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Google Stadia Is Powered by Intel CPUs, Not AMD

Google Stadia Is Powered by Intel CPUs, Not AMD

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This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When Google announced its custom streaming Stadia solution, it made it clear that it had partnered with AMD to deploy a custom GPU with 10.7 TFLOPs of compute power and 8GB of HBM2 RAM. There was no mention of the CPU used, but a note in Google’s presentation referenced Hyper-Threading technology — not SMT.PCGamesN has confirmed the implications of that clue with AMD. Ryzen and Epyc won’t be powering the CPU portion of ...
Nvidia May Be Prepping a New GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q to Counter Intel, AMD

Nvidia May Be Prepping a New GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q to Counter Intel, AMD

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This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.When Intel and AMD announced they’d be cooperating on a new CPU with an Intel processor paired with an AMD GPU, it was easy to see who the loser was going to be. Nvidia has a dominant overall position in the GPU market, including the types of all-in-one and small form factor systems that might opt for one of Intel’s new CPUs with Radeon RX Vega graphics rather than an Intel CPU with Nvidia GPU. Now, there’s hints that Nvidia is planning to respond with a new GPU iteration of its own: The GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.That’s the word from Overclock3D, based on the latest Nvidia driver update, which lists both a 1050 Ti as being supported. It’s not hard to see why Nvidia might want to roll a new flavor of GPU. Intel’s mar
New Intel Thunderbolt 3 Controllers Add DisplayPort 1.4, Better USB-C Support

New Intel Thunderbolt 3 Controllers Add DisplayPort 1.4, Better USB-C Support

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This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.Intel has refreshed its Alpine Ridge line of Thunderbolt 3 controllers with a new pair of products, codenamed Titan Ridge. The JHL7540, 7440, and 7340 are drop-in replacements for the JHL6x40 family and offer a single low-bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 port, a single high-bandwidth TB3 port, or a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports.There are two features that set the new controllers apart from Intel’s older variants. First, they nudge support for Thunderbolt 3’s DisplayPort standard from version 1.2 to version 1.4. No mention is made of whether the new controllers support Adaptive Sync, the optional feature that enables FreeSync and was added in DP1.2a. Presumably, they don’t. DisplayPort 1.3 added the ability to handle a
Intel reportedly prepping 10-core Broadwell-E processors with 25MB L3 cache

Intel reportedly prepping 10-core Broadwell-E processors with 25MB L3 cache

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Share This article In August 2014, Intel released the first Haswell-E processor, the Core i7-5960X. Unlike its predecessors, the Core i7-5960X jumped to eight cores and 16 threads — but the lower clock speeds that this required paradoxically made the chip a less-than-great alternative for gamers. In many titles, the 4.4GHz clock speed on the Core i7-4790K was a better gaming option than the eight cores but lower top-end clock speed (3GHz base, 3.5GHz Turbo) that the 5960X offered. Intel is now working on the successor to Haswell-E, and if recent rumors are true, the company is going to address this discrepancy with the upcoming Broadwell-E. The upcoming family will launch with multiple SKUs that should address the needs of both gamers and other high-end users who have more use for thr
Microsoft buys Havok physics from Intel, could boost Xbox One cloud gaming

Microsoft buys Havok physics from Intel, could boost Xbox One cloud gaming

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Share This article For the past decade, many of the most popular video games have used a common physics engine — Havok. While it’s had some competition from competing solutions, like Nvidia’s PhysX, Havok has powered Call of Duty, the Assassin’s Creed series, DOTA 2, and a number of Source-based titles, including Half Life 2 and the Left 4 Dead franchise. Microsoft has now announced that it had acquired Havok from Intel for an undisclosed sum. As part of the acquisition, Microsoft has agreed to continue licensing Havok to third-parties and competitors, which could be important to the continued success of the middleware engine. Havok has long had a reputation for running on just about every platform known to man, from game consoles to PCs and even smartphones. Microsoft also notes that
IDF 2015: Intel unveils Skylake’s new GPU architecture

IDF 2015: Intel unveils Skylake’s new GPU architecture

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Share This article At IDF this week, Intel shared some of the architectural details for Skylake that were missing from the initial launch. While not a complete disclosure, we now have a better picture of what the CPU is capable of, and where Intel focused to improve performance and power consumption. The briefings at IDF covered both the CPU and GPU; we’ll cover CPU details in a future story. For now, here’s what we’ve learned about Intel’s new on-die GPU. When AMD launched its Kaveri back in early 2014, it focused on the fact that the GCN GPU accounted for more than half the die. The argument was straightforward — the GPU was going to be ever more important to hitting high performance targets and deserved a larger slice of the pie. Intel, it seems, heard this line of reasoning and ag

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