AMD 8 Core Zen 95W CPU May Launch in October

With each passing week, it seems like more rumors are coming concerning AMD’s upcoming Zen processors. From previous reports, we had expected AMD to release Zen near the tail end of 2016 but revenue from the new CPUs was not expected till early 2017. According to the latest rumour though, AMD may have Zen out a bit earlier than expected, with an 8-core chip coming out as early as October, meaning there could be significant revenue from Black Friday and the holiday season.

An October launch pretty much falls smack dab in the middle of AMD’s late 2016/Q4 confirmed launch window. With an 8-core chip with potential SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) for 16 threads, AMD is striking with a strong with a very competitive chip. Currently, Intel only has one consumer 8-core in the 5960X which is pretty pricey with a large TDP. An 8-core variant would also entice AMD users to consider an upgrade earlier as it doubles the thread count of current Piledriver CPUs on top of the 40%+ IPC increase.

Launching under the Summit Ridge series, the 8-core also boasts a positively regular TDP at 95W. This considers favorably with what Intel has to offer, especially considering AMD is offering double the core count. This is probably due to toned down clock speeds, improved efficiency and the new 14nmLPP process, providing AMD with a jump of 3 process nodes. Intel, for instance, cut power by about 30%+ when they moved from 32nm to 14nm, at the while increasing performance.

Key to Zen, of course, will be how well it will perform. Based on AMD’s figures and what we have been able to glean from multiple leaks,  Zen should hover around Haswell levels of IPC. The bigger question is how AMD prices Zen, though many will undoubtedly jump at the chance to buy a once again, IPC competitive AMD CPU. Hopefully, AMD’s expectations for Zen hold true. I for one, am finally hoping we will see 8C/16T CPUs enter the realm of mainstream hardware.

AMD Bundles Hitman with GPUs and CPUs

Freebies are something that we all like and AMD has now bundled the new Hitman game with some of their graphics cards and processors as well as systems prebuilt with these components. AMD has partnered with IO Interactive again to bring this deal and they also joined the AMD Gaming Evolved program in order to get the best out of the hardware with top-flight effects and performance optimizations for PC gamers.

The bundle deal runs from the February the 16th and it is valid with the purchase of selected products from participating retailers – as it always is. In this round, AMD bundles Hitman with their Radeon R9 390 and 390X graphics cards as well as their FX 6 and 8 core processors (PIB). The bundle will last until 30th of April 2016 or whilst supplies last. Vouchers can be redeemed until 30th of June 2016.

The new Hitman game is offered in a seasonal fashion with a base game and periodic add-ons that will continue the story, but it is handled in the best possible way. The full experience with the full season off new missions won’t cost more than other games costs in themselves without DLCs and this AMD bundle also includes the full game rather than just the initial release. You will also get access to the BETA for Hitman that will run from the 19th to the 22nd February.

Those that have upgraded to Windows 10 will have the best experience with this new game as it has been built to take advantage of DX12, a feature that will make a very noticeable difference for AMD CPU users.

“Hitman will leverage unique DX12 hardware found in only AMD Radeon GPUs, called asynchronous compute engines, to handle heavier workloads and better image quality without compromising performance. PC gamers may have heard of asynchronous compute already, and Hitman demonstrates the best implementation of this exciting technology yet.”

You can find all the fine print and redeem your game code on the official Hitman mini-site. The beta phase is almost here, so it might be time to make that upgrade that you’ve holding back with. The full hardware specifications and recommendations have also been published a few days ago, in case you missed them.

Intel May Increase Mainstream Core Count for Cannonlake

Intel has long limited the mainstream platform to 4 physical cores, with 8 threads due only to Hyper-Threading. This has held true for the longest time, with power users who wanted more cores making the jump to LGA 1366 and 2011. According to an Intel CPU engineer profile, Intel will start offering more cores starting with Cannonlake in 2017. Instead of a jump to 6 cores, the alleged Cannonlake SoC will feature up to 8 cores.

While some may say that this is a server processor, that is unlikely due to the SoC designation. That usually points to a mobile environment, with an attached GPU and other dedicated hardware on the same chip. The biggest question is whether or not this core-count increase is going towards mobile devices or the higher performance desktop platform. As we all know, the mobile world ahs become obsessed with core counts so a low power extreme multi-core CPU may be there for marketing. That segment would be better served though by a 10nm shrink of Goldmont from the Atom lineup which should still exist in 2017.

