Asus ZenFone 4 Series India Launch Set for September 14

Asus ZenFone 4 Series India Launch Set for September 14

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Asus has sent out media invites for its next ZenFone launch
  • The event is set to be held on September 14
  • Asus may launch its selfie-focused smartphones in India

Last month, Asus launched several new ZenFone 4 models, including two selfie-focused smartphones – the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie and Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro smartphones. Now, the company has sent out media invites for an event on September 14 for the launch ‘of its latest smartphone series’. Furthermore, on its social pages, Asus has confirmed that the next ZenFone is coming next week, confirming the India launch for the ZenFone 4 series.

While there’s no clarity on which smartphones from the ZenFone 4 series will launch in India, Asus has so far, made many ZenFone 4 variants official – the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. The selfie-focused smartphones were launched first, followed by the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro soon after. Back in July, the Asus ZenFone 4 Max was also launched.

Asus has also simultaneously launched a #DitchTheSelfieStick campaign in India as well, hinting that probably the two selfie-focused variants may see the light of the day first. In any case, clarity on that will only be achieved at the event on September 14.

In Europe, the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro has been priced by the company at EUR 399.99 (roughly Rs. 30,050), while the ZenFone 4 Selfie is priced at EUR 299.99 (roughly Rs. 22,550). These prices are not indicative of how much they will cost in the Indian market, as taxes and government regulation play an additional and definitive deciding role in the final pricing.

As the names suggest, both smartphones are focused on selfies and come with dual cameras at front. The Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro bears a front-facing dual camera setup with a 24-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor. The ZenFone 4 Selfie on the other hand comes with a 20-megapixel sensor and another 8-megapixel sensor at the front of the handset. At rear end, both new Asus smartphones feature 16-megapixel primary cameras.

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Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.4GHz octa-core

Front Camera

20-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

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    Rs.6,007
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2GHz octa-core

Front Camera

24-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Also See
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    Rs.6,007

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Asus ZenFone AR Review

Asus ZenFone AR Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Asus ZenFone AR is the first device to support AR as well as VR
  • It is powered by a modified Snapdragon 821 and has 8GB of RAM
  • The ZenFone AR has motion and depth sensing cameras at the rear

There is no denying that smartphones are evolving at a rapid pace. We constantly see manufacturers release models that are faster and better than the ones that came before. While most companies focus on improving existing features, there are a few who try to take their phones down different paths. We have seen manufacturers like LGand Motorola try modular approaches, Nextbit with cloud storage and Lenovo with Google’s Project Tango for augmented reality. Asus seems to have joined the list with the ZenFone AR, the first device to support AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality).

The ZenFone AR isn’t the first AR device, it was the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro which debuted Google’s Project Tango on a smartphone. Google picked Asus to make the next Tango phone, and the ZenFone AR is the result of the collaboration. But does this device make a strong case for augmented reality on smartphones? We find out.

Asus ZenFone AR look and feel

While today’s flagship devices are all metal and glass, the Asus ZenFone AR stands out thanks to its burnished leather back. The ZenFone AR does not feel slippery and its gunmetal aluminium frame combined with the leather back give this phone a premium feel. It weighs 170 grams and definitely feels solidly built.

The ZenFone AR sports a 5.7-inch display and our review unit came with a glass protector pre-applied, which Asus says will ship in the box for buyers. The capacitive Back and Overview buttons are placed on either side of a physical Home button that has an integrated fingerprint scanner. Above the display is a slightly recessed metal earpiece that picks up pocket lint very easily. Next to that is a notification LED, an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor, and the 8-megapixel front camera.

The metal frame has antenna bands at the top and bottom, while all the buttons are positioned on the right. Considering the huge footprint of the device, the power button is well positioned but you might have to stretch a little to hit the volume buttons. At the bottom, the ZenFone AR has a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone socket, primary microphone and speaker, while the top has a secondary microphone for noise cancellation. The left side only has the hybrid dual-SIM tray, which we found a little flimsy for an otherwise well-built phone.

The huge camera module on the rear has a brushed finish which goes well with the leather back. It houses what Asus calls a TriCam System consisting of a 23-megapixel camera, plus separate motion sensing and depth sensing cameras. All three are protected by sapphire glass. You can also see the laser autofocus window and triple-LED flash. Lower down at the rear, there are Asus and Tango logos engraved into the leather.

Asus ZenFone AR specifications and software

The front of the ZenFone AR is dominated by a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The display resolution is 1440×2560 pixels (QHD) resulting in a density of 515ppi. It is crisp to look at and the higher resolution does help the VR experience. We found the screen to have good viewing angles but its size does make it harder to avoid reflections when using it outdoors.

The Asus ZenFone AR uses a 3300mAh battery with a stepped design to make the most of the space available inside its body. There is support for Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and NFC. The USB Type-C port is capable of USB 2.0 speeds and also DisplayPort output over USB. This is a dual-SIM phone with support for 4G and VoLTE. You can pop in two Nano-SIMs or one Nano-SIM and an SD card.

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Powering the smartphone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with two cores clocked at 2.34GHz and the other two clocked at 1.6GHz. Asus told Gadgets 360 that it had to work with Qualcomm and Google engineers to optimize the processor to run AR and VR. The sensors on the ZenFone AR have a higher polling frequency than usual, which helps the device capture motion more accurately. In addition to vapour cooling, the chassis of the ZenFone AR has been made thicker to help the SoC dissipate heat faster. There’s also 8GB of RAM, out of which we found 5GB to be free after using the phone all day. There is 128GB of storage which can be expanded using the hybrid dual-SIM slot. The phone accepts microSD cards of up to 200GB.

