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AMD has today dropped its CPU prices once again, in an attempt to steal back some market share from Intel one has to presume. At the same time, AMD had issued EOL's (End of Line) for all of its single core CPU's as well as the low end X2 parts.
Let's start with the price drops, as we're looking at some quite attractive reductions here. As you can see from the picture below, some of the CPU's are dropping as much as US$60 in price and even the top of the range Athlon 64 X2 processors are looking quite tempting. The 6000+ will cost less than the 5600+ did last week.
AMD has also killed off the Athlon 64 and its Sempron processors in all but the so called expanding markets. The Athlon 64 X2 3600+ and 3800+ was also give the chop.
With new Intel Core 2 Duo processors arriving shortly, it seems like AMD did a pre-emtive strike with this price drop, let's just hope for AMD's sake, that it's enough to make people buy its processors.
You can find the official price list here
Dailytech have gotten a hold of AMD's latest roadmap which confirms their plans for the remainder of the year and into Q1 2008.
The most interesting info plucked from the roadmap is in regards to their upcoming "Phenom FX" range of processors. Under this new naming scheme, AMD will announced both the Phenom FX-80 and FX-90 series, with the 80 series designated to single processor systems whilst the 90 series is suited specifically to 4x4 dual processor configs.
AMD expect to launch the FX-80 series towards the end of the year, with the 90 series to debut early next year.
Further revealed by the roadmap are details of the mainstream Phenom X2 GE-Series processors, also reported over at Dailytech
To learn more about the specs and characteristics of the FX lineup, read here.
AMD's latest roadmap reveals model numbers for upcoming Phenom FX processors. Under the new naming scheme, the AMD Phenom FX lineup consists of the Phenom FX-80 and FX-90 series. AMD designates the Phenom FX-80 series for single processor systems while the FX-90 takes on 4x4 dual processor systems.
AMD plans to launch two Phenom FX-90 series processors in Q1 2008. The two Phenom FX processors carry the FX-91 and FX-90 names. The AMD Phenom FX-91 will have a clock-speed between 2.4-to-2.6 GHz and will sit on a 3.6 GHz HyperTransport 3.0 bus. The lower Phenom FX-90 will have a clock-speed between 2.2-to-2.4 GHz with a slower HT3 bus. AMD is unsure of the Phenom FX-90's HT3 bus, but roadmaps indicate HT3 speeds excess of 3.2 GHz. The two Phenom FX-90 series will drop into Socket 1207+ motherboards.
According to the Inquirer, AMD has four new desktop chipsets coming out this year. The top of the range model here being the RD790 which we reported about from Computex last week. As you probably already know, this is the next CrossFire chipset and it supports PCI Express 2.0 which allows for 150 Watts of power per PCI Express slot. This chipset will come out for socket AM2+ and 1207+.
The next version down is the RX780 which is the mainstream version of the RD790, but without CrossFire support. What's missing here is the RD780, which is a cut down version of the RD790 with support for CrossFire but it is limited to x8 bandwidth per card. The Inquirer should double check their roadmaps before missing out a key chipset like this one. So the total is actually five, not four, so if you thought our headline was a type, then we're sorry to dissapoint you.
Next up we have two integrated graphics models, the RS740 which is a DX9 part and the RS780, which is a DX10 part with support for UVD. All the above chipsets will be paired with the current SB600 or the upcoming SB700 depending on AMD getting the new southbridge done on time. Remember the delays of the SB600?
You can read the Inquirers' article here
OCWorkbench have managed to get their mits on a yet to be released processor from AMD as a member of their Athlon X2 family, with the most notable aspect of it being its energy efficiency. It appears to be based on a refined 65nm process with a TDP of just 45W (compared to the 65W of current variants).
