cpu http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/291/ en AMD Rumored to Cut FX Processor Pricing on September 1, 2014 http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumored_cut_fx_processor_pricing_september_1_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_fx_8-core.jpg" alt="AMD FX 8-Core" title="AMD FX 8-Core" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Big savings might be just around the corner</h3> <p>Save for a stint during the socket 939 era when Athlon 64 X2 chips carried premium price tags, AMD has mostly been about delivering competitive pricing compared to Intel. In keeping with that trend, <strong>AMD is reportedly getting ready to slash prices of its FX-9000 "Centurion" processors</strong>, as well as trim prices less aggressively on select FX Series parts and discontinue certain older models.</p> <p><a href="http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20140820105340_AMD_to_Cut_Prices_on_FX_9000_Other_FX_Processors_New_Prices_Revealed.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Xbit Labs</em></a> and a few other sources on the web, AMD will roll out its new prices on September 1, 2014. One of the biggest cuts is purportedly coming to the FX-9590, which will go down to $215 when purchased in mass quantities supplied in trays -- you can expect retail pricing to be a bit higher. At present, the chip sells for $299, though <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/newegg_daily_deals_ocz_vector_150_series_120gb_ssd_amd_fx-9590_vishera_8-core_and_more">Newegg has a coupon code</a> that cuts the cost to $260.</p> <p>Other price reductions include the following:</p> <ul> <li>FX-9370: $199 (down from $219)</li> <li>FX-8350: $169 (down from $189)</li> <li>FX-8320: $139 (down from $149)</li> <li>FX-6350: $119 (down from $129)</li> <li>FX-6300: $99 (down from $109)</li> <li>FX-4350: $95 (down from $119)</li> <li>FX-4300: $95 (down from $99)</li> </ul> <p>On top of the above, AMD is reportedly planning to either discontinue or keep the present pricing on its FX-8150, FX-8120, FX-6200, FX-6100, FX-4170, FX-4130, and FX-4100 processors.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rumored_cut_fx_processor_pricing_september_1_2014#comments amd Build a PC cpu fx-9000 Hardware processor rumor News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:56:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28398 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Tegra K1 Claims Fame as First 64-Bit ARM Chip for Android http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_tegra_k1_claims_fame_first_64-bit_arm_chip_android_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tegra_k1.jpg" alt="Nvidia Tegra K1" title="Nvidia Tegra K1" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Android enters the 64-bit ARM era</h3> <p>Say hello to <strong>"Denver," the codename for Nvidia's 64-bit Tegra K1 System-on-Chip (SoC), which also happens to be the first 64-bit ARM processor for Android</strong>. The new version of Nvidia's Tegra K1 SoC pairs the company's Kepler architecture-based GPU with its own custom-designed, 64-bit, dual-core "Project Denver" CPU, which Nvidia says is fully ARMv8 architecture compatible.</p> <p>So, what's special about this chip besides a 64-bit instruction set? Nvidia designed Denver to offer the highest single-core CPU throughput and industry-leading dual-core performance. Each Denver core (and there are two) sports a 7-way superscaler microarchitecture and includes a 128KB 4-way L1 instruction cache, a 64KB 4-way L1 data cache, and a 2MB 16-way L2 cache that services both cores.</p> <p>Using a process called Dynamic Code Optimization, Denver optimizes frequently used software routines at runtime into dense, highly tuned microcode-equivalent routines stored in a dedicated 128MB main-memory based optimization cache. This allows for faster access and execution, which translates into faster performance, in part because it lessens the need to re-optimize the software routine.</p> <p>Denver will also benefit Android platforms with new low latency power-state transitions. This is in addition to extensive power-gating and dynamic voltage and clock scaling routines based on workloads. The end result is more efficient power usage, which allows Denver's performance to rival even some mainstream PC-class CPUs at significantly reduced power consumption, <a href="http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/08/11/tegra-k1-denver-64-bit-for-android/" target="_blank">Nvidia says</a>.