Isaiah and Atom battle it out

Subject: Processors | April 18, 2008 - 07:20 PM |

The battle between Intel's Atom processor (previously known as Diamondville) and the upcoming VIA Isaiah processor architectures is going to be heating up as we approach Computex this June.  Some initial performance numbers are leaking out, and as you would expect, they are just about worthless thus far.  Our first story on Atom and Isaiah told a story of Atom's advantage in power

Farewell Q6600, we barely got to know you

Subject: Processors | April 18, 2008 - 12:30 PM |

Intel's new chips, the Q9300 and the E7200 are under the spotlight at The Tech Report.

My kernel; she is feeling much calmer now

Subject: Processors | April 15, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

Running Linux makes living at the edge of technology even more frustrating fun, as your kernel may react quite hysterically to hardware it has never met before.  Such was the case with the Phenom 9500, until Ubuntu upgraded to 8.04.   The Opteron 2356 has had a smoother entrance, with PowerNow!

Source: Phoronix

AMD Phenom X4 9950 to dissipate 140W

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2008 - 12:56 PM |

The Phenom X4 9850 processor that was recently released was a good processor despite the fact that it used a lot of power compared to Intel's competitively priced quad-core processors.  According to this report only one more 65nm Phenom quad-core processor, the 9950, but that it will push out more than 140W of power to get to its target 2.6 GHz clock rate.  That's pretty damn hot and I imagine tha

Source: fastlanehw

VIA's Isaiah not up to Intel Atom in thermal powers

Subject: Processors | April 10, 2008 - 10:40 PM |

According a friend of a friend of a friend, or rather The Inquirer reporting on a subscription-based article from Microprocessor Report, Intel's Atom processor is going to better than VIA's Isaiah processor in terms of power dissipation.  Nothing is mentioned in terms of performance, but in UMPCs that fit in your pocket the power consumption is really more important we think.

Source: The Inquirer

Sub $300 quad core battle

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 01:44 PM |

We know the stats, the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition running 2.5GHz (12.5x) with a 200MHz bus and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 at 2.5GHz (7.5x) with a 333MHz.  The cache sizes differ greatly as does the process used to manufacture them.  ExtremeTech tested them both to see what the difference in performance is; unfortunately for AMD, there is a great difference there as well.

Source: Extremetech

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Widely Available

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM |

The widespread availability of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor marks a new era in the server processor market in terms of performance, virtualization, energy-efficiency and investment protection. The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor sets a new pace for meeting the needs of today's most demanding datacenters. Conceived from its inception with a close eye on customer needs, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor design and architecture gives server customers cutting-edge computing performance in an energy-efficient design.

Source: AMD

First Eight OEM Platforms Featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Available

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:15 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 9, 2008 --Delivering new levels in performance scalability, virtualization performance and energy efficiency, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced customers can get the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor today in systems from HP as well as other system providers. The recently-launched HP ProLiant G5 platforms represent the first of many systems that are expected to be available in the coming weeks from global OEMs and system builders based on the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor.

Source: AMD

AMD to cut workforce, pulls back revenue expectations

Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 06:25 PM |

Though Jeremy already alluded to this news in an earlier post today, I thought it was worth mentioning again, unfortunately.  AMD continues to struggle with the finances and has confirmed in a press release that it plans to cut 10% of its work force by Q3 of this year and has pulled back Q1 2008 revenue estimates to $1.5 billion.  Though that is an increase over over 2007, it is still much lower than expected

Source: engadget

VIA C7-M ULV Processor Powers New HP 2133 Mini-Note PC

Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 11:33 AM |

Taipei,Taiwan, April 8, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the low power VIA C7-M ULV processor will be used to power the new HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, a sleek and stylish, small form factor notebook targeted at today's connected student lifestyle, where portability, productivity and affordability are highly prized.

AMD Phenom X4 9850 goes on sale

Subject: Processors | April 5, 2008 - 01:13 PM |

For those of you that caught our initial review of the AMD Phenom X4 9850 processor and are interested in picking one up to upgrade your system or build a new one, the folks at now have them in stock for $243.00.

Quad core Penryns multiply

Subject: Processors | April 4, 2008 - 11:56 AM |

45nm Penryns are finally becoming easier to get, and are pushing the older Kentsfield chips out of favour with home builders.  Clock for clock they are out performing the older chips, and the power consumption is in a completely different class.  The Hardware Zone tested a Q9550 and a Q9450, unfortunately they haven't yet received a Q9300 yet.  Intel will be hol

IDF: Intel shows Nehalem at 3.2 GHz

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:18 PM |

More news from the great red country shows Intel has their upcoming Nehalem architecture working at speeds up to 3.2 GHz.  While we continue to take these kinds of demonstrations with a grain of salt since we remember seeing Barcelona running at 3.0 GHz before its release as well (and see how well that turned out). 

Source: Daily Tech

AMD will split CPU development for fab business

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:08 PM |

Our good buddy Charlie over at the Inquirer has posted a piece that theorizes a split of AMD into two different companies: one that developers processors and GPUs, the other that will actually make them at the various fabrication facilities AMD currently owns.  The benefits here include allowing the AMD design team to be debt free and could enable them to take the additional, yes obviously necessary, risks required to tackle an opponent like Intel.  Also, the AMD fab team would be able to

Source: The Inquirer

AMD targetting mainstream CPUs only

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:03 PM |

While the idea that AMD is only selling mainstream processors today isn't exactly new information, it is interesting to see that at least one publication seems to think this is AMD's official stance now.  As we all know, when you CANNOT compete at the high end with your best stuff, you simply cut the prices and sell it to compete where it can; AMD did it with the

Source: fastlanehw

New VIA VX800 Series Chipsets to Extend VIA Leadership in Ultra Mobile Market

Subject: Processors | April 1, 2008 - 04:22 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 1 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA VX800 Series of digital media IGP chipsets featuring the latest video, graphics and connectivity performance in a single chip measuring just 33x33mm.

Everyone who actually experienced a TLB bug related crash ...

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 12:49 PM |

Please put your hands in the air.   Anyone?  Anyone at all?

The TLB bug disappearing really isn't the big news when you look at AMD's B3 stepping Phenoms.  The X4 9850 runs at 2.5GHz, the fastest quad core we have seen from AMD, and the MSRP is around $250, giving it a nice seat when talking about performance for price.  Other improvements are the upping of the memory controller and system bus to 2000MHz.  Get the full story from Ryan's review.

AMD Extends Energy-Efficient Processing Leadership with World's First

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the world's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse.

Source: AMD

High Performance AMD PhenomT X4 Processors Lead the Charge to HD Desktop Gaming and Video

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:26 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of four new high-performance AMD Phenom(tm) X4 processors for PC users in search of the Ultimate Visual Experience. Led by the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor, each CPU features true quad-core design, and when matched to AMD 790 series chipsets supports up to four award-winning ATI Radeon(tm) HD 3800 series graphics cards.

Source: AMD

AMD Launches World's First x86 Triple-Core Processors

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
availability of AMD Phenom(tm) X3 8000 series triple-core processors,
providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with exceptional
performance at mainstream price points. AMD Phenom X3 processors are
designed to improve multi-threaded application performance over
dual-core processors at the same clock speed.

Source: AMD