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August 21, 2017

Intel Announces Kaby Lake R 8th Generation Core Processors

Intel recently announced the first member of its 8th Generation Core processors, Kaby Lake R, with Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake coming down the line.

Kaby Lake R(efresh) is Intel’s Mobile 8th Generation Core processor still using the same 14nm FinFET process node as Intel’s Kaby Lake lineup of CPUs. While a transistor size shrink won’t happen until the release of Intel’s Cannon Lake CPU, there are some major design changes which Intel says will provide some substantial performance and power efficiency benefits.

Manufacturer IntelModel i7-8650U i7-8550U i5-8350U i5-8250UCore Count 4 Core / 8 Threads 4 Core / 8 Threads 4 [...]
 
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August 14, 2017

Intel Ice Lake Appears, Confirmed to Use 10nm+ FinFET

Though Intel’s Coffe Lake family of processors have yet to launch, Intel has already started the motion of preparing Ice Lake, the successor to the Cannon Lake family of CPUs.

Ice Lake will succeed Cannon Lake as Intel’s 9th generation Core processor family. Though there’s little information to go by, we do know that it will use Intel’s 10nm+ FinFet.

The foundations for Ice Lake will be laid by Cannon Lake, Intel’s 8th generation Core processor. Cannon Lake will be the first to use 10nm FinFET, the first node shrink since the release of Broadwell CPUs in 2014. Intel touts that its 10nm FinFETs can deliver up to 25% better [...]

 
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August 11, 2017

AMD Launches Threadripper 1950X and 1920X HEDT CPUs

Just a few months after the launch of their mainstream Ryzen CPUs, AMD is launching their highly anticipated HEDT Ryzen Threadripper CPUs based on the Zen micro-architecture. The new AMD Threadripper 1950X and 1920X now make up the most powerful CPUs in AMD’s consumer CPU lineup.

Manufacturer AMDModel Threadripper 1950X Threadripper 1920XCore Count 16 Core / 32 Threads 12 Core / 24 ThreadsBase Clock 3.4GHz 3.5GHzMax Turbo Clock 4GHz 4GHzL3 Cache 32MB 32MBUnlocked Yes YesTDP 180W 180WPCIe Lanes 64 64Memory Support Quad-Channel 2,667MHz DDR4 (ECC) Quad-Channel 2,667MHz DDR4 (ECC)

It’s no secret that Intel was the dominant [...]

 
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August 9, 2017

Intel Core i3-8350K and Core i3-8100 (Coffee Lake) Specs Leak

As we creep towards the August 21 launch date for Intel’s Coffee Lake CPUs, more details continue to pour out, this time in the form of a specifications sheet for the Coffee Lake i3 SKUs.

According to the leaked specs sheet from the site ptt.cc, there will be two SKUs available for the Core i3 segment. The Core i3-8350K is a quad-core part with a TDP of 91W and unlocked multipliers, while the Core i3-8100 has a similar configuration but is rated for a 61W TDP and cannot be overclocked. The integrated graphics is also shown to be overclockable for the Core i3-8359K but locked for the Core i3-8100.

The release of its Coffee Lake CPUs will be the [...]

 
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August 8, 2017

Intel Confirms Launch of Coffee Lake (8th Gen Core Processors) on Aug 21

In a recent press release, Intel announced that they’ll be launching the 8th Generation Core Processors, codename Coffee Lake, on August 21 at 8AM PDT. For users of Facebook, the launch of the new processors will be live-streamed via Facebook Live on Intel’s Facebook page or another live-stream will be available at Intel’s Newsroom.

Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake 8th Generation Core Processors are expected to be Intel’s fourth iteration of processors on their 14nm manufacturing process following Intel’s Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake architectures.

Aside from rumors, very little is known about Coffee Lake however, [...]

 
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August 7, 2017

Intel Coffee Lake Platform Details Leaked in Presentation Slides

As the Intel’s upcoming 8th Generation Core Processors, codename Coffee Lake, nears its official launch, numerous leaks have been springing up on the CPUs. However, little was previously known about the Coffee Lake platform and chipset. Until now.

In a new leak, we now have what appears to be official Intel presentation slides on the upcoming processors as well as information about the chipset and platform.

For starters, here’s the roadmap for Intel’s desktop CPUs from 2Q2017 to 2Q2018. We can see that Coffee Lake-S CPUs along with Kaby Lake Refresh PCH are expected to launch sometime towards the tail end of 3Q2017 with the Cannon [...]

 
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August 7, 2017

Intel Releases Full Specifications for Core-X Series CPUs

When Intel launched their latest Core-X Series CPUs at Computex 2017, full specifications on the new Core i9 series CPUs were not available at the time. However, in a recent press release, Intel detailed their entire upcoming lineup of Core i9 series CPUs.

Of course, the official specification list isn’t new. Several weeks ago, this information was already leaked however, was not officially confirmed by Intel at the time.

The Intel Core i9 CPUs will become available beginning August 12th for the 12-core i9-7920X and September 25 for the 14-core i9-7940X, 16-core i9-7960X, and 18-core i9-7980XE. The 4-core to 10-core Intel Core X-Series CPUs are [...]

 
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August 1, 2017

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper Makes Amazon’s Bestsellers List as Pre-Orders Open

Back in February when AMD launched their Ryzen 7 series CPUs, they were able to easily snag several of the top spots on the Amazon Best Sellers list for CPUs. Today, several of the Ryzen CPUs still maintain several top spots in Amazon’s rankings, although Intel has reclaimed the #1 spot with their Core i7-7700K.

However, what’s interesting about the best sellers list currently is that the 16-core/32-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X was able to claim the #6 spot on the list, which isn’t something you see everyday. While it’s easy for a $200 mainstream CPU to break into the top, it’s not all that common to find a prosumer $1,000 CPU [...]

 
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July 31, 2017

AMD Reveals Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, 1920X, 1900X Pricing and Availability

During AMD’s SIGGRAPH event, the company finally revealed the full details, lineup and availability of their highly anticipated Ryzen Threadripper CPUs.

AMD will release three products into the Ryzen Threadripper family. At the top of the stack is the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, which will feature 16-cores/32-threads, a base clock of 3.4GHz, a turbo clock of 4.0GHz + XFR to 4.2GHz, 180w TDP and will retail for $999 starting August 10. In the middle is the Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, which will feature 12-cores/24-threads, a base clock of 3.5GHz, a turbo clock of 4.0GHz + XFR to 4.2GHz, 180w TDP and will retail for $999 starting August 10. Of course, most [...]

 
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August 2, 2017

AMD Project 47 Supercomputer Packs 1 Petaflop in a Single Rack

AMD’s SIGGRAPH 2017 Capsaicin event had quite a few reveals today, but nothing quite as impressive as Inventec’s new Project 47 supercomputer powered by AMD.

The new Project 47 supercomputer is easily one of the more beautiful server racks we’ve ever seen, but what’s even more beautiful is what’s inside. Packing 20 AMD EPYC 7601 CPUs, 80 Radeon Instinct Vega GPUs, and 10TB of DDR4 memory, the Project 47 is capable of up to 1 petaflop, or about 1,000 teraflops of single precision compute performance.

For reference, the IBM Roadrunner which was one of the fist supercomputers to reach 1 petaflop of [...]

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