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Even if you have never owned one, because of the long-standing boutique quality of their systems, there is a good chance you have heard of Falcon Northwest. Falcon Northwest is one of the earliest and now most well-known boutique system builders around. If I can break from the "royal we" for a moment, Falcon Northwest was a brand I have lusted after for decades, but never allowed myself to purchase, for the same reason I do not own a Ferrari. It's fast, it's sexy, but a Honda Insight, while not as flashy, is closer to my income level. Life choices and what not. Just as Ferrari offers no apology for charging a premium for its sports cars, Falcon Northwest is happily content to hang out solely... Read more...
Corsair has gotten around to updating its lineup of compact gaming PCs with the latest generation CPU hardware from AMD (Ryzen 5000 series based on Zen 3) and Intel (11th Gen Core chips based on Rocket Lake-S). Just as enticing, both the updated Corsair One a200 and One i200 come equipped with NVIDIA's burly GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. As we noted in our GeForce RTX 3080 review, the card is nothing short of impressive, delivering extreme performance across the board. It is an outstanding GPU for gaming at 4K and turning on real-time ray tracing effects. It's nice to see Corsair turning to one of NVIDIA's finest (second only to the GeForce RTX 3090) for its refreshed compact desktops. While... Read more...
We should count our lucky stars that PC memory pricing is not through the roof, like it was at one point—these days you can find name-brand 16GB DDR4-3200 kits selling for less than $80. That said, general pricing could be going up, right as Intel's new Rocket Lake-S lineup lifts off. Exactly how much remains to be seen. According to a TrendForce report, DRAM pricing crawled upwards by 3-8 percent in the first quarter of 2021. As we head into the second quarter, the market research firm anticipates prices going up a bit more significantly, by another 13-18 percent. To use the example above of an $80 memory kit, a price hike on the higher side could mean paying around $94 for the same RAM... Read more...
After disclosing some architecture details a few months back, and revealing the initial line-up of Rocket Lake-S based 11th Gen processors a few weeks ago, Intel is officially launching its latest family of mainstream desktop CPUs today, along with some new chipsets to enable all of their features in motherboard platforms. As most of you probably know by now, 11th Gen Intel Core processors based on Rocket Lake-S are manufactured using Intel’s mature 14nm process, but they feature the company’s latest microarchitecture and technology, which was backported from 10nm. We’ve got the flagship CPU in the new line-up on hand today, the Core i9-11900K, along with its more mainstream... Read more...
There is overclocking, and then there is extreme overclocking, the latter of which requires equally extreme cooling solutions. The go-to method of choice for record overclock attempts is liquid nitrogen, otherwise known as LN2. And it was LN2 that a pair of overclocking enthusiasts in India employed to bring an Intel Core i9-11900K processor all the way to 6,500MHz (or 6.5GHz). The 11th Gen Core i9-11900K is the flagship processor within Intel's brand-spanking-new Rocket Lake-S desktop lineup. It sports an 8-core/16-thread configuration with a 3.5GHz base clock and up to a 4.8GHz all-core and 5.3GHz single-core turbo frequency, both via Thermal Velocity Boost. Incidentally, the all-core frequency... Read more...
After months of anticipation, leaks, and rumors, Intel on Tuesday finally lifted the veil on is 11th Gen Core desktop processors, codenamed Rocket Lake-S, along with an accompanying 500 series chipset for motherboard makers to wring the most performance possible out of the new chips. The initial announcement was not the end of it, though. Late last night, Intel sent members of the press some additional information about a feature it is calling Adaptive Boost. This is yet another way to temporarily ramp up the clocks on certain processors, for improved performance when and where needed. All of Intel's Rocket Lake-S CPUs already have a designated max Turbo frequency, and can go even higher via... Read more...
It is still going to be a couple of weeks before the bulk of reviews arrive on Intel's newly minted 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" desktop processors, ours included. Feeling impatient? A spattering of leaked benchmarks provide a possible teaser into what Rocket Lake-S will bring to the table, including some figures for Intel's Core i9-11900KF. The Core i9-11900KF sits at the top of the stack, next the Core i9-11900K (non-F model). Both share the same core CPU specifications, just the KF model lacks onboard graphics and can be had for a little less money (Intel's recommended pricing in 1,000-tray quantities of $513 for the Core i9-11900KF versus $539 for the Core i9-11900K). It's an 8-core/16-thread... Read more...
