Go 4x4-ing with AMD

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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AMD has released new information about their new 4x4 systems, 2 dual core CPUs and 4 GPUs.  Now you will be able to encode DVDs and play UT2007 at the same time, with no noticable slowdown.  Get the full story at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Pricegrabber's got Core 2 Duo

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Just follow the link, and you can be the first one on your block with a Core 2 Duo Extreme x6800 @ 2.93GHz, 4MB & 1066MHz FSB!

AMD takes a knife to their prices

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor  PI

Source: AMD

What to buy for your new Conroe

Subject: Processors | July 19, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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AnandTech has posted the first part of a comprehensive guide to building a system for the new Core 2 Duo chips.  Today's article covers motherboards and memory, the next will cover PSUs, cooling and storage.

Source: AnandTech

New Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 Processor Doubles Performance, Reduces Power Consumption

Subject: Processors | July 18, 2006 - 05:17 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 18, 2006 —
Intel Corporation today unveiled five new products in the Dual-Core
Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor 9000 series
. Previously codenamed
'Montecito,' the new processors are designed for the most sophisticated
high-end computing platforms in the world. They double the performance
and lower energy requirements, improving performance per watt by 2.5
times compared to existing, single-core versions.

Intel's new server chip

Subject: Processors | July 17, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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The stats on the upcoming Woodcrest server chip from Intel certainly make it seem to be an impressive leap from Xeon.  A 4MB L2 cache shared between it's two cores, a 1333MHz Dual-Independent Bus and signifigantly reduced power consumption are just a few of the improvements AnandTech discusses.

"For the past two years Intel has been holding workshops in Oregon, where they invite a few of the

hardware sites to view their upcoming technology.

Source: AnandTech

The Days of the Conroe: Core 2 around the net

Subject: Processors | July 14, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Intel has bid goodbye to the Pentium, and released the Conroe Core 2 based processor.  These chips are faster and use less power than the previous Intel CPU's.  Start your tour at [H]ard|OCP, and see how the Core 2 Extreme X6800 and the Core 2 Duo E6700 perform in real games.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dual core is coming to Intel's server chips

Subject: Processors | July 10, 2006 - 01:37 PM |
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The long wait for dual core Itaniums may soon be over.  According to CNET, the Montecito chip should be available soon, on July 18th there will be a launch event.

Marvell To Purchase Intel's Communications And Application Processor Business For $600 Million

Subject: Processors | June 27, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 27, 2006 — Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell its communications and application processor business to Marvell for a purchase price of $600 million plus the assumption by Marvell of certain liabilities. The planned sale will give Marvell a strong presence in the growing market segment for processors used in smart handheld devices.

Intel Unleashes New Server Processors That Deliver World-Class Performance And Power Efficiency

Subject: Processors | June 26, 2006 - 05:06 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 26, 2006 — Intel Corporation today introduced its dual-core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5100 series, previously codenamed 'Woodcrest,' for the high-volume server, workstation, communications, storage and embedded market segments.

Giving the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ a bit of a push

Subject: Processors | June 20, 2006 - 12:39 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP found some X2s clocked a little lower than the ones they have been benchmarking recently, in the hopes of getting some overclocking done.  After reaching 2.7 GHz, an increase of 1/2 a GHz, at a 340 MHz processor bus, and the RAM humming along at 1088MHz, they concluded that yes, there is some potential there.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel's Tri-Gate Transistor To Enable Next Era In Energy-Efficient Performance

Subject: Processors | June 16, 2006 - 07:14 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 12, 2006 — Intel Corporation researchers today disclosed they have developed new technology designed to further extend the company's leadership in energy-efficient performance.  Intel's research and development involving new types of transistors has resulted in further development of a tri-gate (3-D) transistor for high-volume manufacturing.

Merom and Conroe Hit PC Perspective

Subject: Processors | June 13, 2006 - 12:42 PM |
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Well, after a successful trip to Taipei for Computex last week, a couple of items made their way to my house.



That is a Merom core processor, model T7400 running at 2.16 GHz with a 667 MHz FSB and 4MB of L2 cache on the left.  On the right, a Conroe core E6700 processor running at 2.67 GHz with a 1066 MHz FSB and 4MB of L2 cache.  Hmmm....??


Keep checking back as we await a couple of BIOS updates to help our testing begin! 

Skipping out of Computex to hang out with Intel Product Managers

Subject: Processors | June 12, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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HotHardware might not have been at Computex, but they weren't being lazy either.  They have been testing the 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo and the 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme against an FX-60, so drop by to see how the Core series performs.

Source: HotHardware

ATI Physics at Computex

Subject: Processors | June 9, 2006 - 01:38 AM |
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I didn't want anyone to think I wasn't covering the Computex Show properly, so I thought I'd go ahead and make some interesting news posts here before getting my entire article online later in the week. 


The first day of the show, ATI demonstrated their adaption of GPU-based physcis acceleration to a few journalists in a very small room.  Nothing very new was shared, though they officially announced support for Havok FX, something we already knew about since GDC in March.  We were already told they would support physic

AMD goes off-roading

Subject: Processors | June 7, 2006 - 01:33 PM |
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Drop by The Tech Report for an indepth look at AMD's upcoming 4x4 project.  Dual core CPU's,  on a dual processor board.  Any bets on whether we will see a system using this, before AMD releases quad-core processors?

The Tech Report on AM-2

Subject: Processors | June 1, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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4 AM-2 processors take on 3 P5s and 3 socket 939s, in a 17 page review at The Tech Report.  Everything from the new memory controller to sheer speed is compared, so grab a fresh pot of coffee and get comfortable.

AMD Introduces Ultimate Enthusiast Platform - 4x4

Subject: Processors | June 1, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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While listening in on the AMD analyst day going on right now in Austin, TX, AMD introduced something more than a little exciting.  When sharing a roadmap of the desktop outlook for AMD's processors through 2007 and 2008, a platform known as "4x4" was discussed as being the ultimate enthusiast platform.  What does that include?



What you are seeing here is a dual-processor system board platform, each using dual-core processors for a total of four logical cores

There is an AM-2 for everyone

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2006 - 02:09 PM |
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AMD has offered no shortage of choice with Socket AM-2 offerings.  From the Sempron 3000+ 1.60GHz with a 256KB Cache at $75.00 to the top of the line Athlon 64 FX-62 Dual Core Processor, running at 2.8GHz, with a pair of 1MB caches, and a 1G

AMD-ATI Merger Looks Likely ... ????

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2006 - 12:40 PM |
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This news hit me like a ton of bricks -- is this even remotely possible?  According to this article at Forbes.com, AMD (yes the processor designer) might be looking into buying ATI (yes the graphics company).  According to the article it would be a move that would "benefit the overall graphics industry," though I don't immediately see how.


Another quote in the article that is suspect is this: