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An important update on the 14nm Broadwell Processors has appeared. The source is the very reliable fudzilla.com. Apparently these 14nm processors are going to have a TDP of just 65W and will also have Iris Pro 5200 Graphics along with eDRAM . This, along with the unlocked multiplier should prove to be a lethal combination for enthusiasts who will sadly not get an unlocked Skylake at launch.Intel Broadwell and Haswell Refresh Platform

Intel 14nm Desktop LGA ‘Broadwell’ Unlocked Processors Details Confirmed – Iris Pro, eDRAM and 65W TDP

Now interestingly, the source also confirms that the Broadwell processors will be landing on the LGA 1150 Socket and will therefore be compatible with most Intel 9 Series Chipset motherboards. This is of course something we have known for a very long time (and pointed out in our Z97 reviews too!). As you may recall we received a leak which more or less confirmed that these SKUs will only be arriving in the ‘K’ variant (for now), meaning unlocked Broadwell processors at launch. Now as of yet we only have knowledge of the one Quad Core variant, but the source points out that there might be a crippled dual core version at a later date. At this point however, I differ a little. Whether we see a crippled dual core variant is very dependent on how the sister platform fares.

I am talking of course, about Skylake-S, which is supposed to land around the same time. It will be this trigger (whether or not Skylake-S Launch is going as planned or not) that will bring about a Dual Core Variant, if at all. Finally Broadwell-K will support PCIE-3.0, DDR3/DDR3L 1.5V and will come in i5 and i7 variants with 4 threads and 8 threads respectively. I suspect we should see some decent IPC gains on this one when it comes in June 2015. It will also be very interesting to see how Skylake-S fits into the grand scheme of things since the afore-mentioned platform will only contain locked processors with no unlocked ones coming anytime soon. Summarizing everything we get:

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A server grade Intel LGA 2011-3 socketed motherboard along with the Haswell-EP Xeon E5 V3 processor have been spotted on sale over at EBay (via Overclock.net). Part of Intel’s upcoming Haswell-EP processor line, the new Xeon E5 V3 chips will feature improved IPC performance to meet demands of high-performance computing.Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5 V3

Intel LGA 2011-3 Motherboard and Haswell-EP Xeon E5 V3 Processor On Sale At EBay

The server grade motherboard we are looking at is designed for 2S operations so it makes use of dual LGA 2011-3 sockets which are fully compatible with the upcoming Haswell-EP processors. The sockets resemble the LGA 2011 socket since the design for both is kept the same if you have noticed the earlier X99 motherboard leaks. The LGA 2011-3 server motherboard is large and built for workstations and server environment hence the odd design and form factor. It features a total of 24 DDR4 DIMM slots and a total of 384 GB DDR4 memory using 16 GB memory sticks and more if using denser memory sticks or if the motherboard can actually support them but it possibly will given its workstation nature. The motherboard comes with several connectors and ports while the C610 chipset is hidden beneath the silver colored aluminum heatsink.

The motherboard is damaged from several areas as mentioned by the seller on EBay but it is in working condition so you can try your luck to get this working perfectly if you buy one but there’s no guarantee. Aside from the LGA 2011-3 motherboard, there’s also a Haswell-EP Xeon E5 V3 processor on sale which is in engineering state. The specific processor known as QFGH ES 2.10 GHz is clocked at 2.10 GHz and was manufactured in USA but aside from that, there are no details given. 2.10 GHz is a low clock so this chip could boast a higher core count but that is just speculation from my end. A few of you may ask, how do I even know this ES processor is an Haswell-EP CPU?

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Intel is releasing their HEDT Haswell-E processors in the coming months which includes the flagship Core i7-5960X CPU. Since the processors are built for the high-end desktop market, their target audience would be overclocking fanatics and enthusiasts. My friend, Kevin Owi at OCDrift has revealed an interesting feature regarding the new processors which will help overclockers in setting the fastest frequency records.Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X De-lid

Intel’s Flagship Haswell-E Core i7-5960X Processor De-Lidded – Uses Soldered TIM

Kevin was able to get hold of an Intel Core i7-5960X processor which will be the flagship part of the Haswell-E lineup and de-lidded it to reveal that it makes use of soldered thermal interface material instead of inferior thermal paste material which was featured on Ivy Bridge and Haswell processors which is blamed as one of the reasons for the high temperatures we got to see on those processors aside from the fully integrated voltage regulator (FVIR) which is being phased out after Broadwell generation of processors.

The Core 4000 series processors based on the Haswell microarchitecture were launched a year ago at Computex 2013. 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 HeatSpreader) and the Haswell silicon itself which resulted in the heat to remain trapped between the chip due to poor contact.

