Intel Says Moore’s Law Is Alive And Well With Trillion Transistor Chips Coming By 2030

Much has been written about the death of Moore's Law. The "law"—more properly titled an "observation"—was created by one of Intel's founders, Gordon Moore. He noted that the number of components in an integrated circuit was roughly doubling every year, then later revised his observation to every two years in 1975. While progress on that front has inarguably slowed, Intel has no intention of letting Moore's Law die out, and it's intending to show how it'll keep things shrinking at IEDM. For those out of the loop, IEDM is the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting. It's a yearly...

AMD Ryzen 5 7600X And Ryzen 7 7700X Review: Mainstream Zen 4 Tested

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series - Starting At: $250 (7600X), Ryzen 9 7950X - $699 AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors are a major upgrade over the previous generation and the updated platform offers a host of benefits.   Excellent ST Performance Rich Feature Set Big Gains Gen Over Gen Available Upgrade Path High Cost of Entry High Idle Power (With X670E) Pricey Core For Core There are currently four chips in AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 processor family, and we've already featured two of them. The Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 9 7900X offered fantastic multi-threaded performance and stellar...

AMD 4th Gen EPYC 9004 Series Launched: Genoa Tested In A Data Center Benchmark Gauntlet

AMD has just officially launched its 4th generation of EPYC server CPUs. Codenamed Genoa, these EPYC 9004 series processors are built using the same Zen 4 DNA powering the company’s Ryzen 7000 series of consumer desktop CPUs. The central story behind these processors is the same as ever—larger core counts, more IPC, higher frequencies—but this generation also brings more features, connectivity and resource gains that necessitate the use of a new socket, dubbed SP5. At a high level, these processors are built similarly to 3rd Generation EPYC 7003 series processors. The platform...

Intel Core i9-13900K & Core i5-13600K Review: Raptor Lake Roars

Intel Core i9-13900K - $589, Intel Core i5-13600K - $289 More cores, more cache, higher frequencies, and a refined design and manufacturing process boost the performance of Intel's 13th Gen Core processors significantly.   Excellent Performance Single Thread Leadership More Cores And Cache Same Socket As 12th Gen Competitive Pricing Faster Memory Support Work With 600 & 700 Chipsets Relatively High Power Temps Ramp Quickly A few weeks back, during its Innovation 2022 event, Intel revealed the first salvo of 13th Gen Core desktop processors based on the Raptor Lake-S architecture. The processors...

Live Intel 4th Gen Xeon Benchmarks: Sapphire Rapids Accelerators Revealed

This afternoon at Intel Innovation 2022 in San Jose, Intel offered a sneak peek of the capabilities of the on-board accelerators of its forthcoming 4th Generation Xeon Processor family, known as Sapphire Rapids. In fact, we were treated to a hands-on “Intel 4th Gen Xeon Accelerator Experience” today, to watch Sapphire Rapids in action versus AMD’s EPYC 7763 64-core Milan processor. We were invited into a data center server room setup, with the delightful sound of rack servers screaming, to witness firsthand live benchmark runs of specific accelerated workloads. The workloads to...

Intel 13th Gen Core Processors Revealed: Raptor Lake Unleashed

At the Innovation 2022 event currently underway in San Jose, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger revealed a number of details regarding the upcoming 13th Gen Core processor line-up, codenamed Raptor Lake. If you’re a regular HotHardware reader, you’ve likely seen a myriad of Raptor Lake-related rumors and leaks over the last few months. Today though, we can cast the rumors aside and confirm much of what has previously been reported. Of course, there’s a lot more to share as well – so let’s get right to it... The new Intel 13th Gen Core Processor family will scale all the way from...

AMD Ryzen 9 7900X And 7950X CPU Review: Fantastic Zen 4 Performance Gains

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series - Starting At: $299 (7600X), Ryzen 9 7950X - $699 AMD's Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors are a major upgrade over the previous generation and the updated platform offers a host of benefits.   Feature Rich Platform Simple Overclocking Big Gains Gen Over Gen Strong Performance New Socket High Idle Power (With X670E) Still 16-Core Maximum Last month, AMD officially took the wraps off of the Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors during its “together we advance_PCs” livestream event. During the stream, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su and other members...

