As usual, Intel has distributed its engineering samples between partners and means to enable them start with the relevant evidence in each case. But it seems now has an unconventional situation is that one of these partners or media has not respected the agreement with Intel and has put on sale on Ebay an engineering sample of a Intel Core i7-6950X ” Broadwell-E ” processor to the tune of $ 1950.
I’ll be completely honest, from the point of view of a media: as you know manufacturers often send us samples of their products to perform analysis, and if the product has a moderate cost, often it can be us for our personal use or testing laboratory. It is very unusual, not to say that this only happens to a few privileged, the manufacturer will yield an engineering sample that has a crazy price as is the case now concerns us. Of course there are people who do this for doing business but this, in my view, beyond all limits because as I mentioned earlier there is a confidentiality agreement by which has not been respected.
The Intel Core i7-6950X that is for sale is a processor 10 cores and 20 threads of process based on the Broadwell-E 14 nanometer architecture that is yet to be announced officially.It is compatible with Intel socket LGA 2011v3 (X99 chipset) and has a TDP of 140 watts.They are attached in the advertisement placed on Ebay high resolution images that leave no doubt that the product is authentic.
As you can see in the ad, who lives in the US has the processor, and charges an additional $ 50 for shipping costs shipping to anywhere in the world. So, if you want to have this processor before anybody else and you can spare $ 2,000 for nothing, now you have a good chance. However, it falls discounted according to the policy say that Intel engineering samples belong to the company regardless of any other situation, so in theory this sale would be unlawful.
Core i7 6950X specs
Family Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition Model number i7-6950X Microarchitecture Broadwell Data width 64 bit The number of CPU cores 10 The number of threads 20 Floating Point Unit Integrated Level 1 cache size 10 x 32 KB instruction caches, 10 x 32 KB data caches Level 2 cache size 10 x 256 KB caches Level 3 cache size 25 MB TDP 140 Watt
Intel Core i7 6770HQ benchmark and review. The Core i7 6770HQ is a very powerful processor based on the skylake architecture and was launched in early 2016. Core i7 6770HQ specs include four CPU cores including hyper threading support. The CPU is clocked at 2.6 GHz but can go up to 3.5 GHz under turbo boost mode. Core i7 6770HQ benchmarks are coming soon.
Core i7 6770HQ specs
Series Intel Core i7 Codename Skylake clocking 2600 – 3500 MHz Level 1 cache 256 KB Level 2 Cache 1024KB Level 3 cache 6144 KB Number of cores / threads 4/8 Max. Power consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power) 45 Watt manufacturing technology 14 nm Max. Temperature 100 ° C socket BGA features Dual-channel DDR3L-1600 / DDR4-2133 memory controller, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI, TXT GPU Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 (350-950 MHz) 64 bit 64 Bit is supported Hardware Virtualization VT-x, VT-d Initial price $ 434 US Launched on 01/24/2016
HP Spectre Pro X360 is a variant of X360 that comes with vPro technology and runs windows 8.1 professional. It is on sale in Europe in four different configurations with different specifications. HP Spectre Pro X360 review video:
HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 H9W41EA – Intel Core i5-5200U, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, screen 13.3 “FHD HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 M3N05EA – Intel Core i5-5200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, screen 13.3 “FHD HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 H9W42EA – Intel core i5-5300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, screen 13.3 “FHD HP Spectre Pro x360 G1 H9W43EA – Intel Core i7-5600U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3 screen “qHD
Prices start at 1100 and go up to 1600 euro for the top end model. It is a great choice for professionals, managers and employees who need to use the laptop within an ecosystem management. HP Spectre Pro X360 is indeed completely identical to the Spectre X360 with a couple of features that make it stand out. In fact Spectre X360 inherited the design from Pavilion X360 that was launched an year back.
HP Spectre Pro X360 specifications
Processor: Intel Core i7-5600U 2.6 GHz, Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz, 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200U Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Screen: 13.3 “FHD WLED UWVA eDP 1.2 Bright View (1920 x 1080); 13.3” qHD UWVA eDP 1.3 + PSR Bright View WLED (2560 x 1440) Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500 Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz SDRAM LPDDR3 Storage: SSD SATA M.2 128-512GB Expansions: multi format memory card reader Ports: 3 USB 3.0; 1 mini Display Port 1.2; 1 HDMI; 1 audio jack combo Networking: Intel 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.0 Combo; Intel 802.11a / b / g / n (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.0 Dimensions: 32.5 x 21.8 cm x 1:54 Weight: 1.5 kg
First is the Intel VPro technology that provides a higher level of security and remote management via Intel Active Management.
