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No More HyperThreading For Intel

Intel have stated that HT is not going to feature in their next architecture. This is a bit of a shock since they spent months messaging us that HT would be the most important move in microprocessor development, Intel have removed it (read – not included it) in their next generation processor. Hexus



AMD Challenges Intel to a Dual-Core Duel

AMD has proposed a live dual-core duel in 2005 against Intel. It will be?a public performance evaluation between server platforms based on the highest-performing Dual-Core AMD Opteron? 800 Series or 200 Series processors and the corresponding Intel x86 server processors that are commercially available in volume. Should Intel accept AMD’s challenge, the duel woul take place at a public venue, with testing conducted by a neutral third-party. Industry-standard server benchmarks would include SPECjbb and SPECweb, plus measurement of energy consumption by each corresponding server. It’s unlikely Intel will accept, however, as this AMD conjured marketing?ploy can only make Intel look bad. If Intel ignore this?challenge?it?will allow them to incurr mimimum damage. If they were to accept and loose, it would essentially make Intel look incredibly stupid to the mainstream public, and loose they no doubt will…



Intel Says Photonics Light the Way to Faster Chips

Intel researchers are shedding some light on a potential new application for chip photonics: upping the performance of multicore processors. The processor giant’s research labs are exploring ways to use silicon photonics?on-chip components that use light to transmit data?to replace electrical interconnects using copper wiring and simultaneously speed up vital connections that move data into and out of processors. Intel thinks that electrical interconnects will continue to be used for some time to come, but that optical eventually will win out as it becomes more difficult to wring performance out of copper wires. Creating bus that can move more data is vital to Intel as the chip maker moves deeper into the realm of multicore chips. Intel recently introduced dual-core Pentium desktop processors, which have two individual processor cores inside a single slice of silicon, where previous chips had only one.



AMD Details Early Quad-Core Plans

In a detailed briefing for analysts in New York on Friday, executives at Advanced Micro Devices painted the company as making "irreversible progress" into new architectures, specifically multicore microprocessors and 64-bit processing. Executives confirmed that the company plans to enhance its Opteron enterprise processor line to four cores in 2007, adding focused optimizations to manage power and improve throughput. Going forward, AMD executives said its progress will be defined by metrics like "throughput per watts per dollars", backed by specific technologies that it will try to establish as industry standards, rather than following rival Intel’s lead. Read the full article HERE



DFI Admits 5Volt Vdimm Problem

If some of you are not aware, the DFI Nforce 4 Ultra/D/DR SLI models has a jumper setting onboard that allows you to increase the voltage supplied on the Vdimm feed from 3.3 volts to 5 volts. This will give users the option to supply more than 3.2 volts to the ram on their DFI motherboards. http://www.Warp2Search.Net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=23699



DFI Lanparty nF4 Ultra-D & SLI-DR Thermal Images

Quote:? The thermal imaging camera (a Mikron Infrared Thermal Imager) is back, and we have a detailed look at a couple of modern motherboards and 6600GT PCIe graphics cards…? This time around we take a look at some thermal images of DFI?s latest creations, the Lanparty nF4 Ultra-D and SLI-DR. The majority of the images shown in this article are of the DFI Lanparty nF4 Ultra-D with the exception of the last three. Shown in the last three photos are the significant areas of increased temperature of the SLI-DR board. Everyone knows the importance of cooling computer components, and we’ll see what areas on these boards may need extra cooling for optimum performance. Read the article HERE



World Exclusive: Pictures and Concrete info on IWILL’s upcoming ZMAXd2

Packing support for NVIDIA’s SLI technology via nForce4 SLI core logic, along with support for dual-core Opteron, the ZMAXd2 crams even more into the same space, doubling the CPU and graphics power with help from a new 400W power supply, specially developed by IWILL for the unit. Check the article HERE



Intel Tops Off 64-Bit Server Platform Portfolio

SANTA CLARA, Calif, March 29, 2005 - Intel Corporation today added to its portfolio of 64-bit offerings with a platform that increases application performance, improves server uptime and the ability to manage large sets of data, and can lower utility costs. Targeted at the mid-tier enterprise market segment, the platform consists of five new processors for servers that use four or more processors, and a new chipset.

The platform, codenamed "Truland," includes 64-bit Intel? Xeon? processors MP (multiprocessor) that span value to performance configurations, and the Intel? E8500 chipset. Architected for dual-core technology, the new chipset prepares customers for the forthcoming transition to multiple cores and new innovations such as Intel? Virtualization Technology.







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