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28 November, 2013

Intel Core i7-4960X Synthetic Benchmarks



A collections of synthetic tests using Intel Core i7-4960X, listed alphabetically.


A collections of synthetic tests using Intel Core i7-4960X, listed alphabetically.
"Should Ivy Bridge-E fail to encourage upgrades or new system builds, I know who’s going to absolutely love this new architecture: the server and workstation segments. For what little gets added to performance, Ivy Bridge-E does some crazy-awesome things to power and efficiency. When you multiply out the gains across a rack, you’re looking at a lot less power, a lot less heat, and a lot less cooling." -tomshardware.com
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23 August, 2013

AMD to Sell and Lease-Back AMD Singapore Facility



AMD Gets One More Asset Lighter

Advanced Micro Devices on Thursday announced that its Singapore subsidiary, has entered into a conditional put-and-call option agreement to sell and lease-back its Singapore facility to Sabana Shari’ah Compliant Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (Sabana REIT). The move will bring AMD much-needed cash, but will leave the company without a facility.

The transaction is expected to generate proceeds of approximately 59 million Singapore dollars ($46 million), net of all fees, which will be reflected in AMD’s third quarter 2013 financial statements when reported on October 17, 2013. AMD expects to record a gain of approximately $16 million in the third quarter of 2013.


AMD Gets One More Asset Lighter

Advanced Micro Devices on Thursday announced that its Singapore subsidiary, has entered into a conditional put-and-call option agreement to sell and lease-back its Singapore facility to Sabana Shari’ah Compliant Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust (Sabana REIT). The move will bring AMD much-needed cash, but will leave the company without a facility.

The transaction is expected to generate proceeds of approximately 59 million Singapore dollars ($46 million), net of all fees, which will be reflected in AMD’s third quarter 2013 financial statements when reported on October 17, 2013. AMD expects to record a gain of approximately $16 million in the third quarter of 2013. AMD Singapore will continue its operations in a portion of the Singapore facility and has negotiated a 10-year sub-lease agreement with Sabana REIT with extension options to continue those operations. The sub-lease would be effective upon the close of the sale of the property.

Prior to transaction close, AMD Singapore needs to secure final approval from the JTC Corp. (JTC), the Singapore entity tasked with managing the country’s industrial infrastructure. The company anticipates securing all required approvals from the JTC as part of closing the transaction.

The sale of AMD’s Singapore facility is in keeping with AMD’s strategy to reduce investments and capital in non-core parts of the business, including real estate. AMD launched operations in Singapore in 1984 and remains committed to the site as a vital part of the company’s global operations. In 2012, AMD Singapore completed its transformation from a high-volume manufacturing site to an engineering center of excellence and currently employs approximately 500 people.

Source: xbitlabs.com
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Haswell Core i3 and Pentium desktop CPUs available for pre-order, shipping next month



Processors built on Intel’s fourth generation Haswell microarchitecture were announced at Computex earlier this year. Select Haswell CPUs, mostly high-end quad-core models, went on sale shortly after but those interested in budget Pentium and Core i3 models have had to play the waiting game this summer.

There’s good news on the horizon, however, as lower-end Haswell chips are just around the corner. A full range of Pentium and Core i3 SKUs will begin shipping next month that will replace existing Ivy Bridge models with many of them already up for pre-order through various online retailers in the US.



Processors built on Intel’s fourth generation Haswell microarchitecture were announced at Computex earlier this year. Select Haswell CPUs, mostly high-end quad-core models, went on sale shortly after but those interested in budget Pentium and Core i3 models have had to play the waiting game this summer.

There’s good news on the horizon, however, as lower-end Haswell chips are just around the corner. A full range of Pentium and Core i3 SKUs will begin shipping next month that will replace existing Ivy Bridge models with many of them already up for pre-order through various online retailers in the US.

ShopBLT has the Pentium G3220, G3420 and G3430 CPUs available to pre-order for $70.61, $90.18 and $100.26, respectively. Those prices almost mirror what the retailer is asking for Ivy Bridge-based counterparts.

