Potential Intel Core i7 Nehalem information leaks

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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There is a story on Digitimes today that talks about Intel's upcoming desktop processor plans including new additions like the Core 2 Quad Q8200 that runs at 2.33 GHz for $224.  But sneaking in just at the bottom are the prices and plans for the newly-branded Core i7 Nehalem CPUs:

Source: Digitimes

AMD splitting up the company pretty soon, say reports

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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Stories of AMD's business being split into a processor company and a separate manufacturing company have been around for quite a while but it looks like the movement is picking up steam.  Will AMD be cut in half this year and what part does Hector Ruiz play in all this?  Rumors are swirling that he might head up the new manufacturing portion that remains.

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Nehalem now officially named Intel Core i7

Subject: Processors | August 10, 2008 - 07:24 PM |
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Intel decided to announce the name brand of the upcoming new Nehalem architecture processors to spice up your Sunday.  The answer: Intel Core Processor.  No, that isn't a typo - we are going FROM "Core 2" brand to "Intel Core".  The first parts released under this brand will be known as the "Intel Core i7 processor"; there will continue to be "Extreme Edition" versions.  Here are the pretty logos...

MaximumPC builds a Nehalem System - does nothing with it

Subject: Processors | August 7, 2008 - 05:19 PM |
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If you want to see someone build a Nehalem system, processor, motherboard and case, then head over to this pictorial at MaximumPC.  Just don't expect much else...

It’s the worst kept secret in the industry: Intel’s next-generation Penryn killer,
codenamed Nehalem is just around the corner. We’ve been seeing leaked
benchmarks based on early silicon for months, and Nehalem’s Wikipedia
page is already packed with unconfirmed specifications.

Source: General

The best and the worst of Core2Duo

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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Drop by Digit Life for a comparison of Wolfdale and Conroe CPU's, both the top models, the E6800 versus the E8500 and the lowest, the E6500 and E8200.  The clocks are faster on the Wolfdale chips, but not by so much that the difference is hard to spot, Wolfdale does more per clock; and not just a little bit.

Source: Digit Life

First Glimpse of AMD's 45nm Phenom

Subject: Processors | July 11, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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A little while back in one of the latest podcasts we had talked about how we have not seen all that many working 45nm Phenom samples floating around.  In fact, at that point we really had not seen a one or have had any concrete information about these products (which is scary considering the product is supposed to be out by late Q3 this year).  Now we have seen one of the first samples benchmarked and overclocked, and the results are pretty impressive.

AMD's busy product line

Subject: Processors | July 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM |
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Not only is AMD pushing out a brand new line of graphics cards, it also launched several CPUs in the recent past.  LostCircuits focuses on a pair of these processors, the 2Ghz X4 9350e and the 2.6Ghz X4 9950.  Drop by to see how well they compete with other systems, including Spider versus SkullTrail.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Goodbye 65nm

Subject: Processors | July 2, 2008 - 01:06 PM |
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AMD is thinking conservatively with it's Phenom line which will hopefully pay off in the business and server markets, for they are not impressing the enthusiast with their three new chips.  The chips are faster than previous offerings and retain the low pricing, gaining a reduced TDP and unlocked multipliers.   Drop by Ars Technica for an overview of the 2Ghz Phenom 9350e compared against an underclocked 9850.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Phenom 9350e: A Tale of Woe and Despair

Subject: Processors | July 1, 2008 - 09:44 PM |
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Today is the launch of the 9150e and 9350e Phenom processors, as well as the new Black Edition 9950.  The "e" series of chips are rated at a nice 65 watts, and are aimed at productivity boxes as well as HTPCs.  The high end 9950 chip is unlocked and ready for some overclocking action.  It also sets a new record for power at 140 watts TDP.  The 9150e is clocked at 1.8 GHz, the 9350e is at 2 GHz, and the 9950 is sitting pretty at 2.6 GHz (a full 9 months after the infamous Tahoe launch event).