One of the reasons Intel may be moving to more cores on the mainstream platform in 2017, is that software is slowly starting to feed 4 cores quite well. Even with Hyper-Threading, 4 cores may simply not cut it. By pushing more cores to mainstream users, Intel is also pushing software developers who have generally been loath to make their software more-multithreaded. Another reason is that by 10nm, Intel will have enough space and cost savings to allow for 6 and even 8 cores to be cheap enough to produce. 10nm will be 4 times smaller than the 32nm process, allowing for many more chips per wafer.

Finally, 2017 is also the year that AMD will launch their Zen architecture. Set  to provide a 40% IPC over current Excavator chips, the new lineup is set to arrive on a 1x nm process and feature up to 8/16 cores +  SMT (AMD’s Hyper-Threading) on the mainstream platform.It may be that Intel perceives Zen may be a threat to their mainstream platform and is taking proper precautions. Whatever the reason, 2017 looks to be a really interesting year for CPUs, with major product introductions from both camps.

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Rumor: Nexus 6 To Feature 64-bit 8-core Processor

Whether or not it is true, rumors still remain and they point to the next (Google) Nexus 6 handset having a high-end 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. It is still too early to make presumptions at this time, though Digitimes cites an article from China’s Economic Daily News.

Reports say that Qualcomm is planning to launch its high-end Snapdragon 810 with a 64-bit architecture somewhere in the second half this year, boasting eight cores and said to run on an ARM big.LITTLE configuration which boosts its speeds and battery performance simultaneously.

Making a quick recap of what was specs were released for the Snapdragon 810, it is said to have four cores made out of ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and the remaining being made out of ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs. All of them combined powering a Nexus handset, not to mention the upcoming Nexus 6, would definitely be something worth seeing.

However, take the information with a grain of salt since the Nexus 6 handset is bound to be released at the end of 2014, somewhere in early Q4 at the very least. New rumors are bound to change and make this recent rumor redundant, or could add up and consolidate it into something concrete. Time will tell.

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Qualcomm Octa-Core 64-Bit SoC Rumored To Be In The Works, Should We Expect 4K Too?

Earlier reports point to Qualcomm wanting to see 4K capable handsets this year, and they went on working on them no matter what. They also mentioned that this they would also release the first 64-bit capable processors. But recent news tends to combine them all, having Qualcomm now rumored to be working on an Octa-Core processor.

The new SoC is said to feature eight Krait64 general-purpose cores designed in-house at Qualcomm, and would be compatible with ARMv8 architecture with up to 4MB of cache and a 2.5GHz clock speed. Adreno 430 graphics (up from the 330 series) with a 500MHz frequency is also expected to be present in the SoC, along with LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller and various special purpose hardware/accelerators. But does the new specs also include 4K? We have been hearing a lot of news, rumors and official, about what Qualcomm wants to bring this year. Yet it is not clear upon what to expect as a final deliverable.

The SoC should be manufactured on the 20nm architecture and it is possible to arrive as the Snapdragon 810 series in two models. The MSM8994 which is said to be integrated with baseband, and the APQ8094 which is said to require the external telecom chip. However, more information from Qualcomm should shed some light on this SoC in the near future.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 & Note 3 Will Not Receive Software Patch To Unlock 8-Core Power

This is really terrible news for all Galaxy S4 owners, as well as new Galaxy Note 3 owners. Samsung has revealed that both devices, powered by the Exynos 5 Octa SoC (5410 and 5420 respectively), won’t get the much wanted software patch which would have otherwise unlocked all 8-cores for simultaneous usage, for example Monster 8-core performance. The reason stated by Samsung is “thermal issues,” which is understandable, considering how hot the Galaxy S4 heats up to even with just its usual four cores operating under the hood.

The 8-core update will come only after the Exynos 5 Octa batches get updated with new production methodology aimed to avoid overheating in 8-core scenarios, and since the Note 3 and Galaxy S4 are sporting the current thermal envelopes, calculated to run with only four cores at once, the fix won’t apply to them, at least officially, unless you don’t mind the risk of frying the handset.

 On the issue of the Android 4.4 KitKat update for Samsung’s flagships, the expert advised that this is still months away, and right now they are focusing on getting Android 4.3 rolled out to everyone in Q4.
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