Intel is about to roll out its next reaction to Ryzen, with the upcoming Coffee Lake-S architecture and the 'new' Z370 chipset with a butt load of new Z370-based motherboards from the usual companies like ASRock, GIGABYTE, ASUS, MSI, and others.
But, one of the more interesting things to note here is that there will be some gates up when it comes to CPU compatibility between the sockets. If you have a Kaby Lake CPU right now and want to upgrade to a new Z370 board, for whatever reason, you simply can't - even though they are the same LGA 1151 socket.
Hardware.info has found that the new Z370 boards won't work with current-gen Kaby Lake CPUs, and it works the other way around yet, either. So if you run out and buy the upcoming Core i7-8700K, it won't work in your current-gen Z170/Z270 motherboard... but this should work after a BIOS update in the near future, hopefully.
Intel continues to react to AMD's feverish threat with Ryzen, with Chipzilla launching CPUs and new chipsets left, right, and center - and now... we're hearing more about Intel's next-next-gen Ice Lake CPU architecture.
Intel is preparing Ice Lake-based CPUs that will launch in the second half of 2018, with 8C/16T chips that will fight Ryzen 7 1800X, with a next-gen Z390 chipset that will sit side-by-side with the upcoming Z370 platform.
The big difference between Z370 and Z390 is that the latter will support higher CPU core counts, with Intel launching an offensive to compete against AMD's new Ryzen chips. This means that Intel will be waiting nearly an entire year before they can properly compete against the pure CPU thread count that AMD offers with Ryzen.
The new Ice Lake CPUs will reportedly be made on Intel's 10nm node, but we have no idea what CPU family they'll fall into - Core i7-9900K? No power numbers, or anything else just yet. I'm sure Intel will have another CPU family or two to release between now and then, too - especially at this rate.
AMD will later this year rock the notebook world just as much as it did the desktop PC world with its new Ryzen Mobile APUs, something the company has teased for the last few months.
AMD's upcoming Ryzen Mobile APUs will be the first Zen-based APUs released by the company, which will rock Vega-based GPU technology and much longer battery life than previous APUs from AMD. We're told to expect over 50% more CPU performance, 40% more GPU performance, with 50% less power... pretty damn good numbers.
Fast forward to now, and we have the first benchmark leaks of the upcoming Raven Ridge-based Ryzen 5 2500U which scores 9723 in Geekbench 4.1.1's multi-core test, and 3625 on the single-threaded side. If we compare that against the previous-gen A12-9800B and its multi-core score of just 5115, we can see just how much of an improvement Ryzen Mobile is going to be over AMD's previous-gen APUs.
- Ryzen 5 2500U (multi-core test) - 9723
- A12-9800B (multi-core test) - 5115
- Ryzen 5 2500U (single-core test) - 3625
- A12-9800B (single-core test) - 2315
AMD will be releasing their new Raven Ridge-based Ryzen Mobile APUs later this year, and expect us to put them through their paces in the usual benchmarks and games.
A few weeks ago there was a story that surfaced that AMD had intentionally disabled two entire CPU dies on their new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, but AMD denied this and the world kept spinning.
Well, weeks later and we're back with the same overclocker delidding AMD's champion, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, with der8auer pulling it apart to find out that it really is an EPYC server CPU underneath. This means that the single CPU dies on Threadripper are Ryzen 7 1800X, with 8C/16T - but times this by four and we have a huge 32C/64T.
We saw this in those early photos of the four CPU dies, but they were said to be dummy/non-working CPU dies. It might not make sense, but AMD would be making their EPYC server CPUs and then whatever yields can't handle the full 4 x 8C/16T gets knocked down to Threadripper 1950X by easily disabling the bugged-out CPU dies.
Voila: Ryzen Threadripper 1950X with 16C/32T, down from the mammoth 32C/64T that EPYC delivers.
Intel will be launching its new Coffee Lake CPU architecture led by the flagship Core i7-8700K processor on October 5, but between now and then we have some leaked details and benchmarks to share with you.
This was all kicked off with Canadian tech journalist Karl Morin finding himself with HP's new Omen desktop PC which rocks an unreleased Core i7-8700K processor, so he used a monitor quickly and benchmarked it. As VideoCardz points out, it's actually funny that Karl did this as there was a HP representative standing right next to him.
There are some Cinebench results to share, with some CPU-Z benchmarks in both single- and multi-threaded modes.
