The high flying dragon

Subject: Processors | March 3, 2009 - 02:57 PM |
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Out of the box the new Phenom II X4 940 runs a nice 3.0GHz, a nice speed for a $240ish investment.  For many enthusiasts that is merely the beginning, there are higher frequencies so close that it is irresistible to
overclock at least a little.  Seeing as how this is a new architecture, the added challenge of being the first to hit an enormous overclock or to discover a BIOS tweak that has significan

Source: iXBT Labs

AMD Demos Upcoming Six-core "Istanbul" Server Processor

Subject: Processors | February 25, 2009 - 11:33 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - Feb. 25, 2009 - Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) today announced it recently completed live public demonstrations of its upcoming six-core 45nm AMD Opteron processor, codenamed "Istanbul." Scheduled to launch in the second half of this year, "Istanbul" is expected to be the only x86 six-core processor available for two- and four-socket systems and higher.

The demonstration featured a live, seamless upgrade of a system based on 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors to "Istanbul" processors.

Source: AMD

AM3 for you and me

Subject: Processors | February 19, 2009 - 01:20 PM |
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One month after finishing their AM2+ review, The Tech Report has now published their full review of the AM3 models that AMD has recently released.  With 8 pages of benchmarks comparing over 20 processors, you really get a feel for how AMDs new chips perform as well as a look at how software is evolving to cope with multiple cores and multiple threads.  They also cover overclocking procedures on these new chips, like bumping up the HyperTransport speed and hit a fairly respectable number, which you can see towards th

Something to aim for

Subject: Processors | February 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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If you are wondering just how far a new Phenom II can be pushed, Legit Reviews has a good idea.  The 810 can be pushed from 2.6 GHz all the way to
4.95GHz, the 720 BE from 2.8GHz to 4.59Ghz, as long as you use the right cooling.  Along with getting an idea of where these processors top out, two other important lessons were learned.  The motherboards don't mind having ice form on them and the new Phenoms are quite happy running an operating temperature below -40 degrees.

First they came for the southbridge, now they're after the northbridge

Subject: Processors | February 11, 2009 - 02:18 PM |
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With Intel finally spilling the beans on Westbridge, the successor to the Core i7, Ryan has put together the slides and his thoughts on the release into a quick article on our front page.  Just as the current chips have the uncore, and directly handle the memory interface, Westmere also adds even more functionality directly to the CPU, takig away a lot of the functions of the northbridge.  We won't see a complete dissapearance anytime soon but the integrated graphics controller certain speaks volumes about Intel's plans for the futur

Splitting the Atom

Subject: Processors | February 10, 2009 - 03:12 PM |
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The new 533 MHz FSB, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 330 that Ryan tested is rather interesting due to the fact that it is a dual-core processor.  He tested the Atom's performance in an nVIDIA Ion motherboard, against the same Atom 330 with one core disabled as well as a VIA Nano L2100.  The scaling he saw in his testing was quite incredible, under certain tests that second core more than doubled the performance, with only one test suffering thanks to the storage subsystem.  Read on to see just how much power Intel can fit in the same size as a

The new kid comes cheap

Subject: Processors | February 9, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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Before you start off on Josh's detailed review of the new Phenom II processors, consider the good side of this release; the 2.8GHz X3 720 BE should sell for a bit over $150, the 2.6GHz X4 810 (not unlocked BE) will be under $200.  That puts them in competition with the Intel E8500 and similarly priced chips, it is not a Corei7 killer, the cheapest Core i7 920 is still almost $300 and that doesn't include the price of the motherboard.  Any AM3 chip will fit in any AM3 or AM2+ socket, making this an incredibly painless upgrade.  Now that you are armed with the knowledge of what AM

Intel phases out most 45 nm Core Extreme processors

Subject: Processors | February 5, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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You still have some time to pick up the QX9650 and QX9770, but not much longer.  Whether the discontinuation will help the sales of Intel's new Core i7 processors is something we won't know for a while, nor if we will see steep price cuts soon.  Thanks to TG Daily for breaking the news to us gently.

Source: TG Daily

Scaling the best graphics card on the planet

Subject: Processors | February 3, 2009 - 05:13 PM |
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Legion Hardware wanted to see what effect the new processors have on the performance given by a GTX 295.  The list of processors tested is quite long, covering Core i7 and newer Core2 processors from Intel as well as a pair of Phenom II and original flavour Phenoms on AMD's side.  The newer processors can certainly feed data at a pace the GTX 295 can appreciate, but it would seem that there is a limit to what even that mighty GPU can handle.

NVIDIA CEO says Atom will hurt hardware/software industries

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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An interesting interview at LapTopMag.com, posted over at TGDaily, takes some quotes from NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang on how CPUs like Intel's Atom processor will affect the world of hardware and software industries.  He claims that a netbooks are only called netbooks by Intel marketing and in reality they are just under-powered PC, and also that a large install base of netbook PCs will eventually cause problems for the PC world when users actually try to use them with newer software.

