Before E3 takes all our attention with it’s teaser trailers and cut-scenes. I wanted to just share what I took from all the Computex coverage over the last week.
The big launch at Computex was Intel’s 4th Generation “Core” processor (Haswell) and accompanying chipset (8 series) but the real story is their targeting of the mobile device market. Smartphones, Ultrabooks and all-in-ones (AIOs) are all in Intel’s sights now with the combination of power efficiency and performance they claim from Haswell. Ultrabooks are Intel’s vision for the laptop’s convergence with tablets. The Ultrabook is super thin and can flip, slide or swivel its touch sensitive display to become more like a tablet. More details on Intel’s Ultrabook requirements slide below.
So the desktop PC sees its slice of the market shrink again and with the PS4 and XBox One coming too, the pressure is on from two directions. But until AMD and Nvidia start shrinking their GPU products while maintaining performance then the PC gamer will still have his niche and of course cloud services are largely reliant on big ol’ server farms with acres of storage.
Going back to Haswell the really impressive feature is it’s power consumption. It has new sleep states that draw as little as 0.6W. The old race to 5.00GHz has been (forcibly) replaced by a race to 0.05W. So performance improvements come from gains in efficiency and are of the evolutionary variety (5-10% over the 3770K). Still if you were buying a PC soon and the 3570/3770 haven’t dropped in price then the Haswell would be the chip of choice.
On to E3!