Source: AMD

Get the right match for your Wolfdale

Subject: Processors | June 27, 2008 - 02:34 PM |
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Madshrimps takes a look at the overclocking performance of Intel's new Wolfdale processor on all of the major chipsets currently on the market.  Most of their time is spent on the Intel chipsets, for as they put it (nVIDIA's) "680i = 780i = 790i".  There really isn't that much difference, whereas the Intel chipsets have had some significant changes in their updates.

Source: Madshrimps

Forcibly motivating your Phenom

Subject: Processors | June 19, 2008 - 06:41 PM |
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OCIA starts out their K10 overclocking guide with a very important warning; even those with a lot of experience OCing previous generations of AMD processors are going to encounter a bit of a learning curve when they first start to play with a Phenom.  Don't let that stop you though, the guide has almost every tips you could possibly need to get you up to that higher speed.

Source: OCIA

AMD Stream Processor First to Break 1 Teraflop Barrier

Subject: Processors | June 16, 2008 - 05:38 PM |
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DRESDEN, Germany -- June 16, 2008 -- At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced its next-generation stream processor, the AMD FireStream 9250, specifically designed to accelerate critical algorithms in high-performance computing (HPC), mainstream and consumer applications. Leveraging the GPU design expertise of AMD's Graphics Product Group, AMD FireStream 9250 breaks the one teraflop barrier for single precision performance.

Source: AMD

Intel's cheap trick

Subject: Processors | June 13, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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Intel's 65nm E7200 sits at $130, runs at 2.66GHz with the new 1066FSB and with a little extra juice it can hit  3.80GHz.  Not too shabby for a cut down Wolfdale processor.  Take a look at the benchmarks over at Tech Spot.

Source: Tech Spot

AMD's 75 watt Quad Core Opterons

Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 07:02 PM |
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Last week AMD made an announcement that made the rounds, but was not reported as being terribly important.  After having read it, and thought about it some more, the release actually says quite a bit about the health of AMD and what they are concentrating on now.

Source: AMD

AMD halts new Phenom CPU models

Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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I think this was something we all pretty much saw coming, but it seems to be getting more official as rumors like this start to circulate that AMD's 65nm production has just reached its limit.

AMD originally planned to launch two 65nm dual-core
Phenom processors codenamed Kuma for the desktop PC market in May or
June this year, however the company has recently suspended the plans
and will let its Athlon X2 5600B processor cover the market until the
company enters 45nm production, accord

Source: Digitimes

Intel roadmap details a few Nehalem processors in Q4

Subject: Processors | June 10, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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The folks over at Expreview got their mitts on an Intel roadmap that shows not just one Nehalem processor, but three. 


Source: General

Computex 2008: Gigabyte Shows Retail-ready Intel Atom CPU and Motherboard

Subject: Processors | June 4, 2008 - 03:11 AM |
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Despite rumors to the contrary, Gigabyte says they have a retail-ready motherboard and CPU combo (the processor is soldered on the motherboard) based on Intel's Atom platform.


Computex 2008: Intel Demonstrates Nehalem and Touchscreen Interface

Subject: Processors | June 3, 2008 - 05:00 AM |
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During a meeting with Intel today, we got a little preview of some technology that Intel is going to be using to show off the power of their coming 8-core Nehalem processors.


Neither Atom nor Nano, it's Tegra

Subject: Processors | June 2, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Next up in the race to shrink the parts they consider most important is nVIDIA, following Intel's following of VIA's main focus.  Regardless of what your spam may tell you, size reduction can be rather important, especially if you can get to the point where you can accurately be described as a 'system on a chip'.  Josh has written up a summary on what we know so far, which you can read through here.

Nano-Nano

Subject: Processors | May 29, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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VIA's Isaiah may have changed it's name to Nano, but that is the only thing that has changed about this low power CPU.  VIA has always been the king of small, low power processors, and has seen competition appearing from Intel.  VIA takes advantage of that history to ensure the new Nano will work with existing C7 compatible boards.  For once, Intel is the new kid on the block.  Read Ryan's take on these high powered, low wattage processors.