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

MOA North America Overclocking Tournament Now Underway

Subject: Processors | June 17, 2009 - 02:27 PM |

The American overclockers: prepare to take arms. Internationally renowned computer hardware manufacturer MSI has released details for the American Qualifiers for the MSI MOA 2009 (Master Overclocking Arena). The MOA2009 aims to test overclockers' knowledge, skill, and perseverance in recording the highest benchmark scores from their overclocked computer hardware systems.

Overclockers from the mention below regions are invited to participate in this exciting tournament online and to determine the best overclocking team from their respective countries:

Source: MSI

Intel plans updates to Core i7, Celeron and Atom lines for Q4

Subject: Processors | June 15, 2009 - 01:11 AM |

Reports are coming in from Digitimes that Intel has laid plans for its processor updates pending for Q4 of this year and they include changes not only to the low-power Atom lineup but Celeron and even Core i7 CPUs. 

Source: Digitimes

Intel planning a 6-core Nehalem part for desktops this fall

Subject: Processors | June 12, 2009 - 04:48 PM |

If this story turns out to be correct, it looks like AMD isn't the only one planning a 6-core processor for this fall.  According to Bit-tech's sources, Intel not only has plans to release a 6-core derivative of their Nehalem architecture (codenamed Westmere) in a few months but that it will be aimed at the desktop market and will work in existing LGA1366 X58 motherboards with a simple BIOS update.

Source: bit-tech

Intel Pine Trail could arrive as quickly as October

Subject: Processors | June 10, 2009 - 05:49 PM |

According to a very brief report on Digitimes, the Intel Pine Trail platform could arrive as soon as October.  You might remember our first look at the Pine Trail technology last month; Intel is essentially updating the Atom processor to including an on-die memory controller and graphics core. 

Source: Digitimes

Stratified silicon

Subject: Processors | June 10, 2009 - 04:18 PM |

Choices for CPUs to power your boxen are not limited right now.  To prove that point, The Tech Report picked up over a dozen different processors to test on various scales.

Say goodbye to an old friend

Subject: Processors | June 2, 2009 - 01:39 PM |

The Brisbane core has been with us for quite a while now, powering the majority of new AMD builds and now it is finally time to retire.  New on the stage is the 3GHz Athlon II X2 250, the 3.1 GHz Phenom II X2 550 (Black Edition), and last but not least is the Phenom II X4 905E.  Not only are we seeing new chip designs; we are also seeing a new manufacturer, as this is our introduction to chips fabbed my Global Foundries.  To get the bad news out of the way, when Josh tested it against the 3.16GHz E8500, the Intel chip still maintained a performance lead.

Computex 2009: GlobalFoundries shows 45nm Istanbul, 32nm SOI, 28nm bulk

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2009 - 11:40 PM |

The first official meeting we took part in at Computex 2009 was with the GlobalFoundries - the recently created independent silicon manufacturer that was previously simply a part of AMD.  The company officially launched in March of this year and just last month we spent some time with company executives and the site of their upcoming New York fabrication facility to talk about the future of their process and customer base

Complimentary timing

Subject: Processors | May 29, 2009 - 02:29 PM |

iXBT has put three Intel Core 2 processors through some serious testing.

Source: iXBT Labs

VIA Nano Processor Platform Receives Coveted 'Best of Computex' Award

Subject: Processors | May 26, 2009 - 03:46 AM |

Sure, the show won't even start until next week, but why can't they give out the awards BEFORE hand?

VIA Nano Processor Platform Receives Coveted

'Best of Computex' Award

High performance, low power VIA Nano processor, together with the new VIA VX855 Media System Processor, is recognized for excellence

in mobile platforms

Intel Core i5 processor delayed until September

Subject: Processors | May 26, 2009 - 03:22 AM |

An odd little story is popping up at Digitimes tonight that seems to contradict itself by claiming that Intel's Lynnfield processors (we are still calling them the Core i5 until told otherwise) are being delayed until September of of this year though both motherboards and CPUs will be available in August. 

Source: Digitimes

Return on investment

Subject: Processors | May 21, 2009 - 02:08 PM |

The easy way to upgrade a system is to throw as much money as you can manage into the system in the hopes of overcoming bottlenecks.  This is not the most efficient way, but if all you are a power at any cost type of enthusiast it can certainly work.  Others are more concerned about performance per dollar, and that is when scaling reviews like this one at [H]ard|OCP come in very handy.  They've taken a Core i7 920, a QX9650, and AMD's Phenom II X4 810 & and X3 720 BE, ov

Source: [H]ard|OCP

VIA Nano finds itself in a curious place: Dell 'Fortuna' servers

Subject: Processors | May 20, 2009 - 02:44 PM |

The VIA Nano processor is going where no ultra-low-power processor has gone before: the Dell server market.  In what is probably one of the most interesting uses of all this "low power" technology we have seen take over the netbook market in the last couple of years, Dell's 'skunkwork'-like team has developed a solution to incredibly dense server environments they are calling "Fortuna" but what is officially now known as

NVIDIA claims Intel Atom pricing unfair for ION

Subject: Processors | May 20, 2009 - 01:06 PM |

Apparently AMD isn't the only who thinks that Intel is playing dirty in the world of technology.  Just a few days after Intel was hit with the largest fine in history from the EU For anti-competitive practices, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is telling the world that Intel is pulling the same stunts with them.