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.
AMD today launched new thermal solutions, including the flagship AMD Wraith Cooler, as well as the new AMD A10-7860K and new AMD Athlon X4 845 desktop processors. Designed for the consumer who cares about how their desktop PC runs, sounds, and looks, AMD now offers new thermal solutions that generate less than one-tenth the noise of their predecessors — running at a near-silent 39 decibels, about as quiet as a library.
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 AMD’s recent earnings calls for the fiscal year of 2015, the company confirmed that their Zen-based Summit Ridge FX CPUs will be launching in late 2016. AMD’s Zen core has been under development for the last two years. Zen will introduce two brand new processor families codenamed Summit Ridge and Bistol Ridge which will address the high-performance and mainstream consumer markets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.