The Russian site overclockers.ru has released some pretty interesting information about Intel’s Atom Processors specifically the Moorefield platform.  This platform is specifically targeted to the mobile sector, namely the tablet and android segments. The Moorefield platform boasts 4 cores (which is 2 more than Merrifield) and 64bit support all on 22nm.Intel Atom Merrifield and Moorefield

Intel Atom Moorefield Processors Begin Shipping – Quad Cores on the 22nm Node

Now Merrifield is a completely new platform that Intel introduced specifically for the smart phone sector. Even though it is currently bleeding money out of Intel Corporation, the fact of the matter is that they need to keep moving forward to breach the barrier to entry. Before the actual leak, I think a brief intro is in order. The Moorefield platform, which is somewhat of a successor to Merrifield has SoCs that are 64 Bit Quad Cores. Its previous codename was Anniedale and is based on the Silvermont micro architecture. It does not support hyper threading and will have exactly 4 threads. Now information after this is somewhat hazy but Morganfield is supposed to succeed Moorefield on the 14nm node. Morganfield will make the shift to Goldmont micro architecture and was previously codenamed Broxton.

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Intel launched their Z97 platform earlier this year which brought new motherboards in the performance platform, aiming support for Haswell, Haswell Refresh, Devil’s Canyon and the upcoming Broadwell CPUs. Intel’s Z97 platform is filled with a variety of boards and each board is targeted towards key segments.WCCFTech Z97 Motherboard Round-Up OC Top

Round-Up of The Best and Top-Tier Overclocking Z97 Motherboards

With such a large list of products that are currently offered in the Z97 chipset based product portfolio, it gets quite frustrating for consumers to find a board that suits their demands. To make it easier for consumers, the board manufacturing companies have separated their products into three categories; Gaming, Overclocking and Mainstream.  Although this helps a bit but even then, the products themselves offer similar specifications, naming schemes and priced equally.  For instance, the MSI Z97 Gaming 3 and Gigabyte GA-Z97X Gaming 3 are both gaming branded motherboards priced at $137.99 US and with “Gaming 3″ in the title, it would more or less confuse the buyer into deciding which product should be bought. While reviews do give a better insight at the products comparing the little details, features and components of products, we couldn’t find a good article which compares these boards against their similar priced counterparts from other manufacturers.

To address this issue and to help ease the process for buyers to get the right product, today we will be doing a round-up of the Z97 “Overclocking” motherboards. We will obviously not be comparing performance based on benchmarks but design schemes, feature set and the components used on these Z97 motherboards which will tell us why they are better than the other similar priced option or why does a $399 US overclocking board is a better option for enthusiasts then a $249 US overclocking board. The products we will be comparing are strictly the flagship overclocking boards from each separate manufacturer so you might see us talk about a XPOWER board and not the MPOWER board so please excuse me but that doesn’t mean that I won’t ever do a similar comparison on the other segment based boards, so stay tuned for that. Regardless, let’s start off these round – up with the beastly, Z97 XPOWER AC from MSI:

[Editorial] Before I begin a few words of caution. It goes without saying that the results of this benchmarking showdown will not be pleasant to some. Also, all the benchmarks were conducted virtually, which means that some slight variation may exist between real life results. The Equation System and the VGA Calculator used are the intellectual property of one Daeguen Lee (DG Lee) and all rights are reserved by him. The calculator can be accessed freely on his website iyd.kr (aka udteam.tistory.com).main title13

PS4′s GPU (Pitcairn) Benchmarked Against the Xbox One (Bonaire) with and without eSRAM

Wow, I don’t think there has ever been an instance of a universal benchmark, and for good reason too. Since an actual universal benchmark would instantly put the power hierarchy in harsh relief it has not been done. However what we are going to attempt today is the closest you will ever get to a universal real life benchmark and the results should be very accurate. Alright lets start. Since both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One utilize AMD GPUs, that means that we are only going to use the AMD Equation System. A basic introduction of both the GPUs is in order. The PS4 GPU is codenamed Pitcairn and is basically a cut down variant of the Radeon 7870. It has a fairly high SP count and is clocked reasonably high too. The GPU has access to 8GB of Shared GDDR5 memory clocked a 1375 Mhz (5500 Mhz effective) and boasts throughput of upto  176 GB/s. Pitcairn has a 256 Bit bus which is quite reasonable for a GPU of this tier. The good thing about PS4′s GPU is that we have everything we need to calculate performance with almost zero real life variation.

