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Subject: Processors | May 27, 2005 - 10:38 AM | Ryan Shrout
Yeah, me too. But in the mean time you can look at this website that has some benchmarks from one of them. How does a SiSoft CPU benchmark results of 171167 Dhrystone and 72739 Whetstone sound to you? Did I mention the system had a 128 GB of memory???
Shortly after WinHEC 2005, IWill (the maker of some great motherboards and sweet sff products) generously allowed me to touch their highest performing Opteron system. This was not your everyday dual or quad opteron system - it was an 8-way
Subject: Processors | May 27, 2005 - 10:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
I highly suggest you all head over to the VIA C7 features webpage if you are at all interested in an ultra lower power processor. There are some interesting bits of information, such as a comparison of the performance per watt against an Intel Pentium M. And how does a total design power of 12 watts sound for a 1.5 GHz CPU?
Taipei, Taiwan, 27 May 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the ne
Subject: Processors | May 27, 2005 - 02:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like Intel may be having more problems than we might be seeing at first glance. Yesterday we reported that Intel was having some chipset shortages that the motherboard vendors were reporting, and today we are hearing that a shortage of Pentium D processors is going to hit as well. But this time, because of low demand. At Computex, many Intel dual core capable boards will be on display, but with a maximum of 500,000 procesors by years end available in the market (this includes Dell, etc) end users may not
Subject: Processors | May 26, 2005 - 12:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
There are only a handful of the Intel 820 (2.8 GHz dual core) and 670 (3.8 GHz single core) reviews on the web this morning. I am still in the middle of benchmarking my set of CPUs, I should have an article up during Computex next week.
Subject: Processors | May 24, 2005 - 09:52 AM | Ryan Shrout
Overclockers is claiming that the initial round of Venice overclocking results may have put too good of a picture on the Venice core. The results in our processor and overclocking forums seem to be pretty close what I saw initially though.
One characteristic of these chips is that they'll often do fine with default voltage or a smidgen above up to 2.5
Subject: Processors | May 23, 2005 - 08:50 AM | Chuck Smith
AMD announced the availability of the new Geode™ LX firstname.lastname@example.orgW Processor today. Hop on over to AMD and check out the press release!
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. today announced availability of the AMD Geode™ LX email@example.comW processor,* enabling consumers to experience full-featured, desktop-style computing on a new generation of x86 architecture-based embedded and mobile devices.
Subject: Processors | May 17, 2005 - 10:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Tech Report have a review up of the 3800+ Athlon 64 Venice core processor.
Perhaps we saw relatively lackluster results because we used Prime95's stringent torture test with small FFTs, which will cause a shaky CPU to throw an error even when it will run other programs with no apparent problems. We also used Windows XP x64 Edition for testing, which make uses of transistors that would be dormant in a 32-bit OS, potentially exposing a problem. Or maybe our chip was just a dog.
Subject: Processors | May 16, 2005 - 01:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
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 -
Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:09 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 11:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 10:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | May 3, 2005 - 12:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | April 27, 2005 - 10:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
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!
Model Brand AMD
Series Athlon 64
CPU Socket Type Socket 939
Tech Spec Core Venice
Name Athlon 64 3500+
Operating Frequency 2.2GHz
L1 Cache 64KB+64KB
Subject: Processors | April 25, 2005 - 10:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | April 25, 2005 - 10:43 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 10:31 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 10:23 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 10:18 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.