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A reinvigorated AMD is making strides across the board, including the high-dollar data center segment where premium sums go towards the top silicon money can buy. Intel has historically dominated data center sales, but it can ill-afford to become lax—AMD just saw its its biggest sequential jump in data center market share in 15 years. The gain coincides with AMD recently revealing it more than doubled its data center revenue last quarter, which contributed to a strong three-month period that saw AMD rake in $3.4 billion in revenue, a gain of 93 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Its net income, meanwhile, grew 94 percent year-over-year to $555 million during the first quarter... Read more...
We know from a recent Twitter post by Intel's Pete Brubaker that it won't be too terribly long before Intel's Xe-HPG DG2 gaming GPU is released—to use his words, it's "right around the corner." Following up on that, an interesting leak emerged today, highlighting a mix of DG2 GPUs for both mobile and desktop, with up to 512 execution units (EUs). That is a figure we have seen multiple times before, in relation to DG2. That is believed to the top-end configuration, and it is rumored the full version of DG2 will offer performance somewhere in between a GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080, and perhaps on par with the not-yet-released GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. That would be an encouraging start... Read more...
The era of DDR5 memory has not begun in earnest, but it will later this year when next-gen platforms arrive. In the lead-up to that day, memory makers are hustling their tails off manufacturing and validating DDR5 memory modules. As part of that process, Kingston has sent overclockable DDR5 modules to its motherboard partners so they can begin testing and qualifying the memory on next-gen setups. One of the main benefits of DDR5 compared to DDR4 is more bandwidth. However, it remains to be seen what the DDR5 landscape will look like in the early going. The official specifications laid out by JEDEC, of which Kingston occupies a seat on its board, allow for frequencies of up to 6,400 MT/s. There... Read more...
We are all eager to see how Intel's foray into the discrete graphics card space turns out, both initially and longer term, after it has had a chance to wade into the new space that is currently dominated by AMD and NVIDIA. The first foray, incidentally, is "right around the corner." Those are words of Pete Brubaker, Game Developer Relations Engineer at Intel. Brubaker made the comment in a Twitter post announcing a job opening at Intel, for a Senior Game Developer Relations Engineer. "Come with with us at Intel! DG2 is right around the corner, it's about to get exciting," Brubaker wrote, along with a link to the job opening. Intel is having fun with its efforts in the discrete GPU space. Back... Read more...
Hey, have you heard, Intel is launching a hybrid CPU architecture later this year, called Alder Lake. Of course you have, because Alder Lake is not a secret—Intel's already talked about it a few times, albeit in very small doses. Official details are still several months away, presumably, but leaks and rumors offer up a potential glimpse of what is to come. One of the latest leaks highlights a Core-1800 SKU. It's not clear if Intel will go with a simplified naming scheme, dropping "i9," "i7," "i5," and "i3" monikers (unlikely), of if that is just how early engineering samples are being recognized at the moment. Probably the latter, but we will have to wait and see. In any event, it is said... Read more...
Given the incredible demand for microchips these days that power everything from smartphones to engine control units (ECUs) in automobiles, fabs are working overtime to satisfy global demand and still coming up short. Intel this week announced a $3.5 billion expansion of its New Mexico chip fab, which is part of its $20 billion efforts to construct two all-new fabs in Arizona. Not to be left out, chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is also looking to expand its footprint to supply a greater number of chips to its vast customer base. However, TSMC isn't just looking to grow within its home market of Taiwan; it has already announced plans to expand into Intel's [fab] backyard... Read more...
At the start of May, researchers at the University of Virginia announced that current Spectre chip vulnerability mitigations could be bypassed entirely, bringing the ghostly security flaw back to life. Intel has now officially responded by claiming that software coded following its specific security guidance protects against these new vulnerabilities. However, UVA  researchers seem to disagree with the general sentiment. The question now is, who is right and what needs to happen to protect end-users? Here's Intel's full statement on the matter... “Intel reviewed the report and informed researchers that existing mitigations were not being bypassed and that this scenario is addressed... Read more...
If you've had your eyes on the GPD Win 3 handheld gaming PC ever since it was first unveiled back in November 2020, we've got some good news for you. The portable gaming device is now available for preorder on Amazon, with an estimated release date of June 2nd. The GPD Win 3 has captured so much attention due to its small form-factor, which looks like a cross between a Nintendo Switch and an old Sony Vaio UX UMPC. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the device is its 5.5-inch display, which slides upward to reveal a dainty backlit QWERTY keyboard for input. The integrated hardware keyboard allows you to input text on the go without the need for an on-screen keyboard (which would be cumbersome... Read more...