</p> <p>If you want to dig even further into the architecture, you can get more details <a href="http://www.tiriasresearch.com/downloads/nvidia-charts-its-own-path-to-armv8/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_tegra_k1_claims_fame_first_64-bit_arm_chip_android_2014#comments 64-bit android ARM cpu denver Hardware nvidia processor tegra k1 News Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:32:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28334 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Previews 14nm Core M Broadwell Architecture for Thin Form Factors http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_previews_14nm_core_m_broadwell_architecture_thin_form_factors_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/broadwell.jpg" alt="Broadwell" title="Broadwell" width="228" height="188" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>A look at Intel's newest microarchitecture</h3> <p>After seeing Broadwell appear on a number of leaked roadmaps, <strong>Intel today finally provided some technical details about its 14nm manufacturing process </strong>and what the future holds. The first Broadwell chip to be based on the new microarchitecture will be Intel's Core M chip, which the company expects to power a broad range of products, everything from the infrastructure of cloud computing and devices that fall within the Internet of Things (IoT), to personal and mobile computing products.</p> <p>This represents a "tick" in Intel's tick-tock cycle, the last "tock" being Haswell. Broadwell essentially represents a die shrink of Haswell to 14nm, along with various optimizations, though Intel also baked in a few new goodies.</p> <p>Broadwell-based Core M chips use Intel's second generation Tri-gate (FinFET) transistors, which lead the way in performance, power, density, and cost per transistor. Intel said it was able to achieve a greater than two times reduction in the thermal design when compared to a previous generation of processor while providing similar performance and better battery life.</p> <p>"Intel's integrated model – the combination of our design expertise with the best manufacturing process – makes it possible to deliver better performance and lower power to our customers and to consumers," <a href="http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/08/11/intel-discloses-newest-microarchitecture-and-14-nanometer-manufacturing-process-technical-details" target="_blank">said Rani Borkar</a>, Intel vice president and general manager of product development. "This new microarchitecture is more than a remarkable technical achievement. It is a demonstration of the importance of our outside-in design philosophy that matches our design to customer requirements."</p> <p>On the consumer side, you can expect to see Core M show up in tablets and new form factors, including thinner systems that run silent and cool. Part of that is made possible by the fact that the Broadwell-Y platform sports a 25 percent smaller board area compared to Haswell. Broadwell also features a 50 percent smaller package size and 30 percent thinner Z-height compared to its predecessor.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_previews_14nm_core_m_broadwell_architecture_thin_form_factors_2014#comments 14nm architecture broadwell core m cpu Hardware intel processor News Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:35:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28328 at http://www.maximumpc.com IBM Develops Neurosynaptic Chip, Functions Like the Human Brain http://www.maximumpc.com/ibm_develops_neurosynaptic_chip_functions_human_brain_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ibm_brain_chip.jpg" alt="IBM Brain Chip" title="IBM Brain Chip" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />New chips boasts 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses</h3> <p>The human brain is a complex thing. So are computer chips, though we have a much better understanding of the latter than the former. By somewhat combining the two, <strong>scientists from IBM have developed the first neurosynaptic computer chip</strong> to achieve an unprecedented scale of 1 million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses, and 46 billion synaptic operations per second.</p> <p>IBM's SyNAPSE chip has 5.4 billion transistors, is a fully functional and production sclae part, and currently one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, though it only only consumes a scant 70mW, which is orders of magnitudes less than a modern processor, the company said.</p> <p>SyNAPSE was built around a cognitive chip architecture with an on-chip-two-dimensional mesh network of 4,096 digital, distributed neurosynaptic cores, where each core module integrates memory, computation, and communication. It operates in an event-driven, parallel, and fault-tolerant fashion.