Archived news: January 2012 - March 2012

Next Intel micro-architecture, code-named Ivy Bridge, is still a month away, however you can already buy unreleased processors. It's not unusual to see pre-production, or engineering samples of not yet released CPUs sold before they they are announced. In this case, however, we're talking about production processors. Several Ivy Bridge production SKUs, including i5-3570K and i7-3770K, are sold in countries like Russia or China. Two IB models can be also bought on eBay.   [Full story]
Xeon E5 group of families was launched earlier this month. The first released microprocessors were from E5-1600 and E5-2600 sub-families, aimed at single- and dual-processor servers, and compatible with socket 2011. In the Q2 Intel will introduce another Xeon E5 series for socket 2011, dubbed as E5-4600, that will support quad-CPU configurations. Unlike 1600 and 2600 series, where we knew full lineup specifications and prices well ahead of launch, we didn't know as much about Xeon E5-4600 series. We do know about their OEM and box part numbers, and last month we discovered partial specifications of E5-4620 and E5-4650 SKUs on ASRock website. We now have more details about Xeon E5-4600 lineup.   [Full story]
Earlier this week (March 26) we reported on some preliminary information that had surfaced about Valley View, Intel's next generation SoC for ultra-low power devices. VR-Zone have now published additional details, including TDP and clock speeds of some parts. The top spec desktop part is said to have a maximum clock speed of 1.9 GHz, and to be a quad-core SKU with a TDP of 10W, the same TDP as the dual core, HyperThreaded D2700 desktop SKU. The Ivy Bridge GPU core is clocked at 667 MHz, half that of Ivy Bridge.   [Full story]
In the third quarter of the year AMD is going to launch new FX processors with "Piledriver" core, that should improve efficiency of current Bulldozer cores. Before the launch, the company was planning to release a couple of FX chips based on older Bulldozer micro-architecture. In February Donanimhaber published a slide with roadmap for the first three quarters of 2012. If the roadmap is correct, we should see FX-4120 and FX-6120 in the second quarter. It is possible that in addition to these microprocessors, AMD will also release FX-4200, that was spotted today on Gigabyte website by   [Full story]
AMD released preview drivers with OpenCL 1.2 support in December, ahead of the release of the first Southern Islands GPUs. They have now released beta level drivers, downloadable from the AMD APP SDK page, with full support for OpenCL 1.2 in devices which support it (currently only officially Southern Island Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs).   [Full story]
Ivy Bridge launch was delayed twice. First time it slipped from the first to the second quarter 2012, and then it was delayed by another two weeks. Current launch date for desktop Ivy Bridge CPUs is set on April 29, which was confirmed by two different sources, Sweclockers and Donanimhaber. That still left us in the dark in regards to mobile processors, due to rumors that their launch was pushed back until June. After seeing recent desktop and mobile roadmaps we can confirm that both desktop and mobile IB chips will be released at the same time.   [Full story]
Intel budget processors are usually the last to transition to new microarchitecture, and this time is not an exception. Although Ivy Bridge will launch in a month, we won't see IB Celeron and Pentium CPUs for another two or three quarters. In the meantime, Intel plans to refresh existing Celeron and Pentium lineups, which is confirmed by two recent reports. Yesterday we reported on new budget desktop Intel processors to be available later this year. Also yesterday, Fudzilla revealed details on Ultra-Low Voltage (ULV) mobile Celeron 807 and 877 CPUs, that will be released in the third quarter.   [Full story]
Detail's of Intel's next generation Atom SoC have surfaced, in some open source code that Jesse Barnes, of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center, released today. A set of 25 patches were released, ready to be merged into the soon to be released Linux kernel 3.4. The patches introduce the Valley View Atom SoC, with an Ivy Bridge graphics core.   [Full story]
Last November we reported on several unknown at a time AMD and Intel model numbers, spotted in OEM hardware specifications for Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic operating systems. The document referred to such models as Celeron G550 and G560, Atom N2550, N2750, N2100, N2600, and a few others. Since then Intel launched Atom D2550, and it seems that Atom N2650 and N2850 will be also eventually released. Yesterday we discovered details on yet another processor from that document. Celeron G550 was sighted in socket 1155 CPU support list on ASRock website, along with not yet released Celeron G540 and Pentium G640 CPUs.   [Full story]
Two AMD FX unlocked microprocessors with unusual "WOF" prefix are now available for pre-order in US online stores. Boxed FX-8120 and FX-8150 SKUs with part numbers FD8120FRGUWOX and FD8150FRGUWOX have a unique feature for production processors: they come with liquid cooling, which allows CPUs to reach higher overclock frequencies and/or achieve better system stability when overclocked. The liquid cooling is not cheap though, and pre-order prices for two FX models are $100 - $150 more expensive than air-cooled versions of the same chips. We don't know release dates of WOF models, although there is one fact that tells us that the release is not too far off. In the last two days AMD published AMD Liquid Cooling document with details on liquid cooler for FX-Series processors.   [Full story]
Alongside yesterday's much talked about launch of the GeForce GTX 680, the first GPU built using NVidia's new Kepler architecture, they also launched large number of the GeForce 600M mobile GPUs. Three models, GeForce GT 635M, GeForce GT 630M and GeForce 610M were already available and used in some OEM products. What looks to be the rest of the range were launched, giving a range of mobile solutions with 48 to 384 CUDA cores.   [Full story]
In February AMD launched two FX-Series microprocessors, quad-core FX-4170 and six-core FX-6200. Compared to older FX-4100 and FX-6100 models, new chips sported increased stock frequencies, up to 4.2 GHz and 3.8 GHz respectively, albeit at the expense of higher 125 Watt TDP. According to a slide posted by Donanimhaber, two more quad- and six-core FX processors will be available next month. AMD FX-4130 and FX-6130 will not be the fastest in the 4000 and 6000 series, as their purpose is to fill a gap between 5-month old FX-4100 and FX-6100 SKUs, and FX-4170 / FX-6200 chips from last month.   [Full story]
