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Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 05:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
*Cue Dr. Evil Laugh* Yes, that is correct, 2 Billion transistors will take up refuge on the upcoming Tukwila processor, the successor to Itanium's Montvale processors.
Even more surprising is that it is built on Intel's 65nm technology, making this one BIG chip.
Subject: Processors | February 1, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to some scant news from Digitimes, AMD is reporting once again to its partners that 45nm is on schedule for a 2nd half of 2008 release, though the time frame could use a little more detail in our view. AMD is saying now that the 45nm process is a success, will allow them to scale frequencies much higher and triple the amount of L3 cache from 2MB to 6MB.
Subject: Processors | January 30, 2008 - 06:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new VIA Isaiah processor isn't the only new chip hitting the streets, and if you haven't caught up with VIA's newest then check Ryan's look, as well as the links just below. For those looking for a new Intel processor, then check out Techgage's review of the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor. This chip, if paired with the right mot
Subject: Processors | January 29, 2008 - 06:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Inquirer has a detailed piece on AMD losing a deal with Sun to power one of Asia's most powerful super computer with Barcelona chips. Instead, Sun is replacing it with 45nm Penryn core based systems. Obviously, if this is true, this could have a large impact on AMD's hold of the HPC market going forward.
Subject: Processors | January 27, 2008 - 03:26 PM | Ryan Shrout
As Jon Stokes over at Arstechnica describes, it would appear that AMD has changed its tune when it comes to the way Fusion technology will be implemented. Bulldozer, as we originally thought, was going to be a completely new CPU design from the ground up. But now AMD appears to be backing off that plan and going with existing CPU and GPU designs for their first Fusion produc
Subject: Processors | January 25, 2008 - 04:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
While you won't find me in Hannover, you will find AMD's newest Phenom processors. At CeBit, AMD looks to be showing off the upcoming Phenom 9700 and 9900 processor models along with the energy-efficient 9100e processor.
Subject: Processors | January 24, 2008 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA has a brand new chip, the Isaiah Processor designed with Centaur, the people responsible for Cyrix. While some stats are lacking in details as of yet, [H]ard|OCP pegs the speed at 1GHz when run below 1v and up to to 2GHz at 1.15v. While they are not going to work on dual core chips yet, having enough power to play Crysis in a 60mm2 (think dime sized) chip is rather impressive.
Subject: Processors | January 22, 2008 - 11:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If the last time you installed a CPU it had pins on the bottom, the ZIF socket was an arm bar only and the cooler weighed less than a small child, chances are you haven't installed a Socket775 processor. Either as a refresher for your memory, or as something new you've never done, check out PC Stats guide on installing Socket775 processors and coolers.
Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 10:11 PM | Josh Walrath
Don't let the first three lines of the linked Business Wire fool you. AMD took it in the pants this last quarter. The bottom line is that AMD announced $1.77 billion in revenues, which is a record. They also recorded $1.772 billion in losses. Yes...
Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 09:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
In case some of you guys aren't checking out the RSS feeds of our articles or just skip over the icons above, I really need to make sure you see the new ray tracing article from Daniel Pohl. As a follow up to Daniel's previous article that first introduced ray tracing to our readers, this newest iteration dives into some examples of how ray tracing can be more efficient than rasterization when it come to rendering games.
Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 07:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not without a TEC or LOX setup.
Extremetech found overclocking the Phenom 9600 to be difficult and unpredictable. They were unable to get more than 200MHz above the spec speed, and even then it sounds like there were difficulties encounter. About the only thing they could count on was a big jump in the heat produced by the chip.
Subject: Processors | January 16, 2008 - 04:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yesterday I pointed to a story that talked about Intel's mobile 45nm Penryn processors being delayed and today it seems like the inevitable happened - talks of the desktop parts being late are surfacing.
Digitimes is reporting that Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor, the one we reviewed recently with the 1600 MHz FSB, is going from a January release to February or March.
Subject: Processors | January 11, 2008 - 01:58 AM | Josh Walrath
Since the original Lake Tahoe event where AMD first showed off Phenom based systems for the press, we have had essentially nothing but bad news concerning the new processor architecture. The first news was that the 2.4 and 2.6 GHz versions would be launched sometime late Q1 2008, then we had the TLB errata issue, then the pushing back of the tri-core Phenoms, then the pushing back of the revision B3 Phenoms hitting the market, and it seemingly has gone on ad nauseum.
Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 07:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The biggest surprise in Intel's announcement about their 16 new processors is that over half of them will be available very soon. The actual specs are a little light, but you can read about all that is know about them at [H]ard|OCP as well as several other sites. We do know that they are 45nm and the soon to be released C2D CPUs will run betwen 2.10GHz to 3.16GHz. You will have to wait a while for the new quad cores.
Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology
Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45 nanometer(nm) processors for Intel Centrino Processor Technology based laptops.
Subject: Processors | January 3, 2008 - 07:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition should be hitting retailers soon, and it has already made appearances on reviewers desks. It arrived at a speed of 2.3GHz (11.5x200MHz), but seeing as how it is unlocked that multiplier can change, for instance [H]ard|OCP had no problems reaching a 15x multiplier and just over 3GHz. If AMD sticks to their promised $250-ish pricing, you can expect this CPU to offer rather nice performance for it's price.
Subject: Processors | December 28, 2007 - 06:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
The guys at Tom's Hardware, as reported by Engadget, are saying that the "drop in upgrade" of Phenom processors into existing AM2 motherboards isn't working as well as we originally hoped.
Subject: Processors | December 27, 2007 - 04:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
Fans of Athlon X2 processors, and huge OEMs that use them, are set to place their final orders for K8 parts next quarter. But no worries! They are going to release a dual-core version of Phenom in Q1 of 08 as well in the form of the Athlon 6000 series.
Subject: Processors | December 25, 2007 - 11:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this report at Digitimes, the first triple-core processors from AMD in their Phenom 8000-series are going to be released this coming March. First up will be 2.1 GHz and 2.3 GHz models known as 8400 and 8600 respectively.
AMD will launch two B2 stepping triple-core CPUs, Phenom
8600 and 8400 in March of next year, while in the second quarter, the
company will launch three more models, Phenom 8700, 8650 and 8450.
Subject: Processors | December 24, 2007 - 05:51 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to this Digitimes report, the upcoming revision of the Phenom 9600 and 9900 CPUs with the TLB fix to address performance issues is going to be pushed back until Q2 of 2008. Their sources claim that AMD hasn't been able to solve the bug and if this turns out to be true will be very bad news indeed for a product that hasn't even seen day one of sunlight.