Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 04:15 PM |
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In case some of you guys aren't checking out the RSS feeds of our articles or just skip over the icons above, I really need to make sure you see the new ray tracing article from Daniel Pohl.  As a follow up to Daniel's previous article that first introduced ray tracing to our readers, this newest iteration dives into some examples of how ray tracing can be more efficient than rasterization when it come to rendering games. 

The short answer is ...

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Not without a TEC or LOX setup.

Extremetech found overclocking the Phenom 9600 to be difficult and unpredictable.  They were unable to get more than 200MHz above the spec speed, and even then it sounds like there were difficulties encounter.  About the only thing they could count on was a big jump in the heat produced by the chip.

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One Year Later

Daniel Pohl's latest work takes a look at how ray tracing engines have developed over the past year and discusses how ray tracing can be advantageous when compared to current rasterization techniques. The chances of utilizing both ray tracing and rasterization is also explored.

Intel 45nm parts pushed back until Feb/March

Subject: Processors | January 16, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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Yesterday I pointed to a story that talked about Intel's mobile 45nm Penryn processors being delayed and today it seems like the inevitable happened - talks of the desktop parts being late are surfacing. 

Digitimes is reporting that Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor, the one we reviewed recently with the 1600 MHz FSB, is going from a January release to February or March.

More Unfortunate News for AMD

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2008 - 08:58 PM |
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Since the original Lake Tahoe event where AMD first showed off Phenom based systems for the press, we have had essentially nothing but bad news concerning the new processor architecture.  The first news was that the 2.4 and 2.6 GHz versions would be launched sometime late Q1 2008, then we had the TLB errata issue, then the pushing back of the tri-core Phenoms, then the pushing back of the revision B3 Phenoms hitting the market, and it seemingly has gone on ad nauseum.

What we know about Intel's new processors

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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The biggest surprise in Intel's announcement about their 16 new processors is that over half of them will be available very soon.  The actual specs are a little light, but you can read about all that is know about them at [H]ard|OCP as well as several other sites.  We do know that they are 45nm and the soon to be released C2D CPUs will run betwen 2.10GHz to 3.16GHz.  You will have to wait a while for the new quad cores.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45 nanometer(nm) processors for Intel Centrino Processor Technology based laptops.

I see an AMD Core and I want it painted black

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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The AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition should be hitting retailers soon, and it has already made appearances on reviewers desks.  It arrived at a speed of 2.3GHz (11.5x200MHz), but seeing as how it is unlocked that multiplier can change, for instance [H]ard|OCP had no problems reaching a 15x multiplier and just over 3GHz.  If AMD sticks to their promised $250-ish pricing, you can expect this CPU to offer rather nice performance for it's price.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Upgrading to Phenom with AM2 not as cool as we thought

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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The guys at Tom's Hardware, as reported by Engadget, are saying that the "drop in upgrade" of Phenom processors into existing AM2 motherboards isn't working as well as we originally hoped.

Source: engadget

AMD ends Athlon X2 branding, starts Athlon 6000 series

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2007 - 11:06 AM |
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Fans of Athlon X2 processors, and huge OEMs that use them, are set to place their final orders for K8 parts next quarter.  But no worries!  They are going to release a dual-core version of Phenom in Q1 of 08 as well in the form of the Athlon 6000 series.

Source: Digitimes