The Update

I’ve spent the past few weeks catching up on some smartphone and Apple stuff and I’m happy to say that I’m almost done. I still have EVGA’s GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition to finish up and I’m currently chasing down a strange OS X vs. Windows 7 performance issue that I noticed in my most recent article. In short, it appears that highly threaded performance under OS X 10.5.7 isn’t as good as it is under Windows. There aren’t that many good cross-platform benchmarks, so the testing is far from conclusive and I’m honestly still doing some digging but I am making progress.

I just finished testing the GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition from EVGA and it, well, performed like you would expect a GTX 285 to. There are some quirks and interestingly enough, under OS X, I can’t get it to be appreciably faster than the Radeon HD 4870 Mac Edition. Under Windows, the 285 is obviously faster than the Radeon HD 4870.

I’ve also found that it’s unbelievably easy to turn a Radeon HD 4870 into a Mac Edition card. Google (or Bing) is your friend.

I’m on Twitter

I’ve been on Twitter for a while but I think I’m finally (admittedly far too late) at the point where I get the vast majority of my information from it. I tend to give out little tidbits of what I’m working on via my Twitter account, so if you’re curious about what I’m doing or how my testing is going follow @anandshimpi.

AnandTech Redesign - It’s Coming

I’ve also been working on a long, long (long) overdue redesign for AnandTech. Yep, this site is going to look modern again. I’m talking full overhaul here; the plan is to modernize and structure everything, revamp the comments, make it easier to find what you’re looking for and generally make everything better. The new site won’t launch for a few months but I’ll keep you all posted here on progress. If you have any specific requests, I’d love to hear them.

Intel’s Celeron E1500 in Bench

I’ve been too tied up with smartphones and covering Apple to touch my CPU testbeds in a while, but today I managed to finish testing Intel’s Celeron E1500. The processor joins a bunch of others in AnandTech Bench.

The Celeron E1500 is a Conroe based (65nm) dual-core processor with a meager 512KB L2 cache to share between its cores. The two cores run at 2.2GHz and the chip has EIST and EMT64, although there’s no hardware virtualization support.

Intel charges $53 for the E1500. The equivalently priced AMD CPU, the Athlon X2 5200 ($57) is faster in the vast majority of cases.

Since it’s based on Conroe, the E1500 manages to be faster than most Pentium 4s. Even the 3.46GHz Pentium EE 955 is slower in some cases (or just as fast in others).

I still need to run VIA’s Nano through Bench, but I’ll save that for another time.

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  • James5mith - Thursday, July 16, 2009 - link


    Can't wait to see the new site redesign. Keep up the great work, and I'll keep on being a loyal reader.
  • larson0699 - Thursday, July 16, 2009 - link

    I don't see the business sense in ramping up the old chips. Most bargainers buy the baseline and punch a mad OC or go AMD. It's hard to believe that after more than a year there's still Conroe at the fab, but you industry folk can probably cite 20 better examples.

    Right now I'm on a friend's dialup connection, and with firefox+flashblock, the current site is quite manageable at 5K/s. It'd be generous of AT to take a page from Slashdot's book and include a low-bandwidth alternative to accommodate those with dialup, smartphones on GPRS/EDGE, and the like. Regardless, a more accessible layout is greatly welcomed, and the reviews are top-notch. Looking forward to P55.
  • larson0699 - Thursday, July 16, 2009 - link

    More than a year at 45nm is what I meant ;)
  • DeniseMTorontoOnt - Thursday, July 16, 2009 - link

    I would love to see power saving features in video cards, but I don't think there is much, if anything out, there. Even though they increasingly use a lot of watts.

    If there IS anything, I would love to hear about it.

  • Calin - Thursday, July 16, 2009 - link

    Hybrid SLI was the best power saving feature I've heard of
  • ET - Thursday, July 16, 2009 - link

    Some tests on Bench have "lower is better" and some "higher is better" and it's difficult to see at a glance which is which.

    I can see one of two solutions. First is to colour them differently (border, background, bars, whatever). Second is to mark the "better" bar such that you always know which is the better.
  • yyrkoon - Thursday, July 16, 2009 - link

    It would be nice to have some power consumption numbers if you're going to be doing a write up of this CPU.

    Also, it has been said many times . . . how about some low power desktop system articles ? This is n0t even about being green, this is about being completely off grid, and wanting to have a reasonable desktop system that does not suck the battery bank dry in 5 minutes ; )
  • FlameDeer - Thursday, July 16, 2009 - link

    Small cache size of Celeron E1500 (with 512KB L2 cache just like a single core Atom) really limiting its performance.

    But I think E1500 would be able overclock quite nice.

    Thank you for this latest update, Anand. Take care.

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