Intel has revealed its plans to release updated versions of Celeron and Pentium CPUs during its most recent developer forum in China. Apparently, the new chips are codenamed Apollo Bay, and they are based on the company’s 14-nanometer Goldmont architecture, which is the official successor of the Airmont architecture used to create previous Celeron and Pentium models. As we’ve come to expect from a new generation of Intel chips, the updated versions will offer better overall performance as well as improved efficiency, which means that they could ensure a longer battery life for portable devices.
Those of you who are interested in Intel’s Core series will be glad to know that it is also expected to receive an update in 2016’s second half. Even though the company originally planned to move over to a 10-nanometer chip named Cannonlake this year, this generation was actually delayed to 2017 in order to make room for a third 14-nanometer product family. This officially marked the end of Intel’s tick-tock cycle, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise considering how difficult it has become to manufacture smaller processes. Even though they’re not exactly ideal for gaming, Intel’s Pentium and Celeron CPUs are more than capable of handling simple day-to-day tasks, and since they basically sip on power, they represent ideal solutions for low-power laptops or office PCs.
GIGABYTE launched a complete new series of High-End Desktop (HEDT) motherboards with the new X170 and X150 series motherboards that are based on Intel’s C236 and C232 chipsets and with support for Intel’s Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors as well as ECC memory. Besides the Xeon compatibility, you can also use 6th generation Core, Pentium, and Celeron processors in these new boards.
The Xeon CPUs come with quite a bit more power than the ordinary desktop CPUs and they are perfect for photographers, designers, and video editors where the software can take a real advantage of the underlying architecture. GIGABYTE is so sure of these products that Henry Kao, the Vice President of GIGABYTE’s motherboard business commented it as “the best HEDT experience” [sic]. The new Intel generation brings some great improvements. Not only are the new Skylake based Xeon’s built on the 14nm technology, the new C230 series chipsets bring along support for faster, better, and more memory. The boards support up to 64GB DDR4 memory with 2133MHz compared to the max of 32GB at 1866MHz on the previous generation. There are also the added bonuses of improved manageability, increased I/O bandwidth, and enhanced processor graphics to name a few.
In the new GIGABYTE series are boards with ECC support and some without, depending on what you need. The X170-Extreme ECC, X150-PRO ECC, and X150M-PRO ECC boards all support it and it can be a useful feature as it can eliminate small data discrepancies and prevent data corruption to ensure reliability for critical applications while also helping to reduce system crashes. Another thing that can help your productivity a lot is how GIGABYTE designed the motherboard. The first PCIe lane on these motherboards is a direct x16 Gen.3 lane to the processor that offers 128Gb/s unrestricted bandwidth to your graphics card.
The new boards also come with all other modern features such as USB 3.1, M.2, and PCI-Express connections. U.2 drives can also be used through an M.2 adapter to give you the fastest possible storage solutions available. On the flagship X170-Extreme ECC motherboard, you’ll also find the Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller which is classified as the world’s most advanced networking detection and prioritization technology for consumer and enthusiast users. The adapter delivers industry-leading latency performance, offering more powerful network control, improved latency, reduced jitter and virtually eliminates video freezes so users can play, watch and stream games all at the same time. At least on the paper.
At the time of writing, not all product pages have gone online yet, so we can’t provide details on all of the boards. The X170-Extreme ECC and X150-PRO ECC are still missing. The X150-Plus WS, X150M-Plus WS, and X150M-PRO ECC are online and you can find the highlights for those below.
Supports the Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processor and 6th Gen. Intel® Core i3/ Pentium®/ Celeron® Processor
Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
2-Way Graphics with Premium PCIe Lane
PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connector with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe & SATA SSD support)
SATA Express Connector for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
8-channel HD Audio with High-Quality Audio Capacitors
Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
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.
Cooling is an important factor in compact builds such as SFF and 1U rack mounted systems, but it’s something that can be tricky at times. You either get something that isn’t very effective or you get something that is loud.