Elsewhere, the Core i3-4130, i3-4330 and i3-4340 are priced at $136.85, $154.75 and $165.94. Again, pricing is in line with similar Ivy Bridge chips for the most part but it’s worth pointing out that the i3-4340 is clocked 100MHz higher than the fastest Core i3 Ivy Bridge CPU. The new architecture will offer improvements elsewhere, too, such as faster integrated GT2 graphics and a larger L3 cache on the i3-43x0 series chips.

The lower end won’t be alone in seeing new additions as Intel is also releasing a few new Core i5 and i7 components, namely the Core i5-4440 and the Core i7-4771. The i5 part will retail for $197.26 while the beefier i7 will command $333.77 through the same shop.

No word yet on an exact launch date for these new chips outside of the September launch window.

Source: techspot.com
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21 August, 2013

AMD Bundles Discrete Graphics Chips with Embedded Microprocessors



AMD Expands Embedded Computing Offerings

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced new microprocessor offerings for the AMD embedded R-series high-performance computing platform, along with the introduction of a discrete GPU promotional program to provide embedded designers more choices for meeting demanding performance requirements.

The new options include quad-core and dual-core central processing units (CPUs) based on Piledriver micro-architecture scaling from 2.2GHz to 3.2GHz with thermal design power (TDP) ranging from 17W to 35W for applications that require high performance x86 compute such as network attached storage (NAS).


AMD Expands Embedded Computing Offerings

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced new microprocessor offerings for the AMD embedded R-series high-performance computing platform, along with the introduction of a discrete GPU promotional program to provide embedded designers more choices for meeting demanding performance requirements.

The new options include quad-core and dual-core central processing units (CPUs) based on Piledriver micro-architecture scaling from 2.2GHz to 3.2GHz with thermal design power (TDP) ranging from 17W to 35W for applications that require high performance x86 compute such as network attached storage (NAS). To address high-end visual needs for applications like digital gaming and signage that require high-performance x86 compute coupled with industry-leading discrete graphics, AMD is introducing a new discrete GPU promotional program that provides customers with both a CPU and discrete GPU for savings of up to 20%.

The discrete graphics promotional program combines new AMD R-series CPUs with discrete AMD Radeon E6460 or E6760 graphics for driving up to six independent displays. These new options are designed to provide cost-effective solutions for maximum compute and graphics capabilities.

The new AMD embedded R-series CPU options are currently available, with products from Advantech, Advantech-Innocore, Aewin, DFI, MSC Embedded, Quixant and other leading original design manufacturers (ODMs). The new orderable part numbers (OPNs) are:
• AMD embedded RE464X CPU: four cores, 35W TDP, 2.3GHz clock-rate with max boost frequency 3.2GHz;
• AMD embedded RE272X CPU: two cores, 35W TDP, 2.7GHz clock-rate with max boost frequency 3.2GHz;
• AMD embedded RE264X CPU: two cores, 17W TDP, 2.2GHz clock-rate with max boost frequency 2.8GHz;

“There is a need for a greater variety of processor and graphics options in several market segments ranging from storage to digital signage and gaming to meet ever growing performance requirements. The AMD Embedded R-Series CPU platform targets performance-intensive embedded applications with a new discrete graphics program to meet the diverse, high-performance requirements of the embedded engineering community. These new choices offer higher compute and graphics throughput plus compelling TCO for the embedded market,” said Kamal Khouri, director of embedded products at AMD.

Source: xbitlabs.com
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AMD orders HUGE price cut on FX-9590 – Game on!



The idea of a processor that can Turbo to 5GHz straight from the box is very appealing.

The idea of a price tag around £700 would be enough to turn off Jerry Sanders himself.

A posting has just gone up on Aria’s web site to say that a MASSIVE price cut has been declared by AMD.


The idea of a processor that can Turbo to 5GHz straight from the box is very appealing.

