Archive for: Intel

Lust: Intel Launches Six-Core 3960X Extreme Edition Processor.

  • November 14, 2011 9:05 am


Time to toss more money Intel’s way, PC enthusiasts. The long awaited LGA2011 chipset is finally here bringing with it new hex-core chips and quad-core memory. In true Intel fashion they’re starting off with a bang featuring the high end Core i7-3960X hex-core processor. Each core runs at 3.3 GHz when in multi-core mode, but can clock as high as 3.9 GHz when less than 6 cores are active. The 3960X features a 15 MB of level 3 cache and is priced at $1,050.

You can go a la carte and pick up the chip by itself or go full steam ahead with one of Maingear’s new Shift or F131 computers which now have options for the new processor. The cheapest configuration with a 3960X will set you back just under $2,800 — and that doesn’t even include a decent GPU (Nvidia GT 440). Hope you saved your pennies.

Intel Announces New 710 Series SSDs.

  • September 16, 2011 11:13 am


If you happen to be a multi-million dollar corporation (or a normal citizen with a small fortune buried in the back yard) Intel has something you’ll want to take a look at, especially if uber-fast SSDs are your thing. Today the company took the wraps off of their next-gen 710 series SSDs which look to trounce the outgoing X25-E Extreme model thanks to the 710′s use of 25-nanometer MLC flash memory.

So just how fast are the new drives? According to Intel’s own tests 5 710 SSDs were able to meet and even exceed the performance of a separate array in their data center which used 90 x 15,000 RPM HDDs.

Before you get too excited, put the wallet down, take a look at the price, and weep because you’ll never be able to afford them. In batches of 1,000 the 100 GB is the most reasonable at $649 with the 200 GB option going up to $1,289. But it is the 300 GB Intel 710 that makes us the saddest — $1,929. Of course, if you’re Google looking to outfit an entire data center with these things, it’s nothing but pocket change. First world problems…

Intel Powered Android Tablets Coming Early 2012. Reference Tablet Specs Revealed.

  • September 14, 2011 3:22 pm


Android is a massive force to reckon with in the mobile world. But on the desktop front, the story is much different. That will soon change come early 2012 when Intel’s first x86-powered “Red Ridge” Android tablets begin trickling out.

Today at an Intel session detailing Android 3.2 progress on x86 (Medfield) development, the specs for one of the first development/reference devices were revealed: 1200 x 800 display, WiFi, HDMI, WiDi (Wireless Display Monitoring), and 3G.

Meanwhile in terms of software, Intel has gone ahead and taken the reigns with respects to Android 3.2 customizations to get everything up and running as efficiently as possible on x86 hardware. Such one-sided work won’t be quite as necessary with Ice Cream Sandwich — Google has already promised to have x86 support from the start.

While we understand the benefit of multi-platform support, we’re not all that interested in they hype at this point. Anyone excited for x86 Android devices or is the platform rather irrelevant at this point?

Pre-Holiday Season To See MacBook Pro Refresh?

  • September 14, 2011 1:48 am

Sources close to AppleInsider are saying that Apple is planning on release an update to it’s Pro laptop line in the coming weeks - following the close of Apple’s Back-To-School Promotion which ends on September 20th. With the Air line receiving their update this past July, and the Pro series not seeing anything since this past February, it is actually possible Apple would like to bridge the gap between the last update and the release of Intel’s next-generation Core i-Series mobile platform.

According to people with proven insight into Apple’s future product plans, the late-2011 MacBook Pro refresh will deliver marginal speed bumps to the notebooks’ Core i-Series of Sandy Bridge processors but will otherwise introduce no material changes over the existing models.

AppleInsider says the latest 2.4GHz, 2.5GHz and 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7 processors could replace the current 2.0GHz, 2.2GHz and 2.3GHz versions currently powering Apples professional series notebooks. The 13-inch entry level MacBook Pro could see a bump with the listed 2.5GHz to 2.6GHz processors now available.

No one really knows what Apple has planned for this Holiday season. With no scheduled annual September Music Event, nothing concrete regarding the iPhone 5 - there is no telling what will happen. I don’t feel Apple will only give the current line a 7 month life, but that is just my humble opinion. We’ll all have to wait and see. You guys think it makes sense to release a refresh now in light of the wait until Intel’s second quarter of 2012 next-gen release?

Sandy Bridge To Ivy Bridge Upgrade Path Now In Doubt.

