Asus CT-479 CPU Adaptor

Subject: Processors | March 21, 2005 - 11:57 PM |
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If you think you might want to change that old 478-pin motherboard over to a 479-pin Pentium M platform, then you may want to look at the Asus CT-479 that will do just that.  This article does little more than give you a vague look at the product, but more a more complete look is coming soon here at PCP.

The CT-479 seen above actually has a quite a bit more to it than one might expect.  Since the adapter will not allow a standard socket 478 heat sink to be used ASUS provides one with the kit.

Understanding the Cell Microprocessor

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2005 - 02:47 PM |
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If you have heard anything about the recent announcements of the PS3 and the development of something called a "cell processor", then you'll want to read Anandtech's article on the architecture.  Anand finds out some damn detailed info on the new processing sytle, and what it might mean to you, very soon.

Cell's architecture is similar to the next version of Microsoft's Xbox and upcoming PC microprocessors in that it is heavily multithreaded.

Source: AnandTech
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Dual Core for Everyone?

AMD shared their plans for the upcoming dual core processors with us. We wrap up the information and present it to you here.

Intel to Cut Pentium M Prices

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2005 - 12:36 PM |
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It looks like Intel is going to dropping prices on the current Pentium M processors, but not until July 24th.  The price drop comes with the launch of a new processor, the 780, but the 765 price will drop by 50% to $423!  This is good news, but I wish the price drop would occur sooner as I am actually working on a P-M desktop article.


Intel plans to cut the prices of its 700-series Pentium M processors on July 24, to take on Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) newly launched Turion 64 mobile CPUs, according
Source: Digitimes

VIA C7 Processor Coming this Summer

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2005 - 12:34 PM |
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According to the French folks at X86-secret.com, VIA is going to be launching a new processor at this summer's Computex show in Taipei.  The new C7 processor is going to be based on the current 478-pin package.  You'll need to take the Babelfish with you to read it though, heh.

C'est étrangement au CeBIT que nous avons obtenu confirmation du lancement des CPUs VIA C7 et C7-M lors du Computex de Taiwan.

Source: General

Multi-core and multi-threaded Gaming Editorial

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2005 - 01:12 AM |
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Anandtech has posted an editorial on the theories and ideas behind multi-threaded gaming, and the difficulties associated with it.  This is worth the read, especially with the interview with Tim Sweeney of Epic Games on support for multiple threads in the Unreal Engine 3.

Tim Sweeney: Yes! These are hard problems, certainly not the kind of problems every game industry programmer is going to want to tackle.

Source: AnandTech

Dual Core Athlon 64 Benchmarked

Subject: Processors | March 13, 2005 - 02:52 AM |
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An Italian site called HWUpgrade.it has apparently benchmarked a 2.4 GHz Athlon 64 dual core processor in the Cinebench test, with some interesting results.  The site is in Italian, but the images are universal, so give it a look.

VIA Brings Dual Processing to Mini-ITX with the New VIA EPIA DP-310 Mainboard

Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 12:24 PM |
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If you remember, we brought you the very first pictures of this board from our VIA meeting in January.  But now, the launch is official:


The VIA EPIA DP-310 Mini-ITX mainboard is powered by two power-efficient 1GHz VIA Eden-N(TM) processors featuring advanced in-built hardware security, while the acclaimed VIA CN400 digital media chipset, Gigabit Ethernet and an extensive array of high bandwidth I/O, high-speed storage and connectivity options afford an unprecedented level of integration for server and em

Star Wars Episode III Rendered on Windows 64

Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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At CeBIT in Germany, The Inquirer heard that Microsoft was touting the EP3 movie was being rendered on beta versions of Windows 64.   What's more exciting to me though is that I saw the new trailer on TV last night for the movie, and you can download it today as well!  (Edit: take that back -- only if you PAY to subscribe to the website can you download it right now...grrr)

This version of Windows is almost ready to meet all the Athlon 64, FX, Pentium Four and Celerons which support it and this is just a start

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Processors and DDR2/3 Memory

Subject: Processors | March 9, 2005 - 03:29 PM |
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I don't think we hear often enough from the likes of Penstarsys, but I found this little bit of an editorial on their site that discusses their thoughts on what direction AMD is going to take on memory specs on their future processors.


So, I would expect an official PC4000 spec for DDR before we see AMD support DDR-2.  If you remember back in the day when Intel was all over RAMBUS and AMD was the driving force for DDR.  Many scoffed at AMD, but in the end they were proven right.  DDR was the right technology at t
Source: General