The flagship ASUS gaming motherboards are designed to offer the best ASUS’ R&D have to offer and are often the lynchpin in a number of enthusiast builds. These feature a number of components and software elements that the channel motherboard range does not have, such as GameFirst, SupremeFX or Sonic Radar. ASUS has brought some of these features down their ROG product line to the Maximus VII Gene, Hero and Ranger for more budget oriented builds, however when it comes to pairing a $70 CPU like the overclockable Pentium G3258 with an ROG board, the ROG board might still be 2-2.5x the cost. As a result, ASUS is today announcing a semi-ROG board combining elements from the channel range and the ROG range...

There Will Be Two 32nm Atom SoCs in 2012: Medfield and One Other

Intel did a good job of showing off what it promises to deliver with Medfield at IDF: a reasonably looking smartphone and tablet built around the platform. As a...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/17/2011

IDF 2011 Recap and Announcing Pipeline

A little over a month ago we quietly introduced a new section to AnandTech called Pipeline. You'll find it in the right hand column of the site where we...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/16/2011

Rattner Shows off Near Threshold Voltage Intel Architecture CPU

Most modern day Intel CPUs run at or above 1V depending on clock speed. For years we had seen decreasing core voltages as Intel transitioned to lower power manufacturing...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

Intel and Micron Develop Hybrid Memory Cube, Stacked DRAM is Coming

During the final keynote of IDF, Intel's Justin Rattner demonstrated a new stacked DRAM technology called the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC). The need is clear: if CPU performance is...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

Counting Transistors: Why 1.16B and 995M Are Both Correct

Yesterday we published Ivy Bridge's transistor count as 1.48 billion. It turns out that was wrong as Intel's Mooly Eden accidentally read the B in billion as an 8...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

A look at Windows 8 Tablets running on TI, Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD and Intel silicon

This afternoon (and yesterday) we had a chance to meet with a number of SoC vendors who have partnered with Microsoft for Windows 8. Each of them has their...

94 by Brian Klug on 9/14/2011

Intel Discloses Cherryville & Hawley Creek SSDs: Intel's Fastest SSD in Q4

In addition to the SSD 710 series, Intel also disclosed two more SSDs codenamed: Cherryville and Hawley Creek. Cherryville is Intel's next 6Gbps SATA drive, replacing the SSD 510...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Intel Officially Announces SSD 710 Series for the Enterprise

Intel just announced its latest SSD: the enterprise focused Intel SSD 710 series. The specs don't deviate very far from what we published a couple of months ago. The...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

First Look at Gigabyte's UEFI Setup on X79

As we mentioned in our X79 coverage yesterday, none of the motherboard manufacturers were allowed to show BIOS/UEFI screenshots out of fear of accidentally disclosing clock speeds. Gigabyte's X79...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

LG's Shuriken Self Refreshing Panel Aims to Improve Notebook Battery Life by Up to an Hour

We've been hearing about self refreshing panels for years now and today Intel demonstrated one such panel using LG's Shuriken panel. The premise is simple: there's a small amount...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Ultrabooks on Video: Rapid Start & Smart Connect

Ultrabooks are a three year play for the industry and it's clear that software & features are going to be a major part of the evolution. Intel showed off...

1 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

First Shot of Haswell, Working Demo at IDF

What you're looking at above is the first shot of Haswell, Intel's 2013 Core microarchitecture that replaces Ivy Bridge. Haswell is designed for a 10 - 20W range of...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Ivy Bridge: 1.4B Transistors

Intel's Mooly Eden just disclosed Ivy Bridge's transistor count to a captive audience at IDF this morning: 1.4 billion transistors. That's presumably for the quad-core version compared to 1.16B...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

X79 Motherboards from Gigabyte & MSI at IDF 2011

IDF isn't a traditional trade show in the sense that the majority of the show isn't built around a wide open show floor with tons of booths and product...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

And Now: Ivy Bridge GPU Architectures Detailed

We just finished going over the GPU portion of Ivy Bridge in Intel's IVB tech session. If you're interested, the slides are below.

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Ivy Bridge CPU Architecture Details Revealed

We're still working on our deep dive on Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture but for those who are interested the slide deck that Intel just presented is in the gallery...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Ivy Bridge Overclocking: Ratio Changes Without Reboot, More Ratios and DDR3-2800

Ivy Bridge has three new features for overclocking: The max CPU ratio is now 63x up from 57x You can now adjust CPU ratios without a reboot, just via a register...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Intel's Medfield Gingerbread Smartphone Reference Platform

Earlier this morning Paul Otellini showed off Intel's Android smartphone reference platform running a version of Gingerbread. We just got up close and personal with the device as you...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Intel Releases New Sandy Bridge Graphics Drivers

Amidst a full day of updates from IDF, I'd like to draw your attention to some more Intel-related news: Intel has refreshed its generic Sandy Bridge graphics driver to...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/13/2011

Intel's Unified Design: Core & Atom Now Under One Roof

Intel has had a bit of a reorg. The photo above depicts how Intel used to work. Core and Atom architecture development happened via independent design teams. Core was...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

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