Processors

The AMD Athlon 64 3400+: The Athlon 64 Gets Its First Speed Bump... By, Marco Chiappetta January 6, 2004 AMD closed out 2003 by quietly releasing the Athlon 64 3000+.  The 3000+ was clocked at the same 2.0GHz as the Athlon 64 3200+, and it used the same 754 pin socket, but it featured 512K of L1 cache, only half that of the 3200+.  Its performance, however, was only slightly behind that of the 3200+, and it was priced much more affordably at around $200 U.S.  The 3000+ is exactly the type of CPU mainstream buyers gobble up in droves, but this almost low profile launch was rather... Read more...
The Athlon 64 FX-51 Processor AMD Drops the Hammer, On Your Desktop! By, Marco Chiappetta And Dave Altavilla September 23, 2003 AMD'S HECTOR RUIZ WITH AN ATHLON 64 It has been about two years, since AMD first divulged information about their "K8" architecture, also known as the "Hammer", at the Microprocessor Forum in 2001.  At the time, AMD was having much success with their "K7" line of processors.  Enthusiasts and industry analyst were eager to see just what AMD could do with their next generation processor architecture.  AMD was no longer following... Read more...
  Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Performance Evaluation Another speed bump served up by Intel with ease By, Dave Altavilla June 23, 2003   Once again, Intel has decided to turn up the heat on their arch rival, AMD.  In a sort of digital ying-yang, the battle for Performance Desktop and Workstation Processor leadership, presses on relentlessly.  Like opposite yet mutual compliments, Intel releases the 3GHz P4 with 800MHz system bus and AMD lets fly with the Athlon XP 3200+.  It's almost like nature intended it to be, isn't it?  As Intel and AMD duke it out, in an effort to... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 3GHz With 800MHz System Bus And The i875P "Canterwood" Chipset More bandwidth and leading edge desktop technology for the P4 By, Dave Altavilla and Chris Angelini April 14, 2003   Time certainly does fly when you are clipping along at 3GHz, doesn't it?  It has been a whole 5 months since Intel released their last processor speed bump.  Intel actually let this one ride a little bit it seems.  In early February, AMD let loose with their new "Barton" core based Athlon XP 3000+ (2.166GHz), in an effort to keep pace with Intel's brute... Read more...
The AMD Athlon XP 3200+: A 2.20GHz "Barton" with a 400MHz System Bus The Barton Core Gets Its First Speed Bump... By, Marco Chiappetta May 13, 2003 In mid February, AMD introduced a group of new processors based on their "Barton" core with 512K of on-die L2 cache, double the amount of the previous generation.  With the introduction of the "Barton", AMD gave the Athlon XP line of desktop CPUs a much needed "shot in the arm".  Performance versus similarly clocked "Thoroughbred" based Athlons was superior, and the performance deltas between... Read more...
The Centrino Mobile Technology Launch Event Intel Takes Mobile Computing to the Next Level By - Jeff Bouton March 12, 2003 After a few remote illustrations, the demonstration portion the presentation was over and the focus shifted to input from high ranking executives from T-Mobile, Boeing, Marriot, MacDonalds, Toshiba, SAP, Cisco and several others.  The majority of these guests were Vice Presidents, CEO's and General Managers, adding to the magnitude of what Intel has unveiled.  After a few moments of discussion regarding each company's role in the future of wireless, Craig Barrett... Read more...
The AMD Athlon XP 3000+: A 2.16GHz CPU with 512K L2 Cache Has AMD Done Enough to Take The Speed Crown From Intel? By, Marco Chiappetta and Chris Angelini February 10, 2003 Calendar year 2002 was a great one for the computer geek.  The economy may not have performed very well, but most of the major players in PC Hardware were on a roll, unleashing a myriad of new products and technology.  In 2002, we saw Intel break the 3GHz barrier and bring their Hyper-Threading technology to the desktop.  We also saw ATi seize the 3D performance crown with the introduction of the Radeon 9700 Pro,... Read more...
  Intel's Pentium 4 3.06GHz Processor Intel breaks 3GHz barrier and  introduces Hyperthreading to the mainstream By, Dave Altavilla and Chris Angelini November 14, 2002   It was only two short months ago that we gave you our hands on experiences with Intel's last flagship processor for the PC, the 2.8GHz Pentium 4.  As we neared what seemed to be an almost mythical clock speed of 3GHz, we paused to wonder for a moment, whether or not the average user could take advantage of the power of a Pentium 4 at this clock speed or the future Athlon XP3000+, for that matter.  Again,... Read more...
  The AMD Athlon XP 2700+ With The nForce 2 The Athlon Gets a BUS Speed Increase & A Killer New Chipset By, Marco Chiappetta October 1, 2002 It seems like some rivalries will never die.  History is riddled with intense rivalries that people will never forget.  Sports fans have the Yankees versus the Red Sox and Ali versus Frasier, and techies like you and I have Intel versus AMD!  The rivalry between Intel and AMD gets even more intense, with today's introduction of two new CPUs, the Athlon XP 2700+ and the Athlon XP 2800+.  What makes things even more interesting is... Read more...
  The Pentium 4 2.8GHz Processor Intel ups the ante once again By, Dave Altavilla August 26, 2002 Strategic Marketing, most larger brand name companies have this function rolled up into a Marketing Manager's responsibilities.  Otherwise, in the case of Intel and AMD, they actually have a Strategic Marketing team who's sole purpose in life is to define the strategies and game plans from a product and branding perspective, that will maximize penetration within the customer base versus the competition.  Often times, Strategic Marketing means trying to get an edge on the competition... Read more...
The AMD Athlon XP 2600+ The Thoroughbred Core Gets a Shot in the Arm... By, Marco Chiappetta August 21, 2002 It's hard to believe that it has been three years since the introduction of the first AMD Athlons.  To celebrate the occasion, AMD has unveiled two new processors in their Athlon XP lineup, the 2600+ and the 2400+.  The Athlon XP 2600+ is clocked at 2133MHz, and the 2400+ is clocked at an even 2GHz, making these two new processors the first AMD CPUs to officially break the 2GHz barrier.  The road to 2GHz was a rough one for AMD though.  They may have beaten Intel to the... Read more...
  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...
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