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Intel Haswell Refresh
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The retail prices of Intel’s upcoming Haswell Refresh processors have been revealed by Computerbase which show variants ranging from the top $303 US Core i7-4790 to the entry tier Celeron G1840T which will cost $42 US. Intel’s Haswell Refresh processors will launch on 10th of May and would be available for both Mobile and Desktop consumer platforms.Intel Haswell Refresh

Intel Haswell Refresh Desktop and Mobile Processors Prices Confirmed

Intel initially launched their fourth generation Haswell processors in June 2013 at Computex. The processors featured the latest 22nm core 3D Tri-gate transistors technology which improved the IPC and efficiency by a decent amount of Ivy Bridge. The upcoming Haswell Refresh processors are no different then these featuring bumped up clock speeds and more SKU design schemes such as low TDP and low power variants available at similar price points. A total of 26 desktop processors have started shipping to retailers across the globe and  would be available for sale in the upcoming days prior to their official launch planned for next month. The Core i7-4790 will be the flagship processor of the Haswell Refresh lineup and the first 22nm consumer CPU to obtain clock frequency of 4 GHz. It will feature 4 cores and 8 threads. The Core i7-4790 will also be available in ‘S’ and ‘T’ variants which will retail at the same price of $303 US but will feature lower clock speeds since they are aimed towards low TDP and low power platforms. Other models include Core i7-4785T, Core i5-4690, Core i5-4590, Core i5-4460, Core i3-4360, Core i3-4350, Core i3-4150 and several Pentium and Celeron variants all of which would be available in “T” and “S” variants.

Back when Intel first entered the scene at Costa Rica, it jump started the country’s Tech Industry. It also gave Costa Rica a much needed boost out of the shadows of its neighboring countries, and into the lime light. Infact Intel was seen proclaiming on more than one occasion how its presence had increased the Tech exports of said country by such a large amount that the traditional primary export of coffee. Now with Intel closing shop and laying off 1500 workers, this comes as nothing short of a miniature financial crisis for the Costa Rican Republic.

Intel facility in Costa Rica

Intel lays of 1500 workers and closes operation in Costa Rica – Could result in a miniature financial crisis for the Republic

Intel’s Microprocessors account for roughly 25% of the exports of the Republic of Costa Rica and roughly 5% of its GDP. You don’t need to be an Economist to see how big a chunk of its wealth will go missing after Intel departs Costa Rica. The Bank of America, probably following Intel’s cue and sensing the changing tide, immediately layed of 1400 workers after this announcement. I am tempted to quote a well known movie phrase but I will restrain myself, however the fact remains that such a major decision will have tidal consequences. Interestingly this means that Intel is actively scaling down. This is probably one of the most alarming signs that actually put some weight on the claims that the PC Market is shrinking.

Intel recently halted work on its Fab 42 and now it seems it has closed shop in Costa Rica too. I remember that the Costa Rican batch of processors was being favored a few years back and this shows how much intrinsic value this fab had to Intel. Closing it down cannot be good in any way. Unless, the rumors are correct and Intel is headed for China. China has cheap labor. And if Intel is truly chasing cheap rates per hour then I must express my distaste. Not that the Chinese market shouldn’t be entered but the way in which it is being entered is borderline unethical.

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Only six months after their release, Intel has started making deliveries of updated models of the Atom Z3000 series. The Atom Z3000 series are processors designed to be used in tablets, which use the Bay-Trail-T platform. The Bay Trail-T is a variant of the Intel Atom family, powered by the company’s Silvermont micro-architecture, for even lower power consumption and competes with SoCs releases by manufacturers including Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia.

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Updates to include cheaper versions of Android, support for 64-bit OS and 4GB of main memory.

