CPU News

In June we reported on new ultra low voltage AMD A8-6410 processor, spotted in specifications of several HP Pavilion notebooks. The A8-6410 is the fastest from "Beema" line of accelerated processing units, and it features 4 CPU cores, 2 MB L2 cache and Radeon R5 graphics. The chip is clocked 200 MHz higher than the A6-6310, former flagship model with the same type of architecture.   [Full story]
Intel recently published a Product Change Notification (PCN), that revealed a new member of the Atom Z35xx family for smartphones and highly mobile devices. The Z35xx systems on a chip are based on Moorefield core, which integrates 4 "Silvermont" CPU cores, 2 MB L2 cache, LPDDR3 memory controller, PowerVR G6430 graphics, Image Signal processors, Video encode/decode engines, and a variety of standard interfaces, like HDMI and USB. First two members of the family, Atom Z3560 and Z3580, were announced in February, and should be launched in the second half of 2014.   [Full story]
Yesterday Intel released new mobile products, including 4 "Bay Trail" systems on a chip for budget market segment, 4 Haswell CPUs for high-performance notebooks, and 3 "Haswell" SoCs for ultrabooks and ultra-thin laptops. The released processors boast higher clock speeds compared to older models, while retaining all of the features of their predecessors.   [Full story]
Intel today added 8 new Pentium and Core i3 desktop microprocessors for socket 1150 platform to the official price list. New SKUs for mainstream desktop PCs are Pentium G3250, G3460, Core i3-4160 and i3-4370. Intel also released Pentium G3250T, G3450T, Core i3-4160T and i3-4360T low-power models. All processors boast 100 MHz higher clock speeds compared to their predecessors, which results in up to 3% - 4% better performance.   [Full story]
Entry-level Intel processors for desktop and mobile markets currently utilize Bay Trail core. Designed with power savings in mind, Bay Trail products cannot perform on a par with Haswell counterparts, however they are less expensive, and they boasts much lower power consumption. Next year Bay Trail core will be succeeded by Braswell core, which is expected to bring better CPU and GPU performance, and improved power efficiency.   [Full story]
Intel moves forward with phasing out microprocessor products, built on previous generation microarchitecture. In June, the company announced plans to retire 18 Ivy Bridge desktop processors, and last week they published several Product Change Notification (PCN) documents, detailing upcoming discontinuation of mobile and server Ivy Bridge CPUs.   [Full story]
Intel is readying next generation Core i7 extreme microprocessors, that will be formally introduced this fall. The new line of CPUs, based on Haswell-E core, will include the first ever 8-core desktop microprocessor from Intel. The Core i7s will also feature a number of microarchitecture enhancements, support for DDR4 memory, and they will available with a new chipset. All in all, the company will launch three SKUs, namely six-core Core i7-5820K and i7-5930K, and eight-core i7-5960X. All three processors are already available for pre-order in US.   [Full story]
Intel this week released three new Z3700 series Atom systems on a chip for tablets. On the high end, the company added Z3785 model, which has a comparable CPU performance to existing Z3775, but faster graphics. We believe that this SKU is aimed at premium 10" tablets, priced at $200 and higher. Two new SKUs for low-budget tablets are Z3736F and Z3736G. These models match most of the features of the Z3735F and Z3735G parts, however they should perform a bit better due to higher CPU burst frequency.   [Full story]
In the near future Intel is going to release 8 desktop Haswell- based microprocessors, including several low power SKUs, for budget and mid-class PCs. The list of new models is comprised of Pentium G3250, G3250T, G3450T and G3460, together with Core i3-4160, i3-4160T, i3-4360T and i3-4370. The chips will have 100 MHz higher clock speeds compared to current Pentium and Core i3 products, which should translate to a few percent better performance. The processors are already referenced by support lists of some socket 1150 motherboards.   [Full story]
Jul 9, 2014   Site update: changes to CPU specifications
I haven't posted site updates for a while because we haven't had any interesting features added to the site for the last couple of months. This month will be a bit different, as I'm going to spend time not only posting news and adding new processors, but also updating existing CPU specifications. The goal is to fill in missing information, and expand specs with more details on a GPU, a memory controller, supported technologies and possibly other things. This project started a week ago and many Intel and AMD CPUs already have some information added. More is going to come in the next week or two.
At the end of 2013 Intel launched first Quark systems-on-a-chip, aimed at industrial and automotive applications, wearables, and other embedded applications. Quark chips have very simplistic design, consisting of a single CPU core, 16 KB of L1 cache, a DDR3 memory controller, 512 KB of on-chip SRAM, and a host of standard communication interfaces, such as PCIe 2.0 and USB 2.0.   [Full story]
This week we posted characteristics of first Intel Broadwell Y series processors, namely Core M 5Y10, 5Y10a and 5Y70. The key feature of these CPUs is extremely low, only 4.5 Watt, Thermal Design Power, which makes them ideal for fanless ultra mobile devices like 2-in-1 computers. According to Intel roadmap, the Core M CPUs will be available in the 4th quarter of this year. More detailed release schedule of Broadwell based products was published this week by Chinese Edition of VR-Zone hardware news site.   [Full story]
Chinese website GamerSky have published pictures and details of supposedly the GeForce GTX 880 graphics card, based on the Maxwell architecture. Previous rumors have suggested the GTX 880 will use the GM204 GPU, but the GamerSky article shows what they believe to be the GM210 GPU. The card detailed is an engineering sample, so may not be indicative of what the final production cards will look like.   [Full story]
AMD announced today three A-Series Accelerated Processing Units, an A4-7300, A6-7400K and A10-7800. The new APUs are based on the same "Kaveri" core as previously launched A10-7700K and A10-7850K SKUs, while boasting lower power consumption. The processors have up to 4 CPU cores, and GCN-based Radeon graphics. At least two models, the A6-7400K and A10-7800, started shipping in OEM desktop PCS last month, but now they will be available in retail (boxed) packaging.   [Full story]
The latest Intel Broadwell microarchitecture, fabricated on 14nm technology, will debut in the last quarter of this year, when the company will officially release first "Y" series processors for highly mobile devices. Preliminary model numbers of these SKUs are 5Y10, 5Y10a and 5Y70, and they will be followed by at least two new SKUs in Q1 2015. The distinctive feature of first Broadwell "Y" microprocessors is an ultra low 4.5 TDP. To meet the TDP requirement, the new CPUs will run at very low CPU and GPU frequencies.   [Full story]
VR-Zone published a slide, depicting Intel desktop roadmap for the next 5 quarters. While information in this slide is not new, it confirms previous reports regarding Intel's plans to launch next generations of desktop products. That includes introduction of Haswell-E extreme CPUs in time for this Holiday season, and release of Broadwell and Skylake processors in 2015.   [Full story]
AMD launched the second card in the FirePro Wx100 series workstation graphics cards, the FirePro W8100, this week. This card follows the earlier release of the top end FirePro W9100 in March 2014, and replaces the FirePro W8000 as the cheaper, more mainstream workstation product. It uses the Hawaii Pro GL GPU, which is the same GPU used on the consumer SKU Radeon R9 290, albeit at lower speeds to guarantee longer term stability in critical operations.   [Full story]
Next year Intel is expected to introduce Skylake, a completely new x86 microarchitecture, fabricated on 14 nm technology. Skylake CPus will have a number of improvements, the most major ones being DDR4 memory support and beefed up graphics unit. Two weeks ago we reported on features of integrated Skylake graphics, and now we have some insight on memory support and TDP of future processors. The information is more than a month old, but we believe that most of it still holds true.   [Full story]
