PC Perspective Podcast #540 - Apple & Qualcomm Settlement, Optane H10, and a Giveaway!

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2019 - 06:09 AM |
Tagged: wi-fi 6, ryzen pro mobile, ray tracing, qualcomm, podcast, Optane H10, Lawsuit, Intel, giveaway, be quiet!

PC Perspective Podcast #540 - 4/18/2019

This week we talk about the surprising Apple and Qualcomm settlement, Intel's Optane H10 memory, ray tracing for GTX cards, 2nd-gen Ryzen PRO mobile parts, and we review and give away three be quiet! power supplies.

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Need a CPU and only have $180USD?

Subject: Processors | April 17, 2019 - 03:52 PM |
Tagged: amd, Ryzen 5 2600X, i5-9400f, ryzen 2, coffee lake, Intel

To compete against the Ryzen 5 2600X which is currently selling for $180, Intel released the slightly refreshed i5-9400F which also retails at $180.  As far as the specifications on paper go, the Ryzen offers 6 cores and 12 threads at a top of 4.2GHz while Intel's offering has 6 cores and 6 threads with a top frequency of 4.1GHz; the AMD chip also comes with the Wraith Spire cooler while Intel's supports Optane. 

The real question is how they perform when you use them and to discover the answer you should check out TechSpot's latest CPU review.

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"Intel's been having some trouble competing with the wave of Ryzen processors, forcing the chip maker to be a little more creative. Today we have the Intel Core i5-9400F on hand, which is basically a refreshed i5-8400 with a 100 MHz clock speed boost, no integrated graphics and a lower price point."

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Source: TechSpot

Everybody's flashing for the weekend, even Intel wants a little romance

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2019 - 12:32 PM |
Tagged: security, patch, Intel, flash

If you and your Intel chips are feeling insecure, why not show them some love this Friday night and flash them with new updates?  There are new updates including one to mitigate Spoiler, and one for the Broadwell U i5 vPro found in the Intel NUC.  There are also software update, which resolves permission escalation vulnerabilities in the Graphics Performance Analyzer for Linux and the Intel Media SDK. 

As when flashing your motherboard or GPU, do be careful to read and follow all the steps, unless you have a love of bricking expensive equipment.  Drop by The Register for links to all four updates.

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"Chipzilla's April patch load includes fixes for a pair of bugs considered by Intel to be high security risks, as well as a speculative execution bug reported by university researchers last month."

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Source: The Register

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage Coming to a Laptop Near You

Subject: Storage | April 10, 2019 - 03:48 PM |
Tagged: storage, ssd, QLC, Optane Memory, Optane H10, Optane, NVMe, notebook, laptop, Intel

Intel has shared information about Optane memory H10, a new product that combines Optane memory with Intel QLC NAND on the same M.2 device. Not offered as a standalone product (at least not yet), Intel is partnering with OEMs (including Dell, HP, and ASUS) to include this new storage in upcoming consumer devices, with the first systems available at Best Buy in Q2 of this year.

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This will not be a desktop option at first, as Intel mentions only "thin and light notebooks and certain space-constrained desktop form factors – such as all-in-one PCs and mini PCs" in their press release. So what makes up this new storage product? Intel provided some key specifications outlined below:

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage - Key Specs
Type Intel Optane Technology & Intel QLC 3D NAND Technology
Intel controller and firmware
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe
M.2 2280 Single Sided (2280-S3-M)
Capacities 16GB Intel Optane Memory + 256GB Storage
32GB Intel Optane Memory + 512GB Storage
32GB Intel Optane Memory + 1TB Storage
Power Deep Sleep/L1.2: <15 mW (combined)
Operating Temperature 0-70° C
Endurance Up to 300 TBW (over warranty)
Warranty 5 Years

"The combination of high-speed acceleration and large SSD storage capacity on a single drive will benefit everyday computer users, whether they use their systems to create, game or work. Compared to a standalone TLC 3D NAND SSD system, Intel Optane memory H10 with solid-state storage enables both faster access to frequently used applications and files and better responsiveness with background activity."