In terms of software, the ZenFone AR runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 3.5 on top. The user interface is functionally similar to stock Android, but Asus has customised the icons, and there are themes to change its look. There are gestures that let you wake the device by double tapping on the screen or launch apps by drawing alphabets on the screen. One-handed mode makes it easy to use this big phone. Asus has pre-installed apps such as ZenCircle, a social media app; and ZenTalk, which is a community and support app to help with after-sales service. You also get the Beauty Live app, which launched with the Asus ZenFone Live (Review).

Asus ZenFone AR performance, battery life, AR, and VR

While the competition might offer more powerful specifications in this price range, the ZenFone AR is no slouch. The processor is powerful and we did not encounter any lag or stutter when using the phone. We ran our standard set of benchmarks on the ZenFone AR and it managed 156,658 in AnTuTu, as well as 1,798 and 4354 in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests. In GFXBench, the ZenFone AR returned 54fps for the T-Rex test. We found that the scores were slightly higher than those of the LG G6(Review).

We played games like Clash Royale, Need For Speed: No Limits, Asphalt 8, and found that the ZenFone AR could handle them really well. There were no frame drops or stutters during gameplay. The phone ran cool most of the time but it did get a little warm after playing Asphalt 8 for long time. We did not see any abnormal battery drain either. In our HD video loop test, the phone managed to go on for 11 hours, 55 minutes. With light to medium use, the device can manage to get through a full day.

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Augmented reality (AR) is a way to display digital information over real-world scenes. The Asus Zenfone AR is capable of doing this and it comes with a couple of preloaded AR apps. BMW i-Visualiser projects the BMW i8 or i3 in whatever space you have, letting you examine it from all angles and even peer inside just by moving this phone around as if you were looking at a real-world object through its camera.

Measure is an app that uses the triple-camera setup to actually measure distances between 3D objects in real-world units. iStaging is a catalogue of products, mainly furniture, that can be seen and placed in a room at their actual size and scale, to let you see how they look and fit. AR Pets is a more fun app that overlays animals on the camera’s viewfinder screen making it look like they are with you in real life.

The ZenFone AR does augmented reality very well and it can look very realistic. Virtual objects are quick to respond to hand movements, and you can see them changing size and position on screen as you move the phone around and change your perspective.

While performance is impressive, the ZenFone AR does let you know that it is putting in a lot of work. AR is resource-hungry and despite the aforementioned design enhancements, we found that the device would get quite hot when using AR applications for long periods. The top half of the metal frame would get hot but the leather back remained cool to the touch. We also saw rapid drain in the battery level when using these apps.

The Asus ZenFone AR also works with Google’s Daydream platform for virtual reality (VR). Asus claims that the display has a 1ms refresh rate and a 2ms persistence, which helps it deliver smooth experiences. We found the VR experience to be good and the Google Daydream View headset was very comfortable. The screen switches to a 90Hz refresh rate which is easier on the eyes when you launch a VR application, and this should reduce the chance that users could feel motion sick. We tried YouTube VR and Google’s Art & Culture VR app, which were both very immersive. The Daydream remote makes it easier to navigate and carry out actions without being able to see it. If you want the best VR experience without spending on a PC-powered headset, a Daydream phone with the Daydream View could make for a good choice.

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Asus ZenFone AR camera performance

The ZenFone AR’s 23-megapixel camera has laser autofocus along with phase and contrast detection to help the phone lock focus in different situations. Unlike the dual-camera setups that we have been seeing in recent devices such as the OnePlus 5 (Review) and Honor 8 Pro (Review), the ZenFone AR doesn’t use its additional sensors for standard photography. The camera app is made by Asus and has several modes. Apart from the usual Panorama, HDR and Filter there are Super Resolution, Low Light, Depth of Field, Slow Motion, and a few other modes. Super Resolution extrapolates the output from multiple exposures resulting in a 92-megapixel image. Low Light mode combines data from multiple pixels dropping the overall resolution but reducing grain. Depth of Field can be used when taking macros, and it lets you edit the blur effect after images are shot. You also get a Manual mode which lets you take control over multiple parameters and even shoot in RAW format.

Tap to see full-sized ZenFone AR camera samples.

Photos from the ZenFone AR turned out well, but we did observe that the phone isn’t very sure about white balance and gets it wrong sometimes. Macros did require a few taps to focus where we wanted but the output had good separation between subjects and backgrounds. When taking photos of objects at a distance, we found that there was a little loss in detail with grain in the output. Photos taken in low light had noise. However, we found that the phone would recommend using the low-light mode in such conditions, and it did improve photos but at the cost of their lower resolution.

The ZenFone AR can record video at 4K and there is an option for full-HD at 60fps as well. While there is 4-axis OIS for photos, you only get 3-axis EIS for video. Our test footage at 4K and 1080p/ 60fps showed that the EIS did not work very well.

The 8-megapixel selfie camera on the ZenFone AR has a beautification mode which is switched on by default, but there are HDR Pro, Slow Motion, Selfie Panorama, and Low Light modes as well. With the beautification mode enabled the phone returns smoothened images. You can switch to Auto mode for a more natural look. We were happy with the selfies that the ZenFone AR captured.


Asus ZenFone AR in pictures

Verdict

The ZenFone AR is an example of a new direction that the smartphone industry could head in. Instead of simply beefing up the internals, Asus offers a set of new experiences on a single smartphone. What the ZenFone AR offers at the moment is unique, but it is a niche product for people who might have a use for AR, rather than a great phone which also has that feature. If you want to be among the first to experience AR, or simply show off, this is the phone for you.

If you are a developer looking to work on AR or VR related apps for Android, the ZenFone AR could be a great tool. The same can be said for individuals or companies looking to leverage augmented reality to demonstrate their products. Apart from this, the specs do make this phone feel a little out of place at its current price. If you want a highly polished flagship experience, look at the HTC U11 (Review), Sony Xperia XZ Premium (Review) or OnePlus 5 instead.

