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Alder Lake leaks are just a way of life in the tech sector right now, because a formal launch is imminent—the closer we get to a product launch, the more persistent the leaks. So it's no surprise that we're starting off the work week with yet another one.This time it is the accompanying Z690 chipset that is on show, in a photo supposedly showing the PCH die. Whether it is real or not, hey, who can say for sure? It very well could be, though, considering that Z690 motherboards are presumably in the wild, and have been for some time now. System builders and testers get their hands on this kind of thing long before launch, so that platforms and prebuilt PCs are ready to go on the day of release.... Read more...
Intel has ambitious plans for its entry into the discrete GPU market, which will get underway with Alchemist, its first offering under the Intel Arc umbrella. Otherwise known as a DG2 part (and Xe-HPG, for anyone wanting to juggle multiple nomenclatures), it will come out of the gate swinging at AMD and NVIDIA next year, but how strong will it punch? A supposedly leaked slide offers up a potential answer. The slide, labeled "Desktop DG2 Product SKUs," popped up on Baidu and shows the proposed DG2 lineup in comparison to current products offered by AMD and NVIDIA at various price points. One thing that stands out, if the slide is to be believed, is that Intel aims to cover the more affordable... Read more...
For all of the leaks and rumors related to Intel's upcoming Alder Lake launch, actual CPU product photos have been very few and far between. So it is notable that the an Alder Lake CPU has smiled for the camera, giving us a mostly clear view of the bottom (it's not a high resolution image, but it is at least mostly devoid of blurriness). In addition, a supposed Z690 chipset diagram has manifested as well. For the most part, leaked Alder Lake benchmarks have hinted that Intel's hybrid architecture is the real deal, and will be a meaningful upgrade over its current generation CPUs. Obviously we will not know for sure until we have had a chance to put the chips through their paces ourselves, on... Read more...
Intel is close to releasing its first batch of processors based on its hybrid Alder Lake architecture, at which point we will finally have some definitive answers about how it performs. Until then, we're left to leaks and rumors. In theory, leaks should be a little more reliable since we're so close to a retail release. And if that is the case, a new batch of benchmark data for a trio of Alder Lake CPUs bodes well for Intel's upcoming launch. The big deal with Alder Lake is the mixing of high performance Golden Cove cores with power efficient Gracemont cores in the same package, though that fact alone only tells a small portion of the story. During its Architecture Day 2021 event a few weeks... Read more...
Thanks to Intel's upcoming entry with Arc "Alchemist," things are about to get interesting in the discrete graphics market. NVIDIA is by far the leader when it comes to penetration, commanding roughly 80 percent of the discrete GPU market, with AMD accounting for the remaining 20 percent. While Intel's entry with Arc is exciting, the company will have to produce results when it comes to performance. Previous rumors suggested that the most potent version of the first-generation Intel Arc graphics cards would top out with 512 execution units. An engineering prototype with 448 EUs showed up earlier this year which put Arc within spitting distance (5 percentage points) of the GeForce RTX 3070 in... Read more...
We're very familiar with Intel's NUC family of small-form-factor (SFF) desktop PCs, but the company is also expanding the NUC brand into the laptop realm (i.e., the NUC M15). That is readily apparent with the debut of two new mobile platforms this week, with the most powerful being the NUC X15. The NUC X15 is Intel's reference 15.6-inch reference gaming laptop platform with 11th generation Tiger Lake-H processors and discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs. The base configuration comes with a Core i5-11400H processor and a GeForce RTX 3060, while higher-end configurations ups the ante with a Core i7-11800H and GeForce RTX 3070. NUC X15 The base Core i5-11400H systems are only available with... Read more...
Intel is about to enter the high-stakes discrete GPU market, where it will face some stiff competition from NVIDIA and AMD, the two established players that dominate the space. The company will kick things off with Alchemist, its first Xe-HPG product. As we await its arrival, a mobile variant has made a cameo on a benchmarking website. Obviously we can never be certain if leaks are accurate. But assuming this one is, it shows a Tiger Lake-H laptop configured with a discrete Xe-HPG graphics chip with 512 execution units (EUs). And for anyone who has not been following Intel's various GPU codenames, Xe-HPG is a high-performance variant that is optimized for gaming. Here's a look at the leaked benchmark... Read more...
