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Subject: Processors | October 19, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Kentsfeild is pretty much dead, with the 45nm Penryn coming soon, but there is one new model left to review. The 3GHz core clock frequency and 1333MHz front-side bus, plus an 8MB L2 cache will add to it's performance, but The Tech Report wants to see a serious increase to justify the chip's $1000 dollar premium over the Q6600.
Subject: Processors | October 12, 2007 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new chips from Intel will be on 45nm technology which will help with the heat, but doesn't actually provide anything in the way of a performance benefit. What you can expect to give you a bit of a boost, for the Yorkfield a roughly 5-10% increase based on TechARP's findings, is the increase cache size. The Wolfdale provide's a huge improvement over Prescott, as you can see in the full review.
Subject: Processors | October 9, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) introduced several new energy-efficient desktop processors designed to reduce power consumption for greater performance-per-watt. These processors will offer additional choice for system builders and OEMs looking to differentiate their products and provide customers with low-noise, low-heat system designs.
Subject: Processors | October 5, 2007 - 06:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets has been busy compiling tables of CPUs, for anyone tracking the changes to the processor lines of AMD and Intel, or just getting confused by all the model numbers. They have compiled the entire Opteron series into these sets, including the new Barcelona models. The entire Athlon 64 series can be found on these pages, and anyone looking for information on
Subject: Processors | October 1, 2007 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP has a quick look at the 9000 series of Quads and Duos that Intel will be releasing November 11th. With the smaller process comes higher speeds. It looks like we will be waiting until January for dual-core Wolfdales, which will be labeled as the 8000 series, and will arrive in time to counter the triple cored Barcelona chips that should be appearing at roughly the same time.
Subject: Processors | September 25, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for an idea as to the relative differences between overclocked Quads and Duos? The testing at Hardware Logic may not produce the exact same results as your experiences, but it can give you a hint as to how these processors separate once they have been pushed beyond spec. You can even look at these scores as something to meet or to beat.
Subject: Processors | September 14, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech revisits low power server CPU lines, to see if Intel's Woodcrest or Clovertown cores offer a change in their previous ratings, which had AMD on top. The cost offset of saving a few dozen watts cannot easily justify spending $50-$100 more a CPU. One of their big questions is how well the move to quad core will help Intel's efficiency.
Subject: Processors | September 10, 2007 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the hard work that The Tech Report put in over the weekend, benchmarking a Barcelona based server.
Subject: Processors | September 10, 2007 - 12:50 AM | Ryan Shrout
AMD is officially taking the wraps off the new Barcelona, native quad-core processors today; at least for the server market. First, head on up and read over my Barcelona preview article then you can check out the AMD PR below:
AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor, Designed for the Demanding Datacenter
Quad-Core AMD OpteronTM processors Deliver Breakthrough Performance-Per-Watt
Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept.
Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced that it will hold its Premiere Event for the launch of the
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor at approximately 6:30 pm Pacific
Time (9:30 pm ET) on Monday, Sept.
Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation has unveiled the industry's first quad-core processors specifically designed for multi-processor (MP) servers running applications requiring uncompromised performance, reliability and scalability. Such applications are typically run in virtualized environments for server consolidation and database uses, enterprise resource planning and business intelligence.
Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs pits the Q6600 against the brand new E6850 to see which gives a better bang for your buck, and whether 4 cores helps performance. They try them both at their default settings, as well as getting the Q6600 up to 3.6GHz and the E6850 to 3.85GHz. These two are the chips that will end up in a lot of systems,
Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 11:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
It would seem Daily Tech has gotten the initial pricing sheet for AMD's upcoming Barcelona processor launch later this month. If the numbers are correct, the most expensive 2-series Opteron processor is going to top out at 2.0 GHz and $372 - a bargain considering how much top-end server processors usually sell for. The only draw back here is that the pricing could be reflective of the performance levels we'll see out of the CPU.
Subject: Processors | August 28, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is essentially the end of the road for AMD's Athlon series, and the 'on' suffix, as we anxiously await the arrival of Phenom. Legit Reviews pulls out some of their old ceramic buddies for one last benchmarking session to see how the line changed over the years, with the 1800+ being the baseline. It looks like the Black Edition spells the end of the line for this venerable series.
Subject: Processors | August 27, 2007 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today further reinforced desktop PC security by unveiling the newest generation of Intel vPro processor technology for businesses and IT with new innovations that add better protection against hacking, viruses and other threats.
Subject: Processors | August 24, 2007 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 23rd August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of PC silicon and platform technologies, today announced a 500MHz addition to the VIA Eden ultra low voltage (ULV) processor family. With an idle power of just 0.1 watt, the 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor has been designed from the ground up to meet the low power requirements of a wide range of industrial, commercial and ultra mobile applications.
Subject: Processors | August 22, 2007 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the end of the DigiTimes post, they mention that Intel has no comment about the upcoming Penryn processors, a move very familiar to anyone who has seen them release a major update to their processor line. It is very likely that they are right about the chip lineup, but we won't know for sure until the end of this year or the beginning of the next.
Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD snuck out another new processor today, though getting your hands on one might take an act of divine intervention -- they didn't seed samples to any media that I am aware of so maybe the "black edition" refers to its stealth like qualities?
In any event, the CPU is a 200 MHz bumb over the previous fastest Athlon X2 processor, still at 90nm process technology, and that's about it. Pricing has it about $240 (just about the $250 I said they would be limited to in my podcast last week).
Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the lead up to Barcelona's release date, as we all wait for the first CPU benchmarks, we can still get an idea what new features we will be seeing in the retail models. X-bit Labs has put together every scrap of information they have managed to get from AMD into an 11 page article covering the architectures specifications, instruction set and more.
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you frequently use the SiSoft Sandra software for testing your own system, you'll be interested in see what the new version of SiSoft Sandra is going to offer.
So what's in it for you: