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Subject: Processors | December 7, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New today are the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T, the Athlon II X3 455 and the Phenom II X2 565, both unlocked Black Edition CPUs. The new flagship 1100T, at about $265 has of course lowered the prices on the two previous hexa core models, the 1090T and the 1075T, meaning you can get your hands on a choice of 6 core processors from AMD without coming near the $300 mark. In Josh's tests the CPU was able to take on the i7 860, a CPU that cost about $100 more. Check out the performance of a chip that is likely
Subject: Processors | December 3, 2010 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have purchased a pair of HD6850's for setting up a Crossfire system, but as you are trying to build a powerful but inexpensive PC you don't want to double your budget with a high end Core i7 CPU. Tweaktown set out to see what varying the clock speed on a Core i7 would do to the performance of several popular new games. In some cases you do indeed see performance scaling but in others it falls more upon the GPU than the CPU, making the value of purc
Subject: Processors | November 26, 2010 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit Labs is working on a series of articles that seek to contrast the performance of CPUs at a variety of different price points. Currently they have two parts of the series published, the first of which deals with the Budget Market. They have set the upper boundary at $100, which included 8 AMD CPUs and 7 Intel which shows you just how much choice you have even at the extreme low end.
Subject: Processors | November 16, 2010 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a bit of a wait but we finally get to report on
the performance of AMD's new Brazos platform. It is the AMD E-350 1.6 GHz APU
that is up for reveiw, against other low powered mobile CPUs like Intel's SU2300 CULV, the Atom D510
and the new VIA Nano DC. The results are an interesting mix, perhaps made more so by some results in Sandra that hint at some changes needed to be made to the benchmark. In other cases we saw Intel's CULV+ION platform using more than twice as much power at idle and 3
Subject: Processors | November 9, 2010 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Brazos platform will be similar to Intel's Centrino as it is defined by what is inside the mobile computer as opposed to being a distinct part. In this case we see a Zacate or Ontario
APU and the Hudson I/O chip inside any and all Brazos PCs. The two APUs have consolidated a GPU component with video decoding logic, a single-channel DDR3 memory controller, and a controller for PCI Express lanes and display outputs along with two Bobcat cores, all hiding inside the 75mm2 die.
Subject: Processors | November 4, 2010 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has been having a lot of fun with the 12 threads on offer to owners of the i7 970, testing the performance scaling of multiple threads in Linux. Their most recent experiment involved the Gallium3D LLVMpipe (Low-Level Virtual Machine compiler) driver that allows you to use your CPU as an OpenGL accelerator. Until recently this has not been terribly useful, GPUs are a viable product because they are just so darn good at what they do and is why the discussions of GPGPUs and APUs are so closely watched. This experiment differs from that topic but does show how effective
Subject: Processors | October 28, 2010 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is sometimes an assumption made when talking about Linux boxen that they are for low cost systems; one which is not really correct at all except for some bored and curious home users. Take Phoronix who are testing the Core i7 970 on Linux, a CPU that is anything but cheap. Apart from some remaining minor issues with the x58
Subject: Processors | October 20, 2010 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has been putting a lot of effort into confusing purchasers of retail processors and motherboards, at least the ones that keep up to date with their processor families. If you remember a chipset called Ibex Peak but cannot remember what it retailed as or which market it was intended for then bookmark this page from Hardware Secrets.
Subject: Processors | October 19, 2010 - 12:21 AM | Ryan Shrout
We have been getting bits and pieces of information about AMD's Llano processor for weeks now and during an event in Taiwan, AMD revealed just a bit more. Llano was demonstrated running for the first time on their Super Sumo board - a benchmark of the AMD-stalwart Aliens vs Predator game was the demonstration of choice.
AMD's Llano reference platform
Subject: Processors | October 7, 2010 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The hot debate used to be about how much RAM was too much and how much was just right. Not too long ago 2GB of system RAM was something to brag about, now no one cares unless you are talking about that much RAM on your graphics subsystem. Now that 64-bit OSes are common as are home rigs with over 6GB of RAM the tech community needs something new to argue about and turned to the obvious target ...
Subject: Processors | September 29, 2010 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
By now you should be familiar with the new CPU models that AMD has released; if not you should read Josh's article right now. ExtremeTech chose different processors to compare the new models against including some relatively similarly priced Intel CPUs. If you are on the fence about spending the extra money for a Core i3 or i5 system or saving some cash going with AMD, this is a great reference article for you.
Subject: Processors | September 21, 2010 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Six new processors have arrived from AMD, including a pair of overclockable BE models. Most models are a refresh of existing lines, filling gaps between processors already available on the market. The other benefit to the market is that existing slower model prices will drop, making the budget builder's pocket happier. The Tech Report has some information on the speeds and pricing here.
Subject: Processors | September 21, 2010 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced new arrivals to its processor line giving more reasons than ever to upgrade to the visual experience of a new PC featuring VISION Technology from AMD.
Subject: Processors | September 20, 2010 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There certainly has been a lot of coverage of Intel's new CPU architecture but as enthusiasts it is hard not to be enthused. ExtremeTech has assembled what they learned about the new CPUs architecture and performance and put together their interpretation of what we know so far. The release is close, but not imminent so kill some time reading more about the CPU to be.
Subject: Processors | September 20, 2010 - 11:18 AM | Ryan Shrout
We know that companies in the technology industry are always looking for ways to increase profits and improve margins. One way they do that is by offering higher speeds for faster components - a dual-core CPU costs less than a quad-core and a GTS 450 costs less than a GTX 480. Everything is fair in love and computers, right?
Well what about this: Intel is now selling plastic scratch off upgrade cards in Best Buy stores (and likely others) that allows buyers of systems with Pentium G6951 processors to download software to unlock additional performance.
Subject: Processors | September 12, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
It seems that all anyone wants to talk about recently is Sandy Bridge, Intel's next-generation microarchitecture set to be unveiled tomorrow at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. We've fielded calls from AMD, NVIDIA, motherboard partners and other third parties all wanting to give us their thoughts or ask us for ours on the subject. It is really becoming a compelling story.
Subject: Processors | September 7, 2010 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are in the mood for some really big performance charts drop by InsideHW for comparisons of just about every x86/64 processor on the market currently. Covering Athlon II and Phenom II, Celerons, i3, 5 and 7 as well as some Pentium chips you can see how they all match up. To sum up the article InsideHW breaks up the results they saw by a number of common uses for PCs, from gaming to surfing and Facebook and they offer a top contender in each category.
Subject: Processors | September 1, 2010 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ARM has finally taped out their 28nm process dual core Cortex A9 HKMG processor at Global Foundries; the processor will run between 2-2.5GHz and offer improved performance over their past generation which was 40nm and ran about 500MHz slower.
Subject: Processors | September 1, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
We don't know much about it, but at the first annual Global Technology Conference hosted by GLOBALFOUNDRIES, AMD's Chekib Akrout showed the first images of the upcoming Orochi core processor:
Subject: Processors | August 27, 2010 - 03:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
It was bound to happen, really. Anandtech has posted a very in-depth preview of the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge architecture that includes benchmarks of an engineering sample they "located" somewhere without Intel's blessing. But who cares, right? Let's see what the numbers are telling us!
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