Learning new tricks with the Core i7

Subject: Processors | December 10, 2008 - 03:28 PM |
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A new processor family means that a whole new bag of tricks needs to be invented to push the CPUs as far as they can go without toasting them.  Legit Reviews is focusing on the memory, specifically trying to figure out the best speed combinations to get the new Triple Channel memory running at peak bandwidth.  See what they discovered in their full review.

The return of the battle of the servers

Subject: Processors | December 1, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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In the one corner you have Intel's new Xeon lineup, and in the other corner you have AMD's Opteron refresh.  Neither of these parts will make a big impact on home computing, but anyone running a server will be more than a little interested. The L3 cache and new memory subsytem are the stars here, with the decreased energy consumption getting second billing.  Read more about the Shanghai Opterons at The Tech Report.

5 GHZ+ Phenom II Overclock on LN2

Subject: Processors | November 20, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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Today AMD was showing off its upcoming desktop Phenom II processor to a handful of journalists, and one of the main topics of the presentation is the "headroom" that AMD is building into the Phenom II processor.


Source: AMD

Peering deep within Nehalem

Subject: Processors | November 20, 2008 - 02:20 PM |
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In the third instalment of their series on the architecture of Nehalem, AnandTech explores the cache size, specifically the itsy-bitsy L2 cache.  There is a big trade off in size and latency, much like in any other part and any way to cut latency inside the processor it's self will give some nice returns.  They also talk to Intel about the next process, 32nm so head over for bit of prognostication about the near future.

Source: AnandTech

Intel Core i7 CPUs and X58 Motherboards for sale!!

Subject: Processors | November 16, 2008 - 07:04 PM |
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So you have read our Intel Core i7 processor review, our two X58 motherboard reviews and listened to our podcast; now you can get the same products in your hands from Newegg!

AMD is obsessed over efficiency

Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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Shanghai is here and it is incredibly power efficient.  AnandTech has published their look at this new server chip and it is going to make a lot of people very happy (unless they work for Intel

Source: AnandTech

AMD Shanghai Core Opteron Processor Announced

Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 02:08 AM |
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Tonight at midnight AMDsent out the press release with the formal announcement of their new
45nm 'Shanghai'-based Opteron processors for the server and workstation
markets.  There is a lot of great information in this release including
specs of the CPU that show a much better outlook for AMD's processors
than previously expected.  Frequencies will be offered as high as 2.7 GHz with TDPs of only 75 watts theoretically indicating that high clock rates should be inbound for both server and desk

They're here!

Subject: Processors | November 11, 2008 - 02:25 PM |
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You can get a little closer to owning an Intel Core i7 processor; some online retailers are selling the three models as a pre-order, according to CNET.  The preorder may ensure that there is stock, but sadly you will still have to wait the six days until the official launch before you can actually lay your hands on it and get it into a system.  It still may be a great idea if you want to be the first kid on your block to have one, we really don't know how much stock will be ava

How hot are these new chips

Subject: Processors | November 10, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has been spending a lot of time with the new Core i7 processors, testing and retesting as new BIOS, motherboards, RAM and overclocking tweaks have surfaced.  One of the biggest hurdles has been cooling these new CPUs, all the previous experience with Core2 no longer applies.  There is a video and chart that shows just what to expect with a Core i7 965 and stock cooling ... it's not pretty.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Voyeuristic overclocking

Subject: Processors | November 6, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Since the closest you can get to an i7 system is to read a review until Intel finally releases it in the not too distant future, you just can't overclock them yet.  That hasn't stopped reviewers from pushing these chips as hard as they can manage.  To get an idea what you can expect when you can finally buy one for yourself, drop by bit-tech and see how they made out.

Source: bit-tech

i7 reviews, gotta read 'em all!

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2008 - 01:07 PM |
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Nehalem is here and it arrived in a huge way, with well over two dozen reviews for you to dig through and have your questions answered.  Does the triple channel memory actually improve performance ... yes.  Does the new architecture handle multiple cores better than Core2 ... Yes, and in ways you have never seen before.  Does it overclock ... oh ya! 

