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Good evening folks!  BW here, stopping by to let you all know that we've selected the winners for our ECS & Intel Holiday Giveaway!  The winners are Bob White (Bob_on_the_Cob), Grady Howell (Entermymatrix03), and Jonathan Peng (Ne0rC)! All three of the lucky winners will be receiving a Pentium D 830 Dual-Core Processor with an ECS 945P-A motherboard! ... Read more...
It seems as though supposedly Intel is planning to drop the "Intel Inside" logo and slogan, come the new year, at least according to the Inq.  Fact, fiction?  Who knows for sure but Intel definitely seems poised and ready for a change in the consumer processor space. The change is part of some other branding ideas that the back room boys and girls in Intel's marketing department have been having. Yonah will be called 'Core Solo' for the single core processor, the dual core Pentium M will have the label 'Core Duo'. Future plans for any Dick Van Dyke processor called 'Core Blimey' can be safely discounted.I can hear it now, "The Dynamic Duo"...  God help... Read more...
Well folks, the reviews for Intel's latest CPU and chipset are in, and tonight we have a roundup for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Intel Pentium EE 955 & 975X Express Chipset Reviews: Viper Lair Legit Reviews Sudhian X-Bit labs PC Perspective LostCircuits FiringSquad And our own take on the subject is right here. ... Read more...
Intel has been relatively quiet over the last eight months or so, since the initial release of the dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor back in early April of this year. The company has released an entire line of dual-core 'Pentium D' processors since then, and have also introduced a number of new core logic chipsets as well, including the recently released 975X Express chipset.  However, they've been content to have the 3.2GHz Pentium Extreme Edition 840 as their flagship desktop processor for quite some time. Courtesy of its dual Hyper-Threading enabled execution cores, the 3.2GHz Pentium Extreme Edition 840 was a high performing CPU in many multi-threaded applications, but... Read more...
Although a bit early it seems, CNET has posted their review of the Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 (Presler) CPU. Using the soon to be announced 975X Express chipset, this new Intel platform provided some promising performance numbers which took a chunk out of AMD's performance lead. Add some significantly reduced power consumption and this new platform begins to look much more appealing than current Intel offerings. You can see what Marco thought of Intel's latest platform by reading Hot Hardware's latest review.Although it shows some promise, we had hoped to see more initial performance gains from the Extreme Edition 955 chip. It certainly exhibits some improvement compared to Intel's older... Read more...
Today Viperlair shares their opinion on Intel's Dual Core motherboard, the 955X 'Black Creek'. Sporting the new ICH7R Soutbridge, and the 82955X MCH Northbridge, this motherboard aims to be a decent solution for Intel's Dual Core CPUs. "Should you get this if you already have a 925X or 925XE board? Probably not, unless Dual Core support is important to you. If you don't already have a 925X or 925XE board then you may as well start at the top with a 955X. However think carefully, as while this is a good board, you will likely find more features and accessories with a slightly more expensive, or even cheaper third party manufacturer 955X boards."... Read more...
Continuing their investigation on mobile memory performance with linux, Phoronix is looking to see how various memory configurations effect the Pentium M's performance. Today they'll be testing DDR 2 PC2-4000 memory, ranging from 512MB to 2GB. "In our previous piece yesterday, we had covered the performance benefits of using a 16MB cache on 2.5-inch mobile devices compared to the traditional 8MB capacity and overall we were pleasantly surprised by our penguin findings. Today we are going to be looking again at mobile memory performance under Linux but rather than the form of permanent storage, we are examining various memory configurations and... Read more...
Remember to get your entries in for a chance to win one of three ECS i945-based Motherboard and Pentium D 830 Dual Core Processor Combos. Contest/Give-away Rules and Details here! ... Read more...
When NVIDIA first resurrected the term "SLI" from the technology archives, it was welcomed back with open arms. Although the exact definition has changed from it's 3Dfx roots, it boils down to two graphics cards working on the same job. The obvious benefit is that two cards should be able to easily outperform even the fastest single card.  The only real problem for some users was that the technology was limited to owners of nForce-based motherboards, and initially that meant having an AMD Athlon processor.  NVIDIA eventually decided to address Intel's huge install-base as well, and nForce 4 SLI - Intel Edition motherboards arrived on the scene.     It has only been... Read more...
Intel Announces Chip Technology Breakthrough Using New Materials New Material Could Help Chips Run Cooler, Use Less Energy SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 7, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced development of a new, ultra-fast, yet very low power prototype transistor using new materials that could form the basis of its microprocessors and other logic products beginning in the second half of the next decade. Intel and QinetiQ researchers have jointly demonstrated an enhancement-mode transistor using indium antimonide (chemical symbol: InSb) to conduct electrical current. Transistors control the flow of information/electrical current inside a chip. The prototype transistor is much faster and... Read more...
DigiTimes is reporting on an independant study that lists the top 25 semiconductor suppliers in the world today.  Intel sits comfortably on top, with a 14% increase over last year's revenues.  AMD has certainly enjoyed some growth as well, moving from 11th place in 2004 up to 9th in 2005, a growth rate just shy of 12%.  It's also interesting to see who ranks in the top 25 overall.  Intel is expected to solidify its position as the world's leading semiconductor supplier this year, posting the highest revenue growth among the top 10 chipmakers for the year, according to a preliminary ranking from iSuppli. Much attention has been focused on the market share gains that Advanced... Read more...
The Register has dissected (and translated) information from a post on the Japanese website PC Watch that seems to indicate that Intel might be dropping the name "Pentium" from its future products. Although it seems crazy to throw away one of the most recognized brand names on the face of the earth, Intel might be making a wise decision if they want to lose some of the negative stigma (power consumption, excessive heat, etc.) they've experienced in the press the last year or two.The new architecture, with is focus on performance per Watt, rather than raw horsepower, warrants new, distinct branding, and 'Intel Core' is it, the report suggests. Merom and Conroe are both likely to be made... Read more...