Next generation of "Trinity" Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), coming later this year, will be based on Piledriver (enhanced Bulldozer) core. Like current generation of APUs, Trinity processors will have from 2 to 4 cores, integrate DDR3 memory controller and discrete-class Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) on a chip, and lack L3 cache. AMD claims that Piledriver core will improve Bulldozer microarchitecture performance by 10% on average, and we should also see significant performance boost in 3D applications due to GCN-based integrated graphics unit, as well as big boost in AES/SSE4/AVX-enabled applications. Earlier this month a user in forum posted several benchmarks of the flagship Trinity model, A10-5800K.   [Full story]
NVidia has launched the GeForce GTX 680 today. Featuring a PCI-Express 3.0 bus interface, and supporting DirectX 11.1 and 4K displays, initial reviews show this to be the most powerful graphics card in the market today. It is also the more power efficient than other competing cards (including the Radeon HD 7970), with a TDP of a mere 195W.   [Full story]
A launch video for NVidia's new graphics card, GeForce GTX 680, has surfaced. In it, Ujesh Desai, NVidia's VP for Corporate Marketing confirms previously leaked information as well as introducing several new features. Naturally, right at the start, he tells us "when we built this, we wanted it to be the world's fastest GPU, and we accomplished that".   [Full story]
With NVidia's Kepler GK104 GPU just around the corner, in the shape of the GTX 680 graphics cards, it's little wonder that we are now also hearing news of AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990. Chinese website have reported what they claim are the specs for AMD's ultra high end GCN graphics card.   [Full story]
AMD today launched Opteron 300 series platform for single-socket low power cloud servers. The platform consists of SR56X0 NorthBridge chipset, SP5100 SouthBridge chipset, and three Opteron 3200-series microprocessors featuring from 4 to 8 cores. Although all first Opteron generations included single-socket models, they have been dropped in Six-core Opteron family three years ago, and were re-introduced today with a new twist: they have low power requirements, and they are targeted at dense power-efficient web servers.   [Full story]
In February we reported on pre-order prices of then upcoming FX-Series microprocessors, one of which was a boxed FX-8150 with liquid cooling. The CPU had close to $400 pre-order price, and the price eventually slid to $375 level ($384 from Amazon). The processor hasn't appeared in stock yet, however different FX model with liquid cooling solution surfaced in online stores.   [Full story]
Kepler, the much awaited new graphics engine from nVidia, looks to be close to launch. We have posted reports about many unconfirmed rumors from the green corner, with NVidia notably quiet about the yet to be released cards. The first offering, GTX 680, looks to be very close to release, with at least two European retailers listing it for pre-order.   [Full story]
Later this year AMD is going to introduce "Trinity" processors, that utilize enhanced Bulldozer micro-architecture, codenamed "Piledriver". New processors will be released for both desktop and mobile markets, and we already know specifications of several desktop Trinity parts. First details of mobile Trinity CPUs were revealed in February, when Arctic announced MC101 HTPC. Third Trinity-based mobile microprocessor recently appeared in specifications of HP g4-2002ax and g4-2003ax notebooks.   [Full story]
New CPUs: AMD A6-4400M
AMD Mobile Radeon HD 7000M series GPUs have been shipping in laptops from a number of OEMs for several weeks now, though we have not previously seen specs for them. Today we are able to post a summary of the specs for GPUs from the HD7300M to the HD7600M series. These GPUs use the TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture used in Radeon HD6000 series GPUs, so the added features that were introduced with the GCN architecture in recently released desktop GPUs are not present.   [Full story]
On March 13 microprocessor design company ARM announced the ultra-low-power ARM Cortex M0+ processor. Using a design based on the successful Cortex-M0, and implementing some features from Cortex M3 and M4, this is claimed to be the world's most energy efficient processor.   [Full story]
The most important event of this month was introduction of Xeon E5-2600 server microprocessors at CEBIT show. Intel announcement included 17 different models, as well as three E5-1600 series chips for one-socket workstations. Alongside the launch of E5-2600 processors, that was widely covered by hardware news sites, Intel quietly released E5-1603, E5-1607 and E5-2689 models. Also, two new embedded E4-2648L and E5-2658 microprocessors are available now.   [Full story]
We're more than a month away from the launch of the first Ivy Bridge processors, however we know a lot about them. Processor numbers, prices, details and performance estimates of Core i7 and i5 lineups were leaked at the end of last year. Specifications of Core i3 models were reported last month. We are still in the dark about Ivy Bridge-based desktop Pentiums, but we can guess some of their features based on specifications of forthcoming embedded Pentium G2120, that we just learned about.   [Full story]
With current rumors suggesting that we will see the first Kepler based graphics cards from NVidia later this month, the price of high-end Fermi based cards (GTX 500 series cards) is being cut. A price cut of as much as 15% on the GF110 based GTX 580 brings the price with some European resellers down below that of the Radeon HD 7950.   [Full story]
With the constant flow of information about Intel's new desktop and mobile platforms it's easy to forget that many of the specifics that have been discussed are mere rumor, or future plans, that may change at any time before the launch. For many, the most important piece of news will be the official release date, so we are pleased to report new official launch dates and details, revealed by Sweclockers, and later confirmed by Donanimhaber.   [Full story]
Earlier this week Intel launched Romley platform, which is positioned as a replacement of 3-year old Tylersburg platform. The latter platform was introduced in 2009, and utilized Nehalem-based Xeon 5500 microprocessors, eventually superseded by Xeon 5600 CPUs. Nevertheless, the Xeon 5500 series is still in production, and only this week Intel announced upcoming discontinuation of Xeon 5500 series. According to Product Change Notification (PCN) documents, published by Intel, the following Xeon models will be End-of-Lifed on September 28, 2012.   [Full story]
