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Intel, Nvidia Next-Generation Silicon Performance Preview

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Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang chose the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose to unveil the company’s Volta, their upcoming GPU. Unfortunately, this will not be available until 2016.

According Huang’s keynote, the Volta GPU will introduce stacked DRAM (dynamic random access memory), which technically means it will have multiple connected layers of DRAM stacked atop each other on the same silica substrate.

The result: a GPU capable of moving the equivalent of a full Blue-Ray disc in a mere one-fiftieth of a second, which sounds great compared to the company’s high-end graphics card, “The Titan”, as it can handle 228 GB per second.

But this isn’t the only great news regarding what we can expect to see in future Macs. Tom’s Hardware has recently acquired an early sample of Intel’s upcoming Core i7-4770K Haswell Chip. According to their data, the chip will offer a 7%–13% performance increase compared to the currently available Ivy Bridge CPUs, which is a similar gain we saw with the move from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge.

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As the site highlights, processors with Intel’s HD Graphics 4600 engine are projected to bring enhanced 3D experience compared to the currently available HD Graphics 4000, but gamers will still need discrete graphics chips.

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  • Flaxx

    Tom’s Hardware evaluation is only on an engineer sample and with the GT2 GPU. BGA processors will have the GT3. So you can expect even greater peformance.

    I personally would like the next MacBooks to use only the GT3 (and passing savings to customer), with Apple also offering an external GPU option via Thunderbolt.

  • “I personally would like the next MacBooks to use only the GT3…”

    Considering that you do pay a good chunk of change for Macbooks, I agree.

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