Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD

AMD Barcelona is Almost Here

AMD had their analyst day this afternoon and talked about the upcoming Barcelona as well as future GPU technologies and the first implementations of the much talked about Fusion technology.

Intel's shines a light on the CPUs possible future

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2007 - 01:44 PM |

The idea is to stop using those sluggish electrons, and switch to those speed demon photons.  This won't be an easy switch, but it may be needed to keep the increase in speed that we have become accustomed to.  If it can be done, a prototype silicon laser modulator that can achieve 40Gbs is very impressive, and necessary to have a photonic IC.  Slashdot has the news flash.

Source: Slashdot

JPMorgan Spills Beans on AMD Outsourcing?

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:30 PM |

This is definitely interesting news if true: is AMD outsourcing their first Fusion chips to TSMC and their 45nm production?

While voicing confidence over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) second quarter performance, a recent JP Morgan research report hinted that the foundry may have signed a foundry contract with AMD for the production of Fusion CPUs on 45nm.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Gives Away Software Threading Tools

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:25 PM |

Intel has apparently decided to "open source" their tools to help developers better improve on software performance for multiple cores.  This will benefit users of Intel's CPUs as well as AMD's.

Intel is open-sourcing its Threading Building Blocks 2.0 software, a C++ template library that simplifies the development of software applications running in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fighting hard for last place

Subject: Processors | July 18, 2007 - 02:34 PM |

AMD and Intel seem to currently be in a race to see who can use the least amount of power, especially when it comes to servers.  Instead of measuring who is the fastest, or the most powerful, AnandTech's review focuses on the power consumption of Intel and AMD's low power chips, when performing an identical task.  Whether you are looking to lower your power costs, or even just trying to figure out what TDP means to you, this article will help you along your way.

Source: AnandTech

Intel's new king of the hill

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 01:02 PM |

The Core 2 Extreme Quad core QX6850 makes it's debut today, and you can get a good impression as to what this ~$1000 processor can do at HotHardware.  We know the technical specs, 133MHz FSB, 3GHz on 65nm construction, 130W TDP, and a pair of 4MB L2 caches.  What you won't know until you read the review is how much better it is than the pair of 6800 Extremes already on the market.

Source: HotHardware

Intel has announced some new shinys!

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 12:13 AM |

The QX6850, a quad extreme 1333MHz FSB , as well as new C2Ds with 1333 FSB, and a even a new Core 2 Quad have all just been announced.  Sticking with the new philosophy CPU manufacturers have, these new parts will not have a significant increasing in TDP.

Additionally, the first mobile extreme processor, the Core 2 Extreme X7800 is making an appearance.  It's a fully unlocked Merom, allowing OCers to try their hands at pushing it to the limits.

Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel

Top End Consumer Power

Intel's new 1333 MHz FSB product line is launched today and we test the new flagship QX6850: it's performance just brings the rest to their knees!

Less of what you don't want

Subject: Processors | July 9, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

At Legion Hardware, they are testing two 2GHz processors, Intel's Celeron 440 against AMD's Sempron 3600+.  While the Sempron line is being phased out in preference for the BE series, you are much more likely to find a Sempron for sale.  Both are priced very low, and the TDP is lower than many of the top of the line chips, giving them a niche of their own.  Check out how they fare against one another.

Processor Price/Performance points

Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 02:26 PM |

Join the Tech Report for a look a processors from a money conscious perspective.  Getting the latest and greatest CPU is certainly an easy answer to the question of what processor to buy, but what if you are asking that question with a twist.  What if you want to get the most processing power per dollar?  16 processors are tested, and a final five are chosen.  Find out which ones.