State of the quad core market

Subject: Processors | October 24, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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To kill time waiting for the Corei7 to appear on the market, and likely die in droves as people over-volt them, X-bit Labs is revisiting the current batch of quad core processors.  The ageing Q6600 competes against the newer

Source: X-Bit Labs

Big News: AMD to finally spin off manufacturing on Tuesday

Subject: Processors | October 7, 2008 - 12:37 AM |
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So, if you make an announcement the night before you make an announcement about making an announcement, doesn't that just beg the press to find out what that same announcement is early?  That is what happened to the fine folks at AMD tonight when they sent out a press release about a "significant corporate announcement" tomorrow.

 
Source: General

ASUS P6T pics reveal Nehalem voltage issue

Subject: Processors | October 6, 2008 - 01:41 AM |
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We have been hearing rumors about a potential connection between the CPU voltage of the upcoming Intel Nehalem processor and the system memory for a few weeks but now we have some much more concrete evidence.  Images at this site of the ASUS P6T X58 motherboard reveal a sticker on the DIMM slots that says the following:


"...DIMMs with voltage setting over 1.65v may damage the CPU..."

Will BIOS work arounds be the answer for this?
Source: General

Pushing the Q6600 out of first place

Subject: Processors | October 3, 2008 - 01:28 PM |
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The new flagship CPU from AMD is the AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, which finally gives AMD a product that can beat the Q6600 at a comparable price.  Even better, the overclock that Guru 3D managed on this processor indicates that you can really push this chip, if you stick it in a 790G board.  Read on for all the benchmarks of a chip that

Source: Guru of 3D

Updated AMD 45 nm Info

Subject: Processors | September 30, 2008 - 04:00 PM |
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It is no secret that AMD has been feverishly working on both their 45 nm designs and the 45 nm process that these products will be produced on.  Today we have received word from our friends at C-Net that AMD has apparently overcome most of the hurdles to producing large quantities of these 45 nm parts.  Pat Patla, general manager of AMD's server and workstation processors, went on record saying that production of the Shanghai part is now going full speed ahead.  While the first chips from this production run have not made it out of the fab, they are expecting to ship the first p

Rumors of AMD's Bobcat demise over blown?

Subject: Processors | September 26, 2008 - 01:36 PM |
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There have been some rumors circulating in recent days that AMD's Bobcat project, a CPU made for the Atom/Nano market, might have been taken behind the wood shed for a little "project culling."  According this very short but sweet post at The Inquirer, the deal is done.  Another post at EE Times claims that the project is dead as well.  

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Athlon 6500 2.3 GHz Kuma Reviewed

Subject: Processors | September 24, 2008 - 10:53 AM |
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In what will likely be the last series of dual-core processors to come from AMD's desktop team, the Athlon 6500 is based on the Kuma core and runs at 2.3 GHz.  It is a 65nm CPU with HT3.0 support, it still uses a built-in DDR2 memory controller, shared 2M L3 cache, Cool''n'Quiet 2.0 and adds SSE4A support courtesy of other K10 processors.  Expreview apparently got their hands on one and posted up a review of sorts.  

Source: General

Intel Nehalem cooler and packaging on display

Subject: Processors | September 23, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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While looking at some pictures of a box, the packaging, the cooler and the CPU inside might not seem that interesting to all of you, it was to me so I thought I would share.  This post over at mobile01.com shows the "unboxing" of a Nehalem core LGA1366 processor, its cooler and then compares it to a current LGA775 and AMD Socket 939 processor.

Source: General

The little processor that could

Subject: Processors | September 19, 2008 - 03:32 PM |
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Head to The Guru of 3D for a close look at the performance of Intel's new Atom processor.   They have a little ECS motherboard with a Atom 330 Dual Core, running 1.6 GHz, with 2x512KB (1MB) of L2 cache and only drawing 8W of power.  It may not have the power to run new games, but there is a lot that it can do; see it for yourself.

Source: Guru of 3D

Intel Xeon 7400 series brings 6-core Dunnington design

Subject: Processors | September 17, 2008 - 11:21 AM |
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We have been hearing about Dunnington for a while, and last week I posted a quick news post about the coming release of the product this week.  Well, the news is official and the Intel Xeon 7400 series is the name assigned to these uber-fast and uber-expensive CPUs.

