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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.
NVIDIA isn't the only game in town
NVIDIA and the CUDA programming model have been getting all the attention for GPGPU computing recently but AMD wants to fight back with news of its update to the ATI Stream programming model that will include a completely free transcoding application in December.
Introduction to the Nehalem Architecture
Intel's Nehalem-based Core i7 processors have been the discussion of the tech world for over two years as we have tracked their development, the technology inside the architecture and the performance they might bring. No more guessing is required though: the Core i7 CPUs are here and we have all the performance and analysis you need to understand Intel's newest processor technology.
Nehalem Design Goals
Intel shared more on the upcoming Intel Nehalem architecture last week at IDF and we have detailed all the nuts and bolts for you here in an easy to digest manner. Come in and see why Nehalem, with its on-die memory controller, integrated power control logic and new Turbo Mode will make whatever you have now obsolete.
VIA Nano and Intel Atom hit the labs
The VIA Nano processor, formerly known as Isaiah, is finally benchmarked and tested against the Intel Atom platform. Which of these two budget processors and systems is going to be the best value? Come in and read our review of the Nano and Atom CPUs to find out!
One more thing...
AMD just announced that they are working with Havok on physics acceleration, but probably not how you thought. Nope, nothing about GPUs and Havok working together again, it seems that ship has sailed. But did you know that Havok's APIs work with CPUs too??
New Nano Performance Information
VIA and NVIDIA announced a commitment to work together on creating a platform that will compete against the Intel Atom processor that combines VIA's Nano CPU and NVIDIA's discrete GPUs. Can this partnership hold of Intel's assault into mini-ITX?
While much has been made of Phenom's lack of performance when compared to the Intel Core 2 based products, I was curious how much faster the Phenom was than the older Athlon X2. It turns out that AMD had been quite busy under the hood, and the results were more impressive than I had originally expected.
Isaiah Turns to Nano
VIA's Isaiah processor architecture has been getting a lot of attention for being a strong competitor to Intel's Atom line of processors for the ULV CPU segment. Today VIA is officially unveiling the new Nano Processor line for mainstream desktops, notebooks and mini-notes (to name a few) and the specifications look impressive.
The long-awaited triple-core processors
AMD's triple-core processors are finally available to the public and are based on the B3-stepping that no longer has the dreaded TLB and performance issues. Can these sub-$200 processors convince you that three cores are better than two? When is getting that fourth core more valuable?
The Trouble with NVIDIA and Intel
The past week has been rampant with discussion on the new war that is brewing between NVIDIA and Intel but there was one big player left out of the story: AMD. It would seem that both sides seem to have written this competitor out but we think quite the opposite.
Intel's IDF show is starting this morning in Shanghai and details of Intel's Atom release are finally creeping in. Though we don't have the full details on the architecture quite yet, we do have some interesting information about it to share.
AMD's badly needed upgrade
Since the revelation that AMD's first Phenom processors had an erratum in them the company has worked around the clock to get a fix out in the form of a new B3 stepping of the CPU core. They are here and not only fix the bug but increase clock speeds and performance to boot!
Intel IDF Preview
Intel gave some new information to the press about Tukwila, Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee this morning and we present that for you all to see. We of course include some of our commentary on the subjects as well.
If you thought VIA was dead in the water, you were wrong. As it turns out they have a new CPU in the works that looks rather impressive. No, it's not going to game better than your Core 2 processor, but it might do it more efficiently.
One Year Later
Daniel Pohl's latest work takes a look at how ray tracing engines have developed over the past year and discusses how ray tracing can be advantageous when compared to current rasterization techniques. The chances of utilizing both ray tracing and rasterization is also explored.
Introduction to Phenom Overclocking
We take a couple of AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition processors, fully unlocked out of the box, and try to overclock the hell out of them. We also take the new AMD Overdrive utility for a spin and see how it stands up for modern overclockers.