Pushing 2 cores to the limit

Subject: Processors | November 24, 2009 - 06:49 PM |

Thanks to the missing two cores, the Phenom II X2 BE CPU has only an 80W TDP, a big drop from its 45nm quad and triple core brothers.  That is not the only benefit to be had for the trimming that was done to this particular CPU, the 3.1GHz clock speed is faster than all but the X4 955 BE and can be had for a less than half the price of that X4.  The Black Edition also spells out opportunity for overclockers, that unlocked

Source: PCStats

AMD is steering towards a great 2010

Subject: Processors | November 12, 2009 - 02:42 PM |

Anandtech managed to get their hands on AMD's processor roadmap for the near future and have posted it for your viewing pleasure.  Enthusiasts are not going to be as excited as the server and mobility crowd are, but there is still a lot of action.  On the mobile side we will be seeing Llano, the first Accelerated Processing Unit or APU, which promises great graphical performance coupled with enhanced battery life.  The server crowd gets an update on Magny Cours and the Maranello platform it i

Source: AnandTech

Revising the Phenom II X4 965 BE

Subject: Processors | November 4, 2009 - 02:25 PM |

There is a new X4 965 on the market, the Rev C, which brings some interesting advancements to the CPU.  First off is the drop in TDP to 125W and the second is the implementation of new states which finally rid the CPU of the CnQ Performance Hit that many have seen.  All this adds up to a much more power efficient processor that will throw off less heat and eat less power.  All that is wonderful for HTPCs and server rooms, but the true enthusiast doesn't mind having to build a small nuclear powerplant (pebble reactor) next to their PC in order to get a great overclock.  Does


A second chance to meet the Athlon II X4 620

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2009 - 12:35 PM |

The $100 AMD Athlon II X4 620 has been
powering our Budget Hardware Leaderboard system for over a month now, offering the benefits of a quad core processor to the lower end of systems and if you are willing to overclock it you can also get 3GHz+ of speed.  Josh reviewed this chip back in September but it is worth revisiting just

Source: Bjorn3D

VIA Introduces New VIA Nano 3000 Series Processors

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2009 - 11:28 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 3 November 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today introduced its new VIA Nano 3000 Series processors, bringing enhanced digital media performance and lower power consumption to Windows 7 thin and light notebook and all-in-one desktop PC markets.

Based on the 64-bit superscalar 'Isaiah' architecture, VIA Nano 3000 Series processors deliver the most compelling thin and light notebook computi

AMD's efficient little 2.8GHz Athlon X2

Subject: Processors | October 27, 2009 - 03:26 PM |

The AMD Athlon II X2 240e is similar to the X2 250 but that little 'e' on the end signifies it to belong to the Regor family of 45W TDP processors.  It will support DDR2 or DDR3, depending on which socket motherboard you choose at up to 1333MHz.  From the results of their testing PC Stats decided that this efficient $80 processor is great for small systems but really does compete against the 250 which might eat up $10 more and produce 10W more power but does also offer you a 5-7% gain in perfo

Source: PCStats

S3 Graphics 5400E: The World's Only Power Efficient GPGPU Processor with Embedded Lifecycle Support

Subject: Processors | October 22, 2009 - 05:25 PM |

Fremont, California, 22 October 2009 - S3 Graphics today announced the latest addition to its power-efficient embedded graphics processor family, with the unveiling of the OpenCL 1.0 capable Chrome 5400E GPGPU processor. The S3 Graphics 5400E will be unveiled at the Electronic Manufacturer Exposition (eMEX), October 22nd - 25th, in Suzhou, China at the Suzhou International Expo Center, Hall 4A, Booth No.

Source: S3 Graphics

Ruling the low end once again

Subject: Processors | October 20, 2009 - 04:23 PM |

AnandTech seems to have hit AMD's value product line's mantra on the head, "sell three cores for the price of two". 

Source: AnandTech

Defining the tricks of today's silicon

Subject: Processors | October 15, 2009 - 05:43 PM |

iXBT Labs has been accumulating information on the new technologies we find in the present CPUs from AMD and Intel.  In this particular article they focus on Hyper Threading, what it means and more importantly what you can expect to see in the way of performance impacts in normal usage.  You can find links to the others in the series of articles on this page, including a portion on memory tweaking.

