Subject: Processors | February 11, 2008 - 08:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor is poised to take over as the poster child of inexpensive and overclockable CPUs for many enthusiasts. It runs at ~2.5GHz, 333MHz at a 7.5 multiplier, and a total of 6MB of L2 cache, 3MB per core, which you can compare to the Q6600 at 2.4GHz with a pair of 4MB L2 caches. The price stays exactly the same, $266. The heat remains the same for these two processors as well, and considering that a 333MHz bus is the first step to overclocking the Q6600, and the Q9300 runs 333MHz at stock, you can see there is more room to push this chip faster.
Subject: Processors | February 8, 2008 - 03:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
News and rumors have been swirling for a couple of days, but it seems nearly concrete now that Dell will be dropping AMD-based systems and notebooks from their online store. They will apparently only sell AMD systems in Dell's new brick and mortar partners like Best Buy and Staples, but we all know this is a SMALL part of Dell's sales and thus this is a very bad development for AMD.
Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
Even though just over a week ago we told you that AMD was going to be showing off both the low power K10 core processors known as the Phenom 9100e series and the upcoming, TLB fixed Phenom 9700 and Phenom 9900 models, that's no longer the case. It would seem that rather than get people's hope up for the B3 revision to soon, AMD is going to just show off the triple-core processors instead.
Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 05:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
*Cue Dr. Evil Laugh* Yes, that is correct, 2 Billion transistors will take up refuge on the upcoming Tukwila processor, the successor to Itanium's Montvale processors.
Even more surprising is that it is built on Intel's 65nm technology, making this one BIG chip.
Subject: Processors | February 1, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to some scant news from Digitimes, AMD is reporting once again to its partners that 45nm is on schedule for a 2nd half of 2008 release, though the time frame could use a little more detail in our view. AMD is saying now that the 45nm process is a success, will allow them to scale frequencies much higher and triple the amount of L3 cache from 2MB to 6MB.
Subject: Processors | January 30, 2008 - 06:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new VIA Isaiah processor isn't the only new chip hitting the streets, and if you haven't caught up with VIA's newest then check Ryan's look, as well as the links just below. For those looking for a new Intel processor, then check out Techgage's review of the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor. This chip, if paired with the right mot
Subject: Processors | January 29, 2008 - 06:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Inquirer has a detailed piece on AMD losing a deal with Sun to power one of Asia's most powerful super computer with Barcelona chips. Instead, Sun is replacing it with 45nm Penryn core based systems. Obviously, if this is true, this could have a large impact on AMD's hold of the HPC market going forward.
Subject: Processors | January 27, 2008 - 03:26 PM | Ryan Shrout
As Jon Stokes over at Arstechnica describes, it would appear that AMD has changed its tune when it comes to the way Fusion technology will be implemented. Bulldozer, as we originally thought, was going to be a completely new CPU design from the ground up. But now AMD appears to be backing off that plan and going with existing CPU and GPU designs for their first Fusion produc
Subject: Processors | January 25, 2008 - 04:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
While you won't find me in Hannover, you will find AMD's newest Phenom processors. At CeBit, AMD looks to be showing off the upcoming Phenom 9700 and 9900 processor models along with the energy-efficient 9100e processor.