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Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition Review

» August 28, 2014 04:00PM

AMD FX-9590 & FX-9370 Review

AMD FX-9590 & FX-9370 Review

» July 7, 2014 04:00PM

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CPU's News (451)

Next Generation AMD APU Targets Performance and Efficiency

Category: CPU's
Posted: February 25, 2015 03:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The next iteration of AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APU) is codenamed "Carrizo" and targets the low-power system market. The APU is built on the x86 architecture using a 28 nm manufacturing process and will be "optimized for both power and area efficiency." AMD has optimized how voltage is used by the chip resulting in power savings of up to 10% for the GPU and 19% for the CPU. AMD has also included adaptive voltage and frequency scaling (AVFS) which will "enable each individual APU to adapt to its particular silicon characteristics, platform behavior, and operating environment." AVFS technology can contribute to power savings of up to 30%. AMD Corporate Fellow Sam Naffziger described the benefits of Carrizo stating, "As a part of our continued focus on building great products, the advanced power and performance optimizations we have designed into our upcoming Carrizo APU will deliver the largest generational performance-per-watt gain ever for a mainstream AMD APU."

Source: ZDNet

Intel Plans to Bring 10nm Chips to Fruition in 2017

Category: CPU's
Posted: February 9, 2015 04:28AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to Taha Khalifa, the general manager for Intel in the Middle East and North Africa region, the company plans to launch its 10nm chips in early 2017. The first batch of 10nm processors, which will be code named Cannonlake and are the "Tick" in Intel’s "Tick Tock" cadence , are expected to offer SoC interconnect improvements such as shared coherent physical memory addresses and a more capable set of heterogeneous functionality. The 10nm chips will initially be integrated into tablet offerings and mobile devices, allowing these products to take on slimmer, lighter, and more elegant designs, all while using energy more efficiently. Mainstream and high performance 10nm chips will launch sometime afterwards, catering to other markets and consumers.

Time will tell if Intel is able to follow its current projection of launching 10nm chips in 2017, as Moore’s law continues to be difficult for semiconductor companies to keep up with.

Source: WCCFTech

Intel Roadmap Outlines Dedication to Improved Semiconductor Manufacturing Processes

Category: CPU's
Posted: December 2, 2014 05:09AM
Author: Brentt Moore

An Intel roadmap that has recently been made available to the public shows that Intel is expecting technology innovation to continue in regards to shrinking its processors. Desktop processors that make use of 14nm technology are expected to be available sometime next year, while 10nm processors are likely coming late next year or early 2016. In order to make 10nm processors a reality, the semiconductor industry will have to go through the process of upgrading to extreme ultraviolet lithography, or EUVL, technology. Intel is also planning on offering 7nm processors sometime in 2017, which is amazing considering that, in 2007, the chip manufacturer was offering 45nm processors to consumers.

Source: TweakTown

Intel Provides Details on Its Haswell-EX Processor

Category: CPU's
Posted: November 21, 2014 06:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Intel is teasing its upcoming Haswell-EX processor, which will feature a wealth of various features and technologies aimed directly at server environments. The Intel Xeon E7 v3 microprocessor, codenamed Haswell-EX, is set to offer up to 18 cores with the Hyper-Threading technology, 45MB of last-level cache, PCI Express 3.0 links, a quad-channel DDR4 memory controller, and more. The processor will be made using 22nm tri-gate technology and will feature 5.56 billion transistors, making it one of the most complex x86-based processors ever manufactured. New reliability, availability, and scalability capabilities are expected to be introduced thanks to the new Xeon E7 platform, making Xeon platforms as a whole more comparable with Itanium-based servers in terms of included features.

Intel is set to reveal technical details about its Xeon E7 v3 microprocessor at the 2015 IEEE international Solid-State Circuits Conference, which will take place in February, 2015.

Source: KitGuru

Intel Agrees to Give $15 to Customers of Pentium 4 Computers

Category: CPU's
Posted: November 6, 2014 05:20AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Due to a class action lawsuit against Intel and HP, which claimed that Intel manipulated certain benchmarks to perform better on Pentium 4 processors than AMD Athlon chips, Intel has agreed to give $15 to customers who purchased a personal computer powered by a Pentium 4 CPU. The compensation only applies to United States residents who purchased a personal or general computer between November 20, 2000 and June 30, 2002 that contained an Intel Pentium 4 processer. Individuals who did in fact purchase a Pentium 4 powered computer during this timeframe are required to provide the retailer's details for the computer and date of purchase; a purchase invoice is not required.

