CPUs

The march on performance with desktop platforms has unique challenges compared to other platforms. Peak single thread throughput is often considered the Holy Grail, with a fast follow up of good multi-core and all-core performance given the nature of how desktop platforms are used with background processes and multiple concurrent applications. In order to bring its best single core performance to the desktop market, Intel had to redesign its 10nm product on 14nm, which combines the high throughput of the design with the high frequency of 14nm. These redesigned Cypress Cove cores form the basis of Intel’s new 11th Gen Desktop Processor Family, Rocket Lake. Today we are reviewing the Core i7-11700K, an eight-core processor with hyperthreading able to boost up to 5.0 GHz.

The AMD CES 2021 Keynote: A Live Blog from 11am ET / 8am PT

For the second year in a row, AMD has an official CES Keynote. A year on from the launch of Ryzen 4000 Mobile series processors, and after a recent...

12 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/12/2021

Intel at CES 2021: Ice, Tiger, Rocket, Jasper, and Alder Lake

Despite only having a 30 minute press event at this year’s annual CES trade show, Intel had a lot to discuss about its plans through the next 12 months...

43 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/11/2021

An Interview with Intel CEO Bob Swan: Roundtable Q&A on Fabs and Future

Intel has a very complex year ahead. On the back of what should be strong revenue year for 2020 as well as a widened scope of markets in which...

33 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/11/2021

Intel Launches 11th Gen vPro For Tiger Lake Mobile CPUs, Adds CET Security Tech

Among Intel’s CES 2021 announcements this afternoon, the chip giant is using the annual show to launch their updated vPro platform for their latest-generation “Tiger Lake” Core processors. vPro...

1 by Ryan Smith on 1/11/2021

Intel Confirms 10nm Ice Lake Xeon Production Has Started

As part of this week’s announcements, Intel has confirmed to AnandTech that it has started production its next generation server processors, known as Ice Lake 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable...

9 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/11/2021

Intel’s New H35 Series: Quad Core Tiger Lake now at 35 W for 5.0 GHz

Historically, both main x86 processor manufacturers have developed their mainstream mobile processors for a power target of 15 W, which in turn have been sold as their U-series chips...

15 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/11/2021

Intel’s 8-Core Mobile Tiger Lake-H, at 45 W, to Ship in Q1

Ever since the launch of Intel’s 11th Gen Core mobile processors, known as Tiger Lake, back in September, the chips' limited core counts have not gone unnoticed. At a...

22 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/11/2021

Intel Launches Jasper Lake: Tremont Atom Cores For All

One of the more interesting elements in Intel’s 2020 set of disclosures was its 10nm Tremont Atom core. Initially used in the low power Lakefield product, this core design...

30 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/11/2021

Intel Previews 11th Gen Core Rocket Lake: Core i9-11900K and Z590, Coming Q1

Spending five generations on the same base microarchitecture is a long time. Progress and excitement can be sustained through optimizing a process node, adding cores, and extracting every drop...

33 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/11/2021

Intel's CES 2021 Press Event: The Future of Intel (A Live Blog, 1pm PT)

One of our first events of the annual CES trade show this year is Intel's press conference on its consumer product lines. Heading up the event with be Intel's...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/11/2021

Jim Keller Becomes CTO at Tenstorrent: "The Most Promising Architecture Out There"

It is high praise when someone like Jim Keller says that your company ‘has made impressive progress, and has the most promising architecture out there’. That praise means twice...

64 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/5/2021

Intel Core i9-10850K Review: The Real Intel Flagship

When a company like Intel creates a CPU design, the process of manufacturing brings about variation on the quality of the product. Some cores will only reach a certain...

125 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/4/2021

Installing Windows on an Xbox One APU: The Chuwi Aerobox Review

Ever since consoles moved to the same underlying architecture as modern desktop computers, there has always been an underlying question as to whether those same processors could run regular...

100 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/24/2020

Testing The World’s Best APUs: Desktop AMD Ryzen 4750G, 4650G and 4350G

There are two very important levels of graphics performance in modern systems to consider – one is if the graphics system is sufficient for seamless use, and the second...

102 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/16/2020

Investigating Performance of Multi-Threading on Zen 3 and AMD Ryzen 5000

One of the stories around AMD’s initial generations of Zen processors was the effect of Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) on performance. By running with this mode enabled, as is default...

120 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/3/2020

Best CPUs for Workstations: December 2020

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data...

17 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/1/2020

“Microsoft Pluton Hardware Security Coming to Our CPUs”: AMD, Intel, Qualcomm

One of the key tenets of having good security is reducing how attackable your system is. This is what we call an attack surface – a system needs as...

26 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/23/2020

AMD Precision Boost Overdrive 2: Adaptive Undervolting For Ryzen 5000 Coming Soon

One of the ways that enthusiasts tinker with their processors is through overclocking: the attempt to get more performance by changing frequencies and voltages, up to the limits of...

60 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/23/2020

GIGABYTE’s New AMD BRIX Series: Now With AMD Ryzen 4000U Renoir!

One of the key questions when AMD launched its latest Ryzen Mobile processor family, Renoir, was when the chip would be available in the Mini-PC space. At the time...

32 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/21/2020

IBM and AMD to Advance Confidential Computing

Earlier this year, we wrote a news segment about AMD and Google’s announcement about bringing confidential virtual machines to the cloud using features enabled through 2nd Gen AMD EPYC...

9 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/11/2020

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