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QNAP Launches World’s First Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS

QNAP announced the availability of the world’s first Thunderbolt 2 powered Turbo vNAS, the TVS-871T, that features 20Gbps bandwidth and 4K video capabilities through the Thunderbolt 2. The 8-bay NAS unit comes in two version, either with an Intel Core i7 or Intel Core i5 Haswell CPU and 16GB DDR3 memory. The TVS-871T is also compatible with QNAP’s TX-500P and TX-800P expansion enclosures and you can attach up to six of those for a total raw capacity of up to 448TB. With the high transfer speed of DAS and the convenient accessibility of NAS, the TVS-871T is an extremely flexible and efficient storage solution.

“The TVS-871T tackles the most common bottleneck for 4K workflows: I/O speed and storage.” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. “It provides unmatched performance for high-resolution file storage and I/O-intensive tasks to increase working productivity focusing more on 4K or 3D workflows.”

The QNAP TS-871T doesn’t just feature 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2, it also has dual 10GbE ethernet ports for an unmatched connectivity as both can run simultaneously for different operations. This Turbo vNAS could very well be the perfect match for Thunderbolt 2-capable Mac systems as 2 workstations can connect to it and process real-time video editing at the same time. Assisting in creative workflows, the TVS-871T delivers powerful and stable throughput for real-time non-linear video editing, and also allows multi-track video editing with the lowest latency. Users can also connect a 4K display to the TVS-871T via HDMI to directly play and organize their 4K videos.

The TVS-871T runs with the latest QTS 4.2 operating system and has the awesome QvPC technology where users can simply connect a keyboard, mouse and HDMI display and use the system as a cost-effective PC substitute. You can use it to directly access stored data, run multiple VMs, surf the web, and much more.

Key specifications

  • TVS-871T-i7-16G: Intel® Core i7-4790S 3.2 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • TVS-871T-i5-16G: Intel® Core i5-4590S 3.0 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • 8-bay tower model
  • AES-NI hardware encryption engine
  • hot-swappable 3.5″/2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s HDD or SSD
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 high-speed ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet port (10GBased-T)
  • 4 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 x HDMI port


Intel Ultra Low Power Skylake-U Lineup Revealed

While much of the attention have been focused on the i7 6700K and the i5 6600K, Intel’s latest 14nm process should shine best in the power limited mobile environment. Intel intends to be mum about their other Skylake chips, but someone has leaked slides detailing the Skylake-U ultra low power lineup.

Starting off, all of the chips are dual-core only given the limited power envelope, with the i3, i5 and i7 having hyperthreading to expose 4 logical cores. We have 2 i7s with 4MB L3 cache that breach the 3Ghz barrier at max turbo while the i5 lineup loses 1MB of cache and tops off at 3Ghz. The i3 is limited to a much more pedestrian 2.3Ghz while the Pentium and Celerons are even slower and lose another MB of cache and hyperthreading. TDP remains low at 15W max with a configurable TDP that drops as low as 7.5W.

On the GPU side, we have the HD 530 for the i3 and above at 300/1000Mhz with the i7 variant boosting an additional 50Mhz. The Pentium and Celeron are paired with the slower HD 510 that clocks slower at 300/900Mhz, with the Pentium iGPU boosting 50Mhz higher. The Intel 520 should have 24EUs (Execution Unit) while nothing about the 510 has leaked yet. It will be interesting to see if the 34% promised gain over Broadwell iGPU will manifest in the 520 or will there be other higher end iGPUs launching later.

While the desktop side of things has shown lower levels of progress, the mobile side continues to show good improvement. It wasn’t long ago that mobile CPUs hit 35W TDPs with anemic iGPUs and poor battery life. Now, we will soon have chips that are leaps and bounds ahead of their predecessors with higher IPC, clock rates and better iGPU performance, all in a smaller, cooler, and more power efficient package.