Specification: The Atom Z3000 Series

Model Cores x frequency GPU Frequency Memory Memory Support
Atom Z3735D 4 x 1.33 to 1.83 GHz 311-688 MHz 2 GB DDR3L-RS 1 333 MHz
Atom Z3735E 4 x 1.33 to 1.83 GHz 311-688 MHz 1 GB DDR3L-RS 1 333 MHz
Atom Z3745 4 x 1.33 to 1.86 GHz 311-778 MHz 4 GB LPDDR3 1066 MHz
Atom Z3745D 4 x 1.33 to 1.83 GHz 313-792 MHz 2 GB DDR3L-RS 1 333 MHz
Atom Z3775 4 x 1.46 to 2.39 GHz 311-778 MHz 4 GB LPDDR3 1066 MHz
Atom Z3775D 4 x 1.50 to 2.41 GHz 313-792 MHz 2 GB DDR3L-RS 1 333 MHz
Atom Z3795 4 x 1.60 to 2.39 GHz 311-778 MHz 4 GB LPDDR3 1066 MHz
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At the Intel Developer forum taking place currently in China, the company announced the successor to the Bay Trail SoC. Bay Trail is currently found on Intel’s high performance tablets and entry level computing devices. Braswell will feature a 14 nm architecture. This will be similar to its cousin, the next generation Broadwell and an update from the 22 nm architecture currently used in Bay Trail.

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New chip to be available for Windows, Linux, Chrome and Android. Support for Chromebook announced as well.

At the developer forum in China, Intel PC chief Kirk Skaugen told Intel employees about Intel’s hopes to help Google grow its Chromebook and Chromebox business as well. Chromebook, as we know is a growing sector of the notebook market. The notebooks run Google’s Chrome OS and are generally cheaper than $ 400. Intel also claimed that the chip will now boost the notebook designs of Chromebook to 20 in 2014 from four previous year. The move might  also be aimed at attracting more manufactures to manufacture the Chromebook. We can also expect better power efficiency and a significant power boost from Braswell as well. This is due to the shrinkage in its architecture. It will therefore be able to power budget laptops and desktops much effectively. The chip will also make use of the Intel Iris. The SoC design, Intel claims will reduce the overall size of the final product as well as the number of supporting chips required.

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Just a few weeks back, we brought you the news that a few motherboard manufacturer’s have showed off their upcoming Z97 motherboards. The motherboards displayed by the vendors were only prototype and didn’t show any specific features of the next generation design but companies have started to tease these features over the recent days which look impressive.Gigabyte Z97 GA-Z97X-UD5H

Motherboard Vendors Tease Upcoming Z97 Motherboards

Intel’s 9-Series chipset details were leaked a few days back showing that there would be two SKUs, the Z97 and the H97 chipset. As expected, there’s little difference in the feature set of the 9-Series chipset when compared with 8-Series. Both feature support for Haswell and Haswell Refresh processors on the LGA1150 socket. There’s only a few changes such as support for PCIe M.2 interface, extra USB / SATA ports and a few changes here and there. While Intel’s Haswell and Haswell Refresh series are supported by both chipsets, its only the 9-Series that will support Intel’s next generation Devil’s Canyon and Broadwell processors. Devil’s Canyon which is the code-name used for Intel’s K-Series Haswell Refresh processors are targeted towards compatibility with just 9-Series while the 14nm Broadwell K-Series which feature the impressive Iris Pro graphics chip will also be supported by the same chipset series. So if you are aiming for overclocking Intel’s next generation bad boys, then a 9- Series Z97 motherboard is a must to get your hands on.

Altera is one of the largest (if not the largest) FPGA and SoC maker out there right now. Their partnership with Intel has a good history and their build quality is usually remarkable. Interestingly, Altera’s FPGA are always about one generation ahead of desktop processors as Intel Fab’s give priority to silicon request from Altera. Intel has just deepened their relationship further with Altera’s 10th Generation FPGA based on the 14nm Tri Gate node with HMCs.

