Intel, as promised, today introduced its first Arc discrete graphics cards. So far only mobile. Solutions for the desktop segment and workstations Intel promises later this year. According to early data, at least the first ones will be presented before the end of the semester.
We have already seen a poster with the characteristics of five models, so we can not dwell on this in great detail. We can note the use of a bus with a bit width from 64 to 256 bits and a large spread in GPU frequencies. Also quite impressive is the 16 GB of memory in the mobile Arc A770M.
Notebooks with Arc 3 cards will be the first to enter the market. Such models are already available for pre-orders. Solutions with Arc 5 and Arc 7 will appear in early summer.
As you can see, Arc 3 cards, even according to Intel’s own measurements, cannot boast of performance. Even the older Arc A370M is noticeably faster than the iGPU in the Core i7-1280P, but in most games there is not even a twofold increase. And if we recall the capabilities of the built-in Radeon 680M core in the new Ryzen 6000, it’s not a fact that Intel’s new products will be faster.
But Arc graphics cards can offer new features. The first is the Intel Xe Matrix Extensions (XMX) AI features that accelerate AI-related computing. Secondly, it is the Intel XeSS supersampling technology. Thirdly, the hardware decoder AV1. Fourth, Intel Deep Link technology, which ensures more coordinated work of new video cards in conjunction with Intel processors.
The GeForce RTX 5090 will not repeat the fate of the fire-hazardous RTX 4090. Tests of the 12V-2×6 power connector showed that it works even when connected incompletely
Back in July, we learned that Nvidia was working on a replacement for the fire-hazardous 12VHPWR connector. And now the first tests of the 12V-2×6 connector have appeared on the Internet, which should replace the 12VHPWR.
The authors of the HardwareBusters channel visited the laboratory of Linewell, which produces power cables, including for video card manufacturers.
Linewell tested the cable with the new connector, and tested it in a format that simulated the most common cause of 12VHPWR melting. At first, Linewell specialists tested it in normal mode for almost an hour, and the connector only heated up to 46.5 degrees. Then the cable was not connected completely, which usually leads to melting, and a power of more than 640 W was applied to it, that is, exceeding the established limit of 600 W. The connector passed the test, heating up to only 41 degrees.
Intel wants a “five-year plan” in a year? Next year the company will have three lines of desktop processors at once, as Meteor Lake-S will still be released
Intel seems to have decided to exceed the plan not only in terms of technical processes, but also in terms of CPU lines. It turns out that Meteor Lake-S desktop processors will still be released.
Michelle Johnston Holthaus, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the client computing group, spoke about this. The PC World journalist, apparently not expecting an affirmative answer to his question regarding the fate of Meteor Lake-S, even asked again, and again received an affirmative answer.
So, tabletop Meteor Lake will still be released, and will be released next year. But now it’s not very clear how Intel is going to launch three lines at once within one year. Let us remind you that Raptor Lake Refresh will be released in October, and Arrow Lake is also expected next year. And if previously it was believed that the latter would simply replace the former, now another line is being added to them.
Perhaps Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake will coexist in the same way as in the mobile segment: Intel said that the former will occupy the mid-price segment, and the latter will be available in the upper price segment. And if these lines are released on desktop at the end of 2024, then they will together replace Raptor Lake Refresh. However, such a division will still be unusual, and Intel itself promised to release ARROW Lake much earlier than at the end of next year.
The Huawei Kirin 9000s platform is truly unique. It has a 12-core processor, although it’s far from record-breaking performance.
The Kirin 9000s platform continues to bring surprises, although smartphones based on it have been on sale for some time.
After the latest Huawei flagships received HarmonyOS 188.8.131.52, Geekbench software began to define the characteristics of the new SoC differently. If earlier it was seen as an eight-core solution, now the number of processor cores is indicated as 12.
It’s worth remembering here that AnTuTu initially determined that the platform had exactly 12 cores, however, including two Cortex-A34.
Geekbench, well, indicates the types of cores, but talks about three clusters: four cores with a frequency of 1.53 GHz, two with a frequency of 2.62 GHz and six with a frequency of 2.15 GHz. This information is confirmed by screenshots from the mobile version of the benchmark.
We have not yet seen mobile SoCs with 12-core CPUs. At the same time, the performance of the Kirin 9000s, despite this configuration, is far from flagship by 2023 standards, that is, the cores themselves are not the most powerful.
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