It is worth noting that Intel and HP have denied the allegations contained with the class action lawsuit that claim that WebMark2001 and SysMark 2001 were modified to make Pentium 4 CPUs perform faster than competing AMD processors.

More details surrounding the settlement, as well as resources to file a claim, can be found on the Intel Pentium 4 Settlement website.

Source: ExtremeTech

AMD Reduces the Cost of Its APUs

Category: CPU's
Posted: October 24, 2014 07:40AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has significantly reduced the cost for the majority of its APU lineup, making the CPU and GPU combination more attractive than ever for value orientated consumers. Newegg previously sold the A6-7400K for $85, the A8-6600K for $99, the A8-7600 for $110, the A10-6800K for $140, the A10-7700K for $159, and the A10-7800 for $165, but is now selling the AMD APUs for $58, $92, $92, $112, $123, and $133, respectively. The top of the line Kaveri APU from AMD, the A10-7850K, is now retailing for $143, a notable decrease from its previous $189 price tag.

Along with reduced pricing, AMD is offering APU customers a coupon code for one of three games for the rest of the month. Consumers who purchase an APU between now and the end of October will qualify Murdered: Soul Suspect, Thief, or Sniper Elite 3, with Thief and Sniper Elite 3 supporting the Mantle API from AMD.

Source: ExtremeTech

AMD Launches Three New FX Processors

Category: CPU's
Posted: September 2, 2014 06:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has just introduced three new eight-core processors into its FX lineup, the FX-8370, FX-8370E, and FX 8320E. While performance is certainly a marketing component of these new processors, as they are geared directly towards content creation and gaming, their price points are what make them attractive for potential buyers. The 4GHz FX-8370 and the 3.3GHz FX-8370E are priced at $199.99, while the 3.2GHz FX 8320E is priced at $146.99. AMD is hoping that the value of its three new FX-series processors wins over consumers who are looking at low-level and mid-level offerings by Intel. Unfortunately, the three new FX processors are still built upon the Piledriver microarchitecture that AMD launched in 2012 and are also manufactured with a 32nm process.

Source: PCWorld

AMD Sets Ambitious APU Energy Efficiency Goal

Category: CPU's
Posted: June 19, 2014 03:25PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While ARM and Intel have dominated the market of energy efficient processors for some time, AMD has just announced an internal goal that will help it gain traction in that market. The company has revealed that it now has a goal of increasing the energy efficiency of its Accelerated Processing Units, or APUs, 25-fold by the year 2020. The company explains that this is possible by improving its heterogeneous system architecture that is enabled by its APUs, which places the CPU and GPU on the same die. This not only creates an environment for efficient processing, but it also enables but the CPU and GPU to share the same pool of memory. With further advancements of this architecture, improved intelligent power management that maximizes the amount of time an APU sits in an idle state, and decreased amounts of communication needed within the APU to process tasks, AMD is striving to achieve its impressive goal.

Compared to the last six years, AMD has been able to increase the energy efficiency of its chips tenfold. Within the next six years, the company plans to outpace its own record in a race to become a respectable competitor alongside ARM and Intel in the market of energy efficient chips.

Source: PCWorld

ARM Continues Pushing the Size Limits of Processors

Category: CPU's
Posted: June 2, 2014 02:19PM
Author: Brentt Moore

As wearable technology continues to advance at an alarming rate, ARM is looking to push the limits of its processors in terms of size. More specifically, ARM is pursuing the development of processors that are so small in wearable devices that they are actually unnoticed due to their size, becoming virtually invisible. ARM processors are already used in some fitness technology, smartwatches, and other wearable devices, but the company is looking to make drastic reductions in the amount of power used by its processors going forward. As an overall goal, ARM is attempting to reduce the power consumption of processors within wearable technology to just nanowatts. By using smaller and more efficient processors in wearable technology, batteries can continue to be reduced in size which would also reduce the total weight of the device. Noel Hurley, the deputy general manager for CPUs at ARM, compared the ARM-based Freescale KL03 microcontroller used in thermostats and bulbs to where the company wants to go in terms of its smaller processor design for wearable technology.

Source: TechHive

Intel Developing 15-Core Server Processor

Category: CPU's
Posted: February 18, 2014 04:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Intel Xeon E7 v2 line of server CPUs will have up to 15 cores built on the Ivy Bridge architecture. The new chips are targeted at the most intense applications including "high-uptime servers with up to 32 sockets, which typically handle enterprise applications such as databases, analytics tools and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software." A number of improvements including increased memory throughput due to more data transfer lanes and up to 1.5TB of memory capacity per socket help to make these the most powerful server processors available from Intel. Intel will offer 20 varieties of the new Xeons that will run from 1.4GHz to 3.8GHz with power use ranging from 40W to 150W.

