UPDATE January 18, 2016 – MSI released a beta version of the BIOS which contains micro-code update that should remove the Skylake crashing bug. You can download the beta version of the BIOS for select products on their OneDrive account. Intel recently reported its quarterly and full year results, and they’re quite impressive. The company reported fourth quarter revenue of $14.9 billion, or 1% down from Q4 2014. Net income (profit) also declined to $3.61 billion. Once we look at full year results, they’re more than interesting – 2015 saw Intel recording a revenue of $55.4 billion with $11.4 billion net income. The results are quite
Intel’s next generation HEDT (High-End desktop) family isn’t scheduled to launch soon, but the leaked information confirms the upcoming Intel Core i7-6950X will be based on the Broadwell-E architecture, scheduled to arrive in spring 2016. Unlike the previous rumors about the processor family, the i7-6950X should be a performance monster with feature 10 cores i.e. 20 Threads, giving enthusiasts the fastest CPU on which they could base their high-end systems. The latest news on the Broadwell-E family comes from XFastest who have confirmed that Intel’s Core i7-6950X processor will be coming soon. The Intel Core i7-6950X processor should run with a base clock of mere 3.00 GHz, followed by a turbo boost clock that has yet to be
An overclocker from Germany has vindicated Asus’ claims of what socket 2084 on its new Haswell-E boards can do.
Intel has just released the X99 chipset and the s2011-3 CPUs that goes with it, ushering in the age of DDR4. The top of the line unlocked CPU is the 8 core/ 16 thread 5960X that has quad-channel DDR4 and 40 lanes of PCI-E 3.0. The 5960X comes in with a base frequency of 3GHz with up to 3.5 Turbo frequency. The 8 cores have a shared 20MB of cache, and the CPU has a TDP of 140W. This is no doubt the most powerful enthusiast CPU available and will be crushing the performance of the previous generation. On release day HW Bot was flooded with new submissions and the world records
As more and more X99 motherboards leak, it only made sense to release a portion of the trove of boards that haven’t already been announced or leaked. The Asus X99-E WS, a Bright Side of News* exclusive, is a particularly interesting one because it is Asus’ (TPE:2357) latest high performance motherboard for workstation users. Because X99 is an entirely new platform there are very likely going to be a lot of people searching for new workstation boards like the X99-E WS to upgrade their workstations. In terms of features, you get all the expected things like Haswell-E support, a plethora of PCIe 3.0 slots, which includes support
Or… The Vendors Never Learn It’s been a full 2 weeks now since the end of Computex, and the associated roaming around Greater China and certain (mostly Chinese speaking too) neighboring realms. This being at the very least fifteenth Computex for me, I didn’t bother much with press conferences and such, but checking the show floor to see what’s really going on, and then do a real check with selected vendors after the event is done with. The Taiwanese, with diminishing focus on high end ‘added value’ PC stuff, moving towards mainstream consumer things with corresponding reduction in differentiation and ability to charge larger margins,