Intel Core i5 Lynnfield processors start showing up for sale

Subject: Processors | August 8, 2009 - 06:03 PM |

Now this is getting to be just plain funny.  Intel still hasn't gotten us our official Lynnfield processor samples but they are apparently showing up for sale in retail form already!  Not in the US mind you, but somewhere. 

AMD Builds SDK for OpenCL on x86 CPUs

Subject: Processors | August 6, 2009 - 11:37 PM |

News is coming out of Siggraph that AMD has released an SDK for OpenCL programming on x86 CPUs.  This might at first seem to be confusing as we are usually referring to GPUs when talking about OpenCL, but keep in mind that OpenCL's goal has always been for heterogenous computing across different processor platforms, not just for graphics cards.  ArsTechnica is calling this a "reverse of the n

Source: Ars Technica

Cost effective CPU collision

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2009 - 11:49 AM |

At under $50, the Intel E1400 is not often seen on the headlines of review sites.  Clocked at a modest 2.0GHz, with an 800MHz FSB and 512KB of L2 cache, this 65W TDP dual core chip is perfect for low cost systems.  Phoronix has pitted it against a single 2GHz core, 45W TDP AMD Sempron LE1150 which can be had for

Source: Phoronix

AMD Releases New Athlon II's and a Lower TDP Phenom II

Subject: Processors | July 22, 2009 - 01:49 PM |

While it is no surprise that AMD was going to offer lower clocked Athlon IIs, it is nice to see that they have done so in a timely manner and with a very nice eye towards price.  As we well know, the Athlon II is based on the Phenom II architecture, but with double the L2 cache but no L3 cache to speak of.  This gives the Athlon II very good performance, but at a remarkably smaller overall die size.  These dual cores are slower than the Phenom II X2s, but the difference in overall performance is not all that great compared to the huge disparity in die size (and considering that

Source: AMD

Huge (literally) Intel roadmaps show 2010+, Turbo Mode scaling

Subject: Processors | July 21, 2009 - 11:30 PM |

When I say HUGE roadmaps that's what I really mean.  PC Watch has done their usual thing and drawn up some damn impressive tables with the future of Intel written all over them.  We are just going to look over the desktop versions for right now, but they come in two parts: one is the roadmap that lays out CPU release dates and frequencies while the other is a good overview of what code names and model numbers indicate in terms of feature sets.

Source: PC-Base

Lynnfield Core i5 prices supposedly leaked - might finally be in your future

Subject: Processors | July 21, 2009 - 10:18 PM |

We have been building up a LOT of news recently on the pending release of Intel's new processor, the Lynnfield-based Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs, including CPU release dates, specifications and of course at least a couple P55 motherboard previews.  Now it looks like we might have the answer most of us are waiting for (besides performance of course): pricing.

Source: TweakTown

Got a Hankering for Istanbul?

Subject: Processors | July 21, 2009 - 05:09 PM |

If you are interested in upgrading our building a whitebox server with the latest AMD Opteron processors based on the Istanbul core, you are in luck.  Newegg has just posted the 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz processors on their site, and the prices for these products are very reasonable.  The 2.2 GHz offering is listed at $450 US and the 2.4 product is at $699.  Both have the 75 watt ACP rating, as well

Source: AMD

IA Eden One Watt Processor Brings Power-Efficiency to Fujitsu Thin Clients

Subject: Processors | July 17, 2009 - 11:28 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 17 July 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of its VIA Eden processor in the latest FUTRO thin client series from Fujitsu.

Intel to open up fab facilities with task-specific designs

Subject: Processors | July 15, 2009 - 05:51 PM |

If what Semiaccurate is saying holds weight, this could be a very big move in the microprocessor manufacturing world.  Apparently during an analyst meeting this morning the company's Senior VP Anand Chandrasekher made a small note during a presentation that could have dramatic effects on how Intel and the silicon production markets function.

Source: General

Intel Lynnfield and P55 Launch rumored as September 8-11

Subject: Processors | July 15, 2009 - 05:50 PM |

I don't know if I've ever seen a variable launch date for a processor before, but Digitimes is reporting that Intel is planning to release the much anticipated Lynnfield processors (known as BOTH Core i7 and Core i5) along with the accompanying P55 chipset in mid September. 