As the release of Ivy Bridge grows closer, there has been much speculation regarding what sort of performance boost we will see over a similar Sandy Bridge processor. Intel gave us an overview of the new 22nm process at last year's Intel Developer Forum, and the information that was released indicated an expected performance boost of approx 10% for Ivy Bridge's CPU core and up to over 100% for the GPU. We have now seen some real benchmarks performed by independent testers.   [Full story]
Intel Pentium processors with "Sandy Bridge" core were introduced last May. The family was refreshed once after that, last September, with a bit faster G8xx and G6xx versions. According to Fudzilla, Intel plans to introduce another Pentium model next quarter before releasing Pentium CPUs with Ivy Bridge core. New G870 microprocessor will feature increased to 3.1 GHz core frequency, and other specifications are very likely to stay unchanged.   [Full story]
At the opening of the Barcelona Supercomputer Center last November, NVidia announced the CUDA on ARM project. Powered by a combination of NVidia Tegra 3 SOC and CUDA GPUs (Quadro), it promises a new pairing of technologies to perform highly parallel tasks. On March 7, NVidia announced the launch of the CUDA on ARM Development Project (CARMA).   [Full story]
Less than two weeks ago AMD added FX-4170 and FX-6200 unlocked microprocessors to FX-Series line-up without releasing their pricing. FX chips had significantly higher (about 15%) stock clock speeds compared to older FX-4170 and FX-6100 models, therefore the new processors expected to be more expensive. Earlier this week AMD added FX-Series 4170 and 6200 CPUs to official price list, confirming those expectations.   [Full story]
Intel yesterday introduced Romley server platform for single- and dual-socket workstations and servers. The platform is going to replace Tylersburg platform with Xeon 5600 series processors, that were on the market since March 2010. Yesterday's launch included C600 series "Patsburg" chipset, and Xeon E5-1600 or E5-2600 chips, based on "Sandy Bridge-EP" core, and utilizing socket R (socket 2011). More Xeon E5 microprocessors are expected in the second quarter, when the Romley platform will be expanded with E5-2400 and E5-4600 CPUs.   [Full story]
Intel published today new version of official pricelist. According to it, the company reduced prices for low-power desktop Celeron, Pentium and Core i3 processors. Intel also added pricing for just released Xeon E5-1600 and E5-2600 series CPUs (they will be covered in a separate article), and Atom D2550.   [Full story]
AMD today released Pitcairn, the Radeon 7800 series GPUs. Radeon HD 7870 Gigahertz Edition and Radeon HD 7850 graphics cards complete the line-up of single GPU Southern Islands graphics cards. The Radeon HD 7870 has 20 Compute Units (CU), while the HD 7850 has only 16, giving them 1280 and 1024 Stream Processors (SP) respectively.   [Full story]
Two weeks ago we reported about new Atom D2550 "Cedar Trail" microprocessor, coming in the first half of March. Days after our report, VR-Zone provided more accurate February 26 introduction date for the upcoming CPU. Yesterday Intel added D2550 to ARK product database, indicating that the processor is now launched. It's impossible to tell exact launch date of this SKU, and it's likely that it was released earlier in the week, perhaps on February 26.   [Full story]
The guys over at Chinese forums Chiphell have done it again. This time they have the first pictures of a reference design GK104 graphics card. First, someone posted a card drawing, showing the layout of much of the board, but with the area around the GPU blacked out. Later in the day someone posted a photo of a card, and as well as that pictures of the power connectors have shown up.   [Full story]
AMD announced yesterday that they are purchasing SeaMicro, a company specializing in high bandwidth, low power server solutions. In a deal costing AMD $334 million ($281 million of which is paid in cash), AMD will gain system level design talent along with increased fabrication technologies. This will aid them in the development of future industry leading server technologies designed for fast growing market sectors such as dynamic web content, social networking, search engines and video streaming.   [Full story]
Intel has many new products lined up for the launch in the next few months, including desktop, mobile and server Ivy Bridge processors, and numerous Xeon Sandy Bridge EP models. With the sheer number of upcoming products, it's not surprising that details of some of them are leaked not just by partners, but by the Intel themself. One day ago during routine Google search we spotted a flipbook PDF file, titled New 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors.   [Full story]
There has been a lot of speculation recently about what NVidia will have to offer us when they release Kepler. Meanwhile, we have heard that there will be another entry level GPU in the GTX 500 series, GTX 560 SE, which is basically a cut down GTX 560 with 25% of the core disabled. We have now seen some benchmark results testing GK 107 (the entry level Kepler GPU) and (separately) GTX 560 SE.   [Full story]
As you may know, AMD yesterday launched two FX microprocessors, including company's first production CPU, operating faster than 4 GHz. New product releases are usually accompanied by price drops of older models, and it wasn't an exception this time. AMD cut prices on two FX-Series models, and reduced prices for most of Phenom IIs. They also added pricing for A-Series A6-3620 and A8-3820 Accelerated Processing units (APUs).   [Full story]
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on Feb 27, Intel announced details of some new Atom based products from their partners, including a Smartphone from Orange based on the Atom Z2460 Processor reference design. They also announced the Atom Z2580 processor, although details of that are still pretty vague.   [Full story]
Last week we reported on launch dates of mobile and desktop Ivy Bridge CPUs. The most interesting new information in that report was release date of third-generation desktop Core i3 CPUs. In addition to data on upcoming consumer class processors, we also received information on Xeon E3-1200 series refresh, that will be based on Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, and approximate introduction dates of new Xeon E5 chips. Be aware that this information is about month old, and could be partially incorrect due to latest reported delays of Ivy Bridge CPUs.   [Full story]
Yesterday AMD released two FX-Series "unlocked" microprocessors, based on Buldozer micro-architecture. New CPUs are FX-4170 and FX-6200. Details of these SKUs were known for quite some time. AMD FX-4170 was part of original Bulldozer announcement in October of last year. FX-6200 emerged in CPU specifications database on AMD website last December, which we mistakenly interpreted as a sign of launched product.   [Full story]
