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Subject: Processors | August 26, 2010 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ION platform has been languishing, partly because the low powered Atom processor is only good for certain tasks as its abilities are limited. Of course its power draw and heat output are also very low and it could handle streaming video at a high enough quality to attract some users. Now Zotac is pairing the ION chipset with an Intel CULV processor, which provides more power at the cost of heat and energy costs. AnandTech examines the
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2010 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
32 cores and 64 threads equals an incredible amount of processing power but it comes at a high cost. A basic Dell server using X5670's will run you about $9000 and a higher end model using X7550's can be as much as $32,000. These servers are not intended for home use and really are not optimized to give great gaming by dropping in a high end GPU or four; in the data centre they do represent the current pinnacle of power. Part of AnandTech's review deals with the challenge of designing a way to actually test these beasts and max out there computational potential, using scenari
Subject: Processors | August 6, 2010 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The biggest difference between the various lines of processors that AMD has offered us over the past year lies in the cache and the number of processors. Only the Phenoms have L3 cache and the L2 cache for almost all CPUs is 512KB regardless of the number of cores, only the Athlon II X2 has a model featuring 1024KB of L2 cache. X-bit Labs wanted to examine the differences in performance, specifically the difference between a dual core with 1024KB of L2 cache and a triple core with 512KB.
Subject: Processors | July 27, 2010 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Westmere-EP is a 32nm process and it's current representative is the Xeon 5680, a 6 core 3.33GHz CPU though it will hit 3.6GHz via Intel's TurboBoost technology. If you want a dual CPU PC then the Xeon family is currently the way to go, though you might not choose to use the board that The Tech Report did. The focus of TR's review was not the ultimate in high end machines, instead they chose to test it using low power components as it would have in a server role, though they did go all out and use an SDD for storage.
Subject: Processors | July 8, 2010 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With one of the best overclocking tricks since the one with the pencil, many unassuming Athlon II X3's hide an unused but perfectly functional 4th core under that shiny heatspreader. The flick of a BIOS setting will tell you if you can try to pull this trick off, though stability testing is very important as some of the cores on these CPUs are disabled for a good reason. Legit Reviews did exactly that with an AMD Athlon II X3 445 and it turned out that they were unlucky enough to receive one with a faulty fourth core.
Subject: Processors | July 2, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Josh rightly pointed out in this weeks Tech Dirt, AMD been digging around in people's pockets for every available penny they can get any time they so much as looked at purchasing a GPU from them. nVIDIA seems poised to change that, so we will see if the Radeons can get back down to at least their MRSP. The same cannot be said on the CPU side, as they continue to offer a range of fairly inexpensive processors at several levels of performance. Two examples are the Regor based
Subject: Processors | June 11, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Josh Walrath
Over at Coolaler some enterprising young soul was able to lay hands on a Sandy Bridge sample from Intel. For those not in the know, Sandy Bridge is the codename for the new Tick/Tock architecture from Intel. This is the next, big step forward from the previous Nehalem architecture, and promises to again increase per clock performance as well as add in on-die graphics capabilities. Much is not known about this processor, but a few things were unveiled with this post.
Subject: Processors | June 8, 2010 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs had a chance to speak with Sebastian Steibl, the director of Intel Labs Braunschweig, who is working with the team designing Intel's 48 core CPU, aka the Single Chip Cloud Computer. They touch on what architecture these cores use and just how those cores have been designed to be used. It may be a little technical for anyone not interested in L2 cache coherency and the benefits and drawbacks of having heterogeneous core frequencies but for those who are interested this proves to be a good read. As a bonus they asked a few questions of Jon Peddie about the future of
Subject: Processors | June 1, 2010 - 10:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
At Computex 2010 in Taipei this morning AMD held the first public demonstration of a Fusion-based APU (accelerated processing unit): the combination of a traditional CPU and GPU architecture on a single monolithic die. The pairing of high performance serial processing units and parallel graphics processing cores provides the potential for a dramatic shift in the computing and system marketplace.
