A surprise CPU review
Intel is finally bringing the low-cost PC world a dual-core version of the wildly popular Atom processor with the Atom 330. The CPU runs at 1.6 GHz and sports a pair of cores that both support HyperThreading for a total of four threads of computing. Will the Atom 330 revolutionize the performance levels of netbooks?
Subject: Processors | February 9, 2009 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you start off on Josh's detailed review of the new Phenom II processors, consider the good side of this release; the 2.8GHz X3 720 BE should sell for a bit over $150, the 2.6GHz X4 810 (not unlocked BE) will be under $200. That puts them in competition with the Intel E8500 and similarly priced chips, it is not a Corei7 killer, the cheapest Core i7 920 is still almost $300 and that doesn't include the price of the motherboard. Any AM3 chip will fit in any AM3 or AM2+ socket, making this an incredibly painless upgrade. Now that you are armed with the knowledge of what AM
Fleshing Out the Family
AMD is unveiling their AM3 platform today with the launch of the Phenom II X4 810 and the Phenom II X3 720. These sub $200 processors are paving the way for DDR-3 support with AMD processors. While their support for DDR-3 is nice, they still are compatible with AM2+ sockets and DDR-2 support. These two processors help to flesh out AMD's offerings for the budget marketplace, and should allow AMD to transition that much faster to all 45 nm parts.
Subject: Processors | February 5, 2009 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You still have some time to pick up the QX9650 and QX9770, but not much longer. Whether the discontinuation will help the sales of Intel's new Core i7 processors is something we won't know for a while, nor if we will see steep price cuts soon. Thanks to TG Daily for breaking the news to us gently.
Subject: Processors | February 3, 2009 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware wanted to see what effect the new processors have on the performance given by a GTX 295. The list of processors tested is quite long, covering Core i7 and newer Core2 processors from Intel as well as a pair of Phenom II and original flavour Phenoms on AMD's side. The newer processors can certainly feed data at a pace the GTX 295 can appreciate, but it would seem that there is a limit to what even that mighty GPU can handle.
Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting interview at LapTopMag.com, posted over at TGDaily, takes some quotes from NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang on how CPUs like Intel's Atom processor will affect the world of hardware and software industries. He claims that a netbooks are only called netbooks by Intel marketing and in reality they are just under-powered PC, and also that a large install base of netbook PCs will eventually cause problems for the PC world when users actually try to use them with newer software.
Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to this report, Intel has decided to pull the plug on the 45nm CPU/GPU combos that were due out in 2009 known as Auburndale and Havendale. These were going to be two-chip parts: one that included a dual-core HyperThreaded CPU the other chip a GPU.
Now instead Intel is going to wait for the 32nm process and move Arandale up 6 months or so into early 2010.
Subject: Processors | January 26, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The arrival of the Phenom II X4 940 heralds a slew of overclocking articles
as tech reviewers try to figure out just how hard AMDs new line can be pushed. TechSpot limited themselves to air cooling, which meant they topped out at a hair over 3.6GHz. As with previous AMD chips, it is the Black Edition CPUs and their unlocked multiplier that the dedicated overclockers are going to want to grab. AMD may not have taken the performance
Subject: Processors | January 16, 2009 - 11:29 AM | Josh Walrath
Just yesterday our intrepid Jeremy had reported that Digitimes was reporting that there were issues with AMD's DDR-3 controller in their latest 45 nm parts. I was actually somewhat surprised by this information, as I keep my ear pretty close to the grindstone looking for those two birds in a bush, and even I had not heard of such a thing. So I sent a couple of emails off to other folks, and they too had not heard so much of a peep about potential problems with AMD's DDR-3 memory controller.
Subject: Processors | January 13, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Josh Walrath
For the past several podcasts (thanks to those folks for listening) we have lamented the fact that we have seen so few VIA Nano based products on the market. The CPU has been out for 9+ months now, and the promise and potential of these products was nearly unlimited considering how netbooks and low power/inexpensive PCs are some of the fastest growing markets in the PC industry. While a few manufacturers have adopted the VIA Nano, it has been pretty unspectacular when considering uptake and media coverage.