Gelid has just launched their newest cooler, the Polar, and it is designed for just this. It is a low-profile CPU cooler compatible with Intel’s LGA 1150, 1155, and 1156 sockets. The tiny cooler supports Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, and Core i5 processors with a TDP up to 65W.
The heatsink height is just 27mm, so it will fit almost any chassis and the fan is inserted into it and won’t take up any extra space. Speaking of the fan, it is a 75mm fan and it features an intelligent PWM Fan Control and has an RPM between 1400 and 2000. It is a silent ball bearing fan and it can push an air flow of 29.6/50.3 CFM/CMH.
The width and length are both 92mm so it shouldn’t interfere with any other components such as RAM or PCIe slots, nor power or fan connectors. The noise level is rated between 16 and 28.9 dBa.
It is rated for 50 thousand hours of lifetime and is backed by a five-year warranty. Best of all, the suggested retail price is just $14 USD or €12 Euro.
Intel has launched the brand new Braswell SoCs that will take the place of the current Bay Trail-D SoCs. The four new SoCs are built on the same 14nm process as Broadwell CPUs, with two dual-core and two quad-core models.
The two new dual-core Braswell parts that are in the Celeron line, the N3000 and the N3050. They both have GPUs with a base frequency of 320MHz and boost to 600MHz and 1MB of L2 cache. The Celeron N3000 has a base clock of 1.04GHz and boosts to 2.08GHz. The N3050 is clocked higher with a base clock of 1.60GHz and a boost of 2.16GHz.
The quad-core Braswell parts both have 2MB of L2 cache with a 640MHz GPU that will boost to 700MHz. The Celeron N3150 comes in with a base clock of 1.6GHz and boosts up to 2.08GHz. The Pentium N3700 has the same base of 1.6GHz but boosts higher, up to 2.4GHz.
All Braswell SoCs support up to DDR3-1600 memory and have a TDP of 6W, all except the N3000 which comes in with a TDP of 4W.
15 Years ago the Intel Vs AMD war was at tipping point. Both companies were a lot more competitive with each other than they are today, with AMD giving Intel a fair few blows in performance benchmarks. Unfortunately, Intel allegedly “manipulated” some of its Pentium 4 benchmark scores in the early 2000s to make them look more competitive against AMDs hardware. Intel still denies those claims, but a new class action lawsuit says otherwise.
Intel may now have to pay you a whopping $15, representing a dollar a year since the event, compensation for having your Intel Pentium 4 hardware sold to you based on potential lies. Anyone who purchased a PC in the US between November 20th 2000 and June 30th 2002 are eligible. You don’t need to file a claim with a receipt, but if you’re due a cheque, I wouldn’t hold your breath as proceedings could still take a few months to process. Intel will also be donating $4,000,000 to education non-profits.
The European subsidiary of Shuttle has released their latest and most powerful Mini-PC Barebone system, the Shuttle XH97V. Powered by the Intel H97 chipset and the LGA1150 socket for fourth and fifth generation Intel Core processors and having a volume of just 3.5 liters, make these new Barebones great for a multitude of scenarios.
Just because something is small, doesn’t mean that it can’t pack a punch. Shuttle is a master in this area and they’ve packed this tiny 240 x 200 x 72 mm slim X-type chassis with basic features and expansion options to meet both 4K media presentations, as well as office productivity. This is also the first Shuttle mini-PC barebone to support simultaneous use of up to three displays out of the box.
The front ports are hidden behind moveable panels to offer a better dust protection as well as giving the unit a cleaner look. Opening up the panels expose the two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, and there’s also two 3.5mm audio jacks for headphones and microphone. It has room for an optical disk drive (ODD) with a max height of 12.7mm, seen at the top of the photo.
