Intel silently launched the Intel Pentium 4 6XX series over the weekend, but the processors do have a core change. How does one extra MB of L2 Cache, EMT64, Execute Disable Bit, and improved thermal properties sound? All are improvements that are needed to compete with the AMD Athlon64!
Today we’ll look at AMD’s intial entry into the 90nm processor field. Can the AMD Winchester core conquer the thermal beast where Intel’s Prescott failed? Read on and find out how the 90nm CPU’s performs and check out the thermals when we overclock our 90nm and 130nm A64 3500+ processors!
Today (Halloween by chance) is the day that Intel makes public the updated 925X chipset and the new processor that can capitalize on it. Enter the 925XE Express Chipset and Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition with HT Technology at 3. 46GHz (13x266MHz). Overclockers will be happy with the new chipset that can do 1066MHz and beyond!
AMD launches their latest processors and gives the Athlon 64 line a speed boost. Enter the FX-55 and 4000+ processor! The 4000+ is basically the old FX-53 renamed and the FX-55 has a 200MHz boost over the previous FX model while also getting strained silicon on insulator technology!
Introduction: We all knew that Intel had a bunch of new products coming, but by the time all the working parts got there we had little time to get the benchmarking done let alone anything else. We usually have a good 3-4 week advance on a new processor entering the market. This time around we …more
Introduction After months of waiting AMD enthusiasts finally have another option available for their processor selection — Socket 939. As of today, AMD is releasing the following four processors: AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (939-pin) AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (939-pin) AMD Athlon 64 3700+ (754-pin) AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (939-pin) Although these processors are based on …more
Introduction: Intel launched the 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz, and 3.4GHz Prescotts back on February 1st, 2004 but due to allocation issues the 3.4GHz Prescott didn’t make it to store shelves as quickly as Intel had planned. It seems that Intel has enough on hand now to safely market the chips and has thrown the latest and …more
Introduction: Recently we purchased an Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition Processor from ZipZoomFly just to see how well it can overclock under normal conditions. By this we mean with all standard equipment that any of our readers can readily get from the open market (No ES CPU’s, hand picked parts, or voltage mods on …more
Introduction: Today AMD is releasing the next processor in their enthusiast line, the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53. The FX-53 is now the fastest processor that AMD has in their aresnel and packs 64-bit processing for upcoming 64-bit applications. The Athlon 64 FX line is aimed at the heart of the power user, since the processor …more
Introduction: Early this month we posted our original Prescott review and then followed it up with an article taking a closer look at Prescott temperatures. This is the third article we have written on the Prescott, but it’s also the first using a Retail Prescott purchased by ourselves. While Intel has admitted that the first …more
Introduction: Just hours before the kick off of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Texas we have Intel kicking off the new Pentium 4 Prescott processors and the latest Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor clocked at 3.4GHz. The long awaited Prescott comes with some major core changes: 1 MB L2 cache, 16 KB L1 data cache, SSE3, …more
Introduction Today is one of the biggest day’s in AMD’s corporate history as they are launching one of the most expensive processors they have ever designed. AMD will have retail processors available and expects system builders to be taking orders on systems today, September 23, 2003. Therefore the Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX should …more
Introduction: After posting our recent Prescott Overclocking article the sharp eyes of many review sites, online retailers, and enthusiasts noted some large temperature differences between our articles. If you have not been following our Prescott coverage let me give you a quick run down. The initial Prescott review was written by me (Nathan Kirsch) using …more
Introduction: We didn’t mention specifics about temperatures in our original Prescott review since we wanted to test a number of cooling solutions. We thought you’d like to see a number of cooling solutions rather than just the one we used on our test system! We first noted an issue with heat when running the 3.2GHz …more