AMD plans to introduce new desktop FX microprocessor with unlocked clock multiplier. A picture of the new CPU, that comes with a liquid cooling solution, was posted over last weekend by AMD employee Roy Taylor. It is impossible to tell from the picture a model number of the processor. Characteristics and expected launch date of the CPU are also not known.   [Full story]
The latest AMD "Kaveri" dual-core APUs started shipping in desktop PCs earlier this month, and at least one "Kaveri" model may be offered as a boxed product in the near future. The A6-7400K, which packs 2 CPU "Steamroller" cores and GCN graphics with 4 compute cores, can be pre-ordered now in US for less than $100. Based on our past experience with pre-order items in the linked (ShopBLT) store, we expect A6-7400K availability within a month.   [Full story]
Earlier this week we posted details of forthcoming "Haswell Refresh" microprocessors, expected to bump clock speeds of current Pentium and Core i3 products by a mere 100 MHz. New CPUs are Pentium G3250, G3460, Core i3-4160 and Core i3-4370. There will be also low power Pentium G3250T, G3450T, Core i3-4160T and i3-4360T, although they probably will not be available in retail channel as boxed products.   [Full story]
New A8-6410 "Beema" APU surfaced in HP Pavilion notebooks, specifically in Pavilion 14z Touch, Pavilion 15z, 17z and 17z Touch. "Beema" processors were launched back in April, and the fastest model up to this moment was a quad-core A6-6310, clocked at 1.8 GHz, or up to 2.4 GHz with the Turbo Core technology active. The A8-6410, offered as an upgrade option in mentioned above laptops, is a new flagship "Beema" chip with higher base frequency and better graphics than the A6-6310.   [Full story]
New CPUs: AMD A8-6410
New generation of "Haswell" server processors is coming in Q3 2014. The first to launch will be Xeon E5-2600 v3 series for dual-socket systems, and it will be followed by quad-socket Xeon E5 products in Q1 2015. The Xeon E5-2600 v3, or the third generation of E5-2600 CPUs, will utilize all Haswell features, including integrated voltage regulator, as well as AVX 2 and TSX extensions to the instruction set. The chips will have 4 memory channels, each supporting 3 DDR4 DIMMs with data rates up to 2133 MHz.   [Full story]
NVidia today launched the entry level GeForce GT 730 graphics card. The card comes in three variants. The first uses DDR3 memory with a 128-bit interface. The second uses DDR3 memory with a 64-bit interface, and finally there is a GDDR5 version with a 64-bit interface. Most models will use a low profile design and a single slot active cooling system.   [Full story]
Last month Intel launched 25 "Haswell Refresh" desktop microprocessors, that replaced full range of Haswell desktop products with slightly faster models. According to Intel's roadmap, there won't be new mainstream and premium processors from Core i5 and i7 families until the second quarter of 2015, when the company is going to introduce Broadwell-K and Skylake-S successors. Entry-level and mid-range CPUs, represented by Celeron, Pentium and Core i3 families, will stay with the Haswell architecture until second half of 2015, or for a year.   [Full story]
At the beginning of this month AMD announced A Pro-Series Accelerated Processing Units for business desktop and notebook PCs. Previously called "business-class" processors, these APUs will feature longer life support, and they will be shipped exclusively in OEM systems. In total, AMD announced 7 SKUs, including 3 mobile and 4 desktop PRO APUs. On top of that, AMD may release two business-class APUs from A4 series, A4 PRO-7300B and A4 PRO-7350B.   [Full story]
Currently the line of Intel low-power products for microservers and embedded applications is comprised of Atom C2000 systems on a chip and Haswell-based Xeon E3 microprocessors. Sometime in 2014 or later they will be succeeded by Atom "Denverton" chips, Broadwell CPUs and Broadwell SoCs.   [Full story]
A week ago AMD published specification of long-awaited desktop APUs, rated at 65 Watt. Three new chips are A6-7400K, A8-7600 and A10-7800, all based on the latest AMD "Kaveri" core, that combines 2 or 4 "Steamroller" CPU cores and HSA-enabled GCN graphics. Other interesting features in these SKUs are integrated Audio processor, and configurable TDP, that allows the APUs to operate in lower 45 Watt power envelope at reduced clock speeds. Last week we speculated that processors may appear in OEM computers, and now we have a confirmation of that.   [Full story]
Earlier this year Intel released new Atom "Bay Trail-T" systems-on-a-chip, that targeted full spectrum of tablet market, from $100 budget devices and up to $200+ premium tablets. Two low end models from the lineup, Atom Z3735F and Atom Z3735G, had an official price of $17 and were designed for Android only tablets with MSRP $129 or lower. Based on information from a recent Product Change Notification (PCN) document, published by Intel last week, we may see more entry level "Bay Trail-T" processors in the near future.   [Full story]
AMD expanded embedded G-Series family at Computex show at Taipei last week, launching 6 new systems on a chip (SoCs). New processors come with 2 or 4 CPU cores, Graphics Processing unit on some SKUs, and chipset logic integrated on a die. The chips have increased clock speeds, up to 2.4 GHz, while operating in the same or lower power envelope compared to previous generation of embedded processors. G-Series SoCs feature such technologies as platform security processor (PSP), memory ECC, as well as Heterogeneous System Architecture on models, equipped with the GPU.   [Full story]
Westmere was the first Intel x86 microarchitecture to integrate a graphics unit together with CPU cores, since then the company made quite an effort to improve graphics performance. Intel implemented sharing of last level cache between the CPU and GPU, increased the number of shaders, or execution units (EUs), and optimized them. Current Haswell architecture introduced GT3 graphics, that increased the number of EUs to 40. It is anticipated that upcoming Broadwell GT2 and GT3 GPUs will have the number of execution units increased by 20% to 24 and 48.   [Full story]
Earlier this week AMD launched mobile "Kaveri" products, which was widely reported on by all hardware news sites. In addition to new mobile Accelerated Processing Units, AMD also published specifications of new desktop Kaveri APUs on their website, and added some of them to the AMD product database. The line of new processors includes A6-7400K, A8-7600 and A10-7800 products for consumer PCs. What's more, AMD is going to release "PRO" versions of consumer processors, that will have similar specification and longer life support.   [Full story]
AMD released the next generation of mobile Accelerated Processing Units for mainstream and ultra-thin laptops at Computex show in Taipei. Produced on 28nm technology, the APUs integrate up to 4 "Steamroller" CPU cores, and Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU with up to 8 compute units. One of the major improvements in new processors is a new core design, codenamed "Kaveri", that increases per clock performance, and at the same time lowers power consumption.   [Full story]
Intel this week launched Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258, Core i5-4690K and Core i7-4790K, all featuring unlocked clock multiplier. The Core branded parts use new Devil's Canyon core, that has several tweaks to improve its overclocking potential. For once, Intel changed Thermal Interface Material (TIM) to Next-Generation Polymer TIM, or NGPTIM. They also added more capacitors which was claimed to improve power delivery.   [Full story]
Earlier this week Intel published a few Product Change Notification (PCN) documents, detailing discontinuation of large number of Core i5 and i7 desktop microprocessors. The list includes all Core i7-3xxx models, specifically the i7-3770K, i7-3770S, i7-3770T and boxed i7-3770. Retired Core i5 models include the i5-3330, i5-3330S, i5-3340, i5-3340S, i5-3470, i5-3470S, i5-3470T, i5-3475S, i5-3550, i5-3570, i5-3570K, i5-3570S and i5-3570T.   [Full story]
