Intel updates their mobility processor line

Subject: Processors | November 30, 2005 - 03:45 PM |
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The Centrino is getting old, and the new up and coming whipppersnapper's name is Yonah.  AnandTech has a look at what the chip is expected to be able to do, and the direction Intel mobility is headed.

"As the successor to the current Pentium M (Dothan) and the predecessor to next year's Conroe, Merom and Woodcrest cores, Yonah is a very important chip.

Source: AnandTech

AMD's chosen path for the next year

Subject: Processors | November 17, 2005 - 09:05 AM |
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The Register has a look at AMD's roadmap for the upcoming year, and spots things like L3 cache, DDR2 and and Pacifica.

"Hester also pointed to chipsets containing L3 cache, which also harks back to Ruiz' April

prognostications - he too hinted AMD might one day return to the chipset market.

Source: The Register

Playing find the bottleneck

Subject: Processors | November 16, 2005 - 09:02 AM |
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X-bit Labs wanted to know if you really need a 2+Ghz A64 as a minimum for the newest games.  If the CPU is really slowing down the performance of the graphics card, will a top of the line FX chip do anything noticable to the performance?  They took 13 chips, a spread between Intel and AMD, both top of the line, and bottom of the barrel, and benchmarked at high quality.  This is part 2, part one is just below, and involves 28 CPU's at various qualities.

"We decided to write an update to our

Source: X-Bit Labs

Pinless Socket F

Subject: Processors | November 10, 2005 - 08:50 PM |
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There is a link on PC Stats leading to pictures of an upcoming socket F AMD server processor.


It's translated from Dutch here.


"Tweakers.net have some leaked photos of what is apparently a new  AMD Opteron Socket F  server mainboard, and in particular its LGA1207 pinless processor interface.
Source: PCStats

$200 Opteron at 3Ghz

Subject: Processors | November 9, 2005 - 10:39 AM |
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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?

Source: PimpRig

Smarter Cell-phones

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2005 - 03:11 PM |
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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.

Source: CoolTechZone

Secret Decoder Ring for your A64

Subject: Processors | October 31, 2005 - 11:18 AM |
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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.

Comparing Processor Price & Performance

Subject: Processors | October 26, 2005 - 09:03 AM |
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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.

Source: Extremetech

1 in 5 PC's uses an AMD processor

Subject: Processors | October 25, 2005 - 08:55 AM |
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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.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Turion 64 Price Cuts

Subject: Processors | October 24, 2005 - 09:08 AM |
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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.

Source: Digitimes