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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
Subject: Processors | August 30, 2005 - 06:52 AM | Joe White
MUNICH, GERMANY -- August 30, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a leading European IT provider, is offering a new series of workstations based on the AMD Opteron™ processor. The CELSIUS V830 supports the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Models 275, 270 and 265, which offer the best overall performance and performance-per-watt available in the market1.
Subject: Processors | August 30, 2005 - 06:52 AM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- August 30, 2005 --AMD (AMD: NYSE) today announced the AMD64 platform, the gold standard for 64-bit computing, has earned more than 120 industry awards globally since the launch of the AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ 64 processors in 2003. Accolades from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Business Awards, Network Magazine and Microsoft TechEd top AMD's list of most recent honors.
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 06:32 PM | Ryan Shrout
More info from IDF for you at the Inquirer; it looks like Intel's much touted HyperThreading technology is NOT going to be implemented into their next generation core technology. What? You mean HT isn't all it was cracked up to be???
THERE WAS ONE THING that did not make the cut for the Merom cores, and for some reason Intel isn't shouting about it.
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
Charlie over at The Inquirer has a bit more information and analysis on the new Intel architecture for you to look over.
The basic structure is a four issue wide core, without going into specifics, they said the Merom cores can keep up a sustained 4 ops from issue to retire. This probably has a bunch of caveats, addenda and asterisks, but it is clear that wider is the course for the day. Each pipe is a full pipe versus the old P6 derived simple and complex pipe structures.
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech has some early coverage from IDF that goes over what little Intel has released about their new, upcoming core architecture arriving in late 2006. So far the highlights include a much shorter pipeline, shared L2 cache between dual cores and a single architecture between mobile, desktop and server platforms.
You can also catch what Scott at Tech Report has seen on this information, here.
The new architecture will featu
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 09:52 AM | Joe White
Live Shoot-Out to Focus on Server Workloads and Energy Consumption
SUNNYVALE, CA -- August 23, 2005 --In the spirit of fair and open competition, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today issued a challenge to Intel to conduct a head-to-head competition of dual-core x86 server processors.
Subject: Processors | August 22, 2005 - 08:42 AM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- August 22, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today revved up the performance of AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology with the introduction of two new models, MT-40 and MT-37. These new additions to AMD's popular 64-bit mobile processor family are expected to be available in new ENVY Featherweight and ENVY Middleweight notebook computers from VoodooPC.
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2005 - 04:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
This article at The Inquirer points to an interview with Chief Scientist at NVIDIA, David Kirk, saying that because game developers will no be spending more time working on utilizing the multiple cores of the CPU, improvements in graphics and the utilization of the GPU will slow down. Interestingly, this is a very similar statement to what we heard echoed by John Carmack at his recent keynote at this year's Quakecon event. Citing the use of multiple cores in the consoles a