Users who don’t need an optical drive can use the bay for an additional 2.5-inch drive. Speaking of 2.5-inch drives, the Shuttle XH97V can hold a 12.7 mm and a 9.5mm drive beside the optional one in the ODD tray allowing you to install up to three SATA3 2.5-inch drives in this tiny unit.
The rear of the Barebone offers just as much connectivity as the front with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. Shuttle also added an eSATA2 and an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port. The Ethernet is powered by the Realtek 8111G Ethernet controller. The three 3.5mm jacks for the 5.1 surround sound are run by the Realtek ALC 662 HD Audio Codec.
There are two DisplayPort 1.2 and one HDMI 1.4 ports for up to three simultaneous display connections. The DisplayPorts can display 4k content in 60Hz while the HDMI port does it at half the refresh rate; 30Hz.
There is also a COM port, clear CMOS button and a DC IN for the power brick. The Kensington-style lock is cleverly placed to pass through both parts of the chassis, allowing Shuttle to use thumbscrews for the chassis and still being intrusion safe.
The motherboard inside is a standard mITX form-factor and it can handle up to 16GB memory over the two SO-DIMM slots. The maximum memory speed will depend on what CPU you use. The H97 chipset and LGA1150 (H3) socket gives you a wide variety of options from Core i3 / i5 / i7 processors as well as Pentium and Celeron models with a max TDP of 65W.
The XH97V doesn’t stop there and offers another two mini PCI Express expansion slots, one half-sized and one full-sized. The half-sized supports PCIe 2.0 and USB 2.0 and is intended for use with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards. The full-sized also supports SATA3 and can be used for mSATA drives as well.
Shuttle only used solid capacitors in this system and the processor cooling uses an integrated heat-pipe system with two 60mm fans. It also has an Always-On jumper that when set will make the system automatically boot after power loss.
The new Shuttle Barebone XH97V is available at retailers across Europe now or very soon and it has an MSRP €193,00 exclusive VAT. At some retailers, it’s already down to €186.47 inclusive VAT before it even has arrived in their storage.
Thanks to Shuttle for providing us with this information
Intel has deployed several new entry-level socket LGS1150 dual-core processors. Sure they’re hardly going to excite the enthusiast gaming market, but despite the fact most of us love the high-end, overclocking friendly Core i7 K-series processors, most consumers and business customers tend to purchase for a lot further down the range.
The six new processors are based on the Haswell micro-architecture, four of them carry the Pentium and Core i3 branding. These are made op of the Pentium G3250 which runs at 3.20 Ghz, with a 1.10 GHz iGPU, 3MB L3 and a TDP of 53W; The Pentium G3250T which runs at 2.8 GHz, with a 1.10 GHz iGPU, 3MB L3 and a TDP of just 35W; Pentium G3450T 2.90 GHz with 1.10 GHz iGPU, 3MB L3 and a TDP of 35W; finally the Pentium G2360 which runs at 3.5 GHz, 1.10 GHz iGPU, 3MB L3 and a 53W TDP.
Further up the range are the HyperThreading enabled Core i3 chips, which includes the Core i3-4160 which features a 3.60 GHz clock, 1.15GHz iGPU, 3MB L3, 54W TDP; Core i3-4160T with 3.10 GHz clock, 1.15GHz iGPU, 3MB L3, 35W TDP; Core i3-4360T with 3.20 GHz clock, 1.15 GHz iGPU, 4MB L3, 34W TDP; and finally the Core i3-4370 which features a 3.8 GHz clock, 1.15 GHz iGPU, 4MB L3 and a 53W TDP.
The last one, the Core i3-4370 is easily to most exciting of the last, as these specifications make it the fastest dual-core CPU on the market, and it’ll certainly be interesting to see how it performs given its affordable $149 price tag.
Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.
