Intel continues to react to Ryzen, with the first super early tease of Ice Lake which isn't due until 2019... and now a tease of their upcoming 8th gen Core i7-8700K processor.
Intel's upcoming Core i7-8700K is based on the new Coffee Lake architecture, with a leaked slide showing that the new 8700K is just 11% faster than the 7700K in single threaded applications. The new Core i7-8700K will be a 6C/12T part that should compete directly against AMD's new Ryzen 5 1600X, which is also a 6C/12T part.
The Taiwanese semiconductor company popular with Chinese manufacturers, MediaTek, is expected to announce two new Helio SoCs at an event in Beijing on August 29th. This event is expected to be targeted towards the middle of the market and slightly above middle of the Chinese market which is generally more mainstream focused.
The Helio P23 and P30 are the two new processors and are expected to be built on the TSMC's latest 16nm and 12nm processes, respectively.
The P30 is expected to have four A73 CPU cores and four A53 cores while the P23 is expected to have eight A53 cores.
AMD released their new HEDT platform, Ryzen Threadripper, with quite the bang overnight - and their main GPU competitor has even praised the release.
The official Twitter account of NVIDIA GeForce tweeted AMD, saying "Welcome back, @AMD. Threadripper and a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti make a compelling pair". It's actually a one-two punch. NVIDIA is genuinely excited about Threadripper, probably for the same reason as me: 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes... perfect for GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN X SLI systems.
Secondly, NVIDIA said this and pushed the "AMD CPU + NVIDIA GPU" side of things - and not AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. The "compelling pair" is AMD's product, with their competitor's product - something that NVIDIA can't do, as they only make consumer graphics cards and not CPUs/motherboard chipsets.
AMD's reply was perfect, with a GIF of a high five. It's great to see AMD taking it in their stride, and their CPU division really deserves it. Ryzen Threadripper is a massive achievement, but the bigger thing is that I'd love to be a fly on the wall of Intel right now...
Intel is beginning to finally fight back against Ryzen where it counts, with a tease of their upcoming Coffee Lake-based Core i7-8550U processor.
The purported Core i7-8550U processor is a 4C/8T processor that was spotted inside of Acer's Nitro AN515-31 notebook, also packing 20GB of DDR4, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card. This is the first time Intel's next-gen Coffee Lake CPUs have been spotted in the wild, apart from a rumor - as this one is inside of an upcoming notebook.
We should expect this notebook to cost around $750 when it launches, with no current ETA.
Oh look, a huge Coffee Lake leak on the eve of AMD's big launch of Ryzen Threadripper, what a surprise. Intel is kicking up its Core i7-8700K to a 6C/12T design, shifting away from the Core i7-7700K and its 4C/8T power.
There are some benchmarks of the purported Core i7-8700K, with a CPU-Z benchmark result of 2323 for single-thread performance, and a multi-threaded score of 13,980. This is a big increase from the 4443 on the 7700K, but is achieved from the higher CPU core count (4C/8T vs 6C/12T).
Intel will be clocking the Core i7-8700K at up to 4.7GHz on maximum single-core CPU clocks, while it'll hit 4.6GHz on dual-core, 4.4GHz on quad-core, and 4.3GHz on hexa-core. It'll support dual-channel DDR4, feature a 95W TDP, and integrated graphics.
The new 8700K will be joined by the 8700, with slightly lowered CPU clocks of 4.6/4.5/4.3/4.3GHz for single/dual/quad/hexa-core CPU clocks, respectively. The Core i7-8700 will feature a lowered 3.2GHz base frequency compared to the 8700K and its 3.7GHz base frequency, as well as a lowered TDP of just 65W. As with every non-K processor from Intel, the Core i7-8700 won't be overclockable.
Now that AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 1950X samples are hitting reviewers, with another 48 hours until the review embargo lifts, we're seeing more and more benchmark results on it... and it's not looking good for Intel.
Ryzen Threadripper 1950X smashes the Core i9-7900X in Passmark CPU Mark, with a score of 42,233 against Intel's score of just 28,872. Remember that AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is a 16C/32T part, versus the 7900X as a 10C/20T part... but they are both $1000 processors.
When it comes to single-core benchmarks, the Core i9-7900X is still superior, with Cinebench R15 results of 188 versus 173 on the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.
Back in February I wrote an article about Intel reacting to the release of AMD's new Ryzen processors that were due in the coming weeks, and since then all I've seen Intel do is react to every release: Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, and especially Ryzen Threaderipper. Chipzilla is scared, and I love it.
