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It's a ridiculously exciting time to be a PC enthusiast. AMD launched new Ryzen processors a few months ago, and will soon deliver 16- and 32-core Threadripper parts for those with huge computing needs. It's also been relentlessly rumored that NVIDIA will soon launch some new GeForce cards, and with the SIGGRAPH professional graphics conference taking place next week, we could see some new workstation cards, too. It's expected that Intel will be launching its 9th-gen Core series processors in the coming months, with the top SKU looking to be an absolute beast for all-around use cases. After years... Read more...
As we sit here and ponder how much longer it will be until Intel refines its 10-nanometer technology and delivers Cannon Lake on a mass scale, there are other processor releases that will fill the gap between now and then. One of them is Intel's impending 9th Generation Core processor launch. Said to be a refresh of Coffee Lake, the latest rumor points to Intel introducing these chips next month. In case you have not been following the rumor scene, these 9th Gen Coffee Lake Refresh (Coffee Lake-R) chips will counter AMD's first and second generation Ryzen lineup with what will be Intel's first... Read more...
Everyone wants some of what TSMC is cooking with its new 7nm process that will be used for chips from multiple companies. TSMC's 7nm production lines will be used by NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Sony, and Apple. To meet the crushing demand for the parts, TSMC is reportedly accelerating its production schedule. Sources are claiming that many of TSMC's fabless customers are skipping the 10nm process tech more readily available and moving directly to 7nm chips. So far in addition to the companies previously mentioned HiSilicon, MediaTek, and Xilinx have all confirmed they will be joining in on the TSMC... 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...
Today is a big day for Intel -- the company is announcing a massive update to its processor families with new 8th generation Coffee Lake-based Core SKUs for both mobile and desktop platforms. On the mobile side of the equation, the most interesting processors are no doubt Intel's new six-core Coffee Lake parts, starting with the Core i7-8750H. This processor comes with base/max single-core turbo boost clocks of 2.2GHz and 4.2GHz respectively, while the Core i7-8850H bumps those clocks to 2.6GHz and 4.3GHz respectively. Both processors have six cores (12 threads), a TDP of 45 watts and 9MB... Read more...
AMD has run into a bit of trouble with a "specific boot issue" that might be affecting some second gen Ryzen desktop processors, specifically Raven Ridge APUs, when those chips are socketed into an early AMD Socket AM4 mainboard. According to AMD, since the release of the AMD Socket AM4 mainboards in early 2017, alongside the Ryzen desktop processors, there have been several BIOS updates made available through board partners. AMD wrote, "These updates not only provide improved system performance but also expand support for newer processors as they become available." The rub for owners... Read more...
We usually have to be tight-lipped about what we’re working on around here due to non-disclosure agreements and embargos that are in-place. With the impending launch of its Raven Ridge-based Ryzen processors with integrated Radeon Vega graphics, however, AMD allowed us to show off some of the hardware pre-launch. Take a look... We are testing the AMD Raven Ridge Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G processors as we “speak”. We will have our full review on-line next week, complete with an array of benchmarks, overclocking, and power numbers. In the meantime, if you’d like a quick... Read more...
News broke yesterday that AMD’s Raja Koduri would be leaving the company after a brief sabbatical. It turns out that the former head of the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) won’t be out of work for long – Intel just announced that Koduri would be joining the team to head up a newly formed Core and Visual Computing Group, and as a general manager of a new initiative to drive edge and client visual computing solutions. The rumor we posted this morning turned out to be true.With Koduri’s help, Intel plans to unify and expand its IP across multiple segments including core computing, graphics, media,... Read more...
Intel is teaming up with Facebook to unveil its 8th generation Core processor family, otherwise known as Coffee Lake. The unveiling will take place in about two weeks on Monday, August 21, 2017 through Facebook Live, a decision that underscores the power of social media and in particular that of Facebook. Not by accident, Intel chose that date because it coincides with a solar eclipse in the US. "Watch as two exciting moments align: the Great American Solar Eclipse and the unveiling of Intel’s most powerful family of processors for the next era of computing. Hear from those who are at the center... Read more...
Intel announced its Xeon Scalable processor family based Skylake-SP a few weeks back, but today marks the official launch of the platform. These new processors feature a new microarchitecture versus previous-generation Xeons and Intel has revamped the naming convention and arrangement of the product stack as well. Whereas previous-generation Xeon processors carried version, class, and model number designations – for example, Xeon E5-2697 v4 – the Xeon Scalable processor family is now designated by Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories, with a single model number.The new naming convention... Read more...
AMD has been on a tear lately. After all of the hype and anticipation, AMD's Zen architecture has proven to be the real deal, and not just on the desktop. Last week saw the launch of AMD's EPYC 7000 series processors for data center servers, and now the chip designer is formally introducing its Ryzen PRO lineup. In case it its not clear at this point, Zen is a multi-headed threat that is intent on competing with Intel in virtually every market segment. In this case, AMD's Rzyen PRO desktop chips are tweaked versions of the company's consumer-based Ryzen processors, with the PRO parts taking aim... Read more...
Motherboard makers have an obvious vested interested in the overclocking scene where limits are pushed and records are broken. With that in mind, Gigabyte is in full chest-thumping mode after hosting an X299 OC gathering in which experienced overclockers used one of its X299 motherboards to push an Intel Core i7-7740K processor all the way to 7.5GHz and slightly beyond. The gathering brought in some big names from the overclocking community, including HiCookie, Sofos, Dinos22, Youngpro, and SniperOZ. All of them toiled away through Computex en route to setting four new 3DMark world records at crazy... Read more...
Just as Intel is readying a new platform (X299) and line of performance processors (Skylake-X) for users who are willing to pay a premium for more cores and PCI Express lanes, so too is AMD. Hot on the heels of AMD's Ryzen launch will be new "Whitehaven" processors, and based on what has been spotted in the wild, at least one of the forthcoming Whitehaven CPUs will wield 16 cores and 32 threads.Let that sink in for a moment. AMD brought itself back in the performance discussion with Ryzen, which is fully capable of going toe-to-toe with Intel in multi-threaded applications. Now imagine taking the... Read more...
Some things are better late than never, right? Chicago Cubs fans who watched their team win the World Series last year can certainly attest to that, but it does not only apply to sports. Case in point, Intel has finally plugged a security hole that affects every Intel platform with Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel Standard Manageability (ISM), and Small Business Technology (SBT) from Nehalem in 2008 on up to present day Kaby Lake. The good news here is that Intel-based consumer PCs are completely unaffected by this bug. However, business customers who own PCs with vPro processors often... Read more...
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