Looking to pick up a new dual-core CPU? X-Mas time is approaching, and CNet has pitted the two heavy-weights against each other in just about everything from audio encoding, to gaming. "You may recall a few months back when AMD took out full-page newspaper ads to challenge Intel to a dual-core server duel. Intel declined to take up AMD on its offer, but the challenge got us thinking: what would the results of a dual-core desktop CPU fight look like? Many people equate Windows PCs with Intel Pentium processors (and soon will likely be doing the same with Macs), but we've seen dual-core CPU AMD systems power ahead of dual-core Intel-based PCs... Read more...
ZDNet has an article running on how Intel's Hyperthreading hurts server performance with certain applications.  There have been instances reported with SQL Server and Citrix Terminal Server where under heavy load, performance degrades with HT enabled.  A Microsoft SQL Developer reported performance degrading and documents the details.  Apparently, the problem lies with the on-die cache being unable to keep up with a flurry of multi-threaded requests.  "With both SQL Server and Citrix Terminal Server installations, HT-enabled motherboards show markedly degraded performance under heavy load. Disabling HT restores expected levels, according to reports from within the IT industry." ... Read more...
Intel Launches High-Performance 90-Nanometer Multi-Level-Cell Nor Flash Memory For Multimedia Handsets SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 17, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced it is shipping in volume the industry's first 90-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NOR flash memory device. The new Intel StrataFlash(R) Cellular Memory (M18) delivers faster performance, higher density and lower power consumption than the previous 130nm version to meet the increasing demand for feature-rich cell phones equipped with cameras, color screens, Web browsing and video. "Flash memory is one of the driving technologies in enabling the next generation of cell phone applications," said Darin Billerbeck,... Read more...
ASUS Main Station Motherboard Series Incorporates Highly-Anticipated Intel 975X Chipset P5WDG2-WS Offers Superior Expandability and Quiet Cooling for Efficient Workstation Solution Click To Enlarge Taipei, Taiwan; November 17, 2005 – ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the Main Station Motherboard Series and the inaugural model, P5WDG2-WS, which is based on the Intel 975X chipset and supports the Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition 955 dual-core processors. Made for high-end computer and workstation users, the P5WDG2-WS provides powerful computing, superior scalability for future upgrades, quiet system cooling and stable continuous operation.... Read more...
The longtime Apple-rumor based website ThinkSecret has posted that the only Intel-based systems coming from Apple this January will be iBooks. Unfortunately, their sources don't seem to believe we'll be seeing any high-end systems with Intel processors showing up in this timeframe. Those who are patiently waiting for Intel-based Powerbooks and desktops will have to wait a bit longer. However since these systems will be combining the killer Apple aesthetic and fantastic build quality with a solid new architecture, it seems as though this is actually a product that will be worth waiting for.Apple will almost certainly tap Intel's forthcoming Yonah processor for the iBooks, a successor to the company's... Read more...
Sampling Intel's 65nm dual-core Presler processors has revealed some stability problems, according to unspecified motherboard makers, adding that the problematic CPUs include the 2.8GHz 920 and 3.0GHz 930 series. Launch of end products based on the Intel Presler core may be pushed back from the January 2006 date originally scheduled by system vendors, the makers noted. ... Read more...
Intel Delivers New Era For Virtualization SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2005 – Delivering the industry's first hardware virtualization support for desktop PCs, Intel Corporation debuted new processors today that offer businesses improved manageability and bolstered security. Virtualization allows a platform to run multiple operating systems or applications in independent partitions or "containers" that can be tailored for specific needs such as IT management services and protecting networked assets. "With innovations such as Intel(R) Virtualization Technology built-in, Intel is at the forefront of tackling some of the biggest IT challenges facing businesses today," said Robert B. Crooke,... Read more...
Hey folks! ATI has sent us word that the Radeon X1800 XT should now be available. It still might be awhile before you can actually get your hands on one, doing a quick search at newegg reports 11/15/2005 as the ETA. Still, this will be some good competition for Nvidia, and will hopefully continue to drive down prices of the previous generation of graphics cards. Good times :) Enjoy the news... ATI Ships the Fastest Graphics Processor on the Planet Record breaking Radeon(R) X1800 XT now available MARKHAM, ON – November 9, 2005 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated Radeon(R) X1800 XT, the fastest graphics processor on the... Read more...
Kingston HyperX DDR2 750MHz (KHX6000D2K2/1G) @ Bjorn3D: "Kingston's high-end system memory products are given the HyperX brand. Of course, Kingston offers HyperX products featuring the latest memory technology, DDR2. DDR2 is supported on most of the recently released chipsets and will eventually supplant first generation DDR as the dominant memory type in the PC industry. It is an evolution of the DDR specification that features lower power consumption, higher speeds and better thermal performance." Great, But Why Intel? @ The TechZone: "For this lifelong Macintosh fanatic, the urge to react to the news that Apple would be making the switch to Intel processors over the course of... Read more...
Hey folks, it's way past my bedtime so enjoy the news while I enjoy my sleep :) Goodnight! VL System M-Play 202 Media Center VFD @ ExtremeMHz "It seems my running stretch of HTPC-oriented reviews is not quite over yet...VL Systems just dropped their hot new M-Play 202 Media Center VFD onto our review bench! This device is squarely aimed at the build it yourself crowd, and comes with two items that any HTPC enthusiast would want in a new build – a remote and VFD display. VL System has seemingly combined the two in a slick one stop solution, but is it good enough for your rig? Read on and find out!" Intel reveals details of new CPU design @ Tech Report "At 14 stages, the main... Read more...
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