NVIDIA releases the GTX 950

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NVIDIA has released its new budget class desktop graphics card. The GTX 950 costs around $160 and will be available for customers right away. 

The budget-minded GTX 950 packs 768 CUDA cores clocked at 1024MHz with boost clock of 1188MHz. It also has 2GB of 1650 MHz GDDR5 memory with 128-bit bandwidth. The card supports 2-way SLI and maximum of four displays.

The GTX 950 has a Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0 and 3 DisplayPort 1.2 connectors. It also supports DirectX 12, G-Sync and NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0. The card’s maximum power consumption is 90 watts and it uses one 6-pin PCIe power connector.

The GTX 950 replaces GTX 750 and 750 Ti graphics cards at the lower end of NVIDIA lineup. The reference card is available for purchase right away and at least EVGA, MSI and ZOTAC have their own design cards coming up.

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Optane, Intel’s new high speed SSD

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Intel has announced its new SSD brand Optane at Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The new, insanely fast SSD’s will launch as early as next year.

Intel’s new 3D XPoint technology is also coming in DIMM memories for Xeon processors. The 3D XPoint is going to be available in both PCIe SSD and DIMM memories next year and they are sold under the brand Optane. The products will be available for servers, desktops and laptops.

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Intel claims that the new 3D XPoint technology has 1000 times the speed and endurance of the currently used NAND technology and it’s 10 times denser than DRAM. According to the keynote, the early Optane prototype easily beats Intel’s current flagship SSD, P3700. The IOps benchmarks revealed that the Optane prototype is a good 7 times faster.

The new technology really puts pressure to other manufacturers. The speed the new Optane has, is going to allow all new possibilities when it comes to demanding game graphics and real-time data analytics.

Source: Intel, Anandtech 1, Anandtech 2

Intel Skylake released

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Intel has released its new CPUs. There’s only two desktop CPUs at the launch and more will follow later in the year. 

The higher-end Core i7-6700K retails at $350 and packs the usual 4 cores and 8 threads. Base clock is set to 4.0GHz and out of the box the Turbo boost boosts the clock speed up to 4.2GHz. The i7-6700K has 8MB of L3 cache.

Core i5-6600K is more affordable with $243 price tag but it lacks the hyper threading and has only 6MB of L3 cache. The i5-6600K runs at 3.5GHz and Turbos up to 3.9GHz.

Both new CPUs are made with Intel’s new 14nm process called Skylake. Both share the same TDP at 91 watts and the same integrated GPU. The HD 530 has 24 EU units running at 1150MHz. The new CPUs support both DDR4 and DDR3 memories.

With the new CPUs a new socket was launched. The LGA 1151 supports maximum of 4 DIMM slots and up to 16 PCIe lanes. We have no idea why Intel decided to limit PCIe support to 16 instead of 20 because it limits NVidia SLI to 3-way configurations. 4-way AMD Crossfire is still possible.

As the first benchmark are flooding to the internet, it looks like the new i7-6700K is only around 10% faster than the i7-4790K. In game benchmarks the gain is even smaller.

At the moment it looks like the Skylake is not going to be a great success as Haswell owners are not benefiting anything by upgrading. In the future there will be more Skylake products so we can’t doom them all yet. Still after Skylake, there will be Kaby Lake which is yet another tock and we are not expecting too much from it either. So we don’t believe the rest of Skylake lineup to be any more attractive than these just released desktop CPUs.

Source: Intel