Exploring AMD Ryzen 6000 Vs Intel 12th Gen Laptop Task Energy Consumption

At the launch of its Ryzen 6000 mobile processors, AMD made some bold claims about power efficiency. While the first systems out of the gate, like the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, boasted some pretty impressive performance and good battery life, it was the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED (above) that really took battery life to a whole new level. In the middle of all this, AMD claims its processors are more efficient than Intel's. In some aspects that does appear to be the case, but evaluating power efficiency is a tricky thing. If a platform uses less energy overall, but can't get a particular...

AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 Launch: Speeds, Specs, All You Need To Know And An RDNA 3 Surprise

AMD just concluded its “together we advance_PCs” livestream event, during which CEO Dr. Lisa Su and other members of the executive team unveiled the company’s launch plans for the upcoming Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series and its associated platform. We were lucky enough to be on-hand for the announcements and have summarized all of the pertinent details for you here. Two and a Half Geeks Livestream With AMD's Robert Hallock To date, AMD has disclosed quite a bit regarding the Ryzen 7000 series and the Zen 4 architecture. As many of you will already know, AMD’s goal with the...

AMD Threadripper Pro 5965WX Review: Many-Core Zen 3 Monster

AMD has been tearing it up in the desktop market with its Ryzen 5000 series processors since their release, but news on the Threadripper front has been comparatively quiet. Threadripper and Threadripper Pro 3000 series processors launched all the way back in 2020, and up until a few months ago the company hadn’t been talking much about its many-core powerhouses. After the Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 series arrived, hardcore enthusiasts were eager to see what the architecture could do in an HEDT Threadripper, but alas those processors never materialized. In March of this year, however, AMD announced...

Core i9-12900KS Review: Intel’s Fastest Alder Lake CPU Tested

Over the last few generations of its mainstream desktop processors, Intel has released “Special Edition” models, which are functionally similar to that generation’s flagship CPU, but with goosed clock speeds to boost performance. The same is true of the Alder Lake-based 12th Gen Core processors. When Alder Lake initially hit the scene, we had the opportunity to evaluate the then top-end Core i9-12900K and its little brother, the excellently efficient Core i5-12600K. Fast forward a few months though, and Intel took the 12900K, injected a little adrenaline, cranked up the clocks,...

AMD Reveals RDNA 3 Chiplets, 3D V-Cache For Zen 4 And Phoenix Point Laptop Chips

At today's Financial Analyst Day, AMD revealed several tidbits of information about its forthcoming technologies and products roadmap, and the company also confirmed a few details that rumor-mongers have been reporting for months now. We're going to go over the company's announcements in the server space in future post, but first, let's take a look at what AMD's disclosed about its consumer-focused products. The most interesting news came concerning the company's new RDNA 3 graphics architecture. As the successor to AMD's extant RDNA 2 architecture currently found in game consoles, laptop...

Ryzen 6000 And ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Laptop Review: Revisiting Performance

AMD had a wildly eventful keynote at CES 2022, jam-packed with announcements. During the festivities, CEO Dr. Lisa Su, Frank Azor, Jason Banta, and Laura Smith jointly revealed a wide array of products, including the Radeon RX 6500 XT, Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors, and refreshed Radeon RX 6000S series mobile GPUs, along with AMD Advantage program updates, and the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and next-gen Ryzen 7000 desktop processors. There was a mountain of information to unpack after the event, but as time passes things are coming into focus. We recently had the chance to check out the Radeon RX 6500...

AMD Ryzen 7000 Smokes Alder Lake At Computex Keynote As Zen 4 Excitement Builds

While it's early morning (or late night) here in the US, it's mid-afternoon in Taipei, and AMD just finished up its Computex 2022 keynote. Some of the talk in today's event was a recap of the company's recent releases, such as its Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors and the laptops arriving in market powered by them. However, there were also a few other very interesting tidbits regarding the company's forthcoming Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series CPUs and their socket AM5 platform, as well as other platform technologies we should touch on. AMD's Mendocino Harnesses Zen 2 And RDNA 2 Graphics It...

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU Review: The King Of PC Gaming

AMD has been working on its 3D chiplet technology for quite some time now, but it was back at Computex last year that the company initially showed off its 3D V-Cache in a consumer processor, targeted squarely at gamers. Though the chip AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su held up on stage was somewhat different than the Ryzen 7 5800X3D we’ll be showing you here today, the technology at play is identical and as you’ll see shortly, it offers significant, tangible benefits to gamers. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D features 64MB of supplemental L3 cache, that’s bonded to the processor’s compute die,...