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, or as he puts it, the "self-appointed Geek-in-Chief," recently sat down for a video chat with analyst Pierre Ferragu to discuss his growth as a leader and what is in store for the world's largest supplier of semiconductor chips. Gelsinger talked about what he learned during his time at VMWare, and also touched on competitive expectations stemming from Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPU and Alchemist GPU architecture launches. Lest anyone wonder where Gelsinger's mindset is at these days, in simple terms as it relates to Intel, "the geek is back." Big launches are coming. It starts with Alder Lake, a heterogeneous x86 CPU architecture in which high performance Golden Cove... Read more...
The Surface Go 2 took all the good looks of Microsoft's more expensive tablet + keyboard combinations and brought the price point down to a very affordable level. That machine has been hanging around since its release in the middle of last year, so it's getting a little long in the tooth. If rumors pan out to be true, it seems that the company is due to announce a successor, the Surface Go 3, in short order.  We already know that a big event is coming up where we expect to see, among other things, another foldable phone dubbed the Surface Duo 2. It seems that affordability is also on the menu for that event as well. If leaks reported by the German WinFuture are accurate, the newest Surface... Read more...
Now that Microsoft's launch of Windows 11 is confirmed for October 5th, all eyes are on Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processor family. It's widely expected that Intel will officially announce the processors at its Intel Accelerated event, which will take place October 27th through October 28th. So we'd place our bets on October 27th to kick things off with a bang. However, a new report from WCCFTech says that while the announcement will take place in late October (including the reveal of the entire lineup and pricing), the actual launch will be a couple of weeks later. The publication alleges that Alder Lake-S desktop processors will launch on November 19th. The accompanying Z690 enthusiast... Read more...
Intel's high-performance Arc family of graphics architectures resemble an adventuring party from tabletop role-playing lore or a classic turn-based computer RPG. The Intel Arc Alchemist, Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid delegation set off across a barren wasteland where GPUs are scarce to take on the mighty Dragon NVIDIA and nimble Red Mage AMD. We've seen their faces before, but today we've managed to obtain exclusive high-resolution artist renderings for the Alchemist, Intel's first gaming GPU architecture that the company plans to introduce products with in early 2022, and we can finally share them with you now. The image above is just a crop, but we're also able to share a couple of high-resolution... Read more...
In our latest 2.5 Geeks livestream, we have a lively discussion about all things Intel Arc Graphics -- from XeSS to the tech behind the GPU -- with Intel special guests Martyn Stroeve, Senior Director Graphics Product Marketing, and Scott Wasson, Senior Manager Graphics Tech Analysis. Show Notes: 01:30 - Introducing Martyn and Scott 03:32 - Putting Together The Intel ARC Team 07:10 - What is Intel's long-term goal with discrete GPUs? 12:47 - Additional Battlemage, Celestial and Druid GPU News 15:52 - Is XeSS somewhat of a hybrid solution vs. DLSS and FSR? 19:50 - Do game devs have to provide Intel assets to train XeSS? 24:00 - Have game devs been open to adopting XeSS? 25:50 - Discussing XeSS... Read more...
As we come closer to Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake-S processor launch, more information is making its way to the internet via leaks. Last week, we learned about the incoming “F” SKUs, which will have their onboard Xe GPUs disabled. Today, at least for the European market, Alder Lake-S pricing leaked for Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 SKUs. This pricing doesn’t officially come from Intel but instead from retailers. Still, it should give us a general idea of what to expect when Alder Lake-S desktop processors launch later this year. Momomo_us posted pricing from three different European retailers with and without VAT included. To make things easier, we averaged the prices... Read more...
Do you ever feel like the universe just has it in for you? Adding to the theory that some entity is pulling the strings from behind the scenes and having a good chuckle at our expense, not only are graphics cards frustratingly almost always out of stock (and overpriced), but if you do manage to procure one, you may have to worry about it being infected with malware. It doesn't even matter if you opt for an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card. Or use integrated Intel graphics, for that matter. Sure, things could certainly be worse, and this falls under the purview of another first-world problem, but that's part of what we cover around these parts. And much to our chagrin, someone on a dedicated forum... Read more...
Intel has added "enhanced Alder Lake support" to its extreme tuning utility (Intel XTU for short), ahead of actually launching its 12th Generation Core desktop processors. Make no mistake, Alder Lake is coming soon, and Intel is getting its ducks in a row. Same can be said about its hardware partners, with a bevy of 600-series motherboards on tap. We are all waiting to see what kind of performance Alder Lake will actually deliver. Early leaks have been a mixed bag, though mostly encouraging. What makes this launch so much more interesting than past ones, including Rocket Lake, is the a major architectural shift to a heterogeneous solution.  As outlined during the Intel Architecture Day 2021... Read more...