Intel’s upcoming Braswell Processors are quite something. They are basically very power efficient SoCs for the entry level segment of Desktop Computing. Basically Intel did not have any real offerings in the “HTPC (Home Theater PC) Segment” and is ready to get a piece of the pie. Intel has started taking mobile computing seriously only in these past few years and the consequences of the same are already becoming apparent ( in a good way).intel-braswell-tablet-mobile-cpu-processor-chip-620x354

Intel Braswell SoCs (14nm) Have Possibly Been Delayed to Second Quarter of 2015

Currently the only core that comes near the archetype of Braswell is the Bay Trail Core however the Braswell will be one performance tier above the Bay Trail processors while still retaining the same power efficiency (which is quite a feat). Now here is the thing, our source CPU-World.com tell us that even though the 14nm Braswell SoCs were coming in Q1 2015, the “ready to ship” timeframe for the same might have moved to Q2 of 2015. The reason for this being that Intel is working in mysterious ways this year. This also means that we would be catching the first glimpse of these processors in mid march or mid may of next year.

Intel has already released two refreshes of the Bay Trail platform, each iteration more powerful than the previous. There is another refresh coming in Q4 2014 to top it all of.  However, a power vacuum remains between the mainstream Desktop Processors (currently Haswell Refresh) and the atom processors. It is this vacuum that Braswell will fill. We also have the Core M processors coming soon along with Cherry Trail so it looks like Intel is going all out on the mobility spectrum of computing which is about damn time. Currently this particular segment is dominated by AMD’s APUs and it is clear that Intel wants in on the action. These processors are an ideal choice for people who want a “streaming box (Steam’s inHouse Streaming) ” in their lounge in an ultra small form factor. With your real rig somewhere else in the house, an HTPC serves as the ideal “front end”.

Intel’s HEDT (High End Desktop) has always been somewhat of a roller coaster ride with its loyal consumers one or two architectural generations behind the mainstream consumer processors. Intel offsets this lag in the process by giving a higher core count which translates to 4 threads on the high end model. However this does not come cheap because even though we had authentic reports that most of the Haswell-E pricing wouldn’t change, an online retailer Shopblt.com has listed them far more expensive than Ivy Bridge-E.Intel Broadwell and Haswell Refresh Platform

Haswell-E Intel HEDT Processors Price List Spotted at Online Retailed

Now here’s the thing. Intel has adopted a two year architectural life span for HEDT instead of the mainstream yearly strategy. So that means Intel either has to skip generations for its HEDT spectrum or let it fall behind the mainstream spectrum. Ofcourse the profit motive dictates that Blue follows the latter. However with Haswell-E, modest IPC gains will get blown away by not 2 but 4 more cores than consumers. That is twice the cores that mainstream offers and that’s 8 more threads for an absolutely stunning total of 16 threads. This is how Intel compromised and tried to get into the good graces of the hardcore enthusiasts. It all seemed to make sense when we heard that pricing wont change except for the i7-5820K and that was only because it was getting two more cores (i7-4820K was a Quad Core). However, if this online retailer Shopblt.com is correct than it would appear that Intel is getting ready to squeeze some extra cash again.

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Details of Intel’s next generation Skylake-S platform have been revealed by VR-Zone, unveiling that the new processors will be available in 2H of 2015 and a new motherboard series featuring the latest 100-Series chip. Configurations of various Skylake series processors were unveiled not long ago which mentioned that the time span between the launch of Broadwell and Skylake generation would be small and both platforms would be available to consumers by 2015.Intel Skylake-S Desktop Z170 Chipset

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Intel Skylake-S Desktop Platform Detailed – Z170 Chipset Replaces Z97 in 2H 2015

While the current Z97 series motherboards do add support for Broadwell processors, Intel won’t have the chips ready for consumers till at least Q2 of 2015. The first iteration of Broadwell processors which will launch for PCs will be in the form of Intel Core-M and Broadwell Y-Series which will arrive in holiday 2014 and are aimed toward the tablet and laptop market. The actual desktop processors won’t be available till 2015 which is a bit surprising since at the time Intel launches Broadwell-K series, they will be shipping Skylake-S to consumers in the exact same quarter or a bit late (moving in early 2H 2015). This was showcased in the latest Intel Desktop roadmap leak for consumers.

