-9900KS processor way back in late May, and we haven't heard much from them about the product since then. The Core i9-9900KS will be Intel's new enthusiast-class flagship processor for its mainstream platform and it promises to pack a serious performance punch. Intel today confirmed that the processor will begin shipping in October, although no exact date was given. At its heart, the Core i9-9900KS is an 8-core / 16-thread 9th generation Core CPU built on Intel's 14nm++ process tech. Not only does the processor feature a tweaked base clock (now sitting at 4GHz compared to 3.6GHz on the Core i9-9900K), but it can boost to 5GHz across all eight of its... Read more...
Intel is pushing out a new graphics driver with support for integer scaling, a feature that could come in handy when playing retro video games. Appropriately enough, Intel is calling the feature "Retro Scaling" in its Graphics Command Center utility. This is intended to make classic (read: old) PC games render better on today's higher resolution displays. "We're listening to our community. You wanted a way to experience pixel-art games at their best so we created Retro Scaling. Enhance the latest indie releases and timeless classics so they look their best on modern HD displays," Intel explains. At its best, Retro Scaling can take a blurry or fuzzy image and restore the graphics to their pixelated... Read more...
For the second month in a row, sales of AMD's third-generation Ryzen processors are outpacing Intel's chips at one of the biggest computer hardware retailers in Germany. The freshly updated data bodes well for AMD's latest desktop CPUs, and if expanding the breakdown to include previous generation Zen processors, AMD holds a commanding lead over Intel at this particular retailer. The reason this kind of data matters is because AMD has fought hard to regain relevance in the higher-end desktop space. Do-it-yourself (DIY) system builders now have a wider field of processors to choose from, as both AMD and Intel have viable options spanning budget builds all the way up to high-end desktop (HEDT)... Read more...
Lenovo is filling out its consumer PC lineup with some updated models today, including a notebook with Intel’s latest 10th generation Core processors. The company has announced a new 13-inch notebook, two new all-one-PCs, and a new gaming monitor. First on the docket is the IdeaPad S540, which features a 13-inch QHD (2560x1600) display rated at 300 nits. Lenovo is giving customers a choice of AMD Ryzen 7 processors or Intel's new 10th generation Core processor (Comet Lake) up to a hex-core Core i7-10710U. For systems equipped with Intel processors, you can either opt for the integrated Intel graphics or an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 discrete GPU. Memory configurations top out at 16GB,... Read more...
UL Benchmarks (formerly known as Futuremark) has added a new Variable Rate Shading (VRS) test to its popular 3DMark benchmarking suite, and it is now available to the public. The new test taps into a feature of Microsoft's DirectX 12 API that allows developers to improve performance by selectively reducing the level of detail in parts of a frame. The idea behind VRS is to lessen the workload on a GPU and push higher framerates, without adversely affecting the overall image quality of a scene as it is perceived by the viewer. In theory, the selective reduction of detail in any given frame will occur where it will not be noticed much, if at all. "By using VRS to lower the shading rate for parts... Read more...
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