In this episode of our weekly tech podcast we talk about our review of NZXT’s first small form factor case the Manta, Intel blocking overclocking on non-K Skylake processors, The Division open beta coming up and more!
Celebrating the 10th season, Intel Extreme Masters returns to Katowice, Poland, as the world will watch the best professional players compete for over US$600,000. Intel will be present to show the best in technology and announce new initiatives that will enrich and grow gaming and eSports through the next decade.
We talked about it last week and now it looks like the rumors were true. Intel will indeed block CPU overclocking on Non-K Skylake processors. Intel has pushed a CPU microcode update to its motherboard partners which “plugs a loophole” which allowed for overclocking of Non-K Skylake processors.
It has been reported that Intel might soon block overclocking support on their non-K Skylake processors, much like they did with Haswell. Intel will soon roll out a BIOS update that might just disable any sort of overclocking support on Non-K Skylake processors.
In this episode of our weekly tech podcast we talk about our review of Gigabyte’s Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX motherboard, Intel moving to the 10nm manufacturing process in 2017, AMD’s progress on Zen, HMB2 production ramping up and more!
Intel’s “tick-tock” development cycle is actually slowing down, now we have a 3-launch cadence per silicon fab process. For the 14nm process we’ve had “Broadwell” and “Skylake” and later this year we will have “Kaby Lake”. Intel will launch its first 10 nm CPU in 2017 and the process will host no less than three micro-architectures.
Looks like Intel is going to be breaking the 5.0 GHz barrier soon. They are readying a new Xeon processor that is rumored to ship with a staggering 5.10 GHz clock speed out of the box. The chip will be the Xeon E5-2602 V4 quad-core chip based on the company’s 14 nm “Broadwell-EP” silicon.
Overclocking Intel processors by messing with the base-clock (BCLK) has been pretty unstable since Intel fully integrated the core logic (northbridge) with its processors. It was unstable as it was used for other key components on the chip like the iGPU and PCIe root-complex. With Skylake, Intel has de-linked the base-clock from other clock domains, which allows for overclocking using the BCLK. This is very helpful with overclocking on non-k processors.
Intel will be launching their Broadwell-E high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup at Computex 2016, which will take place May 31st to June 4th in Taipei. Intel’s Broadwell-E lineup is based a 14nm process and is a die shrink from Haswell. Typically with Intel’s HEDT lineup we see three processors released with price points of $400, $600, and $1000. This time Intel will actually be releasing four processors.
Intel is working on their most powerful NUC (next-unit of computing) compact desktop, which they have dubbed “Skull Canyon”. It’s release is slated for the first quarter of 2016 (January – March). This NUC is to feature a Core “Skylake” CPU with Intel’s most powerful implementation of its 9th generation Iris Pro graphics.