Next-gen Xeon 6 has 128 Meteor Lake P-Cores and 500W TDP

We recently mused that Intel could catch up, if not overtake AMD in iGPU performance, but now there’s information suggesting upcoming Intel Xeon processors could close the gap with AMD in servers. In fact, the “Granite Rapids” processors appear to eliminate AMD Epyc processors’ long-standing lead in core count and will bring as many as 128 cores. However, these will probably use the not-so-successful Meteor Lake microarchitecture… Read more “Next-gen Xeon 6 has 128 Meteor Lake P-Cores and 500W TDP” »

Unstable Raptor Lake CPUs on the rise, Intel analyzes the issue

We recently reported on Intel Raptor Lake processors stability issues in games. Reports of crashes often accompanied by misleading messages about lack of video memory don’t seem to be subsiding, but rather multiplying, as do the number of games in which these problems are reported. Intel has not yet taken an official position on the matter, but is analyzing the problem. It is perhaps the biggest such issue with Intel processors in recent times. Read more “Unstable Raptor Lake CPUs on the rise, Intel analyzes the issue” »

AMD to produce lowend CPUs and GPUs using Samsung’s 4nm node

Back when the groundbreaking Ryzen processors launched, AMD was still manufacturing almost all of its products at GlobalFoundries, with the exception of chipsets designed by ASMedia. But now, by contrast, it is almost fully tied to the fortunes of TSMC. However, it looks like there could soon be some diversification in place. Samsung-made chips are coming to low-cost processors and they’ll also appear in Radeon graphics cards later. Read more “AMD to produce lowend CPUs and GPUs using Samsung’s 4nm node” »

AMD’s Zen 5 is said to be 40% faster over Zen 4. Can that be real?

The day when AMD releases processors with the new Zen 5 core, allegedly the biggest upgrade since the first Zen, is closing in. Their performance remains quite unclear though – on the one hand AMD’s materials talk about a 10–15% or a little bit more performance increase per 1 MHz, but at the same time there are rumors talking about 30% or now even 40% performance increase. So what to believe and what to watch out for? Read more “AMD’s Zen 5 is said to be 40% faster over Zen 4. Can that be real?” »

Breaking records on an Asus mobo: 9.1 GHz with a Core i9-14900KS

An experienced group of extreme overclockers gathered around Intel’s latest and most powerful desktop processor (Core i9-14900KS) and managed to do unprecedented things. Namely, to reach over 9 GHz on the cores of this processor. That’s a high enough clock speed to break several world records in terms of speed measurements. In this short report, you will find what exactly was achieved. Read more “Breaking records on an Asus mobo: 9.1 GHz with a Core i9-14900KS” »

Intel announces 1.4nm process, first node with high-NA technology

This year, Intel is expected to complete its 2nm and 1.8nm production nodes (designated Intel 20A and Intel 18A) in culmination of their plan to develop five nodes (Intel 7, 4, 3, 20A and 18A) in four years and catch up with the technological lead of TSMC. Now, the company has revealed the next step that will come after this cycle, and a roadmap for enhanced nodes, reminiscent of the plus sign suffixes familiar from 14nm node era. Read more “Intel announces 1.4nm process, first node with high-NA technology” »

The Core i5-14400F analysis is complete. Rare stepping (C0) tested

For completeness of Intel Core i5-14400F processor tests we add the results of its second stepping. We’ve already tested the B0 variant, now it’s time for the C0. Its availability in stores is, at least at the moment, considerably worse and the question arises whether it is worth it at all. Is there any point in aiming for stepping C0 or is B0 also “okay”? Or does it “not matter” (what you get in the shopping lottery)? Read more “The Core i5-14400F analysis is complete. Rare stepping (C0) tested” »

Zen 6 finally brings more advanced 2.5D chiplets, has RDNA 5 GPU

So far, little information has emerged about what to expect from AMD Ryzen processors with the Zen 6 architecture. The core itself should be an evolution of Zen 5, given AMD’s model resembling “tick-tock”, where even-numbered cores are less aggressive enhancements of tech introduced in odd-numbered ground-up redesigns. But it looks like everything else in the SoC could be a radical shift from the aging concept of Ryzen processor uncores. Read more “Zen 6 finally brings more advanced 2.5D chiplets, has RDNA 5 GPU” »