VIA Technologies Inc have announced the COMe-8X90 module, a Computer-on-Module (COM) which integrates an x86 processor core, chipset and memory on a single module measuring 95mm x 125mm. COM Express is an industry standard form factor, with support for USB, audio, video and Ethernet, via board to board connectors to a separate I/O board. By using connectors to a separate I/O board, the modules make it possible to develop user applications with specific uses and potentially higher stability.   [Full story]
The latest reports indicate that AMD will be releasing Pitcairn, the Radeon HD 7800 series GPUs, at CeBIT 2012. That means that the line-up of GCN based graphics cards will be complete some time between March 6 and March 10. Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970 will replace Cayman, Radeon HD 6900 series GPUs.   [Full story]
The rumor mill is at full tilt regarding Kepler, NVidia's next generation graphics core. Previous reports have suggested that we will see GTX 660, based on the GK104 core, and GTX 670/680, both based on the GK110 core, in April. It has now been reported that we will see GTX 670 Ti, based on the GK104 core, in March. The report suggests that GTX 670 Ti will be launched some time after CEBIT, which would mean we will see it somewhere between March 11 and March 31.   [Full story]
As was widely reported before, Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, and the first CPUs based on it, will be launched in April. Last week Digitimes relayed rumors about possible delay of Ivy Bridge processors. Last Sunday VR-Zone confirmed that Ivy Bridge dual-core mobile chips have been delayed due to Intel and OEMs being overstocked with Sandy Bridge microprocessors. While we don't have the latest data on Ivy Bridge launch dates, and cannot confirm the delay, we do have about a month old information at hand, that should be mostly correct.   [Full story]
Less than two months remains until the launch of the latest Intel micro-architecture, codenamed Ivy Bridge. New micro-architecture will feature many performance enhancements, and one of them is a beefed up on-chip Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). According to previously leaked documents, Ivy Bridge should perform considerably faster in graphics applications than Sandy Bridge microprocessors. Expreview ran a number of benchmarks on engineering sample of unlocked i5-3570K Ivy Bridge processor with HD 4000 graphics, and compared results to second generation i5-2500K with HD 3000. The results, collected by Expreview, confirmed previously leaked performance estimates.   [Full story]
Updated Feb 23
Feb 21, 2012   Atom D2550 to launch in March
Intel Cedar Trail platform for netbooks, nettops and mobile devices was introduced last fall, and at the launch time it consisted of two desktop D2500 and D2700 "Cedar View" microprocessors. In December Intel released mobile N2600 and N2800 models, also based on Cedar View core. At about the same time, Cedar Trail datasheet on Intel website was updated with details of three unreleased CPUs. We recently learned from our sources that one of these upcoming microprocessors, Atom D2550, will be launched in March.   [Full story]
NVidia is said to be preparing another card in the GTX 560 line-up, this time a GTX 560 SE. We have previously seen GTX 560 (and OEM), GTX 560 Ti (and OEM) and GTX 560 Ti 448 cards. GTX 560 SE will have a salvaged GF114 based core, with 228 SP and 48 TMU.   [Full story]
With the first Trinity APUs expected sometime around the middle of the year, and Vishera CPUs with a Piledriver core expected in Q3, Donanimhaber have uploaded a slide containing details of 3 Zambezi CPUs (with a Bulldozer core) that are expected during Q1 2012. We have already posted preliminary information about FX-6120, and AMD have now added FX-8120 and FX-4150 to the line-up.   [Full story]
AMD's Pitcairn GPUs, the last of the GCN line-up, are to be launched in March, according to sources at Digitimes. Radeon HD 7990, the highest end GCN model, is also expected but there are no release dates yet. The same source says that NVidia will be releasing the first of the Kepler line-up in April.   [Full story]
Updated Feb 21
Feb 17, 2012   Intel Atom Z2610 to be released in Q2 2012
Last month Intel announced Atom Z2460 chip from Medfield platform, oriented at smartphones and other mobile devices. Later this year the company will introduce other Medfield processors, or, to be more correct, systems-on-a-chip. Some details of one of these SoCs, that will use Atom branding and Z2610 processor number, were revealed by Fudzilla yesterday.   [Full story]
AMD today officially released the Radeon HD 7770 "GHz Edition" and HD 7750 graphics cards. Built on the Cape Verde GPU core, and using the GCN architecture introduced with Tahiti, these are AMD's new entry level discrete graphics cards, and offer a competitive power/performance ratio within their target price range.   [Full story]
One of the most anticipated events of the year will be the launch of Ivy Bridge micro-architecture and related products. The first Ivy Bridge "third-generation" processors will be introduced in April, and more products will follow in the second and third quarters. Details of upcoming Core i5 and i7 CPUs were revealed last November, and slides with specifications of more budget-oriented Core i3 chips were leaked this week by   [Full story]
Our last report on the upcoming Trinity APU gave details of part numbers for the Trinity range, including Brazos 2.0 and Vishera. Donanimhaber have now leaked further details, with a slide showing specs for the Trinity A-Series APUs. Trinity will use a new socket, FM2, which is similar to FM1 with a few pins repositioned, and it will have a Piledriver CPU core, which is the updated Bulldozer core.   [Full story]
AMD's Cape Verde graphics cards, Radeon HD7770 and HD7750, are available for pre-order at US retailers. Full specs (including the number of compute units and stream processors) are not listed, but the listings show that recent rumors of GPU clock speed were correct. Radeon HD 7770 will have a core speed of 1000MHz, and Radeon HD 7750 will operate at 800 MHz, with factory overclocked models immediately available from various manufacturers.   [Full story]
Socket 2011 platform, and consumer-class processors for the platform were introduced three month ago. The first two models were Core i7-3930K and i7-3960X, based on "Sandy Bridge-E" core. The third socket 2011 SKU, also planned to launch last November, was Core i7-3820. The processor was delayed by three months, and only yesterday Intel added this model to official price list.   [Full story]
This quarter Intel plans to introduce Xeon E5-1600 products for uni-processor systems, based on Romley (socket 2011) platform. We originally reported on three E5-16xx quad-, 6- and 8-core models. Our reader Rob Dunkley spotted two new entry level Xeon E5 microprocessors, and complete list of Xeon E5-2600 SKUs, on Fujitsu CELSIUS M720 configuration page.   [Full story]