Thank you FanlessTech for providing us with this information

Intel Skylake i7-6700K Benchmarks Leaked

Another batch of Skylake benchmarks have leaked out a little under a month before the expected launch. This time we have the Intel i7-6700K on an ECS Z170-Claymore paired with 16GB of 2133Mhz DRR4, 128GB SSD and a GTX970. For comparison an i7-4790K on an MSI Z97A Gaming 6 with 8GB of 1600Mhz DDR3 with the same GPU and SSD. Both systems used the stock Intel heatsink with the copper core.

PCMark 8, 3DMark, Cinebench R15, and Sandra 2015 were tested with the 6700K coming first in the images with the 4790K following. As you can see Skylake trades blows with Haswell in PCMark 8, only managing to pull ahead significantly in the Home test. In the two Firestrike tests, Haswell manages to pull ahead but Skylake manages wins in Cloud Gate and Sky Diver.

Cinebench R15 shows a win for Skylake with a notable improvement in multicore efficiency. OpenGL shows a big jump due to the improved iGPU on Skylake. For Sandra 2015, the red line is Haswell and blue for Skylake. The two trade blows in the arithmetic test, but Skylake pulls ahead in multimedia, cryptography and memory bandwidth. The final two are expected given additional instruction support for cryptography and DDR4 with Skylake.

As we pretty much expected, Skylake is a minor bump in terms of IPC gains, being able to pull ahead of Haswell despite being clocked lower. One can’t forget that the extra bandwidth offered by DDR4 might be giving a boost to Skylake so those with 2133Mhz DDR3  Haswell might see fewer gains. Drivers for the motherboard are still in beta, but not too much is likely to change in that field. These benchmarks serve to confirm the general trend shown by previous leaks and the hardware looks set for a much leaked August launch.

Thank you TechBang for providing us this information

Skylake’s New Graphics Core Names Make More Sense

We finally see Intel getting it right and structuring their naming convention and numbers to actually make sense when it comes to Intel Graphics in its latest Intel Skylake chips. A recent driver leak revealed what the company has planned and how you should choose Intel’s graphics.

Before we get into that, lets see where Intel went into the wrong direction. 2010’s Westmere chips saw the first entry-level HD Graphics, followed by Sandy Bridge’s HD 2000/3000. So far, the numbering system clearly displayed their performance through the latter numbering system.

Intel’s HD Graphics took a turn in 2012 with the Ivy Bridge and HD 2500/4000. From here, Haswell and Broadwell HD Graphics’ numbering system went as a ‘messy’ waterfall, having higher HD Graphics number models with a mixture of frequencies and execution units, sometimes even lower than HD Graphics with a lower numbering system. It was hard distinguishing which is which and what is better that the other without a deep search of the CPU and the graphics it boasted.

Luckily, the leaked Skylake drivers give us some hope and show that Intel is finally tidying its graphics naming conventions, having the company reducing it to a letter followed by three digits as show in the pic below.

According to a blog post from MyDrivers, the HD Graphics will remain the base graphics models, which can be found on the Celeron and Pentium CPUs. The HD 510/515/520/530/535/540 will represent the common multimedia-oriented graphical solutions found on the Core iX models. They will come with various frequencies, so be sure to check the CPU out before you buy it.

The Iris 550 is said to be the higher-level solution found in high-end smartphones, while the Iris Pro 570/580 are found in the top-of-the-line K Desktop models and smartphone models. They are rumoured to boast an embedded catch of 64 MB or 128 MB, depending on the CPU model. Finally, we have the HD P530 and Iris Pro P580, which can be found on the Xeon E3 product line and corresponding desktop version.

QNAP’s Triple Storage Solution With Thunderbolt NAS at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – We stopped by the QNAP booth to check out what they had in stock this year and it’s far from the usual.

On display is the new TS-871T that isn’t just an NAS with iSCSI support, it is also a DAS unit allowing you to connect it directly via a high-speed Thunderbolt interface. Usually you just get one or the other, but not so with QNAP that packed it all into one great unit especially great for video professionals.

