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?” »

LGA 1700 socket won’t be compatible with current coolers

Lately, we’ve informed you that Noctua was preparing changes for the SecuFirm mounting system for next-generation Intel processors (Alder Lake-S). Based on the first clues, we were still guessing what it might be about. Now it’s much clearer, because there are real photos of the accessories of one of the existing liquid coolers, which already has support for the Intel LGA 1700 included in the specifications. Read more “LGA 1700 socket won’t be compatible with current coolers” »

What was in the puzzle photo? Sapphire RX 6900 XT Toxic LE

We may have overdone it a bit with that intensive zoom. The disproportion between your time spent on inspecting the photo and the number of correct answers was really big. However, we have the winner and the BeQuiet! fan will not stay in our editorial office. Some of you thought it could be the front panel of a PC case, as the grille in front of the fan suggested. But that was a catch, it was something different. Read more “What was in the puzzle photo? Sapphire RX 6900 XT Toxic LE” »

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” »

SPC’s new cooler – Fera 5. Many changes, price as for the old model

The Fera series has the best long-term sales among cheap coolers. And it should be noted that quite deservedly so. However, the Polish manufacturer found weak spots in both the heatsink and the fan and significantly modified the design. That is both great and frightening. But this mostly seems correct and a detailed analysis with the internal tests of the new fan also makes a good impression. The shape of the blades and the bearings were changed. Read more “SPC’s new cooler – Fera 5. Many changes, price as for the old model” »

Giveaway: What’s in the picture? Win a fan from BeQuiet!

Back in 2019, we used to make an HWC puzzle series where we showed you a zoomed in photo of a PC component, and your role was to guess what it was. We will now return to this format, just for once. An unusual piece of hardware landed in our editorial office and we are interested in whether you can identify it from such a weird photo angle. We will send a BeQuiet! Silent Wings 3 PWM fan as a gift to one of you who comes with the correct answer. Read more “Giveaway: What’s in the picture? Win a fan from BeQuiet!” »

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” »

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