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AMD has been attacking the mainstream PC segment lately with a slew of modestly priced processors and chipsets. The attack started with the new Athlon II X2 value processors back in June, which were a much needed replacement for the out-dated Athlon X2 series. Then a few weeks later, AMD released their new mainstream chipset, the 785G, which we found to be an excellent complement to the new Athlon II's. Today AMD is adding the final piece to their new mainstream desktop platform with the release of a line-up of value-priced quad-cores; the Athlon II X4 series.At first the announcement of Athlon II X4s doesn't seem too interesting. Especially since they have been rumored for some time and it wasn't... Read more...
For the last several years AMD has had a series of excellent mainstream chipsets. First with the original 690G which offered a wealth of features and surprisingly competent IGP performance. Then later with the 780G and 790GX chipsets which added a little more of everything, while keeping the price palatable. Now AMD is ready to kick it up another notch with today's announcement of the new 785G chipset. You might not be entirely surprised to hear the 785G being announced. The 785G is one of the worst kept secrets this season, with plenty of leaks and glimpses over the past month. However, today we are able to bring you full coverage of the new chipset with a complete shakedown on our test bench.... Read more...
AMD announced its Q2 2009 results (PDF) today with figures that dashed any hope that the company might have found a rabbit hiding in its hat. AMD reported a loss of 49 cents a share ($330 million), after including some $86 million in revenue the company made selling inventory it wrote off back in the fourth quarter of 2008. Sales were down 13 percent year-on-year, but the microprocessor manufacturer designer managed to trim both its operating loss (down $49 million compared to Q1, to $249 million) and its net loss (down to the aforementioned $330 million from a Q1 high of $416 million). The company's gross margins declined from 43 percent to 37 percent over the period in a shift CEO Dirk Meyer... Read more...
New AMD Athlon II X2 245 and 240 Processors Designed to Efficiently Handle Today’s Mainstream Computing Needs-- Dual-core processors deliver the right mix of power efficiency and performance at very affordable price points -- What: AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the AMD Athlon II X2 dual-core 245 and 240 processors, delivering 45nm technology-based performance to mainstream PC users for less than $67 USD. When combined with AMD’s chipsets, these processors are designed to provide plenty of performance to handle today’s popular mainstream applications in multitasking environments – all while remaining cool and quiet.Why: Given the current economic environment, consumers are seeking the best computing... Read more...
AMD is using the prominence of the Computex show in Taipei to unveil a slew of new, affordable desktop processors. A few of them are based on the existing core employed within their Phenom II processor line-up, but one of them is comprised of a new piece of silicon that pays homage to the once mighty Athlon brand.We've got four new AMD processors on tap for this article, low power quad- and triple-cores, and a pair of new dual-cores. The 3.1GHz AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition is positioned as AMD's fastest dual-core processor ever, while the Phenom II X3 705e is a low-power triple-core CPU. The Phenom II X4 905e is a low-power 65w quad-core, and the brand new Athlon II X2 250 is AMD's latest... Read more...
AMD is using the prominence of the Computex show in Taipei to unveil a slew of new, affordable desktop processors. A few of them are based on the existing core employed within their Phenom II processor line-up, but one of them is comprised of a new piece of silicon that pays homage to the once mighty Athlon brand.We've got four new AMD processors on tap for this article, low power quad- and triple-cores, and a pair of new dual-cores. The 3.1GHz AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition is positioned as AMD's fastest dual-core processor ever, while the Phenom II X3 705e is a low-power triple-core CPU. The Phenom II X4 905e is a low-power 65w quad-core, and the brand new Athlon II... Read more...
In addition to launching the new Radeon HD 4770 this morning, AMD is also taking the opportunity to announce a new value-priced desktop CPU, the Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition. The Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition should be available for about $69 when it hits store shelves today. It is a 2.8GHz, socket AM2+ processor manufactured using AMD's 65nm DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) process. The full specifications and a couple of postures are listed below... AMD Athlon X2 7850 Processor Specifications: Processor Core Frequency: 2.8GHz X2 7850 Black Edition Tray OPN: OPN#  AD785ZWCJ2BGH X2 7850 Black Edition PIB OPN: OPN#  AD785ZWCGHBOX L1 Cache Sizes: 64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data... Read more...
