AMD's badly needed upgrade
Since the revelation that AMD's first Phenom processors had an erratum in them the company has worked around the clock to get a fix out in the form of a new B3 stepping of the CPU core. They are here and not only fix the bug but increase clock speeds and performance to boot!
Subject: Processors | March 26, 2008 - 11:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
The upcoming line of Intel Atom processors, formerly announced just a couple weeks ago and making up the brains behind the new Diamondville platform, could start with prices as low as $29 according to a report at Digitimes. The piece also mentions Core 2-based Centrino processors at 2.16 GHz for $107 or so.
Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 08:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... but when you are choosing which CPU to get, it is a bit more difficult. Is a Quad core the way to go, or would you be better off with a Duo Extreme? Techware Labs breaks down that decision into several key areas, as well as delving into the more obscure realms of steppings. Read on to see if their advice can help you in your decision.
Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 25, 2008 - Intel Corporation has further increased its energy-efficient performance lead today with the introduction of two low-voltage 45 nanometer processors for servers and workstations that run at 50 watts, or just 12.5 watts per core and frequencies as high as 2.50 GigaHertz (GHz).
Subject: Processors | March 17, 2008 - 09:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The details are still a little sketchy from Intel about Tukwilla, Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee, but we do know a bit more than we did. Ryan gathered the slides and info from the preview to the IDF and has posted them for your enjoyment. Check out what we do know about Intel's upcoming projects.
Intel IDF Preview
Intel gave some new information to the press about Tukwila, Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee this morning and we present that for you all to see. We of course include some of our commentary on the subjects as well.
Subject: Processors | March 12, 2008 - 05:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
The first B3 steppings of AMD's Opteron processors have finally made their way out into the hand of customers according to this report at Dailytech. There still isn't any word on when these will start shipping in volume or when the consumers will begin seeing B3 stepping Phenom processors or when we'll get clock speeds to ramp up competitiveness to Intel's parts.
Subject: Processors | March 7, 2008 - 07:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Phenom's infamous TLB issue had been eclipsed by the performance hit you take when using the fix. What would really help many prospective AMD system buyers is a big list of motherboards that tells which have a switch to disable or enable the TLB fix. Well, you had better thank The Tech Report because that is exactly what they did.
Subject: Processors | March 6, 2008 - 04:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
Despite reports to the contrary, AMD did in fact have their 45nm Shanghai quad-core parts up and running at the show, though there was no information on the clock speeds being divulged.
Subject: Processors | March 4, 2008 - 08:58 PM | Josh Walrath
We knew near the end of 2007 that AMD was expecting the arrival of the first 45 nm Shanghai samples around the first of the year. It now seems that those initial samples were fairly successful as AMD is showing off working 45 nm silicon at CeBIT. The chips in question are apparently Shanghai based and they are running a variety of OSs and applications. AMD is of course not talking about things such as clockspeed, but we can assume that the products being shown are likely the first major respin from the original samples that showed up early in January.