Good value from an Opteron, the 165

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2006 - 01:12 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 - 10:11 AM |
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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 - 10:15 AM |
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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 - 09:57 AM |
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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 - 08:50 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 - 08:13 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 - 08:10 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 - 02:44 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 - 02:40 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

Intel Pentium XE 955 Reviews

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2005 - 02:38 PM |
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After you take a look out my review of the new Intel 955 processor and 975X chipset, head on over and see what these other sites have to say about the new pair.

ECS / Intel Giveaway Two Pentium D 830 Processors

Subject: Processors | December 25, 2005 - 06:00 AM |
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Open only to PC Perspective Forum users, ECS and Intel have teamed up to give away a pair of Pentium D 830 processors to two lucky readers.



Source: PC Perspective

Valve Announces 64-bit Source Engine

Subject: Processors | December 23, 2005 - 01:02 PM |
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Another big win for 64-bit processors in general, Valve just announced support for 64-bit processors and OSs in their latest Source engine update. 

Bellevue, WA. — December 22, 2005 — Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today.

Source: General

AnandTech Revisits Yonah

Subject: Processors | December 20, 2005 - 05:05 AM |
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Back in November, Anand previewed the upcoming Yonah processor. Today he's revisiting the same CPU but with updated software and hardware. It's really interesting to see how the mobile dual-core compares to AMD's X2.

"... we've updated the benchmark suite considerably, including modern day games and a few professional-level applications hopefully to get a better perspective on Yonah's performance.  We've also included an Athlon 64 X2 running at 2.0GHz, but with each core having a full 1MB L2 cache, making the Yonah vs.

Source: AnandTech

AMD WINS THE DUAL-CORE DUEL

Subject: Processors | December 13, 2005 - 08:26 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif., - Dec. 13, 2005 - AMD has been validated as the victor in its dual-core duel challenge issued in August.

Source: AMD

Intel updates their mobility processor line

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2005 - 03:45 PM |
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The Centrino is getting old, and the new up and coming whipppersnapper's name is Yonah.  AnandTech has a look at what the chip is expected to be able to do, and the direction Intel mobility is headed.

"As the successor to the current Pentium M (Dothan) and the predecessor to next year's Conroe, Merom and Woodcrest cores, Yonah is a very important chip.

Source: AnandTech

AMD's chosen path for the next year

Subject: Processors | November 17, 2005 - 09:05 AM |
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The Register has a look at AMD's roadmap for the upcoming year, and spots things like L3 cache, DDR2 and and Pacifica.

"Hester also pointed to chipsets containing L3 cache, which also harks back to Ruiz' April

prognostications - he too hinted AMD might one day return to the chipset market.

Source: The Register

Playing find the bottleneck

Subject: Processors | November 16, 2005 - 09:02 AM |
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X-bit Labs wanted to know if you really need a 2+Ghz A64 as a minimum for the newest games.  If the CPU is really slowing down the performance of the graphics card, will a top of the line FX chip do anything noticable to the performance?  They took 13 chips, a spread between Intel and AMD, both top of the line, and bottom of the barrel, and benchmarked at high quality.  This is part 2, part one is just below, and involves 28 CPU's at various qualities.

"We decided to write an update to our

Source: X-Bit Labs

Pinless Socket F

Subject: Processors | November 10, 2005 - 08:50 PM |
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There is a link on PC Stats leading to pictures of an upcoming socket F AMD server processor.


It's translated from Dutch here.


"Tweakers.net have some leaked photos of what is apparently a new  AMD Opteron Socket F  server mainboard, and in particular its LGA1207 pinless processor interface.
Source: PCStats

$200 Opteron at 3Ghz

Subject: Processors | November 9, 2005 - 10:39 AM |
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A couple of PimpRig forum members have discovered a cheap chip with great overclocking potential.  Read carefully, and decide if you want to try to get this CPU onto your gift list.

"Again we have one of those special low dollar "Gifts" this time from AMD, the OPTERON... just in

time for Christmas! "But Opteron is a 940 pin CPU for servers only" you say?

Source: PimpRig