This chip looks to be a member of their upcoming BE-2xxx series, with the exact model number reported by CPU-Z as the BE-2350, operating at 2.1GHz (10.5x multi). It is also said that the usual "Athlon 64 X2" branding will be dropped for this family, in replacement for "Athlon X2 Dual Core". Why they'd chosen to drop '64' out of the branding in favour of 'dual core' is anyone's guess. Having 'X2' in the name already refers to the chip as being a dual-core variant.
This processor also gets away with running at a mere 1.15V to get the job done, very low indeed. For further information head over to OCWorkbench.
AMD BE-2350 CPU-Z shown @ OCWORKBENCH. Still based on 65nm design, this CPU has a lower TDP of only 45W. From the CPU-Z screen using v1.39 and v1.40. This CPU is recognised as Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor BE-2350. It runs at a multiplier of 10.5x and bus speed is at 200MHz. HT is at 1GHz. The amt. of cache is also shown on the screen shot. voltage is 1.152v
From what we gathered, AMD is also changing its branding of this new processors, the BE-2XXX series. They won't be called Athlon 64 X2. Instead it will be known as Athlon X2 Dual Core. The "64" is dropped. No reasons were given for dropping the "64"
Intel's much anticipated P35 mainstream desktop chipset (formerly codenamed "Bearlake") officially makes it into Intel's lineup today.
One of the biggest highlights about the introduction of this new chipset is that it will be the first to open the doors to DDR3 memory; Though some P35 boards will be designed to take DDR2 as well, making the upgrade step a little less-costly at first.
Aside from the much higher ceiling DDR3 memory is destined to bring us, the chipset itself carries support for a 1333MHz system bus, an obvious memory controller revamp which also introduces a new feature dubbed "Fast Memory Access", this basically optimizes the latency characteristics of the memory controller hub.
Last but not least, Intel have added a new southbridge to this family in the ICH9R. This southbridge brings support for 6 SATA ports (with Intel's Matrix Storage RAID technology and "Turbo Memory" support for Microsoft's Vista ReadyBoost feature), and an increase of USB ports to a total of 12.
An IGP based (G33) variant will also surface, essentially the same only with the inclusion of Intel's integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 which sports "Clear Video" technology, this supposedly assisting with enhanced high-definition video processing tasks.
Co-inciding with the launch there is a bit of coverage surfacing around the web. You can check it all out below :-
Motherboard chipset technology isn't refreshed at the same fevered pitch that processors, memory or IO products are. A CPU or GPU speed-bump is like low-lying fruit relatively speaking, but chipset enhancements can usher in a whole host of stability, interoperability and verification challenges. Let's face it, when the product is the basis for a platform foundation, forward migrations can be painful if not carefully planned, so the upside benefits need to be worth-while for both the end customer as well as the manufacturer.
If you asked us a year ago, what Intel's path to a higher bandwidth system bus and memory access was, we might have told you serial links from the CPU to the Northbridge and serial FBDIMM technology on the system memory. Of course, that would have been almost completely misguided, since obviously Intel is still pushing hard on their now aging legacy front side bus architecture, with only a hint of a serially connected CPU architecture on the horizon. In addition, though serial FBDIMMs have taken hold in the server market, where high density memory configurations benefit from the technology's intrinsic signal integrity advantages under multi-drop loads; it won't be showing up in consumer desktop volumes any time soon.
Scythe have just released a second version of their Katana CPU cooler, this of course carrying several improvements over the first-gen model such as unique sloping shaped heatsink fins to provide better performance, a superior heatpipe arrangement and an easier installation process.
Scythe Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) announces Katana 2 CPU Cooler, the 2nd generation of the former value-for-money CPU Cooler, Katana CPU Cooler, to the market. This version "2" comes with total 3 heatpipes, unique sloping shaped heatsink fins to provide a better performance than the previous model. Installation is much easier than the previous model, and the default fan is the Scythe original "Kaze Jyu 100mm Fan" to maximize the cooling performance yet maintain the high level of silence. Try this improved version of Katana CPU Cooler to fight against your CPU heat!