Not only is the TSV-871T a triple storage solution, it also packs an amazing punch under the hood. It is based around a quad-core Intel i7 CPU and supports full 4K video output via the built-in HDMI connector.

Eight drive bays and 16GB RAM will make everything run as smooth as it should. A unit like this can’t be missing QNAP’s amazing QvPC technology that allows you to run almost any operating system in a virtual environment and directly on the NAS thanks to the VMstation.

The two expansion slots are used for the Thunderbolt and extra 10GB/s LAN connections here, but that could technically be changed to whatever you need – if you need more. The units already has everything you could want from normal Gigabit Ethernet ports over 10GbE and Thunderbolt to USB 2.0 and 3.0. A universal connection wonder.

On the demo stand the unit was connected directly to an Apple system for a demonstration of the Thunderbolt Interface.

Transfer speeds of up to 950MB/s isn’t something you’ll see every day from NAS units.

New is also the Qsirch, a google like search but for your NAS. This new feature will easily allow you find anything you remember to have stored on your NAS just as easy as it is to use any search engine.

Cloud backup is an important factor these days, both for collaborating on work but also for extra safekeeping of your files in case disaster should strike. QNAP has this covered from Microsoft OneDrive over GoogleDrive to Dropbox and Amazon’s Cloud server. FTP, Microsoft networking, and WebDAV are also part of QNAPs functions.

Streaming and playback isn’t an issue either. Select the output device and connection and it’s playing.

Storage snapshots are just what they sound like and allow you to rollback to previous times in your storage. Messed something up? just go back to previous backups and restore it.

Eurocom Launches Upgradeable M4 Ultraportable Laptop

If you’re in the market for a compact laptop that still packs a great display and enough power for even demanding usage scenarios, then you might want to take a closer look at the new Eurocom M4 ultraportable laptop with up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, intel Core i7-4940MX upgradeable processors, and a QHD+ 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels.

The new Eurocom packs a lot of power but only weighs 2kg and measures just 330 x 227 x 31.9mm. As with all Eurocom models, you can customize just how much performance you need and want to pay for. The M4 now provides three levels of graphics cards to choose from, the GeForce 960M, 860M, and 765M. The new 960M might be the perfect choice for a system like this, providing a great performance at decreased power consumption.

The system is powered by Intel’s HM87 Chipset that can handle the full line of Intel’s 4th Gen Core i7 processors, including the Core i7-4940MX with four cores and eight threads, running at 3.1GHz. You can equip the system with up to 16GB DDR3-1866 memory via the two SO-DIMM slots and with up to 4TB storage capacity through one 9.5mm 2.5-inch and two mSATA storage bays, even the most demanding users needs should be covered.

The display is also customizable, not everyone want’s a QHD resolution on a 13-inch screen. Other options besides the 3200×1800 display is a 2560×1440 Quad HD matte display and a 1920×1080 Full HD matte display. Even with all that power at your disposal, the M4 can still give you a long battery time of 5 hours.

EUROCOM M4 VGA / GPU Graphics Options:

  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (N15P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1029MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board
  • 2GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (Kepler); 128-bit; 768 CUDA; GPU/VRAM Clock 850MHz/2000MHz; on-board
  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (N16P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1097MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board

EUROCOM M4 Processor / CPU Options:

  • 2.40 GHz (up to 3.40) Intel Mobile Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.50 GHz (up to 3.5) Intel Mobile Core i7-4710MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.60 GHz (up to 3.20) Intel Mobile Core i5-4210M (Haswell); 2C/4T; 3MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 37W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.80 GHz (up to 3.80); Intel Mobile Core i7-4810MQ; 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.90 GHz (up to 3.90); Intel Mobile Core i7-4910MQ; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.00 GHz (up to 3.90) Intel Mobile EXTREME Core i7-4930MX (Haswell); 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.10 GHz (up to 4.00); Intel Mobile Core i7-4940MX Extreme; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866

Intel Demo Core i7 Broadwell Processor with Iris Pro Graphics

Intel staged a presentation in San Francisco on Wednesday night, during which we got our first look at a 5th generation Intel Core i7 Broadwell processor with Intel Iris Pro graphics – the first time an LGA-socketed processor has been paired with Iris Pro – running on a Dell 5K display.

