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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...
A supposed CPU roadmap from Intel has leaked to the web, with references to Rocket Lake (desktop), Tiger Lake (mobile), Alder Lake (desktop and mobile), and Raptor Lake (desktop and mobile). The latter entry is the most interesting of the bunch, because it is the only codename that Intel has not officially acknowledged up to this point. If the roadmap is real, it is clearly an older one, because it shows Rocket Lake launching in 2020. That obviously did not happen—Intel recently confirmed Rocket Lake will blast off later this month, on March 30 at precisely 6:00 am PT (9:00 am ET). There was a time, however, when Intel hoped to get Rocket Lake out the door before the end of 2020. That's... Read more...
The server wars are heating up, with both AMD and Intel prepping new weaponry for the lucrative battlefield. According to Intel, its 3rd Gen Xeon "Ice Lake-SP" Xeon Platinum processors bring the boom and include "revolutionary new technologies." While we wait for a proper launch, two upcoming Ice Lake-SP chips have poked their heads into a benchmark database. The two listings appear over at SiSoftware's SANDRA database, one of which contains some bench results for a pair of Xeon Platinum 8352Y server processors, and the other for a single Xeon Platinum 8352S processor. In terms of each one's specifications, they are pretty much identical, except the Y variant supports dual-socket configs and... Read more...
Today, Intel signed an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to "perform in its Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE) program." This means that the company will now be working on fully homomorphic encryption, dubbed the "holy grail" of cybersecurity or "the final frontier' in data privacy." Furthermore, Intel has announced a partnership with Microsoft to complete testing in the cloud and help drive the technology's commercial adoption. Fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) is a means by which data and privacy can be protected, but a computer can still use information. In essence, FHE allows encrypted data to be used in computing, and the decrypted output... Read more...
In the immediate future, Intel will be rolling out its Rocket Lake processors, comprised of 11th Gen Core desktop CPUs. Then a little bit further down the road, we will get to see how Intel's hybrid design works out, with the eventual introduction of Alder Lake. What about after that? We've seen references to a Meteor Lake platform, and now another reference to Lunar Lake, which is likely destined for a 2023 or 2024 launch. If you are keeping count, Lunar Lake would logically land within Intel's 14th Gen Core processor plans. That is assuming (A) Lunar Lake is real, and (B) Intel does not shake things up with something else in between, and/or get funky with its Gen labels. Now that Pat Gelsinger... Read more...
We haven't even seen the full release of Intel's high-end 11th generation Tiger Lake-H processors unleashed at this time, but there's already a lot of excitement around its successor: 12th generation Alder Lake. Alder Lake marks a significant shift for processors destined for Intel's mainstream laptops, as it features a hybrid microarchitecture. A new, alleged roadmap leak gives us some further insight into what to expect for Alder Lake and how the family will split on the mobile side. Starting with Alder Lake-M, these will reportedly be divided into M5 and U9 SKUs, covering tablet and ultra-thin notebooks, respectively. The M5 SKUs will be the most efficient and least... Read more...
Last weekend, we brought you some new information on Tiger Lake-H45 processors on the way from Intel. These mobile processors feature a maximum TDP of 45 watts, allowing them to hit higher clock speeds and offer more core/threads than their Tiger Lake-U and Tiger Lake-H35 counterparts. We've now come across specs for three Tiger Lake-H45 SKUs this time, and the clock speeds differ quite a bit from previous leaks. The information comes from DT Research (via momomo_us), which has updated its product page for the LT375 Rugged Mobile Workstation. It seems like a typical MIL-STD-810H machine with a 17-inch display (up to 4K resolution), dual SSD slots, dual RAM slots (up to 64GB supported),... Read more...
In case you've been living under a rock, you know that 2020 was a wild year for computer hardware complicated further by the COVID-19 pandemic. PC sales soared, driven primarily by laptops as more people work and learn from home. One sector that saw a massive increase in sales is GPUs. According to a new research report, overall PC GPU shipments ballooned by 20 percent in Q4 2020 compared to Q3 2020. Even more impressive was the fact that overall GPU shipments increased 29.1 percent year-over-year during Q4 2020 (that includes Intel and AMD CPUs with integrated GPUs). The second half of 2020 was a hot period for GPUs, given that AMD and NVIDIA launched next-generation Radeon RX 6000 and... Read more...
Earlier this week, Intel launched its new SSD 670p family, which targets mainstream consumers. The SSDs use 144-layer quad-level cell (QLC) 3D NAND along with a Silicon Motion (SMI) 2262 NVMe PCIe Express controller. The SSD 670p is available in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities, which is typical for newly introduced SSDs these days. However, some people were still a bit puzzled by the SSD 670p. These are PCIe 3.0 SSDs at a time when the industry is starting to switch over to the PCIe 4.0 interface for mainstream and enthusiast-class SSDs. The second sticking point was pricing, given that these SSDs use the PCIe 3.0 interface offering sequential reads and writes of 3,500MB/sec and 2,700MB/sec,... Read more...
