New 65nm Athlon X2 Processors Tested

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2006 - 08:17 PM |
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While the 65nm processors from AMD should soon be hitting the streets for everyone to buy, Anandtech got a set of them a bit early and put them to the test to see if power/performance was improved. 

Overall we're left with mixed feelings after playing with AMD's first 65nm chips. Power consumption is definitely reduced compared to its 90nm offerings; in our tests we saw an average reduction in total system power consumption of 14.6W thanks to the new Brisbane core.

Source: AnandTech

Intel Xeon Clovertown Processors take on New Opteron CPUs

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2006 - 08:14 PM |
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The tech wizards at The Tech Report have compiled a review comparing the latest in Intel's server/workstation line to the Socket-F AMD Opteron processors released earlier in the year.  They do a fantastic job looking at the power and performance of almost exactly configured systems and this article is definitely worth a read!


You might also want to see what the Tech Report found out about AMD's upcoming processor

AMD AND IBM DETAIL EARLY RESULTS USING IMMERSION AND ULTRA LOW-K IN 45NM CHIPS

Subject: Processors | December 12, 2006 - 08:31 AM |
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San Francisco, CA. -Dec. 12, 2006- At the International Electron Device
Meeting (IEDM) today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) presented
papers describing the use of immersion lithography, ultra-low-K
interconnect dielectrics, and multiple enhanced transistor strain
techniques for application to the 45nm microprocessor process
generation.

Source: AMD

The incredible shrinking die

Subject: Processors | December 6, 2006 - 09:11 AM |
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The Tech Report has linked to a couple of articles on the upcoming shift to 32nm, which comes hot on the heels of AMD's move to 65nm and Intel's upcoming 45nm process.  Electric companies won't be impressed, as this will lower the power requirements of quad core systems considerably.

AMD DRIVES NEXT GENERATION OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT COMPUTING WITH 65NM

Subject: Processors | December 5, 2006 - 08:29 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Dec. 5, 2006 - Launching the next generation
of energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
transition to 65nm process technology, beginning with the immediate
availability of energy-efficient AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 dual-core desktop
processors
. The move to 65nm process technology enables AMD to produce
more processors on a 300mm wafer, for increased production capacity,
while continuing to aggressively scale performance and reduce power
consumption.

Source: AMD

AMD DEMONSTRATES WORLD'S FIRST NATIVE QUAD-CORE X86 SERVER PROCESSOR

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2006 - 01:24 PM |
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BERKELEY, CALIF. - Nov. 30, 2006 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today demonstrated
the industry's first native quad-core x86 server processor, achieving
four x86 processing cores on a single die of silicon
. At the annual AMD
Industry Analyst Forum, a server powered by four upcoming Quad-Core AMD
Opteron(tm) processors (codenamed Barcelona), manufactured on 65nm
silicon-on-insulator process technology, was shown utilizing all 16
cores.

Source: AMD

New 4x4 models for the new year

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2006 - 09:53 AM |
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Stop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at AMD's dual socket, dual core system.  Each retail package comes with a pair of socket 1207 Opterons, and everyone is benchmarking them to find out if it can put some heat back onto Intel.  You can see Ryan's take at the top of our front page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Clovertown, the Quad-core Xeon

Subject: Processors | November 21, 2006 - 09:36 AM |
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The Tech Report gives a quick preview of the new Intel Quad-core Xeon processor.  Of the 4 models seen, the two running below 2GHz have a 1066MHz FSB, the two running above 2GHz give you a 1333MHz FSB.  Read on to see more about the Xeons, as well as a peek at a new Intel motherboard.

"INTEL CHOSE TO DEBUT its first quad-core processor on the desktop with the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, but

quad-core's most immediate potential lies with Xeon processors built for servers and workstations.

Intel.com Gaming Tournament Now Live!

