Gigabyte has unveiled its latest BRIX mini-PCs at IDF. These new versions are running Intel Core i7-4770R and Core i5-4570R processors. Both of these chips feature Intel’s Iris Pro 5200 integrated graphics which has 40 execution units, L4 eDRAM cache and more than double the integrated graphics performance of the normal Intel Core i7-4770.
We already know that Intel will be launching its Ivy Bridge-E HEDT platform on September 11, 2013 and now it is all set to Showcase SSD Overclocking at IDF13 San Francisco. Now this might sound weird as SSD overclocking is not something very common. Intel will talk about this new SSD overclocking feature next month and details will be provided on how to overclock the SSD.
At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) that is currently underway in Beijing, Intel has announced the second-generation Thunderbolt specification. It uses the same plug and pin design as current Thunderbolt devices, but offers double the bandwidth over its predecessor. This will give devices 20 Gb/s of bandwidth, which gives users the ability to transfer uncompressed 4K Ultra-HD video without causing the display to lag.
A source close to Intel has revealed that the company has started shipping their upcoming “Haswell” processors to OEM’s (companies that sell pre-built systems). It looks like Haswell keeps on getting closer and closer and these shipments could be the first PCs created using the new chip. Intel is expected to make a statement about the launch of Haswell at the upcoming IDF Beijing conference next week.
In a private briefing on the eve of Intel’s Developers Forum, Lucid allowed the guys from LaptopMag to go hands-on with a prototype Thunderbolt graphics card / enclosure. They are targeting this device towards laptop and ultrabook users. It will allow you to install a discrete graphics card of your choice in the enclosure and use it via the 10GB/s Thunderbolt connection on your ultrabook or laptop. Check out the video below to see it in action.
Yesterday at the Intel Developer Forum 2012 OCZ was quietly giving a sneek peek at their new Vector solid state drive. The Vector drive is built on Indilinx’s latest Barefoot 3 controller. This controller is completely built from the ground up by Indilinx (the Barefoot 2 used Marvell technology). Maybe this new controller will fix the single thread issue we saw with drives based on the Barefoot 2 controller. The Vector drive also sports 2x nm MLC NAND, and a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface.