Your quad-core CPU is lame

Subject: Processors | December 18, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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According the "we get it now" genius at the New York Times, coding multi-threaded software is hard.  Go figure!  Other than making it easy to make fun of mainstream media again, this article does bring up some good points.  Multi-threaded coding is completely different than the coding models used since the beginning of time and software engineers are having to completely re-learn their art in order to keep up with hardware advancements.  And so, becaus

Source: The Inquirer

Choosing the lesser of two evils

Subject: Processors | December 10, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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Unfortunately for AMD, one of the most publicized features of the new Barcelona chips is the TLB bug, which in a very few cases can cause a system lockup.  Even a small chance of failure like this makes the Barcelona a far less attractive choice to use in any critical system, and as these chips are aimed at the server market, that becomes a very big deal.  AMD has issued a patch, but the patch comes at a price; we have heard it possibly costs up to 14% of total performance.  A different fix i

Spider ate the Quad FX

Subject: Processors | December 3, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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After a talk with an rep from AMD, The Tech Report got an update on dual Quad cores and Quad FX ... it isn't happening, at least not soon.  It looks like Phenom will not support this feature, so anyone who picked up a platform that was supposed to support Quad FX won't have anything to stick in that second socket.  Instead AMD has focused on projects like Spider, and we are left wondering what Intel's plans will be, and if Skulltrail will die as well.

AMD, uncomfortable under the spotlight

Subject: Processors | November 28, 2007 - 01:30 PM |
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You can catch Josh Walrath's take on the X2 5000+ Black Box, the last of the Athlons at PenStar Systems.  It is still a relevant chip, as desktop Phenom's aren't exactly available, and it's overclocking ability will let you build a system that you can upgrade to a Phenom when they are available, and only have to drop ~$100 on the CPU.

Performance for the rest of us

Subject: Processors | November 26, 2007 - 05:28 PM |
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The refresh of the E6550, the E6450 offers a great way to chart the performance differences between the Conroe and Wolfdale as they are essentially the same chip.  If you check out the full review at t-break, you can see that the various optimizations and the extra 2MB cache help in many applications, but don't really impact game performance that much.

Source: t-break

Time to throw your A64 X2 a retirement party

Subject: Processors | November 20, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Following up on their look at the new AMD 790FX chipset, The Tech Report carries on into a full review of the Phenom processors that will benefit from the chipset.  They had the time to but together a huge gamut of benchmarks to run through, comparing the 9900 and 9600 to 10 other dual and quad core processors, so it will take you a while to assimilate all the information.  In the end, they conclude that any current owner of an AM2+ system now has an easy upgrade path to a CPU that gives the Q6600 a run for it's mon

Intel's impressive, but unneeded, answer to Barcelona

Subject: Processors | November 19, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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Intel has countered AMD's Barcelona launch with the QX9770, their fastest processor to date.  At 3.2GHz and with a FSB of 1600MHz, the performance it gives you is incredible, if you can somehow find a way to run it; seeing as how there are no 1600MHz motherboards for you to use.  You can head over to TECHGAGE for a look at the QX9770 and the X48 chipset that will run it.

Source: TECHGAGE

More news on Intel's finest

Subject: Processors | November 12, 2007 - 04:15 PM |
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Check out more reviews of the hot new QX9650 at TweakTown.  If you aren't convinced that the Penryn will raise the bar that Barcelona has to push past get over and read on.  Memory benchmarks are still AMD's territory but as to the rest ...

Source: TweakTown

INTEL'S FUNDAMENTAL ADVANCE IN TRANSISTOR DESIGN EXTENDS MOORE'S LAW, COMPUTING PERFORMANCE

Subject: Processors | November 12, 2007 - 01:15 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 11, 2007 - Built using an entirely new transistor formula that alleviates the wasteful electricity leaks that threaten the pace of future computer innovation, Intel Corporation today unveiled 16 server and high-end PC processors. In addition to increasing computer performance and saving energy use, these processors also eliminate eco-unfriendly lead and, in 2008, halogen materials.

AMD Highlights Optimized Integration between Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors and Upcoming Microsoft

Subject: Processors | November 5, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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BARCELONA, Spain - November 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is demonstrating platforms based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, including features designed to help Microsoft Windows application developers optimize their software applications through tools in upcoming software products from Microsoft Corp.

Source: AMD

Intel Unveils Seven New Intel Itanium Processors

Subject: Processors | October 31, 2007 - 06:41 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 31, 2007 - Underscoring strong momentum and industry support, Intel Corporation today unveiled Dual-Core Intel Itanium Processor 9100 series processors. Built for managing high-end applications and armed with advanced features that improve reliability and reduce power consumption, the 9100 series accentuates the ongoing shift from proprietary RISC products to the choice offered by Itanium-based servers.

Penryn, 45nm cometh

Subject: Processors | October 29, 2007 - 01:12 PM |
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Today we see the actual performance of the second version of the Core architecture, the shrinkage of the process and a sharp spike in price.  [H]ard|OCP has benchmarked the QX9650 processor, then overclocked it and benchmarked it again.

There is no shortage of news on this new processor, including Ryan's look, which you must read.  Find it at the top of the page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Opens First High-Volume 45nm Microprocessor Manufacturing Factory

Subject: Processors | October 25, 2007 - 01:21 PM |
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CHANDLER, Ariz., Oct. 25, 2007 - Production of a new generation of microprocessors for PCs, laptops, servers and other computing devices officially began today inside of Intel Corporation's first high-volume 45 nanometer (nm) manufacturing factory in Chandler, Ariz.

Last of the Kentsfeilds

Subject: Processors | October 19, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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The Kentsfeild is pretty much dead, with the 45nm Penryn coming soon, but there is one new model left to review.  The 3GHz core clock frequency and 1333MHz front-side bus, plus an 8MB L2 cache will add to it's performance, but The Tech Report wants to see a serious increase to justify the chip's $1000 dollar premium over the Q6600.

Shrinkage and growth

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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The new chips from Intel will be on 45nm technology which will help with the heat, but doesn't actually provide anything in the way of a performance benefit.  What you can expect to give you a bit of a boost, for the Yorkfield a roughly 5-10% increase based on TechARP's findings, is the increase cache size.  The Wolfdale provide's a huge improvement over Prescott, as you can see in the full review.

Source: Tech ARP

AMD OFFERS GREATER CHOICE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Subject: Processors | October 9, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) introduced several new energy-efficient desktop processors designed to reduce power consumption for greater performance-per-watt. These processors will offer additional choice for system builders and OEMs looking to differentiate their products and provide customers with low-noise, low-heat system designs.

Source: AMD

Table madness

Subject: Processors | October 5, 2007 - 06:52 PM |
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Hardware Secrets has been busy compiling tables of CPUs, for anyone tracking the changes to the processor lines of AMD and Intel, or just getting confused by all the model numbers.  They have compiled the entire Opteron series into these sets, including the new Barcelona models.  The entire Athlon 64 series can be found on these pages, and anyone looking for information on

New chips on Remembrance Day

Subject: Processors | October 1, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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TechARP has a quick look at the 9000 series of Quads and Duos that Intel will be releasing November 11th.  With the smaller process comes higher speeds.  It looks like we will be waiting until January for dual-core Wolfdales, which will be labeled as the 8000 series, and will arrive in time to counter the triple cored Barcelona chips that should be appearing at roughly the same time.

Source: Tech ARP

Overclocked roundup

Subject: Processors | September 25, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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Looking for an idea as to the relative differences between overclocked Quads and Duos?  The testing at Hardware Logic may not produce the exact same results as your experiences, but it can give you a hint as to how these processors separate once they have been pushed beyond spec.  You can even look at these scores as something to meet or to beat.