hassan mujtaba
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Diehard PC Gamer and Hardware Enthusiast. I mainly cover the Hardware and Gaming Section on WCCFtech.
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Specifications of Intel’s upcoming HEDT Haswell-E platform which includes the flagship Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processor have been unveiled. The Intel Haswell-E High-End desktop platform will be aimed towards the high-performance enthusiasts and overclockers.Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X

Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K, Core i7-5820K Specifications Unveiled

The Intel Haswell-E processor lineup would include three SKUs, the Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K and Core i7-5820K. All processors are built on the 22nm Haswell architecture which means that they will improve the IPC performance while keeping the same power limits as previous generation processors due to enhanced power efficiency of the Haswell microarchitecture. Before moving into the feature set of the platform itself, we will detail the SKUs that will be launching in Q3 2014 (September 2014):

Intel Core i7-5960X Processor

The Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition would be the flagship processor of the lineup boasting 8 Cores and 16 threads. This would be Intel’s first 8 Core consumer processor and would be clocked at 3.0 GHz base and 3.3 GHz boost frequency. The processor would feature 20 MB of L3 cache, 140W TDP and support for DDR4-2133 MHz memory. Being the flagship processor of the Haswell-E lineup, the Core i7-5960X would end up with a price of $999 US. While there have been rumors that the pricing would be higher than previous generations, Im almost certain that Intel will keep their pricing structure of the HEDT lineup same as previous generation Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E processors.

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NVIDIA’s latest GeForce 337.88 WHQL drivers are now available for download and are aimed to improve performance in several titles including Ubisoft’s latest title, Watch Dogs. In addition to Watch Dogs, the performance would also improve in several gaming titles, new releases and SLI.

NVIDIA GeForce 337.88 WHQL

NVIDIA GeForce 337.88 WHQL Drivers - Upto 75% Performance Improvement Across Several Titles

The GeForce 337.88 WHQL adds up more optimization to the GeForce 337.50 in titles that include Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Far Cry 3, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite V2, Star Swarm, Thief, Titanfall, Tomb Raider, and Total War: Rome 2, etc. Along with this, there are several gains made in SLI performance and bug fixes that were faced during previous drivers installation. You can check the release log along with a few performance charts below:

GeForce 337.88 WHQL, Game Ready Watch Dogs Drivers Increase Frame Rates By Up To 75%

The new GeForce 337.88 WHQL, Game Ready Watch Dogs Drivers are now available to download from GeForce.com, and automatically through GeForce Experience. For gamers jumping into the world of Watch Dogs tomorrow, the 337.88 WHQL drivers are an essential upgrade, optimizing single GPU and multi-GPU SLI performance in the open-world title. For more about the game, its performance, and how to tweak it for the ultimate experience, check out our Watch Dogs Graphics, Performance, & Tweaking Guide.

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Hardware

It looks like Intel’s recent delay to their Devil’s Canyon and Broadwell processors might have disrupted the Tick-Tock model since the company is now rumored to introduce both Skylake and Broadwell desktop processors in second quarter of 2015 (Q2 2015).Intel Skylake Platform Details

Intel Rumored To Launch Skylake and Broadwell Desktop Processors In Q2 2015

While Intel launched their 22nm Haswell processors last year (Tock), they were supposed to introduce Broadwell early this year however due to issues in 14nm production, the launch was halted till late 2014. Hence, this year, we have only seen an updated Haswell lineup in the form of the Haswell Refresh along with the 9-Series chipset platform. The 9-Series chipset was prepared specifically for Broadwell but due to launch delays, Intel tried into convincing their desktop users with new Refresh and the upcoming Devil’s Canyon processors which have been moved to Q3 2014 and would only be paper launched on 2nd June at Computex. This pits their launch right next to Haswell-E which is Intel’s next generation and high-performance HEDT platform.

With first round of Broadwell chips aimed towards mobility platforms such as AIOs, Ultrabooks, Notebooks, etc, Intel would release their Broadwell socketed processors not until Q1 or even Q2 2015. Now here’s the interesting thing, It is mentioned by CPUWorld that at the same time, Intel would launch their Skylake processors which are the latest Tock of Intel’s microarchitecture family. The 14nm processors would be vastly different compared to Broadwell since they feature a new architecture. What this essentially means is that both Broadwell processors and Skylake processors would launch around the same time which raises questions on the longevity of Intel’s 9-Series but on the other hand, they will already be completing a one year life cycle so it does make sense for Intel to launch their 100-Series platform in Q2 2015 with the arrival of Skylake.