Subject: Processors | November 15, 2006 - 01:32 PM |
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Feeling the holiday blues?  Frag the halls this season with the all-new World Cyber Games 2006 Holiday Clash, presented by the Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor.


The WCG 2006 Holiday Clash celebrates the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor by setting up two ultimate holiday gaming tournaments. We're featuring 2 games and 2 identical sets of prizes.

The Saga of Intel and AMD

Subject: Processors | November 6, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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PC Mechanic takes a look at the recent history of the CPU, starting around the turn of the millennium.  Back in the heady days when Intel's BX chipset ruled the world, until AMD managed to break 1.0 GHz first.  They also include a link to a previous article discussing the more distant past.

Source: PC Mechanic

Party at the Kentsfield Quad

Subject: Processors | November 2, 2006 - 09:31 AM |
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Quad core, in the form of dual Core 2 Duo's on a single substrate.  4 cores in a single LGA775 socket, that will be compatible with at least some of the Core 2 Duo motherboards currently on the market.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at some really impressive CPU scores in 3DMark06.

AMD makes nVIDIA an offer they can't refuse

Subject: Processors | October 31, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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The Inquirer furthers the facts and FUD that surround the pending Quadfather from AMD, including the possibility of having 4 video cards, presumably running in SLI, as opposed to the ASUS P5W64 board recently reviewed by X-bit Labs.  Head over to see what they've discovered, but you will have to wait a while before you find out if they are right.

"AMD asked Nvidia to create a chipset for its Quadfather launch.

Here is the answer to a big question which has bothered many of our readers.

Source: The Inquirer

4 cores and 7 revisions ago

Subject: Processors | October 20, 2006 - 10:55 AM |
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HotHardware had the chance to talk with AMD about the upcoming 4x4 processors, and crack a few Pacino jokes while they're doing it.  Get a glimpse of the 7x series that we hope will give strong competition to Intels Core 2 Duo.

Source: HotHardware

Intel's Woodcrest CPU Still without Chipsets

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 11:01 AM |
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It seems that the Woodcrest processor, the server / workstation version of the ever popular Core 2 Duo from Intel, is having trouble gaining ground without a solid high performance chipset. 

Intel's own Greencreek platform does allow for a single PCI-E X16 slot - sufficient for a typical midrange workstation. But that is far from enough for 3D powerhouse workstation systems, where SLI or CrossFire may be mandatory to get the 3D performance required.

Source: The Inquirer

Transmeta Suing Intel Over Patents

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 10:52 AM |
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Way back in the day, Transmeta was the first processor company to push performance per watt indicators at the technology leaders.  Of course, no one really listend to them, so look what we have now...  The Crusoe processor was released in 2000 and found mild success with some vendors, but it quickly evaporated.  Now they plan on cashing in on patents, like some other nit-wits we have seen. 

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Transmeta alle

Mobility Meets Security in VIA C7-M Powered SafeBook by DevonIT

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 10:47 AM |
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VIA has a couple of new announcements today, the first on the C7-M processor powered SafeBook notebook


The second is on VIA's partnership with UK system builders for the first carbon-free personal computer


Mobility Meets Security in VIA C7-M Powered SafeBook by DevonIT

Secure SafeBook looks to dri

The all new quad-core Barcelon?

Subject: Processors | October 11, 2006 - 10:45 AM |
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ExtremeTech is sharing everything they know about the upcoming quad-core processor from AMD, currently known as Barcelona.  Taking a different aproach than Intel, they did not widen the instruction pipe, instead optimizing the current one with a 512-entry indirect branch predictor, a 32-byte instruction fetch, a sideband stack optimizer and out-of-order load execution.

Source: Extremetech

Kentsfield is still coming, but the previews are here

Subject: Processors | September 28, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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Join [H]ard|OCP in a preview of the Kensfield Quad core processor.  No one has actually been sent a processor for review, these benchmarks all come from the IDF.  Keep in mind that this is a pre-production chip running on a pre-production board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP