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AMD's Athlon II and Phenom II Refresh (LostCircuits) - PCstats.com AMD's Athlon II and Phenom II Refresh (LostCircuits)
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Speed steps are what they are, namely evolutionary progress towards higher performance, and in most cases based on some maturation of the manufacturing process. There is nothing new and exciting about them but they show the results of successful analysis and screening of processors and comparing the results with the log of the process variability and then going back and implementing those variations as features. It is all work and more work that results in this kind of progress, the days where somebody had the magic silicon mixture that worked off the bat are pretty much over. In the case of the ‘970 this kind of analysis / tweak really appears to have paid off, we were able to hit 4.0 GHz without any adjustments and 4.2 GHz stable at 1.55 V using nothing but an old dusty OCZ Vendetta II at slightly higher than ambient room temperature. Reason enough to drool? Probably not but nice to know that the headroom is there, along with the slightly reduced power draw. Of course, the additional benefit is that the bottom of the CPU lineup can be culled and a new flagship can be added to the top. Prices stay roughly the same within the spread but by the end of the day, the consumer gets more for the money. And that’s essentially the take-home message.
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Thermaltake Contac 29 Heatsink Review on Frostytech - PCstats.com Thermaltake Contac 29 Heatsink Review on Frostytech
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"The focus of this Frostytech review is the Thermaltake Contac 29, a new mid-sized tower heatsink from this well known Taiwanese-based manufacturer. The Contac 29 heatsink stands 160mm tall and ships with a fancy looking orange impeller fan that reminds me of a washing machine agitator on steroids. Three 8mm diameter copper heatpipes are exposed at the base of the heatsink, thus making direct contact with the processor's integrated heatspreader for optimal conduction of heat energy."

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