Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:13 UTC
AMD "AMD described its forthcoming quad-core processor, codenamed Barcelona, in a session at today's Microprocessor Forum. Details of the new microarchitecture on which the processor is based (codenamed K8L) have been known for some time now. Still, the event brought some new info, and here are some highlights that I've culled from some of the reporting on it."
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noise!
by John Nilsson on Wed 11th Oct 2006 23:24 UTC
John Nilsson
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2005-07-06

Whatever happens, the overall performance per watt per dollar of a fully configured system is now the most important measurement of success.

I'd like to add per watt of dissipated heat to that list. Noise is an important factor.

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RE: noise!
by smitty on Wed 11th Oct 2006 23:41 in reply to "noise!"
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Although better manufacturing technologies can affect it, dissipated heat is very closely related to total number of watts consumed, meaning that it is already basically in that list. (Low) Noise is nice, but the average guy buying a Dell probably figures all computers sound the same so I'm not sure it would be an important factor for popular success.

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RE[2]: noise!
by kaiwai on Thu 12th Oct 2006 11:05 in reply to "RE: noise!"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Unless of course the desktop was really-really-really small, then to the "Joe Dell", a 'cooler chip' is a better chip.

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