AMD have kicked off a new mobile chipset today dubbed the M690. Designed for Turion 64 X2 dual-core processors, this platform incorporates an integrated Radeon X1200 GPU with DVI and HDMI, as well as enhanced power saving features.
To learn more about it have a read of the official PR on AMD's website.
Sunnyvale, Calif. -- 28th March 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the AMD M690 chipset. Together with AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology, the new AMD M690 motherboard GPU technology further advances the mobile computing experience. The new platform enables leading global OEMs to design notebook PCs that provide users with better graphics and connectivity performance, increased energy efficiency for extended battery life and extraordinary overall value.
"With AMD's graphics engine expertise and our mobile processor leadership, AMD delivers a cohesive mobile platform for commercial and consumer customers that demand the Windows Vista Premium experience on the go," said Phil Eisler, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Chipset Division. "AMD CPU and GPU technologies work in tandem to deliver increased battery life for mobile workers and consumers who demand a superior graphics and multimedia experience wherever the road takes them."
A new CPU cooler has surfaced from Thermaltake recently, and what a perculiar looking one it is.
Dubbed the V1, Thermaltake designed it with three main things in mind; Performance, silence and appearance. You can get the full rundown on it here folks.
Thermaltake, the world's leading manufacturer of high-end PC chassis, high-efficiency power supply and CPU cooling solution, today announced the next generation of ultra-high performance CPU cooler, V1. Designed for outmost thermal efficiency while minimizing the overall noise output to provide unprecedented computing environment and comfort. V1 will support all mainstream and high performance processors (Intel LGA775 and AMD Socket AM2/940/939/754).
"It's easy to design a nice looking cooler, a silent cooler, or a high performance cooler," said Eric Chuang, senior manager of Thermaltake thermal division. "It's very difficult to integrate all 3 elements in one cooler, that's why it took us 8 month to develop V1 which is a fusion of performance, silence and appearance".
As mentioned here a short while ago, AMD have kicked off a new breed of IGP based motherboards, these being the 690 series available in two variants.
Slowly but surely coverage is starting to hit the web with benchmarks and comparison tests, as per the links below (i'll make sure to update it as more related coverage surfaces).
With no major processor architecture updates in the immediate future and their DX10-capable graphics solutions still a few months away, the new AMD seems to be slowly picking up slack as we roll through the first two thirds of Q1 '07. Today, AMD is officially introducing their first new chipset since the ATI acquisition, the AMD 690G/V Series. Comprised of an RS690 Northbridge and SB600 Southbridge, the 690 series chipset's goal is to provide a full-featured motherboard backed by a solid integrated graphics solution, thanks to an integrated ATI Radeon x1250 with AVIVO support. What makes the 690G unique, at this point, is its support for VGA and DVI or HDMI, depending on the model, which enables the chipset to be attractive to both business and multimedia users looking for a quality video experience. With its integrated Radeon x1250 clocked at 400MHz and the ability to share up to 1GB of system memory, AMD looks to provide a versatile board that can fill a multitude of needs at a competitive price point.
Word from OCZ today lets us know of a new beefy heatsink on offer dubbed the "Vindicator Premium". The design of this puppy resembles that of the tower-style Ninja from Scythe with its side mounted 120mm fan and six copper heat pipes.
For all the details on it head over to OCZ's website where the press material resides.
Sunnyvale, CA-February 20, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the OCZ Vindicator CPU cooler, an enthusiast-grade thermal solution for the latest high performance processors. The Vindicator can be used as a passive or active cooler depending on the needs of the enthusiast.
The OCZ Vindicator can effectively cool some CPUs passively thanks to a pure copper base plate and six copper heat pipe design that rapidly transfers heat away from the processor up to the dense, high-stacked fin array where the thermal load is quickly dissipated. In fanless mode, the Vindicator efficiently, yet silently offloads heat. For extreme overclocking, enthusiasts can simply attach the included 120mm fan on any of the four sides of the Vindicator to aggressively cool the CPU.