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.
Looking for a starting point in your venture to overclock the AMD Athlon processors? Even if you do so already, you'll surely find some helpful information in this guest writer's detailed article on the subject of overclocking.
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.
Intel let us play around with their upcoming 8-core Skulltrail platform that will use SLI technology to make it the fastest gaming system on the planet. See some initial benchmarks and pictures inside!
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.