While it may still be hard to purchase a discrete graphics card on the retail market, that doesn't mean that production or shipments of GPUs have stagnated. It's actually quite the contrary, as the latest figures from Jon Peddie Research show that the overall GPUs shipments rose during Q2 2021. During Q2, the overall global shipments of GPUs reached 123 million units, which grew 3.4 percent compared to Q1 2021 and 37 percent year-over-year. However, JPR noted that this quarter-over-quarter increase is out of character, as Q2 shipments typically trend down compared to Q1. Interestingly, AMD has consistently lost share in the overall GPU market going from 17.65 percent in Q2 2020 to 16.48 percent... Read more...
What the F is going on over at Intel? Well, if this latest leak is any indication, the chip company is ready to unleash a new series of F SKUs for its upcoming Alder Lake-S desktop processors. For those that aren’t familiar with the intricacies of Intel’s processor nomenclature, the F designation at the end of the model number signifies that the integrated GPU is disabled. In the case of the Alder Lake processors, reliable leaker Komachi Ensaka claims that the following F SKUs will join the standard processor lineup: Core i9-12900KF Core i7-12700KF Core i5-12600KF These processors will have the same core/thread and base/turbo clocks as their non-F counterparts. However, by giving... Read more...
If you are wondering where things stand with Alder Lake, in terms of timing, the no-fun answer is we don't know precisely. However, we do know Intel will be launching Alder Lake before the end of the year, and rumor has it, the initial lineup will be performance desktop SKUs aimed at enthusiasts. Alder Lake is also bound for laptops, though, and new leak suggests those SKUs are not far off. Alder Lake represents Intel's earnest attempt to essentially go all-in with hybrid computing. It is a heterogeneous architecture built around a mix of high performance Golden Cove cores and power efficient Gracemont cores, though a few of the leaks up to this point have suggested that some SKUs will be entirely... Read more...
Not every performance leak related to Alder Lake has been super encouraging, but this latest one certainly falls into that category. It showcases the upcoming Core i9-12900K in Geekbench, and both the single-threaded and multi-threaded scores are nothing short of impressive. They also seemingly highlight why the OS matters (more on that in a moment). We've seen the Core i9-12900K in numerous leaks up to this point. In line with those leaks, Geekbench recognizes it as being a 16-core/24-thread processor. As we have discussed before, the ratio of cores to threads will, for the most part, be different than what we are used to, because Alder Lake combines high performance Golden Cove cores with more... Read more...
Intel is going all-in with discrete graphics, which was made abundantly clear last week with the announcement of its Arc family of gaming cards. Built on Intel’s Xe-HPG architecture, the first graphics cards to hit the market in Q1 2022 will come from the Alchemist family. Roger Chandler, who serves as Intel VP and GM for Client Graphics Products and Solutions, recently took to Medium to extoll the virtues of Arc and what it will mean to gamers. One new tidbit of information that he mentioned is that Intel will provide integrated support for overclocking to “push the hardware to the limit.” The overclocking interface will be baked right into the driver UI. This is something... Read more...
Apple first announced its intention to shift from Intel processors to its homegrown Apple Silicon in Spring 2020, and the first models launched last fall (Mac mini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air). Since then, Apple Silicon (M1) has found its way to the entry-level iMac and even the iPad Pro. Now, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is claiming that Apple will launch a new “high-end, M1X Mac mini” within “the next several months.” While last year’s M1 refresh of the Mac mini took care of the entry-level and mid-range SKUs, it still offered higher-end models powered by up to an 8th generation Core i7 processor with up to 64GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the current M1 Mac minis... Read more...
Intel is spending a lot of money investing into future technologies and manufacturing capabilities, and the efforts are already paying off. Quite literally, in the sense that Intel has secured a contract with the United States government to provide commercial foundry services based on its Intel 18A node, and develop a leading-edge foundry ecosystem. It's a deal that makes sense for both sides. Intel is one of the relatively few companies that both designs and manufacturers its own semiconductors. Most chip designers in the US are fabless, meaning they work out the blueprints, and then tap external foundries (like TSMC, of which even Intel is a customer) to produce wafers that meet their needs.... Read more...
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