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Intel Rounds Out Its Ivy Bridge Graphics Driver
     Sun, Aug 14 2011 | 12:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Intel has released the xf86-video-intel 2.16.0 DDX driver today, which offers up acceleration support for the next-generation Intel "Ivy Bridge" hardware and completes their graphics driver stack in terms of initial hardware enablement. "
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

AMD Fusion A8-3850 APU "Llano" On Linux
     Sun, Aug 14 2011 | 9:02A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Late last month there were the first Radeon HD 6550D graphics benchmarks under Linux that were published on Phoronix. There has also been a stream of A8-3850 benchmark result uploads -- among other AMD Fusion APUs -- to OpenBenchmarking.org. In this review we are providing a set of computational benchmarks from this "Llano" Fusion APU compared to a handful of other systems in our labs."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Your Intel CPU is good enough
     Sun, Aug 14 2011 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We got about 30 minutes of John's time over the weekend and pestered him with questions about the GPU hardware race, how Intel's intergrated graphics (and AMD Fusion) fit in the future of PCs, the continuing debate about ray tracing, rasterization, voxels and infinite detail engines, key technologies for PC gamers like multi-display engines and a lot more! Full video of the interview is included too.Quote: "Carmack still thinks the Intel integrated graphics is on feature parity with other integrated options and that people are going to be surprised in the not-too-distant future when the “free” graphics you get with your Intel CPU is good enough to play pretty much any game you want. He admits of course that the software and driver implementations from Intel need a lot of work and he has “high hopes” that with the shared memory potential there Intel will push forward with this “closer to the metal” mentality."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Sandy Bridge is the first GPU tightly integrated with an x86
     Fri, Aug 12 2011 | 9:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sandy Bridge is the first GPU tightly integrated with an x86, using a shared L3 cache to communicate. Graphics performance has doubled, thanks to new shader cores and more powerful fixed functions. Sadly though, there is no OpenCL or DirectX11 support till Ivy Bridge in 2012. The multimedia support is superb and power efficient, with full hardware decoding and accelerated encoding exposed through an API. Much work remains for future generations, such as the 22nm Ivy Bridge, but this is a huge advance for Intel and one that has been recognized by key customers such as Apple. This report is the first deep dive published on Intel's Sandy Bridge graphics architecture. We delve into the GPU, starting with the software model, system architecture and covering the fully programmable shader cores, fixed function hardware and texturing and render output pipelines. Our detailed look is complete with comparisons to the previous generation and competing GPUs from AMD.
  FULL STORY @ REALWORLDTECH

AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer On Ubuntu Linux
     Thu, Aug 11 2011 | 11:14P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
""Two weeks ago AMD introduced the Bulldozer FX-Series CPUs to much excitement, although many were letdown by the initial results, and it was months after showing the first Linux benchmarks of an AMD Dual-Interlagos pre-production system. In the days that followed I delivered some initial AMD FX-4100 Linux benchmarks when securing remote access to a low-end Bulldozer system running Ubuntu 11.04 (and there were also some Linux benchmarks from independent Phoronix readers), but then last week a Bulldozer kit arrived from AMD. The centerpiece of this kit is an eight-core AMD FX-8150 CPU, which is now being used to conduct a plethora of AMD Bulldozer benchmarks on Linux."""
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD FX-4100 Bulldozer On Linux
     Thu, Aug 11 2011 | 4:47P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
""As mentioned over the weekend, a Phoronix reader that was excited about AMD`s Bulldozer products had went out and immediately purchased an FX-4100 processor. This user graciously let me SSH into the system as soon as Ubuntu Linux was installed so that benchmarks from the AMD FX-4100 could be conducted. Here is a look at the AMD FX-4100 Bulldozer on Linux compared to Llano Fusion hardware and Intel Sandy Bridge processors."""
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz CPU Review
     Tue, Aug 09 2011 | 12:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After trying out both the Intel Pentium G620 and Pentium G850 we must admit that we are still impressed by what these cost effective mainstream processors can do. Thanks to the powerful Intel 'Sandy Bridge' microarchitecture these dual-core processors don't run too far behind the more expensive offerings from Intel and AMD. You can find some pretty good deals on LGA775 and LGA1156 platforms right now, but the Intel Pentium series for LGA1155 has more features and as you could see in the performance tests they weren't that far behind in the benchmarks..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

 
Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Sandy Bridge Processor Review
     Tue, Aug 09 2011 | 9:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week when we reviewed the AMD A-Series Llano A8-3850 APU we had some readers wanting to see more Intel Sandy Bridge processors in the benchmarks. One of the processors that we were asked about was the Intel Core i3-2120, which retails for $149.68 and is one of the most popular budget-minded processors in the Intel arsenal today. We heard you and have a retail boxed Intel Core i3-2120 processor to see how it performs against the Intel Core i3-2105, Core i5-2600k and the AMD A8-3850 APU! Quote: "The Intel Core i3-2120 is a very capable processor for the $149.68 price tag that online retailers are asking for it. It was able to do everything we asked it to during testing and the test system felt just as fast and responsive on the desktop as the higher-end Core i5-2600K processor. It was only when we got deep into the benchmarking that we were able to find the strengths and weaknesses of the Core i3-2120..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

