AMD Turion(TM) 64 Mobile Technology Is A Fierce Contender For Mobile Gaming

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2005 - 08:42 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

Multi-core CPU Development Slows Graphics Field?

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2005 - 04:50 PM |
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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

Source: The Inquirer

Asus CT-479 Pentium M Adaptor Review

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2005 - 02:09 PM |
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The Tech Report has a review up of the Asus CT-479 device that allows you to use the Pentium M processor on various Pentium 4 socket 478 motherboards.  You can check out my review for comparison too.

Compared to other available Pentium M desktop solutions, the CT-479 is compelling. Currently, the CT-479 is available for approximately $42, and compatible motherboards are available for as little as $80-85.

AMD Passes 11% Server Marketshare

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2005 - 02:01 PM |
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AMD hit a big milestone recently according to this News.com article that shows AMD has hit 11.2% of the server marketshare. 

The milestone is important in that server chips sell for more than desktop ones. An increase in sales of Opteron servers also gives AMD an opportunity to sell chips to manufacturers of business desktops and servers. To date, the vast majority of AMD desktop and notebook chips have gone into consumer computers.

Forthcoming Dual-Core Itanium CPU Achieves Fastest Four-Way Floating Point Benchmark

Subject: Processors | July 8, 2005 - 06:41 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif, July 7, 2005 — Based on internal testing by Intel Corporation, a system based on the forthcoming dual-core Intel® Itanium® processor codenamed 'Montecito' demonstrated a 60 percent performance increase over a previous technical computing benchmark posted by a four-way RISC-based system.

Athlon 64 FX-57 Review

Subject: Processors | June 24, 2005 - 09:11 AM |
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I forgot to post this last week, but GDHardware has a review of the new Athlon 64 FX-57 processor that will be announced on the 27th of this month.

The real target audience for the FX-57 is going to be the ultra-gamer who insists on nothing but the absolute fastest gaming CPU money can buy. It simply crushes everything in its path in game performance and handles most of today's common applications with power to spare.

Source: General

Intel Roadmap Details

Subject: Processors | June 16, 2005 - 10:58 AM |
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Anandtech is looking at the near future of Intel's roadmaps including the Presler and Cedar Mill cores.

As we mentioned earlier, two Cedar Mills running at lower clock speeds will compose a Presler dual core processor (Smithfield's replacement). HyperThreading, EIST, XD and EM64T are enabled on all of these new processors. Furthermore, all Cedar Mill chips will also receive VT technology, with the exception of the Pentium 4 631. The Pentium 4 631 and 633 are identical except the absence of VT in the 631.

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The Pentium D Processor

Intel released the Pentium D line up along with the Extreme Edition processor last month, but we are finally starting to see them for sale in the channel. Should you be looking at the low cost 820 for your next upgrade?

Apple to Use Intel Microprocessors Beginning in 2006

Subject: Processors | June 6, 2005 - 11:27 PM |
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WWDC 2005, SAN FRANCISCO—June 6, 2005—At its Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple® announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh® computers using Intel® microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007.  Apple previewed a version of its critically acclaimed operating system, Mac OS® X Tiger, running on an Intel-based Mac® to the over 3,800 developers attending CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address.

Apple to Officially Move from IBM to Intel Processors

Subject: Processors | June 6, 2005 - 03:26 PM |
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This is really a blow to the stomach for AMD with Steve Jobs officially announcing that they are going to Intel for their Mac line of computers.  So many times we thought we had seen AMD nearly sign up with Apple for this exact deal, but it would seem that AMD's smaller fab capabilities are holding it back yet again. 


One interesting point though is that with the Intel chips in Macs, that means an official x86 version of Mac OS X should be released soon, so maybe AMD users that build their own systems can still get the Mac experience if they wish to?


Source: General