Athlon 64 E3 Stepping
AMD has a new revision of the Athlon 64 on the way out the door codenamed Venice. Not only does it improve memory compatibility with four modules, it adds SSE3 instructions. Did I mention we got a 40% overclock out of it too?
Subject: Processors | April 4, 2005 - 03:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Just caught another Intel dual core processor preview, this time at Anandtech.
- When it comes to dual core vs. single core with Hyper Threading, there's a huge difference. While both improve system response time, dual core improves it more while also guaranteeing better overall system performance. Hyper Threading lets you multitask, dual core lets you actually get work done while multitasking.
Subject: Processors | April 4, 2005 - 03:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
All the rage on the Internet today is the supposed "release" of the Intel Extreme Edition 840 processor. The reviews are few and far between, pointing to either a very rushed release or difficulty getting the amount of parts ready.
HardOCP gives you the quick and important information on the new XE 840 processor, without a lot of techy-fluff. They sum it up pretty nicely.
There are also articles from such sites as He
Subject: Processors | March 31, 2005 - 10:30 AM | Ryan Shrout
Want to read about one sites experiences overclocking the 3500+ Newcastle core processor? They say that buying a CPU is luck of the draw on whether you get Newcastle or Winchester, or any core, but if you look around at most online sites like Newegg, they specify for you.
There's little doubt that the AMD Athlon64 3500+ is the processor that most enthusiasts will go with as it offers a higher multiplier than lower end models but does not break the bank either.
Subject: Processors | March 31, 2005 - 10:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
I was some how left out of this endeavor to AMD this week, but no matter. Anandtech has a good quality article up on what comments they got from Fred Weber, who was the lead architect on the K8 core.
We also asked Weber about his thoughts on wafer and die stacking; he sounded particularly interested in them, but added that for a microprocessor it's far too early to count on die stacking because of yield concerns. He said that the time for the technology to be used on microprocessors would only exis
Subject: Processors | March 25, 2005 - 10:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
Legit Reviews has another look (with actual benchmarks this time) of the Asus CT-479 Pentium M upgrade kit.
The idea to put Intel Pentium M — the chip originally designed for mobile computers — into desktops has been around for a quite while, and Legit Reviews sees the trend staying around in the future. With Intel seeing companies selling Pentium-M adapters and desktop boards it may be only time till Intel jumps on board and designs a mobile desktop solution. If corporate buyers pic
The Pentium M (Dothan) Architecture
DFI is bringing the Pentium M platform to desktop PCs. Is this something you might be interested in? Does the Pentium M really have what it takes to out perform the best of the Intel 600-series and Extreme Edition processors?
Subject: Processors | March 23, 2005 - 12:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
In my IDF coverage, I mentioned how healthy the 65nm technology from Intel looked, but I didn't think they would be bumping up time tables, but it looks like that may happen.
The interesting bit is that Intel is now telling people that it may pull the 65 nanometre launch forward by a few months, maybe as early as late Q3. This would mean Cedar Mill, Presler, and possibly Yonah wukk arrive much earlier than anyone thinks.
Subject: Processors | March 23, 2005 - 12:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Scott over at The Tech Report has taken a good, detailed look at the current state of the 64-bit world by comparing the Athlon 64 and the new Intel EM64T processors against each other in several series of benchmarks.
For PC enthusiasts and gamers, moving to 64 bits may not present as many obvious advantages in the near term, but there's also very little apparent penalty in going with Windows XP Pro x64, even if it's only to run 32-bit applications.
Subject: Processors | March 21, 2005 - 11:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.