Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Aug 2010 23:24 UTC
IBM At the Hot Chips 2010 conference, IBM announced their upcoming z196 CPU, which is really, really fast. How fast? Fastest chip in the world fast. Intended for Z-series mainframe computers, the Z196 has a clock speed of 5.2GHz. Measuring just 512 square millimeters, the Z196 is fabricated on 45nm PD SOI technology, and on its surface contains almost one and a half billion transistors. My... Processor is bigger than yours.
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Wow, while everyone else went on scientific reasoning of why RAM is fast or not fast..

The slowest path of computing at this point in time isn't RAM, which is probably the second slowest, the slowest is through the hard drive!

RAM keeps getting faster and faster. Hard drive technology really hasn't changed all that much since the beginning.

It's sad that it has been the bottleneck in real speed for so long. If only SSD technology was FAR cheaper than it is. Then maybe we can finally start pushing the limits of the PCI(e/x) and Memory bus.

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