Source: Daily Tech

Potential Intel roadmaps leak out - show all of 2009

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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This post over at techPowerUp! actually was posted last week but I just came across it and thought it was worth a post.  The original images surfaced from Japanese website PC Watch but the good news is that roadmaps are pretty universal. 

Source: techPowerUp!

Intel Dunnington hexa-core CPU coming next week

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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TGDaily is reporting that Intel's hexa-core Dunnington CPU (for those of you in the dark, that means 6 cores) for the server/workstation market could be launched as early as next week.  This wouldn't be surprising at all considering we first heard about Dunnington in March during the IDF in Shanghai.  Don't expect to see these cores in the consumer level products though - your next update will be with Nehalem-based Core i7 in the coming months.

Source: TG Daily

More of what you want, less of what you need

Subject: Processors | September 11, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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More processing power for less energy is what Intel's new Xeons are all about.  The top model,a Xeon X5492 runs at 3.4GHz on a 1600MHz FSB and has a 150W TDP.  Others are available now, and models with even more impressive stats will be available in the near future.  Drop by the Tech Report for a sneak preview.

AMD and the 45 nm Question

Subject: Processors | August 29, 2008 - 05:54 PM |
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A few days ago I put up a post that covered some changes that we were going to see shortly from AMD in the channel.  The one thing that stuck out was the lack of any mention of 45 nm parts coming down the pipeline.  Usually the channel knows about these products a month or two in advance of the public, though of course news typically leaks out from these partners to the press fairly quickly in some instances.  45 nm is going to be a big deal for AMD for two reasons; the first is that it is a new, smaller, and more power efficient process as compared to the current 65 nm line, th

The GPUs are great; now lets see a CPU resurgence

Subject: Processors | August 28, 2008 - 04:23 PM |
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For just over $200 you can be the proud owner of a new AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad Core processor, about the same price you could expect to pay for a Q6600.  Not only are the prices similar, both operate at 2.4GHz, but unfortunately for AMD the performance doesn't match up well.  On the positive side, H

Kuma is Coming: AMD's Updated Fall Lineup

Subject: Processors | August 27, 2008 - 10:51 AM |
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Yesterday AMD sent out a nice little email to their channel partners detailing some upcoming products that will be detailed more thoroughly on September 1.  The first bit of info is that an updated version of the Phenom 9950 is going to be released, and the big news about this is that the TDP has been dropped from 140 watts to a much more palatable 125 watts.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the 9950 that AMD sent me with the 790GX motherboard is one of these 125 watt processors, because at full bore it is approximately 64 watts higher in power at the socket than the 9350e (which is

Source: 3DCenter

Digging into Canmore

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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Intel is introducing its latest "system on a chip".  Formerly known as Canmore, the Intel Media Processor CE 3100 is an "all in one" solution for set top boxes and other types of video playback devices.  The chip includes an IA core based on the Dothan architecture, 3D graphics and video playback, integrated DDR-2 memory controller, SATA connections, PCI-E, audio support, USB support, and gigabit networking support (via physical layer chip).  The entire package runs at 800 MHz and is supposed to provide a very snappy experience in the products it is designed for.  The video

Intel Shifts Future Core Processors Into Turbo Mode

Subject: Processors | August 19, 2008 - 07:00 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 19, 2008 - In his Intel Developer Forum keynote today, Pat Gelsinger detailed the roadmap for Intel's continued march toward pervasive, higher performance and power efficient computing.

Potential Intel Core i7 Nehalem information leaks

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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There is a story on Digitimes today that talks about Intel's upcoming desktop processor plans including new additions like the Core 2 Quad Q8200 that runs at 2.33 GHz for $224.  But sneaking in just at the bottom are the prices and plans for the newly-branded Core i7 Nehalem CPUs:

Source: Digitimes

AMD splitting up the company pretty soon, say reports

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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Stories of AMD's business being split into a processor company and a separate manufacturing company have been around for quite a while but it looks like the movement is picking up steam.  Will AMD be cut in half this year and what part does Hector Ruiz play in all this?  Rumors are swirling that he might head up the new manufacturing portion that remains.

Source: Ars Technica