According to rumours coming out of China Intel’s Haswell Refresh Pentium and Core i3 processors will arrive on July 20th 2014. We have already seen the Haswell Refresh Core i5 and Core i7 models, such as the new Devil’s Canyon Core i7 4790K, but we’ve yet to see the lower-end SKUs. The lower-end SKUs are comprised of four Core i3 processors, two of which are T series energy efficient processors while the other two are not. There will also be four Pentium processors of which two are T models and two are not.
All processors will make use of the 22nm Haswell microarchitecture and will be based on the refreshed silicon production. I expect all the Core i3 models to be dual core, four thread parts while all the Pentium parts will be dual core parts without hyperthreading. Stay tuned for more details as they arrive.
ASRock has announced its Anniversary Edition of motherboards, the Z97 and Z97M, following the Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258. One of the key features of the aforementioned motherboards is the “Pentium Anniversary Edition” technology, making overclocking easier for users.
The manufacturer is said to have specifically designed the motherboard with overclocking and Intel’s Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 CPU in mind, being able to access the Pentium Anniversary Boost by hitting “P” when turning the PC on. From there, the feature is said to help the user automatically overclock the CPU from 3.2 GHz to a maximum of 4.2 GHz.
In addition to the overall overclocking feature, ASRock’s Z97 and Z97M Anniversary Edition motherboards are said to provide even more kick out of the Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 CPU. A clock speed of 4.5 GHz can be easily achieved, having a performance boost of 40%. However, users can also go for the 4.8 GHz limit, where an additional 50% performance boost should be noticeable.
Other features present on the motherboards consist of “Super Alloy” technology for the Z97 in order to provide more stability and reliability, along with Intel’s Gigabit LAN and ELNA Audio Caps. The Z97M is said to come with ELNA Audio Caps as well, along with various video outputs, such as D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI, supporting a Triple Monitor configuration.
It’s become apparent that Intel is not finished quite yet when it comes to updating their Haswell lineup for desktop systems. Following another update on CPU-World, an additional eight processors have been detailed, all from the low-end of the scale, and interestingly nothing below a Pentium is mentioned at this moment in time.
In the same manner that the first wave of refresh chips brought a slight boost in performance over the existing Haswell lineup, these Core i£ and Pentium G CPUs all see a boost of 100MHz over their older equivalents and whilst this may seem like a good bump, we have to honestly remember that this end of the market is no fought in the same way that the i7 and i5 chips battle it out by getting that slight bit ahead of one another in a bid to be the chip to get.
Whilst other reports suggest that the second wave of chips could be appearing in the flesh somewhere in Q3, there is no word on pricing, but once again, we are almost literally penny-pinching between chips and the difference that this makes may not be as profound as it is on the enthusiast end of the scale.
As we get closer to the full release of DDR4, this could be a last-ditch attempt to get OEM and retail users to buy into Haswell before the mass move over to Haswell-E begins on the top end of the performance ladder.
Having AMD release its official roadmap, Intel is apparently not far behind in releasing such information. An official roadmap detailing Intel’s plans for this year has been revealed. The roadmap states that Intel is planning to delay its Devil’s Canyon CPU launch date from June 2nd 2014 to Q3 2014.
Intel will only announce its Devil’s Canyon processors at Computex 2014 in June, where sources indicate it will also hold an overclocking competition as well, where users can test out the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K processors. It is also said that a few retailers have already listed the Core i7-4790K, Core i5-4690K and Pentium G3258 CPUs for pre-order. However, they will not start shipping until September. Also, most motherboard manufacturers are holding out until Devil’s Canyon release before they start shipping the Z97 motherboards.
In terms of specifications for Devil’s Canyon, a list and details can be viewed below:
Intel’s Core i7-4790K apparently will be the first 22nm consumer CPU from the Haswell Refresh lineup to come with a clock speed of a staggering 4 GHz and a boost speed of 4.4 GHz, featuring 4 cores and 8 threads. It is also stated to come with an unlocked design, allowing users to overclock the CPU over its limits thanks to its improved thermal design and updated package material. The Core i7-4790K is said to feature a TDP of 88W and feature the latest Intel HD 4600 graphics chip clocked at 1250 MHz. A price for this chip is suggested by pre-ordering sites at around $359.99.