Desktop-based Lynnfield CPUs and P55 chipsets will be announced between September 8-11.
Source: Digitimes

GlobalFoundries teases with customer announcements pending

Subject: Processors | July 14, 2009 - 03:54 PM |

GlobalFoundries has a couple of interesting news bits for us today as SEMICON West starts up in California this week.  First up was a call from GF to drive development on the existing 300mm wafer technology rather than hastily move to 450mm wafers as many in the industry are calling for.

Designed instability

Subject: Processors | July 14, 2009 - 03:27 PM |

Drop by Madshrimps for an indepth look at Back to Back CAS Latency timings in your Core i7 motherboard.  It is a tale of strange instabilities, low clock challenges and memory behaving a bit oddly.  By the end you will have a grasp on a BIOS setting that if used properly could increase your systems speed or give you a way to increase stability at the cost of a bit of speed.  Check out another important new BIOS setting Intel's new architecture has brought us in this article.

Source: Madshrimps

AMD Phenom II TWKR chips tested, but does it matter?

Subject: Processors | July 1, 2009 - 05:12 PM |

We first brought up the AMD TWKR processors last week but we are now starting to see some actual hands-on time with the processors at various places around the web.  The Inquirer posted an update about these CPUs today as well:

TSMC still having problems with 40nm production

Subject: Processors | July 1, 2009 - 05:10 PM |

EETimes is reporting that the 40nm process at TSMC, the same one responsible for the Radeon HD 4770 and both NVIDIA and AMD's latest mobility GPU offerings, is still having SIGNIFICANT yield problems.

Source: Email

A very unique processor

Subject: Processors | June 30, 2009 - 01:02 PM |

The AMD Phenom II 42 TWKR Black Edition does not have a native frequency, simply a default of 2GHz if you pop it in without changing anything in the BIOS.  It is a limited edition run specifically designed to be overclocked, hence the tweaker portion of its name.  So far Legit Reviews has the top overclock, 6.58GHz on LN and a bus speed of 209MHz.  As an added bonus, the testing ended once something horrible happened to the motherboard, you can see a picture on the last page of the review.

AMD releases TWKR branded Phenom II CPUs for...tweaking

Subject: Processors | June 25, 2009 - 04:25 PM |

Do you overclock your CPU with any form of liquid gas?  If not, this product isn't really for you.  Which is good, because according to The Inquirer, these CPUs are going to be REALLY hard to get a hold of...

AMD has pushed out a very select few processors with the "TWKR" brand on them meant for the highly specialized art of extreme overclocking.  We aren't talking a few hundred MHz here, we are talking about a couple GHz. 

Source: The Inquirer

A peek at Propus

Subject: Processors | June 24, 2009 - 01:05 PM |

Drop by Silicon Madness for a look under the cover of the new Propus core, with no L3 cache which should hopefully be hitting the streets in the fall as the AMD Athlon II X4 600 series.  You can also expect to see Rana, which will be a pared down Propus core and be sold as the AMD Athlon II X3 400 series. 

A step in the right direction

Subject: Processors | June 18, 2009 - 06:07 PM |

It is well worth hunting down a new Core i7 975 EE as opposed to the older 965 for several reasons that might not be noticeable at first glance.  The 975 clocks in at 3.33 GHz, which is only 130MHz faster than the 965 and they both use the same 1333MHz bus speed.  The power tells a different story, the 975 uses 1.15V compared to 1.35V on the 965.  That translates directly into less heat being produced, and tied in with the superior design

Source: futurelooks

Details of Intel Core i7, i5, i3 branding finally shown

Subject: Processors | June 18, 2009 - 12:05 AM |

Earlier today Intel announced some non-news about officially revealing the branding of the Intel Core i5 and Core i3 processors - but with basically NO details on what was going to be what.  Well our good buddy Anand has fixed all that by showing us how the breakdown will be made.

Source: AnandTech

Iran uses AMD Opterons for "weather forecasting"

Subject: Processors | June 17, 2009 - 03:58 PM |

AMD looks like it could be in a lot of hot water today, as news is beginning to filter out to all relevant parties that Iran is using Opteron processors in a new 216-core super computer cluster.  Technology embargoes to Iran are in place for any company based in the US, so the real story is how Iran actually acquired these parts in the first place.  In a world with overnight shipping and passenger aircraft circling the globe it's not hard to see how someone could buy

Source: The Inquirer