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Intel’s Flagship Alder Lake Chip Beats Apple’s M1 Max, But There’s a Catch

Intel’s latest Core i9-12900HK processor may just have won the mobile x86 vs. Arm performance war, but it comes at a cost. The mobile 14-core Alder Lake chip has bested Apple’s M1 Max in multiple workloads, including a 30% win in a multi-threaded test, but the former is far more power-hungry than the latter. We’ve already seen what the M1 Max can do in the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the Core i9-12900HK, which powers MSI’s latest GE76 Raider gaming laptop, isn’t a slacker, either. Both processors leverage different architectures, with the Arm-based M1 Max residing exclusively inside Apple’s closed…

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Intel’s Q4 2021: Strong Competition Hurts Intel’s Results

Intel on Wednesday reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2021 financial results. Fueled by strong demand for CPUs aimed at PCs and servers, the company reported its highest quarterly and full-year revenue ever. Yet, there are some alarming signs, too, as Intel’s PC platform volumes continued to drop in terms of units due to supply chain issues, but surged in terms of dollars. Strong Results, Cautious OutlookIntel earned $20.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021, exceeding its guidance by $1.3 billion and up 3% year-over-year (YoY). Intel’s revenue totaled $79 billion for the whole year, up from $77.9 billion in the prior year (GAAP data). One…

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DDR5: Availability Improving, Prices Dropping

After Intel released its 12th Generation Core ‘Alder Lake’ processors for enthusiasts in early November, it quickly turned out that the supply of DDR5 memory modules was insufficient, causing prices to skyrocket. Those shortages were expected to worsen with the release of the mainstream 12th-Gen Intel processors, but availability is now improving and prices are falling.  Due to the tight supply of power management ICs (PMICs) and voltage regulation modules (VRMs) for DDR5 memory sticks, prices of dual-channel 32GB DDR5 memory kits reached as high as $1,300 late last year. Today 32GB DDR5 kits are less expensive, which is great news for the enthusiast crowd.   To examine…

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Valve’s Steam Deck Handheld Gaming PC Launches February 25

Valve’s Steam Deck is one of the most highly anticipated new hardware releases of 2022. The handheld gaming PC was initially supposed to launch during the closing days of 2021, but Valve announced in early November that it wouldn’t ship until February 2022. Today, Valve was more specific, saying the console will “launch” on Feb 25 at 10 am PST. We put launch in quotes because Valve defines this date as when it will start sending out the first wave of order emails to customers currently holding a reservation. Once customers receive an order email, they’ll have 72 hours to…

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Tsinghua Scraps 3D NAND and DRAM Fabs: May Affect Memory Prices

According to a report from Nikkei, debt-stricken Tsinghua Unigroup will scrap plans to build two new large 3D NAND and DRAM fabs and reshuffle Unisoc as part of its restructuring plan. Both moves represent major setbacks for China’s ‘Made in China 2025’ semiconductor self-reliance plan.   Tsinghua Unigroup will axe two major semiconductor fab projects in China as part of the ongoing restructuring procedures, a serious blow for the country’s semiconductor self-sufficiency goal as local memory production is a key part of the plan. The move will impact the global supply of 3D NAND and DRAM and thus affect memory prices…

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Intel Wins Appeal Against Billion-Dollar Antitrust Fine

Intel has won its appeal against a €1.06-billion-euro ($1.2 billion) EU antitrust fine from 12 years ago according to Reuters. The decision to impose the fine was annulled in its entirety by the same court that in 2014 had upheld the original 2009 ruling.  (Image credit: Court of Justice of the European Union)The original case revolved around whether Intel had blocked AMD from the market by giving rebates to Dell, HP, and Lenovo if they bought at least 95% of their chips from Intel. The original case was one of the EU’s landmark antitrust decisions, but the EU General Court…

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Intel’s $64 Pentium Gold G7400T Alder Lake CPU Overclocked to 5.8 GHz

Professional overclocker Hicookie managed to increase the frequency of one of Intel’s cheapest Alder Lake-based CPU — the Pentium Gold G7400T that has an RRP of $64 — from 3.1 GHz to 5.8 GHz by altering its base clock (BCLK). Running a modern dual-core processor at such a high frequency means that he owns of the fastest dual-core CPUs ever produced.  Intel’s Pentium processors are aimed at inexpensive PCs that are not meant to be overclocked, which is somewhat ironic since the cheapest computers arguably benefit from overclocking the most (as expensive CPUs are fast by default). The last time Intel offered…

