My Nerd receptors have just went into overload!!!
Really by the third paragraph, I couldn't take it anymore. I wanted it to stop and had to have this set up! For a server or a workstation this is going to be a big leap forward.
For anyone who has had to sit and wait for the computer to process after applying hair, or cloth or as the animation builds up. this will be a great breath of fresh air.
This is why I love AMD/ATI, because when it comes to price and performance they dominate Intel by a big margin! I mean I don't mind buying something every six months to keep up with technology. But when Intel charges almost triple, then market the next one as sooomuch better. It gets really frustrating.
Those companies useually operate like the Movie theatres, they keep raising their prices because they know you must buy, and have no choice! Then give you all this other stuff like commercials to double dip their profits without much of an increase in the quality of their products.
I WANT ONE, NO I WANT FOUR :)
So this is how AMD plans to take over the world, eh?
I don't blame them, this new CPU's are a beast and will be great for many workstations.
The only problem is how many existing companies will take the leap forward and upgrade?
LOL who doesn't want one! animatortom did you enter that 48 core contest they are hosting? :) u said u want 4 of them :P lol
Server upgrade cycles were thrown off pretty significantly by financial instability the past few years. There are a number of potential customers still cruising along on 2004-2006 hardware that both Intel and AMD are targeting.
It's an easy target for either company. For AMD, those would be customers running single or dual-core Opterons built on a 130nm - 90nm processes. For Intel, those are customers using Nocona, Irwindale, or Paxville at 90nm-65nm. Comparing modern-day server CPUs to anything Prescott-derived (which means P4/Xeon products from 2004 onward) is like dropping dynamite in a barrel of fish. Yes--even easier than shooting them. :P
Nocona/Irwindale/Prescott chips set new lows for inefficiency, heat, and power consumption. Customers still using Netburst-derived chips in particular are going to be itching for an upgrade and both CPU manufacturers want to sell them one.
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This is exactly what the Global Foundries merger was all about. Now AMD can concentrate on innovation and not have to worry about fab upgrades year after year. AMD has to be aggressive as Intel took the tick tock approach and so far AMD seems up to the challenge especially on the value front. Intel does lead on raw computing performance but I give the nod to AMD as their strategy makes the most logical sense to me. AMD has the ace in the hole with ATI, and when BullDozer does arrive on the scene it should pack a mean punch. For now though let the core count rise.....20 core anyone?????
It will be exciting to see these processors become less expensive and more mainstream with companies in the coming years. Thank god we have AMD to bring the prices down
Actually I am sure now is a good time to handle it this way. My reasoning is that as others have mentioned there have been the financial difficulties which have slowed down the bottom line of companies upgrading there systems. On top of that the software companies had the companies by the gonads anyway, because whatever was market standard you had to keep.
In the back ground I would imagine around the world the software companies are adding multi-processor support just waiting for the upgrade omvement to start full scale on a corporate market side. The added advantage on either camps CPU for any company is also multi-folded, because of energy. These processors operate at a well higher peroformance envelope as well as a much lower and efficient energy envelope. So a company that upgrades there processors/systems to these especially with the added efficiency of DDR3 and other things which are in play now, that were not 5 years ago it is a win win. They will make there money back in energy costs in a short amount of time. The Intel operation guide showed a 5/20 efficiency rating which is 1 processor Vs. 4. That drops the computers energy cost and the cost for air conditioning considerably also. Every server room I have ever been in is climate controlled usually somewhere between 55-65 and generally 60. Imagine keeping a room at 60 degrees that's full of working CPU's, Memory, HD's, and PSU's not to mention all the communication cabling and energy cabling also raising the heat as well.
You're right. Intel is claiming it can reduce server power consumption by 80-90% using Beckton; AMD has similar claims. See my comment above about the ease of these arguments--Fish. Barrel. Dynamite.
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