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We knew this news was coming for a while, just not sure as to when exactly it would happen. But now we have a date on when Intel will close the chapter for good on its current top-tier enthusiast grade desktop platform, X58.
With the retirement schedule revealed today, Intel says X58 has exactly 12 more months to go until complete replacement by X79 (LGA 2011) which is scheduled for launch next month. Intel will keep taking orders for X58 until April 27th, 2012, and the last of these orders will have been shipped by October 5th, 2012.
A bit of relative other news on X58, to motherboard vendors at this time the X58 I/O Hub (Northbridge) costs $39, with the ICH10R Southbridge costing another $14.
Samsung's latest Exynos 4210 SoC is a great piece of tech, it powers their super smartphone, the Galaxy S II and is a very, very fast phone. The 4210 sports two ARM Cortex A9 cores running at 1.2GHz along with an ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU. The A9 chip is equal to that of TI's outing, and a bit better than NVIDIA's Tegra 2. In various tests, the Mali-400 MP4 beats out all other smartphone GPUs that have been tested.
Samsung have today announced a 32nm addition to the family, the Exynos 4212. CPU clock speeds get a nice bump up to 1.5GHz, but GPU clocks are unknown. Samsung is however claiming that GPU performance improves by up to 50% "over the previous processor generation". The move to 32nm could have allowed a 50% increase in clock speed. Samsung's 32nm process uses high-K + metal gate transistors, similar to Intel's transition to 45nm.
Ok, we've been hearing of a different launch date for Sandy Bridge E over what seems like every week in recent months, so this may be a bit of a case of the boy who cried wolf by now, but a new report from the folks over at VR-Zone looks to be a good deal closer to certainty than previous rumours, saying that new information reveals the first Sandy Bridge E processor to launch on November 14th.
This latest rumour also indicates that despite us being lead to believe for a while now that Intel's own DX79SI and DX79TO motherboards would launch on the same said date as the processor(s), they won't actually arrive until December. And not that most of you will pay much attention to these two options, but the report also mentions the probable pricing on both the air and sealed water cooling options for these processors; at around $25-$30 and sub-$100, respectively.
AMD FX-8150 to take on Core i7-980X and 2600K, pushes them up against a wall and mugs them of their price-performance crown
AMD's Bulldozer is set to enter the construction site shortly, and these new benchmarks are leaned heavily in their favor. It looks as though a set of leaked press slides of the AMD FX Processor found their way into the grubby hands of DonanimHaber ahead of the official launch with AMD claiming huge performance leads over rival, Intel. AMD claims that their FX-8150 processor is aiming to take down Intel's Core i7-980X in game tests and even passing it in some DirectX 11 titles.
It's performing on the same level as the Core i7 2600K in several popular CPU benchmarks such as WinRAR 4, X.264 pass 2, Handbrake, 7Zip, POV Ray 3.7, ABBYY OCR, wPrime 32M, and Bibble 5.0. The AMD FX-8150 benefits greatly from the FMA4 instruction set that is lacking in Intel's Sandy Bridge. In the OCL Performance Mandelbrot test, the FX-8150 thrashes the 2600K by as much as 70%.
After recently hearing of Intel's plans to release a new, top end entry in its LGA1155 Core i7 line, the i7-2700K, new information has come out not only confirming its soon to be existence, but also covering pricing and availability.
Where Intel usually has a tendancy to roll in new top end parts at the same price point as what the predecessor sat at, this time things are expected to be different and apparently the i7-2700K will carry a higher price tag than the 2600K. While the exact price isn't allowed to be revealed at this time, a source has made it clear the i7-2700K will in fact be significantly higher than the 2600K's current $317 price tag - most likely somewhere around the ball park of US$340 to $350.
After a long, drawn out wait, we're finally getting some rock solid details on AMD's upcoming FX processor range with recent confirmation of the initial run of models and an October launch pretty much set in stone.
A new report has come out that should gather more smiles all around and that is the pricing on these parts. It appears the three FX models coming out at launch will be even more aggressively priced than previous reports have indicated. What we're now hearing is that the eight-core FX-8150 and FX-8120 will carry pricing of just $245 and $205, respectively. As for the six cored FX-6120, that is expected to come in at $175.
The other tid bit of interest we can gather from the latest report is a supposed release date of October 12th - just a few weeks away now folks.
Well, well, Ivy Bridge. Not only are you going to be a shrunken master of silicon joy when compared to your predecessor, but you'll support resolutions in excess of 4K (maxing out at 4096 x 4096). This is a giant leap from the current limitation of Sandy Bridge's GPU which is 2560 x 1600. This would mean discrete GPUs would no longer be needed if you had a super-size-me display capable of 4K resolutions.
That or you're just a graphics junkie like me. Bring on the 4K screens at 120Hz thank you ma'am.
A leaked document from Intel lets us know there is a new top-end unlocked LGA1155 processor coming soon. It is the Core i7-2700K, of which the leaked document indicated its box part product code to be BX80623I72700K and carrying a spec code of SR0DG.
Official details on the chip in terms of clock rate etc. were not disclosed, but it can be easily assumed that given the i5-2000 and i7-2000 series are spaced in steps of 100MHz, the i7-2700K will likely come in at 3.5GHz with 3.9GHz Turbo Boost.
We still await a definitive release date for it, but it's quite possible Intel is planning to hit the market with it when AMD lets loose its first batch of FX processors, displacing the existing COre i7-2600K's price point and making it more competitive with the FX 8150 in particular.
IDF 2011 - Intel is committed to low-power computing and to show their commitment to it, Intel CEO Paul Otellini challenged the Intel Labs to create a demo of just how far Intel can push technology at this current moment in time. Paul added "the ultimate goal is the most power-efficient devices known to man". Intel Labs were able to create a CPU that was capable of running Windows, powered by a tiny solar cell.
An Intel engineer stepped onto the IDF 2011 stage to show off a demo which involved a nodding cat wearing headphones. The engineer said:
What I'm showing here is technology that one day will make its way into future ultrabooks and a whole bunch of other devices...we've been experimenting with low-voltage circuits. What we have here is a microprocessor - it's an experimental prototype - which is capable of operating near to the threshold voltage of the transistors and is still capable of running Windows.
AMD held a tech day for its upcoming Bulldozer architecture and while not much is allowed to be said, Anandtech have come out swinging with the overclocking potential of the Bulldozer chip. Most people wouldn't think it could hit these speeds, but just wait until you see what AMD can do. AMD used different overclocking experiments and had three different stations setup for people to look at.
The first one used a sub-$100 closed-loop water cooling solution from Antec in the form of the Kühler series, on this solution the Bulldozer was able to reach 4.8GHz as seen below:
The next test used phase change cooling. With the phase change cooling system, AMD was able to push the 8-core FX CPU up to a decent 5.894GHz at 1.632V, with a video of this achievement below: