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Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs pits the Q6600 against the brand new E6850 to see which gives a better bang for your buck, and whether 4 cores helps performance. They try them both at their default settings, as well as getting the Q6600 up to 3.6GHz and the E6850 to 3.85GHz. These two are the chips that will end up in a lot of systems,
Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 03:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would seem Daily Tech has gotten the initial pricing sheet for AMD's upcoming Barcelona processor launch later this month. If the numbers are correct, the most expensive 2-series Opteron processor is going to top out at 2.0 GHz and $372 - a bargain considering how much top-end server processors usually sell for. The only draw back here is that the pricing could be reflective of the performance levels we'll see out of the CPU.
Subject: Processors | August 28, 2007 - 04:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is essentially the end of the road for AMD's Athlon series, and the 'on' suffix, as we anxiously await the arrival of Phenom. Legit Reviews pulls out some of their old ceramic buddies for one last benchmarking session to see how the line changed over the years, with the 1800+ being the baseline. It looks like the Black Edition spells the end of the line for this venerable series.
Subject: Processors | August 27, 2007 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today further reinforced desktop PC security by unveiling the newest generation of Intel vPro processor technology for businesses and IT with new innovations that add better protection against hacking, viruses and other threats.
Subject: Processors | August 24, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 23rd August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of PC silicon and platform technologies, today announced a 500MHz addition to the VIA Eden ultra low voltage (ULV) processor family. With an idle power of just 0.1 watt, the 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor has been designed from the ground up to meet the low power requirements of a wide range of industrial, commercial and ultra mobile applications.
Subject: Processors | August 22, 2007 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the end of the DigiTimes post, they mention that Intel has no comment about the upcoming Penryn processors, a move very familiar to anyone who has seen them release a major update to their processor line. It is very likely that they are right about the chip lineup, but we won't know for sure until the end of this year or the beginning of the next.
Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 04:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD snuck out another new processor today, though getting your hands on one might take an act of divine intervention -- they didn't seed samples to any media that I am aware of so maybe the "black edition" refers to its stealth like qualities?
In any event, the CPU is a 200 MHz bumb over the previous fastest Athlon X2 processor, still at 90nm process technology, and that's about it. Pricing has it about $240 (just about the $250 I said they would be limited to in my podcast last week).
Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the lead up to Barcelona's release date, as we all wait for the first CPU benchmarks, we can still get an idea what new features we will be seeing in the retail models. X-bit Labs has put together every scrap of information they have managed to get from AMD into an 11 page article covering the architectures specifications, instruction set and more.
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 08:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you frequently use the SiSoft Sandra software for testing your own system, you'll be interested in see what the new version of SiSoft Sandra is going to offer.
So what's in it for you:
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 08:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is reporting that nine 45nm Penryn-based processors are going to be launched for desktop users. The amount of quad-core processors is going up with nearly half of the nine running with three of their buddies. The report also indicates a return of the 0.5x multiplier to allow for more CPU choices (and more overclocking with us!).
Within the nine CPUs, five will be dual-core processors (Wolfdale) and the remaining four will be quad-core (Yorkfield).
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 08:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
The CPU developers at VIA Technologies are about to introduce a new product in their ultra low voltage lineup: a 500 MHz frequency chip at 1W.
VIA Technologies is about to introduce a new addition to its Eden ULV (ultra low voltage) processor lineup, the company announced at a press conference yesterday (Aug 16).
Subject: Processors | August 13, 2007 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2007 - Continuing with its flurry of delivering quad-core server processors and other products ahead of schedule, Intel Corporation launched two quad-core Intel Xeon processors. The new processors boast unprecedented combinations of performance and energy efficiency, along with a pricing strategy to move the enterprise industry to multi-core systems.
Subject: Processors | August 10, 2007 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The E6300 was released last year as the low end of the C2D processor scale, and it looks like it's on it's way out. The newly introduced E2160 runs at 1800MHz with a 200MHz FSB and a 1MB L2 cache, putting it in the same territory as the E6300. You can see what kind of an effect the lower FSB and smaller cache have on performance at Madshrimps, as well as a look at it's overclocking ability.
Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 07:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to the Inq, it looks like Intel may already be ending the Viiv branding -- not a bad move considering it's pace of adoption.
And so, if a story on Digitimes turns out to be correct,
the world+dog will breathe a sigh of relief as Intel has decided to
rationalise its very confusing range of Core, Dual Core, Core 2 Dual, 2
Dual Cores, Solo Single Core, Quad Core Duo, Duo Quad Core Single Solo
Cores Dual, etc. etc.
Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 07:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looks like the first wave of Fusion products will indeed be split between being built by AMD and TSMC.
Motherboard makers predict that AMD will retain
production of the CPU portion of its Fusion processor at its own fabs
or that of Chartered Semiconductor until at least 2009, with Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce the graphics
processor unit (GPU) portion of the processor.
Subject: Processors | July 26, 2007 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The idea is to stop using those sluggish electrons, and switch to those speed demon photons. This won't be an easy switch, but it may be needed to keep the increase in speed that we have become accustomed to. If it can be done, a prototype silicon laser modulator that can achieve 40Gbs is very impressive, and necessary to have a photonic IC. Slashdot has the news flash.
Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 09:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is definitely interesting news if true: is AMD outsourcing their first Fusion chips to TSMC and their 45nm production?
While voicing confidence over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) second quarter performance, a recent JP Morgan research report hinted that the foundry may have signed a foundry contract with AMD for the production of Fusion CPUs on 45nm.
Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 09:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel has apparently decided to "open source" their tools to help developers better improve on software performance for multiple cores. This will benefit users of Intel's CPUs as well as AMD's.
Intel is open-sourcing its Threading Building Blocks 2.0 software, a C++ template library that simplifies the development of software applications running in parallel.
Subject: Processors | July 18, 2007 - 06:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD and Intel seem to currently be in a race to see who can use the least amount of power, especially when it comes to servers. Instead of measuring who is the fastest, or the most powerful, AnandTech's review focuses on the power consumption of Intel and AMD's low power chips, when performing an identical task. Whether you are looking to lower your power costs, or even just trying to figure out what TDP means to you, this article will help you along your way.
Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Core 2 Extreme Quad core QX6850 makes it's debut today, and you can get a good impression as to what this ~$1000 processor can do at HotHardware. We know the technical specs, 133MHz FSB, 3GHz on 65nm construction, 130W TDP, and a pair of 4MB L2 caches. What you won't know until you read the review is how much better it is than the pair of 6800 Extremes already on the market.