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.

Get to know Conroe better

Subject: Processors | March 10, 2006 - 06:45 PM |
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Find out even more about the star of the IDF on The Tech Report.  Conroe is certainly receiving a lot of hype, and based on the benchmarks we've seen, it deserves it.


You can find out even more in Ryan's article here.


"We were among a select group of publications here at IDF to get a chance to do some hands-on

testing with Intel's next-generation desktop processor, code-named Conroe.

Conroe and FX strive for dominance

Subject: Processors | March 9, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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HEXUS compares the newly released Conroe against the FX-60.  Head over to see if the Conroe is really as much of an AMD killer as advertised.


You can get even more info about Conroe's architecture from Ryan's article.


"These are interesting results for a number of reasons, we are comparing the mid range Conroe CPU

against that of the future top of the range FX62."


Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:

Source: Hexus

Energy-Efficient, High Performing and Stylish Intel-Based Computers to Come with Intel® Core(TM)

Subject: Processors | March 8, 2006 - 11:21 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif., March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation today disclosed details of its forthcoming Intel® Core™ microarchitecture, a new industry—leading foundation for Intel's multi—core server, desktop and mobile processors for computers later this year.

Quad core details being released from Intel

Subject: Processors | March 7, 2006 - 04:07 PM |
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CNET has posted an article about Intel's upcoming quad core CPUs, likely targeted at server applications and image rendering, as well as other processor intensive tasks.  While they haven't revealed everything, it does give you a good overview.


For even more info, check Ryan's article on Merom and Conroe from the IDF.


"Dual-core makes sense right away because there's almost some back task that's executing while

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Want IDF Live?

Subject: Processors | March 7, 2006 - 11:15 AM |
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If are sitting around your computer waiting to see what is coming out of IDF this year, then you need to keep an eye on my blog, as I'll be posting live updates from keynotes and tech talks as they happen (and as long as the batter on this laptop lasts!)


Check back often!!


What can dual core do for you

Subject: Processors | March 2, 2006 - 03:20 PM |
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VIA Arena has posted an article that atttempts to demonstrate the difference dual core will make for an average user.  They compare the Athlon 64 X2 3800+, Athlon 64 3800+ and Athlon 64 3200+.   Take a look before you buy a new CPU, some of the results may not be what you expect.

"Over the last couple of months I have been repeatedly asked a
question from people wanting to upgrade or buy a new PC.

Source: VIA Arena

Turion64 for the desktop

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2006 - 04:21 PM |
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Silent PC Review goes through a very comprehensive look at running the Turion64 on a desktop system.  They cover everything, from why you might want to do it, to how to go about doing it, and more.  Give them a moment of your time, see if they can help your next silent build.

"It seemed to take forever, but our ambitious article on running AMD's mobile 64-bit CPUs on

socket 754 desktop boards is finally done.

Good value from an Opteron, the 165

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2006 - 04:12 PM |
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X-bit Labs has found what might be the best value CPU to setup a dual core s939 system.  The Opteron 165 has come from being better for server systems to a good choice for home gaming, especially if you are looking for a great overclock.  The large L2 cache helps in most applications, though it will really shine when the game is able to take advantage of the dual core.

"AMD has been offering Opteron processors for Socket 939 systems for quite a while now.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Does Yonah have hidden x64 secrets

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2006 - 01:11 PM |
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HEXUS is doing some sleuthing, having become curious about "Intel's Sossaman ... the codename for an ultra low voltage Yonah to be shipped under the Xeon brand."  This lead them to wonder if the Yonah, or Core Duo chips being sold now have some x64 capabilities that aren't being mentioned.

"Word reaches the Deeplung ear that Intel's Yonah processor, which ships under the Intel Core Duo

moniker, has features that aren't being exposed to the consumer.

Source: Hexus

The FX-60 rides again

Subject: Processors | January 11, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Even more reviews of AMD's FX-60 today, start off with PC Stats indepth look at the last of the Socket939's, and don't forget the other contributors.


"In house testing between an AMD Athlon64 FX-60 and Intel Pentium D 840 based system illustrate

the decreased power consumption of a FX-60, about 40W less power at idle and about 45W at full

load.

Source: PCStats

Athlon 64 FX-60 Prices Show Up

Subject: Processors | January 11, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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Yesterday, at the end of my

Today is brought to you by the letters FX and the number 60

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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AMD's FX-60 is making headlines today, as the last socket 939 to be released before AMD switches to Socket-AM2.  Start off at AnandTech, and their comprehensive review, and keep on going ...

Source: AnandTech

Dell Soaking up AMD Processors

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2006 - 11:13 AM |
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It looks like the AMD processor sales on Dell's website is starting to have an adverse affect on the rest of AMD's distribution channel.

Last year we reported that Dell was flogging AMD chips on its web site and it appears to be doing quite well. We're still totally unsure whether these chips are sourced through traditional AMD distributors like Avnet or whether Dell has a special deal with the firm to flog them. AMD is expected to rebound with additional stocks before the end of this month.

Source: The Inquirer

939 Opteron Prices Increasing

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2006 - 11:10 AM |
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It looks like the prices on the AMD Opterons with 939-pin counts are steadily going up...?

If it's ever going to get better, that will happen if these backordered processors we mentioned actually show up towards the end of January.

In the meantime, the latest processors that have shown up don't seem to be quite as good as the ones that started the uproar. They aren't bad, but an easy 3GHz is no longer a given.

Personally, if you haven't bought one by now, you may want to consider waiting until CPUs containing these IBM/AMD SOI improvements come out.

Call of Duty 2 and Quake 4 Go SMP

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2005 - 05:44 PM |
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Two big name games have recently come out with new patches that supposedly support SMP setups with dual-core or Hyper-Threaded processors.  Quake 4 was the first and Call of Duty 2 followed closely behind. 

This Call of Duty® 2 update is recommended for Windows 2000/XP users with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology) enabled processors, multiple processors, or systems with a dual core processor.

Intel No Longer Inside

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2005 - 05:40 PM |
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It looks like the classic "Intel Inside" logo is finally going the way of the dodo this January. 

Motherboards don't look, I'm changing! 'Intel Inside', the iconic logo of the world's most dominant semiconductor manufacturing company, which has imprinted itself on the consciousness of consumers across the globe, is likely to undergo a transformation early in the new year, according to industry sources.

Source: General