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     Intel teases the market
      Posted on 31/05/2006 at 19:11 by Marc
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    Intel is desperately trying to stay in everybody’s mind while waiting for the release of processors based on the Core architecture. End of February, the Santa Clara giant announced that the Conroe and Merom would "deliver a performance advantage of at least 20 percent over chips from Advanced Micro Devices" and that "It will take at least a year and a half to two years to close such a gap."

    At IDF in March, Intel announced to have sent to several US medias two computers, one base on Athlon 64 FX and the other on Conroe 2.66 GHz in order to compare performances. Since that date, an unusual amount of pre-series samples ended up in the hands of several people, especially in the Overclocking world, to break software performances records such as SuperPI or even 3DMark.

    Today, Intel released Intel Start Your Engines, a website dedicated to the performances of the new Xeon 5100 based on the sever declination of the Core, the Woodcrest. The website reports global performances but also performances per Watts and links to website articles that had the chance to test Intel’s platform in exclusivity. Performance per Watts is something that AMD used a lot. Thanks to the new architecture, Intel is no longer scared of this index and also use it even if it doesn’t shade a good light on processors currently in shops.

    The Xeon 5100 should be released end of June and the Core 2 Duo end of July. While waiting for the processor availability and official announcement, Intel employs new strategies that weren’t so far seen in the industry especially in such proportions. Some say that it is fair enough…

     AMD announces LIVE!
      Posted on 31/05/2006 at 14:28 by Marc
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    After Intel and Viiv, AMD announced that the first LIVE! Platforms will be available in June.

    Just like Viiv, there are some hardware requirements to beneficiate from this logo. The first one is to have a Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2, 1 GB memory, one SATA drive, one burner and a graphic solution capable of displaying Vista’s future graphic interface (DirectX 9). The high end version requires using a FX, two graphic cards and two hard drives in RAID. WiFi, HDMI, TV Tuner and wireless mouse and keyboard are however optional.

    AMD recommends a specific software suite, which is not exclusive and wears the AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite denomination in order for the user to beneficiate at most from the AMD LIVE! Experience. User advantages for LIVE! Computer owners aren’t exceptional (trial period two times longer for example) and are sometime inexistent. AMD specifies that services described in the page are provided by tier companies. AMD isn’t responsible of availability, content or good functioning of these services.

    AMD recommends users to look for the LIVE! Logo in order to make sure that their new computer has been designed to be able to read, record, transfer, share and manage numeric content in streaming and in interaction with their existing numeric equipments. This with amazing speed, rich sound and exceptional graphic performances. It is quite a job…

    With the Viiv, Intel was planning on recommending a platform instead of a processor. They did it with laptops and the Centrino thanks to an enormous advertising budget. This time, AMD has decided to react, but in the end we are still looking for the benefit for the final user. On both sides, functionalities required to beneficiate from the certification don’t seem to be high enough to ensure a larger range of multimedia possibilities to general users than most of the computers. In the end, behind the marketing smokescreen we feel like there is more an empty shell than a real innovating concept.

     S939 Athlon 64 FX-62 & X2 5000+?
      Posted on 31/05/2006 at 13:07 by Marc - source: The Inquirer
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    AMD’s new price page of course mention the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and FX-62 announced a little while ago. However, if we initially thought that they would only be available on Socket AM2, it is said that they are available for Socket AM2 _and_ Socket 939.

    Strangely though, on AMD Compare that regroups all AMD processors, there is only one Socket AM2 Athlon 64 FX-62 and one Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 5000+.

    It is just a mistake or has AMD decided to release such version on Socket 939? Only the future will tell us.

    Update : The 5000+ and FX-62 are no longer listed as Socket AM2 and 939 processors in this page. However, if you change the link a bit it reappears. Weird…

     Test: 6 HDD SATA 3 Gbits /s 250 GB
      Posted on 31/05/2006 at 11:31 by Marc
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    Which hard drive to choose? In order to answer this question, we compared 6 Serial ATA drives with a 250 GB capacity. Hitachi, Maxtor, Samsung, Seagate and Western, they are all here!

    > Test: 6 HDD SATA 3 Gbits /s 250 GB

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