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Asus ZenFone AR

Asus ZenFone AR

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Does augmented reality well
  • Daydream ready
  • Bad
  • Overheats when using AR for a long time
  • Competition offer better SoC at the same price
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Intel Core i7-6950X ‘Broadwell-E’ and Asus X99 Deluxe II Review

Intel Core i7-6950X 'Broadwell-E' and Asus X99 Deluxe II Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel’s new flagship consumer CPU costs Rs. 1,69,000
  • This is the world’s first 10-core, 20-thread desktop CPU
  • The Asus X99 Deluxe II offers a ton of features and modern IO standards

While the PC industry as a whole is shrinking and tech companies seem focused either on thinner, lighter devices or pushing prices down at any cost, there’s a tiny sliver of the market that doesn’t care for either of these things. This is the power user segment, and this is where you look when you want the absolute best performance possible, and when money is no object. Such products aren’t always easy to find, especially in India, and they exist well beyond the usual scale of most people’s budgets.

This kind of hardware is aimed primarily at those who have seriously heavy workloads. The difference between ordinary and “extreme” hardware can mean a lot in terms of time saved when you have tons of 3D visualisations or 4K video to render, for example. Plenty of gamers also want the best possible experience. Besides them, there are overclockers who want to break records and of course a fair number of buyers who are in it solely for the bragging rights.

Intel caters to such folk with its “Extreme Edition” Core i7 CPUs and X-series platform controllers, around which industry partners manufacture motherboards. We have with us today Intel’s recently launched Core i7-6950X, its absolute top-end consumer CPU; and a befittingly expensive motherboard, the Asus X99-Deluxe II.

Broadwell-E and the Intel Core i7-6950X
Intel uses the relatively tame-sounding name “high-end desktop processors” and there’s nothing in their model numbers that makes these CPUs stand out from the rest of the lineup. They seem to slot right in with the regular Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, but they’re completely different. Each generation is based on a souped-up version of the previous mainstream architecture, more closely related to Xeon server chips. While everything in the sixth-generation portfolio up to the Core i7-6700K is codenamed Skylake, the Core i7-6800K and above are codenamed Broadwell-E. Only one standout star, the Core i7-6950X, has that distinct X and the “Extreme Edition” tag on its name.

Broadwell of course is Intel’s codename for the fifth-generation Core series, which was developed primarily for laptops and portable devices – the company pretty much skipped a generation between Haswell and Skylake for desktops. Broadwell was the first of Intel’s architectures to be manufactured at the 14nm process node, down from 22nm.

While the mainstream Core i7s top out at four cores, previous Extreme Editions have gone up to six and eight. With the new Core i7-6950X, Intel has gone ahead and introduced the world’s first 10-core desktop PC processor. Thanks to the Hyper-Threading feature, this means you get 20 simultaneous threads for all your complex multitasking needs. However, you’ll pay a lot for that privilege: the new CPU is listed at Rs. 1,69,000. We’re seeing it sell for around Rs. 1,32,000 online but that’s still an awful lot compared to last year’s flagship, the Core i7-5960X, which goes for around Rs. 80,000.

Below this model slots the octa-core i7-6900K and the hexa-core i7-6850K and i7-6800K. There’s 2.5MB of cache per core, so the i7-6950X gets 25MB in total while the i7-6800K gets 15MB total. All four support DDR4 RAM and are rated for 140W of power draw. They all need a motherboard based on an Intel X99 platform controller, and all use the the LGA2011-v3 socket.

Prices start at Rs. 44,000 (Rs. 34,500 retail) and scale up dramatically from there. However, there’s one particular oddity about the lowest-end i7-6800K model which makes it seem like less of a bargain – while all the others can handle up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes for high-speed communication with other hardware such as GPUs and USB controllers, this one has only 28 lanes available to it.

Because of power and thermal constraints, the 10-core i7-6950X has a base clock of 3.0GHz and can Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, whereas the 6-core i7-6850K has a base of 3.6GHz which can go up to 3.8GHz; the highest of the lineup. What’s interesting here is that Intel’s new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 feature polls each individual CPU constantly as it is running to determine which of its cores is the strongest at any point of time, so that single-threaded applications can be forced to run on that particular core at up to 4.0GHz. This happens transparently in the background, and can change depending on workload and operating conditions.

Intel says that Turbo Boost Max 3.0 can result in significant spikes in performance as and when required, which allows work to happen faster in cases when software is not optimised for multiple CPU cores. Single-threaded workloads could benefit from this, especially since the top clock speed is lower with more cores. You’ll need Windows 10 and a specific driver from Intel to enable this feature.

As opposed to the rest of Intel’s consumer lineup, all of Intel’s High End Desktop CPUs lack any integrated graphics capability. The assumption is that you’re going to use a powerful discrete graphics card anyway. Similarly, you don’t get a cooler in the box along with the chip itself, since there’s no point letting a stock cooler go to waste. A lot of buyers will want a liquid cooling solution, but whatever your choice, you have to buy it yourself.

So what do you get when you spend so much on a Broadwell-E CPU? One factor is of course the raw power for single- and multi-threaded applications. On top of that, you get to move from dual-channel DDR4-2133 RAM to quad-channel DDR4-2400. However, the main attraction by far is all those extra PCIe lanes, which are necessary for multi-GPU configurations. You only get 16 lanes with the Core i7-6700K, so if you want more than two graphics cards at full speed, you’ll need this platform. This might not be such a big draw now that Nvidia has pretty much killed SLI, but it remains the only option, and we’ll soon see interesting multi-vendor, multi-GPU combinations thanks to DirectX 12. Those lanes can also be used for multiple high-speed NVMe SSDs, USB 3.1, and Thunderbolt controllers, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, and more.

The X99 platform refresh
The Intel X99 platform controller, or chipset as it’s more commonly known, was introduced with Haswell-E. Since this isn’t a major generation shift, Broadwell-E works with the same platform. However, to keep things fresh, motherboard manufacturers have released a second wave of X99 motherboards with incremental updates. If you’re buying new rather than upgrading, it only makes sense to look at the newer, “v2” crop of X99 models. There’s no question of compatibility; there should be nothing stopping you from running either generation of CPU on any X99 board.

With an integrated memory controller, your system’s RAM is wired directly to the CPU. The allocation of PCIe lanes depends on each motherboard manufacturer and model. The majority of them should be dedicated to PCIe x16 slots for graphics, but that still leaves a lot of bandwidth for input/ output to and from SATA and PCIe storage devices, USB, and Ethernet. You get up to 6 USB 3.0 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, and 10 SATA 3.0 ports – that’s a lot, but more can be added by motherboard manufacturers using additional third-party controllers. There’s no graphics on either the CPU or chipset, but Intel HD Audio is implemented on the X99.

The Asus X99 Deluxe II
By nature, all X99 motherboards are premium. However, each manufacturer has several models to offer, and the X99 Deluxe II is one of Asus’ top-end ones. This board is absolutely packed with features – so much so that space had to be used very creatively. It’s a revision of last year’s X99 Deluxe, updated with a few new standards and design improvements, plus of course support for Broadwell-E without needing a BIOS update.

This motherboard is extremely dense. You have white accents on heatsinks covering the X99 chip and voltage regulators near the CPU socket, as well as a decorative shield around the rear port cluster and audio circuitry. We were slightly concerned about clearance around the CPU socket, but our rather large Cooler Master Hyper 212X cooler sat just fine, not interfering with the RAM slots. You might have trouble with more elaborate coolers and RAM modules that have tall cooling fins, which is why a lot of people choose to use water cooling solutions with radiators that can be mounted elsewhere.

You get Asus’ Aura RGB LED lighting scheme, but the only things that light up are the plastic shield at the back, one side of the X99’s heatsink (which is covered by most graphics cards) and the plastic tabs of the PCI-e slots. We noted a disconnect between the lighting controls on some of Asus’s previous products, and this model now has a header and included wire which you can use to synchronise lighting controls between compatible Asus products.

The rear port cluster is impressive, with no fewer than three USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Type-A ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, four USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. There are also dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, a cluster of 3.5mm audio sockets and an optical S/PDIF output for multi-channel digital audio. Finally, you’ll see three antenna connectors for the onboard Wi-Fi ac module. There are no legacy ports at all, and no video outputs since there’s no integrated graphics. You also get internal headers for four more USB 3.0 ports and two more USB 2.0 ports, for your case’s front panel.

Thunderbolt 3 is implemented as a separate PCIe card which is bundled in the box, with a very short DisplayPort cable so you can route your graphics card’s output through this card and into a single Thunderbolt stream. Also in the box, you’ll find a small fan controller board and a PCIe riser for M.2 cards of any length.

That last one is important because there simply isn’t room on the motherboard itself for standard-length 80mm M.2 SSDs, let alone 110mm cards (should you ever need one). There’s only a single M.2 slot on the motherboard and that too, it’s placed vertically. Asus bundles a metal bracket that you can screw to the motherboard to prevent an M.2 card from accidentally snapping, and that’s a good thing because they really are delicate and meant to be mounted flat. The riser is the only way you can use multiple M.2 slots – which are common on even mid-range motherboards now.

However, what you don’t often see is the very similar U.2 standard – and the X99 Deluxe II has two of these ports for high-speed NVMe SSDs. Both M.2 and U.2 use four PCIe 3.0 lanes to give SSDs tremendous amounts of bandwidth, breaking free of legacy SATA limitations. M.2 is meant for naked SSDs mounted to the motherboard itself, whereas U.2 can be used for more traditional SSDs in enclosures, which is the preferred approach for server-style enclosures. U.2 support comes at the expense of SATA Express, which is no loss – we’ve never actually seen a drive that supported the clunky hybrid SATA-PCIe standard. There’s only one SATA Express port on the X99 Deluxe II, which is unlikely to ever be used, and six more SATA 3.0 ports for today’s common SSDs and HDDs.

Audio is handled by a high-end Realtec AC1150 codec which supports 192KHz/24-bit audio. Audio circuitry is isolated from the rest of the motherboard to reduce interference, with a dedicated power regulator. The Ethernet controllers are both from Intel, and bundled software lets you set priorities for different applications. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0.

Other little touches include improved shielding on the PCIe 3.0 slots to help keep heavy graphics cards in place, an additional power input near the CPU for more stable overclocking, surge protection on the Ethernet ports, a padded rear port shield with fewer sharp edges, an onboard LED readout for diagnostics, bundled temperature sensors, and individual controls for up to nine fans.

All of this comes at a price – Rs. 37,850 to be exact. That’s more than an entire mid-range laptop or PC would cost, but fitting for a companion for a CPU like the Core i7-6950X. It’s unlikely that Socket 2011-3 will serve another CPU generation, so a board like this could be a good choice for a workstation that’s intended to be useful for a very long time before it’s upgraded.

Performance
We ran a variety of benchmark tests and performed a few real-world tasks designed to test various aspects of the CPU and identify the kind of applications that might really benefit from it. We performed exactly the same actions on a similarly configured Skylake system. The exact configurations are as shown below. All testing was performed on open test benches. Turbo Boost Max 3.0 was enabled, except where specifically stated otherwise.

Skylake Broadwell-E
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K Intel Core i7-6950X
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5-TH Asus X99 Deluxe II
RAM 2×8 GB Kingston HyperX DDR4-2666 2×8 GB Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4-3200
SSD 256GB Samsung SSD 950 Pro
Graphics card MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X
CPU cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212X
PSU Corsair RM650
Monitor Asus PB287Q
OS Windows 10

The results are absolutely fascinating, because quite simply, the Rs. 1,69,000 Core i7-6950X was not always better or faster than our Rs. 27,000 Core i7-6700K. When it won, it often did so by a massive margin, but there were plenty of tests in which the i7-6950X was not only not better, but actually significantly worse.