Second difference is that HP Spectre Pro X360 comes with professional version of windows, the Windows 8.1 Pro that allows the user to use Bit locker that works in conjunction with the TPM 1.2 chip integrated in the laptop.
HP Spectre 13 x360 is a new convertible laptop with touch screen. It packs a lot of power and offer impressive specifications. Two models HP Spectre x360 13-4001ng and HP x360 13-4000ng were released today.
HP x360 13-4000ng features Intel Core i5 5200U 2.2 GHz processor, 4 gigabytes of memory and full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The other model HP Spectre x360 13-4001ng has Intel Core i7 5500U 2.4 GHz processor, quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and 8 GB of RAM. Both models pack 13.3 inch display, Intel HD Graphics 5500 integrated GPU, 256 GB SSD in small M.2 SSD format, three USB 3.0 ports, Mini Display Port, SD card reader and HDMI and touch panel.
If the last year’s HP Pavilion x360 did not pack enough power for you, the HP Spectre 13 x360 promises to offer you plenty of power to get your job done. Also if the build quality of HP Pavilion x360 looked a bit kid-ish, you love this one’s exterior. HP Spectre 13 x360 itself is made entirely of aluminum that feels fantastic in hand.
HP promises a battery life of up to 10 hours which is amazing since it comes with a 3 cell battery with 56 Wh capacity. It weighs just 1.51 kilograms and has thickness of mere 16 mm. HP x360 13-4000ng price is 999 euro while the HP Spectre x360 13-4001ng will cost you 1299 euro.
Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte has launched the P34W which is a gaming laptop with just 21 millimeter thickness and 1.71 weight. Despite have such thin hardware, Gigabyte has not compromised on its innards. Gigabyte P34W specifications include 14 inch display, Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics card, up to 16 GB of memory backed by a combination of mSATA SSD and 2 TB hard drive.
The 14-inch display has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The battery has 61.25 Wh capacity. Ports and connectivity selection includes four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, D-sub, Gigabit LAN, WLAN ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and an SD card reader. Also included is an HD webcam and a backlit chiclet keyboard for typing in dimly lit environments.
The Gigabyte P34W 14-inch gaming laptop is on sale at a suggested retail price of € 1,649.
The Core i7 5650U is a very powerful ultra low voltage processor by Intel that was introduced by the chip giant in January 2015. It is slated to be used in the upcoming broadwell Macbook Air and ultrathin ultrabooks as it consumes little power; has high performance output and dissipates little heat which is critical in ultrathin laptops. Interestingly the Core i7 5650U has lower CPU base clock speed than the outgoing Core i7 5600U but faster GPU.
The Intel Core i7 5650U benchmark indicate that thanks to improved architecture, it is about 10 percent faster than the lower clocked Core i7 4650U which. This means it is powerful enough for working on CPU-hungry applications.
Core i7 4650U benchmark results:
Cinebench R15 (CPU Single 64 bit): 124
Geekbench 3 (32 bit multi core): 5875
3DMark 2013 (fire strike standard physics full HD): 3864
Core i7 5650U also brings improved HD graphics 6000 that offer 48 EUs at 300 MHz – 1000 MHz. It has faster memory speeds up to 1866 LPDDR3, so this makes it more powerful than the Intel HD Graphics 5000 that has 40 EUs. Demanding games should run just fine at medium detail settings.
While most of the laptop manufacture are busily engrossed making ultrathin ultrabooks, Medion, a popular tablet manufacture has released a 6 cm thick Erazer X7833 laptop that weighs under kilograms. The Medion Erazer X7833 is all about strong CPU and GPU performance. The laptop packs Intel Core i7 4710MQ processor , NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and 16 GB RAM that enable the gamers to enjoy all PC games released till date at almost highest settings.
Gamers will appreciate the fact that the Medion Erazer X7833 gaming laptop features a loud Dolby home theater audio system for excellent surround music. Keyboard is backlit and it looks lovely in the dark. Thanks to built in SSD, even the biggest of games loaded quickly. However with its heavy weight (3.92 kilograms) and massive footprint and ginormous nine cell battery, you definitely would not want to carry it everywhere you go.