  • September 7, 2011 5:36 pm


First it was PLL override issues. And then faulty SATA connectors reared their ugly head causing a recall (for all intents and purposes). And now Intel’s Sandy Bridge (1155 platform) has another problem — its upgrade path. As it turns out the “simple” upgrade path from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge — more or less a Sandy Bridge die-shrink — won’t be so simple…

MSI Announces New G-Series Gaming Laptops: Core i7, Nvidia GTX 570M And 1 TB Hard Drives.

  • September 7, 2011 10:32 am


We aren’t the biggest PC gamers in the world, but when we do we tend to gravitate towards hulking desktop boxes that ooze testosterone and suck down electricity. It used to be that good mobile options were few and far between. That has since changed in recent years as the laptop gaming scene has exploded. Highlighting this fact can be seen with MSI’s new 15″ and 17″ G-Series gaming laptops. The G-Series will offer up speedy Intel Core i7 processors (up to i7-2630QM), up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, Nvidia’s GTX 570M mobile GPU and 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drives. Being the spec-loving enthusiasts that we are, we’d opt for the $1,999 GT780DXR-099US — MSI, seriously, give us some real names for once — which packs the Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz (turbos up to 2.9 GHz), 17.3″ 1920 x 1080 display, Nvidia GTX 570M with 1.5 GB of VRAM, full-color programmable back-lit keyboard, 1.5 TB hard drive in RAID 0, 16 GB of DDR3 memory, Blu-ray burner, THX TruStudio Pro speakers w/ subwoofer and plenty of USB 3.0 ports. Full measurements for this beastly rig come in at 16.85” (L) x 11.34” (W) x 2.17” (H) and 8.6 lbs.

If the above is a bit too much, MSI also has the GE620DX-278US at $1,199. The more affordable 15.6″ laptop also features a 1920 x 1080 display and Intel Core i7-2630QM processor along with an Nvidia FeForce GT 555M with 2 GB of DDR3 VRAM, a 640 hard drive capacity (max), 8 GB of DDR3 memory, THX TruStudio PRO sound/speakers, USB 3.0, built-in 720p webcam and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n.

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[Update] Intel Putting MeeGo Development On Ice After Poor Reception.

  • September 1, 2011 11:05 pm


Say it ain’t so. The impressive on paper and gorgeous on screen MeeGo UI may once again be facing death. A new report by DigiTimes today claims that Intel is temporarily halting development on the mobile platform, citing “lack of enthusiasm” and adoption by mobile hardware and pc manufacturers. Nokia hasn’t responded to questions for comment.

Should Intel bow out “temporarily”, the end result will likely be the death of MeeGo. The other half of MeeGo’s major backers, Nokia, has already put their eggs in Microsoft’s basket with Windows Phone 7.

A sad day indeed…

Update

In response to requests for comment by Cnet, Intel has officially responded to the above claims.

“We remain committed to MeeGo and open source, and will continue to work with the community to help develop and meet the needs of customers and end user.”

Intel Pushes Cedar Trail Back to November Citing Graphics Driver Issues.

  • August 23, 2011 12:07 am


Intel’s impending launch of the Cedar Trail chipset won’t see the light of day just yet. Originally scheduled to drop in September, Intel’s next-gen Atom chipset has apparently encountered some graphics driver issues meaning public consumption has been pushed back until sometime in October. Also joining the party late will be Intel’s Atom D2700 and D2500 processors.

In case you find yourself being mercilessly tortured by curiosity, Cedar Trail will bring PC Sync, DirectX 10.1, Intel Wireless Display, Fast Boot and Intel Wireless Music to Intel’s ultra mobile platform.

Rumor: Intel LGA 2011 Sandy Bridge-E Processors To Ship Without Heatsink Or Coolers?

  • August 15, 2011 11:46 pm


One of the first thing more serious PC enthusiasts do when ripping open new components, specifically the processor, for the first time is discard the stock/borderline useless heat sink. When real power is the ultimate goal Intel’s stock cooler doesn’t come anywhere close to sufficing. Perhaps thats the motivation behind Intel not including heatsinks or coolers with the upcoming LGA-2011 Sandy Bridge-E chipset.

According to VR-Zone, the new 3820, 3930K and the 3960X processors are rated at ~ 130W. Though we’re also seeing claims that SB-E could climb all the way up to 180W — a number in which any Intel heatsink to date would fail miserably. Good thing current LGA-1366 heat coolers will fit on the new hardware. We’re pretty sure absolutely 0 people will be upset should this rumor materialize. Right?