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There is a very good write up posted at GamePC evaluating Intel's new 5000 series dual-core Xeon processors.  GamePC tested the new CPUs with Intel's new chipsets and FB-DIMM memory as well. "Today at GamePC, we've decided to take a thorough look at Intel's new dual-core Xeon 5000-series processors. These chips, based on their new "Demspey" core architecture, are Intel's second attempt at a dual-core Xeon design. At peak clock speeds of 3.73 GHz with 2 MB of cache per core, all manufactured on a 65nm process, their results this time appear to be far more successful. We test these new Xeons against AMD's fastest dual-core Opterons in workstation/server environments, along with tests... Read more...
The folks over at X-Bit labs take their time demystifying the inner workings of dual-core architecture in their latest article. Using some clever benchmarking techniques, they aim to compare data transfer rates between AMD and Intel's dual core CPUs. "The processors are working with data that are read from system memory to be modified and then written back. Data are cached in the CPU for faster processing, but more than one processor may request the same data in a multiprocessor system. This is not a problem if both the processors are just reading data, because they are both provided the most recent valid copy from system RAM. But if one of the processors modifies the data, the data are first... Read more...
The second part of the microprocessor history article has been posted at BTX Form Factor Info. Not very in depth, so it's pretty easy to understand, but covers many areas of processor evolution. There have been many players in the microprocessor story, but the two companies that have had the most impact are also the two that dominate the market; Intel and AMD. Along the way, other big companies like IBM and Motorola made major contributions but have fallen by the wayside in the marketplace for personal computers.  ... Read more...
GamePC labs has a review posted this morning of BFG's AGEIA PhysX card. Lots of good information in this review, along with some some insightful opinions and commentary.  We've also taken a look at this card. For another reference point, you can read our article right here. "The problem is not the hardware. After seeing the demos, we know that the hardware is capable of some amazing effects and certainly, physics hardware acceleration will be the next frontier in PC gaming. However, the issue is timing. The cards are here, but there is no killer title to drive sales of the cards. To take an example which has been used a thousand times already, there is no "GLQuake "title to drive... Read more...
AMD Delivers Multi-Tasking Performance On-The-Go With First 64-Bit Dual-Core Mobile Processor SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 17, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced AMD TurionTM 64 X2 mobile technology, the first and only family of 64-bit dual-core processors designed for thin and light notebook PCs. AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology allows people to get more from their mobile lifestyle through long battery life and outstanding performance, even when using multiple applications simultaneously, including demanding digital media applications. Continuing its technology leadership, AMD also is bringing 64-bit computing to the Mobile AMD SempronTM processor family. Now AMD delivers the only complete... Read more...
Kuju Entertainment Supports AGEIA PhysX Processor in Rail Simulator LOS ANGELES and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 10, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies,Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, announced today at E3 that Kuju Entertainment is supporting the AGEIA PhysX processor in its upcoming Rail Simulator. Rail Simulator lets players take charge of steam, diesel and electric trains on real routes in the United Kingdom and Germany. The sophisticated gameplay even allows players to design their own ideal journey routes. Kuju Entertainment is the developer of Microsoft Train Simulator, which sold over a million copies worldwide and inspired third-party companies to develop over 40 expansion... Read more...
Intel(R) CoreTM2 Duo Processor Unified Brand Name For Upcoming PC, Laptop Processors New Brand, Common Microarchitecture Will Make it Easier for Computer Buyers to Choose a Great Computer; Developers to Design Software SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 8, 2006 - The Intel(R) CoreTM2 Duo processor is the new brand for Intel Corporation's upcoming powerful and more energy-efficient processor families for desktop and laptop computers that will arrive in the third quarter, the company announced today. Formerly codenamed Conroe and Merom, the Intel Core2 Duo processors for desktop and notebooks PCs respectively are based on the newly designed Intel(R) CoreTM microarchitecture and will include two processing... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that AMD is delaying the launch of their Turion 64 X2 mobile processor by roughly a month. Fortunately, the delay does not seem to be hardware related and is instead credited to Microsoft's latest delay with its upcoming Vista operating system. With Intel's Santa Rosa platform on the horizon, the Turion 64 X2 processor will certainly be critical to AMD's chances of gathering market share in the mobile segment. AMD has postponed the launch of the Turion 64 X2, its first 64-bit dual-core processor for notebooks, to June 2006, instead of May 9 as originally planned, sources at Taiwan notebook manufacturers indicated. The push back of the launch date was due... Read more...
