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Intel Launches Core i9 X-Series CPUs, 10-Core Available Now, 18 in October

When Intel announced its new Core X-series of parts, it made several significant changes to its HEDT (High-End DeskTop) product lineup. First, these new Core i9 CPUs would have a significantly different cache hierarchy, with more L2 and significantly smaller amounts of L3. Second, they’d be joined by a new suite of Kaby Lake-derived desktop processors, with fewer PCI Express lanes but unlocked CPU cores for overclocking and built on a platform that theoretically offers much more CPU upgradability than you typically see on a desktop board. Ordinarily, this is ...

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Intel Sued for Allegedly Defective, Exploding Phones

Several years ago, back when Intel was still trying to break into the smartphone market, the company announced a highly unusual partnership. Because Intel couldn’t build a smartphone modem integrated on-die on its own silicon at that time, the company decided to partner with TSMC, which handled its modem manufacturing. This allowed Intel to bring an SoC to market that could compete in the budget and mainstream smartphone markets of the time with the on-chip modem that was critical to competing in that space. The chip, dubbed SoFIA, had a ...

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Intel Quietly Threatens Microsoft, Qualcomm Over x86 Emulation

Last week, Intel published a blog post detailing the 39th anniversary of the x86 microarchitecture’s launch and the various ways the microarchitecture has evolved over the decades, from the advent of various SIMD (single instruction multiple data) capabilities to advanced encryption and broken security hardware security enhancements. For the most part, it was an unremarkable story for the not-quite-40th-anniversary of what remains one of the most important ISAs on the market today. It wasn’t until near the end of the post that things turned ugly. In the editorial, Intel Fellow Richard ...

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Intel Core i7-7740K Shatters Overclocking Records, Hits 7.5GHz Thanks to Liquid Helium

Intel is prepping the release of its new X299 platform and associated processors, and a new world overclocking record shows the chips its releasing have some real teeth — with a few massive caveats, which we’ll touch on shortly. At a recent Gigabyte event, overclockers were able to hit a whopping 7.5GHz with the Core i7-7740K*. That’s the upcoming Kaby Lake chip on Skylake-X’s platform. That wasn’t all. The overclockers paired the board with Corsair DDR4-4333, a Corsair AX 1500i power supply, and Gigabyte’s X299-SOC Champion motherboard. The CPU managed ...

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Apple’s iMac Pro Is a Workstation-Class System With Intel CPUs, AMD graphics

Apple announced a bevy of new products, software, and hardware refreshes at WWDC 2017; CEO Tim Cook wasn’t kidding when he called it the largest WWDC the company has ever produced. For years, Apple’s approach to traditional computing hardware could charitably be called erratic. For some users — specifically, those who needed AIO devices with good overall specs, but less GPU horsepower — iMacs have been strong choices for years. If, on the other hand, you wanted a powerful GPU to match your CPU, Apple’s options have been much more limited. Its Mac ...

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Intel Announces New Core X-Series, Including 18-Core i9 CPU

Most of Intel’s high-end CPUs have stuck to the quad-core design for years, but now Intel is bringing out the big guns to compete with AMD’s new Ryzen chips with their multitude of cores. At Computex in Taipei, Intel has unveiled the updated Core X-Series with a flagship Core i9 CPU and the company’s first teraflop desktop CPUs. The top-of-the-line Core i9 has an incredible 18 physical cores with Hyper-Threading for a total of 36 threads. It’s obscenely expensive, though. The Core X-Series consists of Core i9, i7, and i5 ...

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Thunderbolt Goes Royalty-Free as Intel Repositions It to Boost Adoption

For the past few years, Thunderbolt has been more of a curiosity than a standard-bearer for device connectivity. While the standard was meant to usher in a new era of high-speed peripherals and device interconnects, this was limited to a few high-end products and mostly marketed towards Mac users. Several years ago, Intel combined Thunderbolt support with the USB-C standard, creating the potential for systems that were compatible with the latest and greatest USB standard with reversible plug support, while simultaneously supporting the increased bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbit/s). Now, ...

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Intel Puts the Kibosh on Reports It Will License AMD GPU Technology

One of the more intriguing (and if we’re being honest, slightly weird) rumors from last year was that AMD and Intel might cooperate on a GPU patent-sharing deal, or possibly a direct design agreement in which AMD would build GPUs for its largest competitor in the CPU space. The only reason we gave the idea any consideration at all was because AMD had reorganized its graphics unit into the Radeon Technology Group (RTG) specifically so that it could have more freedom to pursue ideas and potential revenue sources. A custom ...

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Why BMW, Intel, and Mobileye Invited Delphi to the Self-Driving Party

One of the autonomous driving parties just got bigger. Delphi has been added to the consortium of an automaker (BMW), a chipmaker (Intel), and a developer of sensor systems (Mobileye), all working to bring self-driving cars to market by 2021. They’re working together to develop Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving solutions (the highest levels), up to and including capabilities where the car is so good at it, it doesn’t need a steering wheel. It’s possible others may join the BMW-etcetera consortium in the near future. Prototype self-driving car developed ...

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Take That, Intel: AMD Unveils 16-core Ryzen ‘Threadripper’ Enthusiast CPU

AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors have already punched holes in Intel’s product lines. The Ryzen 5 1600X is a six-core / 12-thread CPU at $ 250, compared with over $ 400 for its Intel counterpart, and the eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 1800X ($ 500) compares well with Intel’s Core i7-6900K at $ 1,100. AMD’s financial analyst day yesterday wasn’t just a discussion of data center and deep learning workloads — enthusiasts got some serious love as well. Now, AMD is prepping a new, workstation-class CPU to take Intel ...

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