Subject: Processors | December 28, 2007 - 01:39 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 - 11:06 AM | 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.
Introduction to Phenom Overclocking
We take a couple of AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition processors, fully unlocked out of the box, and try to overclock the hell out of them. We also take the new AMD Overdrive utility for a spin and see how it stands up for modern overclockers.
Subject: Processors | December 25, 2007 - 06:47 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 - 12:51 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.
Subject: Processors | December 21, 2007 - 03:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
No real surprises here, though the news coming from Intel directly is uplifting for upcoming mobile technologies. If only there was more news besides partnering with Apple...
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 12:03 PM | Josh Walrath
Digitimes is reporting that Intel is backing off of its introduction of the lower clocked 45 nm quad core parts. These would have included the Q9300, Q9450, and Q9550. The official story is that Intel does not feel the need to release these due to all of the issues AMD is having getting their quad cores out. Since Intel feels there is no real competition in this space, they can let their current 65 nm quad core parts handle the demand.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 10:26 AM | Ryan Shrout
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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