Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2013 - 06:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, otellini
We know that Paul Otellini will be leaving his position as CEO of Intel this year and The Inquirer just heard about what is happening to senior management because of his departure. There are eight newly promoted senior executives at Intel and it is likely that one of them may be in line for the chair as Intel is most likely to look internally for their next leader. On the other hand, it seems that investors are questioning some of Intel's past decisions, particularly in Fab development, which might bring pressure to bear for an new, external hire to become the next leader. Keep an eye out as Intel's inside might be headed for drastic changes.
"Last year Intel announced that Otellini will be leaving the company in May, concluding what is generally regarded as a successful tenure leading the chipmaker. Now the firm's top brass have been jockeying for position, with eight senior executives being promoted closer to the CEO's chair."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Provision a New Linux Dev Environment in Nothing Flat with Puppet @ Linux.com
- Globalfoundries, TI in bid to purchase Powerchip 12-inch fab equipment @ DigiTimes
- CES 2013: iLuv Audio Accessories @ Funky Kit
- Genius WideCam 320 Webcam Review @ Techgage
Introduction and Technical Specifications
Courtesy of GIGABYTE
The Z77X-UP7 board represents a new approach to the motherboard game for GIGABYTE - no holds barred. The board combines a larger than normal form factor with high-end digital power circuitry to build a product that packs a punch while not skimping on features. We welcomed the challenge that this board presented, putting it through the normal suite of benchmark and functionality tests to see how well it stacked up. The GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7's performance and features come with a price, as all flagship products do, with its $399.99 price tag still a hefty sum.
Courtesy of GIGABYTE
To power the Z77X-UP7, GIGABYTE used a 32+3+2 power phase design with every heat producing chip covered by a highly effective heat pipe cooling solution. GIGABYTE integrated the following features into the Z77X-UP7's design: SATA 2, SATA 3, and mSATA ports; support for 4 different networking types including an Intel GigE NIC, an Atheros GigE NIC, an Atheros dual-port 802.11n adapter, and an Atheros Bluetooth adapter; enough PCI-Express x16 slots for true quad-card support; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.
Courtesy of GIGABYTE
Subject: Systems | January 29, 2013 - 12:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nuc, Intel, DC3217IYE
The new Intel NUC DC3217IYE is a tiny little system with a Core i3-3217U on a QS77 Express chipset with a pair of HDMI ports, three USB 2.0 ports, WiFi, ethernet and a mini PCIe slot that can handle mSATA, which is good as there is no internal storage apart from that. Once you have purchased the NUC, all you need to do is install an mSATA drive and RAM and you have a fully functional system. The inclusion of a Core i3 processor helps make the performance of the NUC significantly better than what it would be with an Atom and while the HD4000 is good for some applications it is not a strong gamer. X-bit Labs likes the idea of the NUC but questions the $300 price it will command.
"Intel decided to give it a shot in the ultra-compact desktop systems market. And they immediately came up with a unique product: a miniature system case only 12x11x4 cm in size based on Core i3 processor. It boasts a truly impressive combination of features, but does it make practical sense to give us a large desktop box in favor of a tiny guy like that?"
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- The Hardware.Info 2013 PC Buyer's Guide
- Dell XPS One 27 Touch Review @ TechReviewSource
- Toshiba Satellite LX835-D3380 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Apple iMac 27 inch 2012 review: Mac XL @ Hardware.info
- Samsung Series 7 All-in-one PC 700A3D @ Hardware.info
- OcUK Titan 8350a King Cobra MK2 @ Kitguru
Subject: Processors | January 25, 2013 - 11:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: haswell, Intel, overclocking, speculation, BCLK
hardCOREware is engaging in a bit of informed speculation on how overclocking the upcoming Haswell chips will be accomplished. Now that Intel has relaxed the draconian lock down of frequencies and multipliers that they enforced for a few generations of chips, overclockers are once again getting excited about their new chips. They talk about the departure of the Front Side Bus and the four frequencies which overclockers have been using in modern generations and then share their research on why the inclusion of a GPU on the CPU might just make overclockers very happy.
"This is an overclocking preview of Intel’s upcoming Haswell platform. We have noticed that they have made an architectural change that may be a great benefit to overclockers. Check out our thoughts on the potential return of BCLK overclocking!"