Intel today officially announced its complete family of 11th generation Core (Rocket Lake-S) desktop processors. The company is promising a lot with these new desktop CPUs, including a claimed 19 percent IPC lift over its previous-gen Comet Lake-S, the inclusion of 12th generation Xe graphics on the desktop side, and full support for the PCIe 4.0 interface. Core i7-11600K (Left), Core i9-11900K on the (Right) The big IPC lift is attributed to Intel's new Cypress Cove architecture; a 14nm backport of its 10nm Sunny Cove (Ice Lake) microarchitecture. This performance boost could pay dividends in single-threaded performance -- particularly in games -- against AMD's... Read more...
Intel already revealed that its Rocket Lake-S family would officially launch on March 30th, but we'll get a first look at the processors this week. Intel announced that it would show off its Rocket Lake-S desktop processor family and its high-powered Tiger Lake-H processors found in gaming notebooks and high-end mobile workstations on March 18th at the GDC Showcase. "Known to industry insiders but not well known to the outside world, Intel works closely with game developers to ensure we deliver the best gaming platforms," said Intel while announcing its Gaming is Shaping the World partner session. "Intel [will offer] a first look at the new Tiger Lake H-series notebook and Rocket Lake... Read more...
This is a busy month for CPU launches. AMD is unveiling its 3rd Gen EPYC 7003 "Milan" server processors today (you can catch the livestream with us), and at the end of the month, Intel's 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" CPUs will be cleared for lift-off. As it pertains to the latter, some newly leaked benchmarks indicate Intel's next-gen desktop CPUs are in good shape. Rocket Lake-S represents the final major iteration of Intel's 14-nanometer node. Be that as it may, Rocket Lake-S is a major architectural upgrade. It utilizes Intel's Cypress Cove cores, which is basically a 14nm back-port of Sunny Cove (10nm) used in the company's Ice Lake mobile processors. Intel is claiming a 19 percent IPC (instructions... Read more...
We have probably said a thousand times (slight exaggeration) that Intel is expected to launch its 11th Gen Core desktop processors at the end of March, and now we can finally confirm that to be the case. Or rather, Intel has confirmed it. The official launch date is set for March 30, exactly four weeks from now, and just one day before March comes to a close. What brought about the confirmation is an inquiry after German retailer Mindfactory had been accepting pre-orders for one of Intel's upcoming Rocket Lake-S processors, and specifically the Core i7-11700K. According to the product page, which is no longer taking orders, the retailer sold "over 120" units before Intel caught wind and told... Read more...
If you purchased an MSI Z490 motherboard with your new Comet Lake-S processor last year or are looking to save some bucks by forgoing a newer Z590 motherboard, we've got some good news for you. MSI announced this morning that all its Z490 motherboards support PCIe 4.0 with 11th generation Rocket Lake-S processors via a simple BIOS update. While some motherboard manufacturers are taking a selective approach regarding enabling PCIe 4.0 support, it's good to hear that MSI made the necessary hardware choices on the backend to make this possible. "To be PCIe 4.0 compatible, several components on the motherboards are necessary, including PCIe 4.0 ready clock generator, lane switch, redriver, PCIe... Read more...
Preliminary retail pricing has started to appear for Intel's upcoming Rocket Lake-S processors, with pre-order and placeholder listings giving us an idea of where the next-gen chips might land. There are more than a dozen listings for Intel's 11th Gen Core desktop chips, ranging from the Core i5-11400F on up to the flagship Core i9-11900K. Of course, early listings from vendors outside of the usual suspects (Amazon, Newegg, and the such) are not always indicative of how pricing will shake out more broadly. But until Intel releases MSRPs and/or more vendors chuck up their own pre-order pages for Rocket Lake, these will have to do. So, what are we looking at? There are at least two retailers who... Read more...
Intel's 11th generation Rocket Lake-S processors are on deck to launch during Q1 2021, and excitement is building. Leading up to the official launch, Intel has been dropping hints about the new processor family's performance compared to AMD's lineup of Ryzen processors. Today, Intel gives us a very early preview of how the storage subsystem will fair against systems using AMD's Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 processors. In this case, Intel is touting its alleged superior PCIe 4.0 performance with its upcoming flagship Core i9-11900K against AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X. Intel paired its processor with an ASUS Z590 ROG Maximus XIII Hero motherboard, while the AMD processor was coupled with an ASUS X570... Read more...
Intel is promising big things from its upcoming Rocket Lake-S CPUs, including upgraded features like PCI Express 4.0 support and faster memory, and of course a double-digit bump in IPC (instructions per clock) performance. In the early going, we have seen a mix of benchmark leaks, some more promising than others. Now as we head into the home stretch, a user has posted an informal 'review' of the Core i7-11700 (non-K model), based on what they claim is a qualification sample. A qualification sample is still considered an engineering sample (ES), which itself is a version of an upcoming processor that is tested internally, and also sent out to OEM system builders, and eventually reviewers. Finalized... Read more...