The Core i5-4690K seems to be the fastest i5 series Intel CPU, with a stock speed of 3.5 GHz and boost of 3.9 GHz. It will feature 4 cores and 4 threads along with an unlocked design as the i7-4790K, having a similar TDP of 88W and HD 4600 graphics clocked at 1250 MHz. The price specified or this Haswell Refresh i5 is stated to be around $249.99.
The roadmap also seems to confirm the Haswell-E shipping date, planned for September 2014. The Haswell-E is dubbed the true HEDT platform targeted for enthusiasts and overclockers alike, featuring support for next generation 8 and 6 core SKUs based on Haswell’s 22nm architecture and also the first to support the latest DDR4 memory.
The last announcement on Intel’s roadmap features the Broadwell, which is stated to have a launch date set for late Q1 2015. Rumors also speculate of the lineup being pushed beyond the Q1 2015 date to Q2, while the Broadwell Mobility lineup is said to be coming somewhere in Q4 2014. The Broadwell lineup will be Intel’s first 14nm consumer chip heading for mobility platforms late this year and desktop platforms somewhere in the first two quarters of next year.
Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information Images courtesy of WCCFTech
Hewlett-Packard has announced the HP Pavilion 360, an affordable flip-screen PC to adapt and suit the user’s needs. HP also notifies about its DataPass broadband having expanded to 12 additional countries, including the United States, to help users without an active Wi-Fi hotspot connect to the Internet.
“Customers have told us they want a single device that is designed to work and play the way they do, at an affordable price,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC and Solutions Group, HP. “The HP Pavilion x360 is perfect for today’s busy lifestyles. Its 360-degree hinge allows multitaskers to easily transition from laptop to tent to tablet. It’s the laptop that doesn’t make you miss your tablet and the tablet that doesn’t make you miss your laptop — all at a price that is similar to an entry-level notebook.”
The 360 feature is useful in situation where the user wants to check and respond to e-mails as quickly as possible, where the notebook mode is handy, and afterwards browse social media sites, watch movies, perform video calls, etc, where the need for a keyboard and/or a touch pad is not needed.
The HP Pavilion 360 features a 11.6-inch 10-point capacitive multitouch screen, an Intel Pentrium CPU and HP TrueVision HD webcam. It also features Beats Audio for users who prefer to get the best out of their songs and the 3.08 pounds makes the convertible PC a must have as a portable companion.
It comes in two different colors, brilliant red and smoke silver, having a soft touch finish on the screen to prevent fingerprints and an aluminium brush on the keyboard deck. The reported start price for the convertible PC is said to start at $399.99 having it launch on the 26th of February in the U.S.
Intel has officially unveiled its Bay Trail family of mobile SoCs based on the Silvermont CPU micro-architecture. The Atom Z3000 series of Bay Trail-T processors are Intel’s first 22nm processors designed specifically for tablets and mobile handsets. Intel will also reveal Pentium (Bay Trail-M) and Celeron (Bay Trail-D) processors as part of the Bay Trail family. These will be made available for entry “2 in 1s” (notebook/tablets), notebooks, desktops and All-In-One systems. Intel’s Bay Trail is unique in that it is a single hardware configuration designed to support both Windows 8 and Android giving Intel hardware partners more flexibility to create innovative designs.
Intel haven’t disclosed any performance specifics but they claim double the compute performance and triple the graphics performance of its previous generation all with a lower overall power drain and physical size. Intel claim 10 hours of active battery life for its low-power SoC platform (Bay Trail-T) and three weeks of standby time. Intel’s Atom Z3000 series will have four cores, four threads, 2MB of L2 cache and Intel Burst Technology 2.0. Intel says tablets based on the Atom Z3000 series will be available from $199. Intel claims the Z3000 series offerings support for McAfee DeepSAFE Technology, AES hardware full disk encryption, Intel Platform Trust Technology, Intel Identity Protection Technology and Intel Data Protection Technology. Intel says support for 64 bit tablets will come in early 2014.
