The Saga of Intel and AMD

Subject: Processors | November 6, 2006 - 03:56 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 - 12:31 PM |
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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 - 06:09 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 - 01:55 PM |
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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 - 02:01 PM |
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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 - 01:52 PM |
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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 - 01:47 PM |
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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 - 01:45 PM |
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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 - 03:57 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

Go 4x4-ing with Barcelona

Subject: Processors | September 21, 2006 - 05:50 PM |
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[H] spoke with AMDs Senior VP and CTO, Phil Hester about the upcoming quad core processor, currently named Barcelona.  The interview covers a lot of ground on what AMDs future plans are, including the aquisition if ATI.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Ramps Up New 'Multiply' Campaign For Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo

Subject: Processors | September 18, 2006 - 03:54 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18,
2006 — Intel Corporation
today announced a new integrated branding
campaign named 'Multiply,' which is focused on Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, the
world's best processor. The campaign represents Intel's most
significant marketing campaign in size and scope since the launch of
Intel® Centrino® mobile technology.

VIA Announces World's First Carbon Free Processor

Subject: Processors | September 13, 2006 - 11:29 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, September 13, 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a
leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC
platform solutions, today announced the VIA C7®-D processor for a new
breed of PC desktop solutions.

Source: VIA Arena

Core 2 Duo versus AM2

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2006 - 02:52 PM |
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The processor market has changed with the introduction of the Core 2 from Intel.  AMD's new AM2 chips don't add anywhere near as much to their systems, apart from DDR2.  With DDR2s looser timings, you don't really gain as much as you would think.  Extremetech takes a hard look at both the performance and the cost of the high and low end of these new chips, and the battle will rage on ... at least until AMD starts up their 4x4 .

Source: Extremetech

Overclocking freedom, the likes of which we haven't seen in quite a while

Subject: Processors | September 7, 2006 - 06:17 PM |
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Tweaktown took 2 of Intel's top processors, the Core 2 Extreme X6800 and E6700 turned the voltage up to 1.475V and pushed them as far as they could go.  The results are impressive, it has been a long while since CPU's could be pushed this far.

Source: TweakTown

New High-End Intel(R) Server Processors Expand Performance Leadership

Subject: Processors | August 29, 2006 - 02:32 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2006
— Intel Corporation
today unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel Xeon® 7100
series processors designed for multi-processor servers. Previously
codenamed 'Tulsa,' the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series
delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise
applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family
also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated
energy costs.

Battle for encoding dominance

Subject: Processors | August 28, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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AMD has held the speed title for a while now, but with the introduction of Core2, the speed battles are much different.  LOSTCIRCUITS grabs a handful of the less expensive chips from Intel and AMD to see who can claim the fastest speed, and the most bang for the buck.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Showcasing AMD's next generation of processors

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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Quad core is coming, and [H] has the slides to prove it.  There is much that is new in these chips, apart from the 4x4 we know about.  Built on 65nm SOI technology, an L3 cache shared between all 4 cores and a clock for each core.  There is a lot more information, so head on over.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel is currently winning the processor wars

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2006 - 03:19 PM |
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The Guru of 3D takes a long hard look at three Core 2 Duo processors, the E6600, E6700 and X6800.  Benchmarking is only part of the review, they also look at how Intel managed to make such a huge jump from the Pentium 4 architecture they have been using.

Source: Guru of 3D

AMD gets back to it's enthusiast roots - overclockability!

Subject: Processors | August 14, 2006 - 03:10 PM |
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Legit Reviews takes a socket AM2 4200+ from it's default 2.2 GHz, all the way up to 3.1.  They went most of the wasy with aircooling, but to get that last bit, they slapped on a Corsair Nautilus 500.  It has been a while since we have seen AMD chips that can be overclocked almost 50% from stock, a free 900MHz is nothing to sneer at.