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A few days ago, we published an article which reported that the upcoming Devil’s Canyon processors from Intel might be delayed to Q3 2014 (August – September). An official Intel roadmap published by VR-Zone seems to be confirming that Intel’s Devil’s Canyon processors have actually been moved from launch on 2nd June 2014 to Q3 2014. (Image credits – VR-Zone)Intel Devil's Canyon Roadmap

Intel Roadmap Confirms Devil’s Canyon Delay To Q3 2014

From what we have heard and previously reported, Intel will only paper launch these processors on 2nd June at Computex 2014. They will also host an overclocking competition that would allow attendees and overclockers to test out the new Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K processors prior to launch. It is known that the new Devil’s Canyon processors ship with faster clock speeds, better packaging materials, design that’s built to sustain overclocking and most importantly, better TIM between the IHS and die of the processor to get better results while overclocking.

Several retail sites have listed the Core i7-4790K, Core i5-4690K and Pentium G3258 processors for pre-order prior to their launch but the actual sales won’t commence until end of September 2014. Users who have purchased the Z97 motherboards specifically for Intel Devil’s Canyon processors will have to look into Haswell and its Refresh series until Devil’s Canyon launches. We also received information that almost all of the motherboard makers are holding out for Devil’s Canyon to launch their high-performance and enthusiast minded Z97 boards. Currently, the Z97 boards available by ASUS, MSI, GIgabyte, ASRock haven’t seen the flagship parts such as the ASRock Extreme9, ASUS Maximus VII Formula, etc. These boards will be launched with Devil’s Canyon and marketed as proper overclocking boards with support for Devil’s Canyon. Following are the list of Devil’s Canyon and Intel’s 20th Anniversary Pentium processors which we expect to see in the market:

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PowerColor has finally unveiled their monstrous Devil 13 R9 290X graphics card and don’t let the branding fool you since the card features two Hawaii XT cores. Leaked earlier this month, the card is everything I expected from it to be, a mean and huge card that stands out in from the other Radeon R9 custom cards with a unique design and power requirements that are off the chart.PowerColor Devil 13 R9 290X _1

PowerColor Unveils The Monstrous Devil 13 R9 290X Dual Hawaii Graphics Card

The PowerColor Radeon Devil 13 R9 290X which is also codenamed ‘Vesuvius’ (Official AMD naming) features two Hawaii XT cores with GCN 1.1 architecture. With two Hawaii XT GPUs on the same board, the specifications equate to 2816 x 2 stream processors, 176 x 2 texture mapping units, 64 x 2 Raster Operators and 4 GB of GDDR5 memory on each chip which equates to a total of 8 GB GDDR5 memory. Double these and you get an impressive 5632 stream processors, 352 TMUs and 128 ROPs for an unprecedented amount of gaming and compute performance. The 8 GB GDDR5 memory runs across a 512-Bit X 2 memory bus that is clocked at 1350 MHz effective clock speed (5.40 GHz effective clock speed). This pumps out a total of 640 GB/s memory bandwidth. The core runs at a clock speed of 1 GHz which can be further overclocked since the card is equipped with a beefy 15 Phase VRM.

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Hardware

AMD has just revealed the specifications of their entire upcoming Mobility Kaveri APU lineup over at their main homepage. While these specifications are nothing new to glance at since we had reported them a few weeks ago, these do confirm that AMD is planning to launch their Mobile Kaveri APU lineup soon and possibly even at Computex 2014 in June.AMD Kaveri APU Mobile

AMD Mobility Kaveri APU Lineup Specifications Confirmed

The original Kaveri APU lineup for desktops was launched January followed by some interesting updates on its software end such as Mantle, HSA and performance improvements through a wave of Catalyst driver updates. The AMD Mobility Kaveri APU lineup would remain the most basic of these features and would come in several SKUs ranging from the FX, A-Series and Pro A-Series accelerated processing units. Some technologies such as Eyefinity, Dual Graphics, Face Login, Gesture Control, Quick Stream Technology, Wireless Display, Start now, Wireless Display would be readily available on the different models.

