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Qualcomm has been down in the dumps lately, but it looks like the Snapdragon 820 could be something exciting for the company. The upcoming chip is promising a new GPU from Qualcomm, as well as a new image signal processing (ISP) unit.
The Snapdragon 820 should pack an Adreno 5xx GPU which will offer up to 40% more performance while using 40% less power compared to the previous Adreno 430 GPU. The new 500 series GPU will also have support for 4K video at 60FPS through HDMI 2.0, meaning you can stream 4K 60FPS video to your compatible TV or monitor.
The new Spectra ISP is capable of supporting up to three cameras simultaneously and mixed with its best-in-class image quality, we can expect big things for cameras. The new ISP will see images with more natural skin tones, and a wider range of colors at up to 25-megapixels at 30FPS with no shutter lag.
Today's laptops are pretty damn powerful, where personally I use the ASUS ROG G751 gaming laptop as my personal workstation (heck, I'm typing on it right now) with a 34-inch 3440x1440 UltraWide display and a Acer XB270HU 2560x1440 144Hz G-Sync display plugged into it. But the CPUs inside are about to get a heck of a lot faster.
Intel has just unveiled the very first Xeon processor family for laptops, the E3-1500M v5, which is based on the Skylake architecture. These Xeon-powered laptops will also introduce some enthusiast and professional technologies, such as the new Thunderbolt 3 connector which supports dual 4K displays, USB Type-C, and much more from a single port.
The chipmaker isn't talking about all of the capabilities of its E3-1500M, but we do know that laptops using the Xeon processors will arrive in the fall.
We knew it was coming, but the retail packaging for Intel's upcoming Skylake processors have leaked online. We now have a legitimate look at the Core i7-6700K, and Core i5-6600K processors.
The Core i7-6700K will feature 4 physical cores and 4 HT cores to make up an 8-threaded CPU, while boasting a 4GHz clock speed, support for dual-channel DDR4 and DDR3L memory, as well as Intel HD Graphics 530. The Core i5-6600K on the other hand, features just four physical cores at 3.5GHz, without Hyper-Threading the same dual-channel DDR4/DDR3L RAM support, and Intel HD Graphics 530.
When we heard about AMD's upcoming Zen architecture, we were excited, but with the latest news on this new APU, the excitement level has increased ten fold.
According to WCCFTech, AMD's upcoming APU is being dubbed an "Exascale Heterogeneous Processor", or EHP. AMD's new EHP will pack 32 x86 Zen cores, a massive Greenland-powered graphics die, and up to 32GB of HBM2 on its 2.5D interposer. That's not a mistake, we're looking at a 32-core processor, with enough graphics grunt to play games at 4K, and with up to 32GB of next-gen HBM2.
AMD's EHP can pack up to 32GB of HBM2, but it can be expanded through a DDR4 channel that is baked onto the package. As for the GPU side of this new APU, we don't know how many Greenland GPU cores will be used, but we're sure that AMD will use a smaller node for it, so we should expect it to pack quite the performance punch.
AMD is expected to roll out the EHP somewhere in the next couple of years, so expect it somewhere in 2016-2017. This is the type of APU that AMD needs to get into the next generation of consoles and VR headsets.
The release of Intel's new Skylake-based processors is right around the corner, alongside the release of the new Z170 range of motherboards. But news has broken that the upcoming flagship Core i7-6700K has been overclocked to a huge 5.2GHz... on air cooling.
The achievement happened with an early BIOS, with the CPU hitting 5198.75MHz - an overclock of 1200MHz above its 4GHz stock clock. Better yet, just 1.35V was required to reach this, which is a damn good achievement considering you need more voltage, and watercooling to get anywhere near that on a current Core i7-4790K.
While it was sitting at 1.35V and 5.2GHz, we don't know what temperatures the overclocked Core i7-6700K was sitting at under load. We should expect many more details to arrive on the Core i7-6700K as we get closer to its launch next month.
A few months ago AMD launched their 'Kaveri' refresh, the A10-7870K, and today they are launching another refresh, the A8-7670K. The A8-7670K will feature 10 compute cores which consists of 4 CPU cores and 6 GPU cores.
Compared to its predecessor, the 7670K will have boosts in both CPU (100MHz turbo/300MHz base) and integrated GPU (37MHz) clock speeds. The 7670K is aimed at users who want strong performing integrated graphics at an affordable price, such as a family PC where games consist of online titles such as League of Legends.
Compared to a similarly priced Intel i3, AMD promises increased CPU and integrated GPU performance, especially when the program utilizes combined CPU and integrated GPU workloads.
In a recent press release, Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich announced some leadership changes within his company, ranging from Presidents to operational management.
First off is Intel President Renée James, said to be stepping down in order to "pursue an external CEO role" after January 2016. Intel's President of Capital, Arvind Sodhani, will retire in January after 35 years in the technology giant and Wendell Brooks, President of Mergers and Acquisitions, will also manage Intel Capital.
Further to this, Aicha Evans formerly from Intel Communication and Devices Group has been promoted into the Management Committee and Josh Walden will lead all product and research teams involved in creation and deployment of new technology categories. In addition, executives Hermann Eul and Mike Bell will leave after a transition period.
According to the latest reports, Qualcomm will be getting Samsung to produce its upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor on its 14nm FinFET process.
Additional reports state that Qualcomm will be pushing its Krait cores to the site, using the more efficient and faster Kyro cores instead. The Snapdragon 820 processor should see 8 cores clocked at 3GHz, which will make it one of, if not the fastest mobile processor in the world. When will we see the Snapdragon 820 architecture powering devices?
We should see Qualcomm pushing the new Snapdragon 820 processors into devices in Q4 2015.
With Intel all set to unveil their new Skylake-S series of processors at Gamescom 2015 in August, we're hearing that the new 'K-series' enthusiast processors will not ship with a stock cooler.
Intel is set to release its Core i7-6700K processor a week after Windows 10 is released, with Intel aiming at enthusiasts buying their own high-performance air, or liquid cooling system for their new CPU. The chipmaker will be offering a new PCG 2015D high performance air and liquid cooling solutions, but the processor itself will ship without a HSF.
The next question is, will Intel drop the price to counter that the processor doesn't include a stock cooler, or will Intel make more profit per K-series CPU it ships, thanks to not giving consumers a cooler.
Intel had planned to jump into the 10nm processor game as early as next year, but it looks like its 10nm-based Cannonlake processor has been pushed back, indefinitely.
The chip giant planned on releasing its 10nm processor in 2016, delaying it into 2017 shortly after. But now the company has experienced serious issues with its 10nm process, deciding to intro the Kaby Lake platform instead. There's not much known on the Kaby Lake platform, other than it being a 14nm process, and the usual dual- and quad-core processors that Intel will surely offer. We should expect the same LGA1151 socket to be used, with power to sit somewhere between 4.5W and 91W.
We should take a lesson from this: while AMD isn't sitting in the best position when it comes to combating Intel in the CPU game, Intel is now at a stalemate when it comes to ushering in a next-generation processor. With 10nm off the table for the next few years, we're looking at nearly rehashed CPUs from Intel until a new technology can be released to market from the company.