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Subject: Processors | April 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has had the chance to see some benchmarks on the upcoming 45nm chip in both quad and dual core flavours. They are compared to the current champion, the QX6800, so you get a good comparison. These are still a while away from release, so the chips may perform better by the time they are ready.
"Intel has released some fresh performance data regarding a couple of Penryn-based future processors, Wolfdale and
Subject: Processors | April 18, 2007 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has boiled down the major chip news out of IDF 2007 into this article. From the new and impressive Penryn chip that is soon to arrive, to System-on-a-Chip to their answer to AMD's 4x4 with Skulltrail, allowing two quad-core processors and four PCI Express graphics slots to work together. Get on over and see what other surprises were revealed.
Subject: Processors | April 11, 2007 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel keeps raising the bar, this time with the introduction of the quad core QX6800. While there is no doubt that it is the fastest retail processor on the market, the A64 FX-74 just can't keep up. Head to The Tech Report to watch this chip sweep the processor playoffs!
Subject: Processors | April 10, 2007 - 02:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this slide at Hardspell.com, AMD is going to be showing off the upcoming Barcelona processor to the press in Tunisia this month. That won't mean that you are going to see reviews of it any sooner, but any information is good information.
Barcelona is server part while Agena FX is a FX super fast gaming part. They are both based on what AMD claims is "evolutionary design" and it calls it K10. AMD will introduce and show this CPU at Tunisia on the 23rd and 24th of April.
Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 11:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
Effective today, you will be seeing some huge price cuts on AMD's line of desktop processors. The official online price list was updated this morning with this information:
Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Today Intel is announcing the availability of their latest Core architecture processor. The new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 has been pretty much confirmed for months now around the rumor mill, but you should finally be able to get your hands on one today. Here's the quick run down:
- Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800
- 2.93 GHz
- 1066 MHz FSB
- 8MB L2 cache
- 582 million transistors
- Kentsfield core - Two dual-core dies on one chip
Basically, what we have here is a modest speed bump over
Subject: Processors | April 6, 2007 - 04:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel is supposedly developing a new UMPC platform according to some slides seen by the folks at HKEPC. Engadget has posted some pics and information on the subject including a smaller footprint and doubling of current UMPC battery life.
Known only by its codename "McCaslin," the chipset will reportedly occupy a space of 975 square millimeters (as opposed to the relatively enormous 2915 square millimeters of today's models) and feature power-sipping 600MHz and 800MHz proces
Subject: Processors | April 3, 2007 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How does SuperPi 1M in 9.844 seconds sound? At -145.4Â°C MADSHRIMPS managed to get the x6800 hit 5200Mhz, and earned them 31st in the World Ranking at HWBot.org! Carrying on to the point of instability, but still being able to boot, they pushed it to 378.9 Bus with a 14x multiplier. That gave them a FSB of 1515.7MHz and a core of 5305MHz. Gives you something to aim for, eh?
Subject: Processors | April 2, 2007 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Marking the next step in Intel's "tick-tock" product strategy and cadence to deliver a new process technology with an enhanced microarchitecture or entirely new microarchitecture every year, Intel Corporation will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors in the second half of this year.
Subject: Processors | March 29, 2007 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted some very good slides of Intel's Penryn preview. Over a dozen 45nm Hi-k designs are being developed by Intel and they shouldn't have a problem getting them made, they will have 2 45nm manufacturing fabs up and running within 6 to 9 months and 2 more on the way.
Subject: Processors | March 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer reports on a very interesting prototype coming out of Japan. By placing the core on a plastic substrate, they have created a chip that can be bent, albeit a very slow one. There are many applications that involve conditions a ceramic CPU can't survive for long in, and this may be a perfect solution.
Subject: Processors | March 12, 2007 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 12, 2007 — Further expanding its quad-core processor family line-up, Intel Corporation today announced two energy-efficient 50-watt server processors that represent a 35- to nearly 60-percent decrease in power from Intel's existing 80- and 120-watt quad-core server products.
Subject: Processors | March 7, 2007 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware has published their "Seriously Easy E6400 Overclocking Guide". All it takes is a E6400 and a P5N-E SLI, and you can get overclocking. They offer 2 ways even, one that lets you leave the memory alone and a second that shows you how to pump up the memory as well. It just doesn't get any easier without getting someone else to do it for you.
Subject: Processors | March 5, 2007 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SALEM, New Hampshire and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 5, 2007 — Intel Corporation and AmberWave Systems Corporation have settled all patent infringement suits pending between them related to AmberWave Systems strained silicon patent portfolio. Under the agreement, Intel has received a license to all AmberWave patents and patent applications either existing today or filed during the agreement's ten-year term. The companies also have agreed to continuing discussions and evaluation of AmberWave's ongoing technology research and development efforts.
Subject: Processors | March 1, 2007 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has put together an 11 page article, bringing together all that is known about Barcelona. They take you through the chip, from what native quad core means, to the doubling of the stack used for indirect branch predictions.
There have been a lot of changes to the old K7 core, so take a few minutes and read through this article.
Subject: Processors | February 27, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RIO RANCHO, N.M., Feb. 26, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced that it will invest $1 billion to $1.5 billion in its Rio Rancho site to retool Fab 11X for production on Intel's next generation 45 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process. Fab 11X will be the company's fourth factory scheduled to use the 45nm process, with production in New Mexico scheduled to start in the second half of next year.
Subject: Processors | February 26, 2007 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer is pitting a 4 core Xeon against a 8 Core. Now this may seem like a waste of time, as the 8 core will do better than the 4, but it is all a matter of scaling. Can an octuple core perform twice as well? Is it better to split a task between 2 quad core machines?
Or it may be just so they can post a Sandra MultiMedia instruction benchmark of 573,631.
Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report puts the brand new X2 6000+ in direct competition with the E6700. They spend some time focusing on the memory bandwidth, which lets the X2 show up Intel's chip ... for a while. Read on to see how the pure speed of the 6000+ compares to the more modern architecture of the Core 2 Duo chip.
Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Feb. 20, 2007 - Underscoring its commitment to
delivering the right products at the right time, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today
introduced desktop processors designed for users seeking the ultimate in
energy-conscious or high-performance computing. The new energy-efficient
45-watt AMD Athlon(tm) 64 single-core processors 3500+ and 3800+ can
help consumers and businesses save energy and experience significant
Subject: Processors | February 20, 2007 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has pushed past the 3GHz mark with their new X2 6000+. HotHardware will take you through the benchmarks in their full review. One interesting finding is that when the QuadFX's additional cores are not utilized by the program being tested, the raw speed of the 6000+ pushes the performance beyond that of the QuadFX.