Intel Gives Away Software Threading Tools

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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Intel has apparently decided to "open source" their tools to help developers better improve on software performance for multiple cores.  This will benefit users of Intel's CPUs as well as AMD's.

Intel is open-sourcing its Threading Building Blocks 2.0 software, a C++ template library that simplifies the development of software applications running in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fighting hard for last place

Subject: Processors | July 18, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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AMD and Intel seem to currently be in a race to see who can use the least amount of power, especially when it comes to servers.  Instead of measuring who is the fastest, or the most powerful, AnandTech's review focuses on the power consumption of Intel and AMD's low power chips, when performing an identical task.  Whether you are looking to lower your power costs, or even just trying to figure out what TDP means to you, this article will help you along your way.

Source: AnandTech

Intel's new king of the hill

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 01:02 PM |
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The Core 2 Extreme Quad core QX6850 makes it's debut today, and you can get a good impression as to what this ~$1000 processor can do at HotHardware.  We know the technical specs, 133MHz FSB, 3GHz on 65nm construction, 130W TDP, and a pair of 4MB L2 caches.  What you won't know until you read the review is how much better it is than the pair of 6800 Extremes already on the market.

Source: HotHardware

Intel has announced some new shinys!

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 12:13 AM |
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The QX6850, a quad extreme 1333MHz FSB , as well as new C2Ds with 1333 FSB, and a even a new Core 2 Quad have all just been announced.  Sticking with the new philosophy CPU manufacturers have, these new parts will not have a significant increasing in TDP.

Additionally, the first mobile extreme processor, the Core 2 Extreme X7800 is making an appearance.  It's a fully unlocked Merom, allowing OCers to try their hands at pushing it to the limits.

Less of what you don't want

Subject: Processors | July 9, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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At Legion Hardware, they are testing two 2GHz processors, Intel's Celeron 440 against AMD's Sempron 3600+.  While the Sempron line is being phased out in preference for the BE series, you are much more likely to find a Sempron for sale.  Both are priced very low, and the TDP is lower than many of the top of the line chips, giving them a niche of their own.  Check out how they fare against one another.

Processor Price/Performance points

Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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Join the Tech Report for a look a processors from a money conscious perspective.  Getting the latest and greatest CPU is certainly an easy answer to the question of what processor to buy, but what if you are asking that question with a twist.  What if you want to get the most processing power per dollar?  16 processors are tested, and a final five are chosen.  Find out which ones.

AMD to Ship Industry's First Native x86 Quad-Core Processors In August

Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 11:09 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 29, 2007 - Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, code-named "Barcelona", are planned for shipment in both standard and low power versions at launch later this summer.

Source: AMD

Intel's new top model

Subject: Processors | June 25, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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The previews of the C2D E6750 are hitting the streets today, and you can start out at HotHardware.  As far as the raw stats go, you are looking at @ 2.66GHz CPU, with a 1333MHz "Quad-Pumped" front side bus.  It is a 65n process chip, with 4MB of shared, full-speed L2 cache.  As far as the power goes, it runs between .85 - 1.3625v and generated 65 - 75 watts TPD.  Read on to see how much better the increase in FSB makes this chip when compared to the E6700.

Source: HotHardware

Intel's low power initiative

Subject: Processors | June 20, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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Rather than letting the Pentium line die, Intel has repositioned it as low cost and low power.  With the E2140 and E2160, they are positioned to take on AMD's new BE series of chips.  Techgage puts these chips through their banchmarks, as well as managing overclocks worthy of the old Celeron series.

Source: TECHGAGE

A quiet heart for your HTPC

Subject: Processors | June 12, 2007 - 05:21 PM |
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The new, and relatively confusingly named Athlon X2 BE2350 is a very low power CPU, designed for use in systems that need to be quiet.  It is also very cheap and a good value for those looking to build an HTPC or even a SFF PC to surf the web and deal with emails.  The Tech Report has put together a comprehensive look at this processor, so give them a visit.