Source: PC World

ARM Introduces the Next 32-bit CPU Core

Category: CPU's
Posted: February 11, 2014 03:44PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The number of devices that use CPUs based on the ARM architecture has been growing rapidly for several years, and the company continues to innovate and improve its products to help keep the momentum going. The Cortex-A17 is the next core in the line of 32-bit cores from the company and it expands on the Cortex-A12, which won't be released until later this year. The company plans to release the new core sometime in 2015 and it will offer "high-end 2013 performance in the 2015 midrange market." The A17 will be built using the 28nm manufacturing process, which may seem ancient by 2015 as 20nm and smaller manufacturing is currently available. By using the larger process and optimizing it, ARM hopes to squeeze the most performance it can out of the technology to offer the most transistors per dollar. ARM anticipates that the A17 will match the A15 in processing power while delivering it with lower power consumption numbers.

Source: Extreme Tech

AMD Announces ARM Based Processor

Category: CPU's
Posted: January 29, 2014 02:18PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Last week AMD affirmed its promise to deliver a 64-bit ARM System-on-a-chip processor, and it has delivered on that promise, announcing a new Opteron server CPU, the A1100, based on the ARMv8 64-bit core architecture. The new CPU, codenamed Seattle, was revealed at the Open Compute Project in San Jose, CA and will be available in both four and eight core models. Seattle will be able to support DDR3 or DDR4, eight lanes of PCI-e 3.0, eight SATA 3 ports, and two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. To go along with the announcement, AMD also showed off an "Opteron A-Series development kit in a Micro-ATX form factor, which should give you an idea of how small these servers are." This reference design will be available starting in March with product announcements expected in the fourth quarter of this year. The Opteron A1100 is expected to have a lower power draw than the Opteron X2150 and is being targeted at applications that aren't very power hungry.

Source: IT World

AMD Guarantees 64-Bit ARM SoC Products

Category: CPU's
Posted: January 22, 2014 07:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

While AMD partnered with ARM in 2012 in order to develop the new line of Opteron chips using the ARM 64-bit instruction set, a new agreement between both entities is about to come to fruition. During a recent revenue reporting conference it held with investors, AMD revealed that it will be providing 64-bit ARM System-on-a-Chip, or SoC, products to consumers and businesses in 2014. AMD noted that the new 64-bit ARM SoC products will be sampled to customers during the first quarter of this year while it stays on track to deliver 64-bit ARM server SoCs, an industry first. President and CEO of AMD, Rory Read, stated that the company is specifically targeting the dense server market with the new 64-bit ARM server SoCs, set to be released during 2014.

Source: PC Magazine

NVIDIA Unveils the Tegra K1 Mobile Processor; Packs 192-Core Kepler GPU

Category: CPU's
Posted: January 5, 2014 10:16PM
Author: bp9801

CES officially kicks off on Tuesday, but that doesn't mean some press conferences can't begin early. NVIDIA is one company holding an early press conference, and boy is it a good one. The graphics giant has unveiled the Tegra K1 mobile processor, which is a 192-core "super chip" that brings the power of Kepler to mobile. Yes, you read that right; the Tegra K1 brings the Kepler architecture (what powers the GTX 780 Ti) to the world of mobile computing. The Tegra K1 is offered in two varieties: a 32-bit quad-core (4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex-A15 CPU) and a 64-bit dual Super Core CPU designed by NVIDIA. This is the Project Denver CPU that offers "very high single-thread and multi-thread performance."

Regardless of which Tegra K1 chip you get, both feature that 192-core Kepler GPU capable of DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4, and tessellation (as well as 4K resolution). That means it can run the upcoming Unreal Engine 4, which Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says: "We can take absolutely anything that runs on PC or on a console and run it on Tegra. The differences between the platforms is really blurred."

It also means the Tegra K1 is capable of the same graphical features as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as better performance than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Outside of gaming, there's support for NVIDIA CUDA for unheard of creative possibilities on mobile. Applications can run faster too, so something like speech recognition can now be even quicker. Energy efficiency is key for many people, which is why the Tegra K1 is better than any other mobile GPU at the same power level.

Be on the lookout for more news about the Tegra K1 as CES rolls on this week.

Source: Press Release

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Receives Processor Upgrade

Category: CPU's
Posted: January 3, 2014 07:46AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet has been available now for two months since its release date, Microsoft has announced that the product has received a new processor. When the Surface Pro 2 was initially released, the tablet featured a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 4200U processor. The processor has now been upgraded to a slightly quicker chip clocking in at 300MHz faster, a 1.9GHz Core i5 4300U. The Surface Pro 2 makes use of the U variant of the latest Intel Core processors over the Y variant, since the former offers better overall performance. Microsoft stated that it routinely changes internal components within its products during their lifetime and takes value, availability, and supply chain partnership into account beforehand.

