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Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake processors are right around the corner, with an official announcement coming as soon as October 27th. However, in the lead-up to the launch, most of the leaks and news have surrounded the Alder Lake-S desktop family rather than the related laptop-centric processors. Thankfully, today we have some information to deliver on the laptop front courtesy of SanMax. Hermitage Akihabara posted images of sample SanMax DDR5 memory modules on display at PC Shop Arc. The 252-pin SO-DIMMs are rated for DDR5-4800 speeds (CL40) and operate at 1.1 volts. SanMax is using Micron memory for these modules, with these samples coming in at a 32GB capacity. The 32GB capacity... Read more...
The 12th generation Intel Alder Lake processor leaks continue to file in at a rapid pace. Yesterday, Lenovo spilled the beans on its upcoming Legion 9000K (2022) desktop PC powered by Alder Lake, and today retail packaging for the processors has leaked to the internet. The leak came to us courtesy of VideoCardz, which posted renders of retail packaging for the Core i5-12600K, Core i7-12700K, and Core i9-12900K. There's nothing too surprising about the visuals presented here, with Intel's customary varying shades of blue appearing on the boxes. In addition, the flagship Core i9-12900K receives a unique box design that has an image of an wafer along the side for a bit of visual flare. The rest... Read more...
With the proliferation of artificial intelligence in recent years, the term "neuromorphic" is being used much more often in the tech sector. If you're a native English speaker, you can probably surmise that neuromorphic means something along the lines of "brain-like." Indeed, the buzzword of the day is "neuromorphic processing," and it refers to computers—previously called "cognitive computers"—designed to mimic the function of the human brain. The reason that's the buzzword of the day is because Intel just announced its second-generation neuromorphic processor, Loihi 2. If you never heard of the original Loihi, you probably aren't involved in bleeding-edge artificial intelligence... Read more...
Intel hasn’t officially announced its 12th generation Alder Lake processor families yet, but that isn’t stopping Lenovo from giving us a teaser of what’s to come. The company today pulled the wraps off its Legion 9000K (2022) desktop PC via Weibo. Translating the text on the poster, Lenovo says that the system is “Equipped with a new Core 12th generation processor.” This confirms that we’re looking at a system powered by Alder Lake, and that’s further backed up by the mention of DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 support. Although there is no mention of what processors are in use with the system, one of the following SKUs will likely be included: Core i9-12900K:... Read more...
We've probably seen close to four million leaks related to Intel's upcoming flagship desktop CPU, the Core i9-12900K, but what about the non-K version without an unlocked multiplier? It has pretty much shied away from early cameos. That said, it is the star of the latest leaked benchmark making the rounds, which also happens to co-star an ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard. Neither of those parts officially exist yet, and won't until sometime next month, assuming Intel announces Alder Lake in October as previously rumored. But a launch being right around the corner, there is great opportunity for these types of leaks—in this case, someone at ASUS probably ran the Core i9-12900 through... Read more...
In case you haven't heard, China is trying to puzzle out its pollution problem, and one way it's doing that is by rationing power. The Chinese government has started selectively requiring energy producers to cool off in an effort to reduce emissions, although those organizations are also dealing with rising coal and natural gas prices, too—all amid ever-increasing energy demands. Unsurprisingly, this has had an effect on the semiconductor industry. Reports from Reuters, AP, and Nikkei Asia all indicate that factories in no less than five provinces have had to shut down due to exceeding local energy use quotas. These quotas were put in place by the Chinese government to stifle smog and preserve... Read more...
It appears Intel has some very specific branding guidelines for its upcoming Arc graphics launch, starting with Alchemist, according to a leaked document. This is not unusual, but what makes it interesting is that the document, if it turns out to be legitimate, reveals how Intel plans to market and label its Alchemist graphics cards. There are going to be multiple SKUs, that much is a given. Additionally, Intel has already revealed a high level, multi-year roadmap that extends beyond Alchemist. While Alchemist will kick off Intel's entry (or re-entry, if you're counting Larrabee) into discrete graphics cards, there will be more product designations to follow. Specifically, as things currently... Read more...
