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Arctic Cooling has just taken the covers off its newest CPU cooler called the Freezer Xtreme.
It is a monster of a cooler with a total of eight heatpipes, 102 fins and it comes with a quiet PWM 12cm fan, which will adjust power between 800 and 1500 RPM according to processor temperature.
Arctic include brackets for both Intel and AMD processors including socket 775, 939, AM2 and AM2+ and claims that this cooler can handle up to 160 watts which is a staggeringly large amount of cooling capability.
Considering that an old Prescott core Intel Pentium 4 used up to around 150 watts and that was an absolute heater, now we have 45nm processors which produce far less wattage, this cooler should do rather well for overclockers not wanting to move into more extreme cooling such as water.
It weighs in at just over 600 grams, so it is no light weight. It will be on store shelves in July and will have an RRP of $39.95.
Fudzilla claims it knows the future like a crystal ball (okay, they didn't say that, we did...) and says that Intel has confirmed that it plans to release its first dual-core small Atom processor in Q3 of this year.
The report suggests that it will be just like an Atom 230 processor with an extra core, both running at 1.6GHz with a 533MHz FSB and a total of 1MB of L2 cache (2 x 512KB) that is not shared between each core.
Fudo goes on to say that the dual-core part will only have a TDP of 8 watts which is rather decent for a chip that will start to offer rather solid performance for the markets it is intended - sub-notebooks such as the ASUS Eee PC and MSI WIND, mobile phones, Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and UMPCs.
You can read the rest of the story over here.
There are reports floating around the Internet saying that Intel will release its X58 Express chipset in Q4 of this year.
It is said to be the first chipset to support Intel's desktop Nehalem based Bloomfield processor, which is based on 45nm process technology with four cores, integrated with memory controller, Hyper Threading with up to eight processing threads and 8M cache.
It will be coupled with the ICH10R southbridge as well as triple channel DDR3 memory and dual PCIe 2.0 X16 or quad PCIe 2.0 X8 configurations.
More as it comes in.
Hot on the heels of the Phenom X4 quad-core processor launch earlier this year, AMD has today launched its Phenom X3 series of processors. It is essentially an X4 missing one core with a lower price tag and less power consumption.
Clock speeds come in at 2.4GHz (X3 8750 - $195), 2.3GHz (X3 8650 - $165) and 2.1GHz (X3 8450 - $145). For a look at the all important performance numbers, you can read our review of the processor which was just published, right here.
Here is a list of other media to publish reviews of AMD's newest processor:
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 23, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of three new AMD Phenom X3 triple-core processors that, when combined with the AMD 780 series chipset, can give consumers a full HD experience and visually stunning gaming and digital performance. As the world's only triple-core x86 processor, AMD Phenom X3 processors bring multi-core technology to a broader audience in search of desktop processors that easily handle today's multi-threaded digital entertainment workloads.
The proliferation of digital media devices and entertainment changes the way consumers use PCs and creates stronger demand on the processing and graphics capabilities. Two of the biggest determinants of the user experience when purchasing a PC are graphics and processors, with consumers weighing trade-offs. AMD solution-based PCs can free consumers from this dilemma with balanced platforms that enable the Ultimate Visual Experience complete with scalability and great value.
With AMD's refined B3 revision Phenom processors now released, Intel has promptly counter-attacked by introducing some big price cuts across many of their desktop and server processors; no less than 18 of them in fact.
The biggest drop can be seen in the Core 2 Quad Q6700, taking a dive from $530 down to just $266, whilst the good ole' Q6600 sees a drop from $266 down to $224. Several Core 2 Duos, Pentium/Celeron E series and Xeon processors also see some nice price cuts.
News.com has the full rundown.
Intel posted price cuts on Sunday that included reductions of 50 percent on select quad-core processors. The chipmaker also introduced new Celeron and Core 2 Duo processor models.
The price of the Core 2 Quad Q6700 (2.66GHz) fell 50 percent from $530 to $266, while the quad-core Xeon X3230 (2.66GHz) saw an identical cut: from $530 to $266.
Celeron price-cut highlights include the Celeron 430 (1.8GHz), reduced 23 percent from $44 to $34 and the dual-core Celeron E1200 (1.6GHz), falling 19 percent from $53 to $43.
The dual-core Xeon 3085 (3GHz) was reduced 29 percent from $266 to $188, and the Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (3GHz), from $266 to $183, or 31 percent.
VIA announced its new processor architecture, code-named Isaiah.
The processor according to Centaur President Glenn Henry (Centaur is VIA's subsidiary CPU design company) has double or more the processing power of current generation C7 processors. The C7 VIA CPU is already available in the market and in use in many of the Ultra-mobile PC's and net-book devices such as the GIGABYTE U60 UMPC (reviewed here).
The truly remarkable feature of this new architecture is that it is drop-in compatible with current boards, offering double the performance, but at the same power (wattage) usage. This will mean current systems already being sold and used, can be re-aligned to contain the new Isaiah processor, giving the manufacturers two product SKU's for the design costs of one. See the clip below.
Intel on the other hand have shown Atom to be their new CPU to compete directly against VIA's C7 and recently announced that the entry-level desktop Atom 230 processor will sell for $29 USD each in thousand-unit tray quantities. Unfortunately Intel's design is not as convenient as the VIA upgrade, and requires a new chipset, design layout etc, so in effect costing developers and manufacturers more to make them, which of course means more cost for consumers. VIA claims the Isaiah will be competitive with "the competition" or as we speculate their meaning to be competitive with "the Atom" in terms of performance per watt and will exceed the Atom in performance per cost. We say only time will tell but the war is on and should be very interesting.