Intel Core i3-14100F: Four cores whipped to the max

It’s the fastest Core i3 yet, but it’s also the hungriest. The 14100F’s (Raptor Lake Refresh) biggest competition in its own ranks is in the form of older models (13100F and 12100F). These are a bit slower, but lower-power. The “better” choice depends on what holds more weight on your scales. Maybe it will be that record-breaking speed? In this class (Core i3), power consumption is always relatively low. Read more “Intel Core i3-14100F: Four cores whipped to the max” »

Microsoft tightens Windows 11 requirements, breaks all Core 2 PCs

Windows 11 came out with fairly strict hardware requirements, causing worries with mandatory TPM2 for a while, for example. It also officially supports only a very limited list of new processors, with the vague threat that future updates may not work on older ones. Now Microsoft has quietly tightened the screws. Fortunately, it is not going to enforce this whitelist, but the system will stop working on a number of older processors. Read more “Microsoft tightens Windows 11 requirements, breaks all Core 2 PCs” »

AMD confirms Zen 5 details: 6 ALUs, full-performance AVX-512

Zen 5-based AMD processors will launch this year (perhaps in Q3). Unlike Zen 4 which was just Zen 3 refined, Zen 5 will be another big upgrade, and according to various hints including statements by the architect Mike Clark, it could be AMD’s most interesting core since the first Zen. Interestingly, up until now, the only information about it has come from a single YouTuber source. But it has just been officially confirmed directly by AMD. Read more “AMD confirms Zen 5 details: 6 ALUs, full-performance AVX-512” »

Non-hybrid Intel gaming CPU? Bartlett Lake to have 12 big cores

Although releasing a fresh LGA 1851 desktop platform with brand new Arrow Lake processors this year, news are coming that Intel also plans another refresh of Raptor Lake processors as a plan B. But these chips, called Bartlett Lake, may yet be more interesting than one would expect. In fact, they might feature an entirely new, more powerful chip without E-Cores aimed at gaming performance, that would still run on the LGA 1700 socket. Read more “Non-hybrid Intel gaming CPU? Bartlett Lake to have 12 big cores” »

Arrow Lake CPU spotted. Missing HT and AVX-512 confirmed

Couple days ago, documents leaked on Arrow Lake-S processors and Generation 800 chipsets – Intel’s next-gen desktop platform with the new LGA 1851 socket, due out in the second half of the year. Besides the things we already analysed, those documents also indicate that Arrow Lake P-cores have only one thread. This has now been confirmed by a log from testing a sample of this CPU. After 22 years, Intel processors are dropping HT. Read more “Arrow Lake CPU spotted. Missing HT and AVX-512 confirmed” »

Zen 5 is delayed. AMD has confirmed desktop launch in H2 2024

First there was a report that things might not be so hot with Intel’s next generation of desktop processors – the 2nm Arrow Lake on the LGA 1851 platform. To make things better, the other side seems to have its own issues too: AMD’s Zen 5 will be delayed. Hopefully it won’t be anything dramatic, but the reports of spring launch that we recently shared won’t come true. It’s not clear if this will also delay gaming models with 3D V-Cache. Read more “Zen 5 is delayed. AMD has confirmed desktop launch in H2 2024” »

Ryzen 9000 with Zen 5 cores is in production. Launch in 3 months?

AMD still hasn’t officially said anything about when Zen 5 processors might hit the market. But it looks like it could be surprisingly soon. Usually, if something is supposed to come out “in 2024”, it’s more likely to come out towards the end of it, but according to rumors, the Ryzen 9000 desktop processors (as Zen 5 might be called) could come out in just a few months at an early date, similar to the release of Ryzen 2000. Read more “Ryzen 9000 with Zen 5 cores is in production. Launch in 3 months?” »

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