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Well, if you're in the same boat as me, you may be wondering what flavor of CPU to stick in your computer. With the Intel's Prescott, and AMD's Opteron 64-bit CPU slated to appear, the question may be a bit hard to answer. For those of you who don't want to wait, the crew over at OCAddiction have taken AMD's 2600+ 333MHz CPU to the slate to see if it's worth your hard earned buck.
Today we're playing with the AMD AthlonXP 2600+ that ships from the factory at 333Mhz front side bus. Here at OCAddiction we admit it up front, we're speed whores. We really don't care what it says on the box so long as it's faster. That said, we've been excited to play with these new Thoroughbreds and see if they are really that much improved over their 266Mhz bus little brothers. We're adopting pretty much a just the facts approach to this review. A little about the CPU, a few key features, some CPU benchmarks, and then we'll wrap it up.More information @ OCAddiciton
The Inquirer has a story reporting that a Dusseldorf judge ruled that VIA chipsets that work with the Pentium 4 processor cannot be sold or imported into Germany. As expected, VIA will appeal, keeping lawyers grinning.
Bloomberg later quoted Via CEO Wenchi Chen, speaking at a press conference in Taiwan, as saying that it will appeal against the decision by a Dusseldorf court, and other patent cases in Germany are still not resolved.More information @ The Inquirer
German site 3D Center claim to have the first actual benchmarks of AMD's up-and-coming Opteron processor running at 2GHz. Benchmarked from within AMD labs, they compare the Opteron against an Athlon XP, Athlon Thunderbird, Pentium 4, Pentium 4 Xeon, Itanium 1 and 2 under SPEC CPU2000. The translation is fairly shady but all we really need to see are the numbers, which I stress, should be treated as speculation at this stage. Don't ask me how they managed to run the tests, for all we know an AMD employee could have done them.
On the Microprocessor forum in San Jose, California, announced AMD first of bench mark to 2,0 GHz of a Opteron of processor. Contrary to not at all estimated values uncommon with server processors in the preparatory phase (which however mostly nevertheless are correct) this bench mark on a material Opteron system in the AMD laboratories rule-fairly and offer after the values Clawhammer prototypes on 800 MHz from June this yearly the first halfway reliable numbers were measured to AMD's of new processor generation.More information @ 3D Center (translated)
accelenation.com has their first look at Intel's new i845GE chipset. Head on over and see how the new chipset stands up to its predecessors plus a Shuttle SS51.
Much like the i845PE, the i845GE adds an integrated graphics core which uses shared memory. With the upcoming Pentium 4's rumored to have Hyper Threading Enabled, the i845GE receives support for Hyper Threading technology, which the i845G lacked.More information at accelenation.com
Today GotApex? not only has got their hands on an Athlon XP2400+ but also an Athlon 2700+ and then went to work to see how these two CPU's could stand up to a little workout.
A rap on the office's front door and a gentle thud of a dropping box caused us to spring to life, as we rushed to see what the good 'ol UPS lady had left for us. Knowing full well that the launch of the new 333MHz FSB AMD chips were looming on the horizon, we had hoped that we could have a peak at just how beneficial the move to the 333MHZ FSB would prove to be. Sure enough, the contents of the oversized box was the standard AMD CPU review kit. The CPU to be the subject of the review, and already fastened to the mainboard, was the AthlonXP 2700+.More information at GotApex?
Dell, who has always been a huge Intel supporter, may now be leaning towards using AMD's 64bit Opteron processors in their servers. While Dell has made no firm commitments as of yet, they have confirmed this as a possibility. Dell expects to come to a decision by the end of this year.
The first indication from Dell that the AMD Opteron MPU was being considered appeared in the New York Times last Sunday, in a story on Intel's Itanium processor. That story contained comments by Randy Groves, vice president for the enterprise systems group, that "This is the first time AMD has had a value proposition that is more than just price. That's something we have to take seriously." The Dell spokesman confirmed the quote today.More information @ EBNews
There's a newish Intel Chipset INF Driver file being reported about on several news sites today, that is being mirrored at some French website I had never heard of before now. Anyway, I installed the driver (dated 9/3/02) on my PC and as a result experienced nothing but problems - It installed without a problem, but after rebooting the system was very sluggish and programs were not responding. For example, Internet Explorer was taking a minute to load - what fun. I have a feeling it wasn't detecting the IDE controller properly and was operating at ATA33, even though it felt as if it was running much slower.
Dreading the worst (a format), I checked out the Intel website and downloaded the latest OFFICIAL Intel Chipset INF Driver more info (dated 6/7/02) hoping to install over the top of the newer unofficial driver which is floating around today. After downloading, I went ahead and tried to install the older driver, but it wouldn't pass 30% through installation. Thinking I was in for a format, in a last ditched effort, I rebooted and started up in Safe Mode and tried to install the older official drivers, again - It worked, and fixed all the problems aforementioned.
If you were unlucky enough to install this new Intel Chipset Driver floating around, I hope this information has proved useful for you. I just wish news reporters would bother to test new drivers first before they post about them and give many users, like myself, an unneeded headache!
Is Intel out to shutdown AMD? Or do they just love taking more and more market share from AMD? It seems every market AMD used to have a lead on, Intel is shattering it... You know those beautiful Athlon MP's dominating the server and workstation market? According to Digi Times, it seems Intel has introduced the 2.6 and 2.8 ghz Xeon processors. The new Athlon MP killers... BOOYA!
Intel on September 11 introduced two of its latest Xeon processors, running at 2.8 and 2.6GHz, to target the workstation and server markets. Built on Intel's 0.13-micron process, the new products support 512K L2 cache memoryMore info @ DigiTimes
Umm excuse me but is Intel on Crack? What I mean is, they seem to be sending out new chipsets/cpus faster then you can say Intel! According to Digi Times, Intel will be sampling the new springdale chipsets this month...
Intel is reportedly planning to send out samples of its new-generation, Springdale-core chipsets to motherboard clients this month for product design purposes.More information @ Digi Times
Scheduled to hit the market in the first half of 2003, the Springdale chipsets are Intel's latest products for its forthcoming Prescott-core Pentium 4 processors.
As for the 845GE, 845PE and 845GV chipsets, probably the last batch of products to be released this year, the chip giant has decided to officially start volume shipments on October 7. Intel began providing the products in small quantities after mid-August.
Can Intel be stopped? Maybe Cyrix can step up :P?It seems like intel has taken 60% of the chipset market in the second quarter.. Read more about it at Digi Times.
Intel further consolidated its dominance in the chipset market with its global share rising from 57% in the first quarter to 59.6% in the second, according to figures released by market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).More info at Digi Times