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The second day of IDF kicked off with a fevered pitch of mobile technologies while Intel's Dadi Permutter and Mooley Eden stepped through a slide deck and several tech demos that gave us a view of where Intel is today with their new generation of Core i7 Mobile "Clarksfield" technology and of the future generation products like Intel's upcoming Arrandale processor with integrated graphics. Historically the focus on mobile computing has always been to reduce power consumption, increase battery life and processor speed as well as capitalize on the obvious thin-is-in trend. However, moving forward Dadi suggested that new Intel technologies will afford us new usage models and applications, like real-time... Read more...
 The second day of IDF kicked off with a fevered pitch of mobile technologies while Intel's Dadi Permutter and Mooley Eden stepped through a slide deck and several tech demos that gave us a view of where Intel is today with their new generation of Core i7 Mobile "Clarksfield" technology and of the future generation products like Intel's upcoming Arrandale processor with integrated graphics. Historically the focus on mobile computing has always been to reduce power consumption, increase battery life and processor speed as well as capitalize on the obvious thin-is-in trend.  However, moving forward Dadi suggested that new Intel technologies will afford us new usage models and... Read more...
We made our annual pilgrimage to Intel Developer Forum this year and upon arriving in sunny San Francisco, we were greeted with the usual IDF fanfare in a sleek, modernistic environment.  Presentations and demonstrations of Intel's latest cutting-edge technologies awaited us in the lobby as we noshed a bit on the continental breakfast buffet, but the glitz of table top demos were not what we really were after.   As Intel's slogan says: Sponsors of Tomorrow - Here soliciting "big ideas"... Sean Maloney and Paul Otellini tee-up IDF 2009 - The ContinuumRight,Otellini holds up 22nm dinner-plate sized SRAM wafer... Intel's Sean Maloney introduced Intel... Read more...
There's been an invisible hexa-core processor lurking on AMD's desktop roadmap ever since the company launched Shanghai on 45nm, but the company has refused to confirm or deny that such a chip was in the works—until now. As of today, AMD's hexa-core desktop processor—codenamed Thuban—is officially on the board. Exact launch dates aren't yet available, but we've got a few details on the core architecture. For those of you who care about this sort of thing, Thuban is a star in the constellation Draco and was once a pole star roundabout 3000 BC.(Six inch clear platform heels are much older than anyone realizes -Ed). Thuban, like Istanbul, will be a monolithic core and will utilize the same 45nm... Read more...
Today Intel is finally releasing new Core i7 models and speed bins to the market, as well as announcing a new flagship chip, the Core i7-975 Extreme Edition. Though it will definitely command a hefty price tag, at a stock clock speed of 3.33GHz and Intel Turbo Boost speeds at 3.45GHz (all cores) and 3.6GHz (single core), you can bet this new Core i7 is one hot-rod of a quad-core CPU.  In the pages ahead, we'll wind it out around the test track and show you what the fastest desktop processor on the planet can do when it's tuned up for a touch more horsepower at the factory and made ready for production.  Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition, Tested and Burned In... Read more...
Intel just held a press conference in which the company spoke about its next-generation server processor, currently code-named Nehalem-EX. As its name suggests, the Nehalem-EX is based on the Nehalem microarchitecture which debuted with the Xeon 5500 and Core i7 series processors. The Nehalem-EX series however, will be decidedly more high-end in terms of specifications and performance. Whereas current Xeon 5500 series processors feature four execution cores per CPU with support for up to eight threads through the use of Hyper-Threading, the Nehalem-EX series will be outfitted with up to eight execution cores per chip with support for up to sixteen threads, and 24MB of cache. In... Read more...
Intel is in the process of spring cleaning: After updating its product portfolio this week, the chipmaker is phasing out five Xeon processors built around the Conroe and Yorkfield cores in order to make room for its Nehalem core-based Xeons. All of the Xeons on the chopping block have 1333MHz front side busses. The two parts with X in the product number are 45nm, 95-watt Yorkfield parts, while the three without are 65nm, 65-watt Conroes. To be more specific, the company is getting rid of the following processors: Quad-core 2.66GHz Xeon X3350 with 12MB L2 cache Quad-core 2.5GHz Xeon X3320 with 6MB L2 cache Dual-core 3GHz Xeon 3085 with 4MB L2 cache Dual-core 2.66GHz Xeon 3075 with 4MB L2 cache... Read more...
