HUGE AMD Price Cuts!!

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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Effective today, you will be seeing some huge price cuts on AMD's line of desktop processors.  The official online price list was updated this morning with this information:









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Intel Announces new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 - Quad Core @ 2.93 GHz

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 12:00 AM |
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Today Intel is announcing the availability of their latest Core architecture processor.  The new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 has been pretty much confirmed for months now around the rumor mill, but you should finally be able to get your hands on one today.  Here's the quick run down:



  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800

  • Quad-core

  • 2.93 GHz

  • 1066 MHz FSB

  • 8MB L2 cache

  • 582 million transistors

  • Kentsfield core - Two dual-core dies on one chip

Basically, what we have here is a modest speed bump over

Intel Developing a new UMPC Platform

Subject: Processors | April 6, 2007 - 04:19 PM |
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Intel is supposedly developing a new UMPC platform according to some slides seen by the folks at HKEPC.  Engadget has posted some pics and information on the subject including a smaller footprint and doubling of current UMPC battery life.

Known only by its codename "McCaslin," the chipset will reportedly occupy a space of 975 square millimeters (as opposed to the relatively enormous 2915 square millimeters of today's models) and feature power-sipping 600MHz and 800MHz proces

Source: engadget

X6800 + LN = Crazy Crustaceans

Subject: Processors | April 3, 2007 - 04:18 PM |
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How does SuperPi 1M in 9.844 seconds sound?  At -145.4°C MADSHRIMPS managed to get the x6800 hit 5200Mhz, and earned them 31st in the World Ranking at HWBot.org!  Carrying on to the point of instability, but still being able to boot, they pushed it to 378.9 Bus with a 14x multiplier.  That gave them a FSB of 1515.7MHz and a core of 5305MHz.  Gives you something to aim for, eh?

Source: Madshrimps

Intel Details Upcoming New Processor Generations

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2007 - 06:14 PM |
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Marking the next step in Intel's "tick-tock" product strategy and cadence to deliver a new process technology with an enhanced microarchitecture or entirely new microarchitecture every year, Intel Corporation will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors in the second half of this year.

More from Intel's preview of Nehalem and Penryn

Subject: Processors | March 29, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted some very good slides of Intel's Penryn preview.  Over a dozen 45nm Hi-k designs are being developed by Intel and they shouldn't have a problem getting them made, they will have 2 45nm manufacturing fabs up and running within 6 to 9 months and 2 more on the way.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A more flexible architecture

Subject: Processors | March 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a very interesting prototype coming out of Japan.  By placing the core on a plastic substrate, they have created a chip that can be bent, albeit a very slow one.  There are many applications that involve conditions a ceramic CPU can't survive for long in, and this may be a perfect solution.

Source: The Inquirer

The easiest overclock around

Subject: Processors | March 7, 2007 - 06:25 PM |
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Legion Hardware has published their "Seriously Easy E6400 Overclocking Guide".  All it takes is a E6400 and a P5N-E SLI, and you can get overclocking.  They offer 2 ways even, one that lets you leave the memory alone and a second that shows you how to pump up the memory as well.  It just doesn't get any easier without getting someone else to do it for you.

Intel And AmberWave Systems Corporation Announce Settlement

Subject: Processors | March 5, 2007 - 04:05 PM |
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SALEM, New Hampshire and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 5, 2007 — Intel Corporation and AmberWave Systems Corporation have settled all patent infringement suits pending between them related to AmberWave Systems strained silicon patent portfolio. Under the agreement, Intel has received a license to all AmberWave patents and patent applications either existing today or filed during the agreement's ten-year term. The companies also have agreed to continuing discussions and evaluation of AmberWave's ongoing technology research and development efforts.

A peek into Barcelona's 4 cores

Subject: Processors | March 1, 2007 - 01:00 PM |
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AnandTech has put together an 11 page article, bringing together all that is known about Barcelona.  They take you through the chip, from what native quad core means, to the doubling of the stack used for indirect branch predictions.

There have been a lot of changes to the old K7 core, so take a few minutes and read through this article.

Source: AnandTech

Intel Announces Investment in Rio Rancho, New Mexico Site

Subject: Processors | February 27, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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RIO RANCHO, N.M., Feb. 26, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced that it will invest $1 billion to $1.5 billion in its Rio Rancho site to retool Fab 11X for production on Intel's next generation 45 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process. Fab 11X will be the company's fourth factory scheduled to use the 45nm process, with production in New Mexico scheduled to start in the second half of next year.

4 Cores and mores

Subject: Processors | February 26, 2007 - 06:31 PM |
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The Inquirer is pitting a 4 core Xeon against a 8 Core.  Now this may seem like a waste of time, as the 8 core will do better than the 4, but it is all a matter of scaling.  Can an octuple core perform twice as well?  Is it better to split a task between 2 quad core machines? 

Or it may be just so they can post a Sandra MultiMedia instruction benchmark of 573,631.

Source: The Inquirer

The 3GHz solution

Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Report puts the brand new X2 6000+ in direct competition with the E6700.  They spend some time focusing on the memory bandwidth, which lets the X2 show up Intel's chip ... for a while.  Read on to see how the pure speed of the 6000+ compares to the more modern architecture of the Core 2 Duo chip.

New AMD Desktop Processors Designed for Both Performance-Hungry and Energy-Conscious Users

Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Feb. 20, 2007 - Underscoring its commitment to
delivering the right products at the right time, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today
introduced desktop processors designed for users seeking the ultimate in
energy-conscious or high-performance computing. The new energy-efficient
45-watt AMD Athlon(tm) 64 single-core processors 3500+ and 3800+ can
help consumers and businesses save energy and experience significant
performance-per-watt benefits
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Source: AMD

The K8 is dead, long live the K8

Subject: Processors | February 20, 2007 - 12:59 PM |
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AMD has pushed past the 3GHz mark with their new X2 6000+.  HotHardware will take you through the benchmarks in their full review.  One interesting finding is that when the QuadFX's additional cores are not utilized by the program being tested, the raw speed of the 6000+ pushes the performance beyond that of the QuadFX.

Source: HotHardware

AMD Offers New Products, Expands AMD64 Longevity Program

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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Embedded World, Nürnberg, GERMANY - Feb.

Source: AMD

Buy 1000 chips and pay at the new prices

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 02:58 PM |
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Here's a brief list of the changes AMD has done to the pricing of their processors.  Follow this link for the entire list.

AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor

  • Athlon 64 FX-62 - $713

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor

Source: 3DCenter

Intel Research Chip Advances 'Era Of Tera'

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 01:08 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2007 - Intel Corporation researchers have developed the world's first programmable processor that delivers supercomputer-like performance from a single, 80-core chip not much larger than the size of a finger nail while using less electricity than most of today's home appliances. This is the result of the company's innovative 'Tera-scale computing' research aimed at delivering Teraflop -- or trillions of calculations per second --performance for future PCs and servers.

Intel's reign of Tera

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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The Tech Report features a look at the 80 core processor unveiled by Intel at the ISSC.  This chip will never hit the stores, but you can bet one of it's descendants will.  One of the more interesting features is it's scalability ... if you feed it only 11W it will run at 310 gigaFLOPS which is still well into supercomputer territory.  However, if you give it a full meal of 98W it will hit 1.0 teraFLOP, which is definitely something to brag about.