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AMD to cut prices of single core chips

It seems AMD are to cut the prices of some of there mid-range single core chips ranging from the Sempron 2800+ to the A64 3500+? The price cuts are most likely due to the imminent release of socket AM2 chips, of which prices can be found here



Overclocked Conroe does Super PI 1MB in 16 seconds

The guys at hkepc have some screenshots of Intel’s new desktop chip, Conroe overclocked from the stock 2.13Ghz to 3.1Ghz – allegedly on the stock heatsink completing a Super PI 1MB run in…… 16 seconds! If these Conroe reports/previews from the last few months are true it’s going to be one hell of a chip!



AMD Bumps AM2 Launch Date

Dailytech have received official confirmation from motherboard and chipset manufacturers in Taiwan that AMD has moved the official launch date of Athlon 64 DDR2 up two weeks to May 23, 2006. Snip: AMD insiders tell us Conroe’s launch date was also a factor in pushing the AM2 launch date up, though even we do not know the exact date Intel’s Conroe will launch. Read more @ Dailytech



3.0 GHz Opteron 156 within a month

We love Opterons. The 256 and 856 parts are on sale today, and the 156 will be following within 30 days. AMD are stating this is the last single core Opteron, from now on all new models will be dual-core. The 3.0GHz chip will consume 95w. This should be a damn fine chip for overclocking nuts, but the price will no doubt be over ?500. I’m waiting to see what will be available on AM2 before i sink 500 notes down?:)



Socket AM2 pricing information

Dailytech have some tasty pricing information on AMD’s socket AM2 processors. As of yet there is no information on the hugely popular 1xx Opteron’s, though it’s most likely they will show up at launch or soon therafter. AMD Desktop Processor Price List: Athlon 64 FX-62 AM2 $1,236 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ AM2 $696 Athlon 64 X2 4800+ AM2 $645 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ AM2 $558 Athlon 64 X2 4400+ AM2 $469 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ AM2 $365 Athlon 64 X2 4000+ AM2 $328 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2 $303 Athlon 64 3800+ AM2 $290 Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 $208 There seems to be no A64 3200+ part, if you click the link above you’ll see Sempron’s have taken over at these speed grades. Recent rumours over the web regarding AM2 performance is a little worrying, though its too early to tell how accurate this all is.



AMD 65 nm announcement expected next week

The Inq has stated that AMD is to finally announce there 65nm parts next week. It most likely will announce what is already known from leaked roadmaps?flying around the web, which is that the dual-core 65nm AM2 based ‘Brisbane’?will be available in?the first half of 2007. You never know though, with Intel’s recent?flurry of press coverage?regarding Conroe benchmarks and details of the quad-core?Kentsfield?sheduled for early 2007, this announcement next week may offer a few large suprises over the leaked roadmap….??



Quad-core Kentsfield planned for early 2007

Intel?s successor to Conroe, the quad-core Kentsfield will be available as early as January 2007. It will first show itself under the Extreme Edition brand name and filter down thereon after. Kentfield is essentially two 65nm Conroe?s on one chip. Intel?s P965, Q965 and G965 motherboards will be ?Kentsfield ready? but early 975X boards may not. You can find a pic of Kentfield at Dailytech. Let’s just hope software support ramps up?over the next 6-12 months so we can all enjoy the massive performance leaps.



Intel’s Pentium Extreme Edition 965 processor

What happens?when you pack a quad-SLI graphics subsystem, a Sound Blaster X-Fi audio processor, a physics acceleration chip, a RAID 10 disk array, four gigs of DDR2-1200 memory, and Intel’s next-generation dual-core processor into a single box with a 64-bit OS and fire up Unreal Engine 3? I have no idea, but to tide us over until that’s possible, today Intel is introducing a new speed grade of its top-end desktop CPU, the Pentium Extreme Edition 965. Reviews:– Tech Report– HotHardware– Hexus– Bit-Tech



Epox announce socket-AM2 based SLI & CrossFire boards

Dailytech have some details on some Epox AM2 based motherboards even though AMD is still yet to announce socket AM2 to the public. Epox have officially announced both nForce5 (MNf55P) and RD580 (MD580 XR-J) boards based around Socket-AM2. Both boards should appear around late April or may. Interestingly, there have been reports that socket AM2 with its DDR2 interface offers no performance benefits over DDR1 based s939. Check Anand’s blog published 6th March for details. Could it be down to an old revision of?CPU or should we brace ourselves for underwhelming performance from AM2? Here’s another article from the Inq publshed 3rd March claiming that AM2 offers a 10% clock for clock?performance increase. Who do we believe? I for one will not pass judgement until more evidence surfaces.