The idea of a price tag around £700 would be enough to turn off Jerry Sanders himself.

A posting has just gone up on Aria’s web site to say that a MASSIVE price cut has been declared by AMD.

Calculating backwards, it looks like the drop from AMD on the FX-9590 is close to $500.

That’s the channel price.

For AMD enthusiasts, it means that your FX-9590 is now likely to be available for as little as £299 inc vat!

Source: kitguru.net
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Intel President talks up Atom

Bringing it on a par with Core

Intel’s Q2 earnings call signalled the start of a strategic shift to small cores, namely Atom. Although Intel introduced Haswell in Q2, much of the emphasis was on Atom. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Intel President Renee James said Intel is now bringing Atoms on par with its Core products.

"We are treating Atom and Core equally," said James. This was not the case just a few years ago. For much of its life Intel treated Atom as an unwanted bastard child, a small core with low ASPs and margins - and we all know Intel loved big and pricey chips.
Bringing it on a par with Core

Intel’s Q2 earnings call signalled the start of a strategic shift to small cores, namely Atom. Although Intel introduced Haswell in Q2, much of the emphasis was on Atom. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Intel President Renee James said Intel is now bringing Atoms on par with its Core products.

"We are treating Atom and Core equally," said James. This was not the case just a few years ago. For much of its life Intel treated Atom as an unwanted bastard child, a small core with low ASPs and margins - and we all know Intel loved big and pricey chips.

"We’re building parts for Atom that come all of the way up to Core,” said James. “You can build a Windows tablet, you can build and Android tablet, you can run both.”

James also talked up Android, which will probably be the OS of choice for many future Atom products.

"We've increased our efforts on Android," said James. "We're upping everything on the developer side"

Asked to comment on possible Atom cannibalization, James shrugged off any fear that consumers might ditch big cores in favour of Atoms.

“We think lots of people want high performance machines,” she said.

James showed off a Sony Vaio hybrid based on Haswell and pointed out that it could replace older PCs and to some extent tablets.

“That’s not a one-for-one replacement,” she added. “We’ve created Atom products that scale all the way up and down and Haswell products can also scale down to fanless designs.”

James said there will be some amount of cannibalization, but with different price points and form factors Intel should have no trouble coming up with a new segmentation approach.

You can watch the interview here.

Source: fudzilla.com
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Intel says the PC market is not that bad

Analysts are getting it wrong

Chipzilla has been telling the world how the PC market is not as bad as analysts keep claiming. Since Apple released its tablets the Tame Apple Press has been claiming that the PC has been replaced by tablets and smartphones which go at a tenth of the speed on screens the size of a postage stamp.

However Intel told a gathering of journalists in a luxury box at New York’s Yankee Stadium, how a sponsored survey of 3,977 U.S. adults taken in June by the research firm IDC, said “there’s never been a better time to buy a new PC.”
Analysts are getting it wrong

Chipzilla has been telling the world how the PC market is not as bad as analysts keep claiming. Since Apple released its tablets the Tame Apple Press has been claiming that the PC has been replaced by tablets and smartphones which go at a tenth of the speed on screens the size of a postage stamp.

However Intel told a gathering of journalists in a luxury box at New York’s Yankee Stadium, how a sponsored survey of 3,977 U.S. adults taken in June by the research firm IDC, said “there’s never been a better time to buy a new PC.”

More than 97 percent of respondents still consider their PCs to be their primary computing device. Of those, 41 percent say they intend to buy a new machine in the coming year and that number rises to 54 percent for parents and millennials. They consider access to their PC essential for daily existence.

When asked what they would give up before losing access to their PC for a week, 73 percent said exercise, 71 said candy and sweets, 65 percent said caffeine, 58 percent said TV and 33 percent said their car. The time they spend on their PC is about 21 hours.

What is interesting is that most consumers PCs are four years old. Which means that they will be needing an upgrade soon.