In an effort to bring more chip manufacturing into the United States and address the global shortage of silicon, Intel today will announce a $3.5 billion investment aimed at upgrading its manufacturing facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. This is in addition to the $20 billion Intel is pouring into fabrication plant expansions in Arizona. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger made the $3.5 billion revelation during a must-watch interview 60 Minutes interview, in which he discussed a range of topics related to chip manufacturing, including when he believes Intel will catch up to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the most advanced chip manufacturer in the world. During the interview, journalist... Read more...
We are just days away from Intel unveiling its high powered Tiger Lake-H stack, which will offer more cores and threads than its existing Tiger Lake-H35 lineup. Intel's hardware partners are evidentially excited about the big day. ASUS, for example, continues to tease a new Zephyrus laptop built around the upcoming CPUs, and an HP ZBook Studio also with Tiger Lake-H inside has found its way to a benchmarking database. Starting with the former, the ASUS ROG team teased an unveiling on Twitter, scheduled for May 11 at 8:00 am ET (11:00 am PT). It also erected an accompanying portal with a countdown timer, with Intel's branding and the words, "For those who dare, unleash the Tiger inside." That's... Read more...
Just over a month ago, announced comprehensive plans for advanced chip development and increased fab capacity to get out of its process node rut. Intel has shifted the bulk of its mobile processors to 10nm, and its desktop and server CPUs will make the transition later this year. For 7nm and beyond, Intel wants to maintain a "competitive advantage that enables product optimization, improved economics and supply resilience." Part of that commitment to capturing a competitive edge is to ensure that it has state-of-the-art fab facilities on hand to meet its chip production needs, and the needs of future customers. With its Intel Foundry Service (IFS), the company aims to provide fab capacity to... Read more...
Past leaks have suggested that Intel's upcoming 4th Gen Xeon Scalable server processors codenamed Sapphire Rapids will flex up to 56 cores and 112 threads of big iron, but maybe an even bigger flex is in store. A user who got their hands on a supposed Sapphire Rapids engineering sample did onlookers a solid by peeling away the integrated heatspreader, to reveal some interesting details. We have seen Sappire Rapids in the wild before, assuming the leaked photos that popped up in February were not fake. They showed the top and bottom of an engineering sample. That leak also came with an accompanying pin diagram, which depicted a new LGA4577-X socket. The additional pins over LGA4189 enable some... Read more...
We are all curious to see what kind of performance Intel's upcoming Alder Lake processors will deliver, and how the hybrid architecture will play out. Answers will come in time. For now, we are left to scour the web for leaks and rumors, and to that end, another Alder Lake-S processor has poked its head over at SiSoftware's SANDRA database. At least it's labeled as an Alder Lake-S processor, anyway. The "S" designation" means it is a desktop processor, and that i how the platform is labeled as well, in the database entry. However, it's paired with SO-DIMM memory, as typically found in laptops and some mini PCs, and an AMD Radeon RX 5500M mobile GPU. In any event, the listing identifies the Alder... Read more...
Following a bevy of leaks and rumors, ASUS on Tuesday confirmed it is launching at least one gaming laptop (and more likely, several models) based on Intel's upcoming Tiger Lake-H processors, two weeks from now—the big unveil is set for May 11, at 8:00 am ET (11:00 am PT). That means Intel will be revealing its more potent Tiger Lake-H stack around the same time. Intel announced Tiger Lake-H at CES earlier this year, but so far has only actually released Tiger Lake in UP3 (U-series) and H35 form, spanning 2-core/4-thread and 4-core/8-thread SKUs. There are some potent options for sure, but the upcoming Tiger Lake-H stack will offer up 8-core/16-thread options for high powered laptops, particularly... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining was once just a way to use extra CPU cycles, but it has since become an economy in and of itself with a dark underbelly. Over the years, black-hat hackers have adapted cryptocurrency mining to make money for themselves using other peoples’ resources via malware. This year, Microsoft recorded a spike in this activity, likely fueled by the extreme rise in the price of all cryptocurrencies. Now, the company is working with Intel to help prevent cryptojacking with machine learning and Microsoft Defender For Endpoint. Cryptojacking is the term coined for when an attacker deploys a crypto-miner as a malicious payload rather than other options such as ransomware. Considering... Read more...