On the eve of Apple's new iPhone announcement, Samsung has come out swinging by announcing their new 11nm LPP process will be ready for mass production in the first half of 2018. Beyond that, Samsung is also confident with its 7nm EUV upgrade for the second half of 2018.
Samsung's new 11nm LPP process is a scale down of their 14nm LPP process that is found in mid-range processors, while the new 11nm LPP process will power next-gen Exynos SoC products from Samsung. The smaller 11nm LPP tech has 15% additional performance and a 10% area shrink, all with the same power consumption of 14nm LPP.
VP and Head of Foundry Marketing for Samsung Electronics, Ryan Lee, said: "Samsung has added the 11nm process to our roadmap to offer advanced options for various applications. Through this, Samsung has completed a comprehensive process roadmap spanning from 14nm to 11nm, 10nm, 8nm, and 7nm in the next three years".
We should expect to see 11nm LPP-based smartphones in 2H 2018, so think Galaxy Note 9... while the 7nm EUV upgrades will arrive in 2H 2018, with smartphones to be powered by it in Q1 2019, so think Galaxy S9 powered by 7nm.
There are people who spend their lives continuously working on breaking 3DMark records, and now that AMD's massive Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are here, AMD has once again entered the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra Hall of Fame.
You can see here from the Top 15 runs in the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra Hall of Fame that Intel absolutely dominates, but the #12 spot goes to 'Finnsk3' who ran the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X with 4 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI.
Finnsk3 used the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X on the ASUS X399 Zenith Extreme motherboard, with 32GB of G.SKILL 3600MHz DDR4 RAM, and 4 x GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI. The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X was clocked @ 4.17GHz, which provides a score that beasts out the Core i9-7900X from Intel.
Intel is reportedly gearing up to launch its new Coffee Lake CPU architecture on October 5, with the flagship Core i7-8700K to be lead the pack with its 6C/12T of power.
The new Core i7-8700K and the rest of the 8000-series CPUs from Intel will use the 'new' 1151 socket, with new Z370 chipsets that will soon arrive as well from the usual motherboard makers in ASRock, GIGABYTE, ASUS, MSI and others.
The sped-up release of the new Core i9 processors with the hugely expensive and super-fast Core i9-7980XE flagship CPU nearly here, the new Coffee Lake CPU architecture being launched this early are two moves Intel has never pulled before. You can't say AMD's new Ryzen, Threadripper and EPYC processors aren't lighting a fire under Intel right now. Maybe it's time to sit down and have a coffee.
Intel's newly-formed reaction against AMD's constant Ryzen threat is here, with the first of Intel's next-gen Core X processors now here; the first of which is the Core i9-7920X.
Legendary overclocker 'Der8auer' has his grubby hands-on the 7920X, so the first thing he did was delid it with his Delid Die Mate X tool that popped the lid on the 12C/24T processor. We now have some beyond sexy dieshots of the Core i9-7920X, which are doing some strange things to my body.
What we've learned from the Core i9-7920X being delidded is that there's a lack of solder, meaning Intel seem to have used thermal paste under the lid. We should expect high temps on non-delidded Core X processors, but this is going to be a new learning curve over the next few months... especially as people start getting their hands-on the 18C/36T beast, the Core i9-7980XE.
AMD is continuing to succeed in their CPU department (it'll be years before the GPU department can hit this success) with the latest e-tailer in Germany (Mindfactory.de) seeing AMD Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper sales overtake Intel. Mindfactory.de is considered the "Newegg of Germany" to give you some perspective.
AMD's new megatasking-capable Ryzen Threadripper CPUs have been selling incredibly well, with enthusiasts and content creators snapping the 16C/32T processors for their great $999 price. Rewinding back to March 2017, AMD had only 27.6% of the desktop CPU market... but the company reached a huge 49% in July, nearly doubling its dominance in the CPU market, and now has over 56% of the CPU market in August. Amazing numbers from AMD, and very well deserved.
The best-selling Ryzen CPU seems to be the Ryzen 5 1600, a 6C/12T processor that is actually a massive bang for buck champion at only $220. The Ryzen 7 1700, Ryzen 5 1600X, and Ryzen 7 1700X are all second, third, and fourth, respectively.
The majority of Intel's sales are coming from their Core i7-7700K processor, but with AMD seemingly taking out the rest of the best-selling CPU positions, does it matter? Intel have continued to react to AMD for the entire year, after what seemed like blindness to AMD being a big competitor earlier this year. The pain will continue, as Intel confuses more gamers and consumers with new CPU architecture releases, new chipsets with VRM problems, and gimped chipsets like X299.