Intel announced more details on upcoming mobile "Broadwell" systems-on-a-chip, and revealed a reference design of future mobile PC platform at Computex event in Taipei. Broadwell processors will be built on 14nm manufacturing technology, and have such enhancements as 20% - 40% better performance, 60% lower TDP and about twice smaller footprint compared to their Haswell predecessors. According to Intel, the mobile Broadwell chips will be branded as "Core M", and there will be also Vpro enabled SKUs, branded as Core M Vpro.   [Full story]
Recently there were several leaks, all pointing to a Q4 2014 release of Broadwell mobile processors. Reuters reported that Broadwell PCs should be on shelves in time for the Holidays. VR-Zone provided preliminary dates of production availability of "Y", "U" and "H" series chips, and their another report placed the release date of "Y" ultra low voltage processors in September or October 2014. This information is confirmed by the latest Intel roadmap.   [Full story]
It is anticipated that Intel will announce three unlocked Haswell microprocessors this week, Core i7-4790K, Core i5-4690K and Pentium G3258. The top of the line i7-4790K is built on Devil's Canyon core and, if preliminary specifications are correct, boasts 4 GHz clock speed and 4.4 GHz Turbo speed. On top of that, the Devil's Canyon CPU core was redesigned for better overclocking, and has such improvements as enhanced packaging and thermal interface material.   [Full story]
Following the launch of the ultra high end Titan Z GPU earlier this week, NVidia has now launched the GeForce GT 740 entry level graphics card. Ideal for an HTPC, it is the new low-end card of the 700 series, and is priced at under $90. The new SKU is nothing new - it is basically a rebranded GTX 650 with reduced GPU clock speeds.   [Full story]
Intel Broadwell microarchitecture and "Y" series of ultra low voltage processors will be introduced in the second half of this year, just in time before the Holiday season. It is anticipated that "Y" parts will come with 2 CPU cores, 4 MB of L2 cache, GT2 graphics, and will have extremely low 4.5 Watt Thermal Design Power, comparable to TDP of Atom microprocessors. Their exact specifications are not known yet, but, thanks to a recently leaked slide, posted by VR-Zone Chinese Edition, we now know model numbers of upcoming Broadwell chips.   [Full story]
Coolaler published this week details of Core i7 Extreme desktop processors, coming in the second half of this year. The new products will be branded as Core i7-5xxx, and will incorporate 6 or 8 CPU cores, and up to 20 MB of L3 cache. The parts will utilize Haswell-E core, which in many ways is similar to unreleased Haswell-EP server core, as a result future i7-5xxx desktop parts and server products will share a lot in common. That includes such new features as Haswell instruction set extensions, and support for DDR4 memory.   [Full story]
After various delays, and following a lot of online speculation about the specs and reasons for those delays, NVidia have finally released their new dual-GPU flagship graphics card for the consumer market, the GeForce GTX Titan Z. First announced at the company's GPU Technology Conference in March, the card was first expected in April, then earlier this month. The final specs match what some sites had reported on, and what is recorded on our sister site, gpuzoo.com.   [Full story]
Back in December we described some details of Broadwell mobile microprocessors, including the type of integrated GPU. Like current generation of Haswell CPUs and systems on a chips, Broadwell parts will be produced in "H", "U" and "Y" versions, aimed at different sectors of mobile market. Consequentially, there will be some variations in the type and specifications of on-chip GPUs. In the past, we mentioned basic GPU types for each Broadwell processor version, but now we have information on how different types will be branded.   [Full story]
Although it has been more than 4 months since the launch of "Kaveri" architecture, AMD currently offers only two desktop "Kaveri" models, A10-7700K and A10-7850K. Both APUs have 4 CPU cores, unlocked multiplier and 95 Watt TDP. AMD has also announced a quad-core A8-7600, a 65 Watt chip that can be configured to fit into 45 Watt thermal envelope. It was rumored that the company will launch more energy efficient processors, including dual-core ones, in the second quarter 2014. The rumored SKUs are A4-7300, A6-7400K and A10-7800, all with 65 Watt TDP.   [Full story]
For a number of years Intel utilized "tick-tock" architecture release pattern, where each "tick", that represents a move to new manufacturing process and insignificant core tweaks, is followed by a "tock" architecture, completely redesigned from ground up using established technology. Last year's Haswell was a "tock" microarchitecture, produced on refined 22nm process. Haswell added a handful of new features, such as integrated voltage regulator, reduced idle power consumption, and support for AVX2 instructions just to name a few.   [Full story]
AMD is readying new mobile platform, that will consists of a mix of dual- and quad-core "Kaveri" Accelerated Processing Units with TDP ranging from 17 Watt to 35 Watt. Details of mobile "Kaveri" processors have been leaked earlier this month by a user in baidu forum. According to the leaked slides, AMD prepares five A-Series APUs and two FX models, operating as high as 3.6 GHz in Turbo Core mode. As the launch of new platform is nearing, the company published specifications of future mobile products on AMD's website.   [Full story]
After recent refresh of Haswell desktop products, Intel is expected to launch unlocked Haswell microprocessors on June 2. An Intel roadmap slide with details of first two unlocked SKUs, dubbed as Core i5-4690K and i7-4790K, has been published by EXPReview last week. The i5-4690K and i7-4790K are going to be powered by "Devil's Canyon" core, that will feature improved thermal interface material and packaging. Furthermore, Intel will launch Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258, also with unlocked multiplier. All three processors are already available for pre-order in US.   [Full story]
Intel already refreshed the line of budget "Bay Trail-M" systems on a chip (SoC), aimed at entry-level mobile market, not once but twice. First time it happened last November, when the company raised processors' CPU and GPU clock speeds, enabled Burst technology, and upped their maximum operating temperature. During second refresh, which occurred in February 2014, Intel improved memory support, and CPU/GPU burst frequencies on some SKUs. The next refresh will consist of 4 SKUs, namely N2808, N2840, N2940 and N3540.   [Full story]
On June 2, Intel plans to introduce several unlocked Haswell microprocessors, including a couple of "Devil's Canyon" Core models, and a Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU. The latter one is used to commemorate 20 years of Pentium brand on the market. The Anniversary Edition processor is not going to be the first officially unlocked Pentium. In 2009, Intel shipped the E6500K, that had all of the features of the Pentium E6500, plus it's core to bus ratio was not locked.   [Full story]
This week AMD launched second generation R-series accelerated processors for embedded market. Codenamed "Bald Eagle", these low-power APUs succeeded first generation R-Series products, released in 2012 and based on "Trinity" core. New processors come with a handful of improvements, such as "Steamroller" optimized CPU architecture, GCN graphics architecture with support for Heterogeneous System Architecture, and significantly higher clock speeds while operating in the same TDP threshold.   [Full story]
Yesterday VR-Zone Chinese Edition leaked preliminary launch dates of Broadwell mobile and desktop microprocessors. Broadwell is the name of the next generation Intel architecture, one of the main enhancements of which is substantially reduced power consumption. Many Broadwell products will be available as "Y" and "U" ULV systems on a chip (SoCs), integrating CPU cores, GPU and system logic. Mobile high-performance "H" processors and desktop processors will come with greater number of cores and/or beefed up GPU, and they will require an external chipset.   [Full story]
May 10, 2014   It's vacation time
I will be on vacation for the next 9 days. During that time the site and forum will be monitored, comments will be approved, and occasional news stories will be posted. No other site updates will be done, and no e-mails will be responded to until I return.
