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By Steven P.
Intel's i7-10700K Comet Lake CPU is 18% off today
by Steven Parker
Amazon is discounting the Intel Core i7-10700K desktop CPU by 18% today, bringing the price down to $316, which is $71 off the normal $387 list price. As it is not a "Top Deal" and does not appear to be included among the Deal of the Day offerings, it's unclear how long this discount will last for.
If you're not too fussed about onboard graphics, you can pick up the Intel Core i7-10700KF, where 'K' indicates that it's unlocked and the 'F' indicate that there are no integrated graphics, also at an 18% discount even cheaper at $297.46, which is $63.54 off its normal $361 list price. So to be absolutely clear, this variant, which is only $18.54 cheaper than the i7-10700K (with graphics), will require that you have a separate GPU in your system.
So what are you getting for that price, you may ask? Below are some highlights:
Intel released its 10th generation Comet Lake CPUs almost exactly a year ago on April 30. The release brought along a few surprises like Hyperthreading for all except the Celeron series, and a slightly higher TDP at 125W on unlocked "K" i5, i7 and i9 variants instead of the 95W TDP on the previous generation.
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Intel's new driver 184.108.40.20666 fixes Cyberpunk 2077 glitches but it is still unplayable
by Sayan Sen
Intel today has released its latest DCH display driver bringing the version up to 220.127.116.1166. The driver fixes glitches related to graphics rendering in a few titles like Cyberpunk 2077, although the company has noted the game is still not playable as according to its internal testing, Intel's Iris Xe graphics only gets around 20fps. So it is safe to assume that the slower UHD Graphics will struggle even more.
It also resolves some display problems on 8K monitors and issues related to Multi-Stream Transport (MST) or Daisy Chaining. There are also a few fixes for video playback issues. The list of bugs fixed in this release are:
Below is a list of the issues that are yet to be resolved:
Curiously, it seems that the majority of the unresolved issues are on Intel's Iris Xe graphics.
In terms of compatibility, there are no major changes here. You'll need a 6th-generation Intel Core processor or newer, or related Celeron and Pentium processors with Intel HD Graphics 500 and higher. The driver is also compatible with Iris Xe-based graphics, be it integrated or dedicated. Software-wise, the driver will work with any version of Windows 10 starting with version 1709.
To download the 18.104.22.16866 driver, head over to Intel's official website here. As usual, the display driver package contains the graphics driver, the Intel Graphics Command Center, audio drivers, and more.
More Intel Alder Lake details leak, up to 16 core Alder Lake-S, W680 chipset
by Sayan Sen
Intel's Alder Lake is the company's upcoming 12th gen 'Core i' series processor lineup and over the last few months, leaks related to it have been pouring in. Adding to the list of leaks is today's new information that we get regarding the Alder Lake-S processors. HXL on Twitter, who is a known leaker, has posted what appears to be an Intel roadmap for current and upcoming Workstation processors.
The roadmap has Alder Lake-S on it listed as an entry-level workstation or a high-end desktop (HEDT) part. It will pack up to 16 cores and will require a new W680 chipset, on the LGA 1700 socket. This new chipset will allegedly succeed the current W580 chipset built for Rocket Lake-S processors. For those wondering, the W series chipsets indicate Intel's HEDT motherboard parts.
As per this roadmap, Alder Lake-S should be launching sometime around Q3 or Q4 of this year which is a bit earlier than we had initially anticipated given that Alder Lake is rumored to debut with DDR5 memory support. However, as we have learned from a previous unconfirmed leak, Alder Lake may retain DDR4 compatibility as well in lower-end 600-series Intel chipsets.
Putting the two leaks together to make sense of them, it seems Intel will continue with DDR4 on lower Alder Lake chips which will be for the mass market and only enthusiast-level parts like Alder Lake-S get support for faster, next-gen DDR5 memory as the supply for the next-gen memory tech will likely remain constrained for some time post-launch.
Source and image: HXL (Twitter)
Nokia to use new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to reduce emissions
by Paul Hill
Nokia has announced that its AirFrame data centre is set to begin using third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors that will boost speeds, data throughput, and ultimately lower energy consumption which reduce the firm’s carbon emissions. Nokia said that it will upgrade its hardware as soon as the latest processors are released thanks to its partnership with Intel.
Commenting on the news, Pasi Toivanen, Head of Edge Cloud at Nokia, said:
Nokia’s AirFrame data centre is used to run virtualized and cloud-native software that demand powerful computing resources. Nokia said that it helps support network functions and addresses latency constraints so that huge data demands can be met. Nokia’s new processors will be used to support its 5G AirScale Cloud RAN and 5G Cloud Core solutions.
Switching to the new processors will help the firm meet its Science Based Targets (SBT). Last month, it said that it wants to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019 and it wants to meet a 1.5°C global warming scenario.
By Rich Woods
Intel announces its Ice Lake Xeon Scalable processors
by Rich Woods
Today, Intel is introducing its third-generation Xeon Scalable processors, which are made for data centers and anything else that requires that level of complexity in computing. A key new feature is that they come with AI acceleration using DL Boost. In fact, Intel says that these are the only data center chips with baked-in AI. Compared to the previous generation, Intel is promising 74% better AI performance.
The new Xeon Scalable processors are from the Ice Lake family, meaning that they're built on a 10nm process, and Intel is promising a 46% improvement on common workloads. Compared to a five-year-old system, the firm is promising a 265% improvement in average performance. Each processor can have up to 40 cores, and it supports up to eight channels of DDR4-3200 memory and up to 64 lanes of PCIe Gen 4, per socket.
“Our 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform is the most flexible and performant in our history, designed to handle the diversity of workloads from the cloud to the network to the edge,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group at Intel. “Intel is uniquely positioned with the architecture, design and manufacturing to deliver the breadth of intelligent silicon and solutions our customers demand.”
Another thing that Intel is touting is crypto acceleration, which means better performance on cryptographic algorithms. If you've got what Intel calls an "encryption-intensive workload", you should feel the effect of this.
The platform also includes Intel Optane persistent memory 200 series, Optane SSD P5800X and SSD D5-P5316 NAND SSDs, along with the Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters and the latest Intel Agilex FPGAs. There are new N-SKU chips for networking, which are promising 5G breakthroughs with 62% better performance.
Intel says that more than 800 cloud service providers use Xeon Scalable, and this year, all leading cloud service providers will be using services powered by the new third-generation chips.