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AMD: “We Lie so you’ll buy our products”

Monday, March 16, 2009 11:39
Posted in category AMD, Tech Politics


Ok, so the quote above is more or less paraphrased, but that is the gist of AMD’s latest admission.  It refers to their battery life claims on mobile products…uh oh.  In reality they aren’t the only ones.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that pretty much every battery life claim by any manufacturer is bogus and is a number that you could only possibly reach under “ideal” circumstances *read: not using the product and letting it sit there*, with the help of aligned planets to say the least.  In order for AMD to redeem themselves they are also claiming they will be using a new method to test battery life halved between idle time (timing how long it takes a motionless machine to wind down) and by using 3D Mark 06.  Better than before, but the new two test method is still far from perfect.  Oh well, at least the realize their mistake and are trying to do better.  So what’s your take on it?

Source: Slashdot

Turn that AMD Phenom II X3 into the quad core you’ve always dreamed of

Friday, February 27, 2009 7:06
Posted in category AMD, Processors


If you have an AMD Phenom II X3 laying around, today is the day to unlock its true potential.  Seems as if the X3’s are really just  quad core with one of its cores maimed.  However, if you are fortunate enough to have certain motherboards (korean), a Biostar mobo, or a Bios with the option of “Advanced Clock Callibration”, you can restore life back to that lifeless core of yours.  The process is actually quite simple.   Under the Advanced Clock Callibration screen, switch the setting to “Auto” and away she goes!  Now everything you do will be 25% faster!  Ok maybe not, but at least you can feel good in that you payed for 3 cores and really got 4.  I’m not a marketing/manufacturing guru by any means but manufacturing a quad core and then locking it down to 3 cores sounds kind of inefficient.  However, I can see the other side of the coin in that it saves money from having to have another chip to design/market/make.  To each his own I guess.

Source: Engadget, Slashgear

First six core chips on track so says AMD

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 8:40
Posted in category AMD, Processors


The processor core race is one that doesn’t show any signs of letting up anytime soon.  While Intel went the 2, 4, etc route, AMD instead choose to one up make bigger jumps at a time choosing instead a 3, 6, etc route making one ahead of the other at all times.  Do you really need six cores?  For most of the general population, that is a big no.  However being the geeked person that I am, the more cores the better!  Sometime today AMD is reportedly going to announce their Istanbul 6-core processor line that will initially launch for servers.  Intel has the lead currently as they released their 6-core server processors last fall.  AMD is aiming for a 2H of ‘09 according to spokesmen Jake Whitman.  For several years now, similar chips from both Intel and AMD have shown Intel to lead the performance category with AMD taking home the crown for cost effectiveness.  Will AMD ever catch up to Intel in terms of raw power?  Or are they destined to be the budget buyers choice?

Source: Cnet

AMD finally starting to catch up to Intel

Thursday, January 8, 2009 9:47
Posted in category AMD, CES, Intel, Processors

In order to start off CES with a band, AMD decided to unveil their new Phenom II architecture.  The Phenom II signals AMD’s entrance into the 45-nanometer manufacturing process.  Based on their “shanghai” architecture, this new chip will offer up a 20% speed boost over their older 2.6GHz personal best.  Optimized design, as well 4MB of total extra cache, and support for up to DDR3 1,333MHz RAM.  One other added bonus is higher stock clock speeds will be tolerated, up to 3GHz. Read More… »