Cheap Quad Core Processors Coming Next Year

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 01:46 PM |
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The gang at HKEPC are saying now that Intel will be releasing a quad core Q6400 for a price under $450.  That's the good news!  The bad: it isn't planned until the third quarter of 2007.

Core 2 Quad Q6400 remains in Kentsfield core like others released models. Standards for this model include: 65nm manufacturing process, LGA 775 package, clock speed at 2.13Ghz, 1066MHz FSB, and  4MB x 2 L2 Cache.

Source: HKEPC

Stock of AMD's Quad FX Parts Arrive

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 01:38 PM |
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It looks like Newegg has received a shipment of AMD's new Athlon FX-74, FX-72 and FX-70 processors and is preparing to offer them for sale very soon.  They are NOT available yet, but we'll be checking Newegg.com's site for you often and will update you if we find them. 


For now, you'll ONLY be able to buy these CPUs in combination with the Asus L1N64-SLI motherboard; priced at $349 apparently.  The CPUs will be priced at $999, $799 and $599 for pairs of the 74s, 72s and 70s, respectivel

Source: The Inquirer

New Lower Power Core 2 Duo CPUs on the Way

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 01:28 PM |
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It appears that according this Inquirer article, Intel will be releasing a lower power consuming version of their Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6400 processors. 

As a contrast, Core 2 Duo eats up 22 Watts while doing nothing and 65W when working under full load. With the new revision, power consumption in idle state (C1E) goes down to 12W.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Analyst Day For Viewing

Subject: Processors | December 18, 2006 - 12:40 AM |
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Ever want to watch an AMD analyst day presentation to see if you can read more into the slides than the rest of the media. 


Advanced Micro Devices 2006 Analyst Day 
Thursday, December 14, 2006 8:00 a.m. ET  
Duration 4 Hours 
Location New York, NY 

Anandtech also Tests Opteron F and new Xeons

Subject: Processors | December 18, 2006 - 12:36 AM |
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The gang at Anandtech has published their tests looking at the new Opteron Socket-F processors and the new Xeon processors from Intel as well.

Some might wonder if a different - read Intel - motherboard for the Woodcrest system could have significantly altered the outcome of these tests. We do not think so. Although the Intel motherboards do tend to show slightly lower power consumption, it is not a significant difference.

Source: AnandTech

New 65nm Athlon X2 Processors Tested

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2006 - 11:17 PM |
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While the 65nm processors from AMD should soon be hitting the streets for everyone to buy, Anandtech got a set of them a bit early and put them to the test to see if power/performance was improved. 

Overall we're left with mixed feelings after playing with AMD's first 65nm chips. Power consumption is definitely reduced compared to its 90nm offerings; in our tests we saw an average reduction in total system power consumption of 14.6W thanks to the new Brisbane core.

Source: AnandTech

Intel Xeon Clovertown Processors take on New Opteron CPUs

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2006 - 11:14 PM |
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The tech wizards at The Tech Report have compiled a review comparing the latest in Intel's server/workstation line to the Socket-F AMD Opteron processors released earlier in the year.  They do a fantastic job looking at the power and performance of almost exactly configured systems and this article is definitely worth a read!


You might also want to see what the Tech Report found out about AMD's upcoming processor

AMD AND IBM DETAIL EARLY RESULTS USING IMMERSION AND ULTRA LOW-K IN 45NM CHIPS

Subject: Processors | December 12, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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San Francisco, CA. -Dec. 12, 2006- At the International Electron Device
Meeting (IEDM) today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) presented
papers describing the use of immersion lithography, ultra-low-K
interconnect dielectrics, and multiple enhanced transistor strain
techniques for application to the 45nm microprocessor process
generation.

Source: AMD

The incredible shrinking die

Subject: Processors | December 6, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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The Tech Report has linked to a couple of articles on the upcoming shift to 32nm, which comes hot on the heels of AMD's move to 65nm and Intel's upcoming 45nm process.  Electric companies won't be impressed, as this will lower the power requirements of quad core systems considerably.

AMD DRIVES NEXT GENERATION OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT COMPUTING WITH 65NM

Subject: Processors | December 5, 2006 - 11:29 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Dec. 5, 2006 - Launching the next generation
of energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
transition to 65nm process technology, beginning with the immediate
availability of energy-efficient AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 dual-core desktop
processors
. The move to 65nm process technology enables AMD to produce
more processors on a 300mm wafer, for increased production capacity,
while continuing to aggressively scale performance and reduce power
consumption.

Source: AMD