The best illustration of this was Cinebench R15, a 3D rendering benchmark. The i7-6950X posted a record score of 1,848 points in the multi-threaded CPU test. Obviously, having 10 physical cores and 20 threads is a huge advantage over ordinary quad-core systems – the Core i7-6700 managed just under half that much, with 918 points. However, Skylake managed a narrow win when we switched to the single-core test: 180 points for the newer architecture vs 165 points for Broadwell-E. This seemed like a great way to validate the effects of Turbo Boost Max 3.0, so we disabled it and the score dropped even further to 147. Similarly, POVRay’s built-in benchmark took 2 minutes, 9 seconds to complete on the Skylake test bench, but that was almost halved to 1 minute, 8 seconds on Broadwell-E.

SiSoft SANDRA’s various subsystem tests showed significant gains in terms of CPU arithmetic power, multimedia, encryption, and cache bandwidth. Interestingly, the gains weren’t as great when performance per Watt was factored in. High-end workstation users likely aren’t concerned by power consumption and heat dissipation, but it’s worth noting.

PCMark 8 actually showed slight reductions in scores across the board for the Haswell-E system compared to Skylake. Geekbench 4 favoured Skylake in its single-core test, and while Broadwell-E pulled out ahead in the multi-core test, the i7-6950X didn’t seem to scale to ten cores as well as the i7-6700 did to four. 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra showed a marginal improvement.

We transcoded a 3.2GB MOV file to h.264 using Handbrake on both test systems. While the Skylake CPU completed the task in 1 minute, 50 seconds, Broadwell-E took only 1 minute, 4 seconds. On the other hand, a test of file compression using 7zip on a collection of assorted files of different sizes took 1 minute, 1 second on Skylake but 1 minute, 38 seconds on Broadwell-E.

Finally, we launched into a few gaming tests. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Metro: Last Light Redux and Ashes of the Singularity all showed practically identical scores on both systems. There was no benefit in going from four cores to ten.

Skylake Broadwell-E
Cinebench R15 CPU multi-threaded 918 1848
Cinebench R15 CPU single-threaded 180 165
POVRay* 2 min, 09 sec 1 min, 08 sec
WebXPRT 434 356
Octane 44,304 38,070
PCMark 8 Home 4272 3779
PCMark 8 Creative 6643 6078
PCMark 8 Work 3413 3123
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra 2622 2672
SiSoft SANDRA CPU arithmetic 140.36GOPS 258.6GOPS
SiSoft SANDRA CPU multimedia 426.7MPix/s 753.41MPix/s
SiSoft SANDRA CPU performance/Watt 1398.96MOPS/W 1539.31MOPS/W
SiSoft SANDRA cache bandwidth 186.7GB/s 298GB/s
Geekbench 4 multi-threaded 17,692 25,288
Geekbench 4 single-threaded 5347 4146
Handbrake video encoding* 1 min, 50 sec 1 min, 04 sec
7zip file compression* 1 min, 01 sec 1 min, 38 sec
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 59.9fps 60.2fps
Metro: Last Light Redux 45.57fps 45.16fps
Ashes of the Singularity 30.1fps 31.2fps
*lower is better

Verdict
Intel has coined a new marketing term, “megatasking”, to describe situations that warrant having 10 cores and 20 threads. Not all software can take advantage of them, so Intel imagines users will do several things at once, such as playing a game, encoding video of it on the fly, and broadcasting live over the Internet. While users with such demands are exactly the kind to spend multiple lakhs on a gaming rig, the Core i7-6950X in particular serves a very, very tiny niche.

Broadwell-E is a generation behind Skylake in many respects, and the price-performance ratio greatly favours the newer architecture – even the most expensive Core i7-6700K looks like an absolute steal in comparison to the i7-6800K. In fact, the only main of the platform is the massive number of cores, which you don’t get in the lesser models.

The other selling point, lots of PCIe lanes to host multiple graphics cards, is largely pointless now that Nvidia has killed off multi-way SLI. If you’re only after the best gaming performance and don’t need to “megatask”, you’re actually better off with Skylake. Those who will benefit most from Broadwell-E are content creators who want to render video, animation or 3D work as quickly as possible. With the advent of VR content creation, that audience might even grow.

Those who are looking to build a PC around the Core i7-6950X for whatever reason will find that the absolute minimum outlay required is around Rs. 3,00,000. The CPU, motherboard and RAM alone are going to cost over half of that amount, plus you’ll need a discrete graphics card (and there’s no point skimping there), a high-end power supply, a dedicated CPU cooler, at least one big NVMe SSD, and a solid cabinet to hold it all. Then there’s the cost of the monitor(s), peripherals and a Windows license to factor in. The buying decision for this specific CPU comes down to one very simple question: how much money is your time worth?

If you do decide to go for it, Asus’ X99 Deluxe II is a worthy match to such a high-end CPU. We loved its feature set, especially the connectivity options. An investment now will do you well over the next several years. The only real downside is that you can get X99 motherboards for a lot less if you don’t want all the bells and whistles that Asus jammed in here.