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"8th Generation Intel Core U-series mobile platforms featuring Intel Optane memory H10 with solid state storage will be arriving through major OEMs starting this quarter. With these platforms, everyday users will be able to:

  • Launch documents up to 2 times faster while multitasking.
  • Launch games 60% faster while multitasking.
  • Open media files up to 90% faster while multitasking."

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"SSDs with Intel Optane memory are the fastest compared to NAND SSDs in the majority of common client use cases. Intel-based platforms with Intel Optane memory adapt to everyday computing activities to optimize the performance for the user’s most common tasks and frequently used applications. With offerings of up to 1TB of total storage, Intel Optane memory H10 with solid state storage will have the capacity users need for their apps and files today — and well into the future."

Some very Malventano-like benchmark examples were also provided in the press deck, emphasizing that real-world system performance primarily hits low queue depths:

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You can read the entire press release from Intel at the source link.

Source: Intel

BIOSTAR Announces Windows 7 Support for AMD and Intel Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2019 - 11:27 AM |
Tagged: Windows 7, SHA-2 Security Update, motherboard, Intel, biostar, amd

There are still those of us who prefer to avoid Microsoft's latest OS, and for them today's annoucement from BIOSTAR may be of interest. The motherboard maker has announced Windows 7 support for its latest motherboards for both Intel and AMD platforms, an interesting move in a market where Windows 10 is a requirement for many new products. The company is aware of the end of support for Windows 7, and they encourage users to take advantage of the SHA-2 Security Update, which enables Windows Update beyond July 16, 2019.

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"Whilst Microsoft may be ending support for the older Window 7 operating system, users can still secure their machine with the upcoming SHA-2 Security Update. It is vital for legacy OS users to install the security update, machines without the security patch will be vulnerable. For advanced data security, the BIOSTAR H310MHG motherboard also comes with a TPM header for TPM modules making it perfect for government organizations that require the highest level of data security. TPM modules are used in conjunction with other security technologies such as biometric verification, antivirus software, firewalls, smart cards, and others."

A full list of motherboards with Windows 7 support from BIOSTAR (with links to the download page for each) after the break.

Source: BIOSTAR

PC Perspective Podcast #539 - Intel’s Big Enterprise Updates, Corsair’s Ultra-Efficient PSU, and More!

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2019 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: Zen 2, xeon scalable, podcast, Intel, EPYC, corsair, be quiet!

PC Perspective Podcast #539 - 4/4/2019

This week we look at reviews of a new Titanium-rated PSU from Corsair and a limited edition white case from be quiet!, talk about Intel's "Data-Centric" product launches, and more!

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00:02:02 - Review: Corsair AX850 Titanium PSU
00:07:57 - Review: be quiet! Dark Base 700 White Edition Case
00:23:23 - Discussion: Intel’s Data-Centric Innovation Day
00:50:24 - News: No More Forced Windows 10 Updates?
00:56:13 - News: AMD Taking Advantage of Intel Shortages
01:07:09 - News: Optane Support for Pentium & Celeron CPUs
01:09:23 - News: 2019 Hackaday Prize
01:13:46 - News: Classic Tabletop RPG ‘Paranoia’ Coming to PC
01:16:10 - News: Sentry 2.0 Console-Size Case
01:20:18 - Picks of the Week
01:29:30 - Outro

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Jeremy: LG 27MP59HT-P
Josh: 1TB Crucial P1
Sebastian: 1TB Lexar SL100 Pro

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Intel today made a number of product and strategy announcements that are all coordinated to continue the company’s ongoing “data-centric transformation.” Building off of recent events such as last August’s Data-Centric Innovation Summit but with roots spanning back years, today’s announcements further solidify Intel’s new strategy: a shift from the “PC-centric” model that for decades drove hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue but is now on the decline, to the rapidly growing and ever changing “data-centric” world of cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, automated vehicles, Internet-connected devices, and the seemingly unending growth of data that all of these areas generate.

