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Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
News is circulating that HP has purchased an allotment of 100,000 VIA C7-M processors for their mini-notebook and Gigabyte will be buying some for another UMPC model. This is good news for VIA as the Isaiah architecture will soon be making rounds and these kinds of relationship will setup for better deals down the road.
Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new triple core CPUs have arrived, with the X3 8750 up for review first. The X4 9550 is roughly the same price, so the big question is the difference in performance between the extra core of the X4 and the extra 200 MHz of the X3 8750. Read Ryan's full review to see how it stacks up against other AMD parts, as well as several dual and quad core Intel processors.
Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 23, 2008 - Building on its long-term
leadership in promoting energy efficient computing for both consumer and
business solutions, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced two new 45-watt
processors, the Energy Efficient AMD Athlon(tm) X2 4450e and AMD Athlon
Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:06 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 23, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of three new AMD Phenom X3 triple-core processors that, when combined with the AMD 780 series chipset, can give consumers a full HD experience and visually stunning gaming and digital performance.
Subject: Processors | April 21, 2008 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel price cuts for April are finally out and Intel passed on this official pricing table to help us get all the information together in one place. The first point is obviously that not ALL processors are seeing a price drop - anything over the Q600 price point is left unchanged. That doesn't mean that the Q6700 and Q6600 don't become much better deals now; the Q6700 that runs at 2.66 GHz on the 1066 MHz FSB gets a 50% price drop!
Subject: Processors | April 19, 2008 - 10:54 AM | Ryan Shrout
Even though the NDA doesn't expire until next week, a
Subject: Processors | April 18, 2008 - 07:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | April 15, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
Subject: Processors | April 14, 2008 - 12:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | April 10, 2008 - 10:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | April 5, 2008 - 01:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
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 Newegg.com now have them in stock for $243.00.
Subject: Processors | April 4, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
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).
Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
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