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Solo Bitcoin Miners Are Striking Crypto Gold With Tiny Rigs

Most ordinary people haven’t been able to mine Bitcoin at a profit for years. As the difficulty of mining the cryptocurrency has increased, most rewards have gone to massive operations that rely on a bunch of incredibly powerful machines. But solo miners with relatively weak setups have found success in recent weeks. The most recent example comes from a solo miner participating in “solo.ckpool.org,” which purportedly offers “no frills, no fuss 2% fee anonymous solo bitcoin mining for everyone.” The miner solved a block with a rig that had a hashrate of approximately 8.3 terahashes per second (TH/s) and earned…

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AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX Can’t Catch Alder Lake Mobile in Geekbench 5

A new Geekbench 5 benchmark result has appeared featuring AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 9 6900HX mobile flagship. Courtesy of @TUM_APISAK on Twitter, the benchmark scores show competitive results against Intel’s Core i7-12700H. However, AMD’s latest chip pales by comparison to the Core i9-12900H, its intended competition. The 6900HX will be one of AMD’s new leading flagships in its Ryzen mobile 6000 series lineup. The new chips feature the updated Zen 3+ microarchitecture running on TSMC’s latest 6nm node. Thanks to numerous upgrades in power efficiency on Zen 3+, this will give Ryzen 6000 mobile up to 11% higher single-threaded performance and…

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RP2040 Launches Rocket Flight Computer

Putting Raspberry Pi boards into space is nothing new, but the method of achieving orbit often differs. While the Astro Pi computers headed for the final frontier onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, there are some decidedly lower-tech approaches including, as detailed on the Tindie blog, this $45 RP2040 flight computer from Finnish designer Dan Invents. Combining the RP2040 controller with an altimeter, accelerometer, temperature sensor, and enough juice to power two servo motors (for parachute deployment on the way down), the Rockit (rocket operation computing kit) weighs just 0.18oz (5g) and measures 1.73 x 0.9 x 0.35 inches (44…

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G.Skill Smashes DDR5 WR With Overclocked DDR5-8888 RAM

G.Skill has again hooked up with Asus to establish a new world record for DDR5 overclocking. The Trident Z5 memory has hit DDR5-8888 under exotic liquid nitrogen cooling. G.Skill’s Trident Z5 was the prior record-holder at DDR5-8704. At this point, the company is practically competing against itself to push DDR5 to new heights. The memory module hails from the F5-6000U4040E16G memory kit, meaning its XMP speed is DDR5-6000. The Chinese overclocker, who goes by the nickname 林大餅Bing, pushed the memory to DDR5-8888, resulting in an impressive 48% overclock. The sole Trident Z5 16GB memory module resided on Asus’s ROG Maximus…

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Meta is Building New Supercomputer With 16,000 Nvidia A100 GPUs

Meta (previously known as Facebook) is building a new AI supercomputer, called the AI Research SuperCluster, at a currently undisclosed location. According to Meta, it’ll be the world’s fastest supercomputer to date when complete with a performance metric of over 220 Linpack petaflops. RSC is operational right now but is still being built out. Specs for this new supercomputer are quite impressive, as the RSC currently features 760 of Nvidia’s cutting-edge DGX A100 AI compute units and includes eight Nvidia A100 GPUs in each unit. This makes for a total of 6,080 GPUs for the entire supercomputer. But, once complete,…

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GPU Prices Plummet Along With Crypto

Bitcoin and Ethereum have hit record lows this week, approaching $30,000 and $2,200 respectively, which is nearly 50% off both crypto coins’ highest values, according to CNBC. The slow but steady drop in crypto prices over the past month has in turn started a chain reaction in GPU pricing, as crypto mining becomes less and less feasible. Compared to last month, we’re now seeing up to 11% lower card prices on eBay — and that’s before the latest crypto losses. We’ve compiled one week’s worth of pricing data, from late December compared to the past week, showing a complete list…

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Alder Lake i7-12700H Shows Impressive Performance at 115W TDP

