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If there's been one drawback to Alienware's previous gen Aurora desktop series, it's that the systems we've gotten in for review have made a bit of a racket at times. These systems have always been well-equipped with the latest hardware and turn in some great performance, but their noise floor has sometimes been a drawback compared to some competitive offerings. It doesn't matter if we're looking at an Intel-powered version or its AMD-equipped counterpart, previous Aurora systems have tended to be louder than their 40-liter volumes suggested they should be. Regardless, It should come as no surprise that we were pretty stoked when Dell announced that the company had given the Aurora lineup... Read more...
Gigabyte is all grins and giggles today after partnering with HiCookie, an extreme overclocker, to take Intel's not-yet-released Core i9-12900K to new heights. Set to cement its status as the flagship chip in Intel's Alder Lake stack when it lands at retail, HiCookie revved the Core i9-12900K all the way to 8GHz (8,000MHz), a feat that was never accomplished on Rocket Lake or Comet Lake. That certainly puts things into perspective. Hitting 8GHz is not the highest-frequency ever for a CPU overclock, but has remained a summit too high for Alder Lake's immediate predecessors. Comet Lake came close, with the highest known overclocking being 7,707.62MHz (achieved with a Core i9-10900K), while Rocket... Read more...
For all those who have been following Intel's Xe HPG Scavenger Hunt, it has been filled with a few days of some periodically checking to see if the second question of the contest has dropped yet. Well on Tuesday, Intel dropped a pretty big clue as to when contestants need to be on their toes for question number 2 and it is very soon! The Xe HPG Scavenger Hunt opened up to contestants on October 27th and it runs until January 31, 2022. Many found that the list of prizes in the terms and conditions potentially hinted to what upcoming Intel Alchemist GPUs may cost. Then as the first question dropped it was a whirlwind of players trying to figure out the answer to the first question and had many... Read more...
It took a few days following Intel's Alder Lake announcement, but there are now a handful of places where you can preorder a 12th Gen Core processor, if that's what you want to do. We always recommend waiting for reviews, but hey, if you want to get a jump and/or take a leap of faith that Alder Lake will bring the boom, you certainly can. The big deal with Alder Lake is that it marks a wholesale shift to a hybrid architecture, something Intel flirted with when it launched Lakefield. Alder Lake is markedly different, though, and comes with some big performance claims. At the outset, Intel has launched half a dozen SKUs. which really breaks down to three models with ("K") or without ("KF") integrated... Read more...
Heads up we're going to have a special guest from Intel join us on Wednesday for a lively discussion on the chip maker's latest processor launch, Alder Lake. Marcus Kennedy, General Manager for Gaming and the Client Computing Group, will hop on our livestream to discuss the architecture and answer our questions, and yours too if you join us! Tell your boss you won't be working late tomorrow, because you have plans. Our Alder Lake livestream gets underway on November 11 (Wednesday) at 5:30pm ET (2:30pm PT). If you can't be there on time for whatever reason, you can catch replay at leisure. However, if you do make it, note that we monitor the chat section and can pass along any interesting questions... Read more...
According to MSI, it will be more important than ever to select the right cooler for Intel's new Alder Lake CPUs, and to make sure it is being mounted correctly. The reason? In short, the hotspots on different Alder Lake CPUs could be located in slightly different areas due to the hybrid makeup of the chip, and whether you select one with both Golden Cove and Gracemont cores, or just Golden Cove cores underneath the hood. A high-level overview can be seen in the thermal image above, which MSI shared during its latest MSI Insider episode on YouTube. Note that they are labeled incorrectly—the chip on the left is actually an Alder Lake CPU with an 8+8 configuration (as would be the case for... Read more...
Little by little, Intel keeps revealing more bits and pieces about Arc Alchemist, its first discrete graphics cards built specifically for gamers. Even so, there are plenty of questions that remain. One of those questions is what will the graphics cards actually look, and a new purported photo of Alchemist from a supposed inside sources may reveal the answer. One thing to keep in mind is that Alchemist is still several months from launching. Intel said it will debut in the first quarter of 2021. So conceivably, a launch could still be six months in the distance. It could potentially be even longer for the desktop part—according to the latest rumor, Alchemist will show up in laptop form... Read more...
