A free way to buy more speed

Subject: Processors | February 11, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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The Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor is poised to take over as the poster child of inexpensive and overclockable CPUs for many enthusiasts.  It runs at ~2.5GHz, 333MHz at a 7.5 multiplier, and a total of 6MB of L2 cache, 3MB per core, which you can compare to the Q6600 at 2.4GHz with a pair of 4MB L2 caches.  The price stays exactly the same, $266.  The heat remains the same for these two processors as well, and considering that a 333MHz bus is the first step to overclocking the Q6600, and the Q9300 runs 333MHz at stock, you can see there is more room to push this chip faster. 

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dell to drop AMD from online sales

Subject: Processors | February 8, 2008 - 10:24 AM |
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News and rumors have been swirling for a couple of days, but it seems nearly concrete now that Dell will be dropping AMD-based systems and notebooks from their online store.  They will apparently only sell AMD systems in Dell's new brick and mortar partners like Best Buy and Staples, but we all know this is a SMALL part of Dell's sales and thus this is a very bad development for AMD.

Source: Daily Tech

AMD to leave faster Phenoms at home for CeBit

Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 12:56 PM |
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Even though just over a week ago we told you that AMD was going to be showing off both the low power K10 core processors known as the Phenom 9100e series and the upcoming, TLB fixed Phenom 9700 and Phenom 9900 models, that's no longer the case.  It would seem that rather than get people's hope up for the B3 revision to soon, AMD is going to just show off the triple-core processors instead.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Tukwila to have 2 billion transistors

Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 12:52 PM |
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*Cue Dr. Evil Laugh*  Yes, that is correct, 2 Billion transistors will take up refuge on the upcoming Tukwila processor, the successor to Itanium's Montvale processors. 
Even more surprising is that it is built on Intel's 65nm technology, making this one BIG chip.

Source: engadget

AMD's 45nm transition could be savior

Subject: Processors | February 1, 2008 - 10:00 AM |
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According to some scant news from Digitimes, AMD is reporting once again to its partners that 45nm is on schedule for a 2nd half of 2008 release, though the time frame could use a little more detail in our view.  AMD is saying now that the 45nm process is a success, will allow them to scale frequencies much higher and triple the amount of L3 cache from 2MB to 6MB.

Source: Digitimes

It had better do more than just beat the Q6600

Subject: Processors | January 30, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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The new VIA Isaiah processor isn't the only new chip hitting the streets, and if you haven't caught up with VIA's newest then check Ryan's look, as well as the links just below.  For those looking for a new Intel processor, then check out Techgage's review of the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor.  This chip, if paired with the right mot

Source: TECHGAGE

AMD loses major Asian super computing deal

Subject: Processors | January 29, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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The Inquirer has a detailed piece on AMD losing a deal with Sun to power one of Asia's most powerful super computer with Barcelona chips.  Instead, Sun is replacing it with 45nm Penryn core based systems.  Obviously, if this is true, this could have a large impact on AMD's hold of the HPC market going forward.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD ditching Dozer for plain old GPUs

Subject: Processors | January 27, 2008 - 10:26 AM |
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As Jon Stokes over at Arstechnica describes, it would appear that AMD has changed its tune when it comes to the way Fusion technology will be implemented.  Bulldozer, as we originally thought, was going to be a completely new CPU design from the ground up.  But now AMD appears to be backing off that plan and going with existing CPU and GPU designs for their first Fusion produc

Source: Ars Technica

AMD to showcase upcoming Phenom CPUs at CeBIT 2008

Subject: Processors | January 25, 2008 - 11:12 AM |
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While you won't find me in Hannover, you will find AMD's newest Phenom processors.  At CeBit, AMD looks to be showing off the upcoming Phenom 9700 and 9900 processor models along with the energy-efficient 9100e processor.

Source: Digitimes

New chip on the block

Subject: Processors | January 24, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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VIA has a brand new chip, the Isaiah Processor designed with Centaur, the people responsible for Cyrix.  While some stats are lacking in details as of yet, [H]ard|OCP pegs the speed at 1GHz when run below 1v and up to to 2GHz at 1.15v.  While they are not going to work on dual core chips yet, having enough power to play Crysis in a 60mm2 (think dime sized) chip is rather impressive.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hammer not included

Subject: Processors | January 22, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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If the last time you installed a CPU it had pins on the bottom, the ZIF socket was an arm bar only and the cooler weighed less than a small child, chances are you haven't installed a Socket775 processor.  Either as a refresher for your memory, or as something new you've never done, check out PC Stats guide on installing Socket775 processors and coolers.

Source: PCStats

AMD Posts a Whopper Loss

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 05:11 PM |
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Don't let the first three lines of the linked Business Wire fool you.  AMD took it in the pants this last quarter.  The bottom line is that AMD announced $1.77 billion in revenues, which is a record.  They also recorded $1.772 billion in losses.  Yes...

Source: AMD

Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 04:15 PM |
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In case some of you guys aren't checking out the RSS feeds of our articles or just skip over the icons above, I really need to make sure you see the new ray tracing article from Daniel Pohl.  As a follow up to Daniel's previous article that first introduced ray tracing to our readers, this newest iteration dives into some examples of how ray tracing can be more efficient than rasterization when it come to rendering games. 

The short answer is ...

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Not without a TEC or LOX setup.

Extremetech found overclocking the Phenom 9600 to be difficult and unpredictable.  They were unable to get more than 200MHz above the spec speed, and even then it sounds like there were difficulties encounter.  About the only thing they could count on was a big jump in the heat produced by the chip.

Source: Extremetech

Intel 45nm parts pushed back until Feb/March

Subject: Processors | January 16, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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Yesterday I pointed to a story that talked about Intel's mobile 45nm Penryn processors being delayed and today it seems like the inevitable happened - talks of the desktop parts being late are surfacing. 

Digitimes is reporting that Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor, the one we reviewed recently with the 1600 MHz FSB, is going from a January release to February or March.

More Unfortunate News for AMD

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2008 - 08:58 PM |
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Since the original Lake Tahoe event where AMD first showed off Phenom based systems for the press, we have had essentially nothing but bad news concerning the new processor architecture.  The first news was that the 2.4 and 2.6 GHz versions would be launched sometime late Q1 2008, then we had the TLB errata issue, then the pushing back of the tri-core Phenoms, then the pushing back of the revision B3 Phenoms hitting the market, and it seemingly has gone on ad nauseum.

What we know about Intel's new processors

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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The biggest surprise in Intel's announcement about their 16 new processors is that over half of them will be available very soon.  The actual specs are a little light, but you can read about all that is know about them at [H]ard|OCP as well as several other sites.  We do know that they are 45nm and the soon to be released C2D CPUs will run betwen 2.10GHz to 3.16GHz.  You will have to wait a while for the new quad cores.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45 nanometer(nm) processors for Intel Centrino Processor Technology based laptops.

I see an AMD Core and I want it painted black

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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The AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition should be hitting retailers soon, and it has already made appearances on reviewers desks.  It arrived at a speed of 2.3GHz (11.5x200MHz), but seeing as how it is unlocked that multiplier can change, for instance [H]ard|OCP had no problems reaching a 15x multiplier and just over 3GHz.  If AMD sticks to their promised $250-ish pricing, you can expect this CPU to offer rather nice performance for it's price.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Upgrading to Phenom with AM2 not as cool as we thought

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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The guys at Tom's Hardware, as reported by Engadget, are saying that the "drop in upgrade" of Phenom processors into existing AM2 motherboards isn't working as well as we originally hoped.

Source: engadget