Summertime was the biggest time of the year for chip announcements. Intel broke its six month silence and announced its biggest bit of tech news since CES, at the Computex trade show in Taiwan in June, making its X-series microprocessors and X299 motherboards available to customers before AMD can rush out its so-called 'Threadripper' Ryzen 9 CPUs.
Upon release, all the X-series microprocessors were made available unlocked and overclockable, and supported by Intel's new X299 chipset motherboards which, of course, will be available at the same time.
Nvidia also took to Computex to announce some big chip news, that of a new design approach for gaming laptops that it claimed would make them both 3x thinner and 3x more powerful than before.
Named Max-Q, Nvidi's new design architecture was claimed to see GPUs such as Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 fit inside gaming laptops that are much thinner, more powerful and quieter than before.
Nvidia boasted that, with Max-Q, everything in the design is precision-engineered - including the laptop, the GPU, the drivers, and the thermal and electrical components - to ensure peak efficiency.
Nevertheless, AMD didn't see the month out without announcing some new of its own. The firm unveiled the first generation of its Zen-based Epyc server processors in order to take on Intel in the data centre market.
The firm showed off its AMD Epyc 7000 series at an event in Austin, Texas, including the lowest-spec offering is the Epyc 7251, which offers eight cores supporting 16 simultaneous threads, and a base frequency of 2.1GHz that tops out at 2.9GHz at maximum boost.
The Epyc 7601 was also the firm's top-of-the-line chip, and packing 32 cores, 64 threads and a base frequency of 2.2GHz, with maximum boost at 3.2GHz. At the launch, AMD claimed that, compared to Intel's comparable Xeon processor - which offer up to 24 cores - the new Epyc 7601 offers 47 per cent higher performance.
Before the end of summer, however, Intel had to have the last say. The chipmaker unveiled a new series of 'Purley' Xeon server processors based on its new Skylake-SP architecture.
The new Intel Xeon SP ('Scalable Platform') CPUs, which featured up to 28 processor cores per socket and six terabytes of system memory, were unveiled at an even in New York in July, with the firm claiming a 1.65 times performance boost, on average, compared to the prior generation Broadwell-based server CPUs.
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