The flagship Kaveri APU lineup for mobile platforms would be the FX-7600P which is boasting 12 Compute Units that includes 4 CPU cores and 8 GPU cores. The x86 Steamroller based APU would be clocked at 2.7 GHz stock and 3.6 GHz boost with 4 MB L2 cache while the GCN graphics with 512 stream processors would operate at a frequency of 686 MHz out of box shipping with a TDP of 35W. The APU would support 32 GB of DDR3 memory with speeds of up to 2133 MHz.

Intel Haswell Refresh
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We recently published an article on Intel’s upcoming Devil’s Canyon and Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition chips which were planned for launch on 2nd June 2014. However, we have just received information that suggests that the Intel Devil’s Canyon processors would only be paper launched at the Computex 2014 event with availability of the chips planned for late September.Intel Haswell Refresh Devil's Canyon

Intel Will Paper Launch Devil’s Canyon on 2nd June – Retail Availability Planned For Late September

To be honest, this is somewhat disappointing as many users who have been waiting to try out something new on the latest Z97 motherboards will have to wait longer for the new Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K processors. It is known that the new Devil’s Canyon processors ship with faster clock speeds, better packaging materials, design that’s built to sustain overclocking and most importantly, better TIM between the IHS and die of the processor to get better overclocking results.

Several retail sites have listed the Core i7-4790K, Core i5-4690K and Pentium G3258 processors for pre-order prior to their launch but the actual sales won’t commence until end of September 2014. Users who have purchased the Z97 motherboards specifically for Intel Devil’s Canyon processors will have to look into Haswell and its Refresh series until Devil’s Canyon launches.

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Hardware

Several retailers have listed Intel’s upcoming Devil’s Canyon and Pentium Anniversary Edition based Core i7-4790K Core i7-4690K and Pentium G3258 processors for pre-order. The Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition and the fastest Devil’s Canyon processors will be available for sale on 2nd June 2014 just around Computex 2014.

Intel Devil's Canyon

Intel Core i7-4790K, 4690K and Pentium G3258 Available For Pre-Order

Its quite surprising to see that the prices listed down by the retail sites are actually really close to the initial line of Haswell processors. The three processors would feature an unlocked design, new packaging components and will be focused towards enthusiasts and overclockers. The Devil’s Canyon would be aimed towards the high-end while the Pentium lineup would be aimed towards the casual and budget minded users who want overclocking support. This gives us a total of three unlocked processors which are listed down along with their specifications:

Intel Core i7-4790K

The Core i7-4790K will be the flagship processor of the Haswell Refresh lineup and the first 22nm consumer CPU to obtain clock frequency of 4 GHz and a maximum boost clock of 4.4 GHz which is also a first for Intel. It will feature 4 cores and 8 threads along with a fully unlocked design which will allow users to overclock the chip past the limits thanks to the improved thermal design and updated package materials. The Core i7-4790K will feature a 88W TDP and would come with the latest HD 4600 graphics chip clocked at 1250 MHz. The pre-order pricing suggest a retail cost of around $359.99 US.

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[Update]: We have fixed the initial issues with the forum. The forum should now be working at a 100%.

Well, this is a general post of a really cool update that we have brought to you on WCCFTech. Since the past few years, we have literally expanded from a reader base of several thousand to a community of several millions and we couldn’t thank you less for your support.

The WCCF Forums can be found at http://wccftech.com/forum/

 

To expand our coverage of the latest happenings in the tech industry, we recently launched our YouTube channel which can be viewed at http://youtube.com/WccftechTv/. Our YouTube page aims to provide video reviews,news roundups and talks in the hardware, mobile and gaming industry and we won’t just stop there.

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WCCFTech Presents The Brand New WCCF Forums

Like I mentioned, our awesome reader base is ever increasing and we would like to dedicate a forum that’s geared towards people from all walks of life and to come and discuss everyday events. We want people and community to feel free to express their feelings and views about anything in the world and for this sole reason, today we are presenting our brand new WCCF Forums.

We have been operating since 2004 and we know that you will be wondering why did this idea just popped up in our skulls. For starters, WCCF Forums already existed however they were a bit outdated and we didn’t see it fit to update them since all of our reader base engaged in discussion through the Disqus panel. But with millions of readers at our doorstep, we wanted to give a fresh new beginning to our forums and today, the WCCF Forums 2.0 has officially been introduced for our readers!