Intel Core i7-6950X
Price: Rs. 1,69,000

Pros

  • Phenomenal power for multitasking and multi-threaded tasks

Cons

  • No benefit for single-threaded workloads
  • Outrageously expensive

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Performance: 4.5
  • Value for Money: 2
  • Overall: 3

Asus X99 Deluxe II
Price: Rs. 37,850

Pros

  • Excellent feature set
  • Modern IO including M.2, U.2, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Type-C
  • High-end onboard audio and networking

Cons

  • Cramped layout
  • Expensive

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Features: 5
  • Performance: 4.5
  • Value for Money: 4
  • Overall: 4.5
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Intel Core i7-6950X ‘Broadwell-E’ and Asus X99 Deluxe II Review

Intel Core i7-6950X 'Broadwell-E' and Asus X99 Deluxe II Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel’s new flagship consumer CPU costs Rs. 1,69,000
  • This is the world’s first 10-core, 20-thread desktop CPU
  • The Asus X99 Deluxe II offers a ton of features and modern IO standards

While the PC industry as a whole is shrinking and tech companies seem focused either on thinner, lighter devices or pushing prices down at any cost, there’s a tiny sliver of the market that doesn’t care for either of these things. This is the power user segment, and this is where you look when you want the absolute best performance possible, and when money is no object. Such products aren’t always easy to find, especially in India, and they exist well beyond the usual scale of most people’s budgets.

This kind of hardware is aimed primarily at those who have seriously heavy workloads. The difference between ordinary and “extreme” hardware can mean a lot in terms of time saved when you have tons of 3D visualisations or 4K video to render, for example. Plenty of gamers also want the best possible experience. Besides them, there are overclockers who want to break records and of course a fair number of buyers who are in it solely for the bragging rights.

Intel caters to such folk with its “Extreme Edition” Core i7 CPUs and X-series platform controllers, around which industry partners manufacture motherboards. We have with us today Intel’s recently launched Core i7-6950X, its absolute top-end consumer CPU; and a befittingly expensive motherboard, the Asus X99-Deluxe II.

Broadwell-E and the Intel Core i7-6950X
Intel uses the relatively tame-sounding name “high-end desktop processors” and there’s nothing in their model numbers that makes these CPUs stand out from the rest of the lineup. They seem to slot right in with the regular Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs, but they’re completely different. Each generation is based on a souped-up version of the previous mainstream architecture, more closely related to Xeon server chips. While everything in the sixth-generation portfolio up to the Core i7-6700K is codenamedSkylake, the Core i7-6800K and above are codenamed Broadwell-E. Only one standout star, the Core i7-6950X, has that distinct X and the “Extreme Edition” tag on its name.

Broadwell of course is Intel’s codename for the fifth-generation Core series, which was developed primarily for laptops and portable devices – the company pretty much skipped a generation between Haswell and Skylake for desktops. Broadwell was the first of Intel’s architectures to be manufactured at the 14nm process node, down from 22nm.

While the mainstream Core i7s top out at four cores, previous Extreme Editions have gone up to six and eight. With the new Core i7-6950X, Intel has gone ahead and introduced the world’s first 10-core desktop PC processor. Thanks to the Hyper-Threading feature, this means you get 20 simultaneous threads for all your complex multitasking needs. However, you’ll pay a lot for that privilege: the new CPU is listed at Rs. 1,69,000. We’re seeing it sell for around Rs. 1,32,000 online but that’s still an awful lot compared to last year’s flagship, the Core i7-5960X, which goes for around Rs. 80,000.

Below this model slots the octa-core i7-6900K and the hexa-core i7-6850K and i7-6800K. There’s 2.5MB of cache per core, so the i7-6950X gets 25MB in total while the i7-6800K gets 15MB total. All four support DDR4 RAM and are rated for 140W of power draw. They all need a motherboard based on an Intel X99 platform controller, and all use the the LGA2011-v3 socket.

Prices start at Rs. 44,000 (Rs. 34,500 retail) and scale up dramatically from there. However, there’s one particular oddity about the lowest-end i7-6800K model which makes it seem like less of a bargain – while all the others can handle up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes for high-speed communication with other hardware such as GPUs and USB controllers, this one has only 28 lanes available to it.

Because of power and thermal constraints, the 10-core i7-6950X has a base clock of 3.0GHz and can Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, whereas the 6-core i7-6850K has a base of 3.6GHz which can go up to 3.8GHz; the highest of the lineup. What’s interesting here is that Intel’s new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 feature polls each individual CPU constantly as it is running to determine which of its cores is the strongest at any point of time, so that single-threaded applications can be forced to run on that particular core at up to 4.0GHz. This happens transparently in the background, and can change depending on workload and operating conditions.

Intel says that Turbo Boost Max 3.0 can result in significant spikes in performance as and when required, which allows work to happen faster in cases when software is not optimised for multiple CPU cores. Single-threaded workloads could benefit from this, especially since the top clock speed is lower with more cores. You’ll need Windows 10 and a specific driver from Intel to enable this feature.

As opposed to the rest of Intel’s consumer lineup, all of Intel’s High End Desktop CPUs lack any integrated graphics capability. The assumption is that you’re going to use a powerful discrete graphics card anyway. Similarly, you don’t get a cooler in the box along with the chip itself, since there’s no point letting a stock cooler go to waste. A lot of buyers will want a liquid cooling solution, but whatever your choice, you have to buy it yourself.

So what do you get when you spend so much on a Broadwell-E CPU? One factor is of course the raw power for single- and multi-threaded applications. On top of that, you get to move from dual-channel DDR4-2133 RAM to quad-channel DDR4-2400. However, the main attraction by far is all those extra PCIe lanes, which are necessary for multi-GPU configurations. You only get 16 lanes with the Core i7-6700K, so if you want more than two graphics cards at full speed, you’ll need this platform. This might not be such a big draw now that Nvidia has pretty much killed SLI, but it remains the only option, and we’ll soon see interesting multi-vendor, multi-GPU combinations thanks to DirectX 12. Those lanes can also be used for multiple high-speed NVMe SSDs, USB 3.1, and Thunderbolt controllers, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, and more.

The X99 platform refresh
The Intel X99 platform controller, or chipset as it’s more commonly known, was introduced with Haswell-E. Since this isn’t a major generation shift, Broadwell-E works with the same platform. However, to keep things fresh, motherboard manufacturers have released a second wave of X99 motherboards with incremental updates. If you’re buying new rather than upgrading, it only makes sense to look at the newer, “v2” crop of X99 models. There’s no question of compatibility; there should be nothing stopping you from running either generation of CPU on any X99 board.