A slide has been leaked by Donanimhaber that shows AMDs product line-up for the next 2 quarters in the APU and CPU markets. The slide shows that we will be seeing Trinity A8- and A10-series in Q2, replacing Llano A8 in the high end APU sector. At the same time, Brazos 2.0 will replace Brazos in the mobile range. The rest of the Trinity range will be available in Q3, along with Vishera, the replacement for Zambezi in the performance sector.   [Full story]
Last December Intel published several Product Change Notifications (PCN) that revealed company plans to discontinue 19 desktop processors in June 2012. The list of discontinued CPUs included a mix of Westmere- and Sandy Bridge-based models ranging from Pentium to Core i7. Yesterday Intel notified its customers about discontinuation of two additional socket 1156 microprocessors, Core i3-550 and i3-560.   [Full story]
Intel have released details of their new Transaction Synchronization Extensions (TSX) programming model and instruction set that will be introduced with Haswell. These new extensions will help with synchronization of shared memory in multithreaded apps that use memory locks, by combining a lot of small locks into one large lock.   [Full story]
Updated Feb 14
Feb 10, 2012   Haswell to launch in March - June 2013
The latest Intel CPU roadmap has been seen at Donanimhaber, and shows that Haswell is currently expected to launch between March and June 2013. Using socket 1150, Haswell will be built using the same 22 nm production process as Ivy bridge. Interestingly, there is no sign of Ivy Bridge-E to replace Sandy Bridge-E for socket 2011 systems before the end of H1 2013, suggesting that SB-E may have quite an extended lifecycle.   [Full story]
AMD "Maranello" platform, and the first Opteron 6200-series "Interlagos" processors were introduced about three months ago. At the launch, AMD released a mix of standard-power 4-, 8-, 12- and 16-core models with 115W TDP. Additionally, the company introduced mid-power and high-power 16-core Opterons. Sometime this year, 6200-series lineup will be refreshed with 6 new SKUs, one for each aforementioned power/the number of cores combination. The new models will feature 200 MHz higher clock and Turbo Core frequencies at the same power level as currently manufactured Opteron 6200s.   [Full story]
It has become the norm for many recent mainstream CPUs and APUs to have an integrated GPU on the same silicon. With technologies such as CUDA and OpenCL, it is possible to harness the computing of the GPU (both integrated and discrete GPUs) to perform certain, repetitive computing tasks. However, with current technologies, the CPU and GPU, even if on the same silicon, are rarely working together so are not as efficient as they might be. Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows GPUs and CPUs on the same silicon to work together, boosting CPU performance by an average of over 20%.   [Full story]
Following several reports around the internet, we reported yesterday that IBM will be using IBM fabs to help produce their upcoming Trinity APUs. AMD have told xbitlabs that this information is not true, and that in fact IBM have merely given consulting support to Global Foundries. AMD chief executive Rory Read had reported that that IBM are one of AMD's manufacturing partners, helping to solve supply issues with their latest chips. This implied that IBM were helping with the manufacture, and was reported as such.   [Full story]
AMD launched their new entry level workstation graphics card, the FirePro V3900, on February 7. With almost double the performance of it's predecessor, FirePro V3800, the card is available from select resellers for $119, $20 more than the V3800. AMD say "The AMD FirePro(TM) V3900 is the most powerful entry-level professional graphics card on the market today."   [Full story]
With the launch of "Llano" microprocessors in the middle of last year, it seemed like AMD was going to retire their older Athlon II and Sempron brands, that are commonly associated with mid-class and budget K10-based processors. Despite of introduction of new "A-Series" and other "-Series" families, the company continued to use "Athlon II" and "Sempron" names for "Llano" products, that didn't have on-chip GPU. The first Athlon II branded Llano model for socket FM1, quad-core 631 with 2.6 GHz frequency, was launched last summer. It was followed by Athlon II 651 in November. Yesterday AMD added another two Athlon II CPUs to AMD product database.   [Full story]
At last weeks Financial Analyst Day, AMD announced that they will be using IBM as a third foundry, alongside Global Foundries and TSMC, to produce the wafers for it's next generation Trinity APUs. Currently, 40 nm E-Series, W-Series and Z-Series APUs are manufactured at TSMC, and 32 nm Llano APUs are manufactured at Global Foundries. Trinity will be manufactured by both Global Foundries and IBM, using a 32 nm SOI process.   [Full story]
Current Intel Xeon lineup consists of E7 family for multi-processor servers, Xeon 5500/5600 series for two-way systems, and E3-1200 series for single-processor workstations. First generation of Xeon E3-1200 microprocessors was launched a year ago, and it was built on 32nm Sandy Bridge micro-microarchitecture. Second generation of E3-1200 series, dubbed E3-1200 v2, is coming in the second quarter 2012. These chips will be based on unreleased at this time Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, and they expect to improve performance and power consumption over the first generation of E3 CPUs.   [Full story]
Following hot on the heels of the AMD roadmaps revealed at their analyst day last week, Indian website have published detailed specs for the full range of Kepler GPUs, including prices and projected release dates. As is usual with rumors, the details differ from previous rumors, but they do appear to give a reasonable overview of what to expect.   [Full story]
Last week we published AMD roadmaps for graphics cards, and mobile and server processors. All of these roadmaps were made public last Thursday during Financial Analyst Day event. Additionally, the company published 2012/2013 desktop roadmap, which revealed new features of their upcoming FX CPUs and accelerated processing units, and confirmed previously rumored cancellation of "Komodo" desktop CPUs.   [Full story]
Feb 5, 2012   "Threads" data added to CPU pages
I added "Threads" field to CPU pages of AMD Athlon/Intel Pentium III and newer processors. The field is located right under the "The number of cores" field. As an example, see how it looks on Core i3-2350M page. Threads information was also added to combined CPU chart, and to CPU charts for individual families.
