Intel Xeon E7-8895 v3 was quietly launched today by the company and it currently the most powerful x86 processor for servers. Intel Xeon E7-8895 v3 has total of 18 cores which with hyper threading gives you 36 logical cores that can be configured on the fly depending on the load.
Intel Xeon E7-8895 v3 specifications: 22 nm Haswell-EX processor with base frequency of 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz in turbo more, a 45 MB cache, DDR3 / DDR4 memory that supports up to 1536 GB of memory and 32 PCI-Express 3.0 lines with a TDP of 175 watts.
As mentioned earlier, you can change the number of cores in action and the operating frequency at any time remotely without having to make any changes physically. However, these functions are currently only supported by the Oracle Server X5-4 that was announced recently.
For now, the Xeon E7-8895 v3 is only available to Oracle customers, and nobody knows when it will be sold to other customers. Price tag is also unknown but it will be close to 7200 dollars.
Intel Celeron 3215U and 3765U micro processors are meant to be used in cheap laptops and ultra thin laptops. Both of these processors are built in Broadwell architecture and come with basic, entry level integrated graphics from Intel. You can call Intel Celeron 3215U and Celeron 3765U as successors to Celeron 3205U and 3755U processors.
Intel Celeron 3215U specifications include 1.7 GHz clock speed, dual core, 2 threads, 2MB L3 cache and 16GB RAM support. TDP is 15 watts and maximum operating temperature is 105 degrees.
Intel Celeron 3765U specifications include 1.9 GHz clock speed, dual core, 2 threads, 2MB L3 cache and up to 16GB RAM support. TDP is same as 3215U which is 15 watts and maximum operating temperature is same as well.
Mediatek MT8173 is the newest SoC to make its debut in the market. The new chipset features a 64 bit architecture and a quad cores based on Cortex A72 / A53 with big little technology. Here is Mediatek MT8173 review.
The Mediatek MT8173 reference tablet was showcased at the mobile world congress event where we were able to find out that it runs up to 2.4 GHz clock speed and offers full Open CL support. Its integrated GPU, power VR GX6250 offers great graphics performance.
In the AnTuTu performance benchmark software, the Mediatek MT8173 scored more than 40,000 which is means that it is six times more powerful than the MediaTek MT8125 processor released backed in 2013.
As expected the MT8173 offers 4k video playback and recording giving users a premium experience. Sources have told us that the processor will be released in the second half of the year and first devices with MediaTek Mt8173 will be ready by October 2015. So get ready to play games and watch videos in 4K mobility on MediaTek MT8173 tablet during Christmas holidays.
Allwinner A83T is an octa core processor made especially for the low end tablets that offer good performance and at the same time value for money. We reviewed Allwinner A83T on the Infocus CS1 A83 tablet.
The AllWinner A83T is based on ARM Cortex A7 architecture and runs at 2016 MHz clock speed. Allwinner A83T benchmark results are given below. The processor is more than enough powerful to keep the entire system running smooth at all times.
1) AnTuTu benchmark – 27770
2) 3DMark Unlimited – 4956
Our review tablet, the Infocus CS1 A83 is able to run 1080p videos easily with hardware acceleration.
Normal bitrate 1080p
Can run it?
MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6Mbps
MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6Mbps
H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2Mbps
VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 8.6Mbps
VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8Mbs
High bitrate 1080p
Birds – H264 / No audio – 40Mbps
Samsung Oceanic Life – H264 – AC3 2.0 – 40Mbps
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps
Timelapse – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 43Mbps
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps
Newer 4K formats
Elecard – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 6.4Mbps
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps
Google test – VP9 / No audio – 14Mbps
As you can see the AllWinner A83T is a very capable processor and more than enough capable to perform most of the common jobs on a tablet.
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.
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.
NVidia GeForce GTX 960 is the new graphic card that introduces the new GM206 GPU and it is also the world’s first graphics card that is capable of outputting 5K resolution.