AMD Delivers Groundbreaking Platform for Ultrathin Notebooks-- The AMD Platform for Ultrathin Notebooks Delivers Balanced PC Performance with True HD Entertainment1 in a Surprisingly Affordable, Amazingly Thin Notebook -- LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Jan. 6, 2009 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the AMD platform for ultrathin notebooks, enabling exceedingly thin and light OEM designs with rich entertainment capabilities at an affordable price. Previously codenamed “Yukon,” the platform is based on the new AMD Athlon Neo processor, ATI Radeon X1250 integrated graphics and optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 discrete graphics and brings true HD entertainment1 to a new category... Read more...
Just in case you missed it, we’re hitting the news page to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of AMD’s new 780G Chipset with integrated graphics and the new low-power Athlon 64 4850e processor.  Here's a snip from the piece...“The 780G platform launching today combines the core logic expertise and graphics technology brought in from ATI with AMD’s latest low-power Athlon X2, yielding a very fast, very inexpensive platform that won’t rack up a substantial energy tab. Additionally, the chipset supports a new feature called Hybrid Graphics—a Vista-only capability that harnesses the power of an add-in... Read more...
We generally don’t use integrated graphics. You might not use integrated graphics. But there are more motherboards with integrated graphics sold than discrete cards, according to data published last year by Jon Peddie Research. That means you probably have friends and family buying systems with built-in graphics engines. Guess what happens when the work day is done and you take them into battle with you through a little Enemy Territory or Company of Heroes?  Poor performance likely gets them killed over and over. Talk about a real bummer. We're WoW junkies ourselves, and you can’t imagine how many of the guys blame raid wipes on the speed of their graphics cards. Fortunately,... Read more...
The 6000+ isn't the end of the line for AMD Athlon 64 X2 after all. Dispite AMD roadmaps long foretelling that the Athlon 64 X2 product line as we currently know it would end with the 6000+, Digitimes is reporting that AMD is planning to release a new addition to the line-up. The new part will be badged as the 6400+ and will clock in at 3.2GHz with 2MB of L2 cache. This comes as a surprise since the 6400+ has not appeared on any AMD roadmap. However, some motherboard makers are supposed to have already recieved samples and the chips are expected to ship "shortly". "Currently, AMD's highest-end desktop processor is the Athlon 64 X2 6000+, however with its performance unable to match Intel's... Read more...
Good Morning All, AMD is ushering in their new processor model naming convention, with the introduction of new low power Brisbane-based Athlon dual core CPUs. We've tested the product and have posted our analysis here:AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 and BE-2300"Today brings us to the next step of AMD's low power strategy, with the release of AMD's 65nm Athlon X2 BE-2350 and BE-2300 processors. These 'Brisbane' based models sport a maximum power rating of 45w and weigh in below $100, making for a cost-effective processor that is cheap to buy and cheap to run."... Read more...
Although they're hard at work on Barcelona and plan to release a new high-end, native quad-core CPU in the coming months, AMD has turned a good part of their attention to a different segment of the market, the low power segment.  Back in August of 2006, AMD released several low power CPUs that aimed to balance performance and power consumption.  One was the 'Windsor' based Athlon 64 X2 4600+ with a TDP of 65w and the other was the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ which had a low TDP of 35w.  While the processors were impressive from an efficiency standpoint, AMD struggled to keep up with demand and also offered the models at premium price points.  In February of 2007, AMD changed their approach somewhat, introducing... Read more...
AMD has been fairly quiet as of late. A few months ago, we took a look at their initial Quad-FX platform and FX-70 series offerings.  However, on the mainstream socket AM2 front, AMD hasn't made any real noise since the release of the Athlon 64 FX-62 way back in May of 2006. That's not to say AMD hasn't released any products since then. In fact, the company has launched a plethora of lower-clocked "Energy Efficient" processors for the platform and replaced the 125W Athlon 64 FX-62 with an 89W X2 5600+ at the same 2.8GHz and cache size. Frankly, enthusiasts waiting for a new flagship socket AM2 processor haven't had much to read about.  Thankfully,... Read more...