Benchmark leaks purporting to give us a performance glimpse of Intel's upcoming 11th Gen Core desktop processors based on Rocket Lake are kind of all over the place. One of the more recent ones falls on the encouraging side of the spectrum. That's because it supposedly shows a Core i5-11400 processor putting the beat down on a current-generation Core i5-10400 in single-threaded performance. The usual disclaimers apply when examining benchmark leaks of unreleased products—a variety of factors can alter the results, including clockspeeds (is the chip overclocked or running at stock?), drivers, supplementary platform components, and so forth. We also caution against reading too much into a... Read more...
Intel is getting ready to launch Rocket Lake to the retail space in just a few weeks (end of March), at which point we will finally have some concrete answers for the most burning questions—Rocket Lake pricing, performance, and all that jazz. As we wait, some last-minute leaks are trickling in, including a benchmark entry for the upcoming Core i5-11600K, and what appears to be official press renderings for Rocket Lake's funky retail packaging. Let's start with the benchmark leak, shall we? Geekbench is the popular hangout for unreleased processors, and that is where the Core i5-11600K has made an early appearance. According to the listing, it is a 6-core/12-thread chip with a 3.9GHz base... Read more...
Intel's 11th generation Rocket Lake-S family is just around the corner, and it promises some rather impressive gains not only in single-threaded performance, but also with multi-threaded performance. But don't let the impending arrival of Rocket Lake-S fool you into thinking that Intel is done with its 10th generation Comet Lake-S family. The company is now listing a new flagship SKU called the Core i9-11900KS. According to the Intel Software Advantage Program (as originally discovered by WCCFTech), the company has added the Core i9-11900KS has been added to the eligibility list. Nothing else is known about the Special Edition processor at this time, but we can make... Read more...
We are now just a few weeks away from Intel releasing its next-generation Rocket Lake-S CPUs to retail, which will do battle with AMD's Zen 3 lineup for desktop supremacy. In the lead-up to the retail launch, more leaked benchmarks have emerged, this time highlighting two SKUs, the upcoming Core i9-11900K and Core i7-11700K. Before we get to the two separate leaks, let us talk about Rocket Lake-S for a moment. Rocket Lake-S is set to be the last major release on Intel's 14-nanometer node. It is a major new architecture, though, based on Cypress Cove, which itself is a 14nm backport of Ice Lake's 10nm Sunny Cove cores. Rocket Lake-S will bring about some new features, like PCI Express 4.0 support,... Read more...
The CPU wars are heating up. AMD is on the offensive with its latest generation Zen 3 processors, while Intel is set to fire back with its upcoming 11th Generation Core desktop processors, otherwise known as Rocket Lake-S. Intel is promising big things from Rocket Lake-S, but AMD might be getting ready to counter with a Ryzen 5000 series desktop CPU cranked to 5GHz and beyond. If true, that kind of speed ceiling would mark a new threshold for Zen 3. Here is a look at AMD's existing Ryzen 5000 series lineup... Ryzen 9 5950X: 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.4GHz to 4.9GHz, 64MB L3 cache, 105W TDP Ryzen 9 5900X: 12 cores / 24 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.8GHz, 64MB L3 cache, 105W TDP Ryzen 9 5900: 12 cores / 24... Read more...
There's no question that AMD launched an impressive lineup of processors with Ryzen 5000 (read the HotHardware review here) during the closing months of 2020. Thanks to new Zen 3 architecture, AMD brought big IPC gains to bolster single-threaded performance, while multi-threaded performance remained impressive (as has always been the case for Zen-based processors). While everything looks good on paper, getting your hands on a Ryzen 5000 processor from online retailers has been hit or miss at best. AMD relies solely on TSMC to manufacturer all its major product lines (Ryzen, EPYC, Radeon, etc.), and the fab is fully booked. It's not exactly easy for AMD to call up and ask TSMC... Read more...
In this episode of 2.5 Geeks, Marco, Chris and Dave will be looking at Dell's new XPS Desktop Special Edition PC with GeForce RTX 30 muscle, Fast PCIe 4 SSDs from ADATA, Intel's Xe HPG discrete gaming GPU that's now up and running in the lab, and discuss Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S motherboard compatibility... Apologies For The Audio Sync Issues!  Show Notes: 06:40 - Dell XPS Desktop Special Edition 8940 Review: A Sleek Gaming Rig 18:29 - ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70 And S50 Lite Review: PCIe 4 Speed Or Value 27:29 - Intel's Next-Gen XE HPG Gaming GPU Teased Running 3DMark Mesh Shader Test 39:15 - Intel Confirms Rocket Lake-S CPUs Won't Be Compatible With All 400-Series Motherboards 40:19 - Gigabyte... Read more...
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