Intel will launch its 11th generation Rocket Lake-S desktop processors later this month, which means that discounts will soon start piling up on the current-generation 10th generation Comet Lake-S family. Such is the case for two family members: the flagship Core i9-10900K and the more value-oriented Core i5-10600K. Both processors are on sale today at B&H Photo with healthy discounts. The retailer typically sells the Core i9-10900K for $469.99, but today it's discounted by 15 percent, bringing its price down to $399.99. If you have a tighter budget, the Core i5-10600K is usually priced at $229.99 but can be had today for $174.99 (a 24 percent discount). Intel Core i9-10900K 3.7... Read more...
Intel was on the receiving end of some bad news this afternoon after losing a patent infringement lawsuit in a Texas federal court. The jury ruled in favor of VLSI Technology LLC., which rose from the dead to sue one of the world's leading chip manufacturers. The two patents in question include 759, which details a "method of controlling a clock frequency," and 373, which covers a "minimum memory operating voltage technique." But we first need to step back to 1999, when Philips Semiconductors bought VLSI for $1 billion. The company's assets later piggybacked to NXP, which was spun-off by Philips in 2006. And then that's where the ownership of the patents takes series of twists and turns.... 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...
Intel is releasing a new family of solid state drives today, targeting mainstream users and everyday computing tasks. The new Intel SSD 670p series leverages the company’s latest 144-layer QLC 3D NAND flash memory technology, with an improved dynamic SLC caching algo and updated PCIe Gen 3 controller. Unlike some of the more recent ultra-high-end PCIe Gen 4 SSDs to be released recently, complete with insanely high sequential transfer speeds north of 7GB/s, the Intel SSD 670p eschews the blazing sequentials in favor of optimized performance for random transfers at low queue depths that are more common in every day computing task and contribute to better overall system responsiveness. That’s... Read more...
If you were disappointed that Intel's latest gaming-fueled Tiger Lake-H35 processors only featured four cores and eight threads, we've got some good news for you this morning. The first signs of production laptops withTiger Lake-H45 processors have been spotted. While you probably surmised that Tiger Lake-H35 processors have a TDP of up to 35 watts, the H45 suffix, of course, corresponds with a higher 45-watt TDP. The higher TDP allows Intel to finagle 8-cores and 16 threads into the Tiger Lake-H45 processors. The increased core/thread count makes the processors proper successors to the Comet Lake-H family launched with laptops in early 2020. Intel previously confirmed that these... Read more...
Using a graphics processor or GPU for tasks beyond just rendering 3D graphics is how NVIDIA has made billions in the datacenter space. Of course, NVIDIA's proprietary CUDA language and API have been exclusive to the company's GPUs since the beginning. There have been tools to port CUDA apps to widely-supported languages like OpenCL, but even semi-automated tools like HIPCL require developer intervention. The latest library on the block, however, promises to run CUDA apps directly on Intel GPUs without any modifications. Sounds interesting, right? The developers behind ZLUDA describe it as a drop-in replacement for CUDA on systems with Intel GPUs from the Skylake family and later. The newest release... Read more...
At some point, Intel is going to throw its hat into the discrete gaming graphics card ring with products based on its next-gen Xe-HPG GPU. Exactly when and what specific products will be offered are questions that will be answered in time, no matter how impatient we are to learn more. As we wait, a new leak suggests Intel could be prepping at least half a dozen Xe-HPG solutions. Up to this point, Intel has teased us with a spattering of details about its discrete GPU efforts, especially as they relate to gaming. For example, we know its Xe-HPG solution will feature dedicated hardware for real-time ray tracing, a feature both AMD and NVIDIA have embraced. Likewise, Intel has said to expect amenities... 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...
In a day and age where everything is connected, there is a growing need for high-speed and energy-efficient data transfers.  A technology that fits this bill could be used in anything from consumer applications to future spacecraft and space stations. Amazingly, this mysterious and powerful technology may not be just an idea, thanks to researchers at Raytheon, Intel, and other organizations. According to MIT News, the research team, comprised of people from numerous companies and lead author Jack Holloway, developed a new high-speed data transfer system that can “transmit information 10 times faster than USB.” They then presented their creation to the IEEE International Solid-State... 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 set to close out its era of 14-nanometer manufacturing with Rocket Lake, due out at the end of next month (barring any last minute delays). After that, the focus will shift to Alder Lake, a hybrid CPU design that figures to be one of the Intel's more interesting launches, for a number of reasons. While Alder Lake is still a bit out in the distance, the leaks are already starting to roll in. Alder Lake is sort of the next iteration of Lakefield, which itself was the first implementation of Intel's 3D Foveros packaging. Alder Lake, however, will employ multiple enhancements to Intel's hybrid and 3D stacked chiplet technologies, including optimizations to deliver much better performance-per-watt... Read more...
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