The PC used for the demonstration ran on an EVGA Z97 motherboard  (P/N: 152-HR-E979-KR) – with the implication that all Intel Z97 boards will be Broadwell-ready – with a fully unlocked, 65w TDP Intel Core i7 Broadwell. No third-party cooling system was employed, so the Intel CPU Cooler appeared to be sufficient.

Intel did not demonstrate any games on the 5K display, a Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (UP2715K) with a 5120×2880 screen resolution showing a series of Ultra-HD images. The EVGA Z97 board was picked due to its dual DisplayPort video outputs, needed to run the Dell UP2715K display.

An Intel press release reads:

“Intel recently introduced our 5th Generation Intel Core processors resulting in a wave of products built on Intel’s industry-leading 14nm process technology. In a new disclosure at GDC, Intel showed the first 5th Generation Core LGA-socketed CPU with Intel Iris Pro graphics. This 65 watt unlocked desktop processor, available mid-2015, will bring new levels of performance and power efficiency to Mini PCs and desktop All-In-Ones. Since 2006 the 3D performance of Intel Graphics has increased nearly 100 fold (Intel 3DMark06 measurements) and powerful form factors from Acer, Medion and Intel’s own NUCs are becoming available with 5th Generation Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Graphics.”

Intel recently revealed that its Broadwell series of CPUs are due for release mid-2015.

Source: Legit Reviews

Acer Announced Aspire V17 Nitro Notebook with RealSense 3D Camera


Acer announced the new Aspire V 17 Nitro notebooks that feature the advanced Intel RealSense 3D camera. With a camera that can understand and respond to natural movements in three dimensions, Aspire V Nitro will take their owners to a new level of navigation. It also enables 3D scanning, 3D model generating and then printing on a 3D printer, or sharing on social media for that matter.

“Acer believes three-dimensional computing offers unlimited potential for both professional and consumer uses,” said Jerry Kao, President of Acer Notebook Business Group. “Business applications include 3D modeling, mapping, and architectural design, while the most popular consumer uses will likely include augmented reality gaming, and simple PC navigation and control.”

Acer V 17 Nitro notebook models include large 17.3-inch Full HD IPS displays and are powered by a 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. They also come with up to 16GB of memory, 128GB or 256GB solid state drives, and up to 1TB of hard disk storage.

Of course the newest 802.11ac wireless networks are support with dual band antennas on both the 2.4GHz and 5GZ frequencies. It also includes Acer Dustfender to clear out build-up dirt inside the system to keep it longing stable and silent for a long period of time. Four built-in speakers provide Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater sound and depending on model they come with either Blu-ray or DVD drives.

The new Aspire V17 Nitro notebooks with 3D camera will become available throughout January with varying prices depending on configuration.

Thanks to Acer for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Acer

HP Returning to PC Gaming Hardware Market with Omen

Asus, MSI, Razer, PCSpecialist and many others have ultra high-end gaming notebooks on the market right now, but soon they’ll have an extra competitor in the form of the HP Omen. HP dropped out of the gaming market years ago, but their new notebook marks a shift in the companies goals.

The Omen is a 15.6″ laptop with an Intel Core i7 CPU, GeForce 860M graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SDD and a 1920 x 1080 display. Nothing overly fancy or innovative there, but it’s certainly going to pack enough performance punch to run high-end PC games.

It’s milled from a solid piece of aluminium, with tapered edges and a speaker grill down each side. The keyboard features red LED backlighting and six programmable function keys. The whole unit is just 20mm thick and weighs 4.68 pounds (2.1kg).

The Omen will be available from the 4th of November online and in retail stores a few weeks afterwards. Prices are expected to be $1,499 for the base model. It certainly looks gorgeous, but we’ll wait and see how it performs in benchmarks.

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of CNET.