Altera Stratix 10 HMC SoC

Altera 10th Generation Stratix FPGA and Socs with 14nm FinFET  and HMC

Basically Altera’s SoCs and FPGAs are divided into two main lineups. The Arria 10 lineup is the low to mid-range of Altera’s products and is outsourced to TSIntel Altera 14nm FinFET Board HMC

Now the new relationship will usher in a new range of products will be a “System in a Package” form factor. Which basically means an SoC with a board. But interestingly these boards feature an HMC or a Hybrid Memory Cube which is one of the next-big-things in the Memory Industry.  Altera’s work with Intel will enable the development of multi-die devices that efficiently integrates monolithic 14 nm Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs with other advanced components, which may include DRAM, SRAM, ASICs, processors and analog components, in a single package. The integration will be enabled through the use of high-performance heterogeneous multi-die interconnect technology. . The devices will address the performance, memory bandwidth and thermal challenges impacting high-end applications in the communications, high-performance computing, broadcast and military segments.

A short update,  the Haswell Refresh ‘K’ Series will indeed be supported on the Intel 9 Series Motherboards, these slides were leaked by Hermitage Akihabra, a well known leak source. According to the slides, the Haswell Refresh K-Series processors would be specifically targeted for compatibility with the 9-Series chipset while the rest of the Haswell Refresh lineup would be compatible with both 8-Series and 9-Series chipsets.

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Images are courtesy of GDM.OR.JP!

Haswell Refresh K Series Supported on H97 and Z97 Boards

Now interestingly previously leaked slides actually show support for both Haswell and Haswell Refresh platforms and now we know that they also support the Haswell-K Refresh Platform. This should be good news for all the people who are left stranded from a new generation just because of a shift in motherboard. Here is the relevant slide from the leak.

Notice the “Unlocked Processor Design” and the note ” Targeting compatibility with Intel 9 Series Chipsets”. This slide has leaked before by the way but this is an update slide as can be seen by the yellow note on the top right corner. This is very interesting news for over clocking enthusiasts since targeted compatibility for the Intel 9 Series Chipset could mean future proofing for a short time.  Ofcourse Intel has used the suspiciously ambiguous term “Targeting Compatibly” instead outright declaring support, which makes me think that our enthusiasm should be reigned in just yet. Since these are leaked slides and pre-release slides are bound to change, Intel might just decide to revert this change. If it can accomplish it in the first place that is. Other than the K-Series Unlocked options, the rest of the processor lineup would work with ease on current and next generation LGA1150 socketed boards.

Ok we have just received an update on the Haswell Refresh front. The new update gives solid foundation to the shaky road map of the Haswell Refresh and X99 Chipset “Wellsburg” we already knew about. The leak also contains more concrete information about the launch date of Intel’s new “Devil’s Canyon” line of processors. This is going to be a very comprehensive post with previous leaks combined.

Intel Broadwell and Haswell Refresh Platform

Intel’s Updated Roadmap for Haswell Refresh Leaked – Coming May 11th with Devil’s Canyon following in June

I am going to break tradition this time and start with the actual leak. So obviously the first thing is that the launch date for the Haswell Refresh has been more or less confirmed. It is going to be the 11th of May (2014 obviously) folks. Which is about 6 weeks away. Also the Devil’s Canyon processors will be released soon after and a very educated guess would place them at Computex 2014 sometime in June this year. Haswell-E with the LGA 2011-3 socket is going to followup in September. And 14nm Broadwell will either enter very late this year or not at all, in which case it would come in Q1 of 2015. Also Intel has confirmed problems with the 450nm wafer transition however it maintains that it is still on track.

Now some preliminaries (can I even call this that anymore?). Lets begin with X99.  Basically X99 will support the LGA 2011-3 Socket. It will support overclocking for both the ‘X’ and ‘K’ variants and has 4 Memory Channels. It will support CPU (Ratios and BCLK) and GPU overclocking and will have all the usual features such as Intel Rapid Storage and RST Smart Response Tech (and Rapid Recover too). It will have 14 USB ports and 10 Sata ports. Interestingly it will also feature Intel’s Integrated Clock Support.