In terms of Bay Trail-M Intel is offering four SKUs – Intel Pentium N3510 and Intel Celeron N2910, N2810 and N2805 processors. Intel claims devices powered by these SoCs can be as thin as 11mm, be passive/fanless and weigh just 2.2 lbs. Additionally they say expect pricing to start at $199 for clamshell variants, $250 for notebooks and $349 for 2 in 1 devices. Bay Trail-D will be available in three SKUs – Intel Pentium J2850, Intel Celeron J1850 and Intel Celeron J1750.Intel again states these are designed for fanless uses in SFF systems. Systems using these should start from $199.
Intel yesterday released the rest of the Haswell Core Series processors. As you may have noticed the initial launch back in June up until now only covered high end Core i5 and Core i7 models for the desktop platform but this new launch extends the Haswell series to the Core i3 and Pentium series in addition to adding quite a few Core i5 and i7 models. Below you can see a summary of the new models, specifications and pricing courtesy of TechPowerUp. The two Celeron models are Ivy Bridge, and the two Core i5 models beginning with 3 are also Ivy Bridge.
For many system builders and budget system integrators these new releases from Intel are greatly welcomed as they mean two things. First is that the budget price point now buys you more efficient Intel CPUs with higher clock speeds for the same money. The second is that the release of new Haswell inventory in this market will force the price of Intel’s Ivy Bridge equivalents down.
UK pricing details can be found here for those that are interested.
Image #1 courtesy of Intel and Image #2 courtesy of TechPowerUp
CPU World have managed to get a hold of some pricing details about Intel’s Haswell Core i3. The pricing information comes from pre-order listings from ShopBLT and they have the majority of the unreleased Haswell processor models listed. Above you can see a table compiled with all the models, their specifications and their price. Generally speaking the pre-order pricing of Haswell is more or less identical to that of Ivy Bridge, though we will likely see a higher premium at retailers because retailers know consumers will pay more for newer Haswell Core series processors than they would for older Ivy Bridge processors.
This is also an opportunity to check out the final confirmed specifications of these products. Interestingly the lower end Pentium models have weaked Integrated graphics that the Core iX models but they do come with a substantially smaller price point. No doubt the Haswell Pentium processors will continue to be a favourite among low end system builders and even moderate gaming systems – pairing the Haswell Pentiums up with a mid-range GPU like a GTX 650Ti or HD 7790 would be capable of doing most modern games on medium settings running at 1920 x 1080.
There were no details on when we should expect to see these new Haswell processors arrive but within the next month seems realistic since retailers and distributors now know what the final retail prices are.
Image #1 courtesy of Intel and Image #2 courtesy of CPU World
Acer have just announced the latest interesting addition to their AIO desktop series. The new Veriton Z2640G All-In-One desktop PCs offer a portable and powerful desktop-style PC. They feature a modular component design for easy maintenance and upgrades, removable feet and VESA mounting to save space.
The main chassis tilts from 6 to 60 degrees in terms of viewing angles and there is a front facing 2MP webcam. Users can opt for Windows 8 Pro or Windows 7 Professional, Acer’s way of appealing to the business sector. Specifications aren’t amazing but offer enough to be functional as a desktop PC. There are two models available, the first comes with a Celeron 1007U processor that offers 2MB of Cache and two cores at 1.5GHz, this has 2GB of DDR3 (expandable to 16GB) and costs $539. The second model comes with a Pentium 2117U which has 2MB of cache and two cores at 1.8GHz, this has 4GB of RAM (also expandable to 16GB) and an RRP of $599.
Other features include a 19.5 inch LED LCD display with a 1600 by 900 resolution. Each system has two integrated speakers, a microphone, a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and HDMI in. Storage is provided by a 500GB 7200 RPM drive.
