Items tagged with quad-core

To say this year has been a bit of a whirl-wind adventure would be an immense understatement.  We've seen Intel move from a back-seat position versus the Athlon 64 X2 with their Pentium D architecture, to commanding virtually all of the lime-light as of late with Core 2 Duo, not to mention running away with nearly all of the performance benchmark wins. If 2006 was the year of the dual-core CPU, then Intel left its mark deep in PC processor history as probably the biggest come-back story the industry has ever seen.  Core 2 Duo's steep volume ramp in the market was also indicative of the success of the new processor, which was marked as the strongest in the company's... Read more...
K8L, as it's called, is AMD's quad-core baby. Ars Technica has the lowdown on some of the features the chip will contain, including 128-bit floating-point and SSE units, improved branch prediction, dedicated stack engine, and memory disambiguation. The four cores will share 2MB of L3 cache, and each core had a dedicated 512KB L2 and 64KB L1 cache. "Let's take core architecture first, because it's the one that's most familiar from past Intel-AMD comparisons. Note that I'm taking a preliminary stab at comparing these two architectures, and that my knowledge of K8L isn't nearly as thorough as my knowledge of Core. So I reserve the... Read more...
Intel gave access to quad-core Kentsfield-based systems to select members of the press yesterday at IDF.  Today the embargo has been lifted on a preview of performance numbers with the new 2.66GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor.  HotHardware: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 quad-core performance Preview Discuss Digg To Share... Read more...
  Though we're running the risk of sounding a bit platitudinal, this is definitely the IDF moment we're sure many of you have been waiting for.  We've reported to you on Intel's various technology announcements and architectural initiatives over the past few days.  And, from what we could garner from our sessions with Intel at this fall's IDF, the company certainly has a lot of bleeding-edge technology on tap that by all rights should dramatically affect the computing industry landscape for years to come. We've heard from both sides of the fence, nearly all year long, that the age of the multi-core processor is upon us and multi-threaded applications... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that AMD is declaring that they have successfully had native quad-core processors tape-out and that the chips are targeted for a Q2 07 release. Known throughout the industry as the "K8L" architecture, these new quad-core CPU's will be compatible with all dual-core DDR2 Opteron motherboards. In stark contrast to AMD's native quad-core approach, Intel's "Kentsfield" architecture basically connects two native dual-core processors on the same package. Time will tell which approach will provide the best overall performance, though we will only have to wait until the end of the year to see how Intel's Quad-Core processors perform. "For new designs,... Read more...
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