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Intel Core i7-2700K gets a launch date (and a big price tag)

Steve Dougherty | Sep 22, 2011 8:37 AM CDT

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.

The i7-2700K will run at 3.5GHz out of the box, a typical 100MHz bump over the previous top model (2600K), while the chip is otherwise pretty much identical, including the multiplier with the highest available setting being 57x. On the upside, it's been rumoured that Intel is cherry picking its best Sandy Bridge cores for 2700K allocation, and this is backed up by other reports that it is one hell of an impressive overclocker.

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Intel shows off solar-powered CPU

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 13, 2011 9:30 PM CDT

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.

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AMD sets a world overclocking record with a Bulldozer at 8.429Ghz!

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 13, 2011 8:39 PM CDT

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 K├╝hler 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:

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AMD FX-Series rescheduled yet again - Will be an October launch

Steve Dougherty | Sep 7, 2011 9:34 AM CDT

This news certainly won't gel well for many of you at a time when we thought launch was imminent - AMD is once again choosing to delay the launch of its FX-Series desktop processors, now planned for release in October.

AMD's rescheduling for October is supposedly due to AMD wanting to make sure they hit all the right performance price-points with the first wave of models; thus they are said to be introducing seven models straight out the gate comprising four 8-core FX-8000 series chips, one 6-core FX-6000 series chip and two 4-core FX-4000 series chips.

Looking at a chart compiled by the folks at Xbit labs after gathering data from unknown sources, the initial line-up of models will include the FX-8150 (a 3.6GHz part), FX-8120 (3.1GHz - avail. in both 95 and 125W variants) and FX-8100 (2.8GHz) as far as octo-core models go. The six-core model to accompany them is the FX-6100 running at 3.3GHz, while the two quad-core models are the FX-4170 and FX-4100, running at 4.2GHz and 3.6GHz respectively.

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AMD Bulldozer, design details surface - team red kicks it up a notch or three

Anthony Garreffa | Aug 23, 2011 10:00 PM CDT

AMD has released some nifty documents which outline the architecture behind their upcoming Core i7 competitor, Bulldozer. The Bulldozer CPU architecture is one of the biggest things to come from AMD in the form of CPU technology in a long time and the slides below outline Zambezi for the Socket AM3+ platform. The AM3+ socket infrastructure adds quite a few new things and a few surprises along the way. Check out the below images for a bit of a tease of things to come from team RED.

One of the surprising things is older AM3 processors are plug-in compatible with AM3+ motherboards, which would allow people to pick up a board in preparation for the new CPUs and then upgrade as they see fit. As well as the impressive 72-bit DDR3 memory channels which will see support for DDR3-1866. Bulldozer is quite power-efficient too, as it will increase clock speeds if there is spare TDP headroom and when there is not much workload on the CPU, it will disable un-used cores.

Very impressive, AMD. If it can keep up with Sandy Bridge-based Core i5/i7's, then we'll finally see some true competition in the CPU fight.

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AMD polishes off Brazos with three new APUs

Steve Dougherty | Aug 22, 2011 1:32 PM CDT

While inevitably not bringing anywhere near the amount of excitement the upcoming FX-Series will once launched, AMD has just kicked out three new APUs catering to its Brazos platform - the E-450, E-300 and C-60.

Using AMD's Bobcat x86 architecture, all three models are dual-core, built on the 40nm process. The new top dog "Zacate" E-450 APU clocks in at 1.65GHz (where the previous top model, the E-350 ran at 1.60GHz). The integrated Radeon HD 6320 GPU has its core clocked at 508MHz and with its TurboCore tech it can be driven at up to 600MHz.

