TSMC is the latest to detail research on bringing liquid cooling directly onto silicon, with what seems like promising results.
This week, we have big news from Intel and TSMC. Intel’s plans for Europe could total $100B in investments across multiple sites, as the company moves forward with its grand IDM 2.0 initiative. Intel also announced a webcast for later in July, targeting details regarding its process technology and packaging roadmap, and there’s rumors of Intel looking to buy GlobalFoundries.
There’s also hardware level news from Corsair and Gigabyte, an update on DRAM pricing, new research into the PC gaming market from JPR, and more.
For specs, all of this stuff is just rumored right now: It was posted on Zhi1hu1 discussion boards, similar to Quora, so validity is TBD.
02:58 | Intel 12900K Available by Accident, Rumored Specs
Following the recent trend of products leaking out to market before review samples have been sent, Intel’s i9-12900K Engineering Samples were recently spotted on markets in China. Most recently, we were able to buy R5 5600G and R7 5700G APUs ahead of review sampling by buying prebuilts, and before that, we got the Intel i7-11700K about a month ahead of launch by buying from a retailer who stuffed-up the launch. Specs leaked for the Intel 12 series already, at least if they’re accurate, and now, it looks like the 12900K is the next early access opportunity. We have some lines out to contacts. We’re still looking for one. Zhongwen huozhe yingwen, women dou keyi.
For now, the 12 series is hard to describe by just cores and frequencies: The Alder Lake CPUs will include two core architectures internally, one of which is Golden Cove — running higher speeds — and one of which is Gracemont. Gracemont is meant to run lower power workloads with greater efficiency than Golden Cove, theoretically helping Intel with its package power management and thermal envelope.
The 12900K is listed as 8C/16T of Golden Cove and 8C/8T of Gracemont, with the Golden Cove cores — those would be the ones used for gaming — rumored at 5GHz boost and 5.3GHz TVB. Gracemont is listed as 3.7GHz-3.9GHz. L3 combined is rumored to be 30MB, with PL1 at 125W and PL2 at 228W when under Tau boosting.
The other rumored specs list the 12700K as having the same core count for Golden Cove, with a reduction to 4C/4T on Gracemont. Frequencies are reduced by a few hundred MHz, as expected. L3 drops by 5MB.
The 12600K runs 6C/12T, as expected, with Gracemont again at 4C/4T. Frequencies fall to more familiar territory of 4.5-4.9GHz on Golden Cove. Cache falls to 20MB. We’ll be curious to see whether Intel tries to market the 12900K as a “24-thread” CPU, or the 12600K as being 10 cores, 16 threads. Testing these will be more complicated than typical.
As for the availability, we got in touch with twitter user YuuKi_AnS to talk about the 12900K spotted in China. The CPU was selling for around or over $1000 USD and was an engineering sample. Availability to the wider market is still a few months out. Source: https://t.bilibili.com/548784902175586016?tab=2
Source: https://www.zhihu.com/pin/1398908386876067840 (primary) Source: https://www.techspot.com/news/90458-strange-intel-core-12900k-12700k-12600k-specs-have.html (secondary)
07:31 | Steam Deck Has M.2 Slot, Valve Inviting Partners
As soon as the Steam Deck was announced last week, we emailed Valve’s press team to try and get additional information on the specifications and internals. That email went unanswered. Of course, the correct way to get information out of Valve, which is an unapproachable behemoth, is to just email CEO Gabe Newell himself. A user emailed Gabe Newell to ask whether M.2 slots would be on the Steam Deck. The answer was a simple “yes.” Valve later updated its Steam Deck page to clarify this information:
“All models use socketed 2230 M.2 modules (not intended for end-user replacement).” The “not intended” part is just the usual for product disassembly: You’ll have to take things apart, so the company stops recommending that. It does sound like we’ll be able to drop-in our own 2230 drives, though, so that’ll help buyers of the 64GB eMMC models. We’ll document all of this in our tear-down once we get the device. We’re on the backorder list for January, but if you get yours in December, let us know and we’ll either buy it off of you plus some extra or ask to borrow it.