</p> <p>"IBM has broken new ground in the field of brain-inspired computers, in terms of a radically new architecture, unprecedented scale, unparalleled power/area/speed efficiency, boundless scalability, and innovative design techniques. We foresee new generations of information technology systems – that complement today’s von Neumann machines – powered by an evolving ecosystem of systems, software, and services,"<a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44529.wss" target="_blank"> said Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha</a>, IBM Fellow and IBM Chief Scientist, Brain-Inspired Computing, IBM Research. "These brain-inspired chips could transform mobility, via sensory and intelligent applications that can fit in the palm of your hand but without the need for Wi-Fi."</p> <p>The chip was fabricated using Samsung's 28nm process technology with dense on-chip memory and low-leakage transistors. Looking ahead, IBM hopes to integrate multi-sensory neurosynaptic processing into mobile devices constrained by power, volume, and speed.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/ibm_develops_neurosynaptic_chip_functions_human_brain_2014#comments cpu ibm neurosynaptic processor synapse technology News Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:42:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 28315 at http://www.maximumpc.com Cooler Master Nepton 280L Review http://www.maximumpc.com/cooler_master_nepton_280l_review <!--paging_filter--><h3>Not quite god, but still Herculean</h3> <p>In the world of CPUs, closed-loop liquid coolers (CLCs) seem to be standard-issue for enthusiasts these days. They give you higher overclocking headroom than even the most expensive and beefy air coolers, and they can operate more quietly. However, we haven’t seen many with radiators as large as 280mm—just the <a title="kraken x60" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nzxt_kraken_x60_review_2013" target="_blank">NZXT Kraken X60</a> and the <a title="Corsair h110 review" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/corsair_h110_review" target="_blank">Corsair H110</a> come to mind—so we were eager to run the <strong>Cooler Master Nepton 280L</strong> through its paces.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/coolermaster14036_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/coolermaster14036_small.jpg" alt="The Nepton features a massive 280mm radiator." title="Cooler Master Nepton 280L" width="620" height="559" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Nepton features a massive 280mm radiator.</strong></p> <p>Many hardware vendors have chosen to license their CLC designs from Asetek, whose patents go back quite a way. With the 280L, however, Cooler Master decided to roll its own with a custom pump. It’s definitely larger than usual. The tubes coming out of it are sleeved with a material called FEP, which is similar to Teflon and designed to slow the rate of evaporation inside the loop. That’s an important factor for a cooler that’s not designed to be refilled. Cooler Master is also using its own JetFlo fans, designed for high static pressure. This feature is needed to penetrate into the fins of the radiator, and the 140mm version of the JetFlo is making its debut here (the radiator can also fit 120mm fans).</p> <p>Pump installation is pretty straightforward. First, we screwed in a small bracket to each side of the cold plate. Then, since our LGA 2011 motherboard has an integrated CPU backplate, we just attached four bundled screws to that, set the cold plate on top the CPU, and added four fasteners to fix the cold plate’s brackets to the four screws in the backplate. The fasteners only take a flat-bladed screwdriver, oddly, but they went in smoothly. The radiator screws also come in two sets of eight, differing only a couple of millimeters in length, so it took a minute to separate each type. It would have been better had they been clearly differentiated.</p> <p>The pump, plugged into our board’s secondary CPU fan header, operated at a steady 6,300rpm, which is unusually high. We checked with Cooler Master, and the company agreed. We used a Zalman Fanmate to manually tune it down to 5,000rpm, at which point the pump noise didn’t stand out. Despite a loss of 1,300rpm, temps only went up about 1 C during our load test, indicating that the additional speed offered minimal improvement anyway. We then plugged the pump into a chassis fan header without the Fanmate, and it leveled off at 4,500rpm.</p> <p>Of course, there are caveats. A large percentage of cases will not accommodate a 280mm radiator; either the dimensions are too small or the fan mounts are not sized for it. This is not the radiator’s fault, though, so we can’t really deduct points for it. It’s just something that you have to be aware of. Also, the thick FEP tubes are not especially flexible. The radiator screws have unusually open heads, requiring an uncommonly large bit to avoid stripping. Lastly, the pump is too loud without some fiddling.