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Subject: Processors | September 30, 2008 - 04:00 PM | Josh Walrath
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
Subject: Processors | September 26, 2008 - 01:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | September 24, 2008 - 10:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | September 23, 2008 - 12:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | September 19, 2008 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | September 17, 2008 - 11:21 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 03:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 02:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | September 11, 2008 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | August 29, 2008 - 05:54 PM | Josh Walrath
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
Subject: Processors | August 28, 2008 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
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.