AMD's APU dream is finally being realized
     Mon, Aug 08 2011 | 9:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD's APU dream is finally being realized with the release of the new A-series chips that combine quad CPU cores, CPU northbridge, and integrated Radeon HD 5000-series graphics all one die. We put the new A8-3850 APU through the testbench with a Gigabyte A75M-UD2H motherboard to see if it all ends up being Fusion or conFusion with the Llano platform that looks to extend to desktop and mobile computing.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Intel Sandybridge 2500k CPU
     Fri, Aug 05 2011 | 4:23P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Well folks, we might be a little late to the party, but we can’t have the CPU section of this site looking as light as it does, so it’s time to add another to that small collective. Today I’m goning to be running the gamer’s best friend, the Sandybridge 2500k, through it’s paces. A few benchmarks, a few games, some beers; lets just all have a good time eh?"
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

CPU Charts - updated AMD Llano A8 3850 discrete graphics
     Wed, Aug 03 2011 | 5:20P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables you find benchmark values regarding numerous CPUs. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right CPU.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

AMD A6-3650 Llano APU Performance Review
     Tue, Aug 02 2011 | 4:41P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few weeks back, AMD officially launched their Llano-based A-Series Accelerated Processing Units, or APUs, in both desktop and mobile flavors. If you’re unfamiliar with Llano, it’s AMD’s mainstream, low-power APU that fuses four x86 cores with a DX11-class graphics processor on a single piece of silicon. The current flagship APU in the desktop line-up is the A8-3850, which hums along at 2.9GHz, with 400 active Radeon cores, that operate at 600MHz. The A6-3650 we’ll be showing you here is built using the same piece of silicon, but this lower-end A6-series part clocks in at 2.6GHz, with 320 active Radeon cores, running at 443MHz...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Llano APU Review
     Mon, Aug 01 2011 | 4:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD announced the Fusion A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for desktop PCs this morning! This is a significant milestone for AMD as it means that the company has now successfully launched their 'Llano' APU architecture for both mobile and desktop platforms. Read on to see how the AMD A8-3850 performs as we try it out on over a dozen benchmarks against the Intel Core i3-2105 processor! Quote: "When it comes to performance the AMD A8-3850 proved to be tough competition for the Intel Core i3-2105 processor, but to be fair both of the processors did well in certain areas and not so much in others. The one area that the AMD A8-3850 APU never lost in was when the Radeon HD 6550D GPU inside took center stage. We even used the Intel Core i3-2105 that features the recently updated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU. If you recall the original Core i3-2100 used Intel HD Graphics 2000, but both the Core i3-2100 and Core i3-2105 feature the same 3.1GHz clock speed. Regardless, the Intel HD Graphics doesn't stand a chance to the Radeon HD 6550D in game performance..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Llano APU Review
     Mon, Aug 01 2011 | 12:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last month we brought you our in-depth review on the AMD A8-3850 'Llano' 2.9GHz APU, which is the flagship processor in AMD's new A-Series lineup. Today we will be looking at the more budget friendly AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz APU that costs $20 less at $119.99 shipped. We also spend some time overclocking this processor and managed to get it up to 3.8GHz with an AMD heatsink! Quote: "Overclocking performance on the AMD A6-3650 was nothing short of amazing! We were able to get this 2.6GHz processor all the way up to 3.8GHz with rock solid CPU performance. We didn't spend much time overclocking the Radeon HD 6530D GPU, but we increased the clock speed on that from 443MHz up to 600MHz with no issues at all. This APU has gobs of overclocking room in it, but..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Rough Story Of Intel Sandy Bridge Graphics For Mac OS X
     Mon, Aug 01 2011 | 9:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When Apple released Mac OS X 10.7 Lion last week Wednesday, they not only put out their new operating system, but they also released new Mac Mini and MacBook Air hardware. The primary changes for both the Mac Mini and MacBook Air refresh is that both form factors are now shipping with Intel's latest "Sandy Bridge" processors, there is the new Thunderbolt I/O, and of course, they are shipping with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. This hardware update led me to immediately order the new Mac Mini as the latest piece of Apple hardware at Phoronix. Not because Phoronix is part of the Apple cult (since, after all, Phoronix is the leading Linux hardware site), but an immense curiosity about the Intel Sandy Bridge Mac OS X graphics driver. In particular, to see how Apple's Sandy Bridge driver compares to the Linux and Windows driver. Well, that was the plan at least, prior to the untimely demise of the new Apple hardware."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Our analysis of QPI 1.1 is online
     Sat, Jul 30 2011 | 4:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel's Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) was a massive step forward over the front-side bus that was used from 1995-2008. QPI finally caught up and exceeded AMD's HyperTransport, helping Intel retake much of the server market. The next generation QPI 1.1 was re-architected based on trends and changes in the computer industry. QPI 1.1 is an incremental improvement at the physical and logical layer, but a substantial change in the cache coherency protocol. The net result is a faster and more power efficient interconnect that will scale better for large servers and is naerly identical for both Itanium and x86 microprocessors. Sandy Bridge-EP will be the first product to implement QPI 1.1. Most of Intel's other server microprocessors, such as Ivy Bridge-EP, Ivy Bridge-EX and likely Poulson will follow suit in the coming years.
  FULL STORY @ REALWORLDTECH

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