Computex 2024 Day One Wrap-Up: Intel Lunar Lake gets official, handheld gaming consoles rule, and Arm seeks PC domination

Computex 2024 Day One
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Computex 2024 is in full swing, and as we saw yesterday, the big guns were out with announcements from Nvidia, AMD, and Qualcomm. Today, we've seen Intel go all-in with its Lunar Lake architecture for next-generation processors. The company is promising significant IPS gains, especially for its E-cores. Along those same lines, the MSI Claw 8 AI+ will be the first handheld gaming console to use the chips. 

There's also some big news from Team Group on the PCIe 5.0 SSD front, and both Arm and Qualcomm are talking about the vast market share potential for Arm chips in the PC market. 

So, without further ado, let's get to the action happening in Taipei

Intel Lunar Lake

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Intel's Mobile Computing Future Depends on Lunar Lake Intel looks to challenge AMD and Arm with its next-generation processors based on Lunar Lake

The laptop market is a massive business for chipmakers, which explains why Intel is so heavily invested in its Lunar Lake architecture. Intel is aiming for big gains in performance-per-watt, and as such, its P-cores will see IPC gains in the mid-teens, while the E-cores will see an even more dramatic uplift of up to 68 percent. But that's not all; Intel also claims a 50 percent improvement in integrated graphics performance, powered by Xe2.

You can't shake a stick in Taipei without hitting a product tagged with "AI." Intel is no exception, thanks to its new Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI tasks, which promises up to 48 TOPS of performance. We should also note that Lunar Lake's compute tile (CPU, CPU, NPU) is built on TSMC's 3nm N3B process node and that PC will support either 16GB or 32GB of on-package LPDDR5X-8500 memory.

Zotac Zone

Zotac Zone (Image credit: Zotac)

OEMs Continue to Embrace Handheld PC Gaming Consoles
MSI hopes to flex its handheld console muscle with the Claw 8 AI+, which we saw up close at Computex. This is the first device of its kind to embrace Intel's Lunar Lake processors, and its main focal point is the 8-inch display. According to MSI, it has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a 120 Hz refresh rate. Compared to its predecessor, MSI has bumped the battery capacity from 53 WHr to 80 WHr, which should lead to longer runtimes (which is always a key sticking point with handheld consoles).

Not to be outdone, Zotac's Zone is equally impressive, thanks to its 7-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display that promises rich colors and deep black. An AMD Ryzen 7 8840U APU powers the console. The device features an integrated kickstand and a trick switch that allows you to adjust the "springiness" of the trigger buttons (which is a nice touch).

T-Force GE Pro

Team Group T-Force GE Pro (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

Even PCIe 5.0 SSDs are Jumping on the AI Bandwagon
Team Group is a big name in the SSD market, and the company was on hand at Computex 2024 to show off its latest products. The new T-Force GE Pro line is earmarked for the enthusiast crowd and promises sequential reads of 14,000 MBps and sequential writes of 11,800 MBps thanks to its Innogrit IG5666 controller.

However, perhaps the most interesting entry is the T-Create I54 Ai. Team Group states this SSD is specifically tailored for the generative AI market. The company claims low latency., SLC caching, and capacities of up to 4TB while offering sequential read speeds of up to 14,000 MBps.

For those wanting a high-speed external drive, Team Group also took the wraps off its T-Force M400, a USB4 Type-C SSD available in up to 4TB capacities. The external SSD is no slouch, with sequential read/write speeds of 3,700 MBps and 3,400 MBps, respectively.


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Arm and Qualcomm Have High Market Share Expectations for Windows 11 PCs with Arm Chips in the Coming Years
Earlier this week, Arm Holdings CEO Rene Haas raised some eyebrows when he proclaimed, "Arm's market share in Windows - I think, truly, in the next five years, it could be better than 50%." The Windows PC market has for years been locked down by Intel and AMD, so the notion that Arm chips could potentially carve out a 50 percent share 

But despite the seemingly unsurmountable odds of reaching 50 percent market share before the decade's close, Qualcomm CEO actually called that figure "realistic."

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  • Giroro
    This was Intel's last big chance to make a splash with Battlemage.

    Anything they do now, is just going to come across as too little, and way too late.
  • Lucky_SLS
    Not necessarily, the Xe2 iGPU have 1.5X performance compared to Alchemist. The desktop high power variants are rumoured to be even faster.

    If desktop Xe2 gives about 1.7X performance gains and if they price it the same as last gen, it could be a compelling mid range option.
  • Giroro
    Lucky_SLS said:
    Not necessarily, the Xe2 iGPU have 1.5X performance compared to Alchemist. The desktop high power variants are rumoured to be even faster.

    If desktop Xe2 gives about 1.7X performance gains and if they price it the same as last gen, it could be a compelling mid range option.

    It could have been a compelling midrange option compared to it's 2 year old competition - If it were out this summer. But Intel missed their window to make it exciting compared to the next gen. Intel's best bet was to get Battlemage out in time to compete with the RTX 40x0 Supers.

    Intel isn't going to win on peak performance, efficiency, brand recognition or features/support. They might win on price, but winning in only one category isn't going to move the needle - not unless they're willing to have absurdly, shockingly low prices. Like price/performance being 3x better than the next closest competitor level of shocking... Which also isn't going to happen (especially not if they have to use TSMC).
    If Intel wanted to get a foothold in the next gen, their only real option was to beat the competing cards to market by a very significant amount of time. Releasing at the same time will be way too late.
    They had to be on store shelves so early that Nvidia/AMD wouldn't be willing to simply announce their better product, or push up their release date - because either move would devastate Intel's marketing push.

    Lets say intel does push hard to be early (but only slightly) and announces battlemage within two months for it to be on store shelves in three months (Sept). That puts their availability right into time frame where AMD/Nvidia are going to detail their next products, regardless of what Intel is doing. One or both of the competitors will be sure their product announcements make Intel's launch look DOA, and people will wait a few more weeks for the newly announced products from the established brands, which are usually out in October, November at the latest.

    That's if Intel even gets Battlemage out the door this year. With as little as Intel has said about the product or their current GPU roadmap in general, it might have been pushed deep into 2025. Their whole dGPU group could be completely on fire right now, for all we know.