Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th May 2006 22:43 UTC
AMD AMD confirmed details of its "Next Generation Processor Technology" today, but it's really business as usual for the company. As AMD heads to four-core country, the company will continue to improve the bandwidth of its processor package, tweak memory and rely on help from partners to compete with an upcoming line of revamped chips from Intel.
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Not all are fanboys, I'm a fangirl ;P
by WereCatf on Thu 18th May 2006 02:32 UTC
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2006-02-15

I just came to think that I didn't notice anyone saying even single-threaded apps will gain something from these multi-cores. Sure, running a single single-threaded app on a 8-core 2ghz CPU would be as fast as running it on a 1-core 2ghz CPU, but one must remember there are constantly other task running on the system, too. The OS itself, for example, could be running on one core, the app on the other. Atleast under Linux, you don't need to do anything to run multiple single-threaded apps evenly across all the cores, and as such, all of them will have a bit more CPU-time for themselves. But yes, multi-threaded apps will have the biggest performance improvement with multi-core.

And to take a stand on the Celeron D versus Sempron:
I'd go for a Sempron any day. Why? Well, HyperTransport (similar to FSB) is lightning fast. Integrated memory controller. 64-bits, which Celeron D apparently isn't. And, I quote stormloss: "Celeron D is sse3 and in my part of world cheaper than the Seperon." Well, does this "Seperon" support 64-bits, 3DNow! or 3DNowExt? I don't think so. Besides, having support for one extension doesn't make it faster than one with support for other extensions. The price itself isn't a good reason, either. I just checked, the Sempron is about 5 euros more expensive ;)

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