Subject: Processors | December 18, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
According the "we get it now" genius at the New York Times, coding multi-threaded software is hard. Go figure! Other than making it easy to make fun of mainstream media again, this article does bring up some good points. Multi-threaded coding is completely different than the coding models used since the beginning of time and software engineers are having to completely re-learn their art in order to keep up with hardware advancements. And so, becaus
Subject: Processors | December 10, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unfortunately for AMD, one of the most publicized features of the new Barcelona chips is the TLB bug, which in a very few cases can cause a system lockup. Even a small chance of failure like this makes the Barcelona a far less attractive choice to use in any critical system, and as these chips are aimed at the server market, that becomes a very big deal. AMD has issued a patch, but the patch comes at a price; we have heard it possibly costs up to 14% of total performance. A different fix i
Subject: Processors | December 3, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a talk with an rep from AMD, The Tech Report got an update on dual Quad cores and Quad FX ... it isn't happening, at least not soon. It looks like Phenom will not support this feature, so anyone who picked up a platform that was supposed to support Quad FX won't have anything to stick in that second socket. Instead AMD has focused on projects like Spider, and we are left wondering what Intel's plans will be, and if Skulltrail will die as well.
Subject: Processors | November 28, 2007 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can catch Josh Walrath's take on the X2 5000+ Black Box, the last of the Athlons at PenStar Systems. It is still a relevant chip, as desktop Phenom's aren't exactly available, and it's overclocking ability will let you build a system that you can upgrade to a Phenom when they are available, and only have to drop ~$100 on the CPU.
Subject: Processors | November 28, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced an upgrade of its popular software tools suite for Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major version of Apple's advanced operating system. The latest 10.1 version of the Intel C++ Compiler and Intel Fortran Compiler, as well as the Intel Threading Building Blocks, Intel Math Kernel Libraries and Intel Performance Primitives, have been optimized for Apple's Leopard and Xcode 3.0 development environment launched last month.
Subject: Processors | November 26, 2007 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The refresh of the E6550, the E6450 offers a great way to chart the performance differences between the Conroe and Wolfdale as they are essentially the same chip. If you check out the full review at t-break, you can see that the various optimizations and the extra 2MB cache help in many applications, but don't really impact game performance that much.
A Look into the Future...
Curious what the rest of 2007 and 2008 will hold for Intel's Core 2 processors and the upcoming Nehalem architecture? Or just want to see how big of a hill AMD has to climb in twelve short months?
Subject: Processors | November 20, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following up on their look at the new AMD 790FX chipset, The Tech Report carries on into a full review of the Phenom processors that will benefit from the chipset. They had the time to but together a huge gamut of benchmarks to run through, comparing the 9900 and 9600 to 10 other dual and quad core processors, so it will take you a while to assimilate all the information. In the end, they conclude that any current owner of an AM2+ system now has an easy upgrade path to a CPU that gives the Q6600 a run for it's mon
Subject: Processors | November 19, 2007 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has countered AMD's Barcelona launch with the QX9770, their fastest processor to date. At 3.2GHz and with a FSB of 1600MHz, the performance it gives you is incredible, if you can somehow find a way to run it; seeing as how there are no 1600MHz motherboards for you to use. You can head over to TECHGAGE for a look at the QX9770 and the X48 chipset that will run it.
A Surprise Addition
Intel wasn't going to let the AMD Phenom processor launch with a bunch of fanfare and now reply with SOMETHING. That something is the new QX9770 processor that runs at 3.2 GHz with a completely new 1600 MHz front-side bus and is the fastest CPU we have ever tested.