Intel had a lot to share during its InnovatiON event this week, which was strategically timed for its Alder Lake launch. But let's not forget, Intel is also getting into discrete graphics. To that end, the chip maker talked a bit about its upcoming Arc Alchemist graphics card, and in doing so, reconfirmed some promising specifications. What it shared is not entirely new information. During its Architecture Day 2021 event earlier this year, Intel outlined its Xe Arc GPU roadmap, starting with Alchemist in the first quarter of next year, followed by Battlemage (Xe2 HPG), Celestial (Xe3 HPG), and Druid (Xe Next Architecture). At the time, Intel said Alchemist will wield up to eight render slices... Read more...
Sometimes things don't go quite as planned, but the trick is to not give up. If anyone needs reminding of this, Intel's InnovatiON event yesterday should suffice. About 40 minutes into the event, Intel tried to demonstrate its newly unveiled Core i9-12900K Alder Lake processor setting a world record while heavily overclocked and under extreme cooling. The attempt fell a little short during the live demo, after having been successful in multiple test runs the day prior (so Intel says). Intel stuck with it, however, and has now set multiple world records with its Core i9-12900K speeding along at 6.8GHz. That's quite the overclock, and it requires exotic cooling to get there. That is, exotic compared... Read more...
In what could very well be the coolest thing you see today, a notorious modder delidded a Core i9-12900K processor from Intel's newly announced Alder Lake stack, and provided a detailed video tour of the chip's makeup. That in and of itself is geektastic, but adding to the awesome-sauce, he also took some measurements, showed a custom delidding tool being fabbed, and highlighted some interesting bits around the CPU. Oh, and have you ever seen a cat use a processor as a pillow? That's in the video, too. This all came about after Roman "der8auer" Hartung made an admittedly "lazy" mistake on his Alder Lake test bed and killed his Core i9-12900K chip. While mounting an all-in-one cooler with his... Read more...
During today's Intel InnovatiON event, the chip maker covered a variety of topics across a range of product and service categories. Alder Lake is of course the major news today, as it gets off the ground with the first batch of desktop SKUs. But one of the more interesting nuggets from the event was the state of Moore's Law, and whether it's still relevant and attainable. Intel's answer? Yes, and 'Oh hell yes', if we're allowed to paraphrase. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger made some resounding statements about Moore's Law, and how the company will not only stay on track for the foreseeable future, but even bend the curve to its advantage, outpacing the prediction that was made so many decades ago. What... Read more...
At its inaugural InnovatiON event, which kicked off this morning, Intel revealed a number of additional details regarding its upcoming 12th Gen Core processors, codenamed Alder Lake. We’ve been covering leaks, rumors and whatever else emerged regarding Alder Lake for ages. And after Intel’s recent Architecture Day a few weeks back, we were able to dive into the Alder Lake architecture and disclose many of the underlying technologies that enable its hybrid design, including its Performance and Efficiency CPU cores. Today, however, Intel disclosed some additional feature and platform details, along with the initial 12th Gen Core processor lineup – complete with pricing. Before... Read more...
The talk of the day might be centered on Alder Lake, but Intel made another notable announcement today, regarding the performance potential of Argonne National Laboratory's Aurora supercomputer. We already knew that Intel's next-gen Xe-HPC GPU codenamed Ponte Vecchio would help power Aurora, but revealed today, Ponte Vecchio along with Sapphire Rapids will allow the supercomputer to reach and even exceed two exaflops of peak double precision compute performance. The combination of Intel's cutting-edge GPU and Xeon CPU architectures will enable Aurora to " provide unprecedented capability to integrate data analytics, AI, and simulation for advanced 3D modeling." And looked at from another angle,... Read more...
All indications point to Intel announcing and then releasing Alder Lake in the near future (certainly by the end of the year, but probably much sooner). While we wait, early benchmark leaks look encouraging, and have whet our appetite. Perhaps you find yourself pondering an upgrade. The question is, how much will it cost to make the transition to Alder Lake? We won't know with absolute certainty until Intel's next-gen chips actually touch ground, but we can put together a rough estimate based on what we know so far. By rough estimate, we mean take this for what it is—speculation based in part on price leaks, which may or may not prove accurate. However, the leaks are the best we have to... Read more...
Anyone with an aging GPU knows the struggle of trying to upgrade in this climate. Graphics card prices are through the roof, even when they're in stock by first-party sellers (Best Buy has been a pleasant exception here and there). So if you have some free time to spare, think about participating in Intel's Xe HPG scavenger hunt—you could win an Arc Alchemist graphics card when it releases next year. This is a continuation of a teaser video Intel posted to Twitter earlier this year. The video contained a few semi-hidden clues that, when decoded, led internet sleuths to GPS coordinates at Niagra Falls, and eventually an IP address for Intel's Xe HPG scavenger hunt microsite. Now several... Read more...
