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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...
Flagship processors are supposed to bring the boom, as they are positioned as the best a company has to offer within any particular product lineup. They also command premium prices to match. That's why the performance of more affordable midrange and budget options matters, and some newly leaked benchmarks purportedly give us a hint at the former, by way of Intel's upcoming Core i5-12400. We still don't know exactly how pricing will shake out. All we can say with reasonable certainty is that the Core i5-12400 will cost less than the Core i9-12900K and Core i7-12700K. As a point of reference, the Core i5-11400 (Rocket Lake) has a recommended customer price of $182, which is for Intel's retail partners... Read more...
Windows 11 is out, and part of the tuning that went into the OS was for it to do a better job utilizing hybrid architectures, like the one Intel is about to release with Alder Lake, and which AMD might eventually follow suit (don't rule out a hybrid future for Zen). Will it really make all that much of a difference, though? A leaked benchmark run using SiSoftware's SANDRA utility suggests it could be. At the same time, this is one of the few benchmarks leaks we've seen that puts Ryzen in front of Alder Lake, OS be damned. Benchmarks leaks can be polarizing for sure—just dip into the comments section in our article on some recent Userbenchmark numbers for a Core i9-12900K. Userbenchmark... Read more...
At the risk of sounding like a broken record (probably too late), another leaked benchmark run serves to crank the hype dial on Alder Lake to 11 (or should that be 12, as in 12th Gen?). We've seen purportedly early Alder Lake CPU samples light up the pre-release benchmark charts before, and this latest one over at UserBenchmark throws down the gauntlet. Did we lose you at UserBenchmark? Fair enough—UserBenchmark has a reputation for favoring Intel hardware, and there have also been questions about the overall consistency of its benchmarking software and results. Those are things to keep in mind. That said, even accounting for what might be a weighted benchmark, the latest results obtained... Read more...
Will Alder Lake really be all that and a bag of silicon chips? That's what many benchmark leaks have suggested. If you want to add yet another one to the growing pile, a screenshot of a CPU-Z benchmark run highlights some impressively strong single-threaded performance obtained from a Core i7-12700K, and decent multi-threaded performance. This is not to be confused with last month's leak showcasing Intel's upcoming flagship Core i9-12900K in CPU-Z. Assuming there was no funny business involved, a user in China took a photo of their CPU-Z results, showing the top-tier chip blazing to 825 points in the benchmark's single-threaded test, putting it well above the stock scores of any current generation... Read more...
We have seen photos of Alder Lake and its accompanying LGA 1700 socket before this point, but never one that wasn't part of a leak. That changes today. In anticipation of Alder Lake's imminent arrival, Intel vice president Gregory Bryant shared a picture of a pair of Alder Lake CPUs, held up by an engineer in one of the company's chip facilities. The unnamed engineer is clearly not in an area where a full body suit is required, to prevent dust, hair follicles, and dead skin cells from contaminating the environment. What we get instead is a makeshift chip fab runway to model the front and back of two Alder Lake processors that have not yet been labeled. Perhaps this is the flagship Core i9-12900K.... Read more...
We're not quite at the point where Alder Lake leaks are irrelevant, because if past rumors are true, we still have a couple weeks to go before Intel formally introduces its first 12th Gen Core processor lineup. Then after that, retail availability (and perhaps embargoes on performance data) is purportedly scheduled for November. In the meantime, a supposed Core i7-12700K processor has popped up in another benchmark leak. According to past leaks and rumors, the Core i7-12700K is a 12-core/20-thread processor comprised of eight high-performance Golden Cove cores with Hyper Threading support and four power-efficient Gracemont cores. Each physical cores counts as a thread, so the math works out as... Read more...