There are also rumours afoot that the Isaiah will have a dual-core version out very soon which will widen the gap from the Atom offerings. VIA could one up Intel this year.
This launch is days after speculation that Nvidia is looking to buy VIA's CPU subsidiary which you can read about here. We have since learned that Nvidia won't be buying out VIA, it was probably just a rumour mix up since VIA contacted Nvidia about making chipsets for its processors since VIA is pretty much finished up in the chipset business.
You can read more at the VIA website .
Theo Valich over at TG Daily is running a story regarding Nvidia's forthcoming chipsets for AMD Socket AM2+ processors.
Apparently Zotac leaked information out early regarding the nForce 750a chipset which is the first AMD chipset to be release by Nvidia since the nForce 590 SLI way back in May 2006. Theo reckons that it looks like that SNAP (Strategic Nvidia-AMD Partnership) isn't dead after all. That's pretty clear, wouldn't you think though? Anyway...
The nForce 750a is the first Nvidia chipset for the AMD platform to support a range of new and mostly undocumented Hybrid SLI features including Hybrid Power and GeForce Boost. It should prove to be a fairly capable motherboard as the foundations of a mid-range gaming systems driven by Nvidia's proven marketing skills, costing around $150 USD or less.
Hybrid Power is an interesting feature which allows discrete graphics cards to be installed in the PCI-E slots and when in 2D mode (Windows), it will use the onboard graphics with the discrete cards powered down and when in a game or something intensive, it switches automatically over to the discrete graphics, hence saving power. It is really easy to setup from what we have seen and it doesn't require a crazy cable setup, just plug your DVI cable into the motherboard's onboard connector and all data is sent from the discrete cards through the onboard graphics. GeForce Boost is currently only supported by the GeForce 8500 GT and 8400 GS and will offer a performance boost when teamed up in SLI with onboard graphics.
Nvidia's 780a is due out on April 4th and it will carry all the same features as the 750a with the addition of three-way SLI support, ESA support along with SLI Memory aka EEP. It is going to be super interesting to see the performance of a high-end nForce 780a motherboard along with B3 revision AMD Phenom quad-core processor against a similarly priced Intel system, which would probably be something along the lines of an X48 DDR2 motherboard and Q6600 processor. We will be looking into all this shortly after our first look at the new and improved TLB cache bug free Phenom.
You can read the rest of the story over at TG Daily which also includes a list of past current and future AM2+ and AM3 processors.
We spoke with an AMD rep earlier this week and he told us that we would get our first Phenom B3 processors in for review this week.
The B3 revision processors fix the nasty TLB L3 cache bug, which hurt AMD at a time, when it really didn't need it to happen.
From what we have heard from our contact, AMD took care of the bug and this week not only intends to sample media with TLB bug-free processors but also start selling them. Our contact told us, "There will be no NDA on this one as I expect to have public availability of the parts later in the week (Thursday or Friday)." Fudzilla reports that AMD will ship 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz parts.
From what we can see it looks like AMD is getting back into the game. As long as there is decent supply of its new processors, things should be looking much better for the struggling company. Nvidia is set to release a new high-end AM2+ chipset early next month, too.
As rumored recently, AMD has begun volume shipping of its triple-core Phenom processors, which is excellent news for the struggling chip firm who has not seen much success of late.
For us end-users though, don't get too excited. At this stage AMD is only shipping its Phenom 8400 (2.1GHz) and 8600 (2.3GHz) triple-core processors to OEM companies including Dell, HP and Mesh. At this it is a start for AMD who is in need of good things to happen rather soon.
Not only that but AMD also announced this week that it is finally shipping its TLB bug-free "B3" revision Opteron and Phenom quad-core processors to OEM's. It is claimed that they will hit retail stores sometime in early April. The sooner the better, to be honest.
You can read the rest of the story over at Engaget who has links to products from the OEM's using AMD's latest processors.
OCZ Technology has just released its newest CPU cooler, the Vendetta 2.
The Vendetta 2 is designed for all current Intel and AMD processors and uses heat pipe direct touch (HDT) design technology, which is said to dissipate heat more efficiently. It includes three pure copper heat pipes and includes two year warranty.
It also includes a large 120mm fan for quiet computing which only generates 20 (spinning at 800 RPM) to 32 dBA (spinning at 1500 RPM). Anything below 40 dBA is usually considered to be silent or at least inaudible. The fan is attached to the heatsink using rubber connectors to reduce vibrations and further reduce excess noise levels.
"Cooling is an important part of any computer system, not only to keep ICs operating but also to maintain a temperature range in which they operate at optimal power efficiency," commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology. "Aside from raw temperature numbers, these considerations are also gaining importance in the context of green computing. The Vendetta 2 is the latest addition to a family of direct-contact heatpipe coolers under the Vendetta umbrella and brings increased size and performance to the table at an affordable price."
Utilizing the proven performance of the latest HDT design, the Vendetta 2 has direct contact with the processor using three copper heat pipes to ensure the most rapid heat transfer. The dimple micro-configuration of the stacked aluminum fins adds turbulence, reducing the skin effect of air flow for more efficient circulation within your case. The versatile and user-friendly Vendetta 2 is compatible with AMD AM2/939/754/755 and Intel 775 sockets and can be installed quickly and easily by end-users at all skill levels.
We will have one in for testing soon but for now, take a look at the product page at the OCZ website.