Source: iXBT Labs

Three Core i7s to go please

Subject: Processors | October 7, 2009 - 03:32 PM |

New desktop CPUs tend to be more exciting to cover as all of the bells and whistles that come with the new architecture are included in these chips.  Worrying about heat and size are only partially important, whereas those are the most important things to consider when designing a mobile processor.  The extra bells and whistles, apart from energy saving tricks are add only if they do not have a negative impact on the TDP.  The appearance of three Core i7 mobile processors is worth looking at though, this is an incredible amount of processing power to fit into a laptop. 

Source: t-break

Just trim off a few nanometres and maybe a core or two

Subject: Processors | October 1, 2009 - 12:27 PM |

If you still haven't had enough news about Intel's new 32nm processors after reading Ryan's article and listening to us gab about it on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, then head to X-bit Labs!  They get up close and personal with Clarkdale and its architecture in their new preview.  They talk about Intel's infamous Tick-Tock strategy that drives their current product roadmap and al

Source: X-Bit Labs

Moore's Law Marches on at Intel

Subject: Processors | September 22, 2009 - 02:28 PM |

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 22, 2009 – Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini today displayed a silicon wafer containing the world's first working chips built on 22nm process technology. The 22nm test circuits include both SRAM memory as well as logic circuits to be used in future Intel microprocessors.

"At Intel, Moore's Law is alive and thriving," said Otellini.

Live from the Intel Developer Forum: Paul Otellini Keynote

Subject: Processors | September 22, 2009 - 12:22 PM |

The Wi-Fi connection here at IDF is sketchy at best we'll do our best to cover the keynotes for you live from the event!

AMD is getting comfortable in their low cost niche

Subject: Processors | September 16, 2009 - 01:23 PM |

AMD has taken over the lower end of the CPU spectrum with the release of the Athlon II X4 620 and 630.  In the $100 price range, the only chip Intel has to offer is the Q8200, and at around $27 more it and with lesser performance, it is overwhelmed by AMDs offerings.  The bad news is that Black Edition processors are limited to the Phenom II series, the Athlons will not have one.  On the plus side, that wonderful little BIOS feature called ACC may be able to unlock L3 cache that is disabled on the chip.  Josh has posted his fu

Still no sign of the elusive 860

Subject: Processors | September 10, 2009 - 05:10 PM |

As we mentioned in last nights podcast, only two of the three Lynnfield processors have appeared for review, with the sweetest one of all MIA.  Hopefully this means that the i7-860 is on its way into the channel in large numbers as it sits in the price point of the i7-920 and does about the same thing with less power needed and less heat produced.  While we are awaiting its arrival why not see how professionals like the folks at [H]ard|OCP h

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Lynnfields! Meet the Lynnfields!

Subject: Processors | September 8, 2009 - 06:24 AM |

After all of the preamble and waiting, the Lynnfield core has finally arrived in the form of the Core i5 750, the Core i7 860 and the Core i7 870.  If that isn't confusing enough, you can hold hope that the Core i6 might show up soon.  The two i7s come with hyperthreading, as their name implies, the sole i5 does not; all use DDR3 but not all Core i7s can use triple channel memory. 

A better buy in silicon?

Subject: Processors | August 31, 2009 - 03:33 PM |

Now that the capabilities of the i7 920 have been fully explored, enthusiasts are trying to find another processor that can deliver the performance that they want, while staying somewhere in the neighbourhood of $300. 
One contender is AMD's Phenom II 965, priced at $240.  Four cores at 3.2GHz give it equal footing when trying to unseat t

Finding an undiscovered cache of goodies

Subject: Processors | August 27, 2009 - 02:00 PM |

As Josh talked about last night on the PCPer Podcast, ACC is an AMD users best friend.  The newest trick is unlocking the extra 6MB L3 cache on some Athlon II processors, essentially making them into Phenom II CPUs.  Drop by ALIENBABEL tech to see the benchmarks of one such unlocked chip.

140W TDP too much for you?

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2009 - 12:51 PM |

The new Phenom X4 965s are impressive processors but they throw off a lot of heat so not all AM3 motherboards will take them, as well there are certain setups where a CPU tossing off that much heat and consuming that much power just isn't feasible.  Thus we have the 65W TDP 2.5 GHz X3 705e and the 2.5GHz Phenom II X4 905e low power CPUs.&nbsp

AMD has a new gift for their fans

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2009 - 01:04 PM |

The Deneb based Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor is AMD's new top of the line product.  The core is running at a nice and speedy 3.4 GHz, but the memory controller, HT link, and L3 cache are untouched, still  running at 2 GHz.  AMD has set the price at $245, a nice attractive price for a drop in upgrade.  Josh tests this 140W processor as far as it can go and a bit bey