The transition to Z170 chipset will not be a massive upgrade and would be similar to what the Z97 was to Z87 with a little added features such as more PCI-e lanes, Super Speed USB and up to 10 USB ports compared to 6 standard ones found on the current iteration of motherboards. There will be a total of six 100-series chipset SKUs which will include the Z170 (Performance) replacing the Z97, H170 (Mainstream) replacing the H97, H110 (Value) replacing the H81, B150 (Small and medium Business) replacing the B85 and the Q170 plus Q150 chips with Intel vPro / SIPP which will replace the Q87 and Q85. So as you can note, Intel has the entire replacement plan ready which will update the current desktop chipset stack in 2015. Intel is already phasing out their Ivy Bridge-E and Z77/H77/H75/Q75 chipsets in early 2015. This transition won’t eliminate support for Z97 or Z87 in 2015 since there would be a majority of consumers who will still be running Broadwell and Haswell processors since these platforms have spanned a longer shelve-time in the market and will cease to exist along side each other for a couple of years.

Intel’s Quark and Edison Projects marked the beginning of Intel’s next step in the miniaturization of the smart PC. However much like the early days of Atom, its not being taken very seriously at the moment with progress slow and lathargic. However, we just received an update from CPU-World.com that the Quark will be replaced by Dublin Bay sometime in 2015.intel galileo with quark soc x1000

 

Intel Quark X1000 SoC to be replaced by Dublin Bay Platform in Mid 2015 – 1-2W TDP

Now the quark is all about tiny devices. Where Quark covers both embedded and wearable applications, its smaller sibling, the Edison, covers mostly wearable. It was near the end of 2013 that the first Quark SoC (the X1000) was launched although it wasn’t until February 2014 that developers actually received the Galileo board (Intel’s Raspberry Pie rival) which sadly however could not make a significant dent in the market occupied by its competitor. The Quark chips had a very simple die layout. The specs are as follows:

  • 1 Core
  • 16KB L1 Cache
  • DDR3 Controller
  • 512KB On-die SRAM
  • PCIE 2.0 and USB 2.0 Supported
  • Price: $9-$12

[Editorial] It would seem that what is probably the first time in many years, Intel’s Delays are following a never-before-seen pattern. It always troubled me that the ultra high end spectrum of the consumer processors (HEDT) was one microarchitectural generation (is that even a term?) behind.  At any given time there were at least two architectures in the same consumer spectrum which is slightly odd. However after these delays, we might see three microarchitectures spanning the generations, which in my humble opinion is simply capitalistic insanity.

Intel Broadwell Delay Analysis

A Big Wibbly Wobly Mess of Concurrent Processor Architectures – Intel’s Roadmap Delay

So here is the problem, according to latest reports, Intel’s Skylake processors will be arriving in Q2 of next year (I don’t  know whether its still valid anymore after the latest Broadwell-K delay or not) and Broadwell-K is actually slated for arrival after Skylake-S (which will consist entirely of locked processors) is released. So here we have our first oddity, an older architecture is slated for arrival after a newer generation? The obvious solution is ofcourse that the Broadwell-k delay to Q3 has also shifted the release of Skylake-S so that both the locked and unlocked siblings can release at the same time. Admittedly that would make slightly more sense. Basically around this same time, we would be looking at Haswell-E which is the successor to Ivy Bridge-E (Intel’s current HEDT spectrum) which as the name betrays is the Ivy Bridge architecture. So in Q2-Q3 2015 we will have Haswell-E on the 22nm node, Broadwell-E on the 14nm node and Skylake-S (which is a different architecture) on the 14nm node. Quoting something Dr.Who never said, its an absolute wibbly wobbly mess of Processor Microarchitectures.

So we just received an update on the status of Broadwell processors via the reliable Chinese VR Zone. This particular architecture of Intel has met with delay after delay, resulting in a constantly updated Intel roadmap. Well the same has just been given a new revision. Broadwell processors who should begin volume production sometime this month have been delayed a bit further.Intel Broadwell and Haswell Refresh Platform

Intel Broadwell Architecture Roadmap – Mobile Processors Arriving by Year End; Broadwell-K, a Full Year Later in Q3 2015

Intel is receiving criticism from critics as well who claim that the delay is of an artificial nature. The reason being of course that with the information publicly available, there is no discernible cause for any delay. Just yesterday we learned the details of the Broadwell Core M processors which will be featured in slim tablets and some All -in-Ones. These were formerly ‘Y’ 2+2 processors which are now being called ‘Core M’. These are expected to debut by the end of September this year. Intel is expected a new refresh of these processors by the end of this year and the exact date is stated to be sometime around New Years Day. It is somewhat surprising to me that Intel is releasing a new revision (Stepping Version F.) so soon after the initial batch.

