Friday, June 29, 2007

K10 is coming to town

Quad core, 65 watt. You can have a 32P K10 machine at less than 1000 watts.

It will take Intel another 4 years to catch up, but it will never be able to see that day -- you know why.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

AMD desktop: 50% more performance at lower cost

Intel PC costs $860, AMD costs $780.
Intel PC consumes 61% more power (idle) running at 51% higher temperature.
AMD PC is 85% faster than Intel in Far Cry.

Intel is all crap.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hector speaks with assertiveness

Intel is history, Dr. Ruiz reckons.

PS: Some web host gonna have K10s in July. I had a chat with their sales rep, here is what I found:
The Opteron 2000 QC series servers will be available in mid July, 2007. These are 1U SuperMicro servers.

Patty will be a vagabond soon.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Tyan unleashes four-way K10 board

Sixteen K10 cores to frag Intel to pieces, actually, you can build a 8-way 32 core system with a HT connector to a daugther board.

Intel is only for the low end 2-way market. That tells you who da leader is.

PS: The K10 flood starts in hot summer, as promised.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

K10 servers on sales

K10 Coming soon... AMD doesn't lie.

Patty will soon be homeless..

Friday, June 08, 2007

Intel admits that AMD's quad core is generations ahead

Intel dudes only know about double dies.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

DELL Dimension E521 is a great machine

I finally received the two Dell Dimension E521s ordered. One has a 22inch LCD the other 19inch. I figured it is cheaper to buy from DELL--once you add Microsoft Windows and LCDs screens to the equation, a self-built machine is more expensive.

The ones I ordered came with the lowest AMD CPU these days, the X2 3600+, a dual core power house running at 1.9GHZ armed with AMD-V and AMD64 technologies (which Intel's Israeli team copied). Of course, I need to do some upgrades.

Openning the box was super easy, plugging in RAM is also trivial. Now, the interesting part: replacing the CPU with a faster chip. I prepared to do some major manual labor.

It turned out it's super easy to upgrade the CPU too. Just loosen the two screws, and you can rotate and lift the heatsink assembly, then you just lift the lever and replace the CPU. All done in two minutes.

The machines are for office work, but as all AMD solutions, they are Vista and Doom3 capable.

A case like the one used for the E521 would cost more than $50. Try add the other parts yourself.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Core 2 Duo user experience

There is a difference between benchmarks and user experience. Benchmarks usually test a single application on a cleanly installed system. User experience is inherently multitasking. A user may have dozens of applications open -- just check the task manager. As we have seen from users' experience on servers, Intel technology is prone to lockup under heavy load.

What about desktop? One of our readers measures power consumed by different systems while reading this blog, a very real use situation indeed for many of us here. Here are his findings of fact:

"I have a e6400 on a intel platform and a e6600 on a intel platform and a amd 4800 brisbane on a amd/ati platform and a c7 on a via platform.I have a digital watt meter that I know how to use...."

And his observation is

"My amd am2 takes 44 watts to read this blog while my e6600 and my e6400 takes 90 watts to surf this blog."

This kind of real use scenario is what really matters.

For instance, in game benchmarks, people measure the highest frame rate. But highest frame rate is not what matters. What matters is the frame rate at the most critical parts of a game. Intel CPUs may be able to run a simple scene faster. But, did Intel choke at those critical points due to the intensity of the game? No tests have done that.

Friday, June 01, 2007

K10 Motherboard with HT 3.0 PCIE2.0 ready to frag Intel

The GigaByte MB is about to be introduded. All we are waiting for is the killer itself.

Intel's middle east team is patiently waiting for pink slips. You can feel the anxiety there.