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Subject: Processors | March 12, 2008 - 01:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
The first B3 steppings of AMD's Opteron processors have finally made their way out into the hand of customers according to this report at Dailytech. There still isn't any word on when these will start shipping in volume or when the consumers will begin seeing B3 stepping Phenom processors or when we'll get clock speeds to ramp up competitiveness to Intel's parts.
Subject: Processors | March 7, 2008 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Phenom's infamous TLB issue had been eclipsed by the performance hit you take when using the fix. What would really help many prospective AMD system buyers is a big list of motherboards that tells which have a switch to disable or enable the TLB fix. Well, you had better thank The Tech Report because that is exactly what they did.
Subject: Processors | March 6, 2008 - 11:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
Despite reports to the contrary, AMD did in fact have their 45nm Shanghai quad-core parts up and running at the show, though there was no information on the clock speeds being divulged.
Subject: Processors | March 4, 2008 - 03:58 PM | Josh Walrath
We knew near the end of 2007 that AMD was expecting the arrival of the first 45 nm Shanghai samples around the first of the year. It now seems that those initial samples were fairly successful as AMD is showing off working 45 nm silicon at CeBIT. The chips in question are apparently Shanghai based and they are running a variety of OSs and applications. AMD is of course not talking about things such as clockspeed, but we can assume that the products being shown are likely the first major respin from the original samples that showed up early in January.
Subject: Processors | March 4, 2008 - 12:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are curious to hear about AMD's 780G chipset, Puma and other CeBit announcements, then you can get it straight from AMD's own streaming press event. When its over, it will still be looping throughout the day.
Subject: Processors | March 3, 2008 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 2, 2008 - The Intel Atom processor will be the name for a new family of low-power processors designed specifically for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and a new class of simple and affordable Internet-centric computers arriving later this year. Together, these new market segments represent a significant new opportunity to grow the overall market for Intel silicon, using the Intel Atom processor as the foundation.
Subject: Processors | February 29, 2008 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's Core 2 Duo E8500 is retailing for about $495, which gets you a 3.16GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz (333x4) FSB 45nm process chip that overclocks like an old Celeron. Legit Reviews hit 4.73GHz by dropping the multiplier to 9 and cranking up the bus speed to 526MHz. Before they overclocked the chip, it's power consumption was noticeably lower than previous models, though pumping
Subject: Processors | February 27, 2008 - 04:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
Dailytech has some new information on Diamondville, Intel's major push into the world of ultra-low power form factors that we are used to seeing VIA excel in. The processors are set at a 4-8 watts (!!) TDP and should find their way into a lot of interesting designs in the future.
Subject: Processors | February 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced expanded offerings for embedded market segments with new processors with extended, 7-year life cycle support, a new chipset and a carrier-grade server. The processors, based on Intel's revolutionary high-k, metal gate transistor formula and manufactured on the company's 45-nanometer (nm) process, include the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 Series and Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5200 Series.
Subject: Processors | February 25, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
Information has hit the web courtesy of some clumsy IT at Sun Microsystems that shows Intel's plans for a 6-core (or Hexa-core) processors based on the existing Penryn core. Codenamed the "Dunnington", perhaps in a nod to what they are hoping AMD will be after its release (get it, "done"-ington?), the CPU will feature three seperate dies each with their own dual-core setup and each with their own 3MB of L2 cache. All six cores will then share in a 16MB portion of L3 cache, setting up a cache hierarchy much like that of AMD's Barcelona CPUs.
Subject: Processors | February 18, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
According this very tiny news post at Fudzilla, its possible that AMD is still going to be coming in Q2, even though we had previous heard the B3 stepping was pushed back into Q3.
Phenom 9600 at 2.6GHz will launch with B3 revision at some
point in late Q2. You should be able to see and buy this CPU before July but we
don’t have any better date that that.
Subject: Processors | February 18, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
As it turns out, the third, or maybe fourth iteration, nope 5th version of Centrino is going to be called "Centrino 2". Well, its about time - and I actually mean that: this will help consumer confusion between different versions of Centrino technology.
Subject: Processors | February 13, 2008 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a quick flash, The Tech Report turned the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
into a perfect test platform to try out the unlocked multiplier on the 9600 Black Edition Phenom processor. One of the newest features you might notice has to do with the TLB workaround, which has been implemented in an odd way. They did manag
Subject: Processors | February 11, 2008 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor is poised to take over as the poster child of inexpensive and overclockable CPUs for many enthusiasts. It runs at ~2.5GHz, 333MHz at a 7.5 multiplier, and a total of 6MB of L2 cache, 3MB per core, which you can compare to the Q6600 at 2.4GHz with a pair of 4MB L2 caches. The price stays exactly the same, $266. The heat remains the same for these two processors as well, and considering that a 333MHz bus is the first step to overclocking the Q6600, and the Q9300 runs 333MHz at stock, you can see there is more room to push this chip faster.
Subject: Processors | February 8, 2008 - 10:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
News and rumors have been swirling for a couple of days, but it seems nearly concrete now that Dell will be dropping AMD-based systems and notebooks from their online store. They will apparently only sell AMD systems in Dell's new brick and mortar partners like Best Buy and Staples, but we all know this is a SMALL part of Dell's sales and thus this is a very bad development for AMD.
Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 12:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
Even though just over a week ago we told you that AMD was going to be showing off both the low power K10 core processors known as the Phenom 9100e series and the upcoming, TLB fixed Phenom 9700 and Phenom 9900 models, that's no longer the case. It would seem that rather than get people's hope up for the B3 revision to soon, AMD is going to just show off the triple-core processors instead.
Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 12:52 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 - 10:00 AM | 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 - 01:47 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