Source: ZDNet

Upcoming Chip Maker Might Threat Intel

Category: CPU's
Posted: October 2, 2013 12:55PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

It appears that Intel has got a new contestant. Applied Micro Circuits, a new upcoming chipmaker, is aiming at the energy saving server market, and, according to Raymond James analyst Hans Mosesmann, it will be a major threat to Intel's business. The company currently has 649 employees and annual sales amount to $195 million, and while this is not much compared to Intel, AMC is optimistic. With a low power, ARM based chip called the X-Gene as it main product, AMC seems to have convinced many analysts that it will be able to compete with Intel. In a recent report from Bernstein Research, analysts have concluded that "[they] see some risks for Intel", and Sergis Mushell from research firm Gartner agrees. A chip expert from the Linley Group, Linley Gwennap, believes that Intel will use whatever they an to ensure that AMC does not gain a foothold. 

The X-Gene is a ARM based, 64 bit server processor that has been improved upon to fit AMC's target market. The processor will be running at 3.0 GHz, while using very small amounts of power.The processor is scaleable up to 128 cores with very low latency and quad issue out of order . The chip will also have integrated PCI-Express, storage and network interface controllers.

Source: Fudzilla

Two Low TDP APUs Added to AMD's Line Up

Category: CPU's
Posted: September 23, 2013 12:31PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

AMD's APUs have been adopted by many for their good price per performance, especially for builds that forego discrete graphic cards, such as HTPCs. Back in July, two new additions to AMD's APU line up was spotted on MSI's CPU support list. The two APUs, the A8-6500T and the A10-6700T, have a lower TDP of only 45W, which reduces the need for heavy cooling and can therefore lead to more silent computers.

The lower TDP comes at a cost though. The CPU core clock has been set to 2.1 GHz and 2.5 GHz for the A8-6500T and the A10-6700T respectively, with the turbo clocks set to 3.1 GHz and 3.5 GHz. The two iGPUs used, the HD 8550D and the HD 8650D, have both been downclocked to 720 MHz. Other than that, the specifications remain the same. Both have 4 cores, 4 MB L2 cache, and support for AVX and FMA3 instructions. The two APUs will be priced at $112 for the A8-6500T and $142 for the A10-6700T.

Source: CPU World

Intel's New Extreme Processors Announced

Category: CPU's
Posted: September 5, 2013 01:25AM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Intel has now announced the fourth generation of Core i7 Extreme processors. These new processors are based on the Ivy Bridge-E architecture and uses the LGA 2011 socket found on X79 motherboards. The processors will feature an improved architecture, new extensions to the x86 instrution set, VTx and VT-d technologies, and support for AVX instructions. Furthermore, the processors officially support 3.0 PCI Express, which should remove any bottleneck imposed by any graphics card or other PCI Express card setup currently available on the market, along with a quad-channel memory controller that supports DDR3-1866 memory. The stock speeds on the processors have also been increased by either 100 MHz or 200 MHz depending on the SKU, and this is done while maintaining the same TDP of 130 W found on older Extreme processors. 

The prices will range between $310 and $990, and the processors should be launched next week during Intel Development Forum.

Model Cores/Threads Frequency Turbo frequency L3 Cache Memory TDP
Core i7-4820K 4/8 3.7 GHz 3.9 GHz 10 MB DDR3-1866 130 W
Core i7-4930K 6/12 3.4 GHz 3.9 GHz 12 MB DDR3-1866 130 W
Core i7-4960X 6/12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 15 MB DDR3-1866 130 W

For a more in depth look at the flagship, the Core i7-4960X, take a look at Ccokeman's review

Source: CPU World

Intel Retiring Sandy Bridge Processors

Category: CPU's
Posted: July 18, 2013 12:09PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Since the launch of Haswell, Intel has been retiring older processors to make way for the new generation, and to ensure that consumers buy the latest generation of processors. This time around Intel will been retiring twelve Core i5 processors and three Core i7 processors from the 2nd Generation Core processors. The Core i5 processors going into retirement are: the Core i5 2550K, 2500K, 2500, 2500S, 2500T, 2450K, 2400S, 2380P, 2390T, 2310, and the 2405S. The Core i7 processors going into retirement are: the Core i7 2700K, 2600K, and the 2600S. So if you want an Intel processor that can reach very high clock speeds without needing LN2 cooling, now is the time to buy one before the stores run out.

