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Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips 173

MojoKid (1002251) writes "Intel used the backdrop of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to make a handful of interesting announcements that run the gamut from low-power technologies to ultra-high-end desktop chips. In addition to outing a number of upcoming processors—from an Anniversary Edition Pentium to a monster 8-core Haswell-E — Intel also announced a new technology dubbed Ready Mode. Intel's Ready Mode essentially allows a 4th Gen Core processor to enter a low C7 power state, while the OS and other system components remain connected and ready for action. Intel demoed the technology, and along with compatible third party applications and utilities, showed how Ready Mode can allow a mobile device to automatically sync to a PC to download and store photos. The PC could also remain in a low power state and stream media, server up files remotely, or receive VOIP calls. Also, in a move that's sure to get enthusiasts excited, Intel revealed details regarding Haswell-E. Similar to Ivy Bridge-E and Sandy Bridge-E, Haswell-E is the 'extreme' variant of the company's Haswell microarchitecture. Haswell-E Core i7-based processors will be outfitted with up to eight processor cores, which will remain largely unchanged from current Haswell-based chips. However, the new CPU will connect to high-speed DDR4 memory and will be paired to the upcoming Intel X99 chipset. Other details were scarce, but you can bet that Haswell-E will be Intel's fastest desktop processor to date when it arrives sometime in the second half of 2014. Intel also gave a quick nod to their upcoming 14nm Broadwell CPU architecture, a follow-on to Haswell. Broadwell will be the first Intel desktop processor to feature integrated Iris Pro Graphics and will also be compatible with Intel Series 9 chipsets."
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Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

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  • 8 cores? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by chris200x9 ( 2591231 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @05:54PM (#46538615)
    So they finally caught up to AMD.
  • Re:8 cores? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 20, 2014 @06:00PM (#46538653)

    No, they're well ahead of AMD in this regard. AMD's 8 "core" CPUs are actually 4 core CPUs that can process 2 integer instructions at the same time on one core. Much like Intel's current i7s are 4 core CPUs that can process an integer and a floating point instruction at the same time on one core. Basically, AMD is marketing hyper threading as being more cores.

  • by Amtrak ( 2430376 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @06:52PM (#46539143)
    This is because these chips are meant for the Server and Workstation market where stability and longevity is more important than bleeding edge tech. As long as they stay the fastest chips you can buy who cares if they are a process node behind. Not the businesses actually buying them. If you want a "Kickass" gaming machine save your money and don't buy an E series Intel.
  • by thesandbender ( 911391 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:03PM (#46539207)

    AMD's Bulldozer cores have Clustered Integer Core [wikipedia.org] which has two true ALU "cores" and one shared FPU. For integer instructions this is two true cores and not "hyper-threading". For FP instructions this is "hyper-threading" and why Intel has been regularly handing AMD it's arse in all benchmarks that aren't strictly ALU dependent (gaming, rendering, etc). AMD's FPU implementation, clock for clock, is a bit weaker on most instructions as well. And yes, the FPU _is_ shared on AMD processors.

    EMT64 is not "32 bits on each 1/2 of the clock cycle". That doesn't even make any sense. EMT64 is true 64 bit. x86-64 does have 32 bit addressing modes when running on non-64bit operating systems. This is part of the x86-64 standard and hits AMD, Intel and VIA.

    Hardware Queuing Support is part of the Heterogeneous System Architecture [wikipedia.org] open standard and won't even be supported in hardware until the Carizzo APU in 2015. Since this is an open standard, Intel can chose to use it.

    Both architectures have shared caches.

    WTF does nVidia's IEE-754 compliance have to do with Intel vs AMD?

    I'm not an Intel or AMD fanboy, I try to use the right one for the job. I prefer AMD for certain work loads like web servers, file servers, etc because they have the most integer-bang for the buck. If I'm doing anything that involves FP, I'm going to use an Intel Chip. Best graphics solution?... yeah, I'm not even going to go down that hole.

  • Re:Pointless (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:06PM (#46539221)

    I just did a ps -e | wc -l and got 245. Maybe most of my processes are only single threaded but since there's 245 of them I'm glad my processor has 8 hardware threads to handle them.

  • Re:Pointless (Score:3, Insightful)

    by lgw ( 121541 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @07:44PM (#46539463) Journal

    The few times I'm ever waiting on CPU, it's multi-threaded. Video transcoding, occasionally compiling. I can't remember the last time I heard of a game being CPU bound - that's always GPU-bound these days.

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