Subject: Processors | December 15, 2008 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new 'Kuma' core is here, in the form of the 2.7GHz X2 7750 and the 2.5GHz X2 7550. The biggest changes to these processors are the inclusion of features normally found in the X3 series, like the L3 cache and HyperThreading 3. bit-tech benchmarked them through their usual series of applications and games and saw it beat out similarly priced Intel offerings.
Subject: Processors | December 10, 2008 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new processor family means that a whole new bag of tricks needs to be invented to push the CPUs as far as they can go without toasting them. Legit Reviews is focusing on the memory, specifically trying to figure out the best speed combinations to get the new Triple Channel memory running at peak bandwidth. See what they discovered in their full review.
Subject: Processors | December 1, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the one corner you have Intel's new Xeon lineup, and in the other corner you have AMD's Opteron refresh. Neither of these parts will make a big impact on home computing, but anyone running a server will be more than a little interested. The L3 cache and new memory subsytem are the stars here, with the decreased energy consumption getting second billing. Read more about the Shanghai Opterons at The Tech Report.
Subject: Processors | November 20, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Josh Walrath
Today AMD was showing off its upcoming desktop Phenom II processor to a handful of journalists, and one of the main topics of the presentation is the "headroom" that AMD is building into the Phenom II processor.
Subject: Processors | November 20, 2008 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the third instalment of their series on the architecture of Nehalem, AnandTech explores the cache size, specifically the itsy-bitsy L2 cache. There is a big trade off in size and latency, much like in any other part and any way to cut latency inside the processor it's self will give some nice returns. They also talk to Intel about the next process, 32nm so head over for bit of prognostication about the near future.
Subject: Processors | November 16, 2008 - 07:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shanghai is here and it is incredibly power efficient. AnandTech has published their look at this new server chip and it is going to make a lot of people very happy (unless they work for Intel
NVIDIA isn't the only game in town
NVIDIA and the CUDA programming model have been getting all the attention for GPGPU computing recently but AMD wants to fight back with news of its update to the ATI Stream programming model that will include a completely free transcoding application in December.
Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 02:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tonight at midnight AMDsent out the press release with the formal announcement of their new
45nm 'Shanghai'-based Opteron processors for the server and workstation
markets. There is a lot of great information in this release including
specs of the CPU that show a much better outlook for AMD's processors
than previously expected. Frequencies will be offered as high as 2.7 GHz with TDPs of only 75 watts theoretically indicating that high clock rates should be inbound for both server and desk
Subject: Processors | November 11, 2008 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can get a little closer to owning an Intel Core i7 processor; some online retailers are selling the three models as a pre-order, according to CNET. The preorder may ensure that there is stock, but sadly you will still have to wait the six days until the official launch before you can actually lay your hands on it and get it into a system. It still may be a great idea if you want to be the first kid on your block to have one, we really don't know how much stock will be ava