Intel today announced its new Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families designed to crunch through diverse workloads and the growing needs of data centers. These new processors sport several enhancements that Intel claims will result in up to a three-fold increase in performance compared to the previous generation (Xeon E5 v2 family). Among those enhancements are more processing cores and an upgrade from Ivy Bridge to Intel's Haswell architecture.
New graphics driver also supports the new Intel Core M chip with Intel HD 5300 graphics
In a week that saw a whirlwind of product announcements, including the arrival of the first processors based on the chipmaker’s Broadwell architecture, Intel released a major graphics driver update for 4th generation Intel Core processors. The new driver, the release of which went almost unnoticed, is significant not only because of the up to 30 percent improvement in performance that it is supposed to deliver to those rocking Haswell chips, but also because it is also the first to support the new Intel Core M processor with Intel HD graphics 5300.
Intel's Core M will pave the way for even thinner hybrids
Get ready for a barrage of razor thin 2-in-1 systems this holiday season. They'll be powered by Intel's new Core M processor (codenamed Broadwell-Y), a low power part that became official today at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Intel purpose built the Core M processor to deliver high performance in ultra thin and fanless form factors, and the chip maker already has a number of hardware partners ready to bite.
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One thing Intel won't have any trouble doing in the coming months is moving low-cost laptop CPUs. That's because Microsoft and Intel are making concerted efforts with vendors to sell entry-level notebooks priced from around $200 to $250 in order to fend off the Chromebook push. As a result of this new focus, Intel is seeing a rise in the proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs, particularly its Pentium and Celeron chips.
The whispers you've heard are true, Haswell-E looms around the bend, and with it, a rash of new supplementary parts. It's a no-brainer to wait and build around the new platform, right? In some cases, yes. However, early indications point to Haswell-E carrying some premium price tags at launch. There's no shame in building a bang-for-buck rig around regular ol' Haswell, and if that's your intent, we can help you get started. Check out today's top deal for an Intel Core i5 4690 Haswell Quad-Core Processor for $210 with free shipping (normally $225 - use coupon code: [EMCPBHD24]). It's clocked at 3.5GHz (3.9GHz via Turbo) and has 6MB of L3 cache.
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