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Subject: Processors | August 27, 2008 - 10:51 AM | Josh Walrath
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
Subject: Processors | August 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Josh Walrath
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
Subject: Processors | August 19, 2008 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
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:
Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | August 10, 2008 - 07:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel decided to announce the name brand of the upcoming new Nehalem architecture processors to spice up your Sunday. The answer: Intel Core Processor. No, that isn't a typo - we are going FROM "Core 2" brand to "Intel Core". The first parts released under this brand will be known as the "Intel Core i7 processor"; there will continue to be "Extreme Edition" versions. Here are the pretty logos...
Subject: Processors | August 7, 2008 - 05:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you want to see someone build a Nehalem system, processor, motherboard and case, then head over to this pictorial at MaximumPC. Just don't expect much else...
It’s the worst kept secret in the industry: Intel’s next-generation Penryn killer,
codenamed Nehalem is just around the corner. We’ve been seeing leaked
benchmarks based on early silicon for months, and Nehalem’s Wikipedia
page is already packed with unconfirmed specifications.
Subject: Processors | July 24, 2008 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Digit Life for a comparison of Wolfdale and Conroe CPU's, both the top models, the E6800 versus the E8500 and the lowest, the E6500 and E8200. The clocks are faster on the Wolfdale chips, but not by so much that the difference is hard to spot, Wolfdale does more per clock; and not just a little bit.
Subject: Processors | July 11, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Josh Walrath
A little while back in one of the latest podcasts we had talked about how we have not seen all that many working 45nm Phenom samples floating around. In fact, at that point we really had not seen a one or have had any concrete information about these products (which is scary considering the product is supposed to be out by late Q3 this year). Now we have seen one of the first samples benchmarked and overclocked, and the results are pretty impressive.
Subject: Processors | July 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not only is AMD pushing out a brand new line of graphics cards, it also launched several CPUs in the recent past. LostCircuits focuses on a pair of these processors, the 2Ghz X4 9350e and the 2.6Ghz X4 9950. Drop by to see how well they compete with other systems, including Spider versus SkullTrail.
Subject: Processors | July 2, 2008 - 01:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is thinking conservatively with it's Phenom line which will hopefully pay off in the business and server markets, for they are not impressing the enthusiast with their three new chips. The chips are faster than previous offerings and retain the low pricing, gaining a reduced TDP and unlocked multipliers. Drop by Ars Technica for an overview of the 2Ghz Phenom 9350e compared against an underclocked 9850.
Subject: Processors | July 1, 2008 - 09:44 PM | Josh Walrath
Today is the launch of the 9150e and 9350e Phenom processors, as well as the new Black Edition 9950. The "e" series of chips are rated at a nice 65 watts, and are aimed at productivity boxes as well as HTPCs. The high end 9950 chip is unlocked and ready for some overclocking action. It also sets a new record for power at 140 watts TDP. The 9150e is clocked at 1.8 GHz, the 9350e is at 2 GHz, and the 9950 is sitting pretty at 2.6 GHz (a full 9 months after the infamous Tahoe launch event).
Subject: Processors | June 27, 2008 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps takes a look at the overclocking performance of Intel's new Wolfdale processor on all of the major chipsets currently on the market. Most of their time is spent on the Intel chipsets, for as they put it (nVIDIA's) "680i = 780i = 790i". There really isn't that much difference, whereas the Intel chipsets have had some significant changes in their updates.
Subject: Processors | June 19, 2008 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCIA starts out their K10 overclocking guide with a very important warning; even those with a lot of experience OCing previous generations of AMD processors are going to encounter a bit of a learning curve when they first start to play with a Phenom. Don't let that stop you though, the guide has almost every tips you could possibly need to get you up to that higher speed.
Subject: Processors | June 16, 2008 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DRESDEN, Germany -- June 16, 2008 -- At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced its next-generation stream processor, the AMD FireStream 9250, specifically designed to accelerate critical algorithms in high-performance computing (HPC), mainstream and consumer applications. Leveraging the GPU design expertise of AMD's Graphics Product Group, AMD FireStream 9250 breaks the one teraflop barrier for single precision performance.
Subject: Processors | June 13, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's 65nm E7200 sits at $130, runs at 2.66GHz with the new 1066FSB and with a little extra juice it can hit 3.80GHz. Not too shabby for a cut down Wolfdale processor. Take a look at the benchmarks over at Tech Spot.
Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 07:02 PM | Josh Walrath
Last week AMD made an announcement that made the rounds, but was not reported as being terribly important. After having read it, and thought about it some more, the release actually says quite a bit about the health of AMD and what they are concentrating on now.
Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Ryan Shrout
I think this was something we all pretty much saw coming, but it seems to be getting more official as rumors like this start to circulate that AMD's 65nm production has just reached its limit.
AMD originally planned to launch two 65nm dual-core
Phenom processors codenamed Kuma for the desktop PC market in May or
June this year, however the company has recently suspended the plans
and will let its Athlon X2 5600B processor cover the market until the
company enters 45nm production, accord
Subject: Processors | June 10, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
The folks over at Expreview got their mitts on an Intel roadmap that shows not just one Nehalem processor, but three.
Subject: Processors | June 4, 2008 - 03:11 AM | Ryan Shrout
Despite rumors to the contrary, Gigabyte says they have a retail-ready motherboard and CPU combo (the processor is soldered on the motherboard) based on Intel's Atom platform.