</p> <p>These are fairly minor issues that all have workarounds, though. Considering the Nepton’s top-tier cooling performance, reasonably low noise levels, and ease of installation, its quirks don’t stick out in the end. Its load temperatures were notably lower than anything else we’ve tested and may allow you to squeeze another couple-hundred MHz out of an overclock. The Nepton is an indisputable upgrade from Cooler Master’s older Seidon series.</p> <p><strong>$125 (street),</strong> <a href="http://us.coolermaster.com/">www.coolermaster-usa.com</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/cooler_master_nepton_280l_review#comments Air Cooling april issues 2014 clc closed loop cooler Cooler Master Nepton 280L cpu Hardware maximum pc water cooling Reviews Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:35:45 +0000 Tom McNamara 28218 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Uncages A10-7800 and A8-7600 Kaveri APUs http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_uncages_a10-7800_and_a8-7600_kaveri_apus <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kaveri_0.jpg" alt="AMD Kaveri" title="AMD Kaveri" width="228" style="float: right;" />New APUs solve the Twitter teaser picture mystery</h3> <p>We now have our answer to a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014" target="_blank">Twitter picture</a> teasing a new AMD A-Series APU launch that made the rounds last week. The picture showed a dozen robots on the side of a semi-truck, leading to speculation that AMD might release a 12-core APU. In a sense, that's what AMD launched today, though not in the way you might think. <strong>AMD's updated Kaveri parts released today include the A10-7800 and A6-7600 APUs</strong>, the former with 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU and 8 GPU) and the latter with 10 Compute Cores (4 CPU and 6 GPU).</p> <p>In a more traditional sense, the higher-end A10-7800 is a quad-core chip clocked at 3.5GHz (up to 3.9GHz via Turbo), while the A6-7600 is also a quad-core part, but clocked at 3.1GHz (up to 3.8GHz via Turbo). They both feature AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) that allows the CPU and GPU to tag team tasks, TrueAudio technology, Mantle support, and configurable TDPs.</p> <p>"The AMD A-Series APUs bring a superior level of gaming and compute experiences to the desktop PC," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/apus-system-builder-2014jul31.aspx" target="_blank">said Bernd Lienhard</a>, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. "With support for AMD’s acclaimed Mantle API that simplifies game optimizations for programmers and developers to unlock unprecedented levels of gaming performance transforming the world of game development to help bring better, faster games to the PC."</p> <p>AMD's A10-7800 and A6-7600 are available now for $158 and $104, respectively (MSRPs).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_uncages_a10-7800_and_a8-7600_kaveri_apus#comments a10-7800 A8-7600 amd apu Build a PC cpu kaveri processor News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:17:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 28274 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Lifts the Lid Off Upcoming Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Processor http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_lifts_lid_upcoming_core_i7_5960x_haswell-e_processor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/delidded_haswell-e.jpg" alt="Delidded Haswell-E" title="Delidded Haswell-E" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Intel soldered the CPU die to the integrated heat spreader</h3> <p><strong>A picture making the rounds on the web shows what Intel's upcoming Core i7 5960X Haswell-E processor will look like</strong> if you have the nerve to pry off the integrated heat spreader (IHS). If you look close, you can see that beneath the adhesive layer that secures the IHS to the package is soldering from where Intel soldered the CPU die to the IHS with a strong epoxy. If you're an overclocker or otherwise concerned with temps, this a good sight to see.</p> <p>Soldering the CPU die to the IHS offers better heat conductivity than filling the gap with thermal interface material (TIM), the latter of which is the route Intel took with its Core i7 3770K, 4770K,a nd 4790K processors, according to the folks at <a href="http://www.ocdrift.com/intel-core-i7-5960x-de-lidded-haswell-e-uses-soldered-thermal-interface-material-tim/" target="_blank"><em>OCDrift.com</em></a>.</p> <p>While not game changing by any means, this is simply another reason to look forward to Haswell-E. Expected to launch this September, Haswell-E will coincide with Intel's X99 Express chipset and offer support DDR4 memory support.