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     AMD releases the Turion 64 X2
      Posted on 17/05/2006 at 14:54 by Marc
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    AMD has officially announced the Turion 64 X2. This laptop version of a K8 dual core singles out from the PC version because of the specific S1 Socket, the 638 pins and the memory controller. The Turion 64 X2 supports DDR-2 from DDR2-400 to DDR2-667.

    Four models are announced today:

    - TL-60 at $354 (2.0 GHz, 2x512 KB of L2)
    - TL-56 at $263 (1.8 GHz, 2x512 KB of L2)
    - TL-52 at $220 (1.6 GHz, 2x512 KB of L2)
    - TL-50 at $184 (1.6 GHz, 2x256 KB of L2)

    Those of you who are used to AMD’s Turion denomination will notice that models currently released only have a TDP of 35 watts. Except for the TDP and DDR2 support, we noticed that the TL-60 correspond to an Athlon 64 X2 3800+. Here is to compare Intel’s price list for Core duo processors:

    - T2600 at $637 (2.16 GHz, 2 MB of L2)
    - T2500 at $423 (2.00 GHz, 2 MB of L2)
    - T2400 at $294 (1.83 GHz, 2 MB of L2)
    - T2300 at $241 (1.66 GHz, 2 MB of L2)

    During the Core Duo test, we saw that the T2400 didn’t have to be ashamed of its performances compared to the A64 X2 3800+. It sometime was faster and sometime slower. So, AMD’s only advantage would be to have a lower entry ticket for laptops’ dual core. The price gap is non negligible, $57, and this will probably have more weight than the support of AMD64 (the Core Duo doesn’t support the EM64T) which hasn’t proved its efficiency for personal use.


    MSI is one of the first to announce Turion 64 X2 laptops, the S721-O1 and W1, at €1299 and €1499. Respectively using Turion 64 X2 TL-50 and TL-60 processors, they have 12"1 1280*800 monitors and ATI Radeon Xpress 485M chipsets. The O1 has one 80 GB 5400 Rpm hard drive and dual layer DVD burner whereas the W100 has 100 GB drive and LightScribe. Cable network and WiFi 802.11g are of course included. MSI announced autonomies of respectively 2h30 for the S721-O1 and the 4 cells battery (1.8 Kg in total) and 4h for the W1 and the 8 cells battery (1.9 Kg).



     A couple of info about K8L
      Posted on 17/05/2006 at 11:09 by Marc
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    During the Spring Processor Forum 2006, AMD has presented several details of its new generation of architecture also known as K8L to be released in 2007.


    This processor will support HyperTransport 3.0, feature 4 cores each with 512 KB of cache L2 and 2 MB of shared cache L3. The power management of these four cores will be independent.

    Compared to K8, we noted that FPU power per core will be doubled and that Load instructions will be executed in Out-Of-Order. DDR2 will be supported with a “migration to DDR3” but we don’t know exactly what AMD means by that.


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