Sunday, January 29, 2012

Core i7 gaming issue

I was at a friend's home, and he proudly showed me his Core i7 machine equipped with dual graphics card. He played BF3, with pretty high settings.

However, every 5 minutes or so, the screen froze for a few seconds, sometimes right in the battle. In one scene, the friend entered a train, facing some enemy dude with a knife. The friend was about to pull the trigger... Suddenly the screen froze, frenetic hammering on the keyboard could not instill life back to the on-screen characters.

The good thing was, the machine did not BSOD and the game resumed. But my friend (or his role in the game) found himself stabbed in the rear and fell to the floor... probably during the momentary freeze of time.

I wonder how many people have such experience.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

INTC down, AMD up

AMD released its earnings yesterday.

INtel 4Q2011 PC revenue was sequentially down 5% from 3Q2011. The Thailand flood is said to cause some hard drive supply constraints.

AMD's 4Q2011 computing solutions revenue was up 5% from 3Q2011. However, AMD's GPU business was down somewhat. Overall, AMD achieved slight revenue growth from 3Q2011 to 4Q2011.

INTC stock trends down today, while AMD is up.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Users choose AMD Fusion over Sandy Bridge in blind tests

Interesting tests reported by . Users play similarly configured AMD and Intel systems and choose their favored PC.

136 choose AMD A8-3850, only 5 prefer Core i3-2105..

Intel does better with its Core i7-2700K. 40 users pick the Intel system, while 73 choose AMD FX-8150.

Personally, I have a FX-8150 system. Eight cores do more, and you got 2x bragging rights.

Do you have a 8-core machine? That is the question girls ask men these days.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

AMD's market cap is only 3% of INTEL

At today's price, AMD's market cap is $4.3 billion. Intel's market cap stands at $130 billion. AMD's market cap is only 4.3/130 = 3.3% of Intel's.

With AMD's innovation and lead in computing technologies, it should worth at least 10 times more.

Intel is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the visual age. It focuses its energy on single threaded linear programming performance. But the world has shifted from such singular view and has broadened its horizons. AMD, with its eight-core CPUs and Fusion APUs, provides 10x the compute power of Intel's offerings(*), at a lower cost.

PS: A reader points to Intel's recent advancement in mobile with its Atom core. We should all commend Intel on achieving that kind of performance/power. But, AMD's Fusion core will likely beat Intel in that area soon.

PPS: No Intelers seem able to argue against this hard ratio: AMD APU = 10x Intel compute power.

* For instance, the LLano APU contains 400+ stream processors in addition to four stars cores.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Paul O almost fainted seeing this video

Trinity power:

AMD says DX11 2.0 is hard, very hard.

That's why Intel had to fake it. See the infamous video here: tick tsk tick tsk ....

I guess it would be Apple's loss if they don't use AMD APUs in MacBooks.

Intel is mostly obsolete. Only the old and uninformed stick to Intel. The rest will use AMD's 8-core technology.

One reader posted a message saying Intel has a dual core 3GHz i7 at 17watts. That is almost laughable. The AMD Trinity has 4 Piledriver cores and 400+ DX11 v2 capable graphics cores. There is no comparison. The AMD APU has 10x more compute power.

PS: Reading the low IQ comments by the Intelers reminds me one thing that I have and Pat Gelsinger's mother wanted her son to have: a Ph.D. degree.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Intel faking DX11

Charlie caught Intel folks pants down trying to fake a modern GPU with VLC+IV Bridge.

DX11 is just too hard for Intel .

Even Anand and his Intel fobois are embarrassed watching Intel's top exec trying to fake turning the wheel resulting a mismatch of his moves and the video play.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Intel is mostly out of Supercomputing

Cray has four lines of computers, the XK6, XE6, XMT and the CX1000. The XK6, XE6 and XMT are giant machines with > 100,000 AMD Opteron CPUs. The CX1000 is just a small box for mom and pop shops.

Intel technology seems to be not only ill suited for enterprise computing, but also not tested for supercomputing.

The lesser educated may beg to differ. They say like AMD, Intel has four machines in supercomputer top 10-- number 2, 4, 5 and 7. AMD machines ranked 3, 6, 8 and 10.

But look closer. The so-called Intel machines actually rely on Nvidia's Fermi GPGPUs for their compute power.

Cray expects to double its revenue in 2012, on the strength of Bulldozer.