</p> <p>As for the stripped down Core i7 5960X on display, earlier rumors suggest it will rock 8 cores, 16 threads, a 3GHz to 3.3GHz (Turbo Boost) clockspeed, 20MB of L3 cache, and a 140W TDP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_lifts_lid_upcoming_core_i7_5960x_haswell-e_processor#comments Build a PC core i7 5960x cpu Hardware haswell-e intel overclocking processor News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:21:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28259 at http://www.maximumpc.com Breaking Down Intel's Three Broadwell Processor Lines for Mobile http://www.maximumpc.com/breaking_down_intels_three_broadwell_processor_lines_mobile_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_sign_5.jpg" alt="Intel Sign" title="Intel Sign" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Three families of 14nm Broadwell parts are headed for mobile devices</h3> <p>See that over there? <strong>It's Intel's 5th Generation Core processor family, otherwise known as Broadwell, coming around the bend</strong>. There will be will three different variants for mobile, including the Y Series, U Series, and H Series, all of which will be built on a 14nm manufacturing process. You can expect the parts to start appearing in the fourth quarter of 2014, but do you know the difference between each line?</p> <p>The folks at <em>Fudzilla</em> <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35355-5th-generation-broadwell-14nm-family-comes-in-three-lines" target="_blank">posted a nice piece</a> detailing the differences in the three different Broadwell lines for mobile. Based on that and other info around the web, initial Broadwell for mobile parts will consist of the Core M 5Y70, 5Y10, and 5Y10a, all of which are BGA parts. Both the Core M 5Y70 and 5Y70a are dual-core parts clocked at 800MHz to 2GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, integrated GPU clocked at 100MHz to 800MHz, and a 4.5W TDP, though the 5Y70 is configurable to also run at 4W. As for the 5Y70, it's a dual-core chip with Hyper-Threading support that runs at 1.1GHz to 2.6GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, 100MHz to 850MHz GPU, and 4.5W TDP.</p> <p>Next up is the U Series that will also come in BGA form and TDPs ranging from 15W to 28W -- not too shabby considering that they have integrated graphics as well. These will be dual-core parts designed for Ultrabooks and NUC configurations with support for up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory or 8GB of LPDDR3-1600.</p> <p>Finally, the H Series will also ship in BGA form with a 47W TDP. These will be the chips that end up in high-end systems.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/breaking_down_intels_three_broadwell_processor_lines_mobile_2014#comments 14nm broadwell cpu Hardware intel mobile prcessor News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:25:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28252 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Picture Teases a 12-Core AMD A-Series APU http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_truck.jpg" alt="AMD Truck" title="AMD Truck" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Don't bet the farm on this one</h3> <p>A picture making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere has AMD fans crossing their fingers that it means what it looks like it means. And just what would that be? A 12-core chip! Bear in mind that nothing has been confirmed, and furthermore, there are some alternate explanations as to what the picture actually depicts. Disclaimer aside, <strong>the image appears to hint that a 12-core AMD A-Series APU is around the corner</strong>.</p> <p>News and rumor site <em>WCCFTEch </em>offered up <a href="http://wccftech.com/amd-12-core-aseries-apu-inbound/" target="_blank">some analysis</a> on the picture, which apparently was posted by an AMD PR person with an #AMDEvolved tag. What the picture shows is a truck with a dozen AMD robots on the side and AMD's A-Series logo on the back. At a glance, that would seem to suggest a chip with 12 Steamroller cores, right? Possibly.</p> <p>The thing is, AMD can be funny about labeling its chips. For example, AMD advertises Kaveri as having 12 compute cores, but only four of those are CPU cores; the remaining eight are GPU cores. On the flip side, all the robots in the pic are the same color, so in theory, they'd all be CPU cores, right?</p> <p>Then again, it could just be much ado about nothing -- we'll have to wait and see.