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Dell is following the mantra of "Don't mess with what works" with its OptiPlex line of all-in-one (AIO) business desktops. The last three OptiPlex All-in-One PCs took home Editors' Choice awards, and the latest, the Dell OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One (starts at $1,349; $2,250 as tested), is nearly identical, inside and out, to last year's OptiPlex 7760. The chassis remains the same, and the only major internal change is its move to Intel's latest CPU crop. The graphics, though: Dell offers 9th Generation Core processors but ignored the GPU, leaving you with a single upgrade option that's nearly three years old. The OptiPlex 7770's functional design, roomy 27-inch display, and competitive application performance make it a good fit for offices looking for a space-saving 27-inch AIO, but creative departments might want to hold out for more modern and powerful graphics.

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The OptiPlex 7770 All-in-One takes the opposite design approach from the rigid, aluminum-clad Apple iMac. The chassis is primarily plastic, but it offers a great degree of flexibility.

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The stand allows for 4 inches of height adjustment, tilts 30 degrees back and 5 degrees forward, and swivels 45 degrees in either direction. Most AIO display stands, the one on the iMac included, provide only tilt adjustment. You can also pivot the display 90 degrees into portrait mode, as shown below.

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Shortly after Geekbench results claiming to be from the Intel Core i9-10900X appeared, the unreleased Intel Core i9-10980XE entered Geekbench 4's database as well. The CPU, listed as having 18 cores and 36 threads is presumably the flagship SKU for Intel's line of Cascade Lake-X (CSL-X) processors, which will start shipping next month.

Cascade Lake-X, which naturally employs the Cascade Lake microarchitecture, is Intel's next-generation line of HEDT (high-end desktop) processors. Not much has changed, since Cascade Lake-X is still on Intel's 14nm process node, and the new chips will continue to slot into LGA 2066-based motherboards.

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Like the Core i9-9980XE and Core i9-7980XE before it, the Core i9-10980XE reportedly maxes out with 18 cores and 36 threads and has the same cache configuration (1.125MB, 18MB and 24.75MB of L1, L2 and L3 cache, respectively). A recent Asus listing stated that Cascade Lake-X could sport up to 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes, but that as yet to be confirmed. Previous 18-core flagship parts are rated with a 165W TDP (thermal design power), so it'll be interesting to see whether the Core i9-10980XE does too. 


Cores /
Threads
Base / 
Boost (GHz)
L1 Cache 
L2 Cache 
L3 Cache 
PCIe 3.0
DRAM
TDP
Intel Core i9-10980XE*18 / 36
4.1 / 4.71.125MB
18MB24.75MB
???
Intel Core i9-9980XE
18 / 36
3.0 / 4.4
1.125MB
18MB
24.75MB
44
Quad DDR4-2666165W
Intel Core i9-7980XE
18 / 36
2.6 / 4.4
1.125MB
18MB
24.75MB
44
Quad DDR4-2666165W

*Specifications are unconfirmed

After browsing through the Geekbench report file, we found some pretty interesting numbers for the Core i9-10980XE. Geekbench 4 seemingly registered the Core i9-10980XE with a minimum and maximum CPU frequency of 4,108 MHz and 4,779 MHz, respectively, during the benchmark run. However, we don't know the conditions under which the testing was performed, so we'll have to take these results with a grain of salt.

Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) started to roll out, the company began working on upcoming feature updates to Windows 10. As it did with version 1903, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program.

After years of using “Redstone” in its code names, Microsoft switched to a new format with the May 2019 Update. The new code names use a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So Windows 10 version 1903, which was released in May 2019, was code-named “19H1” (for first half of 2019) rather than “Redstone 6.” The next feature update, due in the fall of this year, is code-named “19H2,” and the feature update that’s coming in the spring of 2020 is code-named 20H1.

To complicate matters, Microsoft earlier this year began releasing a number of early builds for Windows 10 20H1  before it released any 19H2 builds, first to its “Skip Ahead” Insiders, and subsequently to Insiders in the Fast ring. Then in July it began releasing 19H2 previews to Insiders in the Slow ring. From what we can tell, the company will continue to release 19H2 builds to the Slow ring and 20H1 builds to the Fast ring. (See “How to choose the right Windows 10 release channel” for an explanation of the rings and other Insider release options.)  

What follows is a list of every preview build of Windows 10 19H2 and 20H1 that has been rolled out to Windows Insiders, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, which ring it was released to, a summary of what’s in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it.

Credit: IntelCredit: IntelIntel today announced it has begun shipping a new product series in its 14nm line-up of FPGAs, the Stratix 10 DX. It brings PCIe 4.0 to the Stratix 10 series and Intel’s product portfolio in general, and also supports Optane DC Persistent Memory connectivity and cache-coherency. The latter feature is enabled via Intel’s Ultra Path Interconnect (UPI). In this way, Intel hopes to accelerate the development of coherent workloads ahead of the availability of Compute eXpress Link (CXL) in 2021 with Agilex.

When Intel started pursuing its data-centric strategy a couple of years ago as a reaction to the data explosion, it saw that CPUs alone wouldn’t suffice to satisfy the diverse workloads in the cloud, the network and at the edge. FPGAs, with their low latency and high bandwidth capabilities, became one such accelerator in Intel’s heterogeneous strategy, for example for offloading certain tasks to free up CPU resources. Within Intel’s FPGA business, the company has a number of programmable acceleration cards (PACs) from edge to cloud, such as its second-generation PAC based on Stratix 10, the N3000 PAC for 5G networking it announced at MWC this year, and an Arria 10 card for AI inference with OpenVINO.
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Intel today is introducing the Stratix 10 DX as a coherent FPGA. In this new model, the Xeon processor and Stratix 10 DX FPGA both have access to a coherent system memory pool. This pool can consist of DDR memory as well as persistent memory via Optane DC Persistent Memory and Optane DC SSDs. This effectively creates a new memory tiering with DRAM up to Optane SSDs all available to the CPU and FPGA accelerator, and 3D NAND and HDDs serving as storage.

For interfacing with the Optane DIMMs, the Stratix 10 DX has a new optimized FPGA memory controller.

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