The HardwareZone has taken a look at Intel's current flagship Pentium Extreme Edition 955 and 965 processors. We evaluated both of these CPUs a while back as well.  You can see our take on the 955 here, and the 965 here. "Succeeding their lackluster predecessors, the new Pentium XE processors based on the Presler core sport some serious specs. With clock speeds of up to 3.73GHz, loaded with 4MB of L2 cache and taking advantage of a 1066MHz FSB, they seem to instill fear into AMD's A64 FX series; but are they that extreme?"  ... Read more...
Sun Fire(TM) x64 Servers and Sun Ultra(TM) x64 Workstations, Boosted by Solaris(TM) 10 and Sun(TM) Studio 11, Deliver 16 New World Records SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 11 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced the availability of Sun Fire(TM) x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers and Sun Ultra(TM) Workstations powered by the newest, highest-performing single-core AMD Opteron(TM) Model 156, 256 and 856 processors. The faster processor speeds, combined with the inherent performance advantages of Sun's x64 servers and workstations, give customers increased processing power and a performance edge over competitive systems. "Sun is the first vendor to take full performance advantage of... Read more...
AGEIA Brings First Dedicated Physics Processor To Market; Launches New Age in Interactive Gaming AGEIA's PhysX Processor Available Now in Select Dell, Alienware and Falcon Northwest Gaming Systems; Games Coming From More Than 60 Leading Software Developers and Publishers MOUNTAIN VIEW and SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 22, 2006 – AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced the availability of its PhysX processor, the first physics processing unit (PPU) designed to power pervasive real-time physics in PC gaming. With immediate availability from the world's leading gaming system and personal computer manufacturers Alienware, Dell, and Falcon... Read more...
Even if you're not interested in AMD's Opteron 165 and 180 Processors, the Tech Report's latest article is worth reading for Scott's sense of humor and writing style alone. Not only is there a ton of information and performance data here, but you're bound to chuckle a couple of times as well. "With the move to dual-core CPUs, though, the Opteron 100 series looks poised for success. After all, if you can get essentially two Opteron processors into a single-socket motherboard, you've got low-end server and workstation nirvana. To facilitate such things, AMD has sought to free the Opteron 100 series from prior constraints by moving some pins around... Read more...
A few big deals are being talked about today. It's no secret that eBay is buying Skype for $2.6 Billion, and could pay up to $1.5 Billion more by 2008 or 2009. Also making the headlines, is Oracle's purchasing of Siebel for $5.85 Billion. Enjoy the reviews, goodnight folks! Sunbeamtech NUUO 550W Power Supply @ EXTREME Overclocking "Sunbeamtech, a company often associated with enthusiast cases and accessories, has released a couple high-end modular power supplies. The NUUO 550W is not only NVIDIA SLI Certified, it is the first modular power supply to make their list. An extra feature of the NUUO series is a temperature monitor / fan controller device that mounts in a 3.5" drive bay."... Read more...
Although we didn't get the opportunity to make it to this year's summer IDF, Intel has made a number of interesting and newsworthy annoucments about their processor roadmap that we're sure many of you may have already caught wind of.  Of particular note of course is the fact that Intel is completely re-architecting their Desktop Dual Core CPU, moving away from the Prescott Dual Core, to a 4 issue core with a much shorter 14 stage pipeline. Our friends at Intel sent us a few tid-bits from the IDF Day 1 slide-set.     We'll summarize things a bit for you here and touch on the top salient take-aways.  In short, Intel is taking the best features of both their Desktop and... Read more...
  AMD Announces World's First 64-Bit, x86 Multi-Core Processors For Servers And Workstations At Second-Anniversary Celebration Of AMD Opteron Processor —AMD launches Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors for server and workstations and unveils AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor for consumers and business users — NEW YORK -- April 21, 2005 --Charting another industry first, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced a broad portfolio of dual-core solutions from server and workstations for enterprise users to desktop and desktop-replacement notebooks for consumers and business users. At the second-anniversary celebration of the award-winning AMD Opteron processor, the company announced immediate... Read more...
