AMD's Quad FX Not Quite the Bargain We Hoped

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2007 - 04:11 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 - 03:53 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 - 03:52 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 - 11:01 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 - 11:00 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 - 05:41 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 - 05:36 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 21, 2006 - 01:27 AM |
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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 - 12:37 PM |
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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 - 12:27 PM |
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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 - 01:46 PM |
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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 - 01:38 PM |
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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 - 01:28 PM |
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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 18, 2006 - 12:40 AM |
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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 18, 2006 - 12:36 AM |
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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

New 65nm Athlon X2 Processors Tested

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2006 - 11:17 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 - 11:14 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 - 11:31 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 - 12:11 PM |
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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 - 11:29 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