Source: TG Daily

Intel Cancels Havendale CPU/GPU to wait for 32nm

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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According to this report, Intel has decided to pull the plug on the 45nm CPU/GPU combos that were due out in 2009 known as Auburndale and Havendale.  These were going to be two-chip parts: one that included a dual-core HyperThreaded CPU the other chip a GPU. 

Now instead Intel is going to wait for the 32nm process and move Arandale up 6 months or so into early 2010.

Source: General

Punishing the new Phenom

Subject: Processors | January 26, 2009 - 02:52 PM |
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The arrival of the Phenom II X4 940 heralds a slew of overclocking articles
as tech reviewers try to figure out just how hard AMDs new line can be pushed.  TechSpot limited themselves to air cooling, which meant they topped out at a hair over 3.6GHz.  As with previous AMD chips, it is the Black Edition CPUs and their unlocked multiplier that the dedicated overclockers are going to want to grab.  AMD may not have taken the performance

Source: Tech Spot

AMD, DDR-3, and FUD

Subject: Processors | January 16, 2009 - 11:29 AM |
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 Just yesterday our intrepid Jeremy had reported that Digitimes was reporting that there were issues with AMD's DDR-3 controller in their latest 45 nm parts.  I was actually somewhat surprised by this information, as I keep my ear pretty close to the grindstone looking for those two birds in a bush, and even I had not heard of such a thing.  So I sent a couple of emails off to other folks, and they too had not heard so much of a peep about potential problems with AMD's DDR-3 memory controller.

Source: AMD

You too can Buy a Nano!

Subject: Processors | January 13, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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For the past several podcasts (thanks to those folks for listening) we have lamented the fact that we have seen so few VIA Nano based products on the market.  The CPU has been out for 9+ months now, and the promise and potential of these products was nearly unlimited considering how netbooks and low power/inexpensive PCs are some of the fastest growing markets in the PC industry.  While a few manufacturers have adopted the VIA Nano, it has been pretty unspectacular when considering uptake and media coverage.

Source: newegg

A little competition never hurt anyone

Subject: Processors | January 12, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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The competition between AMD and Intel has heated up thanks to the new Phenom II, though perhaps not in exactly the way people wanted.  The performance crown still rests firmly on Intel's head, the Phenom II just can't reach that high.  The value crown is pretty much glued to AMD's head, as it has been for a while now.  It's just that the increased performance of the Phenom II coupled with the limited price increase compared to previous models has settled it even more firmly on AMD. 

Source: InsideHW

The spider has been squashed by a dragon

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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Phenom II is here and it lays the smack down on the original Phenom.  Unfortunately it is not stomping Intel's Core i7 line, it's main competitor, nor does it beat out similarly clocked Core2 CPUs.  However, at an estimated price of $275, about $900 cheaper than the similarly clock Intel 965 and it will work happily in existing AM2 systems; no new RAM required.  It doesn't look like AMD will be taking the performance crown away from Intel, though it's ability to take higher voltages and the ease of upgrading will likely sell a lot of chips to AMD fans. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Some weekend Core i7 overclocking

Subject: Processors | January 4, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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While perusing the always fun and impressive PC Perspective Forums, I found an interesting thread looking at some overclocking fun with the new Intel Core i7-920 processor. 

BlackDragon24 is the guy doing the overclocking - jump into the discussion and see whats going on and if maybe the Core i7-920 should be your next purchase. 

VIA Nano dual-core revision due by 2010

Subject: Processors | December 31, 2008 - 05:55 PM |
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A source at Digitimes is reporting that VIA plans to have upgraded Nano processors ready late in 2009 and in early 2010.  Apparently the Nano 3000 series will be released in Q3 of 2009 and will add support for SSE4 instructions and dual-core Nano 3000-based processors should begin mass production in Q1 2010.  While this is definitely good news, we had really been hoping to dual-core processors from VIA much ealier than that in order to keep Intel's line of products in check. 

Source: Digitimes

Athlon X2 7750s Hit the Street

Subject: Processors | December 26, 2008 - 02:11 PM |
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After its rather quiet release two weeks ago, the Athlon X2 7750 is now available from several online retailers (Newegg and Mwave).  I was expecting these products to be available right at launch, but that was not to be the case.  Perhaps the Christmas rush was causing the orders to be pushed back a bit?  Regardless, there are now products on shelves and the pricing is hitting right where expected.  Mwave has the 7750 for $79 while Newegg is offering it for $74.99.  Undoubtedly these prices will further erode, and all of AMD's dual core offerings are very nicely priced

AMD CPU schedule outted - AM2 Phenom II to have short life

Subject: Processors | December 26, 2008 - 09:08 AM |
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A new post on Digitimes has some interesting information about AMD's upcoming CPU schedule for 2009.  First, the post claims to know that AMD will offer six 45nm processors under the Athlon brand including the X4 615 and 605 as well as a triple core Athlon X3 420 and 410 - frequencies are not listed. 

Source: Digitimes