ASRock X99 Extreme11 Motherboard Revealed

The drive for extreme performance is never-ending and the Haswell-E X99 hardware is no exception. ASRock already have some very impressive X99 motherboards on the market, but that hasn’t stopped them from revealing the world’s most powerful X99 motherboard; the ASRock X99 Extreme11.

The board is incredibly well equipped, with 18 SATA3 ports, that includes 10 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors which run via the Intel X99 chipset, with an additional SAS-3 12.0 Gb/s connectors running from the LSI SAS 3008 controller chip. ASRock have demonstrated data transfers of up to 6.1 GB/s with SSDs connected to these ports, wow! Then you also have the world’s fastest Ultra M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 slots, with each being capable of 2.8 GB/s.

Power delivery comes in the form of a 12 Power Phase Design, allowing your chip of choice to run harder and faster, while using less power and running cooler.

Need an ultra high-end graphics card setup for gaming, rendering or any other GPU intensive task? No problem, the ASRock 12 is equipped with 4-way PCIe Gen3 SLI/CrossFireX with full x16/16/16/16 speeds, this comes courtesy of two embedded PLX PEX 8747 bridge chips to keep everything running at full speed.

If that’s not enough, the board also comes with a vast array of high-end features such as ASRock Super Alloy, support for Core i7 and Xeon 18 Core (LGA 2011-3), XXL Aluminium Alloy Heatsinks, Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps, 60A Power Chokes, Memory chokes, Ultra Dual-N MOSFETs. You’ll also find dual Intel Gigabit LAN with Teaming support, Purity Sound 2 plus audio with Nichicon Fine Gold SEries Audio capacitors, 8 DIMM slots for DDR4 quad channel EEC and UDIMM/RDIMM memory, with speeds of up to 3200+(OC) on up to 128GB.

This board is completely insane, if you’re trying to build your own supercomputer, this might be the best place to start.

Thank you ASRock for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of ASRock.

Nvidia GTX 980 Overclocked to 2.2 GHz!

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 9xx range of graphics cards have launched with great success, they offered incredible out-of-the-box performance that has been impressing gamers around the world, but for some, that’s not enough. The overclocking potential of the new cards have been begging to be pushed to the limits and now Swedish overclocker Elmor has taken his Asus GTX 980 Strix to set some new records.

Elmor pushed his Asus GTX 980 Strix to its limits using the Asus Rampage V Extreme motherboard, an Intel Core i7-5960X processor, 16GB of G.Skill DDR4 and a Cooler Master V1200 PSU; and let’s not forget that he also used a generous helping of LN2 to push those GPU temperatures a long way into the minus.

The Asus GTX 980 hit an incredible 2208 MHz with an effective memory speed of 8.4 Ghz. At the same time, Elmor also pushed the Intel Core i7-5960X to an equally impressive 5.586 Ghz. With those two running at such extreme clocks, Elmor was able to set a new single GPU world record for 3DMark’s Fire Strike Extreme @ 9,568; that’s almost double what I scored with a pair of overclocked Radeon R9 280X’s.

Naturally you won’t be getting this kind of performance at home, but it’s great to see how far the hardware can really go. It’s also a nice indication of the kind of performance we can expect from graphics cards in the not too distant future; if you haven’t got any LN2, you’ll just have to wait for the next, or the next-next generations of graphics cards and processors.

Thank you Chiphell for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Chiphell.

HP To Announce Its First Chromebox Desktops, Release Date Said To Be This Spring

After Asus and Samsung revealed their version of Chromebox Desktops, it seems that HP is plunging into the game as well with the announcement that they will release their first Chromebox desktops this spring.

HP as stated that the Chromeboxes will come in four different colors: white black, turquoise and silver. They have not specified any dimensions for the ‘box’, however they said that “the box is small enough to place in a travel bag and can be mounted to the wall or the back of your monitor”.

In terms of specs, the HP Chromebox will have a 4th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, a HDMI and Display Port, and four USB 3.0 ports. Nothing more has been confirmed about its specs at this point, though HP is bound to give more details later on.

HP is known to be selling Windows computers and Android devices. Google’s Chrome OS is just an addition to its variety of products. What is interesting though is the price of HP’s Chromebox devices. Looking at Asus, it has tagged its Chromebox with a price of $179. Since HP is just releasing its first Chrome-based desktops, it will surely bring a competitive price to keep up with competition.

Thank you Gigaom for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Endgadget

Intel To Retire Five CPUs In 2014

CPU World reports that Intel is planning to discontinue five CPUs in 2014. The information was provided with Intel’s latest Product Change Notification (PCN). Of the CPUs that are being axed two are LGA 1155 Core i3 processors and three are socket G2 Core i7 mobile processors.

The Core i3 3210 and Core i3 3225 Ivy Bridge based LGA 1155 processors are the two desktop CPUs to be axed. Both the retail and OEM versions will be discontinued. The Core i7-3720QM, i7-3820QM and i7-3920XM are the trio of mobile Core i7 processors to be axed, this time only the OEM versions as these were never sold as retail version.

The three mobile Core i7 processors in question were released in April 2012 while the two desktop CPUs were released in September 2012 to January 2013. Intel is taking the last orders for all five CPUs on March 28th 2014 and last shipments are made on September 5th 2014.

Image courtesy of Intel

ASUS Reveal Zenbook UX301 13.3 Inch Notebook With WUXGA 1440p Display

With the Windows notebook market relatively stagnant in terms of bringing screen resolutions forward, ASUS are looking to buck the trend with their 2560 x 1440 WUXGA display on the 13.3 inch Zenbook UX301. Typically on notebooks we will see a 1366 x 768 display if relatively affordable, 1920 x1080 when more premium and occasionally 1600 x 900 if looking for a compromise in between the two. Rarely do we ever see a display as high resolution as 2560 x 1440 and so ASUS are really catering to that demand.

The ASUS Zenbook UX301 features a 10 point touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The notebook from ASUS uses a 2560 x 1440 resolution giving an approximate PPI of 220, something rarely seen on notebooks. The UX301 is just 15.5mm thick when closed and will boast a Haswell Core i7 processor as well as ASUS SonicMaster audio and 802.11ac WiFi. ASUS have made a little teaser video about this upcoming notebook which you can check below:


Pricing and availability is still TBA.

Image courtesy of ASUS (YouTube)

Intel Introduce New Wave Of Haswell Mobile Processors

Intel has just unveiled a fresh wave of Haswell Core Series processors for the desktop LGA 115X platform and now it is doing the same for its mobile Haswell platform. TechPowerUp reports that Intel have made official four new mobile Core i7s, five new mobile Core i5s and a trio of mobile Celerons. In the most part these are dual core core parts with the Celeron models lacking hyper threading and some extra cache, the Core i5 models have hyperthreading but sport less cache and lower clock speeds than the Core i7 models.

One glaring omission from these latest Haswell mobile releases are the Haswell mobile Core i3 processors which cover the $140-210 price point. These appear to be delayed so entry level notebook buyers will end up having to buy Ivy Bridge Core i3 based notebooks, buy more expensive Core i5 options or more affordable Celeron and Pentium options.

Image #1 courtesy of Intel and Image #2 courtesy of TechPowerUp

Intel Has Range Of Embedded CPUs Planned For September

Intel’s Haswell technology hasn’t had a chance to permeate all parts of Intel’s CPU portfolio. The embedded sector is still rather lacking of the new Intel architecture but from September we can expect to see them arrive with Intel’s 4th generation Shark Bay platform. The new releases of embedded CPUs will contain five new processors. These will be the following:

(Note that Thread counts are just educated guesses as this information was not disclosed.)