During Thursday's Financial Analyst Day, AMD revealed details of their 2012 and 2013 APUs. There will be 3 models, including Trinity for the performance market, Brazos 2.0 for low power devices, and Hondo for ultra-low power devices. These new products will feature up to 4 cores, with an improved Piledriver CPU core and a superior integrated GPU, compared to the expected competition.   [Full story]
At the AMD 2012 Financial Analyst Day (February 2), AMD revealed details of their 2012-2013 Roadmap, including what they have planned for the graphics market. For 2012, we have Southern Islands, for which the first couple of cards are already shipping. This is the HD 7900 series GPUs, with the GCN core. In 2013, we will see "Sea Islands", which will introduce a new GPU architecture, alongside some new Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA, the new name for Fusion System Architecture) features.   [Full story]
During Financial Analyst Day even yesterday AMD disclosed new server roadmap for 2012 and 2013 years. In a surprise move, the company canceled "Terramar" and "Sepang" processors, and replaced them with less ambitious "Abu Dhabi" and "Seoul" designs, that will preserve compatibility with existing G34 and C32 platforms.   [Full story]
Feb 03, 2012   Fake Core i7-990X CPU
I'm sure most readers have come across fake electronic hardware, either personally or through reading/watching news articles. CPUs are no exception, and in the forums here at CPU-World there have been many threads discussing fakes. Some of them are very well made, and sometimes produced in very large quantities. Others are relatively easy to spot. One that is easy to spot is an Intel Core i7-990X discussed on the Intel forums.   [Full story]
Yesterday (January 31), AMD released the next in their new line of graphics cards for general sale. The Radeon HD 7950 uses a cut-down version of the Tahiti core used in the Radeon HD 7970, released on January 10. With what appears to be 2 different reference designs, one designed to offer superior cooling and the other designed to be quieter.   [Full story]
Last Sunday Intel listed three new Core i5 desktop microprocessors in company's official pricelist. Another desktop Core i7 model will be launched in two weeks. It seems that AMD also prepares to refresh their FX line of desktop processors, targeted at computer enthusiasts. We recently spotted available for pre-order unreleased FX-4170 and FX-6200 CPUs. Also, AMD is going to offer in US a variation of FX-8150 model with liquid cooling.   [Full story]
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Jan 31, 2012   Launch dates of AMD HD 77x0/78x0 graphics cards
Today, on January 31st, AMD is going to launch HD 7950, the second graphics card from HD 7000 series. This GPU has fewer stream processors, and somewhat lower core and memory clock speeds compared to previously released HD 7970. The HD 7950 should also be cheaper than the 7970. A number of more affordable HD 7xx0 cards will be coming later in the first quarter of this year.   [Full story]
Fabless semiconductor company Tilera Corporation, formed in 2004 to develop many-core processing solutions, have announced immediate availability of TILE-Gx36 and TILE-Gx16, the first members of their new TILE-Gx range of 64-bit processors, and evaluation systems to use with them. In line with the company's commitment to produce high-performance processors with low power consumption, these processors offer greater performance per watt than other comparable systems.   [Full story]
We previously reported on several new Core i5 desktop microprocessors, expected in the second week of February. Core i5-2380P, i5-2450P and unlocked i5-2550K Sandy Bridge CPUs will come with slightly increased core frequency, and with disabled on-chip GPU. A week earlier than anticipated Intel added all three SKUs to official price list. The company also added prices for 4 single- and dual-core Mobile Celeron models, that were launched earlier this month.   [Full story]
AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards have shown up for pre-order on a number of websites. In line with our previous article detailing the expected specs, all models have 3 GB GDDR5 running at 5000 MHz, with 384-bit bandwidth, with 1.5 GB models expected later. There are 1792 Stream Processors. The cards require one 150W (8-pin) PCI-E power connection and one 75W (6 pin) connector. All the cards have 1 x DVI-I, HDMI, 2x Mini DisplayPort, and double slot coolers.   [Full story]
In March Intel is expected to launch Romley server platform, which will be comprised of Xeon E5 microprocessors, and "Patsburg-B" C600 series chipset. Later in the first half of this year Intel will introduce another platform, codenamed Crystal Forest-Server. This platform will also work with Xeon E5-2600 processors, but it will utilize Cave Creek chipset. Cave Creek chipset will be also used by embedded platform, codenamed Crystal Forest-Gladden. The platform will be available in the second quarter 2012.   [Full story]
Typically, when you buy electronic parts and equipment they are only guaranteed to work according to published specs. If you overclock a part of your computer (usually the CPU, memory and/or graphics card) and it burns out you are not covered by the standard warranty. Most companies offer a limited warranty, which doesn't cover damage done by overclocking (classed as misuse), although some companies offer more flexible replacement terms as long as a non-working part cannot be seen to have been modified. Intel are now offering an added level of warranty protection, at a price, for those who wish to overclock their recent, high-end unlocked desktop SKUs.   [Full story]
As was originally reported by VR-Zone, three new Core i5 microprocessors are coming in February. In addition to i5 standard features, such as 4 CPU cores with Turbo Boost technology, 6 MB L3 cache and no Hyper-Threading, all three models will also have one thing in common: they will lack on-chip graphics unit. Last week Gigabyte added new SKUs to socket 1155 CPU support lists, confirming previously reported specifications.   [Full story]