Note that Intel’s nomenclature is defined as Core + Graphic Tech. So a 2+2 configuration means that a processors will have 2 physical cores and GT2 graphics. Keeping that in mind the U series 2+2, 2+1(Pentium/Celeron) and 2+3 processors will debut by the end of this year or very early 2015. Although for the 2+3 processors you will have to wait by February 2015.

Intel Core M series processors is an upcoming lineup that will use the Broadwell architecture and will debut for slim tablets. These processors are more powerful than their Atom siblings while being less powerful than the consumer Core i series. This leak details the three variants of Intel Core M.Intel Broadwell and Haswell Refresh Platform

Intel Broadwell Core M 5Y70, Core M 5Y10 and Core M 5Y10a Variants Detailed

Noe one of the most trickiest things of these processors is the TDP, but we will get to that later. Basically these processors are expected in the fourth quarter of 2014 and have yet to begin volume production. However since Intel has its own fab, you can be rest assured that it is of little consequence to the road map. The Y series currently consists of the three variants namely Core M 5Y70, Core M 5Y10 and Core M 5Y10a. Do note that Intel may decide to change the nomenclature of the said SKUs to something completely different, like Core M 70 instead of Core M 5Y70. These SKUs will be followed by 2 more SKUs in around Q1 2015.

VR Zone published a roadmap recently which though doesn’t reveal nothing we don’t already know about Skylake, does reveal the launch date of the Broadwell Unlocked or ‘K’ Series processors. Interestingly however we see no mention of the unlocked counterparts. The Unlocked Broadwell processors are launching in 2Q15 (second quarter of 2015) and will probably get a simultaneous release with Skylake.

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Intel’s 14nm Broadwell ‘K’ Series Launching Q2 2015 Alongside Skylake-S Locked Processors

The above roadmap shows that Broadwell will be launching with unlocked processors while as Skylake S (Desktop Variant) will be launching with the typical locked processors. This is a very interesting turn of events and as has been pointed out in the past, the ease with which Broadwell has slotted into Intel’s schedule is surprisingly efficient. The previous roadmap showed the locked Broadwell processors launching sometime in Q1 2015 but now they have vanished without a trace, which means that Intel is planning to launch directly with unlocked processors (k-series). Since Skylake-S would be launching with locked processors common sense would dictate that both of them are getting a simultaneous release or at least a launch close to each other.

Now I am not really sure what happened to the locked Broadwell processors but because Skylake-S is releasing on top of the same, I doubt we will be seeing them apart from OEMs maybe. It just wouldn’t make sense to have Skylake-S locked SKUs on the market alongside Broadwell locked SKUs. Skylake-S will ship in 3 variants, namely one dual core (physical) and two quad cores variants. One of the quad cores will house 64MB of eDRAM and GT4e graphics. We should see some IPC and clock for clock gains on the Skylake-S processors especially considering they are a new micro architecture on the 14nm node. The HEDT Spectrum of Intel’s processors will still be occupied by Haswell-E by this time. So summarizing:

We just received a major leak that updates the original Intel Skylake leak published some time ago. We have now learned more details about the Skylake’s different variants especially the desktop ‘S’ variant including the TDP, eDRAM and Memory configurations. Needless to say this is a very big leak and is going to be a detailed post, so buckle up.

Intel Skylake

Intel 14nm Skylake Details Leaked -Configurations, TDP, Memory and eDRAM Detailed

Alright, let me begin by saying that since this is an aggregate post which has the latest leak included the sources are numerous. We have our Own Sources, Sweclockers and CPU World. You may recall that Skylake is coming in 4 flavors, namely the U/Y/H and S variants. The ‘S’ variant is the variant intended for desktops while the U, Y and H variants are all BGA packaged variants intended for the mobile platform. We received a very extensive description that updates our original leak. Before we had a hazy idea about the different TDP ranges but now we can assign those TDP ranges to the specific eDRAM and Graphics Configurations. Basically one of the biggest points of Skylake is that it will feature support for  DDR4 Ram and will be based on the 100 Chipset ‘Sunrise Point’ of the ‘Sunrise Bay’ platform.

  • Now Variant ‘U’ and ‘Y’ will integrate this PCH (Platform Control Hub) on the die while the ‘S’ and ‘H’ variants will not and require the chip separately.
  • The DMI 2.0 is getting replace with the DMI 3.0 Interface that promises speeds of upto 8 GT/s.
  • Variants ‘U’ and ‘Y’ will support 1 DIMM Slot per Channel while the ‘S’ and ‘H’ Variants will support 2 DIMMs per channel.
  • The IVR (Internal Voltage Regulator) is to be abandoned for Skylake Processors.


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