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According to a report by Hardware.Info, Crucial is developing their next generation 16nm MLC NAND Flash based MX100 SSDs series. Powered by Micron’s 16nm MLC (Multi-Level Cell) NAND Flash technology, creating an highly compact storage solution.Crucial MX100 SSDs

Crucial Next Generation 16nm MLC NAND Flash Based MX100 SSDs

The Next Generation Crucial MX100 SSDs will feature the 2.5″ form factor and would be the successor of Crucial’s M500 and M550 SSDs. Performance figures a re not known but it is mentioned that the MX100 SSDs will feature very competitive price points which is a good sign in the SSD market since costs are going down and SSDs become the choice for storage globally due to the attractive prices. Micron unveiled their 16nm MLC NAND Flash process in 2013 and sampled a 128 GB SSD drive. Since the MX100 SSDs are a direct replacement for the M550, we will be looking at different capacities of 128, 256, 512 GB and possibly more.

Micron’s 128Gb MLC NAND Flash memory devices are targeted at applications like consumer SSDs, removable storage (USB drives and Flash cards), tablets, ultrathin devices, mobile handsets and data center cloud storage. The new 128Gb NAND Flash memory provides the greatest number of bits per square millimeter and lowest cost of any MLC device in existence. In fact, the new technology could create nearly 6TB of storage on a single wafer.

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Hardware

Microsoft has officially announced their latest Surface Pro 3 tablet which is aimed to replace the laptop form factor with a new and more robust design scheme. Running Windows 8.1 and sporting a 12.0 inches screen, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is the thinnest Intel Core processor based device available in the market as claimed Microsoft.Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Banner

Microsoft Officially Launches Surface Pro 3 Tablet With Slim Design

First off the technical bits, It was already reported that the Surface Pro 3 would be available in several variants. The prices would range from $799 US on the base model moving up to $1949 on the fastest Core i7 model. The fastest Core i7 variant comes with 8 GB of memory, 512 GB storage at a price of $1949 US, the $1549 variant comes with Core i7 processors, 8 GB of memory but 256 GB storage, the $1299 US variant comes with Core i5 processor, 8 GB of memory and 256 GB storage, $999 US variant features the Core i5 processor with 4 GB ram and 128 GB storage while the base model will come with the Core i3 processor featuring 4 GB memory and  64 GB of flash storage at a price of $799 US. All Surface Pro 3 devices are based on the Intel Haswell Core processor architecture which has shown its strengths in the power efficiency sector.

The Core i5 model is mentioned to be the Core i5-4300U which operates at 1.6 GHz and turbo boosts up to 2.90 GHz and features the HD Graphics 4400 from Intel. This chip is coupled with 4 to 8 GB of LPDDR3 memory. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, MicroSD card Radar, Nine hours of web browsing battery life and TPM 2.0 (trusted Platform Module).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z
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The first NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z review has hit the web from Dr.Lee (aka DGLee) testing the card at a high resolution of 5K. During its announcement at GTC 2014, NVIDIA called the GeForce GTX Titan Z as the first 5K compatible graphics card in one of their slides but does it lives up to the claim of being the fastest graphics card in terms of 5K gaming performance?

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Official

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review – Gets Tested At 5K Resolution

Now some of you may remember that a review of the card from an Asian source leaked prior to this but it wasn’t as brief and looked a lot more like a preview of the card. In case you missed the previous news, NVIDIA has failed to launch the GeForce GTX Titan Z which was originally planned for launch on 29th April yet was delayed to 8th May after which it was delayed indefinitely with no words on a new launch schedule by NVIDIA. The only reason to be blamed by several retailers were blamed to be software and driver issues which is taking NVIDIA so long to get the card released that it has missed its launch date twice. If that isn’t enough, the performance of the card is no where as good as was expected against its direct competitor and the much cheaper, Radeon R9 295X2 from AMD.

