Subject: Processors | December 24, 2007 - 12:51 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to this Digitimes report, the upcoming revision of the Phenom 9600 and 9900 CPUs with the TLB fix to address performance issues is going to be pushed back until Q2 of 2008. Their sources claim that AMD hasn't been able to solve the bug and if this turns out to be true will be very bad news indeed for a product that hasn't even seen day one of sunlight.
Subject: Processors | December 21, 2007 - 03:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
No real surprises here, though the news coming from Intel directly is uplifting for upcoming mobile technologies. If only there was more news besides partnering with Apple...
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 12:03 PM | Josh Walrath
Digitimes is reporting that Intel is backing off of its introduction of the lower clocked 45 nm quad core parts. These would have included the Q9300, Q9450, and Q9550. The official story is that Intel does not feel the need to release these due to all of the issues AMD is having getting their quad cores out. Since Intel feels there is no real competition in this space, they can let their current 65 nm quad core parts handle the demand.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 10:26 AM | Ryan Shrout
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Subject: Processors | December 18, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
According the "we get it now" genius at the New York Times, coding multi-threaded software is hard. Go figure! Other than making it easy to make fun of mainstream media again, this article does bring up some good points. Multi-threaded coding is completely different than the coding models used since the beginning of time and software engineers are having to completely re-learn their art in order to keep up with hardware advancements. And so, becaus
Subject: Processors | December 10, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unfortunately for AMD, one of the most publicized features of the new Barcelona chips is the TLB bug, which in a very few cases can cause a system lockup. Even a small chance of failure like this makes the Barcelona a far less attractive choice to use in any critical system, and as these chips are aimed at the server market, that becomes a very big deal. AMD has issued a patch, but the patch comes at a price; we have heard it possibly costs up to 14% of total performance. A different fix i
Subject: Processors | December 3, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a talk with an rep from AMD, The Tech Report got an update on dual Quad cores and Quad FX ... it isn't happening, at least not soon. It looks like Phenom will not support this feature, so anyone who picked up a platform that was supposed to support Quad FX won't have anything to stick in that second socket. Instead AMD has focused on projects like Spider, and we are left wondering what Intel's plans will be, and if Skulltrail will die as well.
Subject: Processors | November 28, 2007 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can catch Josh Walrath's take on the X2 5000+ Black Box, the last of the Athlons at PenStar Systems. It is still a relevant chip, as desktop Phenom's aren't exactly available, and it's overclocking ability will let you build a system that you can upgrade to a Phenom when they are available, and only have to drop ~$100 on the CPU.
Subject: Processors | November 28, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced an upgrade of its popular software tools suite for Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major version of Apple's advanced operating system. The latest 10.1 version of the Intel C++ Compiler and Intel Fortran Compiler, as well as the Intel Threading Building Blocks, Intel Math Kernel Libraries and Intel Performance Primitives, have been optimized for Apple's Leopard and Xcode 3.0 development environment launched last month.
Subject: Processors | November 26, 2007 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The refresh of the E6550, the E6450 offers a great way to chart the performance differences between the Conroe and Wolfdale as they are essentially the same chip. If you check out the full review at t-break, you can see that the various optimizations and the extra 2MB cache help in many applications, but don't really impact game performance that much.