My kernel; she is feeling much calmer now

Subject: Processors | April 15, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Running Linux makes living at the edge of technology even more frustrating fun, as your kernel may react quite hysterically to hardware it has never met before.  Such was the case with the Phenom 9500, until Ubuntu upgraded to 8.04.   The Opteron 2356 has had a smoother entrance, with PowerNow!

Source: Phoronix

AMD Phenom X4 9950 to dissipate 140W

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2008 - 12:56 PM |
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The Phenom X4 9850 processor that was recently released was a good processor despite the fact that it used a lot of power compared to Intel's competitively priced quad-core processors.  According to this report only one more 65nm Phenom quad-core processor, the 9950, but that it will push out more than 140W of power to get to its target 2.6 GHz clock rate.  That's pretty damn hot and I imagine tha

Source: fastlanehw

VIA's Isaiah not up to Intel Atom in thermal powers

Subject: Processors | April 10, 2008 - 10:40 PM |
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According a friend of a friend of a friend, or rather The Inquirer reporting on a subscription-based article from Microprocessor Report, Intel's Atom processor is going to better than VIA's Isaiah processor in terms of power dissipation.  Nothing is mentioned in terms of performance, but in UMPCs that fit in your pocket the power consumption is really more important we think.

Source: The Inquirer

Sub $300 quad core battle

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 01:44 PM |
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We know the stats, the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition running 2.5GHz (12.5x) with a 200MHz bus and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 at 2.5GHz (7.5x) with a 333MHz.  The cache sizes differ greatly as does the process used to manufacture them.  ExtremeTech tested them both to see what the difference in performance is; unfortunately for AMD, there is a great difference there as well.

Source: Extremetech

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Widely Available

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM |
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The widespread availability of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor marks a new era in the server processor market in terms of performance, virtualization, energy-efficiency and investment protection. The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor sets a new pace for meeting the needs of today's most demanding datacenters. Conceived from its inception with a close eye on customer needs, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor design and architecture gives server customers cutting-edge computing performance in an energy-efficient design.

Source: AMD

First Eight OEM Platforms Featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Available

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:15 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 9, 2008 --Delivering new levels in performance scalability, virtualization performance and energy efficiency, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced customers can get the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor today in systems from HP as well as other system providers. The recently-launched HP ProLiant G5 platforms represent the first of many systems that are expected to be available in the coming weeks from global OEMs and system builders based on the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor.

Source: AMD

AMD to cut workforce, pulls back revenue expectations

Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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Though Jeremy already alluded to this news in an earlier post today, I thought it was worth mentioning again, unfortunately.  AMD continues to struggle with the finances and has confirmed in a press release that it plans to cut 10% of its work force by Q3 of this year and has pulled back Q1 2008 revenue estimates to $1.5 billion.  Though that is an increase over over 2007, it is still much lower than expected

Source: engadget

VIA C7-M ULV Processor Powers New HP 2133 Mini-Note PC

Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 11:33 AM |
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Taipei,Taiwan, April 8, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the low power VIA C7-M ULV processor will be used to power the new HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, a sleek and stylish, small form factor notebook targeted at today's connected student lifestyle, where portability, productivity and affordability are highly prized.

AMD Phenom X4 9850 goes on sale

Subject: Processors | April 5, 2008 - 01:13 PM |
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For those of you that caught our initial review of the AMD Phenom X4 9850 processor and are interested in picking one up to upgrade your system or build a new one, the folks at Newegg.com now have them in stock for $243.00.

Quad core Penryns multiply

Subject: Processors | April 4, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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45nm Penryns are finally becoming easier to get, and are pushing the older Kentsfield chips out of favour with home builders.  Clock for clock they are out performing the older chips, and the power consumption is in a completely different class.  The Hardware Zone tested a Q9550 and a Q9450, unfortunately they haven't yet received a Q9300 yet.  Intel will be hol