Intel refreshed Atom Z3700 line of "Bay Trail-T" systems-on-a-chip (SoC), aimed at tablet market. The first "Bay Trail-T" models were launched last September, and delivered significant increase in performance in both CPU and GPU intensive applications. The refresh provided a bit of extra performance boost owning to increased CPU and GPU frequencies, and it fixed several USB controller defects. Also, Intel introduced a few entry-level processors for budget Android tablets. Overall, the refresh added 9 new SKUs, namely Z3735D, Z3735E, Z3735F, Z3735G, Z3745, Z3745D, Z3775, Z3775D and Z3795.   [Full story]
Shortly after we reported on the initial delay in the launch of NVidia's GeForce GTX Titan Z, several sites posted that the new launch date would be May 8th. That date has passed by, and the card is still not available. Several sites are now saying that it is delayed indefinitely, with some speculating that it may even be cancelled, due to not being competitive enough against AMD's R9 295X2. Kitguru, however, report that NVidia have stated it will be available in Q2, sometime between May and July.   [Full story]
Earlier this week at the Citrix Synergy event, Citrix and Intel previewed the first server that provides client virtualization, and offers remote 3D graphics and video capabilities. The new server solution will be based on Xeon E3-1200 v3 "Crystal Well" processor, utilizing Iris Pro graphics. Hewlett Packard also added support for "Crystal Well" Xeons to the HP Moonshot servers.   [Full story]
Last week we reported on the A10-7300 Accelerated Processing Unit, spotted in a service manual of the HP ENVY m6 notebook. That APU is one of the upcoming high-end mobile products, based on the latest "Kaveri" core. More details on mobile Kaveri processors have been leaked this week by a user in baidu forum. Based on leaked slides, AMD is going to release 6 dual-core and quad-core models in addition to the A10-7300. There are a couple of peculiar things in their branding and naming convention. One is that AMD is going to re-introduce the "FX" brand.   [Full story]
Intel is going to refresh Haswell-based Xeon E3-1200 v3 family in the near future. So called "Haswell Refresh" will bring eleven new Xeon SKUs, including standard-power E3-1226 v3, E3-1231 v3, E3-1241 v3, E3-1246 v3, E3-1271 v3, E3-1276 v3, E3-1281 v3 and E3-1286 v3 models. Several SKUs, Xeon E3-1240L v3, E3-1275L v3 and E3-1286L v3, will feature reduced power consumption. New processors will offer slightly better performance than existing Xeon E3 models.   [Full story]
Later this year Intel is expected to launch first processors, based on the next generation 14nm microarchitecture, codenamed Broadwell. Majority of "Broadwell" chips will be aimed at mobile market, and the only desktop products will be unlocked quad-core CPUs with GT3e graphics. Broadwell will be followed next year by "Skylake" architecture, which will be also manufactured on 14nm process. Based on a report, published today by VR-Zone Chinese edition, "Skylake" microprocessors will have 2 or 4 CPU cores, 3 different types of graphics, and will be paired with 100 Series chipset.   [Full story]
AMD last week launched the third generation of ultra-low power systems on chip, including "Beema" processors for thin and light notebooks, and "Mullins" chips for tablets and hybrid notebooks. The "Beema" lineup is comprised of E2-6110, A4-6210 and A6-6310 SKUs. The "Mullins" line consists of E1 Micro-6200T, A4 Micro-6400T and A10 Micro-6700T. The "Beema" and "Mullins" products boast improved CPU/GPU performance and greatly reduced power consumption. According to AMD, "Beema" SoCs are up to 2 times faster in graphics tasks than the previous generation of chips.   [Full story]
In January AMD announced desktop "Kaveri" processors, boasting such features as "Steamroller" cores with improved IPC, GCN graphics with support of Heterogeneous System Architecture, and TrueAudio technology. The "Kaveri" core will be also used by mobile AMD A-Series processors, and they are likely to be branded as 7000 (Ax-7xxx) series. One of upcoming SKUs, dubbed as A10-7300, was recently spotted (PDF file) in the "Maintenance and Service Guide" of the HP ENVY m6 laptop.   [Full story]
New CPUs: AMD A10-7300
Intel Broadwell architecture boasts large number of architectural improvements, aimed at boosting CPU and GPU performance, and at the same time reducing power consumption. In the past we reported on new graphics features, such as increased number of execution units and support for VP8 codec. In fact, there will be many more GPU enhancements, pertaining to 3D graphics, display controller, APIs and control user interface.   [Full story]
Intel Quark family of embedded ultra low power microprocessors was expanded this week with a new X1020 SKU. Quark processors are based on a single Pentium core, that adds 512 KB of on-chip SRAM for faster memory access, an SIMD unit, a single-channel DDR3 memory controller, and several standard interfaces, such as PCI-e 2.0, Ethernet and USB 2.0. All Quark chips run at 400 MHz, and have 16 KB of unified L1 cache. With just 2 Watt - 2.2 Watt TDP, the processors are a good fit for low power applications, such as embedded devices.   [Full story]
Previous reports suggested the GeForce Titan-Z would be available on April 29, and even NVidia's original announcement said it would be launched this month. That day has passed us by with no sign of the card actually being available. It has been delayed indefinitely, with no official reports as to why.   [Full story]
Next generation Xeon microprocessors for dual-socket systems will be available in Q3 2014, and they will come with many enhancements. The CPUs will be based on Haswell-EP core, and support such new Haswell features as AVX 2.0 instructions and integrated voltage regulator. On top of that, the chips will have up to 14 cores, work with both DDR3 and DDR4 memory, and have QPI bandwidth increased to 9.6 GT/s. Samples of Haswell-EP processors were shipped as early as March/April 2013. Our reader Vadim Semenov spotted one of those samples on eBay.   [Full story]
New AMD product is going to be launched on April 29, as evidenced by a "Guess What's Coming Soon!" AMD teaser page. The page shows portions of an unknown die, and states that, at the time of writing, it will be launched in about a day. The unknown die looks surprisingly similar to previous generation of Kabini systems-on-a-chip.   [Full story]
Intel Xeon E3 v3 family was released in June of last year, and will be refreshed later this quarter. As we are getting closer to the launch date of upcoming SKUs, we find more and more details about them. Just this week, we reported on a few new Xeon E3 model numbers, spotted in a Product Change Notification document on Intel's website. Xeon SKUs also appeared on pre-order lists of several US stores, such as ShopBLT and Provantage.   [Full story]
Intel recently refreshed mobile Haswell platform, and they are also ready to launch in the very near future speed bump versions of desktop Haswell processors. Embedded platform will be updated as well, and in addition to the Core i3-4110E, i3-4112E, Core i5-4410E and i5-4422E, that were introduced a week ago, the manufacturer prepares low power Core i3-4340TE CPU. Some details of this model we spotted (PDF file) in specifications of the DFI HD100-H81 mini-ITX motherboard.   [Full story]
AMD last week announced sampling of the first generation server systems-on-a-chip, based on 64-bit ARM core. Future Opteron A1100 series SoCs will be manufactured on 28nm process, and offer 2 - 4 times greater performance than company's x86-based X-Series APUs. The "Seattle" processors will support 10 Gb Ethernet and SATA 3 interfaces, and work with both DDR3 and DDR4 memory. The chips are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2014.   [Full story]
Intel recently revealed mobile "Haswell Refresh" processors, and more than 20 desktop CPUs are about to be launched in the next 2 - 3 weeks. Later this quarter Intel will also refresh Xeon E3-1200 v3 family for single-socket workstations. We already published some Xeon E3 model numbers, spotted in one of Intel's Product Change Notifications (PCN). More information recently surfaced in another Intel PCN, that describes changes in the position and the number of capacitors on the bottom of the LGA1150 package, and provides a list of affected SKUs.   [Full story]
Two months ago we reported on upcoming Bay Trail-T refresh, that will be comprised of 9 new Atom-branded systems-on-a-chip. The "Bay Trail-T" is an ultra low power core, built on the latest 22nm process, and used by inexpensive dual- and quad-core processors for tablets. The first wave of these products was launched in September of last year, and consisted on Z3740, Z3740D, Z3770 and Z3770D models. At the beginning of this quarter we should see the second wave of tablet processors, including Atom Z3745, Z3745D, Z3775, Z3775D and Z3795 mid- to high-end models, and Atom Z3735D and Z3735E value SKUs.   [Full story]
In March Intel announced "Desktop Reinvented" strategy, aimed to enhance ease of use and performance of desktop and All-in-One PCs, and expand their range of applications. As a part of that strategy, the company plans to implement new PC form factors, software, products and new technologies. One of the new products will be unlocked "Devil's Canyon" microprocessors for socket 1150. Based on Haswell architecture, the CPUs are going to have improved Thermal Interface Material for better overclocking, and come with updated packaging material. They will replace current "K"-class desktop processors.   [Full story]
More than 15 Haswell-based laptop processors were introduced by Intel this week, which allowed the company to refresh all mobile families beginning from Celeron and up to Core i7. Alongside the mobile chips, the company also released Core i3-4110E, i3-4112E , i5-4410E and i5-4422E embedded CPUs, planned as a replacement for the Core i3-4100E, i3-4102E, i5-4400E and i5-4402E respectively. The new processors feature 200 MHz higher operating frequencies.   [Full story]
AMD is expected to launch "Beema" mobile APUs this year. "Beema" is is the third generation ULV core, that will succeed current "Kabini" core, however it will still make use of 28nm technology. "Beema" accelerated units will have up to 4 CPU cores, GCN graphics, and integrated Security Processor. According to AMD estimates, the APUs will have much better performance per Watt, up to 104%, than "Kabini" products. The actual TDP will depend on SKU, and it will range from 10 Watt to 25 Watt.   [Full story]