Next Intel micro-architecture, codenamed Ivy Bridge, will launch in less than three months. Along with desktop and mobile microprocessors, based on new microarchitecture, Intel will release several embedded models. We previously reported on 5 embedded Core i7s, and now we found details on Core i3-3220ME and i3-3217UE embedded CPUs.   [Full story]
Fudzilla have published specs of nVidia's GK104 GPU core, the successor to GF114 (GTX 560/560Ti). The first 28 nm Kepler GPU, that most sources are expecting in April, will most likely be known as the GTX 660, and will contain the GK 104 core. With an estimated 768 CUDA cores, this will have more than 2 TFLOPS raw performance, more than the current single-GPU flagship product, GTX 580.   [Full story]
Following close on the heels of the Radeon HD 7970 GPU, we have now seen detailed specs for the cut-down Radeon HD 7950. Donanimhaber published some initial information, while a reader at TechPowerup provided detailed specs of an overclocked card from Sapphire. Based on the Tahiti core, this is basically the same core with a few parts disabled, and with a default speed of 800 MHz (approx 14% slower than the Radeon HD 7970).   [Full story]
In October, AMD released various processors based on the Bulldozer core. Much hyped as the next best thing, these processors were shown to perform much worse than expected, partly due to the new multi-module architecture, and poor scheduling (ie no support) in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft have now released a pair of hotfixes which aim to improve support and hence improve the performance.   [Full story]
There has been a lot of conflicting information, mostly originating from a small number of leaks, about NVidia Kepler GPUs and their release dates. A source at Chiphell now says the flagship single-GPU cards will be released in February, before AMD can dominate the market with the HD 79x0 series 28nm cards.   [Full story]
As you may already know, in February Intel plans to introduce Core i5-2380P, i5-2450P and i5-2550K microprocessors. All three are quad-core chips, incorporating 6 MB L3 cache and most of the Sandy Bridge features with the exception of Vpro. In addition to 100 Mhz higher core and Turbo Boost frequencies than currently produced Core i5-2320, i5-2400 and i5-2500K SKUs, new CPUs will have on-chip graphics disabled. Specifications of upcoming processors were originally revealed by VR-Zone, although launch prices of these Core i5s are not yet known. All three models can be now pre-ordered in two US online stores, MacMall and eCost.   [Full story]
In the past two months we published several stories, detailing Core i5-2450M, Core i3-2370M and B970 Sandy Bridge CPUs, spotted ahead of launch in specifications of Dell and Hewlett Packard notebooks. We also reported on a few mobile Celerons, that were going to replace older models, released in the middle of last year. Yesterday Intel added specifications of new processors to the ARK product database, and all CPUs now have status as launched in the first quarter 2012. The company also posted details on previously unheard-of Pentium 977.   [Full story]
This quarter Intel will launch the first two Xeon E5 families for socket 2011, followed by E5-2400 series next quarter. E5-2400 processors will work in single- and dual-CPU systems, and they will utilize socket 1356, which supports only 3 memory channels (one fewer than socket 2011) and only one QPI link. We already reported on specifications of Xeons from E5-2400 series, and now we have more details on their pricing.   [Full story]
AMD's flagship new single-GPU graphics cards may not be the best they have to offer. The Radeon HD7970 may be the fastest production graphics card currently, but the high overclocks reported by many reviewers show that the cards can perform better than even AMD claimed. With a stock speed of 925 MHz, several reviewers have reported clock speeds of 1100 MHz and more without increasing the core voltage. According to Fudzilla, AMD are considering releasing a faster single-GPU graphics core.   [Full story] have published some slides that AMD revealed at CES, providing an overview of the upcoming Trinity APUs. With a look at some of the features that will be available, and some performance expectations, there are also details of a 17W low power version that targets "ultrathin" notebooks, AMD's answer to Intel's "Ultrabook" devices.   [Full story]
The Intel Medfield platform has now been officially announced by Intel, in the form of the Intel Penwell SoC, otherwise known as the Atom Z2460. Atom Z2460 is a true single-chip SoC solution, which has a 1.6 GHz Atom core with hyper-threading. Graphics will be provided by an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540 GPU running at 400 MHz. It will be shipped in a 12mm square package.   [Full story]
VR-Zone and Fudzilla recently revealed launch dates of several desktop Intel processors, as well as introduction date of "Romley" platform and Sandy Bridge-EP server chips.   [Full story]
Following hot on the heels of the recently released Radeon HD 7970, the next model in the new line-up is the HD 7950. Initially available with 3 GB GDDR5, a cheaper 1.5 GB model is expected in the future. Other models are expected to follow in February.   [Full story]
First microprocessors, built on "Ivy Bridge" microarchitecture, will be launched in about three months. The initial lineup will be comprised of desktop products from Core i5 and Core i7 families, mobile Core i7 processors, and, as was disclosed by VR-Zone earlier last month, there will be three OEM-only mobile chips, Core i7-3610QM, i7-3612QM and i7-3615QM. One of these chips, Core i7-3610QM is now available for pre-order as a standalone CPU, and in Samsung NP700G7C-S01US notebook.   [Full story]
ZiiLABS, a subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd, last week revealed new ZMS-40 StemCell Media processor. The media processor, optimized for use with Android operating system, packs four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU cores along with 96 ZiiLABS' StemCell media processing cores. Using 96 StemCell processors, double the number in the previous generation ZMS-20, it is possible to achieve double the performance, or to run the processors at lower speeds for the same performance, gaining double the power efficiency. This combination of power saving and performance boost gives a number of benefits for hand-held devices based on the ZMS-40.   [Full story]