So there’s been an update on the Haswell Refresh front. A couple of more SKUs have been spotted and these belong to the Xeon E3-1200 v3 Lineup. The Haswell Refresh of the same consists of 6 new SKUs. Apart from a more mature process and slight clock boost, the specs remain virtually unchanged from Haswell. Intel Broadwell and Haswell Refresh Platform

Hasell Refresh Xeon E3-1200 v3 SKUs Spotted in the Wild

We know that Intel’s Haswell Refresh is coming in the second and third quarter of this year. And as usual the only difference is a more mature process and a mhz boost. The performance increase should only be worth a few percents though. Now the usual Haswell Refresh skus get a Mhz bump of about 100Mhz, however evidence indicates that the bump for the Xeon E3-1200 v3 should be more than the desktop counterparts. The information given below comes to a Product Change Notification, which we have thanks to CPU-World.com The table shows S-Spec and box part numbers, associated with upcoming Xeons:

Microsoft has popped the lid on their upcoming DirectX 12 API which aims to enhance GPU performance with low-overhead and adding new rendering features. Most of us were expecting that the new DirectX 12 API will require new hardware to fully support the technology but that’s not the case at all as revealed during the GDC event, DirectX 12 will support all current hardware from NVIDIA, AMD and Intel.Microsoft-DirectX-12-GDC-2014

Microsoft’s DirectX 12 API Supports All Current GPU Architectures

This is a great news for desktop users as the majority of PC audience use a variety of hardware configurations which include mainly three vendors – Intel, NVIDIA and AMD. All major hardware companies have announced that their current generation of products will fully support the new Direct3D 12 API which will improve the utilization of the hardware to its maximum potential so that applications get improve performance in gaming along with ease of development on developers end.

AMD’s Raja Kadouri was the first to announce DirectX 12 support for their GCN (Graphics Core Next) hardware. AMD has always been the first to adopt the latest DirectX APIs due to their partnership with Microsoft on GPU and API development. Since DirectX 7, their GPUs have been the first to feature support for the new APIs from Microsoft and they had been working closely with Microsoft in the development of DirectX 12. Bear in mind that AMD had already developed their own proprietary API known as Mantle which is available in DICE’s Battlefield 4 and recently came to THIEF from Square Enix a few days ago.

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Intel is bringing home their Broadwell processors in second half of 2014 featuring their latest 14nm core process design and massive improvements to power efficiency. Intel’s 5th Generation Broadwell processors would arrive for both desktop and mobile platforms and would bring with them some interesting new features which you can read below.Intel Broadwell Processors Iris Pro

Image Courtesy of VR-Zone!

Intel’s 5th Generation Desktop Broadwell Processors To Feature Iris Pro Graphics

According to report by VR-Zone, Intel’s Broadwell processors for the desktop 9-Series platform would feature an improved design with new integrated graphics and a fully unlocked design. As you may have noticed, Intel aims to launch the Broadwell CPUs for the mobile platforms first which include Notebooks, Laptops and Tablets since the architecture is efficient enough to be implemented in small form factor and handheld products. Previously leaked details show that the Broadwell processors would have a TDP of just 3.5W at minimum. The Y series will have upto 2 CPU Cores (4 Threads?) and 4MB of L3 Cache with GT2 GPU. Memory will be 8GB-LPDDR3-1600 and TDP a lowly 4.5W. This can be further reduced to 3.5W in some configurable models. This kind of ultra low tdp would give astonishing battery life in Netbooks and Tablets and we cant wait to see the results.

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Intel is planning to introduce their fourth generation Haswell Refresh platform next month in April. While the new platform is expected to be a slight tweak of the existing Haswell processor family, details from VR-Zone confirm that the K-Series Haswell Refresh processors would feature updated overclocking features and the improved TIM design.Intel Haswell Refresh Devil's Canyon

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Intel Haswell Refresh Processors Codenamed Devil’s Canyon

Intel initially launched their fourth generation Haswell processors in June 2013 at Computex. The processors featured the latest 22nm core 3D Tri-gate transistors technology which improved the IPC and efficiency by a decent amount of Ivy Bridge. While the Haswell processors were met with a great response and backed by a variety of overclocking features, the processors didn’t happen to be great at overclocking due to the cheaper application of TIM between the IHS (Internal Heat Spreader) and the Haswell silicon itself which resulted in the heat to remain trapped between the chip due to poor contact.

