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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

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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

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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

Intel 3.5GHz Dual-Core slipped

Monday, January 26, 2009 20:31
Posted in category Intel, Processors

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For some odd reason, *leaked* information seems to get me more excited.  I don’t know, maybe its the “surprise” factor.  Whatever the case, someone at Intel got a little trigger happy and jumped the gun by releasing info on a new processor, the E8700, on their knowledge base.  The info has since been removed but Tech Report managed to grab some information before it was taken down.

  • 3.5GHz clock speed
  • 6MB cache
  • 1,333 MHz FSB
  • 65W thermal envelope

No price has been announced yet but assuming that this replaces the 2.33GHz processor price point, one could expect a price around $270.

 

Source: Electronista, Tech Report

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… »

Freescale bringing the heat to Intel.

Monday, January 5, 2009 8:30
Posted in category CES, Linux, Processors

Freescale, a small processor company, is set to announce a new chip today.  The chip an i.MX515 will run on netbooks and low cost laptops designed for basic computing tasks.  Right now Intel has a commanding lead in the netbook segment with their Atom processor making it an uphill battle for Freescale.  Freescale hopes to push the cost of notebooks running their processor to $199, down from the current $299 of machines powered by Atom.  They hope in undercutting Intel, they can gain a sizable market share fairly quickly.  Along with showcasing the i.MX515, they will also be demonstrating Wi-Fi wireless networking provided by Pegatron, a spin of of Asus at CES this week.  One other goal of Freescale besides lowering prices is to improve battery life, which with the i.MX515 is claimed to be around 8 hours.  However, the size of battery required to attain that long life is not stated so for now we have to sit and wait for CES to tell us more.  One last interesting note is that these processors will only be in Linux based netbooks as they do not support Windows.  That decision could go either way.  A majority of netbooks are adopting Linux because of lower system requirements which in return are cheaper to build and sell, as well as being more frugal with battery life.  With the dominance Intel has been enjoying it will be nice to see a fresh face in the market.

 

Source: Engadget , PC World