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Daily News Stuff 20 May 2020

Ten Core Toaster Oven Edition

Tech News

  • Intel's Comet Lake is here.  (AnandTech)

    The i9-10900K is usefully faster than the i9-9900K.  Largely due to having ten cores rather than eight.  It's specced with a 5.3GHz top boost clock but a 280mm radiator is not enough to ever actually reach that.

    Despite not hitting the rated boost clock, it did hit 254W sustained under load, compared to 144W for a 3950X.  But for multi-threaded workloads the 3950X runs rings around the 10900K.

    Other than that, well, it's Skylake on 14nm.  It's not actually bad unless you care about power consumption in which case it is very bad indeed.

  • If you're more interested in Linux, the 10600K and 10900K get a workout there too.  (Phoronix)

    The 10900K does compete fairly well with the 3900X.  Only problem:
    But at least according to the RAPL framework reporting based upon the Intel CPU metrics recorded, the actual peak power consumption of the CPU went as high as 380 Watts in extreme cases.
    That's at stock speeds, not overclocked.

  • Engineering samples of Zen 3 are already showing up.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Not early samples either - these are hitting 4.6GHz boost clocks.  Release is rumoured for August / September which doesn't give Intel much time before they get clobbered yet again.

  • Windows terminal has hit 1.0.  (Microsoft)

    With critical features such as...  Animated GIF backgrounds and CRT simulation.


    And tabs.

  • ZFS vs. RAID.  (Ars Technica)

    ZFS wins.  It can needs some tuning on spinning rust, but it allows that tuning - live, in production, on arrays already in use.

Disclaimer: 250W sustained, and according to Tom's Hardware, 320W peak.  Again, that's at stock speeds.  Forget overclocking this puppy.

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1 I read something yesterday suggesting Zen 3 will have big IPC gains that may let it reach parity with Comet Lake without much in the way of clock improvements.  Would be interesting.
Terminal's tabbed consoles is pretty nice:  you can mix command prompt, powershell, and (IIRC) bash all in one window.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, May 21 2020 01:56 AM (Iwkd4)

2 Yes, Zen 3 is supposed to have pretty good single-threaded IPC gains, and it's going to eight cores per CCX which is a big improvement for multi-threaded workloads (well, up to eight cores).  The 3300X vs 3100 scores give us a preview of that.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, May 21 2020 03:36 AM (PiXy!)

3 One of the many Intel lakes - I can't remember which one - is a new architecture and also has a significant IPC improvement over the mainstream chips.  But it's currently only available in a handful of ultra low power 10nm chips.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, May 21 2020 03:38 AM (PiXy!)

4 Yeah, I believe that's Ice Lake--18% IPC increase over Skylake at the same clock speed is the claim.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, May 21 2020 05:00 AM (Iwkd4)

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