The Athlon 64 X2 Processor
AMD is getting set to push their first dual core Athlon 64 X2 processors out to the world next month. How do they stand up to the Intel CPUs released last month? Are they going to be worth the extra cash they are asking for?
Subject: Processors | May 27, 2005 - 02:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like Intel may be having more problems than we might be seeing at first glance. Yesterday we reported that Intel was having some chipset shortages that the motherboard vendors were reporting, and today we are hearing that a shortage of Pentium D processors is going to hit as well. But this time, because of low demand. At Computex, many Intel dual core capable boards will be on display, but with a maximum of 500,000 procesors by years end available in the market (this includes Dell, etc) end users may not
Subject: Processors | May 26, 2005 - 12:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
There are only a handful of the Intel 820 (2.8 GHz dual core) and 670 (3.8 GHz single core) reviews on the web this morning. I am still in the middle of benchmarking my set of CPUs, I should have an article up during Computex next week.
- Tech Report evaluates both processors in their usual, in-depth fashion with some mild humor. Twins be damned!
- Anandtech has reviewed the 670 processor as well, just another sp
Subject: Processors | May 24, 2005 - 09:52 AM | Ryan Shrout
Overclockers is claiming that the initial round of Venice overclocking results may have put too good of a picture on the Venice core. The results in our processor and overclocking forums seem to be pretty close what I saw initially though.
One characteristic of these chips is that they'll often do fine with default voltage or a smidgen above up to 2.5
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?
Subject: Processors | May 23, 2005 - 08:50 AM | Chuck Smith
AMD announced the availability of the new Geode™ LX firstname.lastname@example.orgW 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 email@example.comW processor,* enabling consumers to experience full-featured, desktop-style computing on a new generation of x86 architecture-based embedded and mobile devices.
Subject: Processors | May 17, 2005 - 10:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | May 16, 2005 - 01:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
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 -
Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | May 10, 2005 - 10:09 AM | Ryan Shrout
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