Acer also integrated a wide range of their security and management tools for business clients. Acer will ship these units at the end of the month and they will have a one year warranty.
With a new fourth generation of Core series CPUs from Intel, aka Haswell, we have to start saying adios to older CPUs in Intel’s portfolio. Most of the Sandy Bridge portfolio was already given EOL (end-of-life) status in Q1 earlier this year with a single Ivy Bridge CPU given EOL status on Q2. Q3 brings a flurry of EOL activity from Intel mainly in the lower segment of the market. For those who don’t know EOL essentially means no more shipments will be shipped by Intel so once stock has dried up in the market then that product is no longer available. The PDN (Product Discontinuance Notice) is a warning sent to manufacturers and OEMs informing them they have a limited period of time to order shipments of a particular CPU before it becomes EOL.
In terms of Pentium and Celeron processors the following are becoming EOL – G860, G645, G645T, G550T, G555, G645, G630, G620, G622, G870, G860T, G640, G630T, G640T, G550, G540T, G460, G530, and G530T. Additionally we are now seeing the end of the Sandy Bridge Core i3 processors as Intel introduces Haswell Core i3s and Ivy Bridge ones drop back to replace the Sandy Bridge Core i3s. The discontinued Core i3 processors are the Core i3-2100, i3-2125, i3-2130, i3-2120T, and i3-2102. Finally the last Sandy Bridge Core i5 gets the chop as the Core i5 2390T is axed by Intel.
Intel’s BGA processors are definitely going to become a bigger part of Intel’s portfolio in the future and by the looks of things these BGA packages are mainly designed to transform the bottom segment of the market – that is Pentium, Celeron and Atom processor segmentations. The latest roadmap has outlined Intel’s BGA plans and as you can see by Q4 of this year we will see a whole new array of Bay Trail-D based BGA processors from Intel. For those who are unaware BGA is “ball grid array” and LGA is “land grid array”. Essentially BGA means the processor comes pre-fitted, often soldered, into a motherboard with a chipset. This way the motherboard, chipset and CPU is one complete whole and cannot be customised separately. BGAs are best viewed as SoCs (system on chips).
Furthermore Intel are not neglecting the top end of the market either with a single Core i7 BGA processor and two Core i5 BGA processors. All the key specifications are here for you to see but what’s interesting is that Intel’s high performance BGA processors all have the Iris Pro graphics which are actually very strong – better than those on AMD’s APU (like the A10-6800K) – though the Caveat is that Intel’s BGA processors will likely cost twice as much. All these BGA processors will lead the Intel BGA charge well into mid/late 2014. BGA processors will continue to sit alongside LGA processors and anyone that tells you otherwise is lying, BGA will not be replacing LGA – at least not anytime soon.
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
While Haswell has captured the attention of enthusiasts and overclockers, the launch of AMD’s Richland APU has caught the attention of the more mainstream and budget-conscious market segment. The entire range of Richland APUs will be very aggressively priced given AMD’s tradition of pricing and we can particularly see this shining through with the AMD A4-4000 APU which launched yesterday in Europe and should pop-up at most European retail stores today. In the UK you can get it already at online retailers for around £32.
The A4-4000 is AMD’s entry level option and it offers two cores at 3GHz with a turbo frequency of 3.2GHz. It retains motherboard compatibility with all FM2 socket motherboards and it has a measly 1MB of L2 Cache. However, its main “win” over the competition is that it can offer a lot more graphics performance thanks to the integrated HD 7480 graphics part clocked at up to 720MHz.
As the above AMD graphic demonstrates the A4-4000 beats the similarly priced Celeron and Pentium competition from Intel in terms of graphics. The AMD A4-4000 would make an ideal 720p gaming system for someone on an extremely tight budget.
What are your thoughts on the new A4-4000 and its pricing? Will you be buying one?