First Optane storage announced at CES in the low form of 16 GB and 32GB units to be used as cache, not primarily storage. It is anticipated that Optanes will gradually grow in densities and capacities over the next few years.
3D Xpoint is the technology that bases Optane. Memory cells sit in three-dimensional mesh. Intel and Micron cooperated together on the development of the technology. The first 16G and 32 GB storage will work only on PCs with Kaby Lake chips. New Optanes are exclusive to Kaby Lake and will not on PCs with older Intel chips like Skylake or Broadwell or on PCs with AMD chips.
Intel will eventually ship large-capacity Optane SSDs, replacing conventional SSDs and DRAM. Optane will also ship as a DRAM replacement that could plug into DIMM slots. Optane memory will be denser and retain data in comparison to DRAM, which deletes data once a PC is turned off. Intel claims Optane could be up to 10 times faster than conventional SSDs, making gaming, PC booting and productivity applications much much faster. However, no real world tests have been completed as of yet.
The large-capacity Optane SSDs will most likely be installed in servers before coming PCs. Facebook and IBM are already testing large-capacity SSDs in servers. Low-capacity Optane storage will ship in the second quarter of this year. The storage will initially go into sockets on motherboards. Eventually large capacity Optane storage will plug into m.2 slots or 2.5-inch slots.
3 Laptops that will have Optane
Lenovo’s ThinkPad T570 $909. Will have optional 16 GB PCle M.2 2242-S3 and is available in March even if Optane comes later.
HP’s new and improved Envy Curved All-in-One 34 with Kaby Lake. Will get Optane when updated in spring, and that is all the details we get.
Dell plans to install Optane in some of its Precision laptops and OptiPlex desktops around June. Intel’s new “tall” NUC systems — the NUC7i3BNH with 7th Generation Core i3, NUC7i5BNH with Core i5, and the NUC7i7BNH with Core i7 — will support Optane.
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Intel Core i7-6900K Eight cores and 16 available threads via Intel’s familiar Hyper-Threading technology. Hyper-Threading allows each actual core to work on two threads at the same time. The Core i7-6900 has a 3.2 GHz base clock speed that is 200MHz faster than the at of the previous-generation top of the line, eight-core Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition, as well the current-gen 10-core Core i7-6950X. All of the new Broadwell-E chips in the lineup will be backward-compatible with most X99-based Socket LGA 2011-v3 motherboards, provided that the motherboard maker offers up a BIOS update to support Intel’s latest chips.
Computer Shopper helped us all out by performing a Cinebench R15, an industry standard benchmark test that taxes all available cores of a processor to measure raw CPU muscle, the Core i7-6900K stuck reasonably close to its 10-core counterpart. Falling just 6 percent behind the Core i7-6950X, the eight-core Core i7-6900K impresses here, given the $600 price difference between those two chips.
This how the lineup performed in Benchmark testing done by Computer Shopper Reviewer, Matt Safford.
For those who are running time-consuming and fully threaded workloads each day the Core i7-6900K is a better value that the 10-core counterpart that costs significantly more money. It won’t be able to give you the highest performance possible, but as concluded from testing, it gets you pretty darn close. The Core i7-6900K is great for gamers and media connoisseurs as you won’t need to upgrade for several years and is still above quality in comparison to the Intel’s Broadwell-E-Stack. If you plan to connect various graphics cards and fast PCle storage will most likely want to go with a different model, perhaps the six core Core i7-6850K because it has 40 PCle 3.0 lanes included, the highest base clock speed of it’s lineup (3.6Hz) and costs about half as much as the i7-6900K. If you looking for the best bang for your buck opt for the Core i7-6800K. Six cores, higher base clock speed than the i7-6900K at 3.4GHz and only costs $430. This chip makes do with 28 lanes of PCle, while 8 lanes is generally enough to handle the current graphics-card bandwidth. Even dropping two cards in leaves you with 12 lanes left for fast storage.
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The market for a device that can easily replace the standard PC has taken a new approach to size. Don’t be fooled, you may be surprised when you find out what is hiding inside these small machines.
Zotac Zbox Sphere
This computer not only breaks the mold in terms of size, but shape. The Zbox is in fact, not a box, but a sphere. Simply twist the circular top and feast your eyes on the interior powerhouse of the computer. The top half of this tiny PC houses an Intel Core i5-4200U motherboard and 4GB of memory. The back panel provides six USB ports, as well as an HDMI and DisplayPort. In addition, the Zbox includes a 802.11ac WiFi module and a spot for an Ethernet cable if preferred. This almost bowling ball like computer packs a serious punch in terms of creativity and power.
Intel Compute Stick
This tiny PC resembles a USB thumb drive, and has stirred massive attention since its release in early 2015. The Intel Compute Stick plugs into any monitor’s HDMI port, an added bonus for anyone working in tight spaces. Concerned about over heating? Fear not, this tiny machine has a fittingly tiny fan inside, ensuring fast performance without
overheating. Unfortunately the stick does not have an internal battery and therefore must run off micro USB power at all times in order to function. What the Intel Compute Stick lacks in battery capabilities it makes up for with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, with micro SD support for up to 128GB of storage. That’s a lot of power crammed into 4.5 inches.
The tiniest computer of the three is cleverly disguised as a computer mouse. The Mouse Box device contains a quad-core 1.4GHz ARM processor, a 128GB solid-state drive, and built-in b/g/n WiFi. The wireless image transfer module allows for easy visual transmitting in addition to the convenient micro HDMI port. The coolest part? Sticking with the mouse motif, the Mouse Box doesn’t need to be plugged in. The inductive charging mat doubles as a mousepad. Although the Mouse Box is not up for public release quite yet, they most certainly have our attention.
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Intel has announced its first, long-awaited smartphone in collaboration with Lenovo and Motorola. The Lenovo’s K800 phone will launch in China in the second quarter of 2012, while Motorola will wait till the regulatory approval comes in summer. With this move, Intel challenges the smartphone dominance of British company ARM, whose chips power many of the world’s most popular phones. The smartphones feature improved battery life, while also keeping standard features such as a camera of up to 16MP and rapid web browsing and graphics capabilities. Devices accept existing software. The smartphone was presented in China during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and an announcement in the Las Vegas (CES) Show voiced the agreements and strategic plan of Intel in this arena. The next generation chip is called Atom for these smartphones. Under these agreements Lenovo and Motorola will release smartphones that are based off of the Atom Chip, code names Medfield. They are claiming with the new chip-set these phones leveraging these chips will allow for up to 8 hours of work time which is pretty impressive. A lower power signature is pretty impressive and a common request from users.