Intel Conroe benchmarks – MUCH faster than FX60

A few hardware sites who are attending IDF have managed to test out Intel’s new processor which is due out 3rd quarter – the dual core 65nm Conroe. Conroe was actually reported on in 2004 and is Intel’s next generation pentium M for desktops. Early reports are that this chip is going to blow AMD out of the water. Here’s just one of the benchmark numbers reported by Anandtech: F.E.A.R – 1280×1024, max effects, high quality. Conroe 2.66GHz -?186fps AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.8Ghz – 132fps That’s not just impressive, that’s damn right scary! The chip on test was a 2.66Ghz part. When Conroe is released the high end part is rumoured to run at 2.8-3GHz.



AMD announces three new dual-core AMD Opteron’s

Opteron’s are without doubt the best CPU’s to come from AMD since the Athlon XP bartons, and so it’s nice to hear that AMD have announced three new dual-core Opteron models today, though not all will be of interest to overclockers for obvious reasons.? The Opteron 885 is 2.6GHz per core, has 2x1MB?L2 cache with support for eight-way/16-core servers (i want one). The 285 has the same specification but supports?two-way/four-core systems. The interesting release is the socket 939 Opteron 185 for one-way/two-core servers. It’s pretty much identical to the FX60 (2.6GHz per core, 2x1MB L2 cache, 90nm SOI process) but will of course be priced?significantly lower. The 885 and 285 are available now, with the 185 expected in the next 30 days.



ATI Launches CrossFire Xpress 3200

As most of you will know, ATI today released RD580, now to be known as Xpress 3200. The board is set to give Nvida’s nForce4, and possibly even nForce 5 a serious hammering. The board offers 40 lanes of PCI express and is the first board to offer 2×16 PCI-Express slots on a single chip. Of course, the real exciting news is that this board was built from the ground up to be an enthusiasts dream,?and so it has some major overclocking features. I won’t go over the featureset in detail, instead here is?a roundup of reviews from our buddies: HardOCP Anandtech Motherboards.org Bit-tech



Asus A8R-MVP and X1900 Crossfire stability problems

The Inq’s Fuad Abazovic is reporting some major stability problems with the above setup. The problems include crashes in games and as testing pursued even 3D mark was a problem. Quote: "The only scenario where we almost got the machine stable was with a single memory module plugged inside. This will degrade your memory performance drastically but managed to get the system a little bit more stable." Looks to me to be a bios problem, but as noted in the article it could also be a power issue. If you’re thinking of getting this setup, think twice, at least for now…



AMD triples their contract with Soitec for 2006

CPU manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has renewed its silicon-on-insulator contract with Soitec for 2006. AMD uses Soitec’s wafers for its 90nm Athlon 64, Opteron, Turion and Sempron processors. The contract,?worth $150 million USD, is triple the size of AMD’s 2005 contract. Soitec is the SOI market leader?but has been facing a lawsuit from MEMC over the patent of its defect-free silicon, referred to as "Perfect Silicon". This could protentially cause complications to?AMD’s supply chain if Soitec fair badly, though a financial settlement is likley to be the worst case scenario.



Intel’s ‘CSI’ to outperform AMD’s Hypertransport

Intel’s CSI high-speed serial interconnect was first meant to appear in a Xeon chip code-named Whitefield. That processor, however, met an untimely death as Intel India mucked up the CSI implementation and forced Intel to rework its plans. As of last check, Intel will now introduce CSI in the Tukwila version of Itanium due out in 2008.






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