Earlier this week Intel added information on "Haswell Refresh" processors to their official pricelist. It is suffice to say that there were no unexpected surprises there, and the new SKUs had exact same prices as the first generation Haswell microprocessors. Although the list included the full line of "Haswell Refresh" desktop CPUs, they will be available only in May, due to their release date being tied to the launch of desktop 9-series chipset. The mobile refresh, on another hand, will work with currently available 8-series mobile chipsets, and for that reason we were not surprised to see new mobile processors in Intel's product database.   [Full story]
Czech website Tyden.cz have published rumored specs for the Maxwell based GTX 880 graphics card. While some of these specs look reasonable on paper, they don't all look like an upgrade compared to the GTX 780 and 780 Ti. There is another rumor that suggests this is not intended as a replacement for the GTX 780 or 780 Ti, suggesting it is more a replacement for the GTX 680.   [Full story]
Intel today added brief specifications and prices of all "Haswell Refresh" desktop and mobile microprocessors to the official pricelist. Built on "Haswell" architecture, upcoming products will not have any new microarchitecture and power optimizations compared to last year's products, and their only advantage will be slightly increased clock speeds. According to known specifications, many "Haswell Refresh" CPUs will be clocked 100 MHz higher than the Haswell 2013 lineup, which will result in up to 2% - 5% better performance, much smaller than we got used to in the past three years.   [Full story]
AMD this week launched low power desktop platform utilizing socket AM1, formerly known as a "socket FS1B". The socket AM1 processors are built on "Kabini" core, which combines "Jaguar" CPU architecture and "Graphics Core Next" GPU architecture, and integrates it all together with all necessary chipset logic on a single system-on-a-chip (SoC). The SoCs have 2 and 4 CPU cores, and the graphics unit comes with 128 shader cores. Feature-wise, new "Kabini" processors are similar to mobile Kabini products with the exception of somewhat higher clocks, and a new PGA type packaging, that simplifies processor upgrade or replacement.   [Full story]
Digitimes reported this week that Intel Haswell Refresh processors will be available next month. That information confirms older reports, like the one published by Hermitage Akihabara back in March. According to Digitimes, Intel originally planned to launch microprocessors in April, and follow with the 9-series desktop in a month. The latest plan is to launch the CPUs together with new chipset in early May. Hermitage Akihabara provided launch date of May 11.   [Full story]
Intel this week released three Quark processors, all featuring extended operating temperature range. New X1001, X1011 and X1021D are qualified to operate from -40°C to +85°C, while offering the same performance and feature-set as Quark X1000, X1010 and X1020D models, that were released in the past two quarters.   [Full story]
Intel is going to retire Atom S1200 microserver processors, and the first Z3700 systems-on-a-chip for tablets. The list of affected models includes Atom S1260, S1240 and S1220, as well as Atom Z3740, Z3740D, Z3770 and Z3770D. All of soon to be discontinued Atoms are based on the Silvermont architecture and manufactured on 22nm technology, however all of them use earlier core steppings B1, B2 or B3.   [Full story]
Intel recently completed transition of Xeon E5 and E7 families to one-generation old Ivy Bridge architecture, and the company is hard at work on the next generation processors, built on the latest Haswell microarchitecture. Similar to Ivy Bridge server lineup, "Haswell" processors will be branded as Xeon E5 and Xeon E7, but their suffix will change from "v2" to "v3". Intel is also going to release new Xeon E3 "Haswell" SKUs, and eventually introduce the next generation E3 microprocessors, utilizing Broadwell architecture.   [Full story]
AMD has announced the Radeon R9 295X2 Graphics card. Powered by the Vesuvius XT GPU, which comprises a pair of Hawaii XT units, this is the dual-GPU powerhouse for the Graphics Core Next based graphics cards. This is a pair of Radeon R9 290X in crossfire, on a single board. It is a power hungry beast, operating well outside the PCI-E power specs, but supplying premium processing power.   [Full story]
Apr 07, 2014   AMD A8-7600 APU delayed
On January 14 AMD launched the first Steamroller-based APUs for socket FM2+ platform, and announced an energy-efficient A8-7600 SKU. The quad-core A8-7600 was a bit slower than the A10-7700K, and did not have the unlocked multiplier. On a positive side, it had about 22% lower price sticker, and supported a "configurable TDP" feature. Rated at 65 Watt when running at stock 3.3 GHz frequency, the APU could be configured to fit into 45 Watt TDP, albeit in this case its base and turbo clocks would be limited to 3.1 GHz and 3.3 GHz respectively.   [Full story]
AMD has launched the FirePRO W9100 professional graphics card. Powered by the same Hawaii XT GPU seen in the Radeon R9 290X, the card runs at a slightly slower core clock speed than its desktop counterpart. It has an unprecedented 16 GB of memory, allowing users to work with much larger internal datasets than previously possible with no sacrifice in performance.   [Full story]
Just two weeks after the launch of the Xeon Phi 7120D co-processor in dense form factor packaging, Intel is ready to introduce another member of the 71xx family. The latest Xeon Phi product, which was added today to Intel's official pricelist, has the model number 7120A. The 7120A is packaged as an add-on card with PCI-Express interface. The co-processor has an active cooling solution on the board, which distinguishes it from the launched last year 7120P (it comes with a passive cooler).   [Full story]
AMD has added the entry level Radeon R5 230 to it's retail graphics card line-up. Previously only available for the OEM market, the R5 230 is a rebrand of the Radeon HD 6450 and HD 7450, albeit with the memory clocked to match the 7450, which is slower than the 6450. The card uses a Caicos Pro GPU, first launched in February 2011, which is powered by the TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture, introduced a year earlier.   [Full story]
Intel last week introduced two entry-level Rangeley C2308 and C2508 processors. The newly launched "Rangeley" chips, together with the original line of C23xx, C25xx and C27xx systems on a chip are positioned as low end offerings for communications and networking embedded devices. The mid-end of the communications/networking market lineup so far was represented by dual- and quad-core Ivy Bridge Gladden processors, available under the Pentium, Core i3 and Xeon E3 brands. Earlier this week Intel released successors of the Ivy Bridge Gladden CPUs, namely Core i5-4402EC, Core i7-4700EC and i7-4702EC.   [Full story]
This week AMD revealed prices of soon to be available socket AM1 Sempron processors. Socket AM1 is a new low-power platform, that combines "Kabini" systems on a chip in an upgradeable PGA package, and an inexpensive motherboard with the minimum amount of logic. The Fusion Controller Hub (FCH), responsible for interfacing between the APU and peripheral devices, on this platform is located on the processor. In theory, this allows owners of such socket AM1 boards to upgrade not only the CPU/GPU, but also the chipset.   [Full story]
Intel prepares to refresh Haswell desktop processors in the second and the third quarters of 2014. The "K" CPUs with unlocked multiplier are expected in Q3, and the microprocessors with locked multiplier will be released a quarter earlier. It was reported that the non-"K" chips will run a bit faster than current generation of Haswell products, and they will be compatible with existing 8-series and future 9-series chipsets. In February we published complete list of Haswell Refresh processors, that will be launched in Q2.   [Full story]
Intel recently expanded Core i5 family with a new low power microprocessor, dubbed as Core i5-4460T. In our February's story (linked below) we listed it along with Haswell desktop refresh SKUs, anticipated to arrive in the second quarter 2014. However, the i5-4460T is not a speed bump of existing product, and that may explain why it was released earlier than the refresh processors.   [Full story]
Intel this week introduced two systems on a chip from Atom C2000 series, aimed at networking and communications markets. New products, Atom C2308 and C2508, are built on the latest 22nm microarchitecture, incorporate up to 4 CPU cores, and support QuickAssist technology. Although the chips come with reduced clock speeds compared to older family members, their main advantage is not a performance, but a lower TDP at the same price point.   [Full story]
Intel prepares to launch the second wave of Atom "Bay Trail-T" products for Android and Windows 8.1 tablets. New Atom Z37x5 lineup will boost graphics performance by as much as 16%, and offer greater variety of SKUs, from budget-oriented Z3735E and up to the new flagship Z3795. The lineup will be comprised of at least 9 different models, most of which were planned to launch this quarter or at the beginning of the second quarter. We now have detailed specifications of seven SKUs, including Atom Z3735D, Z3735E, Z3745, Z3745D, Z3775, Z3775D and Z3795.   [Full story]
Last week a user "Randylahey" in hardwarecanucks.com forum purchased a used AMD CPU, and, as it turned out, it was a never seen before FX-670K model. The most peculiar thing is that the processor uses socket FM2. As expected for the FX brand, the CPU has the integrated GPU disabled. The chip was removed from HP Pavilion 500-266ea desktop PC, but it is identified as the FX-670K even on non-HP retail motherboards.   [Full story]
NVidia unveiled the upcoming GeForce GTX Titan-Z at their annual GPU Technology Conference. Billed as a supercomputer that will fit under your desk, the card includes two fully enabled GK110 GPUs. NVidia say it is engineered for next-generation 5K and multi-monitor gaming. They also say that, unlike other dual-GPU cards, the two GPUs are tuned to run at the same clock speeds, which they claim is not the case for traditional dual-GPU cards.   [Full story]