AMD Spring CPU Refresh: Ryzen 7 5700X And An Affordable Ryzen 5 Trio Tested

AMD has been riding high since the release of its first Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors back in late in 2020. Although Intel recently shook things up in the enthusiast desktop processor space with its Alder Lake-based 12th Gen Core processors, the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series remains attractive up and down its stack. Still, save for some new APUs and PRO series parts, AMD hadn’t significantly refreshed its mainstream desktop processor line-up in over a year. So, with Intel’s 12th Gen processors out in the wild, it made sense for for the company to further flesh out its processors offerings...

NVIDIA Launches Hopper H100, World's Largest AI And Compute Accelerator With 30x A100 Performance

Back in the 1990s, NVIDIA got its start selling graphics adapters for desktop PCs. After a rocky start with the NV1, NVIDIA established itself as a performance leader soon thereafter with the release of the TwiN-Texel (TNT) chip, and with the original GeForce 256, as a technology leader, too. That's all ancient history now, but the facts haven't changed: NVIDIA is the world's biggest producer of discrete graphics processors. People usually simply say "GPUs," yet that's become a bit of an ironic name as the years go on. Team Green still sells lots of graphics chips, of course, but the biggest portion...

NVIDIA Unveils 144-Core Grace CPU Superchip, NVLink-C2C Interconnect To Shred HPC Workloads

NVIDIA is expanding its CPU design efforts in with the introduction of its Grace CPU Superchip, its first discrete data center CPU for high performance computing (HPC) workloads. It's actually two processors linked together in the same package. The chips connect coherently over NVLink-C2C, a new high-speed, low-latency, chip-to-chip interconnect that NVIDIA also unveiled today at GTC 2022. The Grace CPU Superchip is intended to complement NVIDIA's Grace Hopper Superchip, a hybrid CPU-GPU integrated module introduced last year for giant-scale HPC and AI applications. Both solutions share the same...

Intel Core i9-12900HK With RTX 3080 Ti Review: MSI's GE76 Raider Laptop Screams

At its annual architecture day event late last year, Intel revealed a multitude of details regarding its 12th Gen Core desktop and mobile processors based on Alder Lake. For the uninitiated, 12th Gen Core processors feature Intel’s latest CPU microarchitectures (yes, plural), in a hybrid design that mixes high-performance and high-efficiency cores on a single chip. Well, most 12th Gen Core mobile processors leverage a hybrid design, anyway. When CES 2022 rolled around earlier this month, Intel also revealed its initial line-up of 12th Gen Core mobile processors, some of which featured...

Intel Launches Huge Arsenal Of 12th Gen Mainstream Alder Lake Desktop Chips, Coolers And Chipsets

Intel has just expanded its lineup of Alder Lake desktop processors with nearly two dozen new SKUs spanning its Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, Core i5, and Core i9 product categories. it also unveiled a trio of stock cooling solutions for its latest Alder Lake chips, and added three additional 600 series chipsets, all in an effort to further extend its reach into the mainstream market with its latest-generation CPU architecture. The first batch of Alder Lake processors released in early November and consisted of three main models, each with ("K") and without ("KF") integrated graphics. They included...

Intel's New 12th Gen Alder Lake-H Laptop CPUs Promise A Massive 28 Percent Boost For Gaming

It was inevitable that Intel would release laptop processors based on its Alder Lake architecture, and that day has officially arrived. As it did on the desktop, Intel is kicking things off with its high-performance parts, which in this case its its 12th Gen Core H-series lineup, with up to 14 physical cores and 20 threads. Lower power options will be coming at some point in the future. Intel's mobile Alder Lake stack is headlined by the Core i9-12900HK, and the company is making no bones about what it says this chip represents: "The fastest mobile processor. Ever." It's also touting huge gains...

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Benchmarks: Huge AI And Gaming Gains For Next-Gen Android Flagships

Qualcomm recently announced a new flagship mobile chipset for next-gen Android devices, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which also kicks off a rebrand of the Snapdragon platform. Going forward, Qualcomm will no longer use three-digit model number designations as it has done with past chipsets like the Snapdragon 888+ 5G. In somewhat vague terms, Qualcomm said it needed a "bigger tent, a longer playing field so to speak," as it aims to broaden the appeal of Snapdragon "while keeping true to its core." The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 gets the party started, with Qualcomm kicking off its rebranding effort with a premium...

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