The Great Chip Wars, as we’ve come to know them, ended this week — courtesy of a new marketing campaign from Advanced Micro Devices.
AMD has decided to sell its products under the Vision banner, a slogan that emphasizes the strengths of its graphics chip instead of promoting the abilities of its CPUs, or traditional workhorse chips. PC makers and retailers will promote three flavors of AMD-based computers, called See, Share and Create models.
Intel is launching a new CPU socket called LGA1156 with a new chipset, P55. The first three CPUs based on this new platform will be Core i5-750 (2.66 GHz), Core i7-860 (2.80 GHz) and Core i7-870 (2.93 GHz), all based on the new "Lynnfield" core. We had the pleasure to receive a Core i5-750 and a Core i7-870 sample from Intel before their launch, so let's take a look on their performance compared to other CPUs from Intel.
We've been hearing a lot about the new Core i5/i7 CPU's, and generally we like to reserve our opinion until the test results are in. We've benched the Core i5 750 and Core i7 870 extensively. We've added a bevvy of tests to our benchmarking routine and Core i5/i7 LGA 1156 is looking pretty good.
The introduction of the Core i7 range of processors late last year was the beginning of the Nehalem family. The processors have had a mixed reception and it is fair to say that although the new series has been impressive performance wise, the pricing was and still is too much for many users. After all, the LGA1366 socket requires not only the processor but also an X58 motherboard and triple channel DDR3 memory.
All the currently available processors from Intel feature a black LGA Cover for protection, but Intel has decided to remove it soon in order to reduce the impact to the environment.
According to the information sources, Intel will stop shipping the LGA1366 and LGA771 processors with an LGA Cover starting from September 28th. However, the customers are expected to get parts with covers until the stocks are depleted.
Advanced Micro Devices has launched a low-power version of its six-core Opteron processor in time for VMworld, a key virtualization show that opens on Monday.
The six-core AMD Opteron EE consumes 40 watts, and is designed for 2P servers, among the most popular in the virtualized server space. The chip will cost $989, and will begin shipping on Monday.
Vienna, August 31st 2009 - Noctua today presented the latest version of its successful NH-U12P series of premium quality quiet CPU coolers. The new NH-U12P SE2 now supports Intel's upcoming LGA1156 based Core i5 and Core i7 "Lynnfield" CPUs while maintaining compatibility with LGA1366, LGA775 and AM3 processors. Like the SE1366 version, the NH-U12P SE2 offers a premium value package with Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound and two NF-P12 120mm fans.
AMD should be launching one more three core CPU based on Heka 45nm three core, which is nothing more than Deneb with one core disabled.
The currently available Phenom II X3 720 at its 2.8GHz is selling for about €90 in Europe or in the states $119.00 including free shipping and this baby will soon get its 3.0GHz sibling.
The new CPU will be under the Phenom II X3 740 brand and its specs include 3.0GHz speed and 7.5MB of total cache but we don’t know the launch price as of yet.
UPDATE: AMD has contacted X-bit labs claiming that it has not announced any simultaneous multi-threading technologies for Bulldozer processors. Still, there are other multi-threading implementations that may still be supported.
Advanced Micro Devices announced during Hot Chips conference that its next-generation code-named Bulldozer microprocessors will feature a multi-threading technology (SMT) which would be akin to Intel Corp.’s well-known HyperThreading.
Since Intel's Lynnfield can run up to eight cores in Hyperthreading, Intel has figured out how to distinguish Lynnfield Core i7 branded SKUs from Core i5.
The logic is very simple. Core i7 has four cores and eight threads enabled, while Core i5 has four cores and four threads enabled.
They both need discrete graphics as Intel 5 series chipset don’t have any IGP as IGP is now part of Clarkdale CPU. However some desktop Clarkdale IGP CPU with 32nm dual-core and four threads inside will end up with Core i5 brand, just to make things a bit more complicated.
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