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Mar 25, 2014   Intel Celeron N2807 processor released
In February Intel launched the first "Bay Trail-M" mobile systems on a chip (SoC) with a new core stepping C0, that had a few important USB controller enhancements. New models were Pentium N3530, Celeron N2830 and N2930. Last week Intel added another mobile Celeron with stepping C0 to their product database. The new Celeron, dubbed N2807, is supposed to replace the N2806. Some characteristics of the N2807 were slightly improved, which should result in faster performance and a bit lower power consumption.   [Full story]
At the beginning of this month AMD announced socket AM1 platform, that would bring "Kabini" Accelerated Processing units to desktop computers. New feature of socket AM1-compatible parts is a PGA packaging, that should make it easier to build a low power system with desired board features and performance, not to mention an ability to upgrade such system in the future. The processors will be branded as Athlon and Sempron, have 2 or 4 CPU cores, and operate at frequencies at up to 2.05 GHz.   [Full story]
Intel this week expanded Xeon Phi 7100 family with the 7120D coprocessor. The 7100 series consists of premium Xeon Phi products, aimed at the most demanding High Performance Computing tasks. These co-processors are clocked higher and have more on-board memory than more budget oriented 5100 and 3100 series. The first two Xeon Phi models, the 7120A and 7120X, were packaged as an addon cards with and without cooling solutions. The latest Xeon Phi 7120D is a "dense form factor" product, that looks like a 5" x 6" PCB board with a 230-pin edge finger connection.   [Full story]
Intel this week revealed desktop roadmap enhancements and new technologies at a Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The enhancements to the roadmap consist of several unlocked products, including Haswell-based Pentium and Core microprocessors, "Haswell-E" Extreme Edition CPUs, and Broadwell Core CPUs.   [Full story]
AMD in January announced their latest family of desktop processors, based on "Kaveri" core, and the company is hard at work on the next generation of APUs, due in 2015. The future Accelerated Processing Units for desktop and mobile computers will be codenamed "Carrizo", and they will be built on "Excavator" microarchitecture. Some details of these products were revealed this week by "Bright Side of News" hardware news site. They got hands on a document, titled "Preliminary BIOS and Kernel Developerís Guide (BKDG) for AMD Family 15h Models 60h-6Fh Processors", that described internal architecture of Carrizo APUs.   [Full story]
As may already know, Intel "Haswell Refresh" desktop products are coming in the second and third quarters of this year. Due to a minor (in most cases) speed boost, the microprocessors are expected to have a few percent better overall performance than Haswell counterparts, launched in 2013. Xeon E3-1200 v3 family for single-socket workstations is also going to be refreshed, and it is likely that they will also have slightly higher clocks speeds, while the rest of the features will stay unchanged. Specifications of forthcoming Xeon E3s are not known yet, but we now have a list of their model numbers.   [Full story]
Intel's current mid-range communications/networking platform, codenamed Crystal Forest Gladden, is going to be replaced with Glen Forest platform in a matter of weeks. The new platform will combine Cave Creek chipset with Core i5-4402EC, Core i7-4700EC and i7-4702EC microprocessors, based on a "Haswell Mobile Comms" core. As the core name suggests, they are essentially mobile Core i5 and i7 "Haswell" chips with a couple of features disabled, and a couple of extra features added.   [Full story]
Mar 17, 2014   Site update: Changes to CPU benchmark database
I've made modifications to the CPU selection page for the CPU benchmark database, and placed them online last week. It is now possible to reset manufacturer, family or socket selection without resetting other fields. Selected families, sockets, part numbers and models have different color. The list of displayed part and model numbers now depends on the ES / special / CPU-World only options. There were other tweaks that should make the page easier to use.
We reported in January on new Intel Atom Z3700 series processors for tablets, spotted in an OEM manufacturer roadmap. Among new models, the roadmap mentioned Z3775D, Z3735D/E and Z3735G/F "Bay Trail-T" chips, aimed at $200+, $150+ and $99+ tablet market segments. VR-Zone in February posted overview of Intel roadmap for this year, that not only confirmed these model numbers, but also listed unreleased Atom Z3645, Z3745D, Z3775 and Z3795 SKUs. Yesterday Intel published Product Change Notification (PCN), that had more details on upcoming Bay Trail-T models.   [Full story]
NVidia has launched the GeForce 800M top to bottom line-up of new notebook graphics cards. The line-up comprises of the entry-level Fermi based GeForce 820M, Maxwell based 830M through GTX 860M and high-end Kepler based GTX 870M and GTX 880M. The GeForce GTX 850M and higher SKUs introduce a new ultra-high efficiency mode, Battery Boost. Additionally, the GeForce 840 and higher products introduce two new GeForce Experience features, ShadowPlay and GameStream.   [Full story]
Intel announced Quark family of ultra low power embedded systems on a chip in September of last year. The first launched SKU was Quark X1000, a single-core and single-threaded processor, that integrated DDR3 memory controller, a number of communication interfaces and legacy logic. The chip was clocked at 400 MHz and had very low TDP, just 2.2 Watt. Up to this month the X1000 was the only processor in Quark family, but recently Intel added two new models: X1010 and X1020D.   [Full story]
in January we reported on a new Xeon Phi 7120D co-processor, spotted in the "Xeon Phi Product Family Performance" document, published by Intel. The co-processor, that apparently has the same features and performance as production 7120P and 7120X models but lower TDP, will be available in dense form factor. The co-processors in this form factor require an external cooling solution, and use a 230-pin connector, compatible with PCI-Express x24. According to our sources, the 7120D will be released in the first quarter 2014.   [Full story]
Intel this week launched E5-4600 v2, the last series of server processors, powered by Ivy Bridge architecture. The E5-4600 v2 CPUs have the same built-in features as Xeon E5-2600 v2 family, however they can scale up to 4 sockets. Compared to the first generation E5-4600 products, the v2 chips offer more cores, more cache, and greater memory bandwidth, which ultimately results in much higher performance. The CPUs also incorporate new float 16 instructions, APIC virtualization, Digital Random Number Generator, and support for OS Guard feature.   [Full story]
AMD has announced the latest member of the Rx 200 Series graphics cards. The Radeon R9 280 is based on the Tahiti Pro GPU, and is basically a rebranded HD 7950 with a slight increase of clock speeds. It is expected in the retail market over the next few weeks, at an MSRP of $279, and looks like it is set to complete the R9 200 line-up.   [Full story]
Back in January, AMD launched the first "Kaveri" APUs, featuring the latest "Steamroller" architecture with improved per-clock performance. The chips also incorporated newer Radeon R7 GCN graphics unit, that added support for Heterogeneous System Architecture. The processors had 4 CPU cores, and were priced at $150 and higher. Less expensive dual-core "Kaveri" APUs are planned to be launched in the second quarter, and in the meantime AMD prepared several budget "Richland" models, including A4-4020, A4-6320 and A6-6420K.   [Full story]
Intel's line of "Sandy Bridge-E" extreme CPUs was launched in Q4 2011, and consisted of i7-3930K and i7-3960X models. The processors had such innovated features as 6 Hyper-Threaded CPU cores, up to 15 MB of level 3 cache, and quad-channel memory controller, but on another side they were priced at premium and required new and expensive socket 2011 motherboards. The family was expanded with Core i7-3820K and i7-3970X SKUs in 2012, and replaced with Core i7-4xxx "Ivy Bridge-E" products last year.   [Full story]
AMD today announced socket AM1 platform for entry-level and low-power desktop PCs. The platform, previously known as socket FS1b, works with dual- and quad-core "Kabini" Accelerated Processing Units, built on "Jaguar" CPU microarchitecture and Graphics Core Next GPU architecture. The APUs also integrate a DDR3 memory controller, that supports data rates up to 1600 MHz. Furthermore, the chips integrate a Fusion Controller Hub (FCH), providing such functionality as USB 2.0/3.0 and SATA 6 GB/s data I/O interfaces, as well as VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI video interfaces.   [Full story]
Last weekend Intel added Celeron N2830 "Bay Trail-M" system on a chip to the official price list. According to the latest revision of "Bay Trail" specification update, the N2830 uses a new core stepping, that fixes a number of USB defects. Also, CPU and GPU clock speeds of the SoC are slightly different from the Celeron N2820. More details on the N2830 were published by Intel this week, and they revealed that the processor has two new features. Additionally, Intel published specifications of Celeron N2930 and Pentium N3530, that were also launched this week.   [Full story]
Last year Intel launched first "Haswell" desktop processors, that boosted performance of the CPU side by up to 10%, and significantly raised performance of the integrated GPU. This year will be less exciting as the company does not plan to introduce new desktop architecture. Instead, Intel will offer products, based on a year-old Haswell core. Preliminary specs of "Haswell" refresh CPUs indicate that almost all of them will have 100 MHz higher clock rate compared to their predecessors.   [Full story]
Mar 1, 2014   Site update: CPU-World server upgraded
With the invaluable help of hosting company, the CPU-World site has been moved to a new and much faster server. The website is fully operational now, but due to different web server configuration and different versions of other software I still need to update our monitoring and administration scripts. Once that is out of the way, I will change my priorities, and concentrate more on CPU and families descriptions, as well as on processors, missing from the site.
