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:



AMD Live! system specs

Subject: Processors | May 30, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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It looks like Daily Tech has scooped AMD on it's own Live! announcement.  Drop by to see exactly what the expected system specs will be.

Source: Daily Tech

The fastest processor we've seen

Subject: Processors | May 26, 2006 - 01:46 PM |
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Check out the A64 FX-62 and the X2 5000+ at PC Stats.  They are impressed by the performance, calling the FX-62 the fastest processor they ever tested.

Source: PCStats

AMD AM2 Processor Launch - FX-62 Reviewed

Subject: Processors | May 23, 2006 - 02:13 AM |
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I have just finished up my review of the Athlon 64 FX-62 processor, the first CPU to offer the AM2 processor socket and DDR2 memory for the AMD platform. 


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The performance delta between the AM2 and S939 parts of matching frequency and cache sizes is nearly indistinguishable in my testing.  The move from DDR to DDR2 memory speeds was never going to bring massive of amounts of

AM2 prices revealed

Subject: Processors | May 16, 2006 - 01:21 PM |
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The Inquirer reveals the pricing structure of AMD's new socket AM2 low power consumption CPUs.  Athlon64 and X2 Dual Cores, as well as the mobile Semprons are all listed.

"The chips will be available in May and AMD gave the prices it's charging. The 64 X2 DC chips will

cost $671 for the 4800+; $601 for the 4600+, $514 for the 4400+, $417 for the 4200+; $353 for the

4000+; and $323 for the 3800+."

Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:

Source: The Inquirer

AM2 Press Machine Winding Up

Subject: Processors | May 12, 2006 - 01:20 PM |
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Evidence that the AMD AM2 publicity machine is gearing up is showing up everywhere it seems. Today Asus has posted their new M2NPV-VM motherboard supporting GeForce 6150 / NF4 430 chipset and of course AM2.

Can Co-Processors Co-opt server dominance for AMD

Subject: Processors | May 2, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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Gideon Tech takes a look into Opteron's future, and the consequences of the amount of bandwith HyperTransport3 will provide. They feel it heralds a return of the co-processor, like the K-6's of old and their math co-processors.  Read on to see what tasks they expect to see passed onto it.

Source: Gideon Tech

AM2 is on it's way

Subject: Processors | April 18, 2006 - 03:18 PM |
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AnandTech pits a brand new AM2 paired with DDR2 against a s939 with fast DDR RAM.  Any guesses who wins which benchmarks?  Head on over to find out.

Source: AnandTech

Intels newest chip architecture

Subject: Processors | April 6, 2006 - 02:39 PM |
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Ars Technica has updated their paedia to include the new Core microarchitecture from Intel.  Make sure you get a fresh cup of coffee, the article is as long and indepth as you would expect, maybe even more so.

Source: Ars Technica

A tale of two 64's, the original versus the X2

Subject: Processors | March 28, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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VIA Arena compares the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ against the Athlon 64 3800+ and throws in an Athlon 64 3200+ for pure speed comparisons.  See what that X2 can give you compared to the single core version, and what difference the lower speed makes.

"Over the last couple of months I have been repeatedly asked a question from people wanting to

upgrade or buy a new PC. The question has been, should I get a dual core AMD Athlon 64 or single

core and what speed should I get?

Source: VIA Arena

The last of the Pentium EE's

Subject: Processors | March 23, 2006 - 01:25 PM |
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The newest P4 based on the old architecture, the 965, has been sped up to 3.73Ghz, in an attempt to unseat the FX-60.  Hexus has them competing head to head today, so drop by and find out the winner.


"Intel has now hit back with a Pentium Extreme Edition that's clocks in at 3.73GHz, up from the

'955's 3.46GHz. Is it enough to dislodge the FX-60's as the fastest x86 CPU around?

Source: Hexus

Dual Core, SLI, and what to expect while gaming

Subject: Processors | March 21, 2006 - 03:43 PM |
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Neoseeker has found a great excuse to spend a lot of quality gaming time.  They are testing the efffects of dual core on SLI and non-SLI systems, to discover the real effects of dual core on a system who's CPU is the bottleneck, and in systems where it is not really keeping anything back.  Of course, once games become multi-threaded, they will have to play them all over again.

"Remember that with a single card, plunking down a second core into the system did absolutely

nothing.

Source: Neoseeker

King of the Dual Cores

Subject: Processors | March 16, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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The playing feild has changed with the release of Pressler, which means all sorts of head to head battles between Intel and AMD.  Read the results of this latest battle at hardCOREware.

"Deciding between an Athlon64 and a Pentium 4 used to be a generally tough decision.

Source: hardCOREware

Intel Boosts EnergyEfficient Performance With First Dual-Core Low-Voltage Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor

Subject: Processors | March 14, 2006 - 12:45 PM |
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HILLSBORO, Ore., March 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation is outfitting server, storage and telecommunications equipment makers with a new ingredient for squeezing more performance out of space— and power—constrained environments.