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Intel Core i7-3960x vs. i7-3970x@Bjorn3D
- Intel Core i3-3220 v. Intel Core i3-3225 Review @ MissingRemote
- Desktop CPU Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Testing Memory Speeds on AMD's A10-5800K Trinity APU @ Legit Reviews
- AMD A10 5700K APU @ Guru of 3D
Subject: Motherboards | January 23, 2013 - 01:52 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: Intel, haswell
Word reached us tonight of some interesting and somewhat disappointing news out of Intel. The company has announced a reorganization that will include the spinning down of the retail motherboard development team and product line after the release of the upcoming Haswell line of processors.
We disclosed internally today that Intel’s Desktop Motherboard Business will begin slowly ramping down over the course of the next three years. As Intel gradually ramps down its motherboard business we are ramping up critical areas of the desktop space including integration of innovative solutions for the PC ecosystem such as reference design development, NUC and other areas to be discussed later.
The internal talent and experience of twenty years in the boards business (which until recently has been largely focused on desktop tower type designs) is being redistributed to address emerging new form factors -- desktop and mobile – and to expand Intel’s Form Factor Reference Design (FFRD) work and enable our partners to develop exciting new computing solutions.
Intel's DX79SI was a launch board for Sandy Bridge-E
Many of our readers might not see this as an important decision with the likes of ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte to accommodate the needs of builders, but any time a company that has been in a business segment for more than 20 years exits, you need to pay attention. And while Intel boards have traditional been used only on business and stability-dependent applications, the boards team has in the past few years been producing fantastic, high quality enthusiast class platforms and innovating on the UEFI design, etc. Many boutique system builders were even using Intel motherboards in $5,000+ systems.
As recently as CES earlier in the month, we met with the board team at Intel to discuss future plans for additional features as well new compelling changes to UEFI coming up in Haswell offerings. Instead it appears that members of that product team will be slowly transitioned to the world of new form factors (like the recently announced Next Unit of Computing) and more.
Intel's Next Unit of Computing platform
Intel noted confidence in other companies like ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte for future motherboards and to "fully support Intel's growing roadmap." And for those companies this will likely be good news in the short term as builders and OEMs will be transitioning away, looking for new options. Still, this will no doubt fuel the fire of rumors about Intel's desire to move out of the socketed CPU business as quickly as possible.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2013 - 08:44 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, nvidia, Intel, H80i, h60, H100i, frame rating, corsair, ces 2013, CES, amd
PC Perspective Podcast #234 - 01/17/2013
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- 0:33:20 Caustic shows ray tracing cards at CES
- 0:35:45 Intel Haswell graphics compared to GeForce GT 650M
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- 0:43:00 Bioshock Infinite to be a PC gaming beast
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Subject: Storage | January 17, 2013 - 08:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: DC S3700, Intel, ssd, HET MLC, enterprise ssd
Before getting into the speed of the new Intel DC S3700 SSD, take a moment to consider the expected lifespan of the HET MLC flash, it was described to hardCOREware as "10 full drive writes per day over the 5-year life of the drive". Now that will not have a big impact on home users, but Enterprise and image/video editors will certainly take note as moving that much data is a common occurrence for those businesses and the questionable lifespan of some flash memory has been contributed to the slow pace at which SSDs have been taken up by large businesses. With the Intel name behind these drives, an assurance of long term usability and the impressive steady state performance they provide you may soon see these in a server room near you.
"The Intel SSD DC S3700 introduces a new Intel SSD controller for the first time in years. With a heavy emphasis on consistent performance, these drives bode well for the future of Intel SSD products. It may also refresh your opinion on some current SSDs that don't perform as consistently as others once they enter a steady state."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD @ SSD Review
- OCZ Vector 256GB SSD Review @ Techgage
- Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD Upgrade Kit Review @ NikKTech
- OCZ Vector 512GB @ Legion Hardware
- Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD @ AnandTech
- Micron P320h PCIe Enterprise SSD @ Tweaktown
- oshiba THNSNF 512GB SSD review: with proprietary controller @ Hardware.info
- Western Digital RE 4TB HDD @ TechwareLabs
- ICYDock MB981U3N-1SA SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adaptor @ PCSTATS
- Patriot Gauntlet (PCGTW320S) @ Bjorn3D
- EonNAS 1100 NAS Network Storage Server @ Benchmark Reviews
- Synology DS413j NAS Designed for Home & Offices Review@ Madshrimps
- ADATA DashDrive UD310 Jewel-Like Flash Drive Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB @ Kitguru
- Patriot SuperSonic Rage XT 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Kingston DataTraveler HyperX USB 3.0 64 GB @ techPowerUp
- Kingston DT Elite USB 3.0 64GB Thumb Drive Review @ XtremeComputing
- Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2013 - 09:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, SDP, 7 watt, core i5, 3339Y, Ivy Bridge
One of the biggest controversies coming out of CES 2013 was Intel's redefining of TDP as SDP so that they could rate their new Ivy Bridge processor at 7W. Scenario Design Power is a measurement of the power consumed in certain specific usage situations, which Intel refuses to disclose the specifics of. From what The Inquirer found out, there will actually be a spectrum of SDPs which consumers can choose from, though again Intel is not saying much about the specifics of the workloads or of the chips themselves. You can check out what little we know here, though until we have more details it is hard to decide if this will obfuscate the actual power draws of chips or become a new useful metric in the future.
