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Intel working on dual-core i3-7360X for X299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 22 hours, 49 mins ago

Intel has been reacting to Ryzen for most of the year, but one of the bigger surprises could be that Chipzilla is working on a new dual-core Core i3-7360X processor.




Intel's purported Core i3-7360X processor will be a HEDT version of the current Core i3-7350K, which will be replaced by the Core i3-8350K.




The new Core i3-7360K will be a dual-core CPU with a turbo clock of 4.3GHz, while the TDP is a massive 112W. Great tech for a dual-core processor, which will be around 1.25% faster than the current-gen Core i3-7350K, let alone the new Core i3-8350K. Intel, what's going on?!

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Intel delays 10nm CPU tech for the third time: late 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

Update: Intel reached out to me for some clarification on this article, informing me they're talking to the original source of this article, Digitimes, too. Intel said that their 10nm production is "on track and not delayed", adding that: "We'll be shipping our first 10-nanometer products near the end of the year beginning with a lower volume SKU followed by a volume ramp in the first half of 2018".


Intel has been reacting to AMD for most of the year, but now their plans for 2018 just went into disarray as the once champion of the industry has hit yet another roadblock of its next-gen 10nm CPU node.




Intel's upcoming Cannon Lake CPU architecture has been delayed, for a third time, to the end of 2018. Cannon Lake was once pitched as a mid-2017 release, and is now 18 months behind. Digitimes is reporting that Intel's delay of Cannon Lake is hurting OEM partners, who are thinking of skipping Cannon Lake for Ice Lake, which is reportedly coming out very close to the release of Cannon Lake.


This gives Intel's competitors in the semiconductor business with a chance to dash up to, and ahead of Intel. We have TSMC, Samsung and Globalfoundries (a close partner of AMD) who all expect to have 10nm or better nodes online by 2019, which now won't be too far away from Intel.

Core i9-7980XE benched: super-fast, but costs $1999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Intel's most expensive consumer processor in a very long time is nearly here, with the Core i9-7980XE boasting its 18C/36 of CPU power, beating AMD's current Ryzen Threadripper 1950X flagship CPU with 16C/32T.




There are now early benchmarks on the new Intel Core i9-7980XE processor, with 'Coolenjoy' releasing their data on the ASUS APEX motherboard, with the 18C/36T clocked at 4.2GHz on all CPU cores... impressive stuff. Intel has its new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 letting the Core i9-7980XE boost all CPU cores up to 4.4GHz.


Still, just look at these benchmarks... Intel's new Core i9-7980XE is a megatasking BEAST. Priced at $1999, you'll need to sell a kidney or two, but I'm sure it's worth it.

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Intel's new Z370 boards won't work with Kaby Lake CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

Intel is about to roll out its next reaction to Ryzen, with the upcoming Coffee Lake-S architecture and the 'new' Z370 chipset with a butt load of new Z370-based motherboards from the usual companies like ASRock, GIGABYTE, ASUS, MSI, and others.




But, one of the more interesting things to note here is that there will be some gates up when it comes to CPU compatibility between the sockets. If you have a Kaby Lake CPU right now and want to upgrade to a new Z370 board, for whatever reason, you simply can't - even though they are the same LGA 1151 socket. has found that the new Z370 boards won't work with current-gen Kaby Lake CPUs, and it works the other way around yet, either. So if you run out and buy the upcoming Core i7-8700K, it won't work in your current-gen Z170/Z270 motherboard... but this should work after a BIOS update in the near future, hopefully.

Intel planning 8C/16T CPUs, Z390 chipset for mid-2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 5 hours ago

Intel continues to react to AMD's feverish threat with Ryzen, with Chipzilla launching CPUs and new chipsets left, right, and center - and now... we're hearing more about Intel's next-next-gen Ice Lake CPU architecture.




Intel is preparing Ice Lake-based CPUs that will launch in the second half of 2018, with 8C/16T chips that will fight Ryzen 7 1800X, with a next-gen Z390 chipset that will sit side-by-side with the upcoming Z370 platform.


The big difference between Z370 and Z390 is that the latter will support higher CPU core counts, with Intel launching an offensive to compete against AMD's new Ryzen chips. This means that Intel will be waiting nearly an entire year before they can properly compete against the pure CPU thread count that AMD offers with Ryzen.


The new Ice Lake CPUs will reportedly be made on Intel's 10nm node, but we have no idea what CPU family they'll fall into - Core i7-9900K? No power numbers, or anything else just yet. I'm sure Intel will have another CPU family or two to release between now and then, too - especially at this rate.

