Subject: Processors | May 5, 2005 - 02:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | May 3, 2005 - 04:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Introduction and Specifications
Asus is attempting to move into the desktop Pentium M market with this adaptor that allows you to use a 479-pin P-M processor on a 478-pin motherboard.
Subject: Processors | April 27, 2005 - 02:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
I was looking through our forums this morning and saw a link to a Venice core Athlon 64 3500+ processor, priced at $272 as of this posting. Get 'em while they're hot!
Model Brand AMD
Series Athlon 64
CPU Socket Type Socket 939
Tech Spec Core Venice
Name Athlon 64 3500+
Operating Frequency 2.2GHz
L1 Cache 64KB+64KB
Is there DDR2 in AMD's Future?
Various reports online have pointed to AMD making a change in socket sometime next year as well as possibly moving to DDR2 memory technology. With some more information on the subject, I decided to show it to you for your thoughts and opinions.
Subject: Processors | April 25, 2005 - 02:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
Toshiba demonstrated the power of the new cell processor that is going into the Playstation 3 console recently. It decoded 48 standard defiinition TV format MPEG-2 streams and then projected them on a 1920x1080 display divided into 8x6 cells each with a different video stream.
In the demonstration, Toshiba used an operating system environment that it had developed to increase efficiency in the Cell software development.
Subject: Processors | April 25, 2005 - 02:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
The change from DDR400 to DDR500 as the official memory standard for AMD would be quite a feat, being as no JEDEC standard exists for DDR500 at all. But none the less, CoolTechZone thinks it might happen.
Before making the switch to other memory standards, the chipmaker has decided to extend support for DDR even further. The source said AMD would most likely support DDR500 with its Venice core microprocessors.
Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 02:31 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like AMD is planning on having 4 models of the Athlon 64 X2 when it is available, from the 4200+ to the 4800+.
The more interesting introductions are the dual Athlon 64s. There are four models: The 4200+, 4400+, 4600+ and, wait for it, the 4800+. These are 2.2GHz frequency processors with 2x512K cache for $537, and the same with 2x1MB for $581. A 2.4GHz CPU with 2x512 cache will set you back $803, and $1001 for 2x1MB. Is the $1001 just a random number, or is AMD playing numerical games? I vote games.
Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 02:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
While the title may be a bit misleading, Anandtech did not get any true Athlon 64 X2 parts to review, instead they used their Opteron 875 processor to simulate an Athlon 64 X2 4400+.
The final problem we had was that there were significant issues with regards to memory compatibility and performance on this Tyan board with the dual core BIOS.
Subject: Processors | April 21, 2005 - 02:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
You really should go read this article, Scott over at Tech Report has a done a great job on evaluating the performance of the new dual core Opteron processors against singel core Opterons, dual and single core Pentiums, Xeon and more.
AMD's dual-core Opteron processors are extremely well executed on all fronts, based on what we've seen. AMD's dual-core design has a technical elegance that Intel's can't match, and that design brings superior performance.