Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 05:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
Maybe feeling the pressure from Intel's extreme R&D resources, AMD is opening a new design lab outside Redmond, Washington.
REDMOND, WASH. -- December 21, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the formation of a new Advanced Architecture and Technology Lab led by Rich Witek, AMD corporate fellow and chief architectural officer.
Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 05:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looks like AMD's new 65nm processors aren't going over as good as they'd have hoped for!
We're a little perplexed by these developments. Why would AMD increase the latency of its L2 cache, especially without increasing its size? Why isn't the die area of the 65nm Athlon 64 X2 even smaller compared to the 90nm version with the same transistor count? There are a number of possibilities, but I'll refrain from speculating for now, and we'll await some better answers from AMD.
Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 01:27 AM | Ryan Shrout
Could it be that AMD is finally going to let go of the PR-rating system that was useless once the Athlon 64 was launched?
Such decision is a win-win strategy. As Intel realized clock speeds could no longer solely differentiate the performance of different, instead microarchitecture plays an important role in nowadays race, the MHz race ended and PR now more a less become meaningless.
Subject: Processors | December 20, 2006 - 12:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
We just got official word from Intel that they are going to be releasing a new quad-core processor in early January. The Core 2 Quad Q6600 will run at 2.4 GHz with a 1066 MHz FSB and 8M of cache total. The TDP of the new CPU will be 105 watts and the default voltage is 1.325v.
IntelÂ® Core™2 Quad processor Q6600 (formerly codenamed Kentsfield)
- Multimedia powerhouse for demanding entertainment
- Ideal choice for processor intensive, highly-threaded applications
Subject: Processors | December 20, 2006 - 12:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tech Report has gotten a pair of the new 65nm processors, a 4800+ and 5000+, and put them through the paces on performance and power consumption. Can these new cores help AMD get back in competition with Intel?
That said, AMD could make one considerable stride toward countering Intel's quad-core chips and salvaging its poorly received Quad FX platform by replacing the Athlon 64 FX-70-series processorsâ€”and their scorching 125W TDP ratingsâ€”with chips made on this 65nm process.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 01:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at HKEPC are saying now that Intel will be releasing a quad core Q6400 for a price under $450. That's the good news! The bad: it isn't planned until the third quarter of 2007.
Core 2 Quad Q6400 remains in Kentsfield core like others released models. Standards for this model include: 65nm manufacturing process, LGA 775 package, clock speed at 2.13Ghz, 1066MHz FSB, and 4MB x 2 L2 Cache.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 01:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like Newegg has received a shipment of AMD's new Athlon FX-74, FX-72 and FX-70 processors and is preparing to offer them for sale very soon. They are NOT available yet, but we'll be checking Newegg.com's site for you often and will update you if we find them.
For now, you'll ONLY be able to buy these CPUs in combination with the Asus L1N64-SLI motherboard; priced at $349 apparently. The CPUs will be priced at $999, $799 and $599 for pairs of the 74s, 72s and 70s, respectivel
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 01:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
It appears that according this Inquirer article, Intel will be releasing a lower power consuming version of their Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6400 processors.
As a contrast, Core 2 Duo eats up 22 Watts while doing nothing and 65W when working under full load. With the new revision, power consumption in idle state (C1E) goes down to 12W.
Subject: Processors | December 18, 2006 - 12:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
Ever want to watch an AMD analyst day presentation to see if you can read more into the slides than the rest of the media.
Advanced Micro Devices 2006 Analyst Day
Thursday, December 14, 2006 8:00 a.m. ET
Duration 4 Hours
Location New York, NY
Subject: Processors | December 18, 2006 - 12:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Anandtech has published their tests looking at the new Opteron Socket-F processors and the new Xeon processors from Intel as well.
Some might wonder if a different - read Intel - motherboard for the Woodcrest system could have significantly altered the outcome of these tests. We do not think so. Although the Intel motherboards do tend to show slightly lower power consumption, it is not a significant difference.