Intel makes oven ready chips

Chipzilla has been telling the San Francisco Game Developers Conference about its latest cunning plans from low-power technologies to ultra-high-end desktop chips. [Didn’t we run this a few days ago, Nick? Ed.]

Several processors—from an Anniversary Edition Pentium to a monster 8-core Haswell-E—Intel were on display and a new technology dubbed Ready Mode. 

We thought Ready Mode was something which was used for Turkey to tell you if it was properly cooked, but Chipzilla said it is a power saving trick. Ready Mode “takes advantage of new power-saving states in Intel’s 4th gen Core desktop processor, combined with software and board level optimizations, which enable OEM desktop computers that are instantly ready and always connected while sipping power.”

Basically it allows a Fourth Generation Core processor to enter a low C7 power state, while the OS and other system components remain connected.

The headlines had to go to the Core i7 Extreme Edition 8-Core Processor Haswell- E.

Like Ivy Bridge-E and Sandy Bridge-E, Haswell-E is an “extreme” variant of Haswell. Haswell-E Core i7-based processors will be pimped up with up to eight processor cores. Haswell-E, however, will connect up to high-speed DDR4 memory and be paired to the upcoming Intel X99 chipset.

It will be Intel’s fastest chip and will be in the shops in the second half of 2014.

Also there was a little bit of news on the The 14nm shrink of Haswell, Broadwell.  Word on the street is that Broadwell will be the first desktop processor to feature Iris Pro graphics. Intel VP Lisa Graff confirmed the chips will be called 5th Gen Core processors and that they will be supported by the company’s 9-series chipsets.

Intel also announced that some newer desktop processors based on the existing Haswell micro-architecture were being tarted up for release.

Codenamed “Devil’s Canyon”, they resolve some overclocking problems that appeared  with Ivy Bridge.

Intel started using a lower-performing thermal interface material between Ivy Bridge chips and their integrated heat spreaders, which resulted in higher temperatures under load that could hinder overclocking.

Devil’s Canyon processors use an improved thermal interface material and updated packaging materials, to fix the problem.

The processors will arrive mid-year according to Intel and will work with upcoming motherboards based on the Intel 9 Series chipsets.

Apparently, Intel plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Pentium brand, with a “Pentium Anniversary Edition” processor sometime mid-year. Not much is known about it other than it will be available in an unlocked version and will support Intel’s Quick Sync Video technology.