Kuma's Last Gasp

Subject: Processors | April 28, 2009 - 12:55 PM |
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Today AMD has released what looks to be the last, new 65 nm Phenom based processor.  The Athlon X2 7850 is a 2.8 GHz dual core processor based on the 65 nm/B3 Phenom core.  It is rated at a hefty 95 watts, though it likely rarely hits that at even full load.  It is a Black Edition processor, which means it has its multiplier unlocked and users are allowe easy access to overclocking.  The 7850 is derived from a full quad core, but two of the cores are disabled for this particular model.  There has been some evidence that these extra cores can be unlocked by using ACC on

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AMD's plans for today

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2009 - 01:26 PM |
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It will be a long 8 month wait for the next generation of processors from AMD; not long at all for the current generation. 

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AM3 Done Right

AMD has finally released their high end AM3 processor, and it certainly does not disappoint. While AM3 does not propel the X4 955 to new heights, there are certainly enough extra features and overclocking headroom to make this a exciting and desirable product.

Istanbul Die Shot and Info!

Subject: Processors | April 22, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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Here it is!

Istanbul had an amazingly fast development from first tapeout to final production.  Apparently no major respins or redesigns were required to get Istanbul production ready.


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Manufacturer: Intel
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"I'll be gone til November..."

Last year the industry was expecting Intel to roll out the Nehalem architecture based i5 processors for the mainstream market by the beginning of Summer, 2009. The Computex was thought to be one giant showing of motherboards supporting the upcoming LGA-1156 products, but changes in competition and the rough economic times look to have made Intel shelve its plans to release a new midrange monster.

Stepping around old obstacles

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2009 - 01:17 PM |
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The Core i7 920 CPU has a new stepping, D0, and it promises to annihilate the old overclocking records.  AnandTech has put up a preview of it's performance and it is an impressive change from the previous C0 stepping CPUs.  They hit 4.309 GHz with memory running at 2052 @ 7-8-7-20 1T, and they did it with noticeably lower
power requirements.  Check out just how much lower they were here.

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1-Year Intel Atom Anniversary Brings New Chips, Demonstration of Next-Generation Device

Subject: Processors | April 8, 2009 - 11:11 AM |
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BEIJING, April 8, 2009 - Celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Intel Corporation's introduction of its wildly popular Intel Atom processor family, Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Ultra Mobility Group, introduced two new processors for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and several other milestones during his keynote today at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing.

Chandrasekher was joined by two other Intel executives, Craig Barrett and Pat Gelsinger,

AMD Opteron Processor Upgrade Program Drives Faster Time to Benefit in the Data

Subject: Processors | April 7, 2009 - 11:24 AM |
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Switching from 65nm Barcelona chips to 45nm Shanghai and the upcoming Istanbul processor just got a little bit easier for businesses.   AMD is offering a 35% discount to their partners for buying upgrades.

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Price versus performance is quickly becoming a key benchmark

Subject: Processors | April 3, 2009 - 03:32 PM |
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Currently the AMD Phenom II X4 940 will run you less than $250 to pick up, just a little more affordable than a Core i7 processor.  The AM2+ motherboard that you will need to run this (no AM3 boards, remember the extra pins) is also a lot less than an X58 based motherboard, so you can still manage to put together a new system in today's economic client.  The performance does not beat Intel's offerings, but it does compare to them, signifying the suc

Dancing in the server room

Subject: Processors | March 31, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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The Core 2 Duo played havoc with
AMD's desktop CPUs, now the new Nehalem based Xeon's are making the Opteron line feel even more inadequate.  The new Xeon W5580 will not be a popular CPU to build a gaming PC on, that has never been it's intention.  It will find a home in servers working on hard computation like graphics rendering and detailed data analysis.  The numbers that The Tech Report's benchmarks returned are incredible, especially with 12 or 16 threads being run on the fluid dynamics test.  You shoul