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August 30, 2016

Intel Announces “Kaby Lake” 7th Generation Core Processors

Well, we’ve been waiting for a long time and it’s finally here. Intel recently launched their new 7th Generation Core Processors, codename Kaby Lake, which packs better performance, better media functionality and better power efficiency.

The new 7th Generation Core Processors, will be based on the 14nm process node which is the same as Skylake and Broadwell before it. Intel announced previously that they’ll be moving from their traditional tick tock release strategy to a tock, tick, tick release strategy due to difficulties in continuing to shrink their manufacturing process past 14nm.

Despite staying at the same [...]

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August 29, 2016

Intel Core i7-7700K “Kaby Lake” Benchmarks Leak, Shows Big Performance Improvement Over Skylake

Oops! An anonymous user recently uploaded some benchmarks for Intel’s upcoming 7th Generation Core Processors, codename Kaby Lake, to the SiSoft benchmark database.

The benchmarks that were uploaded come from an Intel Core i7-7700K processor running on an ASRock Z270 Extreme 4 motherboard. Interestingly enough, it also reports that the CPU was paired with “2x 4GB Fujitsu TEAMGROUP-D4-3866 DIMM DDR3 PC3-34100” which is plausible as Kaby Lake, just like Skylake will support both DDR3 and DDR4 memory.

The two benchmarks that were uploaded include SiSoft Sandra’s Processor Arithmetic Benchmark and [...]

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April 16, 2016

Intel Announces Apollo Lake CPUs Based on 14nm FinFET

Intel has just announced its “Apollo Lake” architecture with “Goldmount” cores at IDF Shenzhen 2016.

Apollo Lake is planned to replace Braswell, the current 14nm low power SoC. It will mainly be used for entry level and embedded computing devices. According to Intel, Apollo Lake will bring more performance and battery life to even thinner devices.

As with Braswell, Apollo Lake will be manufactured on Intel’s 14nm FinFETs process. Intel states that the new architecture is optimized for general tasks, but has yet to release any solid performance figures on the improvements. One thing for certain is that users are expected [...]

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January 27, 2016

Intel Launches Skylake based Celeron, i3, i5P CPUs

This week Intel launched the latest in their Celeron series of processors, based on their latest-generation 14nm Skylake microarchitecture. While these new CPUs won’t be landing in the enthusiast desktops that most of our readers will be using, they are meant for HTPCs, low-end desktops and basic office workstations.

The Celeron processors released include the Celeron G3900 which is a dual-core clocked at 2.8GHz with a TDP of 51w. The  G3920 is similar to the G9300 with the exception of a faster clock speed 2.9GHz. Finally, we have the G3900T clocked at 2.6GHz and a TDP of 35W. All of these CPUs include Intel HD 510 Graphics and 2MB of L3 cache and [...]

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July 16, 2015

Intel Broadwell-E Leaked Slides Surface, Revealing Possible Specifications and Launch Date

With Intel’s Skylake looming right around the corner, everyone has all but forgotten about Broadwell… until now. Thanks to Chinese hardware site XFastest, some new leaked slides have surfaced detailing the possible specifications of the rumored Broadwell-E processors.

According to the slides, Intel’s Broadwell-E will have a maximum core count of 8 cores and will be built on the 14nm fabrication process. The highest end Broadwell-E CPU will have up to 20MB of cache and 40 PCI-E lanes. If Broadwell-E follows suit with Haswell-E, the 6 core model of Broadwell-E will also have a similar cache size and PCI-E lane counts. Broadwell-E will also [...]

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February 23, 2015

Intel Believes 7nm Chips Possible without EUV

With ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) coming up this week and numerous Intel researchers slated to present cutting edge technologies in silicon manufacturing, Intel Senior Fellow for Logic Technology Development, Mark Bohr, recently gave a brief overview of Intel’s developments and future roadmap to analysts and media.

In line with what was presented at IDF 2014, Bohr reiterates that scaling will continue to produce the cost reduction that justifies investment into the development of even smaller feature sizes. Not much of a surprise there. Intel was already slated to begin production of chips at the 10nm feature [...]