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014#comments 12-core a-series amd apu Build a PC cpu Hardware processor steamroller News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:14:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28241 at http://www.maximumpc.com ARM Strengthens Bottom Line Through Licensing Expansion http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_strengthens_bottom_line_through_licensing_expansion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/arm_1.jpg" alt="ARM" title="ARM" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />More than 1,100 companies license ARM technology</h3> <p>While AMD and Intel were watching from the sidelines as the market transitioned to mobile, ARM was busy "earning and burning, snapping necks and cashing checks," to borrow a line from Step Brothers. It's a bit more competitive today, though ARM was able to gain a foothold in the mobile market and continues to ride the momentum. As such, <strong>ARM said it added 41 licensed customers to its portfolio</strong>, bringing the total number of licenses signed to more than 1,100.</p> <p>ARM reported total revenue of $309.6 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 17 percent from the $264.3 million it collected in the same quarter a year ago, and up 9 percent year-on-year. That resulted in a profit of $86.7 million for the quarter, and $126.7 million for the first half of the year.</p> <p>"Our continued strong licensing performance reflects the intent of existing and new customers to base more of their future products on ARM technology. The 41 processor licenses signed in Q2 were driven by demand for ARM technology in smart mobile devices, consumer electronics, and embedded computing chips for the Internet of Things, and include further licenses for ARMv8-A and Mali processor technology," ARM CEO Simon Segars <a href="http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-holdings-plc-reports-results-for-the-second-quarter-and-half-year-ended-30-june-2014.php" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. "This bodes well for growth in ARM’s medium and long term royalty revenues."</p> <p>As more manufacturers jumped into mobile, ARM saw its licensing revenue jump 42 percent compared to last year. The company also shipped 2.7 billion ARM-based shipped in Q2, up 11 percent versus the same quarter a year ago. Shipment growth has been especially strong in enterprise networking and microcontroller markets, ARM said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_strengthens_bottom_line_through_licensing_expansion_2014#comments ARM cpu financial report Hardware license mobile processor News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28212 at http://www.maximumpc.com Online Retailer Tips Potential Pricing for Intel's Haswell-E Processors http://www.maximumpc.com/online_retailer_tips_potential_pricing_intels_haswell-e_processors_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_truck_1.jpg" alt="Intel Truck" title="Intel Truck" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Take these prices with a grain of salt</h3> <p>It's a bit early to go shopping for Intel's Haswell-E parts, though that doesn't mean you can't start planning your back-to-school build, especially if you can find the prices of upcoming parts. <strong>While Haswell-E CPUs are expected to debut in September, at least one online retailer in the U.S. has gone and posted pricing information</strong> for three upcoming SKUs, all of which are available to pre-order.</p> <p>A shout out goes to <a href="http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2014/2014071501_Pre-order_prices_of_Intel_Haswell-E_processors.html" target="_blank"><em>CPU-World</em></a> for discovering the pre-order parts on on <a href="http://www.shopblt.com/search/order_id=%2521ORDERID%2521&amp;s_max=25&amp;t_all=1&amp;s_all=CM80648" target="_blank"><em>Shopblt.com</em></a>. At the time of this writing, here are the Haswell-E parts and prices the e-tailer is pushing:</p> <ul> <li>Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition (8-core, 3.5GHz, 20MB cache): $1,107.83</li> <li>Intel Core i7 5930K (6-core, 3.7GHz, 15MB cache): $631.54</li> <li>Intel Core i7 5820K (6-core, 3.6GHz, 15MB cache): $425.92</li> </ul> <p>Intel's first-ever 8-core desktop processor (5960X) is priced at $1,107.83 at <em>Shopblt</em>, which is $16 more than the 4960X in the same store. Expensive, sure, but not a bad price difference for two additional cores, more L2 cache, more memory bandwidth, and general architecture improvements.</p> <p>Meanwhile, both six-core chips are priced somewhat competitively with the processors they're replacing -- the 5930K is $49 more than the 4930K, and the 5820K is $80 more than 4820K in the same store.