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Subject: Processors | December 23, 2005 - 04:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | December 20, 2005 - 08:05 AM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Processors | November 30, 2005 - 06:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | November 17, 2005 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | November 16, 2005 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Processors | November 10, 2005 - 11:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a link on PC Stats leading to pictures of an upcoming socket F AMD server processor.
"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.
Subject: Processors | November 9, 2005 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?
Subject: Processors | November 3, 2005 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cell processor has escaped from your console, and is headed straight for your cellphone. Read all about it at CoolTechZone.
"Back when Cell launched, IBM, Sony and Toshiba emphasized it to be very scalable with a
capability of selecting as little as one PPE (out of eight) to scale the chip accordingly. If Sony
is really able to miniaturize Cell, it would make life tremendously difficult for Intel with it's
fairly dated XScale processor.
Subject: Processors | October 31, 2005 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclocked Inside wants to make sure you know everything you can about your A64 processor. To that end, they've set up an interactive translator, where you enter your model number (ex.
Subject: Processors | October 26, 2005 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech takes on a daunting task in this CPU review on performance versus cost. It covers quite a few AMD and Intel chips, and puts them to work on a lot of different benchmarks. There are even some odd surprises, like the 3700+.
"When you build a PC, you're often making a series of delicate trade-offs. After all, most of us
have budget limits on any PC we build, and making the most of that budget is key.
Subject: Processors | October 25, 2005 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is showing it's strengths in the market, with just over 20% of desktops, and 17.8% of all PC's globally being based around an AMD processor. With their ~25% price reduction on most CPU's just before the christmas season, that number could be different by Q1, 2006.
"Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) surpassed a 20% share of the desktop PC-use CPU market worldwide in the third quarter of 2005, its first time since 2001, according to Mercury Research.
Subject: Processors | October 24, 2005 - 12:08 PM | Jonathan Hung
DigiTimes is reporting that AMD has cut prices on their Turion 64 processors. Their chart shows the classic "Trickle-Down" effect in pricing with the ML-40 now priced like a ML-37, the ML-37 priced like a ML-32 etc. AMD's Turion 64 laptops are gaining momentum in the market and these price cuts will certainly help.
On the same topic, we have just posted a new review on Compaq's latest Turion 64 laptop.
Subject: Processors | October 21, 2005 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted 2 pictures of an upcoming AMD Socket M2 processor. One is of the pinout, and one an actual part of a boot screen. You know you want to see it!
"Here are two pictures of AMD's working Socket M2 processor. This particular unit is running at
2.4GHz. You will notice the "extra" M2 pin bringing the total pin count up to 940 (from the
Subject: Processors | October 20, 2005 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neoseeker pushes an X2 3800+ to the farthest limits they could manage. Read the article to see what kind of overclocking results they managed to get.
"The 3800x2 overclocked suprisingly well; I am quite certain that I would have been able to push
it further with a better cooling solution - and I may try doing just that in a few weeks.
For the best performance I was able to achieve, I ran the processor at 1.5V, the memory at 2.7V
with 2.5-4-4-8-2T timings.
Subject: Processors | October 12, 2005 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Engineers, like most humans, are weird, and they can get bored. So what do they do when they get bored? Would you believe they etch micron scale icons and cartoons into processors, and other integrated circuits? CNet has a story up with Micheal Davidson, who runs a website called the Silicon Jungle, a collection of all the examples he has found.
"Davidson suspected at first that the tiny design he saw
Subject: Processors | October 4, 2005 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neoseeker tries out the AMD64 4000+, pairing it with DDR600. They managed to hit 2.7 GHz from the 2.4 it ships at, and they include hints for reaching it yourself.
"The 4000+ is a very good overclocker - or at least the part we had a chance to play with. As you can see from our charts the performance is very nice when the processor is overclocked. I ran the processor at 1.5V, the memory at 2.7V with 2.5-4-4-8-2T timings and the HT multiplier at 3x.
Subject: Processors | September 22, 2005 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Athlon64 X2 4800+ processor that PCStats got to test is based on the 'ACBWE' stepping. It's dual core, runs at 2.4Ghz, with 128KB of L1 and 1MB of L2 cache. Both cores share a single 128 bit DDR memory controller and it's defaulted to run at 1.3 V. Read the full review to see just how much more powerful than the competition AMD's newest offering really is.
"If you want the best processor on the market there is little doubt t
Subject: Processors | September 7, 2005 - 07:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is surprisingly big news coming from AMD today. A press release hit my email box just today that discusses Phil Hester, the new CTO of AMD and mentioned very briefly is the "departing CTO Fred Weber." Fred being the primary designer of the K8 architecture that has brought AMD such success, I can't help but wonder why AMD would have let him go and how this will affect future products.
Prior to joining AMD, Hester was the founder and CEO of Austin, Texas based Newisys