Slow News Day - Venice for Sale

Subject: Processors | May 16, 2005 - 10:24 AM |
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Its an oddly slow news day from a hardware review perspective.  Maybe everyone is recovering from all the Xbox 360 crap that went on last week?  In any event, until something crosses my wire, I only have an update on finding some Venice core Athlon 64 processors for sale in our Pricegrabber engine.



  • Athlon 64 3000+ Venice - from $149

  • Athlon 64 3200+ Venice -

Anandtech Analyzes new Far Cry 64-bit Patches

Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 07:24 AM |
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Anandtech has beat me to the punch by writing up a bit on the newly released Far Cry 64-bit patch.  They did see a few FPS performance increase, as well as detailed textures and a further draw distance.  But the conclusion Anand leaves you with is the exact one I left you with on our Shadow Ops article.  The difference being this time the AMD team didn't make claims they couldn't back up.

AMD's goals are quite admirable, but the fact of the matte

Source: AnandTech

AMD and Crytek Release 64-bit Version of Far Cry

Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 07:09 AM |
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I just got a press release in my email box about AMD releasing an upgrade to Far Cry that enables 64-bit support.  Even though we have seen these claims with a previous software title, this time around the marketing team seems to have gotten things right, by not trying to scam any consumers.  The example screenshots they have look like reasonable upgrades and I am currently downloading the files to test for the changes

AMD Athlon X2 Previews

Subject: Processors | May 9, 2005 - 11:17 AM |
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A number of previews have finally surfaced about the long awaited AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core processor. How does it compare to Intels dual core chip?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD to Offer Dual-Core Opteron 100 series in 939 Package?

Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 08:07 AM |
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This is true according to a report on Digitimes that bases their information on some motherboard vendors information.  The most interesting part listed though is that it says the Opteron 152 will be the last 940-pin Opteron 1xx CPU, and all future one will have 939 pins.  This could turn out to be very interesting if it's true, though I don't see much point in it.  The Opteron processors have usually been a step behind the fastest FX processor in terms of clock speed, and I would assume the upcoming Athlon 64 X2 processors would run at the same speeds of an

Source: Digitimes

Intel Pentium XE 840 Review

Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 07:28 AM |
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The gang at Tech Report have gotten around to reviewing the Intel Pentium Extreme Ediition 840 processor, the fastest dual core offering from Intel. 

Probably the most direct competitor for the Pentium Extreme Edition 840, in terms of pricing and technology, is AMD's Opteron 175, which is also a dual-core chip and also priced at a princely $999.

Two More Venice Core Reviews

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2005 - 09:51 AM |
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We have to new articles up on the AMD Athlon 64 Venice core upgrade, that I first took at look at here


HotHardware has reviewed the the Venice 3800+ model processor, but didn't find a lot of overclocking room. 


Lost Circuits takes a much more detailed look at the power consumption of the new core in their review of the 3800+ model


At the same speed, the dual
Source: General

Venice Core Processors in stock at Newegg

Subject: Processors | April 27, 2005 - 07:53 AM |
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I was looking through our forums this morning and saw a link to a Venice core Athlon 64 3500+ processor, priced at $272 as of this posting.  Get 'em while they're hot!

Specifications
Model Brand AMD
Series Athlon 64
Model ADA3500DAA4BP
CPU Socket Type Socket 939
Tech Spec Core Venice
Name Athlon 64 3500+
Operating Frequency 2.2GHz
FSB 1GHz
L1 Cache 64KB+64KB
L2 Cac

Sony's PS3 Cell Processor Demo

Subject: Processors | April 25, 2005 - 07:53 AM |
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Toshiba demonstrated the power of the new cell processor that is going into the Playstation 3 console recently.  It decoded 48 standard defiinition TV format MPEG-2 streams and then projected them on a 1920x1080 display divided into 8x6 cells each with a different video stream. 

In the demonstration, Toshiba used an operating system environment that it had developed to increase efficiency in the Cell software development.

Source: General

Might AMD Move to DDR500 Officially?

Subject: Processors | April 25, 2005 - 07:43 AM |
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The change from DDR400 to DDR500 as the official memory standard for AMD would be quite a feat, being as no JEDEC standard exists for DDR500 at all.  But none the less, CoolTechZone thinks it might happen.