Companies that make cooling products for PCs have been stepping up to the plate with free mounting kit upgrades for Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs, which employ a new LGA 1700 socket design. MSI is the latest to join the fray, and in doing so, it may have tipped the release date for Alder Lake, which is something Intel has not announced yet. The only indication from Intel so far is that Alder Lake will arrive before the end of the year, with motherboards based on its accompanying Z690 chipset in tow. And since Alder Lake supports DDR5 RAM, we can expect DDR5 memory kits to broadly launch at or near the same time as well. Some kits have already been announced—for example, TeamGroup recently... Read more...
Intel's upcoming Core i9-12900K processor is the star of yet another leaked benchmark run, and like several that have come before this one, it adds to the pre-launch hype and expectations surrounding Alder Lake. Obviously we can't put too much stock into pre-release (read: unofficial) benchmarks. But they are out there all the same, and they are collectively setting an interesting bar for Intel to achieve. The Core i9-12900K figures to be Intel's flagship Alder Lake CPU on the desktop, at least initially. During the Intel Architecture Day 2021 event last month, Intel reiterated that Alder Lake will be offered with up to 16 total cores, including up to eight high performance Golden Cove cores... Read more...
Make no mistake, Intel is supremely interested in competing at the high end of the gaming graphics card market, and being a viable contender, not just an also-ran. Intel also plans to target the mid-range and entry-level segments as well, the latter of which has been overlooked (so far) by AMD and NVIDIA with their latest generation lineups. So what is actually in store from Intel? The latest chatter suggests it has three Alchemist cards on tap. The information comes from leaker Moore's Law Is Dead and several of what he deems to be some of his "best sources." And they all seem to agree that the top model will feature 512 execution units (EUs). That is a specification we have seen in previous... Read more...
All the world’s chip giants are rushing to increase fab capacity as shortages rock multiple industries. Although Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC) is the largest contract chipmaker, Intel is moving to beef up its fabs. And best of all, the company is expanding right here in the United States. Intel today broke ground on two new “leading-edge” chip factories at its Ocotillo campus located in Chandler, Arizona. There’s no question that the rise of TSMC (Taiwan) and Samsung (South Korea) is partly due to America’s retreat in semiconductor manufacturing. Intel’s resurgence in domestic chipmaking is part of its IDM 2.0 strategy and hopes to “bring more balance to... Read more...
Hey, have you heard? Intel is releasing its first modern discrete graphics card next year! Of course you've heard, because Intel has not kept its high-level plans a secret, not by a long shot. Lower-level details have been a bit tougher to source, though Intel has shared some additional info in recent weeks, and of course the leaks and rumors scene is as active as ever. And as it pertains to the latter, it's said ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI are all prepping Alchemist cards. In case you have managed to dodge the flurry of information regarding Intel's discrete GPU plans, Alchemist will get the party started in the desktop graphics card arena. Intel is tapping TMSC's 6-nanometer node for its first... Read more...
We’ve extensively covered Intel’s NUC 11 Extreme “Beast Canyon” mini PC over the past few months, and it’s no doubt impressive. However, the system has only been available for preorder at outfits like SimplyNUC, and we aren’t aware of many systems that have shipped at this point. However, one seller on Amazon is currently taking orders for the NUC 11 Extreme, with customers taking delivery as soon as September 25th. E-ITX (via Amazon Marketplace) is selling the NUC 11 Extreme barebones kit for $1,770. This is a range-topping configuration with a Core i9-11900KB processor, but you’ll have to supply the memory, storage, and operating system. The seller... Read more...
Alder Lake is putting on quite a show in leaks, though obviously we can only glean so much from unconfirmed reports and benchmark runs. For now, those are all we have to go on, until Alder Lake arrives in earnest later this year. That said, a fresh leak has Intel's upcoming Core i9-12900K processor climbing above 30,000 points in Cinebench R23. That is a monstrous score, no doubt. Whether it is a legitimate benchmark run or not, time will tell. But if it is, then the Core i9-12900K is going to bring some big time multi-threaded performance to the table when it launches, perhaps surpassing AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X, which itself is no slouch. This is not the only leak that suggests this might... Read more...
The CPU wars are not coming to an end anytime soon, and instead, we can expect some interesting skirmishes in the months and years ahead. It starts with Intel's next-gen Alder Lake launch that is now right around the bend. Early leaks have mostly been encouraging, including the latest one that shows a Core i9-12900K curb-stomping AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X. Put the pitchforks down, there are indeed some heavy caveats and disclaimers that come with this leak. One of them is, simply, that this is a leak, and so by it's very nature, the data is not wholly reliable. Secondly, this is an Ashes of the Singularity (AOTS) benchmark comparison. AOTS is nowhere near the end-all-be-all for evaluating... Read more...