Intel has closed the books on what it called a "strong first-quarter," during which it generated $19.7 billion in revenue. That's actually down 1 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, or flat if going by the non-GAAP total ($18.6 billion). However, its first-quarter revenue exceeded January guidance by a hefty $1.1 billion, bolstered by strong PC demand. In a statement on the latest earnings report, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said this is a "pivotal year" for the company, while noting a positive response to its new IDM (Integrated Device Manufacturing) 2.0 strategy. What exactly is that? In short, IDM 2.0 is a three-pronged strategy consisting of expanding its internal network of chip... Read more...
Barring a successful appeal, Intel is already on the hook for $2.18 billion in damages a jury awarded to VSLI Technology LLC last month, over a series of patent infringement claims. In the second of three lawsuits, VSLI was seeking an additional $3 billion in damages for a different set of patents, but this time Intel emerged victorious. This is somewhat a convoluted matter, more so than is usual in patent infringement lawsuits. It's rooted in events that were set in motion way back in 1999, when Philips Semiconductors acquired VSLI for $1 billion. Then in 2006, those acquired assets hitched a ride with NXP, which Philips had spun-off at the time. And that's just the beginning of the story. The... Read more...
As we said last week, Amazon is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to unreleased 11th generation Tiger Lake-H-based laptops, especially those coming from ASUS. On Friday, we saw the TUF Gaming F17, and today brings our first look at the TUF Gaming Dash F15. While previous leaks have shown off high-performance members of the Tiger Lake-H family, the TUF Gaming Dash F15 uses an entry-level Core i5-11300H processor. According to Intel, the Core i5-11300H is a quad-core, 8-thread processor with a base clock of 3.1GHz and a turbo clock of 4.4GHz. It supports a maximum of 64GB DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-4267 memory. Also integrated into the processor is an Iris Xe GPU clocked at 1.3GHz with 80 EUs.... Read more...
Intel has some new workstation processors in the pipeline, including its Xeon W-1300 series powered by its recently launched Rocket Lake-S architecture. This is depicted on a recently leaked roadmap that is making the rounds, along with what comes after that—another round of Xeon W processors, but based on Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S processors, including a 16-core model. There are some caveats to be aware of, as it pertains to the roadmap. For one, Intel has not yet announced either of these products, and being a leak, there is always the chance it ends up being fake, or otherwise wrong. Plans can change, and to that end, assuming the roadmap is real, it appears to be an older one, as... Read more...
Amazon just can't seem to help itself when it comes to leaking unreleased ASUS gaming laptops. Over the past week, we've seen the ROG Zephyrus M16 leak on multiple occasions, and now it's time for the TUF Gaming F17 FX706 to get its [early] time in the spotlight. The leak comes via Amazon's Italian-language shopping site and details an Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake-H processor paired with 16GB of DDR4 memory. The Core i7-11800H is a 45-watt processor (configurable) with a base clock of 2.4GHz and a maximum turbo clock of 4.6GHz. Its all-core clock can allegedly reach up to 4.2GHz. The processor also features 8 cores and 16 threads, thanks to HyperThreading technology. The TUF Gaming F17 FX706... Read more...
A couple of incomplete listings that popped up on Amazon in China last week tipped the pending launch of a new ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 laptop line, powered by Intel's unreleased Tiger Lake-H processor line. Well, the listings have now been updated with what look to be official press renders, including the front shot you see above. The M16 rocks a 16-inch display with 16:10 aspect ratio and 94 percent screen-to-body ratio. There are two screen options, including WUXGA (1920x1200) and WQXGA (2560x1600). Configurations built around the WUXGA display option will be able to hit a zippy 165Hz refresh rate, while the WQXGA panel will go to 144Hz, which is still fast. Even high end hardware will have trouble... Read more...
Corsair has gotten around to updating its lineup of compact gaming PCs with the latest generation CPU hardware from AMD (Ryzen 5000 series based on Zen 3) and Intel (11th Gen Core chips based on Rocket Lake-S). Just as enticing, both the updated Corsair One a200 and One i200 come equipped with NVIDIA's burly GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. As we noted in our GeForce RTX 3080 review, the card is nothing short of impressive, delivering extreme performance across the board. It is an outstanding GPU for gaming at 4K and turning on real-time ray tracing effects. It's nice to see Corsair turning to one of NVIDIA's finest (second only to the GeForce RTX 3090) for its refreshed compact desktops. While... Read more...
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