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June 27, 2007

Intel – Update for Intel Processors

Filed under: Intel, PC, Windows VISTA — Ramajay @ 3:23 pm

Microsoft has released a ‘microcode reliability’ update for intel processors for all it’s operating systems.

We have no idea what this update addresses at this time, but you should probably download and install it asap.

Get it here

April 24, 2007

Intel – Intel cuts processor prices by 40%

Filed under: Intel, PC — Ramajay @ 9:20 pm

Intel has cut prices on its Core 2 Duo processors by as much as 40% in some cases. The company is certainly intent on extending its lead over embattled AMD who have been losing money in the hundreds of millions recently.

The Core2Duo Q6600 was US$851 now US$530. The Core2Duo E6700 was US$530.00 now US$316.00.

Apparently the high end Core2Duo Extreme chips haven’t dropped in price. But..pffft..who would pay 1000US for a processor anyway.

*hides the QX6800 box beneath the computer desk* 🙂

April 10, 2007

Intel- Intel Releases new QX6800 Processor

Filed under: Intel, PC — Ramajay @ 6:53 am

small_kentstyle.jpgThe QX6800 processor is a quad core chip running at the same clock speed as the dual core 6800 Extreme, 2.93Ghz. This makes the QX6800 the fastest and most powerful desktop processor on the market today. The Processor costs about US$1200.00 and for that you get about a 6-7% increase in performance over the US$999.00 QX6700 processor. Let’s see here, a 20% increase in price, for about 6% increase in performance.

….whee.

check hothardware.com if you want more info.

March 1, 2007

Notebooks – Intel Core 2 Duo vs AMD’s Turion 64 X2

Filed under: AMD, Intel, Notebooks — Ramajay @ 7:46 am

notebook-cpu-comparison-charts.gifThe Intel Core 2 outperforms the AMD chip by a wide margin.

Intel’s Core processor family is rather dominant, and clearly offers better performance than the Turion 64 X2 family. If performance is what you’re looking for, AMD’s Turion 64 X2 is hardly an alternative. However, performance depends very much on a mobile computer’s particular configuration: memory size and speed, hard drive spindle speed and the graphics subsystem (discrete vs. shared graphics) have quite an impact on the result. Last but not least, keep processor performance in perspective: weight and battery runtime may be even more important to you anyway. In the end, we consider it very important to compare complete notebooks (and their costs) rather than focusing on CPU performance too much.”

For performance, the Intel line is the way to go at the moment for notebooks (and desktops too actually).

The Turion X2 56 is about US$263.00
The cheapest Core Duo , the T2300 is  US$241.00 and the T2500 is US$294.00.

You can see for yourself how the performance numbers  scale with the price, and it would be difficult to find a reason to purchase the AMD Turion processor, as the T2300 is cheaper and faster. Of course, overall notebook performance does depend on several factors however you would be hard pressed to find an AMD based notebook with a configuration that you could not match with an Intel processor.

Read more here

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