Several CPU cooler makers are offering LGA 1700 bracket upgrades for existing all-in-one liquid cooling solutions, so users who jump into Alder Lake will have one less expense to worry about (or a nominal one, as Corsair is selling its 'Retrofit Kits' for a small fee). But will they work as good as coolers designed from the ground-up with Alder Lake in mind? A photo of current-generation cooler contact plates after they've supposedly been applied to Alder Lake potentially casts some doubt. Among other things, Alder Lake takes a different physical shape than Rocket Lake and other LGA 115x processors. It's packing a mix of Golden Cove (high performance) and Gracemont (power efficient) cores underneath... Read more...
Time is running out on the bulk of Alder Lake leaks to spark speculation, at least for whatever Intel has on tap for its first wave of CPUs. One of Intel's upcoming 12th Gen Core chips is the Core i5-12600K. Positioned as a mid-range chip, a recent benchmark leak suggests it will deliver high-end performance, punching above the typical Core i5's weight class. Let's talk specs before we go any further. Built on what was previously known as Intel's 10-nanometer Enhanced SuperFin process (and now called Intel 7), the Core i5-12600K is tipped to be a 10-core/16-thread chip comprised of six high-performance Golden Cove cores with Hyper Threading support and four power-efficient Gracemont cores. If... Read more...
Before being anointed CEO of Intel earlier this year, Pat Gelsinger previously spent 30 years at the company, spanning 1979 to 2009. During his first run at Intel, where his illustrious career began, he formed the Intel Developer Forum and served as CTO, before eventually leaving for other pastures (EMC and then VMWare). Now that he's back, he has the weight of expectations on his shoulders, and the challenge of repositioning Intel as a leader in the semiconductor industry. He talked about some of those challenges after Intel posted its third-quarter earnings yesterday. Looking at the numbers, there are multiple takeaways. One of them is that Intel continues to rake in a lot of cash during a... Read more...
If taking a sensible approach to plotting your next upgrade, it's too early to decide whether or not to make the leap to Alder Lake. There are questions that remain to be answered. Primarily, they include queries about price, performance, and the release date. Well, it looks like a major US retailer has answered two of those questions ahead of Alder Lake's launch. Micro Center flipped the switch on a couple of unreleased retail listings, one for the Core i9-12900K and another for the Core i7-12700K. The former is expected to reign as Intel's flagship chip among its 12th Gen Core lineup, so the specifications revealed in the listing don't really come as a surprise. Pricing, on the other hand,... Read more...
In 2020 a study showed the IT industry spent an estimated $2 trillion in software development associated with debugging code. The study also showed that 50 percent of IT budgets were allocated to debugging code alone. Intel hopes to change those numbers by making its ControlFlag tool open-source. ControlFlag is an AI-powered tool created by Intel to detect bugs within computer code using advanced self-supervised machine learning (ML). The software developed last year was able to locate hundreds of confirmed software defects in proprietary, production-quality software systems in just a few analyses of source code repositories. Its machine learning techniques enable it to find coding anomalies,... Read more...
You can bet motherboard makers have every intention of giving Alder Lake the flagship treatment, and lest there be any doubt, leaked images showcase Gigabyte's upcoming Z690 Aorus Xtreme. It's a beauty for sure, and also wields some fancy technology on board—dual PCI Express 5.0 slots and DDR5 RAM support among them. The Z690 Aorus Xtreme is built around the Extended ATX (E-ATX) form factor, so users who buy this thing will have to make sure they have a roomy chassis that can fit the oversized (compared to regular ATX) motherboard. While all the details have yet to be revealed, there are certain elements we can pick out from the images. One of the more interesting bits is the memory shroud,... Read more...
New operating systems always arrive with some interesting quirks, and when one gets released with as many restrictions as Windows 11, you know things are going to get interesting. Windows 11 was initially released with a laundry list of exclusionary requirements, presumably in the name of security. One of the most controversial items on the list may have been the TPM 2.0 requirement, with the strict requirement of an 8th Gen Intel CPU or a Ryzen 2000 Series (or newer) processor for AMD a close second. While Microsoft may have relented somewhat on the TPM requirements and allowing first-gen Ryzen compatibility as well, both of those options come with the caveat that you're pretty much left... Read more...
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