If you've been waiting ever patiently for new Nehalem server chips since the microarchitecture  was detailed at IDF way back in August of 2008, we have wonderful news to pass along. Following a short, exclusive release within Apple's newest Mac Pro systems, the Nehalem-class Xeon server microprocessors and platforms are reportedly gearing up to ship to whitebox partners at the end of this month.We're told that the first of the Mac Pro systems, which come pre-configured with either a single 2.66GHz quad-core Xeon 3500 processor or a pair of 2.26 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon 5500s, will enjoy a short window of exclusivity, though Brian Corn of Waltham, MA-based Intel partner Source Code reportedly... Read more...
ECS X58B-A Black Series Motherboard Unveils Unlimited Performance of Creating World Records Fremont, California, December 4, 2008 – Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world’s leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, today has disclosed the remarkable achievement that the newly lunched X58B-A Black Series motherboard is creating the world record of overclocking. Reaching the B-Clock of 215MHz, ECS X58B-A has set up a mile stone of overclocking the latest high-performance Intel Core i7 processors among Intel X58 Express chipset based motherboards.Instead of staying focus on pursuing the processor’s core speed, ECS X58B-A provides another path to the... Read more...
There are only a select few events in the PC hardware world that get hardcore enthusiasts truly excited. For example, when popular trade shows like Computex, IDF, and CES take place, there is a fair amount of buzz.  Also, anytime the major players in graphics release next-generation GPUs, things definitely heat up; or likewise when a hot new game hits.  Finally, when either of the processor big guns, Intel or AMD unleash new CPU micro-architectures on the world, you can almost bet on the community to come alive with enthusiasm. We're sure we've missed a few other momentous occasions as well, but you get the gist. It takes something new and exciting to get a... Read more...
Nehalem is the codename for Intel's next generation Core microarchitecture--which has recently been given the official processor family name of "Core i7." Nehalem was one of the big topics of discussion at IDF--and not just because it represents the next generation of Intel's processors, but also because the clock is winding down quickly on when the chip will make its official, public debut. An official date has not been given yet, but Intel is promising that we'll see Nehalem systems for sale sometime in Q4 of this year.Intel claims that Nehalem represents the biggest platform architecture change to date. This might be true, but it is not a grounds-up, completely new architecture design. ... Read more...
Nehalem is the codename for Intel's next generation Core microarchitecture--which has recently been given the official processor family name of "Core i7."  Nehalem was one of the big topics of discussion at IDF--and not just because it represents the next generation of Intel's processors, but also because the clock is winding down quickly on when the chip will make its official, public debut. An official date has not been given yet, but Intel is promising that we'll see Nehalem systems for sale sometime in Q4 of this year.    This article represents the culmination of several IDF presentations, privates meetings, and conversations with Intel representatives from this past week--most... Read more...
NEXT-GENERATION INTEL PC CHIPS TO CARRY INTEL CORE NAME SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 11, 2008 – Intel Corporation announced today that desktop processors based on the company’s upcoming new microarchitecture (codenamed “Nehalem”) will be formally branded “Intel Core™ processor.” The first products in this new family of processors, including an “Extreme Edition” version, will carry an “i7” identifier and will be formally branded as “Intel Core i7 processor.” This is the first of several new identifiers to come as different products launch over the next year.Products based on the new microarchitecture will deliver high performance and energy efficiency. This "best of both worlds" approach is... Read more...
Intel was showing off some of their next-gen hardware today at a posh NYC hotel on the east side of Manhattan.  There aren't many specifics we can talk about just yet, but we were allowed to snap off a few pictures of a system that we're sure many of you are eager to check out.  What you see pictured here is a complete Nehalem-based rig, built around an Intel X58 chipset motherboard.  Unfortunately, we can't disclose any benchmark scores or frequencies, nonetheless, there is still some interesting stuff to see here.     Intel's Nehalem Demo System First off, how about that case?  The Nehalem demo machine was assembled in an Origen AE S21T HTPC enclosure,... Read more...