NVidia GeForce GTX 960 specifications include 1024 CUDA cores, 1127 MHz clock speed which together promise maximum single precision floating point performance of 2413 GFLOPS and if you overclock it, you can push it as high as 3073 GFLOPS.
The reference design of NVidia GeForce GTX 960 will carry 2048 MB 128-bit GDDR5 memory with a clock speed of 7010 MHz and bandwidth of 112.16 GB/s and its output ports include one dual link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0 and three display ports. As said earlier the NVidia GeForce GTX 960 si capable of driving displays up to 5120 x 3200 (5K).
NVidia GeForce GTX 960 operates over PCI-E 3.0 bus and takes power from its 6 pin PCI-E power connector that has TDP of 120 watts. It has maximum operating temperature of about 98 degrees centigrade.
Allwinner A83T is an eight core processor that is designed for cheap tablets. We had a chance to use the InFocus C2107 7 inch Android tablet for some time and the first thing we did were few benchmark programs to see how it fares with likes of RK3288, Atom Z3745 and Snapdragon S4 Pro by Qualcomm.
The Allwinner A83T specifications includes 2 GHz octa core that is based on ARM Cortex A7 architecture with PowerVT SGX 544MP graphics.
Allwinner A83T – 26138
Rockchip RK3288 – 21070
Intel Atom Z3745 – 29018
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro – 15230
Allwinner A83T – 27942
Rockchip RK3288 – 37153
Intel Atom Z3745 – 33703
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro – 20383
I will be honest with you – while these benchmark tests the raw power, all chips are speedy enough for your daily work.
After spending some time with our InFocus C2107, we have come to conclusion that the processor is powerful enough to handle most games, videos and web browsing which is surprising since I tis meant to be used in such cheap tablets.
The Allwinner A83T will be used in tablets that cost between 150 to 200 dollars.
Many experts once said that Windows tablets will never be able to match the affordability of Android tablets. Well those folks have been proven wrong as many big companies have already started offering cheap windows 8 tablets. But what will Chinese OEMs react to this? Well some companies like Chuwi are offering their windows 8 tablets at incredibly low price tags. Their new Chuwi Vi8 tablet retails for mere 82 dollars.
Chuwi Vi8 specifications
For $82, you get a Chuwi Vi8 tablet that runs the latest version of Windows on an Intel Atom processor and free one year Office 365 subscription. Other specifications of Chuwi Vi8 include 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail processor, 2 gigabytes of memory and 32GB of flash storage.
Why are some Windows 8 tablets so cheap?
The reason why some of companies are able to sell some windows 8 models so cheap is that Intel has been subsidizing certain models of Intel Atom family that has brought the overall cost of such devices very low.
Another and most important reason is waiving license fee of Windows. Microsoft is offering windows 8 for free to the device makers whose tablets are less than 10 inches in size. And to make the offer even better, Microsoft is throwing one year of free Office 365 subscription.
Intel has said that it will be waiving off its subsidies in 2015 which will result in cost of windows tablets going up.
Qualcomm has released two new processors that will target the low cost smartphones. This Californian chipmaker has always impressed us with their products and now they have created two SoC that will bring more advanced features to the smartphone devices at very low cost.
We are in fact very intrigued by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 that comes with integrated 4G LTE radio with carrier aggregation technology that allows the user to obtain high peak bandwidth.
The Snapdragon 210 supports dual SIM configuration that is very popular in developing countries like China. Recent stats show that the dual SIM feature is getting popularity in European countries as well.
the specifications of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 include support for the Bluetooth 4.0 and comes with Adreno 300 GPU on board that is capable of driving display with HD resolution and up to 8 megapixel cameras with full HD video support.
the specifications of snapdragon 208 are identical to the 210 but lacks 4G support. However it is 3G out of the box and has maximum resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Companies call this resolution quarter HD.
Both of these new processors will be offered to the OEMs within the first half of year 2015.