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AMD has released some nifty documents which outline the architecture behind their upcoming Core i7 competitor, Bulldozer. The Bulldozer CPU architecture is one of the biggest things to come from AMD in the form of CPU technology in a long time and the slides below outline Zambezi for the Socket AM3+ platform. The AM3+ socket infrastructure adds quite a few new things and a few surprises along the way. Check out the below images for a bit of a tease of things to come from team RED.
One of the surprising things is older AM3 processors are plug-in compatible with AM3+ motherboards, which would allow people to pick up a board in preparation for the new CPUs and then upgrade as they see fit. As well as the impressive 72-bit DDR3 memory channels which will see support for DDR3-1866. Bulldozer is quite power-efficient too, as it will increase clock speeds if there is spare TDP headroom and when there is not much workload on the CPU, it will disable un-used cores.
Very impressive, AMD. If it can keep up with Sandy Bridge-based Core i5/i7's, then we'll finally see some true competition in the CPU fight.
Intel's next-gen Itanium is looking like a thing of beauty with some impressive specs. The last update to the Itanium line saw a 2-billion transistor chip dubbed Tukwila, which sported a 65nm design, up to 24MB cache, 4-cores and a clock speed of up to 1.73GHz. The 2011 refresh of the Itanium will see a bump up to 8-core, up to 32MB cache, 3.1 billion transistors and a TBA clock speed. The die size has also shrunk from 699m^2 down to 544mm^2.
Poulson also adds a new feature called Intel Instruction Replay Technology, which is said to add a buffer for more quickly recovering from errors, allowing the chip to pick up from the last known good instruction instead of having to completely flush the pipeline. Another feature of Poulson is that it's pin compatible with Tukwila, which means existing Itanium-based customers can just buy the new chip, drop it in and go.
While inevitably not bringing anywhere near the amount of excitement the upcoming FX-Series will once launched, AMD has just kicked out three new APUs catering to its Brazos platform - the E-450, E-300 and C-60.
Using AMD's Bobcat x86 architecture, all three models are dual-core, built on the 40nm process. The new top dog "Zacate" E-450 APU clocks in at 1.65GHz (where the previous top model, the E-350 ran at 1.60GHz). The integrated Radeon HD 6320 GPU has its core clocked at 508MHz and with its TurboCore tech it can be driven at up to 600MHz.
THe E-300 lacks TurboCore on both its CPU and GPU components, with the CPU clock at a fixed 1.30GHz, and the Radeon HD 6310 GPU at 488MHz. As for the C-60, this is AMD's latest ultra low power APU with a TDP of only 9W (the other two are double that). The C-60 does have TurboCore technology embedded for both its CPU and GPU components. The CPU's stock clock rate is 1.00GHz, but with the help of TurboCore can head north to 1.33GHz, while the Radeon HD 6290 GPU has its core clocked at 276MHz, but TurboCore can increase it to 400MHz.
GamesCom 2011 - Over at the ALTERNATE booth there were a bunch of partner products on display and one that quickly got our attention was a system demo by AMD.
They had a system setup running the upcoming codenamed Bulldozer eight core FX Black Edition processor on an ASUS Crosshair V Formula (AMD 990FX chipset). In the video below you get one of your first looks at a live working Bulldozer system running Dirt 3. You can see all eight cores in action too as the Windows Task Manager performance tab was open at the time.
AMD says that they are making games exceptional in their signage marketing at the booth, do you agree? Tell us below.
It's been discovered today that Intel is planning to shave pricing on several of its current Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs next month.
The drop looks to be consistently around about $10 on all nine models, which are the dual-core Intel Pentium G630 and G850, dual-core Core i3-2120 and i7-2390T, and quad-core Core i5-2400S, i5-2405S, i5-2500S, i5-2500T, and i7-2600S.
Unfortunately, where most of us would've been especially wanting to see cuts on the more popular enthusiast models such as the i5-2500, i5-2500K, i7-2600 and i7-2600K, they are not mentioned in the list.