New performance results for Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake Core  i7-12700H mobile processor have appeared on Twitter thanks to user @9550pro. The popular leaker shared three tweets, one relating to the Cinebench performance of the new processor and the second regarding the processor’s integrated graphics performance. A third tweet talks about Cinebench R20 performance with an even higher 135W TDP. It’s safe to say this processor is an incredible performer if these results are valid. The chip’s specifications are no joke, which will explain why this chip is so fast in the benchmarks below. The i7-12700H comes with 14 cores and…

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Intel’s DG2 Laptop Plans Allegedly Exposed by Leaked Slide

What appears to be a genuine looking slide, containing alleged Intel’s DG2 graphics memory configurations for laptops, has been shared on Twitter by a usually reliable source. Tech Twitterer 9550pro has reproduced a table which is purported to show the memory configurations for five DG2 laptop graphics processors, due to be released by Intel partners later this quarter. Take the news with a pinch of salt until we hear officially, but the best laptop GPU coming from Intel, dubbed SKU1 in the document, looks pretty strong, with 512 execution units (EUs), and 16GB of VRAM offering up to 512 GB/s…

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Japanese AIBs Revive AMD’s Radeon RX 550 for $155

AMD either has started to provide Japan-based add-in board (AIB) partners with quantities of Polaris 12 GPUs, or a company has unearthed piles of old stocks, allowing them to release new Radeon RX 550 graphics cards. Hermitage Akihabara reports that AMD’s 2017 vintage low-end GPUs have recently become available in Japan at least four major retailers/etailers. At the time of writing, the AMD Radeon RX 550 re-release might be widespread in Japan, but it is limited to an AIB whose brand name translates to “Expert-Oriented.” The RX 550 initially launched in 2GB and 4GB varieties, and the Expert-Oriented model is…

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Intel May Bet on Stacked Forksheet Transistor Tech for Sub-2nm Chips

Intel may be setting its sights on a new transistor design as the Macedonian cavalry to its sub-2 nm manufacturing aspirations. A recently published online patent seems to point Intel’s way forward in keeping Moore’s Law alive via what it calls “stacked forksheet transistors.” However, the patent is fuzzy, as they tend to be, and Intel makes no claims on PPA (Power-Performance-Area) improvements. According to the blue giant, the new transistor design can ultimately lead to a 3D, vertically-stacked CMOS architecture that allows for increased transistor counts compared to today’s most advanced tri-gate designs. However, the difficulties of further shrinking…

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GeForce RTX 3050 Pricing Skyrockets Ahead of Release

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 might still be a few days away from launch, but that hasn’t stopped online retailers from putting the ray tracing focused “budget” GPU on the presell market already. According to XanxoGaming (via VideoCardz), a Peruvian retailer already has RTX 3050 listings available with incredibly high prices — well above the cards’ MSRP of $250. There’s also an RTX 3050 listing on Newegg that shares the same story. The Peruvian retailer in question is preselling a Palit RTX 3050 Dual OC for a whopping $453. For $53 more, the retailer is also preselling a bundle with the…

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AMD 3D V-Cache Benchmarks Show Mixed Results For Milan-X CPUs

Yesterday, tech review site Chips and Cheese released a review of AMD’s new 3D V-Cache technology, showcasing its performance compared to previous generations of Zen processors. Chips and Cheese chose AMD’s EPYC server processors for this role, including the 3D V-Cache enabled EPYC 7V73 (Milan-X) and vanilla Zen 3 EPYC 7763 (Milan). 3D V-Cache is a new technology that AMD developed, allowing the L3 cache to be stacked vertically, which can significantly increase the size of the cache while using very little space. AMD has already demonstrated impressive performance gains with the new technology, as it allows the CPU cores…

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Intel’s Core i5-12490F Hits 5.7 GHz With BCLK Overclocking

Intel’s Core i5-12490F, which is exclusive to the Chinese market, looks like it may become an overclocking legend as one of the enthusiasts has managed to push it to 5.7 GHz through the BCLK overclocking method. The Core i5-12490F is a six-core, 12-thread Alder Lake chip with 20MB of L3 cache and no integrated graphics. With PBP and MTP ratings of 65W and 117W, respectively, the Core i5-12490F runs with a 3 GHz base clock and 4.6 GHz boost clock. However, an overclocker has managed to overclock the chip to 5.7 GHz (a 90% increase versus default clock) by altering its TDP limit…