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/online_retailer_tips_potential_pricing_intels_haswell-e_processors_2014#comments Build a PC core i7 5820k core i7 5930k core i7 5960x cpu Hardware haswell-e intel processor News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:51:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28193 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Roadmap Reveals Intel's Desktop Processor Plans Through 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_roadmap_reveals_intels_desktop_processor_plans_through_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/skylake.jpg" alt="Skylake" title="Skylake" width="228" height="206" style="float: right;" />Broadwell and Skylake headed for a Q2 2015 release</h3> <p><strong>A Chinese-language website posted what it claims is an official roadmap for Intel's consumer-based desktop platforms</strong> from now through the second quarter of 2015. The roadmap covers several processors broken up into Mainstream, Premium, and Extreme categories. It also includes a time frame for Intel's upcoming Broadwell and Skylake-S architectures, both of which are scheduled for the Q2 2015, according the roadmap.</p> <p>For those of you waiting on Haswell-E parts, there are three such chips coming out in Q3 2014, according to the roadmap posted by <a href="http://chinese.vr-zone.com/119624/intel-will-update-to-14nm-broadwell-and-skylake-s-for-desktop-in-2015-second-quater-06282014/" target="_blank"><em>VR-Zone's</em> Chinese channel</a>. Two of them fall into the Premium category, Core i7 5930K and 5820K, while the Core i7 5960K is listed in the Extreme category.</p> <p>It's the Broadwell and Skylake-S parts that's perhaps most interesting. Broadwell was originally supposed to have launched by now, but getting down to 14nm has been more challenging than anticipated. Now it's expected to release in the Q2 2015. When it does, it will slip into socket 1150 motherboards built around Intel's 9-Series chipset. These parts are also said to feature unlocked multipliers.</p> <p>Skylake-S will sport a 14nm manufacturing process, but with a locked multiplier. They'll likely run on socket 1151 motherboards based on Intel's upcoming 100-Series chipset.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_roadmap_reveals_intels_desktop_processor_plans_through_2015#comments broadwell Build a PC cpu Hardware intel processor roadmap skylake News Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:44:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28100 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Haswell-E Rumored to Hit Retail in September http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_haswell-e_rumored_hit_retail_september_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_x99.jpg" alt="Intel X99" title="Intel X99" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Along with Haswell-E comes Intel's X99 chipset and DDR4 memory</h3> <p>Supposing the latest rumor regarding Intel's Haswell-E processor family comes true, you'll have all summer to save up to build a system around a next-generation platform.<strong> A leaked document points to September 14, 2014 as the day Intel plans to launch Haswell-E to retail</strong>, which could coincide with an announcement at Intel's upcoming IDF 14 in San Francisco -- this year's IDF runs September 9-11.</p> <p>An excerpt from the leaked document was posted by <a href="http://chinese.vr-zone.com/118744/intel-haswell-e-and-x99-platform-embargo-day-confirm-06202014/" target="_blank"><em>VR-Zone's</em> Chinese-language portal</a>. According to the excerpt, at least three Core i7 chips based on Haswell-E will debut on September 14, along with Intel's upcoming X99 chipset. One thing to keep in mind if you're planning a next generation build is that X99 boards will require DDR4 memory.</p> <p>The three Core i7 parts mentioned include the Core i7 5960X (8-core, 20MB L3 cache, 3GHz-3.5GHz), Core i7 5930K (6-core, 15MB L3 cache, 3.5GHz-3.7GHz), and the Core i7 5820K (6-core, 15MB cache, 3.3GHz-3.6GHz). All three reportedly carry a TDP of 140W and support Hyper-Threading.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_haswell-e_rumored_hit_retail_september_2014#comments Build a PC cpu Hardware haswell-e intel processor rumor News Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:43:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28057 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Aims for 25 Times Boost in APU Energy Efficiency by 2020 http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_aims_25_times_boost_apu_energy_efficiency_2020 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_apu.jpg" alt="AMD APU" title="AMD APU" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Future APUs will feature a "dramatic" improvement in energy efficiency</h3> <p>According to AMD, there are 3 billion PCs and 30 million computer servers that use more than 2.5 percent of all energy consumed. With that in mind, <strong>AMD today went public with a goal to deliver a 25x improvement in the energy efficiency of its Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) by 2020</strong>. If AMD is able to reach its goal, it would represent a significant improvement over the 10x gain in energy efficiency it achieved during the past 6 years.