Good morning folks! We're starting off this morning with the latest major release from AMD.  Next, we follow that up with a breakdown of SLI and a review of a couple of 6600GTs in SLI.  Rounding out the bunch is a 480w PSU from Hiper.  Let's get going! AMD Ushers In A New Era In 64-Bit Mobile Computing With AMD Turion™ 64 Mobile Technology — Acer, Fujitsu Siemens and Packard Bell Among Leading Manufacturers Expected to Launch Notebook PCs Worldwide in Coming Months — SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- March 10, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD)today introduced AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology, the latest in a succession of computing innovations based on the industry-leading AMD64... Read more...
  Good morning folks.  We sleepily bring you our Pentium 4 6XX Sequence and 3.73GHz Extreme Edition Processor showcase today, as the NDA embargo lifts at 3AM EST / 12AM PST.  With EM64T extensions for 64-bit computing, 2MB of L2 cache, Execute Disable Bit for virus - buffer overflow protection and advanced SpeedStep power saving technology, we certainly have plenty to cover, so you better fire up a bit more Joe if you're up and around at this wee hour.  Enjoy and good-night!  ... Read more...
  It's no secret that Intel has occassionally been playing a bit of catchup this year in the desktop and workstation processor arena.  AMD's Athlon 64 releases have recently positioned the company in the lead from a general performance standpoint.  Additionally, the Athlon 64 was the first processor to market with 64-bit extensions and processing capabilities, although there really hasn't been much if any impact in consumer or business usage models for the new architecture because there are scarce few 64-bit applications available, much less a mainstream 64-bit OS.  Of course that's something Intel will be quick to point out as an "I told you so," but you've... Read more...
Good Afternoon All! BW here taking some time out from trick-or-treating to let you all know that we've just posted a review of Intel's latest flagship processor, the 3.46GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, and the new i925XE chipset with official support for a 1066MHz front side bus. We've got reference numbers from four top-end Athlon 64 platforms, as well as a Pentium 4 560 and a 3.4GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition. Click here and check it out...... Read more...
Hey folks, welcome back.  We're winding down the work week and ringing in the weekend here at HH.  It looks like we're not the only ones as the hardware reviewage is a little lite this morning.  Don't fret, we have a lot on tap for you, so be patient, we've got a nice line-up coming your way soon: LiteOn 8x DVD±R/ 4X ±RW SOHW-812S @ Bjorn3D: "Isn't it amazing to look where we are today with optical storage? It was not long ago when my Philips 2x CDRW drive was 'hot,' and the true proof of what a hardware geek I was. True, it took 30 minutes to burn a CD, and if you sneezed at the computer while it was burning, you got a coaster, but so what? I could burn baby burn! Today,... Read more...
Hot off the presses, AMD announces two new Mobile Processors.  Check it! AMD Fuels New Mobile Processors With 64-Bit Performance For Sleek Notebooks —Acer Inc. to Offer Racy New Ferrari Notebook with Extra Horsepower Under the Hood — Sunnyvale, CA -- May 6, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced two new low-power mobile processors designed to offer outstanding computing performance and true mobility for thin and light notebooks. The new low-power mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 processor models 2800 and 2700 further expand the award-winning AMD Athlon 64 processor family, offering a powerful 32-bit computing experience today with a seamless transition to 64-bit applications. These... Read more...
GeForce FX Go 5200 and 5600 Mobile GPUs NVIDIA's New Mobile FX Offering Unveiled By - Dave Altavilla March 13, 2003 The PC Graphics Industry certainly has been heating up over the past few weeks, to say the least. NVIDIA and ATi alone are making coverage, of their new technologies for the desktop alone, a full time job.  In addition however, coincident with Intel's "Centrino" Launch and Mobile/Wireless initiative, the Mobile Graphics space is bubbling and buzzing as well.  ATi gave us a taste of their new "M10" core, with an intimate demo of their Mobility  Radeon 9600.  In like fashion, very recently we were briefed on NVIDIA's new GeForce FX products... Read more...
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