Lately rumors have been floating around that Nehalem has hit a serious snag and won’t ship this year.  What does Intel have to say on the subject?"Nehalem ... is still scheduled to launch in the second half of the year," [Intel CEO Paul] Otellini told the company's annual meeting of shareholders.He also confirmed plans to quickly increase output of computer processors made with the latest technology, which can etch circuits 45 nanometers wide, 30 percent smaller than previous chips using a 65-nanometer process.We wouldn’t be surprised to see at least a few Nehalem-powered demo boxes when we hit Computex in a few short weeks if the chip is on track for a release later this year.  Stay tuned...... Read more...
The word on the streets of Taipei is that Intel is planning what could very well be the pre-Nehalem price cuts on existing and upcoming Core 2-based products.  The current plan is to reduce prices in the third quarter and add a few more CPUs just to firm-up the low and mid-range.  This could very well be a sign that we can expect a very strong launch from Nehalem, but we’ll continue to keep our fingers crossed just in case. “The Core 2 Quad 9450, currently priced at US$316, will be phased out of the market to be replaced by the Core 2 Quad 9400 at 2.66GHz and a price of US$266.  The Core 2 Quad Q9300 and Q6700 will both be phased out at the same time too, leaving the Q6600 as the... Read more...
Multi-socket Nehalems paired with MetaRAM could provide some jaw-dropping numbers.  Here's a look at what dual-CPU boards might be able to accomplish:“Up to 16GB DDR3-1333 modules can be created, allowing up to 96GB RAM per CPU, or 192GB per dual-CPU board. If you go for slower DDR3-1066 and boards with three DIMMs per channel,- nine DIMMs per CPU - we have 144GB per CPU, or 288GB memory per mobo!”We’re certainly impressed by numbers like those, but we’ll wait until we can actually benchmark such a system’s memory performance before we draw any concrete conclusions.... Read more...
Intel's announcement about their forthcoming CPU architectures hasn't fazed AMD.  In fact AMD claims that the integrated memory controller and QPI sound a lot like features AMD CPUs have had for several years now.  What's even better is that AMD more or less tipped their hand regarding AMD's future CPUs:On Dunnington (AMD's Randy) Allen said that AMD’s forthcoming Shanghai will be 45nm. “In 2009 we will have enhancement to hyper threading with HT3, DDR3 technology and eight cores or more. We’ll have six cores by the end of the year and you can expect to see eight cores in the 2009 timeframe,” he said.If AMD manages to squeeze two Shanghai quad-cores onto a single CPU package, the fight... Read more...
In an impromptu pre-IDF press briefing today, Intel disclosed a wealth of new information regarding its roadmap product efforts, upcoming multi-core processors and their associated platforms.  The discussion, chaired by the Senior VP of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, Pat Gelsinger, even covered additional detail of the company's future play in the discrete GPU space, code-named Larrabee.  More details here in our full report.... Read more...
In an impromptu pre-IDF press briefing today, Intel disclosed a wealth of new information regarding its roadmap product efforts, upcoming multi-core processors and their associated platforms.  The discussion, chaired by the Senior VP of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, Pat Gelsinger, even covered additional detail of the company's future play in the discrete GPU space, code-named Larrabee.  Pat dove in quickly with what was probably Intel's most ambitious design effort yet, that will bear fruit some time in 2H '08, the new six-core infused Dunnington server/workstation processor.    Intel Dunnington CPU architectureSix... Read more...
Intel has been slowly serving up information regarding the company’s upcoming Nehalem microarchitecture for many months now.  In our sneak peek at Nehalem and Intel’s 45nm High-K article from way back in March of last year, we outlined many of the details regarding Nehalem, but unfortunately we did not have any projected performance numbers to disclose.  Some news broke today, however, regarding a PDF that was inadvertently leaked by Sun Microsystems that not only mentions Nehalem, but has some performance data listed as well. “So how can Intel pull off such a massive performance boost over their current reigning champion “Harpertown” X5482 processor?  Consider the fact that Intel’s... Read more...
Please remember to take any and all hardware rumors with a grain of salt.  That said, let's talk about Intel's upcoming CPU family, dubbed Nehalem.  We have heard rumors such as:  socket interoperability between Xeons and Itenium CPUs on the server front, the onboard memory controller on all models, and of course the obligatory mentioning of 8-cores is always interesting.  Today we're getting our first inkling of what the L2 cache might be like, and if the rumors are true your next high-end rig could have a up to whopping 24 MB of shared L2 cache!  We're not exactly sure if that's the same as Penryn's 12 MB (really two seperate 6 MB caches), a single unified 24 MB chunk,... Read more...
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