The history of the semiconductor manufacturing business is both a story of great success and great failure. On the one hand semiconductor manufacturing has allowed the creation of devices that have transformed society, and unusual for most technologies it has remarkably improved at a steady rate for over 40 years now, making Moore’s Law a reality. On the other hand the history of the semiconductor business has been one of a constant weed-out process, as every generation of technology has seen the number of players narrow as the cost and complexity of semiconductor manufacturing continues to grow. Compared to the early days only the richest and most powerful firms have survived, and today the price of progression has claimed another player: IBM. Today IBM has...

Intel 925X: Exploring the Overclock Lock

No sooner had the 925X and 915 been launched than the word started spreading that Intel had locked the overclocking on the new chipsets. Are the new chipsets...

36 by Wesley Fink on 6/23/2004

Intel's 925X & LGA-775: Are Prescott 3.6 and PCI Express Graphics any Faster?

Continuing our coverage of Intel's new CPU and platform launch, we look at the performance of Intel's fastest processor and compare PCI Express boards from both ATI and NVIDIA.

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/21/2004

Intel 925X/915: Chipset Performance & DDR2

Intel Socket 775 is paired with the new 925X & 915 chipsets and DDR2 memory. How do these new chipsets and DDR2 memory compare to your familiar 875/865...

57 by Wesley Fink on 6/19/2004

Hello Sempron; AMD's ''Always-Ron'' CPU

Summary: AMD's newest processor lineup turns out to be more complicated than just an Athlon XP replacement. We tell you how and why. Updated: Now with Pricing Info

30 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/18/2004

AMD Begins Tape-Out of first Dual Core Opteron

AMD announces the beginning of tape out of the first dual core Opterons. While products are still about a year away, we get some early hints on specs...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/14/2004

Socket 939 Chipsets: Motherboard Performance & PCI/AGP Locks

The new Dual-Channel Socket 939 has landed. How do VIA K8T800 PRO and nVidia nForce3-250Gb Ultra perform when driving the new processor? We also take a closer look...

20 by Wesley Fink on 6/2/2004

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ and FX-53: The First 939 CPUs

Today marks the launch of the long awaited Socket 939 platform for AMD's Athlon 64 line of processors. With 939 comes dual channel memory controllers for unbuffered DDR RAM...

38 by Derek Wilson on 6/1/2004

AMD Update: Following in Intel's Naming Footsteps

FX-57 shows up on the AMD roadmaps, FX-55 wattages, and AMD's shift to product naming. If you thought AMD was surprisingly quiet lately wait till you see their...

27 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/18/2004

nVidia nForce2 Ultra 400Gb: Fast LAN, Firewall, SATA, RAID for Athlon XP

nVidia brings the features of their innovative nForce3-250Gb chipset for the Athlon 64 to the nForce2 for Athlon XP. Now you can get on-chip Gigabit LAN, nVidia Firewall...

13 by Wesley Fink on 5/13/2004

VIA K8T800 PRO: PCI/AGP Lock and 1000 HyperTransport for Athlon 64

VIA finally adds PCI/AGP lock to a PRO version of the K8T800. The K8T800 PRO is also VIA's first chipset with 1000 HyperTransport. While this version is...

15 by Wesley Fink on 5/6/2004

ATI 9100 IGP PRO: Optimized for Prescott

Today, ATI raises the bar with their second generation chipset for Pentium 4. We also found some interesting results when a board is designed to work first and...

24 by Wesley Fink on 5/3/2004

AMD Athlon 64 2800+: A Cheaper Newcastle

The Athlon 64 platform is a very good option when it comes to performance computing, but when price is a highly important factor, the Athlon XP line can look...

20 by Derek Wilson on 4/27/2004

ATI Update: Coming to an AMD desktop near you

ATI is finally breaking into the AMD desktop corelogic. Perhaps NVIDIA and VIA have some new competition?

8 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/16/2004

Tech Update: AMD core changes on the horizon

Intel might be changing the naming conventions, but AMD is changing the whole core. Here comes Newcastle...

18 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/16/2004

CPU Heat Comparison: How Hot is Prescott?

There has been a lot of speculation about the total heat dissipation of Prescott in comparison to Northwood. Obviously it is a hotter chip, but what kind of heat...

48 by Derek Wilson on 4/16/2004

Alderwood and Nocona Woes; Intel Updates

Complications have delayed i925X and 64bit enabled 800FSB Xeons.

29 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/11/2004

AT News Update: Socket 775 Processor Names

Update April 8, 2004: Check out the update Intel Product name forecasts.

33 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/8/2004

nForce3-250 - Part 2: Taking Athlon 64 to the Next Level

In Part 1, we took a look at the features of nForce3-250; Part 2 takes a closer look at performance. Does the performance of the new nF3-250 make...

46 by Wesley Fink on 3/29/2004

nForce3-250 - Part 1: Taking Athlon 64 to the Next Level

nVidia has reinvented the nForce3 chipset with their latest nForce3-250Gb. Does the new chipset establish nF3-250 as the new market leader for Athlon 64? Part 1 takes...

71 by Wesley Fink on 3/23/2004

The Athlon 64 FX-53: AMD's Next Enthusiast Part

The Athlon 64 FX series gets a speed bump. We take a look at just what the 200MHz (9.1%) speed increase translates to in terms of performance and value...

30 by Derek Wilson on 3/18/2004

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