AMD Ryzen Mobile APU leak: 90% faster than previous-gen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

AMD will later this year rock the notebook world just as much as it did the desktop PC world with its new Ryzen Mobile APUs, something the company has teased for the last few months.




AMD's upcoming Ryzen Mobile APUs will be the first Zen-based APUs released by the company, which will rock Vega-based GPU technology and much longer battery life than previous APUs from AMD. We're told to expect over 50% more CPU performance, 40% more GPU performance, with 50% less power... pretty damn good numbers.




Fast forward to now, and we have the first benchmark leaks of the upcoming Raven Ridge-based Ryzen 5 2500U which scores 9723 in Geekbench 4.1.1's multi-core test, and 3625 on the single-threaded side. If we compare that against the previous-gen A12-9800B and its multi-core score of just 5115, we can see just how much of an improvement Ryzen Mobile is going to be over AMD's previous-gen APUs.


  • Ryzen 5 2500U (multi-core test) - 9723
  • A12-9800B (multi-core test) - 5115
  • Ryzen 5 2500U (single-core test) - 3625
  • A12-9800B (single-core test) - 2315


AMD will be releasing their new Raven Ridge-based Ryzen Mobile APUs later this year, and expect us to put them through their paces in the usual benchmarks and games.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 16C/32T is really EPYC: 32C/64T

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 20 hours ago

A few weeks ago there was a story that surfaced that AMD had intentionally disabled two entire CPU dies on their new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, but AMD denied this and the world kept spinning.



Well, weeks later and we're back with the same overclocker delidding AMD's champion, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, with der8auer pulling it apart to find out that it really is an EPYC server CPU underneath. This means that the single CPU dies on Threadripper are Ryzen 7 1800X, with 8C/16T - but times this by four and we have a huge 32C/64T.


We saw this in those early photos of the four CPU dies, but they were said to be dummy/non-working CPU dies. It might not make sense, but AMD would be making their EPYC server CPUs and then whatever yields can't handle the full 4 x 8C/16T gets knocked down to Threadripper 1950X by easily disabling the bugged-out CPU dies.


Voila: Ryzen Threadripper 1950X with 16C/32T, down from the mammoth 32C/64T that EPYC delivers.

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Coffee Lake benchmarked: Core i7-8700K results leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Intel will be launching its new Coffee Lake CPU architecture led by the flagship Core i7-8700K processor on October 5, but between now and then we have some leaked details and benchmarks to share with you.





This was all kicked off with Canadian tech journalist Karl Morin finding himself with HP's new Omen desktop PC which rocks an unreleased Core i7-8700K processor, so he used a monitor quickly and benchmarked it. As VideoCardz points out, it's actually funny that Karl did this as there was a HP representative standing right next to him.




There are some Cinebench results to share, with some CPU-Z benchmarks in both single- and multi-threaded modes.

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Samsung announces 11nm LPP production, 7nm EUV for 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

On the eve of Apple's new iPhone announcement, Samsung has come out swinging by announcing their new 11nm LPP process will be ready for mass production in the first half of 2018. Beyond that, Samsung is also confident with its 7nm EUV upgrade for the second half of 2018.




Samsung's new 11nm LPP process is a scale down of their 14nm LPP process that is found in mid-range processors, while the new 11nm LPP process will power next-gen Exynos SoC products from Samsung. The smaller 11nm LPP tech has 15% additional performance and a 10% area shrink, all with the same power consumption of 14nm LPP.


VP and Head of Foundry Marketing for Samsung Electronics, Ryan Lee, said: "Samsung has added the 11nm process to our roadmap to offer advanced options for various applications. Through this, Samsung has completed a comprehensive process roadmap spanning from 14nm to 11nm, 10nm, 8nm, and 7nm in the next three years".


We should expect to see 11nm LPP-based smartphones in 2H 2018, so think Galaxy Note 9... while the 7nm EUV upgrades will arrive in 2H 2018, with smartphones to be powered by it in Q1 2019, so think Galaxy S9 powered by 7nm.

Ryzen Threadripper 1950X enters the 3DMark Hall of Fame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 8, 2017 2:13 am

There are people who spend their lives continuously working on breaking 3DMark records, and now that AMD's massive Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are here, AMD has once again entered the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra Hall of Fame.




You can see here from the Top 15 runs in the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra Hall of Fame that Intel absolutely dominates, but the #12 spot goes to 'Finnsk3' who ran the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X with 4 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI.


Finnsk3 used the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X on the ASUS X399 Zenith Extreme motherboard, with 32GB of G.SKILL 3600MHz DDR4 RAM, and 4 x GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI. The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X was clocked @ 4.17GHz, which provides a score that beasts out the Core i9-7900X from Intel.

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