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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...
Though leaks of the product have been circulating around the web for months now, today AMD is officially announcing their Phenom brand of processors based on their next generation K10 CPU core architecture, code named Barcelona.  The chip is built on AMD's 65nm process and is comprised of up to 4 32/64-bit capable CPU engines on a single die.  In addition, each core will have one of four Hypertransport links supporting it with AMD's Direct Connect Architecture that has higher throughput over traditional Front Side Bus architectures. AMD K10 Barcelona Die Map In... Read more...
AMD Delivers the Ultimate Mobile Platform with New 65nm AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology NVIDIA and Broadcom join AMD to showcase platform performance advantages in 3D graphics, Wireless Range and Throughput, and Battery Life SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 2, 2007 - NVIDIA and Broadcom joined AMD (NYSE: AMD) to showcase the 3D graphics, wireless, battery life, and compute performance advantages of next-generation AMD mobile platforms at an event held in San Francisco today.  Based on superior technologies from the AMD Better by Design program -- including next-generation 65nm AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology, chipsets from AMD... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  We just wanted to pop in and let you all know that we've just posted a new review of Corsair's current flagship desktop DDR2 memory kit, the Dominator TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF. This 2GB memory kit is rated for operation at an impressive 1250MHz with 5-5-5-18 timings. Here's a snip from the article: "In PC enthusiast circles, Corsair is a name that needs no introduction. For years, the company has consistently produced some of the most sought after, high speed memory modules available at the time. Their XMS line of DDR memory was incredibly popular when it was released, as were the company's Pro and Xpert... Read more...
In PC enthusiast circles, Corsair is a name that needs no introduction. For years, the company has consistently produced some of the most sought after, high speed memory modules available at the time. Their XMS line of DDR memory was incredibly popular when it was initially released, as were the company's Pro and Xpert modules. Today it's Corsair Dominator memory kits that are enticing PC enthusiasts, thanks to their innovative cooling solution and high-performance.  In this article, we'll be focusing on Corsair's latest Dominator memory kit, the TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF (2GB, 2 x 1GB DIMMs). The PC2-10000 DIMMs used in this kit are high-capacity and... Read more...
Theo from The Inquirer uncovered a product that suggests a dual-PCB GeForce 8 series card is on the way. According to information ascertained while inspecting a slim-line liquid-cooling aparatus in AlphaCooling's booth at the Planet Reseller event, a GeForce 8950 GX2 is in the works. "We had an interesting revelation while wondering the halls of Planet Reseller, here in Hanover. Sadly, the booth we stumbled across was un-manned but on it a company named AlphaCooling was showing a water-cooler for an upcoming dual-PCB GeForce 8950 GX2." See the pics and commentary right here.... Read more...
There's a steady flow if news rolling in today. A trio of our compatriots have posted some reviews we thought you'd like to check out.  First up, the Tech Report has posted a review of AMD's brand new Athlon 64 X2 6000 . They tested the CPU with the 64-bit version of Vista, so if you'd like to see how it stacks up to the Core 2 Duo in a 64-bit environment, TR's got the scoop. [H]Enthusiast has a review posted of the Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus. As its name implies, this mobo is based upon and NVIDIA nForce SLI chipset, but what makes it somewhat unique is that Asus bolted together the nForce 650i SLI chipset with the older 570 SLI SB to make a sort of hybrid board that supports... 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...
Hello All! We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted a fresh article where we evaluate the features, bundle, and performance of EVGA's e-GeForce 7950 GX2 card. Here's a snip from the piece: "As you would expect form a card with a pair of G71 GPUs and 1GB of frame buffer memory running in tandem, the EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GX2 performed much like a pair of GeForce 7900 GT cards running in SLI mode. The EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GX2 was clearly much faster than any of the other single-GPU based cards we tested, and it traded the top spot in most tests with the 7900 GT SLI setup."... Read more...
When we first took a look at the Gigabyte GA-SN-SLI Quad Royal motherboard a few months back, we gave it solid praise, yet lamented on what we thought was an exciting opportunity. The board was capable of supporting up to four individual PCI-e based graphic cards, but the Quad Royal was only able to support two GeForce cards running in an SLI configuration. Around the same time we posted that review, however, NVIDIA was promoting Quad SLI in pre-configured systems through a handful of resellers - typically for a premium. NVIDIA remained mum on the prospect of a DYI Quad SLI setup for a time, while in the labs they better prepared the hardware and drivers. From this testing was born the GeForce... Read more...
Corsair Sets a New Standard in Performance Memory, Unleashes the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR 2GB Kits Fremont, CA (November 8, 2006) - Corsair(R), a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today launched the world's fastest DDR2 memory, the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATORTM. Designed for the new NVIDIA(R) nForceTM 680i SLITM media and communications (MCP)-based motherboards, the new DOMINATOR extends Corsair's leadership in ultra high performance memory.  READ MORE...... Read more...
Hello All.  We're just popping in let you all know that we've just posted a fresh article where we evaluate the features, bundle, and performance of MSI's NX7950GX2-T2D1GE, GeForce 7950 GX2 card.  Here's a snip from the piece... "Usually, good price / performance ratios are reserved for more affordable mid-range cards. Flagship cards rarely offer a lot of value, however.  That's just not the case with the 7950 GX2, though. It offers performance that somewhat justifies its $550+ price tag. The GX2 performs roughly on par with a pair of GeForce 7900 GT cards, and its price is in-line with the cost of two GTs.  And MSI's version of this card proved to be an excellent representative... Read more...
NVIDIA created a ton of buzz in the gaming community when it first introduced SLI. That buzz quickly gave way to a huge success, and the buzz and success really haven't diminished since. In fact, the birth of Quad SLI has only reinvigorated the buzz.  Quad SLI is currently possible thanks to NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 video card. A 7950 GX2 is a single card that features two G71 GPUs. This means that you can run pseudo-SLI in a single PCI Express x16 (or x8) slot and essentially enjoy the benefits of SLI on some non-SLI capable motherboard (as long as the motherboard's BIOS has been updated to provide support for the 7950 GX2). We finally have another retail 7950 GX2... Read more...
Hello everyone. Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Corsair's brand-new Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory kit. Here's a snip from the article... "We have to give credit where credit is due, and praise Corsair for delivering and innovative, high-performance product in the Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory kit. The R&D put in to develop DHX and the tweaked PCB seems to have paid off, as the Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory kit is the fastest currently available. At... Read more...
Over the years, Corsair has earned a solid reputation in the PC enthusiast community for consistently offering some of the best system memory kits in their respective classes. Corsair has a myriad of memory kits available in many different capacities and speeds, and virtually all of them rate well versus their competition. Some of Corsair's most sought after modules are the "low-latency" kits in the company's XMS product line. Low-latency memory typically offers better overall performance than similarly clocked memory with higher latencies, but its not easy to produce high-speed memory kits that also have low-latencies, especially when it's DDR2 DRAM. Corsair was first... Read more...
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