Feb 28, 2014   CPU-World server upgrade: downtime expected
We're going to move CPU-World.com website and the forum to better server, that should improve website speed and reduce page load times. The move will start around 11PM EST (4AM GMT on March 1st), at which time the website will be temporarily shut down. The downtime will last up to 1 hour. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Last month we reported on a few new Atom Z3700 "Bay Trail" systems on a chip, coming in Q1 and Q3 of this year. Based on that report, in the first quarter Intel may release Atom Z3775D for Android and Windows tablets, along with Z3735D processor for Android-based tablets. One of upcoming chips, Atom Z3775, recently appeared in specifications of new Hewlett Packard ProPad 600 tablet, announced at the Mobile World Congress 2014. The tablet can will also shipped with previously unheard of Atom Z3795.   [Full story]
Earlier this quarter Intel released two families of Xeon server microprocessors. Xeon E5-2400 v2 family, which debuted in January, is aimed at two-socket servers and workstations, while recently launched E7 v2 family targets mission critical and big data processing servers with up to 8 sockets. The last server family to launch in this quarter will be Xeon E5-4600 v2 for 4-way systems, utilizing socket 2011. According to recent Intel roadmap, the family consists of E5-4603 v2 and E5-4607 v2 entry-level chips, Xeon E5-4610 v2 and E5-4620 v2 standard parts, E5-4640 v2 and E5-4650 v2 "advanced" parts, and E5-4627 v2 frequency optimized model.   [Full story]
Two weeks ago Intel discontinued large number of desktop and mobile systems on a chip (SoC), based on "Bay Trail" core. Bay Trail chips were launched last September, and they featured such improvements as out of order microarchitecture, increased number of cores, higher clock speeds and new graphics unit. The second wave of Bay Trail products, released last November, also had Burst technology enabled. Most of these processors have been retired in a matter of months.   [Full story]
Alongside this weeks launch of the GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, NVidia also announced the imminent release of the GeForce GTX Titan Black. The Titan Black, NVidia's new flagship desktop product, will take the best features of the GTX Titan and the GTX 780 Ti, and improve on them. With the Maxwell architecture having recently been introduced in the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, it is likely this will be the last new model to use the Kepler architecture.   [Full story]
Intel this week announced Xeon E7 v2 processors, boasting new architecture and manufacturing process, as well as quite a few new features, that greatly enhance their performance. The best performing chip in the E7 v2 lineup is a Xeon E7-8890 v2, which has 15 cores, 37.5 MB L3 cache, and 2.8 GHz base clock. The CPU supports Turbo Boost technology, that can "overclock" it up to 3.4 GHz. However, there was faster unannounced E7-8895 v2 SKU launched this week, that has all the features of the E7-8890 v2, with the exception of 200 MHz higher Turbo Boost frequency.   [Full story]
NVidia has launched their first Maxwell GPU, the GM107, in the form of two graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti. The GM107 GPU is built using the tried and trusted 28 nm process. The cards are intended to fit between the GTX 650 and GTX 660, replacing the GTX 650 Ti.   [Full story]
Intel this week launched the second generation of Xeon E7 microprocessors for mission critical applications and big data computing. Branded as Xeon E7-2800 v2, E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2, the CPUs provide up to 50% more cores, up to 25% more cache, up to 4x times of I/O bandwidth, and up to 3x times of supported RAM than the first generation of Xeon E7 products. These improvements, combined with microarchitecture enhancements, allow Xeon E7 v2s to perform up to 2 times faster than their predecessors.   [Full story]
Next quarter Intel is going to launch a bit faster models of Haswell-based processors for LGA1150 platform. It is expected that the company will refresh complete desktop lineup, starting from low cost Celeron microprocessors and up to premium Core i7 CPUs. All in all, more than 20 different SKUs will be released. We already reported on some of these models, but now we have a complete, or almost complete list of these processors, including their clock speeds.   [Full story]
DigiTimes last week reported that the next generation of Intel processors, built on Broadwell 14nm architecture, was delayed. The Broadwell processors were scheduled to launch in Q3 2014. However, due to slow sales of Haswell-based products, the Broadwell parts were pushed back by one quarter, and the current plan is to launch priority SKUs in the fourth quarter of the year, while the remaining models will be available in Q1 2015. Today VR-Zone revealed more detailed information on a launch schedule of mobile CPUs, that confirmed DigiTimes' report.   [Full story]
AMD is about to release ultra low power "Kabini" Accelerated Processing Units for a PGA socket, originally called FS1b. Based on earlier reports, the processors with model numbers 5150 and 5350 (or A4-5150 and A6-5350) will be marketed as Athlons, while slower 2650 and 3850 models will be sold as Semprons. The socket FS1b will be also re-branded, and it is going to be called Socket AM1. Although the new Athlon and Sempron APUs are expected to perform slower than their socket FM2 counterparts, the "Kabini" chips will have much better power consumption and should will be very inexpensive.   [Full story]
Intel launched a number of embedded products this year, including Celeron G1820TE for desktop platform, Celeron 2000E and 2002E for mobile platform, and a few low-power Xeon E5-2400 v2 CPUs for server and communications platforms. We also reported that the company will release embedded Xeon E5-4624L v2 CPU in Q1 2014. Furthermore, Intel plans to expand embedded server and communications platforms with three new models, Core i5-4402EC, Core i7-4700EC and i7-4702EC.   [Full story]
Last September Intel released budget Bay Trail systems on a chip for mobile and desktop markets, branded as Celeron and Pentium. The processors were manufactured on 22nm technology, and featured such enhancements as greater number of CPU cores, higher clock speeds, beefed up graphics unit, not to mention an out-of-order microarchitecture, that improved per-clock CPU performance by up to 30% compared to their predecessors. The first wave of Bay Trail SKUs was followed in November by Burst-enabled models, that offered even higher operating frequencies.   [Full story]
In January AMD added to their product database three "Kabini" systems on a chip (SoC), including dual-core E1-2200, together with quad-core E2-3800 and A4-5100. One of these processors, the E2-3800, is now shipped in HP Pavilion 23-g010 All-in-One PC, which is offered through the HP online store. The E2-3800 is also referenced in specifications of HP 245 G2 and HP 255 G2 HP notebooks. Perhaps, more interesting is the fact that that the specs also mention (PDF file) two unreleased models, an E1-2150 and an A4-5050.   [Full story]
New CPUs: AMD A4-5050
In October of last year we reported on new Xeon E7-2800 v2, E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2 CPUs, expected to launch this quarter. The processors will utilize Ivy Bridge architecture, and will have 50% more cores and 25% more cache than the first generation of Xeon E7 products, that were built on Nehalem architecture. In total, there will be 21 different models. Using multiple sources, like this one (PD file), we were able to come up with specifications for most of these processors.   [Full story]
Advanced Micro Devices this week revealed more information on ARM-based "Seattle" server products. New Opteron processors will be manufactured on 28nm process, and will be branded as A1100 series. According to AMD, the A1100 server chips will have from 4 to 8 CPU cores, integrate the latest SATA, Ethernet and memory interfaces, and offer 2x - 4x times of performance of Opteron X-Series APUs. AMD is also going to release "Seattle" development platform, which includes an evaluation board and Linux-based software tools.   [Full story]
Last September Intel launched the first "Ivy Bridge" Xeons for dual-processor servers, based on socket 2011. Branded as E5-2600 v2 series, these microprocessors had up to 50% more cores and up to 25% more cache than previous generation of Xeon E5s. More socket 2011 products are coming this quarter, and this time the manufacturer will release Xeon E5-4600 v2 series, designed to work in quad-processor systems. In addition to 8 server SKUs, that we already reported on, Intel is going to introduce embedded Xeon E5-4624L v2.   [Full story]