Source: fudzilla.com
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Richland Athlons and Semprons are coming

No frills, no GPUs

Richland has been out for a while, but so far it has only been available in the guise of A-series APUs. This is about to change, as AMD rolls out cheaper Athlon and Sempron branded parts sans GPU.

CPU World has unearthed two such parts. The Sempron 250 is a 3.2GHz clocked at 3.2GHz. It’s a 65W parts with a relatively modest 1MB of L1 cache and it’s practically a neutered A4-4000. The Athlon X2 350 is also a 65W dual-core, but it’s clocked at 3.5GHz. It also has just 1MB of cache.
No frills, no GPUs

Richland has been out for a while, but so far it has only been available in the guise of A-series APUs. This is about to change, as AMD rolls out cheaper Athlon and Sempron branded parts sans GPU.

CPU World has unearthed two such parts. The Sempron 250 is a 3.2GHz clocked at 3.2GHz. It’s a 65W parts with a relatively modest 1MB of L1 cache and it’s practically a neutered A4-4000. The Athlon X2 350 is also a 65W dual-core, but it’s clocked at 3.5GHz. It also has just 1MB of cache.

A new Trinity-based chip is also on the way. The Athlon X4 750 is a 3.4GHz quad-core with 4MB of cache and it has a 65W TDP.

Although AMD’s GPU-less chips based on APUs tend to offer good value for money, their days are numbered. Sooner or later they will be completely phased out as cheap APUs take their place.

Source: fudzilla.com
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26 June, 2013

Intel Core i5-4670k Synthetic Benchmarks



A collections of synthetic tests using Intel Core i5-4670k, listed alphabetically.


A collections of synthetic tests using Intel Core i5-4670k, listed alphabetically.
"Our advice regarding the Intel Core i5-4670K actually reduces down rather simply: it's certainly worth considering for a fresh PC build but the minor enthusiast-orientated improvements aren't nearly enough to recommend an immediate upgrade for any reader with a quality CPU from the last two years." -hexus.net
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Intel Core i7-4770k Synthetic Benchmarks



A collections of synthetic tests using Intel Core i7-4770k, listed alphabetically.


A collections of synthetic tests using Intel Core i7-4770k, listed alphabetically.
"Intel continues to increase their lead in the CPU world. AMD’s FX-8350 doesn’t really even compare to the i7 4770K’s raw performance, especially when you take into account how efficient Haswell is. Thankfully, Intel is keeping very near the same price point." -overclockers.com
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17 February, 2013

Ex-AMD Boss Hector Ruiz: Spinning-Off the Manufacturing Facilities Was Crucial for AMD’s Survival



Hector Ruiz, the former chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices made everything he could in order to spin-off the company’s manufacturing facilities and sell them to rich investors from Abu Dhabi. The man who left AMD over four years ago believes that in case he had not sold the costly semiconductor facilities, AMD would have not survived.

“If the Abu Dhabi deal were to fall through, AMD would not survive. I had to do everything in my control to make it happen,” wrote Hector Ruiz in his book called Slingshot: AMD’s Fight to Free an Industry from the Ruthless Grip of Intel, reports the Wall Street Journal.


Hector Ruiz Reveals the Story of His Days at AMD in New Book

Hector Ruiz, the former chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices made everything he could in order to spin-off the company’s manufacturing facilities and sell them to rich investors from Abu Dhabi. The man who left AMD over four years ago believes that in case he had not sold the costly semiconductor facilities, AMD would have not survived.

“If the Abu Dhabi deal were to fall through, AMD would not survive. I had to do everything in my control to make it happen,” wrote Hector Ruiz in his book called Slingshot: AMD’s Fight to Free an Industry from the Ruthless Grip of Intel, reports the Wall Street Journal.

