Johan’s awesome overview of the Haswell-EP ecosystem showed that the server processor line from Intel is firmly in the track for DDR4 memory along with the associated benefits of lower power consumption, higher absolute frequencies and higher capacity modules. At that point, we all assumed that all Haswell-EP Xeons using the LGA2011-3 socket were DDR4 only, requiring each new CPU to be used with the newer generation modules. However thanks to ASRock’s server team, ASRock Rack, it would seem that there will be some Xeons for sale from Intel with both DDR3 and DDR4 support. Caught by Patrick at ServeTheHome, ASRock Rack had released their motherboard line without much of a fuss. There is nothing strange about that in itself; however the following four models...

Ask the Experts: Heterogeneous and GPU Compute with AMD’s Manju Hegde

AMD’s Manju Hegde is one of the rare folks I get to interact with who has an extensive background working at both AMD and NVIDIA. He was one of...

100 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/14/2012

A First Look at Thunderbolt on Windows with MSI's Z77A-GD80

I finally made the transition to a notebook as my desktop last year, a move many had made years prior. Quad-core mobile Sandy Bridge and good SSDs made the...

98 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/11/2012

MIPS Technologies Updates Processor IP Lineup with Aptiv Series

ARM has been making waves over the past two years with plenty of processor and graphics IP announcements, but they are not alone in the game. MIPS Technologies, almost...

41 by Ganesh T S on 5/10/2012

Undervolting and Overclocking on Ivy Bridge

In the past, overclocking a processor for ‘free’ performance involved taking a cheap model and pushing it past the top end model. In the land of Intel, overclocking by...

83 by Ian Cutress on 4/23/2012

The Intel Ivy Bridge (Core i7 3770K) Review

The times, they are changing. In fact, the times have already changed, we're just waiting for the results. I remember the first time Intel brought me into a hotel...

173 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Ryan Smith on 4/23/2012

AMD Q1’12 Earnings Report: $1.59B Revenue, $590M Net Loss

It’s the middle of April and that means it’s once again earnings season for the prior quarter. Late yesterday AMD released their earnings report for Q1 2012, and it turned...

27 by Ryan Smith on 4/20/2012

ASUS Ivy Bridge/7-Series Chipset Q&A

Intel officially launched the Z77 platform earlier this week, and later this month we'll see the official launch of Ivy Bridge, Intel's 3rd generation Core processors. ASUS has agreed...

171 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/12/2012

The Ivy Bridge Preview: Core i7 3770K Tested

I still remember hearing about Intel's tick-tock cadence and not having much faith that the company could pull it off. Granted Intel hasn't given us a new chip every...

198 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/6/2012

GlobalFoundries Granted Independence, Acquires Remaining Stake from AMD

When AMD originally spun off its foundry business in 2008, the resulting Foundry Company (as it was called back then) was 55.6% ATIC owned and 44.4% AMD owned. Since...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/4/2012

AMD Executes on Promise of Agility, Intends to Acquire SeaMicro for $334M

At its 2012 Financial Analyst Day, AMD mentioned a conscious shift towards being a more agile company. Wanting a bigger piece of the high margin server market, AMD is...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/2/2012

AMD Releases FX-6200 and FX-4170 Processors; FX-8120 Gets a Price Cut

AMD sent word this morning that they’re doing some shuffling of their Bulldozer based FX processor lineup. Altogether in the near future AMD will be releasing a new CPU...

23 by Ryan Smith on 2/27/2012

Intel at ISSCC '12: More Research into Near Threshold Voltage

At IDF last year Intel's Justin Rattner demonstrated a 32nm test chip based on Intel's original Pentium architecture that could operate near its threshold voltage. The power consumption of...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2012

Intel Demonstrates dual-core Atom SoC with Integrated WiFi Transceiver

This week is the annual International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) where chip companies from all walks of life present papers documenting everything from shipping architectures to future research projects...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2012

Intel Releases Core i7-3820

Intel has finally filled out the Sandy Bridge E lineup by releasing the Core i7-3820. The initial Sandy Bridge E lineup launched back in November 2011 and it consisted...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 2/14/2012

The Opteron 6276: a closer look

When we first looked at the Opteron 6276, our time was limited and we were only able to run our virtualization, compression, encryption, and rendering benchmarks. Most servers capable...

52 by Johan De Gelas on 2/9/2012

AMD Releases Two Llano Based Athlon II X4 CPUs

AMD has quietly released two Athlon II X4 CPUs, the 638 and 641. These are based on Llano (i.e. Stars+/K10.5 architecture) but lack an integrated GPU. The socket is...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 2/8/2012

AMD: The Flexibility is in the Fabric

A theme of the new AMD is modularity. We've of course heard this before as it has always been a goal of AMD's to bring to market more modular...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/3/2012

Understanding AMD's Roadmap & New Direction

We've been providing live coverage of AMD's 2012 Financial Analyst Day from Santa Clara today, but if you want a summary of the company's strategy under new CEO Rory...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/2/2012

AMD's Tablet Architectures: Hondo at 4.5W, Future Sub-2W SoC

In its client roadmap AMD revealed Hondo, a 4.5W APU with 1 - 2 low voltage Bobcat cores and an on-die DX11 GPU built on a 40nm process. Hondo...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/2/2012

AMD is Ambidextrous, Not Married to Any One Architecture, ARM in the Datacenter?

We've been hammering this point home all day, but AMD just mentioned it again. The company wants to be a solutions provider, one that's ambidextrous and not married to...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/2/2012

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