Intel’s new Core i9-11900K flagship processor will arrive in early 2021

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Intel’s new Core i9-11900K flagship processor will arrive in early 2021

Intel’s new flagship Core i9-11900K processor will arrive in the first quarter of 2021. The chipmaker has provided the latest preview for its first 11th Gen (Rocket Lake-S) desktop chips at CES today. Headlined by the flagship Core i9-11900K, the new chips are said to bring up to 19 percent higher IPC (instructions per cycle), up to 50 percent better integrated graphics, and better AI performance.

And while Intel isn’t quite ready to take the lid off the full 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup just yet, it did preview the flagship Core i9 model: an eight-core, 16-thread chipset with boosted clock speeds up to a whopping 5.3GHz. The processor also includes support for DDR4 RAM at 3,200MHz, a total of 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and even backwards compatibility with Intel’s 400 Series chipsets. Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing or a release date for the new model just yet.

Despite the 11th Gen moniker, though, the new Rocket Lake-S chips are still technically 14nm chips — they don’t use the 10nm process. However, they do feature Intel’s Cypress Cove cores, which bring improvements from the 10nm core designs back to the 14nm production process, allowing for faster speeds along with Intel’s faster Xe integrated graphics.

According to Intel, the drop in core count compared to last year’s Core i9-10900K (which had 10 cores and 20 threads) is due to that move (the 10nm chips are currently only designed for up to eight cores right now), although it promises that the overall performance on the new 11th Gen model will still be better.

There’s no official release date yet for the upcoming Rocket Lake-S chips, but Intel promises that they’ll be released in the first quarter of 2021.

Update January 11th, 4:47pm ET: Added additional details for Intel’s Cypress Cove cores.

Published at Mon, 11 Jan 2021 21:30:00 +0000

Western Digital doubles the storage in its portable SSDs to 4TB

Western Digital is doubling the maximum storage size of several of its portable SSDs to 4TB. Previously, Western Digital’s SSD lineup maxed out at 2TB.

The 4TB storage configuration will be available under Western Digital’s My Passport and WD_Black black brands, along with its subsidiary SanDisk’s Extreme series. All of the products will also include a five-year warranty.

Starting at $680, Western Digital’s My Passport SSD, which received a model refresh last August, promises up to 1050MB/s read speeds and 1000MB/s write speeds.

Western Digital’s Black P50 Game Drive SSD 4TB configuration will retail for $750 and include read and write transfer speeds of up to 2000MB/s. This external SSD is compatible with PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles.

But buyer beware: if you are looking to buy this as an external SSD to supplement the storage on your PS5 or Xbox Series X / S, there are a few caveats. It can connect to the PS5, but you can only store PS4 games. And while it will work on the Xbox Series X / S, this game drive is not compatible with the next-gen console’s SSD expansion output to take full advantage of the next-gen hardware. Currently, the one SSD that takes full advantage of the Series X / S’s hardware is Seagate’s Expansion Card, which only comes in 1TB.

The SanDisk Extreme’s 4TB configuration will cost $700 and promises transfer speeds of up to 1050MB/s read and 1000MB/s write. An even faster option, the 4TB Extreme Pro, will cost $900 and delivers both read and write transfer speeds of up to 2000MB/s.

Western Digital says all of these products are expected to launch “later this calendar quarter” on its website and the Western Digital website.

Published at Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:38:03 +0000

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