The little processor that could

Subject: Processors | September 19, 2008 - 03:32 PM |
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Head to The Guru of 3D for a close look at the performance of Intel's new Atom processor.   They have a little ECS motherboard with a Atom 330 Dual Core, running 1.6 GHz, with 2x512KB (1MB) of L2 cache and only drawing 8W of power.  It may not have the power to run new games, but there is a lot that it can do; see it for yourself.

Source: Guru of 3D

Intel Xeon 7400 series brings 6-core Dunnington design

Subject: Processors | September 17, 2008 - 11:21 AM |
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We have been hearing about Dunnington for a while, and last week I posted a quick news post about the coming release of the product this week.  Well, the news is official and the Intel Xeon 7400 series is the name assigned to these uber-fast and uber-expensive CPUs.

Source: Daily Tech

Potential Intel roadmaps leak out - show all of 2009

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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This post over at techPowerUp! actually was posted last week but I just came across it and thought it was worth a post.  The original images surfaced from Japanese website PC Watch but the good news is that roadmaps are pretty universal. 

Source: techPowerUp!

Intel Dunnington hexa-core CPU coming next week

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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TGDaily is reporting that Intel's hexa-core Dunnington CPU (for those of you in the dark, that means 6 cores) for the server/workstation market could be launched as early as next week.  This wouldn't be surprising at all considering we first heard about Dunnington in March during the IDF in Shanghai.  Don't expect to see these cores in the consumer level products though - your next update will be with Nehalem-based Core i7 in the coming months.

Source: TG Daily

More of what you want, less of what you need

Subject: Processors | September 11, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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More processing power for less energy is what Intel's new Xeons are all about.  The top model,a Xeon X5492 runs at 3.4GHz on a 1600MHz FSB and has a 150W TDP.  Others are available now, and models with even more impressive stats will be available in the near future.  Drop by the Tech Report for a sneak preview.

AMD and the 45 nm Question

Subject: Processors | August 29, 2008 - 05:54 PM |
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A few days ago I put up a post that covered some changes that we were going to see shortly from AMD in the channel.  The one thing that stuck out was the lack of any mention of 45 nm parts coming down the pipeline.  Usually the channel knows about these products a month or two in advance of the public, though of course news typically leaks out from these partners to the press fairly quickly in some instances.  45 nm is going to be a big deal for AMD for two reasons; the first is that it is a new, smaller, and more power efficient process as compared to the current 65 nm line, th

The GPUs are great; now lets see a CPU resurgence

Subject: Processors | August 28, 2008 - 04:23 PM |
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For just over $200 you can be the proud owner of a new AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad Core processor, about the same price you could expect to pay for a Q6600.  Not only are the prices similar, both operate at 2.4GHz, but unfortunately for AMD the performance doesn't match up well.  On the positive side, H

Kuma is Coming: AMD's Updated Fall Lineup

Subject: Processors | August 27, 2008 - 10:51 AM |
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Yesterday AMD sent out a nice little email to their channel partners detailing some upcoming products that will be detailed more thoroughly on September 1.  The first bit of info is that an updated version of the Phenom 9950 is going to be released, and the big news about this is that the TDP has been dropped from 140 watts to a much more palatable 125 watts.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the 9950 that AMD sent me with the 790GX motherboard is one of these 125 watt processors, because at full bore it is approximately 64 watts higher in power at the socket than the 9350e (which is

Source: 3DCenter

Digging into Canmore

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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Intel is introducing its latest "system on a chip".  Formerly known as Canmore, the Intel Media Processor CE 3100 is an "all in one" solution for set top boxes and other types of video playback devices.  The chip includes an IA core based on the Dothan architecture, 3D graphics and video playback, integrated DDR-2 memory controller, SATA connections, PCI-E, audio support, USB support, and gigabit networking support (via physical layer chip).  The entire package runs at 800 MHz and is supposed to provide a very snappy experience in the products it is designed for.  The video

Intel Shifts Future Core Processors Into Turbo Mode

Subject: Processors | August 19, 2008 - 07:00 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 19, 2008 - In his Intel Developer Forum keynote today, Pat Gelsinger detailed the roadmap for Intel's continued march toward pervasive, higher performance and power efficient computing.

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