Subject: Processors | May 31, 2010 - 10:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
Who would have thought that just a couple short years ago one of the most interesting news stories we would hear about at Computex is about the expansion of manufacturing capabilities at a foundry company? But that is definitely the case and not just because of the details of the press conference itself but because of the implications the information presented indicates for the future of our industry.
Subject: Processors | May 31, 2010 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Processors | May 28, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's Black Edition processors are very popular among overclockers as the unlocked multiplier allows for a lot of leeway when you are adjusting clock speeds. Intel has not really been supportive of their fans in that way, though the lock down did happen for a very good reason that protected the majority of consumers. For that small subset of users that do overclock the newly announced 2.93GHz Core i7 875K and 3.2GHz i5 655K are a bright light on the horizon as both processors have unlocked multipliers. See how t
Subject: Processors | May 27, 2010 - 03:23 AM | Ryan Shrout
Though Computex doesn’t start for another few days, some initial bits of information continue to flow in. One notable piece was that VIA was planning to demonstrate the first monolithic dual-core version of its Nano processor for the mobile technology markets. While we had indeed previously known about a dual-core variant of Nano, it was always expected to be a dual-chip package – similar to what we saw with the first Intel quad-core processors under the Core 2 Quad brand.
Subject: Processors | May 27, 2010 - 02:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
It should come as no surprise to the industry that AMD will be demonstrating Fusion-ready systems at Computex that are the first to combine a traditional microprocessor architecture and a modern graphics processing core on a single die for mainstream processing. The details of the Fusion processors have been discussed by AMD at various microprocessor conferences.
Subject: Processors | May 19, 2010 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
All of AMD's Athlon series just got an update, the X4 series gets the 640 and 610e, the X3 adds the 445 and the 415e and the X2 now has a 260 and 245e. The 'e' you see in those names denotes a 45W processor, great for low voltage and low heat. Josh got his hands on the 3.0 GHz X4 620 and the 3.2 GHz X2 260, which will cost $122 and $76 respectively. Neither processor is going to overtake the Core i7 series for the performance crown but AMD is gaining a lead in the performance per dollar category.
Subject: Processors | May 11, 2010 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Arriving today are 6 new processors from AMD, mostly a refresh of some of their older and lower end CPUs. Neoseeker has two of them, the Athlon II X4 610e and X4 640. The 640 is clocked at 3.0GHz and the 610e at 2.4GHz, both are quad core 45nm parts and neither are unlockable Black Editions. That doesn't mean you can't overclock, as Neoseeker hit 3.85GHZ on the 640 which is a nice jump from the 635. The X4 610e was tested a little differently, since it is low voltage they tested how low the voltage could go while keeping the stock speed and the answer would be 0.992V.&n
Subject: Processors | May 7, 2010 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At its default clock speed the 3.2GHz Phenom II X2 555 BE
is only 100MHz faster than the X2 550, but being a Black Edition the default clock speed matter all that much. What matters is the overclock that can be reached and that is exactly where Bjorn3D started their testing. First off they unlocked the two unused cores and tried to boot into Windows without increasing the voltage.
New Atom Processor Platform Using Significantly Lower Power Readies Intel for Smartphone, Tablet Pus
Subject: Processors | May 5, 2010 - 11:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 4, 2010 – Benefitting from the company's power-saving architecture, transistor and circuit design expertise, plus unique manufacturing process techniques, Intel Corporation today unveiled its newest Intel Atom processor-based platform (formerly "Moorestown").
The technology package provides significantly lower power consumption and prepares the company to target a range of computing devices, including high-end smartphones, tablets and other mobile handheld products.
Subject: Processors | April 30, 2010 - 03:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's 1090T six core processor continues to dominate the news, as it is one of the biggest things to come out of their Fabs in quite a while. It is a dream for Folders, the Folding@Home points per day performance sits in the middle of the Core i7 series from Intel and for a lot less money. Overclockers are also going to have a smile; for instance, The Tech Report fired up AMD's Overdrive
Subject: Processors | April 27, 2010 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a little bit of math involved determining how well AMD's brand new 6 core Phenom II X6 1090T performs. At the base of the equation is price and you can currently pick up the
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