With an integrated memory controller, your system’s RAM is wired directly to the CPU. The allocation of PCIe lanes depends on each motherboard manufacturer and model. The majority of them should be dedicated to PCIe x16 slots for graphics, but that still leaves a lot of bandwidth for input/ output to and from SATA and PCIe storage devices, USB, and Ethernet. You get up to 6 USB 3.0 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, and 10 SATA 3.0 ports – that’s a lot, but more can be added by motherboard manufacturers using additional third-party controllers. There’s no graphics on either the CPU or chipset, but Intel HD Audio is implemented on the X99.

The Asus X99 Deluxe II
By nature, all X99 motherboards are premium. However, each manufacturer has several models to offer, and the X99 Deluxe II is one of Asus’ top-end ones. This board is absolutely packed with features – so much so that space had to be used very creatively. It’s a revision of last year’s X99 Deluxe, updated with a few new standards and design improvements, plus of course support for Broadwell-E without needing a BIOS update.

This motherboard is extremely dense. You have white accents on heatsinks covering the X99 chip and voltage regulators near the CPU socket, as well as a decorative shield around the rear port cluster and audio circuitry. We were slightly concerned about clearance around the CPU socket, but our rather large Cooler Master Hyper 212X cooler sat just fine, not interfering with the RAM slots. You might have trouble with more elaborate coolers and RAM modules that have tall cooling fins, which is why a lot of people choose to use water cooling solutions with radiators that can be mounted elsewhere.

You get Asus’ Aura RGB LED lighting scheme, but the only things that light up are the plastic shield at the back, one side of the X99’s heatsink (which is covered by most graphics cards) and the plastic tabs of the PCI-e slots. We noted a disconnect between the lighting controls on some of Asus’s previous products, and this model now has a header and included wire which you can use to synchronise lighting controls between compatible Asus products.

The rear port cluster is impressive, with no fewer than three USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Type-A ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, four USB 3.0 (5Gbps) ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. There are also dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, a cluster of 3.5mm audio sockets and an optical S/PDIF output for multi-channel digital audio. Finally, you’ll see three antenna connectors for the onboard Wi-Fi ac module. There are no legacy ports at all, and no video outputs since there’s no integrated graphics. You also get internal headers for four more USB 3.0 ports and two more USB 2.0 ports, for your case’s front panel.

Thunderbolt 3 is implemented as a separate PCIe card which is bundled in the box, with a very short DisplayPort cable so you can route your graphics card’s output through this card and into a single Thunderbolt stream. Also in the box, you’ll find a small fan controller board and a PCIe riser for M.2 cards of any length.

That last one is important because there simply isn’t room on the motherboard itself for standard-length 80mm M.2 SSDs, let alone 110mm cards (should you ever need one). There’s only a single M.2 slot on the motherboard and that too, it’s placed vertically. Asus bundles a metal bracket that you can screw to the motherboard to prevent an M.2 card from accidentally snapping, and that’s a good thing because they really are delicate and meant to be mounted flat. The riser is the only way you can use multiple M.2 slots – which are common on even mid-range motherboards now.

However, what you don’t often see is the very similar U.2 standard – and the X99 Deluxe II has two of these ports for high-speed NVMe SSDs. Both M.2 and U.2 use four PCIe 3.0 lanes to give SSDs tremendous amounts of bandwidth, breaking free of legacy SATA limitations. M.2 is meant for naked SSDs mounted to the motherboard itself, whereas U.2 can be used for more traditional SSDs in enclosures, which is the preferred approach for server-style enclosures. U.2 support comes at the expense of SATA Express, which is no loss – we’ve never actually seen a drive that supported the clunky hybrid SATA-PCIe standard. There’s only one SATA Express port on the X99 Deluxe II, which is unlikely to ever be used, and six more SATA 3.0 ports for today’s common SSDs and HDDs.

Audio is handled by a high-end Realtec AC1150 codec which supports 192KHz/24-bit audio. Audio circuitry is isolated from the rest of the motherboard to reduce interference, with a dedicated power regulator. The Ethernet controllers are both from Intel, and bundled software lets you set priorities for different applications. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0.

Other little touches include improved shielding on the PCIe 3.0 slots to help keep heavy graphics cards in place, an additional power input near the CPU for more stable overclocking, surge protection on the Ethernet ports, a padded rear port shield with fewer sharp edges, an onboard LED readout for diagnostics, bundled temperature sensors, and individual controls for up to nine fans.

All of this comes at a price – Rs. 37,850 to be exact. That’s more than an entire mid-range laptop or PC would cost, but fitting for a companion for a CPU like the Core i7-6950X. It’s unlikely that Socket 2011-3 will serve another CPU generation, so a board like this could be a good choice for a workstation that’s intended to be useful for a very long time before it’s upgraded.

Performance
We ran a variety of benchmark tests and performed a few real-world tasks designed to test various aspects of the CPU and identify the kind of applications that might really benefit from it. We performed exactly the same actions on a similarly configured Skylake system. The exact configurations are as shown below. All testing was performed on open test benches. Turbo Boost Max 3.0 was enabled, except where specifically stated otherwise.

Skylake Broadwell-E
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K Intel Core i7-6950X
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5-TH Asus X99 Deluxe II
RAM 2×8 GB Kingston HyperX DDR4-2666 2×8 GB Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4-3200
SSD 256GB Samsung SSD 950 Pro
Graphics card MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X
CPU cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212X
PSU Corsair RM650
Monitor Asus PB287Q
OS Windows 10

The results are absolutely fascinating, because quite simply, the Rs. 1,69,000 Core i7-6950X was not always better or faster than our Rs. 27,000 Core i7-6700K. When it won, it often did so by a massive margin, but there were plenty of tests in which the i7-6950X was not only not better, but actually significantly worse.

