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Jun 16, 2013

Intel Core i7 8-Core Haswell-E CPU Platform Has DDR4, Debut in 2014

One would think that a few more months would pass before Intel shared information about a CPU collection scheduled for release in 2014, especially since the predecessor of that line has yet to come out itself.

Nevertheless, the Haswell-E series of high-end central processing units has been detailed by the folks at VR-Zone. Apparently, the 2014-bound processing units will have 6 or 8 cores, a cache memory of 20 MB (L3), Hyper Threading (16 threads for 8 cores), and a maximum TDP (thermal design power) of 130W or 140W.   To show how serious it is about high performance, Intel won't even bother with quad-core models anymore.  Unfortunately, while these Haswell-E processors sound impressive, the news of their future arrival comes in tow with a somewhat less pleasing one: Broadwell 14nm units won't come out in 2014 after all. Instead, the Haswell series will be refreshed with some better clock speeds for the same price as the ones revealed at Computex 2013. But we digress. Since we talked about the chips, what's left is to cover the chipset that will welcome the 22nm Haswell-E units: Wallsburg.

The platform will have what it takes to singlehandedly manage six USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, and 10 SATA 6 Gbps connectors. Integrated Clock support is included in the spec sheet, and the TDP is a surprisingly low 6.5W. By far the most important asset, however, is the support for DDR4 memory, and quad-channel at that. All in all, the Haswell-E platform may end up around 33-50% better than the upcoming Ivy Bridge-E/EP collection. Wellsburg will allow DDR4 to be installed and run at 333 MHz, 1600 MHz, 1866 MHz, and 2133 MHz. But since 2133 MHz will probably be the minimum speed of DDR4 modules, greater heights are a certainty.

As for the LGA 2011-3 socket, it will have the same dimensions and ball pattern pitch as LGA 2011, but will be more efficient and, for better package handling, comes with additional wings in the LGA 2011-3 socket help.

Intel Haswell-E detailed
Images credits to VR-Zone

Motorola’s Moto X Phone Specs Leak Again

Mobile phone maker Motorola has already confirmed plans to bring to the market this year the long rumored Moto X phone, yet it did not provide specific info on what the device would have to offer to users.

However, a recent leak from @evleaks suggests that the handset would not land on shelves as a high-end smartphone, as previous rumors suggested, but that it would be only a mid-range device, still capable of delivering appealing performance to users. Apparently, Moto X will hit shelves with a 1.7GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor inside, paired with 2GB of RAM, and will feature 16GB of internal memory.

A 720p touchscreen is also expected on this device, along with a 10-megapixel photo snapper on its back, and a 2MP front camera for making video calls. The phone will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, it seems.

Specs of Moto X phone emerge online
Image credits to Motorola

Samsung Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon 800 CPU Emerges in Benchmarks

South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics is reportedly getting ready for the launch of a new flavor of its Galaxy S4 smartphone, one that would pack a Snapdragon 800 processor inside, and which has already emerged in benchmarks.

At the moment, the handset is being sold with either a quad-core Snapdragon 600 or an eight-core Exynos 5 Octa CPU, but the new flavor should land in South Korea soon, PhoneArena reports. The device has been spotted in AnTuTu, where it scored 31,491 points, higher than the eight-core model, and is also said to have received the necessary approvals from the Wi-Fi Alliance, as Samsung SHV-E330S.

Earlier, the mobile phone received DLNA certification, all suggesting that its official launch should be near, so stay tuned to learn more on the matter.

Samsung Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon 800 CPU in AnTuTu
Image credits to PhoneArena

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