Hello Everyone. Today AMD is officially unveiling a new top-of-the-line socket AM2 processor, the Athlon 64 X2 6000+. The new X2 6000+ sports a full 1MB of L2 cache per core and is clocked at a healthy 3.0GHz, just like the flagship FX-74. Its cache configuration and clock speed should also make the X2 6000+ the fastest desktop CPU to come out of AMD yet. Here's a snip from the article: "AMD has been fairly quiet as of late. A few months ago, we took a look at their initial Quad-FX platform and FX-70 series offerings. However, on the mainstream socket AM2 front, AMD hasn't made any real noise since the release of the Athlon 64 FX-62 way... Read more...
Hello All. We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features and performance of AMD's new 65nm Brisbane core based Athlon 64 X2 5000+ processor. We compare its performance, power consumption, and overclockability to a 90nm Windsor based 5000+ throughout the article for a direct apples-to-apples comparison. Here's a snip: "With this transition, cost is a major factor, of course, but not just from a manufacturing perspective. With the change over to 65nm, AMD has also sharpened their focus on power consumption and energy efficiency, which translates to lower operating costs as well."... Read more...
  At the end of 2006, AMD announced the availability of processors built using the company's 65nm manufacturing process, which is first being implemented with the Athlon 64 X2 product line. The move to 65nm brings a number of advantages for both AMD and consumers. From AMD's standpoint, the more advanced manufacturing process allows for more processors to be produced per wafer, therefore improving manufacturing efficiency and in turn profit margins. Ultimately, the aim is to let this savings trickle down into retail channels, lowering AMD's costs and potentially the cost of the X2 lines across the board. The move to 65nm also lays the foundation for future, native-quad... Read more...
Our friends at the Tech-Report have followed up their initial coverage of AMD's new 65nm Athlon 64 X2 processors with a deeper look into their performance. It turns out, the 65nm processors have higher latency access to their L2 cache, which hinders performance in some situations. "After we published our first look at AMD's 65nm Athlon 64 X2 processors yesterday, some readers raised questions about funky performance numbers you'd seen from these 65nm CPUs at other sites. We focused on power consumption and overclocking in our initial look at the processors, assuming those would be the most interesting aspects of the die-shrunk parts, which... Read more...
Since this information is technically not under NDA embargo, we thought we'd share with you that AMD is soon releasing volume to the channel of their new 65nm process-based Athlon 64 X2 dual core chips for socket AM2.  The features and performance of these new cores will remain unchanged versus current 90nm models but the tighter manufacturing geometries and die size reduction will result in much lower power and cost structures.  At the very least, these new processors will allow for a few nice upgrade options for those of you that have invested in socket AM2.  Here's what AMD had to say about the test kits we received recently... "The move to 300mm wafers... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that AMD is preparing to launch no less than 3 new Athlon 64 FX processors in November to combat the launch of Intel's new QX6700 processor. As part of the company's upcoming "4x4" platform which will consist of two dual-core processors being placed on a motherboard, these new products will be competing with Intel's single quad-core processors. As a result, Intel might be able to offer their processor and platform at a much lower cost than a comparable AMD "4x4" platform as motherboard vendors are being forced to use two of the more complex Socket 1207 connectors along with more involved power logic. Once thing is certain though,... Read more...
Hello everyone. We've just taken a look at a pair of energy efficient Athlon 64 X2 processors, more specifically the A64 X2 4600+ and the X2 3800+. These two processors have max TDPs of 65w and 35w, respectively, and as such they sip power and radiate much less heat than their "full-powered" counterparts. Here's a snip from the article... "Both AMD and Intel have made great technological strides when it comes to power consumption in their current CPU architectures. Both the Athlon 64 X2 and Core 2 Duo processor cores have elaborate clock gating schemes to allow their cores to ramp down during periods of inactivity or light... Read more...
Energy efficiency and power consumption are major concerns for modern computing architectures, whether you're an Enthusiast, an IT Manager in a Data Center, or simply an ecologically minded individual.  Let's face it, the modern high end computer is like a small space heater for all intents and purposes, and where there's heat, there's power consumption -- typically a lot of power consumption. Both AMD and Intel have made great technological strides when it comes to power consumption in their current CPU architectures.  Both the Athlon 64 X2 and Core 2 Duo processor cores have elaborate clock gating schemes to allow their cores to ramp down during periods... Read more...
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