This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of the Alienware Steam Machine, the first part of our Water Cooling 101 series, the release of the R9 380X graphics card, new game bundles from AMD and Intel, and much more!
Consumers waiting for Intel’s next update to their high-end desktop (HEDT) platform will be waiting till Q2 of 2016 (April-June) for the refresh. This is according to a leaked company roadmap slide from Intel’s client computing platforms. These HEDT chips will be based off the company’s 5th generation Core “Broadwell” micro-architecture.
It looks like Intel is getting back into bundling games with its processors. I think this has a lot to do with the popularity of gaming these days. In any case the game bundle is called the “Never Stop Gaming” bundle and it will reward buyers of the company’s Core i7 processors (Skylake, Haswell-E, and Haswell LGA1150) with $125 worth of games / DLC.
Intel’s Xeon Phi chips are typically reserved for supercomputing. Well Intel is looking to change the game by bringing their upcoming 72-core Xeon Phi chip code-named Knights Landing to the desktop workstation market. There will be a limited number of workstations shipping in the first half of next year from Intel, who will also control the initial distribution.
Intel has officially launched its Skylake NUC desktops. These of course are based on the company’s 6th generation Core “Skylake” processors. There are two main models, but each will have two choices of chassis design. The first is the NUC6i5SY, based on the Core i5-6260U processor.
We have not heard that much about Intel’s upcoming Broadwell-E lineup, but now we have some pretty impressive details! Broadwell-E will be the next-generation high-end desktop (HEDT) processor lineup from Intel.
It looks like Intel has started selling its first complete NUC mini-PC, not a barebones unit. The unit is the NUC5PGYH and is priced at $255. The unit includes a Pentium N3700 “Braswell” SoC board, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of SSD storage.
Microsoft has recently acquired Havok Physics from Intel. It is the industry’s most popular in-game physics API. Microsoft plans to add the Havok IP to its existing platform and tools including DirectX 12, Visual Studio, and Azure.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of the NZXT S340 Razer Edition Case, Intel’s upcoming 28-core, 56-thread Xeon processors, the Unreal Tournament pre-alpha and more!
Intel is getting closer to releasing their Skylake Purley-powered Xeon processors. Some of these new processors will feature 28 CPU cores, and with Hyper-Threading that means you will have 56 threads of CPU power!
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