What will it cost ... Core i7-965 EE @ 3.20 GHz - $999, Core i7-940 @ 2.93 GHz - $562, Core i7-920 @ 2.66 GHz - $284. 

Can you buy them yet ... no.

State of the quad core market

Subject: Processors | October 24, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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To kill time waiting for the Corei7 to appear on the market, and likely die in droves as people over-volt them, X-bit Labs is revisiting the current batch of quad core processors.  The ageing Q6600 competes against the newer

Source: X-Bit Labs

Big News: AMD to finally spin off manufacturing on Tuesday

Subject: Processors | October 7, 2008 - 12:37 AM |
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So, if you make an announcement the night before you make an announcement about making an announcement, doesn't that just beg the press to find out what that same announcement is early?  That is what happened to the fine folks at AMD tonight when they sent out a press release about a "significant corporate announcement" tomorrow.

 
Source: General

ASUS P6T pics reveal Nehalem voltage issue

Subject: Processors | October 6, 2008 - 01:41 AM |
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We have been hearing rumors about a potential connection between the CPU voltage of the upcoming Intel Nehalem processor and the system memory for a few weeks but now we have some much more concrete evidence.  Images at this site of the ASUS P6T X58 motherboard reveal a sticker on the DIMM slots that says the following:


"...DIMMs with voltage setting over 1.65v may damage the CPU..."

Will BIOS work arounds be the answer for this?
Source: General

Pushing the Q6600 out of first place

Subject: Processors | October 3, 2008 - 01:28 PM |
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The new flagship CPU from AMD is the AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, which finally gives AMD a product that can beat the Q6600 at a comparable price.  Even better, the overclock that Guru 3D managed on this processor indicates that you can really push this chip, if you stick it in a 790G board.  Read on for all the benchmarks of a chip that

Source: Guru of 3D

Updated AMD 45 nm Info

Subject: Processors | September 30, 2008 - 04:00 PM |
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It is no secret that AMD has been feverishly working on both their 45 nm designs and the 45 nm process that these products will be produced on.  Today we have received word from our friends at C-Net that AMD has apparently overcome most of the hurdles to producing large quantities of these 45 nm parts.  Pat Patla, general manager of AMD's server and workstation processors, went on record saying that production of the Shanghai part is now going full speed ahead.  While the first chips from this production run have not made it out of the fab, they are expecting to ship the first p

Rumors of AMD's Bobcat demise over blown?

Subject: Processors | September 26, 2008 - 01:36 PM |
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There have been some rumors circulating in recent days that AMD's Bobcat project, a CPU made for the Atom/Nano market, might have been taken behind the wood shed for a little "project culling."  According this very short but sweet post at The Inquirer, the deal is done.  Another post at EE Times claims that the project is dead as well.  

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Athlon 6500 2.3 GHz Kuma Reviewed

Subject: Processors | September 24, 2008 - 10:53 AM |
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In what will likely be the last series of dual-core processors to come from AMD's desktop team, the Athlon 6500 is based on the Kuma core and runs at 2.3 GHz.  It is a 65nm CPU with HT3.0 support, it still uses a built-in DDR2 memory controller, shared 2M L3 cache, Cool''n'Quiet 2.0 and adds SSE4A support courtesy of other K10 processors.  Expreview apparently got their hands on one and posted up a review of sorts.  

Source: General

Intel Nehalem cooler and packaging on display

Subject: Processors | September 23, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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While looking at some pictures of a box, the packaging, the cooler and the CPU inside might not seem that interesting to all of you, it was to me so I thought I would share.  This post over at mobile01.com shows the "unboxing" of a Nehalem core LGA1366 processor, its cooler and then compares it to a current LGA775 and AMD Socket 939 processor.

Source: General

The little processor that could

Subject: Processors | September 19, 2008 - 03:32 PM |
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Head to The Guru of 3D for a close look at the performance of Intel's new Atom processor.   They have a little ECS motherboard with a Atom 330 Dual Core, running 1.6 GHz, with 2x512KB (1MB) of L2 cache and only drawing 8W of power.  It may not have the power to run new games, but there is a lot that it can do; see it for yourself.

Source: Guru of 3D