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Rather than abandon its PC roots in this transition, Intel’s plan is to leverage its existing technologies and market share advantages in order to attack the data-centric needs of its customers from all angles. Intel sees a huge market opportunity when considering the range of requirements “from edge to cloud and back:” that is, addressing the needs of everything from IoT devices, to wireless and cellular networking, to networked storage, to powerful data center and cloud servers, and all of the processing, analysis, and security that goes with it.

Intel’s goal, at least as I interpret it, is to be a ‘one stop shop’ for businesses and organizations of all sizes who are transitioning alongside Intel to data-centric business models and workloads. Sure, Intel will be happy to continue selling you Xeon-based servers and workstations, but they can also address your networking needs with new 100Gbps Ethernet solutions, speed up your storage-speed-limited workloads with Optane SSDs, increase performance and reduce costs for memory-dependent workloads by supplementing DRAM with Optane, and address specialized workloads with highly optimized Xeon SKUs and FPGAs. In short, Intel isn’t the company that makes your processor or server, it’s now (or rather wants to be) the platform that can handle your needs from end-to-end. Or, as the company’s recent slogan states: “move faster, store more, process everything.”

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Continue on to read our full coverage of Intel's announcements.

Intel Extends Optane Support to Pentium and Celeron Processors

Subject: Storage | March 29, 2019 - 01:57 PM |
Tagged: storage, ssd, pentium, Optane, M.2, Intel, celeron

Intel has quietly expanded Optane support to include 8th-gen and above Pentium and Celeron processors. Aside from the 8th-gen requirement (the report at Tom's Hardware lists this as 7th-gen or above, but Intel's release notes specify 8th-gen) users must also be running Rapid Storage Technology (RST) drivers version 17.2 or later, and have a compatible BIOS.

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The direct quote from Intel's driver release description:

"Intel® Optane™ memory support extended to desktop Intel® Pentium™ and Intel® Celeron™ processors starting with Intel 8th generation systems and Intel® RST 17.2 driver or later. You must have the corresponding system BIOS for support. Consult your motherboard/system vendor for more information."

The latest driver (Intel Optane Memory User Interface and Driver for System Acceleration) was actually released back on February 20, and is currently version 17.2.0.1009.

A back room brawl, AMD is starting something in the server room

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2019 - 01:43 PM |
Tagged: amd, Intel, server

The Inquirer linked to a paper AMD just posted, which details what they call the "Intel Tax".  It highlights a variety reasons not to chose an Intel based server, including the dozens of SKUs to chose from, spanning four different metal codes, and five different series. They also point out that if you want more that 28 cores you will need to buy additional processors, as well as needing to spend a large amount on upgrades to Gold or Platinum branded CPUs if you want to use the latest memory technology. 

No wonder DigiTimes is predicting Intel's market share in the server room may fall below 90% in the coming years.

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"As such, AMD's attack on Intel comes across as a bit petty. But then we don't feel too sorry for Intel as one of its top execs launched a big attack on Nvidia a day or so earlier; goodness knows what's in the water over in the US."

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Source: The Inquirer

Intel Micron Fight Time

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2019 - 01:45 PM |
Tagged: Intel, micron, 3D XPoint, sueball, imft

If you thought the story of Intel and Micron breaking their developmental partnership to create 3D XPoint was over, you didn't take into account how odd and incestuous the tech world really is.  Micron stated their intentions to buy out Intel's remaining stock in IMFT, Intel Micron Flash Technologies, a move that Intel expected.   What Intel didn't expect was a former engineering manager by the name of Doyle Rivers leaving Intel and joining Micron, possibly with a USB drive full of tasty trade secrets.  According to what The Register have found when going over the various documents, the secrets in question are "a spreadsheet with the contact details of more than 3,000 Intel ... 110 Perl scripts, which have sentimental value, but no practical use outside of the development environment".

At this time PC Perspective is not seeking access to a certain Mr. Shrout's files and residence, but does note the pockets in the cargo pants he was wearing during the sign over were obviously full of something ... and that Mr. Shrout does not habitually wear cargo pants.

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"Mr. Rivers doesn't have anything to return," he said. "We continue to take the position that Intel's claims are greatly exaggerated."

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Source: The Register