A few days ago AMD posted new technical document, titled Software Optimization Guide for AMD Family 15h Processors. Although the guide is intended for developers, it includes some useful information about AMD Family 15h, i.e. Bulldozer. The document not only describes features of current Bulldozer processors, which have model numbers 00h - 0fh (0xh), but also refers to two future generations with model numbers 10h - 1fh (1xh), and 20h - 2fh (2xh). We believe that microprocessors with 10h and higher model numbers will be based on Piledriver cores.   [Full story]
Following the paper launch last month, AMD Radeon HD 7970 single-GPU graphics cards for desktop PCs are officially on sale today (January 10). AMD have also announced the availability of mobile devices using Radeon HD 7000M series mobile graphics this week, raising the bar for immersive video output and image quality. Built using a 28nm process, this card represents the first in a range of new GPUs offering a significantly higher performance for a lower power usage.   [Full story]
On December 20 AMD announced five new socket FM1 desktop Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), including two unlocked A6-3670K and A8-3870K models with 100 Watt Thermal Design Power, and A4-3420, A6-3620 and A8-3820 SKUs with 65 Watt TDP. Unlocked CPUs were released about a week later, while three 65 Watt chips are still not available anywhere, even for pre-order. The processors did emerge in specifications of several Hewlett Packard PCs, which confirms our suspicion that the 3420, 3620 and 3820 APUs may be shipped only as OEM parts.   [Full story]
As well as the high-end HD 7900 series GPUs which have started to roll out, there are 6 other known HD 7000 GPU series that have been reported on recently. The HD 6300/6400/6500 are all budget, entry level products. The HD 7600 series will be mid-range entry level cards, with HD 7700 offering slightly higher performance, and then the mainstream cards that are expected to be the most popular will be the HD7800 series. It is currently believed that only the Tahiti-based cards that will use the new GCN architecture, with other cards believed to be built using VLIW-4 technology.   [Full story]
Forthcoming Intel Xeon E5 family will be separated into 4 subfamilies, based on intended market. Xeon E5-4600 will support up to 4-way servers, E5-2400 and E5-2600 will target 2-way servers and workstations, and E5-1600 series will work in uni-processor systems. In the past months we reported on details of E5-1600, E5-2400 and E5-2400 families, whereas model lineup of E5-4600 family was not known up to this moment. Today Intel added Xeon E5 box part numbers and S-spec numbers to Material Declaration Data Sheets (MDDS) database. This addition confirmed processor numbers of one- and two-way Xeon E5 chips, and revealed E5-4600 processor numbers.   [Full story]
Single-core Celeron 925 and 763 processors have been on a market since January of last year. These two models are from Penryn group of families, which are two generations behind current Sandy Bridge CPUs. Their replacements, mobile Celeron B710 and ultra-low voltage 787, were launched in June - July 2011 time frame, as a result Penryn Celerons are now set to retire.   [Full story]
On January 3 we published an overview of the AMD HD7000 family of GPUs. The first series to be launched are the HD 7900-series (TAHITI) GPUs, of which the HD7970 was launched on paper on December 22. HD7950 is due in the first week of February, and HD7990 is currently unannounced. For fans of AMD graphics cards, this is very good news, as the HD7970 is faster than any current single-gpu graphics card.   [Full story]
The New Year is always a good time to get an overview of what to expect for the next 12 months. We have already seen what AMD are offering for the graphics market, and the first new products from their range have already launched. NVidia have also got a new range planned for this year, known as Kepler. Information about Kepler is still scarce, although NVidia have received in-house samples of some chips.   [Full story]
After delays, at the last week of December Intel launched N2600 and N2800 "Cedar Trail" Atom microprocessors for netbooks and mobile devices. At launch time, the company published revised version of Atom D2000/N2000 series datasheet, available here (PDF file). The datasheet included specifications of two just released N2600 and N2800 models, two previously released D2500 and D2700 CPUs, and also information on three unreleased Atoms with processor numbers D2550, N2650, and N2850. All three chips were spotted in November in a list of CPUs, licensed for Windows 7 starter operating system.   [Full story]
Four engineers were recently arrested in Taoyuan, Taiwan, for selling sample CPUs on eBay. China's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said on January 2 that they are all engineers working for OEM manufacturers in Taiwan. The CIB were informed last September that the 4 men were selling the stolen chips on eBay for a huge profit.   [Full story]
Traditionally, graphics cards have primarily been designed to take data from your CPU and convert it into images on your screen. For a few years, NVidia have extended the goalposts, and have had the GPU taking a lot of work off the CPU, and in many cases have processed that data faster than a CPU core. AMD have not kept up with NVidia in the compute capabilities of their GPUs. Until now, that is.   [Full story]
In the first half 2012 Intel is going to introduce several new families for server market. On the high end, the next generation of Itanium CPUs with Poulson core should be available in the second quarter. Mid-class 2- and 4-way servers are targeted by Xeon E5-2400, E5-2600 and E5-4600 families, that will be launched in the first and second quarters. In the Q1, the company will introduce Xeon E5-1600 CPUs for single-processor servers and workstations, followed by Xeon E3-1200 v2 family in the Q2.   [Full story]
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