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Once upon a time, processors were like this: 750 kHz, 2300 transistors and a 10,000 nm process technology. Intel 4004, the first commercially available processor, celebrates 50 years

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Intel today celebrates a milestone – the 50th anniversary of the world’s first commercially available microprocessor, which was the Intel 4004. It was released in 1971 and determined the development of modern microprocessors.

At the moment, its characteristics look fantastically outdated, but at the time of release, the Intel 4004 was an advanced CPU – it consisted of 2300 transistors and was produced according to the 10,000 nm process technology. Frequency – 750 kHz.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 4004 processor. Think how much we have accomplished in the past half century. This is a key event for the industry, which gave a powerful impetus to the development of computer technology!

Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO

The history of the appearance of Intel 4004 is as follows. In 1969, the Nippon Computing Machine Corporation asked Intel to develop a set of integrated circuits for the Busicom 141-PF engineering calculator prototype. Intel engineer Federico Fagin’s team adapted the original plans for 12 highly specialized chips and developed a set of four chips (including the Intel 4004) that solved the customer’s challenges. The Intel 4004 was about the size of a human fingernail, but it still provided computing power comparable to the first computer built in 1946 and took up an entire room.

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The mid-range Cortex-A715 processor core is comparable to the Cortex-X1 supercore from two years ago. Arm also updated the Cortex-A510

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The mid range Cortex A715 processor core is comparable to the Cortex X1

In addition to the new Cortex-X3 supercore, Arm also introduced the Cortex-A715 processor core, which, judging by all its predecessors, will be much more common than the X3.

The mid-range Cortex-A715 processor core is comparable to the Cortex-X1 supercore from two years ago.  Arm also updated the Cortex-A510

When compared to the Cortex-A710, Arm claims a 20% power efficiency advantage for the same performance, or a 5% performance improvement for the same power consumption. That is, the emphasis here is on energy efficiency. In addition, the company says the Cortex-A715 is comparable in performance to the Cortex-X1 super-core from two years ago.

No successor has yet been released for the Cortex-A510, but Arm has improved this core, maintaining performance while reducing power consumption by 5%.

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Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it’s weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago. There are great reviews of new items

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Nvidia released the 150 GeForce GTX 1630 and its weaker

Nvidia has introduced the GeForce GTX 1630, which can be called a severely stripped-down version of the GTX 1650. What is a card so primitive by modern standards capable of? Large reviews have already appeared on the Web, and we will take the TechPowerUp material as a basis.

Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it's weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago.  There are great reviews of new items

As you can see, in Full HD, and at higher resolutions, such a card does not make sense, the GTX 1630 is very far behind even the Radeon RX 6400. The junior AMD adapter is ahead by almost 60%, and this is an abyss.

If you look at the average performance in games, we are talking about only 24 fps, that is, on average, the new product is not able to provide proper performance in modern games at maximum settings. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the list of source adapters that even roughly matches the GTX 1630. But if you look at older reviews, you can find that the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at one time lagged behind the GTX 1650 not as much as the GTX 1630 lagged behind That is, the new Nvidia is even a little weaker than the GTX 1050 Ti. Actually, tests from other sources confirm this.

Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it's weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago.  There are great reviews of new items

Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it's weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago.  There are great reviews of new items
Nvidia released the $150 GeForce GTX 1630, and it's weaker than the $140 GTX 1050 Ti six years ago.  There are great reviews of new items

And here it would be useful to remember that the GTX 1050 Ti was introduced in 2016 and was priced at that time at $140. And the GTX 1630 costs $150. That is, Nvidia in 2022 released a video card of about the same level and at about the same price as six years ago.

Of the rest, only power consumption can be noted. In games, the adapter requires only about 50 watts, and the maximum that we managed to achieve from the card is 71 watts.

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$7,000 for 64 cores up to 4.5GHz. AMD Threadripper 5000WX processors launched in China

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7000 for 64 cores up to 45GHz AMD Threadripper 5000WX

At first there were rumors about this, then AMD officially confirmed everything: the powerful AMD Threadripper 5000WX processors will go on sale and become available to everyone. As it turned out, the CPU is already available in China.

$7,000 for 64 cores up to 4.5GHz.  AMD Threadripper 5000WX processors launched in China

The official start of sales is in July, at the same time the recommended retail prices will be announced. In the meantime, sellers are asking for Threadripper 5000WX much more than what they asked for their predecessors. Thus, the 64-core Threadripper 5995WX is offered for $7,030, while the official cost of the Threadripper 3995WX is $5,850. The 32-core Threadripper 5975WX is priced at $3,590, while its predecessor, the Threadripper 3975WX, is officially listed at $2,750. The Threadripper 5965WX is also available in China for the equivalent of $2,570.

$7,000 for 64 cores up to 4.5GHz.  AMD Threadripper 5000WX processors launched in China

$7,000 for 64 cores up to 4.5GHz.  AMD Threadripper 5000WX processors launched in China

The 16-core 5955WX and the 12-core 5945WX were left behind. Maybe they won’t go to retail at all.

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