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January 17, 2015

Surprise! Intel Delivers Record Breaking Revenue in 2014

Well, they’ve done it again.

Intel recently reported a recording breaking year in 2014 to the tune of $55.9 billion in revenue, up 6% from $52.7 billion in 2013. The chip giant managed an operating income of $15.3 billion and a net income of $11.7 billion.

Here’s a breakdown of revenue by business group:

PC Client Group generated a revenue of $34.7 billion, up 4 percent from 2013.

Data Center Group revenue of $14.4 billion, up 18 percent from 2013.

Internet of Things Group revenue of $2.1 billion, up 19 percent from 2013.

Mobile and Communications Group revenue of $202 million, down 85 percent [...]

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December 18, 2014

Intel X99 Chipset Facing Driver Issues, RSTe v4.1.0.1046 Pulled


According to a recent article by, Intel along with their motherboard partners recently pulled RSTe (Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise) version due to some minor bugs which degrades the functionality of the Intel X99’s C610 chipset.

According to a response to the German publication by motherboard giant ASUS, the driver was pulled because it doesn’t support ATA TRIM commands for SSDs in RAID 0 configuration. When tried to figure out a work around, ASROCK suggested installing RST 13.1 as a temporary fix. The problem is that RST 13.1 is designed for chipsets on series 8 and 9 platforms, [...]

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November 26, 2014

Intel Reveals 32-Layer 3D NAND Plans, Expects to Ship 2H2015

Last week, Intel held their annual investor meeting and Intel VP Rob Crooke took the stage for a few minutes to give investors some insight into Intel’s memory business. During his presentation, Crooke revealed some specifics on Intel’s upcoming 3D NAND product, which up to this point has been kept a secret.

According to Crooke, Intel’s first 3D NAND offering will be a 32-layer MLC (2-bits per cell) 3D NAND product with a die capacity of 256Gb. This will then be followed by a TLC (3-bits per cell) 3D NAND product with a die capacity of 384Gb. Crooke claims that because Intel’s 3D NAND will offer twice the number of bits [...]

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September 3, 2014

Asus Releases X99-E WS Motherboard, Newegg Exclusive

Intel’s recently launched Haswell-E/X99 platform is a perfect fit for workstation systems and it looks like Newegg recently secured exclusive distribution rights to ASUS’s flagship X99 workstation motherboard, the ASUS X99-E WS.

Like its predecessor, the ASUS P9X79-E WS, the ASUS X99-E WS is a colossal CEB form-factor motherboard bars none when it comes to features. Sporting the new LGA 2011-3 socket, the ASUS X99-E WS will accept all the latest Haswell-E Core i7 CPUs and even some of its Haswell-E Xeon based cousins such as the Intel Xeon E5. Included is also support for up to 8x DDR4 DIMMs capable of handling a maximum of 64GB of RAM in [...]

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August 29, 2014

Intel Launches Haswell-E Review Roundup

Well, it looks like the rumors regarding Haswell-E are spot on. Intel recently released their new Haswell High End Desktop processors along with the X99 chipset.

Those interested in building the fastest system today, the new Intel Haswell-E processors, Intel X99 based motherboards, and DDR4 memory is now available at your favorite e-tailers.

As previously leaked a couple days back, Intel’s latest chip comes in three varieties ranging from a $999 Intel Core i7 5960X 8-core processor to a surprisingly affordable $389 Intel Core i7 5820K 6-core processor.

Most reviews online are relatively positive [...]

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August 26, 2014

Intel Haswell-E Official Specs, Prices Leaked in Slide Deck Before Launch

Intel’s upcoming Haswell-E processors have practically been the worst kept secret in Intel’s history and while we haven’t written much about the upcoming processors given most rumors have been unsubstantiated, hardware leak site VideoCardz recently released what appears to be an official slide deck that seems legitimate.

The full slide deck can be viewed on VideoCardz website here, but here’s a couple of the more interesting slides.

Most of this information has already been rumored, so nothing too surprising here. The upcoming Haswell-E processors will be based off Intel’s 22nm Tri-Gate 3-D transistor [...]

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