While much has been made of Phenom's lack of performance when compared to the Intel Core 2 based products, I was curious how much faster the Phenom was than the older Athlon X2. It turns out that AMD had been quite busy under the hood, and the results were more impressive than I had originally expected.
Subject: Processors | May 29, 2008 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA's Isaiah may have changed it's name to Nano, but that is the only thing that has changed about this low power CPU. VIA has always been the king of small, low power processors, and has seen competition appearing from Intel. VIA takes advantage of that history to ensure the new Nano will work with existing C7 compatible boards. For once, Intel is the new kid on the block. Read Ryan's take on these high powered, low wattage processors.
Isaiah Turns to Nano
VIA's Isaiah processor architecture has been getting a lot of attention for being a strong competitor to Intel's Atom line of processors for the ULV CPU segment. Today VIA is officially unveiling the new Nano Processor line for mainstream desktops, notebooks and mini-notes (to name a few) and the specifications look impressive.
Subject: Processors | May 28, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
AMD might have just gotten a great bit of news in its mailbox - it would seem that Intel's Atom processor and platform brand known as Centrino 2 looks to be delayed until the middle of July.
Subject: Processors | May 22, 2008 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a E8500 and a Custom 2stage Cascade (-100 C!) cooler, MADSHRIMPS set out to see just how far they could push the speed. As it turns out, while they did get a big bump in speed, exotic cooling isn't really necessary for this processor, air-cooling can get you almost to 5GHz. You can pick up some good tips on a motherboard to pair it with if you are going to try.
Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
While this news has been anticipated, the fact that more and more details are emerging are still incredibly surprising and thought provoking. According to reports, TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, has started test runs of the SOI technology used by all of AMD's current processors. AMD and TSMC already have plenty of agreements in place for sharing technology since ATI was a big TSMC partner before it was purchased by AMD in 2006 so the relationship should be easy to continue. It
Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sure, VIA may be a fabless CPU and chipset designer, but that isn't stopping them from one-upping AMD when it comes to process technology on their next CPU release. According to Digitimes, the new Isaiah core processors are set to transition to 45nm process technology by the end of 2009 with the move to dual-core products.
Subject: Processors | May 12, 2008 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 12, 2008- AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
introduced the industry's first energy-efficient x86 server processors
with four processing cores and an integrated memory controller all in a
low 55-watt ACP thermal envelope.
Subject: Processors | May 5, 2008 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
May 5, 2008 - Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics and TSMC today announced they have reached agreement on the need for industry-wide collaboration to target a transition to larger, 450mm-sized wafers starting in 2012. The transition to larger wafers will enable continued growth of the semiconductor industry and helps maintain a reasonable cost structure for future integrated circuit manufacturing and applications.
Subject: Processors | May 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, it turns out there is a major design flaw in the Intel Q9300 ... it can only hit a 500MHz FSB. Horribly disappointing, isn't it?
Head on over to see the final answer to the equation Q9300 + nVentiv Mach2 Phase-Change cooler + MADSHRIMPS = ...