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.

Power saving on the rack

Subject: Processors | September 14, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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AnandTech revisits low power server CPU lines, to see if Intel's Woodcrest or Clovertown cores offer a change in their previous ratings, which had AMD on top.  The cost offset of saving a few dozen watts cannot easily justify spending $50-$100 more a CPU.  One of their big questions is how well the move to quad core will help Intel's efficiency.

Source: AnandTech

AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor

Subject: Processors | September 10, 2007 - 12:50 AM |
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AMD is officially taking the wraps off the new Barcelona, native quad-core processors today; at least for the server market.  First, head on up and read over my Barcelona preview article then you can check out the AMD PR below: 

AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor, Designed for the Demanding Datacenter


Quad-Core AMD OpteronTM processors Deliver Breakthrough  Performance-Per-Watt


Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept.

AMD to Webcast Most Anticipated Premiere Event

Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 07:00 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced that it will hold its Premiere Event for the launch of the
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor at approximately 6:30 pm Pacific
Time (9:30 pm ET) on Monday, Sept.

Source: AMD

Intel Launches First Industry-Standard Quad-Core Products for High-End, Multi-Processor Servers

Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation has unveiled the industry's first quad-core processors specifically designed for multi-processor (MP) servers running applications requiring uncompromised performance, reliability and scalability. Such applications are typically run in virtualized environments for server consolidation and database uses, enterprise resource planning and business intelligence.

C2Quad versus C2D Extreme

Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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X-bit Labs pits the Q6600 against the brand new E6850 to see which gives a better bang for your buck, and whether 4 cores helps performance.  They try them both at their default settings, as well as getting the Q6600 up to 3.6GHz and the E6850 to 3.85GHz.  These two are the chips that will end up in a lot of systems,

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD Barcelona Prices Outted?

Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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It would seem Daily Tech has gotten the initial pricing sheet for AMD's upcoming Barcelona processor launch later this month.  If the numbers are correct, the most expensive 2-series Opteron processor is going to top out at 2.0 GHz and $372 - a bargain considering how much top-end server processors usually sell for.  The only draw back here is that the pricing could be reflective of the performance levels we'll see out of the CPU.

Source: Daily Tech

Alas poor Athlon, we knew you well

Subject: Processors | August 28, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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It is essentially the end of the road for AMD's Athlon series, and the 'on' suffix, as we anxiously await the arrival of Phenom.  Legit Reviews pulls out some of their old ceramic buddies for one last benchmarking session to see how the line changed over the years, with the 1800+ being the baseline.  It looks like the Black Edition spells the end of the line for this venerable series.

New Intel vPro Processor Technology Fortifies Security for Business PCs

Subject: Processors | August 27, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today further reinforced desktop PC security by unveiling the newest generation of Intel vPro processor technology for businesses and IT with new innovations that add better protection against hacking, viruses and other threats.