</p> <p>"Creating differentiated low-power products is a key element of our business strategy, with an attending relentless focus on energy efficiency," AMD's Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/amd-accelerates-energy-2014jun19.aspx" target="_blank">stated during a keynote</a> at the China International Software and Information Service Fair conference in Dalain, China. "Through APU architectural enhancements and intelligent power efficient techniques, our customers can expect to see us dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our processors during the next several years. Setting a goal to improve the energy efficiency of our processors 25 times by 2020 is a measure of our commitment and confidence in our approach."</p> <p>AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) combines CPU and GPU compute cores and special purpose accelerators such as digital signal processors and video encoders all on the same chip, or APU. Energy is saved with this approach by eliminating connections between discrete chips, and by reducing computing cycles by treating the CPU and GPU as peers.</p> <p>Looking ahead, AMD is banking on gains in several different areas. These include inter-frame power gating, per-part adaptive voltage, voltage islands, further integration of system components, and other techniques still being developed.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_aims_25_times_boost_apu_energy_efficiency_2020#comments amd apu Build a PC cpu energy efficiency Hardware News Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:54:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28036 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Launches High Performance Kaveri APUs for Mobile http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_launches_high_performance_kaveri_apus_mobile_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kaveri.jpg" alt="Kaveri" title="Kaveri" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Bringing HSA and GCN to mobile</h3> <p>Today's a big day for AMD, and perhaps the start of a new era. That's because <strong>AMD just introduced the world to its new 2014 lineup of performance mobile APUs, codenamed Kaveri</strong>, which will slip into power efficient laptops and high-end notebooks. The new mobile APUs also represent the debut of AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features and Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture for mobile devices.</p> <p>"AMD takes a major step forward today on our journey to transform and enhance the computing experience with the launch of the 2014 Performance Mobile APU family," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/advanced-mobile-apus-2014jun04.aspx" target="_blank">said Bernd Lienhard</a>, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. "With a combination of superior total compute performance, stunning graphics and efficient power use alongside industry-first technologies, these new APUs set a new bar for cutting-edge consumer and commercial PCs."</p> <p>This launch follows the recent introduction of AMD's 2014 line of low power and mainstream APUs. AMD's Kaveri family will be the company's first FX-branded enthusiast-class APU for notebooks, which will range in type from personal and gaming systems to professional laptop models. Several OEMs are already on board to support Kaveri, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, and others.</p> <p>Kaveri offers up to a dozen Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU). These chips boast up to AMD Radeon R7 series graphics and offer support to 4K Ultra HD. They also support several AMD technologies of note, such as the company's Mantle API, Quick Stream, Steady Video, and TrueAudio technologies.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/kaveri_2014_apus.jpg" alt="AMD Kaveri 2014 APUs" title="AMD Kaveri 2014 APUs" width="620" height="356" /></p> <p>This is an interesting release, though it's not likely Intel is sweating bullets over Kaveri, especially with its refreshed Haswell release around the bend. If history is any indication, AMD's release will offer very good performance at attractive price points, but won't be the fastest on the block.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_launches_high_performance_kaveri_apus_mobile_2014#comments accelerated processing unit amd apu cpu Hardware kaveri laptop mobile notebook News Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:17:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 27936 at http://www.maximumpc.com