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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...
Once Intel lifted the curtain on its Alder Lake processors, it took Dell all of a nanosecond to introduce upgraded desktop systems built around the chip maker's latest silicon. This isn't just a motherboard and CPU swap, though. Looking beyond the foundational components, Dell retooled its new XPS Desktop with a bigger chassis to facilitate better cooling in a few different ways. Chief among them is a bigger chassis. The XPS Desktop mid-tower is physically 42 percent larger than the previous iteration (27L versus 19L). This gives the internal components more room to breathe, in a sense, especially if opting for a decked-out configuration with Dell offering flagship CPU and GPU options (more on... 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...
As was the case with the move to DDR4 memory with Skylake and the move to DDR3 with Core 2-series processors, Intel's first DDR5-enabled platform is also backward-compatible with DDR4 SDRAM. That means that we'll be seeing motherboards for Intel's Alder Lake-series processors that accept DDR4 memory instead of DDR5 memory—and possibly boards that can accept either, although we're not looking at here. Instead, we can give you a glance at the upcoming ASUS Z690 PRIME series of motherboards. Folks who don't pay attention to motherboard vendor product stacks may not be aware that PRIME was once a mid-range brand for ASUS. These days, it's sorta fallen in status as ROG conquers the high-end... Read more...
Intel's Alder Lake launch is coming; are you ready? The new processors signal what Intel hopes will be a sea change in the market toward hybrid processors that combine multiple core types in a single socket—not just "CPU" and "GPU," but indeed, two different types of CPU cores contained within the same package. Alder Lake will come with Golden Cove-based Performance cores (or P-cores), and Efficiency cores (E-cores) that are based on the Gracemont Atom-class architecture. Having two different types of CPU cores in the same system isn't a completely new concept, particularly in the Arm world, but it's nearly unprecedented in the Windows-on-x86 universe (Intel has dabbled with Lakefield).... Read more...
Alder Lake is almost here (we know, it feels like we've been saying that forever, but it's really true!), and at minimum, upgrading to a 12th Gen Intel Core processor also necessitates a new motherboard (Z690). You may also opt to jump on the DDR5 bandwagon, but what about your cooler? Some companies have announced additional brackets so that existing coolers will work with Alder Lake. Corsair is among them, with a new Retrofit Kit for its expansive lineup of all-in-one liquid coolers. The caveat is that it's not free. Fortunately, it's also not expensive—the asking price is $2.99 (€2.99 / £1.99) with free shipping anywhere in the United States or Europe. According to the press... Read more...
Details about Intel's upcoming Arc Alchemist GPUs continue to emerge as we inch closer to the release. In a recent interview, Intel’s Raja Koduri, SVP and GM of Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics, and Roger Chandler, VP and GM of Client Graphics Products and Solutions, weigh in on some of the pressing questions people have.Like cryptocurrency mining. One question that many might be wondering about is if the cards will be gimped for crypto-currency and mining performance, similar to NVIDIA imposes a hashrate limiter on its cards. That will not the be case. Chandler indicated that all the optimizations and features Intel's engineers focused on were to ensure the hardware could solve... Read more...
Acer will waste no time injecting Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs into its desktop line, starting with its newly unveiled Predator Orion 7000 series PC. Built for high-end gaming, the latest addition to the Predator PC line pairs unlocked and overclockable Alder Lake processors with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card, to tackle high frame rates with the image quality settings cranked to the max. Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, is the somewhat muted aesthetic compared to past Predator desktops. Previous designs have not just been bold, but outlandish and even gaudy, to be quite frank. The Predator Orion 7000, meanwhile, still maintains an overall aggressive profile that... Read more...
AMD is quickly approaching five years of its Zen architecture being out on the market, with the original set of Ryzen processors having launched to retail in February 2017. It's been one heck of a five-year run for sure. In celebration of Zen's five-year anniversary, AMD's Robert Hallock, director of technical marketing, and John Taylor, chief marketing officer, sat down to reflect on the journey to this point and the roadmap ahead. The general takeaway? AMD is supremely confident Zen can compete for years to come. This is notable, because AMD will soon be competing with a reinvigorated Intel, which earlier this year anointed Pat Gelsinger, the chief architect of yesteryear's Nehalem architecture,... Read more...
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