THe E-300 lacks TurboCore on both its CPU and GPU components, with the CPU clock at a fixed 1.30GHz, and the Radeon HD 6310 GPU at 488MHz. As for the C-60, this is AMD's latest ultra low power APU with a TDP of only 9W (the other two are double that). The C-60 does have TurboCore technology embedded for both its CPU and GPU components. The CPU's stock clock rate is 1.00GHz, but with the help of TurboCore can head north to 1.33GHz, while the Radeon HD 6290 GPU has its core clocked at 276MHz, but TurboCore can increase it to 400MHz.

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Intel about to drop pricing on nine Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs

Steve Dougherty | Aug 17, 2011 9:14 AM CDT

It's been discovered today that Intel is planning to shave pricing on several of its current Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs next month.

The drop looks to be consistently around about $10 on all nine models, which are the dual-core Intel Pentium G630 and G850, dual-core Core i3-2120 and i7-2390T, and quad-core Core i5-2400S, i5-2405S, i5-2500S, i5-2500T, and i7-2600S.

Unfortunately, where most of us would've been especially wanting to see cuts on the more popular enthusiast models such as the i5-2500, i5-2500K, i7-2600 and i7-2600K, they are not mentioned in the list.

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AMD Bulldozer Zambezi-FX (B2 Stepping) detailed, FX-8150 and FX-8120 to hit shelves in Q3 2011

Anthony Garreffa | Aug 17, 2011 12:30 AM CDT

Detailed info on AMD's upcoming Bulldozer (Zambezi-FX) processors has hit the Internet with Chinese website Corescn.com claiming that the B2 Revisions of the CPU's have hit production and would be on shelves by late Q3 2011. The Bulldozer CPU's have been delayed because of a performance-related bug, with the B2 revision going into mass production sometime in August 2011 and hit markets by September 2011.

The first two CPU's based on the B2 revisions will be the FX-8150 (FD8150FRW8KGU) Featuring 8Cores/8Threads, 8MB L3 Cache, Stock Frequency of 3.6Ghz (Turbo - 4.2Ghz) while the other FX-8120 (FD8120FRW8KGU) is also an 8 Core CPU with same specs and just a little low clock frequency of 3.1Ghz (T.C - 4.1Ghz). Both CPU's feature TDP of 125W.

We should also expect the FX-6100 (Hexa Core), FX-4100 (Quad Core) and FX-8100 (Octa Core) CPU's featuring 95W TDP. This will be followed by another lineup which would release in Q1 2012 and is set to include 4 new CPU's detailed below:

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Sandy Bridge-E shipping light without a heatsink/fan

Steve Dougherty | Aug 15, 2011 7:58 AM CDT

It has just come to light that Intel does not intend to ship its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E (LGA2011) Core i7 processors with a heatsink/fan (HSF). Instead, Intel plans to offer the certified HSF for these processors as a separate, standalone purchase through the same retail channels.

While there's no doubt some people are satisfied with, or even prefer an Intel certified cooler for these high TDP processors, Intel would be banking on the majority of the target users wanting to use third-party cooling options, as it is expected that many of the big name CPU cooler makers will have lineups of LGA2011-ready coolers readily available upon the Sandy Bridge E series launch.

Sandy Bridge E processors have a rated TDP of 130W, but early testing on engineering samples has proven that it can reach as high as 180W under load (and that's at stock speeds).

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Overclocking beyond extremes sees a Phenom II @ 7.378GHz!

Steve Dougherty | Aug 8, 2011 9:32 AM CDT

From time to time we'll see one of those crazy world renowned overclockers kick out another incredible world record result from a recent piece of hardware thanks to the most extreme cooling methods used. But it's not so frequent that a new WR really jumps out at you as being exceptionally above and beyond anything we've seen before.

Well, Mad222 of Team Centralfield has managed to do just that with an incredible overclocking result with a Phenom II X4 955 processor. Using GIGABYTE's 890FXA-UD7, the CPU was pushed all the way up to a jaw dropping 7378MHz.

Dropping it back only ever so slightly to 7155MHz, a 1M SuperPI result was also completed, as you can see in the below screenshot :-

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