AMD's new efficient take on power

Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 05:47 PM |
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AMD's move to 65nm has brought the opportunity to provide big power savings via their new Brisbane processors.   The two dual core models, the BE-2350
which runs at 2.1GHz and the

BE-2300 at 1.9GHz

both have 64K of L1 instruction space, and 64K of L1 data cache per core.  The L2 has a 512KB cache for each core as well, so there has been no real reduction there.  Drop by HotHardware for a look at how well they managed to reduce power and heat, and also make sure to

Source: HotHardware

INTEL INTRODUCES 3-SERIES CHIPSETS AT COMPUTEX

Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 5, 2007 - In his opening keynote at the Computex computer trade show, Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney unveiled the new Intel 3 Series Chipset family along with several other technology plans that surround the company's popular Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors for home and business PC users.

The products enable a number of innovative features for today's PCs such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help better protect valuable data.

Pentium isn't ready for the cart quite yet

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2007 - 06:51 PM |
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Intel's Pentium E2140 is a stripped down Conroe with a cut rate price.  The L2 cache becomes 1MB, and is shared between the 2 cores, and the FSB is reduced to 800MHz.  HotHardware's testing showed it to be about 10% slower than the C2D E6300, and about half the price.  They also pushed the 1.6GHz chip up to 2.9GHz with stock cooling.

Source: HotHardware

Grilling Intel on Penryn and Nehalem

Subject: Processors | May 8, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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In the newest episode of HEXUS.tv, you can watch 2 Intel developers, Stephen Fischer and Mark Buxton, talk about Intel's new projects at IDF.  From the changes in the instruction set to the growth of the L2 cache, they cover a lot of ground, including the fact that Intel is not currently working on any new single core processors.

Source: Hexus

A peek under the hood - Intel's V8

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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HotHardware caught a glimpse of Intel's 8 core processor, the motherboard that it will sit on, and a few benchmarks as well.  Luckily they brought a camera so they can share.  Except for memory bandwidth, this new multicore CPU cleans up with Sandra benchmarks.  It obciously has a lot of power behind it, it can do a Cinebench rendering pass in 2/3's of the time it takes a C2E QX6800.

Source: HotHardware

AMD Delivers the Ultimate Mobile Platform with New 65nm AMD TurionT 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technolog

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 2, 2007 - NVIDIA and Broadcom joined AMD (NYSE: AMD) to showcase the 3D graphics, wireless, battery life, and compute performance advantages of next-generation AMD mobile platforms at an event held in San Francisco today. Based on superior technologies from the AMD Better by Design program -- including next-generation 65nm AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology, chipsets from AMD and NVIDIA, and leading wireless networking solutions from Broadcom -- these mobile platforms deliver a superior Windows(tm) Vista experience for end-users.

Source: AMD

Learing more about Wolfdale and Yorkfeild

Subject: Processors | April 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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HotHardware has had the chance to see some benchmarks on the upcoming 45nm chip in both quad and dual core flavours.  They are compared to the current champion, the QX6800, so you get a good comparison.  These are still a while away from release, so the chips may perform better by the time they are ready.

"Intel has released some fresh performance data regarding a couple of Penryn-based future processors, Wolfdale and

Yorkfield.

Source: HotHardware

Talking silicon at the IDF

Subject: Processors | April 18, 2007 - 01:05 PM |
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The Tech Report has boiled down the major chip news out of IDF 2007 into this article.  From the new and impressive Penryn chip that is soon to arrive, to System-on-a-Chip to their answer to AMD's 4x4 with Skulltrail, allowing two quad-core processors and four PCI Express graphics slots to work together.  Get on over and see what other surprises were revealed.

Pushing the bar ever higher

Subject: Processors | April 11, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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Intel keeps raising the bar, this time with the introduction of the quad core QX6800.  While there is no doubt that it is the fastest retail processor on the market, the A64 FX-74 just can't keep up.  Head to The Tech Report to watch this chip sweep the processor playoffs!