Subject: Processors | November 9, 2005 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?
Subject: Processors | November 3, 2005 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | October 31, 2005 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | October 26, 2005 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | October 25, 2005 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | October 24, 2005 - 12:08 PM | Jonathan Hung
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.
Subject: Processors | October 21, 2005 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted 2 pictures of an upcoming AMD Socket M2 processor. One is of the pinout, and one an actual part of a boot screen. You know you want to see it!
"Here are two pictures of AMD's working Socket M2 processor. This particular unit is running at
2.4GHz. You will notice the "extra" M2 pin bringing the total pin count up to 940 (from the
Subject: Processors | October 20, 2005 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neoseeker pushes an X2 3800+ to the farthest limits they could manage. Read the article to see what kind of overclocking results they managed to get.
"The 3800x2 overclocked suprisingly well; I am quite certain that I would have been able to push
it further with a better cooling solution - and I may try doing just that in a few weeks.
For the best performance I was able to achieve, I ran the processor at 1.5V, the memory at 2.7V
with 2.5-4-4-8-2T timings.
Subject: Processors | October 12, 2005 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Engineers, like most humans, are weird, and they can get bored. So what do they do when they get bored? Would you believe they etch micron scale icons and cartoons into processors, and other integrated circuits? CNet has a story up with Micheal Davidson, who runs a website called the Silicon Jungle, a collection of all the examples he has found.
"Davidson suspected at first that the tiny design he saw
Subject: Processors | October 4, 2005 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neoseeker tries out the AMD64 4000+, pairing it with DDR600. They managed to hit 2.7 GHz from the 2.4 it ships at, and they include hints for reaching it yourself.
"The 4000+ is a very good overclocker - or at least the part we had a chance to play with. As you can see from our charts the performance is very nice when the processor is overclocked. I ran the processor at 1.5V, the memory at 2.7V with 2.5-4-4-8-2T timings and the HT multiplier at 3x.