All but three of the processors in the list will see cuts in September, while the two Pentium dual core models and the i3-2120 will drop in price in October.
Detailed info on AMD's upcoming Bulldozer (Zambezi-FX) processors has hit the Internet with Chinese website Corescn.com claiming that the B2 Revisions of the CPU's have hit production and would be on shelves by late Q3 2011. The Bulldozer CPU's have been delayed because of a performance-related bug, with the B2 revision going into mass production sometime in August 2011 and hit markets by September 2011.
The first two CPU's based on the B2 revisions will be the FX-8150 (FD8150FRW8KGU) Featuring 8Cores/8Threads, 8MB L3 Cache, Stock Frequency of 3.6Ghz (Turbo - 4.2Ghz) while the other FX-8120 (FD8120FRW8KGU) is also an 8 Core CPU with same specs and just a little low clock frequency of 3.1Ghz (T.C - 4.1Ghz). Both CPU's feature TDP of 125W.
Some new slides have been leaked from AMD that shed more light on the company's upcoming "Deccan" low-power computing platform targetted at the ULV (ultra low voltage) and netbook markets.
Where AMD's current base platform filling this market sector is "Brazos", which encompasses the "Zacate" and "Ontario" processors, Deccan will comprise two processors dubbed "Wichita" and "Krishna". When we say 'processors, we should revise that slightly, as Wichita and Krishna are more so SoC (System-on-Chip) solutions, built on a 28nm process and pack up to four Bobcat (x86-64)cores, an integrated memory controller (supporting DDR3-1600) and Radeon discrete-class graphics with video decoder (UVD3).
It has just come to light that Intel does not intend to ship its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E (LGA2011) Core i7 processors with a heatsink/fan (HSF). Instead, Intel plans to offer the certified HSF for these processors as a separate, standalone purchase through the same retail channels.
While there's no doubt some people are satisfied with, or even prefer an Intel certified cooler for these high TDP processors, Intel would be banking on the majority of the target users wanting to use third-party cooling options, as it is expected that many of the big name CPU cooler makers will have lineups of LGA2011-ready coolers readily available upon the Sandy Bridge E series launch.
Sandy Bridge E processors have a rated TDP of 130W, but early testing on engineering samples has proven that it can reach as high as 180W under load (and that's at stock speeds).
A leaked slide has hit the web today which details the product lifecycle of existing processors in Intel's lineup. Most notably, there could be as many as 20 processors hitting EOL (End of Life) stage by the end of this year - this means Intel cancels any orders submitted from OEMs and channel vendors beyond that point, as well as stopping all production on said model(s). Warranties will of course remain in place in accordance with the original length.
Specifically, what we'll be waving goodbye to are the majority of LGA775 processors currently still on the market, including the Core 2 Quad Q9650, Q9550/Q9550S, Q9500, Q8400/Q8400S, Q8300, Core 2 Duo E8600, E8500 and Pentium E5400. Further to these, Intel is also aiming to close off production on the LGA1366 based Core i7-970, LGA1156 based Core i7-880, Core i7-875K, Core i7-870S, Core i5-760, Core i5-750S, Core i5-655K and Core i3-530 models.
The PDN (Product Discontinuation Nofication) marked entries in the chart refer to models that precede EOL, a stage in which Intel notifies OEMs and channel vendors that any final orders should be made in awareness of them reaching EOL in the near future.
From time to time we'll see one of those crazy world renowned overclockers kick out another incredible world record result from a recent piece of hardware thanks to the most extreme cooling methods used. But it's not so frequent that a new WR really jumps out at you as being exceptionally above and beyond anything we've seen before.
Well, Mad222 of Team Centralfield has managed to do just that with an incredible overclocking result with a Phenom II X4 955 processor. Using GIGABYTE's 890FXA-UD7, the CPU was pushed all the way up to a jaw dropping 7378MHz.