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The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for AMD. Since the beginning of the fourth quarter, the manufacturer has launched new ATI HD 5000 series parts in the high-end, enthusiast, and mainstream market segments, settled its antitrust lawsuit with Intel, renegotiated its x86 licensing agreement and charted a new course that will establish GlobalFoundries as a completely independent entity. Last week, the company announced its Q4 financial results and gave additional details on what it expects for 2010. This is the last time AMD will consolidate GlobalFoundries results into its own numbers; the company's renegotiated licensing agreement with Intel has allowed it to significantly accelerate... Read more...
iBUYPOWER is launching five new gaming systems that feature an ASETEK liquid cooling solution and an Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II processor. Ranging in price from $989 to nearly $4,000, the new systems offer a variety of specs to suit the needs and budgets of different users. For gamers on a budget, the Gamer Extreme 922 SLC starts at $989 and offers a NVIDIA GeForce GT220 with Intel’s Core i7 860 2.8 GHz. The system has 4GB of DDR3 system memory and a 500GB hard drive. For a bit more cash, you can upgrade to the Gamer Supreme 919 SLC and Gamer Supreme 559 SLC. The Gamer Supreme 919 SLC offers a Core i7 870 2.93GHz processor and an ATI Radeon HD4890 graphics card. You'll find an AMD Phenom... Read more...
In the past 12 months, AMD has revamped its entire product line around its 45nm Shanghai architecture; the company now has a range of Athlon II and Phenom II parts that stretches from an Athlon II X2 at 2.8GHz/1MB L2 at $60 to the unlocked Phenom II X4 965 "Black Edition" at $245 with 512K of L2 per core and a 6MB L3. Shanghai, as we've discussed on more than one occasion, was a big step in the right direction for AMD—it may not offer competitive performance vs. Core i7/Core i5, but it competes quite well with Intel's Core 2 Duo. Unfortunately, the company's stronger product line has yet to bolster its sagging market share. According to the research firm iSuppli, AMD's share of the global PC... 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...
There are some rumors circulating this morning that it is possible to enable the fourth hidden / disabled core in a triple-core Phenom II X3, by simply enabling Advanced Clock Calibration (ACC) in the system BIOS on motherboards outfitted with SB750 southbridges and AMI BIOS derivatives.So far, a couple of stories have surfaced that claim to have unlocked the fourth core in a triple core processor using ASRock M3A790GXH/128M and Biostar TA790GX motherboards. And in their testing, the processors simply worked just like a quad-core.Although we do not have either of the ASRock or Biostar motherboards used in the reports in house at the moment, we tried to replicate their success with an Asus M4A79T... Read more...
Obviously, MSI's latest AM3 Gaming Series Motherboards are completely ready to handle AMD's Phenom II processors, but what about those of you still limping by with one of the company's AM2+ mobos? In an announcement that will undoubtedly make your day, MSI has made absolutely clear that its AMD AM2+ series of motherboards will indeed support the all new Phenom II CPUs.In order to make your board compatible, you simply need to apply a BIOS update. That's it. No new hardware. No soldering. No switching of DIP switches. Just a BIOS update. As you well know, the AM3 processors check in with higher frequencies, fast L3 cache, support for both DDR3 and DDR2 memory, new C1E energy saving functionality... Read more...
In response to Intel’s recent price cut on select quad-core and dual-core processors, AMD has slashed prices on its new AMD Phenom II processors, which have only been available for two weeks. Apparently the price drop isn’t solely as a result of Intel, however. It appears that the price reduction was also a reaction to the low demand of high tech products globally. After the price cut, the Phenom II X4 920 chip’s price is $195 and the Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition processor runs $225. These prices are 15-17% below the initial prices set by the company just two weeks ago when it formally launched its first 45nm desktop products. While many e-tailers were the first to display the new prices, AMD’s... Read more...
**Update:  We have just added new images that were taken live at the event. - We’ve been spending some quality time with the folks at AMD today in sunny Austin, TX.  The team here has been giving us a run-down on their upcoming Phenom II processor along with the enthusiast platform they’re calling “Dragon”.  In short, the Dragon platform is a combination of an AMD Phenom II X4 processor, Radeon 4800 Graphics cards and an AMD 7 series chipset based motherboard. However, today’s discussion was keenly focused on AMD's upcoming Phenom II X4 processor, two models of which will launch in early January that will be socket AM2+ compatible.  In addition, some time in Q1, AMD will launch... Read more...
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