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Ivy Bridge isn't even here yet, and we're seeing details on Intel's next-generation processor architecture, Haswell. Haswell will be a brand new architecture based on a 22nm fan process which will be matured by Sandy Bridge's successor, Ivy Bridge. This is Intel's "tick-tock" product development model, where we see a "tock" being a new x86 architecture, and a "tick" miniaturizes it to a newer silicon fabrication process.
If Intel's 22nm process all goes to plan, Haswell has an ETA of Q2 2013, with Ivy Bridge taking the lead from Q2 2012 until then. Haswell will feature an all-new socket, LGA1150, which means it will not be compatible with LGA1155 boards. The reason behind this is that Intel have implemented drastic changes in the pin map of the package.
There has been a major change with the component arrangement in the platform that is affecting Haswell's pin map, more specifically, it's Haswell's higher bandwidth chipset bus, rearranged PCIe pins (with FDI pins), rearranged power pins, and miscellaneous pins. It also throws away the separate power domain for the integrated graphics controller.
A British retailer has listed two hexa-core Intel Sandy Bridge-E chips on their website, the Core i7-3930K and Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition. The i7-3960X is priced at £850.79 (inclusive of taxes) which coverts to roughly US$1,361.
The unlocked Core i7-3930K sits at £477.59 (inclusive of taxes) which is around US$764. Earlier this month a Chinese retailer listed these chips, at different prices. The Chinese retailer had the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition at the equivalent of US$1,227 with the Core i7-3930K sitting at roughly US$912.
The British store is $150 cheaper on the Core i7-3930K, but still a long way from the $583 price point that the chip is meant to be. Then we have the British store quoting a price of $130 higher for the Extreme Edition-flavored Core i7-3960X. Whichever way you look at it, we'll be waiting for proper pricing and its not long to go. This is also what happened when the competition is bulldozed at launch.
AMD have not stopped since the Bulldozer launch, and 2012 is set to be release after release, hopefully. Leaked slides from Turkish-based site Donanim Haber show that the 1090FX and 1070 will arrive as part of the 10-series chipset family for current FX-Series processors as well as any other AM3+ chips.
It will throw away the SB850 south bridge component on the 900-series line, which has been on-board for roughly 18 months now, and instead it will rely on the new SB1060 south bridge that provides up to eight SATA 6Gbps ports.
The 1090FX chipset is set to sport native USB 3.0 support and enough lanes for some dual x16 graphics action, but those same features didn't make it for the lower-end 1070. PCI Express Gen 3.0 is also missing on the 10-series, unfortunately. We shouldn't see support for the new PCIe 3.0 interface on AMD chipsets until Piledriver hits, sometime next year.
AMD's Bulldozer just wasn't enough to not only topple Intel, but to impress customers enough to grab it while it was hot. AMD knows they need to turn it around, we know they need to turn it around and you know they need to turn it around. AMD has always focused on performance-per-watt, and while Fusion has pulled this off, Bulldozer when overclocked is pushing past an astonishing 400W.
The Bulldozer team needs to put their hard hats on and get dirty, with 2012 rolling into view, it needs to happen very soon. Piledriver is an update to current Bulldozer cores and the expected advantages are increased core capacity by up to 25-percent, making more cores available more of the time. Reduced power requirement, making Piledriver more efficient, real world performance boost by somewhere around 10-percent, making each core do more.
We recently saw quite the breath taking overclocking record out of an AMD FX-8150 CPU from world renowned overclocker Andre Yang, cranking it up to a whopping 8.46GHz, above that of AMD's own previous record (at 8.43GHz).
With only 30 odd MHz separating it, Andre Yang has given it another crank and has produced a new record result, taking the processor to an incredible 8584.8MHz exactly; 123.3GHz higher than his previous achievement. We're still waiting to see the new overclock result appear on CPU-Z's validation database, but its authenticity looks good enough for us.
ARM wants an arm wrestle with Intel, AMD, goes 64bit and is going to compete in the high-end desktop market
ARM Ltd is getting serious against Intel and AMD, and are now going to compete with the chip giants in the high-end and server computing market, where competition is tight. ARM has announced their new ARMv8 architecture, the first one to include a 64-bit instruction set. ARM CTO, Mike Mullar says:
ARMv8 will enable the development of ARM architecture compatible devices that can be designed to maximize the benefits across both 32-bit and 64-bit application areas. This will bring the advantages of energy-efficient 64-bit computing to new applications such as high-end servers and computing, as well as offering backwards compatibility and migration for existing software through a consistent architecture.
ARMv8 will have both 32- and 64-bit modes, like todays x86/x64 CPUs, and this should help transition ARM into the 64-bit world for existing applications. ARM have dubbed the 32-bit mode "AArch32" and the 64-bit mode "AArch64".
While we all impatiently hold out for the availability of Sandy Bridge-E processors and accompanying X79 motherboards post November 15th, it turns out if you're quick enough and based in China, you can get your hands on the stuff right now.
Some news posted via HWBot shows a Chinese website offering a limited supply of processors and motherboards, though there's only said to have been around 90 odd samples left, much less by the time you're reading this no doubt.
Anyhow, converting over to USD, here's what they're offering up :-
- Intel Core i7 3960X @ +/_ USD $1200
- Intel Core i7 3930K @ +/_ USD $900
- Intel Core i7 3820 @ +/_ USD $550
- MSI X79A-GD65 8D @ +/_ USD $470
- Special Bundle: i7 3930K + MSI X79-GD65 8D + Corsair H60 @ USD $1200
The folks over at OCWorkbench were lucky enough to have witnessed a Sandy Bridge-E processor being overclocked earlier today and kindly shared some details that help give us an idea of how well these chips will clock up.
The specific LGA2011 Core i7 model used was not mentioned, so it's possible it was only a quad core offering. Alas, using a "regular" air cooler it still managed to cruise along just shy of 5GHz (4.92GHz to be exact) with its idle temp holding at 45c.
This was made easily possible via the BClk that can be increased on Sandy E without any dramas. This particular result was achieved by setting the BClk to 120MHz, using a multi of 41X and a core voltage of 1.51v. As for the memory, this was DDR3-2400MHz RAM with a CAS latency of 10T.
This is certainly a very good sign when considering the substandard, generic air cooling solution used here and that even with the best air cooling solutions on the market paired up on existing Sandy Bridge LGA1155 processors, 5GHz is no mean feat.
A bunch more details have surfaced today on AMD's upcoming "Virgo" PC platform which comprises their next-gen mobile "Trinity" APU using an FM2 package. The latest details confirm that Trinity will in fact be compatible with AMD's current-gen A75 "Hudson-D" chipset, but we are yet to learn whether or not FM1 and FM2 are pin compatible.
AMD's Trinity mobile APUs are 32nm based and run a TDP of up to 35W. The four x86-64 cores used are based on AMD's next-gen "Piledriver" architecture (rumoured to be between 10 and 15% quicker on average when compared to Bulldozer) and these four cores are arranged in two modules. Each of the two modules holds two cores and is given certain shared and dedicated resources.
Fab plant TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) has issued an announcement today that confirms their much anticipated 28nm process tech to now be in volume production, with production wafers having already been shipped to customers at this point.
TSMC's 28nm manufacturing process comprises the following segments; 28nm High Performance (28HP), 28nm High Performance Low Power (28HPL), and 28nm Low Power (28LP), with there also being 28nm High Performance Mobile Computing (28HPM) volume production before the end of the year.
TSMC's Senior Vice President Jason Chen had the following to say during todays announcement:-
Being the first to 28nm volume production demonstrates TSMC's leadership in technology and brings great value to our customers through design wins with competitive products.