Moving up the Xeon product stack, the larger and more complicated the die, the lower the yield. Intel sells its 14-18 core Xeons from a top end design that weighs in at over six billion transistors, and we have had two of the 14C models in for review: the E5-2695 V3 (2.3 GHz, 3.3 GHz turbo) and E5-2697 V3 (2.6 GHz, 3.6 GHz turbo).

The Intel Xeon E7 v2 Review: Quad Socket, Up to 60 Cores/120 Threads

Meet the new Xeon E7 v2, codenamed "Ivy Bridge EX". We've had the new processors in our labs for the past few weeks putting them to the test, using...

125 by Johan De Gelas on 2/21/2014

Broadwell NUC Roadmap Revealed

The Next Unit of Computing (NUC) from Intel is becoming a part of the PC roadmap like never before. Anand reviewed the first generation of the NUC, the...

28 by Ian Cutress on 2/20/2014

Intel’s Three Versions of Socket 2011, Not Compatible

With our recent discussion regarding Intel’s launch of the 15-core Xeon E7 v2 ‘IvyTown’ processors, thoughts for a lot of high end consumers focused on the underlying hardware for...

47 by Ian Cutress on 2/20/2014

MSI X79A-GD45 Plus Review: Building Up

Breaking into the X79 game at this late stage is a rough business. The major action was at the Sandy Bridge-E launch, and the Ivy Bridge-E release was...

37 by Ian Cutress on 2/14/2014

Intel Readying 15-core Xeon E7 v2

Reports from ISSCC are coming out that Intel is preparing to launch a 15-core Xeon CPU. The 15-core model was postulated before Ivy Bridge-E launch, along with 12-core...

54 by Ian Cutress on 2/11/2014

Free Cooling: the Server Side of the Story

Servers that support higher inlet temperatures could significantly reduce or even eliminate the cooling costs of the data center. We received the 2U supermicro 6027R-73DARF that supports the latest...

47 by Johan De Gelas on 2/11/2014

Intel Reveals New Haswell Details at ISSCC 2014

As of late, Intel has been unusually guarded about releasing information about its microprocessor designs. Haswell launched last year with great architecture disclosure, but very limited disclosure about die...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/9/2014

Floating point peak performance of Kaveri and other recent AMD and Intel chips

With the launch of Kaveri, some people have been wondering if the platform is suitable for HPC applications. Floating point peak performance of the CPU and GPU ...

102 by Rahul Garg on 1/22/2014

Lenovo: Yoga, Miix 2, and ThinkPad Tablets; Vibe Z and K900 Smartphones

Moving along in our Lenovo coverage, there were a couple of smartphones as well as quite a few tablets on display. The Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 promise up...

11 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

Lenovo: New ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Yoga, IdeaPad, and Flex Laptops

Lenovo had their usual location set up in the AquaKnox lounge at the Venetian, with a huge number of products on display. We’ll break things up into the laptop/notebook/multi-modal...

16 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

GIGABYTE BRIX Pro: A First Look at the Intel i7-4770R with Iris Pro HD 5200

Intel's high-end Crystal Well, the Core i7-4770R, has remained out of reach for consumers despite being introduced back in June 2013. While Apple's notebooks use the mobile Crystal Well...

98 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2014

Intel CES 2014 Live Blog

We just walked over from the Qualcomm press conference slash Q&A extravaganza to Intel's press conference, which should be getting underway at 1 PM PT.

26 by Brian Klug & Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Review

When Ivy Bridge-E arrived, there was discontent at the lack of a new chipset. Users who wanted to migrate to the high performance end of the spectrum received...

21 by Ian Cutress on 1/5/2014

G1.Sniper Mid-Range Expansion: GIGABYTE Launch Z5S and Z5

All the main motherboard manufacturers now have three distinct classes of motherboard to sell to the common home-build end user: the channel range, the overclocking range and the gaming...

17 by Ian Cutress on 1/3/2014

Intel's Haswell NUC: D54250WYK UCFF PC Review

The Intel NUC category (which has been given the official tag of Ultra-Compact Form Factor PC) has been an interesting product line to analyze, as it provides us with...

106 by Ganesh T S on 1/3/2014

ASRock M8 Barebones Review: My Steam Box

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. Most development in home computers veers towards the ultra large (high impact gaming machines for...

78 by Ian Cutress on 1/2/2014

Thunderbolt 2 certified on GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH

The drive for faster and more efficient interfaces, particularly those over cables, is driven by a large number of consumer devices producing and displaying higher definition content. This...

23 by Ian Cutress on 12/14/2013

Intel Gaming System Giveaway - Holiday 2013: Part 1, Gaming Core i5

Earlier this year Intel came to us with an interesting proposition: using Haswell CPUs and Intel SSDs, we had to come up with four of our best system builds...

4054 by Anand Lal Shimpi, Jarred Walton & Ian Cutress on 12/13/2013

GIGABYTE to Launch the Z87X-SLI

Hearing the name ‘Z87X-SLI’ took me aback. Z87 supports SLI already, right? Why would a manufacturer need to confirm SLI usage on the Z87 chipset: it is...

24 by Ian Cutress on 12/2/2013

Gaming Motherboards under $175: Holiday 2013

Glad tidings we bring, and this time it comes in the form of gaming oriented motherboards. As an ex-semi-serious gamer (local clan matches, LANs), the motherboard in my...

9 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2013

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