Two Ivy Bridge processors will also retire to make way for some new Haswell processors. The two Ivy Bridge processors are the Core i5 3450 and the Core i5 3450S. They should make way for the Core i5 4670, 4570S, and 4570, as well as the 4430S.

Despite all these chips getting retired, there is no need to be alarmed. This happens all the time, and it is how Intel makes sure you buy the newest processors. And again, why would you not? The new Haswell processors will have a much better iGPU, improved architecture, support for PCI-Express 3.0, and much more.

Source: Fudzilla

AMD's Power House CPU Now Available in Stores

Category: CPU's
Posted: July 16, 2013 11:04AM
Author: Tobias Thydal

AMD announced a new powerhouse some time ago, the 8-core FX-9590, which is the world's first commercially available 5 GHz processor; however, the processor, along with its little brother, the 8-core FX-9370, was not available at that time. They are now though, as they have been seen at TigerDirect, selling for $829 for the FX-9590 and $329 for the FX-9370. The FX-9370 is also available in iBUYPOWER's gaming rigs, though at a slightly higher price of $353.34.

The FX-9590 has a base clock frequency of 4.7 GHz and a max turbo frequency of 5.0 GHz, while FX-9370 has a base clock frequency of 4.4 GHz and a max turbo frequency of 4.7 GHz, and both feature eight Piledriver cores. 

Source: MaximumPC

Ivy Bridge-E CPUs Revealed Along With Haswell Refresh

Category: CPU's
Posted: July 11, 2013 04:32AM
Author: Tobias Thydal

If you are starting to feel that your Sandy Bridge-E processor just does not cut it anymore, then fret not for Intel will have you covered soon. New details have been revealed about the upcoming Ivy Bridge-E that is set to be launched in Q3 2013.

Model Cores Threads Base Clock Turbo Clock L3 Cache Memory TDP
Core i7-4960X 6 12 3.6 GHz 4.0 GHz 15 MB DDR3-1866 130 W
Core i7-4930K 6 12 3.4 GHz 3.9 GHz 12 MB DDR3-1866 130 W
Core i7-4820K 4 8 3.7 Ghz 3.9 GHz 10 MB DDR3-1866 130 W

Other than more cores and higher speeds, the Ivy Bridge-E will also feature 30 PCI-Express lanes (third generation); along with various internal changes and better graphics, which can be found in regular Ivy Bridge CPUs as well.

According to a leaked roadmap, we can also expect a Haswell refresh in Q2 2014. This refresh appears to include two new chipsets, Z97 and H97, that support SATA Express, which is said to provide device interface speeds from 8 Gb/s to 16 Gb/s by utilizing PCI-Express lanes. The chipsets will also include Intel device protection, which will protect PCs against malware, and new Intel Smart response and Rapid start technologies with Dynamic Cache Sharing.

Source: WCCF

Intel Unveils More Xeon Phi Co-processors

Category: CPU's
Posted: June 21, 2013 02:37PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

I do not know how much you are into supercomputers, but often they use some quite different processors than what is found in consumer PCs. Some of Intel's supercomputer processors are called the Xeon Phi. At the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Intel announced some new additions to the Xeon Phi family. Last November, Intel announced 5100 series, which is meant for dense servers. The 5100 series has now been expanded upon with new one called the 5120D. The 5100 series differs from the 7100 and the 3100 by being produced in a different form factor. The 5100 series is shipped as a PCB with the co-processor installed and with 8 GB of on-board GDDR5 memory. The 60 cores inside the co-processor are clocked at 1.05 GHz, and have 30 MB of L2 cache. The PCB uses a 230-pin edge connector, which fits in a x24 PCIe slot. The PCB does not come with a thermal solution, and it is therefore up to the buyer to provide sufficient cooling for the 245 W TDP. The co-processor has a peak performance of 1,011 GFLOPS.

The 7100 series, Intel's high performance co-processors, will be implemented as PCIe cards that house the co-processor and the on-board GDDR 5 memory. The cards have 61 cores that operates at 1.283 GHz. The clock frequency can be brought up to 1.33 GHz via the Turbo Boost feature. The cards have 30.5 MB of L2 cache and 16 GB of GDDR 5 memory. The co-processors' peak performance comes in at over 1.2 TFLOPS. The difference between the two cards is the cooling solution used to manage the 300 W TDP. The 7120P uses passive cooling, while the 7120X uses active cooling.

