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Pine Trail arrives ahead of schedule
The Intel Pine Trail platform is the latest upgrade to the Atom line of processors for netbook and nettop computers. This is a major architectural shift from a technical perspective as the CPU now integrates the memory controller and graphics core on the CPU die directly.
Intel announced a new processor design codenamed Bangalore that combines 48 x86 IA cores onto a single massive chip. The CPU will aimed at the future of cloud computing and could enable entirely new server and software designs. This is the progression of the original 80-core design we saw in 2006 - but we are getting much closer to reality here now.
Not Reinventing the Wheel
While Bulldozer and 32 nm processors from AMD will not show up for some time yet, AMD is taking off the wraps of a new revision of the 45 nm Deneb core. The X4 965 was a 140 watt TDP critter, and now it has been tamed to a slightly more manageable 125 watts. Let's see how this affects performance and overclocking!
Clarkdale makes its debut
Intel took some time to preview its upcoming Westmere processors, Clarkdale and Arrandale, during this past week at the Intel Developer Forum. The new CPUs will combine a dual-core Nehalem-based design with on-chip integrated graphics to create a high-performance, low power and low cost CPU for the mainstream PC user. Stop in to see if you will be picking one of these up this winter.
Propus to the Rescue
The latest quad cores are relatively tiny as compared to their older brothers and the competition from Intel. While these are not barn burners when it comes to performance, AMD is hoping that the combination of available performance and budget pricing will prove to be irresistible to users and OEMs alike.
Lynnfield Reaches Retail
Intel's Lynnfield processors have been getting a lot of attention recently but one SKU left out of the parade has been the Core i7-860. Coming in just a bit higher than the Core i5-750, the i7-860 adds support for HyperThreading technology and thus should see noticeable improvements in certain applications. We take the new CPU for a spin in our benchmark suite and judge it on performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar.
2nd Generation Ultra-Portable
The Tigris and "Codename formerly known as Congo" are two new notebook platforms that aim for the mainstream and ultra-portable marketplaces. While we have seen these products before, the combination of tuning and manufacturing changes allows them to fit into the mobile market. The extra boost could give AMD a nice set of weapons to further improve their marketshare in the mobile space.
Today Intel is officially releasing the Lynnfield processor that many of us have been waiting for since the release of Nehalem last year. This time around we find better frequency scaling, lower prices and performance that will simply blow you away for the money and power it will cost you to run it. Intel's dominance simply can't be debated anymore.
200 MHz Here, 200 MHz There, Pretty Soon We are Talking Real Performance!
AMD has released another high end processor into the fray, and Intel had better watch out. Sorta. While aimed at the Q9550 and Q9650 parts, the X4 965 is priced at a competitive $245, thereby pushing all of the previous Phenom IIs before it into much more affordable territories. Not all is perfect with this chip, but does its imperfections cause it to fall when facing the competition? Read on...
Lower Price, Better Margins (hopefully)
Recently the first die shot of the upcoming Propus class of processors showed up, and I took a good long look at it to figure out how it will affect AMD's lineup, and if it will be the next big thing in the budget quad core market. From what I have seen, things look surprisingly good...
The Fast and the Faster
Intel has refreshed the Nehalem line of Core i7 CPUs today by introducing the new Core i7-975 EE and Core i7-950 processor. These two new offerings are replacing the Core i7-965 and i7-940 in terms of pricing though they of course bump up the frequency one bin or so. Come in and see how the fastest desktop processor in the world performs!
65 nm? Pah! Time for something different!
It has been several years since AMD released a true desktop dual core processor, and finally they have delivered with the Athlon II X2 250. They have also released a Phenom II based X2 that could be the new darling of budget enthusiasts everywhere. We explore the performance of these new parts, as well as try our hand at overclocking to see where we go. While they might not be world beater's, they certainly give AMD a fighting chance in the dual core market.
Guess we have to bring this up finally
Today a $1.45 billion fine was handed down to Intel for antitrust and anti-competitive practices in the European markets. We take a look at the summary judgment, both Intel's and AMD's initial response and just how the decision might after the consumer.
AM3 Done Right
AMD has finally released their high end AM3 processor, and it certainly does not disappoint. While AM3 does not propel the X4 955 to new heights, there are certainly enough extra features and overclocking headroom to make this a exciting and desirable product.
"I'll be gone til November..."
Last year the industry was expecting Intel to roll out the Nehalem architecture based i5 processors for the mainstream market by the beginning of Summer, 2009. The Computex was thought to be one giant showing of motherboards supporting the upcoming LGA-1156 products, but changes in competition and the rough economic times look to have made Intel shelve its plans to release a new midrange monster.
Intel Talks 32nm Westmere
Intel had a press and analyst meeting today to go over its newest roadmap and the changes it has seen courtesy of the economy and a ramping up of 32nm process technology. We got to see some more specifics on the first CPU with integrated graphics, a six-core Nehalem processor for 2010 and plans for mobility and mainstream markets in 2009.
A surprise CPU review
Intel is finally bringing the low-cost PC world a dual-core version of the wildly popular Atom processor with the Atom 330. The CPU runs at 1.6 GHz and sports a pair of cores that both support HyperThreading for a total of four threads of computing. Will the Atom 330 revolutionize the performance levels of netbooks?
Fleshing Out the Family
AMD is unveiling their AM3 platform today with the launch of the Phenom II X4 810 and the Phenom II X3 720. These sub $200 processors are paving the way for DDR-3 support with AMD processors. While their support for DDR-3 is nice, they still are compatible with AM2+ sockets and DDR-2 support. These two processors help to flesh out AMD's offerings for the budget marketplace, and should allow AMD to transition that much faster to all 45 nm parts.
AMD is unleashing its first 45 nm processor, and while it is a large step in the right direction, AMD still has a tough mountain to climb to compete with Intel and their Core 2 Quad and i7 processors. While the Phenom II is not a world beater, it certainly puts AMD in a much more competitive position.
An Athlon 64 X2 By Any Other Name...
This week AMD released the long awaited Kuma, and while performance is surprisingly competitive with what Intel has in the market, the real story is how this strange little processor came to market.