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

AMD ends Athlon X2 branding, starts Athlon 6000 series

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2007 - 11:06 AM |
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Fans of Athlon X2 processors, and huge OEMs that use them, are set to place their final orders for K8 parts next quarter.  But no worries!  They are going to release a dual-core version of Phenom in Q1 of 08 as well in the form of the Athlon 6000 series.

Source: Digitimes

AMD tri-core CPUs coming in March

Subject: Processors | December 25, 2007 - 06:47 PM |
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According to this report at Digitimes, the first triple-core processors from AMD in their Phenom 8000-series are going to be released this coming March.  First up will be 2.1 GHz and 2.3 GHz models known as 8400 and 8600 respectively.

AMD will launch two B2 stepping triple-core CPUs, Phenom
8600 and 8400 in March of next year, while in the second quarter, the
company will launch three more models, Phenom 8700, 8650 and 8450.

Source: Digitimes

Could the next round of Phenoms be pushed back to Q2?

Subject: Processors | December 24, 2007 - 12:51 AM |
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According to this Digitimes report, the upcoming revision of the Phenom 9600 and 9900 CPUs with the TLB fix to address performance issues is going to be pushed back until Q2 of 2008.  Their sources claim that AMD hasn't been able to solve the bug and if this turns out to be true will be very bad news indeed for a product that hasn't even seen day one of sunlight.

Source: Digitimes

Apple and Intel partner with new Silverthorne chip

Subject: Processors | December 21, 2007 - 03:21 PM |
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No real surprises here, though the news coming from Intel directly is uplifting for upcoming mobile technologies.  If only there was more news besides partnering with Apple...

Source: engadget

Intel Delays Launch of Slower Quad Parts

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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Digitimes is reporting that Intel is backing off of its introduction of the lower clocked 45 nm quad core parts.  These would have included the Q9300, Q9450, and Q9550.  The official story is that Intel does not feel the need to release these due to all of the issues AMD is having getting their quad cores out.  Since Intel feels there is no real competition in this space, they can let their current 65 nm quad core parts handle the demand.

Source: Digitimes

Unleashed: AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition with clock multiplier control

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 10:26 AM |
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UNLEASHED: AMD PHENOM(tm) 9600 BLACK EDITION QUAD-CORE
PROCESSOR WITH CLOCK MULTIPLIER CONTROL

New AMD GAME! Wiki
offers opportunity for gaming enthusiasts to share, learn and create

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