The GeForce GTX Titan Z is manufactured with two GK110-350-B1 chips under its hood that pack 7.1 billion transistors each. The GeForce GTX Titan Z replaces the GeForce GTX 690 boasting dual-GK110 cores compared to dual-GK104 cores on its predecessor. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will feature two GK110 cores with 5760 Cuda Cores, 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The card features a 384-bit x 2 bus which will run across a massive 12 GB VRAM. This is an impressive feature giving developers and games an unprecedented amount of VRAM for use. The memory is clocked at 7 GHz effective clock speed. The core clock speeds are maintained at 705 MHz base and 876 MHz boost clock and the card features a maximum single precision performance of 8.1 TFlops and 2.3 TFlops of double precision.

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A few weeks ago, AMD announced their ambidextrous roadmap which introduces their K12 architecture and Project Skybridge aiming to bridge both ARM and x86 cores. The new architecture is aimed towards servers, shown in the roadmap but a similar architecture would be headed to consumers in the form of mobility and desktop APUs.AMD x86 Cheetah Architecture APU

AMD Might Be Developing Next Generation APU With x86 Cheetah and ARM Cores

We have received information from a highly credible source working close to Global Foundries in the process of manufacturing AMD APUs and next generation of hardware. As we all know, AMD is bridging the gap between ARM and x86 moving into future generation cores and their latest Kaveri APU which uses the Steamroller 28nm architecture is the first to adopt HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture).

According to the source, details about Excavator are already known by the masses and the architecture itself isn’t as special as it was once believed to be. Like Steamroller before it, Excavator would more likely be an evolution to the x86 architecture rather than a revolution in terms of process design and performance improvements since its based on the same 28nm mode with little changes to the core and would be adopted by the upcoming Carrizo cor based accelerated processing units.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z
Hardware

NVIDIA has got in some deep mess with their GeForce GTX Titan Z as the launch of the card was planned for April 2014 yet the card hasn’t been launched in market as of yet. If that’s not enough, a review of the card leaked just a few days ago which showed lower performance than its much lower priced competitor, the Radeon R9 295X2.NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Retail

Image Courtesy of Overclockers.Co.Uk!

Retailers Await NVIDIA’s Greenlight For GeForce GTX Titan Z Launch

Now you must be wondering what went wrong with the launch? Performance and design aside, it has been said on several occasions that NVIDIA delayed the card due to unfinished drivers since they want their card to be out with proper support for games and applications. The development of software for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z has led the card to face several delays and it still remains unknown when does NVIDIA plan to launch the card officially.

While there has been some misinformation spread on several forums and communities that the card has been cancelled due to poor performance, that’s not true at all. The card is ready for deployment and several retailers have access to the GeForce GTX Titan Z in their warehouses. Overclockers.co.uk reports that they have already got retail units of the card ready for launch and are awaiting NVIDIA’s greenlight to officially start selling these cards. Gibbo over at the OCUK Forums has the following to say:

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NVIDIA revealed their Tegra K1 SOC at CES 2014 which will feature the latest Kepler cores along with the 32-bit ARM and 64-bit Denver cores. Yesterday, Xiaomi unveiled their upcoming Xiaomi MiPad that is a 7.9″ tablet and the first device to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 system on chip.Xiaomi MiPad Tegra K1

Xiaomi MiPad To Ship With 32-Bit and 64-Bit Denver Powered Chips

Before heading to the main news, I would like to talk about the Xiaomi MiPad which was introduced yesterday. The MiPad which is a 7.9″ tablet features an IPS display bearing a resolution of 2048×1536 and surrounded by a asymmetrical bezel, plus being available in several different colors which are a nice touch to its design scheme. The design specifications include an 8MP main camera on the back followed by a 5MP camera on the front and the design is mostly simplistic.

On the technical side, the Xiaomi MiPad is the first tablet to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 SOC and would be sold in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants. The Tegra K1 SOC is built on a 28nm HPm process which holds true for the both variants. The dual core variant with Denver CPU and 7 Way superscalar compute will feature the 64-bit ARM v8 cores and 192 Kepler cores with clock frequency of 2.5 GHz while the 32-bit Quad core ARM variant will be clocked at 2.3 GHz. The 64-bit Denver model comes with 128KB + 64KB while the 32-bit variant comes with 128KB + 32KB L1 Cache. Both models will feature a 25.46 Whr (6700mAh) battery, 16 – 64 GB flash storage, Micro SD slots, 802.11 b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. Both devices would feature support for Android 4.4 KitKat. Arriving in June 2014 (just around Computex), the price would be set around $240 for the 16 GB and $272 for the 64 GB variant.



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