Intel’s answer to "value" supercomputer co-processors is the 3100 series. The 3100 series are much like the 7100 series; the differences are in the specifications. The 3100 series has only 57 cores as opposed to the 7100 series' 61 cores, and the clock speed has been reduced to 1.1 GHz along with the Turbo Boost feature being disabled. The amount of L2 cache has also been reduced to 28.5 MB, and the on-board memory has been reduced to 6 GB. The co-processors' peak performance is 1,003 GFLOPS. The difference between the two models is the cooling solution. Like the 7100 series, the 3120P uses passive cooling, while the 3120A uses active cooling.

Model Cores Threads Frequency Turbo frequency L2 cache On-board memory TDP Price
3120A   57 228 1.1 GHz N/A 28.5 MB 6 GB 300 Watt $1695
3120P   57 228 1.1 GHz N/A 28.5 MB 6GB 300 Watt $1695
5120D   60 240 1.05 GHz N/A 30 MB 8 GB 245 Watt $2759
7120P   61 244 1.23 GHz 1.33 GHz 30.5 MB 16 GB 300 Watt $4129
7120X   61 244 1.23 GHz 1.33 GHz 30.5 MB 16 GB 300 Watt $4129
Source: CPU World

AMD Unveils ARM-based Server SoCs, Plus Two x86 Server Processors

Category: CPU's
Posted: June 18, 2013 12:03PM
Author: bp9801

Last year AMD announced it would begin building licensed 64-bit ARM processors as part of the new Cortex-A50 series for its server line. Earlier today the first details of that new series, as it unveiled the Seattle SoCs based on the ARM Cortex-A57. This new line is 64-bit, just like AMD's x86 server chips, and come with either eight or sixteen cores. Each one supports up to 128GB of RAM, features integrated ten gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE), and AMD "Freedom Fabric" technology, which allows for low-power CPU cores to be grouped together into clusters in order to be fed data more efficiently. AMD is planning on both the eight and sixteen-core SoCs to run at 2GHz, with the company saying the ARM chips offer two to four times the performance of the newly announced x86 low-power Opterons.

The Seattle SoCs are expected to begin sampling in the first half of 2014, with shipments set for the latter half. A pair of more tradtional server processors were also unveiled today, with the Berlin CPUs being available in the first half of 2014 and the Warsaw CPUs in the first quarter of next year. The Berlin parts are quad-core chips available in an APU or standalone CPU format, are based on the Steamroller architecture (the second major revision of Bulldozer), and includes support for heterogenous Uniform Memory Access. As for Warsaw, those are twelve or sixteen-core Piledriver CPUs for server motherboard with two or four sockets. AMD claims the Warsaw parts will offer "significantly improved performance-per-watt" than the Opteron 6300 line.

Source: AMD

Specifications For More Haswell Chips Revealed

Category: CPU's
Posted: June 17, 2013 02:10PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Information on more Haswell chips has been leaked. The Pentiums do not bring much excitement to the table, since they all have fairly low specifications, and there are not any great improvements. The i3 chips do bring some new changes to the table with Haswell's new graphic chips named GT1 (HD4400) and GT2 (HD4600), which should improve the graphical processing power by a fair margin compared to Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge. The i5 chips have also seen some improvements with the new GT2 iGPU and slightly higher clock speed than their predecessors. What stands out the most regarding the i7 chips is the large amount of cache for the i7-4960X, which is a massive 15 MB. Other than that it is just a slight improvement compared to last generation, when you look at the figures below.

Name Clock Speed Core count Cache Memory Graphics TDP
G3220 3 GHz 2 / 2 3 MB DDR3-1600 HD 54W
G3220T 2.6 GHz 2 / 2 3 MB DDR3-1600 HD 35W
G3240 3.2 GHz 2 / 2 3 MB DDR3-1600 HD 54W
G3240T 2.7 GHz 2 / 2 3 MB DDR3-1600 HD 35W
i3-4130 3.4 GHz 2 / 4 3 MB DDR3-1600 HD 4400 54W
i3-4130T 2.9 GHz 2 / 4 3 MB DDR3-1600 HD 4400 35W
i3-4330 3.5 GHz  2 / 4 4 MB DDR3-1600 HD 4600 54W
i3-4330T 3 GHz 2 / 4 4 MB DDR3-1600 HD 4600 35W
i3-4340 3.6 GHz 2 / 4 4 MB DDR3-1600 HD 4600 54W
i5-4440 3.1 GHz / 3.3 GHz 4 / 4 6 MB DDR3-1600 HD 4600 84W
i5-4440S 2.8 GHz / 3.3 GHz 4 / 4 6 MB DDR3-1600 HD 4600 65W
i7-4820K 3.7 GHz / 3.9 GHz 4 / 8 10 MB DDR3-1833 N/A 130W
i7-4930K 3.4 GHz / 3.9 GHz 6 / 12 12 MB DDR3-1833 N/A 130W
i7-4960X 3.6 GHz / 4 GHz 6 / 12 15 MB DDR3-1833 N/A 130W

