Asus pushes a range of Skylake-compatible machines at Computex

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Asus pushes a range of Skylake-compatible machines at Computex.

Rest in peace, Broadwell. TAIPEI: INTEL HAS UPDATED its 5th-generation Core family of chips, which were originally unveiled at CES in January this year, adding 10 more powerful processors with Iris Pro graphics to the line-up to increase performance in high-end systems.While the world waits for Intel’s next-generation “Skylake” chips, the company rolled out the latest members of its fifth-generation Core lineup: the “Broadwell-H” line of socketed processors for desktop and mobile PCs.TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jun 02, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Intel Corporation today announced products and solutions that will deliver new user experiences and support the computing ecosystem’s expansion into new areas. During the opening keynote address at Computex 2015, Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group encouraged the Taiwan ecosystem to work together and capture the opportunity to shape the future of computing. “The power of Moore’s Law has enabled incredible computing innovation over the past 50 years and because of it, nearly everything in the future will have the ability to compute and connect,” said Skaugen. “Our 30-year history of collaboration with Taiwan has delivered historic innovation to the world, from personal computing to the cloud and data centers.

He showed off some prototype designs of products which will house the 6th gen processors. “Windows 10 will be utilised to the fullest with the 6th gen core family,” he said. The desktop Core processors offer a 65W TDP to enable slim and sleek all-in-one and mini-PC designs, as well as a socket scalable with 4th-gen Haswell processors. Skylake is rumored, however, to be an actual step up from the ancient-by-computer-standards Haswell architecture, meaning it’s attractive both to manufacturers and DIYers.

Why this matters: Intel’s Broadwell-H chips could prove to be interestingly timed for Intel, given that they’ll launch about the same time as Microsoft’s Windows 10. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world’s first commercially available “conflict-free” microprocessors. The mobile processor updates are aimed more at gamers on the go, offering 20 percent better 3D graphics performance, 20 percent faster video conversion and up to 15 percent better overall productivity for those using the machines for work, according to Intel. The problem is, they’re not the chips Intel wants to sell, because the Skylake chip embodies Intel’s next-generation future of wire-free computing. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com, and about Intel’s conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com. 1 Intel® Core™ i7-5775C with Intel® Iris® Pro graphics 6200 compared to 65W Intel® Core™ i7-4790S with Intel® HD graphics 4600 using 3DMark11 – Graphics score performance preset, HDxPRT_2014 Convert Videos, SPECint_rate_base2006*. 2 Intel® Core™ i7-5950HQ with Intel® Iris® Pro graphics 6200 compared to i7-5600U with Intel HD Graphics 5500 using SPECint_rate_base2006, 3DMark11 – Graphics score performance preset. 3 Up to 1.4x transcoding performance with Intel® Xeon® E3-1285L v4 when compared with Intel® Xeon E3 v3 on Intel Media Server Studio 2015 R3 Essentials Edition.

The press release says, “Zen AiO features a slim and elegant unibody shell—forged from a solid block of anodized-aluminum—that tapers to just 6mm thin at the edges, with a precision-crafted matching integral stand,” which is an exceptionally long-winded way to say “It’s like an iMac running Windows 10.” Don’t believe me? But it’s the chip that’s available now, and this the one that consumers and hardware makers will seek to alleviate months of pent-up demand, especially in the desktop market.

Here, take a look: Under the hood isn’t too shabby either, with “the latest generation of quad-core Intel processors” (a.k.a. probably Skylake), up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, SSD storage, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with up to 4GB of VRAM. As with the previously announced 5th-gen Core chips, the architecture packs in 35 percent more transistors than in Intel’s 4th-generation Haswell CPU, while shrinking die size by 37 percent.

The Zen AiO will be released in both 21.5- and 23.8-inch models, though there’s no word yet on resolution or whether it’s a touch-enabled display. The prices for the desktop processors start from $244 to $366 (approx Rs 15,700 to Rs 23,400) and they will be seen in the market within the next two months.

It uses mainstream applications to test the performance of the system. 3DMark* 11:3DMark* 11 is a benchmark from Futuremark* that measures DX 11 gaming performance. It also physically looks like a fairly standard gaming machine, what with its boxy shape and black/red color scheme: Neither the G11CB nor G20CB (Say that three times fast) have a price or a release date. And if those raw numbers aren’t enough, Intel plans to launch Gameplay.Intel.com in June, with lab-tested optimization settings for the new graphics cores.

The Xeon E3-1285L v4 with four cores and eight threads costs $445, while the more powerful Xeon E3-1285 v4, with a lightly higher base frequency of 3.5GHz, costs $557. µ Reported metrics: Graphics Score (GPU), Physics Score (CPU), Combined Score (GPU & CPU) and an overall 3DMark Score (higher is better for all Scores). The Asus ProArt PA329Q Monitor (Seriously, these names) is “a 32-inch 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) monitor for professionals that delivers breathtaking levels of detail with a wide 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut.” It features an IPS panel with a 178-degree viewing angle, a pixel density of 138 pixels-per-inch, and nine ports: One DisplayPort, one Mini DisplayPort, one HDMI 2.0, two HDMI 1.4, and four USB 3.0.

Intel, the Intel logo, Celeron, Intel Atom, Intel Core, Intel RealSense, Intel vPro, Iris, Pentium and Thunderbolt are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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