- Trying to cater to enthusiasts, Intel (INTC +1.9%) promises its next-gen (14nm) Broadwell CPU line will include unlocked (i.e. overclocking-capable) desktop parts that feature integrated Iris Pro GPUs (previous). The chip giant had disappointed enthusiasts last year by failing to offer unlocked Haswell CPUs with Iris Pro.
- Intel is also providing details about two upcoming Haswell-based enthusiast offerings: Devil's Canyon (due in mid-2014), which offers a better thermal interface material and packaging, and an Extreme Edition CPU (due in 2H) that will be the company's first desktop part to support 8 cores and the DDR4 memory standard.
- For mainstream users, Intel has unveiled Ready Mode, a standby-mode solution for PCs that syncs files and enables home streaming while drawing less than 5W of power. The company is providing new form factors/reference designs for OEMs, including ones for a small-form-factor gaming system and a portable (battery-backed) all-in-one PC.
- IDC sees global desktop shipments falling another 6% this year to 129.1M, with declines in both developed and emerging markets. But as Nvidia and Logitech can vouch, the enthusiast/gaming segment has been holding up relatively well.