Intel seems to finally be fixing this issue once and for all with their upcoming Haswell Refresh processors. The K-Series Haswell Refresh processors in specific are codenamed Devil’s Canyon which would offer used an improved design that incorporates updated packaging materials, improved TIM (Thermal Interface) and processors that are specifically re-engineered for enhanced performance and overclocking. So many users who have been waiting for Intel to update their TIM design since Ivy Bridge can now check out the new processors for their overclocking needs.

A couple of weeks ago I did a Kaveri benchmark saga which ended in monstly mixed results. However the folks over at Extremetech have just rolled out a new showdown that was not included in our previous benchmarks of Kaveri. So here it is folks, the stakes this time are budget and the style is ‘Dual Graphics’ with the APU Flagship A10-7850K competing against the Intel i3-4330.Kaveri Black Edition

Intel i3-4330 Vs the Kaveri A10-7850K Benchmarks – Budget Gaming Showdown

I think its worth mentioning here that ExtremeTech also did the showdown with the last generation of Intel’s and AMD’s SKUS. And AMD Won. Ok, enough preliminaries, here are the specs of the configurations tested:

  • A10-7850K (No GPU): $185
  • Core i3-4330 + R7 260X: $260
  • A10-7850K + R7 250: $275
  • A10-7850K + R7 260X: $305

Ofcourse since APUs are in question, RAM becomes of vital importance, the guys used 8GB worth of RAM clocked at 2133 Mhz (they dont mention wether its Dual or not). This frequency, considering it is budget gaming after all, seems fine. They also disabled Turbo Core after the recent revelation about how it negetively affects Dual Graphics performance  Without any further ado, the benches:

Theres been a recent update on Intel’s HPC front. Intel’s Xeon Phi Co-Processors are used in a decent chunk of the Supercomputers in the world and even have a significant presense in the top 500 (Supercomputers).  It has just come to light that Intel is readying a new arrival in its Knights Corner family (current generation) identified as the Intel Xeon Phi 7120A/7120P/7120D.

Knights Landing Xeon Phi

22nm Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor 7120A gets ready for release in Dense GPU Form Factor

Now since there hasn’t been news regarding Xeon Phi in a while, I will touch up on some basics first. The HPC sector mainly runs on the GPGPU configuration. Which essentially means that it consisits of GPUs since they are pretty darn amazing at Parallel Computations (which is the majority of HPC processing). However GPUs require to be paired with a CPU since they cannot create or modify tasks for themselves. The Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor basically gives you the best of both worlds. The independence of the CPU and the parralel power of a GPU. Now the current generation of Intel’s Xeon Phi coprocessors is Knights Corner and is based on 22nm.

The next generation will be Knights Landing and will be based on 14nm broadwell architecture. It will also come in a socket packaged form factor. Since it is slated for arrival sometime in 2015 we werent expecting another SKU from Intel but here it is.

Broadwell-E is basically the ‘tick’ portion of Intel’s tick tock fabrication mechanic. It will be a die shrink of the Haswell architecture and will, it has been now confirmed, support the X99 chipset and therefore the LGA 2011-3 Socket (the “-3″ indicates the Third Revision of the Socket).

Intel Broadwell and Haswell Refresh Platform

14nm Broadwell-E will fully support the X99 Chipset ‘Wellsburg’ – to Arrive in 2015

The leak I received basically shows a screenshot of the Intel Chipset drivers and confirms not only Broadwell-E but that it will be coming to Intel’s 9 Series motherboard. More precisely the x99 chipset. Without further ado here is the screenshot.



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