While Hector Ruiz was at the head of AMD, the company gained market share from Intel Corp. thanks to award-winning K8 processor design, which development started long before Mr. Ruiz took the helm. Unfortunately, by the time Mr. Ruiz left the company in 2008, the firm's market shares almost returned to their historical levels. Hector Ruiz was the second chief executive of AMD who took the CEO seat after Jerry Sanders, a co-founder of AMD retired after 33 years at the company. While he did solve a number of problems for AMD, he also created new challenges because of rather controversial decisions.

As the top executive of the world’s second largest supplier of microprocessors on the planet, Mr. Ruiz carried out a lot of difficult and controversial decisions. In a bid to gain graphics processor, chipset and platform technologies he endorsed the acquisition of ATI Technologies in 2006 (after failing to negotiate Nvidia Corp. to merge with AMD), which caused years of financial woes for the company, but defined the future AMD and to some extent the whole industry. He then sold off manufacturing facilities in order to pay back debts and cut-down expense to develop new manufacturing technologies and upgrade fabs, a rather controversial decision that reduced AMD’s competitive positions against Intel. The manufacturing spin-off also led to one of the most difficult moments in Mr. Ruiz’s career; he decided he had to join the new foundry company to reassure the investors about his commitment to the project.

The early success of Mr. Ruiz as the head of AMD was defined by technologies (e.g. x86-64, K8 micro-architecture, HyperTransport bus, etc.) designed while Mr. Sanders was the chief executive officer. The technologies which development started under Mr. Ruiz’s leadership – Bulldozer and Bobcat micro-architectures – have not managed to become breakthroughs of the industry like the AMD64 technology a decade ago.

During his tenure as AMD chief executive, Mr. Ruiz spent a great deal of time trying to sue Intel for anticompetitive business practices. In many ways, the legal battle against the chip giant distracted Mr. Ruiz attention from day-to-day decision making and slowed-down innovation at AMD, which led to subsequent losses of money and market share. AMD only received $1.25 billion from Intel, which did not admit any wrong-doings, to end the litigation. Still the FTC ordered the world’s top chipmaker to cease a number of business practices.

“Although I never expected the lawsuit to go to trial, I harbored hopes that Intel would admit wrong-doing. I also believed AMD merited damages well beyond the $1.25 billion,” wrote Mr. Ruiz.

After Hector Ruiz left AMD, it turned out that he provided information about AMD to hedge funds. Following the reports about the leak of confidential information, Mr. Ruiz resigned from GlobalFoundries.

“Slingshot” book is co-written with journalist Lauren Villagran and is set for publication April 23.

Source: xbitlabs.com
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Intel scales back Itanium plans

Intel has scaled back plans for its next Itanium chip, prompting observers the question Intel’s commitment to the chip.

Intel said the next version of Itanium, codenamed Kittson, will be a 32nm part. It will not migrate to a more advanced process. The new chips will use the same socket as the existing Itanium 9300 and 9500 chips.

Analyst Nathan Brookwood said the move is Intel’s idea of an exit strategy.
Won’t move to 22nm

Intel has scaled back plans for its next Itanium chip, prompting observers the question Intel’s commitment to the chip.

Intel said the next version of Itanium, codenamed Kittson, will be a 32nm part. It will not migrate to a more advanced process. The new chips will use the same socket as the existing Itanium 9300 and 9500 chips.

Analyst Nathan Brookwood said the move is Intel’s idea of an exit strategy.

"It may very well be that Itanium's time has come and gone," he said.

Gartner analyst Martin Reynolds told Computerworld that Itanium might see a new process in the future, if it proves successful enough to make the investment worthwhile. However, he does not expect any more major updates to the architecture.

Itanium launched in 2001 and it quickly became a running joke in the industry. It never achieved the volumes expected by Intel and AMD seized the opportunity to take on Intel with 64-bit Opterons. However, Itanium soldiered on for years, although many vendors stopped developing software for the chip.

Red Hat, Microsoft and Oracle chose to ditch the chip, but Oracle was eventually forced to continue development after a legal battle with HP.

HP is practically the only Itanium partner left, but Itanium’s days are clearly numbered.

Source: fudzilla.com
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