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Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
Though Jeremy already alluded to this news in an earlier post today, I thought it was worth mentioning again, unfortunately. AMD continues to struggle with the finances and has confirmed in a press release that it plans to cut 10% of its work force by Q3 of this year and has pulled back Q1 2008 revenue estimates to $1.5 billion. Though that is an increase over over 2007, it is still much lower than expected
Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei,Taiwan, April 8, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the low power VIA C7-M ULV processor will be used to power the new HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, a sleek and stylish, small form factor notebook targeted at today's connected student lifestyle, where portability, productivity and affordability are highly prized.
Subject: Processors | April 5, 2008 - 01:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
For those of you that caught our initial review of the AMD Phenom X4 9850 processor and are interested in picking one up to upgrade your system or build a new one, the folks at Newegg.com now have them in stock for $243.00.
Subject: Processors | April 4, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
45nm Penryns are finally becoming easier to get, and are pushing the older Kentsfield chips out of favour with home builders. Clock for clock they are out performing the older chips, and the power consumption is in a completely different class. The Hardware Zone tested a Q9550 and a Q9450, unfortunately they haven't yet received a Q9300 yet. Intel will be hol
Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
More news from the great red country shows Intel has their upcoming Nehalem architecture working at speeds up to 3.2 GHz. While we continue to take these kinds of demonstrations with a grain of salt since we remember seeing Barcelona running at 3.0 GHz before its release as well (and see how well that turned out).
Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
Our good buddy Charlie over at the Inquirer has posted a piece that theorizes a split of AMD into two different companies: one that developers processors and GPUs, the other that will actually make them at the various fabrication facilities AMD currently owns. The benefits here include allowing the AMD design team to be debt free and could enable them to take the additional, yes obviously necessary, risks required to tackle an opponent like Intel. Also, the AMD fab team would be able to
Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
While the idea that AMD is only selling mainstream processors today isn't exactly new information, it is interesting to see that at least one publication seems to think this is AMD's official stance now. As we all know, when you CANNOT compete at the high end with your best stuff, you simply cut the prices and sell it to compete where it can; AMD did it with the
Subject: Processors | April 1, 2008 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 1 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA VX800 Series of digital media IGP chipsets featuring the latest video, graphics and connectivity performance in a single chip measuring just 33x33mm.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Please put your hands in the air. Anyone? Anyone at all?
The TLB bug disappearing really isn't the big news when you look at AMD's B3 stepping Phenoms. The X4 9850 runs at 2.5GHz, the fastest quad core we have seen from AMD, and the MSRP is around $250, giving it a nice seat when talking about performance for price. Other improvements are the upping of the memory controller and system bus to 2000MHz. Get the full story from Ryan's review.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the world's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of four new high-performance AMD Phenom(tm) X4 processors for PC users in search of the Ultimate Visual Experience. Led by the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor, each CPU features true quad-core design, and when matched to AMD 790 series chipsets supports up to four award-winning ATI Radeon(tm) HD 3800 series graphics cards.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
availability of AMD Phenom(tm) X3 8000 series triple-core processors,
providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with exceptional
performance at mainstream price points. AMD Phenom X3 processors are
designed to improve multi-threaded application performance over
dual-core processors at the same clock speed.
Subject: Processors | March 26, 2008 - 07:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
The upcoming line of Intel Atom processors, formerly announced just a couple weeks ago and making up the brains behind the new Diamondville platform, could start with prices as low as $29 according to a report at Digitimes. The piece also mentions Core 2-based Centrino processors at 2.16 GHz for $107 or so.
Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... but when you are choosing which CPU to get, it is a bit more difficult. Is a Quad core the way to go, or would you be better off with a Duo Extreme? Techware Labs breaks down that decision into several key areas, as well as delving into the more obscure realms of steppings. Read on to see if their advice can help you in your decision.
Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 25, 2008 - Intel Corporation has further increased its energy-efficient performance lead today with the introduction of two low-voltage 45 nanometer processors for servers and workstations that run at 50 watts, or just 12.5 watts per core and frequencies as high as 2.50 GigaHertz (GHz).
Subject: Processors | March 17, 2008 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The details are still a little sketchy from Intel about Tukwilla, Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee, but we do know a bit more than we did. Ryan gathered the slides and info from the preview to the IDF and has posted them for your enjoyment. Check out what we do know about Intel's upcoming projects.
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.