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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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  • by edxwelch ( 600979 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @06:44PM (#46539075)

    The eDRAM simply makes the chip way too expensive.
    If you look at the price of i7 core 4770R: $358. It's an i7 but has only has 6 MB of cache (compared to the 8mb of the regular i7 4770). So basically, it's about the same value as a i5-4670K which cost $243. With the price difference you could buy a Radeon R7 260X, which will trash Iris Pro in performance.

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!