Intel Alder Lake ES leaked: 4.6 GHz clock, high power draw

Interesting info has shown up about the upcoming Intel Alder Lake CPUs, the first big.LITTLE desktop CPUs. Igor’sLAB has covered a sample called Core-1800 with 16 cores and 24 threads. The ES already shows promising clock speed and boost values for different active core counts. Also notable is the power draw. Intel doesn’t seem to be about to return to more power-efficient CPUs despite the 10nm process, PL2 is still over 200 W. Read more “Intel Alder Lake ES leaked: 4.6 GHz clock, high power draw” »

AMD Strix Point: 3nm Ryzen 8000 with Zen 5 cores to be big.LITTLE

We’ve known for a long time that Intel’s next processors will be hybrid in both laptops and even desktops, combining little and big cores in the manner of big.LITTLE ARM processors in mobile phones. Some doubt remains about the viability of this approach with Windows platform or PC in general. But now there are reports that it’s not going to be just Intel. AMD could also go for similar hybrid architecture. Read more “AMD Strix Point: 3nm Ryzen 8000 with Zen 5 cores to be big.LITTLE” »

DDR4 prices are going to increase by 25+ % this quarter

We have unwelcome news that will further complicate PC building in these hard times. It seems that the rise in memory (RAM) prices, which is something that comes periodically every few years, has started again. Due to COVID, the demand for laptops has increased and there is lack DDR4 memory on the market. As a result, the prices are rising, and desktop memory is expected to get 25 % or more expensive by the end of this quarter, compared to Q1 2021. Read more “DDR4 prices are going to increase by 25+ % this quarter” »

Intel’s preparing a 38-core Ice Lake for workstations/desktop

Intel has finally released desktop processors with a new architecture (Rocket Lake), which is also used in 10nm laptop and server CPUs. But high-end desktop has been forgotten and is still server by the old Skylake. But a roadmap leak now shows that Intel is planning something new: 10nm Xeon W-3300 with 38 Ice Lake cores for workstations. They should even be released pretty soon, which is what the roadmap also says about desktop Alder Lake. Read more “Intel’s preparing a 38-core Ice Lake for workstations/desktop” »

PCIe 4.0 SSD Patriot Viper VP4300: new controller and two coolers

Patriot is releasing the 2nd generation of their NVMe SSD with PCIe 4.0 interface. The Viper VP4300 boasts a speed of up to 7,400 MB/s and is powered by a so far little-used controller by a new brand – InnoGrit. But it also comes with a interesting cooling solution: it’s fitted with a thick aluminum heatsink for normal desktop use, but a thin copper heat spreader is also included for laptops or SFF PCs, so you’ll get the equipment for both scenarios. Read more “PCIe 4.0 SSD Patriot Viper VP4300: new controller and two coolers” »

Intel Xe HPG gaming GPU photos leaked. RTX 3070 Ti performance?

Very first photos of the 2nd generation Intel’s standalone GPU have been leaked, maybe a little earlier than expected. This timeit is not the small and feeble mobile GPU Iris Xe Max, which could only compare to GeForce MX, but the Xe HPG gaming graphics. The card in the photos allegedly has a TDP of up to 275 W, supports ray tracing, AI upscaling and its performance should be somewhere around Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. Read more “Intel Xe HPG gaming GPU photos leaked. RTX 3070 Ti performance?” »

Ryzen Threadripper with Zen 3 – release date? August, reportedly

Zen 3 has been out for quite some time, but AMD has not yet announced a new high-end Threadripper version. Fortunately, we don’t have to worry anymore: Threadripper with Zen 3 is said to be delayed, but is expected to be released in the summer in 4–5 months. In addition, we also have good news for those interested in Ryzen with integrated graphics. Unlike the 4000 series, desktop APUs with Zen 3 cores are supposed to be commercially available. Read more “Ryzen Threadripper with Zen 3 – release date? August, reportedly” »

