The arrival of Broadwell – Intel’s 5th generation processor architecture heralds the start of their 14nm revolution.
So why is everyone interested in Broadwell?
Well, firstly based on 14nm technology it’s significantly smaller than its 22nm predecessor Haswell. For a rackmount and mini pc manufacturer like G2 Digital, this presents exciting new opportunities for efficiency advancements. Essentially, the microarchitecture enables us to achieve the same performance but with 23% lower power consumption than the 4th gen family.
This isn’t all however. Broadwell brings the biggest performance increase on graphics capability, although many other noteworthy features will no doubt pique the interest of tech-savvy buyers.
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics
Intel boasts a massive 2x increase in Graphics performance from the Iris Pro 6200 over the previous HD4600. While still achieving an overall power saving of 23% on the previous processor. It can Achieve 4K video at 60Hz without a discrete graphics card. Iris Pro graphics is able to decode H.265 and VP9 format videos at a 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Automatically allows cores to run faster than the base operating frequency.
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
Uses processor resources more efficiently, enabling multiple threads to run on each core. The result is improved processor throughput, advancing overall performance on threaded software.
Intel® Device Protection with Boot Guard
Prevents malware and other unauthorised software from replacing or tampering with the low-level UEFI firmware required during PC boot-up.
Intel® RST for PCIe Storage
Rapid Storage manager now offers support for next generation PCIe storage devices which improves response time by a massive 67% for key tasks like photo editing, video loading and office productivity.
Importantly, the new 5th generation Core chips also support vPro technology, enabling users to manage PC’s remotely and improve ongoing security posture thanks to baked-in functionality present on the chip and rich control achieved through an Intel provided console.
The rollout of Broadwell has come with much anticipation after several delays. We’re pleased to announce that Broadwell is due any day now and will be available across our entire product portfolio, bringing all of the advantages shared above plus many more. To learn more about Broadwell, start exploring our products or simply get in touch.