Source: CPU World

AMD Debuts the First-Ever Processor Running at 5GHz

Category: CPU's
Posted: June 11, 2013 08:03AM
Author: bp9801

During the processor wars from several years ago, speed was the name of the game. Then suddenly it became a battle for cores. Now, however, AMD is combining both of them as it just unveiled the first-ever processors running at 5GHz: the FX-9590. These new FX processors pack eight cores and are based on Piledriver, but the pure speed of the FX-9590 is something special. It's the first commercially available 5GHz processor, but from a company that broke the 1GHz mark in 2000, it's just another record in a long line of them. Initially, the AMD FX 9000 series will be available from system integrators (like MAINGEAR, iBuyPower, and the like) this summer, so you'll have to buy a PC already equipped with the FX-9590. Eventually it'll be available as a separate component later on, just AMD isn't ready to say when.

AMD is also launching the FX-9370, another eight-core model, but it comes in at a slightly more modest 4.7GHz. Both CPUs support Turbo Core 3.0 technology to improve and maximize performance for demanding tasks.

Source: Press Release

AMD Announces Support for Both Android and Chrome OS

Category: CPU's
Posted: June 6, 2013 08:43AM
Author: bp9801

The technology landscape is rapidly changing, with computers being available pretty much anywhere and OSes being composed of more than just one or two big names. AMD has supported Microsoft Windows for the longest time, but now it's opening its doors to other operating systems, namely Google's Android and Chrome OS. AMD is still committed to Windows 8, but sees a huge market with Android and Chrome that it doesn't want to miss. Chips will be designed based on x86 and ARM for the two Google OSes, and will work in both laptops and tablets. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD, did not say when we can expect AMD-powered Android tablets and Chrome laptops, but that the company is working with Android developers to get apps running on AMD parts.

Windows 8 tablets aren't exactly flying off the shelves, so AMD's move to support Android should open up a larger market to help drive sales. Its previous tablet chips, Z-01 and Z-60, didn't sell well in the Windows devices it was used in, but AMD hopes its new Temash chips will change that. Those chips offer as little as 3.9W of power consumption and up to eight hours of battery life while browsing the Web. Temash is a 64-bit part and designed with Windows 8 in mind , and also are meant to deliver PC-like performance on tablets thanks to its support of DirectX 11. Hopefully those parts can be reworked to take advantage of Android tablets and Chrome laptops, especially since Temash is expected to arrive later this year. It's good to see AMD branching out, and with any luck the move to Google's OSes is a beneficial one.

Source: PC World

Intel Haswell i7 4770K Released

Category: CPU's
Posted: June 2, 2013 01:02AM
Author: EuroFight

The NDA has recently been lifted on Intel's upcoming Haswell lineup. The Haswell chips will use a new socket, LGA 1150, instead of the current LGA 1155 package, and will feature a wide range of processors aimed at enthusiasts and the budget market alike. They will follow Intel's familiar naming pattern, being the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 4XXX series, with the higher numbers indicating higher end models. You can read our review on the Intel Core i7 4770K, which features a stock clock speed of 3.5GHz and a turbo clock speed of 3.9GHz. The full specs of a number of the chips can be found in the table below,

Summary of Intel's Lineup of Haswell Processors

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Cores Threads TDP (W) Clock Speed
Core i7 4770 Y 4 8 84 3.5GHz - 3.9GHz
Core i7 4770S N 4 4 65 3.5GHz - 3.9GHz
Core i7 4770T N 4 4 45 3.1GHz - 3.7GHz
Core i7 4765T N 4 4 35 2.6GHz - 3.0GHz
Core i5 4670 Y 4 4 84 3.6GHz - 3.8GHz
Core i5 4670S N 4 4 65 3.4GHz - 3.8GHz
Core i5 4670T N 4 4 45 2.9GHz - 3.3GHz
Core i5 4570 N 4 4 84 3.4GHz - 3.6GHz
Core i5 4570S N 4 4 65 3.2GHz - 3.6GHz
Core i5 4570T N 2 4 35 3.3GHz - 3.6GHz
Core i5 4430 N 4 4 84 3.0GHz - 3.2GHz
Core i5 4430S N 4 4 65 2.8GHz - 3.2GHz


As you can see from the table, most of the mid-high end Intel processors feature four cores and a clock speed of around 3GHz+, which is fairly similar to the current Ivy Bridge chips. All of these chips, however, integrate a 16-lane PCIe 3.0 controller, and support for dual-channel DDR3 memory. There will also be some other low-end Core i3 models that will be introduced later in the year, as well as a BGA package, which is to support Intel's hugely anticipated GT3 graphics package. 