  • Core i7 4700EQ @ 1.7GHz with 4C/8T and a 37W TDP
  • Core i5 4400E @ 2.7GHz with 2C/4T and a 37W TDP
  • Core i5 4402E @ 1.6GHz with 2C/4T and a 37W TDP
  • Core i3 4100E @2.4GHz with 2C/2T and a 37W TDP
  • Core i3 4102E @ 1.6GHz with 2C/2T and a 25W TDP

All of these new embedded chips are based on a mobile Haswell design and are embedded into QM87 or HM86 chipset motherboards. Consequently the feature set of the platform will vary between the different motherboards that these CPUs are embedded on. The CPUs come in a BGA 1364 package. You can check out more detailed information here and here courtesy of EKF-System.

Image #1 courtesy of Intel and Image #2 courtesy of EKF-System

New Intel Haswell Processors Coming September 1st, Includes Core i3

Intel’s Haswell has been out for a while now but there are still some unreleased models we are expecting. According to a VR-Zone story the rest of the Haswell line up will arrive on September the 1st. This will consist of  a single Core i7 model, two Core i5 models, five Core i3 models and five Pentium models. There are also a pair of Ivy Bridge Core i5 processors and a trio of Ivy Bridge based Celeron processors coming too on September the first.

With regards to the specifications of the Haswell processors WCCFTech have created this excellent summary table that shows you all you need to know about these upcoming Intel Haswell processors. Interestingly enough most of the processors exceed the 3GHz mark quite comfortably which is something that we haven’t seen for a while with Intel processors. All Core i3 models have hyper threading and HD 4600 graphics while there are a couple of T models that have reduced 35W TDPs over the 54W TDP of the standard Core i3 models. The new Core i7 4771 is simply an i7 4770K that is locked and it has an 84W TDP.

Image #1 courtesy of VR-Zone and Image #2 courtesy of WCCFTech

World’s Thinnest & Most Powerful 14-inch Laptop Now Available For Pre-order

Razer has announced that it is taking pre-orders for its recently announced, brand new 14-inch Blade gaming laptop. Powered by a 4th gen Intel Core i7 quad core processor with Hyper-Threading (Base 2.2 GHz/Turbo 3.2 GHz) and the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M GPU, the Blade is the thinnest and lightest 14-inch gaming laptop in history. Measuring in at just 0.66-inches thin, the Razer Blade packs more power-per-cubic-inch than any other laptop in the world. The Razer Blade utilizes solid-state storage technology with boot speeds of up to four-times faster than a traditional 5400-RPM notebook hard drive. The Razer Blade has a rigid all-aluminum chassis, with a stunning 14-inch LED-backlit HD+ display and features a custom-designed track pad and backlit gaming grade keyboard.

“The Razer Blade is the thinnest and most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop ever, thinner than a standing dime, and we couldn´t have created it without the help of partners like Intel,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “Now that the Blade is open for pre-orders, we can all celebrate a monumental day for PC gamers worldwide.”

The ultra-portable laptop features 8 GB of fast 1600 MHz DDR3L memory and comes standard with 128 GB of total solid-state storage with options for a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD. The Razer Blade also comes with Dolby Home Theatre v4, featuring immersive audio-quality output that is custom-tuned to deliver a cinematic sound experience.

“Incredible innovation is happening across the computing landscape, and the new mobile gaming experience Razer is delivering with the Edge, and now its Blade, is remarkable,” says Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of Intel´s Mobile Client Platforms. “Powered by a future 4th gen Intel Core processor, people can expect the highest level performance from the Blade for the most discerning gamer.”

  • Intel® Core i7-4702HQ, quad core processor with Hyper-Threading 2.2 GHz / 3.2 GHz (Base/Turbo)
  • 8 GB Onboard Memory (DDR3L – 1600 MHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (2 GB GDDR5) & Intel HD4600
  • Windows 8 64 Bit
  • 128 GB SSD, with optional 256/512 GB SSD (mSATA)
  • Qualcomm Killer NIC N1202 (802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0)
  • 14.0 in. HD+ 16:9 Ratio, 1600 x 900, with LED backlight
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm audio microphone/headphone combo jack
  • Array microphone
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
  • Dolby Home Theater v4
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • Built-in full HD webcam (1.3 MP)
  • Compact 150 W Power Adapter
  • Built-in 70 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 Enabled
  • Kensington Lock
  • 13.6 in. / 345 mm (Width) x 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
  • 4.135 lbs. / 1.876 kg

