AMD is using the International Solid-State Circuits Conference this week to present a paper and announce some interesting developments regarding the next iteration of the Bulldozer architecture, codenamed ‘Excavator’, as well as other details regarding the CPU range that it will be placed in called ‘Carrizo’. At the tail end of 2014 we reported on Carrizo and AMD’s announcement for its next generation of APUs, and more recently the discussion surrounding Carrizo not coming to desktop. In those announcements AMD revealed that Carrizo will be aimed at the laptop and notebook community first and foremost, a first for the company as previous APU designs have been aimed at both the desktop and mobile markets. From a hardware standpoint, Carrizo will be combining a number of Excavator...

The Kabini Deal: Can AMD Improve the Quality of Mainstream PCs with Its Latest APU?

There are two non-negotiables in building a PC these days: the cost of Intel silicon and the cost of the Windows license. You can play with everything else but...

109 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2013

A Closer Look at the Kabini Die

With our review done I did the one thing I've been keeping myself from doing for the past week: I pulled the heatsink off my Kabini review notebook and...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2013

The AMD Kabini Review: A4-5000 APU Tested

How does Kabini perform compared to existing hardware? Armed with a prototype laptop sporting AMD’s latest APU, we put it through an extensive suite of benchmarks and see what’s...

131 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

AMD’s Jaguar Architecture: The CPU Powering Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Kabini & Temash

Microprocessor architectures these days are largely limited, and thus defined, by power consumption. When it comes to designing an architecture around a power envelope the rule of thumb is...

78 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/23/2013

Choosing a Gaming CPU: Single + Multi-GPU at 1440p, April 2013

One question when building or upgrading a gaming system is of which CPU to choose - does it matter if I have a quad core from Intel, or a...

254 by Ian Cutress on 5/8/2013

Intel’s Silvermont Architecture Revealed: Getting Serious About Mobile

The most frustrating part about covering Intel’s journey into mobile over the past five years is just how long it’s taken to get here. The CPU cores used in...

174 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2013

Some Haswell TDPs Revealed: 15W & 28W Ultrabooks

Tonight Intel gave its (high-end) processor graphics a new name: Iris. Along with the new brand disclosure, Intel did let a few details slip about Haswell TDPs. High-end desktop parts...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/2/2013

Intel Iris & Iris Pro Graphics: Haswell GT3/GT3e Gets a Brand

We’ve known for a while that Intel’s Haswell processor would continue to drive GPU performance in a significant way. With Haswell, Intel will offer a higher end graphics configuration...

104 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/1/2013

Intel's Return to DRAM: Haswell GT3e to Integrate 128MB eDRAM?

We've known for a while now that Intel will integrate some form of DRAM on-package for the absolute highest end GPU configurations of its upcoming Haswell SoC. Memory bandwidth...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/23/2013

The King is Back: Raja Koduri Leaves Apple, Returns to AMD

I remember back when AMD’s CTO of the Graphics Product Group, Raja Koduri, first quietly left the company for Apple. This was hot on the heels of Apple’s hiring...

72 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/19/2013

Intel Details Haswell Overclocking at IDF Beijing

As we march towards the June 2nd release of Intel's Haswell processors, the company is slowly but surely filling in the missing blanks. Most recently we saw a shot...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/12/2013

Haswell GT3e Pictured, Coming to Desktops (R-SKU) & Notebooks

One of the worst kept secrets is Haswell will have four different GPU configurations: GT1, GT2, GT3 and GT3e. As with Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, higher numbers mean...

64 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2013

Intel Confirms Falcon Ridge Production in 2013, Ramp in 2014

Yesterday Intel announced its updated Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt controllers (adding 4K/DP1.2 support, lower power operation and slightly lower BOM cost) as well as next year's Falcon Ridge family of...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/9/2013

New Thunderbolt Controllers (DSL4510/4410) and Future 20Gbps Falcon Ridge TB Controller Announced

Last year we hinted that another Thunderbolt revision would happen this year, with a speed bump in 2014. It turns out that's exactly what's being announced at NAB this...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/8/2013

HandBrake to Get QuickSync Support

The latest version of Intel's Media SDK open sourced a key component of the QuickSync pipeline that would allow the open source community to begin to integrate QuickSync into...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/27/2013

Intel's PixelSync & InstantAccess: Two New DirectX Extensions for Haswell

As Intel continues its march towards performance relevancy in the graphics space with Haswell, it should come as no surprise that we're hearing more GPU related announcements from the...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/27/2013

Inside AnandTech 2013: Power Consumption

Two of the previous three posts I've made about our upgraded server infrastructure have focused on performance. In the second post I talked about the performance (and reliability) benefits...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/18/2013

Inside AnandTech 2013: CPU Performance

Last week I kicked off a short series on the hardware behind our current network infrastructure. In the first post I presented a high level overview of the hardware...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/15/2013

Inside AnandTech 2013: The Hardware

By the end of 2010 we realized two things. First, the server infrastructure that powered AnandTech was getting very old and we were seeing an increase in component failures...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2013

AMD Enlists Ben Heck to Build Rocket Launching Desktop PC

In preparation for its presence at SXSW Interactive, AMD enlisted the help of famed modder Benjamin Heckendorn to build a bunch of unique PCs. Traditionally, AMD would just show...

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/5/2013

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