Ryzen 5000 with iGPU? Models and specs revealed

AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop processors currently lack models with integrated GPU. But this summer, AMD will release an APU codenamed Cezanne, which is monolithic 7nm processor with Zen 3 cores and integrated graphics, based on the same silicon as the mobile Ryzen 5000. We now know the specifications for three models designed for socket AM4: Ryzen 3 5300G, Ryzen 5 5600G and the fastest octa-core Ryzen 7 5700G. Read more “Ryzen 5000 with iGPU? Models and specs revealed” »

Nvidia introduces Resizable BAR on GeForce: BIOS, driver

Nvidia finally introduces PCI Express Resizable BAR, as an alternative to Radeon’s Smart Access Memory that can improve the game performance of all GeForce RTX 3000s by up to several percent. BIOS updates and a new driver that handles ReBAR have been released for all manufacturers’ cards. But Nvidia has also expanded the list of games supporting this feature, which has reached 17 titles. Download links and other information included. Read more “Nvidia introduces Resizable BAR on GeForce: BIOS, driver” »

Intel plans Raptor Lake CPUs with better cache after Alder Lake

According to a roadmap leak, Intel is preparing another family of 10nm processors after the 12th generation (Alder Lake). It’s called Raptor Lake and it should be released around the end of 2022. We already have the first look at what it should bring – Intel plans to stick to the big.LITTLE architecture, but with performance improvements and changes to L3 cache that should improve performance especially in games. Read more “Intel plans Raptor Lake CPUs with better cache after Alder Lake” »

Intel Rocket Lake processor models, specs and prices revealed

The wait for Intel desktop processors with the new architecture is almost over. The 11th generation Core for desktop was officially released last week and it’s just days to sales and reviews. Intel has now officially announced the complete specifications and especially the prices of all models. The most powerful Core i9-11900K will go for $ 539 or almost € 550, but a 6-core for cheap gaming PCs will go for mere € 160/$ 157. Read more “Intel Rocket Lake processor models, specs and prices revealed” »

Release dates of Intel Rocket Lake and 10nm Alder Lake leaked

Intel has kept offering desktop processors with Skylake architecture for five and a half years. Ironically it looks like now, two new architectures will follow each other in just nine months, both with a 20% increase in IPC: according to current information, the Rocket Lake processors (11th gen Core) will be released in March 30, but 12th generation Alder Lake and the new LGA 1700 platform are set to go on sale in December. Read more “Release dates of Intel Rocket Lake and 10nm Alder Lake leaked” »

Recycling in China: laptop CPUs turned into LGA 1151 upgrades

There’s an interesting industry built on reusing old hardware in China. For example Xeon E5 CPUs and newly-produced gaming motherboards for them, but recently they started converting mobile Intel BGA processors into socketed CPUs for desktop. Not so old Comet Lake chips with six and eight cores are now being offered this way and you can even use them to upgrade B150/Z170/Z270 series boards, which officially only support quad-cores. Read more “Recycling in China: laptop CPUs turned into LGA 1151 upgrades” »

Radeon AI upscaling alternative to DLSS coming this spring?

Radeon graphics cards currently have one disadvantage: they do not support Nvidia’s DLSS AI upscaling technology, which significantly increases FPS in exchange for some (hopefully slight) quality loss. AMD announced development of its own alternative when RX 6000 cards lanched, but it was not clear how long it would take. It may come relatively soon, as a big driver update is coming in the spring and “AMDLSS” could be part of it. Read more “Radeon AI upscaling alternative to DLSS coming this spring?” »

Intel Sapphire Rapids leaked: huge chiplet CPU with an FPGA

We are currently waiting for Intel’s new desktop processors (Rocket Lake, later Alder Lake), but it looks like the company is planning much bigger changes for servers. A sample of a Sapphire Rapids server processor and possibly high-end desktop surfaced on the web and it looks very interesting: it is composed of chiplets, some versions should have HBM2 memory inside and a small FPGA has even been found under the IHS. Read more “Intel Sapphire Rapids leaked: huge chiplet CPU with an FPGA” »

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