In CPU benchmarks, the Core i7 4770K beats the current 3770K by a reasonable amount, some tests with the 4770K run at almost twice the speed of the 3770K which is fairly impressive. On the GPU side, the performance increase from Haswell is somewhat disappointing, despite a performance gain over Ivy Bridge - most games must be running on the 'Low' graphics preset for any chance of a reasonable frame rate at a 1366x768 resolution.

When compared to the Sandy Bridge E series of processors, the Haswell chip begins to show signs of weakness, with the performance gains from the 4770K still falling behind its Sandy Bridge counterpart, now two generations old. Haswell still manages a 7-13% performance increase over Ivy Bridge in its current state, which is unlikely to give any particularly noticeable performance boost in real-life applications. With the release of the i7 4770K this weekend, we expect to see more Haswell processors to be released in the near future.

Source: CNET

Intel to Power Samsung Tablets

Category: CPU's, Mobile
Posted: May 28, 2013 10:38AM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Intel might finally be making its way into tablets and possibly smartphones soon. It appears Intel has made a deal with Samsung, which means that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 will feature a Clover Trail chip with clocks ranging between 800 MHz and 1.6 GHz. The Galaxy Tab 3 will be using Android 4.2.2. and has a 1280x800 pixel display. This comes as a small surprise, since Intel said, when Clover Trail was introduced, that the processor line was intended for low-powered Windows 8 devices.

The deal might bring a little hope to Intel, since the company has been struggling to get into the mobile market, where ARM-based chips are dominating. ARM's architecture is used in most of Apple's, Samsung's, and HTC's mobile products. But with the new Clover Trail line, Intel should be able to gain some market share. The new chips' power requirement has been reduced drastically while maintaining or improving the performance.

Intel also faces ARM on the server market, but Intel has the upper hand in that situation: it has the largest market share. Many companies still chooses to use its products due to the x86 architecture, making them compatible with most applications used in servers today.

It will be interesting to see how the mobile processor market looks in a few years, since both Intel and AMD are trying to enter the it.

Source: PCWorld

Intel Announces New Generation of Atom Processors

Category: CPU's, Manufacturers
Posted: May 7, 2013 10:29AM
Author: Tobias Thydal

Intel has announced its new Silvermont architecture, which is going to improve the Atom line significantly. The new architecture will be based on Intel's 22 nm 3D Tri-Gate SoC, which is faster while using less power than the current generation. Intel claims that Silvermont will deliver up to three times more peak performance or about the same performance as the current generation using only 20% of the power. The new architecture allows for a new out-of-order execution engine, a multi-core and system fabric architecture that is scalable up to eight cores, new IA instructions, and improved power management capabilities, such as low power C states.

Intel foresees that these chips will be used in various applications, such as smartphones, microservers, tablets, entry level laptops, and network infrastructure. Release dates of some of the CPUs based on Silvermont have been announced:

  • Baytrail: Quad-core processor for tablets - holiday 2013
  • Merrifield: Smartphone processor - by the end of 2013
  • Avoton: Microserver chip - second half of 2013
  • Rangeley: Routers and other networking gear - second half of 2013

The success of these chips are crucial for how well Intel will do in the growing mobile market. ARM has been dominating the market for quite a while, and other competitors are trying to get their market share as well. Intel needs to get some results soon, if it wants to have a say in the future of mobile computing.

Source: MaximumPC

AMD Announces New Semi-Custom Processor Division

Category: CPU's
Posted: May 5, 2013 12:53PM
Author: EuroFight

AMD has launched a new division which aims allow companies to design their own processors for specific applications using the basis of AMD's existing APU technology, while incorporating the company's own intellectual property. This has already been applied in the upcoming Playstation 4, which utilises a heavily modified APU based on the Jaguar core, but until now, there has not been a dedicated division for custom chips. It is hoped that the advent of this new division will help generate the profit that AMD so greatly needs.

One example of the application of this new initiative would be use in Smart TVs, where the APU could contain hardware-accelerated decoders for specific video file types. Interestingly, the new division could enable AMD to incorporate ARM cores into its existing APUs, which may eventually open doors for AMD to enter the ARM SoC market. This could then lead to more powerful graphical rendering capabilities on smaller ARM-based devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Source: AMD

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