If there’s one thing that companies across various industries are asking for right now, it’s increased chip capacity so that they can ship more products out the door to customers. But, unfortunately, there’s a severe backlog when it comes to fab capacity. That means the current chip supply can’t keep up with demand for hardware like Radeon RX and GeForce RTX GPUs. And even automotive companies like Ford are forced to leave unfinished F-150 pickups sitting unfinished in lots due to a lack of chips (typically produced on older, mature process nodes) to power critical vehicle functions. The good news is that that IDC projects that the semiconductor marker could grow by just... Read more...
In a wide ranging interview with a Japanese news outlet, Intel graphics boss Raja Koduri shared some insight into the development of Alchemist, the company's upcoming discrete GPU, and what it has planned. One of the more notable tidbits from the interview was in relation to Intel's add-in board (AIB) partners, and whether or not they will be releasing custom models. Unless plans change between now and then, the answer is yes, Intel's hardware partners will offer up custom models rather than just sticking with Intel's reference design. This is the same approach AMD and NVIDIA take with their graphics cards—they each launch their own models (NVIDIA calls them Founders Edition), while AIB... Read more...
We've covered just about every possible leak concerning Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S desktop family of processors. At this point, we know that there will initially be a Core i5-12600K, Core i7-12700K, and Core i9-12900K (along with their KF counterparts with deactivated GPUs). Now, we're learning about some new additions to the Alder Lake family in the form of the low-power T-Series. The information comes from FanlessTech, which claims to have received info on the full lineup of processors (seven SKUs). In addition, the range extends further down-market than the K/KF models with two Core i3 SKUs, and all the processors are rated at 35 watts instead of 125 watts. Core i9-12900K 16 (8+8) 24T up... Read more...
It has been a little bit since Intel launched a new high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup, the last one being Cascade Lake-X, which debuted in late 2019. Now with Alder Lake set to arrive in the coming weeks, could another round of Core-X processors be on the horizon? If the latest leak is true, the answer is yes, though still a little ways in the distance. Rumor has it that, despite previous leaks to the contrary, there will not be an X699 chipset. Instead, Intel will launch its Sapphire Rapids-X processors on an upcoming W790 platform, which will serve as the successor to X299, according to a leaker on Chiphell. If their information is accurate, Core-X chips based on Sapphire Rapids will manifest... Read more...
Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs are still a few weeks away from launching, presumably, but there is plenty of related hardware in the wild to keep the leaks flowing. The latest one is an actual photo (read: not a render) of a next-generation LGA 1700 socket, as shown above. It looks similar overall to LGA 1200, but there are some key differences. For one, Alder Lake is a longer CPU that is more rectangular in shape that Rocket Lake, and so the LGA 1700 socket design has to account for that. This is in large part due to the hybrid makeup of Alder Lake—Intel is pairing Golden Cove cores for high-performance computing with more power efficient Gracemont cores into a single package. The photo... Read more...
Intel's retail partners are evidently chomping (technically, champing, you grammarians, you!) at the bit to offer up new Alder Lake desktop processors (Alder Lake-S), and at least one vendor in the United States is not waiting around for a formal launch. That retailer is Provantage, and it is accepting preorders for a handful of 12th Gen Intel Core processor SKUs. The unreleased processors won't actually ship out right away, and if you add one to your cart, a message in bold red letters appears stating, "THIS SPECIAL ORDER ITEM IS NOT IN STOCK AND MAY TAKE ADDITIONAL TIME TO FILL." Message received, Provantage! Be that as it may, you can actually place an order. I think so, anyway. I got as far... Read more...
Some potentially exciting platform upgrades are on the horizon, two of them coming by way of Alder Lake and its accompanying Z690 series chipset. Namely, support for the PCI Express 5.0 bus, which doubles the bandwidth compared to PCI Express 4.0, and DDR5 memory. Will either matter? We can only wait and see, but as we do, a leaked benchmark gives us a high level look at a DDR5 memory kit that hitched its trailer to an Alder Lake CPU. This is arguably the most interesting technology of the two new bits (PCIe 5.0 and DDR5). We'll take the fatter bus, of course, but graphics cards are not really running into performance bottlenecks on PCIe 4.0. Maybe that will change when RDNA 3 (AMD) and Ada Lovelace... Read more...
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