"CHIPMAKER Intel remains coy about the precise definition of the workload used to calculate its scenario design power (SDP) metric that it has applied to its Y series Core processors.
Intel quietly introduced the new SDP metric at CES where it revealed a 7W Ivy Bridge chip and received some criticism for relying on a new metric to hit its headline figure. When The INQUIRER asked Intel to define the scenario in which the Core i5 3339Y chip hits the 7W figure, the firm said it was "not prepared to talk about the workload at this time"."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Fedora 18 Released @ Slashdot
- Microsoft flings out emergency patch for Iatest gaping IE hole @ The Register
- YOUR Cisco VoIP phone is easily TAPPED, warns CompSci prof @ The Register
- 'Red October' has been spying on WORLD LEADERS for 5 years - researchers @ The Register
- Rumors say Dell again thinking of going private @ The Register
- Linux for the Masses at CES 2013 @ Linux.com
- CES 2013: Seagate, Antec, Intel, A-Data, Digital Storm, Sapphire & More @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2013 - 05:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: nvidia, Intel, hd graphics, haswell, geforce, dirt 3, ces 2013, CES, 650m
While wandering around the Intel booth we were offered a demo of the graphics performance of the upcoming Haswell processor, due out in the middle of 2013. One of the big changes on this architecture will be another jump up in graphics performance, even more than we saw going from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge.
On the left is the Intel Haswell system and on the right is a mobile system powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M. For reference, that discrete GPU has 384 cores and a 128-bit memory bus so we aren't talking about flagship performance here. Haswell GT3 graphics is rumored to have double the performance of the GT2 found in Ivy Bridge based on talks at IDF this past September.
While I am not able to report the benchmark results, I can tell you what I "saw" in my viewing. First, the Haswell graphics loaded the game up more slowly than the NVIDIA card. That isn't a big deal really and could change with driver updates closer to launch, but it is was a lingering problem we have seen with Intel HD graphics over the years.
During the actual benchmark run, both looked great while running at 1080p and High quality presets. I did notice during part of the loading of the level, the Haswell system seemed to "stutter" a bit and was a little less fluid in the animation. I did NOT notice that during the actually benchmark gameplay though.
I also inquired with Intel's graphics team about how dedicated they were to providing updated graphics drivers for HD graphics users. They were defensive about their current output saying they have released quarterly drivers since the Sandy Bridge release but that perhaps they should be more vocal about it (I agree). While I tried to get some kind of formal commitment from them going forward to monthly releases with game support added within X number of days, they weren't willing to do that quite yet.
If AMD and NVIDIA discrete notebook (and low cost desktop) graphics divisions are to push an edge, game support and frequent updates are going to be the best place to start. Still, seeing Intel continue to push forward on the path of improved processor graphics is great if they can follow through for gamers!
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Subject: Systems | January 10, 2013 - 07:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: CES, ces 2013, Intel, tv, intel media, imagination, PowerVR
While visiting with the folks at Imagination, responsible for the graphics system known as PowerVR found in many Apple and Samsung SoCs, we were shown a new, innovative way to watch TV. This new system used an impressively quick graphic overlay, the ability to preview other channels before changing to them and even the ability to browse content on your phone and "toss" it to your TV.
The software infrastructure is part of the iFeelSmart package but the PowerVR team was demonstrating the performance and use experiences that its low power graphics system could provide for future applications. And guess what we saw was connected to the TV?
With all of the information filtering out on Intel's upcoming dive into the TV ecosystem, it shouldn't be a surprise that find hardware like this floating around. We aren't sure what kind of hardware Intel would actually end up using for the set top box expected later this year, but it is possible we are looking at an early development configuration right here.
PC Perspective's CES 2013 coverage is sponsored by AMD.
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