Before making the switch to other memory standards, the chipmaker has decided to extend support for DDR even further. The source said AMD would most likely support DDR500 with its Venice core microprocessors.

Source: CoolTechZone

Info on the Athlon 64 X2 Parts

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 07:31 AM |
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It looks like AMD is planning on having 4 models of the Athlon 64 X2 when it is available, from the 4200+ to the 4800+.

The more interesting introductions are the dual Athlon 64s. There are four models: The 4200+, 4400+, 4600+ and, wait for it, the 4800+. These are 2.2GHz frequency processors with 2x512K cache for $537, and the same with 2x1MB for $581. A 2.4GHz CPU with 2x512 cache will set you back $803, and $1001 for 2x1MB. Is the $1001 just a random number, or is AMD playing numerical games? I vote games.

Source: The Inquirer

Dual Core Opteron and Athlon 64 X2 Tested

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 07:23 AM |
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While the title may be a bit misleading, Anandtech did not get any true Athlon 64 X2 parts to review, instead they used their Opteron 875 processor to simulate an Athlon 64 X2 4400+. 


The final problem we had was that there were significant issues with regards to memory compatibility and performance on this Tyan board with the dual core BIOS.

Source: AnandTech

Tech Report Evaluates Dual Core Opteron

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 07:18 AM |
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You really should go read this article, Scott over at Tech Report has a done a great job on evaluating the performance of the new dual core Opteron processors against singel core Opterons, dual and single core Pentiums, Xeon and more. 

AMD's dual-core Opteron processors are extremely well executed on all fronts, based on what we've seen. AMD's dual-core design has a technical elegance that Intel's can't match, and that design brings superior performance.

Sun, HP and IBM Showcase dual-core Systems

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 07:12 AM |
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Again, the full release is here on the AMD.com website.

Key OEM Customers Announce Support For Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors

— Sun, HP and IBM showcase dual-core platforms based on dual-core AMD64 processors; Leading server solutions providers to begin offering AMD Opteron processor-based systems —

NEW YORK -- April 21, 2005 --In support of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processor, the industry'

AMD Announces Dual Core Opteron Processor Line

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 07:11 AM |
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You can read the full press release here.

AMD Announces World's First 64-Bit, x86 Multi-Core Processors For Servers And Workstations At Second-Anniversary Celebration Of AMD Opteron™ Processor

— AMD launches Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processors for server and workstations and unveils AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor for consumers and business users —

NEW YORK -- April 21, 2005 --Charting

Athlon 64 X2 To Launch Tomorrow as well?

Subject: Processors | April 20, 2005 - 01:30 PM |
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Is this true?  I don't know yet, but if it is, it will probably be only a paper launch on desktop parts until closer to June.  But hey, at least you can see a potential X2 logo!

Source: The Inquirer

U.S. agencies ordered to be brand neutral

Subject: Processors | April 15, 2005 - 08:56 AM |
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AMD coming to a Government office near you, and maybe a bigger tax return!


The White House told federal agencies this week to stop specifying brand names in procurement contracts, a practice it says leads to higher prices for everything from paper clips to PCs and hurts the livelihood of smaller vendors.

AMD to move to 1207 pin Socket?

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2005 - 07:25 AM |
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The Inquirer is saying that another website seen here is pointing towards future AMD processors using the M2 1207 pin socket.  I may have some more information for you on this soon. 

Chips codenamed Manila, Orleans and Windsor are scheduled to be released in Q1 of next year - these are claimed to be Semprons, Athlon 64s and Athlon 64FX dual core chips.

This web site also suggests that they will support "Presidio" and "Pacifica" security and virtualisation tech, and DDRII-667.

Source: The Inquirer

Turion Prices Added to AMD.com

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2005 - 07:23 AM |
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AMD has made some updates to their pricing page this morning including adding in the Turion processor line up.







AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 $827

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Moves Dual Core Launch to this Monday!

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2005 - 07:21 AM |
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It looks like in response to AMD's upcoming dual core Opteron launch, Intel has moved their dual core Pentium launch up a bit.

CHIP COMPANY Intel plans to reveal its next generation dual core CPU line next Monday on the 18th of April. Our knowledgeable sources confirmed that Intel moved the date forward and decided to get it over with soon. Or beat up AMD ahead of its dual Opteron launch on the 21st, if you're absurdly cynical.

Source: The Inquirer