The Razer Blade is available for pre-order now and prices start at £1,799

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Intel i7 4770K Gets Overclocked To 7GHz, Required 2.56v

Intel’s Haswell processors are just around the corner, expected to be here within the next month, and as a result the professional overclockers are ramping up efforts to break those world records before the Core i7 4770K is even released. Samples of the Core i7 4770K have been in circulation for quite some time now and overclocker “rtiueuiurei” has managed to take an Engineering Sample (ES) version of the Intel Core i7 4770K to 7GHz – an impressive feat as we didn’t really see Ivy Bridge go much higher than that after overclockers had been playing with it for over a year.

According to the CPU-Z validation this 7012.65 MHz was achieved with a base clock of 91.07MHz, multiplier of 77 and a huge 2.56v core voltage. It is quite possible that 2.56 volts is a misread by CPU-Z as overclockers have already pushed Haswell to 6.2GHz with 1.216v. Either way with such a high clock speed and voltage it is no doubt that liquid nitrogen cooling was used to achieved this. Windows XP, an Nvidia 8400 GS and 2GB of G Skill DDR3 RAM finish off the rest of the test system.

An impressive achievement indeed, expect results to emerge on HWBot when the NDA for Haswell lifts in the first week of June. What are your thoughts on the Core i7 4770K reaching 7GHz?


Intel Core i7 4770K Pricing Revealed

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the Intel Core i7 4770K performance preview news article we did then be sure to do that before you proceed with reading this to make sure you know what kind of performance the new Haswell flagship processor will bring.

Just a day after that sneak performance preview we now have some information on pricing. The i7 4770K has made its way onto a couple of Dutch e-tailers that specialise in selling PC components. One website, MaxICT, is selling the new Intel flagship for €331 which translates into £283 and $428 based on current exchange rates. Another website, TakeItNow, is selling the same Intel i7 4770K for €351 which translates to $454 and £300 based on current exchange rates.

If we consider that the Core i7 3770K currently has a UK price of £260-£280 then seeing a potential price of £280-300 for the i7 4770K isn’t totally unrealistic. It is also worth noting that pre-order pricing tends to be significantly higher than actual pricing when the product hits the market. Therefore we wouldn’t be surprised if the actual market price was something alone the lines of €320/£275/$380.

Intel’s Core i7 4770K will have four cores, eight threads, a 3.5GHz base clock, a 3.9GHz boost clock, 8MB of cache, Intel HD 4600 graphics and an 84W TDP (an increase from the 77W on Ivy Bridge!?).

What do you think of that pricing for Intel’s new flagship? Is €330/£280/$430 fair? Would you/ will you be buying it at that price? What do you think would be a fair price? Let us know your thoughts.


Intel Core i7 4765T has TDP as low as 35W

Haswell seems to be the most anticipated launch one can think of at this moment in time. considering Nvidia and AMD reportedly have delayed launching their GPUs until Q4 2013.

Nevertheless, the information rolls out that at least one of their Haswell series processors, the Core i7 4765T, a Quad core processor for socket 1150 motherboards. Its reported that this processor has the lowest TDP value within the Haswell lineup, at least looking at the series of processors that will initially launch.

The “T” suffix specifically denotes that their processor will come with only a 35W TDP. The processor is said to be clocked at 2GHz with eight threads, 4 cores and an 8MB Cache which supports DDR3 1600Mhz. Once the turbo is enabled, it can go as high as 3GHz. The graphics core is said to be using a HD 4600 clocked as high as 1200MHz.

The new processor will be replacing the 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge processor i7 3770T 45W TDP which sells for approx $294 and is said to be set for release during Q2 2013 – as late as May or June.

Source: Fudzilla