Now we're hearing that Intel is reacting to the price/performance monsters that are Ryzen, with their upcoming Core i3-8300 processor based on the Coffee Lake CPU architecture. Core i3-8300 will be a 4C/8T processor, a departure from the usual 2C/4T that Core i3 CPUs arrive as, with Intel leaving the Core i5 as a quad-core 4C/4T processor without Hyper-Threading enabled. Core i7 processors are usually quad-core processors with HT enabled, minimum.
But with AMD hitting the $109 price point with Ryzen 3 1200 being a 4C/4T processor, Intel isn't even close with its $129 processor in the Core i3-7100 which is a 2C/4T processor. Intel's higher-end 4C/4T processor is $179, with the Core i3-7100 being $70 more than Ryzen 3 1200. The Core i3-8200 would be an interesting move, but something that Intel is going to have to do in order to fight on a totally revamped battlefield.
Intel has detailed its upcoming Skylake-X family of processors, with details on t he Core i9-7920X, Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X, and the Core i9-7980XE.
The 12-core CPUs will arrive on August 28, 14/18-core processors on September 25, and the 4/10-core processors are available right now, along with the required X299 motherboards. We now have full details on the Core i9-7980XE processor, Intel's flagship Extreme Edition CPU. The Core i9-7980XE will rock a slower 2.6GHz base clock, but will ramp up to an incredible 4.2/4.4GHz under Boost 2.0/3.0, respectively. The Core i9-7980XE will rock a large 24.75MB of L3 cache, a 165W TDP, and a mammoth price of $1999.
The bigger deal here is that we have details on the 14-core and 18-core SKUs, with the Core i9-7940X leading the pack with a base clock of 3.1GHz, and Boost 2.0 and Boost 3.0 clocks of 4.3GHz and 4.4GHz, respectively - while it rocks 19.25MB of L3 cache, 44 PCIe lanes, a 165W TDP, and a cost of $1399. There's also the Core i9-7920X with a slightly lower base clock of 2.9GHz, but the same 4.3/4.4GHz boost clocks, and reduced L3 cache of 16.5MB and lower 140W TDP with a lower $1199 price.
AMD might have teased their Ryzen Threadripper CPUs last week, and after HotHardware released some synthetic results from their Alienware Area-51 gaming PC, LinusTechTips have released some - and by some, we mean a single gaming result from Threadripper.
LTT ran the Ryzen Threadripper up against an X299-based Core i9-7900X at stock clocks and a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card, and ran Rise of the Tomb Raider in both DX11 and DX12 modes. The results, we have below:
According to these results, it looks like Ryzen Threadripper will handle gaming without a problem - but LTT didn't say what resolution they were running Rise of the Tomb Raider at, but it looks like 4K results to me. Seeing the X299 and Z270 systems at just a few FPS lower than the Threadripper system, and slightly ahead of the X370 system from AMD.
Linus also ran 3DMark with both Fire Strike Ultra and Time Spy benchmarks. X299 still pulls ahead significantly in the CPU test run of Time Spy, while it's pretty neck and neck for the Fire Strike and Time Spy runs.
Today at 9AM EST, AMD officially lifted an embargo on unboxings of their new Ryzen Threadripper CPU. We had one kit on hand and did a Facebook Live video (embedded below) detailing everything from unboxing the CPU to an overview of ASUS's new X399 Zenith motherboard.
We unboxed both the Threadripper 1950X and 1920X. The 1950X features 16 CPU cores and 32 threads, while the 1920X features 12 cores and 24 threads. The 1950X is AMD's top dog when it comes to ripping up threads, and it's a behemoth of a CPU. AMD included a novelty dud CPU in the box so that we could get hands-on with the actual processor.
From its super thick PCB to heavy weight, the CPU looks and feels high performance. We can't disclose performance numbers at this time, but you can probably imagine what double the cores and threads of a Ryzen 7 1800X could deliver in a single package.
AMD's X399 chipset also packs a heavy punch, and ASUS's X399 Zenith is equipped to take full advantage of the new processors. We do a live unboxing of the motherboard, went over all included accessories, and even do a quick overview of the motherboard. The VRM heat sink has a remote heat sink attached to it, which is cooled by a small fan near the integrated IO panel. Some of the craziest accessories include a 10Gbit networking card, a GPU support bracket, and even a fan extension card.