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A Need for a PPU?

AGEIA is attempting to break the mold of the PC gamer's box by adding a completely new card into the mix: a physics processor. With promises of fully interactive worlds and fluid dynamics unseen before, how can you go wrong?

AMD Geode(TM) LX 800@0.9W Processor

Subject: Processors | May 23, 2005 - 05:50 AM |
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AMD announced the availability of the new Geode™ LX 800@0.9W Processor today. Hop on over to AMD and check out the press release!

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. today announced availability of the AMD Geode™ LX 800@0.9W processor,* enabling consumers to experience full-featured, desktop-style computing on a new generation of x86 architecture-based embedded and mobile devices.

Source: AMD

Athlon 64 Venice 3800+ Review

Subject: Processors | May 17, 2005 - 07:16 AM |
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The gang at Tech Report have a review up of the 3800+ Athlon 64 Venice core processor. 

Perhaps we saw relatively lackluster results because we used Prime95's stringent torture test with small FFTs, which will cause a shaky CPU to throw an error even when it will run other programs with no apparent problems. We also used Windows XP x64 Edition for testing, which make uses of transistors that would be dormant in a 32-bit OS, potentially exposing a problem. Or maybe our chip was just a dog.

Slow News Day - Venice for Sale

Subject: Processors | May 16, 2005 - 10:24 AM |
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Its an oddly slow news day from a hardware review perspective.  Maybe everyone is recovering from all the Xbox 360 crap that went on last week?  In any event, until something crosses my wire, I only have an update on finding some Venice core Athlon 64 processors for sale in our Pricegrabber engine.



  • Athlon 64 3000+ Venice - from $149

  • Athlon 64 3200+ Venice -

Anandtech Analyzes new Far Cry 64-bit Patches

Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 07:24 AM |
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Anandtech has beat me to the punch by writing up a bit on the newly released Far Cry 64-bit patch.  They did see a few FPS performance increase, as well as detailed textures and a further draw distance.  But the conclusion Anand leaves you with is the exact one I left you with on our Shadow Ops article.  The difference being this time the AMD team didn't make claims they couldn't back up.

AMD's goals are quite admirable, but the fact of the matte

Source: AnandTech

AMD and Crytek Release 64-bit Version of Far Cry

Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 07:09 AM |
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I just got a press release in my email box about AMD releasing an upgrade to Far Cry that enables 64-bit support.  Even though we have seen these claims with a previous software title, this time around the marketing team seems to have gotten things right, by not trying to scam any consumers.  The example screenshots they have look like reasonable upgrades and I am currently downloading the files to test for the changes

AMD Athlon X2 Previews

Subject: Processors | May 9, 2005 - 11:17 AM |
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A number of previews have finally surfaced about the long awaited AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core processor. How does it compare to Intels dual core chip?

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AMD to Offer Dual-Core Opteron 100 series in 939 Package?

Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 08:07 AM |
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This is true according to a report on Digitimes that bases their information on some motherboard vendors information.  The most interesting part listed though is that it says the Opteron 152 will be the last 940-pin Opteron 1xx CPU, and all future one will have 939 pins.  This could turn out to be very interesting if it's true, though I don't see much point in it.  The Opteron processors have usually been a step behind the fastest FX processor in terms of clock speed, and I would assume the upcoming Athlon 64 X2 processors would run at the same speeds of an

Source: Digitimes

Intel Pentium XE 840 Review

Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 07:28 AM |
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The gang at Tech Report have gotten around to reviewing the Intel Pentium Extreme Ediition 840 processor, the fastest dual core offering from Intel. 

Probably the most direct competitor for the Pentium Extreme Edition 840, in terms of pricing and technology, is AMD's Opteron 175, which is also a dual-core chip and also priced at a princely $999.

Two More Venice Core Reviews

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2005 - 09:51 AM |
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We have to new articles up on the AMD Athlon 64 Venice core upgrade, that I first took at look at here


HotHardware has reviewed the the Venice 3800+ model processor, but didn't find a lot of overclocking room. 


Lost Circuits takes a much more detailed look at the power consumption of the new core in their review of the 3800+ model


At the same speed, the dual
Source: General