Are you a fan of Intel CPUs but also love overclocking? Then there may be a reason to not look forward to the upcoming Sandy Bridge.
According to slides shown by Hong Kong-based HKEPC's YouTube channel, Sandy Bridge will have a single single internal clock generator issuing the basic 100MHz base clock that'll run for the USB, SATA, PCI, PCI-E, CPU cores, Uncore, and RAM.
For a few months now, those of a technical bent have been getting hot under the collar about a fibre optic-based Intel technology called Light Peak, which promises to revolutionise the speeds at which computers can transfer data. With speeds of up to 10Gbps it promises to replace USB, DisplayPort and HDMI in one swoop.
Intel and Nvidia are currently locking horns over what's fair business. Nvidia claims that Intel priced its Atom processors as prohibitively expensive when purchased not in conjunction with an Intel chipset. This deterred computer makers from pairing the Atom with Nvidia's Ion chipset, which granted the CPU access to a the GeForce 9400M.
Almost five years ago, Intel ran into a heat wall and decided it had to commoditize its processors and focus on the brand rather than the clock speed. Processors received sequence numbers that were designed as an indicator how fast a CPU runs, what features it provides and how much power it consumes. That number appears to have become irrelevant over time as it is virtually impossible for consumers to decode CPU sequence numbers anymore.
Dual Atoms and Pentiums to fill the gap
According to Digitimes, Intel has told its notebook partners that it will phase out Celeron processors in 2011. The venerable Celerons will be replaced by dual-core Atom processors as well as some Pentium SKUs.
Rumours talk of kill off
The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a rumour that Intel is set to dump PCI from its motherboards. The rumour has started mostly because of the upcoming Sandy bridge CPUs with integrated graphics and the 6 Series of chipsets.
For most people, there is no such thing as a CPU vs. GPU battle, but for companies like Intel and NVIDIA, there is such a thing, and it's heated. Naturally, gaming wouldn't be stellar if the only acceleration came from the GPU, and likewise, we wouldn't get too far with our OS running off of a GPU, but in between, there exists a battleground where neither is prepped to come out victorious.
According to the report at HKEPC, Intel will be making quite a few price changes this August. The most eye-catching one is the Core i7 950 which will drop from over US $562 down to US $294, replacing the Core i7 930.
Sick of ever-increasing power bills? PC Authority recently spent some time with a fascinating Intel device that can tell you what's chewing the most power
One of the most impressive things about Intel is the massive amount of research and development that the company undertakes. It constantly strives towards new markets and new ideas. Ultimately the company's business is about selling silicon, so coming up with new places to put its processors is one of the driving forces behind research and development.
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