Processors

  AMD's Athlon XP 2200+ Processor The "Thoroughbreds" at .13 Debut! By, Marco Chiappetta June 10, 2002 Approximately one year ago, AMD Athlon processors based on the "Thunderbird" core, were reaching the end of their lifespan.  The "Thunderbird" had long been a favorite of the enthusiast community.  It was priced very competitively and performed on par, or better than anything Intel had to offer at the time.  AMD wasn't done giving Intel a hard time yet, however.  They introduced a new version of their immensely popular CPU based on a new core... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 with 533MHz Bus and The i850E Chipset 2.4 and 2.53GHz performance with a 533MHz Front Side Bus By, Dave Altavilla May 6, 2002 There are many architectural attributes of Intel's Pentium 4 processor, that will drive incremental performance for CPU core, as the months and years roll on, in their battle against their primary competitor, Advanced Micro Devices.  Intel engineered the P4 core with a staggeringly deep 20 stage pipeline, that allows clock frequencies to scale with ease.  There are certainly pros and cons to having this deeply pipelined architecture. ... Read more...
  Intel's New 2.4GHz Pentium 4 Northwood 200MHz more, like a walk in the park By, Dave Altavilla April 2, 2002 When Intel released it's 2GHz and 2.2GHz Northwood Pentium 4 Processors, we were here to show you the finer points of increased on chip cache sizes and a few more MHz to play with.  At that point in time, did you ever think that a mere three months later, we would be back to show you Intel's flagship take another 200 steps in the right direction?  Well, to be honest, we've been in possession of the 2.4GHz variety of the Pentium 4 Northwood for about a month now.  So... Read more...
  AMD's Athlon XP 2100+ Processor Crunching Code at 1733MHz. By, Marco Chiappetta March 13, 2002 For about three years now, a fierce battle has been raging between Intel and AMD.  This battle has taken consumers down a road that led to a wider selection of higher performing processors than ever before, and at prices that were much lower than previous generations of flagship CPUs.  As each company introduced a new speed step, or introduced a new processor core, the competition was right there to introduce their new part in an effort to steal some thunder and make some noise of their... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 2.2GHz. and 2.0AGHz. Processors "Northwood" Enters The Arena By, Dave Altavilla January 7, 2002 Intel and AMD's perpetual GHz. race continues in the new year, at a fevered pace that is almost more than the sluggish PC Industry can absorb.  Soon new machines from the major OEMs, will line the shelves of various retailers, hoping to lure potential customers with the promise of earth shattering performance and features that no one should live without.  Frankly, with the myriad of choices, flavors and clock speeds available to the consumer, it's no surprise... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 2GHz. Socket 478 Processor Breaking through the 2GHz. ceiling with ease By, Dave Altavilla August 27, 2001 Alright, I'll admit it...  I was a William Shatner fan.  That is to say, when old Bill played the all powerful James T. Kirk, I couldn't help but admire his swagger and command of the situation.  Unfortunately, times change and old Bill finds himself stooping to the level of lame Priceline.com commercials.  He's merely a shell of the man he use to be.  Ahh, but I can still hear the words echoing in my head, "we must have more power Scotty!" ... Read more...
Intel's "Tualatin" Pentium III 1.20GHz. Processor Encore From a Classic By, Jeff Bouton July 31, 2001 Not long ago, the rumors of a new Pentium III processor called "Tualatin" began circulating around the internet.  The occasional article claiming information or pictures of the "yet to be announced" processor would crop up, offering us a little glimpse of what was to come.  Some of you may have heard of the new .13 micron process, or maybe that it required less voltage than previous Pentium III's.  For me, my first glimpse was a screenshot of a 1.26GHz.... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 1.8GHz. Processor Yielding additional gains in performance By, Dave Altavilla July 2, 2001 You may have heard this before but as the old saying goes, "image is everything".  When it comes to microprocessors, MHz./GHz. speeds are typically what draw a consumer to a product.  At this stage of the game, Intel seems to have that part of the routine down cold.  Our latest lab test of the Pentium 4 Socket 423 Processor clocks in at 1.8GHz., a full 400MHz. ahead of their rival (now nemesis) AMD.    Even though the numbers don't lie, so to speak,... Read more...
  Dual Pentium II Setup @ 515 MHz.!   So you're thinking to yourself, "self" you say... "why would Davo bother with a Dual Pentium II rig"? Well, besides feeding my ego saying it can be done, SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) is the wave of the future! Sun, Alpha, SGI and many other high end platforms have been doing this for years with multithreaded operating systems. With the advent of Windows 2000 (word is it will be released this year) the "WIntel" platform will be moving this way as well! Already we have heard of Quake 3 Arena and Falcon 4 support for SMP. So I ask you, why play the... Read more...
  One Hot Athlon Overclocking  Card From Outside Loop Computers We'll let the pictures say it all...   We dialed the Athlon straight up to 800MHz. with the Afterburner from Outside Loop.  This particular CPU we had, held stable throughout our tests for hours on end at this frequency.  Will you be able to hit this mark?  I don't know but the Afterburner will let you find out and some sort of overclock achievement is almost guaranteed with Athlons.  There just hasn't been a clean and easy way to achieve it, until now. Update  12/22/99: We used an Athlon 500... Read more...
The Intel Pentium III 933MHz. Filling the gap between 866MHz. and 1GHz. June 22, 2000 - By Dave Altavilla  Technology marches on at a relentless, blindingly fast pace.  The high end technology of today will quickly be the main stream "bread and butter" product of tomorrow.  In the Semiconductor space, tomorrow often comes VERY soon.  Semiconductor manufacturing technology seems to advanced in "light year" increments with each new iteration of process enhancement.  I can remember days back less than 10 years ago when 1 micron or .8 micron IC Fab technology... Read more...
The Pentium 4 Bench Test  Architecture and Performance Charting Of Intel's New Flagship By Dave Altavilla - November 20, 2000   An eternity has passed it seems, since Intel has released a processor based on an entirely new architecture.  In actuality, it's been 5 years to be exact, since the P6 Micro-Architecture was introduced in 1995.  Against the backdrop of the perpetual design cycles of the Semiconductor Industry, in 5 years a lot can change. However, mainstream processor base cores are not trivial to design.  Also, Intel has a pretty good knack of leaving themselves... Read more...
 This just in from Hot Hardware fan and Super Cooling Freak-Man Steve Croft! I recently got the P3 500 and set about a maximum tweak... Brief highlights of how follow :-) 1.) Mobo BX6 r2 Bios (Ver KU) settings.... FSB set to 129 x 5 (1/4 pci) Core Volts set at 2.3V 2.) PC125 SDRAM (128MB) PC100 falls over badly... 3.) InWin Q500 full tower case with additional fan cooling (120mm input, 80mm blowing into psu, 80mm output above psu, 60mm blowing onto cpu fans). 4.) Tennmax P3 TF Cooler. Modified for greater efficiency 5.) Rear P3 case removed, Plastic pillars used to replace missing case for... Read more...
Unlocking & Overclocking The AMD Slot A Thunderbird Straddling the fence between the old and the new July 4, 2000 - By Dave Altavilla  In this weeks installment of "my PC is faster than yours", we have a new processor that has emerged in the High End space.  AMD's long awaited Thunderbird (god I love that code name) has arrived and it's sporting 256K of on chip full speed L2 Cache.  Along with this new CPU, we will be using a new motherboard from Gigabyte, the GA-7VX (full review coming soon), designed around VIA's new KX133 chipset affording AGP4X and PC133 memory... Read more...
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