Intel offers three variations of Xeon Phi coprocessors: 31xx for compute-bound workloads, 51xx for memory/capacity bound tasks, and high-performance 71xx series for the most demanding applications. The high-end 71xx lineup currently consists of 7120P and 7120X models, implemented as PCI-Express cards with and without a passive thermal solution. In addition to these products, Intel prepares 7120D coprocessor in a dense form factor.   [Full story]
VideoCardz.com have published specs for an NVidia GeForce GTX Titan replacement, the GTX Titan "Black Edition". They also showed possible specs for a dual-GPU GTX 790. The Titan Black Edition is said to use a fully enabled GK110 GPU, as used in the GTX 780 Ti, but with more memory. The GTX 790 is expected to have two GK110 GPUs, with more CUDA cores per GPU than a GTX 780.   [Full story]
As was reported by Digitimes in December, Intel is going to release budget versions of Bay Trail-T systems on a chip (SoC) later this year. Model numbers and possible launch window of these processors were revealed by an Emdoor OEM manufacturer roadmap, published by padnews.cn. Based on the roadmap, in the course of the first half of 2014 Intel will launch Atom Z3775D and Z3775D series models, covering different tablet price points.   [Full story]
AMD today launched two server microprocessors for two- and quad-socket servers. New Opteron 6338P and 6370P chips integrate 12 and 16 CPU cores respectively, utilize lower power envelope, and offer better performance per watt per dollar than existing products from the same family. The 6338P model is priced at $377, and the 6370P is priced at $598.   [Full story]
AMD launched new Steamroller architecture and new "Kaveri" core this month, and the first two "Kaveri" models are already available in stores. Another part, the A10-7600 APU, should be available later in the first quarter. As reported by VR-Zone, the company also plans to release one quad-core and 2 dual-core SKUs in the second quarter, expanding A10-Series family with a mid-power A10-7800, and launching A4-7300 and A6-7400K budget products.   [Full story]
Last Sunday VR-Zone published details of Accelerated Processing units for socket FS1b. According to VR-Zone, the processors with E1-2650, A4-3850 and A4-5350 model numbers will be based on "Kabini" core, have up to 4 "Jaguar" CPU cores, and come with GCN graphics. This not the first report on these chips, and the previous one was posted in December. The earlier report already revealed most important features of Sempron 2650, 3850 and Athlon 5350 APUs, that have similar specifications to the E1-2650, A4-3850 and A4-5350.   [Full story]
Intel today added 9 Haswell-based mobile microprocessors to the official price list. The list of new models includes Core i5-4310M, i5-4310U, i5-4340M and i5-4360U, along with Core i7-4610M, i7-4810MQ, i7-4860HQ, i7-4910MQ, and Core i7-4940MX Extreme Edition. Based on brief specifications in the pricelist, the CPUs provide only a minor speed boost over their predecessors, launched in the summer and the fall of last year.   [Full story]
Current generation of high-end AMD Opteron 6300 series microprocessors for 2 and 4 way servers was launched in November 2012. Codenamed "Abu Dhabi", these chips packed up to 16 "Piledriver" CPU cores, 16 MB of cache, and supported the latest (at the time) x86 extensions. According to AMD official roadmap, the "Abu Dhabi" processors will be followed by "Warsaw" products, also produced on 32nm technology. There are not many details of Warsaw processors right now. It is known that they will have 12- and 16 CPU cores, and offer better performance per watt ratio than "Abu Dhabi" parts.   [Full story]
New AMD "Kaveri" processors, that were announced last week at CES show in Las Vegas, have been launched. The first two retail models are A10-7700K and A10-7850K, both boasting 4 "Steamroller" CPU cores and HSA-enabled Radeon R7 graphics. Furthermore, AMD introduced A8-7600 quad-core model with 65 Watt and 45 Watt TDP. The A10-7700K and A10-7850K are available in stores now. The boxes come with a free coupon for Battle Field 4 PC game. The A8-7600 has an official price of $119, and it will be available later in Q1 2014.   [Full story]
New CPUs: AMD A8-7600
Rather than transitioning to new architecture this year, Intel plans to refresh current desktop lineup with slightly faster versions of Haswell-based CPUs. We already reported on Core i5-4460, i5-4590, i5-4690 and Core i7-4790 parts, coming in Q2 2014. According to Digitimes, the refresh will not be limited to Core i5 and i7 products, and we will see new Core i3, Pentium and Celerons as well.   [Full story]
NVidia recently announced the upcoming release of the Tegra K1 mobile processors. Available in both 32-bit and 64-bit, the processors will use an ARM CPU core and a Kepler GPU. The 32-bit version will have an NVidia 4-Plus-1 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 "r3" CPU with 4 cores, clocked at 2.3 GHz. The 64-bit "Denver" variant will have an NVidia-designed 64-bit dual Super Core CPU. It will be based on ARMv8 microarchitecture, and will be pin-compatible with the 32-bit version of the Tegra K1.   [Full story]
Earlier this week we reported on a launch of Xeon E5-2400 v2 family for Romley-EN (socket B) platform. Utilizing all features and enhancements of Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, new "Ivy Bridge-EN" CPUs have more cores, larger L3 cache size, and higher clock speeds than previous generation of Sandy Bridge-EN based microprocessors. The E5-2400 v2 products work in single- and dual-processor servers, but this week Intel also introduced several Ivy Bridge-EN SKUs, targeting only single-processor embedded systems.   [Full story]
AMD introduced three new mobile graphics cards at CES 2014. The initial launch of second generation GCN based mobile GPUs included 3 models - Radeon R9 M290X, R7 M265 and R5 M230. The R9 M290X and R7 M265 are rebrands of existing GPUs, while the R5 M230 uses a new entry level GPU, with specs similar to those of the Radeon HD 8500 series. At launch time, these models could be found in systems from Alienware, Clevo, Lenovo and MSI.   [Full story]
AMD this week formally introduced Kaveri products, and published details of their performance and features. Forthcoming "Kaveri" A10-7700K and A10-7850K processors, that will be available in less than a week, will combine two new pieces of technology: "Steamroller" CPUs cores with enhanced per-clock performance, and R7 series GCN graphics unit, which comes with such innovative technologies as Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) and Mantle programming interface.   [Full story]
Intel today launched second generation of Xeon E5-2400 products for Romley platform, featuring more cores, larger caches and higher clock speeds, while operating in the same power envelope as previous generation of server chips. New microprocessors are built on Ivy Bridge-EP core, that provides a number of performance and power enhancements, such as internal speed optimizations, new Float 16 instructions, APIC virtualization, and lower idle power consumption. The chips also have such security technologies as Secure Key and OS Guard. The E5-2400 v2 CPUs are targeted at dual-processor systems, and use socket B (LGA1356).   [Full story]
In December we reported about upcoming refresh of Haswell desktop processors. In the second quarter 2014, Intel will launch new mainstream desktop Core i5 and i7 SKUs, featuring slightly better performance than their predecessors. Later this year, the manufacturer will also introduce faster mid-power Haswell products for socket 1150. One of them, Core i5-4460S, was recently spotted in CPU support lists of ASRock motherboards, such as B85M-ITX, H81M-GL and several others.   [Full story]
This week AMD added specifications of several Kabini systems on a chip to their product database, which usually means that the processors were either launched, or are about to be launched in the near future. New chips are A4-5100, E1-2200 and E2-3800 low-power "Kabini" APUs for tablets, hybrids and entry-level notebooks. The E1-2200 and A4-5100 SoCs are 50 MHz faster versions of existing E1-2100 and A4-5000.   [Full story]
In the next two weeks, AMD is expected to launch new Steamroller architecture, that should boost the CPU performance of AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). The first products, that will make use of the microarchitecture, will be desktop "Kaveri" processors, which will combine up to 4 "SteamrollerB" CPU cores and R7 series graphics on a chip. The specs of two known desktop Kaveri APUs were published about a month ago. According to them, A10-7700K and A10-7850K will have 4 CPU cores, 4 MB L2 cache, no L3 cache, and 10% lower operating frequencies than their "Richland" predecessors.   [Full story]
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