Crystal Well

The hubbub about the Broadwell Xeon family was relatively interesting. We managed to get hold of the models that came in a socketed form for testing, the E3-1285 v4, E3-1285L v4 and the E3-1265L v4, but because these parts use Intel’s Crystal Well design giving 128MB of eDRAM, there are plenty of opportunities to accelerate certain types of workload. We saw big increases in large-frame memory transcoding as the frame buffers did fit into the eDRAM, or in other memory intensive benchmarks such as compression. Despite all that, the Broadwell Xeon family is somewhat short lived with Skylake variants being released almost immediately (although Skylake at present is not with eDRAM). This is where Intel would make the distinction of course, suggesting that the Broadwell...

The Death of Intel’s Broadwell Has Been Greatly Exaggerated - Socketed Broadwell Continues

To hop right into the heart of matters, IT World published an article earlier this afternoon stating that Intel was discontinuing their two desktop Broadwell socketed SKUs, the Core...

43 by Ryan Smith on 9/17/2015

The Intel Broadwell Review Part 2: Overclocking, IPC and Generational Analysis

In our first part of our Broadwell coverage, we rushed to test both the i7-5775C and the i5-5765C in our new benchmarking suite against the previous generation of Haswell...

121 by Ian Cutress on 8/3/2015

Intel Launches Five 47W Laptop Broadwell SKUs

As part of Intel’s batch of announcements today, including Broadwell on the desktop and Thunderbolt 3, the 47W laptop/mini-PC processors that were also launched offers an interesting talking point...

39 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2015

The Intel Broadwell Desktop Review: Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C Tested (Part 1)

On almost all PC technology forums, it is hard to escape users talking about what Intel’s next processor lineup will be. Due to problems in Intel’s 14nm node, Broadwell...

193 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2015

Unlocked Socketed 65W Broadwell Iris Pro Desktop CPU Demoed by Intel at GDC15

The next twelve months are set to be exciting times for the desktop space for Intel. While the current fifth generation mobile processors are coming to market, and the...

78 by Ian Cutress on 3/5/2015

MSI Announces GS30 Shadow Laptop and GPU Expansion Dock

One of the very interesting looking laptops from MSI is their upcoming GS30, which carries on the thin and light theme of the GS series but extends that down...

41 by Jarred Walton on 1/4/2015

Intel Xeon to get Crystal Well: E3-1284L v3

At both the Intel Haswell launch and the first shipping Haswell Xeon silicon, I lamented the lack of a Crystal Well Xeon part in the line-up. It would...

34 by Ian Cutress on 3/10/2014

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