Subject: Processors | January 3, 2006 - 04:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the AMD processor sales on Dell's website is starting to have an adverse affect on the rest of AMD's distribution channel.
Last year we reported that Dell was flogging AMD chips on its web site and it appears to be doing quite well. We're still totally unsure whether these chips are sourced through traditional AMD distributors like Avnet or whether Dell has a special deal with the firm to flog them. AMD is expected to rebound with additional stocks before the end of this month.
Subject: Processors | January 3, 2006 - 04:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the prices on the AMD Opterons with 939-pin counts are steadily going up...?
If it's ever going to get better, that will happen if these backordered processors we mentioned actually show up towards the end of January.
In the meantime, the latest processors that have shown up don't seem to be quite as good as the ones that started the uproar. They aren't bad, but an easy 3GHz is no longer a given.
Personally, if you haven't bought one by now, you may want to consider waiting until CPUs containing these IBM/AMD SOI improvements come out.
Subject: Processors | December 28, 2005 - 10:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
Two big name games have recently come out with new patches that supposedly support SMP setups with dual-core or Hyper-Threaded processors. Quake 4 was the first and Call of Duty 2 followed closely behind.
This Call of DutyÂ® 2 update is recommended for Windows 2000/XP users with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology) enabled processors, multiple processors, or systems with a dual core processor.
Subject: Processors | December 28, 2005 - 10:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the classic "Intel Inside" logo is finally going the way of the dodo this January.
Motherboards don't look, I'm changing! 'Intel Inside', the iconic logo of the world's most dominant semiconductor manufacturing company, which has imprinted itself on the consciousness of consumers across the globe, is likely to undergo a transformation early in the new year, according to industry sources.
Subject: Processors | December 28, 2005 - 10:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
After you take a look out my review of the new Intel 955 processor and 975X chipset, head on over and see what these other sites have to say about the new pair.
The Pentium XE 955 CPU
Intel is announcing a new processor today that packs 4 MB of L2 cache and a 1066 MHz FSB into a 65nm core.
AMD's X2 line of processors is probably the best you can buy. But wouldn't like to get the top level performance without having to pay the top dollar? Don't we all! But the X2 3800+ looks like it has what it takes to bring that to you.
Subject: Processors | December 23, 2005 - 09:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
Another big win for 64-bit processors in general, Valve just announced support for 64-bit processors and OSs in their latest Source engine update.
Bellevue, WA. — December 22, 2005 — Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today.
Subject: Processors | December 20, 2005 - 01:05 PM | Jonathan Hung
Back in November, Anand previewed the upcoming Yonah processor. Today he's revisiting the same CPU but with updated software and hardware. It's really interesting to see how the mobile dual-core compares to AMD's X2.
"... we've updated the benchmark suite considerably, including modern day games and a few professional-level applications hopefully to get a better perspective on Yonah's performance. We've also included an Athlon 64 X2 running at 2.0GHz, but with each core having a full 1MB L2 cache, making the Yonah vs.