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AMD's Piledriver And K10 CPU Architectures Face Off

Tom's Hardware compares AMD's Vishera, Deneb, Trinity, and Propus CPU cores.  

 

Vishera, Deneb, Trinity, and Propus are code names for some of AMD's most value-oriented processor configurations from the past couple of generations. We get our hands on several models to compare in productivity, content creation, and gaming workloads.

What, Me Work With Lasers?

Computer World has a story on ASU working with nano lasers with hopes of keeping Moore's Law pumping away.

 

But a research team with Arizona State University this week said a seven year project has culminated with an electrically powered nano-laser that would let developers put ever more lasers into the same space, to achieve far greater processing speeds and ultimately making it makes possible to build future generations of computers that would comply with the Moore's Law theory.

Butterfly Labs Blames Bitcoin Miner Delays On Global Foundries

In a hilarious move Buttlefly Labs is blaiming Global Foundries for the delay of their new Bitcoin miners.  This Ars Technica article follows their exploits.  I previously blasted Ars for doing a paper launch product review of one of Butterfly Labs products.  They have to be kidding if we are to believe that AMD's former fab, which made high end CPUs, can not manufacturer a simple ASIC that is a whopping 65nm part.  

 

Max Baker, a San Francisco Bay Area electrical engineer with extensive experience in FPGA and ASIC chip design, told Ars that because BFL's wafer size is at 65 nanometers, an experienced company shouldn't have these kinds of yield problems in manufacturing.

"There's more likely problems with their design," he said. "I'd say if you had all the manpower resources you need, and all the tool sets you need, and relationship with the foundry, you'd be lucky to spin an ASIC in 9 to 12 months. That's having everything lined up. If you have problems, it will take you longer. [If BFL is unfamiliar with those realities,] it would be easy to underestimate the tools that are required in order to get it done."

I think almost anyone that reads this site could have told you that.

FX-9000 Series Available Officially

AMD's PR guys sent out the following about availability on the FX-9000 systems.

 

At E3, AMD was proud to announce the world’s first commercially available 5.0 GHz CPU and today we’re happy to make the AMD FX-9000 series available exclusively through system integrators. The 8-core FX-9590, based on “Piledriver” architecture” provides customers up to 5.0 GHz of unlocked performance. Additionally, the FX-9000 series features AMD Turbo-Core 3.0 providing enthusiasts maximum computing by optimizing performance across CPU cores.

System Integrators:
· Canada Computers

· CyberPower

· iBUYPOWER

· Digital Storm

· Extreme PC

· Maingear

· Memory Express

· NCIX

· Origin PC

· Puget Systems

· Velocity Micro

AMD FX9590 "Review"

Kit Guru has sort of a review of the AMD FX9590.  They test a lot of meaningless synthetic benchmarks, and for some reason USB and SATA performance.  They test a few games, but nothing multiplayer, and nothing that anyone plays much.  They also only compare in the game benchmarks against one otther CPU, a heavily overclocked i7 3930x at 4.4GHz. Hey, if you are going to half ass a review, at least spread it out on as many pages as possible to max those ad views.  Ever hear of Battlefield 3, a threaded game that is popular?  Perhaps you saw the E3 coverage?  Anyway here is hoping for a good review to come down the pipe with some information.  I only wish I had the time.  I'm at the hospiital with a very pregnant wife posting this.

 

As a gaming processor the FX9590 is very capable however very few game developers are utilising more than three cores for their games, so with a FX9590 there are generally four or five cores idle in the background. A 3570k or FX8350 is a much more cost effective gaming processor in my opinion.

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