Pushing the bar ever higher

Subject: Processors | April 11, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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Intel keeps raising the bar, this time with the introduction of the quad core QX6800.  While there is no doubt that it is the fastest retail processor on the market, the A64 FX-74 just can't keep up.  Head to The Tech Report to watch this chip sweep the processor playoffs!

AMD To Showcase Barcelona this month?

Subject: Processors | April 10, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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According to this slide at Hardspell.com, AMD is going to be showing off the upcoming Barcelona processor to the press in Tunisia this month.  That won't mean that you are going to see reviews of it any sooner, but any information is good information.

Barcelona is server part while Agena FX is a FX super fast gaming part. They are both based on what AMD claims is "evolutionary design" and it calls it K10. AMD will introduce and show this CPU at Tunisia on the 23rd and 24th of April.

Source: General

HUGE AMD Price Cuts!!

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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Effective today, you will be seeing some huge price cuts on AMD's line of desktop processors.  The official online price list was updated this morning with this information:









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Intel Announces new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 - Quad Core @ 2.93 GHz

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 12:00 AM |
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Today Intel is announcing the availability of their latest Core architecture processor.  The new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 has been pretty much confirmed for months now around the rumor mill, but you should finally be able to get your hands on one today.  Here's the quick run down:



  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800

  • Quad-core

  • 2.93 GHz

  • 1066 MHz FSB

  • 8MB L2 cache

  • 582 million transistors

  • Kentsfield core - Two dual-core dies on one chip

Basically, what we have here is a modest speed bump over

Intel Developing a new UMPC Platform

Subject: Processors | April 6, 2007 - 04:19 PM |
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Intel is supposedly developing a new UMPC platform according to some slides seen by the folks at HKEPC.  Engadget has posted some pics and information on the subject including a smaller footprint and doubling of current UMPC battery life.

Known only by its codename "McCaslin," the chipset will reportedly occupy a space of 975 square millimeters (as opposed to the relatively enormous 2915 square millimeters of today's models) and feature power-sipping 600MHz and 800MHz proces

Source: engadget

X6800 + LN = Crazy Crustaceans

Subject: Processors | April 3, 2007 - 04:18 PM |
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How does SuperPi 1M in 9.844 seconds sound?  At -145.4°C MADSHRIMPS managed to get the x6800 hit 5200Mhz, and earned them 31st in the World Ranking at HWBot.org!  Carrying on to the point of instability, but still being able to boot, they pushed it to 378.9 Bus with a 14x multiplier.  That gave them a FSB of 1515.7MHz and a core of 5305MHz.  Gives you something to aim for, eh?

Source: Madshrimps

Intel Details Upcoming New Processor Generations

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2007 - 06:14 PM |
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Marking the next step in Intel's "tick-tock" product strategy and cadence to deliver a new process technology with an enhanced microarchitecture or entirely new microarchitecture every year, Intel Corporation will begin producing its next-generation Penryn family of processors in the second half of this year.

More from Intel's preview of Nehalem and Penryn

Subject: Processors | March 29, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted some very good slides of Intel's Penryn preview.  Over a dozen 45nm Hi-k designs are being developed by Intel and they shouldn't have a problem getting them made, they will have 2 45nm manufacturing fabs up and running within 6 to 9 months and 2 more on the way.

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Intel Details Penryn and Nehalem

Intel took time today to share some very interesting information on the upcoming Penryn core as well as the 2008 architecture known as Nehalem that is the first to bring on-die memory controllers and on-die graphics to Intel CPUs!

A more flexible architecture

Subject: Processors | March 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a very interesting prototype coming out of Japan.  By placing the core on a plastic substrate, they have created a chip that can be bent, albeit a very slow one.  There are many applications that involve conditions a ceramic CPU can't survive for long in, and this may be a perfect solution.

Source: The Inquirer