Technical Specifications of Medion Erazer X7833 Display 17.3 “ Processor Intel Core i7 4710MQ / 2.5 GHz Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 1st hard disk: 256 GB SSD 2nd Hard Drive: 1 TB RAM 16 GB Weight 3.92 kg Platform Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Drive DVD ± RW (± R DL) (DVD Burner), BD-ROM (Blu-ray drive)
Benefits + Very high gaming performance and system performance + Full HD display + Lots of storage thanks to SSD / HDD combination + Blu-ray drive + Dolby Home Theater audio system
Disadvantages – No IPS panel – Nearly 4 Kg difficult – Low battery life
Broadwell is here finally as Intel has started shipping its vPro enabled processors to the laptop companies. Some of the first devices are already on sale wiht the new processors and this includes Fujitsu Lifebook T935 that is now available to the corporate customers. Fujitsu Lifebook T935 is the successor to the Liefbook T904 which offered rotating display as well.
Fujitsu Lifebook T935 specifications include 13.3 inch IGZO display packing WQXGA resolution which is 2560 x 1440 pixels. The T935 is not the first company’s laptop to offer IGZO display. Fujitsu Lifebook TH90 was also offered with one. The one that we tested had ‘mere’ 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. One of the key features of Fujitsu Lifebook T935 is its digitizer support allowing you to do inputs via stylus.
It is powered by Intel Core i7 5600U vPro enabled processor, up to 8 gigabytes of memory, hybrid hard disk drive up to 500GB (optional SSD), 2x USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. You will also find an SD card reader, RJ 45 Ethernet port and a SIM card slot for proving 3G or 4G connectivity on the go.
Battery life of Fujitsu Lifebook T935 is said to be around 9.5 hours which is more than enough for a whole day of use.
We tested out the Intel Core i5 5500U processor that came on Nec Lavie hybrid laptop. The laptop did not come with discrete graphics which will allow us to properly do Intel Core i5 5500U benchmark since we be able to evaluate the performance of its built in HD 5500 graphics.
The Intel Core i5 5500U has maximum clock speed of 3GHz under turbo boost mode and 2.4 GHz under normal mode. There are 2 cores that can handle up to 4 threads simultaneously. TDP of Intel Core i5 5500U is 15 watts.
Crystal mark benchmark score for Intel Core i5 5500U is ALU 47852, FPU 43499, MEM 31295, HDD 10856, GDI 16036, D2D n / a, OGL 10325. The windows index was overall 5.1 with individual score as follows: Processor 7.4, 7.4 memory, graphics 5.1, Gaming graphics 5.5, the primary hard disk 5.9.
The PCMark 8 benchmark result is 2307. This Core i7 processor scored high in all the benchmark tests. Storage score is poor but that is due to the hard disk used in our review laptop.
Lenovo has made its new mobile workstation ThinkPad W550S official and it will replace the current model ThinkPad W540 by offering the newest Intel Core i7 fifth generation processor and latest Nvidia Quadro graphics cards in an even thinner and lighter chassis.
The Lenovo ThinkPad W550S was launched during the Autodesk University 2014 event. This model is more compact and slim than its predecessors measuring 380.6 mm x 258.2 mm x 22.4 mm. There is a touch-panel model as well which has thickness of 23.3 mm.
Since it is a ThinkPad you get all the usual perks like Lenovo Precision keyboard with or without backlight, dedicated numeric keypad and TrackPoint. You also get fingerprint biometric sensor and optional smart card reader. Intel vPro technology is also present in Lenovo ThinkPad W550S.
There are two choices in the resolution department – one is full HD panel with a 300 nits brightness and second is 2880 x 1620 pixel IPS panel with 350 nit brightness.
Lenovo ThinkPad W550S specifications
Display: 15.5 inch FHD TN 300 nit, IPS 3K 350-nit, with or without touch CPU: Intel Core i7 dual-core fifth generation GPU: Nvidia Quadro K620M 2 GB RAM: 16 GB max Storage: HDD 1 TB or 512 GB SSD Ports + connectivity: 3x USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n / ac Wi-Fi, optional 4G-LTE, Gigabit Ethernet Battery life: 2x 3 cell 23 Wh / 44 Wh or 2x 6 cell 48 Wh / 72 Wh.