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Intel and NVIDIA Unveil Next-Gen Processors

NVIDIA Volta GPU | Official Blog

NVIDIA Volta GPU | Official Blog

Last Tuesday, industry pundits were able to get a glimpse of Intel and NVIDIA’s next-generation processors at the GPU Technology Conference. Intel showed the benchmarks for their upcoming Haswell micro-architecture, while NVIDIA took the wraps off of their GPU product roadmap.

NVIDIA’s Volta GPU

During the conference in San Jose, NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang talked about the so-called Volta, which is expected to be released in 2016. It was reported to have leverage stacked DRAM technology that can deliver 1 TB per second of memory bandwidth.

These speeds can be reached by stacking DRAM on top of the GPU, which will be separated by a silica substrate. The two layers can be connected by drilling through the silicon. As a result, NVIDIA can create a GPU that is capable of the moving the equivalent of a full Blu-Ray disc in 1/50th of a second.

However, the company did not reveal its exact release date and price.

Core i7 Haswell Processor by Intel

On the other hand, Tom’s Hardware was able to get an early sample of Intel’s Core i7-4770K Haswell chip. After putting it on their paces, it was revealed that the processor carries significant improvements compared to the existing Sandy Bridge-based chips.

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In other performance measure, like the OpenCL-enabled workload in Photoshop CS6, the online publication showed that the Haswell was able to outperform its predecessor. This can be attributed to the additional EUs, bandwidth, and higher IPC.

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There were rumors that the Haswell processor is bound for the upcoming iMacs later this year. In relation to this, the higher-end Core i7-4770K will run at a base frequency of 3.5 GHz, with 8 MB of memory.

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