Overclocking the QuadFX

Subject: Processors | January 19, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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Legit Reviews invested the significant amount of money it takes to build a QuadFX system, and overclocked it as far as they could.  At 3.1GHz the system leveled out, so that is the speed the used in comparative benchmarks with the QX6700.  Even though the performance did increase, can it possibly reduce the performance gap, especially when you consider the $200 difference in CPU price as well as the motherboard.

Intel 45nm Process Running Ahead of Schedule

Subject: Processors | January 16, 2007 - 05:52 PM |
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We got the news during CES that the 45nm shrink of Core 2 Duo, code named Penryn, was already up and running, and booting Windows XP on its first revision of silicon.  Well tonight I have news that the Penryn processors have in fact been able to boot Windows Vista, Linux and Apple Max OS-X as well!  Getting a brand new processor spin on a brand new process technology (first 45nm from Intel) running this stable so early paints a good picture on Intel's future into 2007 as Intel is probably going to b

Intel introduces the Core 2 Quad 6600

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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Although 2.4 GHz is slower than the 6700, the reduced cost and power consumption make this processor more attractive to a broader range of people.  There isn't a lot of information about the performance of the processor yet, but The Tech Report tells you everything known so far.

New Intel Processors Expand Quad-Core PC, Server Line-Ups

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2007 - 10:36 AM |
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INTERNATIONAL 2007 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2007 — Intel Corporation formally introduced three more quad-core processors, including the first to carry the Intel® Core™2 Quad processor brand name that begins the expansion of quad-core PC sales to mainstream buyers. Intel now offers a total of nine quad-core processor versions in the desktop and enterprise market segments.

Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 to Cost $531, Less Expensive Quad-Core Enroute

Subject: Processors | January 5, 2007 - 01:23 PM |
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In order to further solidify its positions of the market of
high-performance microprocessors and popularize quad-core chips, Intel
Corp. will sell its highly-anticipated central processing units (CPUs)
with four processing engines at significantly lower price-points than
it so far has been expected.

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD's Quad FX Not Quite the Bargain We Hoped

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The guys at Tech Report noticed that even though the Quad FX parts are available for sale now, they aren't the prices AMD quoted to everyone last month. 

Of course, we should point out that neither AMD nor Asus have control over retail prices. Still, at those prices, someone looking to build a machine with a pair of Athlon 64 FX-74 chips will have to pay with a premium of either $129 or $181, depending on the retailer.

VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform for x86 Consumer Electronics

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2006 - 12:53 PM |
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VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform for x86 Consumer Electronics


First to feature the VIA CX700M2 advanced system media processor, the VIA EPIA EX-Series mainboard is the ultimate digital media device platform

Taipei, Taiwan, 28 December 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA's compact platforms to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor.

AMD Live! To Support Blu-ray and HD-DVD in Q3 2007

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2006 - 12:52 PM |
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Not a big news break here, since we are taking about 9 months from now, but apparently AMD Live! will support Blu-ray and HD-DVD in the third quarter of next year.  My only question is why is this so far off?

AMD Live!

Source: Digitimes

Intel's Multi-Core Entertainment and Innovation at the Core of CES

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2006 - 08:01 AM |
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Las Vegas Convention Center, Dec. 27, 2006 — Major themes will surface at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show including: the emergence of Internet-delivered entertainment as the PC grows even cozier with the TV; the 'renaissance' of the PC with new Intel dual and quad core processors and exciting new operating systems; and the ongoing growth of PC gaming.

New AMD Roadmaps Spotted

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2006 - 08:00 AM |
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A couple of different sites have come across some updated AMD road maps this week.  First, Chile Hardware has news on the AMD chipset front, including the upcoming ATI RD790 chipset with CrossFire support. 


Also, Akiba PC has some news on the AMD CPU front.  Bring your translater!!


Thanks to HardOCP for the links!


Source: General

AMD Opens new Architecture Design Lab

Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 02:41 PM |
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Maybe feeling the pressure from Intel's extreme R&D resources, AMD is opening a new design lab outside Redmond, Washington

REDMOND, WASH. -- December 21, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the formation of a new Advanced Architecture and Technology Lab led by Rich Witek, AMD corporate fellow and chief architectural officer.

Source: General

Is the AMD 65nm Really Slower?

Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 02:36 PM |
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Looks like AMD's new 65nm processors aren't going over as good as they'd have hoped for!

We're a little perplexed by these developments. Why would AMD increase the latency of its L2 cache, especially without increasing its size? Why isn't the die area of the 65nm Athlon 64 X2 even smaller compared to the 90nm version with the same transistor count? There are a number of possibilities, but I'll refrain from speculating for now, and we'll await some better answers from AMD.

AMD To Drop Debunked Rating System

Subject: Processors | December 20, 2006 - 10:27 PM |
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Could it be that AMD is finally going to let go of the PR-rating system that was useless once the Athlon 64 was launched?

Such decision is a win-win strategy. As Intel realized clock speeds could no longer solely differentiate the performance of different, instead microarchitecture plays an important role in nowadays race, the MHz race ended and PR now more a less become meaningless.

Source: HKEPC

Intel to Launch new Q6600 in January

Subject: Processors | December 20, 2006 - 09:37 AM |
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We just got official word from Intel that they are going to be releasing a new quad-core processor in early January.  The Core 2 Quad Q6600 will run at 2.4 GHz with a 1066 MHz FSB and 8M of cache total.  The TDP of the new CPU will be 105 watts and the default voltage is 1.325v. 

Intel® Core2 Quad processor Q6600 (formerly codenamed Kentsfield)



  • Multimedia powerhouse for demanding entertainment

  • Ideal choice for processor intensive, highly-threaded applications

AMD 65nm Processors Tested

Subject: Processors | December 20, 2006 - 09:27 AM |
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Tech Report has gotten a pair of the new 65nm processors, a 4800+ and 5000+, and put them through the paces on performance and power consumption.  Can these new cores help AMD get back in competition with Intel?

That said, AMD could make one considerable stride toward countering Intel's quad-core chips and salvaging its poorly received Quad FX platform by replacing the Athlon 64 FX-70-series processors—and their scorching 125W TDP ratings—with chips made on this 65nm process.

Cheap Quad Core Processors Coming Next Year

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 10:46 AM |
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The gang at HKEPC are saying now that Intel will be releasing a quad core Q6400 for a price under $450.  That's the good news!  The bad: it isn't planned until the third quarter of 2007.

Core 2 Quad Q6400 remains in Kentsfield core like others released models. Standards for this model include: 65nm manufacturing process, LGA 775 package, clock speed at 2.13Ghz, 1066MHz FSB, and  4MB x 2 L2 Cache.

Source: HKEPC

Stock of AMD's Quad FX Parts Arrive

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 10:38 AM |
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It looks like Newegg has received a shipment of AMD's new Athlon FX-74, FX-72 and FX-70 processors and is preparing to offer them for sale very soon.  They are NOT available yet, but we'll be checking Newegg.com's site for you often and will update you if we find them. 


For now, you'll ONLY be able to buy these CPUs in combination with the Asus L1N64-SLI motherboard; priced at $349 apparently.  The CPUs will be priced at $999, $799 and $599 for pairs of the 74s, 72s and 70s, respectivel

Source: The Inquirer

New Lower Power Core 2 Duo CPUs on the Way

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 10:28 AM |
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It appears that according this Inquirer article, Intel will be releasing a lower power consuming version of their Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6400 processors. 

As a contrast, Core 2 Duo eats up 22 Watts while doing nothing and 65W when working under full load. With the new revision, power consumption in idle state (C1E) goes down to 12W.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Analyst Day For Viewing

Subject: Processors | December 17, 2006 - 09:40 PM |
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Ever want to watch an AMD analyst day presentation to see if you can read more into the slides than the rest of the media. 


Advanced Micro Devices 2006 Analyst Day 
Thursday, December 14, 2006 8:00 a.m. ET  
Duration 4 Hours 
Location New York, NY 

Anandtech also Tests Opteron F and new Xeons

Subject: Processors | December 17, 2006 - 09:36 PM |
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The gang at Anandtech has published their tests looking at the new Opteron Socket-F processors and the new Xeon processors from Intel as well.

Some might wonder if a different - read Intel - motherboard for the Woodcrest system could have significantly altered the outcome of these tests. We do not think so. Although the Intel motherboards do tend to show slightly lower power consumption, it is not a significant difference.

Source: AnandTech