We all know Intel is getting ready to release Alder Lake, a hybrid architecture that will evolve into future designs, including Raptor Lake and Meteor Lake. And of course there are new chipsets on the horizon, like Z690. But hardware is only part of the equation. Software is an important revenue stream as well. And as such, Intel could take more of a "software-first" approach in the future, according to recent comments by Pat Gelsinger, the company's CEO. As far as Gelsinger is concerned, expanding Intel's software and services portfolio is a "somewhat natural progression" for the chip maker. His time spent as CEO of VMware broadened his outlook in that regard, giving him a front-row seat to... Read more...
When Intel brought back its former CTO Pat Gelsinger to helm the ship, the company knew it was bringing aboard a supremely confident and capable leader—Gelsinger's resume is nothing short of impressive. Since replacing Bob Swan in the role as CEO, Gelsinger has said all the right things, and put into motion an ambitious plan to return Intel to its former glory as a chip leader. And now less than nine months on the job, he's already declaring imminent victory over rival AMD. Some context is needed here. For decades, Intel has been the dominant player in the CPU space. It still is, if going by market share and revenue. But its initial struggles getting to 10-nanometer manufacturing with Cannon... Read more...
There have been a few pricing leaks related to Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs, but if you're planning to build a PC around a 12th Gen Core CPU, there are other components to consider as well. Such as DDR5 memory (or DDR4, if going that route) and a Z690 motherboard. Mobo makers will be ready to go at launch, and at least one vendor has posted pricing for what ASUS will have to offer. Right out of the gate, Intel's Z690 chipset will be the only one in town that supports Alder Lake. It will bring with it a new LGA 1700 socket, and either DDR5 or DDR4 memory slots, depending on the specific model you choose. Alder Lake supports both memory types, just not on the same motherboard (so pay extra... Read more...
Apple has historically railed against the PC in some of its ad campaigns, such as the popular "Mac vs PC" ads from years past. However, the company never seemed to take a stand against a particular brand or the processing platform itself, considering Apple and Intel were working together at the time. With that relationship currently over -- for the most part at least -- Intel is taking a jab at Apple with a new ad campaign dubbed "Breaking The Spell," where Apple users are apparently convinced to convert to the PC. Though Intel's four-minute and two-second advertisement is about as convincing as any other "real people not paid actors" ad spot, it brings up some interesting points.... Read more...
If the rumors are true, Intel will formally introduce its first desktop Alder Lake processors this month, including its next generation flagship CPU, the Core i9-12900K. This would be followed by retail availability next month. What will pricing look like, though? Well, some early listings have appear Amazon in different countries, perhaps revealing what is in store. Over at Amazon in the Netherlands, for example, there are three Alder Lake processors with product pages, Prices are in euros and are as follows... Intel Core i9-12900K: €864.92 (~$1,005) at Amazon Netherlands Intel Core i7-12600K: €641.38 (~$745) at Amazon Netherlands Intel Core i5-12600K: €323.83 (~$376) at Amazon... Read more...
There is an ever-so-slight chance we could see laptops running on Alder Lake hardware before the end of the year, accordingly to a supposedly leaked roadmap that has surfaced. More likely, actual systems with mobile Alder Lake hardware inside will debut in early 2022, but if the roadmap is accurate, the wait will not be very long either way. Intel has already go on the record saying it plans to release Alder Lake this year, though the initial launch is expected to be entirely focused on consumer desktop SKUs. In the past, it has been suggested by the rumor mill that the first batch of Alder Lake CPUs will be higher end models, including Intel's upcoming flagship, the Core i9-12900K. Rumor also... Read more...
Maybe you've heard, Intel has a chip architecture on the horizon called Alder Lake. Of course you have, because in addition to Intel having already offered up some details on Alder Lake during its Architecture Day 2021 event (and at other times), a raft of other information (benchmarks, SKUs, and so forth) have been leaked more often than a fish boat with a screen bottom. But have you spied any high resolution photos of an Alder Lake CPU? Probably not, or at least not many. Well, here you go. At this point in the game, there are plenty of engineering samples in the wild, hence all the leaks. These are necessary for Intel and its partners to test and validate Alder Lake, in anticipation of a product... Read more...
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