The best illustration of this was Cinebench R15, a 3D rendering benchmark. The i7-6950X posted a record score of 1,848 points in the multi-threaded CPU test. Obviously, having 10 physical cores and 20 threads is a huge advantage over ordinary quad-core systems – the Core i7-6700 managed just under half that much, with 918 points. However, Skylake managed a narrow win when we switched to the single-core test: 180 points for the newer architecture vs 165 points for Broadwell-E. This seemed like a great way to validate the effects of Turbo Boost Max 3.0, so we disabled it and the score dropped even further to 147. Similarly, POVRay’s built-in benchmark took 2 minutes, 9 seconds to complete on the Skylake test bench, but that was almost halved to 1 minute, 8 seconds on Broadwell-E.

SiSoft SANDRA’s various subsystem tests showed significant gains in terms of CPU arithmetic power, multimedia, encryption, and cache bandwidth. Interestingly, the gains weren’t as great when performance per Watt was factored in. High-end workstation users likely aren’t concerned by power consumption and heat dissipation, but it’s worth noting.

PCMark 8 actually showed slight reductions in scores across the board for the Haswell-E system compared to Skylake. Geekbench 4 favoured Skylake in its single-core test, and while Broadwell-E pulled out ahead in the multi-core test, the i7-6950X didn’t seem to scale to ten cores as well as the i7-6700 did to four. 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra showed a marginal improvement.

We transcoded a 3.2GB MOV file to h.264 using Handbrake on both test systems. While the Skylake CPU completed the task in 1 minute, 50 seconds, Broadwell-E took only 1 minute, 4 seconds. On the other hand, a test of file compression using 7zip on a collection of assorted files of different sizes took 1 minute, 1 second on Skylake but 1 minute, 38 seconds on Broadwell-E.

Finally, we launched into a few gaming tests. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Metro: Last Light Redux and Ashes of the Singularity all showed practically identical scores on both systems. There was no benefit in going from four cores to ten.

Skylake Broadwell-E
Cinebench R15 CPU multi-threaded 918 1848
Cinebench R15 CPU single-threaded 180 165
POVRay* 2 min, 09 sec 1 min, 08 sec
WebXPRT 434 356
Octane 44,304 38,070
PCMark 8 Home 4272 3779
PCMark 8 Creative 6643 6078
PCMark 8 Work 3413 3123
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra 2622 2672
SiSoft SANDRA CPU arithmetic 140.36GOPS 258.6GOPS
SiSoft SANDRA CPU multimedia 426.7MPix/s 753.41MPix/s
SiSoft SANDRA CPU performance/Watt 1398.96MOPS/W 1539.31MOPS/W
SiSoft SANDRA cache bandwidth 186.7GB/s 298GB/s
Geekbench 4 multi-threaded 17,692 25,288
Geekbench 4 single-threaded 5347 4146
Handbrake video encoding* 1 min, 50 sec 1 min, 04 sec
7zip file compression* 1 min, 01 sec 1 min, 38 sec
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 59.9fps 60.2fps
Metro: Last Light Redux 45.57fps 45.16fps
Ashes of the Singularity 30.1fps 31.2fps
*lower is better

Verdict
Intel has coined a new marketing term, “megatasking”, to describe situations that warrant having 10 cores and 20 threads. Not all software can take advantage of them, so Intel imagines users will do several things at once, such as playing a game, encoding video of it on the fly, and broadcasting live over the Internet. While users with such demands are exactly the kind to spend multiple lakhs on a gaming rig, the Core i7-6950X in particular serves a very, very tiny niche.

Broadwell-E is a generation behind Skylake in many respects, and the price-performance ratio greatly favours the newer architecture – even the most expensive Core i7-6700K looks like an absolute steal in comparison to the i7-6800K. In fact, the only main of the platform is the massive number of cores, which you don’t get in the lesser models.

The other selling point, lots of PCIe lanes to host multiple graphics cards, is largely pointless now that Nvidia has killed off multi-way SLI. If you’re only after the best gaming performance and don’t need to “megatask”, you’re actually better off with Skylake. Those who will benefit most from Broadwell-E are content creators who want to render video, animation or 3D work as quickly as possible. With the advent of VR content creation, that audience might even grow.

Those who are looking to build a PC around the Core i7-6950X for whatever reason will find that the absolute minimum outlay required is around Rs. 3,00,000. The CPU, motherboard and RAM alone are going to cost over half of that amount, plus you’ll need a discrete graphics card (and there’s no point skimping there), a high-end power supply, a dedicated CPU cooler, at least one big NVMe SSD, and a solid cabinet to hold it all. Then there’s the cost of the monitor(s), peripherals and a Windows license to factor in. The buying decision for this specific CPU comes down to one very simple question: how much money is your time worth?

If you do decide to go for it, Asus’ X99 Deluxe II is a worthy match to such a high-end CPU. We loved its feature set, especially the connectivity options. An investment now will do you well over the next several years. The only real downside is that you can get X99 motherboards for a lot less if you don’t want all the bells and whistles that Asus jammed in here.

Intel Core i7-6950X
Price: Rs. 1,69,000

Pros

  • Phenomenal power for multitasking and multi-threaded tasks

Cons

  • No benefit for single-threaded workloads
  • Outrageously expensive

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Performance: 4.5
  • Value for Money: 2
  • Overall: 3

Asus X99 Deluxe II
Price: Rs. 37,850

Pros

  • Excellent feature set
  • Modern IO including M.2, U.2, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Type-C
  • High-end onboard audio and networking

Cons

  • Cramped layout
  • Expensive

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Features: 5
  • Performance: 4.5
  • Value for Money: 4
  • Overall: 4.5
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